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eBlue April 2012


Letting the fur — and slobber — fly

Fifty Bulldogs of all shapes and sizes competed on April 23 for the title of "Beautiful Bulldog" at the 33rd annual pageant helping to kick off Drake Relays Week. Tyson, a 2-year-old male bulldog, took the crown. His Under Armour shirt was spot on with its phrase "I won't lose." Tyson belongs to Tyler and […]
April 25, 2012
Brittan Etzenhouser, director of

Going Greek

This spring, Drake’s Greek chapters welcomed Brittan Etzenhouser as the director of fraternity and sorority life. In the short time since her arrival, she has already begun making big plans to continue unifying the men and women in the Greek community. Etzenhouser’s experience in the Greek system began during her college years. While pursuing an […]
April 25, 2012

From Drake to the "Silicon Prairie"

Across the nation, experts and policy makers are lauding small business and entrepreneurial ventures as one of the keys to bringing the United States out of the economic downturn. In Des Moines, the startup community is thriving and growing, and Drake University students are well positioned to become part of the movement. Several Drake students […]
April 25, 2012

Language of excellence

While the members of Alpha Mu Gamma speak many different languages, they are all fluent in success. The new student organization — which was officially approved by Drake’s Student Senate in February — honors academic excellence in foreign language study. The organization creates opportunities for students to apply their language study through a variety of […]
April 25, 2012

"Drake Blue" magazine examines "Reinventing Leadership"

From living in Egypt during the Arab Spring to some final advice from departing Drake female leaders, the latest edition of Drake Blue magazine is full of fascinating articles. The Spring 2012 edition hit mailboxes earlier this month; the issue’s focus is the concept and practice of leadership. Readers can also find all content online […]
April 25, 2012
Jack Josephine Watson sit on Drake's famed "Kissing Rock"

A Drake love story

The story of Jack Watson, LW’42, and Josephine Barnes Watson, DV’67, is more than 73 years old. They’ve been married for one month of those years. Jack, 92, and Jo, 87, married at Wesley Acres retirement community in March, where they reconnected after meeting at Drake 73 years ago.  A few volunteer activities lead to […]
April 25, 2012

A playbook for life

Drake’s student athletes are some of the young adults who are going to change the world — in business, education, non-profits, medicine, or any other field where the students’ hearts reside. And guiding them along the way is a responsibility that Drake’s head coaches and Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb take seriously. “Student-athletes motivate their […]
April 25, 2012

The 50-year club

In 1962, Elvis Presley’s swiveling hips were in full swing, Lawrence of Arabia and the first James Bond film were hitting the silver screen and the Vietnam War was rapidly escalating. Although James Bond films are still being produced, and 1960s fashions, a la Mad Men, are back in style, Drake University has changed significantly […]
April 25, 2012

Old School Photo: The Drake Relays "Tornado"

  Before the Blue Oval was blue, and before it was common to see female track and field superstars take the Drake Relays by storm, there was Wilma Rudolph. Nicknamed “The Tornado” at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Rudolph became the first woman to win a Drake Relays event in 1961 — the 100-yard dash, with […]
April 25, 2012

"A Wednesday with Wanda: Wanda's Last Lecture"

Wanda Everage, vice provost for student affairs and academic excellence, will give her last lecture on Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium. Many alumni and students remember her annual “Wake up with Wanda” speech during Welcome Weekend. Although the event is open only to students, faculty and staff, alumni can still catch […]
April 25, 2012
President David Maxwell and Madeleine Maxwell sign the Right to Literacy Scroll

The right to literacy

For most Americans, the ability to read is a skill that is taken for granted — a skill people rarely imagine their life without. Low literacy in adults is a hidden but surprisingly large issue in today’s society; in fact, about 93 million American adults read at an eighth grade level or lower, which is […]
April 25, 2012

The future of science

Drake juniors Ryan DuToit and Bennett Hansen learned the basics of mobile application development in an introductory course last year. When the semester ended, the two — both are triple-majoring in computer science, math and physics — wanted to boost their knowledge of mobile development and establish first-hand skills in that rapidly growing field. They […]
April 25, 2012

America's broadcasting standard

Drake’s student-run Relays broadcast is the national standard Each year, ordinary Drake students — with the expert guidance of the Drake Broadcasting System (DBS) student leaders — do something extraordinary. They produce the Drake Relays television coverage that is aired locally on cable channel 16 and online on the DBS website. It is the largest […]
April 25, 2012
Tom Temple, Weaver Honor of Medal recipient

Bulldog by association

While longtime Iowa Pharmacy Association Executive Vice President and CEO Thomas Temple is not a Drake grad, his commitment to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) makes him something of an honorary Bulldog. On April 25, Temple was honored with the CPHS Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal of Honor — the […]
April 25, 2012
Dean Charles Edwards congratulates professor Rahul Parsa

Guiding business — today and tomorrow

Established business leaders and future tycoons met April 11 in Sheslow Auditorium to honor the achievements of Drake College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) students and faculty at the college’s annual awards ceremony. The CBPA also honored local business leader Jim Wallace, BN’77, CEO of GuideOne Insurance, with the Community Leadership Award for his […]
April 25, 2012