Tour guides sought for Bulldog Days of Summer

Each summer, the Office of Admission hires students to serve as tour guides during the Bulldog Days of Summer Programs on July 22, July 29, Aug. 5, and Aug. 9. Students are paid $7.25 per hour. These programs will welcome 80–100 students and families to each program. To serve these visitors well, Drake students are hired to provide campus tours during defined hours each morning on these dates. A two-hour training session prior to giving a tour is required unless the student is already a Coleition member. Students sign up for available hours, and given the tour needs, are provided with a final schedule a week prior to the program. Students learn tour routes, key messages, responses to commonly asked questions, facts, and benefits of the University. Interested students should possess an enthusiasm for their Drake experience, strong communication skills, and the ability to relate to individuals from various backgrounds, ages, and experiences. Apply via Handshake by July 5.

Artists wanted to help work on campus mural

A mural is being installed on the new Boys and Girls Club building on campus. Brooklyn artist/designer  Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya has one intern working with her and their goal is to have the mural completed by next weekend. If you are an artist or if you know any artists or art students in the metro who would like to help paint this mural during the evenings this week, please sign up here:

Keep an eye on the Gigs

Drake Media Gigs is a good way to keep up on internship, work and career development opportunities, even during the summer:

Alumni news

Des Moines area branding and marketing agency Meyocks won a National Gold Addy at the recent American Advertising Awards. The award recognized Meyocks’ work on the Hy-Vee History Book. Congratulations especially to Chad Baker, JO’97, MA’98, vice president creative at Meyocks, and Donna Tweeten, JO’85, executive vice president for marketing and communications at Hy-Vee.

Media staff needed for track championships at Drake Stadium

Mike Mahon, former Sports Information Director at Drake University, is seeking JMC students to cover the track and field events at the Toyota USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships July 25-28 at Drake Stadium. Mahon says 1,000 of the best athletes will compete, and our students can be involved in covering events and interviewing winners, and work among national and international media. Mahon will be the media chief.

The coverage begins with a press conference scheduled for Wednesday July 24, and concludes on July 28.  Students who can work all or part of that schedule are encouraged to contact Mike for details, by sending him an email to

D.M. Social Media Club awards contest open

The Hashies, the Des Moines Social Media Club’s annual contest that recognizes demonstrated excellence in social media marketing, are open for submissions: Student entries are free for a limited time. Contact Niki Smith ( if you have any questions.

Summer Meredith Hall building hours

Meredith Hall is unlocked during the following hours during the summer:

Sunday and Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

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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.