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Drake actuarial science student awarded prestigious scholarship

Drake actuarial science student awarded prestigious scholarship

Asrielle Allen, a senior studying actuarial science and data analytics in Drake University’s College of Business and Public Administration, is one of eight students across the United States and Canada to receive a Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Trust Scholarship, an award designed to further students’ interest in the property and casualty actuarial profession. Allen was...

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PR student “agencies” learn to collaborate remotely

PR student “agencies” learn to collaborate remotely

Public relations students in Professor Kelly Bruhn’s PR capstone course work in teams of six to create strategic communications plans for a community partner. The 2019–2020 partner was Al Éxito, a not-for-profit that “builds the leadership potential” of Central Iowa Latino/a youth through “college preparation, career development, civic engagement, family support, and celebration of culture.” Each team in the...

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Drake names Kevin Croft new Distinguished EMC Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the Kelley Insurance Center

Drake names Kevin Croft new Distinguished EMC Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the Kelley Insurance Center

Drake University’s College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) is pleased to welcome alumnus and long-time investment professional Kevin Croft to its leadership team. In June, the CBPA named Croft to the position of distinguished EMC Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the Kelley Insurance Center. With impressive academic and professional achievements, Croft brings...

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Connecting remotely with authors and thinkers

Connecting remotely with authors and thinkers

In Renée Cramer’s Reproductive Law and Politics course, students have the opportunity not only to read influential works but also to meet with the authors personally. Jennifer Block, an independent journalist who writes about health, gender, and conflict of interest in medicine, planned to visit the Drake campus in April. Students in Cramer’s class had...

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Professor adapts to student feedback

Professor adapts to student feedback

To adapt his calculus class to remote teaching, the first thing Assistant Professor of Mathematics Enes Akbuga did was listen to his students. “I prepared an online survey to ask students their preferences on instruction type—whether instruction should be in a live session or prerecorded so students could watch it on their own time,” Akbuga...

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Students continue interviews with top employers

Students continue interviews with top employers

Drake connects its students to working professionals; it’s an element of the Power of Community in the Drake Commitment. For example, every spring sophomore and transfer business students in the Business 002 class participate in mock interviews with working professionals from leading employers. Even with the pandemic, the interviews moved forward in spring 2020. Thirty-six...

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BizTalk: Engaging with business leaders remotely

BizTalk: Engaging with business leaders remotely

In an average semester, there is no shortage of Drake-sponsored events and professional development resources. Following a day of classes, Drake students, faculty, and staff can be found attending an evening lecture, workshop, fine arts performance, athletic event, or trivia night. So, when classes moved to a remote format for the remainder of the Spring...

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School of Education professor brings “Game of Thrones” theme to virtual classroom

School of Education professor brings “Game of Thrones” theme to virtual classroom

The ethics of “Game of Thrones” was the theme of Associate Professor of Education Cris Wildermuth’s spring 2020 course in the Master of Science in Leadership Development program. In the course, students run simulations, participate in group activities and hold discussions around ethical dilemmas encountered by leaders in “Game of Thrones” and in real life....