August Message to Parents

For 11 days every August, Des Moines hosts the Iowa State Fair which sees over 100, 000 people daily. Drake University will have a booth inside the Varied Industries Building all 11 days. This is a special time of the year for Drake because of the university's commitment to community engagement. Through out all 11 days, university faculty, staff, students, alumni, partners and valued friends come together to staff the wonderfully decorated booth to invite the public to connect with the community Drake University has established as Des Moines' university. 

Drake's focus this year will involve more engagement in the booth to collect feedback in more of a conversational way and to share with the visitors what is new at Drake and where we are going. Some of the highlights we plan to share are the new STEM building, Boys and Girls Club, and are desire to strengthen our engagement with the surrounding neighborhood.

Drake University will be available all 11 days of the Iowa State Fair from 9am to 9pm, August 10th-20th.  If you are in Des Moines during this time, please join us on the state fair grounds in the Varied Industries Building.

August is an exciting time around campus as we prepare to welcome our new and returning students. We have two big annual events that take place this time of year that we would like to highlight. 

The first one is Welcome Weekend, especially designed for new incoming Bulldogs. The activities begin on the evening of Wednesday, August 23, 2017; parents/guardians should be prepared to return home on Wednesday after getting students settled in their new Drake environment.Welcome Weekend consists of four intense days of student, faculty, and staff interactions with a focus on:

  • Providing challenging experiences that emphasize active learning
  • Stressing the integration of curricular, co-curricular and residential activities
  • Valuing the knowledge, perspectives, and input of others
  • Understanding that important issues rarely have one, simple solution; appreciate that there are multiple ways of knowing
  • Committing to their own emotional and physical well-being 
  • Promoting service to the larger community
  • Taking responsibility for their own learning  

Your student’s Welcome Weekend and fall semester experience will be enhanced by interactions with your Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC). Peer Mentor/Academic Consultants are upper-class student volunteers assigned to First Year Seminar (FYS) groups. Based on research findings and past experiences, we believe peer-to-peer interaction with an emphasis on students' academic success and personal development is particularly important to overall growth during the first year in college. PMACs will continue to serve as a resource and motivator throughout the fall semester.  


University News
September 15, 2017
Audience members will vote on the repertoire for the Sept. 25 performance by Steven Spooner, who opens the fifth season of the Keys to Excellence Piano Series at Drake University.
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