New Student Program, Fall 2015

Positioning Yourself for Success at Drake University

Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28

Arrival at Drake:

For International Students: Please plan to arrive in Des Moines between August 23rd and August 25th. 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 26th at 8:00am. Roommate assignments will be available online beginning July 27th 2015. 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 27, at 11:00 a.m. Hubbell Dining Hall will be open for lunch and dinner on Wednesday, Aug 26 and for breakfast on Thursday, Aug 27 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 27, 2015


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

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

                             Marina Verlengia, 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 

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

                             Closing performance by the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps.

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

                             A voucher for a free coffee shop item will be provided as students gather and                                      converse.               

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

                            Comedy Hypnotist, Chris Jones


Friday, August 28, 2015

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

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

                            Dr. Joe Lenz

                            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


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

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

10:15-11:30am 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.

11:45-1:00pm  Lunch and Conversation with President Martin       

A welcome and special remarks from President Martin and willl 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) 

1:30 - 2:30pm  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. 

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