James & Marilyn Bogle Buchholz ’57/’62
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jim and Marilyn Bogle Buchholz ’57/’62 have accomplished many things in the 55 years they’ve been together. The two met at Drury and have shared a lifetime of adventures.
Jim came to Drury in 1953, majoring in political science and religion. He pursued graduate work at the University of Chicago before returning to Drury as the University’s business manager.
Marilyn graduated with majors in speech and education, as well as minors in English and biology. At Drury, she was active in debate, Drury Lane Troupers, and Religious Life Council, among others. After earning her degree, she coached debate, and taught high school speech and biology in Neosho, Missouri.
Drury was just the beginning of Jim’s financial management career. The summer after Marilyn graduated, he took a job at Ripon College in Wisconsin, while Marilyn substituted at the high school in Ripon.
After Ripon, Jim served at the University of Chattanooga in Tennessee and was soon called to the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of establishing the National Center for Higher Education. After two years on the American Council on Education, Jim became vice president of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York before returning to Missouri where Jim served as the Vice President of the University of Missouri.
In 1988, Jim Buchholz and Jon Prime founded Prime-Buchholz and Associates Inc, an independent financial firm in New Hampshire. Though the firm started in a small office, it has grown into one of the nation’s leading investment consulting firms with branches in Portsmouth, Boston and Atlanta. Each year Prime-Buchholz advises hundreds of clients totaling over $55 billion in assets.
Jim had just founded Prime-Buchholz when he was asked to come back to Drury as the Vice President of Administration, where Jim served for seven years. When he retired from Drury, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University.
Throughout their lives, the couple has been involved on Drury’s campus. From 1981 to 1986, Jim was a member of the Board of Trustees. Marilyn has been involved with Drury Women’s Auxiliary since 1982, serving as its program chair and president. In 2005, Marilyn was asked to be on the advisory board for the department of philosophy and religion. Today, both the Buchholzes serve on the board. The two are also members of Drury’s Loyalty Society for their ongoing financial support.
This year, Jim and Marilyn are the recipients of Drury’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Dr. Thomas W. Lynch ’65 University Engagement Award
Dr. Thomas W. Lynch graduated from Drury in 1965 with majors in biology and chemistry. After graduating from Drury, Lynch attended the University of Missouri Medical School in Columbia. He received his medical degree in 1969 and served as the vice president of his senior class before taking an internship with the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, and later pursuing his residency in dermatology at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. In 1973, Lynch finished his residency at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He later accepted a position as a staff dermatologist at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, serving there until 1975, while also serving as a major in the United States Army Reserve. His community service includes work with Boy Scouts of America, Lambda Chi Alpha, Make Today Count, and the alumni board of University of Missouri Medical School. He also served as a drug control crew chief for U.S. Olympic Committee, and is currently a board member for the AIDS Project of the Ozarks. Lynch is also on the board of Springfield Little Theatre and the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame. Additionally, he is a member of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Lynch became a member of Drury’s Board of Trustees in 1986, serving until 2018. In May of 2018, Lynch was selected to be an Emeritus Trustee. Throughout his years on the Board, Lynch served on committees for athletics, academic affairs, development, and the executive committee.
Thomas Stevens ’59 Community Service Award
Thomas Stevens ’59 proudly served his country 68 years ago in the Korean War. His efforts with the National Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) have helped to honor those who served in what has been called the “Forgotten War.”
During his service in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, he completed 27 combat missions as a tail gunner on a B-29.
After being honorably discharged in April of 1955, Stevens attended Drury under the GI Bill of Rights, graduating with degrees in economics and psychology in 1959.
Stevens worked for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. (now AT&T) for nearly 33 years before retiring as the District Personnel Manager for the State of Missouri in 1991. Life did not slow down for Stevens after retirement. In his residence of Overland Park, Kansas, he established the area’s chapter of the National Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA).
While Stevens remains the president of the KWVA’s Kansas Chapter #181, he was also elected president of the National KWVA in June of 2016.
Stevens has also had the pleasure of participating in several Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the Arlington National Cemetery’s Veterans Day ceremony, and placing wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the current vice president of the United States, Michael Pence, and the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in.
His role as the former national president has helped him assist Korean War veterans across the United States. Stevens has aided numerous veterans with problems ranging from issues with receiving VA benefits to corrections to personal military records.
While his term as president of the National KWVA ended in June 2018, Stevens continues to impact his community. He volunteers at the St. Joseph Medical Center, Hawthorne Place Home Association and United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. As for the National KWVA, his new role will be as a senior advisor to the president. At the age of 85, Thomas Stevens continues to touch the lives of those he encounters as he honors the sacrifices of those who served in the Korean War.
Dr. Bruce Callen
Faculty Appreciation Award
Since his arrival in 1991, Dr. Bruce Callen has taught a variety of classes, led research projects and helped innovate Drury’s math and science curriculum.
As a student at Carleton College, Callen knew he wanted to teach physics at the collegiate level one day. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. After obtaining his Ph.D., Callen followed his interests to the University of Illinois, where he spent the next three years developing ways to monitor international treaties and remedy nuclear testing before coming to Drury in 1991.
Like many Drury faculty members, Callen has worn multiple hats throughout his career. He served as the chair of the physics department, and is currently the associate vice president of academic affairs for academic operations. In this role, he and others across campus focus on student success. Next year, Callen will continue in his role in the Office of Academic Affairs and begin teaching remotely.
Dr. Callen has made a difference in the lives of numerous students through teaching, advising, and working with others to create the best Drury experience possible. For this reason and many more, Dr. Bruce Callen has been presented with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Faculty Appreciation.
Dwayne Holden ’64 Career Achievement Award
In 1977, Dwayne Holden ’64 established a small, Springfield-based business that has since become an internationally recognized custom fabricator. With offices in the Netherlands and Australia, Springfield’s own Custom Metalcraft, Inc. creates special equipment for companies all over the world.
Holden graduated from Drury in 1964 with a degree in business administration. “I always had a desire to be in business for myself. That is why I achieved a business degree. That was my passion,” he said.
Once he stepped off Drury’s campus, he joined the Paul Mueller Company as an account manager for the beverage division, serving for seven years before becoming a general sales manager with the Letsch Corporation.
When Holden later partnered with Jerry Cowen to create Custom Metalcraft, the company had three employees, Holden and Cowen included. Custom Metalcraft began by designing conveyers for tycoons in the food industry. Holden established his business as one of excellence and high-quality, even though it was a small operation. For example, Custom Metalcraft was approved for fabrication from Anheuser-Busch when the company only had five employees.
As business boomed, the company continued to grow. In 1983, Custom Metalcraft expanded to produce Tran- Store portable tanks for holding liquid, eventually becoming one of the largest portable tank fabricators in the United States. Custom Metalcraft serves major corporations like Anheuser-Busch, Mars, Monsanto, Tyson, Conagra, Aconex, and The Boeing Company.
Holden is a Shrine Jester and a Rotarian, and has been involved with organizations such as the Child Advocacy Center, the Park Central Arts Board, as well as events like the American Cancer Society’s “Cattle Baron’s Ball” and the Price Cutter Charity Championship Tournament. Holden and his family host an annual black-tie Christmas party to raise money for children’s charities, raising more than $80,000.
In 2013, Holden was honored with the Missourian Award. He also received the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award from the Missouri Association of Manufacturers in 2015, while Custom Metalcraft, Inc. was named the 2015 Exporter of the Year. For all he has accomplished within his career, Dwayne Holden is the recipient of Drury’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement.
Dr. Meg Myers Morgan ’05 Young Alumni Award
Morgan’s interest in nonprofits has developed into a successful career as a university professor, public speaker, author, and career coach. Morgan graduated from Drury in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in English, creative writing, and public relations. She began her career in the marketing department of the
United Way of Tulsa, where she organized charity events and communications for the second largest United Way chapter in the country before earning a Master of Science in public administration at the
University of Oklahoma’s Tulsa campus. After three years at United Way, she decided to take a position as a graduate assistant researcher at the University of Oklahoma (OU), where she received her Ph.D. in 2013. One year later, Morgan was hired as the first assistant professor completely devoted to the MPA program at OU-Tulsa. Morgan currently serves as the director of the Public Administration/Nonprofit Management program, co-director of the OU Center for Community Engagement, and director of the graduate certificate in nonprofit management at OU. Morgan is the author of two books. Her self-published collection of humorous essays, Harebrained: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, won the gold medal in humor from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2016. She described her second book, Everything is Negotiable: The 5 Tactics to Get What You Want in Work, Love, and Life, as an advice book that strives to help people, particularly women, “navigate home life and work life.”
After the success of Morgan’s first book, she was offered a TEDx Talk for TEDxOU. Her talk, “Negotiating For Your Life,” sparked her profession as a public speaker and professional development coach. Morgan helps organizations train their leadership teams as well as their individual executives. In her community, Morgan supports women’s rights and social justice. She served as the grants chair, and then as a trustee of the Tulsa Young Professionals Foundation, which provides grants to young professionals with ideas for city improvements. She was also appointed to the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Currently, she is the president of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Tulsa. Though no longer affiliated with a religion, the YWCA works to “eliminate racism and empower women, “according to Morgan.
Alumni Council Update
We know that many of you have devoted your time and talents to Drury this year and in previous years. Thank you for serving as a volunteer for Drury University. Your work helps empower students, engage alumni, and support important initiatives. We are pleased to share this important announcement related to volunteer roles at Drury, which will directly impact you as we go beyond together. Alumni Council has formed a Volunteer Engagement Committee, which will focus on supporting our alumni volunteers and building a sustainable foundation for the future. Our Alumni Council Volunteer Engagement Committee will work closely with the Drury University Advancement Office, especially the Alumni Relations team, as we build the resources our volunteers need, improve accountability and training for all volunteer roles, and best support Drury through these essential volunteer opportunities. As we continue to research, discuss, and develop the plans and resources, you may notice changes in communication flow. We encourage you to contact the Alumni Relations team for support in this time of valuable transition.
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