Drew’s Top 20 Stories of 2017
Winning a championship, finding a Rodin and lowering tuition.
December 2017 – During 2017, Drew University earned international and national recognition, won a soccer championship, celebrated the art sleuthing of an intrepid graduate and addressed the rising cost of higher education. Here’s a look at the top 20 stories of the year.
20. International Flavor
Drew is nationally ranked by the Institute of International Education for enrolling international students and undergraduate participation in study abroad programs.
19. Future Focused
For the second straight time, The Princeton Review features the university in its highly selective guide, Colleges That Create Futures.
18. A Timely Gift
The bright, cozy lounge leading to The Commons is named after former trustee Joseph B. Baker C’69 for him generously supporting the renovation of the campus’ largest dining hall.
17. Super Seminarians
The Theological School honors dozens of students and professors with awards recognizing outstanding achievement.
Three science students earn entrance into a selective dual-degree engineering program at Columbia University, including chemistry major Jed-Joan Edziah.
15. Get Up, Stand Up
In a rousing address at Commencement, the Rev. Dr. William Barber II T’03 urges graduates to “stand up for what is right against what is wrong.”
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson debunks myths about the moon, Pluto, body heat and the fate of the earth during a packed Drew Forum talk at Simon Forum.
13. Academic Excellence
Sixty-six awards are bestowed to 92 students at a College of Liberal Arts ceremony.
12. Luce Fellow
Theological School Professor Catherine Keller becomes one of just six who earn a Henry Luce III fellowship in theology.
11. Off You Go
Members of the Class of 2017 are off to pursue degrees in law, medicine, social work and math, including accomplished Civic Scholar Saif Yasin.
The 371 men and women in the Class of 2021 have a wide range of passions, include theatre, political science, sports and history.
9. Public Theology
A new Public Theology Initiative led by Dean Javier Viera and Professor Nancy Lynne Westfield (above) takes flight with a $250,000 grant from the Luce Fund for Theological Education.
The love stories that began in The Forest include one about the union of 2004 graduates Laura Maxfield and Jordan Smith.
7. High Marks
Drew’s theatre program rises to No. 5 in the U.S. in The Princeton Review’s latest rankings, which also rates the school eight best in race/class interaction.
6. Star Speakers
The latest lineup of Drew Forum speakers is studded with the likes of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, former Vice President Joe Biden and satirist Samantha Bee.
5. More Accolades
The university shines nationally in rankings from Times Higher Education, Washington Monthly and Fiske.
4. Inside Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton biographer and Drew Forum guest Ron Chernow reflects on the man and the musical, including his role as a historical advisor to playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda.
3. Landmark Season
The men’s soccer team experiences its best year ever, going undefeated in the regular season, winning a Landmark Conference championship and reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
2. Finding Rodin
Mallory Mortillaro C’12, G’15 creates an international sensation when—as a part-time cataloguer for the Hartley Dodge Foundation—she identifies and authenticates an Auguste Rodin sculpture of Napoleon Bonaparte hiding in plain sight in Madison Borough Hall. President MaryAnn Baenninger is among the well-wishers at a foundation celebration at the hall.
1. Tuition Clarity
Drew addresses the rising cost of higher education by lowering its tuition by 20 percent. The reset makes the school’s true value more clear to more families and narrows the gap between its “sticker price” and what many families pay after financial aid.