Upcoming Everclass Sessions

This series is designed to inspire Drake alumni and friends to dive into topics that will fuel curiosity, creativity, connection or career potential. All classes feature a keynote speaker, a panel discussion, or a Q&A style with a moderator. Session categories include career, education, experience, and trending topics.

Upcoming Sessions By Date

December 4, 2023
Managing Wildfire in America: Cooperation, Coordination, and Flexibility
Join OLLI at Drake for their class with Carrie Bilbao to learn about The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and how wildfires are fought in America.  

Past Everclass Sessions

November 16, 2023
Everclass - Al McCoy, FA'54, Phoenix Suns Hall of Fame Announcer
Experience a one-of-a-kind conversation with legendary Phoenix Suns broadcaster, Al McCoy, FA’54. Recently retired after an incredible 51 seasons as "The Voice of the Suns," Al McCoy is a true NBA icon. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at his remarkable journey from the small town of Williams, Iowa to Drake and the NBA.

November 9, 2023
Everclass - An Evening with Adam Davis, JO'06: Unveiling the Creative Marvel Behind the Silver Screen
Join us for an evening with distinguished Drake University alumnus, Adam Davis, JO'06, as he takes us on a captivating journey through the world of cinema, creativity, and the magic of storytelling.

October 24, 2023
Everclass - From Campus to Cosmos: a Conversation with Sandy Marshall, AS'96
Hear from Sandy Marshall, AS'96, a distinguished Drake University alumnus, and current Public Engagement Specialist at Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory as he discusses his unique path from Drake to writing, producing and educating.

September 27, 2023
Everclass - Am I Doing This Right? Foundations for a Successful Career and a Fulfilling Life
Join us as Drake professor and best-selling author Matthew Mitchell discusses his book - Am I Doing This Right? Foundations for a Successful Career and a Fulfilling Life.

April 12, 2023
Everclass - Conversation with Sandy Bretzlauf Young, JO'02, VP, Partnership Marketing for the Denver Broncos
Join fellow alumni and friends to hear from Sandy Bretzlauf Young, JO'02, regarding her career path from Drake to an executive role with the Denver Broncos in the NFL.

March 22, 2023
Everclass - Conversation with Bruce Odle, LW’94, President of Imagn, the nation’s largest sports-image wire service
Join fellow alumni and friends to hear from Bruce Odle, LW’94, regarding his experience leading overall management, business development and strategic partnerships at Imagn, A USA Today Sports Media Group Company.

March 15, 2023
Everclass - Conversation with John Meise August, JO'92, Hollywood Screenwriter and Author
Hear from John Meise August, JO’92. During a Q&A facilitated by Associate Professor of Practice in Marketing, Mary Edrington, John will discuss his career path, including how curiosity has been a driving force leading him from Drake to Hollywood. John is a screenwriter whose credits include Aladdin, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie and the first two Charlie’s Angels movies. He directed the 2007 film The Nines starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa McCarthy, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

February 23, 2023
Everclass - "Thrill(er) Ride: Lessons Learned on the Journey to Becoming a Novelist"
Award-winning author Joseph "Joe" LeValley, JO”76, will discuss his history as a journalist, covering crime, including eight murders, and the criminal justice system. He will describe how those experiences led him to write a series of mystery/thriller novels. He also will share some of the lessons he has learned about writing, publishing, and marketing, as well as some of the tips and tricks he uses to help move a story from idea to finished novel.

December 6, 2022
Everclass — Conversation with John Meehan, Sports Agent and General Counsel
Join fellow alumni and friends to hear from John Meehan, JO'10, LW'13, about his experience as a Sports Agent and General Counsel at Paradigm Sports Management, LLC. John is a full-time attorney and agent representing athletes in Combat Sports, NFL, and the MLS.

November 29, 2022
Everclass — Recapping the Midterms with Drake Alumni Experts
Join fellow alumni and friends to hear from esteemed political veterans Sara Fagen, BN ’97, and Shari Yost Gold, AS ’92 as they share their thoughts and reflections on the results of this wild ride in American Politics.

November 16, 2022
Everclass — Discussion with Sydney Marshman, Founder of Happy at Home
Join fellow alumni and friends to hear from Sydney Marshman, OTD and graduate of the first class of Drake University occupational therapists in 2019, about her experience as Founder of Happy at Home and as a graduate of the occupational therapy doctorate program at Drake University.

April 13, 2022
Everclass — Understanding the Ongoing War in Ukraine
Join alumni and friends to hear faculty from the Department of Political Science share their perspectives on the ongoing war in Ukraine. Panelists will provide insight on the history of the conflict and region, the international security dynamics that are shaping the war, and the limitations of international law as a tool for responding to the crisis.

March 30, 2022
Everclass — History of Drake Relays
Join fellow alumni and friends to hear from Blake Boldon — one month before Drake Relays 2022 — to learn more about the history of Drake Relays, highlights of previous years, and exciting aspects to look forward to in 2022.

February 23, 2022
Everclass — Discussion with Lee Ann Colacioppo
Join fellow alumni and friends to hear from Lee Ann Colacioppo about her experience as Editor of The Denver Post and throughout her time in the field.

January 25, 2022
Everclass — Collaborating with People & Technology: Tips for Virtual Team Success
Join fellow alumni and friends to hear from Dr. Alanah Mitchell, Aliber Distinguished Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Information Management and Business Analytics in the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University. Dr. Alanah Mitchell will be presenting her research related to the effectiveness of hybrid teams and virtual collaboration in the time of COVID-19 and post-pandemic.

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