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Alumna to give ‘Life After Drake’ lecture

CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu 

Psychologist and Drake University alumna Angela J. Grippo will chronicle her career experiences following her time at Drake as part of the Life After Drake series on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

The free, public lecture, “Life as a Bulldog: How Drake Shaped My Career as a Psychologist,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave. A reception will follow in Levitt Hall.

Grippo, assistant professor of psychology at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., graduated from Drake with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1994. 

She will share her experiences as a psychologist, focusing on the impact that people at Drake have had on her career path and the life lessons she has learned.

“These lessons were influenced by the very first friends I met as a lowly freshman, the first science courses I took,” Grippo said, “the research projects in which I participated and the people who showed me that information learned in school actually is applicable to the real world.”

Grippo holds her master’s and doctorate degrees in psychology from the University of Iowa and has completed five years of postdoctoral research. Her research at Northern Illinois University involves using animal models to understand issues relating to stress, emotion, heart disease and social behavior. 

The Life After Drake series is sponsored by the Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute. Launched in 2006, the series brings successful alumni to campus to celebrate their accomplishments and to offer Drake students advice in different science fields. 

For more information, call 515-271-2595 or visit the Web site