Drury to recognize Rolla area educators at Oct. 2 alumni appreciation event

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 11, 2018 — Drury University’s School of Education and Child Development invites alumni and current students to join in its Education Alumni Appreciation Event, to be held at from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Drury’s Rolla campus, 1034 S. Bishop Ave. The evening will recognize the hard-working teachers and administrators who serve the Rolla community and mid-Missouri region.

Food and refreshments will be provided at the event, including pizza from local favorite Alex’s Pizza Palace. All attendees will also receive a door prize. Those interested in attending can RSVP online. Those who RSVP by Monday, September 24 will be entered into a prize drawing.

“In our district, if you walk up and down the hallways you would be amazed at how many Drury graduates are in the building,” says Matt Fridley, a 2002 Drury graduate and principal of Mark Twain Elementary in Rolla.

According to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education data, this year alone, Rolla Public Schools employs 23 educators who have earned degrees from Drury since 2010. That does not include the many Drury graduates, like Fridley, who earned their degrees prior to 2010.

The Education Alumni Appreciation Event will also allow both current and future educators to form meaningful connections with other professionals in their field.  

“This event is an opportunity for individuals who graduated from Drury University to network with other graduates of Drury and also with the hope of bringing current students in to see the connections that you make when you are a Drury student,” says Fridley.

According to Fridley, having Drury’s Rolla campus as a brick-and-mortar institution is a valuable resource to the community.  

“Having Drury in our community helps those individuals, traditional and nontraditional students, have an opportunity to attend a quality university in a local setting without having to drive all the way to Springfield or move there,” says Fridley.   

“The Education Alumni Appreciation Event is beneficial to the Rolla community of educators because it provides the School of Education and Child Development the opportunity to recognize the collective impact our alumni have had on the lives of children,” says Dr. Shannon Cuff, dean of Drury’s School of Education and Child Development. “Additionally, the event provides Rolla educators the chance to reconnect with the Drury community and provide insights into the ever-changing education landscape.”

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