Category Archives: Campus Announcements

In Memoriam: Curt Cardwell

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Curt Cardwell, associate professor of History. Curt passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 7, at his home in Des Moines. Curt was a valued, dedicated, and talented member of the Drake community who will be deeply missed by his students and colleagues.

A service is being planned for late spring 2021 at the Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa. Friends and family interested in honoring Curt’s memory can make donations to the Drake University History Department (, Des Moines Mutual Aid (Venmo @DesMoines-MutualAid), or the charity of their choice.

Curt is survived by his wife Stephanie Cardwell, program coordinator of the Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the College of Business and Public Administration, and their daughter, Lenin, who graduated last spring from Drake. 

You can read Curt’s obituary here. Drake community members wishing to express their sympathies can send cards addressed to the Cardwell Family through Karen MacKinnon, Meredith Hall, 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311, and the history department will ensure they are delivered. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Survey: Responses needed

The Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP), Drake chapter, needs your help with a survey concerning COVID-19 vaccine confidence and barriers. The survey consists of 20–25 questions that will gather your thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as some pertinent demographic information. Please complete the survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for helping us be #DrakeTogether.

— Andrew Miesner, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Intensive English Program offers free learning opportunities

Drake’s Intensive English Program (IEP) provides free learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to improve English skills. Our IEP offers intermediate and advanced level classes with an academic focus. If you feel that you may need additional help in a certain English skill area, be it advanced academic writing, grammar, or speaking, or if you simply would like to improve your pronunciation, you may want to consider taking one of our classes. The best news is that full-time Drake students, including exchange students, staff, and faculty can take IEP classes free of charge. We also offer an American Culture course for anyone who is interested in a deeper understanding of the U.S. and its various cultural aspects.

All classes for the Spring 2021 semester are being offered remotely. Please note that these classes are not credit-bearing.

Our classes begin Monday, Feb. 1, and end Friday, May 7. The last day to register for classes is Friday, Feb. 5. If you are interested in joining a class, wish to see the schedule, or have questions about the program, contact Kendra Hossain-Morehead at

— Kendra Hossain-Morehead, Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Cowles Library updates

The after-hours space at Cowles Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. The space accommodates 35 people and offers printer and computer services, as well as item pickup and self-checkout. Please use the south entrance of the library to access this space with your Drake ID. The main area of Cowles Library is closed.

Library items can be returned in the outdoor book drop near the library’s north entrance.

E-books, articles, and videos are available online, along with virtual chat and online consultation services. Please go to for more information and to place library items on hold.

— Leslie Noble, Cowles Library