We are thankful for you

The faculty and staff of the Drake SJMC wish all of our students, their parents, alumni and friends a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. It has sometimes been a difficult semester at Drake, but I am eternally grateful for our smart and compassionate students; our engaged alums, and our devoted faculty and staff. If you are traveling for the holiday, be safe . . . and get some sleep!
— Dean Kathleen Richardson

SJMC students featured in news coverage of Paint It Black

SJMC students Tim Gant, first-year, and Genesis Buckhalton, sophomore, were featured in local news coverage of the Paint It Black street painting event last Friday. Tim and Genesis discussed what the symbolism of painting the painted street black means for the campus, for Drake students of color and for efforts to end  racism at Drake: https://www.kcci.com/article/students-paint-iconic-street-to-make-stand-against-hate/25182264

Pulitzer-winning Drake alum to speak Nov. 26

Tom Hallman Jr., JO’77, a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writer for the Portland Oregonian, will be on campus Nov. 26-28 as the 2018-2019 E. T. Meredith Visiting Professional. Hallman will visit classes every day and deliver a public lecture on Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room. During “An Evening of Storytelling,” Hallman will share his stories, discuss the art of storytelling, and explain how to tell your story. The event is free and open to the public.
Currently a senior reporter at The Oregonian, Hallman has also written for magazines including EsquireReader’s Digest and Men’s Health. In addition to his Pulitzer, Hallman has won every major feature-writing award. A link for the Facebook event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/2672992572926567/.

Study-abroad opportunities offered in Chile

Universidad de los Andes, Drake’s partner institution in Santiago, Chile, offers two programs for students interested in studying in a Spanish-speaking country. UAndes is a beautiful, modern campus with a student body and professional vibe very similar to Drake’s.

Last call is out for applications to the January 2019 GO UANDES short-term programs. Application deadline: Dec. 1.

Due to high demand, UAndes will be holding a second version of these GO programs in July 2019

Finally, Universidad de los Andes would like to communicate that starting 2019 it will be offering the LAMA Semester Exchange Program, which allows Drake students to enroll in courses taught completely in English.  Program participants will be able to take Art and Humanities classes with local and international students without requiring Spanish proficiency.

For more information, see the links below and contact Drake’s International Programs office.

For LAMA:  http://www.uandes.cl/internacional/exchange-and-mobility.html

For GO UANDES: http://www.uandes.cl/ingles/ongoing-programs.html

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.