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Drake keeps track of how its faculty, staff, alumni and students are making an impact in the world. Catch the latest Drake media mentions in the “DU in the News” section, linked off the Drake home page. Highlights* from July:

Karen Knowlton, retiring Cleveland International Piano Competition leader, departing on high note

Monday, July 25: Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Drake University alumna Karen Knowlton retires as executive director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Knowlton effected changes that radically enhanced the biennial event’s place in the global scheme of piano competition.

Kalispell dentist active in outreach

Monday, July 25: Daily Inter Lake

Drake University alumnus David Keim is profiled for his commitment to public health dentistry and community service in the Glacier National Park area.

At 19, he’s a mini-mogul in summer treats game

Saturday, July 23: Des Moines Register

Drake student Steven Laugerman is interviewed about owning and operating multiple Tropical Sno stands, a job he began as a 14-year-old, thanks to a loan from his parents.

Shaking and stirring her way to the top

Thursday, July 21: Boston Globe

Drake alumna Misty Kalkofen began bartending while attending Harvard Divinity School. She’s recognized as a leading force in researching and reviving vintage cocktails in Boston and has appeared in the pages of publications such as Bon Appetit and The Wall Street Journal.

Waukee’s newest couple is dedicated to education

Tuesday, July 19: Des Moines Register

Amy Johnson, who earned her master’s degree from Drake University, is the new Waukee Middle School principal. Her husband Kirk Johnson is the new Waukee High School principal.

With default looming, what investors should do now

Monday, July 18: Associated Press

Tom Root, associate professor of finance and business at Drake University, comments on how investors might prepare for a U.S. default on its debt.

Des Moines: From agriculture to youth culture

Monday, July 18: Des Moines Register

Several Drake University alumni are quoted in this article about initiatives that have helped Des Moines win national recognition for its youth culture. Forbes magazine recently named the metro area the best place in the nation for young professionals.

Lifetime Des Moines booster enjoys making his city better place

Saturday, July 9: Des Moines Register

Drake alumnus James O’Malley Boyt is profiled for his longtime work in the advertising and public relations industry and his impact on efforts to revitalize Des Moines’ East Village.


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