The Advocate

Irene Lawson Sterling ’69, grew up in Branchville, a rural corner of New Jersey where, she says, “There were more cows than people.” But a course in urban ministry at the Drew Theological School, taught by the late theologian Nelle K. Morton, took Sterling into the streets of Paterson and changed her life forever. Sterling […]

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Tragedy (and Triumph) in DoYo

On Sunday, May 5, Drew achieved a milestone: the very first opera production in our Concert Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community participants in the Choral & Vocal Studies program performed Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the tragic love story of the Queen of Carthage and the legendary founder of ancient Rome. This production seems […]

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Upon Reflection

“It wasn’t until years after I graduated that I really came to appreciate what an incredible place Drew is,” reflects Rob Potanovich ’97. Looking back, he is especially grateful for the small, highly interactive classes that are the norm at Drew. “You couldn’t hide in that situation. You were expected to participate in discussions and […]

A Word From Christopher J. Anderson

Methodist Librarian and Coordinator of Special Collections, Drew University Library In September 1982 several large moving trucks arrived at Drew University from Lake Junaluska, N.C. They brought a special delivery for the recently constructed United Methodist Archives and History Center: several hundred boxes of objects and records related to the history of Methodism dating to […]

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Civics Lesson

On May 18, the first class of Civic Scholars will graduate from Drew. These pioneering undergraduates started the academic year following the fall 2008 launch of Drew’s Center for Civic Engagement. Along the way they have held internships at nonprofits and government agencies, each contributed 100 hours of community service per semester, participated in leadership […]

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99, 98 and Counting

On the night of February 9, Facebook and Twitter accounts were lit up with posts that the Class of 2013 had started something new at Drew: they were marking 98 nights until graduation day. The traditional “99 Nights” celebration, originally scheduled for February 8, had to be postponed by one day because a blizzard shut […]

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The Tenacious Litigator

J.B. Harris ’81 took on big tobacco for a minister who’d lost a lung to cancer—and won. There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into the neck of an opponent and not letting go, says J.B. Harris ’81. The defense team for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company learned that last year, when Harris, a personal […]

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A Word from Jason Bishop

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral & Vocal Studies Though a newcomer to the Drew faculty as of August 2012, I’m proud to join the chorus of voices commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Dorothy Young Center for Arts this spring. As many times as I have passed through the rotunda on my […]

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A Word From Rosemary McLaughlin

Professor and Chair, Theatre and Dance Department We wore hard hats and boots the first time we entered the DoYo, trying to avoid stepping on nails or slipping in mud as we explored this skeletal work-in-progress resembling some Constructivist set by Meyerhold. For years, we had dreamed about a bigger, better place for the Theatre […]

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People Caring about People

In March 1995, two dozen intrepid Drew students decided to spend their well-deserved spring break helping needy children in Honduras.  They found their way to El Hogar de Amor y Esperenza, a home for abandoned and orphaned boys, where they painted the schoolhouse and doted on the children.  They volunteered at Nuestras Pequeñas Rosas, one […]

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