Touches of spring in Meredith Hall!

Bouquets of yellow tulips popped up on desks in Meredith Hall last week, making us dream of spring (even as the snow drifted outside our windows!).

Help reimagine the future of journalism

Come to Meredith Hall on Saturday, Feb. 22 to eat some free pizza and help imagine what the future of local news will look like.

Drake SJMC is hosting an immersive, hands-on workshop where students will be sharing their opinions and making things. The event will expose you to cutting-edge innovation methods, including tools from Stanford University’s design thinking and Google’s Sprint process. The workshop will be run by local startup Bonfire Strategy.

You don’t need to be a specific major to attend, so invite your friends as well.

This workshop is part of a series of events at the SJMC in celebration of its centennial anniversary — a perfect time to not only celebrate our legacy but to look toward the future.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 in Meredith 104. Email with any questions. RSVP at

Did we mention there will be FREE PIZZA? Sponsored by the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies.

Learn about teaching English overseas

Drake International offers opportunities for new graduates to obtain jobs teaching English overseas. To learn more about Working Worldwide attend an information session:

Monday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m., Mer. 103
Friday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Mer. 103
Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Pomerantz Conference Room
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., Mer. 103

Don’t miss out on 2020-21 SJMC scholarships

Pick up an application for scholarships for next year on the table outside Mer. 119. Scholarship applications are due to administrative assistant Denise Ganpat in Mer. 118 by Friday, Feb. 14.

Keep up with your Spanish

Do you want to brush up your language skills? Do you want to practice speaking Spanish in a non-threatening environment? Come to the free weekly language tables:

Tuesday, 7-8 p.m., TMR 132 (Olmsted)
Wednesday, 4-5 p.m., Mer. 204
Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mer. 204
Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Career fair set for this week

Drake Professional and Career Development Services has scheduled its annual career fair this week:

Career fair: Thursday, Feb. 13, 3-3:30 p.m. for seniors, 3:30-6 p.m. for all students, Olmsted Center. Register via Handshake events. Bring your resume and business cards; dress in professional attire.

Registration open for April 25 centennial party

Alums, join us during Drake Relays 2020 to celebrate two momentous occasions: 100 years of journalism and mass communication education at Drake AND 36 years of Professor Todd Evans at Drake! The party will be on Saturday, April 25, 5-8 p.m. in Meredith Hall. Tickets cost $25 and include food and drink stations, T-shirt screening and more. We’ll raise a toast to our great legacy, and current and departed friends. Register here: Plus 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.

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.