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Honoring faculty, staff, and students at Experiential Learning Showcase

May 29, 2014


Drake faculty, staff, and students were recognized at the annual Experiential Learning Showcase this spring. The purpose of the showcase is to highlight student experiential learning activities that have been conducted throughout the academic year, as well as recognize faculty, staff, and community partners that have made the opportunities possible. Activities include classroom-based experiences, community engagement experiences, service-learning activities, and co-curricular activities.

"Experiential learning is a part of the fabric of a Drake University education—it fosters meeting our mission through collaborative learning and elements of engaged citizenship,” says Mandi McReynolds, director of community engagement and service learning. “Recognizing faculty, staff, students, and community partners allows Drake to honor those dedicated to providing an exceptional learning environment.”

The following awards were given at the showcase:
Exceptional Experiential Learning Faculty Award: Russell Lovell, professor of law
Exceptional Experiential Learning Staff Award: Annique Kiel, assistant director of Drake’s Administered Programs Abroad
Exceptional Experiential Learning Individual Student Award: Cody Samec
Exceptional Experiential Learning Student Group Award: English Independent Study: Bridging Culture Through Writing, Dana Swanson, Loan Nguyen, Stephanie Parks, and Paige Stickle
Exceptional Experiential Learning Community Partner Award: Everybody Wins! Iowa
Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow Award: Hector Salamanca Arroyo
Olson Outstanding Global Service-Learning Faculty/Staff Award: David Courard-Hauri, associate professor and chair of environmental science and policy
Olson Outstanding Global Service-Learning Student Award: Dana Swanson

For more information on the award winners, contact Mandi McReynolds at or 515-271-2338.