Faculty Awards

Drury recognizes Warren White Scholars and outstanding faculty

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 30, 2016 — Drury University recognized outstanding faculty and second-year students at its 2016 Opening Convocation. This ceremony officially began Drury’s 143rd academic year with an address from President Tim Cloyd.

“World-class education and teaching informed by scholarship and artistic practice – that is our calling,” Cloyd said in address to a packed auditorium at Clara Thompson Hall. “A liberal arts university imparts through its academic programs fundamental competencies that cultivate that ability to think about the world in which we live. It sows seeds that enable students to grow in ethical, intellectual, creative, communicative, and social qualities that are absolutely necessary – indeed, essential – for success, for a fulfilled life, and for leadership.”

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 2016 Faculty Award winners are:

  • Faculty Award for Teaching: Dr. Kris Wiley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education & Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music
  • Faculty Award for Scholarship: Dr. Elizabeth Nichols, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish
  • Faculty Award for Liberal Learning: Dr. Erin Kenny, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Faculty Award for Advising: Dr. Karen Spence, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Architecture

In addition, the Judge Warren White Scholars were honored. Each honoree will receive a $550 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 2016 Judge Warren White Scholars are:

  • Laura Braiser – Plano, Texas
  • Mason Coble – Nixa, Missouri
  • Miriam Colligan – Farmington, Missouri
  • Taylor Davidson – Lake Ozark, Missouri
  • Rachel DeWeerd – Springfield, Missouri (Glendale High School)
  • Victoria Foster – Munster, Indiana
  • Olivia Funk – Sedalia, Missouri
  • Jessica Knowles – Maryville, Missouri
  • Roxy Kraber – Springfield, Missouri (Central High School)
  • Fadhel Mansoori – Bahrain
  • Isabella Melena – Arvada, Colorado
  • Abigail Mercer – Springfield, Missouri (Grace Classical Academy)
  • Emily Miller – Columbia, Missouri
  • Shylie Miller – Dallas, Texas
  • Caroline Robinson – Ozark, Missouri
  • Jessica Rockafellow – Strafford, Missouri
  • Taylor Stanton – Buffalo, Missouri
  • Grant Thimesch – Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Matt Wagoner – Chesterfield, Missouri
  • Mitchell Wilson – Prosper, Texas

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Drury University faculty accomplishments – Fall 2015 roundup

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 21, 2015 — Drury University faculty accomplishments are numerous so far this semester. Drury professors are teacher-scholars who conduct meaningful research and engage with the community around them, giving their students a chance to participate in and benefit from their scholarly work. Here are just a few highlights of publications, research and accolades by faculty members in recent weeks.

Architecture:

  • Nancy Chikaraishi, Professor: Chikaraishi’s series of artworks centering on the experience of her parents and other Japanese-Americans interned at the Rohwer camp in Arkansas during WWII inspired the production of “Life Interrupted” by Core Dance. Visit www.thebackstagebeat.com for more on the production.

Art & Art History:

  • Rebecca Miller, Associate Professor: Miller’s archival pigment print Dear Alfred #18 was accepted into the special web exhibition for the 2015 Photo Review International Photography Competition.

Behavioral Science:

  • Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown, Associate Professor of Psychology: Silva Brown’s chapter “On Tornados: Storm Exposure, Coping Styles and Resilience” was included in the book Traumatic Stress and Long-Term Recovery: Coping with Disasters and Other Negative Life Events. Her chapter was based on research results related to the Joplin Impact Project.

Business:

  • Dr. Gary Holmes, Associate Professor: Holmes will attend the Society of Marketing Advances Annual Educators Conference in San Antonio, Texas to present “Millennials’ Attitudes Concerning Traditional Classroom Resources” with senior Jordan Smith and May 2015 graduate Morgan Young.

Communication:

  • Dr. Curt Gilstrap, Associate Professor: Gilstrap and graduate student Brian Hendershot’s study, “E-Leaders and Uncertainty Management: A Computer-Supported Qualitative Investigation” was accepted in Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.

Education:

  • Dr. Kris Wiley, Assistant Professor: Wiley has written two chapters in the book The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know? for the National Association for Gifted Children.

Library:

  • William Garvin, Director of the Olin Library: Garvin was named as a trustee on the Springfield-Greene County Library Board, and he will present to the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives at the annual conference this month in Columbia, Mo.

Political Science:

  • Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Professor: Ponder co-authored “Public Opinion and Democratic Party Ownership of Prosperity: The Political Legacy of the Great Depression, 1955-2013” published in one of the leading peer-reviewed American politics journals – American Politics Research.

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Outstanding Drury faculty & students recognized at opening convocation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 21, 2014 — Drury University recognized outstanding faculty and second year students at the 2014 Matriculation Convocation this morning. The event served as the formal opening ceremony for the Drury’s 141st academic year, with an address from the president and the raising of the Class of 2018 flag.

President David Manuel told the first-year students in attendance that the journey to career success is a long one, and likened Drury to a base camp where they’ll begin their ascent.

“The liberation of your thinking is fundamental to your ultimate success as you reach the summit,” he said, “and the faculty are here to help you on your way.”

A student and faculty committee selects recipients of the Faculty Awards. The committee receives nominations from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Each of the honorees is recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Faculty Award for Teaching – Daniel Ponder, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science
  • Faculty Award for Scholarship – Madhuri Manpadi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Faculty Award for Leadership – Kevin Jansen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
  • Faculty Award for Liberal Learning – Raymond Patton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History & Modern European Studies Director
  • Faculty Awards for Advising – Leah Blakey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Wesley Rowley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology

In addition, the Judge Warren White Scholars were honored at the Matriculation Convocation. Each honoree will receive a $275 scholarship. These are the students with the highest grade point averages after completion of their first year at Drury. Warren White graduated from Drury in 1904, and served as a Greene County circuit court judge for 36 years.

The 2014-2015 Judge Warren L. White Scholars, now entering their sophomore year, are:

  • Ashley S. Hesterberg – Nixa, Missouri
  • Corey Burton Marquardt ­– Springfield, Missouri
  • Fahad Paler Alkhaldi – Las Pinas City, Philippines
  • Lara Sophia Muller – Marklohe, Germany
  • Laura Alexandra Spraggins – Camdenton, Missouri
  • Nicholette Mae Andersen – Walnut Grove, Missouri
  • Olivia Rose Willoughby – Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Trent Witten Ledbetter – Camdenton, Missouri
  • Trey Weston Hufham – Rogersville, Missouri
  • Seth Adu Amankrah – Doha, Quatar
  • Swapnaneel Nath – West Bengal, India
  • Yuchen Kang – Bejing, China

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Welcoming a new class and honoring Drury’s top students and faculty at the Matriculation Convocation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 22, 2013 — Drury University’s new president welcomed the new class, and the University recognized outstanding faculty members and second year students at the 2013 Matriculation Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 22 in Clara Thompson Hall.

Dr. David Manuel, who became Drury’s 17th president on June 1, 2013, told the new class, “I, too, am beginning a new adventure. Together we will progress to new summits, and throughout this adventure you and I have to remember that we cannot reach our goals alone. Just as I will, I encourage you to use all of the tools, talents and resources available to you at Drury University to move forward and to reach your own goals.”

Drury President Dr. David Manuel and Dr. Patricia Morris

A student and faculty committee selected recipients of the Faculty Awards. The committee receives nominations from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Each of the honorees is recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom.

▪       Faculty Award for Teaching — Beth Harville, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.

▪       Faculty Award for Scholarship — Cristina Gilstrap, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and Patricia Morris, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology.

▪       Faculty Award for Leadership — Christopher Panza, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy.

▪       Faculty Award for Liberal Learning — Rebecca Miller, M.F.A., associate professor of art and art history

▪       Faculty Award for Advising —Jeanie Allen, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology

Drury President Dr. David Manuel addresses the new class of Drury students

In addition, the Judge Warren White Scholars were honored at the Matriculation Convocation. These are the students with the highest grade point averages after completion of the first year at Drury. Warren White graduated from Drury in 1904, and served as a Greene County circuit court judge for 36 years. Each honoree will receive a $275 scholarship.

The 2013-2014 Judge Warren L. White Scholars are (name and hometown):

  • Maisie Ann Baldwin, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Jared Steven Austin Bishop, Rogersville, Mo.
  • Hannah Rae Cook, Ozark, Mo.
  • Sara Michelle Cook, Springfield, Mo.
  • Abigail Owen Delawder, Springfield, Mo.
  • Humberto Josue Detrinidad Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Irene Yessenia Detrinidad Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Paulina Marie Doran, Springfield, Mo.
  • Jonas Alexander Gassmann, Columbia, Mo.
  • Heather Lyn Gladfelter, Goshen, Ind.
  • Taylor William Hand, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Taylor Jennae Kleier, Springfield, Mo.
  • Mallory Elizabeth Long, Republic, Mo.
  • Sarah Nicole Metz, Springfield, Mo.
  • William Mark Pearl, Willard, Mo.
  • Daniel Charles Richards, Marionville, Mo.
  • Rachel Paige Ryan, Hazelwood, Mo.
  • Mikaela Elizabeth Speakes, Robertsville, Mo.
  • Jessica Ellyn Tay, Springfield, Mo.
  • Tessa Beryl Tilton, Springfield, Mo.
  • Casey Alexandra Vaclavik, St. Louis, Mo.

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