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 Drake’s Parent & Family Weekend, October 4 – 6, 2019

A Drake education involves more than just learning in a classroom. It's about experiencing everything the campus has to offer, from athletics and the arts to clubs and activities. Each year we welcome the extended Bulldog family for a taste of the life their students are experiencing. Join in, and enjoy! 

Friday, October 4

Electra - by Euripides, Sophocles, and John Ward - directed by John Graham - Coleman Studio Theatre at 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office - Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm and Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Mentalist – Sean Bott, 8:00pm - Parents Hall

  • His show includes mind reading, telepathy, and predicting the future. He will freak you out and make you laugh at the same time. Don’t even bother trying to figure him out! This is a free event.
  • Check out his website to see more: http://bass-schuler.com/sean-bott/

Free Movie Friday – Toy Story 4, 9:00pm - Sussman Theater

Saturday, October 5

Information and Bulldog Run Check-in, 8:00am – 12:00pm - Olmsted Breezeway, 2875 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311

  • Pick up your Bulldog walk/run t-shirt, get information about Des Moines, and more
  • To register for the run/walk, click here.

Parent Coffee and Conversation, 9:00am - Cline Atrium

  • Please join President Martin, academic deans, staff, and Parent Advisory Council members for coffee and pastries. President Martin will kick off the program to welcome the group followed by time for guests to mingle with other Drake parents over light refreshments.

J-Term Forum, 10am -Harvey Ingham 135, Arthur Sanders, Associate Provost

  • Learn more about Drake’s January Term (J-Term), which takes place for three weeks in January each year. Students and faculty engage in intensive, focused learning opportunities, with no distractions from other classes. It is an opportunity to study subjects that are often difficult to fit into a regular semester schedule. There are a wide variety of options available to students, from participating in a travel seminar to working fulltime on a theater production, from meeting an Areas of Inquiry requirement that is difficult to schedule, to advanced courses in the major that are uniquely structured to meet the intensive learning environment.

Financial Literacy, 10:30am - Harvey Ingham 135, Pam Smith, Financial Aid Coordinator 

  • Don't miss this opportunity to talk about college finances, budgets and financial literacy alongside your student. Join one of our financial aid staff members as they help you make sense of dollars and cents.                                                     

Academic Achievement: Supporting your Drake Bulldog in their journey, 11:00am -Harvey Ingham 135, Josh Wallace, Academic Success & Retention Specialist

  • As students delve into the semester, different struggles and challenges arise. Many of these challenges are common issues in the transition from high school to college. Fortunately, there are a number of support systems in place to help alleviate some of the struggles. This session aims to make parents and students aware of those support systems as well as provide tips on how parents can support students whom may be struggling.

Study Abroad, Fulfilling Drake’s Mission of Global Citizenship, 11:30 am -Harvey Ingham 135, Education Abroad Advisor

  • Anybody in any major can study abroad. Whether the experience lasts a few weeks, a summer, a semester, or a year, the Drake Education Abroad Office will help your student find the program that works for them. Many are as affordable as a semester on campus, and nearly all students who study abroad still graduate on time. Bulldogs welcome the endless possibilities that come with studying abroad, enhancing their learning experiences and building a competitive edge as they enter the workforce.

Drake Legacy Photo, 12:00pm, Agora

  • If you are a Drake Alumni, please grab your student and join us for a Drake Legacy Photo at 12:00pm on the Agora, Helmick Commons. Rain location will be Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted Center.

Drake’s Tailgate Cookout, -11:30 am – 1:00 pm, *Due to weather, tailgate has been moved indoors to Hubbell Dining Hall*

  • Click here to purchase tickets – Do not purchase a meal ticket for your student if they have a meal plan.

Drake Football v. Valparaiso, 1:00 pm - Drake Stadium. Purchase tickets here

Drake Neighborhood 40th Anniversary Block Party, 4:00 - 10:00pm - University Ave at 24th Street

Sweetheart Sing, 6:00pm - Parents Hall

  • Tickets will be available for purchase Monday September 30th through Friday October 4th from 11am - 1pm in the Olmsted Breezeway and on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm.

Electra - by Euripides, Sophocles, and John Ward - directed by John Graham - Coleman Studio Theatre at 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office - Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm and Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm.

Sunday, October 6

Bulldog Run/Walk (Drake’s 5k or one-mile fun run/walk around campus!) - 8:00am, check-in at north side entrance of the Olmsted Center

  • Registration and payment information provided through online registration system. Registration closes on Tuesday, September 24 at noon. 

Family Brunch - 9:30 am – 1:00 pm - Hubbell Dining

  • Click here to purchase tickets – Do not purchase a meal ticket for your student if they have a meal plan.  

To access your free parking pass, please click here

Registration is not necessary for non-ticketed programs. To purchase meals and/or Bulldog run/walk tickets please click here

Last day to get a refund for the Bulldog Run is Tuesday, September 24 and last day for refunds for tailgate or brunch is Friday, September 27.

For more information or any questions regarding Parent & Family Weekend, please call 515-271-2835 or email orientation@drake.edu.

 

 

 

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