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International Traders of Iowa Drake Student Chapter

Ms. Michele Waber from DuPont Pioneer

7 - 8 PM, Wednesday, Oct. 1, Meredith 101

Waber is a global communications and brand identity professional with nearly 20 years of experience in trademark and brand identity management, leadership counsel and strategic communications, public affairs and issues management, event planning and advertising sales. Waber will be presenting on her experiences specifically relating to Latin America, Africa and Asia Pacific. She will also be bringing a colleague who has extensive expertise in working with Africa.

CFA Scholarship Opportunity!

Drake University is a member of the CFA Institute's University Recognition Program. Our undergraduate finance programs incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and place emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Our finance programs position students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world. As a member of the CFA Institute's University Recognition Program, Drake University is entitled to award five CFA Program Awareness Scholarships for the June 6, 2015 exam. The scholarships provide a substantially reduced fee structure to students sponsored by a full-time university faculty member who is a CFA Charterholder. Scholarship and non-scholarship fees are listed below. Our finance faculty will select five full-time undergraduate or part-time graduate students to receive scholarships. Undergraduate students must be in their final year of studies. For more information, go to

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please send an email to Prof. John Rozycki at John.Rozycki@Drake.Edu by noon, Friday, October 3, 2014. In the subject line, put "CFA Scholarship." In your email, please indicate the following:

  1. Why you are interested in becoming a CFA Charterholder;
  2. Grades you received for finance courses you have taken;
  3. Your current GPA;
  4. Expected graduation date; and
  5. The names of at least two CBPA professors to serve as references.

The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University
Fall 2014 Speaker Series

September 16: Derek Wilson
Topics: The Scottish Referendum on Independence: Bravehearts or Faint Hearts?
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Derek Wilson is a law professor at the University of Nantes, France and Assistant Director of the Drake Law Summer in France Program. During the fall of 2014, Wilson is serving as Global Practitioner-in-Residence in the Drake Law School. He graduated from Glasgow University with a LL.B. degree.

October 7: Diego Zavala
Topic: Interactive Documentary: Halfway Between Big Data and Filmic Narrative
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Professor Diego Zavala is a member of the the Department of Communications and Digital Arts, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara campus, where he teaches courses in film studies, screenwriting, and TV and film production. For the past three years, he has also served as Coordinator of the Media Convergence and Innovation Research Group at Monterrey Tec, working closely with other scholars on individual and collaborative research projects.

October 8: Khalil al-Anani
Topic: Upended Path: The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Khalil al-Anani is a leading academic expert on Islamist movements, Egyptian politics, and democratization in the Middle East. He was a Resident Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute, and also served as a scholar of Middle East politics at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK, as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and as a senior scholar at Al-Ahram Foundation in Cairo.

October 15: Heartland Global Health Conference
Topic: Climate, Nutrition and Health
Location: Parents Hall, Olmsted Center
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The conference will featuring two distinguished keynote speakers: Dr. James Hansen and Dr. Carlos Dora. In addition to presenting a keynote address at the conference, Dr. Hansen will be doing a public lecture that evening (free and open to the public; registration for the evening talk is not required). Also, students are invited to submit proposals for posters related to issues in global and public health. More information about posters can be found at the conference web site:

Please register to attend the conference (lunch provided) at:

October 15: James Hansen
Topic: Tenant Farming to White House Arrests: A Scientist's Perspective on the Unfolding Climate Crisis and Opportunity
Location: Sheslow Auditorium
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

James E. Hansen is an American physicist known for his research in the field of climatology and his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the climate change issue. Hansen formerly headed the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City, which is a division of Goddard Space Flight Center's (Greenbelt, MD), Earth Sciences Directorate. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

October 21: Jim McCaughan, Indraneel Karlekar and Robert Blecker
Topic: Panel Discussion on Trade
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Jim McCaughan is chief executive officer of Principal Global Investors. He also serves as president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. Jim graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. His career began in 1974 as an actuary with Lane Clark & Peacock, London. Currently, Jim oversees investment activities across asset classes and market regions, with primary responsibility for the strategic development of Principal’s asset management business globally.

Indraneel Karlekar is head of Global Research for Principal Real Estate Investors. Karlekar has held senior research positions at a number of real estate investment management firms, including Cole Real Estate Investments, ING-Clarion and AIG Global Real Estate. Prior to AIG, he worked as an economic analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit. After graduating from St. Stephens College in India, he received his Masters of Business Administration at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, and later earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England.

Robert Blecker is a professor in the Department of Economics at American University. Blecker’s research interests include international trade, open economy macroeconomics, the value of the dollar and the US trade deficit, economic integration in North America, the Mexican economy, the limits to export-led growth strategies in developing countries, and U.S. trade policy. His teaching fields include international economics, macroeconomics, history of economic thought, and political economy.

October 28: Anna-Britt Coe
Topic: Swedish Youth Activists and Public Health Advocacy
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Anna Britt-Coe is a principal research engineer at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umea University, Sweden.

November 6, Gerard Gallucci
Topic: Keeping the peace in the 21st Century: The US and the United Nations
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Jerry Gallucci has more than 30 years of experience as a foreign affairs professional. He held various senior management positions with the State Department throughout his career, including chief of mission in Brasilia and Khartoum. He also served at the White House in the National Security Council as director for South and Central America. His most recent assignment as chief of staff for the U.N. Mission in East Timor ended in June 2010. He retired from the U.S. Senior Foreign Service in June 2005 and immediately began service with the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo. As the U.N. Regional Representative for the Mitrovica Region, he was responsible for helping maintain the peace along the Ibar River that divided Serbs in the north from Albanians in the south.

November 12: Ronald McMullen
Topic: The Pivot Deferred: How Middle East Turmoil Undermines Asian Rebalancing in US Foreign Policy
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Ronald McMullen, currently Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea. Ron has over 30 years of diplomatic experience and has lived, worked, or traveled in 91 countries. In Burma he worked closely with Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and pro-democracy groups. While posted in Fiji he helped prevent civil conflict after an armed takeover of parliament. He was shot at during a riot in Sri Lanka and helped train mongooses to detect heroin. He survived a voodoo curse in the Dominican Republic and took Hillary Clinton on a tour of South Africa’s Robben Island with Nelson Mandela.

November 18: Zachary Nunn
Topic: Cyber Power as State Power: The Role of Cyber as an Instrument of National Influence
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Zachary Nunn served as the Director of Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council, White House, where he helped author two Presidential Policy Directives on cyber response options for the US Government. A career intelligence officer, Nunn stood-up the Director on National Intelligence's Counter-Intelligence Office for Cyber - prioritizing US resources against hostile foreign state actors. Nunn is now a cyber entrepreneur - helping 500 public-private partners find creative solutions to security challenges 'on the internet.' Zach's hometown is right up the road in Altoona, Iowa. After graduating Drake University in 2002, he earned a master's with distinction at the University of Cambridge.

December 4: Saidu Yusuf Yakubu
Topic: Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Saidu Yusuf Yakubu is a peacemaker and a Medical Doctor by profession. He was born in Kano, Nigeria and attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he obtained an MBBS Degree in 1997. He served as the Coordinator of Education Program of National Gamji Club, as House Officer, ABU Teaching Hospital (Ahmadu Bello Univ, ABUTH), as Medical Officer at Multi-Clinic Nigeria Ltd. and Medical Officer General in the Out Patient Department, ABUTH. Currently, he is a Registrar and a Resident Doctor in the Department of Anaesthesia ABUTH, Kaduna, National Deputy Chancellor of the International Association of Educators for World Peace Nigeria Chapter, Member Conflict Resolution Stake Holders Network of Nigeria and the Coordinator of a peace NGO named Action for Religious Tolerance & peace (ART & PEACE Kaduna).

Fall On-Campus Recruiting Schedule

Interview Date
Positions Available
Résumé Deadline
Sep. 19
Business Finance Manager
Sep. 14
Sep. 22
Tax, Audit, and IT Attestation Internships and Full-Time Positions
Sep. 11
Sep. 23
Summer Experience
Sep. 17
Sep. 23
Staff Accountant and Tax Internships
Sep. 17
Sep. 24
Tax Staff Accountant and Tax Internship
Sep. 18
Sep. 30
Staff Accountant and Tax Internships
Sep. 23
Oct. 1
Audit Internships and Full-Time Positions
Sep. 25
Oct. 8
Core and Risk Assurance Internships and Full-Time Position
Oct. 1

Harshwal & Company, LLP - a regional CPA firm operating out of San Diego, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico - is offering career opportunities for students in Accounting/Finance or similar field who might be interested to pursue a career in public accounting. Harshwal is open to hiring foreign students who are on OPT and would also be willing to sponsor work visas for hired candidates, contingent upon performance.

For current openings, check out the career page at: For more information, please contact Mr. Sundar Ramaswamy at 858.939.0017 or


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