SJMC Monday Memo

SJMC student scholarship and award winners recognized

For the next few weeks, we’ll recognize the SJMC students who have earned scholarships or awards this spring. First up: the Wolfe, Futch and Woodward scholars who were recognized as entering first-year students with potential to be among our top students:

Katharine Faber Futch scholars: Patty Caldera, Nathan Eisenmann, Cassie Schoene, Lizzie Murphy, Maddie Haun
Robert D. Woodward scholars: Meghan Holloran, Andrew Kennard, Zoe Brinker
Sheila Wolfe scholars: Julia Cash, Grace Altenhofen

Students win awards in regional SPJ contest

Drake student work won awards, including two top-place finishes, in the regional Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence contest. The winners now advance to the national SPJ contest in September.

General News:

Winner — Gannon Henry, Times-Delphic, “Turning Point USA petitions to become a registered student organization,”

Finalist — Luke Clausen and Mackenzie Swenson, Times-Delphic, “TikTok personality Sister Cindy preaches on campus,”

Best Student Magazine:

Drake Mag, Winter 2021, Cheyanne Neades, editor,

DBS board positions open

Apply for a position on the Drake Broadcasting System executive board for 2022-23. Applications are due May 1. Click this link to apply: Any questions please contact 

Virtual “Table for 10” with graphic designer

The Student Alumni Association is hosting a virtual Table for Ten event on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. with Diane Johansen, JO’06, a prominent graphic designer working in magazine media, film, for-profit and non-profit fields. Diane was also heavily involved in the Drake community during her time on campus, including Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Phi Omega, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Student Activities Board (SAB) and the Adams Leadership Institute. This event is an opportunity for current Drake students to network with prominent Drake University alumni and to ask questions about their education, career and life.

This event is open to all Drake University students and will be held virtually.  Additional information and a Zoom link will be sent out closer to the event date.  The link to register can be accessed here:

Counseling event focuses on students of color

The Drake counseling center will host “Unpacking Mental Health as a Student of Color” on Friday, May 6, 1-3 p.m. The event will focus on creating a space of healing and discussion with a panel of Drake graduates of color, where the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end. Although the primary focus is for students of color, all students, allies and members of the Drake community are encouraged to attend, including faculty. Attendees will have free lunch and the opportunity to earn prizes related to mental health items.

Free webinar on broadcast, video, photo careers

A free webinar hosted by the National Press Photographers Association will focus on careers in broadcasting, video journalism and storytelling.

WHEN: Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m. Central Time

The panelists have experience at all levels of video and broadcast journalism. They’ve worked in print and TV newsrooms and as photojournalists, producers, anchors and reporters. Students will have the opportunity to network with, ask questions and hear directly from:

  • Brett Akagi, Multimedia producer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, former NPPA board member and former KARE-TV Director of Photography.
  • Danielle Gatewood, News operations manager at NBC San Diego, NPPA board member and co-chair of the student video contest.
  • Victoria Sanchez, Reporter at ABC7 In Washington, D.C. and NPPA board member.
  • Katie Schoolov, Senior producer at CNBC in San Francisco and NPPA immediate past president.
  • Catherine Steward, Assistant chief photojournalist at WTVF in Nashville and former NPPA board member.
  • Adam Vance, Senior Photographer at Spectrum Bay News 9 in Tampa, NPPA board member and co-chair of the student video contest.

Celebrate Caribbean culture

The African and Caribbean Students Association is sponsoring Bacchanal Day Fest on May 7. The fest is a Caribbean celebration featuring music, dancing, food and fun activities. Students are encouraged to attend and to volunteer to help set up and take down the event. Contact for more information.

Student workers needed Meredith Hall packing

Students who are available throughout May to help pack up Meredith Hall and prepare for the relocation are encouraged to contact Dean Kathleen Richardson ( for details. Pay is $7.25/hour rising to $8/hour in mid-May.

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