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Past Virtual Event Recordings

See below for past Alumni Virtual Event recordings.


April 16, 2024
Unveiling the Science: Inside Oncology Medication Development with Dr. Sanela Bilic, PH'03, GR'03
Ever wonder how oncology medications are developed?  Join us for a conversation with Dr. Sanela Bilic (PH’03, GR’03) facilitated by Dr. Renae Chesnut (PH’85, GR’85, 96, 98) to learn more about this highly complex, ever-changing, and life-saving work! With nearly 20 years of extensive experience in pharmaceutical drug development, Dr. Bilic has been at the forefront of global advancements in the oncology/immunooncology drug development field.

April 10, 2024
Building Brands, Empowering Entrepreneurs: A Conversation with Emily Steele, BN'12 
Join us for an Everclass session with Emily Steele, BN'12, a remarkable Drake alumna and the CEO & co-founder of Hummingbirds, a dynamic marketing platform redefining the way we connect place-based brands with community-minded content creators. Emily has always looked for ways to lift-up entrepreneurs, and Hummingbirds brings that vision to scale. Now serving 15 cities across the Midwest (and counting!), Hummingbirds is on-track for exponential growth. In our conversation, Emily will delve into her innovative approach to marketing and entrepreneurship, sharing insights on how she has leveraged social media and community collaboration to empower small businesses and elevate emerging brands. 

March 26, 2024
Betting on the Game: The Rise, Risks, and Regulation of Sports Betting in America
In the past six years, over $300 billion has been wagered on sports in the United States since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision allowing states to offer sports betting. While more than 35 states have embraced this activity, concerns about problem gambling, especially among young individuals, have escalated. The aggressive marketing of sports betting has prompted calls for stricter regulation, and as the NCAA basketball season concludes, the controversy surrounding sports betting remains in the spotlight. Join Keith C. Miller, Distinguished Professor of Law at Drake University, and Jerry Anderson, Dean of the Drake Law School, for an insightful discussion on this timely topic.

January 30, 2024
Everclass - Recent Trends in Generative Artificial Intelligence
Join us to discuss the basics of generative AI, how we have arrived at the present moment, and review a number of generative AI tools. The session will also consider ethical and legal challenges raised by generative AI, and a framework for balancing the use of AI with the enduring need for human expertise and oversight.


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
Back to Class: 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.

April 11, 2022
Back to Class: Antibiotic Resistance with Andrew Miesner
Join fellow alumni and friends to hear Andrew Miesner share his research related to antibiotic resistance. Andrew Miesner serves as an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University and as a Clinical Pharmacist at Broadlawns Medical Center in the Department of Internal Medicine.

March 30, 2022
Back to Class: 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
Back to Class: 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
Back to Class: 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.


November 1, 2021
Back to Class: The Past & Present of Drake Men's Basketball
Join fellow alumni and friends and hear from Kris Kesterson, author of the book Coach: Maury John's Journey to the Pinnacle of College Hoops.

May 19, 2021
Back to Class: Fighting Fake News - How You Can Help Stop the Spread of Misinformation
Misinformation can run rampant before traditional news media can catch up. Jennifer Konfrst, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will cover questions like: What role do media play in combatting so-called "fake news"? How do you even define fake news? And how can consumers make an impact?

May 13, 2021
Back to Class: Inside Above and Beyond Cancer with Drake Community Press
During this Back to Class session, we'll hear from Carol Spaulding–Kruse, professor of English and Drake Community Press director and Dr. Richard Deming, medical director of MercyOne Cancer Center in Des Moines and founder of Above + Beyond Cancer.

May 12, 2021
Class of 1970 & 1971 Virtual Get-Together
Join us for an evening of memories and fun and toast to your milestone anniversary!

April 28, 2021
Back to Class: Birthing a Movement: Midwives, Law, and the Politics of Reproductive Care
Drake University Professor Renée Cramer will take a dive into her book, Birthing a Movement: Midwives, Law, and the Politics of Reproductive Care.

April 24, 2021
Boyd Granberg's 100th Birthday Virtual Celebration
Celebrate Boyd Granberg's 100th birthday as we toast to his achievements and contributions, and connect with fellow pharmacy graduates.

April 1, 2021
Back to Class: The Harkin Institute: It’s Not Just an Awesome Archival Collection
Join College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Professors Geoffrey C. Wall and Brian Gentry to learn more about why this virus has caused a pandemic and the major studies of the three vaccines out for COVID-19.

March 31, 2021
Back to Class: COVID-19 Vaccines: Unlocking the Door Out of the Dungeon
Join College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Professors Geoffrey C. Wall and Brian Gentry to learn more about why this virus has caused a pandemic and the major studies of the three vaccines out for COVID-19.

March 25, 2021
Back to Class: Permission to Innovate: What Should Stick in Education, Post COVID
Trent Grundmeyer, assistant professor of educational leadership at Drake University, shares various examples of his own and other K-12 leaders' successful ideas that have demonstrated effectiveness. Grundmeyer challenges participants to think about what changes to K-12 should stick after the pandemic.

February 11, 2021
Back to Class: Bright College
This presentation from Bright College Dean Craig Owens will offer insight into the history and development of Bright College, its aspirations for the future, and its mission.

January 26, 2021
Back to Class: Inside Drake: Leadership, Structure, and Governance
Get to know Drake University from the inside. Nate Reagen, chief of staff, will give attendees a firsthand look at the leadership, structure, and governance of the University. Join us for a 60-minute session on an inside look at Drake.


December 10, 2020
Back to Class: Then and Now
Listen as Don Adams, Drake’s first vice president of students, and Jerry Parker, current dean of students and Adams’ contemporary, discuss Drake student life, then and now.

November 19, 2020
Let's DU Lunch - Jonathan Azu and Louis Carr
Jonathan Azu, BN’99, and Louis Carr, JO’78, met when their music industry career paths crossed, and a mutual Drake experience sealed the deal: The two Bulldogs became friends, mentors, and collaborators.

October 29, 2020
Dallas-Fort Worth DU Good Month Panel
Join us to learn about opportunities to volunteer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Moderated by Regional Alumni Board member Bob Luxen, FA’73, the panel will include representatives from the North Texas Food Bank, Vogel Alcove, The Senior Source, and Transforming Lives.

October 28, 2020
Back to Class: Second Acts
Your Drake education helped prepare you for a rewarding and satisfying career. Maybe you plan to retire soon or already have, or perhaps new chapters are on the horizon. What will be your “Second Act?”

October 27, 2020
Let's DU Lunch - Fall 2020
Join us for our first virtual Let's DU Lunch. President Marty Martin will give an update on the University, current projects, and the COVID-19 pandemic response.

October 22, 2020
Back to Class: Lessons from RBG
Join us for a discussion around the legacy and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and how Drake brings her work into the classroom.

October 19, 2020
Back to Class: Civility, Ethical Leadership, and Character Development
Executive director Scott Raecker shares about The Robert D. & Billie Ray Center and the center’s mission to enhance civility through ethical leadership and character development.

October 13, 2020
DU Good Month Panel
Join us during DU Good Month for a panel covering volunteerism and insights from the nonprofit sector.

September 29, 2020
Back to Class with Griff II
Meet Griff II, Drake University's new live mascot during a live virtual event.

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