SRO crowd at SJMC-hosted climate change event

A standing-room-only crowd attended a discussion on climate change last week at the Science Center of Iowa, co-hosted by the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication and SciLine, a nonprofit devoted to encouraging fact-based and accurate reporting about science. State climatologists from Iowa, North Carolina and Nebraska discussed how climate change is affecting life in their states. The event was recorded by CSPAN and livestreamed and archived at

SJMC students recognized by local film festival

Drake digital media production students Adam Heater and Lucius Pham won the vote for best film in their category for the 48 Hour Film Project Des Moines. Their work will be featured at the “best of” screening on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. at Fleur Cinema and Cafe:

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.

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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