Reflections on the Drury Magazine

The Drury Magazine is a personal reflection of what it means to know Drury University. The magazine puts presence to the connection we feel as part of the experience of learning. It remembers alumni who studied here; it heralds our amazing faculty, staff and students; it gives perspective to our past and a vision for our future; and it helps us know one another better by sharing individual journeys. In this way, the magazine’s mission is a realization:

“…to engage readers in the life of the university, reflect the University’s values, and capture the intellectual curiosity and distinct community that is Drury.”

If the Drury Magazine had a champion, Don Ameye would hold the title. Don served as Drury’s creative services director and the managing editor of Drury Magazine for more than 35 years. He has conceived and designed more than 120 issues of the magazine, and was named Drury’s 2017 Employee of the Year. Don gave dignity and beauty to the stories in each issue. Producing an award-winning publication is something he strived to achieve. With this attention, the magazine has received over 10 awards from national peer-hosted contests.

To help me learn more about the history of the magazine, Don and I looked through the archives. We began with his first issue as designer in September of 1983. Don mentioned that he didn’t know he would be creating a magazine when he began the position. However, even as he reflected on his experiences, his desire to create a publication that makes Drury proud was apparent. Despite budget setbacks at times, he still made a priority of displaying the University’s heart and strength.

The magazine is sent to more than 23,000 homes, government offices, businesses, and peer universities. This biannual glimpse into Drury’s community illuminates our purpose and goals. The magazine becomes a tangible reflection of the pride we feel as alumni and friends of Drury.

Don says, “I hope the Drury magazine remains true to Drury University, and is never afraid to confront controversy or address difficult situations. I hope it will remain in print and be delivered directly to homes. And, I hope the magazine always remains free to whoever wants to receive it.”

Written by Melody Sanders '15