STORY BY GEOFFREY DALEY
The Bucksbaum Lecture: a speech delivered nearly every semester to inspire students funded by Martin Bucksbaum.
Bucksbaum was a successful business man with leadership roles on the Drake Governing Board as well as the Des Moines community.
After his passing, the Bucksbaum Lectureship committee was created and funded by Martin and Melva Bucksbaum in 1996.
The committee is made up of representatives from all respective schools at Drake with Melva Bucksbaum herself. The first lecture debuted in the spring semester of 1997.
The committees’ job is to search for speakers and schedule lectures given by highly successful people in their respected fields, like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jimmy Carter and Bob Costas.
These are only four of the 34 distinguished speakers that have graced Drake students with expedite and knowledge from their respected fields, that range from physics to journalism.
Each year, the goal of the committee is to find lectures to promote education and success on Drake’s campus. They hope to show off a variety of professionals in the field.