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SJMC Monday Memo – April 8, 2024

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Building Brands, Empowering Entrepreneurs: A Conversation with Emily Steele

Join us Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. to hear from Emily Steele, BN’12, Drake alum and the CEO & co-founder of Hummingbirds. Hummingbirds is a dynamic marketing platform connecting place-based brands with community-minded content creators. Emily will share insights on her innovative approach to marketing and entrepreneurship, leveraging social media and community collaboration to empower small businesses and elevate emerging brands.

This is a virtual event open to Drake faculty, staff, and students. Register here.

SJMC senior releases short film

SJMC senior Chris Veninga’s latest short film, Infamy, is available to watch on YouTube. This is a sequel to his 2022 short film, Influenced.

SJMCers will recognize the actor playing the character of Jimm (rhymes with Timm) Lawson.

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!

Generative AI lunch and learn events

Want to go deeper into generative AI skills? The Drake SJMC is doing just that in our new AI Lunch Club virtual events. These will take place over zoom from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Central:

April 8: Advanced Image Prompting: Take a deep dive into image creation.
April 10: Next Steps in Prompting: Advanced prompting techniques for LLMs.

Sign up for events here. Use the code SAVE10 to save $10 off the price for each event.

Sign up for summer classes

Taking summer classes is a great way to catch up or get ahead on your degree. The SJMC is offering the following classes this summer:

  • JMC 30 – Mass Media in a Global Society
  • JMC 54 – Reporting and Writing Principles
  • JMC 059 – Visual Communication Methods
  • JMC 065 – Social Media Strategies
  • JMC 085 – Public Relations Principles
  • JMC 105 – Web Content and Development