Category Archives: Campus Announcements Archive

Nominate students for the Adams Leadership Awards

The Adams Leadership Awards are an annual, campus-wide tradition to celebrate the achievements of student leaders and organizations at Drake University. Each spring we honor students and organizations who have made valuable contributions to the campus community through their outstanding commitment to leadership.

Please consider nominating any Drake students and student organizations who have exhibited strong leadership and excellence throughout the 2020–2021 academic year. Nominations can be submitted by any Drake student, faculty, or staff member. Award categories include:

  • Outstanding First Year Student
  • Outstanding Student Organization
  • Outstanding Equity and Inclusion Program
  • Oreon E. Scott Outstanding Senior of the Year
  • …and many more!

View a full list of awards and the nomination form here. The nomination deadline is Sunday, April 18th at 11:59 p.m.

In place of this year’s Adams Leadership Convocation ceremony, the nominees and recipients of each leadership award will be announced online via the Adams Leadership Institute Facebook page the week of May 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Economos, director of student leadership programs, at

— Kristin Economos, Office of Student Involvement and Leadership

Sprout Garden ribbon cutting

Join Community Engaged Learning April 7 at 3:30 p.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the start of a new growing season at the new Sprout Garden location. The garden moved from its long-time location at Forest Avenue and 25th Street this past fall, to its new location of 30th Street and Carpenter Avenue. All are invited to come out and see the new space, hear remarks from those involved with the project, and learn about ways to get involved. RSVPs are encouraged by March 30 so we can prepare for refreshments.

Civic Action Week April 5–10

Civic Action Week is a campus-wide week of events for students, faculty, staff and the broader community to learn, engage, and encourage collective responses to persistent societal challenges. Mark your calendar for April 5–10 for a number of in-person volunteer opportunities, virtual remote opportunities, and educational events.

Examples of events include a fun kick-off event with trivia, a Careers in Social Change Panel, a ribbon-cutting at the new Sprout Garden, a neighborhood walk, and a number of donation drives.

Prizes will be given throughout the week. Share how you give back or what you are doing to celebrate Civic Action Week by tagging @drakeservice #DrakeServes on social media.

Civic Action Week will center around the Pathways for Civic Action and Social change. We recognize that there are many strategies needed to create change; the Pathways include: Community Engaged Learning and Research, Community Organizing and Activism, Direct Service, Philanthropy, Policy and Governance, and Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Responsibility.

Learn more or contact

— Amanda Martin, Community Engaged Learning

Go All In

All In is a time to celebrate Drake and the Bulldogs who empower the Drake experience. Join us April 8–9 for our annual 24-hour giving challenge and celebrate all we have accomplished in this last year and cheer on what is to come.

Here are a few ways you can join in: 

Bulldog Shoutouts: Recognize a fellow Bulldog who has made an impact on you with a video shoutout to be shared during All In. Sign up here. Deadline for submission is April 1. 

Mark Your Calendar: RSVP to the All In Facebook event. 

Show the World You’re All In: Add the All In Facebook frame to your profile picture.   

Students: Follow the Student Alumni Association on Facebook and Instagram for fun things happening on campus (at a social distance) and virtually during All In. 

Follow Along: Watch the All In website to find out about matching gift challenges for academic units, programs, scholarship support, and more. During the giving challenge (noon–noon, April 8–9), tune in and see all the support that’s coming in for our campus community! 

— Alicia Chilton, University Communications and Marketing

Spring 2021 edition of DUSSJ now available

The Spring 2021 edition of the Drake Undergraduate Social Science Journal (DUSSJ) is now available online. Please see here for the current edition.

DUSSJ would like to extend a special thank you to this year’s student editorial board: Camryn Huyser, Aimsley Kadlec, Kathleen McCracken, Rosalind Carey, and Pawel Barnas. We had an extraordinary number of submissions this year and we appreciate your hard work in reviewing each of them.

— Heath Henderson, Assistant Professor of Economics

Griff Gives Back pet food drive

The sixth annual Griff Gives Back pet food drive is underway! Griff II is collecting donations of adult dog and cat food to benefit The Pet Project Midwest, a local pet food pantry, in the weeks leading up to the Beautiful Bulldog Contest and Drake Relays.

His goal this year is 10,000 pounds to benefit area pets in need. Let’s assist Griff II, in his first year at the helm, with reaching his goal! Thank you!

— Erin Bell, University Communications and Marketing

New minor in adult learning and talent development

The School of Education is proud to announce a new minor in adult learning and talent development.

Do you like designing or running presentations? Do you enjoy teaching but would rather teach adults, working at for-profit or non-profit organizations? Do you like to investigate and solve problems? Training and Talent Development professionals come from all majors and often start their careers with a bachelor’s degree.

The adult learning and talent development minor requires 12 credit hours in creative and “out-of-the-box” courses such as designing learning, learning and technology, and performance consulting. Students will also complete a practical capstone, a project they may add to their portfolio and show future employers.

The six remaining credit hours come from approved electives. We especially recommend elective courses in psychology, digital media, technical writing, leadership, and human resource management.

For additional information, contact Cris Wildermuth at or SOE’s website

— Cris Wildermuth, Associate Professor of Education

Hit the gym with a partner

You are now able to work out with a partner at the Bell Center and Underground Fitness. Please be sure to:

  • Create a reservation for the equipment you will share.
  • Swipe into the facility together at the same time.
  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing with others in the facility.
  • Thoroughly clean equipment once finished.

— Emily Madsen, Rec Services

Archie R. Boe Lecture Series

The Kelley Center for Insurance Innovation proudly presents the 2021 Archie R. Boe Lecture Series, “Weather, Sustainability, Data Analytics, and Ethical Decision-Making” by Stephen L. Kolk, ACAS, MAAA, President of Kolkulations, LLC. The lecture will take place virtually on Thursday, March 25, at 4 p.m. There is no charge for this event. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.

Register here. Upon completion of registration, you will be emailed the Zoom link for the event. For more information, contact or

Sexual Citizens book talk

Just a reminder to get registered for the author-led book talk for Sexual Citizens: Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus. Register here.

Authors Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan will be joining us virtually to discuss their landmark research on campus sexual assault. Their five year study has lead to new and innovative ways to address prevention on college campuses. They look at the intersectionality of sexual citizenship as it relates to gender, race and environments. Check out this podcast for a sneak peak of what to expect from our conversation with Jennifer and Shamus.

The Violence Prevention Office has copies of the book if you are interested in a free copy.  You can pick one up in the Student Inclusion, Involvement and Leadership office in Olmsted or by contacting directly.

— Lynne Cornelius, Violence Prevention Coordinator