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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

— William Hutchison Murray, Scottish mountaineer

Save the date: SJMC alumni reunion and Centennial Celebration!

We can’t wait to see everyone back in Meredith Hall for our annual Drake Relays alumni gathering and our delayed Centennial Celebration — SJMC 100+2! The party will be Saturday, April 30, 5-8 p.m. with food and drink stations throughout Meredith Hall. We will toast friends and faculty past and present. It will also be the last gathering in our iconic building before it closes for a yearlong historic renovation. Alert your Drake friends and plan to join us! Keep an eye on the Drake alumni events page for details on registration.

Drake SJMC Spirt Weeks

The first two weeks of classes are online, but that won’t slow our SJMC spirit. Join us on Instagram to show off your SJMC pride and win prizes.

Here’s how it works:
• Dress up based on the prompt (or use an old photo that goes with it).
• Go to the @drakejmc Instagram Story.
• Click the Add Yours sticker for that day.
• Upload your photo following that day’s prompt from a public account.

Here’s the schedule:

Jan. 24: Photo with Griff
Jan. 25: Pajama day
Jan. 26: Dress like a JMC professor
Jan. 27: Tie-dye day

Jan. 31: Show your Drake spirit
Feb. 1: Dress like your major
Feb. 2: Favorite sports team day
Feb. 3: Wear something from high school

Each time you participate, you’ll get one entry into our drawing.

Each Friday we will draw a winner to receive a prize package including gift cards to area restaurants.

Participate in CBPA’s Disruption Days

Disruption Days is a great way for students to have fun, compete and earn money for themselves and their student organization!

February is insurance careers month, and the Kelley Center for Insurance Innovation invites students to celebrate with Disruption Days. Noted author and TEDx speaker Bryan Falchuk will engage with the campus community to share his vision of the future of insurance and the disruptive impacts taking place in the industry. There are three ways students can be involved with Disruption Days, Feb. 11-12:

  • Bryan Falchuk, will be available from noon – 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, for virtual office hours appointments to discuss his insurance industry experiences and take questions. By appointment only; contact to set up a time to meet.
  • The campus community is invited to attend Bryan’s virtual presentation at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, where he will share his vision of the future of insurance.
  • Groups of two to four students are encouraged to enter the case competition contest to compete for cash prizes ($500 for first place!) for themselves and a student organization they represent. The case competition takes place Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9-11:30 a.m., with presentations following a pizza lunch. Bryan will judge the case presentations.
  • The program and case competition are open to all majors across the University.
  • A team must be comprised fully of organization members and identify with that organization to be eligible for the organization prize. The student organization with the highest combined ranking of their top two teams wins the prize.
  • To learn more, contact or
  • Register for the Feb. 11 presentation at:
  • Register for the Feb. 12 case competition at:

Are you a changemaker? Submit a paper to the Nelson Student Research Symposia

The 2022 Nelson Student Research Symposia will be Friday, Feb. 18. The theme this year is student presentations focused on what it means to be a changemaker in your discipline and how your discipline is addressing a contemporary global issue or societal challenge. Presentations can be based on a paper or project you completed for a class, and are typically 15 minutes long. Papers or concepts should be submitted to Professor Jimmy Senteza ( with the subject line “2022 GCF submission.”

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

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