Alumni and Development

Ever curious with a hunger for knowledge, Bulldogs love to learn.

Satisfy your craving and connect with the pack at Let's DU Lunch.


Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to join us for the 16th season of Let's DU Lunch, a professional speaker series that lets you hear firsthand from Drake and community leaders who make Des Moines great.

Sept. 2 ... RSVP by Aug. 26
Oct. 7 ...RSVP by Sept. 30
Nov. 4 ... RSVP by Oct. 28

Des Moines Club, 666 Grand Ave. (34th floor of the Ruan Building)
Parking available in the public ramp at 7th and Grand

11:30am - 1:00pm
Networking begins at 11:30
Buffet opens promptly at 11:45am
Speaker begins at noon

$17 per event or $42 for all three lunches
Young professional (under 35): $13 per event or $30 for all three lunches
Pay in advance or at the door; no refunds given on cancellations or "no shows"


Wednesday, September 2

Earl F. "Marty" Martin, Drake University President

Help us welcome Drake's new president as of July 1.  President martin has held many roles within higher education, coming to Drake from his position as executive vice president of Gonzaga University.  Previously, he served as dean of the School of Law at Gonzaga, as the law professor at Texas Wesleyan University, and as a staff judge advocate officer in the U.S. Air Force.  He is married to Laura and has two sons, Cade and Case.


Wednesday, October 7

Niki DePhillips, Senior Vice President of Store Development, Kum & Go

Started in Iowa, family-owned Kum & Go has grown to be the fifth largest privately held and company-operated convenience store in the country and will soon relocate its headquarters to downtown Des Moines.  Hear from Niki DePhillips as she discusses the future of Kum & Go and its downtown location.


Wednesday, November 4

Justin Mandelbaum and Siobhan Spain, DesMoinesArts, Inc.

Justin Mandelbaum and Siobhan Spain will share their work with DesMoinesArts, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing permanent, affordable workspace to artists in an effort to transform the local art scene into a self-sustaining economic and cultural driver in the community.  Justin is the president and founder of the organization as well as principal at Mandelbaum Properties, a family-owned real estate investment, development, property management, and advisory firm.  Siobhan is director of DesMoinesArts; she returned to Des Moines in 2009 from Los Angeles, where she directed the Mary Goldman Gallery and helped the Santa Monica Museum of Art initiate its annual fundraising event.

Questions:  Contact Jennifer Woodley, GR'07, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, or (515) 271-1947.

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Let's DU Lunch Fall Series
Register for all 3: I'll pay a total of $42, only $14 per event!
Young Professionals: I'll pay a total of $30, only $10 per event!
A schedule has not been set up for this event
Attendees: 1 $ 42.00 ea.
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Let's DU Lunch September
Help us welcome Drake's new president, Earl F. "Marty" Martin.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.

Let's DU Lunch October
Niki DePhillips, Senior Vice President of Store Development at Kum & Go.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.

Let's DU Lunch November
Justin Mandelbaum and Siobahn Spain from DesMoinesArts, Inc.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.