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Caring for kids, empowering families

Caring for kids, empowering families

Mentor and student collaborate to provide needed service in central Iowa When Emily Madsen, a senior psychology major with a concentration in applied behavior analysis, describes her internship with the Behavioral Disorders Clinic at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, her speech quickens and her eyes take on a special brilliance. “My whole life I’ve...

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Zach Bosch

Well-rounded Athletes

Football team excels on field and off Above the entrance of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Des Moines hangs a stark reminder: “The price of freedom is visible here.” The quote has served as inspiration to Drake football player Zach Bosch during visits to the hospital to meet with veterans. “I think it has...

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App Class

Well-earned recognition

JMC Days highlights J-school success, innovation “Every year our publications get national awards and recognition,” Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa says. “It’s not a fluke; our students and our faculty consistently do great work for journalism. I think people need to know.” Zamarripa, a senior news-Internet journalism and English double major and president of the Drake chapter...

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The Shawd Family

Building a Drake connection

Families welcomed, honored over the weekend Jeff Shawd, JO’81, GR’83, was the first member of his family to attend Drake, but it quickly became a family affair. Both of his siblings followed, and now his son, Andrew, is a junior at the University. Since his graduation, Jeff has remained a passionate and involved Bulldog, maintaining...

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Drake promotes STEM fields

Drake promotes STEM fields

New hub advances state initiative in science, technology, engineering, and math Over the summer, curious middle school students visited Drake’s campus to attend camps in science and technology. In the Let’s Build an App for That camp, led by Timothy Urness, assistant professor of computer science, students learned to make games for Android smartphones. During...

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Teaching for future generations

Comfort and Collaboration

Renovations promote social learning In the future, study spaces will look more like living rooms than voting booths. Students will cluster together in sunlit areas, seated on plush furniture as they debate theories, collaborate on presentations via virtually networked iPads, or just connect. At Drake, that future has arrived. Construction is underway on spaces with...

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research and conservation

Research & Conservation

Summer fieldwork in environmental science Imagine, if you can, that you are a Rwandan farmer who raises corn as your family’s sole source of income. Your field neighbors a forest reserve, and chimpanzees—who have behaved themselves for years—have started to eat your crop. Now what? Drake University students Danielle Hefferan, a senior environmental science major,...

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A Cultural Exchange

A Cultural Exchange

Drake fosters international understanding through partnerships with Chinese institutions James Cozzone’s infatuation with China began in high school as he listened to his friend’s father describe business trips to the country. In college, his interest in China grew as he studied international business and began to understand the country’s integral role in the world’s economy....

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Sounds of innovation

Sounds of innovation

Alumna connects music, other areas of education Patricia Trump’s mother used to say that teachers “walk on water.” Through 37 years as an elementary music teacher, Trump has carried her mother’s reverence for education with her every step of the way. But she also knows that teachers must always hone their craft if they hope...

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Porterhouse Gives Back

Porterhouse Gives Back

Owners Kevin, LW’11, and Erin Bell use mascot’s fame to create better lives for neglected and abused bulldogs At Drake basketball games, there’s a sight that’s come to be just as anticipated as the trademark blue filling the stands: Porterhouse, the University’s live mascot, gleefully leading the Bulldogs onto the court. With an intense focus...

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