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Crossing Cultures

Crossing Cultures

“It was the CBPA’s promise of global citizenship that made me choose Drake,” says Emily Raecker, senior Finance and Marketing double major. CBPA may have opened a door, but Raecker charged through it. In 2012, as a first-year student, she was introduced to a Ugandan artist, Godfrey Kalungi. She soon began an email exchange with […]

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Bold Moves

Bold Moves

Pioneering practice anchors a lasting legacy for Drake Law. In 1865, during his first year of service on the Iowa Supreme Court, Justice Chester C. Cole joined Justice George Wright (who went on to become a U.S. senator) to create The Iowa Law School in Des Moines. These founding fathers recognized that locating a law […]

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Paying it forward

J.C. Van Ginkel, BS’76, GR’79, LW’79, is the second of three generations of Van Ginkels to attend Drake—so far. It all started with patriarch Jim Van Ginkel,LW’53, and is carried on with J.C.’s sons—recent grad James, BS’12, and John, Class of 2015, a senior business student. J.C., an attorney in Atlantic, Iowa, wanted a way […]

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Getting involved

For Joan Middleton, ED’63, GR’77, giving back is as much about taking at-risk youngsters under her wing as it is funding the programs that benefit them. The retired teacher of students with behavior disorders and her late husband, Lyle, LA’61, LW’64, a longtime Drake trustee, have made a direct, significant impact not just on Drake […]

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Remembering Opportunity

Many alumni give back in recognition of the experiences and opportunities that shaped them. Frances Bartlett Kinne, FA’40, GR’44, began her relationship with Drake at 16 as a summer school student. At 18, she began teaching school during the week so she could afford to pay her way and commute to Drake for Saturday classes. After earning her bachelor’s […]

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People Drive Our Possibilities

People Drive Our Possibilities

Giving moves in new directions at the University, but it’s always people that drive our possibilities. On a chilly September evening, Drake senior Paul Virgilio coaxed the smooth, rich tones of a Hungarian rhapsody by Popper from his cello. He wasn’t in the familiar rehearsal room in Harmon Fine Arts Center or sitting in his […]

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