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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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In Conversation with… Donald V. Adams

In Conversation with… Donald V. Adams

To speak with Don Adams is to open a book into half a century of the University’s history. To speak with Don Adams is to open a book into the Drake experience and understand how it has been formed by campus leadership, students, faculty, and staff over time. This academic year marks Don’s 50th year...

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Where Has Drake Taken You?

Where Has Drake Taken You?

How one common starting point—Drake University—led to four impressive life paths for four Drake alumni. Rebecca (RJ) Bishop, JO’96, LW’99, GR’99Organization/Title:Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, National Sales ManagerLocation: Racine, Wis. Finding Courage to PivotRebecca (RJ) Bishop landed at Drake because of the 3+3 Program where students can earn an undergraduate and a law degree in just...

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Transformations for Tomorrow

Transformations for Tomorrow

As the story goes, Drake University founder and first chancellor George Carpenter climbed an elm tree in 1881 to inspect the countryside surrounding Des Moines, then only 30 years into its incorporation as a city, to select a site for the new institution. Drake established its footprint around that storied elm tree, three miles due...

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Education for a Lifetime: Dean Janet McMahill’s 30+ Years at Drake University

Education for a Lifetime: Dean Janet McMahill’s 30+ Years at Drake University

Before Janet McMahill joined the faculty at Drake University, she had been a scholarship chairman, chaplain and secretary of Alpha Phi sorority, Panhel Rush secretary, candidate for Greek Week Queen, and a Miss Drake Finalist. She also served on Drake’s National Alumni Association Board of Directors; was selected for the leadership honor society Mortar Board...

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Fall Updates from the Law School

Fall Updates from the Law School

For the Fall issue of Blue, the Alumni Insider, we asked Jerry Anderson Dean of the Law School, about what’s happening in the School. Here’s what he had to say. What has been a highlight of the semester so far?The Drake Constitutional Law Center, created by Congress in 1987, hosted its annual symposium in September (pictured). The...

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Fall Updates from the School of Education

Fall Updates from the School of Education

For the Fall issue of Blue, the Alumni Insider, we asked Janet McMahill, Dean of the School of Education, about what’s happening in SOE. Here’s what she had to say. What’s new?Continuing Education and Professional Development is now partnering with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to offer an online graduate course for PreK-12 educators entitled “Inspiring Investigations...

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Fall Updates from the College of Business and Public Administration

Fall Updates from the College of Business and Public Administration

For the Fall issue of Blue, the Alumni Insider, we spoke with Dan Connolly, Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, about what’s new in CBPA. What’s new?  We are excited to welcome the LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) program into the Department of Management and Organizational Leadership. Chad Cardini-Trollinger will serve as an interim program director while we...