Young Professionals Evan Favreau at Drake University.

Evan Favreau at Drake University.

Get to Know: Evan Favreau, 26

Published on April 15th, 2014 | by Juice Magazine

Title: Admission Counselor & Digital Media Specialist, Drake University

What I do: I work with high school students from eastern Iowa that are considering attending Drake University. I’m essentially their main contact at Drake during the whole search process. I also manage social media and other digital initiatives for the Office of Admission.

Background: Originally from Prairie Village, Kansas, I attended Drake University as an undergraduate. At Drake I studied advertising management in the school of journalism. After graduation I lived and worked in Shijiazhuang, China for a year through a Drake program for recent grads. I’m now in my third year with Drake’s Office of Admission, and working on a masters degree.

Why I do what I do: What initially drew me to this position was the digital media aspect. Being able to utilize the power and fun of social media for an institution that I adore has been a wonderful experience.

To get away from work, I like to: Explore Des Moines, especially the downtown core. As a downtown resident I love the unique urban experience that the city is able to offer. I can’t wait for the summer events that will be held just a few blocks from my home.

The skill I’ve developed most while on the job: I’ve been able to hone my time management and general efficiency. In a way my position has dual roles, between admissions counselor and the digital media side, so I find myself working on very different tasks at the same time. I’ve figured out how to prioritize.

One thing I would change about the Des Moines area: I wish there was an even larger presence of nationally-touring bands. I know the city is continuously making strides in this area, especially thanks to local organizations like First Fleet Concerts and DMMC, and 80/35 has become one of my absolute favorite things about this city. But Des Moines as a city still lacks that “must stop” status for many bands, and it’s something I miss compared to larger metros like KC.

To attract and retain young professionals, Iowa should: Try and make the winters a little shorter? But seriously, Des Moines has made so many strides since I first arrived in 2006 that it’s hard for me to think of many serious issues. I do worry about downtown residential space and the effect that numerous income-restricted units has on rental availability for young professionals. But even this issue seems to be turning a corner, with a huge amount of new units in the pipeline.

Contact Favreau: 515-271-2034.

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