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SJMC Monday Memo | April 4, 2016

Meredith Hall remodeling: What would you like to see?

We’re considering a major remodeling of the basement and first floors of Meredith Hall, including converting a classroom on the main floor into a cutting edge digital production studio; converting some of the basement studio and control room space into a classroom and student collaboration space, and more.

If you were remodeling the space in Meredith Hall (including Mer. 125, 124B, 124C, 104, the hallways, lobbies and basement rooms), what would YOU like to see? What do you need? Let’s brainstorm together. Send ideas to Dean Richardson (kathleen.richardson@drake.edu) or look for designated white boards and markers around the first floor and basement on which you can share your ideas!

J Term class focuses on changing the world — from D.M.

Looking to learn about different cultures around the world without leaving Des Moines? SJMC is offering a 2017 January Term course where you can visit and hear from the diverse faith communities throughout the Des Moines area and learn how they address two pressing social issues—hunger and homelessness.  Students will apply communication research techniques and make recommendations on effective communication practices that unite a community of diverse faith traditions. You will conduct research and complete service work for a community partner while developing material for your own portfolio.

The course is JMC 99:1887  Global Communication, Religious Diversity and Social Justice: Changing the World from Des Moines.

Celebrate SJMC at annual dessert reception

The annual SJMC student awards and recognition dessert reception is Sunday, April 10, 4-6 p.m. in Levitt Hall of Old Main. Stop by to have a snack and applaud our successes!

Behind the Numbers: Polling in Campaign 2016Selzer

J. Ann Selzer, president of the nationally respected public opinion research firm Selzer & Company, will discuss the roller coaster presidential campaign at Drake on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Reading Room. Selzer will discuss the role of polling in the race, and there will be plenty of opportunity for audience questions. The event is free and open to the public. The conversation will be facilitated by SJMC professor Jennifer Glover Konfrst, who heads our Strategic Political Communication major, and it is co-sponsored by Drake’s new Data Analytics program.

Urban Plains staff hosts launch party

Urban Plains, the senior journalism capstone, is throwing a party to celebrate the launch of the spring 2016 site. Join students, alumni, faculty and local professionals at the Des Moines Social Club April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Congratulations to PRSSA exec board 2016-17

The new PRSSA Executive Board for 2016-17 was elected last week. Congratulations to:

President: Anna VanWaardhuizen
Vice President: Savana Morrison
Secretary: Sarah Mondello
Treasurer: Jules Winters
Communications: Brooke Miller
Fundraising: James Jolly
Events (upperclassman): Laura Alexander
Events (underclassman): Meghan Kearney
Mentorship and Professional Development: Megan Johns & Madison McConnell