Paul Morrison Spruce Up Day

  • 04/20/2024
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Harkin Institute Parking Lot

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Paul MOrrison Spruce UP DAY

With the Drake University Student Alumni Association (Register here with Drake)

Paul Morrison is often referred to as "Mr. Drake". He was an alumnus of Drake who dedicated his life to the Drake Community. Before his death in 2017 at the age of 100, Paul Morrison, a retired Drake University sports information director and volunteer sports historian, attended thousands of basketball games, 700 football games and 80 Drake Relays. He considered it a daily task to pick up trash on his walk to and from work. “On his way he would always pick up trash. It was just kind of his thing and he always carried an old tattered briefcase and stuck the trash in the briefcase,” said Morrison’s daughter Holly Dierks. She added, “His view was that no job is too small for anybody. Picking up trash is probably one of the most humble things you can do and yet he was never above that.” His impact was felt at Drake University, but also strongly throughout our Drake Neighborhood. 

In honor of him, we will be picking up trash around the neighborhood. The more people who volunteer, the farther we can reach throughout the neighborhood. Drake will provide the equipment for us, food, and coffee. We will pick up trash from 10am - 12pm and then there will be a tabling event for the neighborhood to meet people and organizations to hear what they are doing for the Neighborhood. Please register here and we will get our list of volunteers to the Student Alumni Association.

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