SJMC Monday Memo

Congratulations to our scholarship and award winners!

We can’t celebrate on campus this spring, but we’d like to offer virtual applause all this week to the winners of the annual SJMC awards and scholarships. Each day this week, we will publish the names of the students who have been recognized for their academic achievements, hard work, skills and enthusiasm for the craft of communication.  Today we recognize:

Erik Isgrig Advertising Scholarship – Allyn Benkowich
Established in honor of a distinguished member of the Drake advertising faculty by his former students, the award recognizes an outstanding advertising student.

Media Planning Maven Award – Allyn Benkowich

Frank Miller Scholarship – Brianna Bonilla
Named after a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Des Moines Register and funded by his friends and colleagues.

Tom Norquist Memorial Award – Rachel Mayoros
Named in honor of 1979 graduate Tom Norquist, recognizes an excellent journalism student.

94.1 “Top Dog” Award – Josh Randolph
Winners’ names are engraved on a plaque displayed outside the SJMC dean’s office.

Jim Duncan Memorial Award – Rachel Hartley
Recognizes electronic media students for outstanding promise in production and performance; named after the Drake broadcast professor who was known worldwide as the “Voice of the Relays.”

Ted Sell Memorial Award – Elizabeth Hennessey
Given to an outstanding junior or senior interested in a career in print or broadcasting.

John Lytle Endowed Scholarship for News Journalism – Carson Reichardt
A news major who exemplifies the values and standards that broadcast news professor John Lytle sought to impart to his students: excellent reporting and writing, a devotion to public service and the profession, a strong work ethic, and the highest of ethical standards.

Registration starts today

Registration for summer, fall and January Term classes begins today.

Taking summer classes is a great way to get ahead or get caught up on your SJMC major. We offer three-week online classes with the first session starting May 18. Seven JMC classes will be offered, including three in the SJMC core curriculum, ad and PR classes and web design.

Career development reminders

SJMC alum Lucille Carver, JO’12, social media manager for LinkedIn, will conduct a remote guest lecture today, 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.

Two video conferences regarding jobs and internships were held last week by Drake career development staff. If you weren’t able to participate, but would like to watch them see:

“Ask Us Anything” aimed at graduating seniors: here.

“Ask Us Anything” aimed at all students: here.

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 ( or SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider ( SJMC alums and other professionals can also subscribe to the Monday Memo via email here:

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.