SJMC Monday Memo | April 8, 2019

PR senior selected as Fulbright scholar

Public Relations major Ashley Blazek has been chosen as a post-graduate Fulbright scholar. Ashley will spend her scholarship year as an English teaching assistant in Malaysia. She is one of five Drake students chosen for the honor; two additional students were selected as alternates. Drake thus continues its long run as one of the top institutions in the country for producing Fulbright scholars.

Louis Carr event canceled

BET executive and SJMC alum Louis Carr, JO’78, has been forced to cancel Monday evening’s appearance at Drake. He hopes to reschedule his visit to campus next fall.

SJMC hosting Holocaust Museum speaker

Rebecca Erbelding, an archivist with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss the World War II U.S. War Refugee Board on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Meredith Hall Room 101. The War Refugee Board was established by FDR in January 1944 to help rescue and restart lives of civilians persecuted by Nazis. It was the only action by our government to respond to Holocaust crimes. Erbelding is being brought to campus by Drake SJMC in conjunction with the University of Northern Iowa Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

PRSSA panel focuses on life after Drake

The PRSSA meeting this week, on Tuesday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in Mer. 104, will feature a panel of SJMC graduates talking about life in the professional world:

Taryn Rolle- LS2group
Mari Moroz- Strategic America
Anna Van Waardhuizen- Strategic America
Grace Rogers- National Speech and Debate Association

All are welcome to attend.

Bucksbaum speaker Lisa Ling to meet with students

Lisa Ling, veteran broadcast journalist who is currently executive producer and host of CNN’s This is Life, will meet with Drake students in an informal question-and-answer session on Thursday, April 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Sussman Theater. She will deliver the 40th Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center.

Journalists discuss future of the profession

The journalism profession is in the midst of upheaval worldwide. More and more communities are becoming “news deserts” as mainstream media organizations struggle. New information-sharing platforms are emerging, but can they be trusted? What does this chaotic media environment mean for us and what can we do about it?

Join the conversation with longtime Des Moines broadcast journalists Dave Busiek and Kevin Cooney, political blogger Laura Belin of Bleeding Heartland, Des Moines Register reporter Linh Ta, and Business Record publisher Chris Conetzkey.

The event, sponsored by the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication to celebrate 100 years of journalism education at Drake, will be held Monday, April 15, starting at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Celebrate Drake’s first Dog(town) Days this month

Drake’s Community Action Board encourages students to participate in the first Dog(town) Days. During the month of April, CAB is encouraging students to celebrate the contributions of Drake Neighborhood businesses by visiting five or more Drake Neighborhood restaurants, including Gazali’s, Papa Keno’s, Mars, Fernando’s, Lifestyle Juices, 8 Degree Ice Cream and Boba, Chicago Dog, and more. On April 30, students are invited to a final celebration event with free food, raffles and neighborhood walking tours. To track the number of restaurants you have visited, pick up a punchcard from the Student Life Office. Learn more about our event on CAB’s Facebook page here.

Alums to gather at SJMC’s annual Relays reception

The annual SJMC alumni reunion is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 5-7 p.m. in Meredith Hall. Alums are encouraged to come see the cool new additions to the Meredith Hall electronic media facilities and kick off the centennial of journalism education at Drake! For more information, photos from last year’s reception and to register see

Donate used jeans for Denim Day on April 24

Drake SJMC has volunteered to participate in Denim Day on April 24. VIP: Violence Intervention Partners  is organizing Drake departments and organizations to collect and display 37 pairs of jeans at exhibits around campus. This is a statement of support and solidarity with the 37 victims of sexual assault every hour.

The story behind this event began in the 1990s in Italy, after a sexual assault conviction was overturned due to the clothing the victim was wearing.  Find more information here:

If you or your organization is interested in contributing used jeans to the cause, please drop them off with SJMC administrative assistant Denise Ganpat in Mer. 118. If you would like to be recognized for your donation, leave your name with Denise.

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.

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