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eBlue April 2011

Drake Football Coach Chris Creighton honored with Giant Step Award

Drake Head Football Coach Chris Creighton has received a 2011 Giant Step Award from the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) for his leadership in organizing the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, which will take place May 21 in Arusha, Tanzania. The Kili Bowl will pit the Drake Bulldogs against a Mexican all-star team in the […]
April 6, 2011

Drake Law hosts Supreme Court Celebration; symposium on “Debating the Living Constitution”

The symposium topic this year was whether the Constitution should be interpreted as a living document or whether it should be strictly interpreted as it was originally written. William Robinson III, president elect of the American Bar Association presented the keynote lecture at the Supreme Court Celebration.
April 6, 2011

Drake jazz alumni called to the stage for an encore performance

The month of April has been featured in jazz standards such as Count Basie's "I'll Remember April" and Charlie Parker's "April in Paris." This April, Drake's first-ever All Jazz Reunion will provide a new standard for alumni who kept a backbeat or improvised a solo during their time at the University. The two-day reunion will […]
April 6, 2011

distinctlyDrake heads West

While enjoying the pink and orange sunset over Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona, Drake University alumni and friends celebrated their Drake connections and the progress of distinctlyDrake. The gathering at the Phoenician Resort, which took place March 18, is one of several distinctlyDrake events that will happen across the country over the next few years. […]
April 6, 2011

$47 million in student aid celebrated at scholarship donor luncheon

As the 2010-11 school year draws to an end, many high school seniors are undoubtedly seated with their parents around kitchen tables, poring over acceptance letters and financial aid packages from colleges and universities. Drake sophomore Caitlin Podemski certainly remembers her college search. The music and psychology major from Rockford, Ill., weighed Drake's reputation for […]
April 6, 2011

Drake offers first official alternative spring break trip

Six Drake University students traveled to Appalachia on Drake's first official alternative spring break trip March 13-19. Though service trips had been organized by other campus groups, such as Habitat for Humanity in the past, this was the first organized by the Office of Student Life. "Over the past few years we've been working to […]
April 6, 2011

Bucksbaum crowd treated to Twyla Tharp's take on creativity

The author of books on creativity and collaboration started by sharing some of the insights she's gained during her more than 45 years in dance.
April 6, 2011

2011 DUCURS conference to showcase a record number of undergraduate research presentations

The eighth annual Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences highlights collaborative work of undergraduates and faculty, featuring a record number of scientific research projects from multiple departments.
April 6, 2011

Developing personalized medicine lab receives $112,000 grant

The Pharmacogenomics Teaching and Research Laboratory will not only benefit students, but that the facilities will enhance faculty research projects across science departments and spur collaboration across institutions.
April 6, 2011

The 'dirt' on Nanci Ross: Q&A with a new ethnobotany professor

Drake's Arts and Sciences faculty is growing. In the past two years the college has added six faculty lines, in addition to replacing lines vacated by retirement or resignation. Among the recent hires is Nanci Ross, assistant professor of ethnobotany, whose background includes research experience from the Missouri Botanical Garden to the tropics in Guatemala […]
April 6, 2011

Master of Public Administration class trip travels from Russia to Rome

The Comparative Management and Policy Analysis in A Global Context course, which this year focused on food policy as it relates to social justice, hunger and sustainability, recently took graduate students and alumni through six European countries over 18 days.
April 6, 2011

School of Education faculty involved in upcoming Iowa distance learning conference

This April, the annual Iowa Distance Learning Association Conference will address the need for educators to understand and correctly use instructional technology.
April 6, 2011

Public relations program gaining faculty, momentum

Drake's public relations program is showing growth not only in enrollment, but also in the addition of a new faculty member and increased participation in one of the discipline's premier national student competitions.
April 6, 2011

Relays planner: Be part of the tradition

  Monday, April 25 32nd Annual Beautiful  Bulldog Contest 10:45 a.m.–1 p.m. Nollen Plaza, Downtown Des Moines Sponsored by Bankers Trust and Prairie Meadows Tuesday, April 26 Grand Blue Mile 5:30 p.m. Downtown Des Moines Sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross  Blue Shield and Drake Relays Wednesday, April 27 Downtown Street Painting 1-4 p.m. Court Avenue […]
April 6, 2011

Model athletes: ESPN The Magazine to feature Drake football players

Closely cropped, this could be a halftime scenario: Ten football players in uniform huddle up — smashed paper cups and towels strewn about the floor. They lean forward, listening for directions on how to better position themselves. The athletes are intensely focused; a whiteboard in the room is scribbled with plays. The players are huddled […]
April 6, 2011