SJMC Monday Memo

Stop by the back lobby of Meredith Hall to tell us what you are thankful for! Or post on the SJMC’s Facebook page.

“Journalism is reached not so much by choosing a profession as by launching oneself on a mission, a bit like a doctor, who studies and works so that evil is cured in the world. Your mission is to explain the world, to make it less dark, to make those who live there fear it less and look at others with greater awareness.”

— Pope Francis

Dish with the Dean

Stop into the dean’s office, Meredith Hall 118, this week to introduce yourself, share your thoughts on how things are going with you and SJMC — and grab a cookie! Open office hours on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, and Thursday, Nov. 18, 1-3 p.m.

New jobs available in dean’s office

The SJMC dean’s office is looking for new student workers to help with a special project.  If you are interested, please stop by Mallory Quinn’s office (119 Meredith Hall) to pick up an application.  All applications are due by next Tuesday, Nov. 23.  

Drake publications to host fall pin-up

Fall publications will host Pin-Up on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m., in Meredith Hall. Students and alumni from any major are invited to join editors and staff members from DUiNDrake Political Review and Drake Mag in Meredith 125, 124B and 104. Come for the pizza. Stay for the opportunity to review and to help improve articles and layouts for upcoming issues of Drake publications.

SJMC alum to discuss Big Data

Paul LeFort, JO’91, will discuss “The Power and Limits of Big Data” on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in Aliber 101. Paul is director of sales development at Nielsen, where he manages a nationwide team of client service, analytics and data-driven storytellers. He will discuss how organizations mine data for insights that can help drive business success. Hosted by the Drake Data Club.

Let’s talk about service dogs!

Bulldog TAILS, Drake’s service dog advocacy club, is hosting an informational presentation on how to interact with and speak about service dogs on Friday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Meredith Room 101. Jamie Fisher, a trainer from IOWA Service Dogs, will present on topics such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and proper service dog etiquette. It’s important for everyone, especially journalists, to be familiar with service dog laws and language to encourage proper treatment and representation in today’s media.

Design the Drake Relays logo 2022

The Student Activities Board is looking for a Relays logo designer. This opportunity includes creating marketing materials and eventually painting their design on the center square of Painted Street during Relays. The application link is: Applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 19 at 11:59 p.m. Please contact or with any questions.

Looking for electives?

Consider taking either of the following management classes in Spring 2022:

MGMT 133: Managing Diversity
This class explores how work organizations address issues of diversity and inclusion, how they design and build systems that are fair to all, and how they capitalize on the diversity of their employees. The prereq for this class is MGMT 110; however, concurrent enrollment in 110 and 133 will be approved (email Dr. Ina Purvanova at

MGMT 135: Non-Profit Management and Leadership 
This class offers a comprehensive introduction to the nonprofit sector. The course emphasizes the roots and values of American nonprofit organizations, qualifications for nonprofit entities, management and leadership of charitable agencies, resource development and management, and relationships with government and private entities. The prereq for this class in simply “junior standing.” Email Dr. Anna Clark at with further questions about this course.

Alums offer tips on life and careers

Check out these video interviews with SJMC alums, who discuss their career paths and their time at Drake:

Welcome to International Education Week

International programming and global engagement will be celebrated Nov. 15-19. Planned events include information sessions about global service learning, Working Worldwide, DU Spain 2023, study abroad and an International Night. Details can be found at

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