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Chambers of Secrets

Chambers of Secrets

Mark Chambers is the man with all the keys—and all the access to Drake’s buildings and grounds. Since coming to Drake in the early-1980s, this multi-talented architecture aficionado has come to know Drake’s campus better than just about anyone. He first worked as chief electrician before becoming Drake’s HVAC and Electrical Department manager, then operations […]

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Better Than Ever

Better Than Ever

After a teaching career spanning 35 years at Drake University, Bill “Doc” Coleman left his role as professor and mentor to theatre arts students in 2001 to embrace a life of retirement. “I wanted to write,” says Coleman. “And I read a lot. And there’s always baseball.” Reading, writing, watching baseball. Sounds like retirement. Yet in his […]

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The Power of Puppy Love

The Power of Puppy Love

In a stark hospital room, an elderly man lay, unable to speak or move, the recent victim of a stroke. Erin Bell pulled up a chair next to the bed and helped her stocky companion into it. The patient’s eyes moved to look at the calm, if a little slobbery, bulldog. Once Porterhouse was close […]

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Thought for Food

Thought for Food

The Agricultural Law Center’s Matt Russell lives local—and his connections are growing. Every few years, Matt Russell hosts a chicken butchering party. Guests flock to his farm to “retire the girls”—those hens that no longer produce eggs—and leave with a stewing hen and perhaps fresh garlic grown on the land. The hands-on event highlights the cycle […]

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Blue Notes

Blue Notes

A Sense of Adventure Meet Drake’s Next President Space Cowboy Facility Services Director Mark Chambers Retirement, Schmetirement Professor Emeritus Bill Coleman Next Stop, Paraguay Senior Anna Chott Cultivates a Career Hungry for Action Student Help Address Food Insecurity Therapy Goes to the Dogs The Breed Helps Those in Need New Agriculture Matt Russell Has a […]

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A New Chapter Begins

A New Chapter Begins

Earl F. Martin is good on his feet. He learned early in his professional career that dynamic environments don’t follow a script. When he arrives as Drake University’s 13th president on July 1, his first steps will employ a well-tested skillset, one that has served him well in his formidable rise through the ranks of […]

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