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Rescue Dog Myrtle Mae Wins Beautiful Bulldog Contest® presented by Sammons Financial

Rescue Dog Myrtle Mae Wins Beautiful Bulldog Contest® presented by Sammons Financial

Rescue dog Myrtle Mae was crowned the overall winner at the 2021 Most Beautiful Bulldog Contest® presented by Sammons Financial at Drake University Sunday, April 18. 2003 Drake Law graduate Whitney Bogdanski of Des Moines started fostering Myrtle Mae from Lucky Bulldogs Rescue in 2020. The family fell in love with her immediately and knew she needed...

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42nd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest® presented by Sammons Financial Returns to the Knapp Center

42nd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest® presented by Sammons Financial Returns to the Knapp Center

The annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest® presented by Sammons Financial returns to the Knapp Center Sunday, April 18, 3 p.m. for an in-person (and canine) event. This year, 20 English bulldogs will compete for the title of Most Beautiful Bulldog. The winning pooch will serve as the mascot for the 111th Drake Relays. The event is...

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Paul and Claudia Schickler Donate $5M to Drake University

Paul and Claudia Schickler Donate $5M to Drake University

The unique and generous gift will benefit rural communities and Drake athletics October 22, 2019 – DES MOINES, Iowa – Former DuPont Pioneer president and Drake University trustee and alumnus Paul Schickler and his wife, Claudia Schickler, are investing $5 million in two communities close to the couple’s hearts: rural America and Drake University athletics....

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Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series to present poet and educator Denice Frohman

Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series to present poet and educator Denice Frohman

Denice Frohman, a poet, performer, and educator from New York, will speak at Drake on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Cowles Library Reading Room. The event will kick off the Drake English department’s annual Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series. All events in the series are free and open to the public. Frohman...

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Beau and his family of Drake grads wins 40th Beautiful Bulldog Contest

You can’t spell “Beautiful” without “Beau.” The three-year-old Bulldog from Urbandale took the crown in the 40th annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest presented by Sammons Financial Group. The English bulldog won the judges over with his winning personality, easygoing temperament, and beautiful appearance. His owners, TJ and Angela McKenzie and three children were all proudly showing...

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Beautiful Bulldog Contest Announces Sponsor

Beautiful Bulldog Contest Announces Sponsor

Drake University is proud to announce Sammons Financial Group (SFG) as the presenting sponsor for the Beautiful Bulldog Contest®. This unique Drake Relays Week event is celebrating a milestone year. The 40th annual contest will take place Monday, April 22 at 6 p.m. in The Knapp Center at Drake University, and will feature 40 dogs...

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Professor of Art and Design Researching Civil War Art

Professor of Art and Design Researching Civil War Art

Building on her scholarship on artwork about the American Civil War, Maura Lyons, professor of art and design at Drake University, is spending her summer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) at Newfields, researching a painting in the collection called Our Flag. Her plan is to combine an art historical analysis of the painting...