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Campus Compact and Principal select two Drake students for second year of Community Scholars Program

Drake students Jazlin Coley and Maddy Stokes were selected for the 2018 class of the Principal Community Scholars Program.
December 7, 2017

8 Things to Look Forward to in 2018

A new year at Drake University also brings exciting changes to the campus and community.  Let’s explore the top 8 things to look forward to in 2018 at Drake University!
December 5, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Dec. 4, 2017

This week: Mr. Drake Memorial, Mies/Weese Gallery Lecture, and INF Scholarship Information.
December 5, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Nov. 6, 2017

Exhibit showcases history of Meredith Hall A new exhibit opening this week at the Anderson Gallery in the Harmon Fine Arts Center explores how the visions of the famous architects who built Drake's buildings unfolded in real life. "Mies/Weese: How We Live and Work" documents the lived experience of Meredith Hall, designed by famed modernist […]
November 6, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Oct. 23, 2017

Welcome to JMC Days! Today is the kickoff to JMC Days, the annual celebration of all things SJMC! There are a variety of events scheduled throughout the week, plus, of course, daily treats in the Meredith Hall lobby next to the atrium. Tonight, plan to participate in the inaugural Cool Jobs Expo, 5-7 p.m., in […]
October 23, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Oct. 2, 2017

News students cover political rally Students in Public Affairs Reporting covered the Polk County Democrats’ steak fry Saturday afternoon. With their press credentials, they had access to the press tables, sitting alongside reporters and video/photographers from the AP, Iowa Public Radio, Radio Iowa, WHO-TV and the Des Moines Register. Elise Bauernfeind live-blogged the event on […]
October 2, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 25, 2017

Drake students finalists for national awards Drake student work was once again among the finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards, the top awards in college journalism. The finalists and categories: Online Finalists: Magazine Finalists: Drake Magazine The Annual Best Infographic Finalist:  Linzi Murray, JO’17, Drake Magazine Best Magazine Cover Finalist:  Maddie […]
September 25, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 18, 2017

SJMC fall social and activities fair is Thursday The annual fall SJMC social and activities fair will be Thursday, Sept. 21, 4-6 p.m. in Meredith 104. There will be snacks, time to chat with other members of the SJMC community and to find out about opportunities to get involved with SJMC student organizations.  Students win […]
September 18, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 11, 2017

News students cover school board election Students in SJMC professor Jill Van Wyke’s junior-level public affairs reporting class started the academic year off at a sprint with comprehensive coverage of the Des Moines school board election. The students’ stories, posted on the SJMC’s Drake Digital News website, included candidate profiles, coverage of a community forum, […]
September 11, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 4, 2017

Student Activities Fair set for Sept. 5 The fall student activities fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 4-7 p.m. in Upper Olmsted. Representatives from campus organizations will be available to provide more information about how to get involved with their groups. Alums on the front lines — of news At least three SJMC alums have been […]
September 4, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Aug. 28, 2017

Welcome back to campus, from the SJMC faculty and staff! The SJMC Monday Memo is a weekly newsletter to keep members of the wider SJMC community updated on School news, achievements, events and opportunities. If you have an item for the Memo, please send it to Dean Kathleen Richardson ( or  SJMC webmaster and multimedia […]
August 28, 2017

Drake students win top awards in AEJMC contest

Drake student work won nine awards, including best website and magazine, in this year’s Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication magazine contest. The awards were: Best website: The senior capstone multimedia project Urban Plains General excellence: Drake Magazine  First place for editorial content: Drake Magazine Second place for design: Drake Magazine First and […]
July 22, 2017

2013 grad named Fulbright Scholar

Ankita Dhussa, a 2013 radio-TV producing and sociology graduate, has been named a 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar. She will be creating a multimedia project on women and transportation in India. Dhussa has been living in California and working as a user experience researcher in the tech industry. It was announced earlier that 2017 public relations graduate Kelly […]
July 7, 2017

PR students win national honors

Drake student public relations work has won a professional category in the national Association for Women in Communications 2017 Clarion Awards contest. PR students’ 2016 senior capstone campaign to promote the community of Manning, Iowa, beat professional PR entries to win the Community Relations category.  The Manning work also won the student PR campaign category. […]
July 7, 2017

Student websites from Web Page Design class spring 2017

Students in Professor Chris Snider's web page design class learn to create sites using HTML and CSS. Then they create websites (usually personal portfolios) using an installation of the WordPress content management system. Learning WordPress is an important part of the class. Currently 27 percent of the web is powered by WordPress. That means students […]
May 13, 2017