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Sister State Studies

Sister State Studies

Each morning, Daniel Van Sant, AS’11, wakes in the shadow of Mount Fuji One year after graduation, Daniel Van Sant studies in Kofu, capital of Japan’s most productive agricultural region, Yamanashi Prefecture. Before this foray, he toured the United Kingdom, Thailand, India, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Macau, and Hong Kong. The competitive Yamanashi Prefecture Research […]

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Atrium Construction Completed

Atrium Construction Completed

Construction on the new Morgan E. Cline Atrium for Pharmacy and Science wrapped up in January, providing a new hub for the students and faculty in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS).    The two-story facility connects the Cline Hall of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with Harvey Ingham Hall and contains space for […]

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Keys to Excellence Elevates Music Program

Keys to Excellence Elevates Music Program

Douglas Allen, LA’73, was raised in a musical family, so when he was looking to make a difference at Drake, he focused on the music program. Allen donated one piano, and after seeing Sarah Thune, a senior applied piano major, perform on it, he felt inspired to give another one. “I was impressed by her […]

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Scholarship Provides Motivation, Financial Assistance

Scholarship Provides Motivation, Financial Assistance

As one of eight children, Laura McGuire, a junior business and business law double major, would not have been able to attend Drake had it not been for the scholarships she received. This support came first in the form of a presidential scholarship and next as a recipient of the Lou Ann Simpson Scholarship. “As […]

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J-Term Brings Remarkable Experiences

J-Term Brings Remarkable Experiences

For three weeks in January, Drake’s classrooms stretched from Des Moines to the Bahamas, the Galapagos Islands, and Ghana, as well as to Poland, Austria, and London. These locations and many others were the destinations of Drake’s inaugural January Term (J-Term) offerings, in which students devoted three weeks to in-depth study of a single subject, […]

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What Does It Mean To Win?

What Does It Mean To Win?

Big-time TV contracts, roaring crowds, and $100 million annual revenues are appealing to universities and their student-athletes. But are athletics programs still fulfilling the mission of higher education? By Aaron W. Jaco, JO’07, AS’07 For centuries, colleges and universities have been beacons for young people to learn, find their passion, hone a craft, and mature […]

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