SJMC alum named Woman of Influence

Deirdre DeJear, JO’08, a businesswoman and political consultant, has been recognized by the Des Moines Business Record as a 2019 Woman of Influence. DeJear, who in 2016 was the Democratic nominee for secretary of state, was named the Meredith Corp. Emerging Woman of Influence. She has also worked on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and run two successful local school board campaigns.

Watch SJMC-hosted climate change event

The SJMC this week is hosting 32 journalists from throughout the country for a “boot camp” on how to cover science issues in the presidential campaign. The camp is organized by SciLine, an initiative based at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The event kicked off Sunday evening with a keynote speech by Dr. Courtney Kennedy, director of survey research at the Pew Research Center. She discussed the current state of political polling and told the journalists what to look for in their reporting on polls.

SJMC and SciLine are hosting a forum on climate change on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 6-9 p.m. at the Science Center of Iowa. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit The discussion will also be livestreamed and archived at that SciLine link.

University Communications and Marketing hiring fall interns

The Drake office of communications and marketing has openings for fall interns in the areas of communication, marketing, graphic design and website management. The positions pay $10/hour and are open to sophomores and above. Hours, schedules and start dates are flexible. See the University’s Handshake employment portal for more information and to apply.

Apply for a post-graduate Fulbright scholarship

Seniors who are interested in pursuing a post-graduate international Fulbright fellowship: It’s not too early to be working on your application, which will be due the end of September. If you are interested in learning more about the Fulbright program, contact professor Eleanor Zeff at Drake has historically been one of the top producers of Fulbright scholars in the nation. Six Drake students, including SJMC senior Ashley Blazek, were named Fulbright scholars in spring 2019.

Volunteer opportunities available for eating disorders walk

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Des Moines Walk is on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Gray’s Lake – Christine Hensley Terrace (2101 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50315).

The Des Moines Walk will be a morning of raising awareness and funds for eating disorder programs, education outreach, and the support of individuals and families. Walkers and teams are needed to raise funds, and volunteers are also needed the day of the Walk. To register as either a Walker or Walker/Volunteer see

More information can be found at the Walk page ( and the Facebook page (

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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