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Let’s DU Breakfast Recap

In September, more than 60 alumni and friends gathered at the Edina Country Club for Let’s DU Breakfast. Guests were invited to arrive early for networking with President Martin, Interim Director of Athletics–Megan Franklin, and Head Basketball Coaches Jennie Baranczyk and Niko Medved. Area alumni enjoyed breakfast and listened to Twin Cities influencer Mark Coyle, University of Minnesota’s Director of Athletics.
October 3, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Kretschmer Leads Through Music

Kelly Kretschmer, AS'12, GR'16; is the fine and performing arts curriculum coordinator for Des Moines Public Schools. She is striving to develop a program that removes barriers and creates equity. Learn more about how Drake has helped during her journey.
October 3, 2017

Three Things to Know About Coach Medved and the Upcoming Season

Six months into the role as new men’s basketball head coach, Niko Medved is getting to know a new team and community, while looking ahead to build a program.
October 3, 2017

American Autobiography

Professor’s book examines how 9/11 affected the way we imagine, view, and present ourselves to the world.
September 6, 2017

A Key(board) to Drake’s Success

Drake was at the forefront of a technological revolution with its early incorporation of computers on campus. Take a look back at how evolving technology helped—and sometimes bugged—Drake students.
September 6, 2017

Collier-Scripps Hall Opens its Doors

The School of Education has a new home at the heart of campus. Read all about the new Collier-Scripps Hall which opened its doors just in time for the first week of classes.
September 6, 2017

Off the Books

This alumnus redefined accounting and used his Drake education to launch a wildly successful and varied career.
August 3, 2017

Moving Forward

Faculty and staff moved into the Science Connector Building in July to prepare the space for the fall semester. On August 28, 2017, students at Drake University will enter the doors of the Science Connector Building (SCB), and Collier-Scripps Hall. Faculty and staff got a head start on the SCB and moved in July 19 […]
August 3, 2017

Lunch and Learn: Spectrum of Faith

When refugees from India brought their Hindu beliefs to Iowa, there was no official place for their community to worship together. They made do by assembling in homes to practice their faith. Today the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa, an ornate white marble structure that rises above the cornfields 30 miles northwest of […]
August 3, 2017

Morrison Collection to Open This Summer

A special collection of Drake Athletics history is moving into the University Archives in Cowles Library. The Paul F. Morrison Collection showcases decades of Bulldog achievement and spirit. Paul “Mr. Drake” Morrison says we make history every day but do a poor job recording it. That conviction, combined with his lifelong love affair with Drake, […]
July 6, 2017

Another Shade of Blue

Drake’s customized course on implicit bias has educated hundreds of men and women in the Des Moines Police Department, and has now been incorporated into the regional academy curriculum. It is a common occurrence. There are two cashiers working in a grocery store, one an older woman, the other a high school kid. The younger […]
July 6, 2017

On Their Best Behavior

These Drake alumni find fulfillment in the field of behavior analysis, helping to improve the lives of hundreds of children with autism. Danielle Mroz, AS’15, stretches the mouth of a balloon over a water faucet, fills the colorful globe to near-bursting, and ties it shut. She hands it to a child and repeats the process, […]
July 6, 2017

Provide Input for Drake's Accreditation

Drake University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the institutional accrediting agency for the University. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academics programs. Alumni input is considered in the evaluation process and […]
May 24, 2017

Golden Reunion Offers a Glance into Drake’s Past

During the Drake Relays, the University welcomed more than 40 alumni back to campus for the Golden Reunion, a celebration of 50 (or 60!) years as Drake alumni. For some, this was their first trip back to campus since graduating; for all celebrants, it was a way to reconnect with the University and with friends […]
May 22, 2017

Ten years in Uganda

Drake’s decade-long partnership with Makerere University Business School has generated a health clinic, school computer lab, and other benefits for Ugandan communities. In 2007, Drake alumna Mary Schwab was among the first group of Drake students to board a plane to the East African country of Uganda. In the ensuing decade, her memory of that […]
May 22, 2017