Graduate, undergraduate, professional PR scholarships offered

The Central Iowa Public Relations Society of America chapter offers three scholarships annually to help students and professionals in the pursuit of public relations education.

Scholarship applications are being accepted through Oct. 6, 2018. Please submit applications according to directions indicated on the above links and at If you have questions, contact Ann Thelen at 515-720-8907 or

SJMC to host Pulitzer Prize winner

Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa journalist Art Cullen will read from his new book, “Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope from a Heartland Newspaper” on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room. Cullen will also answer questions and sign books. The event is free and open to the public and it is co-sponsored by the Drake Agricultural Law Center and the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Cullen is the longtime editor of The Storm Lake Times, a twice-weekly newspaper owned and run by his family, including his brother, wife and son. Cullen won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2017 for editorials that challenged the state’s powerful corporate agricultural interests, including the role of farming in polluting Iowa waters.

Cullen’s book is described as “part memoir, part cultural history” that provides insights into the culture of small-town middle America and hope for the future of the heartland.

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 ( or SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider ( 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.