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Wedding Bells in Shewmaker
Shewmaker Communication Center is home to KDRU radio, DUTV studios and some special memories for one pair of Drury alums.
"The Shewmaker foyer has sentimental value to us, and we wanted our wedding to join the other fond memories we had at Drury," says Jonathan McIntosh '05/MAC '07 who married Jessica Redmond '10 in Shewmaker on Dec. 28, 2009.
The couple now reside in New York City, where Jessica is a writer and Jon is a Teach for America corps member and learning specialist at KIPP:AMP Academy. Jon is also pursuing graduate work at Bank Street College of Education and Columbia University. Continuing the shared passion that brought them together as students, Jon and Jessica both teach speech and debate in the NYC Urban Debate League.
Drury Alumni in Florida
President Todd Parnell and Betty Parnell, Trustee Tom Warren and Nancy Warren, Vice President for Alumni & Development Dr. Krystal Compas and Scott Fink at a Drury Alumni event in Florida last April. Drury Alumni events could be coming to an area near you! Check www.drury.edu/alumni to register.
A Match Made in Breech New business partners Tim Fraticelli '09 and Nick Altrup '09 met in Drury's MBA program. The two hope to help businesses take advantage of Springfield's "buy local" culture through their firm 417 Marketing.
"Drury gave us the tools necessary to start, and the inspiration to follow through,"? says Fraticelli. "Whenever you can surround yourself with quality people and great opportunities – from other students, to inspirational professors, to trips to China – it is going to have a positive influence on you. The relationships we developed during our time on campus have blessed us in ways we can't measure."
Hoblit Suite Donation
Thanks to generous donations from Drury's sorority alumnae, the new Hoblit Suite kitchen is up and running in the Freeman Hall Panhellenic building. The remodel features new appliances, better storage space and a general facelift. The space was christened at an open house on May 14.
Drury University Alumni Council
Staying Connected, Giving Back
by Kim Crist '97
As alumni, we all know Drury University is a special place. It is where we learned who we were, what we could become and what it means to be a community. When we left we were changed for the better, and most of us still long for that connection to the University itself. Even though we still keep in touch with old friends, teachers and staff, there is an ingrained sense to give back in some way.
One such opportunity already exists. It is the Drury University Alumni Council. This is the first of a series of articles to inform you of the purpose of the Council, the current initiatives and to offer you an invitation to join us in our endeavors. The Council not only benefits Drury; members also reap the rewards, both personally and professionally.
We have aligned the Council's goals and objectives to those of the University. They include:
- To ensure the university remains dedicated to its long-standing tradition of learning and enlightenment
- To support the university in its endeavors and commitment to global engagement
- To provide a vision and foundation for long term sustainability
- To encourage alumni to provide leadership and service to their communities and to one another
Interested? Then join us! We are always looking for more alumni with great ideas and a passion for Drury. Contact Meagan Mitchell at 417-873-7352 to learn how you can help.
Follow us online at www.drury.edu/alumni or visit the Drury University Alumni pages on Facebook and LinkedIn.
2010-2011 Drury Alumni Council
From left, first row: Skip Barnes '92, Marci Bowling '95, Chris Swan '97, Winter Skelton '05, Wes Miller '80, Weston Kissee '08 From left, back row: Brent Singleton '01, Marc Mayer '02, Kim Crist '97, Everett French '68, Meagan Mitchell '04, Justin Butler '05 Not pictured: Gary Banner '74, Krystal Compas '82, Tamara de Wild '92, Brian Jared '99, Michael Homeyer '93, Karen Shannon '82, Patsy Summers '64, Barbara Weathers, Mark Wood '81
The Council has identified various initiatives that will benefit alumni, students, faculty and staff and the greater community.
A major factor in Drury's long term sustainability is the success of the Annual Fund. We realize the importance of these gifts, no matter what the size, and that is the catalyst for this year's challenge. The Drury University Alumni Council members will match up to $2,000 of money raised by the 2010 Senior Class to go towards their legacy fund which will provide dollars for student scholarships and work study.
Drury to Drury
Drury to Drury, a business networking group, started in 2006 in Springfield. The goal is to develop new relationships with fellow alumni of various industries in hopes of providing new business opportunities and referrals for its members. We also have groups in Kansas City and St. Louis and are currently expanding to Tulsa and Northwest Arkansas. To date, more than $50,000 in referrals have been reported as a result of this program.
We feel it is important to recognize alumni who have made a notable contribution either in their career or to their community with the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. Award categories include Career Achievement, Community Service, Young Alumni, and the Distinguished Faculty Award. We all know a Drury standout who deserves this honor. Download the nomination form online at