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Welcome Back Week

 

Welcome Back Drake Students! 

Here is a current list of events scheduled to take place during the first week of classes during the ’23-’24 Academic Year. 

Monday, August 28th  

Griff II Back-to-School Photos 

Helmick Commons, 8:30am-10:30am 

Kick off your school year right by visiting Griff II and taking pictures to send your loved ones! 

Student Affairs Meet n’ Greet Tabling 

Across campus 

Meet different Drake departments while on your way to class! View the schedule below to see when and where these tables will be hosted! 

Olmsted Breezeway,  

ft. President Marty Martin 

9:00am-10:00am 

Bell Center 

12:00pm-1:00pm 

Bulldog Balanced: Letting Go of Drake Busy 

Pomerantz Stage, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

It is important to find time to pause, calm, and soothe, especially the first two weeks of classes. We will be playing music, offering tools to manage your mental health, and incorporate art therapy. You can stop by our tables to chat or simply find a peaceful place to pause or study. We hope to see you there.  

 

Tuesday, August 29th 

Griff II Back-to-School Photos 

Helmick Commons, 8:30am-10:30am 

Kick off your school year right by visiting Griff II and taking pictures to send your loved ones! 

Student Affairs Meet n’ Greet Tabling 

Across campus 

Meet different Drake departments while on your way to class! View the schedule below to see when and where these tables will be hosted! 

Olmsted Breezeway 

9:00am-10:00am 

Bell Center 

12:00pm-1:00pm 

Bulldog Balanced: Letting Go of Drake Busy 

Pomerantz Stage, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

(See Monday for full description) 

SAB Grab and Go Donuts 

Olmsted Breezeway, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

Join the Student Activities Board (SAB) for an event perfect to keep you energized for classes! SAB will be serving Krispy Kreme for FREE, while supplies last. 

Recreation Fest & Services Fair 

Helmick Commons, 3:00pm-5:00pm 

Learn about the different resources that Drake students have access to while also completing carnival-style games! Some of the departments attending will be Recreational Services, Career Services, Global Engagement, Alumni Relations, and many more. Check it out! 

 

Wednesday, August 30th 

Root Beer Floats, ft. Sodexo 

Outside Hubbell, 11:00am-1:00pm 

Celebrate the start of the semester with a root beer float, provided by Sodexo catering! Students who join in on the fun will receive their root beer float in a special Welcome Back Week cup, while supplies last! 

Bulldog Balanced: Letting Go of Drake Busy 

Pomerantz Stage, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

(See Monday for full description) 

Sand Volleyball & Capture the Flag 

Goodwin-Kirk Volleyball Court, 3:30pm 

Join the Office of Residence Life and Resident Assistants for fun games of sand volleyball and capture the flag! Stick around afterwards and take a walk over to Black Cat Ice Cream, a local handmade ice cream shop in the Drake neighborhood! 

 

Thursday, August 31st 

Study Abroad Fair 

Olmsted Breezeway, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

If you’ve ever wondered about study abroad, come learn more about the opportunities Drake has for you to take your education world-wide! We’ll have representatives from many of our partners who would love to tell you about programs that might interest you, as well as information about scholarships & financial aid. This is your one-stop-shop to get started on planning your next adventure abroad! 

Get HYPED with Student Senate 

Helmick Commons, 2:00pm-4:00pm 

The perfect way to start your afternoon is to GET HYPED with your senators! Join them for drinks provided by Hyper Energy Bar, FREE while supplies last! 

Fall Activities Fair 

Parent’s Hall, 4:00pm-6:00pm 

Find your new home away from home! Pay a visit to the Activities Fair to become further acquainted with Drake’s 150+ student organizations. 

Bulldog Balanced: Letting Go of Drake Busy 

Pomerantz Stage, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

(See Monday for full description) 

Fraternity & Sorority Life Block Party 

Helmick Commons, 5:00pm-9:00pm  

Join the social fraternities and sororities as they prepare for a wonderful recruitment season! Meet members of the FSL community and play yard games! 

Volunteering @ Findley Elementary Back to School Night 

Findley Elementary School,  
5:30pm-7:00pm 

Drake University has “adopted” the first-grade class at Findley Elementary School, and we have an opportunity to welcome them and their families to first grade at “Back to School Night.” Join the Office of Community Engaged Learning to Interact with the kids and families, hand out Bulldog crowns, and more. Show them what it means to be a Bulldog! Register on DUgood. 

Ice Cream Social @Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted Center 

First Gen Bulldogs invite you to an Ice Cream Social from 6:00-8:00 PM!

 

Friday, September 1st 

Prize Patrol, ft. Dr. Jerry Parker 

Across campus, 9:00am-11:00am 

On Friday, we wear DRAKE BLUE. Keep an eye out for Jerry Parker on his golf cart while walking to class! He’ll only stop and give you a prize if you’re wearing Drake Blue! 

Bulldog Balanced: Understanding my Anxiety 

Virtual, 1:00pm 

Join the Counseling Center for this session and begin a journey to gaining a deeper understanding about anxiety and how it functions in your brain and body. 

Thelma’s Ice Cream Social 

Outside Olmsted, 3:00pm-5:00pm 

Provost Mattison is joining in on the fun with Thelma’s Ice Cream sandwiches, FREE for students as supplies last! 

Men’s Soccer Game vs. Western Illinois 

Cownie Soccer Complex, 7:00pm 

Cheer on and support the Drake Men’s Soccer team as they compete against Western Illinois University! 

SAB Free Movie Friday 

Sussman Theatre, 9:00pm 

Free Movie Friday is coming back strong with Monsters University! Join SAB for this exciting and somehow relatable movie sequel to the original Monsters Inc. 

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February 23, 2024