Warren White

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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Drury honors its top faculty and students at convocation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 25, 2011 — Drury University recognized outstanding faculty members at the 2011-2012 Matriculation Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 25. 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.

  • Mr. Robert Westenberg, chair and associate professor of theatre, received the Faculty Award for Teaching.
  • Dr. Saundra Weddle, associate professor of architecture, received the Faculty Award for Scholarship.
  • Dr. Jennie Long, associate professor of criminology, received the Faculty Award for Leadership.
  • Dr. Patrick Moser, associate professor of French, received the Faculty Award for Liberal Learning.
  • Dr. Regina Waters, chair and associate professor of communication, received the 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.

The 2011-2012 Judge Warren L. White Scholars are (name, hometown and major):

  • Ashton Allcorn, Cole Camp, Mo.-Exercise Physiology
  • Katherine Battalia, Springfield, Mo.-Marketing/Management
  • Yuge Bian, China-Environmental Health
  • Claire Bryant, Springfield, Mo.-Psychology
  • Casey Carroll, Springfield, Mo.-Marketing/Spanish
  • Brandon Eller, High Ridge, Mo.-Theatre
  • McKenna Feltes, Cedar Rapids, Iowa-Biology/Chemistry
  • Bradley Hollenbeck, Fayetteville, Ark.-Management
  • Jeremy Jobes, Raytown, Mo.-Theatre/Arts Administration
  • Kelsey Kleier, Springfield, Mo.-Biology
  • Caitlin Krebs, Fenton, Mo.-Mathematics/Physics
  • Brendan Langford, San Antonio, Texas-Biology
  • Erin Love, Springfield, Mo.-Business Administration
  • Allison Nevels, Sedalia, Mo.-Biology
  • Devin Parrish, Springfield, Mo.-Economics/Finance
  • Scott Robinson, Fenton, Mo.-Physics/Chemistry
  • Nicholas Thimesch, Marshalltown, Iowa-Biology
  • Sarah Venable, Springfield, Mo.-Elementary Education
  • Emily Westenberg, Springfield, Mo.-Chemistry

Drury President Todd Parnell was the keynote speaker for the convocation. He spoke about his trip to Hem Sheela over Winter Break in 2010-11. Hem Sheela was founded by Drury professors Drs. Rabindra and Protima Roy. Joining Parnell were Chaplain Peter Browning, Dean of Students Tijuana Julian, Chemistry Professor Mark Wood and Vice President of Alumni and Development Krystal McCulloch.

After the formal award presentations, the five took off their academic robes, revealed their Indian clothing and played Indian instruments as an unconventional way to transition to the convocation’s message. President Parnell told the audience about how the Roys’ Tribal School at a small village in India is creating a better future for children there and serves as a model of engaged learning for the Drury community.

Pres. Parnell speaks at convocation as Drs. McCulloch, Julian and Browning look on.


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E-mail: markmiller@drury.edu

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