After Congress’s long-fought battle over taxes, the tax change that the average taxpayer will see on his or her 2012 tax return is minimal. Just as important as tax law changes are filing deadlines and procedures. Make sure you are prepared this tax season:
Delayed filing – Same deadlines. Due to Congress’s last-minute decisions on tax legislation, tax season is off to a delayed start. While some returns can now be filed, other returns cannot be submitted until February 14. Your return submission will be delayed if you claim any of the following: education credits for college students, educator expenses, or itemized deductions. Despite the delayed start, the filing deadline is still April 15.
Drury students working on tax returns
Need more time? Wish granted. Sometimes a taxpayer just cannot get his or her tax return filed by the April 15 deadline. The good news is that the Federal government and states grant an automatic six-month extension of the time to file your taxes, no questions asked. Simply log on to www.irs.gov to enter the extension request or complete and mail form 4868 by the original tax deadline.
Extension of time to file – not an extension of time to pay. Keep in mind that when the government allows you an extension of time to file your tax return, it does not grant an extension of time to pay taxes due. The government will expect you to be paid-up by April 15. If you do not know how much you owe, it is always better to overestimate a little and get a refund, rather than have penalties and interest begin running on an underpayment.
When it doubt – do not prepare returns yourself. Even the most user-friendly software can be scary, difficult to use, or confusing. Any of these things can cause you to file an incorrect tax return. Also, software is no substitute for a live person who can ask questions to help make sure they are catching the important things, and to whom you can ask questions to make sure you understand what is happening.
Save it – Once you have completed your tax return, do not close down your computer or leave the tax preparation site without a paper copy of your tax return. Once you have the paper copy, put it somewhere that you will be able to find it again. If the government does not deliver the check on time and you need to track your refund, you will need information from this return to help track it. Rely on paper as your primary source, computers crash and digital storage gets corrupted.
Drury University accounting students will provide free tax service for low income and elderly tax filers through April 1. This week, students will prepare tax returns on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Willard South Elementary, on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Drury’s Breech School of Business from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1 – 5 p.m. at Deliverance Temple. For more information, call (417) 873-7522 or email:email@example.com.
Story by Dr. Tiffany Cossey, assistant professor of accounting at Drury.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 14, 2012 — On Monday, Sept. 17, Drury will celebrate Constitution Day with a brown bag panel of Drury faculty. The event is from noon-1 p.m. in room 204 of the Findlay Student Center.
The cross-discipline panel will discuss the role of the Constitution in their work and their teaching.
A few faculty members will be available before the panel discussion to offer their thoughts on the Constitution and its relevance more than 200 years after ratification.
Drury Political Science Professor Dr. Dan Ponder explains why Missouri had a non-binding primary, why it’s holding a caucus and a primary and the difference between those two political exercises in this series of videos.
Videos: Dr. Dan Ponder
Dr. Dan Ponder on the significance of Missouri’s non-binding primary.
Dr. Dan Ponder on why Missouri has a primary and a caucus in 2012.
Dr. Dan Ponder on the differences between primaries and caucuses.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 25, 2012 —Students interested in examining the ways in which humans and animals interact will have the opportunity to earn a minor in Animal Studies from Drury University. The minor was approved by Drury’s faculty in the fall of 2011. The six required courses for the minor will all be available in the 2012-2013 Drury Catalog, but several students have already expressed a desire to pursue the minor.
“The Animal Studies minor is for students interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the diverse ways in which the lives of animals and humans intersect,” says Dr. Patricia McEachern, the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor of Animal Rights. “The interdisciplinary nature of the minor allows students to consider historical and contemporary interactions between humans and animals from a range of perspectives.”
Dr. Patricia McEachern
The foundational course for the minor is Animal Ethics. It is team-taught by instructors from the fields of biology, criminology, philosophy, psychology, religion, and sociology. Besides Animal Ethics, the other five courses required for the 18 credit hour minor are:
Animals in Literature
Animals and Society
Animal Law I
Undergraduate Internship Experience
For the internship experience, students are permitted to select instructor-approved sites of interest. Some students may wish to complete their internship abroad, others may want to travel to a different state, and still others may desire to intern at a local or state organization.
Faculty members participating in the Animal Studies minor are:
Dr. Wendy Anderson, Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Professor and Director of Campus Sustainability
Tony Brown, J.D., Assistant District Attorney, Taney County Prosecutor’s Office
Dr. Peter Browning, Ph.D., Religion, Professor and University Chaplain
Dr. Jana Bufkin, Ph.D., Criminology & Criminal Justice, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Criminology & Criminal Justice
Dr. Donald Deeds, Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Professor
Dr. David Derossett, Ph.D., Sociology, Assistant Professor
Dr. Lisa Esposito, Ph.D., Philosophy, Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department
Dr. Vickie Luttrell, Ph.D., Psychology, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Patricia McEachern, Ph.D., French, Professor, Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Chair, and Director of the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights
Dr. Patricia Morris, Ph.D., Sociology, Assistant Professor
Media Contact: Dr. Patricia McEachern, Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor of Animal Rights and Director of the Drury Forum on Animal Rights, Office: (417) 873-7875, E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wondered what sorts of things are orbiting the earth? It’s easy to imagine satellites and space stations, but there are also small pieces of space junk that could do serious damage to the billions of dollars of equipment in orbit, or which could take the lives of astronauts and cosmonauts. Figuring out what those small pieces of junk are and where they’re headed is a part-time job for Drury physics professor and NASA consultant Dr. Greg Ojakangas.
Dr. Greg Ojakangas
Ojakangas points out that these small objects could collide with a satellite or spacecraft at over twenty times the speed of a bullet and with several hundred times the energy. Therefore, small pieces of space debris are potentially very dangerous.
The challenge says Ojakangas, is that there are literally hundreds of thousands of pieces of space debris outside the earth’s atmosphere and they’re too small to resolve as shapes, even with strong telescopes. Ojakangas has spent parts of many summers at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston producing mathematical models of man-made space debris to help assess the hazards of collisions between these objects and spacecraft near the Earth. In September, Ojakangas was in Maui, presenting his research at a conference on space surveillance.
“The goal is to be able to look at a piece of orbiting debris, far too distant to resolve directly, and be able to tell its size, shape and probable composition just by the way it reflects light as it rotates. One day, humans will travel to Mars and getting astronauts and spacecraft safely beyond our own orbiting junkyard is a prerequisite.”
Ojakangas is a former full-time NASA scientist, and he has continued working with NASA for over 20 years creating mathematical models of man-made space debris. He has also been a finalist in the astronaut program.
Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a great adventure, or nothing.” Drury professor Erin Kenny is opting for the adventure. Beginning today, Kenny and her seven-year-old daughter Kiera will move to the east African country Tanzania where Kenny will teach and conduct research as a Fulbright Scholar for the next 10 months.
Dr. Erin Kenny
Kenny, an associate professor of anthropology, will teach graduate courses in development studies for the Center for Gender Development at the Morogoro campus of Mzumbe University. This is not Kenny’s first trip to Africa. From 1995-1997, Kenny lived in Mali as a Peace Corps volunteer and she did doctoral research in Guinea in 2003 where she met her former husband and Kiera’s father. She also visited the continent three other times. Like any mother, Kenny has concerns about taking her daughter to Africa. “If there’s any time to bring a 7-year-old, it’s through the Fulbright program. I will work through the U.S. embassy. We’re really fortunate. In the Horn of Africa today, there are mothers of 15,000 children dying every day from famine and disease.”
Dr. Kenny with Mariame Kaba. A woman who worked on women's health issues in Africa.
It’s those women that Kenny has studied during her career. In Tanzania, Kenny will continue her research on women wage earners and household heads that she has conducted in Mali, Guinea and Jamaica. She’s found that women invest differently than men, “Men often invest in high risk, high reward businesses. Women will invest in a goat or a uniform so children can go to school. When women are wage earners, the nutritional and educational profile of the household improves.”
Ultimately, Kenny hopes that through her research and advocacy, she can improve lives. “The system breaks down for poor people over and over again. That’s why I keep doing what I do, to try to get policy makers to listen to researchers.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 29, 2011 — Drury University Communications Professor, Regina Waters, will serve as a keynote speaker at theOctober Minorities in Business Meeting. The meeting, which is hosted by The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 5:15 – 7 p.m. at Q Enoteca, located at 308 W. Commercial St. This event is free and open to the public.
The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship will host the meeting as part of the Center’s Minority Entrepreneurship Workshop series. The workshop will focus on implementing social media and email to market a business.
Dr. Regina Waters
Dr. Waters will lead a discussion titled Social Media 101: Spark a Connection with Your Customers. During this session, attendees will learn how various social media platforms can influence and strengthen customer relationships.
“A solid social media strategy can create meaningful two-way interaction between businesses and their stakeholders,” said Waters. “I am thrilled that area business owners are eager to learn more about social interactions in the online world.”
Dr. Waters will be joined in speaking at the meeting by Paige Cahill of Constant Contact. Cahill will lead a session called REV UP Your Customer Relationships, Referrals & Revenues with Email Marketing.
Media Contact: Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director, The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Office: (417) 873-7458, E-mail: email@example.com
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 27, 2011—The history of America on the eastern seaboard from the time Europeans first settled the continent is well-known. Less known is the history of what is now the United States along the frontier. Dr. Monty Dobson, a visiting assistant professor of history at Drury, is producing a four-part television series that tells the story of the U.S. frontier through archaeology. America from the Ground Up will be available nationwide for Public Broadcasting Stations to air in the spring of 2013.
Dr. Lemont Dobson
“Through archaeology, we can tell the history of everybody who has lived in a place. That includes Native Americans and Europeans,” Dobson said. “It tells an inclusive history of America. It’s more democratic because it tells the history of everyone, not just the rich and famous or powerful.”
The four episodes will examine the following:
Frontier History: Dobson will look at the Big Eddy site where there is evidence of 14,000 years of civilization on the Sac River. The episode will also focus on Cahokia a few miles east of St. Louis in Illinois. One-thousand years ago, Cahokia had a population that was 2-3 times larger than that of Paris or London at the same time.
The Europeans: This episode looks at the French Colonial fur trade in Dobson’s native Michigan in the mid-1700s along with naval battles on the Great Lakes prior to the American Revolution. The second half of the episode reveals that the British did not leave the Great Lakes region after they were defeated in the Revolutionary War, and actually held Mackinac (Pronounced: Mack-i-naw) Island until the War of 1812.
Revolutions: This episode focuses on the American Revolution in Virginia and North Carolina, and Ft. St. Joseph in Western Michigan, which was attacked by the French and their Native American allies. The second half-hour explores the War of 1812 and will include wreck diving in the Great Lakes.
We the People: The final episode in the series looks at the settlement of New Philadelphia in Southern Illinois along the Mississippi River. Founded by a former slave, New Philadelphia is considered to be the first planned racially mixed town in the country. The second half-hour explores the Civil War in Missouri, which was home to more than 1,000 battles. Only Virginia and Tennessee saw more fighting.
Dr. Dobson searches for artifacts in Drury's Civil War trench.
The pilot episode that focuses on Cahokia has been shot and is currently in post-production. Drury Artist in Residence Patrick Muriethi directed and is editing the pilot. Drury English Professor Dr. Randy Fuller is co-executive producer with Dobson.
Dobson’s production company called ShovelReady Productions is producing the series. Dobson says he is working on a $500,000 budget of which he’s raised about $125,000 in cash and in-kind donations.
Dobson is working with Drury University’s education department to develop a multiplatform educational resource website that will adapt the series content for school social studies curricula. The website will feature interactive social media applications that will allow students and teachers to collaboratively use the content in the classroom.
Dobson will begin production of the rest of the episodes in the spring of 2012, he plans to air the pilot at the fall 2012 PBS programming conference, and the episodes will be broadcast in spring 2013. The episodes will be free to stations.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 4, 2011 — Drury professor Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work in Slovenia in the spring of 2012.
As a current professor of political science and chair of Middle East studies, VanDenBerg will be teaching in the Department of Political Science housed in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana (pronouncer: lyoo-BLYAH-nah) for the spring semester of 2012. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, he will be furthering his teaching and research interests of Islam in Europe. This research will lead to a comparative study of the public policies of European Union countries toward their Muslim populations.
Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg
VanDenBerg is the third Drury professor to receive recognition as a Fulbright fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year. He joins Dr. Erin Kenny, who will spend 10 months teaching in Tanzania, as well as Dr. Elizabeth Nichols who will be examining the beauty industry of Venezuela.
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research and university teaching. Through this program, more than 800 U.S. faculty and professionals taught or conducted research abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Media Contact: Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg
Director, Middle East Studies
Professor, Political Science
Office: (417) 873-6947
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 28, 2011 — Dr. Laura Plybon, Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Director of Assessment and Instructional Design, has been invited by the American Evaluation Association (AEA) to contribute to the AEA 365 Tip-A-Day program.
Dr. Plybon was selected as a contributor to the AEA conference based on a submission that she co-authored with Tony Bowers, Director of the Drury Law Enforcement Academy. The submission centered on an evaluation of the Drury Law Enforcement Academy where incoming students were assessed in order to determine if the ASSET writing skills test could serve as an appropriate predictor of future academic success, as well as completion of the academy.
The AEA 365 Tip-A-Day program is a web-based site sponsored by AEA, which aims at sharing resources, tips, and lessons learned from evaluators around the globe. Dr. Plybon will focus on the effective use of academic assessment tools for university-based professional programs, such as police academies. Other contributors to this program include Michael Quinn Patton, former president of the AEA, and Abraham Wandersman, professor of psychology at Cornell University.
“We are honored to be selected by such a renowned organization,” said Dr. Plybon. “These results and this recognition simply would not have been possible without the sound assessment plan, quality assessment tools, and long-term data collection organized by Tony Bowers and the Drury Law Enforcement Academy.”
Dr. Plybon and Bowers will also be presenting their findings at the American Psychological Association(APA) Conference in Washington DC in August 2011. The title of their presentation is “Assessment in Law Enforcement Academies: Predictors of Peace Officer Student Success.”
Media Contact: Dr. Laura Plybon
Director of Assessment & Instructional Design
College of Graduate & Continuing Studies
Office: (417) 873-7317
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