Rolling in Rankings
Drury continues to score high on national college surveys. The 2003 USNews & World Report college guide rates Drury first on its "Great Schools at Great Prices" list for the Midwest, the fourth consecutive year Drury's held that position. The guide also ranks Drury 12th among Midwestern master's universities.
Drury was one of 13 colleges and universities in the nation to be chosen as "Institutions of Excellence in the First College Year" by the Policy Center on the First Year of College in Brevard, N.C. Drury was selected because of its integrated approach to helping students make the transition to college through the orientation program and Alpha Seminar, the first component of the Global Perspectives 21 core curriculum.
"Nessie" Makes a Splash
Drury made an exceptionally strong showing in the 2002 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey tracks how motivated and challenged students are, based on surveys and interviews with 135,000 students at more than 600 colleges and universities. Drury was especially strong among first-year students; we were equal to the best in the active and collaborative learning category, and placed in the top 10 percent of schools in the categories of academic challenge, student-faculty interactions and enriching educational experiences.
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Healing with Music
Drury has launched a new program in music therapy, one of the fastest-growing fields in allied health. The program is led by Michael Cassity, Ph.D., professor of music. Music therapists use music toimprove dexterity, attention span, self-esteem, academic skills and more in a wide variety of settings. Drury's program will confer the bachelor of music therapy degree; therapists usually take a six-month internship following graduation, then seek board certification.
SIFE Tackles Business Ethics
Drury's chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is trying to bridge what sometimes looks like a widening gap between business and ethics. Building on the Breech School of Business Administration's tradition of promoting ethical practices and SIFE's dedication to fair play in a free market system, the team has created the Southwest Missouri Business Ethics Coalition, an organization for Springfield area businesses. Members will receive monthly newsletters and invitations to a variety of dinners and speakers on ethical practices in the business world. SIFE also will teach classes in ethics. Anyone interested in attending or joining the coalition should contact Brandon Jobe at (417) 873-6863.
'78 Alumnus "Most Intriguing"
Just weeks after he was featured in Drury magazine, David Clohessey '78 was named one of 2002's most intriguing people by People magazine. Clohessey, who is executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), "may have begun to heal a festering ill in one of the world's famously self-protective institutions," says the magazine. The People list also included George W. Bush, Chelsea Clinton, The Osbournes, Christopher Reeve and "Dr. Phil" McGraw.
Alumna Takes to the Jungle
Proving that Drury graduates are contenders in even the most competitive environments, Heidi Strobel '02 was a contestant on the CBS reality show Survivor 6: The Amazon beginning in February. The show pitted "tribes" of male and female contestants against each other to see who could adapt better to life in the Amazon rain forest. Strobel's Drury degrees in exercise and sport science, physical education and secondary education are mentioned at the top of her online biography at CBS. At press time, Strobel had not been voted off the show.
|(Left) Charles Ess, professor of philosophy, and (right) Jeffrey VanDenBerg, assistant professor of political science, discuss the Iraq conflict during the September, 2002 "teach-in."|
Talking About War
Drury has been a focus for community discussion about war with Iraq, providing opportunities for all sides to express their views. During the fall semester, Charles Ess, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, and Tom Parker, professor of art and art history, organized an outdoor teach-in that attracted about 300 students, faculty, staff and community members to the grove between Lay Hall and Lydy Art Center. The meeting included expressions of support for President Bush in addition to questions about the legality and ethics of the conflict. This gathering appears to have been the first of its kind in the nation in connection with the current tensions.
In January, Drury hosted a town hall meeting on the impending war in partnership with KOLR 10, Springfield's CBS affiliate. Questions from the audience and via e-mail were addressed by panel of six people, including Assistant Professor of Political Science Jeffrey VanDenBerg, Missouri Director of Homeland Security Tim Daniel, and Sana Rizvi, a Drury student from the United Arab Emirates. The hour-long forum was broadcast live on KOLR 10.