SJMC Monday Memo

Undergrads, good luck on finals!

Congratulations to Adams Leadership awardees

Two SJMC students were honored with individual awards by the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute this spring. Rachel Wente was named an outstanding senior student and Liza Vinyon was named an outstanding junior.

Get your shots. Got your shots? Tell Drake

All members of the Drake community are encouraged to help alleviate the threat of the pandemic by getting vaccinated. And, once you are vaccinated, please report that to the University. Required campus safety protocols in the fall — including mask wearing and social distancing — will be determined by how many people on campus are vaccinated. The sooner everyone gets vaccinated, the sooner we can loosen restrictions. Take photos of your vaccination card and email to All Hy-Vee pharmacies are now offering COVID vaccinations without appointments.

Alumni news

Ricki King, JO’05, presented “Iowa’s Black Migration: Into, Around, Out of, and Back Again,” part of the Iowa History 101 online learning series of the Iowa State Historical Society. In addition, her article “A Father’s [Lynching? Murder?] Provides a Possible Motive for an African American Woman’s use of Multiple Maiden Names” appeared in the March 2021 National Genealogical Society Quarterly. King is a genealogical business owner and made history as Iowa’s first black native presidential candidate in 2020.


Help with Boys and Girls Club camp: The SJMC is finalizing plans to host a weeklong, half-day camp for Boys and Girls Club middle school students in late July. The afternoon sessions will be held Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30 in Meredith Hall. If you are interested in serving as a paid “camp counselor” to help with their digital projects and represent Drake SJMC, please email for more details.

Become a fake news fighter: Join SJMC associate professor Jennifer Konfrst for “Back to Class: Fighting Fake News – How You Can Help Stop the Spread of Misinformation” at 6 p.m. on May 19. Back to Class features speakers from Drake’s campus in a virtual setting. Bulldogs are invited to join from wherever they are to learn about unique topics, hear from voices on campus, and connect with the Drake community.

Pick up your mug: School of Journalism and Mass Communication coffee mugs are available as farewell gifts for SJMC graduates. Contact administrative assistant Denise Ganpat at to arrange to obtain yours.

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