During DU Good Month, we encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Drake to give back to their community and DU Good throughout the month of October. Visit the DU Good Month website to see how you can get involved—share your volunteering/community service story, submit volunteer hours, volunteer in your community, join us for the DU Good Mile, and more. Share how you are DUing good this month on social media with #DUGoodMonth and by tagging @DrakeAlumni.
For questions, contact Courtney Conrad, assistant director of Alumni Relations, at email@example.com or 515–271–3378.
— Courtney Conrad, Alumni Relations
Did you know Meredith Hall was designed by Mies van der Rohe, Chicago-based, world renowned German-American architect? Many visitors come to Drake University each year to see the excellent example of mid-century modern architecture designed by the famous architect.
Our Capital Projects team is eager to announce the renovation of Meredith Hall approved by the Drake University Board of Trustees last week. In coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office, the renovations include improvements to the HVAC system, lighting, ceilings, exterior painting, technology, and auditorium seating. As the highest utilized classroom building on campus, the renovation of Meredith Hall will benefit students, faculty, and staff for years to come.
These renovations will begin after the spring semester in May 2022, and will be completed in January 2023 in time for the Spring 2023 semester. Meredith Hall will be closed for the duration of this project. More information is to come about the timeline and relocation of classes and office spaces.
We are working to develop a web page that will house all information regarding this project, including a timeline, key information about the impact of the renovations for members of the Drake community, and a commonly asked questions section. Stay tuned for updates regarding both the website and the project renovations.
For any specific or urgent questions regarding this project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Michelle Huggins, Planning and Design Manager
Gustavo Flores, a second-year student pharmacist in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, is one of five student pharmacists in the nation among 489 applicants to receive a 2021–2022 CVS Health Minority Scholarship. Flores will receive a $8,000 scholarship and national recognition. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and CVS Health partner to offer the annual scholarship program. The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce challenges and financial barriers that underrepresented minority students who are pursuing a PharmD degree face and to support them in caring for an increasingly diverse population of patients as part of a health care team.
Flores hit the ground running from his first day in Drake’s PharmD program in 2020 and asserted himself as a student leader and an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. He spent many days volunteering at Drake’s COVID-19 student testing clinic as students moved on campus and volunteered at vaccination clinics throughout the spring 2021 semester. Flores is also the president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists.
He is a member of the College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup and was a co-leader for the College’s virtual Spanish Medical Conversation Hours project during the 2020–2021 academic year. Flores is also recognized by his instructors for his passion in giving back to assist Spanish-speaking patients at clinical sites.
“I am honored and thankful to be one of the recipients of the CVS Health Minority Scholarship,” said Flores. “This award will lighten the financial burden of pharmacy school which will allow me to focus on my academics and volunteering within the community. As a first-generation Hispanic student, it is one of my goals to increase representation in the health care community and be an advocate for underrepresented and low-income communities. Once again, thank you CVS Health and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.”
— Kaylyn Maher, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences