Alumni and Development

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We understand that Bulldogs can't always stay in Des Moines forever—so the Office of Alumni Relations hosts events all over the country to bring the Drake experience to where you are. Browse the events below to find one in a city near you. Have a question about regional events? Contact Blake Campbell at 515-271-3077 or

If you have got a question about an event happening in central Iowa, contact Liz Tesar, 515-271-3378 or, or visit our central Iowa alumni page. If you're interested in learning more about Student Alumni Association events or programs, please contact Jessica Berger at 515-271-3935 or at You can also visit the Student Alumni Association page.

Maybe you're planning to return to campus to see the people and places that helped shape your life. Have a question about reunions? Contact Liz Tesar at 515-271-3378 or

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Let's DU Lunch 2014: Donna Tweeten, VP of Communication and Brand Management for Hy-Vee
Des Moines:
 Donna Tweeten, JO’85, is the assistant vice president of communication and brand management for Hy-Vee. She will shed light on the marketing strategy behind Hy-Vee’s branding and community partnerships and on the impact these programs have had. Previously president and chief creative officer ofThe Meyocks Group, Tweeten has been counseling companies on how to improve and evolve their brand for most of her 20-plus-year career. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014
distinctlyDrake Twin Cities
Minneapolis-St. Paul: Join MSP area alumni and friends for an exciting evening celebrating Drake at the Walker Art Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Kansas City Alumni Networking with Dr. Craig Owens
Kansas City: Join fellow Kansas City Drake University alumni for an evening with Drake Professor Craig Owens at the alumn-owned restaurant Haus. 

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Connect 2014 Twin Cities 
Twin Cities: Your guidance is invaluable to current Drake students as they prepare for meaningful personal and professional lives after graduation. Meet with students from the CBPA at Connect 2014, one of the easiest ways to impact students by sharing your time and talent. Join us for this fast-paced, speed networking–style event during students' fall break where your expertise on the professional world is all our students want. 

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Drake Women's Connection of Chicago: Carriage Flowers
Chicago: Sip and snack, meet Chicago-area Drake alumnae, enjoy conversation, and expand your professional and social networks with the Drake Women’s Connection. We’ll join alumna and former Drake trustee Liz Newell at her business, Carriage Flowers Floral Design Studio. She’ll share her business savvy and best tips on in-season flowers and creating cost-effective and beautiful floral arrangements.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Golden Reunion 2014
Des Moines: Classes of 1964 and 1965 will be the first to start a new 50-year reunion tradition in October 2014. Celebrate your ties to Drake during Reunion Weekend 2014. Mingle with old friends, exchange news, and rediscover Drake's campus!

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Let's DU Lunch 2014: Luncheon Honoring Gov. Robert D Ray
Des Moines: Governor Robert Ray served as the governor of Iowa (1969-1983), interim mayor of the City of Des Moines, and president of Drake University (1998). As governor he was instrumental in the resettlement of southeast Asian refugees to the state and helped launch the Institute for Character Development at the University. A panel of speakers will discuss Gov. Ray’s impact nationally and locally—as a state leader, philanthropist, and humanitarian.