Category: 28th Session

Senior Spotlight: Emily Grimm

Senior Spotlight Q&A

Emily Grimm – Election Commissioner

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Emily Grimm has been on student senate every year of her Drake experience. This year, she served on student senate as the election commissioner. Through her experience on senate, Emily learned a lot about utilizing her time, and how to take a challenging job and just have fun with it!

 

What was your first position on student senate, and what did you take away from that experience?

Emily: “My first position was working under the student body president on his committee. It was so much fun getting involved in a major organization right away.”

 

What is your favorite project you have accomplished through student senate?

Emily: “Working this year as election commissioner has definitely presented many challenges, but it has also been immensely rewarding. Seeing lots of students running for positions and putting themselves out there is really inspiring.”

 

How have you grown through your involvement in student senate?

Emily: “I have learned that it is important to utilize time wisely and efficiently. It is also important to complete the tasks that students are expecting you to accomplish.”

 

What is the most important lesson you have learned from student senate?

Emily: “Never take anything too seriously.”

 

Do you have any advice for students considering getting involved in student senate?

Emily: “Have fun with it, but don’t get a big head. All organizations on campus are equally important.”

 

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Senior Spotlight: Maura Grace

Senior Spotlight Q&A

Maura Grace – Fine Arts Academic Senator

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Throughout her experience at Drake, music education major Maura Grace has been extremely involved both on and off campus. Each year in her involvement in groups such as Drake Choir, Greek Life, and Drake Opera, she continued to take on higher positions that required more responsibility. This year, Maura has served Drake University as its fine arts academic senator.

 

What was your first position on student senate, and what did you take away from that experience?

Maura: “My senate experience is not as extensive as other members around the table. This is my first, and last, year on student senate. As a music education student, promotion of the arts is very important to me. I am a member of the theatre and music department, heavily involved in organizations and academics on both ends. I wanted to make a difference for my school and represent my peers on a campus-wide scale. I feel I offer a fresh perspective as a fine arts student because I am involved in organizations within the fine arts, but also outside the walls of FAC. I believe this has made me a well-rounded Drake student, and also a viable candidate to serve as the fine arts academic senator. Throughout my four years at Drake, I honestly do not think I was ready to serve as the fine arts senator until I was a junior or senior. As an upperclassman, I have the experience and knowledge of campus, Des Moines, and the fine arts community at Drake. I can speak from experience and not assumptions. I have created relationships with peers, faculty, and staff that I have cultivated and fostered over a three-year period of time. I believe this maturity has served well around the table and has made me confident in serving as a representative of my peers.”

 

What is your favorite project you have accomplished through student senate?

Maura: “My greatest accomplishment while serving on senate in this short year has been putting together the first annual Drake Fine Arts Day. This was a lot of my senate goals combined into one and it could not have been done without the help of Xavier Quinn. Senate has opened a lot of doors for me, including serving on the Student Music Advisory Committee (SMAC), Friends of Drake Arts Board (FDA), the Arts and Science Executive Board, and the Arts and Sciences Academic Integrity Board. The weekly Thursday meeting in the fishbowl doesn’t come close to the obligations of senate (which can be a common misconception). One of my goals that I worked on in SMAC and FDA was cross-departmental collaboration (Music, Theatre, and Visual Art) and creating more awareness of our arts culture on campus. Drake Fine Arts Day made this large goal come alive. Student performances were scheduled all over campus throughout the day and were enjoyed while students were studying in Olmsted, walking across Helmick Commons, or eating lunch at Hubbell. I wanted this to be a positive and low stress experience for performers and students alike. I hope that the next fine arts senator can continue this tradition and the legacy of arts promotion on campus.”

 

How have you grown through your involvement in student senate?

Maura: “I view myself as a stronger leader after serving on senate. I have been in several organizations including serving as president of our collegiate chapter of The American Choral Directors Association and co-founding and music directing the co-ed a cappella group, Fermata the Blue. In these leadership positions, I was working with my peers in the fine arts. Senate has pushed me as a leader to work with others who are not in the arts, and learn from my peers in other colleges. It has opened my eyes to the incredible work others are doing all over campus and has made me truly appreciate the creative culture that is fostered at Drake University. Serving on senate has made me proud to be a Drake student and call myself a Bulldog. There are many skills that I have taken into my student teaching that I have learned through senate. I believe I have become more of a team player and collaborator, and have learned ways to eloquently share my thoughts, beliefs, and opinions on important matters.”

 

Do you have any advice for students considering getting involved in student senate?

Maura: “For those questioning involvement in student senate, do not think of it as student government in high school. I participated in student government in high school, and this is nothing like it, nor should it be.  You are representing your peers as a representative and advocate for Drake University. Students on senate, I believe, are held to a higher standard to fulfill the mission statement, help others fulfill that statement, and live out their Drake experience. I am so thankful to have joined senate, and it has been a huge honor representing the School of Fine Arts.  Do not be afraid to join senate just because there is a formal election process. Let that be a challenge to push yourself to be an advocate for yourself and what you choose to represent.

To those who are not on senate, or do not really have any interest, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and attend a Thursday night meeting. Our senate meetings take place every Thursday night in the fish bowl in the library at 9pm.  Many students claim that senate does not do a lot or doesn’t care, but we do, and we can prove it to you.  So stop a senator in Olmsted, check out our office hours, utilize social media, and attend Thursday meetings – you may be surprised by what you see.”

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Senior Spotlight: Joey Gale

Senior Spotlight Q&A

Joey Gale – Student Body President

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Joey Gale is serving Drake University as this year’s student body president, and has been working hard to make positive changes on campus. Joey has been involved in student senate ever since his first year at Drake, and says he has learned a lot from these experiences.

 

What was your first position on student senate, and what did you take away from that experience?

Joey: “I first started in the student senate on the First Year Interest Committee my first year. It was a really cool way to get to see how the senate works and get involved right away on campus. That committee helped teach me that every player matters on the team. Every committee is important, and does good work.”

 

What is your favorite project you have accomplished through student senate?

Joey: “My favorite accomplishment has to be a recent program I created. The Coffee Hours program has been something that I’ve had on my radar for a while now. It was incredibly exciting to get such positive feedback from both faculty and students about something the senate created.”

You can read more about coffee hours here.

 

How have you grown through your involvement in student senate?

Joey: “I’m not sure I can exactly measure how much student senate has had an impact on me as a person and as a student leader. I’ve learned and developed in ways that I never anticipated when coming to Drake. I’ve become an expert in time management, I’ve developed my communication and speaking skills immensely, and I’ve learned to be more patient.”

 

What is the most important lesson you have learned from student senate?

Joey: “To never take no as an answer. If the system is broken, then fix it!”

 

Do you have any advice for students considering getting involved in student senate?

Joey: “DO IT! Student senate is just as much a leadership opportunity as it is a learning experience. If you are interested in running, talk to a current student senator.”

 

What advice do you have for the next student body president?

Joey: “Focus, be persistent, and don’t forget why you were elected. It’s a tough yet exciting job. Always try your best and understand that sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.”

 

Anything else you want to add regarding student senate?

Joey: “I’m really excited to see the next generation of student senate take over. It was an absolute pleasure working with the 28th session this year.”

 

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Drake Relays Information

Below is a comprehensive calendar for the Drake Relays built with Students, Faculty and Staff in mind — Print the full schedule

1) Schedule of Events 

Friday, April 17th: 

Street Painting: 4-7PM, Painted Street

Saturday, April 18th: 

Habitat for Humanity Build Day, 2 shifts: 8:00-11:00AM – Checking in at 7:30AM and 12:00PM-3:00PM — Checking in at 11:30AM. Old Main Parking Lot. Sign-up to Volunteer!

Sunday, April 19th: 

The 36th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest: 12:30PM Judging, 2PM Pageant, Knapp Center #BeautifulBulldog

SAB Pancake Brunch: 10AM-Noon, Olmsted

Monday, April 20th: 

SAB Relays Carnival: 4-7PM Helmick Commons

Tuesday, April 21st: 

SAB Book Bash: 3:30-5PM, Upper Olmsted — Volunteer for the event

Grand Blue Mile: events start at 6PM, Grand Avenue and 13th St. Downtown

Wednesday, April 22nd: 

Pole Vault Downtown: Bussing: 4:15-7:45PM, Event 5-7PM, Court Ave.

Downtown Street Painting: 1-4:30PM Court Ave, Downtown

SAB presents “Buried Life”: 9PM Olin 101

Thursday, April 23rd:

Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee Distance Carnival: 3-5:30PM and 7:30-9:30PM Drake Stadium

Friday, April 24th: 

Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee: 8AM-3:30PM and 5-9:15PM Drake Stadium

Free Drake Relays Concert Pretended by SAB: featuring 3OH!3 9:30PM at Drake Plaza – Drake Stadium Fan Zone (west of the stadium)

Saturday, April 25th:

Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee: 8AM-5PM Drake Stadium

Flick on the Floor, Monsters University: 7PM, Knapp Center

Sunday, April 26th:

Hy-Vee Road Races at the Drake Relays Half-marathon: 7:30 AM — 10K, 7:50 AM —5K, 10:30 AM

***Official Relays Host and Hostess are Mark Reiter and Natalie Larson!***

2) Safety

In partnership with students, parents, faculty, alumni, athletes and visitors we work with the Athletic Department, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Des Moines Police Department to help ensure a safe campus.

  • When on campus, in the case of an emergency, dial (515) 271-2222. We recommend that all students have this number programmed into their phones.
  • We also recommend that all students download the Rave Guardian App.
  • Look out for one another, let your friends and roommates know where you are going and when to expect you back.  When possible travel in pairs at night.
  • If you see something, say something.  If you see a problem or are concerned for your fellow students or campus visitors, call Drake Public Safety.
  • Be sure to lock your vehicle.
  • Secure your valuables at all times.
  • Do not allow strangers into your Residence Halls.
  • Lock Residence Hall and apartment doors.
  • If you choose to drink, please do so responsibly.

 

3) Parking

With the exception of Lots 16 (Olmsted), 17 (Fieldhouse) and 18 North and South (Stadium) — all parking lots are open to Drake Permit Holders as per normal.

-Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 and 10 will be shared with pay and reserved parking users on Friday and Saturday.

-Lot 16 will close partially or entirely starting Wednesday, 4/22/15 – Sunday, 4/26/15.

-Lot 17 will be closed starting Sunday, 4/19/15 – Sunday 4/26/15.

-Lot 18 will be closed Wednesday, 4/22/15 – Saturday, 4/25/15.

*See Parking Map

*The most up to date parking information is posted on Blue View from Wednesday, April 15 – Sunday, April 26th.

4) Relays Links and Guides

Official Relays Home Page

Official Drake Relays Events Schedule

Official Relays Guide

Relays on Facebook

Relays on Twitter

Relays on Instagram

Introducing Coffee Hours!

Students typically don’t utilize office hours as much as professors would like, and professors often complain that students aren’t taking advantage of a good opportunity to learn and engage outside of the classroom. In an effort to bring the two together, Student Senate has created a new Coffee Hours program!

Until the end of the Spring 2015 semester, Student Senate will pay up to $10 total for a student and faculty/staff member to get coffee at either Scooters or Mars Cafe. 

What: Coffee Hours 

Who: Drake Students, Faculty and Staff (with an Official Drake ID)

Where: Mars Cafe and Scooter’s

How: Both student and faculty/staff need to show their Drake ID to the barista, then sign-in on the form at the counter

When: The program starts 3/31/15

How Much: Up to $10 total – please limit to one visit per student per semester

We look forward to a successful program! Tell us what you think of the program in the comments.