Category Archives: Campus Announcements Archive

What is SARS-CoV-2 and what are we doing about it? A perspective from an antiviral pharmacologist

The campus community is invited to join Professor Brian Gentry on Monday, Nov. 30, at 2:30 p.m. as he discusses coronaviruses, what makes SARS-CoV-2 special (and more dangerous) compared to the other coronaviruses, the two primary scientific reasons this virus caused a pandemic, current and experimental pharmacotherapies for the treatment of COVID-19, and the outlook for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

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— Kaylyn Maher, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Intramural deadlines and Rec Services hours

November Rec Services hours

Bell Center: Closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, through the week of Thanksgiving

Underground: Closes at 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. until Spring 2021 semester

Intramural deadlines
Nov. 12: Pickleball doubles
Nov. 14: 3-point shoot out
Nov. 17: Trivia

Follow our social media for challenges and activities during the virtual period of the school year.

Facebook: DrakeRecServices; Instagram: drakerec; Twitter: DrakeRec; Tiktok: drakerec.

— Emily Madsen, Recreational Services

Innovation and Creativity Week Nov. 9–13

Nov. 9–13 is Innovation and Creativity week. We have adjusted our schedule and pared back some events this semester. If you’re interested in learning more about The Bark Tank or the Lorentzen Hatchery pitch events, be sure to keep an eye out because we’ll be bringing those back in the Spring 2021 semester during National Entrepreneurship Week, February 13–20, 2021.

Careers in Social Change: Social Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 4–5 p.m., virtual event
In this panel series, you’ll hear from professionals who use their careers to create social change. In this session, panelists will present on the topic of social entrepreneurship. You’ll have the opportunity to network with local experts, too! Register.

Learn about Letterpress printing
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9–11 a.m., virtual event
Professor Sarah McCoy will demonstrate live letterpress printing. The prints will be available on campus on Thursday, Nov. 12. Join via Zoom Meeting.

Learn how to use the equipment in the Innovation Studio
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., live event (registration required)
Sign up to join Professor Chris Snider during Innovation Hours to learn how to use the equipment, and you can come back later to finish your projects. Sign up here.

For the rest of the week, in keeping with social distancing safety, we encourage you to take some time to to visit online spaces that may spur your creativity

  • The Drake University Anderson Gallery now has a YouTube Channel where you can watch live streamed events, videos of past artist talks, conversations with artists, demonstrations and workshops. Click here to launch art education at work!
  • Take a virtual tour of the Des Moines Art Center. Virtual tours of their permanent collections allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum, walking through the galleries. We highly recommend the Black Stories tour if you have not had the opportunity to see it in person. 
  • Check out a TEDTalk – learn how to spark your own creativity or innovative side. After viewing a few of these, do you want to give a TEDTalk and what would you discuss? TEDx is coming back to Des Moines in May 2021. 
  • The Des Moines Symphony has a new program, DMSO at Home. This project is aimed at connecting with our community online through videos, livestreamed concerts, and more.
  • Put a mask on a cryptid. Draw or download a picture of your favorite cryptid (Bigfoot, the Moth Man, the Loch Ness Monster, etc. or pick a character from popular culture) and then draw or use collage to put a mask on them. Would they wear a surgical mask? A fabric one with flowers? Or try something different and create a zentangle. Just be creative and have fun. If you want to share your ideas with us, tag us on social media (Instagram: @drakeinnovation or @drakeeship; Twitter: @drakeinnovation or @eshipdrake). 

 Questions? Email us at Want to be updated on other events that the Innovation Studio hosts? Be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

— Stephanie Cardwell, Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Mark your calendars: International Education Week 2020

Join us virtually Nov. 16–20 to celebrate Drake’s global engagement and international programs during International Education Week! Global and intercultural learning is a key objective of Drake’s Continuous Improvement Plan, supporting our mission of responsible global citizenship. Join in to discover more about Drake as a global institution. There will be events for students, faculty, and staff—with some of our partner institutions joining from around the world.

Mark your calendar for these featured events. A full list of #IEW2020 events is posted to the IE Week Calendar.

IE Week Photo Contest
Now open for submissions! Deadline: Nov. 9
Learn More

Town Hall: Global Engagement at Drake
Monday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.
Learn More & Register

Drake & MUBS (Uganda) Virtual Exchange (students)
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7 a.m.
Learn More & Register

Funding for Global Projects (faculty/staff)
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.
Learn More & Register

International Trivia
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Learn More & Register

Global Partner Spotlight: Kosovo
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m.
Learn More & Register

Global Career Talks (students)
Thursday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m.
Learn More & Register

— Hannah Sappenfield, Global Partnerships Coordinator

Log into the eduroam network with your Drake email address before Dec. 1

Although we’ve encouraged logging into our eduroam campus wireless network using your Drake email address, it hasn’t been required. This is changing on Dec. 1. In order to better maintain our network and to ensure that credentials are passed properly to access eduroam at other affiliated institutions, we are changing our network settings.

Following this change on Dec. 1, you will not be able to log into the eduroam network using your Drake ID and must use your Drake email address.

Later this week we will send emails to the students, faculty, and staff who are currently logged into eduroam using their Drake ID. These individuals need to forget their current network on any device where they are connected (see Forgetting a Wireless Network (How-To) if you need instructions), and log in again using their Drake email address. This should be done as soon as possible to avoid encountering issues on Dec. 1 or upon returning from winter break.

Need a reminder on how to log into eduroam? Follow the instructions at Connecting to the eduroam Wireless Network (How-to).

If you’re working, learning, or teaching entirely remotely, you’ll need to make this change when you return to the Drake campus.

— Chris Mielke, ITS

United Way Campaign generates approximately $27,000

Our 2020 United Way Campaign wrapped up at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. With 146 participants we raised $27,307. Thank you for your consideration and generosity. Your financial support will help meet the needs of our neighbors, many of whom are facing new and exacerbated challenges as a result of the pandemic. If donating to the United Way remains a consideration for you and your family, please know you can do so year around at:

Ryan Arnold, Community Engagement

Banner, MyDUSIS planned outage Oct. 24

ITS is making updates to Banner. As a result, access to Banner 9, Banner/DUSIS INB, MyDUSIS, Workflow, ODBC, eTranscripts, Online Balloting, and DSAP will be completely unavailable between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. This upgrade is being made to apply upgrades and patches related to security and other functionality.

We appreciate your patience. If you are unable to access these systems after the planned maintenance window, please contact the support center at 515–271–3001 or visit to report your issue.

— Carla Herling, ITS

DU Good Month: Submit your volunteer hours

October is DU Good Month! We encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Drake to find socially distant ways to volunteer and better their community during the month of October. Share how you are DUing good this month on social media with #DUGoodMonth and by tagging @DrakeAlumni.

Remember to submit the hours that you volunteer for a chance to win some Drake swag!

For questions, contact Amelia Klatt, assistant director of Alumni Relations, at or 515–271–3378.

— Amelia Klatt, Alumni Relations

Seeking actors for implicit bias training video

The Office of Equity and Inclusion is seeking faculty, staff, and students to participate as actors in a 6-minute skit regarding implicit bias. The skit will be screen recorded via Zoom, and will be used as a tool in the Implicit Bias Training circulated among faculty and staff. Participants will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card for their participation. To sign up or ask questions, email Mackenzie Smith at

— Mackenzie Smith, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

International photo contest

The International Education Week photo contest is open to all Drake students, faculty, and staff who have photos from a Drake-related international education or work experience. Email your photos to by Monday, Nov. 9 in one of four different categories:

  • Capture the Culture
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Taste of Travel
  • The Most Epic Selfie

Voting will take place online throughout International Education Week (Nov. 16–20) on Facebook ( and Instagram ( Winners in each category will be selected on Friday, Nov. 20. #DrakePhotoContest2020

Also, if you are interested in working with the Drake Global Engagement team on IE Week events, we have an internship open for Virtual Event Planning through Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Learn more about the position.

— Karen Williams, Global Engagement