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Women In Entrepreneurship Symposium will be held March 21

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Feb. 26, 2015 – Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship will hold its seventh annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21. WES provides women entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of owning a business, network with other entrepreneurs and visit with a wide range of exhibitors. The theme of this year’s symposium is “7 Years of Empowering and Celebrating Women Innovators.”

The event is $25 for the general public, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration remains open until the day of the event. Register online at www.drury.edu/ejc/wes. WES will take place at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on the DU campus.

For the third year, WES will award honors to some of the area’s top female entrepreneurs in the following categories:

  • Women Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Woman-Owned Start-Up of the Year

The award winners remain a secret until the symposium luncheon at noon. The media are invited to attend the ceremony. To qualify for an award, a woman must own at least 50 percent of a business and operate within 30 miles of Springfield. The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year nominees must have been in business for at least five years, and the Woman-Owned Start-Up of the Year nominees should have been in business for less than two years.

The keynote speaker this year is Catherine Johns, long-time Chicago radio personality who broke out of the broadcasting industry “boys’ club.” Now she works with women who are ready to reach for new heights in their business – and their life. Panels will examine topics such as owning a business with your spouse, mixing business and friendship, the current social media landscape and more.

Catherine Johns

Catherine Johns

Speakers and panelists will include Joan and Gary Whitaker, 417 Magazine; Hannah and Paul Catlett, Studio 417 Salon, 417 Blow Dry Bar and Hudson Hawk Barber & Shop; Jennifer and Brad Feurbacher, Brown Derby International Wine Center and Derby Deli; Claire Faucett, owner of engage5w; Molly Riddle, Project Manager for Mostly Serious; Rita Baron, Developer and Principal of Baron Design & Associates, LLC; and Terry Reynolds, owner, partner and manager of the C. Arch Bay Company.

For more information about the event visit www.drury.edu/ejc/wes, or contact Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, at (417) 873-7458 or kstill@drury.edu.


Two additional income tax assistance clinics will be held this weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 26, 2015 — There are two final dates on the calendar for taxpayers earning less than $53,000 to receive tax preparation with the help of accounting students at Drury University’s Breech School of Business. The two new dates were added due to last week’s winter weather.

The clinics will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. The VITA clinics are held at the Breech School of Business Administration building, on the northeast corner of Central Street and Drury Lane.

Walk-in clients will be accepted along with the appointments rescheduled from prior dates. There is limited space for walk-ins at these sites, so arriving early is advised. Taxpayers are required to bring photo ID, Social Security cards for themselves and dependents, as well as any tax documentation which they have received, including all W-2 forms, 1099 forms, and statements issued by brokerage firms. Clients are also asked to bring a copy of their 2013 state and federal tax returns to help speed up the filing process.

All returns will be filed electronically unless the IRS requires a manual return. All taxpayers must be available to sign the appropriate forms in the case of joint returns.


Students engage in Service-Learning during Study Abroad trip to Greece

Students got a break from the cold this winter with a study abroad trip to The Drury Center in Aigina, Greece. This wasn’t an island getaway — it was a service-learning experience that taught students about community, sustainability and culture. It also met the study abroad requirement for the Breech School of Business, emphasizing Drury’s mission of global awareness.

During the 16-day trip, students learned about the history of Greece, visited local businesses, ate traditional Greek food and worked to build a garden for a food bank on the island of Aigina.

The 2015 Breech study abroad group in Greece.

The 2015 Breech study abroad group in Greece.

“Studying abroad exposes students to a variety of cultures and opens their minds to other ways of considering business,” said Dr. Robin Sronce, a management professor at Drury who led the trip along with finance professor Dr. James Simmerman. “That’s what we’re trying to achieve — this intercultural competence. It gives them more confidence to interact in global settings.”

Abby Schumacher, a junior marketing and management major, took part in the trip and enjoyed volunteering with local community members on the service project.

“We were so passionate about helping and it was cool seeing us working together to get this big project done,” said Schumacher. “We were able to work together to make something happen.”

For the service project, students worked with an Aigina volunteer organization to clean and preserve trails on the island, and planted a garden. The harvested food would later be distributed to families in need.

From left to right, Drury seniors Brett Steere, Alex Fowler, Dallas Williams and Derek Hoerman work to prepare a garden to feed families in need during a Breech Business School study abroad experience in Aigina, Greece.

From left to right, Drury seniors Brett Steere, Alex Fowler, Dallas Williams and Derek Hoerman work to prepare a garden to feed families in need during a Breech Business School study abroad experience in Aigina, Greece.

This is the third year that Drury students have helped grow and maintain a community garden in Greece, where DU has maintained a campus since 2002. This year, however, the garden was relocated and the students had to start nearly from scratch. They planted rows of lettuce, onion, spinach, broccoli and other vegetables.

Schumacher also noted how the trip changed her perspective about the global community.

“This trip definitely made me more aware of my surroundings and how different cultures interact,” said Schumacher. “It was an amazing experience and I hope to get the chance to travel more in the future.”


By Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, a senior English and writing major at Drury. A version of this story originally appeared in the Springfield News-Leader.


Co-founder of experimental design firm will speak at Hammons School of Architecture Feb. 27

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 20, 2015 — The Hammons School of Architecture will host a guest lecture by Lola Sheppard, a co-founder of Lateral Office at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27.

Lateral Office, founded in Toronto in 2003, is an experimental design firm that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape and urbanism. The studio describes its practice process as a commitment to “design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment. Its work has been exhibited in numerous venues across the United States, Canada and Europe.

The lecture is part of the HSA 2014-2015 Lecture Series “Locating Design,” which explores the practice of critically engaging physical sites through the act of design.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Hammons School of Architecture, visit drury.edu/architecture.

Media Contact: Jayon You, assistant professor of architecture – (417) 873-7351 or jyou@drury.edu.



Solar Decathlon Team passes design milestones

Drury University and Crowder College continue to make headway on their Solar Decathlon project. The Decathlon is the U.S Department of Energy’s national competition challenging selected college teams to build solar-powered homes as a way of educating students and the public about the benefits and viability of renewable energy.

“The Solar Decathlon is an incubator for solar energy,” says Evan Melgren, a team member from Drury. “By tasking young and creative engineers to implement this technology, the Department of Energy is nurturing the possibilities presented by one of the most consumer-viable sources of renewable energy. By requiring the tech to be designed into a real home, they’re showing just how appealing the energy source is.”

About 10 members of the Solar Decathlon team traveled to California in January.

About 10 members of the Solar Decathlon team traveled to California in January.

Drury has partnered with Crowder College in Neosho, a state community college offering programs in renewable energy, to take a multi-disciplinary approach to design, build, and operate an off-the-grid home. There are about 50 Drury students with various majors involved in the project.

In recent weeks the team has gained professional feedback, created 3D models of its design and met numerous competition deadlines. One requirement was to generate a 63-page package of drawings displaying the house from every angle, including elevation drawings and the workings of the entire electrical system.

In January, a few members of the Crowder/Drury team traveled to Irvine, California – the site of the final showdown this October – for industry feedback on the project. Working professionals evaluated the project and had praise for the designs, especially the electrical schematics and the health and safety plans.

“I can’t say how fortunate we all felt that we were able to go to California and be in the presence of such forward thinking engineers and designers who really care about ecologically conscious design,” Melgren says. “The energy was like nothing else I’ve ever been a part of.”

They also had the opportunity to meet some of the other teams in the competition, including the likes of Yale, Vanderbilt and Missouri S&T.

“The biggest takeaway from Cali was the fact that it made the whole project feel a lot more real,” says Alaa Al-Radwan, a Drury team member. “Getting to meet the other teams and seeing everyone’s progress made us only want to work harder.”

Bird's eye view of the Shelter3 house.

Bird’s eye view of the ShelteR3 house.

With plans now finalized, the next major requirement is to build the house locally (it will be deconstructed, shipped to Irvine and rebuilt for the competition this fall). The construction will take place on the Crowder campus in Neosho, before the house is then deconstructed, shipped to Irvine and rebuilt on the competition site.

For more information about the Crowder/Drury Solar Decathlon project, including sponsorship and donor opportunities, visit shelter.drury.edu.


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

Feb. 16 VITA tax clinic cancelled

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 16, 2015 — The VITA tax clinic scheduled for tonight is cancelled due to the closure of the Drury campus in Springfield because of inclement weather. Clients scheduled for an appointment at tonight’s clinic have been rescheduled for a new date: 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27.

In addition to this new date, the other remaining clinics are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 and 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23. Clinics are held in the Breech School of Business Administration building. To make an appointment, please call (417) 720-2000.

Taxpayers are required to bring photo ID, Social Security cards of themselves and dependents, as well as any tax documentation which they have received, including all W-2 forms, 1099 forms, and statements issued by brokerage firms. Clients are also asked to bring a copy of their 2013 state and federal tax returns to help speed up the filing process.

More information: Drury accounting students provide free income tax preparation assistance

Hip-hop crossover star Lecrae comes to O’Reilly Family Event Center April 29

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 10, 2015 — Grammy-winning Christian rapper Lecrae will perform at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 29. Andy Mineo and DJ Promote will open.



Tickets start at $24 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 13 at Drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Lecrae’s latest album, “Anomaly,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in September. His previous album, “Gravity,” and his “Church Clothes” mixtape, both from 2012, have been called landmark Christian hip-hop recordings by fans and critics alike. “Gravity” won the 2013 Grammy for Best Gospel Album, while “Church Clothes” was downloaded more than 100,000 times in its first 48 hours on the web.

The southern-born rapper has undeniable crossover appeal. “Anomaly” is only the fifth album to ever hit the top spot on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Christian Albums charts. In 2013, Lecrae was featured on the Rock The Bells Tour alongside rap luminaries like Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, Common and many more.

More information: http://www.lecrae.com, http://www.andymineo.com and http://www.djpromote.com.


Self Employment in the Arts Conference to be held Saturday, Feb. 21

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 9, 2015 — Aspiring artists, musicians, writers and actors cannot afford to miss the 8th Annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Saturday, Feb. 21, at Drury University. The conference will be held in the Trustee Science Center on the university campus, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with breakfast and lunch provided.

The SEA Conference helps students and emerging artists gain insightful information drawn from the experience of other artists that have been successful in their field. This year’s conference will feature speakers from nearly every field in the art world, offering students a unique opportunity to connect with professional artists.

The two keynote speakers are Doug Johnston and Jeremy Rabe.

After graduating from Drury with undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Studio Art, Johnston later earned a Master of Architecture Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work includes art, design, architecture and music, using a variety of mediums and methods such as installation, fiber art, sculpture, photography and collaborative performance. He currently works with his wife, Tomoe Matsuoka, in their Brooklyn studio. Rabe is a design and craft expert who can be seen on his own television show, “FYI Guy Live,” on The Ozarks CW and has a nationally syndicated instructional craft/design feature series. His passion for the arts has led him to a multifaceted career as a singer, dancer, television host and designer.

Additional speakers include:

Gayle Harper – A travel photographer and writer with more than two decades of experience, Harper is perhaps best known for a project called “Roadtrip with a Raindrop: 90 Days Along the Mississippi River.”

Brannon Wiles – Broadway and Off-Broadway producer and general manager whose credits include “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “That Championship Season,” “Ring of Fire: The Songs of Johnny Cash” and “Elaine Stritch at Liberty.” Wiles is an assistant professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Ron Tanski – A 1989 Drury graduate currently living in LA, pianist Tanski is a blues singer, songwriter, sideman and music teacher. Tanski got his start on stage at Lindberg’s in Springfield and has gone on to work with Grammy winners and release two critically acclaimed solo albums.

Cole Closser – Cartoonist and a graduate of the BFA program at Missouri State University as well as the MFA program at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. His graphic novel “Little Tommy Lost” was named one of the 10 best graphic novels of 2013 by The A.V. Club. He currently teaches drawing at Drury and MSU.

Jennifer Murvin – Writer and teacher whose essays and stories have appeared in The Sun, Mid-American Review, Midwestern Gothic, Bellingham Review, Cincinnati Review, Baltimore Review, and other literary journals. Murvin is a faculty member in the Department of English at MSU.

Ingrid Gerdes – Boston-based recording artist whose gospel-meets-R&B vocal styale has earned her more than a few comparisons to greats such as Irma Thomas and Mavis Staples. She also works as a sought-after voice-over talent.

Nathan Shelton – A Springfield native who lives in Chicago, Shelton is an award winning actor, writer, director/producer and special effects makeup designer for multiple stage, film and TV projects including the Academy Award nominated film, “Winter’s Bone.”

Robert Westenberg – Artistic Director of the Drury Theatre department, the Tony-nominated actor and director has enjoyed a lengthy commercial career that includes work on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters, national tours, television and film.

Kelley Still – Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Drury and an associate professor of accounting since 1994.

The cost to attend the SEA conference is $15 per person in advance or $25 the day of the conference. Admission is free for all students with a valid student I.D., thanks to support from Drury Student Advocates for the Arts and the Drury Student Government Association.

The SEA Conference is also supported in part by the Coleman Foundation, Springfield Regional Arts Council and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

For more information about the SEA conference and to register for the event, visit: www.drury.edu/ejc/sea, send an email to EJC@drury.edu, or call (417) 873-6357.

Media Contacts: Leah Hamilton, Director, Arts Administration Program; office: (417) 873-6359, email: lhamilton@drury.edu; and Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director, Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; office: (417) 873-7458, email: kstill@drury.edu.


Seeking global insights in Morocco, a cultural crossroads

A recent study abroad trip brought 10 Drury students to a place where two continents, myriad cultures and hundreds of years of history intersect: Morocco.

The group included students majoring in history, political science, business and more, including two minoring in Middle East studies. All sought to gain a better understanding of the Islamic world through their travels and coursework.

It was a “hands-on experience in a country that is the meeting point of Europe and the Islamic world,” said professor of political science Dr. Jeffery VanDenBerg, who led the trip along with Dr. Shelley Wolbrink, professor of history.

Among the cultural sites Drury's group visited in Morocco was the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, the largest mosque in Africa.

Among the cultural sites the group visited in Morocco was the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, the largest mosque in Africa.

Located in North Africa, Morocco is just nine miles from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar. In the Middle Ages, Muslim rule and influence spread from Morocco across the Mediterranean Sea into what is now Spain. European colonization and influence in North Africa would later flow the other direction into Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.

Senior international political studies major Mai Baldwin[cq] says studying a culture through literature, textbooks or film is worthwhile but no substitute for actually being there.

“I understood not just the macro-level things I read about such as economic structures and how the government worked, but also the day-to-day way of life for many Moroccans,” she says. “I loved experiencing their renowned hospitality, seeing the vibrant food markets, and witnessing the joy with which so many people lived.”

The Drury study abroad group with Berber guides in the Sahara Desert while exploring Morocco.

The Drury study abroad group with Berber guides in the Sahara Desert while exploring Morocco.

More than half of Drury undergraduates study abroad during their college careers. But this trip took on an added impact when the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris occurred just as the group prepared to return to Springfield.

That act clashed with the way students saw religion in everyday life during the prior two weeks in Morocco, a majority Muslim country that cultivates a strong national identity.

“The trip allowed us to form our own opinion,” said John Cantrell, a sophomore accounting and finance major. “We got to go over there and see for ourselves.”


Story by Mike Brothers, Drury’s director of media relations. A version of this story first appeared in the Springfield News-Leader.

SIVA announces 2015 Visiting Artist Fellows, calls for applications

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 3, 2015 — The Summer Institute for Visual Arts at Drury University has confirmed its 2015 Visiting Artists and is now accepting applications for new students. An information session on the program will be held Thursday, Feb. 19 and can be attended in-person or online.

2015 Visiting Artist Fellows

Established in 2008, the Summer Institute for Visual Arts (SIVA) at Drury University is dedicated to advanced research and practice in the field of contemporary visual arts. Each summer, SIVA offers four Visiting Artist Fellowships to internationally recognized artists and a Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory (MART) program for emerging and aspiring artists.

“We are very excited for this year’s Visiting Artist Fellows who were chosen from a pool of over 80 international applications.” says SIVA director Sarrita Hunn. “These artists all have extensive international professional experience and include faculty from some of the best art programs in the country including San Francisco Art Institute, Carnegie Mellon, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Parsons The New School for Design, among others.”

Below are capsule bios for the 2015 visiting artist fellows. More detailed information about each can be found at the SIVA website.

Matt Borruso is a visual artist who lives and works in San Francisco. His current work examines processes of replication in various forms such as paintings, wax castings, found sculptural objects, airbrushed photographs, digital files, book making, writing, and graphite drawings. Borruso received his MFA from Yale University in 2004 and his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002. He is a recent Lecturer at Stanford University, current Visiting Faculty at San Francisco Art Institute and a Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts.

Ben Kinsley’s projects have ranged from choreographing a neighborhood intervention into Google Street View, directing surprise theatrical performances inside the homes of strangers, and collecting put-down jokes from around the world to planting a buried treasure in the streets of Mexico City (yet to be found). He has taught at American University, Carnegie Mellon and Cleveland Institute of Art among others. In spring 2015 he will teach a workshop with Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar. Kinsley currently lives in Ridgewood, Queens, New York City.

Chelsea Knight is an artist and educator specializing in video and video installation, with an emphasis on experimental narrative and documentary forms. Recently she has worked with a survivalist militia in upstate New York, a United Nations diplomat, interrogators from the Iraq War, second and third wave feminists and Tea Party members. Knight teaches at Parsons the New School for Design, SUNY Purchase and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Research and Development Artist in Residence at the New Museum (NYC).

Christine Laquet uses different forms of expression (including installation, painting, performance and film) to challenge the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, Nature and Culture and our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in many public collections. She has taught workshops at ESBAN Nantes School of Art (France), Gyeonggi Creation Center (Korea), and Norköpping University (Sweden) among others. She is based in Nantes, France.

Spring Info Night

SIVA will host an information session for prospective students at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Pool Art Center, Drury University. The session can be attended in person or online. RSVP for both options via email to: shunn@drury.edu.

This session will cover all aspects of the Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory (MART) program including curriculum, visiting artists, resources and facilities, application process, fees and housing, and financial aid. Faculty, staff and current students will be available to answer questions and help you learn what it takes to be a successful graduate student at Drury University.

Call for Applications

Enrollment is limited. The priority deadline for admission is March 31.

The MART curriculum includes an intensive 10-week period each summer that allows students to focus on artistic development in a critically driven environment, while earning graduate-level course credit toward a Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory degree. By combining artist residency with graduate program studies, SIVA bridges the gap between an academic undergraduate education and a professional art career. Participants develop a capacity for independent practice and scholarship under the guidance of visiting artist fellows, faculty and staff, who, as experienced and engaged practitioners, provide first-hand understanding of contemporary art issues.


  • Emerging and aspiring artists who hold an undergraduate degree (from any field) who wish to develop their art practice.
  • Artists further in their career looking to participate in a critical dialogue and reinvigorate their art practice.
  • Artists working in any medium including video and other electronic media, installation, performance, socially-engaged and hybrid practices.
  • Artists who wish to develop a portfolio for application to an MFA program.
  • Post-graduate (or non-degree seeking) students interested in the opportunity to work with our visiting artist fellows.
  • Art educators who want to pursue their Masters degree during the summer months.

The tuition costs for the entire three-summer, 30-hour Master of Arts degree program is currently less than $10,000.

For more complete information about the program, visiting artist fellows, eligibility and cost, visit the SIVA website at www.drury.edu/siva. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the program at mart-siva@drury.edu.