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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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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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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 […]

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The Vaccine Runners

The Vaccine Runners

A neighborly approach improves global health In 2006, intrepid polio vaccination teams blanketed India, traversing open sewers teeming with refuse to blanket every tightly packed shanty and immunize every child. Progress was being made. But volunteers, working through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and Rotary […]

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