distinctlyDrake, the largest fundraising effort in the University’s history, reached its $200-million goal six months ahead of schedule, culminating with $216,014,552 by campaign end. Nearly 24,000 donors helped expand access with more than 175 new scholarship funds, build and renovate multiple campus facilities, and ignite passions with new and expanded learning experiences.
The College of Pharmacy and Health Science (CPHS) has benefitted immensely, with renovated learning spaces and new scholarships funded by gifts and pledges from local companies, alumni, and Drake supporters.
“The commitments made through distinctlyDrake have already begun having a direct impact on our students, faculty, and staff.” says Renae Chesnut, interim dean of the CPHS. “We are excited about these changes and what they will mean for the future of our college as our students learn in state-of-the-art facilities and receive additional scholarships and professional travel support.”
New or Renovated Spaces:
- The Cline Atrium and Hy-Vee Learning Commons, student study and collaboration space
- Cline Dean’s Office reception area
- Dozens of classrooms and laboratories, including:
- Ellis Pharmacogenomics and Disease Prevention Laboratories, lab space to conduct research in the area of personalized medicine
- Lacy Organic Chemistry Laboratory, renovated lab space with a larger, more strategic layout and enhanced safety equipment
- Johansen Skills Assessment Lab, flexible and collaborative learning space that allows students to practice skills in a controlled environment
New Scholarships and Other Learning Experiences:
- 12 new scholarships to assist students with the costs of their education so they can pursue additional leadership and co-curricular opportunities
- 4 new professional leadership and travel awards, enabling students to attend national meetings and participate in mission trips