Sarrita Hunn ‘01 Named “Rising Star” in Go!
Drury University alumna and director of Drury’s unique SIVA (Summer Institute for Visual Arts) program, Sarrita Hunn ’01, was named a 2016 “rising star” in St. Louis’ Go! magazine for her contributions to the St. Louis art community. Hunn is a visual artist, holding a bachelor’s degree in studio art, art history and philosophy from Drury and an MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Since 2011, Hunn has spent the majority of her time working as the managing editor and co-founder of Temporary Art Review, an online publication featuring art reviews, essays, and artist interviews and profiles.
Marvel Comics and the Power of Design
Anne Marie Schudy, a visual communication and graphic design student at Drury, spent her summer interning in New York City at the headquarters of Marvel Entertainment; the entertainment giant that created Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers and dozens of other comic book, movie and TV heroes. Schudy, a junior, put her design skills to work in Marvel’s Creative Services Department, working primarily with the comic book side of Marvel’s house. Though she isn’t necessarily a comic book fan herself, Schudy says, “It wasn’t necessary for the job. Essentially, what they needed was someone who knew the software really well.” The job was technical, but it also had a creative side to it, using Adobe Photoshop and other design programs day in and day out.
Working at Marvel isn’t your typical office environment, according to Schudy. “You just hear all these names like ‘Thor’ and ‘Spider-Man’ thrown around on a daily basis. That’s fun. You don’t hear that in every workplace,” Schudy says with a laugh. “It was just so fascinating to see, just to observe the work these people do. There’s an energy there.”
The Marvel offices are located in Midtown Manhattan and Schudy lived in a dorm at a nearby university. Outside of work, the Springfield native was able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city as a resident, rather than as a tourist.
Schudy is broadening her academic horizons at Drury this fall. She’s as interested in coding and mathematics as she is in visual design. She has delved into some of the courses in Drury’s brand-new software engineering degree. “This semester, I’m exploring the computer science side of things,” she says, owing some of her newly found interests to her time at Marvel.
Read more: drury.edu/marvel
Drury’s Sigma Pi Chapter Recognized as a “Top Chapter in North America”
In July, Drury’s Sigma Pi fraternal chapter was recognized as a top chapter in North America at the Sigma Pi International Biennial Convocation held in Las Vegas. The chapter also won the “Grand Council Award” for academic and service accomplishments during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years; an honor that only the top three chapters of each division receive.
This is the ninth time that Drury’s chapter has received the Grand Council award since 1982. Drury’s Sigma Pi chapter also received the “Grand Chapter Award,” received by the top 25 chapters.
Learn more: www.drury.edu/spaward
Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra Celebrates its Thirteenth Season
Now in its thirteenth season, the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra (SDCO)has grown from an informal gathering of students and community members to a regionally and nationally recognized semi-professional orchestra. This diverse ensemble of over 100 students, professionals and dedicated enthusiasts has been in residence at Drury since 2005 and performs a yearly season of innovative concerts. The SDCO is unique in its collaborative nature: students play side-by-side with their teachers and other professional musicians, often transcending student-teacher barriers and developing professional networks simultaneously.
The orchestra also works actively with sister arts organizations, such as the Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Ballet, and Springfield Symphony, with which it is presenting the inaugural SSO/ SDCO Conductors Workshop in February of 2017.
“I wanted to give our students the opportunity to perform the great masterworks of the orchestral literature,” says founder and Music Director Christopher Koch, an associate professor at Drury. “Along the way, the SDCO has also enriched our regional music scene and provided a new outlet for professional performers and Drury music faculty.” The 2016-2017 season opened with the Springfield premiere of Gustav Mahler’s enormous “Symphony No. 6,” followed by “Beer and Brandenburgs” (the SDCO’s first project with Mother’s Brewing Company) and the “Queen City Masquerade” with the Springfield Regional Opera in October. The orchestra is also sponsoring a new composition commission for composer and Drury professor Dr. Carlyle Sharpe.
Despite its accomplishments, the SDCO continues to operate on a minimal budget and relies on the support of patrons and alumni to meet its yearly financial goals.
New Graduate Certificate Program Meets Cybersecurity Demand
Drury now offers a Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate program for MBA graduate students and professionals seeking to advance their career. The program caters to professionals of all backgrounds and experience levels, preparing them for leadership roles in the growing field of cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity and risk management professionals with extensive field experience compliment the program. Dr. Shannon McMurtrey, the director of Drury’s Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate program, has more than 20 years of IT experience and is a co-founder of Cart32, one of the first companies in the internet e-commerce field. Dr. Lamb, one of
the program’s instructors, is a special agent with the cyber division of the FBI, and Dr. James Simmerman has more than 10 years of teaching experience in the area of finance and risk management, in addition to seven years as a certified financial examiner for the State of Missouri.
The program consists of five courses that focus on risk management, hacker tools and techniques, and information security. Students in the Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate program learn to identify, assess and respond to risk through valuable theoretical and practical education in addition
to hands-on experience. Designed for working professionals, this certificate program consists of a mixture of seated and online courses to offer both flexibility and structure.
Read more: drury.edu/cybersecurity
Drury Hosts Alumni Abroad Reception
On May 31, the Office of International Programs hosted a Drury alumni reception at the St. James Bar in London. Four alumni living in the London area enjoyed meeting each other for the first time, sharing their stories, catching up on developments at Drury and strengthening their DU connections. The event was part of a new “Drury Connect” effort to meet with alumni when traveling abroad. The reception was organized and co-hosted by Drury alumna Kathryn Russell-Jones ’03, a denizen of London for many years.
KATHRYN RUSSELL-JONES graduated from Drury in 2003 with degrees in art history, fine art and French. During her time at Drury she studied at Regent’s University London as well as at the L’ Ecole Marchutz, Aix-en-Provence as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. In 2006, Russell-Jones earned a master’s degree in art history from the University of Glasgow while studying at their Chris- tie’s Education Center in London. Since 2007, she has been working in the art gallery world: first at Ubu Gallery in New York City, then as a registrar in London at Pace Gallery, at White Cube and at Marian Goodman. In April, Russell-Jones was hired as the Director of Operations for the internationally recognized Parasol Unit, Foundation for Contemporary Art in London. Parasol is a not-for-profit art institution that introduces international, contemporary artists to the London public through exhibitions and educational programming.
ROBERT GEERS attended Drury from 1952-1954, before his education was interrupted by the outbreak of the Korean War. After his military service, he completed an advertising design degree at the Art Center in Los Angeles. Geers moved to New York and worked with Benton & Bowles Advertising Agency. In 1960 he transferred to London. There he met Bob Gross, and in 1964 they left Benton & Bowles and created their own advertising consultancy, Geers-Gross Advertising Agency. In 1969 Geers-Gross became a public company and in 1992 it was purchased by a French agency. Geers’ success in the advertising field allowed in him to take “a 12-year long weekend,” start- ing in 1974, during which time he learned to paint. A prolific painter, Geers turned to printmaking in 2001 and is currently a member of the Nineprintmakers, a group of London artists who work out of the same studios and exhibit together and individually.
RACHEL HUTCHISON graduated summa cum laude from Drury in 2015 with degrees in arts administration and theatre. She is currently completing an MA in arts administration & cultural policy
at Goldsmiths College, University of London. For her dissertation, Hutchison is focusing on urban regeneration and cultural placemaking. Rachel is also working as a project assistant for Futurecity, a cultural placemaking consultancy. In this role she assists property developers seeking to make their new developments stand out as cultural destinations. After completing an MA, Hutchison would like to remain with Futurecity to keep supporting their projects in London and throughout the UK.
DUNCAN OGILVIE played on the Panthers basketball team and graduated in 2002 with a BA in business administration. He then played professional basketball in Europe for eight seasons (in Spain, France and England), during which time he was on championship teams and earned Player of the Year honors twice. Ogilvie is currently the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of East London. He also runs his own strength and conditioning consulting business “DoTraining” and worked with England’s basketball and hand- ball teams preparing for the London 2012 Olympics. This year he has worked with several athletes preparing for the Rio Olympics. Ogilvie says, “My memories from Drury and being a student athlete still make me smile. Some of the people I met there are still friends today. The basketball program at Drury was a stepping stone that gave me an opportunity to achieve my goal to become a professional basketball player. I am grateful for all that Drury provided for me during my brief, but memorable, two years there.”
If you are an alumni member living abroad, we’d love to hear about where you live and what you are doing. Just send an email to email@example.com. Perhaps our next alumni abroad reception will be in your city!