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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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Fostering connection

Today’s True Blue philanthropists don’t need to make a huge commitment to make a difference. The White Coat Ceremony has been a tradition for pharmacy students at Drake since 1998. In 2007, Drake expanded on that tradition to enable pharmacy alumni to sponsor a coat for $50, and also include their business card in the pocket. The sponsorship is […]

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Championing Drake

Luke Frieberg, BS’08, GR’11, started becoming a force for Bulldog athletics even as a first-year student at Drake. The Bulldog soccer player and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member came together with his soccer buddies to launch Spike’s Army, the student group that creates a high-spirited (and hopefully intimidating) presence during home court basketball games. After graduation Frieberg, a […]

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Welcome

Welcome

My colleagues have been referring to this edition of Drake Blue as “the philanthropy issue.” True, the word is liberally sprinkled throughout the feature well. Here you’ll find a current national snapshot that offers a glimpse of some noteworthy shifts and trends in U.S. giving. Then you’re invited to zoom in on familiar territory, to […]

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