SJMC Thursday Memo | April 9, 2020

LinkedIn social media manager to offer career advice

SJMC alum Lucille Carver, JO’12, social media manager for LinkedIn, will conduct a remote guest lecture on Monday, April 13, at 6 p.m. Carver previously worked for McDonald’s, Hickory Farms and Chicago’s Field Museum. Carver will talk about her job, how to maximize your LinkedIn profile and how her job has changed while navigating the current environment.

How to participate:
Apr 13, 2020 6:00 – 7:00 PM Central Time
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 553 061 319
Password: 921529

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.

Ask Us Anything! A video conference regarding jobs and internships. All students welcome!
Friday, April 10 at noon CST
Students looking for jobs and internships are welcomed to open forum for questions and information regarding careers and internships during this time of uncertainty. We want to answer your questions (and try to ease your anxiety) by providing advice and resources.
You can submit questions ahead of time here, and we’ll answer during the conference.  You can ask questions during the conference call also.  We’ll record it and compile the list of FAQ after the call and share it on our website. Students from all majors welcomed!
Hosted by Drake career services professionals Chrystal Stanley, Annette Watson, Leah Berte and Carlyn Crowe
Join here

If you missed the Wednesday session of “Ask Us Anything,” which was aimed at graduating seniors, a recording of the conference can be found here.

Urban Plains launches “Home on the Plains”

SJMC seniors participating in the multimedia capstone website Urban Plains have launched a new series, “Home on the Plains,” a response to coronavirus upending second semester of their senior year. As the students explain, “In these unprecedented times, we will be asking ourselves: How are we experiencing social distancing? What are we learning about ourselves? What are we learning about the communities around us?” “Home on the Plains” is a beautiful expression of how creative and resilient our students are. Each student in the capstone is producing at least one episode for the series.


Elections to choose student senators for 2020-21 will be held via MyDrake today, Thursday, April 9, and tomorrow, Friday, April 10. 

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

Registration for summer, fall and January Term 2021 classes will begin on Monday, April 13.

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  

Credit/no credit deadline this week: 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 tomorrow, Friday, April 10. Email dean’s assistant Mallory Quinn ( if you have any questions.

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