Message from Marina Verlengia, Director, New Student Programs
Students who have previously transferred to Drake have indicated that the Fall 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 Fall 2017 Orientation 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:
For International Students: Please plan to arrive in Des Moines between August 22nd and August 23rd. 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 23rd at 8:00am. Roommate assignments will be available online beginning July 31st. For information on viewing visit the Residence Life webpage.
Meals: The first day students may use their selected meal plan is Thursday, August 24th for lunch. Students should choose their meal plans prior to arriving on campus. Meal plans may be selected by contacting the Student Services Office in Carnegie Hall or at the time of Orientation. Students living in resident halls are required to select meal plans prior to arriving on campus; if a student fails to do so, they will be assigned the 14 meal per week plan. Meal plan changes are allowed until Friday, September 1st at 4:00 pm. Hubbell Dining Hall will be open limited hours for camps and preseason meals on Wednesday, August 23rd and for breakfast on Thursday, August 24th. Students arriving early are welcome to dine with us by cash or credit payment during this time; hours of operation will be posted at the dining hall. Students without a meal plan will obtain a meal ticket for the duration of the New Student Program.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Please register by August 18, 2017.
Check-in - Second Floor Lobby, Olmsted Center
Juice and Muffins will be available
Welcome Session - Conference Rooms 310-312, Olmsted Center
Marina Verlengia, Director of New Student Programs - Program Overview/Peer Mentor Introductions
Interactive Panel Session Conf. Rooms 310-312, Olmsted Center
This interactive discussion will allow students ask questions to a panel of diverse staff and current students to gain more information.
Navigating Your New Environment: Online Resources Q-A Various Locations
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.
College/School Meetings - Various Locations
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.
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)
1:00 – 1:30pm
Navigating Your New Environment: On Campus
Peer Mentors will guide students through finding important offices that provide student services on campus.
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 President Martin as you officially start your Drake adventure.
Coffee or Smoothie Break - Olmsted Coffee Shop
Grab a coffee or smoothie at the Olmsted Coffee Shop and get to know some of your peers. Meal ticket provided.
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.
Thursday, August 24 - 9:00pm
Student Activities Board Outdoor Concert – West side, Olmsted Center
Band – The Well Reds
Friday, August 25 - 9:00pm & 11:00pm
Showings - Student Activities Board Event Free Movie Friday - Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Saturday, August 26 – 9:00pm
Student Activities Board Event Comedy Hypnotist, Chris Jones - Parents Hall, Olmsted
Activities Fair sponsored by the Office of Student Inclusion, Involvement and Leadership
Parents and Family Weekend and Homecoming