A Reason to Move
Drury faculty and employees have a new reason to consider moving closer to work, thanks to a new partnership that provides a 1.5 percent discount on home mortgage and equity loans. The program, a partnership with Southwest Teachers Credit Union, applies to most owner-occupied homes in the Midtown neighborhood that surrounds Drury. "Drury has worked closely with the Midtown Neighborhood Association in recent years," says Vice President for Administration Raymond Worley III '92 '94MBA. "The neighborhood is on the upswing, and we hope the loan program will help attract more families to the area to continue that growth and help stabilize the neighborhood."
Drury: The Geographic Center of Missouri?
The National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. recently selected Drury as the new home of the Missouri Geographic Alliance, a statewide program sponsored by the National Geographic Society that provides guidance, training and materials to help school teachers teach geography.
"Geography these days is about much more than maps," says Sean Terry, Ph.D., assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, who was appointed the center's director. "It's about how people interact with their surroundings, their environment. Why did early Americans settle where they did and move where they did? How does terrain influence modern development? Those are the kinds of questions modern geography addresses. The Alliance is the focal point of geographic knowledge and geographic education standards for the entire state."
The Alliance was based at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; the search for a new location was prompted by the director's retirement.
Leading a New Nation to Success
Since the fall of communism in the early 1990s, one nation has emerged as a leader in making a successful transition to free-market economy: Slovenia. Once part of Yugoslavia, this young nation is the first of the former Communist nations to move from World Bank borrower to World Bank donor, and it joined the European Union on May 1.
Ten days before that milestone, Slovenia's finance minister visited Drury. Dr. Dusan Mramor spoke to a group of invited guests about the challenges he has faced in leading Slovenia's economic transformation. The visit was hosted by Paul Nowak, Ph.D. professor of business administration and Ernest R. Breech professor of private enterprise. Nowak, who has known and worked with Mramor since 1989, has had three Fulbright scholarships to the University of Ljubljana, in Slovenia's capital. Last winter he worked with Mramor on legislation for providing funding to small and medium sized firms.
SIFE on the Road
Drury's world champion Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team began the defense of its title at regional competition April 3-6 in Denver. The team was one of four winners in Denver, and competes at the SIFE National Exposition in Kansas City May 24-26.
The team has been busy all year with dozens of community-centered educational projects. Their status as world champion has alsoled to some more exotic opportunities: in February, at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State, five team members and advisor Dr. Charles Taylor spent a week in Morocco. They visited six universities to advise and mentor SIFE teams, and met with business leaders at the U.S. consulate in Casablanca. The trip also included visits to Marrakesh and Fez. Says senior Meagan Smith, "theywere incredibly welcoming and accepting, more than I would have ever imagined." senior Emily Colantuono noted that "the Moroccan teams delivered hospitality to us that I had never experienced in the U.S. We were given incredible welcomes at each school." To read more about the trip and see a photo album, visit www.drury.edu/business.
New Gallery Opens with Student, Faculty Works
This spring the first shows were installled in the gallery at the new Pool Art Center. The inaugural show was a retrospective featuring works by Drury art and art history faculty. The second exhibition was a show of selected student works. Enthusiastic students and faculty have enjoyed the new building since January; the Pool Art Center was formally dedicated on May 16.
Toby wanders again
Toby, the 131-year-old skeleton famous as a victim of pranks in Drury's early days, may be up to his old tricks again. In May, two weeks after he went missing from a display case in Trustee Science Center, Toby reappeared perched on a ledge at the top of the TSC atrium, to the bewilderment of nearly all. The escapade earned Toby his first appearances on television, in Springfield, Kansas City, St. Louis and New York City.