Fall Retreat: The fall retreat offers incoming first-years a weekend away from Drake to meet other Honors students, learn more about the Honors program, and participate in exciting outdoor activities (last year's retreat featured ziplining, Zorb balls, and black light dodgeball). Anyone interested in the Honors program is welcome to join. Students can register through the Honors Student Council or in the Honors office. The retreat is early in the year, so don’t miss it!
Random Night Dinners: The RND, one of our most consistently popular events, is a monthly program featuring free dinner and excellent conversation. Each month an Honors professor is invited to speak to students on a topic of their choice while students enjoy a home-cooked meal (That's right, non-Sodexo!) prepared by Council. All students are welcome to sit down for a good dinner and discussion.
SARDEL: SARDEL stands for Students and Administrators Reading and Discussing Enlightening Literature, and is an event held one evening a semester at the University President's home. The goal of SARDEL is to bring together students and administrators of Drake University for thought-provoking discussions of scholarly literature. A group of approximately fifteen students participate, and typically read the selected book over either summer or winter break. Past selections have included Shadow of the Wind, Catch 22, and American Pastoral. Then, in September/February, the President hosts a wonderful formal dinner themed to match the topic of the book, and enlightening discussion follows. Attendance is limited, so if you are interested, ask for an application form from the Honors office and get reading!
Random Night Outing: The RNO is an event that occurs once or twice a year where honors students come together and explore Des Moines. In the past, RNOs have included visiting an art gallery with a Drake art professor, as well as visiting a Buddhist temple with a Drake professor of religion. These events combine exciting opportunities to experience Des Moines with a little education along the way! Space is limited for these events, so keep an eye out for information regardingi the next RNO.
Formal: Honors Formal is an on campus event that brings together friends, food, and dancing! Usually held in the spring semester, this event is home to a new theme every year. Past themes include a Harry Potter-esque Yule Ball and Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop.' All Drake students are welcome to this fun annual event!
Hawley Lecture Series: This annual lecture series is held every spring. It exposes students to a broad range of topics presented by prominent, academic intellectuals. The topics vary but usually have a civic or public impact. Past presenters have included writers, educators, activists, and scientific researchers. The Hawley Foundation was established in 1927 by Des Moines businessman Henry B. Hawley and his wife, Carrie. Sponsors include Drake's Honors Program, Honors Student Council Center for the Humanities and the Department of Psychology. Please see Facebook event for lecture information. https://www.facebook.com/events/677696948943543/?previousaction=join&ref=5&source=1
Drake University Relays: Not only does the Honors Program plan our own events, but we also participate in campus wide events. During the week of Relays, the Honors Program is consistenly selected to paint a square on the painted street during street painting. In 2013, the Honors Program square was ranked in the top three and selected to paint a replica square in downtown Des Moines! The Honors Program also participated in the 2013 Relays Parade and took home the prize for "Best Float" with a car decorated as an owl. Relays week is a time for all Drake students, past and present, to come together and the Honors Program appreciates all opportunities to be a part of that. The Pie and Alumni tradition began in 2014 and we look forward to that annual event on the Friday of Drake Relays.