Architecture students to present vision for C-Street development

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 8, 2017 — Drury University architecture students will present their vision for redesigning and revitalizing Springfield’s historic Commercial Street district to C-Street stakeholders and members of the community next week. Presentations will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Drury On C-Street Gallery. The event is open to the public.

The presentations come at the conclusion of a semester of research and preparation by Hammons School of Architecture students. Nine students were involved in redesigning different aspects of the area through the Center for Community Studies. The Center allows students to gain hands-on experience outside the classroom by working with community members on diverse design and planning problems.

Some of the ideas put forth in the vision for Commercial Street include a year-round multi-purpose event pavilion at the C-Street Plaza, a rooftop event and observation area adjoining the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, and scenic archway entrances located at either end of the district. Students also reimagined how alleyways like Blaine Street and Frisco Lane might be put to better use.

The goal of the redesign is to further develop Commercial Street into an economically thriving place for community activity and socialization throughout the year. Though the projects are only ideas for now, members of the Commercial Street Community Improvement District and Commercial Club hope that funding can be found to make the improvements a reality.


Media Contact: Jay Garrot, Professor of architecture; director of the Center for Community Studies: (417) 873-7371 or

Drury University now enrolling for new four-week winter term

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 30, 2017 — Drury University is offering a new slate of online courses during the winter term for students who want to use the traditional break between semesters to advance their studies.

Classes in the new four-week winter term format begin on Monday, Dec. 18 and run through Jan. 12. The nine courses offered are general education classes that include history, psychology, religion and sociology, and vary from one to three credit hours. All of the classes are entirely online with the exception of a Personal Wellness course that will meet in-person during the final week of the term.

Winter term courses are designed to help motivated students get ahead in the pursuit of their graduation goals. These general education credits are transferable, making it easy for students who attend other colleges and universities – as well as high school students – to take advantage of the term in order to get ahead.

The final day to enroll is Wednesday, Dec. 20. A full list of courses and enrollment information is available online at:

For more information, call Academic Affairs Support Services at (417) 873-7373.


Scholarships available for top American Legion oratorical program participants

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 20, 2017 — Drury University is offering a new scholarship program for Missouri students who participate at the highest levels of the American Legion High School Oratorical Program.

Students who place in the Top 2 at the Zone level will be eligible to receive, at minimum, a $13,000 American Legion Oratorical Scholarship to Drury University. The zone level is the final round before the statewide competition level; there are four zones in Missouri. Students compete at the high school, county, and district levels before moving to the zone level.

Since 1938, the American Legion High School Oratorical Program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government.

“Drury is excited to partner with the American Legion to provide this scholarship opportunity for students,” says Kevin Kropf, executive vice president of enrollment management. “Our liberal arts tradition, and the fact that our debate team won a national title last year, makes Drury an excellent match for the kinds of students who do well in the American Legion Oratorical Program.”

Recipients must be eligible for admission to Drury University and admitted to the residential day school. The new Drury scholarship would replace any academic scholarships a student receives, unless the academic award is greater, at which point an additional $1,000 scholarship would be added for oratorical excellence. Students who receive a Drury American Legion Oratorical Scholarship are eligible to apply for debate scholarships at Drury as well. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years provided the student maintains good academic standing at Drury.

For more information or to apply to Drury, visit:


Contact: Kevin Kropf, Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management – (417) 873-7524 or

Drury International Student Association hosts Thanksgiving Dinner event

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 17, 2017 — Few holiday traditions are as iconically American as Thanksgiving dinner. But for students who are visiting America from other countries, this tradition can present an unexpected cultural gap.

“A lot of international students come here with no idea what Thanksgiving is,” says Manuel Meyer, an international student from Ghana and President of Drury University’s International Student Association.

Each year, the association hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner event with the purpose of introducing Drury’s international student population to this important American tradition. This year’s event takes place at 5:30 p.m. this evening, in the Hoblit Suite of Drury’s Freeman Panhellenic Hall (campus map).

The dinner includes turkey, potatoes, pies, and other traditional Thanksgiving foods. All students are invited to attend, and ISA members hope that the experience will lead to new relationships and lasting connections among students from around the world and here at home.

“It really bridges the gap between internationals and Americans,” says Meyer. “That’s what I see as the most important part of it.”

During the dinner, students are given the opportunity to stand up and express what they are thankful for. For some participants, the moment itself is a reason to be grateful.

“It reminds us to be thankful for the opportunity to be here in America in the first place,” says Velona Tawfik, a sophomore from Egypt. “Not a lot of people have the opportunity to travel half way across the world to come and study America.”

Madeline Smith, a Vice President of Drury’s ISA, believes that American students can gain as much from the event as their peers from other countries.

“When you hear people go around the table and say the things they are thankful for you realize that it is not really exclusive,” Smith says. “Anyone can be a part of this American tradition because everyone understands that idea of having thanks for the things that they have in their lives.”


Architecture trip offers glimpse of the past, window to the future

Touring the streets of an unfamiliar metropolitan city is not everyday coursework for most students. But it was the experience for a group of Drury architecture students who recently returned from a four-day trip to Chicago this fall.

Bruce Moore is a professor at Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture and one of the instructors for ARCH 315, a design studio class for third-year architecture students. The class takes a field trip like this once every year, an experience Moore believes is essential to students’ education.

“Imagery is valuable,” he says, “but actually going into the buildings, touching the buildings, experiencing them as they feel, is just not the same as looking at pictures. You can describe it all you want to but going is something else.”

The class took the opportunity to tour many of Chicago’s well-known buildings and urban areas, including a walking tour downtown.

“Chicago is like a museum of architecture,” Moore says. “In one morning we were able to walk the history of architecture.”

Students will take the knowledge they gained and apply it to projects that they are working on in class. But the trip was about more than just witnessing examples of good architecture; it also provided students with a valuable peek into the lives of contemporary architects. The class paid visits to two different Chicago architecture firms, including an office tour at Perkins + Will, one of the top-ranking firms in the world.

“The visits gave me some new perspectives on things I haven’t thought about before,” says Drury architecture student Connor Stokes. “It’s much more of a team environment rather than just individual projects.”

At the second firm, Tilton, Kelly + Bell, students were even able to meet with an alum of the Hammons School of Architecture, Tiara Hughes.

“These days just about everywhere we go there are alumni in the area,” Moore says. He finds alumni are always more than happy to share their experience with current students, and Hughes was no exception.

“Tiara talked about the firm and spent a long time interacting with students about what it’s like to get out of school and get started working,” Moore says.

Students left the visits with valuable networking connections they can carry with them into the future.

“It’s definitely a good relationship builder,” says Stokes. “I know a few of our students from our third-year class are thinking about interning at a couple of the firms we visited.”

Moore believes that few other cities could allow for this kind of learning experience.

“To see all that work that is theoretical and academic work done by professionals who are exploring the fringes of architecture, pushing architecture into new areas – you can’t see that just anywhere.”

Story by Bryan Haynes, Office of Marketing & Communications graduate assistant


Drury, SBU smash previous fundraising totals in Catfight Giving Challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 15, 2017 — Alumni and friends of Drury and Southwest Baptist universities raised a total of $191,941.11 for student scholarships and financial aid during the fourth annual Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge. Each school raised much more than in previous years. SBU came out ahead of Drury, raising $108,956 compared to $82,985.11. The Bank of Bolivar contributed a combined $3,000 to the challenge.

“The real winners are the Drury and SBU students who will benefit from the record-breaking amount the two schools raised through the giving challenge,” says Wayne Chipman, executive vice president for university advancement at Drury. “Together, we raised more this year than the past three years combined. In the end, we are proud to celebrate the great generosity shown and benefits realized from this event by our two universities.”

The fundraising event has become an annual challenge adding to the longstanding on-court rivalry between the Panther and Bearcat basketball teams. The schools sought to raise $13,000 each over the 13 days leading up to game. The final push for donations took place during Tuesday’s Catfight double-header at SBU.

“This event continues to grow and has become a hallmark of the annual basketball game,” said Dr. Tim Cloyd, President at Drury University, “This exciting challenge helps both schools benefit in serving our students.”

Funds raised will support the Annual Drury Experience Fund that ensures scholarships and financial aid for Drury’s growing enrollment that requires more financial aid and has a stronger academic aptitude than ever before.


Drury & Student Veterans of America to hold Veterans Day ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 8, 2017 — Drury University and the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America will hold a public Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Plaster Gallery in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

U.S. Air Force veteran Colonel Anthony W. Willis will appear as guest speaker for the event. Willis is a 1988 graduate of the Air Force Academy with an over 20-year career of service. He most recently served as Command Senior Intelligence Officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he was responsible for the command’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations.

University Chaplain Dr. Peter Browning will offer the invocation and Emma Velasquez, president of the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. There will also be several musical performances by the Springfield Symphony Brass Quintet.

Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony. Visitor parking is available in Lot 7 on Summit Avenue, just north of Harrison Stadium. For more information, call, (417) 873-6908.

Drury’s tradition of serving those who have served our country dates back to the days following World War II, when buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. The Veterans Day ceremony caps off a series of events honoring veterans this summer and fall, including the Veteran’s Views exhibit in partnership with the Springfield Art Museum, which runs through Nov. 26.


Media Contact: Mike Barnes – Drury SVA chapter advisor: (417) 873-6369 or

Catfight Giving Challenge raises money for student scholarships, financial aid

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 7, 2017 — Drury University is gearing up to take on Southwest Baptist University in the highly anticipated annual Highway 13 Catfight basketball game on Nov. 14. The rivalry goes beyond the basketball court again this year as both universities compete in the Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge, an annual fundraising competition. Last year, Drury won the Catfight Giving Challenge by raising $78,343.

The Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge concludes at the end of halftime of the Drury vs. SBU men’s basketball game that evening, where the winner will be announced.

Donations to the Catfight challenge will support Drury student scholarships and financial aid as a part of the Annual Drury Experience Fund, filling an essential need for Drury students. Support provided by the Annual Drury Experience Fund is more important than ever, as this year’s incoming freshman class has the highest average ACT score and largest financial need seen in recent years.

“The Annual Drury Experience Fund has an invaluable impact on the lives of students as no student pays the entire cost of a Drury education. Generosity of alumni, parents, and friends make the Drury experience possible during this exciting time,” said Wayne Chipman, Executive Vice President for University Advancement.

Drury supporters can help boost the university to victory by making a gift at Alumni and friends are encouraged to make their gift and encourage friends and classmates to donate through the duration of the challenge.

All donations to the Catfight Challenge must be received by Drury before halftime of the men’s basketball game on Nov. 14 in order to count as part of the competition.


Drury University unveils campus master plan as a bold vision for future growth

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 6, 2017 — After months of work with renowned architecture and urban design firm Cooper Robertson, Drury University has completed a new campus master plan that will guide the school’s physical evolution for decades to come, and build on the success of recent growth in enrollment, academic programming, and alumni engagement.

The small, private liberal arts school based in Springfield, Missouri, is making strategic moves to address the needs of today’s students in a rapidly changing world, and set itself apart in the competitive landscape of American higher education. The strategies are being laid out by second-year president Dr. Tim Cloyd, who spearheaded gains in national visibility, enrollment, and fundraising in 13 years as president of Hendrix College in Arkansas, which is now a top national liberal arts school.

Vision for a new residential quad in the north end of campus.

Drury’s master plan was crafted with extensive input from the Drury and Springfield communities, starting with a week-long charrette in April and continuing throughout 2017. The master planning process has taken place in parallel with a wide-ranging study of Drury’s academic offerings as well as plans for a comprehensive capital campaign. These strategic priorities will inform each other in the coming years as Drury moves to raise its regional and national profile.

“Drury’s new master plan provides an essential, visionary framework to anticipate and accommodate our campus needs over the next 25 to 30 years,” says Cloyd. It is inspired by Drury’s rich legacy, but designed to carry our mission forward deep into the 21st century.”

Drury chose New York-based Cooper Robertson to develop its master plan because of the firm’s extensive experience working with higher education institutions including Ohio State, the University of North Carolina, Yale, Georgetown and Duke University. The firm’s most recent project in the Midwest is a redesign of the Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center in St. Louis.

“A good master plan envisions a fabric of buildings, open space and landscape that are knitted together in a cohesive, legible, attractive — and memorable — way,” says John Kirk, partner and principal architect with Cooper Robertson. “Drury’s master plan is ambitious but fully achievable, and I have great confidence in the ability of the leadership and community to make it happen.”

Some of the guiding principles of the plan include:

  • Establish a hierarchy of open spaces ranging from the iconic to the intimate.
  • Create two new precincts that anchor the north and south ends of campus: a residential precinct to the north, and a design and innovation precinct to the south, connected by Drury Lane.
  • Make great streets, and articulate each major intersection as a “node” with hardscape, landscape, wayfinding, and architecture.
  • Strengthen Drury’s borders with distinctive thresholds and entrances, yet maintain an open nature toward the surrounding Midtown neighborhood.
  • Imbue Drury with distinctive character through architectural interventions including a hierarchy of gateways, bridges and towers.

Some of the specific proposals to achieve these goals include:

  • Transform Drury Lane into the iconic heart of campus by closing it to traffic north of Central Street and remaking it as a pedestrian mall.
  • Build a new, state-of-the-art student center that would connect to Olin Library via a gothic, archway-lined bridge spanning across Drury Lane.
  • Create a new residential quad in the north end of campus, bordered in part by several new small-scale residence halls resembling large houses with common spaces to congregate, study and work.
  • Build new classroom buildings in several currently open spaces south of Central Street, creating a design and innovation precinct that strengthens and promotes Drury’s interdisciplinary academic nature and liberal arts mission.
  • Narrow Central Street from Benton to Summit, thereby making it far more pedestrian- and bike-friendly, and re-imagining it as a linear park that tells the history of Drury and Springfield.
  • Consolidate athletics and school spirit on the main campus and its immediate periphery.

“Drury is dreaming big with this master plan,” says David Hinson, executive vice president, COO and CIO. “We engaged a best-in-class design firm in Cooper Robertson to guide us… and they delivered in spades. The engagement that our Drury community exhibited in this process, shines through in the final product. This is a vision that truly reflects this institution.”

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Summit in Monett will introduce Drury students to aspects of leadership

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 6, 2017 — Drury University’s Monett campus will host its sixth annual Leadership Summit on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monett City Park Casino building. The summit is the culmination of a semester-long project by Adjunct Professor Joel Thomas’ leadership class, which organized every aspect of the event.

The event will feature a panel of prominent southwest Missouri business people and public figures, including David Foss, president and CEO of Jack Henry & Associates; Aaron Jones, chief of staff at Drury University; Donna Becket, vice president and COO of Community National Bank; and Laura Kelly, senior vice president and chief product officer of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Members of the panel will discuss leadership strategies and share their personal success stories.

“We are all very excited about the leaders these students have invited to present at this year’s Leadership Summit,” says Thomas, M.A., ’12, “This is a great project for these students to get some real-life work experience in coordinating an event such as this. I am so proud of what they have accomplished in just a few short months. It not only brings our students together, but our community as well.”

Thomas’ leadership class included a handful of students in Drury’s Somos program, which provides support, training, mentoring and academic counseling to family members of migrant or seasonal agricultural workers.                                                                                                                     

“As our class project, it has been a lot of fun coordinating the event with this year’s presenters and promoting it with local businesses, including advertising through the newspaper and recording a 30-second radio commercial,” says Drury student Isel Trujillo. “It has been an overall great learning experience. We are anxious for the opportunity to meet this year’s leaders and ask them questions about what brought them to where they are today.”

For more information about the CCPS Monett campus:


Media Contact: Greg Katski, Director of Marketing, College of Continuing Professional Studies – (417) 873-7317 or