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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 PR awards

Work that SJMC graduate and undergraduate students did for local clients last year has been honored by the professional community.

Master of Communication Leadership and Public Relations students won PRIME Awards from the central Iowa chapter of the Public Relations Society of America:

  • The MCL capstone won the Community Champion category for its YMCA Supportive Housing Campus Plan.
  • The undergraduate PR Planning class won the student category for its USDA Farm to School Communications Plan.

The awards will be presented at the annual PRSA conference on Oct. 25 in Des Moines.

Advertising class visits local agency

The JMC 113 Concepts in Consumer Awareness class visited ad agency Flynn Wright. Mike Irwin, Director of Consumer Insights, led the presentation, which included details about databases they use and analytical tools they employ to increase their consumer awareness. Mike and former Drake Student Senate president Joey Gale, Business Coordinator at Flynn Wright, shared a few agency case studies for the class to see how consumer awareness improves both strategic planning and creative development.

PRSA scholarship applications open

Central Iowa PRSA’s scholarship applications are live, with $1,500 undergraduate PR scholarship and a $500 advanced degree scholarship. Applications are due Oct. 6. More information can be found here.

Learn to dream BIG

The BIG Dream Gathering is a fun and inspiring event that helps people establish dreams and goals… and gives them the boost they need to make them a reality! This is simply a safe, empowering and energizing experience that will allow students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to recognize, remember or reignite some of their dreams.

Drake University Olmsted Center – Parents Hall
Tuesday, Sept. 26
6:30-8 p.m.
Sponsored by Drake’s Professional & Career Development Services

Registration: 6:15-6:30 p.m. (Come early and receive a FREE copy of Mitch Matthews’ best-selling book, IGNITE!)
Cost: FREE

Frequently asked questions about the BIG Dream Gathering on campuses:

How does it work?

First, you are given a dreamer number so you can post your dreams and goals anonymously. Then Mitch kicks it off with a 40-minute talk about the fun and inspirational story behind the BIG Dream Gathering. Then everyone gets to post their dreams and encourage other dreamers! Afterwards, you will get your dream sheets back so you can go after those dreams and achieve them!

What can happen?

For a lot of people, the BIG Dream Gathering is the first time they have really thought of their big dreams and goals. Plus, it’s an incredibly powerful experience to write those dreams down and be able to post them anonymously. These gatherings have helped people to find dream internships and jobs, launch businesses, run marathons, start non-profits, make movies, write books and drive monster trucks (yeah… we said monster trucks), and the list goes on and on!

What do people learn?

The power and importance of dreaming big. Strategies for clarifying and achieving those dreams. Powerful and applicable networking skills.

Take advantage of reporting workshop

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) is hosting a workshop in Des Moines on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1. Sessions cover such topics as computer-assisted reporting, social media and using public records. For more information and to register, see https://ire.org/events-and-training/event/3444/.

Have a news item for the Memo?

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 (kathleen.richardson@drake.edu) or  SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider (christopher.snider@drake.edu). SJMC alums and other professionals can also contact Chris to have the Memo delivered via weekly email. 

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication strives to create a community of scholars that represents the complexity of the human experience in regards to race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, economic status, gender identification, religion, age and physical abilities. We are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all our faculty, staff, students and visitors, and celebrating our differences through the lens of the First Amendment value of freedom of expression.