Enjoy “The Todd” today 

With Professor Todd Evans retiring after a storied 36-year career, Drake Broadcasting System was left wondering how the organization could appropriately honor the man. For April 1, 94.1 “The Dog” will officially rebrand as 94.1 “The Todd”! The station will be playing only Todd Evans-approved music: the Beatles 24/7! Tune in at https://www.radio.net/s/thedogatdrakeuniversity


Guest speaking . . . remotely

Award-winning retired KCCI news director Dave Busiek virtually connected this week with an SJMC broadcast news reporting class. The class is being taught by Mark Tauscheck, a former KCCI reporter and current Des Moines public relations professional.

Keep up with your Spanish 

Drake language instructors are offering virtual Spanish conversation hours. Anyone can join in; Spanish language proficiency level doesn’t matter.

To join online, use this link:


To phone in, call +1-571-392-7650; PIN: 267 603 3394

Please check this document for updates or cancellations: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jrby1YBj6qU0rVa3HjxTwbNiazmniEcy2J-DtvRHBJc/edit?usp=sharing

Conversation hours schedule (Central Daylight Time):

Tuesday 7-8 p.m., Wednesday 4-5 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Take a virtual tour of Drake

Do you know a prospective student who hasn’t been able to visit campus? Or maybe you are a current student or alum who wants a quick peek at your old haunts. Take a virtual tour of campus anytime: https://www.youvisit.com/tour/drake/141268?loc=trail1:32:1:1&pl=v&m_prompt=1

Nominations open for Adams Leadership Awards

Nominate a student or organization for one of the annual Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute Awards. Deadline for nominations is April 16. For more information and to nominate, see https://drake.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hy7gN7cbcGQldH

Life hacks and lifelines

Student Emergency Fund: Drake has set up a Student Emergency Fund to help students with urgent financial needs caused by the pandemic crisis. Students may request grants of up to $250. For more information and to apply, see https://drake.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4HZmDH05TeIcOOx  

Credit/no credit deadline: A reminder that the University is amending credit/no credit requirements for spring to allow students more flexibility to opt to take their classes pass/fail this semester. The deadline for deciding is April 10. Email dean’s assistant Mallory Quinn (mallory.quinn@drake.edu) if you have any questions.

Career and internship help: A new Facebook group (Drake SJMC Careers and Internship Group) is for Drake SJMC students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and employers to discuss all matters relative to careers, jobs, internships and professional development. Please join in if you have, or are seeking, advice, trends, tips and positions to share, as well as networking opportunities.

Have a news item for the Memo?

The SJMC Monday Memo is a 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 (kathleen.richardson@drake.edu) or SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider (christopher.snider@drake.edu). SJMC alums and other professionals can also subscribe to the Monday Memo via email here: http://eepurl.com/bPNbxn

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.