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.
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
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 www.drakeudining.com/locations.html
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.