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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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‘We’ll Do It Together’

‘We’ll Do It Together’

Iowa’s capital city has garnered much national attention in the past several years, ranking at or near the top in best-of lists. If Greater Des Moines has not quite yet arrived, it certainly seems to be well on its way. Martha Willits, FA’69, GR’72, GR’97, and Gene Meyer, GR’81, have two distinct vantage points from which to assess success […]

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Virtually Speaking

What’s the coolest thing about the city in which you live? We posed that question to our far-reaching social media community, and here’s what some of our friends had to say: It’s the perfect-size city, with the mountains and coast just 60 miles away and all the natural beauty one could ask for. Alison Donin, […]

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Inbox

Reliving History Thank you so much for featuring Professor Charles Nelson (“Where Are They Now,” Fall 2013, p. 7). He was one of my favorite teachers. I struggled with history in high school, and he made it easy to understand. I took a few courses with him, and my favorite was one focusing on the […]

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The Latest Campaign Update

The Latest Campaign Update

It’s amazing what our alumni do. In just the past few months, Drake has celebrated the ground breaking for a state-of-the-art basketball practice facility, dedicated the resource-rich Drake University Archives, launched an innovative program to provide hands-on entrepreneurial opportunities, and created a unique interactive marketing event defined as much by partnership as competition. These exciting […]

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