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SJMC student scholarship and award winners recognized

For the next few weeks, we’ll recognize the SJMC students who have earned scholarships, awards or honors this spring.

Jim Duncan Memorial Award — Josh Harris. Named after the legendary broadcast professor and “Voice of the Drake Relays” to honor a promising student in the Duncan tradition.

Karyl Van Scholarship (2022-23) — Emily Postlethwait. Named after a longtime employee of the Meredith Corporation who devoted his working life to magazine publishing. The recipient of this award works in the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine and Brand Media Studies.

Dotdash Meredith Corporation Scholars (2022-23) — Maggie Collum, Lizzie Deal, Cassidy Grubisic, Courtney Jackson, Julia Jennings, Sophia Lacy, Carrie Lawal, Victoria Soliz.

Dotdash Meredith apprentices (2022-23) — Lizzie Deal, Lily Eckenrode, Cassidy Grubisic, Kendall Hunt, Andrew Kennard, Sophia Lacy, Carrie Lawal, Kathryn Pagel, Annie Peterson, Emily Postlethwait

Outstanding Drake Spirit Awards — Kiley Kahler and Kyle Tekautz were honored by Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Sign up for Drake SJMC summer classes

Taking summer classes is a great way to get ahead on your Drake University degree or get caught up. This summer, we are offering six classes. All are taught online asynchronous, and most of them last just three weeks.

Here are the classes we are offering this summer:

3-week classes start May 16
• J54 Reporting & Writing - Written Communication AOI
• J65 Social Media Strategies - Replaces J55 for JMC majors
• J85 Public Relations Principles - Engaged Citizen AOI 
• J105 Web Page Design
• J123 PR Writing - Written Communication AOI

July 5-Aug. 7
• J59 Visual Communication- Artistic Literacy AOI

You can register for online classes through myDrake. Information on summer class pricing is available here.

SJMC centennial party a success

Thanks to junior Kiley Kahler for all her work planning, promoting and organizing the SJMC’s centennial celebration this past weekend. More than 100 alums and friends gathered to toast more than a century of journalism education at Drake.

Professor Jolliffe’s book receives award

Professor Lee Jolliffe’s book “Adventure Journalism in the Gilded Age: Essays from the Arctic to the Orient,” which she co-edited with two colleagues, received the 2022 Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular and American Culture.

Seniors, pick up your coffee mugs!

Remember your Drake days with a free SJMC coffee mug. Pick one up from Denise Ganpat in Mer. 118.

Retirement reception for Dean Richardson

Dean Kathleen Richardson is retiring after more than 20 years as a Drake teacher and administrator. Faculty, staff and students are invited to a retirement reception to celebrate her career on Friday, May 6, 3-5 p.m. in the north lobby of Meredith Hall near the atrium.

Alumni news

SJMC alum Reed Fischer, JO’17, who was a record-setting runner at Drake, finished the recent Boston Marathon as the sixth American male and 16th overall. Fischer is a digital marketing associate at Room 214 marketing agency in Boulder, CO.

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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