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Mark Ernst named chair of Drake University Board of Trustees 

The Drake University Board of Trustees has named alumnus and business executive Mark Ernst, BN’80, as its new chair. Ernst, who has served on the board since 2008 and is currently co-chair of The Ones: Drake’s Campaign for the Brave & Bold, will succeed Peggy Fisher who has served in the role since July 2019. Ernst...


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Thursday, June 30, 2022 4:19:42 PM

Drake University Awards Honorary Degree to Mediacom CEO Rocco B. Commisso

Drake University today announced it has awarded Rocco B. Commisso, the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Mediacom Communications Corporation, an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree. “While other broadband providers exited Iowa, Mediacom—under Mr. Commisso’s leadership—invested in infrastructure critical to the economic vitality of our state,” said Drake University President Marty Martin. “Mediacom...


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Monday, June 27, 2022 9:23:21 AM

Bam Bam Slams Competition, Wins Drake University’s Beautiful Bulldog Contest

The five-year-old bulldog takes the crown as the overall winner at the 43rd annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest® at Drake University Monday, April 25. More than 1,000 people were on hand at the Knapp Center to witness the crowning of Bam Bam as the 2022 Most Beautiful Bulldog during the 43rd annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest at Drake University. The five-year-old bulldog...


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Monday, April 25, 2022 8:41:06 PM

Pharmacy & Health Sciences Alumni Achievement Awards Announced

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences‘ annual Alumni Achievement Awards were presented at Health Professions Day (formerly Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day) on February 24, 2022. This year’s outstanding alumni included Young Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Becca Mahnesmith and Alumni Achievement Award Recipients Angie Nelson and Jill Noehren.  “Our 2022 Alumni Achievement Awardees are...


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Thursday, April 14, 2022 3:28:18 PM

Barber Receives Inaugural Purdum Scholarship for First-Generation Students

Megan Barber, third-year student pharmacist, was awarded the inaugural Anna (Filippelli)  and James Purdum Family Endowed Pharmacy Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes third- or fourth-year student pharmacists within Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) who are first-generation students.  As a Drake student, Barber has maintained a high GPA and asserted herself as a leader in student organizations. She is the treasurer of...


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Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:03:29 PM

Drake University mourns the loss of the Honorable Neal E. Smith, LW’50

Drake University mourns the loss of former U.S. Congressman and distinguished alumnus Neal E. Smith, LW’50, who passed away on Nov. 2, 2021. Congressman Smith and his wife Bea generously supported Drake University throughout their lives, the impact of which is felt today by Drake University students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Smith was 101 years...


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