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eBlue March 2012

Former President of Mexico will give Bucksbaum Lecture

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, will speak at Drake University’s Knapp Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, as part of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series. Fox served as president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. He was the first candidate from an opposition party to be elected president since 1920, upsetting […]
March 20, 2012

Alumni in Afghanistan

Bill Kelly, LW’99, and Maj. Mike Wunn, JO’91, GR'01, LW’01, Drake graduates who were deployed to Afghanistan with the Iowa National Guard, spoke at Drake University on March 13 as part of The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship’s spring lecture series. In their speech, “An Afghan Odyssey: Legal and Media Issues through the […]
March 20, 2012

Global ambassadors

Karli-Jo Storm, AS’09, taught English in Azerbaijan. Brittany Buchholz, AS’06, studied Islamic principles in Jordan. Their experiences were made possible by Fulbright grants; this year, six more Drake University students and alumni have been selected as Fulbright finalists, giving them the chance to join these students’ ranks. The six students represent the largest class of […]
March 20, 2012

Inaugural J-Term courses offer exciting opportunities

After months of planning and preparation, the official list of 49 J-Term classes was released — and it’s caught students’ attention. While some students will use Drake’s new January Term to catch up on credits, others will enroll in on-campus and overseas courses that are brand new to the Drake Curriculum. The list includes classes […]
March 20, 2012

What will you do with your Relays weekend?

All is quiet on the Blue Oval, but in just a month, world-class athletes will take over the track as they make the pilgrimage to Drake Relays. Adding to the excitement, this year’s Relays take place mere months before the 2012 Summer Olympics. However, as alumni will tell you, the athletic events are only part […]
March 20, 2012

Downtown Street Painting: Brush up on your community spirit

Street Painting has long been an unofficial kickoff to Drake Relays Week. This year, Drake is once again partnering with the city of Des Moines and the Court Avenue District to bring the festive event to the downtown area. The third annual Downtown Street Painting, scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, allows […]
March 20, 2012

Old school photo: Wanda Everage

  Whether it’s the length of basketball shorts or the landscape of campus, part of the fun of our monthly old-school photos is to show you how much things at Drake have changed. This month, we feature a Drake mainstay — and not much has changed but her hairstyle. Wanda Everage, vice provost for student […]
March 20, 2012

Supreme Court Celebration brings high-profile case to Drake campus

Drake’s 75th Supreme Court Celebration will start with a prominent case that has garnered national attention. On March 29, Drake University Law School will host the Iowa Supreme Court’s oral arguments in an appeal of Mark Becker’s murder conviction involving the insanity defense. Mark Becker was convicted of killing Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas in […]
March 20, 2012

Caring for the community

Students from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) continued to strengthen the connection between Drake and the community at the third annual Drake University Health and Wellness Fair on February 11. The fair took over Southridge Mall in Des Moines to offer free health information and screenings for community members. “The College is […]
March 20, 2012

Senior starts student-run public relations agency

A new student-run public relations agency, 515PR, has blossomed at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is already hard at work with two clients. The agency — the brainchild of senior public relations major Kristen Hemmings — is made up of six SJMC students with a wide range of skills. Hemmings first developed […]
March 20, 2012

The Root of finance

To many, finance is a dry subject, wrought with jargon and complicated equations. But for Tom Root, associate professor of finance, financial markets are his passion — something he tries to share with and pass on to his students. “I have a dedication to helping students and providing them the tools to be successful,” says […]
March 20, 2012

The language of education

The Spanish-speaking population in Iowa has skyrocketed in recent years, growing by 52 percent in the last decade. Even more notable is the change occurring in Iowa’s K–12 schools: In 2006, more than 28,000 Latinos were enrolled in Iowa schools, a 700 percent increase since 1986. The Drake University School of Education is doing its […]
March 20, 2012

Technology and democracy

Technology’s impact on the practice of democracy has been a hot topic of discussion in academia and the media over the past year. From the use of social media in the Arab Spring across the Middle East to the use of electronic surveillance equipment in the United States, technology can help mold the actions of […]
March 20, 2012