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SJMC Monday Memo – Feb. 27, 2023

Monday, February 27th, 2023

Women in Leadership panel on March 1 

Drake SJMC will host a Women in Leadership panel on Wednesday, March 1, 4-5:30 p.m., in Levitt Hall.  Emily Abbas will lead four female Drake alumni from Bankers Trust through discussions about their leadership experiences. Students can meet with the panelists in a small group to ask questions or ask for additional advice.  

There’s no better opportunity to learn about the issues you may face as a leader than from fellow Bulldogs who have been where you are sitting. Take this time to connect with others from across campus and help encourage each other to be the leaders you are meant to be.  

Register to attend through Eventbrite here

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association Scholarships: Deadline March 1

Each year, the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association awards one scholarship in memory of longtime broadcaster Jack Shelley. The deadline to apply for this year’s award is Wednesday, March 1. All the info, as well as the online entry form is available HERE. Jack had a huge impact on the broadcasting industry in the upper Midwest. If you’re not familiar with him, you can learn more from this article on the Iowa State University website written when he passed in 2010.  

The MBJF Diversity Scholarship is presented by the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Foundation to recognize outstanding promise in the field of broadcasting. The purpose of the scholarship is to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in newsrooms across the Midwest by providing support to journalism students of diverse backgrounds, historically underrepresented in the field. We welcome applicants who believe they qualify for a diversity scholarship, including Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, multiracial, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and more. We look forward to hearing your unique story and experiences. Apply here.

BEA Student Networking Night, March 8, 7 p.m. (CST) 

BEA student members are invited to participate in an evening of networking with broadcast executives, recruiters, producers, news directors, engineers, sales executive, anchors, reporters, manager and MORE. Companies invited include Hearst Television, Nexstar Media Group, TEGNA Inc, Walt Disney, Cox Media Group, Salem Media group, Cumulus Media, and Townsquare Media. At this event you will be able to interact directly with guests in intimate virtual chat rooms. Register here.

Apply for the Naumann Women’s Leadership Scholarship by March 10th

Drake women in student leadership are invited to apply for the Deni Druehl Naumann Women’s Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Deni Druehl (JO’78) and Michael Naumann in April 2014 to recognize undergraduate women at Drake University who inspire, have passion, and positively impact the lives of others around them. Applicants to this scholarship must exhibit a commitment to contribute their leadership skills and talents to Drake activities such as residence life, the Adams Leadership Institute, the leadership minor, recognized campus student organizations, and/or University sponsored activities, e.g. Panhellenic Council, Residence Life, and/or Student Senate.

The selected scholarship recipient will be awarded $2,000 to be disbursed during the 2023-2024 academic year. The scholarship is not automatically renewed each year, but previous recipients are eligible to apply each year following their initial award.

To apply for the scholarship, please submit an application here by Friday, March 10th at 5pm:

Be prepared to submit the following information in the application form linked above:

  • Name, Primary Major, Drake GPA, and anticipated graduation term (i.e. Spring 2024)
  • Essay Questions:
  • 1. Describe your most meaningful leadership experience and/or role on campus as a leader at Drake. What, specifically, did you learn as a result of this experience?
  • 2. Describe a woman-identified student whose leadership has made a positive impact on your college experience at Drake University. What have you learned from her, and how will you apply it moving forward?
  • 3. How would this scholarship assist you in making a positive impact among other women in our Drake University campus community?

Applications are due by Friday, March 10th at 5:00pm. Candidates will be notified of their selection status by early April, with the selected recipient to receive funds in the next academic school year (funds will be dispersed at the beginning of fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters, respectively).

Questions? Contact Kristin Economos, senior director of the Adams Leadership Institute, at

BSC accepting applications for 2023-2024 

The Board of Student Communications is now accepting applications. Students interested in being the leader of the Times-Delphic, Drake Mag, DUiN, Drake Broadcasting System, Periphery or Drake Political Review should submit a resumé and cover letter in PDF format to and Contact with questions. The deadline to apply is March 10 at 4:59 p.m. 

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