SJMC Monday Memo

Go All In to help Drake SJMC!

This week is Drake’s annual All In giving challenge, April 8-9 (Thursday-Friday)  During this 24-hour campaign we will have two alumni challenge matches for SJMC. Suzanne BeDell, JO’ 81, will be matching all gifts to our Meredith Hall renovation up to $5,000.  And Lynn and Phyllis Matson, JO ’69, LA ’69, will be matching all gifts to our SJMC annual fund up to $2,500.

Creator of N.Y. Times 1619 Project to deliver Sussman Lecture

Nikole Hannah-Jones, an Iowa native and investigative reporter for The New York Times, will deliver the Harkin Institute’s Sussman Lecture on Thursday, April 8, 7-8:30 p.m., as part of a community-wide conversation about racial justice. Hannah-Jones is the creator of the 1619 Project, a report on the historical impact of slavery on America for which she won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Register for this free virtual event here:

Dream Together to make your vision a reality

Drake Professional and Career Development Services and Alumni Relations are hosting “Dream Together with Drake” on April 13 at 6 p.m. CDT. The free event is open to all students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members.


A Virtual Dream Together Event is a fun and inspiring networking event that helps students, faculty, staff, and alumni to get clear on their dreams and goals for their career and life. Plus, you will be able to connect to help each other to make those dreams a reality. 

It will kick off with a welcome and an opening keynote from Mitch Matthews, co-founder of the BIG Dream Gathering and creator of the DREAM THINK DO Podcast.  He’ll tell how this all got started and share some inspiring stories of people who have walked out big dreams as a result.  He’ll also offer proven strategies to help people to dream bigger, build plans that work and network more effectively.

Then everyone will have the opportunity to use the Dream Together™ app to get clear on their dreams and connect with others participating in the event. This is a great chance to connect with and inspire current students on campus. It gives you the opportunity to get inspired and go after some of your own dreams, too!

People who’ve attended Dream Together Events have gone on to achieve dream internships and jobs, launch companies and nonprofits, write best-selling books and travel the world… all because they gave themselves permission to get clear on their dreams and they got some encouragement to make them happen.  

Get ready for finals

The office of Access and Success is offering three webinars to help you prepare for finals:

Tuesday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. — “Finals Survivor: Planning To Thrive,” presented by Michelle Laughlin
Wednesday, April 28, 4:30 p.m. — “Where’s Waldo? A Time To Find Your Motivation,” presented by Laura Shell
Tuesday, May 4, 4:30 p.m. — “Test Anxiety: Breathe,” presented by Brooke Sanders

Join virtually at

Nominate a student for Adams Leadership award

The Adams Leadership Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of Drake student leaders and organizations. Nominations can be submitted by any Drake student, faculty, or staff member. Award categories include:

  • Outstanding First Year Student
  • Outstanding Student Organization
  • Outstanding Equity and Inclusion Program
  • Oreon E. Scott Outstanding Senior of the Year
  • …and many more!

View a full list of awards and the nomination form here. The nomination deadline is Sunday, April 18 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

The nominees and recipients of each leadership award will be announced online via the Adams Leadership Institute Facebook page the week of May 3. If you have any questions, contact Kristin Economos at

SJMC alum finalist for national political reporting award

Matt Vasilogambros, JO’11, a writer with the Pew Charitable Trusts, was a finalist for Syracuse University’s 2021 Toner Prizes in national political reporting. Vasilogambros and a team from The Center for Public Integrity and Stateline were recognized for an investigation into voter disenfranchisement in the 2020 elections. Vasilogambros previously worked for The Atlantic and the National Journal.

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