Rodney Carter, PH’76, dean of the School of Pharmacy and professor of pharmacy practice at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, was selected to receive the 2016 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal of Honor, the highest honor given by Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. As part of this honor, he will deliver the 2016 Weaver Medal of Honor Lecture on Wednesday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend the lecture, which is free open to the public. To learn more about Carter, visit the Drake Newsroom.
Hundreds of Des Moines-area high school and college students will dive into science through a series of fun and educational activities that culminate in a free lecture by Bill Nye the Science Guy at Drake on Thursday, April 14.
The series of activities, all of which are free and open to the public, include the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences (DUCURS), featuring a keynote speech by an expert in baseball statistics; an interactive STEM festival for K-8 youth; and an art gallery inspired by the sciences. Nye’s evening lecture is the 36th installment in the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series.
- 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. DUCURS; Olmsted Center
- 4:30–6:30 p.m. Drake/Metro Area STEM Fesival; Bell Center
- 7 p.m. Bucksbaum Lecture—An Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy; Knapp Center
- All day: “Planet(s)” art exhibit; Weeks Gallery
For more information, visit the Drake Newsroom.
April 4–9 is LEAD Week on campus! Celebrate Drake’s Leadership Education & Development program, and learn all that it has to offer.
Monday—Keynote speaker Jon Tasch, “Leading is a Choice”
Wednesday—Gender in Leadership Panel
Thursday—Stressed? Let’s Talk. LEAD Capstone Event
Friday—Ice cream social & Free Movie Friday: Steve Jobs—The Man in the Machine
Saturday—Diaper Dash service event in Helmick Commons
“LIKE” the event on Facebook for more details!
Drake students—save the date for this year’s Dogtown After Hours!
When? Friday April 1, 8 p.m. to midnight
Where? The Olmsted Center
Come and enjoy FREE food, fun, and entertainment! If you haven’t been following us on our Facebook page (Dogtown After Hours) or on our Twitter (@Drake_DTAH), we have been releasing sneak peaks of what you can enjoy on the night of the event. We have also released this year’s theme: “Pieces of Drake: A perfect fit.” Make sure to visit and like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to find out all the the exciting and amazing events we have planned for you. There will be something for everyone; after all, the students are the pieces that make Drake!
Environmental science and policy students present at association meeting
On March 5, the Raccoon River Watershed Association held its annual meeting in Perry, Iowa. Drake environmental science and policy students Andrew Rupiper, Gabrielle Brodek, and Leah Robison as well as Thomas Rosburg, professor of biology and chair of the department, presented.
More information can be found at http://theperrynews.com/large-turnout-for-annual-raccoon-river-watershed-association-conference/
Ann Cravero joins prestigious summer program in Europe
Ann Cravero, associate professor of voice and director of opera theater, was accepted as assistant director to Sherrill Milnes on Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni with the Prague Summer Nights: Young Artist Music Festival this summer. Ann will participate in performances, master classes, workshops, concerts, and recitals in venues and halls in the Czech Republic, including fully staged performances of Don Giovanni in the Estates Theatre and Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi at Simon & Jude Church (semi-staged) in Prague as well as orchestra concerts in Tabor, Dvorak Hall in Prague.
The opportunity to direct alongside whom many consider the greatest singer to portray the role of Don Giovanni (Sherrill Milnes) at the theater that Mozart premiered Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni is a great honor. It should be noted that Sherrill Milnes received his bachelor of music at Drake University. This festival will provide Ann the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest singers and conductors in the field of professional opera, including conductors James Nardolillo and James Burton, clarinetist Walter Seyfarth, violinist Rodney Friend, and coach Scott Rednour. A complete list of faculty can be found online.
Tamales and foreign language
On Thursday, Feb. 25, professors Eduardo Garcia and Lourdes Gutiérrez-Nájera gave a tamales-making demonstration for Alpha Mu Gamma, the Drake chapter (Xi Kappa) of the international honor society for foreign languages.
The goal of the event was to build community, specifically in relation to foreign languages. Social events such as this that are open to all Drake students give the opportunity to educate others about aspects of other cultures and thereby grow the world languages department.
Lambda Kappa Sigma professional pharmacy fraternity is hosting our annual 5K run/walk to support Project Hope. Project Hope’s mission is to provide health opportunities for people everywhere by delivering health education, supplies, medications, and volunteers where needed.
The 5K run/walk will be held at Raccoon River Park, 2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, on April 23 at 8:30 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m.
The registration fee is $25 until April 1 ($30 for any registration after this date). If you register by April 1, you are guaranteed a race day T-shirt!
The biggest team of 10 or more participants will receive $100 toward the charity of its choice.
To register or donate, visit http://getmeregistered.com/HOPEWalks
We encourage you to register to support our cause and hope to see you there!
—Submitted by Katelin Hardisty
Please join alumni and development staff, campus colleagues, and friends as we celebrate Blake’s seven years of service to Drake University as director of alumni relations on Thursday, March 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. We will gather at the Alumni House, 2700 University Ave., to wish him well as he takes on new professional opportunities.
—Heather Hendrix, Administrative Assistant 1
Dogtown After Hours is the largest student-run event held on campus. On the night of Friday, April 1, the Olmsted Center will be filled with food, entertainment, and fun! This event is FREE for all Drake students, and you don’t want to miss it!
What is going to be at Dogtown After Hours? Go like our Facebook page ‘Dogtown After Hours‘ and follow us on Twitter (@Drake_DTAH) for more updates on the event! We will be releasing this year’s theme via our Facebook and Twitter pages this week, as well as the events that are going to take place. See you all on April 1!
The first 1,000 Drake faculty, staff, students, alumni, and family members who sign up for the Grand Blue Mile (GBM) are eligible for a free entry using the discount code DUGRIFF16. Recognized as one of the top road miles in the country, the GBM is a local favorite for walkers, joggers, and competitive runners alike. The 2016 GBM is Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. Sign up NOW at www.grandbluemile.com
—Carolyn Hill, Assistant Director, Drake Relays Operations
Join a Planned Parenthood educator on Thursday, Feb. 25, 4:30–5:45 p.m. in Medbury 221 for a healthy sexuality conversation! Student attendees can win a chance for an adventurous night out for two!
—Alysa Mozak, Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion