DU in the News
Karen Knowlton, retiring Cleveland International Piano Competition leader, departing on high note
Drake University alumna Karen Knowlton retires as executive director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Knowlton effected changes that radically enhanced the biennial event's place in the global scheme of piano competition.
Taking the pledge is popular, and risky, for candidates
Dennis Goldford, Drake politics professor, said lawmakers sometimes need flexibility and that signing political pledges gums up governing by making compromise difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.
At 19, he's a mini-mogul in summer treats game
Drake student Steven Laugerman is interviewed about owning and operating multiple Tropical Sno stands, a job he began as a 14-year-old, thanks to a loan from his parents.
Shaking and stirring her way to the top
Drake alumna Misty Kalkofen began bartending while attending Harvard Divinity School. She's recognized as a leading force in researching and reviving vintage cocktails in Boston and has appeared in the pages of publications such as Bon Appetit and The Wall Street Journal.
Waukee's newest couple is dedicated to education
Amy Johnson, who earned her master's degree from Drake University, is the new Waukee Middle School principal. Her husband Kirk Johnson is the new Waukee High School principal.
Party leaders brace for expensive race
Drake University Political Science Professor Dennis Goldford says that republican Steve King has taken on a national profile thanks to frequent appearances on cable news networks. With a former Iowa first lady as King's opponent, a lot of interest will be directed to the 4th District contest.
Des Moines: From agriculture to youth culture
Several Drake University alumni are quoted in this article about initiatives that have helped Des Moines win national recognition for its youth culture. Forbes magazine recently named the metro area the best place in the nation for young professionals.
With default looming, what investors should do now
Tom Root, associate professor of finance and business at Drake University, comments on how investors might prepare for a U.S. default on its debt.
New teachers union chief looks forward to a challenge
Drake University graduate Dora Crane is the newly elected Merced City Teachers Association president. As president, Crane will champion the rights of students and teachers and is looking forward to a good year leading the 500-member group. She has taught for 23 years.
Michael Emerson returns to TV lineup this fall
Drake University alumnus Michael Emerson will star this fall in "Person of Interest," which will air on Thursday nights on CBS. Emerson is a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor. He received Drake's Alumni Achievement Award in April.
Workshop On Value Added Producer Grants
The Agricultural Law Center at Drake University in Des Moines is hosting a workshop July 20 for farmers, businesses owners, and those who serve them such as accountants, lawyers, and consultants. The workshop will focus on USDA's Value Added Producer Grant program.
Robin Jensen joins Florida Opera Theatre
The Florida Opera Theatre appointed Robin Jensen, who earned her master's degree in piano performance from Drake University, to be director of the organization's youth programs.
Minnesota's budget crisis could help Pawlenty
Drake student Rachel Cutler is interning in Tim Pawlenty's Iowa headquarters, calling state Republicans about the candidate. She is featured in an article about the Presidential candidate.
New guide aims to offer real-world success strategies for working man
Drake University alumnus Corey Jahnke shares tips, techniques and anecdotes on professional success in his new book, "We Are Not Here on Rehearsal," compiled from a 20-year pharmacy career. The book aims to share insights on how to add value and find meaning in life and work.
Iowans Talk About Fed Government's Debt
Tom Root, Drake associate professor of finance, explains the debt ceiling and the impact on the country should Congress not reach a deal.