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Open Arms

Open Arms

Office of Admission’s Leslie Mamoorian connects students and reconnects alumni in Malaysia. For many high school seniors, the college search process begins with a series of campus visits. But 9,000 miles is a long distance to travel for a tour. Nicholas Raj Jayamany, BN’09, GR’11, knew he’d have to choose an American university from afar. The Malaysia native’s decision centered […]

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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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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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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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At Home in the World

At Home in the World

Careers built near Drake reach lives beyond borders. Anyone who questions the breadth of opportunities that characterize a lifetime in Iowa should talk to Larry, LW’74, and Cynthia Eisenhauer, GR’76. The couple moved in 1975 to an early 20th-century farmhouse in what is now a suburb of Des Moines. It’s been their home ever since, […]

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Walking a Mile in Her Comfy Shoes

Walking a Mile in Her Comfy Shoes

This alumna is exactly where she wants to be. It’s been only 11 years since Katy Lachky Michael, JO’03, graduated from Drake, but she’s made those years count. Now living and working in Boulder, Colorado—which boasts 300 sunny days a year, a good match to her genial disposition—Lachky Michael has her dream job: vice president […]

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