SJMC Monday Memo

Keep up with Covid testing

The end of the pandemic is in sight, but we aren’t there yet until more members of our community are vaccinated. When you are contacted by the University contact-tracing team, please take a Covid test when requested. We’ve done such a great job keeping Drake safe, we don’t want to drop the ball now!

“Invest in You: Finding Your Financial Success”

On Wednesday, April 14 from 1-2 p.m. ET,  CNBC is partnering with NBCUAcademy to present a live, virtual town hall event for college-level students who will have the opportunity to ask the questions that matter most to them and learn the personal finance skills they need to achieve financial independence as they pursue their degrees and future careers. 

Hosted by CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson,  this dynamic event will give college-level students direct access to a panel of financial, business and thought leaders who will answer their most pressing questions about an array of financial topics — from saving to borrowing to investing.  The panelists will offer clear and achievable techniques and strategies to help participants make smart and effective financial decisions for their futures.

Students can register to attend this free event at


Change of major forms: Monday, March 29 is the deadline to declare/change a major ahead of advising season. Contact SJMC dean’s assistant Mallory Quinn with any questions.

Respond to the Drake Student Survey: The Drake Student Survey provides valuable feedback to the University and to Drake SJMC about the student experience. So when you receive an email about the survey, please complete it.

Pathways for Civic Action and Social Change: The Community Engaged Learning Office has partnered with Stanford University’s working group, Pathways for Civic Action and Social Change. This is a great way for Drake students to find their path toward creating social change, discover community organizations, and learn about community engagement. 

1) Take the Pathways survey here.  Save your results!
2) Reach out to a Community Engagement Peer to book a one-on-one Pathways session here.   

Additionally, Drake is celebrating Civic Action Week from April 5-10. There will be several events in-person and virtual to participate in. Find out more here.  

Alumni: Honor a professor or organization

The SJMC is in the final months of our fundraising campaign to renovate our home, Meredith Hall, to prepare it for our next 100 years! Over the past year we’ve received many humbling and generous gifts, but we are still short of our fundraising goal. Consider making a donation or pledge in honor of your favorite faculty mentor or SJMC organization before June 30. For many of us, our most treasured memories of Meredith involve a relationship with a professor (Bob Woodward, Joe Patrick, Ronda Menke, John Lytle, among many) or student organization (the Times-Delphic, DBS, Drake Magazine, Ad Club, PRSSA). You can honor these people and transformational experiences by going to our campaign site:

We have a leadership donor wall and room-naming opportunities for classrooms, offices and other spaces (for example, the Times-Delphic or DBS offices). If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Dean Kathleen Richardson or Tim Tesar in University Development. 

Professor Snider teaching two new workshops for community

Drake SJMC associate professor Chris Snider will be teaching two workshops for members of the community in late-March and April. He will teach a two-week Virtual Social Media Workshop starting March 30. This workshop will meet for 90 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Snider will teach a three-week Virtual Smartphone Video Workshop starting April 13. This workshop will meet for 90 minutes on Tuesdays with homework in-between.

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