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eBlue June 2007

Drake embraces more than 1,300 new alumni

Drake welcomed a total of more than 1,300 students into the ranks of alumni last month during three ceremonies marking the commencement rites of passage.
June 4, 2007

LAW SCHOOL NEWS

A dozen Drake law students recently trekked around southern Iowa via tour bus with former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Drake visiting distinguished professor of law, and Neil Hamilton, the Dwight D. Opperman distinguished professor of law. The trip was part of a May interim course at Drake University Law School called Rural Lands Rural Livelihoods.
June 4, 2007

Drake's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.
June 4, 2007

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION NEWS

With a brand-new Drake diploma from the School of Education in tow, Taylor Corley, ED'07, is on a fast track to help shape the future of America's education system. Passionate about ensuring all children have equal access to a quality education, she aspires someday to work in public policy at the federal government level.
June 4, 2007

Calendar of Events

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Class for high school vocalists, 1 to 5 p.m., room 204 of the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Tuition for the three-session class, which continues June 6 and 7, is $100. Call 515-271-4011. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 Season opening of the Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market, 4 to 7 p.m., parking lot of First Christian […]
June 4, 2007

SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION NEWS

Associate Professor of Journalism Kathleen Richardson, JO'76, LW'02, became the new director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication on June 1. She succeeded Patricia Prijatel, GR'79, who retired as director and E.T. Meredith distinguished professor of journalism at the end of the spring semester. David Wright, GR'89, remains associate dean and associate professor.
June 4, 2007

Bosnian refugee plans to attend one of the nation's top graduate programs

Not only is Amir Busnov the first member of his family to graduate from college, he's also the first Drake graduate to be admitted to both the prestigious Fletcher School at Tufts University and Johns Hopkins University for graduate studies in international relations.
June 4, 2007

ATHLETICS NEWS

Still walking on clouds after winning the Masters and the AT&T Classic, Zach Johnson returned to his alma mater for a reception and news conference following a celebration at the State Capitol where Gov. Chet Culver, GR'94, proclaimed May 24 "Zach Johnson Day" in Iowa.
June 4, 2007

Drake selected for national Phi Beta Kappa program

Drake University is one of 11 colleges and universities selected to participate in "Deliberation About Things That Matter," a series of events sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Society for teaching and learning deliberative skills through the discussion of major issues of meaning or value.
June 4, 2007

Men's tennis team falls to No. 21 Michigan in NCAA Championships

One of the most memorable campaigns in Drake men's tennis history ended May 11 with a 4-0 loss to No. 21 Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.
June 4, 2007

Outgoing student body president nets Fulbright Scholarship

Lauren Smith, who just completed her term as Drake student body president for 2006-07, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to fund a 13-month English teaching assistantship in South Korea.
June 4, 2007

ALUMNI NEWS

Bulldog Bashes continue around the country and beyond this month. Alumni gathered in Los Angeles; Tampa/Clearwater, FL; San Francisco; Stamford, CT; and Chicago in May, and in central Iowa and Austin, TX, in early June. Bashes continue in Indianapolis on June 6; New York City, June 7; Louisville, KY, June 8; Las Vegas, June 10; Twin Cities, June 14; Boston, June 16; and Portland, OR, June 19. For all the Bash details, visit the alumni Web site, www.drake.edu/alumni, and click on the left-hand link for "Bulldog Bash."
June 4, 2007

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES NEWS

Drake's College of Arts and Sciences recently celebrated the retirement of three long-time faculty members -- Dean Hoganson and Rodney Rogers, both Drake graduates and professors of biology, and Jon Torgerson, professor of philosophy and religion. Each worked at Drake for more than 30 years and was highly respected by students and colleagues.
June 4, 2007

Spend the summer with fellow alumni in Chicago

If you want to connect with fellow Bulldogs this summer, Chicago is a great place to be.
June 4, 2007

COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES NEWS

Drake has awarded its highest mentorship award, the 2007 Madelyn M. Levitt Mentor of the Year Award, to Lon Larson, PH'71, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt professor of pharmacy administration. Larson also received the award in 1997, making him the only faculty member to have received the award twice.
June 4, 2007