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American Equity founder's $1.5 million gift funds Drake learning center

Drake University dedicated a new state-of-the-art collaborative learning space provided through a $1.5 million gift from David Noble, founder of West Des Moines-based American Equity Investment Life Holding Co.
Des Moines Business Record

Drake's Student Republicans and Democrats co-hosted presidential debate watch party

A bipartisan group of more than 100 students met to watch the first nationally televised presidential debate among Democratic candidates. The consensus? Hillary Clinton won.

Rick Perry stops paying Iowa staffers

Although Rick Perry has a handful of wealthy donors in his corner, the fact that he has stopped paying his Iowa campaign staff indicates a lack of grassroots support that he needs to win in 2016, says Tony Gaughan of Drake Law School.

The GOP is still waiting for a breakout moment

Candidates didn't say much during the Fox News presidential candidate debate that they haven't said before, said Dennis Goldford, professor of political science and a Flansburg Fellow at the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement.
US News & World Report

Candidates connecting with supporters, 10 seconds at a time

Jennifer Glover Konfrst, co-chair of Drake's Strategic Political Communications program, explains how candidates are using tools like Snapchat to reach younger voters who don't consume traditional media outlets.
The Huffington Post

Drake University Unveils Congressional Files on ADA’s 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, Drake University (IA) and its Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement released never-before-seen congressional files and materials on the legislation.
Higher Ed Today

Zach Johnson wins British Open in playoff

Drake University alumnus Zach Johnson, BN'98, won the British Open on July 20 after a four-hole playoff.
USA Today

Drake alums' pharmacy to focus on personalized prescriptions and general healthy living

Drake alumni Wade and Jennifer Siefert own Preckshot Professional Pharmacy, a unique health center and Illinois' largest compounding pharmacy.

Sammons Donates $1 Million to Drake University Actuarial Program

Sammons Enterprises, Inc. has donated $1.0 million to Drake University for the Sammons Endowed Professorship in Actuarial Science, a program that supports a new or existing professor of actuarial science and will be used to retain or attract outstanding faculty members.
Yahoo Finance

The Right Prescription for Internationalization

Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students Kelsey Japs and Erica Truong discuss their international rotations to the Dominican Republic in an article on influencing local and global health.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Drake Observatory: Des Moines' ghostly path to stars

The Des Moines Register reports on the fascinating history of the Drake Observatory and the many free and open to the public events the University hosts there each year.
Des Moines Register

Des Moines teachers to get free master's degree from Drake University

An innovative partnership between Drake University and the Des Moines Public School district will allow some teachers to earn a custom-tailored Drake master's degree at no cost to the teacher.

Cultural Tipping Points: Caitlyn Jenner, Demi Moore, and Vanity Fair Covers

How Vanity Fair's controversial 1991 cover, featuring a pregnant and nude Demi Moore, helped pave the way for Caitlyn Jenner to appear on the magazine's cover 14 years later.
New Republic

Why Jeb's massive warchest didn't scare his rivals

If Jeb Bush fails to secure the Republican presidential nomination, super PACs will be a major reason why, says Associate Professor of Law Anthony Gaughan.

Clinton's full embrace of immigration

Political science professor Dennis Goldford says Hillary Clinton's broad support for immigration may be perceived negatively by some Iowa voters.