Environmental Achievements on Campus
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri recently recognized Drury with an Exceptional ReLeaf Award for planting projects in 2013. The award was presented to Joe Fearn, assistant director of university grounds, at the Missouri Community Forestry Council conference in March.
Drury is once again recognized in the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges.
LEED Platinum Certification
University Suites, Drury’s 72-bed residence hall that opened in August 2012, has earned the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification. The LEED certification is the most prominent system worldwide for measuring and recognizing the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of buildings. Only about a dozen other university residential buildings in the United States have achieved LEED Platinum certification. University Suites is the first in the state of Missouri to do so. It is the second building on the Drury campus to earn a LEED designation; the O’Reilly Family Event Center has achieved LEED Gold certification.
Best of Ava Awards
The Ava Award Program selected Drury for the 2014 Best of Ava Awards for Colleges & Universities. The ribbon cutting for Drury’s new location in Ava took place on April 8.
Military Friendly Recognition
Victory Media has named Drury University a Military Friendly School for the fourth consecutive year. The Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and their spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
Enactus Finishes In Top 8 at Nationals
Drury’s Enactus team emerged as one of the top eight teams in the nation after placing second in their league of competition in the semi-final round at the 2014 Enactus USA National Exposition in Cincinnati.
“Our students thought outside the box this year and completed some incredibly unique projects,” said Kaitlyn Den Beste, who directed the team at the competition. “I am so proud of the work they’ve done. They have grown throughout the year, and their work has improved the lives of those around them.”
Drury has won the SIFE (now Enactus) National Exposition three times—2001, 2003 and 2005—and the SIFE World Cup in 2001 and 2003
Recognition Ceremony For Area Gifted Students
The Drury Center for Gifted Education, in partnership with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), honored more than 350 of Missouri’s most promising young scholars at a recognition ceremony on May 23. Dr. Kris Wiley, assistant professor of education at Drury, was the keynote speaker.
To qualify for recognition, seventh grade honorees must have taken the ACT or SAT and scored at a level equal to or better than 50 percent of the high school juniors and seniors who took the test.
Drury & OTC Collaborate To Develop A.A. In Behavioral Sciences
Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) have partnered to develop an Associate of Arts in behavioral sciences degree program at OTC. Launced this fall, the A.A. in behavioral sciences seamlessly transfers to Drury’s behavioral sciences program.
The program includes coursework in psychology, criminology and sociology, and is designed to meet Drury’s requirements for students majoring in behavioral science disciplines. Although the program incorporates courses OTC currently offers, it also requires OTC to develop new courses to meet Drury’s curricular expectations.
Dr. Linda Caldwell, OTC department chair of psychology and criminology, and Dr. Vickie Luttrell, Drury department chair of behavioral sciences, are leading the collaborative efforts between Drury and OTC.
Self-Employment In The Arts
The 7th annual Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) conference took place on April 5. The purpose of the SEA conference is to help students and emerging artists gain insightful information drawn from the experience of other artists who have been successful in their fields.
This year’s conference featured speakers from nearly every field in the art world, and offered students the opportunity to connect with professional artists.
The two keynote speakers were James Osmond and Anna Roderique-Jones. Osmond is a singer, actor, and businessman who has been involved in the arts for almost 40 years. He is currently president of Osmond Entertainment and has experience in nearly every aspect of the music business.
Roderique-Jones is a well-known journalist who has written for more than 15 publications and has been nationally syndicated on AOL, Yahoo and MSN.
National Volunteer Week
During the week of April 7 the Drury community took part in National Volunteer Week. This week is designed to encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. The goal is to demonstrate to the nation that by working together we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.
For this year’s National Volunteer Week, the Drury community supported Boyd Elementary School with building maintenance projects.
Engaged Learning Summit
The inaugural Engaged Learning Summit took place on May 2. The purpose was to discuss the many ways in which students, faculty and staff are reaching beyond the campus to enrich our community. The summit also marked the beginning of an enhanced collaboration with community leaders to strengthen these efforts.
Dr. Manuel provided opening comments and introduced the first Community Engagement Report, which was distributed to on- and off-campus constituencies soon thereafter. Mayor Bob Stephens M.A. ’01 made a few brief remarks on the importance of serving the common good.
Drury leaders and students reported on the already robust state of community engagement at the university, and looked ahead to the “Drury Connect” concept, which aims to strengthen those efforts. The heart of Drury Connect is the establishment of nine advisory councils in areas that include the environment, business and economic development, healthcare, the performing arts and architecture.
Members of these councils include some of the region’s most influential leaders who will help shape Drury’s academic and community agenda in each area. Several of those who have committed to serve on a Drury Connect advisory council were in attendance.
Drury faculty, staff, and students attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Butterfly garden and overlook in Joplin, Mo.
Drury Welcomes New Board Members
Drury welcomed six new members to its Board of Trustees in May. The new members elected to the Board are:
Thomas R. Whitlock ’76, who studied music at Drury in the 1970s. He wrote the lyrics to five songs on the 1986 Top Gun soundtrack, including the worldwide smash hit “Take My Breath Away,” which earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and has more than 50 gold and platinum record awards.
Sarah M. Lewis ’81, who has more than 25 years of financial services experience and has held senior positions with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (now JPMorgan Chase), Ernst & Young, Electronic Data Systems Management Consulting Services and Crédit Agricole, in New York, Paris, Amsterdam and Oslo. Lewis returned to the United States in 2006 to co-found Aequitas Wealth Management.
Danny Lay MBA ’79, who is vice president for business development and operations in Southeast Asia at Emerson Electric. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and serves as the independent director of the board for Taiwan Allied Industries Corporation.
Tim Reese ’85, who is a managing director of investments and shareholder with Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Reese has served as president of Drury’s alumni council and on various Drury University advisory boards.
Teresa A. Brekke ’83, who has held a range of marketing and public relations positions throughout her career. Most recently, she was a development director, special events coordinator and announcer for the radio stations KCSC-FM and KBCW-FM. She is a community advisory board member for the Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital in Oklahoma City and a member of St. Gregory’s University board of directors.
Thomas G. Prater, MD, FACS, who has been in practice in Springfield since 1987 and currently practices at Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center. He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and an oral examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.
“Drury University is fortunate to have a board of trustees who care deeply for the mission of Drury and bring a breadth of professional expertise,” said Dr. Manuel, Drury president. “Both are essential qualities of all trustees and this new class of trustees complements the existing board in every way.”
Also in May, Lyle Reed ’70 became board chair following four years of leadership by outgoing chair Lynn Chipperfield ’73. Three trustees are rotating off the board: Doug Pitt, Andi Solaiman and George Thompson. Springfield Public Schools superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder, who retired this summer, also left the board.
Jay Fedje Is Named Dean Of Admissions
Jay T. Fedje joined Drury as the Dean of Admissions this summer. Fedje has more than 20 years of experience as an admissions counselor, director of admissions and a coordinator of assessment and strategy. Most of this experience came from his time at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“I am confident that Jay brings the knowledge base, the interpersonal skills and the technical talents that will be important as we grow Drury University’s enrollment,” said Dr. Manuel, president of the university.
Dr. Robert Weddle Assumes Leadership Position At HSA
Dr. Robert Weddle has been appointed interim director at the Hammons School of Architecture. Dr. Weddle holds an M.Arch. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from Cornell University’s History of Architecture and Urbanism program. He has been a professor of architecture since 1999.