Message from Melissa Sturm-Smith,
Associate Provost, Academic Excellence and Student Success
Welcome Transfer Students and Adult Learners
Students who have previously transferred to Drake have indicated that the New Student 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 Fall 2015 New Student 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:
Thursday, August 27th, 4:30 PM and Friday, August 28st, 8:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Meal tickets provided for students living off campus.
We ask that you register for this event by August 22, 2015. Click here to register.
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 fall 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 Monday, August 10th 2015, please email Kim Lammers at email@example.com.
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 during the week; 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 August 27th!
Take care and enjoy the remainder of your summer.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
4:30-5:00 pm Check-in Second Floor Lobby, Olmsted Center
5:00-5:30 pm Welcome Session Conference Rooms 310-312, Olmsted Center
Marina Verlengia, Director of Campus Programming
Peer Mentor Introductions
5:45-6:45 pm Dinner with Peer Mentors Quad Creek Cafe
Meal tickets provided for students who live off campus.
To view Quad Creek Café sample menu items, visit
7:00-8:00 pm Welcome to the Team Knapp Center
Closing performance by the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps
8:00-9:15 pm Coffee or Smoothie Break Olmsted Coffee Shop
Grab a coffee or smoothie at the Olmsted Coffee Shop
before the concert. Meal ticket provided.
9:00 pm Students Activities Board Outdoor Concert-Westside, Olmsted Center
Musician, Lee DeWyze
Friday, August 28, 2015
8:15-8:45 am Check-in North Lobby, Meredith Hall
Juice and Muffins will be available
8:45-9:40a Welcome Meredith 106
Dr. Joseph Lenz, Provost
“Making the Most of Your Time at Drake
Dr. Jennifer McCrickerd
Dr. McCrickerd will share her knowledge about the Habits of Learning
Peer Mentor and New Student Introductions
9:40-10:10 am Navigating Your New Environment: On Campus
Leave from Meredith 106
Peer Mentors will guide students through finding important offices that provide student services on campus.
10:15-11:30 am 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-1:00 pm Lunch and Conversation with Drake Staff & Faculty Levitt Hall Representatives from other key offices and departments will join for lunch and conversation. (Professional and Career Development Services; Financial Aid; Student Accounts; International Programs and Admission)
1:30-2:45 pm Convocation Knapp Center
The faculty put together a ceremony to initiate students into the Bulldog Family. Be a part of the formal welcoming to Drake hosted by provost Dr. Joseph Lenz as you officially start your adventure.
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.
3:30-5:00 pm PMAC Planned Events Various Locations
Join in on the Peer Mentor/ Academic Consultantshave planned throughout campus.
5:00-7:00 pm Dinner Hubbell Dining Hall
Students will use their meal plans. If you do not have a meal plan, please obtain a meal ticket from your peer mentor.
7:00-8:00 pm Open Knapp Center
9:00pm & 11:00pm Showings - Student Activities Board Event Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Free Movie Friday – Jurassic World
Saturday, August 29 - Comedy Hypnotist, Chris Jones in Parents Hall, Olmsted Center
Wednesday, September 3 - Activities Fair sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership
Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27 - Parents and Family Weekend