12 and 2 in USNews
Drury continued a tradition of strong showings with its place in the 2004 college rankings released by USNews and World Report in mid-August. On the list of top Master's universities in the Midwest, Drury held onto its #12 ranking from last year. On the Midwest Master's "Great Schools at Great Prices" list, Drury ranked second as Valparaiso University took over the #1 position which Drury had held since 1999. "It's a strong showing, and we're pleased," said Vice President for Enrollment Management Krystal Compas. "We're in good company on both rankings, with high-quality universities such as Valparaiso, Drake and Creighton.
Another record-setting year
Drury entered the fall 2003 semester with its largest enrollment ever. On the first day of classes, 1,550 students were registered in the Day School, compared with 1,494 a year ago. "The freshman class is as strong as we've ever seen," said Blanc "Chip" Parker '83, director of admission. "We had a large increase in the number of applications for this year's class, which allowed us to be somewhat more selective. Lots of schools in the U.S. received more applications, but we're fortunate that Drury faculty, staff and students also did an effective job of convincing admitted students to choose us." As this magazine went to press, the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies continued to register students, and expected to post strong gains over last year as well.
Working with a Superstar
Rodrigo Pantoja returned to classes this fall from a summer he'll never forget: interning in Tokyo with one of the world's most innovative architects. Pantoja, a fifth-year student in Hammons School of Architecture, spent a month with Shigeru Ban, a finalist for the design of the World Trade Center redevelopment in New York, and an architect known for using paper and other renewable materials in his buildings. "It was just amazing," says Pantoja, who spent the internship building models. "I had full access to all of his drawings and other work. I've never been so busy. I worked from 10 each morning until 10 or 10:30 each night, but I learned so much."
Kaleidoscopic View of Trustee Science Center
More than 150 faculty and administrators from across the U.S. came to admire and learn from the new Trustee Science Center during a conference in April. The conference, "Planning Facilities for Science," was organized by Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), a national foundation dedicated to studying and improving mathematics, science and engineering education. Based in Washington, DC, PKAL has worked with Drury extensively over the last decade, helping develop the student-centered, interdisciplinary approaches that are at the heart of Drury's science programs for both majors and non-majors.
During the conference, teams of participants from colleges and universities learned how to create science facilities that support modern science teaching methods. The new Trustee Science Center, which opened in October 2002, has been praised as one of the few facilities in the country designed for student-centered science teaching and interdepartmental collaboration.
Drury's music programs, always known for their quality, now have an official seal of approval: accreditation from National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). "Being a member of NASM has been a goal of mine since I've been here," said Dr. Tijuana Julian '81, associate professor of music and chair of the music department. "This membership ensures that Drury meets or exceeds national standards and that we are in line and competitive with our peer institutions." Drury's associate member status in NASM represents the highest level Drury could achieve with its first application to the association. Full accreditation of the music therapy program requires three students to graduate with the bachelor of music therapy degree. The recognition follows a full year of documentation, writing and self-study, and a site visit.
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Drury University Theme Year 2003-2003
A speck of dust, the germ of an idea, floats through the air. Only in the right surroundings, when every factor is right, does the mote begin to gather crystals of water. Circulating from place to place, the crystals grow more elaborate, more beautiful. Finally, fully formed, a snowflake falls toward earth. Captured in the palm of a ready hand, it is admired. Melting, it leaves behind a trace of moisture, and the memory of beauty.
Even more than the snow which covers campus in winter, the Theme Year program transforms Drury, energizing the academic atmosphere. Each year's theme becomes an organizing principle for courses, teachings, and extracurricular activities. Theme Year's most obvious impact is on Convocation, a tradition nearly as old as Drury itself. Each year's Convos are built around the theme.
This year's theme is "Creativity, Exploration and Discovery," in recognition of the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery and the opening of the new Pool Art Center in spring, 2004. This year's speakers include physician and philosopher Oliver Sacks, artist Judy Chicago, native American activist Ward Churchill and Nobel laureate Roald Hoffman.
For more information on the series, or to hear audio archives of each talk, visit http://creativity.drury.edu.
Congratulations to the 2003 SIFE World Cup Champions!
Rising above some 1,500 other teams around the world, Drury's Students in Free Enterprise team captured the 2003 SIFE World Cup championship on October 14, at the organization's international competition in Mainz, Germany. This is Drury's second time in three years to achieve the world championship title.