Artificial Intelligence workshop June 1

Join us for this one-day workshop on Artificial Intelligence at Drake University on June 1. Attendees will learn about current generative AI tools and gain ideas of how those tools can be used in their professional lives. We’ll also discuss how they should not be used, terms of service and ethical issues related to AI tools.

You’ll be testing out tools such as Chat GPT, Google Bard, Midjourney, DALL-E 2 and more during the day. So bring your laptop to get hands-on with these tools. We’ll end they day by creating a plan for how you can use more artificial intelligence tools as a part of your daily life.

This workshop will be led by the director of Drake University’s Artificial Intelligence major, Chris Porter, and digital media professor Chris Snider.

Legislative Slow-Pitch Softball at Principal Park, June 4

Do you want to watch Iowa lawmakers battle it out at Principal Park? Join Professor McCoy for the second annual Iowa Legislative Slow-Pitch Softball Game on Sunday, June 4. The game, hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, starts after the Iowa Cubs’ 1 p.m. game (around 4 p.m.) Tickets are $14. Event proceeds will benefit the Puppy Jake Foundation and the Iowa Food Bank Association.  

Purchase tickets here (choose “doesn’t matter” for seating option), then email Professor McCoy at for meetup details. 

Alumni Spotlight: Tiffany Tauscheck

Tiffany Tauscheck (JO’01) has been named president and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership effective July 1. She currently serves as the organization’s chief operating officer. Congratulations, Tiffany, on your well-deserved promotion!

Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Stahl

Brandon Stahl (JO’98) won a Peabody for his work as part of an investigative team for the Minneapolis NBC affiliate that produced a six-part series The Gap: Failure to Treat, Failure to Protect. Congratulations, Brandon.

Monday Memo will be on summer break until August. Enjoy your summer!