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BEYOND BLUE Diversity at Drake: Perception, Reality and Challenges


From the President This edition of Drake Blue explores the issue of diversity. In it we discuss the opportunities, responsibilities and challenges that present themselves as higher education institutions in general — and Drake University in particular — search for effective ways in which to reflect the richness of our national and global societies, prepare our graduates for a world of great differences and fulfill our social compact as an engine of socio-economic mobility for all those who strive for a better future. Diversity is an issue that has been at the center of campus discourse and concern for the more than 10 years that I have been at Drake University. For those of you with memories prodigious enough to recall Drake’s Strategic Plan 2001–2006, in the following paragraphs you will hear echoes of the rationale for Goal IV of that plan: Ensure that Drake students, faculty and staff are able to function effectively as members of diverse local, national and global communities. The fact that diversity has been a central concern for the University for some time is both good news and a challenge: There is no question that we have made significant progress in a number of ways — some measurable and some subjective. But we, like most colleges and universities in this country, have a long way to go to fulfill both our goals and our responsibilities in this area. Among the reasons for the vital importance of diversity in a university of Drake’s stature and aspirations are the following:

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• American society is increasingly diverse. By the middle of this century, there will be no majority population in the United States. It is critical that we prepare graduates of Drake University with the skills to negotiate difference, an intolerance of prejudice and the knowledge and perspectives to value difference and to learn from it. The health of American society in the 21st century is dependent on our collective ability to understand that difference is an opportunity — not a barrier. • At its heart, the fundamental purpose of a university is the discovery, exchange and application of new ideas. In this context, diversity is essential to the learning environment. At Drake University we emphasize the value of collaborative learning and the richness of the educational experience that comes from interacting with people of different backgrounds, different assumptions about the world, different experiences, and different interests, passions and aspirations. In an ideal world the Drake student body would comprise thousands of students who have — at least initially — virtually nothing in common except high ability, the desire to be at Drake and a passion for learning. • The events of recent years have emphasized all the more the complexities of America’s role in the world community. The ability to function effectively in a global arena is essential to our national security, economic competitiveness and ability to participate in collaborative solutions to the challenges (such as famine, epidemics, environmental degradation, terrorism) that face us as a global community.

• The economic and social gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” in the United States and across the globe is widening dramatically. Higher education traditionally has been the most powerful engine of socio-economic mobility. Drake University must be part of the solution, not part of the problem. We must participate in collaborative strategies that improve high school graduation rates and prepare students for the rigors of higher education, and we must do our best to address the financial needs of all students who are qualified for admission. This last rationale brings me to a most important point: Drake University cannot continue to become more diverse solely by intensifying our efforts to recruit students, faculty and staff (though we will always look for ways to make those efforts more effective!). We are confronted with a national, systemic issue defined by factors beyond our control, but not beyond our influence. The high school graduation and college-going rates for some underrepresented populations is a national shame, and our communities must take responsibility for that failure and commit to collective solutions involving school districts, higher education institutions, business and political leadership, and charitable organizations. We cannot stand back and blame our schools for this failure — we are all responsible, and we must all act. At the same time, our faculty and staff will not become significantly more diverse if we in the higher education community do not do a better job of encouraging and supporting talented undergraduates from underrepresented populations in pursuing advanced degrees and aspiring to careers in our colleges and universities. We at Drake University are powerfully committed to being part of those broader solutions. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Business-Higher Education Forum, I am personally part of a broad-based discussion to effect systemic change and increase college readiness (www.bhef.com/cri), particularly among underrepresented populations, and we will do everything possible to ensure that Drake University is a vital and valued force in addressing this critical national challenge.

Dr. David E. Maxwell, President

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campus Andrew Classen, renowned trumpeter and Fred and Patty Turner Professor of Jazz Studies, performed with the band on two selections. President Maxwell spoke briefly, thanking Turner for his generosity and dedication to Drake.

Back row from left: Students Mariah Marconi, Jessica Lang and Zachary Smith. Front row: Drake President David Maxwell and Congressman Leonard Boswell.

U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell joined Drake President David Maxwell and students in the World Languages and Cultures program to announce the receipt of $1.58 million in federal funds for a new virtual language-learning program. (see story, page 17) LAW SCHOOL HOSTS DEBATE ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LEGISLATION IN IOWA With Iowa’s same-sex marriage decision in the national spotlight, the Constitutional Law Center hosted a debate addressing questions Iowans should examine after the state Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage. The debate, which was titled “Religious Liberty Exemptions and the Iowa Same-Sex Marriage Decision,” featured Tom Berg, of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis, and Nan Hunter, of Georgetown Law School and UCLA Law School. Berg asserted that Iowa should permit religious organizations, businesses and individual vendors to not provide services to same-sex couples if that would violate their religious principles. The exemption might not apply if the same-sex couple could not get the service elsewhere, but he argued that only such a broad exemption approach would fully acknowledge the importance of religious identity for people and some businesses.

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Hunter responded that such a broad exemption was unprecedented in antidiscrimination law and would open the door to abuses. Instead, she said those who object to same-sex marriage should work to find more creative solutions than refusing to collaborate. JAZZ I PERFORMS AT MCDONALD’S CORP. HEADQUARTERS The Jazz Ensemble I performed for an audience of 300 at a party for Fred Turner, LA’55, honorary chairman of McDonald’s Corp. The event was held at Hamburger University, the corporation’s home office, in Oak Brook, IL. The program featured a variety of jazz styles, including swing, funk, bebop and Latin compositions, and even included a guitar solo by Drake University President David Maxwell. “The positive response from the audience all the way through the concert kept the band upbeat through all twelve charts,” said Pam Neubauer, a senior music major and principal trombonist. “It was a great experience that I will never forget.”

RENT STAR ANTHONY RAPP SHARES TIPS FOR ASPIRING ACTORS Anthony Rapp stepped away from the Broadway tour of Rent to offer advice to aspiring actors during a visit to campus last fall. Deena Conley, associate professor of theatre arts, and Jeff Chelesvig, president and CEO of the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, moderated the discussion. Rapp is best known for creating the role of Mark Cohen in both Broadway and off-Broadway casts of Rent, which he also reprised in the 2005 film adaptation. “It was incredible,” said Jonas Davidow, a senior musical theatre major. “I was sitting front row center looking him dead in the eyes. It was really enriching to get the perspective of a professional.” Rapp covered topics including the acting process, his tours with Rent and how he has worked to keep his character alive after many performances, including on film. In addition, he offered advice for actors about being successful in the business. STUDENTS JOIN SUNY MODEL EUROPEAN UNION SIMULATION IN IRELAND Ten students represented the United Kingdom and Poland in the State University of New York (SUNY) Model European Union Simulation at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland. The simulation involved more than 125 students, who learned about the European Union while gaining the opportunity to interact with students from EU member and candidate member states. “I sat next to a student from Wales, who said he had never participated in an event where so many nationalities of students were interacting in one place,” said Ellen Bastian. “It really is a unique experience.” All students were assigned a role as a representative of a larger delegation as heads of government, foreign ministers, EU commissioners or members of the press corps.

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The Digital Student WHEN SHE GRADUATES IN MAY THIS STUDENT WILL HAVE A DIGITAL RECORD OF HER FOUR YEARS AT DRAKE — AND THOUSANDS OF FOLLOWERS WAITING FOR HER NEXT MOVE. College is a period of great personal growth and development — a time when students discover themselves and find their place in the world. It’s a highly personal experience, and one that student Meagan Savage has documented in a very public way. Since her first semester at Drake in 2006, Savage, a magazines and English double major, has been writing about her life on the Office of Admission’s student blog page. She was among the first students to participate in the blog and the only one to have kept a public history of her four-year Drake experience. INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON “As a freshman, blogging made me feel more connected to others facing the same challenges,” says Savage. “The comments and feedback I got from people were exciting. It made me realize that people were interested in my experience here.” And the interest has been widespread. Her posts receive hundreds of hits each month, and several thousand readers from more than 85 countries have paid a visit to her page in the last 20 months alone. She’s written about her many volunteer activities and internships, shared her personal and professional difficulties and successes, and related her many experiences with several campus organizations. “It definitely made me reflect on my experience more,” she says. “I probably would have never kept a journal or even a personal blog for the entire time, so this is nice for me to have and look back on as a record of my time here.”

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HAPPY PLACES In her very first post, Savage talked about the importance

of finding a “happy place” on campus — a space to get away from the crowds and spend some time alone. “Drake is the king of all little nooks, crannies and secret little hiding places,” she wrote. “I am one of these people who likes to get some peace and quiet to collect my thoughts now and again.” One of her favorite quiet getaway spots is the Olmsted Mezzanine — which she appropriately renamed “upper upper-Olmsted.” Four years later she still has a few secret quiet spots. “I still have a happy place on campus,” she says. “Though by now I’ve given most of them away.” Now in her final days as a Drake undergraduate student, Savage has begun blogging daily in an effort to capture the unique feeling known as “senioritis.” “I want to show that special bipolarity that comes in the last 100 days,” she says. “I don’t really feel like going to class, but I don’t want to wish it away and have it be over either.” — Tim Schmitt, GR’08

NOTE: ALL STUDENT BLOGS, INCLUDING MEAGAN’S, CAN BE VIEWED AT: www.drake.edu/admission/ugrad/life/studentblogs MEAGAN’S POST-DRAKE BLOG CAN BE FOUND AT: meaganis20something.blogspot.com

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DRAKE RECEIVES $3 MILLION GIFT FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP CENTER Drake University announced a $3 million gift from alumnus Bill Buchanan, BN’57, and his wife, Jean, to establish the William M. and Jean M. Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The center, which will be housed in the College of Business and Public Administration, will provide opportunities for the entire campus community. Debra Bishop, who directs the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, will serve as the initial director for the center. Through the Buchanan Center, graduate and undergraduate students and faculty members in all disciplines will be able to hone their skills and develop additional tools to become effective and successful entrepreneurs. “Drake has a strong foundation in entrepreneurial programs, and this gift will enable us to build on our existing strength and offer more opportunities for all students,” said Drake President David Maxwell. “We are very grateful to the Buchanans for their lifelong commitment to Drake University and its students, and for their remarkably generous gift.”

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CHAMBER CHOIR TOURS ENGLAND The Drake Chamber Choir traveled across the Atlantic to perform concerts in England in January, accompanied by Director of Choral Studies Aimee Beckmann-Collier. “Our goal was to enable students to develop performance skills within the demanding schedule of international touring,” said Beckmann-Collier. “The students deepened their understanding of themselves and their country as they worked, ate, traveled and explored another country.” The singers received warm ovations for their performances at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the Chapel of Saint John’s College at Cambridge University and Coventry Cathedral in West Midlands, among other historic venues. “Not only did we travel to Europe to share our music with a different part of the world, but with all parts of the world,” said senior Max Maher. “England is a cultural gathering point for tourists, and the fact that we brightened the days of people not only from Europe, but from Asia, Australia and many other areas, made our days brighter in turn.” A student blog and photos from the trip can be viewed at ccengland.weebly.com DRAKE PRESENTS OPPORTUNITIES IN ACTUARIAL SCIENCE TO LOCAL STUDENTS Drake University is home to one of the top actuarial science programs in the country, but many students from Iowa are unaware of the opportunities in their own backyards. That’s why Rahul Parsa, professor of actuarial science, launched a new initiative to attract Des Moines-area students to Drake’s actuarial science program. Last fall, more than 100 students visited Drake for the inaugural Central Academy Actuarial Science Career Day to learn about the actuarial science program. “Many of these students are trying to get into Ivy League schools,” said Parsa. “They don’t realize that Drake is among the top actuarial science schools in the country.” The program featured a presentation about Drake’s actuarial science program and a question-and-answer session and allowed visiting students to meet with actuarial science majors over lunch.

25TH BUCKSBAUM LECTURE ANNOUNCED Azar Nafisi, author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, will present Drake University’s 25th Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. Reading Lolita in Tehran describes the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. The book, which has been translated into 32 languages, has won numerous awards and been named one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by The Times of London. Nafisi taught at the University of Tehran, which expelled her for refusing to wear the mandatory Islamic veil. She has lived in the United States since 1997 and is now a visiting professor and director of cultural conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. The Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by a gift from Melva and the late Martin Bucksbaum, longtime member of Drake’s governing board. BUSINESS STUDENTS WIN CASH IN BROOKS CASE COMPEITION Three teams of Drake University business students received cash prizes for their efforts to help Assurity Life Insurance Co. determine the best location for its new facility. Ten teams of students studied, evaluated and gave recommendations on whether the company should build a new facility in the city or in a suburban location. “The Brooks Weekend Case Competition was designed for students to integrate the tools they have learned in the classroom into a fairly complex case,” said Jill Bale, visiting assistant professor of finance. “The competition was a valuable experience because it required us to take the knowledge that we have gained from courses at Drake and apply it to a single, real-world problem,” said student A.J. Harris. “It was nice to see that the material covered in our finance and actuarial science courses can be integrated into solving a complex problem.” “Writing the executive summary and giving a presentation was good experience on presenting only the most valuable points of our

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STUDENT-ORGANIZED CONFERENCE ADDRESSES OVERCOMING RACIAL PRIVILEGE Drake University students, faculty and friends gathered last fall for a conference on white privilege, “The Race Card: Who Holds the Privileged Hand?” Drake senior Brittanie Pearson organized the conference as a way to increase awareness of race issues and racial privilege among Drake campus and community members. “I wanted people to be able to have conversations about race and not feel like it can’t be touched,” Pearson said. Anti-racist activist Peggy McIntosh gave the keynote address. As the author of White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, she explains white privilege as the cumulative effects of white supremacy, which has institutionalized whiteness as a standard of excellence, providing greater chances of success because of pale skin color. The conference featured discussions and workshops by Drake faculty and students. Topics included daily encounters of race on campus, psychological understandings of race and concepts of race and the senses.

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DRAKE STUDENTS SERVE AS EXTRAS IN ABIGAIL BRESLIN FILM More than 100 students served as extras in the upcoming film Janie Jones, starring Abigail Breslin of Little Miss Sunshine. Crews from Unified Pictures and Absurda shot scenes for the film, scheduled for release in summer 2010, in the Harmon Fine Arts Center and elsewhere on campus. The extras were on the scene for seven hours, acting as college students at a rock concert. In the scene, members of the performing band begin to fight, while the students record the brawl on their cell phones. “It was long, but fun.” said Susan Kerss, of Des Moines, who is pursuing a master’s degree in communication leadership. “The cast and crew told us we were better than the L.A. groups. Everyone was a trooper.” DRAKE BEGINS SINGLE-STREAM RECYCLING Drake became the first college or university in Des Moines to begin campus-wide single-stream recycling. The process, which began in October, is a system in which all recyclables are mixed together, making it as easy to use the recycling bin as it is the trash can. Drake is partnering with Greenstar Recycling on the program. Greenstar-Des Moines is the largest deposit container processor in Iowa. It also is the materials processor for the Des Moines Curb It! recycling program.

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analysis,” said Austin Mitchell, who was part of the first-place team. “Having only the weekend to do the project simulated a real-life work experience in which results are needed quickly.”

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb exhibit hosted by Cowles Library contained materials from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan and included photographs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, drawings from survivors depicting their experiences and a collection of 15 oral testimonies.

EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A BULLDOG The Office of Admission has had a busy spring. As of February, applications for admission were at a record high with more than 5,500 — an increase of more than 1,000 applications from the same time last year. The academic quality of these applicants is excellent, as reflected in the approximately 400 prospective students who participated in the National Alumni Scholarship competition in February. Drake is proud to welcome all National Alumni Scholars to campus this fall, and has awarded six full-ride scholarships and 10 full-tuition scholarships to members of this group for their four years of study at Drake. In January and February, Drake staff and alumni attended student receptions in 15 locations throughout the U.S. for admitted students. Most of these receptions were held in the homes of proud Drake alumni. Several hundred prospective families attended these receptions and enjoyed learning more about Drake from the stories and experiences of the Drake alums. In March and early April, Drake welcomed many students to campus for visit programs geared toward both admitted students finishing their college search and sophomores/juniors who are just beginning the process. The Office of Admission expects the entering class in fall 2010 to be approximately 870 students and is now beginning to shift focus to the class of 2011.

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faculty of 1850, which mandated that runaway slaves be returned to their masters. Her paper is a follow-up to an earlier work, which discussed her ancestor John Jolliffe, an abolitionist lawyer in Cincinnati who defended escaped slaves. The conference explored topics including concepts of free expression, images of race and gender, sensationalism and crime. The annual symposium serves as a venue to share research and to develop a series of monographs on issues of the 19th century press.

PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURED IN NEW EDITION OF WILDFLOWERS Tom Rosburg, associate professor and chair of biology and director of environmental science and policy, has been praised for his photographs of grassland wildflowers included in the second edition of Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie, a field companion for exploring grassland plants. The book, originally published in 1989 by the University of Iowa Press, introduced many naturalists to the beauty and diversity of the native plants of the grasslands. The second edition was redesigned using full-page color photographs, taken by Rosburg, that accompany each species account. Rosburg also provided guidance for revising the scientific names listed in the book. DEAN OF STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE Sentwali Bakari, dean of students, was recognized with the Iowa Student Personnel Association’s Outstanding Service Award. In announcing the award, ISPA Past President Lynn Evans said Bakari had “truly demonstrated through ISPA and other activities great leadership and commitment in furthering the goals and objectives of the organization and of student affairs across the state of Iowa.” As a member of the ISPA Executive Board, Bakari has been involved with the association for six years and has also served as president. PROFESSOR, THREE ALUMNI IN FORBIDDEN BROADWAY StageWest’s production of Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits at Stoner Theater at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines featured the talents of a Drake faculty member and three alumnae. Karla Kash, assistant professor of theatre, was director and choreographer of the production. Also working on the production were Kiley Fattor, AS’09, stage manager; Dana Gustafson, AS’09, production manager and assistant director; and Liz Ward, AS’09, cast. JOHNSON HONORED WITH AWARDS Gary Johnson, associate director of human resources, received the Excellence in Human Resource Practices Award from the College and University Professional Association for

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Melissa Heames Weresh, professor of law, was awarded the 2009 Warren E. Burger Writing Competition Prize in October. Kenneth Starr, dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law, presented the award at a ceremony in the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Human Resources. He was honored for his work on Drake’s custom electronic performance management system. The award was presented at the association’s annual conference in Las Vegas along with a $2,000 cash prize, which will be contributed to the Drake scholarship endowment. In addition, Johnson was honored last spring with the Midwest Region Excellence in Human Resources Management Practices Award for his work on the evaluation process during the CUPA-HR Midwest Region Conference in Branson, MO. PAPER PRESENTED AT NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM Lee Jolliffe, associate professor of journalism, presented “Ohio Newspapers and the Border Wars of the 1850s” at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War and Free Expression held at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. Jolliffe discussed newspaper coverage of the escaped slave chases of the Ohio-Kentucky border wars following the Fugitive Slave Act

MEIER APPOINTED TO IOWA TASK FORCE FOR CIVIL JUSTICE REFORM Luke Meier, assistant professor of law, was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to serve on the state’s Task Force for Civil Justice Reform. He is one of 14 members of the new task force, which has been directed by the Iowa Supreme Court to develop a plan for a multi-option civil justice system. “It is an incredible honor, and responsibility, to be named to the task force,” Meier said. “I look forward to working on the important issues and problems identified by the Iowa Supreme Court.” The plans of the task force include proposals for new court processes and improvements in current processes that will foster prompt, affordable and high-quality resolution of non-domestic civil cases. PROVOST ORGANIZED ESSAY COLLECTION HONORING BRAIN RESEARCHER AND MENTOR Drake University Provost Michael J. Renner collaborated with colleagues in the Association for Psychological Science to publish a collection of narratives about one of his mentors in the December 2009 issue of the APS Observer newsletter. Mark Rosenzweig, who died last summer at his home in Berkeley, CA, at 86, was a research psychologist who proved that experiences in adulthood and childhood reshape the brain. He was well known for his work and research with rats and for a series of experiments on “enriched environment” that found the cerebral cortex in brains of rats living in richer environments grew in response to this experience. The discovery that the brain is “plastic” formed the basis for much of contemporary neuroscience.

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The World At Large FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS PUT THIS PROFESSOR AND DRAKE STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AND AROUND THE GLOBE While many students study abroad as part of their college years, one professor is making a push for international opportunities beyond graduation. Eleanor Zeff, associate professor of politics and international relations, has led the University to a No. 2 ranking among the nation’s master’s institutions that produce Fulbright Scholars — students who are federally funded to spend one year of postgraduate study teaching or conducting research in a foreign country. “The best thing about doing this is the privilege of working one-on-one with some of Drake’s best students,” says Zeff, who has been the adviser for the exchange program since 2003. “Everyone at Drake is extremely supportive. The faculty are all excited, and we’re all working to find more opportunities for our students.” LEADING THE TEAM As coordinator of postgraduate opportunities, Zeff

leads a committee of 10 faculty members who help Drake seniors prepare Fulbright applications. To date, 35 students have applied for and 12 students have received scholarships under her advisement. These scholars have been placed worldwide, including locations in South Korea, Morocco and Jordan. “I work intensely with each student,” says Zeff, who may spend upwards of 10 hours working with a single applicant. Her time is devoted to not only application paperwork but also committee meetings and recruitment activities. In addition, Zeff plans the annual spring reception for scholars. Students are identified at Drake as potential Fulbright scholars based on a minimum GPA of 3.70. The program awards approximately 1,500 student grants per year, selecting scholars based on the strength of the application and the needs of the country. “Everyone I work with is a top student, and they are all doing great things, whether or not they receive the Fulbright Scholarship,” Zeff says. “There are more students who should be applying for this program.” THE GIVE AND TAKE Zeff promotes the Fulbright Scholarship because she

understands that students have much to gain from the international experience, but also because what they have to offer is valuable. As scholars, they get to know the people in communities abroad and can report back on how to best reach them with foreign aid. “Drake’s Fulbright Scholars represent the University’s interest in encouraging globalization and helping the community and society,” says Zeff. “Above the prestige of the program, our students make a difference in the lives of people.” — Rebecca Lee, Class of 2010

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Drake’s Olympian Quest DRAKE STADIUM SETS SIGHTS ON HOSTING 2016 OLYMPIC TRIALS

“The 2016 Olympic trials have yet to secure a location. Bringing the Olympic Track & Field Trials to Drake Stadium continues to be our quest.” BRIAN BROWN Relays Director

The $15 million revitalization of Drake Stadium five years ago has started paying dividends to both the University and to Des Moines. It may have been simpler and cheaper to demolish the 85-year-old stadium and build a new one from scratch, but the venerable red brick grandstand held years of nostalgic memories for too many. Tourism incentives turned restoration into a practical alternative to demolition, creating a unique and historic venue that held great potential for luring signature events to Des Moines. “We have been hosting at least one major event every year that brings in $5–$20 million in community spending,” said Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Drake athletic director. The NCAA Track & Field Championships came to Drake in the midst of Des Moines’ 2008 floods, and yet more than 11,000 fans turned out on the final day. The Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics visited the following summer and then committed to returning in 2014. This summer, the USA Track & Field (USATF) finals will come to Drake in a special year for that event. “This is our big year because it’s the only year in a four year cycle in which ours is the ultimate track meet — there are no Olympics or World Championships following it,” said Doug Logan, USATF director. “It’s the big event, and we’re delighted to be holding it in Des Moines.”

Last year the NCAA announced that Drake Stadium would again host its track championships in a previously unprecedented back-to-back deal for both 2011 and 2012. Each of these events has played a role in Drake Stadium gaining recognition. But the brass ring of athletic events is yet to be hosted in the stadium. “The 2016 Olympic trials have yet to secure a location,” said Relays Director Brian Brown. “Bringing the Olympic Track & Field Trials to Drake Stadium continues to be our quest.” Because Chicago failed to land the 2016 Olympics, the trials are up for grabs. Des Moines and Eugene, OR, seem to be the leading venues of choice. “Both locations have shown the kind of ticket sales, crowd, community enthusiasm and general atmosphere that the U.S. Olympic Committee wants,” said Brown. — Jim Duncan

MEN’S SOCCER TEAM EARNS TOP-10 RANKING The Drake Men’s Soccer team finished its record-setting season with an appearance in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament and a No. 8 national ranking. “To be ranked in the top 10 is beyond our greatest expectations,” said Drake Head Soccer Coach Sean Holmes. “We always thought we could build something special, and I think this is validation of how far we truly have come as a program.”

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Drake Reaches Out RELAYS LEAPs FROM the STADIUM INTO THE CITY The Drake Relays is set to begin its second century as an annual rite of spring. Each year some 30,000 fans and more than 8,000 athletes gather on Drake’s campus as faithfully as the daffodils blossom. Far more than spectator sport, the Relays has become an interactive weekend showing off Drake and Des Moines to a cosmopolitan audience from at least 49 states and 30 foreign countries. And now more than ever before, the Relays has expanded into the community. “This year’s off-campus events stem from a vision for the 101st running of the Relays, to simulate the academic nuances of 101, as in English 101,” says Brian Brown, Relays director. “The goal is to represent an introductory educational experience.” This year, Brown said, Relays week will include several events in the downtown area that will encourage fans to participate as well as observe. On Monday, Relays week will kick off as usual with the annual Beautiful Bulldog contest in Nollen Plaza. The “Grand Blue Mile” event on the Tuesday of Relays week will host runners and walkers alike who will race

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down Grand Avenue from the Meredith Corporation offices to Nollen Plaza. To educate fans on healthy lifestyles, Drake is partnering in hosting this event with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Live Healthy Iowa, a national health and wellness program that focuses on education, motivation and personal achievement. Relays Wednesday will bring the annual “Fake Relays” event to Court Avenue near Fourth Street — the same area that will come alive with live music and celebration of the Relays on Friday night. In addition, the Office of Alumni Relations has expanded the annual street painting event to downtown with area businesses, community members, alumni and friends painting parts of the street in the Historical Court Avenue District. Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Drake athletic director, voices the benefits of such events. “Working with the greater Des Moines community, along with others, allows us to take the Drake Relays smack into the middle of the city and expose new people to the events,” she says. “It also allows these individuals to see the best of the best among world athletes —

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up close and personal in a way that few ever have the opportunity to observe.” Doug Logan, CEO of USA Track & Field which is set to bring the national championship meet to Drake this summer (see article on previous page), is a big fan of such community-focused events. “It’s outreach at its very best,” says Logan. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie agrees, adding that these events help create a positive dynamic that demonstrates the symbiotic relationship being fostered between Des Moines and Drake. “It allows the University to more conspicuously become a part of the community,” says Cownie. “Drake University President David Maxwell has reached out to the city in this manner more than any previous Drake president. He wants to help invigorate the city, and the city wants to invigorate the University. That’s reciprocally beneficial. I know that I want Drake students to feel a part of the city — because business leaders want to keep Drake graduates in Des Moines.” — Jim Duncan

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Diversity at Drake:

Perception, Reality and ChallengeS — Tim Schmitt, GR’08

Reality failed to meet expectation when Lawrence Crawford came to Des Moines and Drake University. It suddenly seemed too white. He felt like an outsider and wondered if he made the wrong choice. “I was mad about being here at first because no one was like me. I didn’t think I was going to have any fun,” he recalls. “I thought I would have to change to fit in — to change the way I act, talk and dress.” On her first day as a Drake graduate student, Michelle Laughlin, GR’08, couldn’t get to class. She had no way of getting to the second story room in a building that wasn’t handicap accessible. “My first impression of Drake was that there was no access,” she says. “And in a lot of ways, this first impression was correct.” Brittanie Pearson arrived on campus and didn’t think twice about being another white student in the crowd until a class introduced her to the concept of white privilege. “I began to look at myself and how white privilege affected my experience on campus,” she says. 12


Each of these members of the Drake community has faced different challenges on campus. And each has come to understand where they fit in and what their varied experiences offer each other, the University and the community as a whole. “Race became something I could look past,” says Crawford. “I learned that diversity in and of itself is just being different. Our student body might not look diverse, but it really is.” Some might question this statement. After all, most Drake students identify themselves as white, and only about 9 percent identify with underrepresented populations (see sidebar below). “In the ideal campus environment, Drake would be home to 3,500 students who had nothing in common except their choice of University,” says Drake University President David Maxwell. “That is diversity in the greatest possible sense.” Though Drake hasn’t become that ideal environment, and few would argue that it is as diverse as it can be, the numbers might surprise some people. Drake’s minority population of 9 percent (not including international students or those who choose not to identify themselves) is comparable to the state universities and the state of Iowa, though smaller than the city of Des Moines. But those are only numbers. And the numbers tell only a small part of the story.

The Bigger Picture

“We’re trying to get away from this narrow view of diversity,” says Wanda Everage, vice provost for student affairs and academic excellence. “It is not just racial and ethnic, though that is a part of it.” Diversity, in the most basic sense, means different. And those differences can be tied to ethnicity, religion, disability, race, sexual orientation, gender and any number of other factors that humans use to define themselves. And Drake students, no matter where they end up, will share the world with people from different cultures, backgrounds and world views, explains Michael Renner, provost. Helping them understand how this benefits them, personally and professionally, is an important part of what Drake is trying to do.

“Ten years ago we were talking about globalization in the future, about living in a world where international borders don’t mean much, and it happened much faster than we expected,” says Renner. “It’s important for our students to be prepared to live and work in the real world, and Drake should be a microcosm of the world at large.”

“In the ideal campus environment, Drake would be home to 3,500 students who had nothing in common except their choice of University.” — President David Maxwell And though Drake does not yet reflect the level of diversity it would like, much has been done to bring more students from underrepresented populations to campus and to increase diversity in every sense of the word among the Drake community. And this means reaching out far beyond the borders of campus.

Action and Effort

If creating campus diversity were as simple as recruiting students from different backgrounds, bringing them to campus and setting them loose to interact and succeed, there would be no need to discuss the issue further. The admissions staff has long focused on recruiting from underrepresented populations, and there are programs, student groups and campus organizations in place to help all students feel at home. If only it were so easy. “The challenge with increasing diversity is a systemic one,” says President Maxwell. “If we focus our discussions solely on Drake, we’re going to be having the same conversation in 20 years that we had 20 years ago.” Nationwide the high school graduation rate for African American and Hispanic students is about 15 percent lower than that of Caucasian students. This means there is an extremely limited pool

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Drake UniversitY / 2009 Total Enrollment: 5,653

Minority: 9.0% (12.9 % not identified)

Iowa State / 2009 Total Enrollment: 27,945

Minority: 9.06%

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Total Enrollment: 30,328

Minority: 10.3% (Source: Office of the Registrar)

2008 Population (estimate) Total: 3,002,555

Minority: 9.7% (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

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2006 Population (estimate) Total: 193,886

Minority: 6.9%

Minority: 17.7 %

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from which to recruit qualified students, and the competition for these students is fierce. “The bottom line is that all schools are competing for the same small group of students,” says Tom Delahunt, vice president for admission and student financial planning. “Our responsibility is to be a positive influence for the community, and it is imperative that we help ensure the citizenry are better educated than they would have been without our presence.” And if Drake is only focusing on recruiting from the same limited applicant pool without working to increase the flow in the pipeline, nothing will change. So the question becomes, “How do we affect the pipeline?” In an effort to address this issue, Drake is in the early stages of developing a comprehensive program to bring more minority students to Drake and empower them to help further increase the pool of qualified students from underrepresented populations by sending them back into the community as representatives of the University. “If we succeed in this and students end up going somewhere else, it is still a win,” says Renner. “Of course Drake would hope to receive many of them as students as well, but that’s not the entire goal of the program.” The University’s academic and administrative units have also put into place several other programs that allow faculty, staff and students to bring students from these populations to campus and help demystify the college experience.

“We’re trying to get away from this narrow view of diversity. It is not just racial and ethnic, though that is a part of it.” — Wanda Everage Among them: • A summer camp hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences has local students from underrepresented populations working with faculty on research projects. • The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Gear Up program brings diverse high school students to campus to learn about pharmacy and increase interest in applying for college. • The Urban Education program in the School of Education helps future teachers understand the challenges of diversity in a teaching environment. The recent Teacher Quality program brought diverse students into the education program, then placed them in Des Moines schools as teachers who can carry the ideas forward to more students. “There isn’t a silver bullet solution or a magic button to the diversity question,” says Renner. “There are many things we need to be doing. We do some very well, and some we still need to work on.”

Diversity Through Experience

Though the word “diversity” is not used specifically in Drake’s mission statement, its importance and necessity are expressed in the first sentence: “Drake’s mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments and responsible global citizenship.” And this sentence is the driving force behind the efforts to promote diversity at Drake. “David Maxwell tries to put ownership of diversity on everyone’s shoulders so no one can say, ‘That’s not my job,’” explains Sentwali Bakari, dean of students. This decentralized approach means that there is no single person, university-wide committee or working group in charge of diversity efforts. Though this may seem like a shortcoming at first glance, it is an intentional and strategic effort to make diversity everyone’s responsibility. “I have long said that if Drake went the way of having a minority affairs office, I would leave,” says Everage. “It might work at some places, but people tend to send all their problems to that one office. When people take ownership of it, it becomes an integral part of who we are.” This approach allows and encourages each department, college and school to take charge of its own diversity goals and provide experiences for students. But perhaps the most important result of this approach is that students have the opportunity to take charge of the issue as well. “Students are telling us that this needs to be part of everything we talk about and included in all our classes,” says Lori Blachford, the Fisher/Stelter Chair of Magazine Journalism. “They say they know what diversity is, but now they need to feel it and to have hands-on experiences.”

Changing Minds

Lawrence Crawford learned soon after arriving at Drake that diversity meant more than he first realized and discovered this by getting involved with a wide range of organizations. “It didn’t take long to be comfortable here,” he says. “I branched out into a lot of different activities. I stumbled along the way, but I figured it out.” After Michelle Laughlin finished her graduate program with a degree in counseling services, she took a job at Drake where she is now coordinator of student disability services. “If I can use my experience to influence how we operate, then that is a powerful thing,” she says. “I’ve seen a lot of positive change here, and we still have a lot of homework to do. But Drake is asking the right questions.” Brittanie Pearson turned her concern about white privilege into a two-day conference: “The Race Card: Who Holds the Privileged Hand?” The conference included discussions, a keynote speaker


and workshops to help participants develop tools to combat the problem. “I think there is space here at Drake for this type of activity,” she says. “I thought I would have to fight to get a conversation about race that might be critical of Drake, but all the faculty were really supportive. “My biggest fear is that the conference would take place, and then the conversation would be over,” she adds. “I don’t think that’s happened, and I hope other undergrads and the administration will step forward to embrace the differences in the Drake community.”

The Never-Ending Quest

The conference created and led by Pearson, says Bakari, demonstrates how students embrace diversity and lead the University. But it also demonstrates how Drake faculty and staff create a welcoming environment for students and encourage them to pursue their interests and share their experiences. “A lot of times universities are reactive,” says Bakari. “If an issue pops up, we get to work on it and really focus on what we’re doing and come up with solutions. I think we are doing some terrific,

“I’ve seen a lot of positive change here, and we still have a lot of homework to do. But Drake is asking the right questions.” — Michelle Laughlin proactive things, but we can always do more. We can always think more strategically.” The acknowledgement that more can be done about diversity is widespread on campus among students, faculty, staff and administration. But rather than a statement of shortcomings, it’s more a nod to the reality of the situation and an acknowledgement that the quest for diversity is never ending. “There is more we can do of course,” says Blachford. “But it has to be in every class and part of who we are and what we do. It’s an ongoing process. I don’t think you can ever understand enough about the world.”

as we see it: Thoughts on diversity from the Drake Community Lori Blachford

Fisher/Stelter Chair of Magazine Journalism When we discuss diversity in the classroom, it can sometimes feel like we’re examining the issues at arm’s length. Last spring, our Magazine Capstone class had the chance to get up close and personal with diversity issues that included civil rights, religion, sexual orientation, politics and more — all in one story: the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling that made marriage legal for same-sex couples. This local story drew national — even international — attention. And our students were right in the middle of it. They attended news conferences, protests and rallies on the day of the decision. Three weeks later, they were at the Polk County Administrative Building to interview the first couples lining up to apply for marriage licenses, as well as a group with petitions asking that those applications be denied. The students filled their thinkdsm.com Web site with articles, photographs and videos. Their response to the story was quick and thorough. At one point, the students’ work was among Google’s top 10 results for “Iowa gay marriage.” Matty Smith’s photo of one Iowa couple even ended up on the Oprah show.

All in all, it was stellar journalism, exactly what we expect from our students. But the greater outcome, in my view, was what happened outside the public eye, in room 104 of Meredith Hall. That’s where the “Did you know …” and “I never thought about … ” conversations took place as students chased the story. That’s where Professor Jill Van Wyke and I talked with the students about bias and objectivity and empathy. That’s where I told them how personal this ruling was for me. I shared the story of my 25-year relationship with another woman that was every bit a marriage with none of the legal protections. I talked about our sons and how the ruling would affect them. In return, the students shared their own views on marriage and the beliefs and experiences that shaped those views. We didn’t always agree, of course, but we did listen to one another. As a result, we all gained a deeper understanding. A few students even shared their thoughts on the Web site’s blog. Luz Sacta wrote about the role religion played in her reaction to the changing definition of marriage in Iowa. Kristin Looney reflected on civil rights and on her own status as a “white, heterosexual, middle-class, suburban Catholic girl.” In a world that all but demands that we choose sides, room 104 was our middle ground. It was where diversity wasn’t just an issue; it had a face and a name. And we knew we would never look at it in quite the same way again.

Each of the blog entries referenced can be viewed at www.drake.edu/magazine


Michelle Laughlin, GR’08

Renee Hardman, LA’83, GR’89

Coordinator, Student Disability Services, Drake

Growing up with a disability in small town Iowa, I was the very definition of diversity. There wasn’t anyone like me. In fact, there wasn’t anyone even remotely close to being like me. My parents were never ashamed of me, and they let me live my life out in the public eye. I was completely fine with my situation. People stared and asked questions because I was different from them. I always insisted that they were staring at me because they didn’t know me. My parents raised me to believe that I was born this way for a reason. It was up to me to figure out what that reason was. It didn’t take long to realize that I was put here to help put people at ease accepting not only my disability but the differences I could see in others as well. When little kids ask what happened to me, I give them the most honest answer that I can because I may be the first person they feel comfortable asking their questions. I want kids to be able to accept those who are different from themselves. Being the coordinator of student disability services at Drake has allowed me to help my students realize that they don’t need to use their disabilities as excuses or crutches but can use their disability as an asset that makes them stronger. It’s all about acceptance. As a child growing up I had a choice to make: I could either bury my head in the sand, or I could accept my disability. I decided to accept my disability. We are only given one life, so I decided to live mine to the fullest. My disability does not define me. I am grateful that I was born differently. It opens up opportunities to meet people I would never have met, go places I would never have gone and advocate for those who may not be able to do so themselves. For that I am truly grateful.

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Banker’s Trust

The word “diversity” by itself simply means differences among people. It represents the things that make us uniquely who we are. It can be our ethnic background, religion, socio-economic status, hobbies, interests, sexual orientation and much more. Diversity is what makes relationships richer and more meaningful. My life at Drake consisted of many experiences that tested my ability to embrace diversity. As I journey back 31 years to when I first attended the University, I’m reminded that dorm life taught me more about diversity than any textbook ever could. Coming from a predominately African-American neighborhood and high school in a suburb of Chicago, I was excited about the life that I was about to embark upon. I remember moving into a dorm room, where I immediately met my three Caucasian roommates. I’m not sure if this was more of a shock to my roommates or to our family members. This was the closest that each of us had to a real test of endurance and acceptance. While we had a few ups and downs as most roommates do, we got through it and learned to accept each other for who we were. We began to break down the superficial barriers.

dorm life taught me more about diversity than any textbook ever could. Little did I know that this prepared me in immeasurable ways for the many experiences that I have encountered throughout my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it were not for my experiences at Drake University. They prepared me for the position I have today as the only African-American female on the executive committee at Bankers Trust.

Read what students, faculty, staff and alumni are saying, and tell us what you think at www.drake.edu/magazine

BRITTANIE PEARSON “I can feel confident when I walk into my classrooms, that most (if not all) of my fellow students, as well as my professor, will look like me. Drake may be diverse in location, sexual orientation and education, but most of us share the experience of being white.”

DONALD CHIKWANI “I recall numerous times on campus when I’ve encountered very disparate philosophies of being, some that categorically violate my personal core beliefs, and some I found to be agreeable.”

XIAN ZHANG

LAWRENCE CRAWFORD

“The real test is whether diversity can live and breathe without mechanizations and people continually propping it up. Natural diversity exists when it has become so innate that we no longer need to remember it on a checklist.”

“I have yet to take a course taught by a professor who identified with my own ethnic background ... who could reasonably relate to my experiences as an AfricanAmerican student attending a largely homogeneous institution.”

VICTOR CEDENA “Drake fosters an atmosphere where divergent points of view are encouraged. I’ve noticed that every student is encouraged to be an individual and challenge each other and themselves.”


Virtually Speaking Location isn’t as important as it used to be — personal connections are just a click away.

“I feel like I could go to China at the end of this semester and be comfortable having conversations with native speakers.” JESSICA LANG, AS’07

It may be difficult to imagine that a virtual exchange with a teacher can be as powerful as a face-to-face interaction. Yet students in Drake’s Virtual Language Studies program are proving that learning another language across cyberspace is just as effective as learning it in a traditional setting. What’s more, the experience is as close as the click of the mouse. Last fall, students studying Russian and Mandarin Chinese began the new virtual language-learning model, an outgrowth of Drake’s World Languages and Cultures program, formerly known as DULAP. Students practice language skills with native speakers, faculty members and other students in small groups each week through real-time video conferences and lectures in a virtual classroom. “I’ve come to the conclusion that the native speaker sessions, coupled with the professor meetings, create the best environment for learning to speak a foreign language — second only to full-immersion,” says Mariah Marconi, a writing major learning Russian through the program. Zachary Smith, JO’09, spent a year teaching English in Chengde, China, and returned to Drake to continue his education and participate in the Virtual Language Studies program. He plans to return to China after earning his second degree, this one in secondary education. “Nearly all of our interactions, including those with other students, are in Chinese,” says Smith. “That really helps me pick up the language fast.” Jessica Lang, AS’07, who is learning Mandarin Chinese, also plans to return to China, where she spent time last summer teaching mathematics at an international school. “I feel like I could go to China at the end of this semester and be comfortable having conversations with native speakers,” says Lang, who is also earning a master’s degree in education. Jan Marston, who stepped away as director of the World Languages and Cultures program to direct the Virtual Language Studies program, says, “We’re rethinking how to teach and learn when we’re not bound by place. I have closer relationships with students in my virtual classes than I used to have in the classroom.” The scope of this project extends well beyond Drake’s campus. It was created to help meet the nation’s national security and global economic needs, which require more speakers with competence in less commonly taught languages. To that end, the University recently received $1.58 million in federal funding to support the virtual language-learning program for Russian and Mandarin Chinese. The funding will help develop a program model as well as valuable resources for students and faculty at smaller universities and those in government roles. No matter the language, location or learner, the Virtual Language Studies program is connecting people in a virtual world to enhance globalization down here on earth. — Tory Thaemert Olson, JO’05

Need More? Student Ellie Bastian talks about her experience in Russia after studying in the WLC program at: www.drake.edu/magazine The Magazine of Drake University

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alumni IT’S REUNION TIME

Read about your fellow alumni working on relief efforts in Haiti and raising money for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Tanzania at www.drake.edu/magazine

It’s not too late to return to campus and see the people and places that helped shape your life. The 5-Year Cluster Reunion for Drake classes of 2006, 2005 and 2004 and Pharmacy classes of 2008, 2007 and 2006 will bring alumni back to campus during Drake Relays weekend, April 22–24. A reception will be held Saturday, April 24 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room. The classes of 1991, 1990 and 1989 will return to Des Moines that same weekend for the 20-Year Cluster Reunion with a reception held on Saturday, April 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. downtown at the Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Drive. In addition, milestone classes of 1960, 1950 and 1940 will reconnect during Commencement weekend, May 15–16. All Drake graduates are welcome to attend the reunions. To register online or find more information on all reunion events, visit www.drake.edu/alumni. WEAVER MEDAL WINNER NAMED MELISSA MURER CORRIGAN, PH’89 , was selected to receive

the 2010 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal of Honor. The award is the highest honor presented by Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Corrigan is the executive director and CEO for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, which develops, maintains, promotes and administers a certification and

recertification program for pharmacy technicians. The PTCB enables pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. In her position, Corrigan directs the overall conduct of the program, which has certified more than 355,996 pharmacy technicians nationwide. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing PTCB’s high volume Pharmacy Certification Examination, governance, marketing and new business development. Corrigan is also the public spokesperson for the certification program and through her work has created alliances among state pharmacy associations, state boards of pharmacy and major employers, including Walgreens and Target. Corrigan’s career has been marked by commitment, leadership and service outside of her immediate responsibilities with PTCB as well. She currently serves as president-elect for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the NOCA) and recently completed a three-year term as president of the board of directors for the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy. She also recently completed service on the Drake University College of Pharmacy National Advisory Council. Among her honors is the 2008 NOCA Certification Industry Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated innovative leadership in the field of certification by developing, implementing and researching programs or practices.

Des Moines is Blue The town was painted blue in celebration of the cultural, civic and social contributions of 18,000 central Iowa alumni. More than 300 Drake alumni and members of the Des Moines community gathered at a reception downtown in January. Attendees were charged to keep their brushes in hand to ensure Des Moines remains blue and to continue to strengthen the connection between Drake University and the community. President David Maxwell’s points of pride presented during the evening and photos from the event have been posted online at www.drake.edu/alumni.

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The “Lost” Alumnus
 THIS MILD-MANNERED DRAKE ALUM BECOMES A MENACING FORCE OF EVIL

Years before he was decapitating victims on “The Practice” and manipulating the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 on “Lost,” two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Emerson, AS’76, could be found on the Drake campus. Emerson graduated in 1976 with a degree in theater arts, which gave him the foundation he needed to begin his career and earn his MFA in 1995 from the professional actor training program run by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and The University of Alabama Department of Theater and Dance. “I remember having great acting classes at Drake with Mike Barton,” Emerson says. “The bulk of the really good shows were under his direction. If I had a mentor, it would be him.” CHANGING TYPECASTS While at school, Emerson found himself

cast in similar roles on the stage. “I was a skinny little bespectacled guy with a funny voice, so I was cast as an old man a lot,” he says. “It taught me that a character has a particular physicality and a particular way of speaking.” He can’t really explain how he made the transition from old man to serial killer William Hinks on “The Practice” and later Benjamin Linus on “Lost,” but each of those sinister bad guy performances earned him an Emmy Award. “It continues to surprise me. I always thought if I won a major award it would be a Tony,” he says. “It’s flattering to get those awards because it’s good to know that the industry thinks you have arrived and are performing at the top of your craft. It’s a bit dizzying, though. The attention is intense.” IN THE DARK Originally slated to appear in only a few

episodes during the second season of “Lost,” Emerson impressed the writers with his portrayal of the morally ambiguous and delightfully disturbing Linus. The character has since evolved into the main antagonist of the show. 
 Easily one of the most complicated programs on television, Emerson describes “Lost” simply as “a parable about sin and redemption played out in the form of an action/adventure story.” But don’t go asking Emerson for answers; he’s just as much in the dark as the fans. “It’s better that way. I’m not burdened with all the secrets.” The TV series is wrapping up this season, after which Emerson hopes to return to the theater. “It’s where I’m most comfortable,” he says. “I love doing great plays and tackling difficult scripts.” — Meagan Savage, Class of 2010 The Magazine of Drake University

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alumni alumni|calendar TOP DOGS TO BE CROWNED Drake University will honor six alumni at the Drake University National Alumni Awards Reception on Thursday, April 22 on the Drake campus. JERRY ALLEN, LA’69 , will receive the Alumni Loyalty Award. Allen is the regional sales manager at ARI Fleet. He serves on the National Alumni Association Board and has helped plan and host events for alumni, donors and prospective students in the Twin Cities area. Allen currently serves on the President’s Circle Board. He and his wife, Lori, LA’70, are former members of the Drake Parents Board. In addition, the Allens have created the Gerald K. and Lori A. Allen Scholarship Fund at Drake. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to HERB BAUM, BN’58 , retired chairman, president and CEO of Dial Corp. Baum was named one of Advertising Age’s 50 Most Powerful People in Marketing in 1999. He served as the Executive in Residence at Drake in 2005, which included meeting with students and lecturing on his career and the subjects of integrity and leadership. SCOTT CARLSON, BN’93 , will be honored with the Young Alumni Loyalty Award. Carlson is managing partner of Court Avenue Restaurant and Brewing Co. An active member of the Des Moines community, he has been involved with the Downtown Community Alliance and the Court Avenue Association, among other organizations. He was named in the Des Moines Business Record’s “40 Under 40” list in 2007. Carlson frequently lectures at Drake and other local colleges. The Young Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to RICHARD HARRINGTON, JO’94 , CEO of RHED Pixel, a visual communications

Nominate accomplished alumni for the 2011 Alumni Awards. Submit information to Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Blake Campbell at blake.campbell@drake.edu.

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company. He has produced more than 25 books related to the industry, including titles on digital media and photography and official texts for Apple and Adobe. In addition, Harrington is founder of the DC Podcaster Alliance and has served as technical chair and program manager for conferences produced for the National Association of Broadcasters. CYNDI LESHER, LA’70 , will be honored with the Alumni Achievement Award. Lesher is retired president and CEO of Northern States Power Co. She is involved with numerous civic groups and boards and has served on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. In 2000 CityBusiness magazine named her one of the Twin Cities’ most innovative women. The Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to DR. TIMOTHY J. LEY, LA’74 , the Apple chair in oncology and professor of medicine and genetics for the Washington University School of Medicine. Ley, who holds a MD from Washington University in St. Louis, is widely respected for his groundbreaking research in cancer genomics. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed upon American physician-scientists.

Monday, april 19 Beautiful Bulldog Contest Nollen Plaza, Downtown Des Moines wednesday, april 21 Downtown Street Painting Court Avenue, Downtown Des Moines Weaver Medal of Honor Lecture Sheslow Auditorium, Drake Campus Weaver Medal of Honor Reception Reading Room, Cowles Library Drake Campus wednesday, april 21– saturday, april 24 101st Drake Relays Drake Stadium Thursday, april 22 Alumni Awards Reception Reading Room, Cowles Library Drake Campus Saturday, April 24 5-Year Cluster Reunion Classes of ’06, ’05, ’04 20-Year Cluster Reunion Classes of ’91, ’90, ’89

may friday, may 14–Sunday, may 16 50-Year Reunion Classes of ’60, ’50, ’40

KEEP CONNECTED Drake is where you are and where you want to be — Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Alumni can also stay connected to the University through blueView, Drake’s password-protected online community, which serves as a center for information and interaction. blueView 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 services offered by the Alumni Association and more. In addition, blueView enables alumni to shape and strengthen the future of the University through leadership roles and support of The Drake Fund. It’s never been easier to stay connected to the Drake community, which includes more than 65,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.drake.edu/alumni.

sATURDAY, may 15 Law School Commencement Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony sunday, may 16 Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Knapp Center, Drake Campus

july Monday, July 12 Windy City Classic Makray Memorial Golf Club, Chicago

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A FULL LISTING OF ALL DRAKE EVENTS — INCLUDING ATHLETICS AND FINE ARTS EVENTS — VISIT: www.drake.edu/newsevents/calendar Drake

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FOR ONE FAMILY, THE PROVERBIAL BATTLE OF CATS VERSUS DOGS IS ANYTHING BUT TRUE Joe and Roberta Capps are Tigers who bore a litter of Bulldogs. Four of the six children of the University of Missouri alumni obtained a Drake education. And now that legacy extends into the second generation. “Bob got it started,” says Martha Capps, JO’78. “He was the first to go.” Bob Capps, BN’70, was followed by younger brother George, LA’71, LW’75; then Tom, LA’74; and, finally, Martha. FAMILY VALUES “We were fortunate to have parents

who valued education,” says Martha. “My parents would’ve sent me anywhere.” The freedom to make her own decision on which college to attend is shared by Leslie Capps Eakes, ED’00, Bob’s youngest daughter. Although both her parents were alumni and she had spent time on the Drake campus with her sister, Sarah Capps Hamburg, JO’97, Leslie didn’t feel obligated to follow suit. “I remember being with my parents in an airport in Chicago,” says Leslie. “I had already looked at Miami-Ohio and DePauw and was on my way to visit another school when I said, ‘I want to go to Drake.’” With the college search over, the family never got on the plane. They spent the day sightseeing in Chicago and returned home. It wasn’t enough for Ellen O’Byrne (pictured) to have a mother who was an alumna, either. “I knew I should look [at Drake],” says Ellen, a junior marketing major and Martha’s youngest daughter. “I visited Kansas and ISU. It wasn’t until my second campus visit when something clicked. I knew I wanted to go to Drake. It just fit.” SHARING THE DRAKE EXPERIENCE With so many family members attending the same university, there are bound to be awkward moments — Leslie was the student of a professor who also taught her mom. “He called me [my mom’s name] once,” she says. Awkwardness aside, Martha, Leslie and Ellen agree that their Drake educations have been a foundation they’ve built on, both personally and professionally. And it’s something that has strengthened their family ties with shared memories and similar experiences. Martha says, “It’s nice to say, ‘Remember …’ and have everyone know what you’re talking about.” — Abbie Hansen, JO’01

For the Puppies The Drake University Legacy Program is the University’s way of recognizing its youngest Bulldogs. For information on the program, including special activities and scholarships, and to register your budding Bulldog, visit www.drake.edu/alumni/legacy. The Magazine of Drake University

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drake notes alumni accomplishments Changed your career? Published a book? Earned an advanced degree? Drake celebrates the accomplishments of its alumni. If you have family news or career information you’d like to share with the Drake alumni network, visit www.drake.edu/alumni. We want to stay connected with you! 1940 Alfred Lipsey FA’40,

Tucson, AZ, presented his research on genealogy, which he has conducted for 40 years, as part of the Jewish History Museum Story Telling Program. Annette (Darling) Richardson LA’48, Portland, OR, moved to

a retirement community and was nominated secretarytreasurer of the community’s nonprofit foundation.

1950 Joan Miller ED’52 and James Miller BN’54 celebrated

their 54th wedding anniversary. Jeanette Oehring FA’52,

San Dimas, CA, retired after 30 years and took her 50th cruise. Gerald Kinney FA’53, GR’61,

West Des Moines, IA, enjoyed his 57th consecutive year of teaching instrumental music in Iowa and Nebraska schools. Kinney continues to conduct the Sacred Heart Sax ’n Brass Band that has performed 275 concerts in the central Iowa area. Ronald Rex LA’54, Odebolt, IA,

mayor of Odebolt, was chosen as Grand Marshall of the Summer Festival for his dedication to service.

Brig. Gen. Walter Saur LW’59,

Oelwein, IA, received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Statue from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

1960

H. Roger Holliday ED’62,

Kenneth Davis LA’67,

Surprise, AZ, retired from his position as president and CEO of Time Oil Co. in Seattle, completing a 40-year career with the company. Sandra (Sauer) Knapp ED’62,

Urbandale, IA, retired from Coventry Health Care. Thomas Dougherty LA’63,

Santa Maria, CA, retired and accepted a position as an algebra tutor at Allan Hancock College on a volunteer basis. Michael Rapp LA’63, Cincinnati,

was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of International Security Affairs. Robert Clemensson BN’64,

Morro Bay, CA, moved to a condo on the central coast of California. Jack Gunion JO’65, Conrok, TX,

along with an investor group, purchased a 17-store chain of apparel stores located across eastern Texas. Thomas Lauterback JO’66, Elgin, IL, retired.

Paul Davis BN’57, Encinitas, CA,

Dennis Nahnsen BN’66,

Kay (Cochran) Roddick LA’57, Santa Rose, CA,

was elected moderator of the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of the Redwoods. Phyllis Bruggen GR’59,

Des Moines, retired. Donald Sabol PH’59, Thousand Oaks, CA, celebrated more than 50 years in his profession at CVS Pharmacy.

Cheryl (Davison) Dahlquist ED’67, Keota, IA, retired after

St. George, UT, retired.

Burnis Bushong GR’56, Avon Park, FL, retired after serving 50 years as an international missionary.

celebrated the return of Pi Kappa Phi to Drake’s campus.

coach. During his career, Arnold coached at the high school and college levels and in the NFL.

37 years of teaching English and social studies at the secondary level.

Jerry Howard BN’61,

St. Louis, retired from his position as president of Missouri Valley Partners. Nahnsen was re-elected Alderman of Crystal Lake Park. He also was appointed to serve on the Keystone Mutual Board of Directors. Larry Von Wald BN’66,

Rapid City, SD, was named a partner in the law firm of Beardsky Jensen & Von Wald Prof. LLC. Dave Arnold ED’67, Midland, MI,

retired after 40 years as a football

* Drake Notes is published in each issue of Drake Blue. This issue includes all entries received by Feb. 1, 2010.

Iowa and part-time as a tour guide at the Iowa State Capitol. Robert Kohlwes BN’70, GR’71, Ankeny, IA, was elected chairman of the Iowa Motor Truck Association for 2010. He currently serves as vice president and co-owner of BTI Special Commodities, Inc., a Des Moines-based flatbed motor carrier. Janet (Secor) Kvach ED’70,

Rio Rancho, NM, retired from his position at Indiana University.

Hiawatha, IA, retired.

Kathy (Hazelrigg) Lipp LA’67,

Virginia (Smith) Watkins LA’70, celebrated her 50th

Athens, GA, enjoys her time with her successful son, daughter and four grandchildren. Powers McGuire LA’67,

Augusta, ME, competed in the World Pizza Championships held in Salsomaggiore, Italy, in April 2009. James Snyder PH’67,

Dubuque, IA, retired from private dental practice after 35 years. David Wilkinson LA’67,

Des Moines, accepted a position as a teaching and learning specialist for the Iowa State Education Association. Cary Victor BN’68, GR’72,

Orlando, FL, was elected chairman of the Global Offset and Countertrade Association.

1970 Penny Davidson GR’70,

South Palm Beach, FL, celebrated 60 years of marriage with her husband in June 2009. Arlene (Pitlick) Graham FA’70,

Foresthill, CA, is a freelance graphic designer in the Sierra Foothills in northern California. Gary Grasmoen FA’70,

Burnsville, MN, is self-employed as a creative marketing/new business adviser. James Jess GR’70, ’73, ’77, West Des Moines, IA, is seasonally employed as a loaned executive with the United Way of Central

wedding anniversary with her husband, David.

Robert Warren JO’70,

ADC Award by the Northern California and Nevada Association of Defense Counsel in December 2008. Deborah (Fechner) Drain FA’72, Tulsa, OK, retired from

the U.S. Air Force Reserves after 33 years of service. Sam Harrison JO’72, Scotch Plains, NH, celebrated his 20th anniversary at an advertising firm. Douglas Moore BN’72,

Sycamore, IL, joined New York Life Insurance Co. as an agent. Pamela (Cavanaugh) Schoffner JO’72, Ankeny, IA, was named

Alpharetta, GA, was promoted to senior vice president/co-chief creative officer for Fitzgerald and Co.

Woman Business Owner of the Year Award by Vantus Bank and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

John Barakat GR’71, ’77, Urbandale, IA, celebrated 28 years as a chiropractor in his own practice.

Bob Tucker JO’72, Palatine, IL,

Henry Stephen FA’71, West Des Moines, IA, accepted a new position as chief operating officer for Multi-Tech Inc. Holding Company. Steve Poulson LA’71,

Roseville, CA, retired after 36 years with Allied Insurance. In addition, Poulson was honored with the Nathan Holt Memorial Friend of the

established a Senior Helpers office, which provides caregivers for senior citizens at home or in retirement facilities in the Chicago area. Patricia Filer GR’73, Seattle,

accepted a position as education director for HistoryLink.org. Rev. Thomas D. Knopf-Bigelow LA’73, Maple Grove, MN, founded

Heart 2 Heart Mediation Service.

Cracking the Class Code

Here’s the “code” for identifying your fellow Drake alumni: AS – Arts and Sciences BN – Business and Public Administration DV – Divinity ED – Education FA– Fine Arts GR– Graduate Studies JO– Journalism and Mass Communication LA –Liberal Arts LW– Law PH– Pharmacy and Health Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences evolved during the reorganization of Drake’s colleges and schools in 1987 when “Liberal Arts” and “Fine Arts” were combined. Thus, those pre-1987 alumni carry the acronym “LA” or “FA,” while those post-1986 alumni are labeled “AS.”


Renee Nault JO’73, Chicago,

accepted a position as manager of communications and marketing for the Energy Sciences and Engineering Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory. Robert Black BN’74, GR’76, Katy, TX, retired after 33 years as a senior consultant with Shell Oil and now serves as managing and financial director of Black Acre Theater. Raymond Swope LA’74, LW’87, Menlo Park, CA, was

appointed to a judgeship in the San Mateo County Superior Court. Lynn Warren ED’74, Long Beach, CA, received his project management professional certification from the Project Management Institute in December 2007. Warren also accepted a new position at Ingram Micro in May 2008. Peggy Person BN’75,

Kansas City, MO, along with her husband, Douglas, welcomed grandson Will Cameron Person. Judy Sagen Atherton FA’75, Apple Valley, MN, directs a choir featured in the Minnesota Music Education Convention in Minneapolis. Ginny (Johnson) Strong LA’75,

Des Moines, was elected president of the Des Moines School Board in September 2009. Stephen Thompson LA’75,

Wilmette, IL, was appointed interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at National-Louis University. Linda Robbins Coleman FA’76,

Annapolis, MD, had her symphonic overture “In Good King Charles’s Golden Days” performed by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Larry Holmquist BN’76,

Greensboro, NC, served as lay director for the Piedmont [NC] Emmaus Community’s Walk of Emmaus Spiritual Retreat. Jaime Porter JO’76,

Washington, D.C., accepted a position at National Public Radio as the senior director of development resources. Gary Thelen GR’76,

West Des Moines, IA, retired and now works part time as a speaker on a cruise ship. Richard Vincent Jr. JO’76,

Olathe, KS, received the

associate in risk management designation from the Insurance Institute of America. Beth (Locey) Hirst FA’77, Des Moines, was promoted to assistant director of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Terry Cahill LA’78,

Blue Earth, MN, was named president elect of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians for 2009–2010. Roberta (Kong) Melton LA’78,

Alexandria, VA, was promoted to director of entrepreneurial innovation at Maryland Technology Development Corp. In addition, Melton was named Chairwoman of Women in Bio, an organization consisting of women executives, entrepreneurs, scientists, investors, students and women in professional fields who serve the life sciences industry and share an interest in science and entrepreneurship. Sheri Hildebrand ED’79, Iowa City, IA, is working toward her PhD in higher education at the University of Iowa. John A. Klebba BN’79,

Linn, MO, was named chairman-elect of the Missouri Bankers Association. Lyla (Jefferson) Perrodin BN’79, Kansas City, MO, was

promoted to vice president and chief information officer for Midwest Research Institute. Eva (Rockhold) Puterbaugh FA’79, Greenwood Village, CO,

was named to the Design Connection Program at the Denver Design Center.

1980 Kim (Weir) Dawson BN’80,

Carrboro, NC, was voted “The Rock” by the Prudential Realty Chapel Hill Office, which recognizes three successive years in the Prudential Honor Society. Members of the society represent the top 17 percent of sales professionals. In addition, she was elected to the Triangle Multiple Listing Service Board of Directors and was appointed the 2010–2011 North Carolina Association of Realtors Forms Committee Chair. Michael Devine LW’80, GR’80,

New York, was named to the Panels of Distinguished Neutrals of the International Institute for

Conflict Prevention and Resolution in New York. In addition, Devine was awarded a tuition scholarship by the Practicing Law Institute to attend a continuing legal education seminar. Michael Geiser FA’80, Geneva, IL,

was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at Fisk Alloy Wire, Inc., of Hawthorne, NJ. Marvin Haworth BN’80, Burbank, CA, along with his wife, Jeanne, founded Sage Property Management, Inc. Christopher White LA’80,

Norwalk, IA, celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife, Julie. Geraldine (Martin) Ethell LA’81, Milo, IA, retired. Linda Plevak LA’81, Boerne, TX,

accepted a position as reference/ instructor librarian at Northeast Lakeview College. In addition, Plevak was appointed to the Notable Recordings for Children Committee, a division of the American Library Association. Jill Jensen-Welch LA’82, GR’94, LW’03, Johnston, IA,

was named a shareholder of Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC in Des Moines. Ron Kijowski PH’82, Minooka, IL,

was named as a master performer district sales manager for the second time with Lilly, USA. Christopher Knowles GR’82,

Vineyard Haven, MA, is employed by Martha’s Vineyard Hospital as a special projects manager and has been appointed as associate county commissioner for public health. David Unmacht GR’82,

St. Paul, MN, accepted a new position at Springsteel, a financial advisory and consulting firm for local government and nonprofit agencies. Jill (McElheney) Hennessy JO’83, Riverside, IL, accepted

as senior vice president of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau. Susan Shields PH’83, Fort Dodge, IA, was named director of pharmacy for the Iowa Department of Corrections in July 2009. Gary Steinke GR’83,

Urbandale, IA, was appointed to the Special Olympics Iowa Board of Directors. Chris Killough BN’84, Des

Moines, was named director of business development relations. Peter Lipsey JO’84,

Wilmette, IL, is a real estate agent on Chicago’s Northshore. Michael Ryan Nielson LA’84,

Leavenworth, KS, accepted a position as managing broker with RE/MAX Action of Bonner Springs and Lansing. Theodore Pederson LA’84,

Duluth, MN, was promoted to full professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Minnesota—Duluth. Marschall Smith LA’84, Denver,

accepted a position as the program director for the Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Podiatry of the state of Colorado. Margaret (Roeder) Spikes FA’84, GR’95, Polk City, IA,

received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for outstanding service. Celeste Barr BN’85,

Arlington Heights, IL, was invited to be on the Keller Williams Realty 2009 ALC Council for the Barrington, IL, office. David Elwell FA’85, Des Moines,

is commander of the 484th Transportation Battalion, which is currently on tour in Afghanistan until April 2010. Craig Hummel BN’85, Oakland,

a position as assistant to the vice president of medical center development at the University of Chicago.

IA, was elected grand master of masons in Iowa from September 2009 to September 2010.

Douglas Langbehn LA’83,

Sharlene (Schultz) Kenyon JO’85, Vinita, OK, is employed

Iowa City, IA, accepted a position as a full professor of psychiatry and biostatistics within the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. David Sargent JO’83,

Aurora, IL, accepted a position

as an adjunct instructor at Rogers State University. Brad Stern BN’85,

Buffalo Grove, IL, accepted a position as vice president of Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc.

Barry Blankfield BN’86,

Northbrook, IL, accepted a position as a senior trial attorney in the division of enforcement at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Chicago in July 2009. In addition, Blankfield was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Tamara (Byram) Mahl LA’86, FA’86, Davenport, IA, accepted

a position as senior director of corporate integrity, lead officer for Trinity Regional Health Systems. Patrick Harty JO’86,

Iowa City, IA, won Best Sports Columnist from the Iowa Newspaper Association for his work in the Iowa City Press Citizen. Evan Zobel BN’86, Mason, OH,

accepted a position as the revenue assurance process owner at Sun Chemical Corp. Kate (Murauskas) Halma GR’87, Woodstock, IL, has raised

$3.1 million to the betterment of our country in her position as president/CEO of McHenry County Community Foundation. David Reeder LW’87, New York,

was named moderator of a panel for the American Bankruptcy Institute winter conference. Michael Wolnerman PH’87,

Des Moines, created the Baby Boomers Chocolate Chunk Cookie with Rom Magnani and Rodney Maxfield, which the Obama family has publicly praised. Thomas Duff LW’88,

Des Moines, was installed as the 37th president of the Iowa Association for Justice. Adam Gerol LW’88,

Cedarburg, WI, was appointed Ozaukee County district attorney. Rick Hunsaker AS’88, ’88, GR’90, Carroll, IA, was elected

chair of the Iowa Association of Regional Councils. Traci Nolte JO’88, Atchison, KS, received a certified association executive designation. Karla Calumet JO’89,

Urbandale, IA, accepted a position as host of the “Here’s to Your Health” radio show. Mary Ellen Kimball GR’89, Osceola, IA, is a field reporter for Our Iowa magazine. She also earned her tailwheel endorsement and served as host of the 99’s Women Pilots Fly-in. In addition,


drake notes Kimball is the past president of Clarke Area Council, a position in which she created a fine arts foundation.

Al Kern GR’92, Tiffin, IA,

Marie Koko BN’89, Madison, WI, is working as a career counselor in the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Rinky Parwani BN’92, GR’93, Tampa, FL, expanded her private practice solo law firm to larger office space in Tampa.

Cary Lackey AS’89, Phoenix,

is a registered agent/contract adviser with the Canadian Football League. Sandra Leduc JO’89, Seattle, accepted a position as a senior editor of the Microsoft News Center. Gary Parker JO’89, Bristol, CT,

accepted a position as producer at Television Games Network. Joe Smith LW’89, Des Moines,

retired from his position as associate district court judge.

retired as the host of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” program.

Jean (Barnett) Swenson GR’92, New Hampton, IA,

retired after teaching 33 years in public schools. Leticia Valdes LW’92,

Chantilly, VA, joined Constangy Brooks & Smith Law Firm in Tampa, FL. Scott Eltjes GR’93, Des Moines, accepted the position of senior vice president of investment management and business development at Bankers Trust and was named CEO and president of BTC Capital Management. Matt Hill GR’93, New Brighton,

1990 Stasy (Knight) Click AS’90,

Chandler, AZ, founded her own law firm, which specializes in family law. L’Tanga Johnson BN’90,

Simpsonville, SC, was appointed to the board of directors of Greenville Literacy Association. Jean (Ulku) Laurila GR’90,

Minneapolis, co-founded Women Graduates—USA, a national organization for women graduates interested in global issues. Sherry (Pinkley) Snyder JO’90, O’Fallon, MO, established

a new law firm in St. Louis. David Remund JO’91, GR’08,

MN, was promoted to vice president of athletics and student life at Northwestern College. Brian Manson BN’93, GR’94,

North Hollywood, CA, joined Galpin Motors as a legal counsel. David Ortega LW’93,

San Antonio, joined the litigation team at Oppenheimer Blend Harrison & Tate Inc. Gretchen Reeh-Robinson AS’93, Manchester, IA, accepted

a position teaching part-time at Northeast Iowa Community College in August 2009. Christine Branstad LW’94,

Des Moines, accepted a position as an attorney at Kreamer Law Firm, PC.

position as vice president, brand manager for Assurant Inc.

of finance at Providence Health and Services in July 2008.

with Survivors International, a nonprofit organization.

John Schumacher BN’94, Chicago, earned the chartered financial analyst designation conferred by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.

Cindy Resman PH’96, Maple Grove, MN, accepted a position as director of public relations for the Neuromodulation Business at Medtronic.

William Kelly LW’99, Des Moines, accepted a promotion to field grade officer with the Judge Advocate General Corps of the National Guard.

Daniel Sokolik JO’94, St. Louis, accepted a position with Subway Restaurants as a field marketing manager.

John Resman PH’96,

Kelly Nass JO’99, Toluca Lake,

Melissa Boyer-Sunga ED’95,

Gerry Williams AS’96,

Laramie, WY, accepted a position as assistant volleyball coach at the University of Wyoming.

Hinesville, GA, serves as chief warrant officer II in the G2 Intelligence section of the Third Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Williams was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

William Hipwell GR’95,

West Des Moines, IA, accepted a position as vice president, enterprise marketing with eCornell. R. Mathew Hosford PH’95,

West Des Moines, IA, was awarded two Bronze Stars with a valor device, two Army Commendation Medals, a Combat Action Badge and a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq. Walter McLaughlin JO’95,

Madison, WI, was promoted to senior programmer analyst at Sallie Mae. Thomas Young LW’95,

Statesville, NC, earned his certification as a child welfare law specialist in North Carolina by the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Paris, accepted a position as an in-house counsel and vice president of business development for the Cardiac Rhythm Management business unit of the Sorin Group.

Bloomington, IN, developed a chocolate review and information site.

Phoenix, accepted a position as a mortgage consultant/ negotiator for Bank of America.

Highlands Ranch, CO, was named regional director of the mountain states region for Principal Funds.

Brian Frutiger FA’92, Minneapolis, joined the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Anissa Marie Lightner ED’94,

Sandy Marshall AS’96,

Shawnee, KS, accepted a

accepted a position as manager, print at Thomson Reuters in December 2008. Elizabeth Higgins AS’98, Wheaton, IL, accepted a position as chief program officer of Chicago Youth Programs. Michele Peterson Murray JO’98, Denver, was named

executive director of public relations of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Tamara Rollins AS’98,

Scott R. Kerns AS’94,

Angela Makkyla JO’94,

Jennifer (Berger) Eisen JO’97, LW’00, St. Paul, MN,

Ted Biderman LW’96, GR’96,

Tammy Eckhart AS’92,

Story City, IA, was named partner in a trucking company and farming operation.

Altoona, IA, performed Crumb’s Dream Sequence (Images II) with the Kolot Ensemble and Stockhausen’s Zyklus in New York City.

MN, decided to travel the world with her husband for 10 months.

Paul Fowler LW’94, Olney, MD, accepted a position as director of risk management for the Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services in Rockville, MD.

Dean Gatton BN’92,

Stacey Bostwick FA’97,

Ron Askland GR’96, Whittmore, IA, accepted a position as the CEO of Horizons Unlimited.

Chapel Hill, NC, was named a 2009–2010 Legacy Scholar by the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communications. In addition, Remund spoke at the 2009 International Association for Business and Society Conference.

Minneapolis, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service from the University of Minnesota.

Maple Grove, MN, was promoted to senior manager of the Medical Liaison Program at Medtronic.

Tawnie Cisneros JO’96,

Chicago, established Cisneros Communications Ltd. Neil Duncan III BN’96,

Chicago, accepted a position as director for The Second City’s National Touring Company. Amy (MacFarlane) Miller BN’96, Anchorage, AK, was

promoted to regional director

Carolyn Opps ED’98, Stillwater,

Minneapolis, was named a partner in the Meagher & Geer Law Firm. Jonathan Azu BN’99, New York,

accepted a position at Superfly Presents, an independently owned music company. Jennifer Ban ED’99, Oak Park, IL,

accepted the position as principal of W.A. Johnson Elementary School in Bensenville, IL. Darron Brawner LW’99, Ownesboro, KY, was named a partner of Foreman-Watson, LLP. Alice Draper PH’99,

Eldora, IA, is semi-retired. Katie Hymans BN’99,

Oakland, CA, accepted a position as a senior case manager

CA, is a production coordinator on the TV show “Lost.” Mary Nosco GR’99, ’06, ’09,

Earlham, IA, accepted a position as a consultant with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Hansen Wendlandt AS’99, Charlotte, NC, accepted a position as associate pastor in a Presbyterian Church. Robyn (Viloria) Wiens JO’99,

Seattle, entered her second year as an academy achievement manager at Technology Access Foundation.

2000 Sarah Barber PH’00, Apple Valley, MN, accepted a position as clinical systems analyst for pharmacy at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Jeremy Forman JO’00, Chicago, was named a director of Group-12, a entrepreneurial group involved with various business start-ups, eCommerce ventures and product development. Danita (Galdick) Grant LW’00, Dubuque, IA, became

a shareholder in Fuerste Carew Juergens & Sudmeier, PC. Rebecca Kulpa ED’00,

Buckeye, AZ, was named the 2008–2009 Westside Impact Teacher of the Year for Verrado Middle School. Justin Brown JO’01, Milwaukee, accepted a position as a global marketing manager for JohnsonDiversey. Kori Carew LW’01, Kansas City, MO, was named a member of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC. Marc Christopher LW’01,

Milwaukee, accepted a position at Yost and Baill, LLP. Beth Cross JO’01, St. Louis,

was named director of community relations for Lindbergh School District.


St. Paul, MN, opened the Ketelsen Law Office, a boutique immigration law firm located in St. Paul.

Jacob Tillman PH’02, Gainsville, FL, was promoted to pharmacy residency coordinator of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

Sarah Murton AS’01,

Dwayne Vande Krol LW’02,

Nashville, TN, entered the graduate nursing program at Vanderbilt University to become a women’s health nurse practitioner.

Clive, IA, joined the law firm of Nyemaster Goode West Hansell and O’Brien PC in January 2009 as an associate attorney.

Malee Ketelsen LW’01,

Ryan Schroderer FA’01,

Brooklyn, NY, was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Marsyas Fund for Visual Artists, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He continued his artistic training with Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky in Italy and the U.S.

Courtney Beall BN’03, Bay Village, OH, accepted a position as manager of the marketing department at SecureState. Lauren Beck AS’03, JO’03,

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is managing editor of Dockwalk magazine, which took bronze in its category at the 2008 FOLIO Eddie Awards. Rosalind Burns LW’03,

a position as a senior account executive at Kathy Schaeffer & Associates, Inc.

Washington, D.C., accepted a position as attorney adviser for the Office of the Pardon Attorney within the U.S. Department of Justice.

Elizabeth A. Coonan LW’02,

Allison Clough FA’03,

Lisa Soard JO’01, accepted

Des Moines, was named a member of the BrownWinick law firm. Sarah Goldschadt FA’02,

Brooklyn, NY, accepted a position as associate art director for Food Network Magazine. Anne Hansen JO’02,

Hoover, AL, started working toward a doctor of music arts degree in piano performance at the University of Alabama. Derek Lamb AS’03, is a

postdoctoral researcher at NASA. Molly Lamb AS’03, College

St. Paul, MN, opened the law firm Bittle Bosman & Hansen LLC in St. Louis Park, MN. She is engaged to Hosh Gathje of Hudson, WI.

Park, MD, accepted a position as an epidemic intelligence service officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nicholas Maday BN’02, London,

Prairie Village, KS, entered his second year as head coach of the Barstow High School girl’s basketball team in Kansas City. He held a 17-8 record through his first year of coaching.

was promoted to manager of global strategy at Thomson Reuters London office. Swarup Mehta PH’02,

Chicago, received the Advocate of the Year Award from the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. Meredith Nelson FA’02, Chicago, was promoted to talent acquisition operations manager at PepsiCo. Molly Parlier FA’02, Chicago,

accepted a position as director of communication for the Women’s Health Foundation. Sarah Ronnebaum AS’02, PH’02, Chapel Hill, NC, published

three original research articles and is a postdoctoral fellow in the Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ashley Person JO’03,

Elizabeth (Grote) Rice JO’03,

Rochester, MN, was promoted to senior public affairs consultant at Mayo Clinic in February 2009. Anne Smith FA’03, Chicago,

was a founding colonist of the Roosevelt University Colony of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity. Jason Stuyvesant BN’03,

Des Moines, accepted a position as a Realtor for Re/Max. Tobias Franks AS’04, San Diego, accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Salk Institute.

Kari Frerk BN’04, Des Moines, accepted a position with Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC, as accountant.

Brad Thiel GR’06, ’08, North Liberty, IA, accepted the position of principal at St. James Catholic School in Washington, IA.

Kelly Krogh PH’08, Johnston, IA, is pursuing her PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota.

Amanda Houle JO’04, Brooklyn Center, MN, entered graduate school at Hamline in St. Paul, MN, to study nonprofit business management.

Sarah Chapman AS’07, Indianola, IA, accepted a position as benefits representative for ADP.

Noemi Mendez ED’08,

Erin Kane JO’04, Chicago,

was promoted to senior account executive at a public relations agency.

Seattle, accepted a position as internship program director of YouthForce at the Boys and Girls Clubs of King Country.

Kathryn Lachky JO’04, St. Louis,

Christine Hendron AS’07,

was named the “Under 30” winner by the St. Louis Business Journal in July 2009. Melinda Ruby BN’04, Norcross, GA, accepted a position as senior project manager II for Ingenix. Elizabeth Grace Saunders JO’04, Ann Arbor, MI, accepted

a position as CEO of Real Life E. Johan Sivertsson BN’04,

Shanghai, China, accepted a position as an EXPAT in Shanghai for DHL. Rebecca Ashby AS’05, New York City, was accepted into the Master’s of Science for Historic Preservation program at Columbia University. Nate Boulton LW’05, GR’05,

Aaron Eggers GR’07,

Milwaukee, is pursuing a graduate degree in art therapy studies from Mount Mary College. Jeremy Holtan JO’07, Denver,

helped found a project-based learning charter school. Saundra McDowell AS’07, Virginia Beach, VA, accepted a position as vice president of the Student Bar Association. Bali Singh BN’07, Hartford, CT,

was promoted to IT quality assurance analyst at ING in Windsor, CT. Stephanie Slowinski BN’07,

Zurich, Switzerland, is completing a two-year rotation with Zurich Financial Services in Switzerland. Ryan Summerfelt AS’07, JO’07, Hinsdale, IL, accepted a

Des Moines, was named a partner with Hedberg & Boulton, PC, and is an adjunct professor at Simpson College.

position as marketing coordinator for Stendard Club in Chicago.

Keith Elston LW’05,

Erica Austin AS’08,

Shelbyville, KY, was elected chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.

Springfield, IL, accepted a position as teen director for the Boys and Girls Club—Central Unit.

Emily Myers BN’05,

Dana Boomhower PH’08,

Chicago, accepted a position as a corporate accountant for Guggenheim Partners. Nick Pilling BN’05, GR’08,

Clive, IA, accepted a position at Wells Fargo Financial. Tim Ryder JO’05, Chicago,

accepted a position with The Second City National Touring Company. Brandon Sternquist AS’05, Alexandria, VA, accepted a position as a foreign affairs assistant for the U.S. Department of State. Kate Corman JO’06,

Des Moines, accepted a position as senior graphic designer for Garden Gate magazine at August Home Publishing.

Minneapolis, accepted a position as senior clinical pharmacist in the Drug Evaluation Unit with Express Scripts, Inc. in Bloomington, MN. Kelly Cleaves AS’08, Ontario, Canada, is enrolled in medical school and plans to graduate in 2012. Scott Hall LW’08, Granger, IA, accepted a position as a general practice attorney at Carney and Appleby PLC in Des Moines. Meghan Harr AS’08, Baldwin City, KS, was presented with the 2009 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award from the National Association of Campus Activities Central Region.

West Des Moines, IA, accepted a position as a kindergarten teacher with Des Moines Public Schools. Lynell Wagenman AS’08,

Albuquerque, NM, is pursuing a master of music degree in vocal performance at the University of New Mexico. Jeffrey Butler BN’09,

West Des Moines, IA, accepted a position as an assurance associate with Ernst and Young. Trevor Craig AS’09,

West Des Moines, IA, accepted a position as a molecular biologist at Kemin Industries. Nicole Freise JO’09,

Davenport, IA, accepted a position as youth initiatives coordinator for the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend in Bettendorf, IA. Nick Garlisch AS’09, Chicago, attends the Chicago Kent College of Law where he is studying environmental law. John Higgin BN’09, Saint Anthony, MN, started a career in commercial real estate in the Twin Cities. Kate Rehbock ED’09, Doha, Qatar, accepted a teaching position in Doha. Emilee Richardson JO’09, Des Moines, accepted a position as public relations specialist with Iowa Resource for International Service. Ashley Schnug ED’09,

Doha, Qatar, accepted a teaching position in Doha. Jill Swenson AS’09, Minneapolis, entered graduate school at the University of Minnesota to study physical therapy. Shane E. Searcey JO’09,

Greencastle, IN, accepted a position as assistant director of the annual fund at DePauw University. Collin Voyles PH’09, Lincoln, NE, accepted a position as a staff pharmacist for CVS Pharmacy.


drake notes authors Fern (Breakenridge) Christensen ED’59,

Natchitoches, LA, compiled and published Students of Sacred Heart, a volume about the first school in the Louisana Purchase. Ann (Bartley) Olander ED’63,

Rancho Cucamonga, CA, wrote Call of the Mountains. Janice (Day) Fehrman LA’65,

Okeechobee, FL, published her

fifth children’s book, The World’s Greatest Explorer.

IA, co-authored Postville U.S.A.

Sherman Oaks, CA, contributed to James Cameron’s Avatar: An Activists Survival Guide.

Robert Waggoner LA’81, Ames,

Robert Jenner AS’75,

Riverdale, MD, wrote FDR’s Republicans: Domestic Political Realignment and American Foreign Policy. Peggy (Przybylski) Schmidt LA’76, Perkiomenville, PA, wrote

Shelley (Hartman) Novick BN’73, Richardson, TX, completed

Suzie (Thomas) Berregaard LW’87, Grimes, IA, graduated

her master of science degree in statistics at the University of Texas—Dallas in May 2009.

from the George Washington Graduate Professional Certificate Program in health care compliance and became certified in health care compliance in August 2009.

Janet (Grove) Green ED’81, De Witt, IA, earned

her master’s degree in special education in 1993 and became a national board certified teacher in early childhood through young adulthood/ exceptional needs specialist. Sharlene (Schultz) Kenyon JO’85, Vinita, OK, earned a

master’s degree in communication from Northeastern State University. Gary Turbak GR’85,

Hollister, MO, earned his doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

marriages David Twombley FA’63, GR’68

to Larry Hoch, Sept. 19, 2009

Jeanne Haworth BN’80 to

Marvin Meadows, Oct. 9, 2008 Marie Wilson GR’80 to

Nancy Ann Lee, Sept. 2009

Michele Ticknor LA’81 to Gary Gildner LA’81, May 20, 2009 Elizabeth Kooyman LA’81, LW’84

to Peggy Cutts, Sept. 18, 2008

Aaron Goldsmith LA’79, Postville,

Wanda (Borup) Bryant FA’75,

advanced degrees

Linda (Narens) Lewin LA’76, Wheeling, IL, received a master of science degree in health informatics from the University of Illinois.

her first book Tails of the Afterlife.

Kirk Haskins BN’87, Broken Arrow, OK, graduated from the School of Pastoral Ministry at the Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow and expects to begin preaching in the Boston area.

IA, authored Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self. Donald Potochny LA’82, St.

Louis, published his first book in December 2008. Denise (Daebelliehn) Urycki PH’88, Metamora, IL, co-

and guidance from the University of Missouri—Kansas City in May 2009.

completed her master of music degree in music theory at the University of Cincinnati.

Courtney Beall BN’03, Bay Village, OH, received her MBA from Case Western Reserve University

Shanley Jacobs AS’05, Riverdale, MD, earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

AS’93, Manchester, IA, earned

a master’s degree in literature from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009. Michelle Krause AS’94, Minneapolis, received her juris doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in May 2009. Jackie (Kwapil) Saldana BN’98, Germantown, WI,

earned her master of business administration degree from Marquette University. Anne (Stark) Soppe BN’01,

Summer (Zwanziger) Elsinger BN’02, Strawberry Point, IA, earned her PhD in business ethics from Capella University in January 2009. Anna Saviano AS’02,

Bloomington, IN, received her PhD.

Kansas City, MO, received her master of arts degree in mental health counseling

Wendy Carlson BN’82 to

Gabriel Wrobel, Mar. 14, 2009

Amy Snyder BN’85 to

John Hackbart, Nov. 9, 2008 Gretchen Reeh AS’93 to

Brian Robinson, 2005 Holly O’Connor GR’97

to Christopher Lawrence, Nov. 28, 2009 Kelly Simon AS’97 to

Tim Schoemehl, Jul. 11, 2009 Kristi Bowman AS’98 to

Cathy (Cassani) Adams ED’93,

Gretchen Reeh-Robinson

earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Lou Waugaman

Brian L. Stowe LW’00, Algona, IA, published Wounds and Scars: A Seventh Cross Novel, Book II.

Elmhurst, IL, published her first

GR’09, Urbandale, IA, earned her MBA from Drake University.

Tammy Eckhart AS’92,

Lisa (Rota) Simons AS’91, Faribault, MN, published four nonfiction children’s books: The Story of the Minnesota Wild, Soldiers of the U.S. Army, Airmen of the U.S. Air Force, and The Kid’s Guide to the Military.

parenting book titled The SelfAware Parent: 19 Lessons for Growing with Your Children.

authored an article with Kim

Lori Goedken-Fox PH’88, Black River Falls, WI,

Sarah Ferguson AS’90, Minneapolis, received a doctorate of philosophy in social work at University of Minnesota in 2006.

Keenan titled “Gifts in the the Moment — A Mindful Approach to Coaching Young Athletes,” which was published in the fall 2009 issue of Track Coach.

Katie Hymans BN’99 to

Mohammad Kashmiri, Jan. 1, 2009 Robyn Viloria JO’99 to

Derek Lamb AS’03, College Park, MD, completed his PhD in astrophysical and planetary science at the University of Colorado—Boulder in fall 2008. Molly Lamb AS’03, College Park, MD, earned a PhD in epidemiology at the University of Colorado— Denver in spring 2008. Jamie Nelson-Kirby AS’03, ED’03, Des Moines,

earned her master of arts degree in marriage and family therapy from Argosy University. Tobias Franks AS’04,

Marin Schweizer AS’05, of Baltimore, received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Maryland— Baltimore in May 2009. Ryan Summerfelt AS’07, JO’07, Hinsdale, IL, earned

an MBA from Northern Illinois Unversity in December 2009. Dana Boomhower PH’08,

Minneapolis, completed a one-year postgraduate pharmacy residency with Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Jessica (Barnett) Moseley AS’04, Brooklyn, NY,

Todd Smith LW’08, Washington, D.C., completed his master of laws degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

Sutton Meagher JO’01 to John Mataya AS’01, Sept. 1, 2007

Kelly Allen JO’05 to Ryan Denissen JO’05, May 5, 2009

Lisa Hunt JO’01 to Ryan Soard,

Rachel Sanders AS’05 to Brian Mason BN’05, May 2009

Boulder, CO, received his PhD in molecular biology.

May 21, 2005

Grant Wiens, Jun. 2009

Elizabeth Soike JO’02 to Anthony Liebetrau, Aug. 8, 2008

Corevia Turner LW’00 to Gerald Allen Flynn, Mar. 15, 2008

Meredith Brignadello FA’02 to Phil Nelson FA’02,

Emily Brees BN’05 to Christopher David Myers BN’05, Jul. 16, 2005

Jun. 20, 2009

Tasha Castillo AS’05 to Aaron Wells, Nov. 28, 2009

Grandgeorge, Sept. 23, 2009

Anna Saviano AS’02 to Blair Johnson, May 12, 2007

Nick Pilling BN’05, GR’08,

Jennifer Elvey AS’01 to

Allison Borg FA’03 to

Megan Baron JO’01 to Tag

Noah Schnepper, Jun. 7, 2009

John Paul Clough, Dec. 20, 2008

Sept. 15, 2009 Kristin Mohr PH’06 to


Christopher Behrens PH’06,

Kari Cummins GR’06 to

May 30, 2009

Dennis Paul Lamoreux, Jun. 21, 2008

Joseph Brady BN’06 to Shannon, Aug. 2, 2008 Amber Payne PH’06 to

Brian Kelley, Sept. 1, 2007

to Jim DeBuse JO’07, Aug. 15, 2009

to Jakob Thorud AS’07, May 30, 2009

Kerianne Hanson PH’07, GR’08 to Kelly Roder,

Lindsay Schipull PH’08 to

Melissa Lamoreaux PH’07 to

Joe Bell PH’07, Jun. 21, 2009

Sept. 6, 2008

Jacqueline Mueller JO’07

Jennifer Lacy Seidel AS’07

births/adoptions

Teresa (Altvater) Johnson PH’97 and Michael, Arvada, CO,

a son, Caden Michael Tonya (Ragsdale) English

Walter McLaughlin

PH’92 and Charles,

JO’95 and Kerry Ann Bear,

Douglasville, GA, a son, Charles Samuel English III

Madison, WI, a son, Kyle

Ramona (Palmer) Eason

AS’95 and Jimmy, Kansas City,

JO’93, GR’93, LW’96 and

MO, a daughter, Abigail Frances

Alphonso, Lawrence, KS, a son, Joshua Ray

Suzanne (Denton) Perlik

Andrea (Biel) Spalding JO’95

Cabel Gray BN’93 and

and Gene, West Des Moines, IA, a son, Derek Robert

Lisa, Coralville, IA, a son, Cooper Charles

Ted Biderman LW’96,

Brian Manson BN’93, GR’94, North Hollywood, CA,

a son, Logan Kyle Jennifer (Kreml) Moreau PH’93 and Tim, St. Charles, IL,

a son, Brady Richard

GR’96 and Denna, Paris,

a son, Henry Heitz Margaret (Buttweiler) Blehert JO’96 and Steve, Golden Valley, MN, a son, Alexander Herbert Daniel Gransinger PH’96,

Jaclyn (Moore) Coburn AS’94

Scottsdale, AZ, a son, Jacob Daniel

and Steve, Lake Winnebago, MO, a daughter, Rhilyn Grace

Amy (MacFarlane) Miller

Meghan (Johnson) Hutton

a daughter, Emilie Claire

JO’94 and David, Hamel, MN,

a son, Kier Drake Hutton Marcus Mabo BN’94,

Stockholm, Sweden, a daughter, Sofia Daniel Sokolik JO’94 and

Laura, St. Louis, a son, Alexander Elise (Kaplan) Baer FA’95

and Tom, Grays Lake, IL, a son, Landon Kathleen (Buckardt) Butler AS’95 and Paul Butler BN’95, Dubuque, IA, a daughter, Abbey Elaine Lori (Pollock) Cox AS’95

and Douglas Cox FA’95, Atlanta, twin sons, Dylan Marvin and Logan Henry

BN’96 and Jason, Anchorage, AK,

Susanne (Laphen) Miller LW’96 and Timothy, Omaha, NE, a son, James Patrick Miller Cindy (Swenson) Resman PH’96 and John, Maple Grove, MN, a daughter, Lilah Kate Sara Ruppelt PH’96, Houston,

a son, Lukas Daniel Ann (Cali) Bradsher BN’97

and Neal, Eden Prairie, MN, a daughter, Kathryn Irene Teresa Denton BN’97,

Ft. Leavenworth, KS, a daughter, Hailey Sarah (Beckett) Ference BN’97 and Eric, Chicago,

a daughter, Alice Kanney

Maj. Barbara Hoeben

Christina (Wojtysiak) Johns

FA’95, PH’97 and Lt. Col.

JO’97 and Jason BN’98,

John Landolt, Tucson, AZ, a son, William Theodore Landolt

Riverside, IL, a daughter, Isabella Sophia

Kathleen (Lenihan) Preston JO’97 and Daniel, Chicago, a

daughter, Abigail “Abbey” Parkes Charla (Johnson) Treanor AS’97 and Kevin, Winfield, IL,

a daughter, Katie Ann Treanor Joshua Baldwin JO’98

and Patricia, Lee’s Summit, MO, twins, Madison Grace and Gavyn Joshua

Anna Ryon LW’08 to

J. Cecelia Walthall, May 20, 2009

Adam Charon, Apr. 25, 2009 Lynn Grochowski JO’08 to Andrew DeRolf, Aug. 9, 2008

Julie Joyce BN’99 and Kyle Falconbury, Woodbury, MN, a son, Ezra Ellen Kucera FA’99 and Steve

Askew, Warrent, VT, a son, Tarin Gram Amy (Pearson) Bluhm JO’00

and Nathan BN’99, Pingree Grove, IL, a son, Nolan Oliver Laurie (Skuodas) Dickes AS’00 and Mark, Sioux City, IA,

Heidi (Gough) Kraus FA’02

and Paul AS’01, ED’01, Des Moines, a daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Kristen (Reed) Scoll JO’01, AS’01 and Adam, Minneapolis,

a daughter, Layla Evelyn Lisa (Hunt) Soard JO’01,

Chicago, a son, John “Jack” Harold

Stephanie Barrett Fanthorpe

Jennifer (Breen) Cole ED’04 and Dennis Cole AS’02, Clarinda, IA,

Mary (Sweet) Bohon ED’98

AS’00 and Thomas, Oswego, IL,

a daughter, Adelyn May

and Mike, Shawnee, KS, twin daughters, Annie Blythe and Claire Victoria

a son, Bryce Austin

Corinne (Campen) Holloway BN’98 and Michael Holloway BN’98, Grafton WI, birth of

third child Jackie Kwapil BN’98 and Dennis Saldana BN’98,

a son, Adam John

Angela (Knudson) Ferguson BN’00 and Pat, Bettendorf, IA,

a daughter, Leah Kay Jennifer Donnelly PH’02

and Andrew Gugel FA’00, a daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Kristi (Thu) Hough PH’00

Germantown, WI, a son, Thomas Zachary

and Kyle, Ruthven, IA, a daughter, Kamryn June

Andrea Froehlich McMaster JO’98 and Steve, Waverly, NE,

Melissa (Mead) Hull PH’00

a daughter, Karis Grace

and Todd, Tukwila, WA, a daughter, Olivia Grace

Michele (Peterson) Murray JO’98 and Sean Murray JO’06,

Madelaine Jerousek-Smith

Denver, a daughter, Adelyn Grace Dawn (Goebel) Palmer PH’98, and Mark, Oregon, WI,

JO’00, LW’05 and Kent Smith LW’05, Des Moines, a son, Grant Michael

a son, Liam Ray

Laila (Salama) Lyons

Kara McWhirter Waugh GR’98 and Barry, Urbandale, IA,

BN’00, Glen Ellyn, IL,

a son, Keerick James

BN’00, and Morgan Lyons

Chicago, a daughter, Lauren Heidi Heather (Vanderwal) Koehn PH’02, Springfield, IL, a

daughter, Macey Rose Tiffany (Breckenridge) Rickbeil BN’01 and Eric Rickbeil JO’02, Dallas,

a son, Luke Alexander Kelly (Mennen) Sandquist BN’02, GR’02 and Josh Sandquist PH’02, Madison, WI,

a son, Isaac Mennen Jacob Tillmann PH’02

Jennifer (Bieleck) Calnon

a daughter, Avery Elizabeth

Kristi (Limke) Killelea PH’02 and Dirk Killelea PH’02,

and Rebecca, Gainesville, FL, a son, Grant Michael

a daughter, Carlin Anna

Jill (Nickols) Haug PH’99, GR’99 and Rune, Dulles, VA,

Sally (Hanson) Haack PH’02,

and Jeremy Haack BN’00, GR’02, GR’06, Urbandale, IA, twin sons, Graham and Wyatt

Tracy (Clements) Shaner AS’00, Harvard, IL, a daughter, Emily Regina

son, Broden Graham Zimmerman

a daughter, Lillian Dawn

a daughter, Evelyn Lily

Rachel Dykstra Boon ED’99, GR’02 and Adam Boon AS’01, PH’03, Des Moines,

Jenny Graham-Zimmerman FA’99, West Des Moines, IA, a

Amanda Davis PH’02, GR’02 and Aaron, Rochester, MN,

ED’01 and Brian Calnon PH’01, Rosemont, MN, a son, Preston Gregory Drew Goettler AS’01,

Albuquerque, NM, a daughter, Jordan Ava

Shannon (Dorr) Hobbs FA’03

and Donald FA’03, Lohrville, IA, triplet daughters, Anastasia Avery, Bridget Bronwyn and Catarina Cadence Renee (Wiszowaty) Klooster LW’02 and Tye Klooster LW’03, Homer Glen, IL, a

daughter, Helena Elizabeth


drake notes Jill (Knobloch) Leusink PH’03

and Jeremy, Worthington, MN, a daughter, Natalie Noel

Ashley Person JO’03 and Melissa, Prairie Village, KS, a son, Will Cameron

JO’04, and Joseph Lachky BN’01, GR’03, St. Louis, a

daughter, Reagan Elizabeth

Elizabeth (Grote) Rice JO’03

Crystal (Kemp) Lennartz

Keith Elston LW’05,

Shelbyville, KY, a son, Kelly Montez

Henkelvig PH’01 and Trent, Boone, IA, a daughter, Addison Grace

Amber (Payne) Kelley PH’06 and Brian, Swisher, IA,

Lauren (Smith) Pedersen PH’03, GR’03 and Matthew Pedersen GR’03, Ankeny, IA,

and Patrick, Rochester, MN, a son, Adam Patrick

a son, Marcus Dean

Kathryn (Karger) Lachky

Pewaukee, WI, a daughter, Erin Olivia

deaths

James Mitchell Jr. LA’48, Johnston, IA

Patricia (Raines) May ED’53, GR’81, Norwalk, IA

Ridgefield, WA

Wendell R. Begg BN’49, San Diego

Genevieve (Casey) Vanhouweling ED’53,

Urbandale, IA

Grand Forks, ND

Donna Rubel ED’59,

Mary (Shoemaker) Grosland ED’63, GR’68, Mason City, IA

Jane Alexander LA’33,

Des Moines Georgia (Porter) Dowd LA’35, Madrid, IA Eleanor (Rider) Justice LA’35, Manchester, IA Martina Meyer ED’37,

Iowa City, IA Dwight Conkling LW’38, Grinnell, IA Lois (Bumgardner) Hall FA’38, Des Moines Dorothy (Beswick) Wiechmann ED’40, Hubbard, IA Beryl Black BN’42, Des Moines Jasper Lowell Whorton LA’42, LW’46, Kansas City, MO Ellen (Clemens) Metier LA’43, West Des Moines, IA

James F. Bottenfield BN’49, GR’56, ’68, West Des Moines, IA

Germantown, TN

Edgar VanArkel ED’59,

Norwalk, IA

Helen (Roff) Evans ED’63,

Robert Hutchinson PH’63, Mount Carroll, IL Virginia Miller ED’63, GR’69, Carroll, IA

Harold Lenihan BN’49,

Donald E. Koroch GR’54,

Des Moines

George Pavllik BN’49,

Robert Allan Wright Sr. LW’54, Des Moines

James W. Yoder LA’59, LW’60, Bloomington, IL

Tom Nelson PH’63,

William Cameron Powers ED’49, GR’69, Portland, OR

Carl Bruihler PH’55,

Cedar Falls, IA

Helen (Fisher) Hewitt FA’60, Des Moines

Marion (Demuth) Pritchard GR’63, Bettendorf, IA

Alfred F. Viktor PH’49,

Kathryn (Wagaman) Engel ED’55, Ames, IA

Carmen (Tursi) Leahy ED’60, Windsor Heights, IA

Martha (Hardin) Shoop ED’63, Pleasantville, IA

Dirk Van Zante LW’55,

Charles Simmons LA’60, Midland, TX

Windsor Heights, IA

Morton, IL Walter L. Blake ED’50, GR’55, Schaller, IA James Callison AS’50,

Naples, FL Robert Kurt LW’50, Cascade, IA

Marilyn (Zolnosky) Daggett FA’45, GR’52, Minneapolis

Sun City, AZ

Robert Meskan LW’47, Dallas

Richard Pope ED’59,

Frankie (Haney) Bruner BN’63, Tustin, CA

West Des Moines, IA

Urbandale, IA

Lawrence Matthews BN’47, Des Moines

Charles Johnson LA’59,

Luther Suckow BN’59,

Ardis (Ryerson) Brown LA’45, Jefferson, IA

Roy Enloe PH’47, Decatur, IL

Ruth Bond ED’54, Ankeny, IA

Heather (Heffelfinger)

W. Ronald Cramer BN’54, Torrance, CA

Max Mann ED’50, Des Moines

Urbandale, IA

Des Moines

a son, Mason Brian

Sam Hoffman ED’49, GR’54, Des Moines

Myrtle (Hohl) Staley ED’43, GR’60, Des Moines

David R. Griffith BN’46,

PH’04, GR’04, and Patrick,

William Mason LA’50, Gene Mozena BN’50, Margie Smith FA’50, GR’51, Chicago Paul J. Smith ED’50, Des Moines Carl Troxel ED’50, Des Moines Jane (Hayes) Koopman FA’51, GR’54, Appleton, WI Howard L. Larson BN’51,

Angelo Palmer PH’47, Des Moines

Fort Dodge, IA

James Buck BN’48,

Marvin Nelson BN’51,

Windsor Heights, IA

Pella, IA

Robert Maddocks BN’56, LW’58, Tucson, AZ

Madge Buchanan ED’61, Liberty, MO

Betty (Gardner) Rankin ED’56, GR’64, West Des Moines, IA

Omaha, NE

Gary Caldwell GR’61,

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Lawrence Kayser LA’64,

Webster City, IA Mathilde (Brand) Schultz ED’64, Pella, IA Gary Steelsmith BN’64,

Beaman, IA Irene (Junkermeier) Daubenberger ED’65, GR’71, Des Moines

Ralph Van Zante GR’56,

Roy D. Forgy LA’61,

Indianola, IA

Iowa City, IA

Verda (McIntire) Reynolds ED’57, Chariton, IA

Lowell Frazer BN’61,

Ray R. Seegmiller BN’57, Houston

Rachel (Hansen) Good GR’61, Iowa City, IA

Paul Shaffer FA’57,

Claremore, OK

Agnes (Etter) Hawbaker ED’61, Adel, IA

Kathryn (Jaeger) Smith ED’57, Rye Beach, NH

Scottsdale, AZ

Helen (Duff) Gliem ED’66, Scranton, IA

Barbara (Wood) Snodgrass ED’57, Ottumwa, IA

June (Kepke) Barnes ED’62, Ames, IA

Muscatine, IA

Robert Glen Patterson PH’58, Colfax, IA

Fort Dodge, IA

Marguerite (Guernsey) Traxler ED’66, Van Meter, IA

Bellingham, WA

Dean Baarda BN’62,

Bruce Dixon BN’62,

Linda (Biggs) Kniep LA’65, GR’77, Des Moines Eleanor A. Waterbury ED’65, Lohrville, IA Robert E. Young BN’65, Urbandale, IA

Jon Pearce LW’66,

Palm Coast, FL

Aurora, CO

George Carhart LA’48,

Joe Patrick JO’51, Branson, MO

John E. Schwiebert ED’58, Hiawatha, IA

Patricia (Kelleher) Neal LA’62, Bradenton, FL

Carol (Vanmaanen) Akers GR’67, Des Moines

Velma Boyd ED’52, GR’64, Knoxville, IA

John Barrett GR’59,

Des Moines

Vivian (Rampy) Shelquist ED’62, GR’65, Albia, IA

Martin Harvey BN’67,

Ardith (Baumgardner) Gerling FA’52, Monticello, IA

Richard L. Chandler BN’59, Madison, WI

Vera (Stevenson) Tarman GR’62, Lincoln, CA

Harold Heisey GR’67,

JoAnn (Hunter) Krueger LA’52, Albuquerque, NM

Worth Deets PH’59,

Cedar Rapids, IA

Sioux City, IA

Margaret Adams Reeve ED’63, Indianola, IA

Donald Henry ED’67,

Virgil S. Lagomarcino GR’48, Ames, IA

Melbourne, FL

Paul Grumley GR’59, ’67, Creston, IA

Keith L. Bear FA’63, GR’71, Ankeny, IA

Jeanne (Trumbo) Miller ED’67, Osceola, IA

Margaret (Bump) Marlay LA’48, St. Mary’s City, MD

Evelyn Bridges ED’53,

Kenneth H. Hook GR’59,

Indianola, IA

West Des Moines, IA

Ada Bloomstrand ED’63, La Vista, NE

Larry M. Simonsmeier PH’67, Tigard, OR

Minneapolis Edward Chuck GR’48,

Mason City, IA Alber Clemens LA’48, Des Moines Charles H. Debban GR’48,

Roland C. Walter PH’52,

Wilsonville, OR Indianola, IA Des Moines


David Towbridge FA’67,

Edith Giacomuzzi GR’71,

Hollywood, CA

Johnston, IA

Gary Rourke ED’74, GR’88, Pleasant Hill, IA

Carol (Petsel) Wegner ED’67, Cherokee, IA

Florence (Walker) Ohme GR’71, Des Moines

Susan (Berical) Anderson GR’75, West Des Moines, IA

Kathryn (Allen) Dixson ED’68, West Des Moines, IA

Audrey (May) Pederson GR’71, Grinnell, IA

John Courtney LW’75,

Virdell McKeown ED’68,

Winifred Spring ED’71,

Mansfield, IA

Lenox, IA

Joyce (Geilenfeld) Mohr ED’68, Algona, IA

Martha (Sprugel) Thompson ED’71, Johnston, IA

Terry Frank Wright LW’68,

William VanDaele LA’71,

Barbara (Freeman) Moss GR’91, Leawood, KS

Sharon (Sinclair) Thomas ED’81, GR’85, Des Moines

Victoria (Stahr) Miller PH’97, Ottumwa, IA

Matthew James Finnell LA’76, Springfield, IL

Iowa City, IA

Clara Shoemaker-Knauer ED’69, Des Moines

Sheridan William “Dan” Foy BN’72, Urbandale, IA

Rodney Davis BN’70, Clive, IA

Marian (Taylor) Sherman ED’72, Stuart, IA

Des Moines

Fred L. Smith BN’72,

Arnold Caplan GR’71, Des Moines

Karen Ellis GR’89, Des Moines

Judith (Kleinhenz) Steenhoek GR’81, Marengo, IA

Des Moines Joan (Anderson) Semprini ED’75, Mitchellville, IA

Lillian (Vandeusen) George ED’69, West Des Moines, IA

Jane (Peterson) Wedman FA’70, GR’80, Des Moines

Andrew W. Crane BN’81,

Linda (Adkins) Frisbie AS’91, GR’93, Des Moines

Ronald Eide ED’72,

Wilma (Vickroy) Lemons ED’70, Pleasant Hill, IA

Des Moines

Paul Flynn LA’81, Des Moines

James Daly LA’72, Des Moines

James H. Gideon Jr. LA’70,

Randolph Duncan LW’88,

Waukee, IA

Vincent Gregory LA’75,

Keith Brandt PH’69, Wheeling, IL

Rochester Hills, MI

John Burrows BN’81,

Urbandale, IA

Scottsdale, AZ

Jan (Holmes) Drees ED’70, GR’76, West Des Moines, IA

Diane Kay (Doran) Blomgren AS’88, Boone, IA

Midland, MO

Des Moines

James Donia, LA’70, St. Charles, IL

Timothy Wheeler LA’80,

San Diego

Laurie (Larson) Massina PH’76, Waterloo, IA

Robert C. Barr GR’82,

Denise Wilkins PH’97,

Newton, IA

Carlisle, IA

Dennis Kroeger GR’84,

Jane Stillinger GR’98,

Ames, IA

Ankeny, IA

Mary Parrish LA’84,

Ankeny, IA

Shawndra Beauchamp Turner AS’98, Overland Park, KS

Donna (Boyvey) Ames LA’77, Decatur, IL

John Charles Schachterle LW’84, Des Moines

Erika (Herren) Anderson GR’99, LW’04, Waukee, IA

Norwalk, IA

Judith (Berard) Garner FA’79, Norwalk, IA

James Schadle LW’84, Des Moines

Aaron Charrier LW’02, Meridian, ID

David Langston JO’73,

Robert Lee Onnen LA’79,

St. Charles, IA Mark Snider BN’72,

William Palmer LA’76,

Windsor Heights, IA Richard Wright GR’76,

Michael Fuller BN’85,

Sandra Mintle GR’02,

Waterloo, IA

Grinnell, IA

Mark L. Lahey GR’86,

Susan (Hagemann) Ferden PH’03, Des Moines

Port St. Joe, FL

Des Moines

Richard Gill BN’74, GR’77, Naperville, IL

Germantown, TN

Des Moines

R. Steven Johnson LW’74, Newton, IA

Mary Ann (Warren) Riley GR’80, Des Moines

Janet (Schwarz) Moore BN’86, Ankeny, IA

Donald D. Thomas GR’79,

Mary (Quinnell) Allyn GR’08,

West Des Moines, IA

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Getting Real About Diversity Diversity — what is it? Life. Choices. Ideas. Opinions. People. Places.

Difference is not a new concept. We encounter difference on a daily basis. Interactions with nature provide a wonderful array of opportunities to experience difference. Colors. Shapes. Sizes. Textures. So, if diversity is such a normal part of our everyday lives, why does it cause such friction when it comes to human interactions? When I arrived on Drake’s campus as a first-year student in the fall of 1968, my focus was on issues related to civil rights throughout the United States. I considered myself a social activist. I was particularly disturbed by the lack of attention to or genuine interest in students’ thoughts and perceptions of the black experience at Drake University. It appeared — at least to me — that the goal was to find a way to appease or silence the black students to reduce unrest and maintain the status quo. In other words, do something to keep “them” quiet and make “them” fit in with the rest of the students. I am proud of my Drake degree. Unfortunately, I believe many students graduated from Drake during this period at a disadvantage because they were not afforded enough opportunities for substantive discussions with others who represent difference. What has changed since 1968? Since my return to Drake as an employee in 1988, I have observed some effort to engage in dialogue about diversity. Some of these efforts have seemed somewhat superficial and disingenuous. However, over the past several years I can honestly say that I have been and remain involved in conversations that are much more intentional and strategic. The current mission and planning documents of Drake University guide the organization’s basic goals and strategies related to diversity. The Drake University Mission Statement, in committing to prepare students to be responsible global citizens, expressly acknowledges the importance of our students’ participation in a diverse society. We have a responsibility and an obligation to prepare students to live and work in environments where they can make a “world of difference.” This includes a commitment to recruit students, faculty and staff of exceptional abilities who are committed to the mission, goals and core values of the institution and who represent the diversity of American society and the global community — goals specifically stated as operating precepts of the University. 30

An emphasis on inclusion as we explore diversity of ideas, perspectives and people is essential to an exceptional learning environment. The Drake University Statement of Principles states, in part: “Drake values the fact that it is a community consisting of men and women of different races, nationalities, religions, physical abilities, sexual orientation, ages, political perspectives and other diverse characteristics. While acknowledging our differences, we affirm the dignity and freedom of every individual.” No one course, major, department or person can sufficiently address diversity. Coordination, integration, implementation and assessment of diversity efforts require more thoughtful and engaging forms of communication, interaction and reflection among all faculty, staff and students. This can be challenging, but has a long-term impact that reinforces Drake’s mission of preparing students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments and responsible global citizenship. Increasing the diversity of the campus community, both in respect to composition of population and in respect to deeper educational experiences of diversity, is a continuing challenge. Some progress has been made in recent years but much remains to be accomplished. Engaging the various internal and external constituencies in meaningful dialogue about the benefits of a holistic approach to diversity is the preferred direction. Opportunities exist to effectively meet this challenge. • Who represents diversity? Each person. • Who should begin the conversation? Anyone. Everyone. You. • When and where? Now is the time. This is the place. • Who should be involved? Everyone. Including you. Diversity is fascinating, and it is exciting to view the world from multiple perspectives. We should not fear diversity or difference, but embrace it because when we learn more about others we learn more about ourselves. Each person can make a difference. — Wanda E. Everage, LA’72, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Academic Excellence

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Make a Difference for Generations to Come

Remember Drake University in Your Estate Plans At Drake, 98 percent of undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. Including Drake in your estate plans is one way to honor your legacy and support an institution that is important to you.

“As a teacher and administrator, I spent my entire career doing something I believed in — educating others. After reading an article in Drake Blue about the importance of a strong endowment, I decided to establish a scholarship through a bequest in my will. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to future educators, who are catalysts for changing the lives of future generations. It is my hope to alleviate some of the financial worry for these students and help them achieve their shared dreams.” Merlin L. Scholl ED’51, GR’55, ’69, ’76

“I believe in the power of education to transform lives. I am at Drake to transform mine. Without scholarship support, my Drake education would not have been obtainable. I am deeply grateful to our alumni who have made my education possible. As a future Drake alumna, I am inspired to give back, because I know some of the financial struggles that people go through and the difference our donors have made in my life.” Crystal Nance Class of 2010, Scholarship recipient Public relations and sociology, double major Kansas City, MO

For more ideas on how to make Drake University a part of your legacy, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 515-271-4069 or visit www.drake.edu and click on “Giving to Drake.”


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Where will 2010 find you?

TO USE: 1. Cut out pennant 2. Gather family and friends 3. Smile! Click! 4. Upload photo and view others at www.facebook.com/DrakeUniversity 5. Make 2010 a picture-perfect year

Drake Blue Magazine - Spring 2010  

The Official Alumni Magazine of Drake University