Archive | Features RSS feed for this section
Willpower

Willpower

A class trip through Europe reveals America’s sustainable potential. by Danny Akright, JO’10, AS’10 I’ve always thought of wind turbines as graceful, turning slowly above the Midwestern landscape I call home. Standing inside the base of one in the wooded hills of southern Germany, looking up into its cavernous, dark, humming innards, gave me an […]

Read more
Maxwell’s Leadership Legacy

Maxwell’s Leadership Legacy

President Maxwell steps down next year, but his mission-driven progress keeps Drake climbing. Running is a mediator, an expanse of calm between David Maxwell and the day that’s about to begin. The sun is scarcely touching the horizon as Maxwell laces his shoes and positions his ear buds for a four-mile morning run that follows a meditative rhythm […]

Read more
Just One Patch of Land

Just One Patch of Land

The local benefit of clean energy fuels global change It’s been called the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced, and the trouble zone is not where you might expect. The Midwest is responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions than most countries across the globe, with the exception of China, India, Russia, and Japan.Illinois, Indiana, […]

Read more
World Piece

World Piece

International Strategies Fit Today’s Global Puzzles By Jill Brimeyer At the turn of the new millennium in Madhya Pradesh, India, officials in the poor, rural district of Dhar placed 38 networked computers—the Gyandoot system—in market areas in an effort to make government services more accessible to villagers. Unfortunately, spotty electricity and poor connectivity took all […]

Read more
Toppling Hedges, Tapping Synergy

Toppling Hedges, Tapping Synergy

How a Plan, a Chain Saw, and an Incredible City Made Drake Even Better By Jill Brimeyer There have been many pivotal moments in the 133-year relationship between Drake University and Des Moines but perhaps none quite as telling as the day the shrubbery came down. “When I arrived at Drake in 1999, there was a row of […]

Read more
‘We’ll Do It Together’

‘We’ll Do It Together’

Iowa’s capital city has garnered much national attention in the past several years, ranking at or near the top in best-of lists. If Greater Des Moines has not quite yet arrived, it certainly seems to be well on its way. Martha Willits, FA’69, GR’72, GR’97, and Gene Meyer, GR’81, have two distinct vantage points from which to assess success […]

Read more