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As Good as a Getaway In need of a little R & R? Escape into one of these novels, recommended by the travel-loving Carrie Dunham-LaGree, Drake librarian for digital literacy and general education.

State of Wonder Ann Patchett

Set in the stifling heat of the remote Amazon jungle, it is a literary tale of love, adventure, scientific research and friendship.

If You Follow Me Malena Watrous

This novel follows Marina, a recent college graduate who is teaching in rural Japan. It is a fascinating glimpse into cultural differences and international experiences.

White Woman on the Green Bicycle

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

Monique Roffey

Ann Weisgarber

Illustrating the effect of time on both a marriage and a country, this book tells the story of a young British couple who moves to Trinidad in the 1950s.

Weisgarber offers a powerful look at the lives of two African-American homesteaders who settled in the Badlands in the early 1900s.

Stiltsville Susanna Daniel

Daniels explores the relationship of a Miami couple, often intersecting crucial moments in their marriage with key events in Florida history.

Reconnecting at Relays Relays Week is one of the most exciting times to visit campus: the running of the races, the frequent brushes with elite athletes, and the many opportunities to reconnect with former roommates and study buddies. No wonder so many Drake alumni choose late April as their favorite time to return to Des Moines. More than a year in advance, the Office of Alumni Relations starts planning the reunion events that take place throughout Relays Week. “In addition to anticipating significant anniversaries, we determine the affinity groups that are clamoring for reunions,” says Liz Tesar, bn’07, assistant director of alumni relations. “From there we start to recruit alumni volunteers for steering committees.” The steering committees then drive the events and the alumni office takes a supporting role. Joe Aiello, bn’80, president of Drake’s National Alumni Board of Directors, is co-chair of this year’s All Greek Reunion. He is expecting over 2,000 Greek alumni to participate in the event after a stunning 1,600 alumni showed up to the first All Greek Reunion in 2009. “The steering committee, which includes representation from every Drake-affiliated Greek house, is focused on making this year’s event the greatest party ever,” he says. Another much-anticipated celebration is the third African American Reunion. The highlight of the event will be a reception in honor of Wanda Everage, vice provost for student affairs and academic excellence, who is retiring from Drake after 24 years. Read more about Everage on page 20. The entire Drake community is invited to celebrate Wanda in the Cowles Library Reading Room on Saturday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m.

In addition to the affinity reunions, celebrations for the classes of 2002 and 1972 are planned. Current students are encouraged to attend any or all of the reunions to network with alumni, an important facet of reunions, according to Blake Campbell, gr’05, director of alumni relations. “Drake’s alumni network is a tremendous benefit to current students, and we know that the passionate alumni who visit campus for reunions are eager to share their time and knowledge with students,” says Campbell.

visit for more information about the reunions happening over Relays Week. Love Marching Spike? When you’re visiting area retailers of Drake merchandise, be on the lookout for the Paul F. Morrison Collection — an ever-expanding line of vintage Drake clothing. spring 2012




Drake Blue Magazine - Spring 2012  

Official magazine of Drake University Alumni and Friends

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