Drury recognizes Warren White Scholars and outstanding faculty

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 1, 2017 — Drury University recognized outstanding faculty and second-year students at its 2017 Opening Convocation. The ceremony officially began Drury’s 144th academic year with an address from President Tim Cloyd.

“The intent of Drury and the Drury Spirit has always been about attempting to bridge divides,” Cloyd said in an address that called the audience to consider their role in social and political issues facing the country. “Our faculty have always been the ones who have held this spirit high and defended the core of Drury. I want to thank this great faculty for this courageous tradition in this part of the world. You carry this core today.”

Nominations for Faculty Awards are received from students, faculty, administrators and alumni.  A committee of students and faculty selects the winners. The honorees were recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom.

The 2017 Faculty Award winners are:

  • Faculty Award for Advising: Jonathan Groves, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication
  • Faculty Award for Liberal Learning: Nancy Chikaraishi, M. Arch., Professor of Architecture
  • Faculty Award for Scholarship: Daniel Ponder, Ph.D., L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science & Prof. Todd Lowery, M.F.A., Professor of Art
  • Faculty Award for Teaching: Shelley Wolbrink, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director of Medieval Studies
  • Faculty Award for Leadership: Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish

In addition, the Judge Warren White Scholars were honored. Each honoree will receive a $450 scholarship. These students have the highest grade point averages after completion of their first year at Drury. Mr. Warren White graduated from Drury in 1904 and served as a Greene County circuit court judge for 36 years.

The 2017 Judge Warren White Scholars are:

  • Kendal Rose Alexander – Mantorville, MN
  • Cale Ambuehl – Edwardsville, IL
  • Lidiya Petrovna Bosovik – Springfield, MO
  • Javier Antonio Diaz Vicens – West Rainer, WA
  • Stevie Leigh Fulton – Paris, AR
  • Michael James Henderson – Willard, MO
  • Van Luke Hopkins – St. Joseph, MO
  • Lillian H. Hunter – Warrensburg MO
  • Courtney Lauren King – Lake Ozark, MO
  • Christopher David Kollmeyer – Springfield, MO
  • Landen Alyse Kozlowski – Springfield, MO
  • Nolan Robert Sachse – Jefferson City, MO
  • Caterina Savini – Ravenna, Italy
  • Carter Paul Sifferman – Springfield, MO
  • Erik Michael Way – Springfield, MO


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