SJMC Monday Memo | April 29, 2019

Check out SJMC history exhibit at Cowles

An exhibit in Cowles Library helps launch the celebration of 100 years of journalism and mass communication education at Drake in 2019-20. The exhibit, which features photos from the Drake Archives and tells the story of the SJMC since 1919, will be on display through the summer. It is in the Collier Heritage Room, which is the gallery next door to the Cowles Reading Room on the second floor.

Congratulations to top students

The following students and graduates who received special recognition this spring in their respective programs:

Public Relations Student of the Year: Caroline Hogan
Strategic Political Communication Student of the Year: Sarah Schroeder
Master of Arts in Communication Student of the Year: Kristin Hurd
Patricia Prijatel Storyteller Award: Morgan Noll
Strategic Political Communication Alumna of the Year: Caroline Closson
Public Relations Alumna of the Year: Ashley Beall
SJMC’s top scholar: Liz Bregenzer
Kappa Tau Alpha honor society: Jacob Reynolds, Anna Steenson, Ellen Converse, Olivia Decelles, Taylor Sellers

Student media leaders chosen for 2019-20

The leaders of Drake student media for next academic year are:

Drake Broadcasting System:  Adam Heater
Drake Magazine:  Madi Koetting
Drake Political Review: Lila Johnson
DUin:  Max Brown
Periphery: Deanna Krikorian
PRSSA: Ben Heinze
Times-Delphic: Rachel James

Buy SJMC gear from PRSSA

The Public Relations Student Society of America is holding a Custom Ink apparel fundraiser to help raise money to attend the national conference. See the link below to find out more:

SJMC co-hosting “Science on the Stump” forum

SJMC and March for Science Iowa will host “Science on the Stump,” a forum about science issues in the presidential campaign, on Friday, May 3, 3:30-6 p.m. in Sussman Theater. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

The event will include two panel discussions featuring Iowa scientists, science observers and activists, and political journalists. The audience will be engaged to identify key science policy issues that should be raised with presidential candidates.

Student tickets available for NPR show

The NPR weekly news show “It’s Been a Minute With Sam Sanders” will be recorded in Sheslow Auditorium on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. A limited number of free tickets are available to the broadcast for SJMC students. If you are interested, contact Dean Kathleen Richardson at

Alumni news

Work by Dave Lubbers, JO’86, a producer at ESPN, has won another award. “Spartan Silence,” a story for “Outside the Lines” about the Larry Nassar Michigan State sex abuse scandal, was honored with a Peabody Award. The documentary previously had won an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Brandon Stahl, JO’98, and his colleagues from the Minneapolis Star Tribune won a Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for public service journalism. Their series, “Denied Justice,” about the breakdown in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases in Minnesota, was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Reed Fischer, JO’17, won the 5,000-meter run at the Drake Relays. Reed broke the University record in the race in his senior year. He is currently marketing and communications manager for Colorado Mountain Club.

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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