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The Latest Campaign Update

The Latest Campaign Update

At the start of any academic year, there is always a bit of magic in the air—a sense of new possibilities inspired by our incoming students as they take the first steps toward achieving their dreams. I have to admit, their enthusiasm is contagious, and in this culminating year of distinctlyDrake, excitement on campus is greater than ever. Since […]

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Toward a Greener Globe

Toward a Greener Globe

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Director Patricia J. Beneke weighs in on the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet, how the world is rising to meet them, and the important charge for our generation. Drake Blue: Are the goals of UNEP based at all on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals? Patricia J. […]

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Domenic Lamberti, Class of 2015

Domenic Lamberti, Class of 2015

Everyone’s Issues White, male, upper-class—the trifecta of privilege in America. Domenic Lamberti, a law, politics, and society senior at Drake, uses this privilege to give voice to two issues rocking college campuses across the nation: sexual violence and gender inequality. Lamberti founded a student organization, Drake Men for Gender Equality, to encourage men to talk […]

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Monica Rizzo, JO’ 85

Monica Rizzo, JO’ 85

Blue Behind Bars Journalism graduate helps inmates discover the joy of learning. Twice a week Monica Rizzo, JO’85, passes through a series of bolted doors and security checkpoints to reach her classroom in Five Keys Charter School, operating inside the San Francisco County Jail. Her students there are all facing, fighting, or convicted of felony […]

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Robert Ray, BN ’52 LW ‘54

Robert Ray, BN ’52 LW ‘54

Leadership Legacy A bold decision changed lives and secured Iowa’s place in history. Among the flood of refugees fleeing southeast Asia in the wake of the Vietnam conflict in 1975 was a small ethnic group from Laos. Only a couple thousand in number, the Tai Dam had no advocates in the United States government, which […]

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The Provost’s Student Art Collection

The Provost’s Student Art Collection

Unbeknownst to many on campus, a small eclectic art collection on the second floor of Old Main spans form, media, and time. In May Ineffability—an intriguing and, for some, baffling canvas—became the 2014 installation in Provost Deneese Jones’ office reception area, joining seven earlier Provost Purchase Award winners that highlight a range of student work. […]

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