SJMC Friday Memo | March 27, 2020

Big news on fall registration

Just to make sure this is on your radar screen, the Drake registrar’s office made the following announcement on Thursday:

In an effort to provide more time for you to connect with your advisors and/or college/school office, Drake has made the decision to move back registration by one week and extend the drop with a W deadline.


Registration for Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and J-Term 2021 will begin on Monday, April 13 for undergraduate and graduate students.  Registration will take place on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24 for law students.

  • Visit to view your assigned registration day and time.
  • Use email as your first point of contact. Include your Drake ID number, relevant course information (CRN, Course Subject and Number, etc.), and a clearly articulated question/issue.
  • A note about J-Term travel seminars: Due to current travel restrictions, Drake International will be reviewing J-term 2021 travel seminars in the near future on how to proceed with the application process.  They will be reaching out to students and faculty with more information as it is available.

Drop a course with a “W”

  • The deadline to drop a course with a “W” is extended to Friday, April 10 at 4:30 pm.  This extension will provide you additional time to assess your academic performance and new remote course format.
  • To drop a course with a W, please complete the Spring 2020 Course Change Form.

Not sure about your next step?  Email  Or contact Mallory Quinn ( in the SJMC dean’s office. You can also consult with your academic adviser.  For FAQ’s related to the revised credit/no-credit grading policy that was announced on Wednesday, visit the Academic section of the COVID-19 website.

Looking for a summer or fall internship?

SJMC internship coordinator Carlyn Crowe is networking with local and national employers and alumni to explore the outlook for summer and fall internships. Contact Carlyn (, Drake Professional and Career Services staff member Annette Watson ( or stay tuned on Drake social media, the Memo, Handshake, Drake Media Gigs or your adviser for more connections.

Alumni news

Emily Reis Abbas, JO’97, MCL’09, has been named the next chief retail officer of Bankers Trust. Abbas will ascend to the new position in August. She will lead more than 200 employees who make up the company’s consumer services, residential real estate, private banking and financial services teams, in addition to her current leadership roles as chief marketing and communications officer and chief of staff. Her new title will be chief retail banking and marketing officer. Abbas has also volunteered her time with the national alumni board of Drake.

Celebrating our seniors

Drake’s spring commencement ceremony has been canceled, but we want to recognize our amazing seniors as they finish out their SJMC careers. We will be profiling our Drake SJMC seniors on our @drakejmc Instagram account throughout the rest of the semester. Please send the following information along with an Insta-worthy photo to
Favorite Drake memory:
One tip for Drake freshmen:

Plans after graduation (if you know yet):

Meredith Hall building hours

Students currently have access to campus academic buildings with their Drake ID from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on weekdays only. However, that doesn’t mean that classrooms are always unlocked. Students are encouraged to follow governmental guidelines, practice social distancing and refrain from coming to campus if possible. Students with questions should contact Dean Kathleen Richardson (

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