Alumni Connections

Let’s get together

Alumni across different decades are making plans to return to campus for the first-ever All Pharmacy Reunion to be held April 29–May 1.

The reunion centers on a theme of reflection, innovation and celebration among fellow graduates who’ve gone on to pursue careers in the field. It’s an opportunity to expand personal and professional networks at casual receptions, campus tours, cocktail gatherings and through continuing education opportunities. Alumni can also connect with more than 300 members of the Drake University Alumni Pharmacy Reunion (APhR) group via Facebook.

More affinity reunions are in the works for other Drake University colleges, schools and organizations. Celebrate traditions that transcend time with the All Jazz Reunion, April 15–16, and Law School reunion this fall.

The 30–Year Cluster Reunion (Classes of 1980, 1981 and 1982) will take place on Relays weekend, April 29–30. The 50-Year Reunion (Classes of 1961, 1951 and 1941) and the 50–Year Club gathering will be held May 13–14 in conjunction with the University’s commencement weekend.

Visit for more information or to register for upcoming reunions.


Part of the pack

Love Drake? Prove it by working your way through The Bulldog Pack, a flip-through booklet full of quick challenges to showcase your pride in the University. Alumni are encouraged to complete tasks that range from hanging a Drake pennant in their offices to mailing a note of thanks to a favorite professor — all engaging activities to keep connected with campus.

The pack is designed to prop on a desk as a daily reminder of what makes Drake
special. Participants collect University swag as they progress to earn the title of “Loyal Dog” or “Top Dog.”

Recent alumna and “Top Dog” Niki Jobst, JO’08, says completing the pack encouraged her to reconnect. “I called an old classmate so we could talk about what we liked doing the best,” Jobst says. “She and I talked about the ‘good old days’ and how we should continue to get involved. She wants to get to every Relays in her lifetime. I’m still working on choosing my Drake goal, but I strive to remain a die-hard basketball fan for life.”

Order your Bulldog Pack through the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at Keep us posted on your progress via Facebook and the distinctlyDrake website as you work your way through all 32 ways to prove your loyalty.


Countrywide cheering section

Drake fans from Omaha to Orlando, Boston to Los Angeles tuned in together as part of the Drake National Game Watch on February 5. Alumni and friends gathered across the country to cheer the Drake men’s basketball team as the Bulldogs beat the UNI Panthers. Groups in more than 21 cities watched as the game was broadcast on ESPNU.

Anamarie Rebori, JO’09, joined in the watch party event in Washington, D.C., where she works as the communications assistant for Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

“There was something special about being able to participate in the same event
as many of my friends, despite being halfway across the country,” Rebori says. “It was a great way to really grasp how wide-reaching the Drake network is, no matter how big or small the city.”


Jazz CenterIt was standing room only in December 2010 as Drake Jazz Ensemble II played the inaugural performance in the newly constructed Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center.

All-star alumni announced

The Drake University National Alumni Association Board has selected seven accomplished grads as recipients of the annual National Alumni Awards. The winning group features graduates who’ve gone on to excel as an Emmy Award-winning actor, a Secret Service agent and more.

“We are very excited to honor and recognize these talented and dedicated alumni,” says Blake Campbell, director of Alumni and Parent Relations.

The following National Alumni Award winners will be honored for their career success and strong ties to the Drake community at an April 28 reception:

Paul Doucette, BN’97, has earned the 2011 Young Alumni Loyalty Award. Doucette works as the director of congressional affairs for science and technology programs for Battelle.

William S. Duffey Jr., LA’73, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Duffey was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia in 2004. His book, A Life in Law: Advice for Young Lawyers, was published in 2009.

Michael Emerson, FA’76, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Emerson is a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor best known for his role as Benjamin Linus on the TV show “Lost” and serial killer William Hinks on “The Practice.” Emerson lives in New York and plans to return to stage performance.

Peggy Fisher, FA’70, will receive the Distinguished Service Award for 2011. Fisher is co-chair of the distinctlyDrake campaign and a member of the Drake University Board of Trustees. In 2008, she and her husband, Larry Stelter, established an endowed faculty chair in magazine journalism, among other major contributions. They co-own the Stelter Co. in Urbandale, IA, where Fisher is chief strategic and operating officer.

Christopher Goode, BN’98, will be recognized with the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Goode, a Drake letterwinner in football, now serves his country as a member of the U.S. Secret Service Presidential Protective Division in service to the President of the United States and the first family.

Jill Nickols Haug, PH’99, GR’99, will also be honored with the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Haug serves as director of the New Practitioners Forum for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is co-author of the book Survival Strategies for Your New Career.

Jeffry R. Jontz, LA’66, is this year’s Alumni Loyalty Award recipient. A member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Jontz works as an attorney for Swann and Hadley PA in Florida.

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