|Cover:Jack Conrad '99 helps prepare a fossil for transport. Photo: Michael Hettwer|
Judy Martin Retires
D.K. Hirner new V.P. of Development
Trustee Science Center Dedication
A Tradition of Innovation
Toby's New Home
The Building at Work
Drury Scientists at Work
Seeking the Supercroc
El Niño Beckons from Baja
Seeking Stronger Waterways
Containing the Smallest Terrorists
Long Hours, Lasting Experiences
Cross-Linking Chemistry, Biology, Physics
I knew there was something special about the Trustee Science Center project from the beginning, when I learned that Drury would preserve the Washington Ave. Baptist Church instead of tearing it down to make way for the new building. I haven't been disappointed. An early emotional peak was the October day in 2000 when a huge crowd passed a single brick from the church to its new site across the street. A year later, the church was completely rebuilt on its new site as a community diversity center.
Exactly one year after that, on October 25, 2002, another huge crowd gathered to dedicate the new science building, named in honor of the trustees whose lead gift launched the campaign. Together, as a campus, we celebrated.
The building's a stunner; I know I'm not the only one who wandered the halls those first few days, gawking. But what brought me the most joy was seeing the students actually using the place: sitting on the couches in the lobby, scribbling on whiteboards in seminar rooms, chatting with professors and each other in the second floor lobby. When I see students enjoying the building, I feel like jumping up and down and cheering, because those sights tell me the building is doing what it was meant to do.
The success of Trustee Science Center has spread beyond campus. This April, Drury hosts a conference with Project Kaleidoscope, a national foundation dedicated to improving science teaching. The conference will bring about 150 professionals to campus to learn how to design effective facilities for teaching science.
The old science center will get a new life of its own. This spring, Lay will be completely renovated on the inside, converted to classrooms, offices and common areas for Drury's nationally-recognized School of Education and Child Development.
Other projects continue apace: the Pool Art Center, the Summit Park leadership community and a new residence hall to replace Sunderland. Other projects are on the horizon, and Drury is now working on a master plan to guide future development. More on those topics in future issues. For now, share in the glow of a new science center!