Now that’s access!

SJMC News senior Shannon Rabotski, left, was seated behind the moderators at the CNN presidential debate held last week in Drake’s Sheslow Auditorium. Bad news: her view of the stage was blocked. Good news: CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer gave her his coffee mug!

Drake students invited to Fox News town hall

Fox News has invited the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication and all Drake students to attend a televised town hall with Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Sunday, Jan. 26. Fox anchor Chris Wallace will moderate the town hall.  The network will be taking audience questions during the town hall and questions can be submitted through the registration link below. Space is limited.

WHAT: Town hall with Mayor Pete Buttigieg

WHEN: Jan. 26, 6-7 p.m.

WHERE: Iowa River Center, 340 S.W. 3rd St., Des Moines, IA 50309

Specific event details and arrival instructions are included on the Eventbrite registration link HERE. Email with any questions about the event.

Spring positions available at the Harkin Institute

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement offers students the opportunity to produce meaningful policy research and programming. The Institute is hiring students to join its communications team:

Graphic design — design communication materials, including reports

Web design — write and design content for the Institute’s website

Students from all backgrounds and majors with experience are encouraged to apply. Find more information and apply by searching “The Harkin Institute” on Handshake. Applications are due Jan. 26. For questions, contact Emily Schettler at

Learn more about PMAC, orientation leader opportunities

Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant:

Consider becoming a Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC) and help welcome new students to Drake.

PMACs will continue to serve as a resource and motivator throughout the fall semester. Communication with new students will begin over the summer and continue throughout the fall semester. Based on research findings and past experiences, peer-to-peer interaction with an emphasis on students’ academic success and personal development is particularly important to overall growth during the first year in college. PMACs play an essential role in making sure new students are acclimated to their new environment before classes begin.

If you are interested in becoming a PMAC, attend a final informational session on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Olin 101. PMAC applications are due Sunday, Feb. 9. Apply here

Read more about this position at the website. Contact the Peer Advisory Board at or Marina Verlengia at with any questions.

Orientation Leader:

Want to help welcome new students to Drake and land a job on campus this summer? Consider becoming an orientation leader.

Orientation leaders are dedicated to providing incoming students and their families with all the information and resources necessary to ensure their transition to Drake is a smooth and enjoyable one.

If you are interested in becoming an orientation leader, you can attend the last informational session on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Meredith 104.

Applications for this role are due Friday, Jan. 31. Read more about position or contact Marina Verlengia at with any questions.

Send your best wishes to Professor Evans

At the April 25 SJMC centennial party we will also be celebrating the “matriculation” of electronic media Professor Todd Evans after 36 years at Drake! Evans is getting off the full-time-job hamster wheel to spend more well-deserved time with his wife and daughter. Send your thoughts, tears, memories and best wishes for Todd to Dean Kathleen Richardson ( for compilation.

Drake partner in Chile offers summer programs

Universidad de los Andes, a Drake partner institution in Santiago, Chile, is offering three updated versions of its most popular summer programs. The programs focus on environmental, economic and social cooperation and challenges. For more information and to sign up, see The David Wright Scholarship through Drake International supports study abroad  for SJMC students.

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.