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SJMC Monday Memo | Nov. 9, 2015

Welcome to JMC Days 2015

Stop by the Meredith back lobby for a sugar hit and attend any of our special career-development events over the next two weeks:

  • Monday, Nov. 9, 6-7:15 p.m., Mer. 101, professional panel offers tips on how to get internships and jobs
  • Monday, Nov. 16, 6-7:15 p.m., Mer. 101, portfolio reviews by major; bring your work for critique
  • Also to come: appointments for professional head shots and mock interviews

Debate week at Drake

Iowa Caucus season reaches a fever pitch this week, with a host of opportunities for students to get involved:

  • “NPR Presents: Michel Martin,” Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. in Sussman Theater: Tickets for this live discussion-and-music program have been distributed, but arrive at the door at showtime to see if there are any no-shows.
  • Yahoo News conference on “Digital Democracy,” all day Thursday, Nov. 12 in Parents Hall, Olmsted Center: Journalists and political experts from around the country will discuss technology and politics. Stop by anytime.
  • Student Senate presents “Politics and Pancakes,” Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-noon at Quad Creek Cafe: Representatives from the campaigns, media, and the Democratic National Committee will be there to connect with students.
  • Debate watch parties: There are several places around campus to watch and discuss the Democratic debate, which starts at 8 p.m. Saturday night in Sheslow Auditorium. Student Senate is hosting a watch party in Harvey Ingham; Hillary Clinton’s campaign watch party is in Parents Hall, and Bernie Sanders’ campaign has rented out the Varsity Theater for a watch party. KCCI-TV will be conducting a focus group in Meredith Hall you can peek into.

Meet the pros over lunch at Hubbell

News production crews from Yahoo News and CBS will be lunching at Hubbell Dining Hall this week, Monday –Thursday. They may be at a special table or they may just be having lunch, but they really hope students will stop by to ask questions, have lunch, learn more, and gain insight into the process of producing a national political debate. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Nothing formal; just a chance to meet and talk with these professionals. Grab a friend and go!

Congratulations to Drake PRSSA


Drake Public Relations Student Society of America was named a Star Chapter at last week’s PRSA national conference in Atlanta. Congratulations on this stellar accomplishment!

The world comes to Meredith Hall

Students in Professor Grace Provenzano’s Advanced Video Production class last week met with a group of Russian print, broadcast and online journalists who were visiting Des Moines as part of the Friendship Force. The Russians met the next day with SJMC Dean Kathleen Richardson, retired SJMC media law professor Herb Strentz and retired Des Moines Register editorial page editor Randy Evans to discuss open government and First Amendment issues. The Russian visitors said that they were impressed by the SJMC students’ engagement and questions, which they said were better than questions they had been asked by professional journalists on their trip!

Identities 101: What Drake doesn’t teach you

UNITY Roundtable is a group of students from various Drake multicultural, religious and advocacy organizations who come together to discuss how to increase awareness of diversity issues on campus. This year, UNITY Roundtable is hosting a series of dialogues focused on various diversity topics, beginning with a dialogue on social identities on campus.

Tony Tyler, director of the Olmsted Center, will facilitate the dialogue on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in Mer. 106. The conversation will revolve around how we can incorporate more of these discussions in and out of the classroom and how to become more inclusive and accepting of one another.

For more information, contact Jia Yong Lee, diversity interest senator (jiayong.lee@drake.edu).

Americorps opportunity for December grads

Drake University is looking for individuals for the Iowa Community Health AmeriCorps Program to serve in the following communities in Iowa: Winterset, Adel, Red Oak, Osceola, Chariton, and Ames/Des  Moines.

Members will work on projects ranging from: 

  • Starting community gardens
  • Creating safe routes to schools and walking school bus programs
  • Researching smoke-free workplace policies
  • Working with schools and businesses to implement Smarter Lunchrooms
  • Administering assessments to communities, schools and businesses to implement new initiatives
  • And much more

Full-time AmeriCorps members will serve 1,700 hours over the course of 11 months.

Benefits include:

  • $12,530 stipend paid out monthly
  • $5,730 Education Award upon successful completion of the program to be used to pay back qualified student loans or toward tuition at a qualified institution of higher education
  • Housing benefit of $100/month
  • Student loan forbearance
  • Health care coverage
  • Great work experience, professional development opportunities, and networking

The minimum requirements for the AmeriCorps position include:

  • Some college (Bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • U.S. Citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien
  • Age 17 or older (no upper age limit)
  • Should have some experience or knowledge in the areas of health and wellness and the willingness and ability to collaborate with community members to develop programs and initiatives to improve the overall health of a community

To apply, visit http://1.usa.gov/1KdRMer. For more information or with questions, contact Amanda Martin, 515-271-2767, amanda.martin@drake.edu.