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Good Counsel

Good Counsel

School of Education faculty connect abilities with workforce needs. Tucked away on the second floor of Drake’s School of Education, Matt Bruinekool and Robert Stensrud quietly rake in millions of dollars. That money, in the form of federal grants, funds the National Rehabilitation Institute (NRI), established at Drake in 1976. With a mission that differs […]

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A Million Different Paths

A Million Different Paths

Pharmacy student Kim Askren shares her passion for math and science, for Des Moines, and for making a difference. I’m a fourth-year pharmacy student from Des Moines. I’m currently nearing the end of eight rotations in different areas of pharmacy and applying for residencies. I’m studying pharmacy because I love math and science and am fascinated […]

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Walking a Mile in Her Comfy Shoes

Walking a Mile in Her Comfy Shoes

This alumna is exactly where she wants to be. It’s been only 11 years since Katy Lachky Michael, JO’03, graduated from Drake, but she’s made those years count. Now living and working in Boulder, Colorado—which boasts 300 sunny days a year, a good match to her genial disposition—Lachky Michael has her dream job: vice president […]

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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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Toppling Hedges, Tapping Synergy

Toppling Hedges, Tapping Synergy

How a Plan, a Chain Saw, and an Incredible City Made Drake Even Better By Jill Brimeyer There have been many pivotal moments in the 133-year relationship between Drake University and Des Moines but perhaps none quite as telling as the day the shrubbery came down. “When I arrived at Drake in 1999, there was a row of […]

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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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