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to the revitalization of Drake Stadium. While much remains to be done, we are well on the way to a dramatic improvement in the living/learning environment for our students. • As of the next fiscal year’s budget, we will have added more than $11 million in new money to the compensation budget to ensure that our faculty and staff are paid equitably and competitively.

From the President. . . As I’ve traveled around the country in recent weeks to professional meetings and alumni events, virtually everyone wants to talk about our remarkable men’s basketball team, which at the time of this writing has won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, has a 28-4 record and will go on to the NCAA tournament. We’re tremendously proud of our young men and our first-year coach, Keno Davis. They have received constant attention in the national press, from The New York Times and USA Today to Sports Illustrated and ESPN, not simply for their outstanding record and what they’ve accomplished on the basketball court, but for who they are as young men and for what they’ve accomplished in the classroom as well. At the risk of abusing poetic license (I think mine expired a few years ago anyway), however this season ultimately turns out, I’d like to suggest that the basketball team this year is already a powerful metaphor for Drake University as a whole. It is a group of talented people joined together by passion for what they do, intelligence, energy, shared values, mutual respect and support, modest self-confidence and commitment to the highest academic standards. It is a combination of attributes that has enabled them to excel at the national level; to serve as a model of achievement, ingenuity and integrity; and to be poised for even greater things.


It sounds like Drake University, doesn’t it? … Drake University’s Vision 2012 also focuses even greater things — we aspire to be, within five years, one of the very best institutions of higher education in the United States (as I’m sure you know, we are already recognized among the top institutions in the Midwest, and last spring Kiplinger’s rated Drake as one of the top 50 private universities in the country!).

These collective accomplishments by the Drake family — and others too numerous to list here — combine to provide us with the launch platform into our future. We have arrived at an exciting moment in which we have the opportunity — the luxury, really — to take firm hold of the University’s future and move it forward to fulfill this vision. Two initiatives are vital to achieving that goal — both are well under way, and you will be hearing much more about them in coming months.

Drake is in a position of vitality, stability, focus and energy perhaps unequaled in its history. Our confidence in that future is derived from the fact that in 2008, Drake University is uniquely positioned to fulfill that aspiration — Drake is in a position of vitality, stability, focus and energy perhaps unequaled in its history. Let me share just a few facts that validate that statement: • After well over a decade of financial challenges, we have had a balanced budget with a modest surplus for each of the last three years. The surplus has been put into long-overdue classroom and residence hall renovation. • Enrollment demand is extremely strong, with the largest first-year class in 30 years last fall (and we’re running 8 percent ahead of last year in applications), the largest transfer class ever and a retention rate that places us at the very top among master’s universities. • By the end of next summer, we will have invested $65 million in physical plant renovations in six years, from residence halls, classrooms and laboratories

The first is the strategic planning process, led by the University’s Planning Council (which I chair), which will identify the specific steps by which we intend to make Vision 2012 a reality (the plan will be available on the University’s Web site soon). The second, not surprisingly, is an effort to position Drake to secure the resources that are essential to funding the University’s future. As we move forward on these two fronts, I hope that we can count on you for the guidance, encouragement and support that you have so generously given us all along, that will enable us to make our shared hopes and dreams for this wonderful University a reality.

Dr. David E. Maxwell, president



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English Prof Wins Prize for Fiction, Teaches Master Class • Rospond Takes Part in Leadership Program • Foxhoven Receives Champion for Children Award • Summerville Selected for Educator Award



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Recent Journalism Grad Wins Hearst Award • Actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Carla Renata Share Insights with Drake Students • Drake Moot Court Wins National Awards • Pharmacy Grad Awarded Karberling Leadership Award • Drake Students Share Knowledge with NASA • Grow Bulldogs Program Uses Football as an Educational Tool


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campus buzz RECENT JOURNALISM GRAD WINS HEARST AWARD Colin McDonald, JO’07, was among the top 20 winners for college feature writing in the national William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. McDonald was selected for his article about the Des Moines dating scene titled “When Lights Go Down on the City.” The article was published in the fall 2006 issue of 515 magazine. In addition to McDonald’s achievement, Drake University ranked among the top schools in the Hearst Intercollegiate Writing Competition in the first event of the school year. “The Hearst competition is one of the foremost competitions in the country, so to be one of the top schools is a testament to our program and the quality of students we’re able to attract here,” said Angela Renkoski, assistant professor of journalism. At least 128 students from 72 universities and colleges participated in the 2006–07 program. Students participated in six

monthly writing contests, three photojournalism events, four broadcast news competitions and one multimedia contest, all of which were judged by industry professionals. ACTORS LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS AND CARLA RENATA SHARE INSIGHTS WITH DRAKE STUDENTS Stepping away from his starring role of King Arthur in Camelot, actor Lou Diamond Phillips shared life lessons with the Drake community during a campus visit in October. “Your process starts now,” he told the students. “The things I learned in high school and college are still things I apply today. This is why you are in an environment where you can study what your craft is and pull out what works for you.” Phillips spoke on campus in an “In the Actors Studio” style discussion moderated by Deena Conley, assistant professor of theatre arts. Carla Renata, who plays landlord Gary Coleman in

DRAKE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DECORATE A TEMPORARY BOX home for the second annual Reggie's Sleepout in Drake Stadium in November. Participants spent the night in boxes, sleeping bags or pup tents to raise awareness about homelessness in Des Moines and to raise money for Iowa Homeless Youth Centers.


the HOT list Avenue Q also met with Conley and expressed to students her passion for theater and the trials she has had to overcome. “You have to love this art because three-fourths of the time you are not going to have money to pay rent or to buy food,” she said. “The events were fabulous,” said Conley. “Lou Diamond Phillips’ comments were extremely insightful. He encouraged student actors to never give up their dreams of becoming successful, working actors. Hearing that type of dialogue from a respected actor is priceless.”

Despite the focus on politics in Iowa recently, the Drake campus was alive with a variety of activities over the last several months. Drake Associate Provost John Burney and Drake grad Tom Geraty presented It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play; seniors in the Theater Arts

Department presented a studentproduced musical, The Last Five Years; and Drake Theater produced Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play, Art. Brantley Gasaway, visiting professor in law, politics and society, presented “A Civil Right but Religious Wrong? Progressive Evangelical Responses to Homosexuality.” Drake

SJMC STUDENTS BRING HOME NATIONAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE — AGAIN Once again, Drake University students dominated the National College Media Convention awards ceremony. Student magazines 515 and THiNK won the Associated Collegiate Press’ Pacemaker Award at the 2007 convention, two of only 15 publications selected nationwide for the award, which honors overall magazine excellence. Drake was the only school with two winning publications. “We are just thrilled,” said Kathleen Richardson, director of the journalism school. “The Drake magazine program has a long tradition of excellence, and the addition of the news magazine, THiNK, just adds depth to the curriculum.” In addition to the awards for overall excellence, three students won individual awards for magazine design. Lauren Christie, JO’07, won first place for THiNK magazine, and Leah Marr, JO’07, won second place for 515 magazine. Laura Kudia, a junior magazine major, won honorable mention for


University’s International Film Series screened several movies including Beijing Bicycle, Grave of the Fireflies and City of God. John Canarina conducted the Drake Symphony Orchestra

in two performances during the fall semester. The Chamber Choir hosted its annual Madrigal Dinner to sell-out crowds. Environment and energy expert Peter Soverel lectured on “Energy and Climate Change”

as part of the “Debating America’s Role in the World” Lecture Series. Renowned jazz saxophonist Adam Niewood and his Rabble Rousers jazz quartet from New York City gave a public concert in the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Prize-winning author and poet Gary Gildner, professor emeritus of English, discussed his new book of poems titled Cleaning a Rainbow as part of the Writers and Critics Series.

Drake Magazine, the biannual student-run magazine, which also won a Pacemaker Award in 1993 and 2002. The 515 magazine also won the Pacemaker Award in 2000 and 2004.


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As a Drake student, Tyler Boggess knew he’d have some unique opportunities during the Iowa political season. Still, he never imagined that he would actually get to be Mitt Romney. But that’s exactly the role the sophomore journalism major played while interning with ABC News during the Republican presidential candidate debate held late last summer. As a stand-in for Romney, Boggess helped with lighting and rehearsals and was even asked to answer some of the questions that the candidates would be asked during the actual event. “The debates were a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe helped me get my foot in the door at the ABC network, and I see it benefiting me for the rest of my career,” says Boggess. This experience was not unique to Boggess. Dozens of Drake students were intimately involved with both presidential debates, the Iowa caucuses and the individual campaigns of many candidates. ENCOURAGING INVOLVEMENT Student involvement in the political

process did not just happen, however. Many faculty members worked hard to create the opportunities available to students and encourage them to participate. Rachel Paine Caufield, associate professor of politics, made the 2008 presidential race a key topic in an honors course, which required students to create and present their own political satire. “The goal was to get students to think analytically about the methods, forms and functions of satire as a form of political communication and rhetoric,” Caufield says.

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Other events, such as the My Prez program, set up by the Office of Student Life and the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute, encouraged students to attend campus political events by offering prizes, including an iPod and iPhone, to participants. Art Sanders, professor of politics, went beyond encouraging his students to get involved — he actually required it. “I taught a six-credit-hour class on the presidential nomination process where all of the students were required to have some kind of caucus-related internship,” he says. “All 20 students in that class were involved in some way.” OPPORTUNITIES REALIZED Shelley Russell, a senior broadcast news

major, transferred to Drake last year hoping to “get in on” the presidential debates and caucus work. “I was especially excited when I was given the opportunity to work with a national network while they were at Drake for the Democratic presidential debates,” she says. Russell and the rest of the students who worked during the debates so impressed the ABC staff that they were each asked to return and work for the network during the caucuses. “I got to rub shoulders with some amazing producers from ABC and snag their e-mail addresses before I left,” she says. “Hey, after all, I’m a senior graduating in five months and I’ll be trying to pave my way through the job market.” — Tim Schmitt


campus buzz DRAKE STUDENTS EXCEL AT AMERICAN MODEL UN SIMULATION Drake students John Lande and Nate Koppel were honored for their work on issues related to science and technology, responses to violence against women and girls, and strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations. The pair was among 11 Drake students who represented Austria in the American Model United Nations simulation. Their efforts were acknowledged by the 1,400 student participants from 100 institutions, which named them the best delegation. “In winning this award, we were ranked in the top three delegations by all of the students participating in the simulation,” said Lande, a senior majoring in politics and environmental policy. “It is an honor for us to win.” “It has been a great two years doing this program,” adds Koppel, a senior majoring in politics and philosophy. “It’s sometimes difficult to get exposure to a variety

Award-winning writer and renowned leadership consultant Barry Posner (left) spent two days at Drake University discussing leadership programs and headlining a leadership conference titled “The Leadership Challenge: The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.” Helen Thomas, the longtime Washington reporter dubbed the “First Lady of the Press,” met with Drake University and area high school students at Sheslow Auditorium and discussed finding her voice as a woman and a journalist.

of cultures without studying abroad, but it’s surprising how much diversity you encounter at Model United Nations. People really take their roles seriously, and it makes you think about things you believe.” DRAKE MOOT COURT WINS NATIONAL AWARDS The Drake Law School National Moot Court Teams earned national awards for best briefs in the 58th annual National Moot Court

Competition at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis in November. The Drake team of Miriam Epstein, Erin Grundy and David James received the Third Best Brief Award. Ashley Dose, Jacob Lofgren and Kevin Teets won the Fifth Best Brief Award. Both teams were coached by the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law Laurie Doré and alumni coach Emily Peebler, LW’07, AS’04.

admission update NEW RECRUITMENT PLAN TARGETS TRANSFER STUDENTS Drake University has entered into an agreement with Des Moines Area Community College in an effort to help students earn four-year degrees and encourage them to remain in Central Iowa. The Transfer Resource Initiative will allow students to easily transition from DMACC with an associate’s degree and continue their education at Drake. Grand View College is also participating in the program. “This truly is an exciting example of our responsibility to the public good,” Drake President Maxwell said. Rob Denson, president of DMACC, added, “We have always enjoyed excellent relationships with Drake and Grand View, but this new agreement demonstrates that we are all working for the greater benefit of Central Iowa.”


TRI students will be required to meet with advisers from both institutions each semester and maintain a minimum grade point average to stay in the program. If students follow the transfer plan provided by their advisers, it may be possible to earn a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study after earning an associate’s degree from DMACC. The program will begin in the fall of 2008. “We hope to make an impact on Iowa’s ‘brain drain’ — students leaving central Iowa once they graduate from college — resulting in a greater pool of well-educated professionals who are committed to living and working in our community. Our partnership should be a significant advantage for growing and attracting businesses,” Maxwell says.


In addition, Drake students were awarded individual oralist awards. James won First Best Oralist, Teets won Second Best Oralist, Lofgren won Third Best Oralist and Grundy won Fourth Best Oralist. Both Drake teams entered the elimination rounds undefeated and entered the quarterfinals round as one and two seeds. More than 150 law schools and more than 185 teams competed in the 14 regional competitions that led to the national event. STUDENTS PRESENT PANEL DISCUSSION AND LECTURE ON RACE Students in professor Jennifer Harvey’s course on Race, Religion and Civic Culture gave a two-part presentation about race and racism in America, which began with a panel discussion in December that featured individuals from several ethnic and racial backgrounds. Students from the class also presented a lecture titled “We CAN Talk About Race,” which focused on theories about race and racism. The series was created to discuss how race and racism affect people’s lives, as well as the communities in which they live.


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OLIN HALL RENOVATION RECOGNIZED FOR INNOVATIVE DESIGN The transformation of Drake University’s Olin Hall is turning heads both on and off campus. The $4 million project caught the attention of the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Licensed Architects, which presented a 2007 Merit Design Award to the architectural firm of Chicago-based Holabird & Root for its work on the building. Holabird & Root’s design provided new and updated features including a new main entry atrium, informal student study and gathering spaces, an exterior plaza and revamped classrooms and teaching labs with natural light. “The renovated spaces were all conceived and executed with the idea of supporting active participatory learning,” said Dennis Vovos, project manager of Holabird & Root. “If this renovation results in a richer learning experience for Drake students and faculty, it will truly have earned its award.” A panel of five jurors composed of architects and design professionals judged entries on program solution, site and space planning, overall design solution, and construction system and details. Twenty-nine winners were selected for awards from more than 80 entries. BIOLOGY STUDENT WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR RESEARCH The World Food Prize Foundation has presented Drake University student Stephen Lauer with the annual John Chrystal Award for his outstanding biology research work as a 2006 World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan intern. The annual award is presented to the intern who best reflects the commitment to honor John Chrystal’s spirit and dedication

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to enrich Iowa’s relationship with the world. Lauer accepted the award at the World Food Prize Laureate Award celebration ceremony at the State Capitol attended by more than 800 people from more than 65 countries. A junior biology and environmental science and policy major, Lauer interned for eight weeks at The WorldFish Center’s Regional Center for Africa and West Asia in Abbassa, Egypt. He worked with senior aquaculture scientists to evaluate the use of green water as an alternative for feeding young tilapia. The experiment proved that green water, a concentrated liquid algae, was not a replacement for formulated feed and that the WorldFish Center should focus on other replacement options. “Since returning to America and beginning my studies at Drake University, I have assumed an active role in the genesis and sharing of knowledge through working toward undergraduate research opportunities,” said Lauer, who is currently conducting undergraduate genetics research with Assistant Professor of Biology Heidi Sleister. PHARMACY GRAD AWARDED KARBELING LEADERSHIP AWARD Anthony Pudlo, PH’07, was named the first recipient of the Karbeling Memorial Leadership Award by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for his leadership and outstanding contributions to Drake and the pharmacy practice. “To be chosen among my classmates, and to be given an award named after Jerry Karbeling is still a shock to me,” said Pudlo. “As I move beyond my days at Drake and begin my career in pharmacy, I take forward the honor from this award and a continued sense of pride in my



education from Drake and experiences in the state of Iowa.” The annual award is given to recognize pharmacy students who have shown leadership in professional education, association work, community service and pharmacy practice, and in honor of outstanding alumnus Jerry Karbeling, PH’74, who died in 2005. “Jerry was very supportive and enthusiastic to have me serve on the Iowa Pharmacy Association’s Board of Trustees as a first-year pharmacy student,” Pudlo said. “He further encouraged me to

partake in the Iowa Pharmacy Association’s Student Leadership Conference to learn more about myself, the profession and how I can become an agent of change.” DRAKE STUDENTS SHARE KNOWLEDGE WITH NASA Three Drake University students presented the findings of their summer research projects at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, as part of the Drake University Science Colloquium Series. continued on page 8

GROW BULLDOGS PROGRAM USES FOOTBALL AS EDUCATIONAL TOOL The Drake Bulldogs and School of Education teamed with the Phillips Traditional School of Des Moines to create the “Grow Bulldogs” program, a nine-week course designed to help teach students lessons in math, reading, writing, social studies and health. The program followed Drake’s football team throughout its season. Drake professors and students, as well as Phillips teachers and administrators, created lessons related to Drake football. Students from Phillips were also taken on a tour of the the Drake campus, including the Knapp Center and Drake Stadium, and had lunch with the coach and members of the football team. “I’ve received nothing but tremendous feedback from teachers at Phillips and the program teachers,” said Shea Moroni, senior education major and program organizer for Depar tment of Athletics. “It’s a great way for Drake to reach out to the community.”


campus buzz THE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION recently celebrated the opening of the Kragie Newell Interactive Media Lab in Meredith Hall. The lab, made possible by a $150,000 gift from Liz Newell,’69, and Jack Kragie, AS’65, and a $10,000 gift from Meredith Corp., gives students the opportunity to work on design, Web, video and news editing projects on 16 new flat screen iMacs. Additional workspaces are designated for podcasting and EZ News workstations. (Left) Drake President David Maxwell, Jack Kragie and Liz Newell at the Kragie Newell Interactive Media Lab ribbon-cutting ceremony.

continued from page 7 Senior Erin Anderson presented research that could be used to recycle urine to produce an electrolyte-containing hydration beverage similar to sports drinks such as Powerade. Senior Sarah Arlien reported findings on new monitoring technologies, which could be used on long duration space flights to check for nickel, a toxic metal that can enter the space shuttle and International Space Station’s potable water systems. These systems also could be used to monitor the environment on Earth. Senior David Ehresmann outlined the necessity of advancements in atmosphere revitalization technologies to reduce power consumption and mass, and increase reliability for long duration space exploration missions. CLINTON DISCUSSES HEALTH CARE AT DRAKE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE The second annual Innovation and Leadership Conference presented by Drake University’s


Center for Professional Studies explored the major issues surrounding health care, including ethical challenges, financing, public health and technology. The November event included interactive morning and afternoon panel sessions, a luncheon and awards dinner, and a videoconference with New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. THEATER STUDENTS TAKE NICKEL AND DIMED ON THE ROAD TO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS Drake University Theater students shared their talents and experiences as they presented the second act of Joan Holden’s play Nickel and Dimed to ninth graders at six Des Moines high schools. “We’re pleased to have had the opportunity to provide a theater experience for Des Moines students and get them acquainted with what Drake has to offer,” said Deena Conley, assistant professor of theater arts and director of Drake’s production of Nickel and Dimed, which won a directing

award from the American College Theater Festival. Mark Rixner, drama producer and director at North High School, said students there were impressed with the Drake performance. “The show was very good and technically it was excellent,” he added. “We did a Q&A after the show and it was great for our kids to have a chance to interact with the Drake students. The show hit home for many of our students who are familiar with similar living conditions. We would be happy to fit Drake performances into our schedule whenever possible.” LAW SCHOOL HOSTS AG LAW WORKSHOP Scholars from 10 countries around the world descended on the Drake campus in October for the Agricultural Law Center’s twoday workshop on “The Role of Law in Promoting Sustainable Farming and Rural Development: An International Perspective.” The conference focused on sustainable farming and rural


development with topics addressing biofuels, agri-tourism, farmer cooperatives, sustainable crops, renewable energy and food heritage. “I am very excited to bring agricultural law professors and experts from around the world to Des Moines,” said Neil Hamilton, director of the center and organizer of the workshop. “The topics — how law promotes sustainable farming and rural development — are critically important in the legal systems of every nation.” The workshop was held as part of the center’s 25th anniversary celebration and included an evening reception at the “Rural Land All Iowa Art Show,” which featured works by 25 Iowa artists. Following the reception, a banquet was held to honor the work of Louis Lorvellec, a former visiting professor who taught at Drake as part of an exchange program with the University of Nantes in France. PARTNERSHIP SPARKS NEW PHARMACY PROGRAMS Students in Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills through a two-pronged program funded through a new three-year pledge and partnership with Wal-Mart. The student leadership development program provides students with the opportunity to hear scholars and professionals in pharmacy and health sciences as well as other fields speak about leadership. Once a month, a speaker visits campus to talk to CPHS students, faculty and staff. In addition, student leaders in Drake’s CPHS organizations, fraternities and advisory board meet with the speaker before the presentation to talk about leadership.


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From her office on the second floor of Cline Hall, Maria Bohorquez, associate professor of chemistry, watches students on the sidewalk below as they cross campus, moving effortlessly between buildings housing each of Drake’s colleges and schools. As director of the Drake Undergraduate Science Collaboration Institute (DUSCI), Bohorquez is working to make the intellectual transition of students across disciplines as commonplace as this physical one that transpires outside her window each day. “It’s important for students to learn that there are worlds beyond chemistry, journalism, accounting or whatever subject they are studying,” she says. “We live in a complicated world, one which requires us to work together and speak the languages of each others’ professions.”

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Pictured: Erin A. Anderson, senior biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major


LEARNING TO LEARN The success of the

helped create DUSCI, a multidisciplinary program promoting sciences across Drake’s campus and areas of study. The program allows students to conduct original research alongside faculty members and professionals in the field and present their findings in professional presentations. A yearly Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences and a lecture series featuring faculty visiting experts — including Drake alumni — provide networking opportunities and encourage stronger relationships among faculty, students and alumni. “It has fueled the desire to be more collaborative with others,” says Bohorquez. “I think DUSCI is contributing to that feeling that we are part of a team at Drake. The sciences are part of the Drake community; we feel like we belong.”

programs is obvious. The on-campus lectures and speaker series have been so well attended that Bohorquez was forced to find a larger venue for the events. Still, seats fill quickly and floor space is sometimes needed to accommodate the audience. Additionally, three Drake students competing against both undergraduate and graduate researchers in a nationwide competition received first-place awards for outstanding scientific research presentations at the 2006 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in Detroit. “When students learn in class, they learn what we are teaching them,” explains Bohorquez. “But doing research, they learn their jobs and, more important, they learn how to learn.” — Tim Schmitt


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EVERAGE RECOGNIZED FOR COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS Wanda Everage, LA’72, vice provost for student affairs and academic excellence, known to countless Drake students and alumni as a mentor extraordinaire, was named the Virgil S. Lagomarcino Laureate by the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences for outstanding work in the field of education. The laureate designation is bestowed upon Iowa State alumni who are nationally and internationally recognized for meritorious service or distinguished achievement in the field of education. Larry Ebbers, Everage’s doctoral adviser and professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State, nominated her and described her as “a champion for people of color and the underserved.” Everage (pictured above with Don Adams, recently retired Drake University Fellow; Drake President David Maxwell; and Larry Ebbers) was also honored at the Sisters on Target annual political banquet with the Trailblazer award that recognizes educational excellence. Everage received her bachelor’s in sociology from Drake University, and both her master’s in educational administration and doctorate in academic affairs in higher education from Iowa State University.

ENGLISH PROF WINS PRIZE FOR FICTION; TEACHES MASTER CLASS Carol Spaulding-Kruse, associate professor of English, was the firstplace winner of the 30th annual 2007 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. The annual award is presented by Nimrod International, a literary journal of prose and poetry established in 1956. She traveled to the University of Tulsa to accept the $2,000 award for her short fiction, titled “Do Us Part.” She also taught a master class in writing at Nimrod’s annual writing festival. Her winning story is featured in the 29th edition of the Nimrod International Editor’s Prize.


Spaulding-Kruse holds a doctorate in American ethnic literature from the University of Iowa. She continues to write and publish poems, stories and articles that draw from her interest in Asian-American studies and her Korean heritage. ROSPOND TAKES PART IN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Raylene Rospond, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, takes her leadership role seriously. As an Academic Leadership Fellow for 2006–07, Rospond participated in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Academic

Leadership Fellows Program as well as the 2007 Annual Meeting last summer in Lake Buena Vista, FL. At the leadership program, Rospond served as a dean facilitator and met with other Fellows, mentors, dean facilitators and the AACP Board of Directors for dinner and a ceremony as well as an education session. The session featured the following projects: “Academic Pharmacy Leaders’ Perceptions of Core Pre-Pharmacy Requirements for Entry into the Professional Program,” “The Role of High Stakes Examinations in Pharmacy Education,” “Factors Associated with Academic Pharmacy Career Choice” and “Institutional Response to Perceived Challenges to Interprofessional Education.” FOXHOVEN RECEIVES CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN AWARD Jerry Foxhoven, director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children’s Rights, is known for making futures brighter for children. To recognize his outstanding commitment to child advocacy, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa awarded Foxhoven the “Champion for Children” Award, which honors an individual for his or her contribution and dedication to protecting children. “As director of the Child Advocacy Board and now in his present position, Foxhoven has worked forcefully to ensure that abused children receive the support they need to recover and lead productive lives,” said Steve Scott, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. “He has been one of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa’s most loyal partners in advocating for making Iowa a place where all families are strong and children safe.” Foxhoven, who has directed the Middleton Center since 2006, also received the “Angel in Adoption”


award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington, D.C. He is active in the community through his role as chair of the Iowa Child Protection Council, the Iowa Citizen Review Panel, as a member of the National Advisory Board of Fostering Families Today magazine and as past member of the Iowa Juvenile Justice Initiative (Iowa’s Court Improvement Project). As a clinical professor, Foxhoven instructs and supervises senior law students who handle juvenile cases, and write and lobby for legislation. SUMMERVILLE SELECTED FOR EDUCATOR AWARD Keith Summerville, assistant professor of environmental science and policy, has been selected by the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club to receive its Environmental Educator Award. The award recognizes Summerville’s outstanding commitment to environmental protection and was presented on Sept. 22 at the Sierra Club Iowa Chapter’s annual meeting in Toddville, IA. Summerville also spearheaded Drake’s involvement in a 10-year study of sustainable forestry in Indiana to help improve lumber harvesting practices. Summerville was awarded a $31,100 grant from the Indiana Nature Conservancy and a $8,718 grant from Purdue University, which will cover funding for three years of moth and butterfly research that he will conduct with Drake ENSP students. Drake is among 24 partners working on this research project including Purdue University, Ball State University, Indiana State University, the Indiana State Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy.


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Leader of the Band A BACKGROUND IN MUSIC PROVIDES THIS EDUCATION PROFESSOR WITH THE INSTRUMENTS TO SUCCEED DAVE DARNELL HAS MUSIC IN HIS BLOOD. Both of his parents were music teachers and he began playing trumpet at the age of six. Despite his inherited gift, Darnell, associate professor of education at Drake, was adamant about finding his own path and not following in his parents’ footsteps, so he majored in science at the University of Kansas. But the lure of music was too strong. He joined both the marching and concert bands and eventually succumbed — changing his major to music education with a trumpet minor. MARCHING TO A DIFFERENT BEAT After spending seven years

as a high school band director in Boone, IA, Darnell found himself at a crossroads. Though he loved music, he always had an “itch” for education leadership and a desire to work for change. After completing his master’s degree in education leadership, Darnell found himself faced with three options: He could continue as the high school band director, become assistant director of bands at Michigan State University or become principal of a middle school in Edgewood, IA. Against the advice of some, Darnell accepted the job as principal and served as a school administrator for the next 24 years. Still, Darnell never gave up music entirely. While later serving as superintendent in Mason City, IA, he worked as a for-hire trumpet player when big-name musicians came to town and shared the stage with Fabian, Ben E. King, the Temptations and Doc Severinsen among others. A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE Darnell retired in 2000, but did not stay gone for long. He came to Drake in 2002 to restart the educational leadership program in the School of Education. He fell immediately in love with Drake and is pleased to have finally found a place for both his educational and musical interests. He currently plays bass in his church band and plans to start a jazz combo in Des Moines. This combination of interests, says Darnell, provides a unique perspective — one not shared by many administrators. “Being a band director was great training for administration,” he says. “Band directors are always short on time and money, they have to share everything and they almost never get their way.” — Emily Kruse

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sports sideline NEW GOLDEN AGE For far too long, Drake men’s basketball fans had to look at yellowed newspaper clippings and old yearbooks to recall the program’s glory days. This winter, though, Bulldog faithful needed only stop by the Knapp Center. Drake beat Iowa and Iowa State in the same season and in-conference Northern Iowa to earn the mythical in-state championship among Iowa’s four NCAA Division I basketball schools for the second consecutive year. The Drake men raced to an 18-1 start, winning a school-record 21 consecutive games into February. Drake seized control of the Missouri Valley Conference with a come-from-behind win against Illinois State on Jan. 19 and earned its first national ranking since 1975. And suddenly central Iowa was bleeding blue again. The Bulldogs sold out several

consecutive home games at the Knapp Center for the first time in school history. “I don’t have a whole lot of words to say on how proud I am of this team,” said Drake coach Keno Davis, who is in his first season as head coach after taking over from his father, Tom Davis. “It has been an amazing year. These guys play with a quiet confidence.” THIS CREIGHTON IS NO BLUEJAY Chris Creighton, who ranks fourth among all Chris Creighton active NCAA Division III football coaches in career winning percentage, was named the 25th head football coach at Drake in December. Creighton served as head coach at Wabash

College in Crawfordsville, IN, the past seven years where he constructed a 63-15 record with teams winning four North Coast Athletic Conference championships, while competing in three NCAA Division III playoffs. “Coach Creighton is a proven winner, a man of strong character and he has a vision that will move Drake football to the next level,” said Drake Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb. Creighton, 38, owns an overall record of 95-24 (.798 winning percentage) in 11 years as a college head coach including a 32-9 mark as head coach at Ottawa (KS) University from 1997–00. “I am absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to lead the Drake University football program,” said Creighton. “I am very attracted to Drake’s sense of family, its proud tradition, and the desire of both the team and the administration to become our absolute best.”

CHAMPIONS RUN HERE The $15 million investment in the renovation of Drake Stadium continues to produce dividends for the community. In December, Drake President David Maxwell announced that the University and city of Des Moines will join forces to welcome America’s best athletes to the stadium for the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships is USATF’s premier event for the selection of elite professional athletes to represent the United States in outdoor international competition, including the World Outdoor Track & Field Championships. “When we completed the $15 million renovation of Drake Stadium in 2006, we envisioned that the facility would make Drake and Des Moines the Midwest capital of track and field,” Maxwell said. “We were delighted to host the 2007 NCAA Midwest


Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb (left) with Lorri Bauman, ED’84, during a ceremony to retire Bauman’s jersey.


Former Drake women’s basketball standout Lorri Bauman, ED’84, had her jersey retired during halftime of the Drake vs. Iowa State women’s basketball game at the Drake Knapp Center. “This has been one of the most fantastic weekends of my life,” said Bauman. “The people at Drake have really made me feel welcome. My family has been included in everything.” Bauman, a native of Des Moines, was the first woman in NCAA histor y to reach the 3,000 career point plateau. She also set an NCAA Tournament record that still stands, scoring 50 points in the 1982 NCAA West Regional final against Maryland. Sunday’s special presentation also marked Bauman’s first appearance in the Drake Knapp Center, which opened during the 1992–93 season.

“I have a lot of fond memories of playing games at the Drake Fieldhouse but this facility is fantastic,” she said. Bauman, who played at Drake from 1980–84, is the University’s all-time scoring leader with 3,115 points and holds four of the top six single-season scoring marks in school history. She still owns the Missouri Valley Conference single-game scoring record of 58 points against Missouri State on Jan. 6, 1984. “You never forget those things,” said Bauman. “It is still nice to hold some of those records after 20 years.” Bauman was an all-state player at East High School. Members of the current Scarlet girls’ basketball team attended the game, sitting behind the Drake bench. “I turned around after the halftime ceremony and saw them in the crowd,” said Bauman. “It was pretty emotional.”



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champions Regional Outdoor Track & Field Championships last May and look forward to the NCAA Championships in 2008 and the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2010. These events are a huge plus not only for Drake but also for Des Moines and Iowa, too.” More than 1,000 athletes, including the best track and field performers in the United States, will compete in the meet. Athletes competing at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships, which will be held June 23–27, will be competing for national titles and roster spots for the 2010 IAAF World Cup in Athletics in Split, Croatia. In addition, the USA Junior Championships, for athletes 19 and under, are staged concurrently with the “open championships” and select teams for junior international competitions. About 600 to 800 junior athletes will participate. USA Track and Field officials estimate the event will have a $5 to $7 million economic impact, with the meet being televised live by a national network, coupled with a throng of national and international media. BULLDOG BONES MEN’S SOCCER: Four Drake men’s soccer players landed on the 2007 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete team. Seniors Phillip Breuer and Luke Frieberg, along with sophomore Luke Gorczyca were named to the first team, while junior Kurt Larson was an honorable mention selection. WOMEN’S SOCCER: Drake senior

Sarah Foote and sophomore Crystal Townley were named to the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Soccer Championship All-Tournament team in November. Townley

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scored both goals in Drake’s 2-1 overtime victory over Missouri State in opening round action at Drake Stadium on Nov. 4. VOLLEYBALL: Drake senior

Samantha Nelson was one of eight players selected to the honorable mention Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Scholar-Athlete squad. Nelson led the Bulldogs in solo blocks (20), block assists (70), total blocks (90) and blocks per game, while ranking third in kills (279) and kills per game. TENNIS: The men’s tennis team continues to dominate. In the midst of the nation’s longest winning streak (32 matches as of press time), the Bulldogs received their highest ranking ever from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, coming in at No. 33. Additionally, the team’s 43 straight wins at home is currently the secondlongest home-court winning streak in the county. The women hope to bolster their team by signing Amanda Aragon of Fort Collins, CO; Gabriela Demos of Chesterfield, MO; and Morgan Rainey of Kansas City, MO. These three are the first student-athletes to sign national letters of intent with women’s tennis coach Urska Juric and the Bulldogs for the 2008–09 campaign. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Drake women’s basketball team is once again leaving its mark on the hardcourt. After winning the MVC Tournament and making its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, the team has maintained its winning form. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 20-9 overall record, and a 13-5 conference record. A 53-51 victory at Wichita State in the season’s final matchup gave the team a share of the league title, the sixth for the Bulldogs.



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AFTER FOUR YEARS OF FOUL BALLS bouncing off her body and base runners sliding into her, one might think Drake softball catcher Susan Slycord has had enough trauma. Not so, the 22-year-old West Des Moines native says. As part of her premed curriculum, she worked on the Drake Trauma Project, in which students and faculty study the role of trauma on the human body in everything from hemorrhaging to exercise. The latter particularly hit home with Slycord. “Between softball and biology, I’m really aware of my body,” she says. It’s the total experience both academically and physically. “I think I always wanted to be a doctor. It’s just something that’s always interested me,” says Slycord, who hopes to attend medical school after Drake. Ultimately, she wants to work in oncology or geriatrics. “When I was in high school, I volunteered at nursing homes and I’ve always had a good relationship with my grandparents,” Slycord says. “Working with older people really appeals to me.” As for her own physical traumas, Slycord says she’s held up pretty well from all the bumps and bruises that a catcher’s job demands. The real challenge, she says, is managing a full course load with her athletic training and game schedule. But that’s something she believes will help her in medical school. “Last fall, I had mono and couldn’t practice or train,” Slycord says. “All I could do was go to class — and it seemed really easy. I’m not saying medical school will be easy, but it will be easier to stay focused.”

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him. Drake pharmacy students are sought out immediately upon graduation by employers willing and eager to pay them top dollar for their skills. Like more and more students in recent years, however, Hetrick expects more from his education than the ability to earn a large salary. Experience, particularly global experience, has become an increasingly vital component of higher education as the world continues to shrink. No longer can anyone, even a pharmacist in Iowa, expect to remain unaffected by the world beyond the borders of the United States. Armed with this knowledge and a desire to increase his own international experiences, Hetrick added another year to the six-year pharmacy program in order to study abroad in Spain and develop the skills necessary to become a global citizen.

“I came away with a wider perspective on different cultures than I would have imagined,” says Hetrick. “It’s a really good experience and it can sometimes take you out of your comfort zone, but that’s really half of what the experience was about for me.”

MORE THAN A MISSION STATEMENT Hetrick’s time in Spain sparked a desire to learn more. So it was only a matter of time until he found his way to the Center for Global Citizenship. Developed in 2002, Drake’s Center for Global Citizenship is part of the University’s effort to create an environment that encourages students to become “responsible global citizens” in the truest sense of the word. “The goal is to infuse global citizenship across the campus spectrum and give all students the opportunity to add a global component to their education,” says David Skidmore, professor

of politics and international relations and director of the Center for Global Citizenship. “Everybody needs to be aware of how the global economy works and the global issues we face.” The Center works to make this a reality by hosting events and organizing programs that expose students to different cultural contexts and teach them how to view their own culture from the perspective of others. Additionally, the Center encourages faculty members to integrate global perspectives and attitudes into their classroom and curriculum, regardless of the area of study in which they teach. Since its founding the Center has provided partial funding for more than 30 faculty trips abroad for training, teaching, research and partnership development; enabled students to obtain summer volunteer work overseas; sponsored or co-sponsored more than 150 events; hosted community conferences; and assisted in faculty and curriculum development.

TAKING DRAKE TO THE WORLD “The image of the world that

most people get is one of chaos, of the United States existing in a little bubble while the rest of the world goes crazy,” explains Skidmore. “Once you get out there, you realize that isn’t the case at all.” The goal, then, is to help students realize that the world they’ve been told about may not necessarily be as big or as scary as they’ve been led to believe. It’s important to understand, says Skidmore, that there is much to be learned and gained from other cultures and lands beyond the United States and that isolation — in either professional or personal lives — is really no longer possible. “Part of the issue is that when you are a superpower, people have to pay attention to you, but you don’t necessarily have to pay attention to anyone else,” Skidmore says. “We’ve seen that attitude in a lot of students, but we’re seeing that change.”

This change has come about, in part, because of the opportunities provided by the Center. Students in all areas of study at Drake now have the ability to complement their education with a certificate from the global ambassador program. Students in the program take classes on international issues, participate in the language acquisition program and contribute at least 50 hours of volunteer work to an internationally oriented community group. More than 50 students are currently enrolled in the program and three recent participants have been awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships. Brittany Argotsinger, AS’06, graduated with a degree in international relations and a certificate from the global ambassador program. As a student she studied the reproductive choices and habits of women in Amman, Jordan. Upon graduation she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and spent the next year living in Jordan continuing the research that she began as a Drake student. “I truly believe this opportunity was made possible by my involvement in the Center for Global Citizenship and global ambassador program,” says Argotsinger. “I only hope that someday all students have the same international opportunities I have had and they are challenged to think globally in whatever they choose to do in life. The CGC provides some of the most valuable opportunities a student could get involved in at Drake.” Hetrick, upon returning from his year in Spain, enrolled in the global ambassador program and received the global service grant, which provides $1,200 to students who volunteer to work abroad. The grant enabled Hetrick to do volunteer work with an organization in Ecuador in 2005. “I entered the global ambassador program out of pure curiosity,” he says. “I attended a lot of meetings and weekend conventions and conferences. In Ecuador I worked with orphaned children, doing educational and after-school activities. I went there with a heartfelt desire to help people. If everyone understood that going down for a few weeks would help, it would make a big difference. I came away with a much wider perspective on different cultures.”

THE SNOWBALL EFFECT While important and impressive, experiences like Hetrick’s really tell only a small part of the story. The Center works hard to ensure that the personal experiences of faculty and student participants like these do not exist in a vacuum, but are spread across campus like a virus. While only about 2 percent of Drake students major in international relations, all students are now provided the opportunity to study global issues as they relate to their chosen field of study and to benefit from the experiences of fellow students and faculty members. “The goal is to give the other 98 percent of students the opportunity to add a global component to their education,” says Skidmore. “We want faculty to provide an international perspective no matter what field they are in.” Currently, 24 faculty members are collaborating on a two-year curriculum development project called “Ethics in a Globalizing World.” This project provides participants with training for the development of 24 new and revised courses related to the theme across a variety of disciplines. Additionally, six faculty members have participated in the Chinese cultural exchange program, and 20 recent graduates are currently teaching in China. The program allowed Judy Allen, associate professor of psychology, to teach in China. After her first experience she returned two more times, first leading a group of RaySociety learners and again with a group of undergraduate students. “It was an exceptionally interesting learning experience,” she says. “It has fundamentally challenged my views and assumptions, and it really opened my eyes to so much. My trips to China have influenced every class I teach.” Allen says these experiences, and a later trip to Nicaragua, have altered what she describes as her “stodgy” view of western psychological science and introduced her to a new, exciting way of thinking about learning. “The Center for Global Citizenship really has the capacity to transform the campus,” she says. “I think it has made great progress toward doing that already.”


BRINGING THE WORLD TO DRAKE Interest and awareness of the Center and in globalization in general has grown considerably since its introduction on campus just six years ago. The number of students applying to study abroad doubled from fall 2006 to fall 2007, and last semester saw a record number (312) of international students on the Drake campus. Additionally, faculty participation is developing into new areas and resulting in new approaches to education. Skidmore encouraged Eric Johnson, assistant professor of education and director of the Urban Education program in the School of Education, to travel abroad and explore and compare the concepts of urban education in other countries. “He initially had little interest in internationalism,” says Skidmore. “Now he’s a global guy and he’s sharing his insights with students and the communities with which he’s come into contact.” Johnson first traveled to Russia, then Nicaragua, China and Namibia. In each of these countries he gained greater insight into the challenges faced by educators and the similarity of issues across borders. Upon his return, Johnson published articles on comparative urban education across international borders. “The experience [in Russia] sparked a whole new set of thinking for me,” says Johnson. “It just kept rolling, and I went to Africa and did the same research. Then I thought, ‘I want to take this to the next level.’” As a result Johnson is now setting up a program that will allow students from Drake and Namibia to participate together in real-time classes. Students will ultimately learn together and share assignments and experiences with one another. “This could have a profound impact on the teaching profession on an international level,” says Johnson. “I’m excited about putting a global perspective on our Urban Education program so that our students not only become aware of international issues and solutions but also how to address and implement them. “This could be something the entire University could take advantage of, and this is something that would only be happening at Drake,” he continues. “No one else is even talking about doing what we are doing. The chance for our students to grow from these types of relationships is absolutely limitless.”



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“I played three matches last year,” says Craig Donohue, LA’83, CEO of CME Group and a force to be reckoned with on the platform tennis court. Given the volume of business that Donohue oversees — which in 2006 exceeded 2.2 billion contracts worth more than $1,000 trillion — the three matches he managed to squeeze in were probably more than his schedule allowed. HEAVY HITTER Platform tennis, a combination of racquetball and tennis, requires patience and accuracy more so than power and speed. It’s no surprise, then, that this sport suits Donohue, who describes himself as exacting. His careful attention and precision, coupled with opportunities to observe and be mentored by some very ambitious successful people, have led him to where he is today. “You can work really hard, demonstrate strong intellect, and demonstrate management and leadership capabilities, but if you don’t have the opportunity to learn through mentorship — from those individuals’ strengths and weaknesses — you won’t have the same results,” says Donohue. TOP OF HIS GAME CME Group, formed by the 2007 merger of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade, is the largest and most diverse financial exchange in the world for trading futures and options. To suggest that Donohue is busy would be an understatement. “It’s a global business that operates 24 hours a day,” he says. “There isn’t a lot of life outside the office. I used to have more interests but have peeled them back over time.” Despite his schedule, Donohue’s wife, Elsa, has been very supportive of his career — just one of the reasons he considers her the most influential person in his life. “She’s enabled me to be selfishly oriented to myself and my career,” he says. But there’s more to it than that. “She represents so many virtues in a great person, as a leader and an individual,” Donohue says. “I see how she gets so much out of [our children] and I’ve learned from that. “I’m a pretty simple guy. Maybe that’s what it comes down to. I have work, and I have my family. Two things are very important to me and that’s them.” — Abbie Hansen, JO’01

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New health sciences major fits students’ wants and fills health care industry needs By Tory Thaemert Olson, JO’05

ith the advances in technology and

research the world has seen during the past couple decades, the art of healing has become increasingly specialized and intricate. Gone are the days when the family physician was summoned to help patients with any and ever y health issue. Today, the health care industr y demands the presence of trained professionals with new and specific skill sets in an evergrowing number of disciplines. With this changing demand in mind, the Drake College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences created the new health sciences major with the goal of turning out graduates to fill the growing need in several health-related careers.

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Assessing the need

In developing the new program, faculty members created a focus group comprised of professionals in the education and health care industries to learn more about the knowledge, skills and experiences that employers desire in the people they hire. The group identified several key skill sets that employers are seeking, including knowledge of the business aspects of health care, scientific literacy, decision making skills, early experience in internships and experience working with a team. “The health care field is looking for people who can communicate effectively, work with diverse groups of people and generate passion,” says Jane Schadle, RN, MSHA, Iowa Depar tment of Public Health. “The health sciences program at Drake is designed to develop these characteristics.” Mark Movic, former vice president of The Principal Financial Group, says the health insurance industry used to rely heavily on individuals with business and actuarial experience, but that the changing face of health care requires a more thorough educational background. “Today, we need individuals with business and actuarial skills in addition to a knowledge of the health sciences and the health care system,” he explains.

“We wanted to contribute

further to Drake’s undergraduate

mission; to create a program

that sends our grads into the community who fit in the

health sciences world and aid global health care.”

The growing demands placed on employees in this field and the increasing number of high school students interested in advanced degrees in health sciences made the decision to develop the new four-year degree program an obvious one. During development of the program, the CPHS worked closely with faculty from the College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences to ensure that health sciences majors receive a strong foundation in the liberal arts and important business skills. This creative approach resulted in a health sciences program that turns out students with


knowledge in a specialized area as well as a deep foundation and understanding of the health care environment. “We wanted to contribute fur ther to Drake’s undergraduate mission; to create a program that sends our grads into the community who fit in the health sciences world and aid global health care,” says Raylene Rospond, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Three-prong program

The health sciences major builds on pharmacy faculty expertise by providing laborator ybased research projects with faculty, internships in the community and pharmacy-related courses. It was designed with three options for students to pursue: clinical and applied sciences, pharmaceutical sciences or health care management. Once students choose a path of study, they work closely with faculty to create a curriculum customized to fit the needs of their desired career path. “Health sciences was perfect for me because I could get all of my requirements in for dental school without spending time on botany and other classes that don’t pertain to my future,” says first-year student Audrey Shelton. “This way, I can take more classes on subjects that further my career. I will be better prepared for dental school with this major than if I were a general biology or chemistry major.” Shelton, who hopes to pursue a career as an oral surgeon, plans to take the clinical and applied pathway, which prepares students for graduate school and health professions such as dentistry, medicine, physical therapy, and clinical and laborator y sciences. Similarly, the pharmaceutical sciences track paves a path for students interested in graduate school and professions including optometry, veterinary medicine and others. The pharmaceutical track also prepares students for careers in research and provides them with the qualifications necessary to pursue laboratory assistant positions without attending graduate school. “I could work in any type of health care setting — hospitals, clinics or even work in an office holding an administrative position,” says first-year student Emily Cornish, who is interested in pursuing the health ser vices management track. The management track offers career options right out of college in business, marketing, pharmacy and health care administration —

making it a great option for students who are looking for quick entry into the health care industry. This track also prepares students for graduate work in health insurance, public health, regulator y affairs or marketing and sales in the pharmaceutical and medical industries. “Regardless of the track students choose, they receive an extensive foundation in health care issues combined with a unique two-semester capstone experience in the community during their senior year,” Rospond adds. “This combination provides them with a broad-based perspective unique for undergraduates.”

An early start

Students in the health sciences major need not wait two years or longer to start learning about their chosen career path. In fact, the major allows students to start building their foundation beginning their first semester at Drake with required classes in health sciences, biology and chemistry, as well as a First Year Seminar class. “The first Issues in Health Sciences course focuses on showing students the big-picture of how the different health care professions interact within the industry,” says Renae Chesnut, PH’86, GR’86, ’96, ’98, associate professor of pharmacy and associate dean of academic and student affairs. “The following Issues in Health Sciences course completed during the second semester follows up on that foundation with a personal exploration of students’ individual strengths, abilities and interests to determine which track is appropriate for them to pursue as they continue their education.” In its first year, the program proved more popular than expected with 50 students enrolling for the 2007–08 academic year. “Health care is an extremely broad field and offers endless oppor tunities,” says first-year student Scott Gleason. “I chose the health sciences major because it will prepare me to take advantage of a large variety of those opportunities.” And providing opportunities is what it’s all about. “We already have an outstanding pharmacy program,” says Rospond. “This new major allows the college to build on the strengths at Drake and our relationships established in the community.”



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Believe? Who doesn’t! DRAKE’S BASKETBALL TEAMS EXPERIENCE RECORD SEASONS AND CONVERT THE NONBELIEVERS The “Believe” signs that first appeared at Drake Basketball home games and later spread to every corner of the surrounding community have become, for all practical purposes, unnecessary. Few in the Des Moines area, or across the nation, have any lingering doubt that the Bulldogs — both the men and women — are a force to be reckoned with. The men’s team recently secured the top spot in the Missouri Valley Conference for the first time since 1971 and won the MVC Tournament for the first time in school history. The 21-game winning streak that lasted into February was the second longest in the country and led to national rankings as high as No. 14. The women returned to the court following a 2007 NCAA appearance and MVC Tournament championship and finished the regular season with a

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dramatic win that gave them a share of the conference title — a sixth for the Drake women. “Everyone finally realizes that it’s cool to be a Drake fan,” says Tony Kline, GR’07, a men’s basketball season ticket holder for the past several years. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and it’s better than I imagined. The school and city are both getting excellent publicity and I’ve never been prouder to be a Bulldog.” The residents of Des Moines have been awakened by the performances this year. The “Believe” signs can be seen in windows everywhere, the Knapp center is bursting at the seams with rowdy fans, and Drake blue is as common these days as those colors usually seen from Iowa’s state schools. The bandwagon, it seems, is filling up. “The basketball season has been electrifying,” says Adam Kaduce, a senior business major. “The men and women are succeeding like never before and I love that students and community members are packing the Knapp Center. It really gets rocking and you can’t help but get into it.” — Tim Schmitt


alumni update ESTEEMED PHARMACIST TO BE RECOGNIZED Richard Morrow, GR’83, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, will be awarded the 2008 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal of Honor on April 23. Commitment, leadership and service have marked Morrow’s 35-year career. He joined the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty in 1972. Twice recognized by the student body as the College Teacher of the Year, he has taught more than 20 different courses and individually touched the lives of more than 2,500 graduates. Morrow helped develop and implement the pharmacy/law and pharmacy/MBA combined degrees. Three times he has been called upon to serve as interim dean in addition to roles as department chair, assistant dean and associate dean.

Morrow has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including the American Heart Association and the American Physiological Society. He is currently the honorary president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association. Morrow has also been a member of the Mercy Medical Center Review Board and a consultant for the Veteran’s Administration, Druggists Mutual Insurance and the Illinois Office of Education. The Weaver Medal of Honor is the College of Pharmacy and Health Science’s highest honor.


gram, which annually brings more than 300 outstanding admitted students to campus to compete for scholarships.

Drake University will honor six alumni at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner, Friday, May 16, on the Drake campus. ZACH JOHNSON Zach Johnson, BN’98, will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Johnson, a professional golfer, won the 2007 Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA, last April. Johnson has also been featured in the top 40 of the Official World Golf Rankings. JULIE KNAKE KOCH The Young Alumni Loyalty award will be presented to Julie Knake Koch, AS’99, business strategist for Mayo Clinic. A past National Alumni Scholar, Koch has served for the past three years as chair of the NAS pro-


SOE ALUMNI HONORED The School of Education named Hope Bossard, Mary Gordon and Neal Topp the 2008 Outstanding Alumni at the school’s annual event on Feb. 28. Bossard, GR’93, ’00, is currently the K-12 director of curriculum

LINDA ROBBINS COLEMAN Linda Robbins Coleman, FA’76, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Coleman, a composer/consultant, is one of Drake’s most prolific alumni composers. She has composed works for theater, chamber choirs, jazz ensembles and orchestras for the past 30 years. Coleman came to Drake in 1959 to take piano lessons and has been a part of the University ever since, as both an undergraduate student and employee and later as wife of theater arts professor William S.E. “Doc” Coleman. During her tenure she served as resident composer for Drake’s Theater Arts Department.

and school improvement at Gilbert Community Schools in Gilbert, IA. As one of the most important aspects of her job, Bossard works to help educational stakeholders in her district take ownership of the processes and changes that make school improvement possible. These efforts have resulted in her inclusion in the National World-Class Schools Conference for high performing districts. She was also named as a team leader for NSF-sponsored conference activities for the Education Development Center in Boston. In addition, she currently serves the State of Iowa as a leader in the High School Model Core Curriculum Lead Team for the Iowa Department of Education. Bossard is also an adjunct teacher for the SOE Teaching and Learning and Educational Leadership Programs.

Gordon, BS’70, GR’85, served the Des Moines community as a teacher and administrator for more than 30 years, including tenures as principal at Howe, Windsor and Greenwood Elementary Schools. Throughout her career she established and sustained a positive environment of respect and growth for both staff and students. Gordon was a leader highly respected by her colleagues and was known to be a collaborator who involved others in making the best decisions for students. Topp, ED’72, GR’87, has a history of more than 30 years of career service. He is currently a full professor in the teacher education department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he has been teaching since 1993. Topp has received a lengthy list of achievements from continued on page 24

RICHARD “DICK” AND LINDA ANDERSON WORCESTER The Alumni Loyalty Award will be presented to Richard “Dick,” LA’71, GR’74, and Linda Anderson, ED’74, Worcester. The Worcesters are the “unsung heroes” who support the University both personally through their volunteer work and financially through donations. Dick, president of SW Anderson Company, served for many years on the Chicago Advisory Board and has also served on the planning committee for the annual Windy City golf outing. Together the couple has been active in student recruitment activities and has hosted receptions in their home for admitted students.

Distinguished Service Award. Widely recognized as an innovative leader in the American banking industry, Fish joined the Federal Advisory Board in 1999 and became vice chairman in 2001. His banking career began in 1972 at the Bank of Boston, where he oversaw operations in Brazil and Japan. In 1993, he was appointed to the board of the Royal Bank of Scotland, serving as chairman of U.S. operations. He also served as COO of Royal Bank’s Citizens Financial Group, which, under his leadership, became the secondlargest bank in New England. A longtime Drake supporter and former member of Drake’s Board of Trustees, he recently created the Fish Family Scholarship to provide an annual four-year, full-tuition, room and board scholarship to Drake, in addition to an annual $2,000 stipend, for the child of a Citizens employee.

LAWRENCE “LARRY” FISH Lawrence “Larry” Fish, JO’66, chairman of Citizens Financial Group, will receive the



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Changing Course QUICK DECISIONS MARK THE LIFE OF THIS DRAKE ALUMNA “Blonde. I was thinking it was a word that described me well,” says Captain Adrianne Traxinger Michele, JO’96, referring to her sometimes scattered, casual nature. “Then I thought, ‘But I’m a person who has been shot at,’” adds the deputy chief of public affairs at Buckley Air Force Base in Denver who also has a valid Humvee license, knows land navigation and is a combat lifesaver. “So maybe the word would be spontaneous. I can change direction quickly and I’m not exactly a long-range planner.” A NEW PATH When she was a student, Michele dreamed of becoming a copy editor. But her faculty adviser at Drake suggested she consider taking a few courses in radio-television. Taking that advice, she enrolled in a few courses, accepted an internship at WOI and was well on her way to a career in broadcast news. Michele was working in Raleigh, NC, as a videographer with WRAL when 9/11 happened. “It was the media’s glory day,” she says. The ways in which the media reported on the events of that day made her realize how the aftermath had been sensationalized, and she recognized how discontented she had become with her profession. “One morning I woke up and thought, ‘I’m going to join the Air Force,’” says Michele. By that afternoon she had lunch with a recruiter and within six months she was on her way to basic training. A RENEWED PATRIOT Michele has been deployed to Iraq

twice, the first working on Multi-national Force — Iraq in the strategic communication division and the second as part of public affairs for a joint task force supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was deployed for the third time this spring. When she finishes this tour of duty, she’ll have spent a year and a half in the Middle East. “[The experiences] made me appreciate living in the United States, though I very much appreciated being directly involved and gaining an international perspective,” Michele says. “I thought about kissing the ground after I got off the plane in Baltimore, but then thought, ‘Yuck. It’s the floor of an airport.’” — Abbie Hansen, JO’01

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SATURDAY, MAY 17 50-Year Club Dinner Des Moines

MONDAY, APRIL 21 Beautiful Bulldog Contest Des Moines

Law School Commencement College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Hooding Ceremony

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 Weaver Medal of Honor Lecture and Reception Des Moines

SUNDAY, MAY 18 Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement


THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION honored three graduates as the 2008 Outstanding Alumni at its annual event Feb. 28. Award recipients were Neal Topp, ED’72, GR’87; Mary Gordon, BS’70, GR’85; and Hope Bossard, GR’93,’00.

continued from page 23 prestigious publications of journal articles, books and book chapters to presentations at international conferences such as the Society of Information in Teacher Education, the American Association of College Teacher Educators and the North Central Higher Learning Commission. He was named the Varner Professor by the University of Nebraska in 2000 and the Nebraska Technology Professor of the Year in 1995. ALUMNI SITE LAUNCHES Drake alumni now have access to the University’s passwordprotected online community, blueView. This center for information and interaction enables alumni to find and reconnect with classmates, network with successful Drake graduates, create groups of fellow alumni with similar interests, update personal information, learn about and register for upcoming events, see news from around campus, find out more about the services offered by the Alumni Association and more, all in a secure environment. Through blueView, Drake alumni have access to information


unavailable to the public, all in one place. To access blueView, log on to SJMC ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR SPEAKS ON DIGITAL AGE The 2007 School of Journalism and Mass Communication Alumnus of the Year Award was presented to screenwriter John August, JO’92, last October. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is just one of the movies he is known for, while others include “Go,” “Big Fish” and “Corpse Bride.” While on campus, August presented “The Challenge of Writing in a Digital Age.” During the “Executive in Residence” lecture, August shared his observations of the digital age and challenges journalists face in the new culture. In discussing his observations, August challenged Drake students using the Internet to question authority, become experts, treat the Internet as a portfolio and have something meaningful to say. “Look at everything you write with the same degree of thoughtfulness and be willing to stand behind the things you wrote,” he said.


FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Parents Board Meeting SATURDAY, APRIL 26 30-Year Cluster Reunion Classes of 1977, 1978, 1979 Des Moines

May BULLDOG BASHES Various cities worldwide through June; visit for details.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 – SATURDAY, JUNE 28 Des Moines Arts Festival Des Moines


FRIDAY, MAY 16 – SUNDAY, MAY 18 Reunion Classes of 1958, 1948, 1938 Des Moines FRIDAY, MAY 16 Reception in honor of C. Boyd Granberg College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 14th Annual Windy City Golf Outing Makray Memorial Golf Club Barrington, IL

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Homecoming and Parents and Family Weekend Des Moines

October FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 Francis Marion Drake Society Dinner Des Moines

Annual Alumni Awards Dinner Des Moines

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“TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, much is required,” goes the old adage. For Carl Boyd, LW’91, this saying is more than words; it’s a rule by which he lives. “I am only a reproduction of what I’ve seen in my life,” says Boyd, a partner in the Chicago firm of Starks and Boyd PC. “I’ve known some great individuals in my life. They taught me the benefit of philanthropy, and I believe there are some intrinsic rewards when one is willing to share.” GIVING BACK Boyd’s work with consumers and

small businesses in real estate acquisitions and sales keeps him busy these days, but it hasn’t kept him from doing other work he finds equally rewarding. Boyd is chairman of the Jaguar Foundation, a not-for-profit organization he developed to serve inner-city kids. Named after the mascot of his south side Chicago

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alma mater, Percy Julian High School, the group is comprised of about 70 former Jaguar football players whom Boyd recruited to provide guidance to area children. Now entering its second year, the program has already provided dozens of students with mentors as well as financial assistance to support their education. “If we see the potential in an individual who needs assistance, we try to give them the tools they need to be successful and lead a productive life,” Boyd says. “We felt that once we reached a certain station in life where we were blessed with certain privileges where none formerly existed, we had an obligation to do this.” LIVING HIS MISSION As the father of a 6-

year-old daughter, Boyd understands that the effort to create healthy, productive and generous adults is one that takes place on

several fronts. He’s active not only with his high school but also sits on the board of directors of the University of Northern Iowa Foundation, is active with the Cook County Bar Association’s philanthropical efforts and is a member of the board of counselors at Drake Law School. “I was the recipient of assistance from similar programs in my youth,” Boyd recalls. “I was fortunate enough to attend UNI on a full scholarship (he was co-captain of the football team) and I was embraced by the Drake Law School on a lot of levels. With that in mind I thought it was my obligation to reach back and help someone else cross the bridge. “I believe one has to take a holistic approach to creating a society that promotes harmony and peace,” he adds. “There is no end to that mission.” — Tim Schmitt


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Picture 1: Former Gov. Terry Brandstad, LW’74, with Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, LW’77, following her Let’s DU Lunch lecture in November. Picture 2: An alumni event was held in Chicago at Socca restaurant in December. (From left) Ed Armstrong, AS’92; Kristin Armstrong; Nicole Napolitan Sommers, JO’01; and Keith Sommers. Picture 3: Drake First Lady Madeleine Maxwell hosted an afternoon reception in honor of the 2007–08 Alumnae Scholarship recipients. Front row: Jennifer Lose, Nicole Werner, Robina Cyriac, Stacie Bendixen. Back row: Billy Backer; Jo Anne Waddelow Cook, FA’58; Arlene Chamberlain DeVries, FA’62, GR’85; Anne Anderson Driscoll, ED’63, GR’68; President David Maxwell; Nancy Richman Nichols, ED’67, GR’72; Betty Dillavou Durden, LA’48, GR’71, ’90; and Matthew Courtney. Picture 4: Dwight Opperman, LW’51, and Theodore Simms, LW’01, at the Washington, D.C., Drake law alumni event. Picture 5: A Phi Delta Theta affiliation has resulted in a 30-year friendship for these Drake alumni. (From left) Steve, BN’77, GR’89, and Libby, GR’86, Jacobs; Debbie and Mil Schulhof, BN’77; Karen Paul; and Scott McKay, ’78.

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Leaving a legacy Your way of making a difference at Drake for generations to come.

What to Give ... When to Give ...

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Norma “Cass” Casserly, ED’55, created a scholarship through a bequest in

her will. She felt that her Drake University professors made a profound difference in her life and she wanted to leave a legacy for future Drake students.


“Our charitable gift annuity provides us with a current stream of income

and also ensures our wish to make a meaningful future gift to the Drake University football program.”

— Bill, JO’66, and Jean Riemenschneider


“In gratitude for a college experience that set my life’s direction,

I support Drake University with lifetime gifts and have designated Drake University as beneficiary of my IRA.”

— Peggy Fisher, FA’70

For more ideas on how to make Drake a part of your legacy, visit and click on “Giving to Drake.” If you have questions regarding planned giving, please contact Amy Peters, LW’96, director of planned giving, at 515-271-4069 or



Students Association presented a diverse offering of colorful costumes and cultural culinary delights during the annual International Night. The multicultural evening began in Sheslow Auditorium with student performances including dancing and drumming and was followed by a festive international food-tasting buffet in Olmsted Center.

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