Category Archives: Featured Events Archive

Drake Athletics Baby Bowl and Toddler Trot

Drake Athletics will host the fifth annual Baby Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 13 during halftime of the women’s basketball game, and the Toddler Trot on Sunday, Jan. 20 during halftime of the men’s basketball game.

Baby Bowl, Jan. 13: Children 18 months and younger are eligible to compete. This is a crawling-only competition. Registration is now open and closes on Jan. 10 or once all spots are filled. All contestants will receive a Drake Bulldogs baby bib. The top three finishers will receive prizes. View registration information.

Toddler Trot, Jan. 20: Children ages 3 and under are eligible to compete. This is a walking, waddling, and/or trotting only competition. Registration is now open and closes on Jan. 17 or once all spots are filled. All contestants will receive a Drake mini plastic basketball. The top three finishers in each race will receive prizes. View registration information.

For both contests, space is limited and contestant slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Contestants will receive two complimentary tickets to the game for parents/guardians. Additional tickets for friends and family will be available at a discounted rate.

Ryan Harris, Athletics

Beyond the Headlines: The Political and Economic Realities of Global Trade Policy

Students from the course, Political Economy of Globalization, will present on five issue areas in global trade policy that have been grabbing the headlines this year (automobiles, steel and aluminum, US-China trade war, NAFTA, and KORUS). Topics will include the relationship between the US auto industry and the global supply chain, the relationship between steel/aluminum and national security, the state of intellectual property rights in China, the prospects for passage of USMCA (the new NAFTA or NAFTA 2.0), and what lessons can be learned from the renegotiation of KORUS. This event will take place Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6–9 p.m. in Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center. It is open to the public. For a presentation schedule or more information, contact Professor Mary M. McCarthy at

Mary M. McCarthy, Department of Political Science

China and the World, a public program led by students

After a semester of exploring China and the World, students will present on pressing issues in the areas of China and the world economy, energy and the environment, and national and international security. Presentations will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 5–7 p.m. in Meredith, Room 103. Specific topics include Chinese innovations in green technologies, Chinese air capabilities in a potential conflict with the U.S. over Taiwan, and Chinese foreign investments in developing areas, such as Sub-Saharan Africa. This event is open to the public. For information, contact Professor Mary M. McCarthy at

Mary M. McCarthy, Department of Political Science

This Week in Drake Athletics

Men’s Basketball
Drake vs. Boise State
Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.
Knapp Center

Drake at Iowa State
Saturday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m.
Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa
View ticket information

Men’s Basketball
U.S. Bank Stadium Classic – Drake vs. North Dakota State
Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m.
US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
• Tickets still available through Ticketmaster using DRAKE18 promo code
• Drake Students: A limited number of Drake Student Section tickets are available for $15 each at the Knapp Center Ticket Office, while supplies last.

Women’s Basketball
Drake vs. Clarke
Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m.
Knapp Center
• Pack the Knapp for Character Hosted by the Ray Center (elementary/middle school youth event)

For additional information and complete schedules, visit or contact the Drake Athletics Ticket Office at 515-271-3647.

Ryan Harris, Athletics

The Comparison Project: Firsthand Accounts of a Miracle Investigator

The Comparison Project will host a lecture titled “Firsthand Accounts of a Miracle Investigator” by Joe Nickell on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Sussman Theater.

Nickell is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. With a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, Nickell investigates myths and mysteries, frauds, forgeries, and hoaxes. He has authored more than twenty books, most notably the Sceince of Miracles (). He has also appeared on numerous national TV shows, earning titles such as “the modern Sherlock Holmes,” “the original ghost buster,” and “the real-life Scully” (from “The X-Files”).

In his lecture, Nickell will review some of the allegedly miraculous cases that he has investigated over this career. These include phenomena as varied as the Shroud of Turin, weeping statues, faith healing, and other empirical claims of religion.

Monique Rodriguez, College of Arts and Sciences

Art exhibit: “Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative”

Currently on view at the Anderson Gallery is an exhibition titled “Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative” curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen, professor of art and cultural history, and students in the professor’s Black Americans and Photography course. The exhibition is on view now through Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

“Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative” celebrates the works of a number of Black people in our community who defined their own paths leading to civic engagement and community building, improving the lives of all inhabitants. Three of the people featured in videos are currently Drake students and one a Drake alum who de-segregated Drake’s women’s dormitory in the 1940s.

In light of recent racial incidents, the exhibition demonstrates a Drake University we can be proud of. We need to counter the hate with a show of solidarity in rallies and in academics: amending Drake’s visual culture and white space through exhibitions, and placing Drake in a larger context through thoughtful public lectures. Such events and activities can help catalyze Drake University to become “Our Town” — a more racially aware campus.

Lenore Metrick-Chen, Associate Professor of Art History

Drake Football at Iowa State

The Drake football team will play at Iowa State on Saturday, Dec. 1, to complete the 2018 season. The Bulldogs and Cyclones kickoff at 11 a.m. at Jack Trice Stadium in what will be the first meeting between the two programs since 1985. The Cyclones will be Drake’s 11th opponent of the season after both teams’ Sept. 1 season openers were canceled due to severe weather.

Ticketing for the game:
The only way to ensure your seating with Drake fans in the Drake section is by ordering through the Drake Athletics Ticket Office (515-271-3647 or Tickets are limited and the order deadline is 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. All tickets are $30. Drake students will receive priority seating together within the Drake section. Please visit the Knapp Center Ticket Office with valid Drake card to purchase tickets. Tickets can be picked up at visiting team will call, located at Gate 4.

Iowa State has implemented a clear bag policy at all ticketed events for the 2018-19 season. Most purses and bags will not be allowed in the stadium. The following bag types are allowed: plastic, vinyl, or PVC clear totes that do not exceed 12x6x12 inches; one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags; small clutch bags no larger than 4.5×6.5. Exceptions will be made for bags containing items required for medical, family, or child care. Find more information.

Pregame Drake Fan Hangout: 
Drake Athletics has reserved space from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for fans to gather in the Iowa State Alumni Center Uelner Executive Room located on the third floor. A catered breakfast from the Alumni Center will be available first-come, first-served for $12 per person. The breakfast consists of two slices of breakfast pizza, a cinnamon roll, a fruit cup, and beverages. Additionally, a cash bar will be available offering beer, liquor, wine, soda, bottled water, and coffee for purchase.

No RSVP is necessary to attend. The Iowa State Alumni Center is located at 420 Beach Ave on the west side of the parking lots directly north of Jack Trice Stadium (near lots A2 and A3). View map.

Iowa State does not have a visitors parking or tailgating section. View a map of parking options. View tailgating policies and procedures.

A few key tailgating policies to consider, in addition to the full list at the link:
– Tailgating is limited to one parking space – one parking space per pass will be strictly enforced.
– Lots open at 7 a.m. and are first come, first served
– Glass bottles, kegs, and open fires are not allowed
– Patrons under 21 years of age are strictly prohibited from using alcoholic beverage on university property.

Ryan Harris, Athletics

Meet My Religious Neighbor open house

Attend the inauguration of the interfaith chapel at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 4126 Ingersoll Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. This Meet My Religious Neighbor event includes not only an open house but also an interfaith dialogue featuring local representatives of six different religious traditions. Visitors are also invited to stay for Plymouth’s 5:30 p.m. “casual service.”

Meet My Religious Neighbor is a monthly open-house series. Each open house allows the public the opportunity to tour a sacred space, learn how religion is practiced in it, and meet the congregation who worships there.

Monique Rodriguez, College of Arts and Sciences

Drake Men’s Basketball at U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic

The Drake Men’s Basketball team will face North Dakota State on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic. This is part of the first ever basketball event that will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster using special offer code DRAKE18Drake students have the opportunity to purchase Drake Student Section tickets to this event.  Student tickets are $15 each (limit one per student), while supplies last. Students must purchase tickets at the Knapp Center Ticket Office and present a valid Drake Card.

For additional information, contact the Drake Athletics Ticket Office at 515-271-3647 or

Ryan Harris, Athletics