Category Archives: Campus Announcements Archive

New Spanish minor for the medical and health professions

The Department of World Languages and Cultures is pleased to offer a new minor in Spanish for medical and health professions beginning in Fall 2021. The minor assists students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and various health professions, including public health, pharmacy, and other areas in developing linguistic and cultural competencies related to Spanish and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. These competencies will assist them in providing services to Spanish-speaking patients and co-workers. The new minor will require 18 hours, include a core of 12 hours and six hours of electives.

The minor is available to students in all colleges and schools. This is not a common program in the U.S. and will aid students in seeking employment after graduation due to the features of the curriculum.

For more specific information or any questions, contact or a WLC faculty member.

— Marc Pinheiro-Cadd, World Languages and Cultures

Drake MSLD leadership conference

The Drake University Masters of Science in Leadership Development (MSLD) community is coming together (virtually) for a first annual conference Friday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a social hour Thursday, April 29, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The conference is free and open to anyone who is willing to learn more about leadership.

Register here

The program will be designed to serve emerging and aspiring leaders in business, industry, and non-profit organizations who are interested in developing both their leadership ability and leadership capacity in others. The theme this year is leading change.

The conference is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and brought to you by MSLD graduate students.

Visit the website to learn more. For questions, contact Carissa Popp at

— Carissa Popp, P3,GR

IT service portal updates

ITS has been updating our online resources to make them more user-friendly. If you visit the IT service portal at you will begin to see fewer services available. We are combining services, and using logic within the forms to make it easier for you to choose the right service to use for your issue or request.

This work will continue into the summer months and beyond, but as we work through each category, you will see two options to submit:

  • Issues: Use issue for a system or tool that was working and isn’t anymore.
  • Requests: Submit a request to add something new or change access to an existing system or tool.

As long as you get to the right tool or system, your request or issue will be sent to the right ITS staff to assist you.

We hope these changes will make it easier for you to use our service portal, and get access to the tech you need. Have questions about these changes? Or want to provide feedback? Visit

— Carla Herling & Becky Klein, ITS

Participate in Civic Action Week

Throughout the past year we have seen people unite together to help out neighbors, family, and friends. Through mask-making, virtual tutoring, or sending a care package or card, you’ve risen to the challenge of being a caring neighbor.

April 5–10, as we celebrate Civic Action Week at Drake, share the innovative ways you’ve seen people unite and give back this past year on social media. Tag @drakeservice and #DrakeServes.

Join in on one of the events happening on campus like a Careers in Social Change Panel, Sprout Garden Ribbon Cutting, the Harkin Institute’s Sussman Lecture with Nikole Hannah-Jones, a community walk through the neighborhood and more. Donate to one of the several donations drives happening. Support local businesses with the Dogtown Dash. Find a volunteer opportunity. Whatever your comfort level, there’s an opportunity for you.

Learn more at and don’t forget to share how you are celebrating on social media!

— Amanda Martin, Community Engaged Learning

Rec Services closures and registrations

The Bell Center will be closed Saturday, April 10, and Sunday, April 11. Underground Fitness will remain open.

Intramural deadlines:
Tennis (singles and doubles): April 7
Fortnite: April 7

Faculty/staff golf league:
Drake faculty/staff golf league will be a doubles league held at Grandview  Golf Course/A.H. Blank Golf Course in Des Moines. Nine holes will be played each week on Wednesdays with tee times starting at 4 p.m. for Grandview and 4:30 p.m. for A.H. Blank. The first day of play will be May 19 and will continue through July 28 (10 weeks).

To register email Ryan Parriott at

— Emily Madsen, Rec Services

Griff Gives Back pet food drive

Griff II continues to ask for donations of adult pet food to benefit area pets in need through The Pet Project Midwest, a local pet food pantry.

This is the sixth annual Griff Gives Back pet food drive. Since its inception, the drive has collected more than 42,000 pounds of pet food—collected by the OG (Griff I).

In his first year leading the campaign, Griff II is having tremendous success. He met is initial goal of 10,000 pounds, and then surpassed his new goal of 17,000 pounds. Now, he’s raising his goal yet again to 30,000 pounds!

Please consider supporting Griff II in this effort! There are multiple ways to donate. Visit for all the options and information.

— Erin Bell, University Communications and Marketing

Campus heating and cooling update

The recent forecast has called for warm, sunny days, followed by cool nights in the 40s. The University heating and cooling system does not allow us to cool during the day and then heat at night, or vice versa.

The system consists of miles of underground pipes which are filled with steam to heat and chilled water to cool, but not both at the same time. The process to change from heating to cooling, or from cooling to heating, takes days due to the need to drain and refill the pipes.

With drastic temperature swings this time of year, we stick with heating but monitor the 14-day forecast looking for the optimal time to changeover to cooling, typically around April 15.

In the meantime, we’ll do our best to adjust the building systems so they are as cool as possible. Please keep blinds closed whenever possible to keep your space from absorbing the heat from the sun.

For questions or concerns, contact Brett Lovelady at

— Mitch Wieczorek, Facilities Planning and Management

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