Michelle Langsford Dickemann
From the Editor
Collegiate athletics began in the United States - and at Drury - with one essential belief: athletes were students first. It seems simple enough; people come to college for an education, so playing a sport is an added plus. Across the country and over the years, this basic truism has eroded. Today, college athletics can overshadow a university's scholarly accomplishments. Coaches and their athletes seem to more easily cross the line into unsportsmanlike or illegal behavior. Today great concern and energy are placed on ensuring that athletes graduate.
Fortunately Drury has been able to continue its student-athlete tradition in the same spirit it began. The Drury athlete remains a student first. Each must compete effectively in both the classroom and the athletic arena. Drury is proud of the fact that our library is larger than the gym, a claim few other universities can make. The overwhelming majority of athletes who finish their years of eligibility at Drury earn a Drury degree.
This issue of Drury magazine explores why and how we have maintained this emphasis and highlights that accomplishment with stories on a range of successful scholar-athletes.
This magazine marks the conclusion of an editorship. When we initiated the Drury magazine in 1991, we wanted to bring to alumni and friends a discussion of topics and issues of interest and concern, while keeping you informed about Drury. I have enjoyed your comments, your encouragement, your constructive criticism and compliments. As you read this, I will have taken my Drury AB and MBA into the private business world. I have enjoyed my nearly two decades in this work for Drury. Thank you for the privilege and fun of editing your magazine.
Julie Guillebeau '70, MBA '92
The President's Two Cents
Characteristically, Julie's note underplays her contributions to Drury. Since she assumed control over Drury's public relations and publications in 1981, Julie has been instrumental in building Drury's reputation as one of the best institutions of higher education in the Midwest. She also helped raise Drury's profile on a national level. Throughout her endeavors, she maintained a clear vision of what makes Drury unique, and used those strengths to guide her work.
We already miss the wisdom of Julie's counsel. But she found a way to follow a long-standing dream, and we wish her good luck and continued great success.
John E. Moore, Jr.