Home School of Journalism and Mass Communication SJMC Monday Memo | Oct. 10, 2016

SJMC Monday Memo | Oct. 10, 2016

Come meet with international journalists

Drake is hosting nine guests from Latin America. They are journalists, citizen activists and professionals associated with NGOs who are in the United States, sponsored by the State Department. They are being brought to Drake by the Iowa International Center.

They will be on campus Monday, Oct. 10, 2-3:15 p.m. in the Medbury Honors Lounge. This is an open meeting with anyone from the SJMC who wants to attend. The group is in the United States to learn about grassroots democracy and civil society, and they are sure to have plenty of questions about the current presidential race and journalism!

Notes from SJMC Student Services

Dean’s assistant Mallory Quinn reminds students that the last day to withdraw from a class without a “W” appearing on your transcript is Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Registration for spring classes will begin Monday, Oct. 31. Keep an eye out for an email from your adviser, or a sign on your adviser’s office door, to sign up for an advising appointment prior to registration. If you don’t know who your adviser is, see Mallory in Mer. 119. A special group advising session will be held for first-year students in Professor Wright’s JMC 30 class.

Mallory has also prepared some new time-management and course scheduling tools to help you keep track of your academic requirements. Find them outside her office.

More academic tools to help you succeed

A note from Bryan Thomas, academic success and retention specialist:

The Academic Achievement office provides the tools and support you need to be the best you can be academically, whether that means a serious need to raise your grade point average or giving you the edge you need to elevate that shaky B to a solid A.

Struggling with one killer class? Many courses offer small group discussion sessions, peer assistance and lab sessions to supplement your classroom experience. If you happen to suffer from SKNHSBS (Smart Kid, Never Had to Study Before Syndrome), you might want to make use of some general success tools. My office offers a series of workshops ranging from study and test-taking strategies to library use, time management strategies, and learning how to handle stress.

The bottom line is this: You are not alone. Let us help you excel and make the most of your Drake experience. We will provide you with the tools you need to empower you to reach your full academic potential.

If you need tutoring, please visit the link below:


If you would like to schedule an 1-1 appointment with Bryan Thomas Jr. then please email him at bryan.thomas@drake.edu

SJMC senior named MVC scholar-athlete

Reed Fischer, senior public relations major and cross-country runner, has been named Missouri Valley Conference scholar-athlete of the week for the second time this season. Congratulations, Reed!

Professional networking event this week

The local chapter of the American Advertising Federation is sponsoring a professional networking event on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30-8 p.m. in Mer. 124B. Meet industry professionals who are working in the career you dream about: Client Services, Art/Design, Media, Public Relations and more. The AAF of Des Moines Meet the Pros event gives you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with professionals of your choice for 10 minutes.

Former foreign correspondent to speak this week

Roger Thurow, who spent three decades as an international reporter for The Wall Street Journal  and other publications, will be on campus for a discussion and Q&A on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in Sussman Theater of Olmsted Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Thurow, who is now senior fellow on global food and agriculture for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, will discuss his new book, “The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children — and the World.” His appearance is sponsored by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement, the World Food Prize, the SJMC and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.