Category Archives: For Students Archive

Networking opportunity and Instagram contest

Connect with alumni over J-Term and beyond
In the spirit of fostering connections between alumni and current students, we are excited to introduce a new initiative in partnership with the Alumni Relations team: #NetworkwithDrake.

We have created an ever-growing directory of alumni on LinkedIn, using the hashtag #NetworkwithDrake. You can search the hashtag to identify and connect with willing alumni in your chosen fields, find jobs or internships, seek career advice, and make connections around the globe.

Take part in True Blue Bingo
The @drakecareer Instagram account is featuring a contest to help you gain the True Blue Skills employers and graduate schools desire and tips to stay healthy at the same time. Be entered to win prizes by posting how you are staying healthy and building your True Blue Skills. Prizes include griff socks, bulldog flag, $50 Amazon gift card, and more. See the bingo card and examples for more details.

— Chrystal Stanley, Professional & Career Development Services

Get involved with the Global Citizen forum

Drake is partnering with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) to host a virtual conference on equity and inclusion in higher education March 3–5, 2021.

The 2021 Global Citizen Forum will bring together educators, students, policy makers, and citizens from around the world to explore the struggles, strategies, and solutions for creating a more equitable and inclusive higher education field.

Registration is open! Undergraduates and graduates are eligible to attend all three days of the conference free of charge. Register through Eventbrite.

Call for student research presentations
The Nelson Student Research Symposium will take place on the final day of the Global Citizen Forum, giving Drake students the opportunity to share their research related to international and global topics.

This year’s theme is “International Perspectives on Racial Justice.” While research presentations that support the theme are encouraged, all global topics from any academic discipline are welcome.

Submit your paper or concept via the online submission form for consideration. Submission deadline is Feb. 18.

— Hannah Sappenfield, Global Partnerships Coordinator

Purchasing textbooks

Students: As we prepare for the Spring 2021 semester, and keeping with safety protocols, we are asking you to order textbooks online through the University Bookstore website,, rather than in-store. If you believe you will be taking classes remotely, please choose to ship your books home. If you plan to be on campus or in the Des Moines metro, you may select free in-store pickup. We are planning a separate pickup area within the Olmsted Center to better protect you and those around you with social distancing. As with the rest of campus, masks are required in-store.

— Kyle McVay, University Bookstore

Bell Center hours; Wellness webinar

The Bell Center is open. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Jan. 29. Reserve equipment and schedule a time slot at

Join Drake alumna Mackenzie Woolwich Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Mackenzie is a licensed and registered dietitian. She will be giving a presentation titled “New Year, New Goals: How To Set Realistic Health Goals for Success.”

Meeting ID: 879 9997 2690
Password: 409754

— Emily Madsen, Recreational Services-Wellness

Enhancements to your financial aid experience

The Office of Student Financial Planning has been working to implement several exciting enhancements that will improve the financial aid experience for students at Drake. These enhancements include:

  • Electronic financial aid award notifications: Financial aid award notifications for the 2021–2022 academic year will be sent via email. As a result, students will receive their financial aid notifications more quickly and will be able to access them from any internet-connected device.
  • Financial aid information in MyDrake: From MyDrake, students will be able to view and accept financial aid awards (beginning with 2021–2022) as well as view their financial aid document requirements.
  • Smart digital forms with e-signature: Pre-populated digital forms with skip logic, data validation, secure document upload, and electronic signatures will allow students to complete their financial aid requirements more quickly and accurately, from the device of their choice.

These changes will be rolled out over the next few months. Additional information will be provided in the near future.

— Ryan Zantingh, Director of Financial Aid

Submit your research for the 2021 Nelson Student Symposium

Call for student research presentations:
The Nelson Student Research Symposium will take place next March during the 2021 Global Citizen Forum, giving Drake students the opportunity to share their research related to international and global topics.

This year’s theme is “International Perspectives on Racial Justice.” While research presentations that support the theme are encouraged, all global topics from any academic discipline are welcome. Submission details:

  • Submit your paper or concept via the online submission form for consideration. Submission deadline is Feb. 18, 2021.
  • Drake undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to present their research.
  • Information about past symposia is available on our website.

— Hannah Sappenfield, Global Partnerships Coordinator

Summer 2021 Travel Seminar application deadline extended

The application deadline for Summer 2021 travel seminars has been extended to Feb. 1, 2021. If you are interested in studying abroad this summer, we encourage you to start an application today. 

Summer 2021 travel seminars:

To apply for a travel seminar, visit Terra Dotta, Drake’s online application portal. Use your Drake ID and password to login.

For questions about a specific travel seminar, contact the course instructor. For general study abroad questions or issues with Terra Dotta, contact

— Nathan Jacobson, Center for International Programs and Services

Textbook rental returns update

Although rental books are due Dec. 11, the University Bookstore has issued a 30-day grace period to allow extra time for shipping your books back to us. During this period, all late fees will be suspended. If you have any questions on where or how to mail your books, please contact for assistance or log into your account at The bookstore is also open through the break for in-person returns.

— Kyle McVay, University Bookstore

Working worldwide info session

Do you have plans for after graduation? Interested in living and working abroad? Look no further than Working Worldwide, an opportunity for recent graduates to live and work in China or Kosovo for a year.

A virtual information session is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Use this link to access the Zoom meeting:

At this information session, we will look at the placement opportunities in China and Kosovo and answer any questions you may have. If you are looking to expand your horizons, develop skills to be a competitive professional, and do something different after graduation, Working Worldwide is the program for you!

For questions, reach out to Education Abroad Coordinator, Nathan Jacobson at

— Nathan Jacobson, Global Engagement