Fall Retreat: The fall retreat offers incoming first-years a weekend away from Drake to meet other Honors students, learn more about the Honors program, and participate in exciting outdoor activities. The fall retreat features ziplining, rock wall climbing, campfire, and black light dodgeball. Anyone interested in the Honors Program is welcome to join. Students can register through the Honors Student Council or in the Honors office. The retreat is early in the academic year, so don’t miss it!
Fall Outing: Our Fall Outing usually consists of traveling to a nearby apple orchard and pumpkin patch. It's a great way to get off of campus and make new friends in the Honors Program! Join us for Pumpkin painting at one of the October Honors Council meetings.
Random Night Dinners: The RND, one of our most popular events, is a monthly program featuring free dinner and excellent conversation. Each month an Honors professor is invited to speak to students on a topic of their choice while students enjoy a home-cooked meal (That's right, non-Sodexo!) prepared by Council. All students are welcome to sit down for a good dinner and discussion.
President's Book Club: The President's Book Club is an event held one evening each semester at the University President's home. The goal of the book club is to bring together students and administrators of Drake University for thought-provoking discussions of scholarly literature. A group of approximately sixteen students make a commitment to the date, participate, and typically read the selected book over either summer or winter break. Then, in the fall/spring, the President hosts a wonderful dinner, and an enlightening discussion follows. Past selections have included All the Ugly and Wonderful Things; Homegoing; Between the World and Me; Crime and Punishment; The Story of Edgar Sawtelle; Shadow of the Wind; Catch 22; and American Pastoral. Attendance is limited, so if you are interested, send the Honors Office your commit to the date, and get reading!
Hawley Lecture Series: This annual lecture series exposes students to a broad range of topics presented by prominent, academic intellectuals. The topics vary but usually have a civic or public impact. Past presenters have included writers, educators, activists, and scientific researchers. The Hawley Foundation was established in 1927 by Des Moines businessman Henry B. Hawley and his wife, Carrie. Sponsors include Drake's Honors Program, Honors Student Council, and related department/programs as relevant to guest lecturer's field(s) of study and profession.
Drake University Relays: Not only does the Honors Program plan our own events, but we also participate in campus wide events. During the week of Relays, the Honors Program is consistenly selected to paint a square on the painted street during street painting. Relays week is a time for all Drake students, past and present, to come together and the Honors Program appreciates all opportunities to be a part of that. The Pie and Alumni tradition began in 2014 and we look forward to that annual event on the Friday of Drake Relays.