Archive | Blue Notes RSS feed for this section
On Gossamer Wings

On Gossamer Wings

[Where are They Now] Retirement comes naturally for Professor Emeritus Bob Woodward. No matter the season, the temperature, or the landscape, Professor Emeritus Bob Woodward can be found connecting with nature. His favorite activity is counting monarch butterflies—and he finds serenity in doing so on a warm July day at the Neal Smith National Wildlife […]

Read more
Humor, Grace & Alternative Storytelling

Humor, Grace & Alternative Storytelling

[The Book Club] We asked Associate Professor of Journalism Jill Van Wyke to share picks from her summer reading list. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (Mariner Books, 2007) Van Wyke says this graphic memoir—delivered through Bechdel’s gothic drawings—is searingly honest, making you wince and laugh at the same time. Bechdel visited Drake this spring, prompting […]

Read more
Hobnob with Politicos

Hobnob with Politicos

[The Best Place] If you live in Des Moines and you don’t have the opportunity to meet every presidential hopeful during campaign season, then—as political analyst Charlie Cook recently told a crowd in Drake’s Sussman Theater—it’s your own fault. Iowa has long been known as the heart of presidential campaigning, especially leading into the state’s […]

Read more
Man of the Law

Man of the Law

[On the Spot] Anthony Gaughan, associate professor of law, is a favorite among Drake Law School students. He teaches a wide range of courses, including Civil Procedure and Evidence. He has published numerous journal articles on election law, national security law, and American history, and is author of the book The Last Battle of the […]

Read more
Fostering Change

Fostering Change

[Making a Difference] Drake senior transforms her resiliency into advocacy. Shortly after graduating high school, Eddye Vanderkwaak moved back to her hometown of Des Moines with a few bags containing everything she owned and no plans. She had recently turned 18, officially “aging out” of the foster care system she had been part of for […]

Read more
Pigskin Prize

Pigskin Prize

Brendan Daly, AS’97, sports some rare bling: a 2014 Super Bowl championship ring. Daly joined the New England Patriots that year as an assistant defensive coach and immediately found success. After completing his playing career at Drake in 1997, Daly began a coaching career that leapt from high school to college to pro, working with […]

Read more