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April 2, 2007

Reunions rock Relays – be there!

While Drake Relays is a great excuse for all Drake alumni and friends to return to campus, it will be an especially special time for reunion classes. Make plans now to return to your University for the fun!

Special Note for reunion classes: Before you board that plane or jump in the car, look through your photo albums and keepsakes from your Drake days. If you have photos we can borrow or special items we can display, send them to us -- they will make your reunion even more entertaining. We promise to take good care of your stuff; just mark photos and other items with your name and address. You can e-mail photos to staff as named below, or mail materials to the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs, Drake University, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50311.

20-Year Cluster Reunion: Classes of 1986, 1987, 1988

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Location: Ballroom at the Temple for the Performing Arts, 10th and Locust Streets, 6-9 p.m. $35 per person (hors d'oeuvres and cash bar; program and/or entertainment pending). To RSVP, click here or call 800-44-DRAKE, x3147; for additional information, call or e-mail John Brown, 800-44-DRAKE, x3378, or 515-271-3378.

The 20-Year Cluster Reunion Committee has reserved a block of rooms at the Hotel Fort Des Moines at a special rate of $109 for a double room and $129 for a suite. To reserve your room, call 800-532-1466 or visit www.hotelfortdesmoines.com and use reservation code 238199 when booking your room. Deadline is April 6.

5-Year Cluster Reunion: Classes of 2001, 2002, 2003

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Location: Pomerantz Stage Area, Olmsted Center, 4-7 p.m. $10 per person (hors d'oeuvres and cash bar). To RSVP, click here or call 800-44-DRAKE, x3147; for additional information, call or e-mail Emily Weaver, 800-44-DRAKE, x3155, or 515-271-3155.

Fraternities and sororities reunite during Relays, too

The Greek houses holding special events during Drake Relays for their alumni include the following:

The Iowa Delta chapter of Phi Delta Theta will officially celebrate its 45th year at Drake University during Relays. The chapter’s annual Ghosts of the Past Barbeque will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the chapter house, 1245 34th St., on Saturday, April 28. The active chapter and the Phi Delta Theta Householding Corp. then will host the first annual “Ghosts of the Future” fundraising dinner to celebrate the anniversary and honor the Class of 1977. The dinner will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Christopher’s Restaurant, 2816 Beaver Ave., Des Moines. Guest speakers at the dinner will include Mark Ochsenbein, Phi Delta Theta General Council treasurer. For more information, visit Drakephidelts.org or www.iowadeltaphis.org, or contact Gerald Hacker, JO'98, 240-472-0407, gerald.hacker@trin.net, or Tim Coonan, AS'96, 515-991-3916, tcoonan@iowarec.org.

Sigma Phi Epsilon will host a Relays Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 28, in Levitt Hall in Old Main. Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m.; and program, 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Rod Rhoads, ED’57, at 515-255-4785, or Chad Whipple, BN’03, at 515-991-7970 or chad.whipple@gmail.com.

On Saturday, April 28, Theta Chi Fraternity will host a family picnic at the Theta Chi house, 1320 34th St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. In addition, an Alumni Gamma Tau reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in Cool Beans, Hubbell Dining Hall (upper level). A Theta Chi alumni reception also will be held Friday evening, April 27. For more information or to RSVP, contact Chris Swan, AS’86, at swan@rsmr.com, or Jason Handberg, Theta Chi vice president, at jrh022@drake.edu.

Also on Saturday, April 28, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority will hold a Relays Open House Barbeque for all Kappa alums. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kappa House, 1305 34th St. For more information, contact Jenna Paulson at jep011@drake.edu.