Alumni and Friends’ generosity through the years
Drury alumni and the Springfield community have stepped up numerous times to give to Drury and support the needs of its students. Each time these generous donors have given their money, time, and talents to Drury, their generosity has been greatly appreciated and has enhanced the campus experience for all.
Throughout the years, the alumni of Drury fraternities have been greatly involved with supporting current and past chapter houses on campus. These fraternity men worked together and executed intense fundraising campaigns in order to house their collegiate fraternity brothers. Several years ago, the sorority alumnae stepped forward to plan and fund the Panhellenic building utilized by collegiate sorority members and other campus groups.
The clock of Stone Chapel had been out of service and the bells silent when an alumnus provided the funds to repair them. The elevator of Stone Chapel was provided by an alumna who felt that the building should have better and safer access. Now, more people can attend events and performances held the historic Chapel. During the elevator installation, an alumna provided a gift to remodel the Chapel, including the installation of air conditioning. Now, Drury alumni and friends can enjoy summer weddings without the summer heat ruining their special day.
Drury is not only supported by those with immediate ties to the professors, classes, and buildings. The citizens of Springfield have provided improvements on campus for students. In the early 1900s, the second floor of Springfield Hall was a gymnasium that was funded by the community of Springfield.
Alumni and friends continue to invest in Drury through various projects: the most recent is the Rose O’Neill House restoration. The Rose O’Neill house will be dedicated on October 25th.
Article written by Katie Felkel and edited by Megan Waterman (current students)