2015-2016 Administrative Calendar

August 21                                            Learning Symposium
August 25                                            A&S Department Chairs’ Retreat
August 26                                            A&S New Faculty Orientation
August 26                                            New Student Move-in
August 28                                            Welcome Weekend advisor/advisee luncheon
August 28                                            University Convocation
August 31                                            Fall term begins

September 4                                        Last day to add a class
September 7                                        Labor Day; University closed
September 8                                        Travel grants due (though accepted on rolling basis)
September 11                                      OCS forms due
September 14                                      Last day to drop a class without a “W”
September 15                                      Stalnaker Lecture, Nancy Berns
September 18                                      Spring 2016 schedule due to Arts & Sciences
September 23                                      Academic Fair
September 25                                      Sabbatical leave reports due (for academic year sab)
September 26-27                                 Parent/Family weekend

October 1                                            P&T candidate recommendations due to Dean
October 1                                            Intent to apply for promotion to professor in Fall 2016 due to Dean
October 2                                            FDA grant applications due (Fine Arts faculty only)
October 2                                            Sabbatical Leave Applications due to Dean
October 2-3                                         Board of Trustees meeting
October 9-10                                       Homecoming weekend
October 19-20                                     Fall Break
October 21                                          Midpoint of semester
October 21                                          Faculty Development FY 16-1 due date
October 22                                          National Advisory Council Speed Networking
October 26                                          Midterm grades due by 8 a.m.
October 28                                          Last day to drop a class without extenuating circumstances
October 31                                          Last day for major/minor changes before registration

November 2                                         Spring 2016 course registration begins
November 15                                       Second-year faculty reviews due to Dean
November 24                                       Thanksgiving recess begins after evening classes
November 25-27                                 University closed beginning at noon

December 11                                       Day free for study
December 14-18                                 Final evaluation period
December 18                                       Fall 2015 term ends
December 19                                       December Commencement Ceremony
December 23                                       Fall semester grades due by 10 a.m.
December 24                                       Begin winter break; University closed

January 4                                             Campus reopens after holiday break; J-Term begins
January 15                                           Senior Scholar Status requests due
January 15-16                                      Board of Trustees meeting
January 18                                           Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; University closed
January 22                                           End of J-Term
January 25                                           Spring 2016 term begins
January 25                                           PARs due to Dept. Chairs
January 25                                           College elections begin
January 29                                           Last day to add a class
January 30                                           Sabbatical Leave Reports due (calendar-year sab)

February 5                                           Last day to drop a class without a “W”
February 15                                         First, third, fourth, fifth-year tenure-track faculty reviews & reappointment recommendations due to Dean
February 23                                         Teacher of the Year nominations due
February TBD                                      Graduation applications due for May 2016 graduates

March 1                                               Tenured faculty PAEs, PAHEs due from chairs to Dean
March 11                                             Midpoint of semester
March 14-18                                        Spring break
March 25                                             Last day to drop a Spring 2015 class without extenuating circumstances
March 30                                             Faculty Development FY 16-2 due date
March TBD                                          J-Term Fair
March TBD                                          Fall & Summer 2016 and J-Term 2017 class schedules due to A&S

April 1                                                 Student Award forms due
April 14                                               DUCURS
April 21                                               College of Arts & Sciences Student Honors Ceremony 
April 28-30                                          Drake Relays (classes dismissed at 1:50pm Friday)
                                                           Board of Trustees meeting

May 6                                                  Day free for study
May 9-13                                             Final evaluation period
May 13                                                Spring 2016 term ends
May 14                                                Honors Awards Ceremony (Honors Program)
May 15                                                Commencement
May 19                                                Spring 2016 grades due to Student Records
May 30                                                Memorial Day: University closed


A&S News
May 20, 2016
Zenith Chamber Music Festival returns August 16-20 with free concerts in venues including the Salisbury House, Jasper Winery, Des Moines Art Center, and Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium.