Learn about creativity and innovation in the workplace

Nathan T. Wright will share the ups and downs of working as a full-time illustrator, his thoughts on creativity and innovation in the modern workplace, and what he’s learned about the business of art on Thursday, Sept. 13.

The Drake Innovation Center will have snacks and a chance to meet Wright starting at 6 p.m. and the talk will begin at 7 p.m. in 301 Science Connector Building.

The event is free and open to the public. Find more information. If you have any questions, email innovation@drake.edu.

Longtime Newsweek journalist to speak this week

The Comparison Project, a Drake-based initiative that sponsors programming about global religions, is offering its first event of the academic year. Kenneth Woodward, former religion editor at Newsweek magazine, will deliver a lecture titled “Miracles as Stories.” The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Sussman Theater in the Olmsted Center. Woodward is the author of two books on miracles: “The Book of Miracles: The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam” and “Making Saints: How the Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes a Saint, Who Doesn’t, and Why.”

Get a job! SJMC career development workshop tonight

The first SJMC career development workshop is scheduled for tonight:

SJMC Career Ready 2019
Monday, Sept. 10, 6-6:30 p.m.
Meredith 106

Ready for Handshake, Drake’s new internship and jobs portal? Did you have a summer internship? Come to the SJMC Career Ready 2019 Kick Off to set up your Handshake profile and learn all the benefits. Bring your laptop.

If you reported your internship for summer 2018 you are eligible for prizes: iTunes and coffee gift cards, Drake swag and more! Must be present to win!!

For more information contact SJMC internship coordinator Carlyn Crowe at carlyn.crowe@drake.edu.

Leadership workshop for first-year students

Are you a first-year student interested in leadership? Apply to participate in the Emerging Leaders Model (ELM) this fall! This seven-week workshop series provides first-year Drake students an opportunity to gain leadership skills and prepare for their future leadership roles on campus, all while exploring valuable tools to lead effectively as a college student through “The Student Leadership Challenge.”

Attend an information session to learn more:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. (Olmsted Room 312)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. (Olmsted Room 312)

Ready to Apply to ELM? Visit bit.ly/ELM18 to submit your ELM application by Sept. 13.

Questions? Contact Kristin Economos, Director of Student Leadership Programs, at kristin.economos@drake.edu

More information? See https://www.canva.com/design/DADBj3M8XmM/UCWeARw3E-827yI5sa1uKw/view?website#3

Writing and speaking workshops open today

The Drake Writing Workshop and the Drake Speaking Center will open Monday, Sept. 10. The workshops offer free help with writing and editing, and in delivering public presentations.

DESCRIPTION OF THE WRITING WORKSHOP: The workshop is staffed by peer tutors, all of whom have taken at least one course to train them and familiarize them with writing theory and pedagogy. Tutors help students identify areas of difficulty and work with them on a range of issues including fluency, organization, development, analysis and argument. Tutors also help students copy edit their work as needed. Tutors do NOT write papers for students, nor do they simply act as proofreaders.  All work on development and copy reading takes place within the context of the student’s own writing. 

HOW TO  SIGN UP: The online address for student sign-up page site is https://library.drake.edu/writing.  This site is also linked to the English website. The website itself will give students directions on how to proceed. Typically, an appointment is for one half hour. Students can sign up for more than one session if they choose. They may also request that a tutor keep a regular time slot available for them if they would like to come in each week. For more information, call the Writing Workshop at 515-271-4712. 

LOCATION: The Writing Workshop is located in  Cowles Library, Room 47, on the lower level. Tutoring sessions are offered:

• Monday through Friday during the day
• Monday through Thursday during the evening
• Saturday afternoon
• Sunday afternoon and evening

THE DRAKE SPEAKING CENTER: Students can book appointments online to see a tutor for help in preparing, composing, and delivering speeches and presentations. Students, faculty, and staff members can also reserve the Speaking Studio to practice and record presentations alone or in small groups.
LOCATION AND HOURS: The Speaking Center is located in Room 18 of Cowles Library on the lower floor just down the stairs and through the right door of the main entrance. A variety of tutoring appointments are available between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday-Friday. Drop in sessions are offered when tutors are available. Tutors are also available outside those hours on an individual basis, if scheduling allows.
TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Visit http://library.drake.edu/speaking to schedule a personal meeting with a tutor. Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes each, and students are encouraged to visit multiple times while preparing for a single event if they wish. Any questions or concerns should be directed to speaking-help@drake.edu.
Speaking Center Services: Speaking Center tutors are prepared to assist students when selecting and narrowing topics, organizing ideas, drafting and revising an outline, preparing visual aids, and practicing delivery. The Speaking Center’s location provides access to research and reference librarians who can help speakers to gather resources. The facilities feature a tutoring room and a speaking studio, where presentations can be recorded and saved by students, faculty, and staff members. ​

Meredith Hall building hours

Meredith Hall is unlocked during the following hours when classes are in session:

Sunday: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Students with SJMC majors can swipe into the building with a Drake ID even when the building is locked from 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday-Thursday. Students who are already in the building when it is automatically locked are allowed to stay in the building. Students who need 24/7 access to swipe into the building should talk to their faculty member or adviser about how to obtain all-hours access.

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, political views, 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.