Did you hear about the recent Gallup-Purdue study on the relationship between one’s college experience and college graduates’ lives? It explored several important matters critical to the work of universities as they prepare students for the next step in their personal and professional journeys. According to the study, the key to such things as engagement in the workplace and enjoying a sense of well being personally centers not on the university students attended, but rather on the depth of their involvement during their university experience. I had to smile when reading the report as immediately my thoughts turned to the Drury community and all we have stood for these many years.
Fifteen months ago, Drury University and I began our new journey together. As I have stated to many with whom I have met in the ensuing months, I am deeply honored by the opportunity to help lead this university, particularly at this juncture in its storied history. The university qualities that encouraged my candidacy for this position have been amplified in my admiration of Drury University and the extraordinary potential for Drury’s future is becoming more solidified in my thinking and planning.
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Many students enter higher education assuming that once they declare a major, their coursework will quickly narrow and focus on topics specifically and overtly related to their future profession.
The Breech School of Business at Drury proudly integrates the liberal arts with traditional business courses. Emphasis on topics such as analyzing values, thinking critically, exercising personal and social responsibility, and understanding business and its many positive contributions to a global society broadens business education and effectively prepares students to play prominent roles in a global economy.
A recent article in Inc. Magazine by Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy, states, “You can learn a lot more about power and personal relationships by reading King Lear than by reading Tech Crunch.” Recognition that the liberal arts play a powerful and vital role in business — and virtually every industry — is widespread. Numerous CEOs and power players hold degrees in the so-called “soft majors,” including Ted Turner, founder of CNN and TBS, and Kenneth Chenault, CEO at American Express.
The conversation about the increasing importance of a liberal arts education in business has been heating up over the past several years, but students and teachers at Drury have recognized this value for generations. Beyond solid business knowledge for students entering traditional business career paths, Breech School of Business graduates find that their degree prepares them for almost anything.
THE VALUE OF A MENTORSHIP IS UNDENIABLE.
Mentors can open doors that might have otherwise been closed. Learning from others’ experiences offers invaluable insight that can change the course of one’s career and life.
Mentorships can take shape in any number of ways: from formal arrangements to informal relationships that form organically between two people who share common interests. Sometimes these relationships become deeper and longer lasting, with the mentor and mentee learning freely from one another. In this issue, three writers explore how traditional relationships in their lives—as a daughter, a student and a co-worker—also serve as valuable mentorships.
All photos by Aaron J. Scott ’04
Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk (Wool-dar-zik) joined Drury as an assistant professor of music therapy in the fall of 2010. Her expertise is in music therapy in hospice and bereavement, and she describes music therapy as, “the coolest job ever.” Wlodarczyk’s colorful and musical office matches her passion for what she does and the students she teaches at Drury.
Choosing the best communication tool for most business situations typically requires personal judgment, and that’s where the “Drury advantage” comes into play. Where better to develop the type of communication skills that are essential in business than in classrooms that average fewer than thirty students, provided in an environment emphasizing global influences, and with a focus on personal communication skill development? There is still truly an advantage for a liberal arts education.