From Trash to Treasure: panel will highlight economic value of waste

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2014 — The 5th Annual Ecopreneurship Panel will be held at Drury on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Co-sponsored by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and the Environmental Sciences Department at Drury, the annual event spotlights trends in the job market and global community. This year’s theme is “From Trash to Treasure” and features speakers Dr. Don Rollins and Luke Westerman. The two entrepreneurs will describe joining the green economy with businesses that use waste to create value.

The program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29, at Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center. The Center is located on Drury Lane just north of Chestnut Expressway. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available.

Registration is FREE for Drury students, and $15 for the public. Register by email at tammy@drury.edu, or call (417) 873-6357 for more information.

About the panelists

Dr. Don Rollins’ career as a veterinarian began in Mountain Grove. He relocated to Springfield in 1976 and assumed the position of Technical Veterinary Advisor to the milk marketing cooperative Mid-American Dairymen, Inc. From 1995 to 2009, he owned and operated Animal Health and Nutrition Services, LLC, providing large dairies and feedlots with field research and the development of value-added products using recovered resources from manufacturing byproducts and food processing plants. He retired in 2009. Dr. Rollins is a member of Drury’s Breech School of Business Administration Advisory Board.

Luke Westerman is the co-owner and general manager of Computer Recycling Center in Springfield. The Center is committed to providing a secure, responsible way for businesses and individuals to dispose of and recycle their unwanted electronic devices, appliances and universal waste. Luke and his team have improved the processes and expanded services at Computer Recycling Center, where 99 percent of the materials brought in are recycled. Luke earned a BA in Physics and an MBA from Drury University. He worked at Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. in a variety of positions, eventually becoming Director of Quality Assurance. Luke is active in the Springfield community, serving on the United Way, Rotary and other boards of directors.

Media Contact: Dr. Kelley Still, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, (417) 873-7458 or kstill@drury.edu.

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Tickets for annual Christmas Vespers performance available on Nov. 7

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2014 — Fans of Christmas traditions will want to mark two upcoming dates on their calendars. Tickets for Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers choral concert will become available in two weeks, beginning Friday, Nov. 7. Due to high demand in recent years, there will again be two Vespers performances this year at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 in Stone Chapel.

Vespers candles

Tickets will be available via the Drury website at www.drury.edu/music. Tickets are free of charge; however, there is a limit of four per order. Tickets must be ordered online and cannot be reserved by phone. Guests will need to print their tickets and bring them to the concert for admission. In-town guests are encouraged to attend the 7 p.m. performance; out-of-town guests, such as parents of Drury students, are encouraged to attend the 3 p.m. performance. Vespers is a celebration of classic carols such as “Silent Night” and “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” and has taken place at Drury for more than 60 years.

“Vespers is a wonderful opportunity for Drury to give something back to the community at this special time of year,” says Dr. Allin Sorenson, music department chair. “We are honored to be part of such a long standing and respected tradition.”

Doors will open 30 minutes before the performances and guests are encouraged to arrive early to get the best seats.

Video highlights from the 2013 Vespers performance can be viewed online. For more information regarding the event, call the Drury Music Department at (417) 873-7296.

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Drury students will lend a hand for Make A Difference Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2014 — Approximately 50 Drury University students will work on three community projects this Saturday, Oct. 25 during Make A Difference Day, the country’s largest nationally recognized day of service. DU students will join millions of others around America in lending a helping hand to improve the lives of others.

Additionally, as part of Make A Difference Day, Drury students have collected more than 1,000 pairs of shoes to contribute to Stomp Out Hunger. Drury joins Missouri State University, Evangel, OTC and SBU in this annual shoe drive. On the final day of the drive today, Drury won the Golden Boot Award for collecting the most shoes per capita amongst the five local colleges.

At Drury, Make a Difference Day is called the President’s Day of Service, and President David Manuel and First Lady Betty Coe Manuel will be working alongside Drury students at two project sites.

Dr. Manuel and about 15 students will be painting red Christmas kettles for the Salvation Army from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Harbor House, 636 N. Boonville Ave. The Harbor House is a shelter and rehabilitation facility for homeless men. Some of the Harbor House residents will also be painting kettles. The media contact for this event is Emily Journagan, public relations and events coordinator for the Salvation Army, (417) 763-1357.

The other two projects are:

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K – Betty Coe Manuel and DU students will assist organizers along the route and support runners and walkers during the race. The event takes places from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Jordan Valley Park. Mrs. Manuel will join the Harbor House team after the race.

Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park Fall Fest – Students will assist with children’s activities from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The farm park is located at 3825 W Farm Road 146.

“Being a part of the largest national day of service is exciting and the students truly enjoy opportunities to engage in the Springfield community,” says Courtney Swan, director of community outreach and leadership development. “The chance to serve alongside President and Mrs. Manuel makes the experience all the more meaningful.”

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Solar Decathlon team gearing up for 2015 national competition

Rising gas prices and climate change are hot-topic issues that are drawing attention to the need for alternative energy sources. Drury University and Crowder College hope to be a part of this energy solution — they are designing, building, and operating an off-the-grid home as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015 competition.

The Solar Decathlon is a “green” home building competition among colleges that apply and are selected by the Department of Energy. It is meant to educate students and the public about the benefits, affordability and availability of renewable energy.

Crowder approached Drury to join forces on the project last year. Crowder offers programs in renewable energy and competed in the Decathlon in 2002 and 2005. Recognizing the strength of Drury’s architecture program, the Crowder team thought both colleges could benefit from each other’s expertise in order to design a top-notch home. They’re now competing against teams from Yale, Vanderbilt and Missouri S&T, among others.

Members of the Solar Decathlon team examine plans for the project.

Members of the Solar Decathlon team examine plans for the project.

At Drury, this project has attracted about 50 students from architecture, communication, economics, finance, and other majors. This interdisciplinary approach is actually a requirement of the Decathlon, making Drury a great fit.

“I’m extremely excited to be involved in such an interdisciplinary project that allows me to utilize all the liberal arts informed skills I’ve picked up while studying at Drury,” said Alaa Al-Radwan, a fifth-year architecture student at Drury. “Seeing so many students from so many different areas of study come together to work on one project is a humbling experience.”

Students from both schools are working hard to design a one-of-a-kind, solar-powered home that exceeds the competition’s requirements in 10 categories. The home must run appliances and even power an electric car, produce as much or more energy than it uses, and remain cost-effective.

To set their project apart, the Drury/Crowder team has added another element to their project: storm resistance. Inspired by the devastation from the Joplin tornado, Drury/Crowder recognized the importance of providing relief shelter to individuals affected by natural disaster.

They call it ShelteR3, which is based on three R’s: respond, recover and resist. The home will require minimal assembly at the destination, provide a comfortable living space for families, and withstand high-speed winds. Drury and Crowder students want to use this competition to show how people can protect themselves from unpredictable storms and have an affordable, stylish home that runs “off the grid.”

“As the effects of climate change become more and more obvious, the necessity for alternate forms of energy is becoming a self-evident reality,” said Evan Melgren, a senior advertising and public relations major. “I’m proud to be a part of such a large competitio that works towards a solution.”

The Solar Decathlon will be held in Irvine, California in October 2015. For more information on the Solar Decathlon, visit www.solardecathlon.gov. For more information on Drury and Crowder’s project, visit shelter.drury.edu. If you would like to support the project with a gift or in-kind donation, contact Traci Sooter at (417) 873-7416.

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Story by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, English and Writing major at Drury. A version of this story originally ran in the Springfield News-Leader.

 

Artwork by Drury alumni from across the globe on exhibit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 15, 2013 — An art exhibit featuring works by six Drury alumni is now open for public viewing at the Pool Art Center through Oct 31. The exhibit, curated by Art Department Chair Todd Lowery, is titled “Drury/New York/San Francisco/Berlin” and showcases artists who got their start at Drury but are now based in major urban centers.

painting by Julie Feldman Algiere

Painting by Julie Feldman Algiere

The exhibition highlights a wide variety of media, including fiber sculpture/wall hangings, sheet foam sculptural wall pieces, paintings, and even microwave photograms.

Featured artists include Doug Johnston, Eric Clinton Anderson and Ben Bunch, all of whom live in New York; Ryan Thayer and Sarrita Hunn of Berlin; and Julie Feldman Algiere of San Francisco. Bunch graduated from Drury in 2000; Hunn in 2001; Johnston, Anderson and Thayer in 2002; and Algiere in 2007.

Fiber sculpture by Doug Johnson

Fiber sculpture by Doug Johnston

Theses artists’ works have been featured in major publications such as the The New York Times and Vogue, and have been displayed in galleries all over the world.

Pool Art Center is located at 940 N. Clay Ave. Regular hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday.

Media Contact: Todd Lowery – Chair, Department of Art & Art History | Office: (417) 873-6977 | Email: tlowery@drury.edu

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Livesay named 2014 Sherman Emerging Scholar

Dr. Dan Livesay, assistant history professor at Drury, has been named the Sherman Emerging Scholar for 2014. Livesay will travel to the University of North Carolina Wilmington in late October to deliver a public lecture about his research, speak in a graduate class and share his expertise with other scholars.

The Sherman Emerging Scholar award is a national award presented by UNC-Wilmington annually to a promising young scholar. It gives the winner a platform to discuss perspectives, research, concepts and approaches to modern issues and theories in history, politics and international affairs.

Dr. Daniel Livesay

Dr. Daniel Livesay

Livesay’s lecture, titled “Race and the Making of Family in the Atlantic World,” will relate his research about mixed-race families in the 18th century to modern day debates about race and family in the United States. Growing racial complexities and family belonging were important issues then as they are now.

“Because I was selected by a committee of historians working on lots of different periods of time and topics, it was very encouraging to discover that my particular research had something of a broad appeal,” Livesay says. “It’s also very exciting to present my work to a large group of people who know absolutely nothing about my area of expertise. As academics, we can sometimes feel that we are only talking to a very narrow group of people about our research, and so I’m thrilled that I can present it to people from all different walks of life and intellectual interests.”

In total, Livesay spent 10 years researching, writing, and revising his work, which is now in the process of being published in book form by UNC Press.

The Emerging Scholar Award comes at the heels of another honor – the National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” Fellowship in African American History – which allowed him to spend this past summer researching at the Rockefeller Library in Williamsburg, Va.

Livesay conducts most of his research during the academic breaks and focuses on teaching during the semesters, but he does devote some time in the mornings to continue researching throughout the school year. As a scholar and professor, Livesay says he inevitably finds documents and sources that he can use in his syllabus. He also incorporates some his own research and findings into the classroom.

“I think students get excited to see what their professors are experts in,” Livesay says. “They give good feedback and often show me something I hadn’t thought about before—they add a new perspective.”

Livesay received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in 2010 and came to Drury in 2012. He teaches courses on the history of early America, transatlantic slavery and indigenous people in the Americas.

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Story by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, English and writing major at Drury. A version of this story first appeared in the Springfield News-Leader.

Statewide gifted education conference at DU focuses on STEM – and more

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 14, 2014 — A statewide conference taking place on the Drury campus later this week will explore two parts of the educational spectrum that aren’t often discussed together – gifted education and learning disabilities.

The Gifted Association of Missouri (GAM) will hold its annual conference on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18 on the DU campus. The conference theme is “FULL STE²AM AHEAD.” Most people are familiar with the focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in today’s classrooms. The “STE²AM” theme adds two additional components. The first is “twice-exceptional” students who meet the eligibility requirements for both giftedness and learning disabilities (for example, a student may be delayed in language arts but advanced in mathematics). The second component is the arts.

The conference will take place in Lay Hall and the Findlay Student Center. For more information about the conference or to set up interviews, contact Mary Potthoff, director of Drury’s Center for Gifted Education, at (417) 873-7386 or mpotthof@drury.edu; or Robin Lady, executive vice president with GAM at (314) 203-1165 or robin.lady.gam@gmail.com.

About Drury’s Center for Gifted Education

Drury has been a national leader in providing education and enrichment programs for academically gifted students more than 30 years. The Drury Center for Gifted Education is the most complete center for gifted education in the state of Missouri and is one of less than 20 complete gifted education centers in the United States. Visit Drury.edu/giftededucation for more information.

About GAM

The Gifted Association of Missouri has actively supported the needs of high-ability and high-potential learners in Missouri since 1980. GAM provides teacher training, curriculum development, parent support, regional seminars and workshops, scholarships, student competitions and awards. For further information, visit: www.mogam.org.

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One-day conference will help Midwest nonprofits hone communication skills

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 8, 2014 — Hundreds of community leaders representing organizations from Missouri and seven surrounding states will gather Thursday, Oct.16, at Drury University for the 2014 Nonprofit Communication Conference.

The one-day annual conference, presented by the Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication, features training on a variety of topics including public relations, technology, crisis communication and fundraising. Representatives from many of Missouri’s largest health systems, universities, charitable and civic groups will be in attendance.

According to the IRS, there are more than 1,500 registered nonprofit organizations in Springfield – including many of the region’s top employers. A recent study by the Center revealed Springfield nonprofit organizations comprise more than 50 percent of the city’s total private workforce – almost 40,000 people daily.

The 2014 Nonprofit Conference will be held in the Breech School of Business on the Drury University campus. Conference cost is $40 per person, and includes lunch by Panera Bread and refreshments by Krispy Kreme. Registration is online at www.Drury.edu/Nonprofit.

Major conference sponsors include KPM Accountants, Panera Bread and Traders Printing.

For more information, contact conference organizer Dan Prater at (417) 873-7443 or via email at dprater@drury.edu.

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Daughter follows in dad’s footsteps into the Breech MBA program

Sometimes it’s tough to live up to the standards and expectations your parents have for you. It might be even be a little tougher when you follow in the footsteps of your father into a rigorous and challenging Masters in Business Administration program.

Liz Crain recently completed Drury’s five-week-long MBA “Boot Camp” that’s designed to prepare those without an undergraduate business degree for the MBA program. She begins classes in January.

Her father, Mike West, earned an MBA from Drury in 2010. Hav­ing graduated from Drury in 1996 with degrees in physics and mathematics, he also went through the Boot Camp to prep for his master’s degree. Then he recommended the program to his daughter.

“I don’t feel too competitive about it, but the standards are set pretty high,” Crain says with a grin, when asked if there’s any family rivalry in play.

Liz Crain and her father, Mike West

Liz Crain and her father, Mike West

Angie Adamick, director of the MBA program, says West and Crain represent two very different, but valued types of students who go through the program.

“Mike is the professional who has so much expertise and rich experience to offer in the classroom and Liz is full of fresh and innovative ideas,” she says. “The combination of these kinds of input in the Drury MBA classroom makes for incredibly dynamic discussions.”

Crain, 23, has seen that already. She says she enjoyed the stimulating mix of younger minds and experienced professionals during the “intense five weeks” of the Boot Camp.

West continues to be involved in the program post-graduation by serving as an MBA mentor, speaking at the orientation and encouraging his colleagues to pursue their MBA through Drury. Now he’s excited to bring his daughter into the Drury fold as well. He still has many close, personal and professional connections from both his undergraduate days and his MBA experience.

“Drury, to me, is a family school,” he says. “Everybody knows everyone.”

Those interested in applying for the program can find more information about www.drury.edu/mba, or by calling (417) 873-7612.

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Story by Trevor Cobb, writing major at Drury. A version of this story first appeared in the Springfield News-Leader. 

Drury honors three graduates with 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 7, 2014 — Drury University honored three outstanding graduates with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards during the annual Alumni Reunion on October 3. Fellow alumni nominate candidates and the DU Alumni Council chooses the honorees. The award winners are chosen for career success and service to their communities.

“These three impressive individuals represent the continuing tradition of outstanding Drury alumni,” says Dianne Johnson, vice president of Development & Alumni Relations. “They combine career achievement with leadership and service, and they demonstrate how to lead satisfying and meaningful lives to their families, our students and their communities.”

Kim Harrison Hamm

Kim Harrison Hamm

Kim Harrison Hamm ’86  Distinguished Alumnus Award for Career Achievement

Celebrated for her long and successful career as a partner at BKD, LLP, and for providing more than 25 years of expertise in audit and consulting services for clients in the real estate, not-for-profit and government industries. Hamm has also presented numerous seminars on a variety of topics, assisted with the implementation of insightful solutions for her clients, and remained active in the recruitment of college graduates for the firm.

Eunice Schmiechen Wallar

Eunice Schmiechen Wallar

Eunice Schmiechen Wallar ’63  Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service

Honored for her passionate pursuit of education, the arts and children’s advocacy in her professional life. Wallar owns and manages Waverly House, the longest continuously operated art gallery in Springfield, and has raised more than $60,000 for local children’s charities. She has served on boards including the Camp Fire Boys and Girls, Friends of the Springfield Art Museum, and the Drury Panhellenic Alumni Council.

Nathan Pettyjohn

Nathan Pettyjohn

Nathan Pettyjohn ’01 – Distinguished Young Alumnus Award

Recognized for his innovative advancements in the mobile services and advertising industries. Pettyjohn is the founder and CEO of aisle411, the leading mobile commerce and location services platform for retailers. He and his company have been featured on CNBC, The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times and more. With more than 12 years of experience, he has a rich understanding of business, management, technology and marketing.

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