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SJMC Monday Memo – April 22, 2024

Monday, April 22nd, 2024

SJMC Refresh is May 16

Join us May 16 for the SJMC Refresh, a unique event for communications professionals where SJMC professors will be sharing what is new and noteworthy in their fields. Join us for sessions on debunking misinformation, video editing fundamentals, social media trends, corporate communication, AI and more. Sign up here.

Students win BEA awards

Drake SJMC students won awards in the Broadcast Education Association 2024 Student Festival of Media Arts.

Michael Cummings won third place in the Promotional Category for Kustom Builds.

Chris Veninga & Mithi Sivaprakash got an award of excellence in the Narrative Category for Gun To The Head.

Max Fouts, Zoe Sadauskis & Chris Veninga got an award of excellence in the Micro-Documentary Category for Outside the Box.

SJMC professor Lakshmi Tirumala won top faculty paper.

Buy Meredith Hall gear

Pre-order your Meredith Hall t-shirt, hooded sweatshirt or crewneck sweatshirt before April 29. A portion of every purchase will benefit Drake SJMC Students.

Relays SJMC Celebration and Meredith Unveiling

Gather your friends for the annual Drake Relays SJMC alumni reception on Saturday, April 27, 5-8 p.m. in Meredith Hall. We’ll be celebrating the building renovation; applauding the generosity of our donors (including Sandy Henry and Cathy and Todd Evans), AND toasting the retirement of beloved professor Jill Van Wyke. The party is FREE, but please RSVP so we can stock up on enough food and drink!

Alumni news

Alexis Davis, JO’13, MA’17, will be honored with Drake’s 2024 Young Alumni Loyalty Award during a ceremony on Thursday, April 25. Davis is a founding member of the Black Alumni Association. She is also custom content strategy and production manager at Business Publications Corporation and co-founder and producer of Pyramid Theatre Company.

Donate to SJMC Emerging Media Fund

Longtime SJMC professor and alumna Sandy Henry and retired professor Todd Evans have devoted their lives to nurturing generations of multimedia professionals. Their family — which includes Todd’s wife, Cathy, who is Sandy’s sister and also a Drake alumna — is generously donating seed money to create the new SJMC Emerging Media Fund.

This gift honors the legacy of Cathy’s and Sandy’s beloved mother, Anne McCrimmon, and her support of her daughters, Drake and the power of lifelong learning. The ongoing fund will support technology and initiatives to keep Drake SJMC at the forefront of media innovation across all majors. Donate here.

To give online, click on Make a Gift – Drake University. In the “Give To” pulldown menu, choose “Other.” Then in the “Other” box, type “SJMC Emerging Media Fund.