Points of Pride — Fall 2012

Drake University is considered one of the top 10 master’s universities in the country (out of 572)

In 2011—2012, the Drake Bulldogs won 3 conference championships: football, rowing, and men’s tennis

SJMC students received the Public Relations Society of America 2012 PRIME award for the PR seniors’ campaign

More than 100% increase in undergraduate applications in the last several years

Undergrad retention rate places Drake in the top 10% of all 4-year institutions

Drake Law’s Agricultural Law Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary

Students earned gold and silver in the 2012 American Advertising Federation’s ADDY awards

Drake was awarded $336,116 by The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) through the University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. for a research project by Maria Valdovinos, associate professor of psychology, titled “The effects of online decision making support for home visitors using an RTI approach to promoting the language development of at-risk infants and toddlers”

Drake’s pharmacy program tied for 4th place among private institutions in the 2013 edition of U.S.News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools”

86% of Drake Law students enroll in clinical programs or internships

Last year Drake’s six-year graduation rate reached an all-time high of 75%

97.3% of 2011 grads had a job or grad school acceptance within 6 months of graduation

Drake rowing coach Charlie DiSilvestro was named 2011—2012 conference coach of the year

The M.B.A. program has been selected five years in a row as the Best M.B.A. Program in the Des Moines Business Record’s Readers Poll

Jerry Foxhoven, professor of law and clinical director, chairs the Iowa Child Abuse Registry Legislative Review Workgroup

SJMC students won the 2012 Iowa Broadcast News Association best student newscast for the electronic media seniors’ DrakeLine program, plus first place for in-depth radio series

8 straight years of balanced budget with modest surplus

A team of Drake SJMC students won the War on the Floor video production contest at the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters convention

In January, Neil Hamilton, professor of law and director of the Agricultural Law Center, took 18 students to Cuba on the first American law school visit to that island focused on agricultural law

SJMC students earned the 2012 National College Media Advisers design award for Urban Plains

More than $18 million in new funds were added to faculty/staff compensation in the last 8 years

In the last two years, teacher education graduates accepted positions in 13 different international areas including Egypt, Belgium, Africa, Taiwan, Kuwait, and the Czech Republic

SJMC students earned Emmy and Telly awards in 2012 for the documentary Blood Sweat Wheels

Tuition increases have averaged only 4.2% over the past 10 years and have been 2% below the national average for private institutions

In 2011—2012, two student athletes received the MVC Elite 18 Award (highest GPA in respective sport): Jonathan Hadash, men’s tennis, and Amber Wollschlager, women’s basketball

2011 Telly, Communicator, and Emmy awards to SJMC students for radio-TV producing majors’ documentary Beyond the Blue Line

Drake Law student indebtedness is 14% below the national average for private institutions

distinctlyDrake has raised almost $120 million so far in the middle of a global financial crisis

Accounting and marketing major James “Quint” Hall had his drawing of Professor Emeritus Harry Wolk published in Accounting Theory: Conceptual Issues in a Political and Economic Environment

U.S.News & World Report ranks Drake University among the top 5 Midwest master’s universities on its “Great Schools, Great Values” list

Four student-athletes were named conference player of the year: Rachael Hackbarth, women’s basketball; Anis Ghorbel, men’s tennis; Mike Piatkowski, football; and Travis Merritt, football

In 2011, student-produced Think magazine was named first in general excellence by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

In 2010—2011, more than 25% of Drake students engaged in service-learning courses

While overall giving to higher education declined as a result of the financial environment, Drake University raised a total of $19,803,000 in fiscal year 2012

In 2011—2012, Drake athletics had 46 All-Conference honorees

Brogan Austin won two MVC individual championships: men’s cross-country and men’s indoor 5,000 meters

Cowles Library is fostering the preservation of all things Drake with the Drakeapedia project, a joint collaboration of library faculty and students

2012 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication top online magazine awards given to Think and Urban Plains, the student digital publication

Drake men’s tennis coach Evan Austin won 2011-2012 conference coach of the year

U.S.News & World Report acknowledged Drake University as one of only 12 institutions in its region with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching

Drake’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (accounting honorary fraternity) was the 2012 winner of the Missouri Valley Region student case competition

Funds from distinctlyDrake have created 6 new endowed faculty positions

Drake was selected 3 times in the last six years as a “Great Place to Work For” by Chronicle of Higher Education

Carrie Dunham-LaGree, M.S.I.S, librarian for digital literacy & general education, was named a 2012 Emerging Leader by the American Library Association

Only one master’s university produced more Fulbright recipients in recent years

80% of Drake seniors reported being mentored by a faculty member/instructor

Honorable mention in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s Bateman Case Study Competition

Society of Professional Journalists 2012 Mark of Excellence awards in writing and design for Drake Magazine

Academic All-American women’s basketball player Lindsay Whorton is the first Rhodes Scholar at Drake since the 1920s; now on a Fulbright to Finland and member of Drake’s Board of Trustees

Times-Delphic named Iowa College Newspaper of the Year in 2012

Two Drake Bulldogs were named Capital One Academic All Americans: Matt Kuhn, soccer, and Michael Lahar, football

The senior magazine students produced Urban Plains, the first student iPad magazine in the country

distinctlyDrake has created 101 new scholarship funds

Approximately 98% of Drake full-time undergraduates receive financial aid, including both need- and merit-based assistance Kappa Psi, a professional pharmacy fraternity, was selected as the No. 9 chapter in the nation

2012 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award given to Think, the senior news magazine

Drake is one of 6 hubs to coordinate a new legislative effort to scale up $450,000 to area schools to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

Nearly 80% of Drake seniors have completed at least one internship or field/clinical experience versus 50% of college seniors nationally

Rho Chi, the pharmacy honor society, received the Chapter Project award for the submission of “Healthcare Students’ Forum on Collaborative Care”

Drake Athletics has had 59 Academic All-Americans since the beginning of the program

The Drake Fund has had two consecutive record years exceeding $3.2 million

25 different senior pharmacy rotations sites in 10 countries including Belize, Ecuador, Dominica, Australia, France, and Tanzania

The spring 2012 Social Media Strategies class beat state and city tourism offices from around the country to earn a Foursquare badge for Des Moines in a national contest

As host of the Iowa Homeless Youth Center’s Reggie’s Sleepout event, Drake raised more than $195,000 for homeless youth services in October 2011

In 2011, all five student publications were named finalists for the Associated College Press’ Pacemaker award, more than any other school in the nation

Phi Delta Chi, a professional pharmacy fraternity, won the Thurston Cup making it the No. 1 chapter in the nation

At least 22% of seniors have worked on a research project with a faculty member outside of regular coursework, compared to an average of 19% at other institutions

Drake received 15,000 visitors in 6 hours to our ABC Republican Debate photostream

67% of all Iowa School Districts have professionals who have obtained at least one Drake degree in the last 10 years

David McCord, professor of law, received both the Governor’s Volunteer Award and the Madelyn M. Levitt Award for Community Service for his work with refugees and on the problem of hunger

Drake awards more than 5,000 scholarships each year and more than $47 million in financial assistance is provided to undergraduate students

Drake Law students rated their job search support significantly above the national average

The Drake Chamber Choir was one of 14 choirs (out of 90) chosen to perform at the conference of the American Choral Directors Association. This was the first-ever appearance by a Drake choir at a regional conference.

A group of international relations students was named an Outstanding Delegation for its participation on the Historical Security Council at the American Model UN simulation last fall

More than 300 students worked on the ABC Republican Debate hosted on Drake’s campus last fall

CPHS residency placement rate is above the national average

The Drake Wind Symphony was one of 7 bands chosen out of 150 to perform at the North Central Division Conference of the College Band Director’s National Association

In the 2011—2012 academic year, Drake students contributed approximately 84,150 hours of community service

Drake’s Intellectual Property Law Center is ranked 22nd in the nation and is one of the top 5 programs in the Midwest

85% of seniors have engaged in community or volunteer service compared to 60% of seniors nationally

Philanthropy@Drake won a CASE award for Outstanding External Program

92% of 2011 Drake first-time takers passed the Iowa bar examination

Anthony Gaughan, assistant professor of law, and Kathleen Richardson, director of SJMC, were appointed by Gov. Branstad to serve on the new Iowa Public Information Board

Drake was awarded $387,743 by The National Institutes of Health for a research project by Maria Valdovinos, associate professor of psychology, titled “Function-Based Analysis of Psychotropic Drugs Effects on Problem Behavior in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities”

P4 student Huy Nguyen was a top 3 finalist for the Next Generation Future Pharmacist Award

Professor Neil Hamilton, professor of law and director of the Agricultural Law Center, taught the first wind law course in the nation

Drake Bulldogs had 7 Capital One academic All-District selections in 2011—2012

The student-faculty ratio is 15-to-1 overall and 12-to-1 at the undergraduate level

SOE administers one of the largest programs in the Midwest for those who want advanced degrees in school, mental health, or agency counseling

Last year, 100% of SOE teacher education candidates passed the exam required for licensure in the state of Iowa

Carrie Koenigsfeld, professor of pharmacy practice, was elected as the 2013—2015 American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Executive Committee member at large

Faculty in CPHS participated with Drake students on 19 undergraduate research projects in 2011

The Drake Choir and Chamber Choir toured Wales and Ireland in May, performing in renowned venues such as Trinity College Chapel and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The three most recent chief justices of the Iowa Supreme Court have been Drake graduates

The National Community Pharmacy Association student chapter placed No. 6 in the national Pruitt Schutte Business plan competition— Drake is the only school in the last 3 years to be in the top 10 each year

CPHS received $465,370 extramural research dollars in 2011 and $407,386 in 2010

Drake Center for the Humanities established the Public Humanities Advisory Board to promote collaboration between the University and the community

Drake’s legal writing program is ranked 19th in the nation

Almost $100 million invested in physical plant in last 10 years:

Major renovation of every residence hall

Renovation of more than 30 classrooms
(with strong tech infrastructure)

Revitalization of Drake Stadium

Renovation of laboratories and classrooms in Olin Hall

$11 million replacement of HVAC infrastructure

28th Street Plaza and repositioning of the “Painted Street”

Patty & Fred Turner Jazz Center

Sussman/Bulldog Theater

Harvey Ingham 104

Underground Fitness

Cline Atrium (Fall 2012)

Don Davidson Pharmacy Practice Lab

Cowles Library renovation

Ellis Pharmacogenomics and Disease Prevention Labs

Helmick Commons Project

Helmick Commons

Principal Plaza

Wells Fargo Reflecting Pool

Kragie/Newell Agora

Scott Branson Plaza

Quad Creek Cafe

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