Department achievements and accolades
Students Stacey Jawor, Ivy Hurst, Donovan Ross, Matt Kempf, Ben Pruett, Robert Deal, Chad Walker, Patrick Butler and Nathan Buck spent their Memorial Day weekend making a home more accessible for an elderly Springfield couple. The team designed and built a wheelchair ramp as part of Freedom by Design, a program of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).
This nationwide program is designed to help architecture students effectively serve the needs of their communities. Students coordinated with Springfield City Planner Randall Whitman and licensed architect Brad Erwin to carry out the project, along with discounted materials from Meeks Lumber Supply.
Remembering Coach Marvin Walker
By Dan Cashel
Coordinator of student affairs & athletic events
The 1980s can be called the "Marvin Walker Decade" in Drury basketball. From 1980-1991, Walker's Panther teams won five NAIA District 16 titles – more than any other coach in Drury history. His 249 wins place him second on the Drury all-time list for career wins, trailing only A.L. Weiser who had 316 wins over his 31-year career. Walker was District 16 Coach of the Year in 1984, 1986 and 1989.
Everyone knew the intense coach that was Marvin Walker, but not everyone knew the other side that truly made Coach Walker special. I was one of those lucky individuals who knew both sides. He cared for people in such a way that you knew he was your friend... for life. Under his rough exterior was a sensitivity and softness that changed lives.
Tom Stout '69, a member of the Drury Board of Trustees and a long-time Drury athletic booster, remembers Walker, the coach and the person.
"Marvin was a great friend and he was a tremendous credit to Drury," Stout said upon learning of the death of his friend. "While he was an intense competitor as a coach, he did care more about his players as people. He was a true competitor in terms of basketball and he expected their best, but those standards applied to all aspects of life."
Tommy Deffebaugh '85, M.Ed. '92, now a member of the basketball coaching staff at Fayetteville High School, continues to stay in touch with Coach Walker's lifetime assistant coach, his wife Marilyn.
"Marilyn and Coach Walker were parents to a team of players and they made it their responsibility to take boys and raise them to become young men by the time they graduated," Deffebaugh remembers. "When I look back, Coach Walker's whole idea about coaching was learning more about life than scoring points or winning games. That was important, but he had a bigger smile when he saw us walking across that stage with a degree than he did after any basketball game."
Walker passed away in early March at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hospital after battling a respiratory condition for several years. While basketball was his life, his family was his love. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, two daughters Kim Buschman and Jill Bown, sons-in-law Alan Buschman and Matt Bown, four grandchildren Mary, Abby, Alex and Matt, and many Panther fans who fondly remember a bigger-than-life coach who was a major presence at every Drury basketball game for 11 years.
Global Civic Engagement Project (GCEP), co-directed by Dr. Michael Hill and Andrew Wiemer, celebrated the end of a year of service learning at the first annual Civic Engagement Awards on April 21.
GCEP projects included First Year Alpha Brigades, where alpha seminar classes partnered with local nonprofit organizations. Partnerships included: Dr. Jeanie Allen and Charlyn Ingwerson, Groupo LatinoAmericano; Dr. Randall Fuller, Urban Neighborhoods Alliance; Dr. Mick Sokol, Residential Arts District Initiative; Dr. Eric Paul, Greene County History Museum; Dr. Charles Taylor, Foundation for Springfield Public Schools; Dr. Rebecca Denton, National Alliance for Mental Illness; Dr. Sean Terry, James River Partnership; Dr. Michael Hill, Springfield-Greene County Health Commission; Dr. Rich Schur, Community Partnership of the Ozarks.
Dr. Patrick Moser's Alpha Brigade worked with Ozark Greenways and won the "best partnership" honor. The class helped secure an $8,300 grant for the organization and developed print and web-based resources, including a commemorative book for Ozark Greenways' 20th year.
|Dr. Patrick Moser's Alpha Brigade |
Student Union Board's annual Alternative Spring Break trip took 13 students to Los Angeles, California. The group worked with the Dream Center, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the homeless and disenfranchised. Student volunteers included: Bonnie Lyons, Kaleb Doss, Cassie Walton, Brennan Scott, Ben Wright, Lauren Saunders, Lauren Schuyler, Jessica Johnson, Heather Carrell, Garrett Hillman, Brittany Gasser, Kelsey DeVries and Taylor Harms, along with SUB Advisor Allison Griffith and Fraternity House Director Brandon Lawson.
Drury video students, led by instructor Brian Shipman, won more first place awards than any other college or university at the 2010 Missouri Broadcast Educators Association Awards Competition. This is the second straight year that Drury students have dominated the first place awards. Honored students included Bobby Hearn, Jared Hall, Charles Yeager, Naru Narayan, Chris Beckman, John Miller, Sophie Parker and Stephanie Greene.
Drury's student newspaper, the Mirror, was named Best Overall Newspaper at the 2010 Missouri College Media Association awards banquet. The Mirror was also awarded sweepstakes in its division, a recognition given to the college newspaper winning the most award points overall.
For the 10th straight year, Dr. Rebecca Burrell's course Building Community through the Arts partnered with The Kitchen, Inc. to create and inspire art with residents of the Missouri Hotel. This graduate course is designed to offer students an approach to creativity in everyday living and learning, while giving students the opportunity to make a difference within the Drury neighborhood. The artwork produced by Missouri Hotel residents was displayed in an exhibit titled "Your life is a masterpiece: What are you creating?"
School of Education & Child Development Director Dr. Christopher Craig received a grant from the Greene County Developmental Disabilities Board to start the Drury University Children's Center for the Visually Impaired. Currently the center is working to identify blind children from birth to three-years-old who could benefit from support services.
Associate Professor of English Dr. Randall Fuller was awarded a $160,231 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a summer workshop to study the Battle of Wilson's Creek. This summer, Fuller hosted around 80 high school teachers from around the country for a workshop called "Wilson's Creek: How a Forgotten Battle Saved Missouri and Changed the Course of the Civil War." The teachers learned about the battle of Wilson's Creek, the first major battle fought west of the Mississippi, and will implement that knowledge in their history and literature courses. Dr. Jayne L. White, professor of education and child development, also participated in the workshop.
Higher Learning Commission
Drury University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit November 8-10, 2010, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Drury University has been accredited by the Commission since 1915. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University at ncahlc.org. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed; comments cannot be treated as confidential.
Human Resources Student Assistant Lindsay Fiedler was named Drury's 2010 Student Employee of the Year. Fiedler's nomination was then submitted to the Midwest Association for Student Employment Administrators where she was also selected as the 2010 Missouri Student Employee of the Year from all the nominations submitted by universities in the state of Missouri.
Five educators from Iraq visited Drury this spring as part of a new five-year program that will send Iraqi students abroad on government scholarship. Iraqi and American educators are collaborating to bring Iraqi students to the U.S. where they will study at American universities before returning home to help rebuild Iraq's higher education infrastructure. Springfield's Power 96.5 radio station interviewed associate professor Dr. Rich Schur about his new honors course "Hip Hop Nation." This course, offered for the first time this past spring, explored the history and culture of the popular music style.
Fifty-one percent of May graduates completed a study abroad experience in a semester-long or short-term program. Scholarships from the Drury community help make study abroad experiences possible every year.
Education majors Amber Wine and Rachel Warrington received the Hem Sheela Model School endowed scholarship for six weeks of student teaching abroad.
For summer 2010: Saori Nakayama, Stephen Clond, Layne Hunton and Fallan Skidmore received the Baron Annual Study Abroad Scholarship; Brittany Phillips received the Brian Bennoch Annual Study Abroad Scholarship; Valerie Ray received the Jackie Warren and Todd Lowery Annual Study Abroad Scholarship for Florence, Italy; Colin O'Sullivan and Daniel Renner received the Steven D. Seibert Scholarship; and Samantha Gripka and Michael Czajka received the Stephen H. Good Endowed Scholarship.
There are 17 approved short-term study abroad trips for 2011 and many opportunities to provide support to students.
Individuals interested in donating should get in touch with Susan Kirby, Alumni & Development liaison for international programs at (417) 873-7354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springfield's Midtown neighborhood received the honor of Neighborhood of the Year runnerup in the Social Revitalization category at the annual Neighborhoods USA meeting in Little Rock. Associate librarian Phyllis Holzenberg is president of the Midtown Neighborhood Association, whose activities include a Fourth of July Parade, Victorian Homes Tour in December, summer concerts in Washington Park and a block party cosponsored by Drury student volunteers.
Philosophy & Religion
|Dr. Sam Smith |
|Dr. Allen Eikner |
The School of Religion celebrated its 100th year with a Centennial Dinner on May 7. The dinner honored professors emeriti Dr. Allen Eikner and Dr. Sam Smith. Eikner, a 1949 graduate of Drury, retired after 31 years serving as professor, School of Religion dean, chair of the department and dean of the college. Dr. Samuel Smith III preached in Disciples congregations for a half-century. Smith served on the Board of Higher Education of the Christian Church (DOC) and was instrumental in church university relations during his 30 years at Drury.
A $50,000 endowment effort will establish the annual religion lectureship in Dr. Eikner's name to recognize his extraordinary contributions to Drury and church relations, and the Smith Legacy Fund, which will support the annual activities of the Disciples on Campus student fellowship.
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion Dr. Teresa Hornsby was published in the May 23 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Growing out of her impressive body of scholarship regarding the abortion controversy, the essay offers insightful and valuable suggestions for productively engaging difficult issues in (and outside of) university classrooms.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recognized Drury's Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions (OCSS) and the Willard School District for their efforts to cut diesel emissions. Willard was the first school district in southwest Missouri to get new, cleaner school buses that emit up to 90 percent fewer pollutants. OCSS helped the school district retrofit six school buses with cleaner technology. OCSS is working with DNR to replace or upgrade buses at nine other school districts in southwest Missouri.
OCSS has another subgrant from the Environmental Protection Agency for diesel emission reduction and is accepting proposals for the grant funds. Contact Doug Neidigh at email@example.com for more information.
Check Out the New Bikes
In an effort to increase bicycle use, decrease the use of fossil fuels and promote wellness, Drury has 60 bikes available for student use this fall. Springfield Bicycle Company sold Drury 40 Jamis mountain bikes at a deep discount. These new bikes are available for semester-long checkout. Twenty more used bicycles were donated by campus security, and those bikes will be available for short-term rentals.
This semester also welcomes a new bike path to campus. The 175-yard paved path connects the Jefferson Park apartments on the northwest end of campus to the FSC circle. The bike path and the bike loan projects were both funded by the President's Council on Sustainability and the President's Council on Wellness.
Recent Drury graduates Victor Akunyili and Brett Marler received fellowships. Akunyili received the 2010 Harold P. Brown Engineering Fellowship to pursue a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis this fall. The scholarship will grant Akunyili full-tuition for his two years of study.
Marler received a Fulbright-Yök English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Turkey. Along with 35 other ETAs, Marler will teach at Turkish universities and also act as an ambassador of U.S. culture during his nine-month stay. Marler made connections with Turkey as a student, interning with the American-Turkish Council through the Washington Center.
Mallorie Rodak, class of 2009, was one of ten college students awarded a scholarship by the American Advertising Federation-Houston and the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston. Rodak is a graduate student in the new Master of Arts degree program in advertising at Southern Methodist University.