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Diplomat-in-Residence Jerry Gallucci

Diplomat-in-Residence Jerry Gallucci

Last summer, Drake’s first-ever diplomat-in-residence packed his bags and made the trek from the nation’s capital to Des Moines. Pulling into town with District of Columbia license plates, Jerry Gallucci instantly stood out. “I’ve been treated somewhat like an eccentric fish,” says Gallucci. “People are surprised that there is such a person in Des Moines and […]

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Paul “Mr. Drake” Morrison

Paul “Mr. Drake” Morrison

There’s something truly special about the Drake experience—ask anyone. For Drake legend Paul Morrison, JO’39, also known as “Mr. Drake,” that experience has lasted nearly 70 years. The 96-year-old’s family ties to the University go back to 1902 when his parents were students; 14 members of the family have since earned degrees from Drake. With […]

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Paul “Mr. Drake” Morrison Professor Emeritus Stanley Hess New Drake Community Press Diplomat-in-Residence Jerry Gallucci Project Ruffway Provost Jones Recommends Pole Vault in the Mall Dining In: Now & Then Surprising Des Moines

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Dining In: Now & Then

Dining In: Now & Then

In response to a huge uptick in enrollment following World War II, the University undertook a $2.6-million Quads residence hall project. Designed by cutting-edge modernist architect Eero Saarinen—and replacing the legendary “Pregnant Acres” trailer park—the construction included Herriott, Carpenter, Crawford, and Stalnaker halls, and a brand new Hubbell Dining Hall unveiled in 1953. Renovations in 1966 […]

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5 Reasons to Return for Relays

The athleticism. The pageantry. The spectacle. Here are five ways we’re raising the bar for the 105th annual Drake Relays, April 23–27. 1. All-Alumni Tent Party. We’re inviting everyone back to the ol’ alma mater this year, regardless of graduation year or degree. Reconnect with friends and make a few new ones. Revisit favorite campus hot spots, […]

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Pole Vault in the Mall

Pole Vault in the Mall

Success has taken Olympic gold medalist Renaud Lavillenie to Sweden, Russia, England, Istanbul, and countless other picturesque locales. But there’s one venue that undoubtedly sticks out in this pole vaulter’s mind—the shopping concourse just outside Victoria’s Secret. Pole Vault in the Mall is a one-of-a-kind Drake Relays tradition that pits the nation’s top vaulters against […]

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