SJMC Monday Memo

Good luck on finals!

2020 graduates invited to virtual “launch party”

Spring 2020 graduates, both graduate and undergraduate, are invited to a virtual launch party on Wednesday, May 13, 5-6 p.m. Check your email for a message from the dean’s office with directions on how to participate. You’ll have an opportunity to connect with your classmates; your professors will read off your name by majors; and we’ll toast the retirements of professors Todd Evans and Dorothy Pisarski.

Open forum for current students on May 20

The SJMC dean’s office and faculty have been fielding questions from students regarding planning for the future and what the next academic year will look like. We’re all here to help you make the decisions that are right for you. And, if you’re available, we would love for you to join us for an SJMC Conversation on Wednesday, May 20, 1-2 p.m. CDT (see directions below) to further plan for Fall 2020. We want to listen to your experiences and brainstorm ways we can work together no matter where we are. We are so proud of you, and we look forward to building the future with you.

Topic: Open Forum with SJMC Dean and Associate Dean

Time: May 20, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Professor Bruhn chosen for PRSA Storytellers event

SJMC associate dean Kelly Bruhn has been chosen to participate in a national Public Relations Society of America virtual panel discussion this week. “PRSA Storytellers: Inspiration, Information, Issues” will feature experts discussing the most pressing issues of the profession during the pandemic. Professor Bruhn’s fellow panelists include faculty from Temple, Texas A&M and San Diego State.

Bruhn recently earned her promotion to full professor upon a vote of the Drake Board of Trustees. Congratulations to Kelly!

Last call for SJMC merch

SJMC- and centennial-branded clothing, mugs, beer glasses and journalism-themed notebooks are available for purchase at until May 17. The project was conceived, designed and executed by SJMC students and members of the SJMC National Advisory Council to celebrate the School. The T-shirts for sale are fundraisers for the Times-Delphic and Drake PRSSA.

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