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The Ties That Bind The distinctlyDrake campaign surpassed its dollar goal of $200 million five months ahead of schedule. But the campaign has—from the start—had two goals: one, a dollar figure that would provide a quantitative measure of our success; the other—and far more substantive goal—is a transformative vision of Drake University that we would […]

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The Last Word

Driven by the Global Intercultural Imperative “Puedo hablar con Señor Gutiérrez? Me llamo Christa Olson. Estoy una profesora visitante, y hago une investigación …” I can hear the frustration in the voice of the woman on the other end of the phone. I try repeating my carefully rehearsed script in Spanish, but she can’t understand my […]

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The Last Word

Welcome Home Originally from Peoria, Illinois, I had never been in Des Moines before visiting Drake University. I knew nothing about the city except that it is the state capital of Iowa. By the end of my first visit, I knew I was headed there to pursue my educational goals (a degree in business) at […]

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The Last Word: Commanding Performance

The Last Word: Commanding Performance

Drake students own their science. Whether measuring the incidence of supraventricular arrhythmias and atrial connexin40 expression,* synthesizing alpha amino acids via an organometallic reaction pathway,* or any myriad of authentic, new scientific contributions, our students are given the opportunity to identify their interests, collaborate with a mentor, and express themselves through the discovery that unfolds. […]

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