Home School of Journalism and Mass Communication SJMC Monday Memo | Feb. 2, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | Feb. 2, 2015

Polish up your resume and get out your dress shoes!

The Drake career fair 2015 is scheduled for Feb. 12 in Olmsted. More than 300 employers have signed up to participate — a full house! The 3-3:30 p.m. slot is reserved for seniors only, and 3:30-6 p.m. for all students. Wear professional attire and bring copies of your resume.   Students can download a mobile guide to research participating organizations and map out a plan using the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace. For more information, see the Professional and Career Development website.

Annual Richard Tapscott Reporting Award

Applications are available outside Carla’s office, Mer. 119, for the Professor Richard Tapscott Reporting Award. This award comes from funds donated by friends and former students of the late Rick Tapscott, who taught SJMC reporting and writing classes from 2007 until his death in December 2013.

The Tapscott Award recognizes journalism work that reflects the values Rick tried to instill in his students: curiosity, accuracy, integrity, humanity, public accountability and aggressive reporting. The award will recognize outstanding news journalism by students in any medium, with preference given to published or broadcast work.

The award will be a cash award in addition to any financial aid the student is receiving from Drake University. The cash award is open to all students, freshmen through graduating seniors. There will be at least one award given each spring for four years, starting in spring 2014, though the money can be divided among more than one winner, if there are multiple worthy applicants in a given year.

The winner or winners will be determined by a panel of SJMC faculty and area professionals, and announced at the SJMC spring student recognition reception on Sunday, April 19, in Levitt Hall. If you have any questions, see Dean Kathleen Richardson (kathleen.richardson@drake.edu).

Scholarships available for Global Institute in Germany

The CIEE Global Institute is offering three $6,000 scholarships for Drake students interested in studying business; communications, journalism and new media; health sciences; international relations and political science, or language, literature and culture in Berlin.

Twelve- or 18-week courses of study are offered in both fall and spring. Application deadlines are April 1 and Oct. 1. More information about the program is available at [ciee.org/berlin]ciee.org/berlin. For how to apply for the scholarships, contact Gretchen Beckley (gretchen.beckley@drake.edu) or Jen Hogan (jen.hogan@drake.edu) in the Drake international programs office.

Spend May Term in Europe



There are only three seats left for the SJMC travel seminar to Central Europe during May Term.

The course, JMC 133 International Advertising: Ethnographic Exploration and Comparison, is a look at consumerism in Poland, Germany and Czech Republic since the fall of communism. The course is also an honors course and fulfills the international and multicultural AOI.

Travel dates are May 23-June 8. Cost is $3,890 (for 20 students), which includes tuition. It’s open to all majors and no prerequisites are required. If you like to shop (what better way to learn about consumer behavior!) and travel you shouldn’t miss it!  Contact Professors Dorothy Pisarski or Carlyn Crowe.

J-Term news

Professor Lee Jolliffe taught a section of JMC 58 Intro to Visual Communication during January Term. Students participated in an exercise in which they dressed up in costumes, took pictures of themselves in front of a green screen and then used Photoshop to combine those photos with others.



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We rock!

Laura Plumb, a senior public relations major, was one of the top five finalists in the nation for PR Week’s “Student of Year” honors. Congratulations to Laura! Laura previously was recognized by PR News as “Student of the Year.”

Congratulations to advertising majors Hannah Erickson and Amanda Seiberlich! Their work has been honored in the local American Advertising Award contest. They will find out whether they have won gold or silver at the awards ceremony on Feb. 21.