Advertising students win gold, silver in local AAF contest

Senior Josie Carrabine won four gold awards, including Student Best of Show, and Spanish exchange student Paula Aguirre won a silver award in the local American Advertising Federation of America Des Moines contest, presented at the annual banquet this weekend. Josie also won awards for direct marketing, art direction (campaign) and integrated brand identity campaign. Paula won in the print advertising category. Josie’s work will move on to the regional contest.

Snapshot from courtside

Noah Manderfeld and Olivia Bruce called Friday night’s women’s basketball game against Evansville for KDRA 94.1 The Dog. The Bulldogs won, 66-39.

Tell us in six words: What does free speech mean to you?

“Stand Up, Speak Up! Tinker v. Des Moines Turns 50″ will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room. Mary Beth and John Tinker, plaintiffs in the case, along with Drake students, will lead a conversation on the values and challenges of freedom of expression. The event is co-sponsored by the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Drake Law School, Cowles Library, the Drake School of Education and the Drake Department of Political Science.

A few student volunteers are needed to help with registration and an interactive piece of the event. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Dean Kathleen Richardson at

In addition, make sure to submit your “six words” cards about free speech! (“Tell us in six words: What does free speech mean to you?”) Cards and submission boxes can be found in the Meredith Hall lobbies and in Cowles Library. The words will be used as part of the Tinker event and will be displayed afterward.

High school journalists from Parkland, FL, Prosper, TX, visit SJMC

Journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and Prosper High School in Texas met with SJMC students and attended the Sussman leadership institute on Saturday. The high school students were in Des Moines for events commemorating the Tinker v. Des Moines decision. In addition, Drake students interviewed the Texas students and their adviser for the Split Ticket podcast. The Prosper students are advocating for a change in state law that would give students more free speech rights.

Pulitzer-winning photographer to visit Drake

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Jose Galvez will be on campus next week as part of the inaugural Global Citizen Forum on migration. Galvez has spent his career documenting Latino life in America through black-and-white photography. He will deliver a multimedia lecture on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Sussman Theater. He will also visit classes and an exhibit of his work will be in Meredith Hall all week.

Other events in the Global Citizen Forum:

  • “A Little Salsa on the Prairie,” documentary and discussion, Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Sussman
  • Symposium, Friday, March 8, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Upper Olmsted (concurrent sessions in the morning, keynote speaker at lunch 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,  workshop on activism 2-4 p.m.)

Participate in national student survey

Drake first-year, senior and P2 students are being asked to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement. Drake administers this survey every few years to help us keep in touch with student opinions, wants and needs across a range of areas, including curriculum, campus climate and student life. Have your voice heard and participate!

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.