Arbor Day Foundation Honors Drury with Tree Campus USA Recognition
Drury University has earned recognition as a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Missouri state forester Lisa Allen of the Missouri Department of Conservation made the announcement at Drury’s April 2015 campus Arbor Day celebration.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Drury’s urban forest accounts for more than $1.2 million in capital assets and the university has planted more than 200 new trees on campus in the past three years alone.
Drury is the only college or university in Springfield to hold the designation. It achieved the title by meeting five core standards: maintaining a tree advisory committee, having a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance and launching a related student service-learning project.
U.S. News & World Report
Drury University is ranked 11th among Midwest regional universities in the publication U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016. U.S. News defines regional universities as institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, but few, if any, doctoral programs.
In addition, Drury was third in the Midwest in the “Best Value Schools” category for 2016. For this list, U.S. News takes into account a school’s academic quality as indicated by its “Best Colleges” ranking, and the 2014-2015 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.
The Princeton Review
Drury University has once again been named one of the best colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. The education services company included Drury in its online listing for “2016 Best Colleges Region by Region.”
The Princeton Review highlighted Drury’s academic rigor, personalized approach to learning and teaching, and its beautiful campus. Other factors included a strong focus on sustainability and global awareness, and – in the words of one of the students interviewed by The Princeton Review – Drury’s “mission to give students the opportunity to fight for what they believe in, but to understand the views of others as well.”
There are 159 colleges in 12 Midwestern states on the “Best in the Midwest” list for 2016. Overall, the 649 colleges listed in the North, South, Midwest and West regions constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities.
The Princeton Review has also named Drury University in its annual “Guide to 353 Green Colleges” for the sixth year in a row.
Drury is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. Drury is one of seven Missouri colleges selected, and the only one in the Springfield area.
Drury Announces Addition of Four Non-NCAA Sports Beginning in 2015-16
Cycling, triathlon, bass fishing and bowling will join ice hockey and Ultimate Frisbee as non-NCAA sports at Drury. Ice hockey debuted during the 2014-15 academic year, competing at Springfield’s Mediacom Ice Park, while Ultimate Frisbee has been a popular competitive sport on campus for several years now.
Drury Awards More than 540 Degrees During Spring Commencement Exercises
Drury University awarded degrees to 543 graduates at its spring commencement ceremonies on May 16. There were 261 undergraduate degrees and 28 graduate degrees conferred at the traditional day school ceremony, and 266 degrees conferred during a ceremony for the College of Continuing Professional Studies. Some students earned multiple degrees.
In addition, the university conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Will Keim, motivational speaker and author whose books include Keys to Success in College and Life. Dr. Keim has spoken to more than 2 million students on 1,000 college campuses in all 50 states. He has been an integral part of Drury’s first-year student orientation program for more than a decade, providing inspiration and encouragement to incoming freshmen as they embark on their college journey.
Keim told the graduates that he was diagnosed with cancer last year, and that fact provided the context for a memorable speech about making the most of one’s life and career. He also said it was the first time in his long speaking career that he had ever addressed a group of students both at the beginning and end of their college experience.
Keim commended the graduates on joining the ranks of those with a college degree, and reminded them that only about 7 percent of the world’s population has earned such an honor. He also lauded the well-rounded liberal arts education that Drury had given them, saying that professional schools and employers “want people like you — people who can think and who can get along with people different from yourself.”
He also urged the graduates to do five things: think analytically, feel empathy for others, have hope for the future, act to help others in need and to love themselves. The last request is not about narcissism, he said, but rather about self-confidence and combating negativity. It’s difficult for others to love you if you aren’t comfortable with who you are, he said.
“All you need to do is leave Drury University with your degree in one hand and your self-esteem in the other — and look out, world,” he said.
Drury Will Host National Homeschool Debate Tournament in 2016
Stoa, a speech and debate organization for Christian homeschooling families, selected Springfield for its 2016 National Invitational Tournament of Champions.
The event is expected to bring about 3,000 high school and junior high students, parents, coaches and spectators to the city May 20-28, 2016, said Mark Russell, president elect of Stoa. The championships will take place on the Drury University campus.
“Drury is extremely pleased to host the 2016 Stoa national tournament,” said Rob Fridge, Drury’s chief financial officer. “We’re excited to help bring this group of high-achieving students and their families to Springfield, and we expect nearly every room on our campus to be bustling with activity over the course of eight days next spring.”
Drury Establishes Newest Chapter with Selective Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society — established its newest chapter at Drury University on April 23, during a ceremonial installation in Stone Chapel.
Drury is the 331st chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine. Drury was approved to establish a chapter by the Society’s board of directors.
Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students based on GPA, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Drury will initiate its first class of students, faculty, staff and alumni during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Stephen Bomgardner, Vice President David P. Manuel, Secretary Shelley A. Wolbrink and Treasurer Aaron Jones.
The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded every two years to qualifying students and members through fellowships and grants, as well as member and chapter awards.
Six New Members Join Drury University’s Board of Trustees
Drury University welcomed six new members to its Board of Trustees in May. The new members elected to the board are:
Kris Anderson ’77, who is returning to the Board of Trustees, having previously served from 1993-1997. He is a retired construction executive who spent 33 years with St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies. He currently has a design/build/development consulting business, Anderson Associates II, and is on several nonprofit boards in St. Louis.
Curtis Dinan ’89, who is senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of ONE Gas. ONE Gas was spun off from ONEOK Inc., which Dinan joined in 2004 as vice president and chief accounting officer after being an audit partner with Arthur Andersen LLP and Grant Thornton LLP. He serves on the board of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and is an advisory board member for the Breech School of Business.
Steve Seibert ’88, who is currently vice president and assistant general counsel with the Williams Companies, Inc. Seibert has been active in the Drury Alumni Association for many years and served as co-chair of the 2003-04 Drury Fund campaign. He currently serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Opera and has also been involved with Legal Aid of Oklahoma, Trout Unlimited and the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
Ron Staab ’84, who spent 30 years in the retail world, including three years as COO at Arhaus Furniture, 16 years with Frito-Lay and 10 years with L Brands. He is now an executive professor of production operations and marketing at Capital University.
George Thompson ’70, who is a dealer principal for Thompson Auto Sales, returns to the Board of Trustees, having previously served from 2004-14. He is on the Cadillac National Advisors Board and has served as vice-chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce board.
Mark Walker ’79, who was named Chairman and CEO of Springfield-based trucking company TransLand in 2013. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Applied Materials and the Applied Materials Foundation in Santa Clara, Calif. Before that, he spent six years as president and CEO of United Way Silicon Valley in San Jose, Calif., following a 23-year career with SBC Communications (AT&T).
“Drury is fortunate to have a board of trustees who care deeply for the mission of the university and about boldly taking Drury into a new era in higher education,” said Dr. David Manuel, Drury president. “We value the board’s leadership and expertise and this new group of trustees complements the existing board in every way.”
Two trustees are rotating off the board: James Bone and John Twitty.
Drury Student Earns Prestigious Internship with Whole Foods
For the seventh time in 10 years, a Drury University student was named to the prestigious American Advertising Federation (AAF) Vance L. Stickell Memorial Internship Program. The program recognizes the top 15 AAF students in the nation.
Kathryn Wilson, an advertising/public relations and Spanish double major, is the latest recipient. She worked with the team at Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas over the summer. Wilson was offered the position after interviewing with Whole Foods following a national nomination process.
Each year, a handful of outstanding students from across the country are selected for 10-week Stickell internships at U.S. media organizations, advertising agencies and client and supplier companies. The internship, established in 1989 in honor of Vance L. Stickell (1925-1987), former Executive Vice President, Marketing, for the Los Angeles Times, is intended to raise awareness and understanding of advertising processes and business ethics among future advertising professionals.
Previous Stickell interns from Drury have worked with companies such as Urban Decay, The Los Angeles Times and IBM. All have moved on to establish successful careers in the industry following graduation.
Drury University recognized outstanding faculty members at the 2015-2016 Matriculation Convocation on August 20. A student and faculty committee receives nominations from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Each of the nominees was recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Kevin Henderson was presented with the Faculty Award for Teaching and Dr. Robin Sronce received the Faculty Award for Leadership.
L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship Announced
The L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship was announced at the beginning of the fall semester. The center will support student engagement, scholarly work, internships and study away, as well as a speaker series. The inaugural speaker was author, CNN political analyst and New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin, who discussed civil rights, liberties and the Supreme Court.
Judge Warren L. White Scholars
Drury University honored the Judge Warren White Scholars at the Matriculation Convocation on August 20. These are the students with the highest grade point average after completing the first year at Drury. Each honoree received a $600 scholarship.
THE 2015-2016 JUDGE WARREN L. WHITE SCHOLARS ARE: