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Memory Prints

For Phillip Chen, inspiration is everywhere: an antique spike from a circus tent, the stories of his great-grandfather working in a California gold mining town, or even the rock piles his children arrange in their backyard. From this collection of materials, ideas, stories, and histories, Chen, professor of art and design and printmaker, creates works […]
April 21, 2015

Art Imitates Life

It is a masterful design of cells and tissue, organs and vessels, ligaments and bone. The human body is a work of art. Dr. Meyer Emanuel understood its intricacies and translated them with brush and palette. The urologist and gastrointestinal surgeon took to the canvas at age 55, and over the next three decades produced […]
April 21, 2015

Continuing Education and Professional Development

In December 2014, the decision was made to change the name of the twenty-year-old program. Formerly known as Extension Education, it is now called Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD). The name change came with new goals for its future. Continuing Education and Professional Development is a graduate level distance-learning program for K–12 educators. The […]
April 21, 2015

Donate your Drake memorabilia

The Office of Alumni Relations has settled into its space in the Drake University Alumni House, which the office’s staff has occupied more than a year now. As they continue to decorate and style the home, they have found a need for authentic Drake memorabilia to fill the its nooks and crannies. Do you have […]
April 20, 2015

Drake Women’s Basketball Team Successful On and Off Court

The Drake University women’s basketball team has finished a winning season (20-11) with its most wins since the 2007–2008 season. They competed in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, losing in the first round to Eastern Michigan. While they show success on the court, what is unique about this team is what they do off the […]
March 25, 2015

First Person: Metro Voice Started at Drake

Daniel Finney, JO’97, is the Metro Voice columnist for The Des Moines Register. Read his first person account on how his career path started with an interaction with a professor in the halls of Meredith. I always wanted to be a columnist. Well, that’s not strictly accurate. I wanted to be a mail carrier in […]
March 25, 2015

Top Educator

Merrill Middle School students had been told to dress in nice clothes and prepare for an important occasion. The crowd of pre-teens squirmed in the gymnasium bleacher seats, waiting and speculating and whispering. Perhaps a visit from Justin Bieber? Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer? When Principal Alex Hanna entered the gym with Des Moines Public Schools […]
March 2, 2015

Law School Celebrates 150 Years

Recognizing the unique relationship between Drake Law and the Iowa Legislature, the Iowa Senate and House approved a resolution on Feb. 18 congratulating the Law School on its 150th anniversary and declaring the day as Drake Law School Day. While the proclamation itself might carry little legal weight, lawmakers, friends, and alumni echoed the sentiment […]
March 2, 2015

Achievement Meets Opportunity

The Drake community has a lot to celebrate—and a lot to look forward to—as the University’s largest campaign in its history passes a momentous mile marker. The amounts vary: $20 to strengthen the annual fund; $1,500 to advance scholarship support; $1 million to renovate campus learning spaces. The goal does not: to propel Drake into […]
March 2, 2015

Soccer Teams Travel to Mexico

Forty-two members of the men's and women's soccer teams traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, for a January Term course on Mexico and the Global Economy.
March 2, 2015

The Lytles' Legacy

Steven Lytle always knew he’d go to college. He just never imagined that the college would be Drake. "My parents would have seen that I went to school somehow," says Lytle, BN'67, LW'76. "But the only way I could afford a private school was with scholarships from many different donors." With his tuition halved by […]
December 18, 2014

An Unexpected Collaboration

When senior public relations major Kelly Tafoya learned that Drake had been chosen to host a regional conference of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) next spring, she and her classmates knew they couldn’t organize such a monumental event alone. “It was exciting and kind of terrifying,” Tafoya recalls. Luckily, there’s been no […]
December 18, 2014

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Robert Isokane, LA’53, was on a golf course in Honolulu when his life—and, indeed, the world—changed forever. The date was December 7, 1941 and Isokane was 15 years old. The Honolulu native was working as a caddy for an Army lieutenant colonel when the colonel was suddenly called away. Soon Isokane [pronounced e-so-kahn-ay] and a […]
December 18, 2014

Maxwell jams with blues legend

During his celebrated musical career, John Paul Hammond has shared a stage with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Tom Waits, and countless other legendary performers. This month the Grammy Award-winning musician added a lesser-known (at least outside of certain musical circles) bluesman to his list of collaborators: Drake University President David Maxwell. Maxwell celebrated his […]
December 18, 2014

East Meets West

Photo courtesy Hiltrud Schulz/UMass Amherst. Professor, author, scholar, archivist, and founder of the East German Film Archive at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Barton Byg has been pretty busy since graduating from Drake in 1975. Today Byg is the director of the DEFA Library. Named after an East German film studio, the library recently celebrated […]
December 18, 2014