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All In 2020 Recap

All In 2020 Recap

On June 23-24, Drake University celebrated the seventh annual All In. This 24-hour giving challenge brings alumni, students, faculty, staff, family, and friends together to support and celebrate the University. It’s a full 24 hours of sharing Drake pride and showing the power of a community that means so much to many people. Even in...

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Serving a Community During a Pandemic

Serving a Community During a Pandemic

Though we are separated by miles, we are still bonded by our Drake experiences. During this challenging time, we are celebrating that bond through #DrakeTogether stories of Bulldogs making a difference. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spotlight is on public health. That’s where Drake University alumnus Igor Hadzisulejmanovic, PH’13, GR’15, steps in....

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Crew Scholars: Community and Leading Change

Crew Scholars: Community and Leading Change

Since 2015, the Crew Scholars program has been a catalyst for Drake students of color who want to achieve great things at Drake, support each other’s success as students of color, and are passionate about effecting change in the community. Students in the program receive scholarships totaling at least 50 percent of their tuition and—even...

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DVALI: Leadership in Learning and in Practice

DVALI: Leadership in Learning and in Practice

On campus and around the world, Bulldogs are leading in their classrooms, communities, and workplaces. Many of them are also students and graduates of Drake University’s Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute (DVALI). DVALI provides leadership training and facilitates opportunities for intentional learning, skill development, and self-reflection. “DVALI’s purpose is to help students feel more confident...

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Politics Come Alive for Alumni and Students

Politics Come Alive for Alumni and Students

Politics come alive at Drake University, especially in a presidential election cycle. Drake hosted 22 presidential candidates at dozens of rallies, forums, and town halls during the 2020 cycle. Additionally, Drake was the site of a Democratic debate (broadcast live from Sheslow Auditorium) and a visit from a sitting U.S. president: President Donald Trump appeared...

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Perspectives and Stories: The Experiences of Drake Alumnae

Perspectives and Stories: The Experiences of Drake Alumnae

Throughout known human history, women coming of age have come to terms with a reality. Sociologists call it gender stratification, and they measure it by looking at things like who’s hired for the best jobs, who runs governments, and who’s best protected by the law. Often accepted as natural order or religious mandate, gender-based disparities...

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Building Drake Connections

Building Drake Connections

In a world of constant communication, alerts and notifications, and pings and dings that emanate from our laptops and the phones in our pockets, more meaningful, impactful interactions still undergird our basic human intuitions, needs, and dreams. And the connections that happen at Drake eclipse anything beeping on your phone. But the seed of these...

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Black Alumni Reunion at the 2020 Drake Relays

Black Alumni Reunion at the 2020 Drake Relays

Since 1910, the Drake Relays have been a mainstay and highlight in the world of track and field. Excitement from the stadium spilled over to campus and the student body, sparking traditions such as Painted Street and memories of parades, parties, and a Bulldog bond. As students became alumni, Relays also became a reason for a reunion. Many alumni make their way...

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Pay It Forward: The Hendersons’ Story

Pay It Forward: The Hendersons’ Story

Generous donors and supporters empower incredible things at Drake. The meaningful stories behind their gifts are worth sharing and honoring. Read about the Henderson family’s gift here. When Ryan Henderson accepted a music scholarship to Drake, he was following a family tradition of attending the University. Like those who came before him, including his parents...

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Bulldogs Supporting Bulldogs

Bulldogs Supporting Bulldogs

Drake pride and a commitment to the University spans the ages.   You don’t have to look any further than the annual Scholarship Luncheon to see a testament to this.   Alumni from across the decades conversed and swapped Drake stories with current students in Parents Hall in the Olmsted Center one afternoon this November. While everyone in attendance shared...

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