Welcome Weekend

Message from Melissa Sturm-Smith
Associate Provost, Academic Excellence and Student Success

Welcome Weekend consists of four intense days of student, faculty, and staff interactions with a focus on:

  • providing challenging experiences that emphasize active learning
  • stressing the integration of curricular, co-curricular and residential activities
  • valuing the knowledge, perspectives, and input of others
  • understanding that important issues rarely have one, simple solution; appreciate that there are multiple ways of knowing
  • committing to your own emotional and physical well-being 
  • promoting service to the larger community
  • taking responsibility for your own learning 

Want to know more about Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend is NOT an extension of high school; it is NOT summer camp; it is NOT the same as summer orientation.

  • It IS an opportunity for you to get to know your First Year Seminar (FYS) classmates and students on your floor and in the residence hall; commuter students can connect with each other as well those enrolled in their FYS.
  • It IS an expectation of your college or school (AS, BN, ED, JO, PHS) that you will attend a meeting on Thursday, August 21, where you will learn about college-specific information and interact with faculty and staff.
  • It IS an expectation that you will participate in ALL Welcome Weekend scheduled events and planned activities throughout the fall semester.
  • It IS an opportunity to get better acquainted with your Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC).

Importance of Peer Mentor/Academic Consultants (PMACs)

Your Welcome Weekend and fall semester experience will be enhanced by interactions with your Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC). Peer Mentor/Academic Consultants are upper-class student volunteers assigned to First Year Seminar (FYS) groups. Communication with your PMAC will begin within the next few weeks and continue throughout the fall semester. Based on research findings and past experiences, we believe peer-to-peer interaction with an emphasis on students' academic success and personal development is particularly important to overall growth during the first year in college. They have experienced the challenges and changes associated with being first-year students at Drake and they want to make sure that, you, too, are acclimated to your new environment before classes begin. PMACs will continue to serve as a resource and motivator throughout the fall semester. 

Welcome Weekend Activities

It is our goal that you become an informed, involved, and active participant from the very beginning of your Drake experience. We are excited about your arrival and can't wait to welcome you as a member of the Drake community

University News
October 21, 2014
"Swedish Youth Activists and Public Health Advocacy" will be held at 7 p.m. in Sussman Theater in the Drake University Olmsted Center.
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