New window clings welcome the world to Meredith Hall!

Welcome-back-to-campus snack break

SJMC faculty and staff are excited to kick off the new academic year and welcome back students.  A Welcome Reception will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 9-10 a.m. in the Meredith Hall north lobby (by the courtyard).  Please stop by after J30 or before J54, J55, J91, J114, J138, or J195. . . .  We invite those on or near campus to have a morning snack or beverage and network with fellow SJMC students.  Stop by for a muffin and coffee, to say hi to “old” SJMC friends, and to make new SJMC friends.

Share your experiences in recent internships, jobs

The SJMC is planning a campaign to highlight your cool internships and jobs. Please send a brief description of your experience, including name of employer, title and dates of employment, to We’d also love to feature a photo of you on-site (or a headshot, if on-site photos aren’t available). The campaign will begin in just a few weeks, and it will continue throughout the year. We welcome content from students and alumni.

In addition, the Drake Professional and Career Development Services office is updating its database of student internships. This helps the University find internships and jobs for all students. Visit this link to report your internship:

Get involved with Drake magazines

The brainstorming session for the Drake Political Review is today, Monday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. in Mer. 202. This is the link for if people cannot make it and still would like to pitch a story:

Interested in writing for Drake Magazine this fall? Join a brainstorming session on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7-8 p.m. in Mer. 104 to pitch your ideas and get a first-hand look into the next issue.

PRSSA kickoff meeting

Drake’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter will be hosting the first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 8:15 p.m. in Mer. 102.

Learn all about what PRSSA has to offer and what’s planned for the semester. All are welcome, not just PR majors. There will be snacks.

Sign up for new Drake wifi network this week

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 1,000 locations in over 100 countries.

The eduroam network will be replacing both DUStudent and DUFacStaff. DUStudent will be phased out this Friday, Sept. 13, and DUFacStaff will be phased out on Dec. 31. 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

SJMC podcast debuts

The SJMC has launched a podcast series to help celebrate the School’s centennial and tell our stories. Listen to the first installment:

Writing Workshop opens this week

The Drake University Writing Workshop opens today, Monday, Sept. 9.  The workshop is staffed by peer tutors, who help students identify areas of difficulty and work with them on a range of issues including fluency, organization, development, analysis and argument. Tutors also help students copy edit their work as needed. Tutors do NOT write papers for students, nor do they simply act as proofreaders.  All work on development and copy reading takes place within the context of the student’s own writing. 

HOW TO  SIGN UP: The online address for student sign-up is Typically, an appointment is for one half hour. Students can sign up for more than one session if they choose. They may also request that a tutor keep a regular time slot available for them if they would like to come in each week. 

LOCATION and HOURS: The Writing Workshop is located in Cowles Library, Room 47, on the lower level.

  • Monday through Friday during the day
  • Monday through Thursday during the evening
  • Saturday afternoon
  • Sunday afternoon and evening

Apply for a post-graduate Fulbright scholarship

Seniors who are interested in pursuing a post-graduate international Fulbright fellowship: Applications are 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.

Alpha Kappa Psi professional fraternity recruitment

Join Alpha Kappa Psi during the organization’s recruitment this week, Sept. 9-14. The fraternity is open to all genders and all majors, minors and concentrations on Drake’s campus. It provides members professional experiences, service opportunities and brotherhood. Stop by Parent’s Hall South anytime from 7-9:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 to learn more. Dress code is business casual. Questions? Email

Apply to the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute

The Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute (DVALI) is a leadership development program offered to all undergraduate students at Drake. Students who apply and are admitted to the Institute are given access to personalized leadership training, co-curricular skill development, and career preparation. All students admitted to the Institute complete a three-part leadership training series, designed to equip students with self-awareness, collaboration, and perspective-taking skills that are immediately applicable to their personal relationships, academic coursework, campus activities, and professional goals. In addition, DVALI students participate in a variety of annual events and activities offered exclusively to students in the Institute. This co-curricular leadership opportunity is available to students from all academic disciplines and majors at no additional cost thanks to the generous support of Drake alumni and friends of Dr. Donald V. Adams, Professor Emeritus. A full description of the DVALI leadership training series can be found All three trainings meet weekly starting in week 5 of the semester, and are offered every fall and spring semester.

Apply online at by Sept. 15. Students accepted in to the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute will be notified by Sept. 20, with the opportunity to start the DVALI training series as early as the fall 2019 semester.

Want to learn more?

Visit, or attend an upcoming Adams Leadership Institute information session:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 10 (4 or 4:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11 (12 or 12:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Sept. 12 (5 or 5:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, Sept. 13 (11 or 11:30 a.m.)

*All info sessions will be located in the Drake Room (2nd floor Olmsted Center)


Contact Kristin Economos, Director of Student Leadership Programs, at

Volunteer opportunities available for eating disorders walk

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Des Moines Walk is on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9-11 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 (

Meredith Hall building hours

Meredith Hall is unlocked during the following hours when classes are in session:

Sunday-Sunday: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-9:30 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 ( 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.