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A Year of Goodbyes And Thanks

There is not one way to say goodbye to a university president and first lady who have served for 16 years – but a concert, a road tour, and honorary initiation into the class of 2015 is a start.
June 30, 2015

Learning to Teach in Kuwait

Kendra Glider, ED’10, taught for four years in Kuwait. Her rich experiences with the warm, caring people of the Middle East have driven her back, as she begins teaching in Oman this fall.
June 30, 2015

Big Ideas for Small Downtowns

Drake students and faculty take an interdisciplinary approach to revitalization in the small towns of Perry and Manning, Iowa.
June 30, 2015

Food for Thought

Associate Professor of Pharmacology Craige Wrenn, the Ronald Troyer Research Fellow, wonders if we can eat our way out of Alzheimer’s.
June 30, 2015

Students can go places with new Spanish minor

When Cara Pratt, AS’12, launched her first of three years (so far) in Paraguay with the Peace Corps, she brought with her an incredibly powerful tool—proficiency in Spanish.
May 28, 2015

Drake Law students help feed Iowa

Drake Law students are translating their work in the classroom into two projects with a significant impact on the state. One group helped create a new ordinance to allow food trucks to park downtown, and another wrote a series of documents to increase awareness and understanding of a new tax incentive that will help feed Iowans in need.
May 28, 2015

Building Leaders from the Inside Out©

Drake University has introduced an executive education program designed for mid- and top-level rising talent, called Building Leaders from the Inside Out©. They are seeking applicants now for the Leading Others experience.
May 28, 2015

Mike Cigelman retires after 29 years

Associate Athletic Director, Facilities/Director of Recreational Services Mike Cigelman is retiring from Drake University after 29 years of service. His contributions to Drake read like a highlight reel.
May 28, 2015

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