Diversity Center Names Director
Rebecca Denton, M.B.A., M.Ed., was named in December as the director of the new Drury Diversity Center at Historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church. Denton will coordinate lectures, concerts, workshops and other events aimed at exploring Springfield's multi-cultural heritage. To help guide programming, Denton will form advisory groups of community leaders and Drury students, staff and faculty. The first event she organized was a Jan. 19 concert and talk to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
|Mike Dickey, associate professor of art, stands beside one of his works|
Modern Masters Featured at Building the Arts Auction
A major auction of fine art Jan. 27 helped raise the profile of the Campaign for the Fine Arts. The auction, a black-tie-optional soiree, included works from artists Jasper Johns, Evelyne Boren, Wolf Kahn, Robert Stackhouse and Andrew Romanoff, as well as Drury art faculty. The Campaign for the Fine Arts is raising $1.6 million to renovate a former warehouse into the Pool Art Center.
Drury Prof Played at the Olympics
He can't slalom or speed-skate, but Assistant Professor of Music Carlyle Sharpe participated in the 2002 Winter Olympics. His newest composition, Luge, was commissioned by the Olympic Quartet and received its premiere Feb. 14 at the 2002 Winter Olympics Festival Concerts in Park City, Utah. The work for clarinet, violin, viola and piano juxtaposes open, lilting melodies with syncopation to capture the excitement and grace of luge, a sport where athletes balance speed and dexterity on a high-speed sled run. You can read more about Carlyle Sharpe and hear samples of Luge and other works at www2.drury.edu/csharpe.
Drury Grads Praised by Ford
John Hiles '01 and Ashlie Pruett '01 were praised as "two of the best in the world" in a recent Ford Financial employee newsletter. Hiles and Pruett both were members of Drury's world-champion Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, and joined Ford Financial after graduation. As further evidence of the quality of these and other Drury graduates, Drury is one of only 13 campuses in the U.S. to be visited by Ford recruiters this year.
Works by four Drury art and architecture alumni and a Drury professor were gathered last fall to create the taint exhibition at the Mossa Center in downtown St. Louis. In the photo (left to right) Garrett Burtner '99, Ben Bunch '00, Jon Oakland '00, Drury art professor Todd Lowery and Jennifer Wrobleski '97 pose in an installation by Lowery. (Click here for a larger image.) Another Drury-centered show, taunt runs at the Mossa Center, 1214 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, until April 5, 2002.
New Library Collection Explores 1906 Lynchings
In the spring of 1906, three black men were hanged and burned in Springfield's Public Square, an act of mob brutality that crushed what had been a vital African-American presence in the city. A collection of papers and artifacts on the lynchings and race relations in the Ozarks recently was donated to Olin Library by Mary Clary of Springfield. The collection includes the medallion pictured at left, created to commemorate the lynchings as an "Easter offering." The collection is available for study by calling Special Collections Librarian Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.