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Drake dedicates new classroom to lifelong learners

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Robert and Billie Ray, Drake Provost Michael J. Renner and Don and Dori Byers join efforts in the ribbon-cutting.
Drake University’s RaySociety for Lifelong Learning now has a place to call home on Drake’s campus. link: https://wwww.drake.edu/raysociety/) 

The new Don and Dori Byers RaySociety Classroom was dedicated to the group Sept. 16 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Dial Center, 2407 Carpenter Ave.

Former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray and his wife, Billie, both Drake alumni, along with Drake Provost Michael J. Renner and Don and Dori Byers, who spearheaded the founding of the organization seven years ago, took part in the ribbon-cutting.

“We’ve been very honored to have our names associated with this organization,” Robert Ray said. “We talk a lot about opportunity, but instead of ‘O,’ we should say ‘O.H.,’ for opportunity happiness. So many of our members have found happiness here.”

Formerly two classrooms, the space was remodeled and renovated into a single classroom at a cost of $37,000. With a capacity of 30, the facility will be used for RaySociety classes and events and regular Drake classes. 

The room is equipped with new desks, chairs and an audio-visual system. 

The location has convenient access from the Dial Center and Fine Arts parking lots off of 25th Street and Carpenter Avenue. 

For more information about the RaySociety and its fall courses, activities and RSVP details, visit the Web site or call 515-271-2120.