Breech Business Week helps prepare students for the professional world

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 13, 2017 — The Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University will again dedicate a full week this spring to showcasing the strength of its student body and its ties with the business community in Springfield and beyond.

Breech Business Week, now in its fourth year, serves as another way of ensuring Breech students are “job ready” by connecting them with the professional world beyond campus. In addition to networking opportunities and workshops on topics such as finding the best internship and polishing their online presence, students will interact with a number of highly successful business professionals. The guest lecturers include Dianna Devore ’02, president of Design Fabrication structural steel fabricators, and Ardyth Neill ’82, president of the Heifer Foundation.

Drury students will receive valuable insights and feedback from these professional connections, while business leaders learn what makes Drury graduates such highly valued colleagues in the workforce.

“A Drury business education has always been designed to take learning beyond the classroom,” says Dr. Robin Sronce, dean of the Breech School. “Breech Business Week embodies that idea. Seeing the interactions between students, alumni, professionals and guest lecturers has become a highlight of the academic year at Breech.”

Selected events from each day, which are open to the media, include:

Monday, April 17, 6 p.m. – Guest speaker Dianna Devore ’02, president of Design Fabrication structural steel fabricators. Location: Breech room 102

Wednesday, April 19, 11 a.m. to noon – Entrepreneur panel discussion moderated by Drury president emeritus Todd Parnell and featuring Elle Feldman, Elle’s Patisserie; Luke Westerman, Computer Recycling Center, and Dr. Kerri Miller, Make People Better. Location: Breech room 202

Thursday, April 20, 11 a.m. to noon – Guest speaker Ardyth Neill ’82 president of the Heifer Foundation. Location: Breech room 202

Friday, April 21, Noon – The Breech Award Luncheon honoring the top students in Drury’s business school will be held at the Findlay Student Center Ballroom. Note to editors: This is an excellent opportunity to interview seniors who are about to enter the workforce, including those who already have jobs lined up and those who are currently seeking jobs.

A full schedule of the week’s events can be found online. Breech Business Week is presented by the Breech Advisory Board, and made possible by corporate partner CoxHealth and corporate sponsors O’Reilly Auto Parts, Commerce Bank, OakStar Bank and the Springfield Business Journal.

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Media Contact: Dr. Robin Sronce, Dean of the Breech School of Business: (417) 873-7438 or rsronce@drury.edu.