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Drury Convocation: Contemporary conflict and colonial memory in the Middle East

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Drury Convocation: Contemporary conflict and colonial memory in the Middle East

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 3, 2010 — Juan Cole will address the perception of the United States in the Middle East on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

American rhetoric about the Middle East revolves around the “war on terror,” alleged Muslim fanaticism, and comparisons of modern Muslim movements to Nazism. But in the Middle East itself, local observers see the past decade as a revival of Western colonialism, evoking bad memories of the French in Algeria and the British in Iraq and the Indian subcontinent. American amnesia about the colonial period in the Middle East (1798-1971) and vivid regional memories of subjugation and humiliation help to explain why the wars are perceived so differently on each side of the Atlantic.

Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has appeared on PBS’s News Hour, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, and The Colbert Report. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury professors help the 39th Judicial Circuit receive a federal grant

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Drury professors help the 39th Judicial Circuit receive a federal grant

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2010 — The 39th Judicial Circuit, which serves Barry, Lawrence, and Stone counties, received one of eight 3-year grants for a total of approximately $963,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Shawn Billings, an alumnus of the Drury Department of Behavioral Sciences’ graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice, worked with department members Dr. Jana Bufkin and Dr. Vickie Luttrell to submit the grant and he will serve as the project director. Drs. Bufkin and Luttrell will serve as project evaluators.

The Department of Health and Human Services, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, awarded eight grants across the U.S. to facilitate the expansion of alcohol and drug-related services for clients of drug courts. Twenty-five state and local agencies will partner to deliver services, which are designed to facilitate the recovery and post-recovery success of substance abusers.

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury to host Ecopreneurship Conference on Sat., Nov. 20

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Drury to host Ecopreneurship Conference on Sat., Nov. 20

Dr. Kelley Still


SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 1, 2010 — Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EJC) will host an Environmental Entrepreneurship Conference on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Trustee Science Center. The cost is $50.

“The environment, sustainability and ‘going green’ are important topics for the 21st century. Our hope for the ecopreneurship conference is to support people that want to craft a livelihood in the new green marketplace,” says Dr. Kelley Still, executive director of the Edward Jones Center.

Sessions at the Ecopreneurship Conference will include:

  • Green entrepreneur success stories – Jason Mitchell, the workshop 308 and Curtis Millsap, Millsap Farms.
  • Understanding financial statements.
  • Social entrepreneurship through non-profits.
  • Manufacturing your green product.
  • Working with your banker.
  • Leveraging government incentives and opportunities – Josh Jones, Doug Neidigh, George VanHoesen.
  • Business plan basics.
  • Not ready to start a business? Get a green job.
  • Using social media to promote your green business.


For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.drury.edu/ejc/eco .

The EJC partnered with the following Drury organizations to make the ecopreneurship conference a reality: Think Green, the Department of Environmental Studies, SIFE, the Hammons School of Architecture, and the President’s Council on Sustainability. EJC would like to thank the conference’s advisory committee: Wendy Anderson, Teresa Carroll, Josh Jones, Sarah Montgomery, Bruce Moore, Doug Neidigh and John Taylor.

Media Contact:
Dr. Kelley Still
Executive Director, Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Office: (417) 873-7458
Email: kstill@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

A Springfield artist captures the bustle of family life

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A Springfield artist captures the bustle of family life

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 1, 2010 — Photographs from Springfield artist Julie Blackmon from Nov. 5-24.  The opening reception for the show is Friday, Nov. 5, from 6-9 p.m. An artist talk is scheduled for Nov. 11 from 7-8 p.m.

Blackmon’s photographs attempt to capture the stress, the chaos, and the need to simultaneously escape and connect when balancing a family and everyday life. As 1 of 9 children, and the mother of 3, this is a balance with which Blackmon has become all too acquainted. Blackmon ultimately aims to fuse fantasy and reality in her pictures, which are both fictional and autobiographical.

Power of Now by Julie Blackmon


“As I approached this work, I wanted to not only explore the charm and grace of everyday life, but also voice a little bit of its madness,” says Blackmon.

Blackmon received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Missouri State University.  Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums and can be found in permanent collections across the country, including the Microsoft Art Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Ill. Additionally, her photographs have been featured in the New York Times, Time magazine and other national publications.

To read about Blackmon’s recent exhibit at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York, visit the following link: http://robertmann.com/exhibitions/2010/blackmon/press.html

Media Contact:
Rebecca Miller
Associate Professor, Art & Art History/PAC Gallery Director
Office: (417) 873-6337
E-mail
: rmiller01@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Ribbon cutting and dedication mark the Grand Opening of the O’Reilly Family Event Center

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SPRINGFIELD, MO., Oct. 30, 2010— Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center officially opened on Saturday, Oct. 30 with the cut of a giant red ribbon by Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten ’64.

The ribbon cutting and building dedication marked a culmination of a month-long celebration of the opening of the new arena on the Drury University campus. Tonight, the celebration continues when the Pointer Sisters take the stage in the Grand Opening concert at 8 p.m. The Pointer Sisters took the place of Aretha Franklin after Franklin cancelled several shows due to health reasons.

Rosalie Wooten, center, cuts the ribbon at the official grand opening of the O'Reilly Family Event Center on the Drury campus at a ceremony on Saturday morning. Mark Schiefelbein photo.

“Today, the sun shines bright on Drury University and the city of Springfield,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “Because of the O’Reilly family’s generosity, our community has a first class, state of the art arena in which to host regional and national sporting, cultural and entertainment events.”

Friday night, Oct. 29, more than 2,000 fans packed into the O’Reilly Family Event Center for a concert featuring Lifehouse, Kris Allen and Alyssa Bernal.

Construction began on the O’Reilly Family Event Center in May 2009. Fundraising for the 3,100-seat event center began in December of 2007 with a $6 million naming gift from the O’Reilly family of Springfield.

Notable dates at the O’Reilly Family Event Center coming up in the month of November:

  • Nov. 5, Musician Darius Rucker
  • Nov. 13, Men’s and Women’s basketball home openers
  • Nov. 18, Funnyman Bill Engvall

Contact:
Myra Miller
O’Reilly Family Event Center Director
Office: (417) 873-6381
Mobile: (417) 849-0155
E-mail
: mmiller1@drury.edu
www.drurytickets.com

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury alumnus inducted into Springfield Public Schools Hall of Fame

Drury graduate Rabbi Walter Jacob has been inducted into the Springfield Public Schools Hall of Fame. Rabbi Walter Jacob ‘50 was one of the three inductees recognized in Springfield, Mo., Oct. 28, during an awards luncheon.

A retired rabbi, Jacob comes from a family that produced 15 generations of rabbis. He currently holds many leadership positions within the Jewish community. He is the senior scholar at Rodef Shalom congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa., president of Abraham Geiger College in Berlin, president of the Institute for Progressive Jewish Law and Ethics, and a rabbi emeritus. He helps edit and write the annual book for the Institute for Progressive Jewish Law and Ethics and has published 39 books.

The SPS Hall of Fame honors outstanding alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to giving back to their community, earned accolades in their industry, and advocated for public education.

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury professor pens op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Dan PonderDr. Dan Ponder, associate professor of political science at Drury, authored an opinion-editorial that appeared in the Oct. 26 issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This is his second op-ed to appear in the Post-Dispatch in the last three months.

Here is a link to Ponder’s piece: “Handicapping the election — old-school style”

Here is the full text of Ponder’s article:

Democrats are in big trouble this November, but not entirely because midterm elections inevitably are a referendum on the president’s record. Republicans, especially in Missouri, will fare well in the midterm elections for other reasons.

With only three exceptions since 1862, the presidential party has lost House seats in the midterm elections. Even if we ignore Grover Cleveland’s massive 116-seat loss in 1894, the average loss is more than 30 seats in the House. The Senate is a bit easier for the presidential party, but even there the average loss is three seats.

It’s unclear why this happens. But we do know that a more likely cause for the loss than serving as a referendum on the president is the fact that when a party picks up a lot of seats in the last election cycle or two, they are likely to lose a lot of those seats in the post-presidential victory midterm elections.

The Democrats won 52 new seats in the last two cycles, many of them in conservative districts. These seats are hard to defend in a “normal” year.

It is probable that Americans will be guided by national conditions when they vote next Tuesday. Presidents with approval ratings below 50 percent in the month before the midterm averaged a 38-seat loss, just one shy of the number the Republicans need to make John Boehner of Ohio the Speaker of the House. Obama’s approval rating is 47 percent.

Here in Missouri, however, the referendum hypothesis does not extend to Missouri’s race for the U.S. Senate between U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Springfield, and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat. Rather, this race turns on textbook geography, math and logic.

Greene County, the third most populous voting region in the state, is Blunt’s stomping ground and is heavily Republican. Most Democrats lose in Greene County.

Blunt will draw a large voter turnout in Greene County, and simple math tells us that since the county is conservative, Democrats can win statewide only if they minimize the margin by which they lose in Greene. Sen. Claire McCaskill ran for governor in 2004 and lost. She ran for senator in 2006 and won. Both times the outcome was driven by whether she minimized her losses in Greene County.

So the Democratic strategy is to run up the score in strongholds in St. Louis city, St. Louis County and Kansas City, and minimize their losses in Greene, giving them a fighting chance. But when a Blunt is on the ballot, that’s difficult to do.

The referendum hypothesis in Missouri also defies logic. Barack Obama lost Missouri to John McCain in 2008. Moreover, retiring Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, a Republican, has held that seat since 1987. Polls predict that a Carnahan victory is increasingly unlikely, so if she were to win, that really would be an interesting story.

Missourians are faced with the prospect of sending Blunt, a Missouri political mainstay and part of the House Republican leadership for many years, or Robin Carnahan, member of a Missouri family political dynasty, to Washington, D.C.

Additionally, if Blunt wins, Missouri will continue to be one of about a quarter of all states that have ‘split delegations,” meaning they send one Democrat and one Republican to the Senate. That number is even higher if you count Vermont and Connecticut, each of which has elected an independent.

There are other places where the presidential referendum or “test” theories might play out more plausibly, such as West Virginia, Illinois, California or Wisconsin. Missouri’s race, important and coveted by both parties, just is not as interesting this year as others around the country.

Daniel Ponder is associate professor of political science at Drury University in Springfield, Mo., and author of “Good Advice: Information and Policy Making in the White House.”

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Life of German theologian is told through a one-man play

For Immediate Release: October 27

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 27, 2010 Al Staggs will perform a one-man play set in war-torn Germany on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

In this one-person play, minister and actor Al Staggs portrays German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose involvement in the 1944 plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler led to his imprisonment and execution. Set in a prison cell, Staggs presents the last hours of Bonhoeffer’s life, as he defends what he saw as his Christian obligation to directly confront the evils of Nazism, even if it involved complicity in a violent act of resistance.

Staggs, now a full-time performing artist, holds a Master of Theology from Harvard Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.