SJMC Monday Memo

“Wisdom walks about seeking those who are worthy of her, and graciously appears in their paths and meets them in every thought.”

— The Book of Wisdom

“What you seek is seeking you.”

— Rumi, 13th Century Persian poet and mystic

Welcome to Innovation and Creativity Week

The Pappajohn Innovation Studio and the Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership are sponsoring events to spark your creativity this week. Details can be found here.

Apply to be an orientation leader

Orientation leaders are dedicated to providing incoming students and their families with the information and resources necessary to ensure their transition to Drake is a smooth and enjoyable one. We need you to help make this happen. Each year we recruit current Drake students to become part of the orientation leader staff. Orientation leaders play a vital role in this exciting process, working closely with new students and their families on a wide variety of topics, including academics, student involvement, housing options and more.

We highly encourage you to attend one of the information sessions being offered via Zoom. Click here to sign up for a session! 

  • Friday, Nov. 13, noon CST
  • Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, 6 p.m. CST

Click here to learn more about the position. If you have any questions, contact Marina Verlengia at

Reminders about career events this week

“Preparing for the Real World”: Drake’s Student HR Association is hosting an event  on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. CST. Two talent acquisition specialists will discuss how to better prepare resumes, applications and LinkedIn profiles. Questions? Contact

Virtual Diversity Career Fair: The Drake office of Career and Professional Development Services will host a career fair on Thursday, Nov. 12, 3-6 p.m. CST. Whether you’re just starting to explore careers or looking for your next opportunity, this is a great chance to connect with companies that have specific diversity recruiting pipelines as well as companies that are seeking to increase their recruitment of diverse students. Not sure what we mean by “diverse students”? Check out

The Virtual Diversity Career Fair will be held on Handshake. You must register on Handshake to access the event.  For more information or questions, contact Carlyn Crowe ( or Annette Watson (

Calling all SJMC alums: Help inspire future Bulldogs

Please help the SJMC connect with admitted students by sharing your Drake experience and offering advice for their future careers. We hope you’ll consider hosting informal conversations or even portfolio critiques for this next generation of professionals. The Zoom link is Interested? Please contact SJMC associate dean for more information.

SJMC offers diverse menu of J Term classes

Seats are still available in JMC 99 CRN 1841 “A Peek Behind the Curtain of the Music Business.” The course is an interdisciplinary study of the music industry, including music publishing, music promotion, music business ethics, emerging music business technologies, copyright law, and other subjects directly pertinent to understanding today’s music industry landscape. The course will include a practical look at the industry through the work of Station 1 Records, a local record label. The course includes daily guest speakers — executives from the leading companies in the music business like Sony Music, Warner Music Group, Kobalt Music Publishing and others. The class is taught by Tobi Parks, a musician and local music entrepreneur who formerly worked for Sony Music in New York.

A newly added class is JMC 99 CRN 2220 Media and Sport. Taught by longtime SJMC part-time faculty member Kim Smith, the course looks at the intersection of sports and media. The popularity of sports provides the media with large audiences for their programming and profit from advertising revenue. But sports are more than entertainment. Sports are an important way our culture is defined. Among other topics, this course will examine the history of sports and media, critically analyze sports journalism, discuss ways the sports media have influenced social change, explore the sports media’s coverage of race, gender, sexuality and fandom issues, the sports media’s contribution to globalization and ethical considerations in sport journalism.

Other classes added to the schedule specifically for first-year students are JMC 76 Advertising Principles, JMC 84 Brand Media Principles and JMC 85 Public Relations Principles, all of which fulfill general education Areas of Inquiry as well as requirements for individual SJMC majors.

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