Alumni and Development

Central Iowa Alumni

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Des Moines is the obvious place to find Bulldog spirit, but not everything happens right on Drake’s campus. There are plenty of ways for central Iowa alumni to get involved and celebrate their love for Drake.

For more information on events in central Iowa, contact Liz Tesar at 515-271-3378 or elizabeth.tesar@drake.edu.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Drake Night at Zoo Brew
Des Moines: For those 21 and over, Blank Park Zoo comes to life after hours every Wednesday in the summer. This popular event features a variety of live music, themes, and brews while guests enjoy the animals of the Zoo. The middle of the week is now something to look forward to! Cost of admission: $11. 

Friday, July 18, 2014
Young Alumni Summer Series: Mixology
Des Moines: Join young alumni (graduates from 2004-2014) at Mixology at the Science Center of Iowa. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Drake Me Out to the Ball Game: Des Moines
Des Moines:  Round up your family and friends and join alumni and Drake faculty and staff as we head to Principal Park to watch the Iowa Cubs for Drake Me Out to the Ball Game in Des Moines.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Pre-Back to School Networking Event at Peggy's
Des Moines: Come back to your favorite college spot and experience Peggy's like you never have before. Stop by Peggy's after work from 5-7 p.m. and enjoy networking with other Drake Alumni. We'll even have Paul Revere's bread sticks to stir up memories. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Des Moines: Drake University Day at the Iowa State Fair.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Young Alumni Summer Series: Brunch and park tour
Des Moines: Enjoy brunch at Americana, then a tour of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park with area young alumni (graduates from 2004-2014). 

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Des Moines: Drake University will be at the Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market!

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Let's DU Lunch Fall 2014
Des Moines: 
Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to join us for the 14th season of Let’s DU Lunch, a professional speaker series that lets you hear first hand from Drake and community leaders who make Des Moines great. Come to The Des Moines Embassy Club, 666 Grand Ave. (34th Floor of the Ruan Building) for networking and the lunch program. Fall series speakers to be announced!

Saturday, Sep. 27, 2014
DU Good Day 2014
Nationwide: Connect with fellow Bulldogs and make your community a better place on DU Good Day. We will gather alumni groups in sites across the country to serve those in need.  Don't miss the chance to spend some quality time with other alumni in your area while making a difference in the world, one Bulldog at a time.  

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Let's DU Lunch Fall 2014
Des Moines: 
Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to join us for the 14th season of Let’s DU Lunch, a professional speaker series that lets you hear first hand from Drake and community leaders who make Des Moines great. Come to The Des Moines Embassy Club, 666 Grand Ave. (34th Floor of the Ruan Building) for networking and the lunch program. Fall series speakers to be announced! 

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Francis Marion Drake Society Dinner
Des Moines: This event is by invitation only. 

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Let's DU Lunch Fall 2014
Des Moines: 
Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to join us for the 14th season of Let’s DU Lunch, a professional speaker series that lets you hear first hand from Drake and community leaders who make Des Moines great. Come to The Des Moines Embassy Club, 666 Grand Ave. (34th Floor of the Ruan Building) for networking and the lunch program. Fall series speakers to be announced! 

Central Iowa Regional Advisory Board

Lauren Andorfer, AS'13, JO'13 Member at large
Claire Celsi, AS'01 Member at large
Megan Grandgeorge, JO'01 Special events co-chair 
Oliver Housman, JO'12 Social media chair
Laurie Miller, AS'96 National programming co-chair
Pamela Neubauer, AS'10 Community engagement committee
Denise Rathman, AS'88 Professional development co-chair
Tisleen Singh, JO'10 Professional development co-chair
Nikki Syverson, JO'03 Special events co-chair 
Jennifer Tran-Johnson, AS'06 Campus cngagment co-chair
Julie Koch, AS'99 Member at large
Peg Mattison, AS'89, GR'01 Member at large
Zach Lukasiewicz, BN'13 Member at large

 

National Alumni Board

Emily Abbas, JO'97, GR'09 National programming liaison
Drake Me Out to the Ball Game chair
Erica Axiotis, GR'06  National programming liaison 
Steve Berry, AS'83, LW'86  Special events liaison 
Norah Carroll, JO'11, AS'11  Social marketing liaison
Janelle Holmes, BN'90 Campus engagement liaison
Susan Stocum, JO'92  Professional development liaison 
Loretta Sieman, AS'66, GR'72 Community engagement liaison 
Tiffany Tauscheck, JO'01  Community engagement liaison 
Sherry Wilkinson, ED'68, GR'75  Campus engagement liaison