A Race Against Self

Swimmer Katya Rudenko was just 13 when she competed in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, representing her native Kazakhstan. The budding young star swam in several more international competitions over the next four years and again earned a spot on her national team in the 2012 London games.

An intense competitor, Rudenko was performing at the highest level on the sport’s biggest stage.

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All the World's a Stage

As a professor, a writer, and a mother, I’m constantly evaluating my performance. Whether it’s my effectiveness in the classroom, my book sales, or my ability to control my two strong-willed daughters, I spend a bulk of my time trying to size up how I am doing. Now, there are a few obvious ways I can evaluate these three areas: student evaluations in my classes, customer reviews on my book, and the effort my kids put into my Mother’s Day card. But there’s more to the value of a performance than what’s on paper.

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James Bone: Athlete to Businessman

James Bone was inducted into the Drury Basketball Hall of Fame, now the Drury Sports Hall of Fame, at the conclusion of his spectacular Panther career. A 1980 graduate, James came to Drury from Chattanooga, Tennessee and was given the moniker “Chairman of the Boards” as Drury Panther basketball became the talk of the NAIA, especially during the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons. In 1977-78 the Panthers were the #1-ranked team in the nation and fashioned a 27-4 record. The next year, the Panthers were 33-2 and claimed the 1979 NAIA national championship. Bone was an integral part of that success.

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Perspectives: Rebel with a Cause

Drury’s class of 1946 didn’t know they were graduating with an individual who later would be in touch with millions of readers in her jobs as Executive Editor of Vogue and Editor-in-Chief of House & Garden magazines. Pool has served on several boards—Drury University, The Decorative Arts Trust and The Isabel O’Neil Foundation. She has received a number of honors, including the Edith Wharton Women of Achievement Award. In 2002, Drury awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

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Make Animals: Driven by Passion and Energy

A small-town kid with a big dream, that was Jason Perkins when he arrived at Drury in the fall of 1993. That big dream, and a little bit of hard work, would lead Perkins to play a pivotal role in developing Drury’s first website before graduating and making his mark as a successful art director and business owner. In 1997, with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury College, Perkins headed to California to pursue his dream of becoming an art director for tech and biotech companies across the country.

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Life Interrupted

These were some of the themes explored through modern dance as Drury hosted a recent performance of “Life Interrupted” on campus. An original creation of Core Performance Company, a contemporary dance company based in Atlanta and Houston, “Life Interrupted” is inspired by the story of the internment camps set up by the U.S. government to hold Japanese- Americans in the days and years following the 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Performance: About This Issue

Performance is a broad term with an even broader definition. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary offers six definitions, ranging from “the execution of an action,” to “the fulfillment of a claim.” Drury’s students, alumni, faculty and staff perform on a daily basis in rather diverse arenas; athletes perform in competition, actors and actresses perform on a stage, and chemists perform in the lab. Drury University is dedicated to the liberation and exploration of the mind and spirit of the Drury family, encouraging powerful and meaningful performance in the classroom, workplace and community.

In this issue, we take a look at how Drury defines “Performance” through the diverse experiences of alumni, current students, faculty and staff from all walks of life. Each individual embodies the mission and spirit of Drury University, and we are excited to share and celebrate their passions.


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