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SJMC Monday Memo – May 8, 2023

Monday, May 8th, 2023

SJMC Scholarship Awards and Students of the Year Announced

The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communications is proud to announce the 2023-2024 SJMC Scholarship Awards and Students of the Year.

Tayelon Scott, Clifton Scholarship

Lia Reichmann, Harrison Harding Scholarship

Abby Blazevic, Erik Isgrig Advertising Scholarship

Emma Stroner, John Lytle Scholarship

Victoria Soliz, E.T. Meredith Foundation Scholarship

Tayelon Scott, E.T. Meredith Foundation Scholarship

Courtney Jackson, E.T. Meredith Foundation Scholarship

Kylie Petty, Karyl Van Scholarship

Princess Hart, Frank Miller Scholarship

Julia Jennings, Patrick Green Eyeshade Award

Lia Reichmann, Robert D. Woodward Award for Public Affairs Reporting

Andrew Kennard, Robert D. Woodward Award for Public Affairs Reporting

Karin Berdahl, Fausch PR Award

Claire Fields, Fausch PR Award

Kirby Nelson, Fausch PR Award

Alexia Simonton, Fausch PR Award

Maia Songer, Fausch PR Award

Elizabeth Rosa, David A. Myers Writing Award

Kristen Arias, DMP Student of the Year

Gracie Geist, Advertising – Creative Student of the Year

Paul Linville, Advertising – Media Planning Student of the Year

Annie Berwald, Advertising – Strategic Student of the Year

Everett Mullican, PR Student of the Year

Grace Rogers, PR Alumnus of the Year

Tess Dorman, SPC Student of the Year

Lauren Selfridge, SPC Alumnus of the Year

Emily Gries, MAC Student of the Year

Next Generation Radio at IPR

Iowa Public Radio is hosting a Next Generation Radio project at IPR July 9 – 14th. Next Generation Radio was founded by NPR to help train the next generation of multimedia journalists. You can read more about the project and see examples of past projects here: The program is free, and selected applicants get a stipend for their work.

The application deadline is midnight on June 16th. You can apply here.

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. 

Prof. Jolliffe’s Retirement Celebration: May 10

Please stop Collier-Scripps room 308 on Wednesday, May 10 between 3:15 – 5:30 p.m. to honor and celebrate Prof. Jolliffe. See you there!

SJMC Senior Send-Off Celebration

Seniors: After you stop by Prof. Jolliffe’s retirement celebration, please join us at the Iowa Taproom (215 East 3rd St., Suite 100, DSM 50309) between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. No program or agenda—just a chance to celebrate our seniors during finals week. Hope to see you there!

Volunteers still needed to assist with Latinos in Action

The School of Education is co-sponsoring a student leadership conference for middle and high school students on Friday, May 12 with the national organization Latinos in Action. LIA’s mission is to empower Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness. The conference will include an inspiring keynote speaker, informative workshops, cultural performances, and student competition awards. We welcome Drake faculty, staff, and student volunteers. Please click here to sign up.

SJMC Student Spotlight: Kay Awonaike

SJMC Student Kay Awonaike has been selected for a prestigious summer internship with The Washington Center program. Kay will be working for the BIED (Behavioral International Economic Development) Society as a policy research intern and social media coordinator at BIED’s headquarters in Washington D. C. Kay will also take a Social Entrepreneurship course through TWC program. Congratulations and best wishes for an amazing D.C. experience, Kay!

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