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The Ray Center Receives Three Prairie Meadows Grants for 2022 Initiatives

Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino has awarded The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University three grants totaling nearly $62,000 to support initiatives that impact Iowans. “We’re proud of our longstanding partnership with Prairie Meadows. These grants provide valuable resources to Iowans and help promote good character, civility, and ethical leadership.” said Scott...

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Drake political scientist publishes study of secret police

Kieran Williams, assistant professor and co-chair of the Department of Political Science, has published a chapter on the secret police in Communist Czechoslovakia in the book Czechoslovakia and Eastern Europe in the Era of Normalisation, 1969–1989, edited by Kevin McDermott and Matthew Stibbe. Williams’s chapter charts the rebuilding of a web of surveillance in the...

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Keys to Excellence Piano Series resumes Oct. 3 featuring Kansas State Professor of Piano Sławomir Dobrzański

Now in its 10th season—and after a two-year hiatus—Drake University’s Keys to Excellence Piano Series resumes featuring internationally acclaimed pianists from around the world. Sławomir Dobrzański, professor at Kansas State University, will present the first concert of the 2022–2023 season on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium. Admission is free. The performance will feature works by Bach, Mozart,...

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Drake University’s Bucksbaum Lecture Series to feature former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will deliver the annual Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Drake University’s Knapp Center, located at 2525 Forest Ave.   In a moderated question and answer format, Yovanovitch will speak on “Lessons from the Edge,” including insights on the current Russia–Ukraine conflict as she draws on experiences from her 33-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. The lecture...

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Drake University Awards Honorary Degree to Mediacom CEO Rocco B. Commisso

Drake University Awards Honorary Degree to Mediacom CEO Rocco B. Commisso

Drake University today announced it has awarded Rocco B. Commisso, the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Mediacom Communications Corporation, an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree. “While other broadband providers exited Iowa, Mediacom—under Mr. Commisso’s leadership—invested in infrastructure critical to the economic vitality of our state,” said Drake University President Marty Martin. “Mediacom...

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The Ray Center at Drake University to acquire license for Josephson Exemplary Policing

The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University and The Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics announced today that Drake University has acquired the exclusive global rights to the Josephson Exemplary Policing Initiative. This is the third Josephson Institute program in which The Ray Center at Drake has received exclusive rights. The...