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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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Outstanding Drury students and faculty recognized

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 20, 2015 — Drury University recognized outstanding faculty and second-year students at the 2015 Matriculation Convocation this morning. This ceremony officially begins Drury’s 142nd academic year with an address from President David Manuel.

A committee formed of students and faculty selects recipients of the faculty awards. Nominations are received from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Both of the honorees were recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom.

• Faculty Award for Teaching: Kevin Henderson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English
• Faculty Award for Leadership: Robin Sronce, Ph.D. Dean, Breech School of Business

Henderson and Sronce

Henderson and Sronce

In addition, the Judge Warren White Scholars were honored. Each honoree will receive a $600 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 2015 Judge Warren White Scholars are:

• Kimberly M. Edwards – Bridgeton, Missouri
• Austin Hansen – Lake Ozark, Missouri
• Makayla Jordan-Diemler – Jefferson City, Missouri
• Rachel Krueger – Lenexa, Kansas
• Bre Legan – Phillipsburg, Missouri
• Meagan Ley – New Haven, Missouri
• Stephanie Morrison – Ozark, Missouri
• Hailey Nale – Springfield, Missouri (Central High School)
• Inga Nordgren – Eureka Springs, Arkansas
• Anne Marie Schudy – Springfield, Missouri (Central High School)
• Shannen Stout – Blue Springs, Missouri
• Caroline Tomanek – Springfield, Missouri (Kickapoo High School)
• Wyatt Whitman – Lake Ozark, Missouri
• Bailey Williams – Farmington, Missouri

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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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Drury honors its outstanding faculty and students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 24, 2012 — Drury University recognized outstanding faculty members at the 2012-2013 Matriculation Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 23. A student and faculty committee selected recipients of these awards. The committee receives nominations from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Each of these faculty members is recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Robert Weddle, Ph.D. – Faculty Award for Teaching
  • Jennifer Silva Brown, Ph.D. – Faculty Award for Scholarship
  • Katherine Gilbert, Ph.D. – Faculty Award for Leadership
  • Robin Miller, Ph.D. – Faculty Award for Liberal Learning
  • Jayne White, Ed.D. – Faculty Award for Advising

In addition, the Judge Warren White scholars were honored. These are the students with the highest grade point average 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 2012-2013 Judge Warren L. White Scholars are (name and hometown):

  • Xiao Chang – Zibo, China
  • Emily Virginia Cline – Springfield, Mo.
  • Ashley K. Coons – Springfield, Mo.
  • Ashley Darlene Cunningham – Springfield, Mo.
  • Brooke Elizabeth Foster – Nixa, Mo.
  • Laura Agnes Gaughan – Kansas City, Mo.
  • Mitchell Scott Gibbons – Springfield, Mo.
  • Shelby Nicole Hatz – Springfield, Mo.
  • Rachel Catherine Hutchinson – Olathe, Kan.
  • Kaleigh Marie Jurgensmeyer – Chesterfield, Mo.
  • Shelby Elizabeth Larson – Republic, Mo.
  • Caitlin Rebecca Lauer – St. Charles, Mo.
  • Parker Scott LiaBraaten – Spokane, Mo.
  • Deborah Peana – Springfield, Mo.
  • Nathaniel Alan Pearl – Willard, Mo.
  • Airika Danielle Poivre – Ozark, Mo.
  • Ashleigh Ann Spalding – Springfield, Mo.
  • Chelsea Layne Staab – Westerville, Ohio
  • Lucas Samuel Tebbe – Walnut Grove, Mo.
  • Jing Yi Wang – Shanghai, China
  • Carlos-Xavier Zambrano – Temecula, Calif.

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The final Matriculation Convocation for Drury President Todd Parnell is Thursday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 22, 2012 — On Thursday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m., Drury’s new students will experience a rite of their early college lives at the Matriculation Convocation in Clara Thompson Hall. It will be the final Matriculation Convocation for Drury President Todd Parnell who will retire in May of 2013. Parnell, the author of several books, will ask the students to consider nature as a technology alternative.

Drury President Todd Parnell

Today, we are tethered to our smartphones and computers, always plugged in trying to keep up with the latest news and happenings. But nature is our lasting legacy; we should consider unplugging on occasion and reclaim our humanity.

Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: Social Media and the Future of Democracy, is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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