Message from Marina Verlengia,
Director, New Student Programs
Welcome to Drake University!
Students who have previously transferred to Drake have indicated that the Spring Orientation Program is a great opportunity to become better acclimated to campus, learn about resources and meet those individuals who are committed to students’ success. Therefore, we have designed the 2018 Spring Orienation Program to include distinct opportunities to meet your particular needs. In this program you will:
The activities planned for you will be interactive and comprehensive, but compact. We highly encourage you to participate in the full program on the following dates:
Friday, January 26th, 8:30AM – 3:30PM
Please register here to get signed up for Spring Orientation.
Your experiences will be enhanced by interactions with Peer Mentors (PMs). These current students will be available to work with you during this program as well as throughout the spring semester. Even though Peer Mentors represent their specific college or school, they also have a great deal of general knowledge about Drake. A Peer Mentor will begin communication with you via your Drake email very soon. If you do not hear from a Peer Mentor by Friday, December 1, 2017, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions, comments or concerns prior to your arrival. Please use either of the following options to direct your questions:
We realize you may already have other obligations; however, becoming more knowledgeable about how things work at Drake before classes begin can be very significant in your successful transition to Drake. We hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity.
Remember to RSVP as soon as possible— we look forward to meeting you on January 26, 2018!
Friday, January 26, 2018
8:30-9:00am Check-in Levitt Hall, Old Main
9:00-10:00am Interactive Panel Sessions Levitt Hall, Old Main This interactive discussion will allow students to ask questions to a panel of diverse staff and current students to gain more information about student involvement, campus security, academic success, study abroad, the Des Moines area and much more.
10:15-10:45am Navigating Your New Environment Various Locations Each student will access and navigate online resources with the guidance of a Peer Mentor. Learn how to access your Drake email, check your balance, access course information, find campus/off-campus jobs or internships and more.
11:00am-12:00pm College/School Meetings Various Locations Students meet with academic representatives in their college or school to increase knowledge on academic policies and procedues, partner with faculty, staff & peers and discuss professional & personal goals.
12:15-1:15pm Lunch and Conversation with Drake Staff & Faculty Levitt Hall New students will be welcomed by current students, staff and administrators and have an opportunity to meet and converse during lunch.
1:30-2:30pm Library Tour Cowles Library Visit Cowles Library to learn about the resources available to you during your time at Drake. This Session will include a brief introduction to different library spaces and stations to get orientated with our services. Stations will include contact information for your subject librarian, physical library resources, electronic library resources, and finding materials relevant to your specific major or program.
2:30 pm Student ID Photos/Campus Tour Lower Level, Carnegie Hall Students will be assisted in taking their student ID photo then depart for a campus tour led by Peer Mentors.