Welcome to Welcome Week!

The 2019-20 academic year officially kicks off on campus this week with the arrival of the entering first-year students. Junior PR major Genesis Buckhalton will be one of the keynote speakers at the campuswide event welcoming the new students on Thursday morning, after which they will troop to Meredith Hall to meet the SJMC faculty and staff.

We are also welcoming Lakshmi Tirumala to the Drake SJMC. Lakshmi is finishing his Ph.D. from Texas Tech and most recently taught at State University of New York Plattsburgh. He will teach visual communication and all aspects of video production. Lakshmi’s interests including movies and film production, photography and coding.

Sign up for new Drake wifi network

ITS has launched eduroam (education roaming), a new wireless network at Drake. Faculty, staff, and students at any eduroam-participating institution can access the eduroam wireless network at over 1000 locations in over 100 countries.

The eduroam network will be replacing both DUStudent and DUFacStaff. DUStudent will be phased out on Sept. 13 and DUFacStaff will be phased out on Dec. 31, but we encourage you to switch to eduroam today. Log into eduroam using your Drake email address, rather than your Drake ID number. This ensures that your credentials are passed securely anywhere you connect to the eduroam network.

Learn more at www.drake.edu/its/eduroam/

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.

Have a news item for the Memo?

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 (kathleen.richardson@drake.edu) or SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider (christopher.snider@drake.edu). 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.