FRIDAY, MAY 15 — 50 Year Club Reunion (Classes of 1959, 1949 and 1939)

Reception, photo, dinner and program, Embassy Club in Des Moines.


50 Year Club at Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, 10 a.m., Drake Knapp Center. Keynote speakers: Drake President David Maxwell and Jill Swenson, winner of the Oreon E. Scott Award for the outstanding senior. The 50 Year Club alumni also will have a lunch and take a bus tour of Des Moines.

SATURDAY, MAY 16  — Alumni Awards Dinner

The Alumni Awards Dinner, which is open to Drake alumni and friends, begins with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. in Parents Hall in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave. The cost is $25.

Drake will honor the following alumni:

The other winner, Bill Bryson, LA’77, received his alumni achievement award while he was here to give the Bucksbaum Lecture last month. Read more about his visit online. 

For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs at 515-271-2500. 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 — Chicago Bulldog Bash

Downtown Chicago Bulldog Bash, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sopo Lounge, 3418 North Southport Ave., Chicago, 773-880-0100

Contact Ashley Nichols at ashley.nichols@drake.edu or 515-271-1947 for more information.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 — Chicago Suburbs Bulldog Bash

Chicago Suburbs Bulldog Bash, 5:30-7:30 p.m., John Barleycorn, 1100 American Lane, Schaumberg, Ill. 847-619-5540

Contact Ashley Nichols at ashley.nichols@drake.edu or 515-271-1947 for more information.

THURSDAY, JUNE 18 — Windy City Golf Outing

Mark your calendars NOW for the 15th Annual Windy City Golf Outing on Thursday, June 18, at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Ill. 

A tentative schedule of events is listed below:
  • Registration Opens — 10 a.m.

  • Shotgun Start — 11:30 a.m.

  • Social Hour — 4:30 p.m.

  • Banquet and Raffle — 5:45 p.m.

  • Program and Awards — 6:30 p.m.

  • Auction — 7 p.m. 
The cost for this year’s event is $140 by May 15 or $150 after May 15. 

If you don’t golf, join your fellow alumni and friends for dinner at a cost of $40 per person or sponsor a hole for $150.  

For more information or to RSVP for this event visit drake.edu/alumni or call 515-271-3147.

JUNE 24-26 – Volunteers needed for Des Moines Arts Festival

Spring is on the way and we are preparing to once again be part of the Des Moines Arts Festival by working the Pepsi tents. 

This year’s festival will take place June 26-28 in the Western Gateway Park area of Downtown Des Moines. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis, and we typically fill shifts very quickly. Listed below are the shift times still available:

Saturday, June 27: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1-5 p.m., 4:30-8 p.m., and 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 28: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and 1-5:30 p.m.

Sign up to volunteer by sending an e-mail to John Brown at john.brown@drake.edu. Sign up no later than Friday, May 22, to ensure you have the best chance to work the shift of your choice.