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If This Campus Could Talk: Diane Caldbeck, ED ’72

If This Campus Could Talk: Diane Caldbeck, ED ’72

Diane Caldbeck, ED’72, associate vice president for alumni and development, helps University supporters shape major philanthropic projects as well as raise funds and awareness for Drake’s academic programs and endowment. After more than 25 years on campus—and with three children and a husband who are all Drake alumni—she has a deep understanding of the University. […]

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Agility Underscores SJMC Curriculum Transformation

Agility Underscores SJMC Curriculum Transformation

The answer was simple, at least for Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Get ahead of it. The question was more complex: How do you prepare effective and competitive students for an industry that’s shifting faster than the clouds in a roiling summer thunderstorm? This fall, the SJMC introduced the most sweeping overhaul of the school’s programming […]

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Start-Ups Emerge in Lorentzen New Venture Hatchery

Start-Ups Emerge in Lorentzen New Venture Hatchery

It seems everywhere you look someone is launching his or her own business. The statistics surrounding success, however, are daunting—on average, 25 percent of startups fail within their first year, 55 percent by the fifth year, according to a recent Forbesarticle. The Lorentzen New Venture Hatchery, a newly developed program at Drake, gives students an […]

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Welcome to Des Moines

Welcome to Des Moines

Home of the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses? Yes, we’ve heard. “Best Place for Business and Careers” and “Wealthiest City in America”? Sure. But what about kitschy brushes with fame and meat lore? Meet the surprising (and sometimes bizarre) side of the city we know and love.

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Project Ruffway

Project Ruffway

Each year, 50 four-legged contestants, chosen by lottery, waddle and strut in Drake jerseys, tutus and wigs, and superhero garb. (A pooch once paraded with a towering sandwich on his back—a tribute to Jethro’s Adam Emmenecker Challenge—that was a feat of engineering.) Accompanied by their hopeful owners, the bullies turn on the charm and work […]

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Professor Emeritus Stanley Hess

Professor Emeritus Stanley Hess

Climbing the stairs from the lower level of the Des Moines Art Center’s education wing, visitors first encounter the artist’s tools—palette, brushes, books. Ascending from the landing, they pass the artist himself at work on a canvas. But not until they’ve reached the main floor and stepped away from the 16×14-foot fresco do they discover the […]

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