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Legacy Families

A legacy family is a multi-generational experience of the quality education and lifelong memories that Drury University provides. Family connections have long been a part of the success of Drury and its students. This semester we have over 100 students who have legacy relationships. Pictured above are eight of those students with their families on campus for Family Day.

We extend a sincere thank you to all of our alumni for making the Drury University experience part of their family tradition and supporting Drury in this very meaningful way.

To confirm which family members we have linked to you, please contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at (417) 873-7217 or alumni@drury.edu.

 

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linkedupMore than 11,000 Drury alumni are LinkeDUp on LinkedIn.

Have YOU joined the world’s largest professional network?

We are inviting Drury alumni to participate in LinkeDUp, a new initiative to create an actively engaged network of DU faculty, students, staff and alumni on LinkedIn.

When you join LinkedIn, you can connect with thousands of professionals who proudly claim Drury University as their alma mater. In addition to making valuable career connections, you can use LinkedIn to identify and attract top student talent to your internship and/or employee recruiting program.

What are you waiting for? Take these steps to get LinkeDUp on LinkedIn:

  • Create a LinkedIn profile: Make sure you have a LinkedIn profile with a photo and list Drury University in both the education and volunteer sections of your bio. Once you do so, you are automatically a member of the Drury University page.
  • Participate: Join the discussion on the university page. Post a comment, start or engage in a discussion, and ask a question.
  • Post a recommendation: Consider posting a recommendation and share why you feel Drury was and continues to be a good investment. High school students are using LinkedIn to research their college choices. Just think — your profile can help prospective students discover all that Drury has to offer.
  • Encourage your fellow alumni to participate: Would you be willing to reach out to two fellow Drury alumni and ask them to get involved with the Drury University page? Let’s create a groundswell of engagement, one Drury graduate at a time.

Questions?  Contact Jann Holland, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications:  (417) 873-7276


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You can support your alma mater and display your Drury pride every day, everywhere you go with an official Drury University Missouri collegiate license plate. The contributions made through this program help fund scholarships, purchase new teaching equipment, improve existing facilities and much more.

Visit the Drive with Pride page for more information and to get started.

 

Alumni Groups & Contacts

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations has been working with alumni to cultivate alumni affinity groups. These alumni affinity groups will help deepen Drury’s relationship with alumni across the United States and internationally. Drury alumni have responded with incredible support for regional groups, which help spread Drury’s brand across the globe and foster Panther Pride! This is an exciting time, and we are eager to see what each group can do.

Please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at alumni@drury.edu to get more information about the alumni group nearest you.

Drury has regional alumni representatives in:

  • Dallas, Texas
  • Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • New York City, N.Y.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Northwest Arkansas
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • St. Louis, Mo.
  • Tulsa, Okla.
  • Winthrop, Mass.
  • Derango, Colo.
  • Gainesville, Fla.

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Spotlight on Virgil Anderson ’46

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Virgil Anderson ’46 began his education at Drury in 1942—a time when the Great Depression and looming World War II made everyday life less stable than it had been before. By his sophomore year, Virgil noticed that many of Drury’s undergraduate population had left school to fight in the war. “The draft turned me down, so I spent the war at school, which resulted in an unexpect- ed gift,” Virgil says. Each year, Dr. L.E. Meador, who was the economics department head, chose one senior student to be his assistant. However, during Virgil’s junior year, there were no seniors on campus to choose from, so Virgil was selected and was able to assist Dr. Meador for two years. This was a defining moment in Virgil’s life. In addition to having Dr. Meador, who Virgil describes as “a brilliant economist,” as a mentor, Virgil was elected student body president and was involved with the theatre while attending Drury.

After graduation, Virgil had the opportunity to be an English and speech instructor at Drury. He was also the technical director for the theatre department. He later attended law school at the University of Missouri – Columbia and practiced law in Kansas City. Virgil looks back on his time at Drury fondly—especially the unique opportunities he had to not only be educated in economics, but also to allow his love of the theatre to flourish.

Virgil says, “I realized I needed to help make it possible for those who came [to Drury] after me to get the same education that I did,” and he has ensured that by giving to the Drury Fund each year. He has also supported the theatre department’s various projects and needs for the past four years. Virgil has generously established a charitable trust that will fund the Virgil V. Anderson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship, ensuring students can continue to receive the quality education that he received.

To learn more, visit alumni.drury.edu or contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (417) 873-7217 or alumni@drury.edu.

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