|A Drury student works with a child at Boyd-Berry Elementary School, one of three public schools in the Yale-Drury-Springfield partnership.|
Drury voices heard in D.C.
Drury's partnership with Yale University to improve three neighborhood public schools was held up as a national model of success at a July gathering in Washington, DC The Comer School Development Program's Summer Policy Institute aimed to rally awareness of the school improvement approach developed by Dr. James Comer at Yale, and to promote adoption of the model as part of national education reforms working their way through Congress.
Attendees from across the U.S. heard from Drury faculty, Springfield school administrators, Comer school students and Sister Lorraine Biebel, who operates transient and transitional housing north of the Drury campus. Biebel believes that the Comer program has not only produced healthier schools, it has helped stabilize entire families by giving them a reason to settle in one area.
A second session brought out several Congressional leaders, including Rep. Richard Gephardt (D - MO), all of whom praised the achievements of the Comer program.
A New Den for the Panthers?
In late August, President Moore presented an attention-getting idea to Springfield city leaders: Drury is willing to commit $5 million to help build a civic arena in Jordan Valley Park, a redevelopment area south of campus. In return, Drury would have free access to the facility for commencement and men's and women's basketball games. Moore developed the shared-funding concept when the city (which estimates it can recoup a $10 million bond with proceeds from the center) was unable to line up an additional $10 million for construction. In an extra twist, the commitment actually comes at no cost to Drury; a private donor will cover Drury's share. For more information about the concept, and how city leaders reacted, go to Drury News.
New Spark for Convocation
Drury's hallowed Convocations have more pizzazz this year, thanks to an energetic director and a move to more thoroughly incorporate "Convo" topics into classes. The 2001-02 series is organized under the theme of "Origins," and nearly every speaker addresses the topic from a unique angle. Guests include astronomer Brian Greene, a pioneering researcher at Columbia University, and author Riane Eisler, who explores the modern implications of ancient cultures' belief in female deities rather than male ones. Another speaker is Jack Conrad '99, who spent last summer exploring Africa for dinosaur fossils with the nation's leading paleontologists. A complete schedule and information is available online at origins.drury.edu.
Wyatt is New Director at Breech
Robert Wyatt, Ph.D., was named this summer as the sixth director of the Breech School of Business Administration. Wyatt replaced Tom Zimmerer, Ph.D., who moved to St. Leo University near Tampa, FL. Wyatt, an associate professor of accounting, joined Drury in 1996. A complete profile of him can be found in the winter edition of Drury Lane.
Steel Rising on Science Center
The framework of Drury's new science center is beginning to take shape at the corner of Chestnut Expressway and Washington Ave. The center now has a name, too: the Trustee Science Center. President John Moore proposed the name in recognition of how trustees led the way in Drury's Campaign for Science, contributing nearly $10 million, and also provided the leadership needed to sustain the $19 million campaign to a successful finish. Trustee Science Center is on track to open by August 2002.
SIFE Scores a World Championship
Drury's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team celebrated in London this July after winning the world championship. The team represented the entire US at the SIFE World Cup international competition July 7 to 9. Their winning presentation, judged by executives from the world's top corporations, focused on several major projects, including a worldwide entrepreneurship education curriculum for middle school students and teachers. Learn more about Drury SIFE at www2.drury.edu/sife.