New Student Program, Fall 2014

Positioning Yourself for Success at Drake University

Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22

Arrival at Drake:

For International Students: Please plan to arrive in Des Moines between August 19th and August 21st. For more information on your arrival process, visit the International Center webpage.

For other students living on campus: You may move into your residence hall beginning August 20th at 8:00am. Roommate assignments will be available online beginning July 27th 2014. For information on viewing visit the Residence Life webpage.

Meals: Students should be prepared to purchase meals until their meal plan goes into effect Thursday, August 21, at 11:00 a.m. Hubbell Dining Hall will be open for lunch and dinner on Wednesday, Aug 20 and for breakfast on Thursday, Aug 21 on a cash payment basis until the meal plan goes into effect. Students without a meal plan will obtain a meal ticket for the duration of the New Student Program.

Event Schedule

Time                                             Event                                          Location

Thursday, August 21, 2014


4:30-5:00p            Check-in                 Second Floor Lobby, Olmsted Center                       

5:00-5:30p         Welcome Session     Conference Rooms 310-312, Olmsted Center

                               Latasha Stiger, Director of Campus Programming

                                 Program Overview

                               Peer Mentor Introductions

 5:45-6:45p           Dinner with Peer Mentors                           Quad Creek Café

                               Meal tickets provided for students who live off campus.

                               To view Quad Creek Café sample menu items, visit


7:00-8:00p             Welcome to the Team       Knapp Center 

                                 Closing performance by the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps.

8:00-9:00p             Getting to Know Your Peers Over Coffee        

                                 A voucher for a free coffee shop item will be provided

                                 as students gather and converse.               

9:00p               Student Activities Board Event     Parents Hall, Olmsted Center

                                 Comedy Hypnotist, Chris Jones


Friday, August 22, 2014

8:15-8:45a              Check-in                               North Lobby, Meredith Hall                                  Juice and Muffins will be available                                                                                                                              

8:45-9:40a              Welcome Session                                  Meredith 106

                                  Dr. Dee Jones, Provost

                                    Making the Most of Your Time at Drake  

                                  Dr. Jennifer McCrickerd

                                    Dr. McCrickerd will describe and illustrate the structure

                                    and purpose of the Drake Curriculum

                                  Peer Mentor and New Student Introductions


9:40-10:10a  Navigating Your New Environment: On Campus  Meredith 106

Peer Mentors will guide students through finding important offices that provide student services on campus.

10:15-11:30a         College/School Meetings                   Various Locations

                                   Reality and Strategy Meeting                                                                                                                                            

                                  Students meet with academic representatives in their respective College/School to increase knowledge on academic policies and procedures, partner with faculty, staff, and peers, and discuss professional and personal goals, responsible global citizenship, and meaningful personal lives.                                                                                                            

                                 Navigating Your New Environment: Online Resources Q-A                                        

                                   Each student will access and navigate online resources with the guidance of a Peer Mentor. Students will view blueView, Student Account; Blackboard; Career Blueprint, Information Technology; and other key online resources.

11:45a-1:00p   Lunch and Conversation with President and Mrs. Maxwell       

                                 A welcome and special remarks from President David Maxwell and First Lady, Mrs. Madeleine Maxwell will be followed by a buffet-style lunch.

-Representatives from other key offices and departments will also join for lunch and conversation. (Professional and Career Development Services; Financial Aid; Student Accounts; International Programs and Admission) 

2:00 - 3:00p       Convocation                                 Knapp Center


The following activities are designed for all new students. We highly encourage you to participate; however, participation for transfer students and adult learners is optional. Please see your Peer Mentor for more information.