Whether I’m talking to a current student about their classes as they work their way through school or visiting with a retired alumna in New York City whose career accomplishments took her far and away from her home in Springfield, Mo. to the top of the publishing world, one thing repeats over and over —mentoring and faculty. Drury faculty members are committed to the success of students both in their careers and in their lives. Full story >>
The articles in this issue of Drury Magazine carry a common theme. As you read, you will notice the nuances that emerge. One important distinction is the role of the mentor or adviser at Drury University in helping every student define his or her path. Similarly, this personal quality of a Drury education must always remain a distinguishing characteristic that helps define the success of Drury University’s alumni. Full story >>
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Awards, accolades, updates and events from Drury’s academic and administrative departments.
Highlights from another historic year in Drury athletics. Full story >>
Four School of Education & Child Development graduates share defining moments
It is a partnership between people that can help advance careers, raise grades, or provide direction for the mentee’s life. A mentor guarantees a mentee that someone cares about them, and that they’re not alone.
Meet a Drury student, alumna and faculty member who benefited from a mentor – traditional and otherwise.
During my time as a student at Drury, I had the good fortune of working as the assistant to the assistant in Dean Stephen Good’s office. It’s hard to imagine a better campus job—flexible hours, interesting work, and I didn’t have to wear a hair net.
I also learned a lot from Dean Good—and just as much from his assistant, Bonnie Wilcox. That experience, together with all I learned in the classroom and through extracurricular activities, put me on the path to where I’ve ended up.
By Dr. Kris Wiley
Gifted education is itself facing a major paradigm shift. We once treated giftedness as a single, innate quality of an individual. We now recognize that intelligence, in its many manifestations, is being brought together with creativity, motivation and wisdom to define multiple avenues of research and service.
Some of our efforts belong to the Einsteins and Picassos of our day—individuals we believe are likely to bring revolutionary change to their domains of activity. But we also have responsibility for the students, present in every classroom, who will spend half of the year being taught what they already know.
Drury is in a promising position to contribute to the conversation.
By Asikaa Cosgrove
Over the past decade educational technology has moved from specialized devices sold only to schools and colleges to the repurposing of more mainstream technologies for teaching and learning. Many of the devices we have in our homes and pockets are perfectly capable of supporting richer learning activities. Realizing this, some educators have found ways to break free of the school budget and use the tools that students already have, such as smart phones and tablets.
Take a closer look inside Jackie Warren’s studio, where stacks of drawings, paintings and books reveal a stunning view of Jackie’s passion for art and education.
Class notes, awards, accolades, marriages, births and memorials from Drury alumni
Updates and news from the Martin Alumni Center
What happens when you combine a passionate work ethic with a positive outlook on life? For sisters Tedi ’08 and Sonya ’10 Serge, the result is a budding business in Southern California that focuses on a healthy “aloha” lifestyle, self esteem and fun. After Tedi and Sonya earned degrees in elementary education and advertising/public relations, respectively, they joined forces to form Sand Sisters Los Angeles. Sand Sisters is an exclusive beach program that gives children ages 6 to 12 the opportunity to engage in water sports, games, crafts and most importantly, build themselves and each other up from the inside out.
Imagine the hundreds of thousands of children’s (and adults’) imaginations that might have missed the fantastical influence of Harry Potter had author J.K. Rowling not embraced failure. A short seven years after her college graduation day, she faced failure on what she describes as an epic scale. Her marriage was over, she was jobless, a single parent, and as poor as it was possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless. She says she was the biggest failure she knew. For Rowling, failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. She stopped pretending that she was anything other than what she was, and began to direct all of her energy into finishing the only work that mattered to her. Failure set her free to succeed. Rock bottom became a launching pad on which she rebuilt her life and her career.
Embrace failure? Absolutely. For in it, we have everything to gain!