This Month@Drake

FRIDAY, MARCH 31



  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit One, begins March 31 and runs through April 16. Features artwork by Meridith Tenney, Kirby Willis, Joe Klein and Pat Burkhartzmeyer.


TUESDAY, APRIL 4



  • Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute “Life After Drake” series presents, Albena Ivasenevich, assistant professor at Purdue University and 1996 Drake alumna, delivering a lecture titled “Fabrication and Characterization of Biological and Chemical Architectures,” 7:30 p.m., Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5



  • Let’s DU Lunch with Dan Miller, executive director of Iowa Public Television, 11:30 a.m., Polk County Convention Complex, 501 Grand Avenue, $15 per person (lunch included). Contact Dottie Johnson at (515) 271-3848 to register.
  • Drake women’s softball vs. Creighton, 3 p.m., Buel Field.


THURSDAY, APRIL 6



  • Friends of Drake Arts Annual Banquet, celebrating Drake’s 125th anniversary and honoring Ann Anderson, founder of Friends of Drake Arts. This is a members-only event, featuring a pre-dinner reception, student theater and music performances and dinner on Drake’s campus. For membership and event information, call (515) 271-3147 or visit www.drake.edu/friends.
  • Blitz Day, 4 to 7 p.m., Helmick Commons.
  • Chris Redding Tournament, 4 to 7 p.m., Helmick Commons.
  • Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture, “An Evening With David Chipperfield,” David Chipperfield, architect of the new Des Moines Central Library, 7:30 p.m., Drake Knapp Center.
  • Stephen Rapp, LW’74, chief prosecutor in the Rwanda genocide trials, “International Criminal Justice: The Case of the Rwanda Genocide,” 3 p.m., room 213 of Cartwright Hall.


FRIDAY, APRIL 7



  • Drake women’s tennis vs. Bradley, 4 p.m., Drake Tennis Center.
  • Drake Municipal Observatory presentation, “Mercury and Venus Physical Attributes and Materials Available for Life,” 8 p.m., Drake Municipal Observatory, Waveland Park.
  • Drake chapter of College Against Cancer presents Relay for Life, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Drake Fieldhouse.


SATURDAY, APRIL 8



  • Drake Law School Constitutional Law Symposium examines “The Role of Courts in Social Change,” with activities beginning at 8 a.m. in the Constitutional Law Center, Cartwright Hall. For a complete list of speakers and topics, visit the Drake Law School Web page . For more information on the event, contact Ginnie Nevins at (515) 271-2988 or ginnie.nevins@drake.edu.
  • Drake women’s tennis vs. Indiana State, noon, Drake Tennis Center.
  • Chris Redding Tournament, 4 to 7 p.m., Helmick Commons.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9


  • Drake women’s tennis vs. Illinois State, noon, Drake Tennis Center.
  • Two piano recitals by Robert Lein and Ray Songayllo, faculty members in the Drake Community School of Music, 2 p.m., on the Jordan Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main.
  • Chris Redding Tournament, 4 to 7 p.m., Helmick Commons.


MONDAY, APRIL 10



  • Mud volleyball prelims, 7 to 10 p.m., Drake Knapp Center.


TUESDAY, APRIL 11



  • Mud volleyball prelims, 7 to 10 p.m., Drake Knapp Center.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12



  • Mornings @ Drake presents Three Carpenter, general manager of Wakonda Club, discussing business and golf, 7 to 8 a.m., upper level, Olmsted Center, $5 per person. Contact John Brown at (515) 271-3378 to register.
  • Drake Business Link presentes “Achieving Diversity Competency Through Experiential Learning,” 8 a.m. to noon, Olmsted Center. Register online or call Delaney Kirk at (515) 271-3724.


THURSDAY, APRIL 13



  • “From Here, the World is Possible,” Pan American Festival luncheon with panel discussion, noon, Olmsted Center.
  • Drake English Department’s Writers and Critics Series presents a lectury by Paula Amad, who teaches film history, theory and literary study at the University of Iowa, 8 p.m., room 206 of Cline Hall.


FRIDAY, APRIL 14



  • Opening reception for Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition featuring works by Jesse Baker, Spencer Luebbert and John Vogl, 5 to 7 p.m., Fitch Gallery, 304 15th St. The exhibition runs through April 22.
  • Drake Municipal Observatory presentation, “Mars Physical Attributes and Materials Available for Life,” 8 p.m., Drake Municipal Observatory, Waveland Park.


SATURDAY, APRIL 15



  • Drake men’s tennis vs. Southern Illinois, 10 a.m., Drake Tennis Center.


SUNDAY, APRIL 16



  • Drake men’s tennis vs. Indiana State, 10 a.m., Drake Tennis Center.


TUESDAY, APRIL 18



  • Drake softball vs. Iowa, 5 p.m., Buel Field.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19



  • Drake English Department’s Writers and Critics Series presents a lecture and reading by author Charles D’Ambriosio, visiting writer at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, 8 p.m., Medbury Hall Honors Lounge.


FRIDAY, APRIL 21



  • Annual Leaders and Luminaries, Drake student leadership awards ceremony, 1 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main.
  • Float making party, 3 to 7 p.m., Parking Lot 4.
  • “Pirates of Penance” Pre-Theater Dinner and Talkabout presented by director Ann Cravero, assistant professor of music, 6 p.m., Levitt Hall, Old Main.
  • Drake Opera Theater presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” directed by Ann Cravero, 8 p.m., Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center, $12 for adults, $6 for students, seniors and those with Drake ID.
  • Drake Municipal Observatory presentation, “Jupiter and Saturn Physical Attributes and Materials Available for Life,” 8 p.m., Drake Municipal Observatory, Waveland Park.


SATURDAY, APRIL 22



  • Drake Relays Parade, 10 a.m. to noon, Drake campus and neighborhood, alumni Dan and Pat Jorndt, will serve as parade marshals. The Relays Parade starts at 24th Street and University Avenue, then moves west on University, then north on 30th Street, then east on Forest Avenue, ending at Forest and 25th Street. Businesses and community organizations are invited to participate. Those interested in participating should contact Ivy Miller at the Student Life Office at (515) 271-3711.
  • Drake men’s tennis vs. Missouri State, 11 a.m., Drake Tennis Center.
  • Street Painting, 1 to 5 p.m., Painted Street, Carpenter Avenue.
  • Drake softball vs. Bradley, noon, Buel Field.
  • Mid-Seventies Music Alumni Reunion, 4:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. dinner, Levitt Hall, Old Main. Dinner is $20 per person and a cash bar will be available. Alumni are then invited to attend the Drake Opera Theatre production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.”
  • Drake Opera Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” directed by Ann Cravero, 8 p.m., Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center, $12 for adults, $6 for students, seniors and those with Drake ID.


SUNDAY, APRIL 23



  • Drake men’s tennis vs. Wichita State, 10 a.m., Drake Tennis Center.
  • Drake softball vs. Bradley, noon, Buel Field.
  • Mud volleyball finals, 2 to 5 p.m., mud lot by Carpenter parking area.
  • Drake Concert Band, conducted by Sean Flanigan, 8 p.m., on the Jordan Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main.


MONDAY, APRIL 24



  • Beautiful Bulldog Contest, 11 a.m., Nollen Plaza, downtown Des Moines.
  • Hypnotist Jim Wand, 9 to 11 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main.


TUESDAY, APRIL 25



  • Drake Symphony Orchestra Young Artists, John Canarina, conductor, 8 p.m., on the Jordan Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26



  • Mornings @ Drake presents Tom Westbrook, Drake professor of education, discussing accountability in leadership, 7 to 8 a.m., upper level of Olmsted Center. Contact John Brown at (515) 271-3378 to register.
  • State of Iowa Physics Olympics, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Parent’s Hall, Olmsted Center.
  • Drake softball vs. South Dakota State, 3 p.m., Buel Field.
  • Relays Carnival, 4 to 7 p.m., Helmick Commons and Olmsted Center.


THURSDAY, APRIL 27



  • Drake Relays, events beginning at 9 a.m., Drake Stadium.
  • Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Science, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Parents Hall, Olmsted Center.
  • Drake English Department’s Writers and Critics Series presents Drake Writer’s Night, students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to read their work, 8 p.m., Medbury Hall Honors Lounge.
  • Drake Jazz II, directed by James Romain, 8 p.m., Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center.
  • Drake Theatre Department presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest,” directed by Clive Elliott, Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center, 8 p.m., $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $1 with Drake ID.
  • Foam dance party, 9 p.m. to midnight, Olmsted Center patio.


FRIDAY, APRIL 28



  • Drake Relays, events beginning at 9 a.m., Drake Stadium.
  • Relays celebrations on Court Avenue, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Court Avenue downtown.
  • Drake Theatre Department presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest,” directed by Clive Elliott, 8 p.m., Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center, $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $1 with Drake ID.
  • Drake Municipal Observatory presentation, “Uranus, Neptune and Pluto Physical Attributes and Materials Available for Life,” 8 p.m., Drake Municipal Observatory, Waveland Park.


SATURDAY, APRIL 29



  • Drake Relays, events beginning at 9 a.m., Drake Stadium.
  • Drake softball vs. Wichita State, 6 p.m., Buel Field.
  • Ten-Year cluster reunion (Classes of 1995, 1996, 1997), 6 p.m., Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Pkwy. Hors D’Oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. The cost is $20 per person and includes admission to the Science Center of Iowa to those arriving before 6 p.m. Contact John Brown at (515) 271-3378 to register.
  • Forty-Year cluster reunion (Classes of 1965, 1966, 1967), 6 p.m., Des Moines Club, 666 Grand Ave. Hors D’Oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. The cost is $20 per person. Contact Melisa Cox at (515) 271-2769 to register.
  • Step Show, 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Parents Hall, Olmsted Center.
  • Drake Theatre Department presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest,” directed by Clive Elliott, 8 p.m., Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center, $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $1 with Drake ID.


SUNDAY, APRIL 30



  • Drake softball vs. Wichita State, noon, Buel Field.
  • Drake Theatre Department presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest,” directed by Clive Elliott, 2 p.m., Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center, $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $1 with Drake ID.

MONDAY, MAY 1


  • Drake English Department’s Writers and Critics Series presents a lecture by Scott Russell Sanders, professor of creative writing at Indiana University, 8 p.m., room 206, Cline Hall.


FRIDAY, MAY 5



  • Drake Municipal Observatory presentation, “Comets, Asteroids and Meteors. Kuyper Belt – Oort Cloud. Life as an interplanetary visitor,” 8 p.m., Drake Municipal Observatory, Waveland Park.