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Drury University announces its 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient

For Immediate Release: September 23

Meagan Smith
Director of Alumni & Development, Alumni Relations
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 23, 2009 —Associate professor of art and director of Drury University’s visual communication program, Dudley Murphy, will receive the 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award on Oct. 2, 2009.

Murphy will accept the award during the annual Golden Circle Awards luncheon as part of alumni weekend at Drury University.

Murphy was selected from a group of seven nominees. All award candidates were nominated by members of the alumni association or Drury students, faculty and staff.

Murphy began teaching at Drury in 1978. Since then, he has designed the visual communications program and initiated the installation of the art department’s first computer lab. In addition, Dudley has taught several classes in the design arts major including graphic design 1 and 2, publication design, concept and design, senior capstone and several levels of advanced graphic design.

“He is one of the most real people within the ranks of professors at Drury,” said former student, Jeremy Smallwood. “Dudley is a great teacher in the truest sense of the word, as he has passed on to me a want to help others in the field that I chose for my education and career.” Smallwood graduated in 2000 and is now an award-winning graphic designer.

Murphy is still an active designer as well as a photographer and publisher. His work has been showcased in Contemporary International in Chico, Ca., the Nelson Gallery in Kansas City, Mo. and at the St. Louis Art Museum.

Also receiving awards are two distinguished alumni: Drury Board of Trustees member, Kirk Presley who graduated from Drury in 1980, and Judge Dean Whipple of the U.S. District Court, a 1961 graduate of Drury.


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