Category Archives: Campus Announcements Archive

Thanksgiving week utility shutdowns

During Thanksgiving week, Facilities Planning & Management will be performing two projects that will impact select areas of campus.

Fire hydrant replacement Nov. 23
On Monday, Nov. 23, we’ll be replacing a fire hydrant near Olmsted. This project will cause the water to be shut off between 10 a.m.–3 p.m. to Aliber, Olmsted, and Hubbell.

  • Aliber – Faculty & staff will need to use restrooms in Meredith during this time.
  • Olmsted – Olmsted will be closed Nov. 23, but staff will need to use restrooms in Meredith during this time if they are in the office. The University Bookstore will remain open but will not be able to access the restrooms during this time.
  • Hubbell – Hubbell will still be providing meals per their regular schedule but restrooms will be unavailable from 10 a.m–3 p.m.
  • Quads – In addition, hot water to the Quads will be unavailable between approximately 10 a.m and 3 p.m.; cold water will still be available.

Electrical maintenance Nov. 25
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, FPM will be performing preventative maintenance on some of our electrical system from approximately 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. This work will cause a loss of power to the Fieldhouse, Bell Center, Olin and the north side of Fine Arts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mitch Wieczorek at

— Mitch Wieczorek, Facilities Planning and Management

Attend virtual Let’s DU Lunch

The Office of Alumni Relations invites students, faculty, staff, and alumni to a virtual Let’s DU Lunch on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 12 p.m. Featured speakers Jonathan Azu, BN’99, and Louis Carr, JO’78, met when their music industry career paths crossed, and a mutual Drake experience sealed the deal: The two Bulldogs became friends, mentors, and collaborators.

During this session of Let’s DU Lunch, Jonathan and Louis will lead a conversation about professional collaboration, mentoring, giving back, and friendship as they share about their career and leadership experiences.

Read more about the event and register.

— Andy Verlengia, Alumni Relations

Get involved in #IEW2020

There is still time to get involved in International Education Week 2020! Join us virtually to celebrate Drake’s global engagement and international programs. Events are happening throughout the week for students, faculty, and staff. A full list of #IEW2020 events is posted to the IE Week Calendar.

IE Week Photo Contest
Vote for your favorites on social media @drakeuniversity. Winners will be announced on Friday, Nov. 20.
Learn more

Working Worldwide Information Session (students)
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 3:30 PM
Learn more & register

International Trivia
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7:00 PM
Learn more & register 

Designing a Travel Seminar (faculty/staff)
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11:00 AM
Learn more & register 

Global Partner Spotlight: Kosovo
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3:00 PM
Learn more & register 

Global Partner Spotlight: Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (India)
Thursday, Nov. 19, 8:00 AM
Learn more & register 

Global Career Talks (students)
Thursday, Nov. 19, 4:00 PM
Learn more & register 

— Hannah Sappenfield, Global Partnerships Coordinator

Virtual Drake Road Races flash sale

2021 Virtual Drake Road Races registration is open! The 2021 Drake Road Races will be opening as a virtual event, participants who register during the Flash Sale from Nov. 17–19 will receive the lowest prices of the year.

Join fellow Bulldogs from all over and begin your training for the races to be held in April 2021. All registrants will receive a Drake Road Races branded apparel item, commemorative medal, and race bib!

Register now at to save!

— Tanner Nissen, Drake Relays

Cowles Library updated services

With the return to virtual learning, Cowles Library has adjusted hours and services for the remainder of the fall semester. We are now offering contact-free pickup, as well as virtual reference and consultation services. No virtual services or contact-free pickup will be offered from Saturday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 29, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Please see for more details about our virtual services.

— Leslie Noble, Cowles Library

Clark Street and 25th Street Closures

Beginning on Monday, Nov. 9, Clark Street between 24th and 25th Streets, 25th Street between Clark Street and Forest Avenue, and Parking Lot 2 east of Shivers Basketball Practice Facility will be closed for underground utility work. Contractors will coordinate with Drake Facilities Planning and Management to maintain access to the homes on Clark Street.

— Rob Ebel, Facilities Planning and Management

Drake Dining Thanksgiving hours

Drake Dining facilities will have adjusted hours of operation leading up to, during, and following Thanksgiving break. Please review and bookmark these flyers for a schedule of campus dining hours. If you have any questions, please email Note that these hours are subject to further change.

Pre-Thanksgiving break dining hours (Nov. 16–20)

Thanksgiving break dining hours (Nov. 20–29)

Post-Thanksgiving dining hours (Nov. 30–Dec. 11)

— Casey Morgan, Dining Services

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.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

— 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