SJMC Monday Memo

Applications for 2020-21 publication leaders due March 6

Applications for editor-in-chief positions for Drake publications are due Thursday, March 6 at 5 p.m. Applications should include a resume and three to five work samples. Email pdfs to associate professor Jeff Inman (, chair of the Board of Student Communications, and Carson Reichardt (, SJMC student senator and BSC member.

Have coffee and cookies with KR

Have an idea that will make SJMC better? Bugged about a problem you think should be addressed? Dean Kathleen Richardson will hold open office hours on Friday, Jan. 28, 2-3 p.m. in her office, Mer. 118. Drop in for coffee, cookies and conversation to let her know what’s on your mind!

Donate jeans for a cause

The SJMC is again participating in Drake’s commemoration of international Denim Day, the annual statement of support of and solidarity with victims of sexual assault. Drake Denim Day will be April 29 and will include displays of jeans around campus, protesting an Italian sexual assault conviction that was overturned because of the clothing the victim was wearing.  Donate clean jeans in good condition to administrative assistant Denise Ganpat in Mer. 118 by April 29.

Meredith Corp. scholarship applications available

Applications for the 2020-21 Meredith Corp. scholarships are available outside of Mer. 119. The scholarships are open to Magazine Media majors only and applications are due Monday, March 2. The $5,000 Karyl Van scholarship  includes five hours/week work for the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies.

Alumni news

SJMC alumna Nicole Barreca Prenger, MCL’15, was among the young professionals recognized in the Des Moines Business Record’s 40 Under 40 class of 2020. Prenger, director of communications for the World Food Prize, was among 10 Bulldogs who were honored this year:

Meredith Hall to add gender-inclusive restrooms

Starting this week, the men’s and women’s restrooms on the main floor of Meredith Hall will become gender-inclusive restrooms. Drake facilities staff will add appropriate signage outside each restroom. The restrooms on the top floor and in the basement of the building will remain as-is.

Register for April 25 alumni gathering

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, gender, 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.