Wednesday: Teja Bell to present at 7 p.m.

Teja Bell, a guitarist, New Age musician, and Zen master, will be the final speaker in a series of events that the SJMC is hosting to explore human inspiration and innovation. Bell graduated from North High, attended Drake, and teaches meditation for mental and physical health. He will be on campus Wednesday, April 12, with a public event at 7:00 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room sponsored by the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Slay Fund for Social Justice, and The Comparison Project.

Bell will also talk with Drake students on Thursday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Medbury Honors Lounge about applying mindfulness and the healing arts to cope with stress. All students are welcome. This session is co-sponsored by the Drake Counseling Center in support of students’ mental health. 

Drake Political Review Pin-Up

Get a sneak peek at the magazine and offer feedback at a pin-up event this Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30pm in Collier-Scripps 308.

Email editor-in-chief Grace Long at with any questions.

PRSSA virtual YP panel

Join PRSSA Tuesday, April 11, at 7 PM for a virtual Young Professionals Panel featuring Drake SJMC alums. Learn about their current roles, undergraduate experience, and much more. If you have questions you would like to submit beforehand, please fill out this form.

Panelists include:

  • Meghan Wypych – Marketing Specialist/Annual Giving Specialist at UnityPoint Health
  • Evan Guest – Multimedia Producer at American Equity
  • Maddie Topliff – Communications Specialist at Kum & Go

Zoom lnk. Please contact PRSSA president Lizzie Murphy at with any questions.”

Friday: SJMC Spring Ping-Pong Fling

Come and join us at the SJMC Spring Ping Pong Fling Friday, April 14 from 11:30-1 p.m. There will be snacks, mirth, and conviviality for all as we head into summer and fall course registration! SJMC students Payton Blahut and Ryan Gledhill are also putting together a student media showcase to coincide with this event. Hope to see YOU there!

Last day to apply: Student Ambassadors 

From the admissions office: Each year 8 – 12 students are hired as ambassadors to represent Drake during campus tours, student panels and various recruitment events. Our goal is to recruit a dynamic group of applicants, and hire new student ambassadors who, when added to our current team, will reflect and represent the richness of diversity in demographic, academic, and extra- curricular components of the Drake student body. Information and application here.


  • April 10 at Midnight: Application deadline
  • April 14: Recommendation deadline (two recommendations, including one from a Drake staff or faculty member.)
  • April 17 – April 24: small group interviews
  • Prior to May 1, final decisions

Selected student ambassadors will complete a professional development series, have an hourly weekly shift for no less than four hours a week and be paid $10 per hour.  Ambassadors work additional programs and Saturday visits as well. We also host visits in the summer and will offer summer hours to all ambassadors who are available.

Today: Event for 3+3 and other law-interested students

Join us on Monday, April 10th at 3:30 pm to hear from Drake Law Professor, Melissa Weresh, about her new and unique course , INTD 161: “Ethical Regulation- Law and Other Disciplines.” We’ll end with a guided tour of the Drake Law School.

This event is a great opportunity for:

  • Students who want a sneak-peek into a new course before registration.
  • Students interested in legal professions.
  • Students participating in the 3+3 law program.
  • Students considering attending Drake Law.
  • Students of any major interested in ethical regulations that impact professional practice.
  • Students preparing to enter a career in any field.

Short-term work opportunity: Drake Relays Parking

From Drake Facilities: We are looking for staff to work parking for the Drake Relays. Shifts will consist of either staffing a parking lot entrance or directing traffic in a lot and monitoring the number of open spaces. Each person will receive a rate of $15/hour to be paid immediately following the conclusion of their shift(s). Students or staff could work as many shifts as they like, so this would be a great opportunity for them to make some extra cash over Relays weekend! Current shifts available:

Thursday, April 27th

  • 2pm-6pm
  • 5:30pm-8:30pm

Friday, April 28th

  • 6am-10am
  • 9:30am-1:30pm
  • 1pm-5pm
  • 4:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday, April 29th

  • 6am-10am
  • 9:30am-1:30pm
  • 1pm-4pm

Interested? Contact Dylan Adams, Assistant Director of Facilities, Events & Operations at

Internships Here, Internships There, Internships (almost) Everywhere

From a visual media internship with Project Chimps in Georgia, to a social media strategist internship in New York, all the way out to the west coast for a “Women in Politics” internship documenting women in leadership in sunny California, and an internships right here in Iowa, the key word in all of these opportunities is, well, “Internships”, and the key (and FREE!) search engine for Drake SJMC students to find them is Handshake! Check out these and more opportunities and schedule a Starfish time with Timm Pilcher to find your dream summer job/internship.

Digital Directions Conference

Students are invited to the Digital Directions conference in Ames on April 27. It is co-hosted by PRSA and AAF. The event is free to attend for all. 

Student and IPR Fundraiser Spotlight: Mack Swenson

SJMC student Mack Swenson has organized a GoFundMe for IPR and convinced Prof. Inman to wear a kilt if the goal is met. If you’re interested in contributing to local journalism (or just interested in seeing Inman in a kilt), go here.

Have a news item for the Memo?

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 SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider ( SJMC alums and other professionals can also subscribe to the Monday Memo via email here: