SJMC Monday Memo

Have a happy and safe Independence Day!

Apply for a post-graduate Fulbright fellowship

Drake has long been recognized as one of the top producers of international Fulbright scholarship recipients, and many of those scholars have been SJMC students. Fulbright scholars receive funds to teach or conduct research projects overseas after graduation.

If you are senior who is interested in the Fulbright program, contact associate professor Eleanor Zeff (, Drake’s coordinator of post-graduate scholarships, as soon as possible. The applications are due in October, but the process is extensive and you will be screened and mentored as you develop your application to ensure it is as competitive as possible.

Alumni news

SJMC alumna Ashton Weis, JO’13, published an op-ed piece in The Des Moines Register about the “autonomous zone” protest in Seattle: Ashton is communications and operations coordinator at Helping Hands for the Disabled in Seattle.

Still looking for a job — or want to help an SJMC grad find one?

The SJMC, in partnership with Drake Professional and Career Development Services, would like to facilitate connections between recent graduates who are job hunting, and alumni and professionals who are willing to provide feedback, advice, connections and networking. If you are an alum or SJMC friend who is interested in providing mentorship or a graduate who is job hunting, please contact SJMC Dean Kathleen Richardson ( to express your interest in being involved.


On-campus internship: Drake’s Information Technology Services is hiring a communications assistant for the 2020-21 school year. The IT Communications Assistant will create communication plans using social media, print, the OnCampus e-newsletter, and other avenues to promote ITS services to their fellow students. The job will pay $9/hour and will be able to work 300 hours over the school year beginning in late August. Apply on Handshake by July 31.

Mentor a first-year: We are seeking current SJMC students to serve as mentors for our incoming class. Email Associate Dean Kelly Bruhn ( for more information.

SJMC summer classes: You can still register for these SJMC classes, which run July 6-24 — JMC 41 Financial Fundamentals for Communication Professionals (1 credit) Required SJMC course, CRN 9325; JMC 76 Advertising Principles (3 credits) Critical Thinking AOI, CRN 7440.

Have a news item for the Memo?

The SJMC Monday Memo (and other days of the week as needed) 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.