Drury Proudly Welcomes Wayne Chipman ’91 Back to Campus
Drury University is honored to have one of our own back on campus. We are excited and expect great things over the coming years. Welcome back, Wayne!
Wayne Chipman graduated from Drury College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. Upon graduation, Chipman attended an international law program at Brunel University in Uxbridge, England and Washburn University, where he earned a Master of Business Administration in 1993, and a Juris Doctor in 1994. After graduating from Washburn, Chipman practiced law in Springfield, Missouri and worked in economic development for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce before returning to Drury to fill a development role in 1997. During his time at Drury, Chipman was director of the annual fund, assistant director of planned giving and an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses in business administration, law and economics.
Chipman left Drury in 2001 to serve as the director of major and planned gifts at Truman State University. In 2003, he accepted a development position at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou). During his tenure at Mizzou, he held a number of positions, ultimately serving as the assistant vice chancellor for advancement—university programs before returning to Drury as the executive vice president for advancement in June of 2016. Chipman brings extensive development experience and expertise. He and his team played a significant role in the success of Mizzou’s $1.04 billion “For All We Call Mizzou” campaign that concluded in 2008 and the current $1.3 billion “Mizzou: Our Time to Lead” campaign. Chipman is a member of the Missouri Bar’s Probate and Trust Law Committee, and he has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Chipman family has deep roots at Drury. Wayne’s wife, Stephanie (Chapman) ’93, is a Drury alumna and former staff member. The Chipman family is certainly happy to be back in Springfield along with their sons Collin and Bennett.
Drury Welcomes Five New Members to the Alumni Council
The Alumni Council is the governing body of the Drury Alumni Association and consists of 23 alumni leaders from a range of class years, a member from the Drury faculty and a member from the administrative staff. The Council plans and supports programs such as Reunion Weekend, Homecoming, the Distinguished Alumni Awards and much more. The members also play important roles as representatives of Drury in their communities.
New members for 2016-2017 are:
Joel Alexander ’83
Joel serves as the Manager of Communications for City Utilities of Springfield.
He serves on local boards of the American Red Cross and Ozark Trails Council – Boy Scouts of America, and assists with other community organizations.
His wife, Lisa, is President of the CoxHealth Foundation.
Michele Duvall Boswell ’90
Michele graduated with a degree in communications and minors in business administration and English. She is the Sales Director for Collegiate Awards in Springfield, Missouri. Michele is one of the originators of Drury Basketball’s annual Overflow the O event and has volunteered for Drury in many other capacities. Michele is married to Drury graduate Dr. Craig Boswell ’91, and they have three sons who attend Springfield Public Schools, where she volunteers with the PTA.
Gail Frederick ’69
Gail graduated from Drury with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and economics. He received a Master in Business Administration from Drury in 1972, and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Missouri Kansas City in 1975. Gail practices law in Springfield and is active in Drury activities, including the Drury Booster Club and the Sports Hall of Fame Committee. He has also served as a member of the Missouri Public Defender Commission, Missouri Arts Council and currently serves on the Springfield Sports Commission and Springfield Area Hall of Fame Committee.
Kaitlyn McConnell ’11
Kaitlyn serves as CoxHealth’s Media Relations Coordinator. She recently returned to the Ozarks after living in Norway for nearly 3 years, where she worked in the subsea oil and gas excavation industry. In her spare time, she manages Ozarks Alive, a website featuring the unique people, history and culture of the region. She also serves the community through various civic organizations including Writers Hall of Fame, Junior League of Springfield and as an ambassador for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Kayce Morton, D.O. ’99
Kayce earned her degree in biology and chemistry with minors in journalism and Spanish. After completing medical school at KCUMB in 2005, she attended the University of Missouri and completed her pediatric residency in 2008. She has been the Pediatric Hospitalist for CoxHealth since 2008. She has been married to Brandon for 17 years, and they have two children; Ashlyn, 11 and Cooper, 8. Kayce and her family enjoy spending time outdoors, and she is involved with several area philanthropies including Care to Learn, Isabel’s House and the Children’s Miracle Network.
Support the Drury Mission
I have been fortunate to spend time on the Drury campus this summer and early fall and to feel the energy that Dr. Cloyd and his administration have brought to the community. It is the desire of the Alumni Council to spread that energy to our alumni across the nation.
Empowering and catalyzing our powerful alumni network is a priority. There are multiple ways that alumni can be engaged and continue to support the mission of Drury University. Of course, most of us jump to the conclusion that “support” means a monetary donation. While no one from Drury’s development office would ever turn down donations, there are many more ways to contribute.
By now, you should have received multiple invitations to participate in the alumni mentors program. Providing one-on-one career advice to a Drury student is an easy, yet powerful way to give back to Drury. Mentorship is one way to help our students thrive during college and even after they become alumni. This is not something that needs to be done face-to-face. We have alumni across all 50 states, and I can only imagine the meaningful experiences and advice that our alumni could share with our current students. I guarantee you will be more than impressed with the students and their energy will be contagious.
The Alumni Council is in the early stages of implementing and supporting 16 regional alumni associations in 13 states. Please visit the Drury website to see if there is a regional council in your area. If not, let us know if you’d be willing to help establish a regional alumni association. There are events scheduled at these sites, and I invite you to participate, as this is a great way to connect with fellow alumni and help recruit the next generation of Drury students.
Please let someone in the admission office know if you have a connection to any high school guidance counselors. We would love to know who they are in case they don’t know about your alma mater. We are confident that once they connect with Drury, they will be more likely to recommend Drury as an option to their students. Additionally, let us know if you have contacts with your local media. We want to promote the amazing things that our current students or alumni are doing in all the small and large towns across the country.
I hope that all alumni will take this message to heart. Of course, I encourage everyone to financially support Drury University. However, please understand that your support of Drury University through your actions versus your checkbook is just as important. A gift of your time will mean so much to the university, alumni and our students.
Thursday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14
We are excited to welcome you home for a weekend of laughter, friendship and nostalgia as we celebrate Drury Alumni Reunion; a weekend full of events that will spark your interest and rekindle your memories. Experience a warm reconnection with your classmates and alma mater.
• Golden Circle Luncheon: welcoming the class of 1967
• 50th reunion celebration for the class of 1967
• 66th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Recognition Dinner
• Receptions for schools & colleges
• Meet & greet with Drury’s President & First Lady, Tim & Wendy Cloyd
• Greek exchange
Drury Women’s Auxiliary
Drury Women’s Auxiliary promotes friendship, fellowship and supports the interests of Drury University with particular emphasis on funding scholarships to female students.
The Drury Women’s Auxiliary began in 1906 under the fourth president, J. Edward Kirbye and though the contributions have changed over the years, the core value of “helping women students” has remained constant. DWA has dispensed more than $200,000 in scholarships for Drury women students.
Drury Women’s Auxiliary is open to any woman who wishes to support our DWA mission and Drury University. Many Drury alumnae, mothers and friends are members of DWA; you do not have to be a Drury alumna to be involved. New members are accepted after attending a meeting, completing an application and paying annual dues of $40. If you wish to apply, please apply online.
Panther Passport: Connecting students to the campus, community, culture and career
As prospective students and their families talk with admission counselors, tour Drury’s campus and meet with faculty members, they repeatedly hear about the Drury Family. Alumni frequently state that Drury feels like a family, a close network of individuals who were, and still are, dedicated to their success.
According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), retention and graduation rates are higher at institutions that foster a student-centered culture, and a key component of that culture is student engagement.
The Panther Passport Program provides students, especially those new to Drury’s campus, with a turnkey solution for getting involved. Designed to engage and reward students for participating in a wide variety of campus, community, cultural and professional activities, participating students grow as individuals as they expand their personal and professional networks. In addition, students can earn up to $500 a year simply by checking in and attending eligible events. Students who participate at the highest level during all four years at Drury earn an additional $500 graduation bonus. Payments are processed through the Office of Human Resources, so participation doesn’t impact student financial aid packages.
Gene ’63 and Patsy ’64 SummersPassionate supporters of Drury, Gene ’63 and Patsy ’64 Summers saw the value of the Panther Passport Program and donated the lead gift of $50,000 in 2014 to establish the program. Board of Trustee member Bill Vaughan ’74 and alumnus Bill Craigmiles ’64 contributed to the program launch as well.
Patsy learned about the program through Drury’s Alumni Council, of which both Patsy and Gene have been involved. Since their children, Gena ’91 and Wesley ’95, also graduated from Drury, the Summers know firsthand the value of campus involvement. “Gene and I are excited to be part of an innovative program that is thriving,” said Patsy. “We, as well as our children, attended Drury on scholarships and were involved in campus activities. The Passport Program is our opportunity to provide some scholarship money for others. The program provides scholarships to every student who has the tenacity and curiosity to try a variety of campus and community activities.”
During the ’15-’16 school year, 182 students enrolled in the program (participation is capped due to limited funds), resulting in 987 attendees at 196 eligible events. Of the 182 students, 109 were freshmen, 35 were sophomores, 26 were juniors, 8 were seniors and 4 were fifth-year seniors. Twenty-four students completed the program, resulting in the distribution of $11,500 total award dollars.
Participating students were surveyed at the completion of the program and asked how they planned to use the award money. Nearly 44% stated they would use the money to pay for school expenses like tuition, books and fees. Over 30% said they would use the money to help cover living expenses like rent, food, car payments and gas.
“The Passport Program is truly a win-win,” said Dr. Tijuana Julian ’81, vice president for student affairs. “It has increased participation and attendance at events, while proactively connecting students to the Drury community. The program has also provided a financial incentive for students, assisting them in the funding of essential expenses like housing, books, living expenses and required international travel.”
The Summers want to encourage alumni to donate and support this important program. “We’d like to see more alums support this program so it can positively impact the lives of more Drury students,” said Gene.
Jessica Knowles ’19 was recognized as the top attender last year, participating in 42 eligible events. “As a freshman, I was excited to be part of the Panther Passport Program as a way to experience all the different athletic, student organization, and community service events Drury has to offer,” said Jessica. “The Passport Program is a fun way to get involved and support different groups on campus and earn a reward for your efforts at the end of the year.”
Exciting new advancements await this year’s students. Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, the program will tie into the Drury Fanthers app. This means students will no longer have to swipe their ID card to track participation. Instead, they will check in with the app, and the app will verify their attendance through its built-in GPS tracking system.
Most important, the program is working. Eighty-three percent of the 2014 participating freshmen returned in fall 2015. This percentage exceeds the day school’s overall freshmen to sophomore retention, at 77%.
Will you consider supporting the Panther Passport Program? Contact Vicki Harrold (417) 873-7215 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can help engage more students in experiences that are not only fun, but that also open their minds and prepare them for the future.