SJMC Monday Memo

Registration open for SJMC centennial celebration party

Alumni are encouraged to gather their friends for our delayed SJMC centennial celebration on Saturday, April 30, 5-8 p.m. in Meredith Hall: Advance registration is encouraged; see who is going to attend! Tickets cost $20 and include alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and fun. A short program at 6 p.m. will include toasts to current and former SJMC faculty and staff.

Drake student finalists in SPJ contest

Three Drake students are finalists in Region 7 of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence contest.

General News:

Gannon Henry, Times-Delphic, “Turning Point USA petitions to become a registered student organization,”
Luke Clausen and Mackenzie Swenson, Times-Delphic, “TikTok personality Sister Cindy preaches on campus,”

Best Student Magazine:

Drake Mag, Winter 2021, Cheyanne Neades, editor,

The Region 7 conference is April 8. Winners in the regional contest will advance to the national competition in September.

Drake Mag spring pin-up and pizza

Get a sneak peek of the new issue, vote on your favorite cover, and mark up stories and designs. Drake Mag will be in Meredith 124B on Tuesday, March 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. asking for your thoughts on the magazine. Feel free to stop by! Pizza provided.

Professor Snider teaching spring workshops

Drake SJMC Professor Chris Snider is teaching three digital media workshops this spring for Drake alumni and members of the community.

April 20: Personal branding workshop through Drake University Continuing Education. Sign up here.
May 6: Photoshop workshop at Drake University. Sign up here.
May 11: Using TikTok, Instagram and Reels workshop at Drake University. Sign up here.

Tech jobs available for 2022-23

Are you looking for a campus job for next year? Consider becoming a student technician in the ITS Support Center. ITS Support Center student techs serve as the first line of support for campus technology and provide support to end users of computing resources on campus, including fellow students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni. Not only do student techs develop strong technology skills, but they also employ and hone soft skills like customer service, communication (both written and verbal), and get management opportunities that will help set them up for career success. Students in all majors and programs are encouraged to apply, and training is provided (and paid). Read the full job description and apply online at Handshake.

Harkin Institute offers summer scholarships to work in D.C.

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement is accepting applications for its D.C. Experience scholarships and for the first time, there is one available to graduate students. These are for students who are pursuing summer internships in Washington, D.C., and will cover the costs of housing and transportation. For more information, contact Emily Schettler at

Notes from the SJMC dean’s office

Dean’s assistant Mallory Quinn reminds all students:

Degree graduation planning, Tuesday, March 22, starting at 4 p.m.: Mallory will host a virtual meeting on planning your own path to graduation.

Meeting ID: 832 8261 1645 
Passcode: 057841 

Important dates:
March 23: Midterm grades due
March 30: Last day to drop a class without extenuating circumstances
April 4: Last day to add a major, minor or concentration prior to summer, fall and January Term registration

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The SJMC Monday Memo (and other days of the week as needed) is a newsletter to keep members of the wider SJMC community updated on School news, achievements, events and opportunities. If you have an item for the Memo, please send it to Dean Kathleen Richardson ( or SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider ( SJMC alums and other professionals can also subscribe to the Monday Memo via email here: