The Princeton Review names Drury a “Best in the Midwest” college

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 31, 2015 — Drury University has again been named one of the best colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. The education services company included Drury in its online listing for “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

In its profile on Drury, The Princeton Review highlighted Drury’s academic rigor, the school’s personalized approach to learning and teaching, and its beautiful campus. Other factors included a strong focus on sustainability and global awareness, and – in the words of one of the students interviewed by The Princeton Review – Drury’s “mission to give students the opportunity to fight for what they believe in, but to understand the views of others as well.”

“We chose Drury University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher.

Editors made selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits. They also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported about their campus experiences on its independent student survey designed to include the same types of questions prospective students might ask on a campus visit.

“Only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students make it to our final slate of regional best college selections,” Franek said.

“The voices of our satisfied students are powerful validation for us,” said Drury president Dr. David Manuel. “Drury’s focus on mentorship, high academics standards and engaged learning are all recognized by our students as keys to their success in life after college.”

There are 159 colleges in 12 Midwestern states on the “Best in the Midwest” list for 2016. Overall, the 649 colleges listed in the North, South, Midwest and West regions constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities.

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Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Director of Media Relations. Office: (417) 873-7390; email:

Architecture students to demonstrate VR, 3D printing at Ozarks Maker Faire

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 28, 2015 — Drury University students from the Hammons School of Architecture will provide interactive demonstrations on 3D computer modeling, 3D printing and virtual reality at the inaugural Ozarks Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.

The field of architecture is rapidly changing with the evolution and application of advanced technology that is enhancing the way professionals design and build spaces and objects. Students and faculty from the school of architecture will provide a chance to see how 3D computer models can be quickly fabricated into real objects with 3D printing, and how people can be deeply immersed in 3D spaces before they are built using virtual reality technology.

VIDEO: Using Oculus Rift to View Architectural Designs

The Ozarks Mini Maker Faire is a gathering of “makers” who are tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. The Faire takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 St. Louis Street, and at the Discovery Center, 438 E. St. Louis Street.


C-Street Gallery opens “The Way Things Go” exhibition Friday, Sept. 4

SPRINGFIELD, MO., Aug. 24, 2015 – The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its September exhibition “The Way Things Go” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 4. Featured artists Jessica Blackburn, Sarah Jones and Justin Gault are current students in Drury’s Summer Institute for Visual Arts (SIVA). The program allows students to earn a Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory over the course of three summers.

The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located at 233 E. Commercial St. The opening reception is a free event with food and refreshments provided.

The title of the exhibition, “The Way Things Go,” is a reference to a workshop given by SIVA visiting artist fellow Christine Laquet of Nantes, France, and a 1988 video of the same name by the Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Laquet’s workshop was inspired by the French term “bricolage,” a technique whereby works are constructed from various materials available on hand. “The Way Things Go” presents an imaginative and critical reflection on the everyday, wither it’s through Blackburn’s colloquial phrases painted on found images, Jones’ exploration of costume and role playing in video and painting, or Gault’s generative online performances.

Scene from a video by SIVA student Sarah Jones.

Scene from a video by SIVA student Sarah Jones

This exhibition featuring these three SIVA students will run September 4 through 25. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two Saturdays, September 12 and 19.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at 

About Drury on C-Street

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local

organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.


Media Contact: Leah Hamilton; Director, Arts Administration program. Office: (417) 873-6359; mobile: (417) 224-1018. Email:

Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, Drury partner to enhance pre-med scholarship programs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 24, 2015 — A generous new long-term financial commitment from Ferrell-Duncan Clinic will create three new programs supporting Drury University undergraduates seeking careers in the medical field.

The agreement strengthens the longtime connection between the clinic and the university, furthering both organizations’ mutual goal of enhancing the state of the healthcare industry in southwest Missouri. The deal is a win-win, bolstering Drury’s historically strong pre-med program while adding a valuable physician recruitment channel for the clinic.

The connections between Drury and Ferrell-Duncan run deep: Ferrell-Duncan co-founder Dr. Thomas Ferrell was a Drury alumnus; Dr. Loren Broaddus is a Life Trustee; and 10 Drury alumni currently serve as physicians at the clinic. The clinic is in partnership with CoxHealth, whose CEO Steve Edwards is a Drury alumnus and a current member of the Board of Trustees.

The five-year agreement provides a total of $30,000 annually for the following programs:

Loren Broaddus Medical Service Scholars – This initiative will build upon the Drury Health Services Corps (DHSC), which sends pre-med students to Jordan Valley Health Clinic for a structured volunteer experience. Drury will now expand that program and send students who have been through the first year of the DHSC to other medical facilities following their work at Jordan Valley. This is important because medical and other health professional schools value undergraduate volunteer experiences that focus on direct interactions with individuals seeking healthcare services.

Thomas Ferrell Medical Relief Travel Grants – These grants will provide funding for travel associated with participation in medical relief programs. Such efforts offer valuable opportunities for students to work with medical professionals providing healthcare to underserved populations. Students in these settings acquire professional experience in healthcare while gaining perspective with populations from varied socio-economic backgrounds.

Douglas Duncan Research Experience in the Natural Sciences (RENS) Fellowship – This program will provide summer funding for students in biomedical research under the direction of a member of the natural sciences faculty. Faculty members serve as mentors and advisors, and individual projects support the goals of a research program that is of scientific merit yet is appropriate for undergraduate students.

An additional portion of the agreement will place a practicing physician from Ferrell-Duncan Clinic in a fellowship position in Drury’s Department of Biology. The physician fellow will teach an annual course in clinical medicine, with lecture and clinical rotation experiences through Ferrell-Duncan, to third- and fourth-year pre-health sciences students.

Members of the Ferrell, Duncan and Broaddus families, along with leaders from CoxHealth, Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and Drury, gathered Thursday to celebrate the agreement.

Members of the Ferrell, Duncan and Broaddus families, along with leaders from CoxHealth, Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and Drury, gathered Thursday to celebrate the agreement.

“CoxHealth and Ferrell-Duncan Clinic are honored to establish this scholarship plan with the faculty, staff and students of Drury University,” said Steve Edwards, CEO and President of CoxHealth. “This legacy scholarship is a key component as these three institutions work cooperatively to prepare future healthcare professionals who will one day add their skills and talents to the Springfield area medical community.”

“I am extremely grateful to Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and the CoxHealth Board of Directors for their support of our pre-health sciences programs,” said Drury President Dr. David Manuel. “This agreement elevates a historical relationship into a true partnership. Coming together as community leaders in healthcare education and delivery offers a multi-dimensional opportunity to expand resources and recruitment for both Ferrell-Duncan and Drury.”

About Drury’s Pre-Health Sciences Programs

Drury has an outstanding track record in preparing students for admission into medical and other health-related professional programs. Excellence in the classroom, research opportunities, internships, and structured volunteer experiences give DU graduates a distinctive and measurable advantage. Each year, Drury sends approximately 20 students to medical school and another 20 to related health professional schools. There are more than 250 Drury graduates currently serving as healthcare professionals in southwest Missouri alone.


Media Contacts: Dr. Beth Harville, Dean, College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences. Office: (417) 873-4085; email: bharville@drury.eduDianne Johnson, Vice President of Development & Alumni Relations. Office: (417) 873-7303; email:

Outstanding Drury students and faculty recognized

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 20, 2015 — Drury University recognized outstanding faculty and second-year students at the 2015 Matriculation Convocation this morning. This ceremony officially begins Drury’s 142nd academic year with an address from President David Manuel.

A committee formed of students and faculty selects recipients of the faculty awards. Nominations are received from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Both of the honorees were recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom.

• Faculty Award for Teaching: Kevin Henderson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English
• Faculty Award for Leadership: Robin Sronce, Ph.D. Dean, Breech School of Business

Henderson and Sronce

Henderson and Sronce

In addition, the Judge Warren White Scholars were honored. Each honoree will receive a $600 scholarship. These students have the highest grade point averages after completion of their first year at Drury. Mr. Warren White graduated from Drury in 1904 and served as a Greene County circuit court judge for 36 years.

The 2015 Judge Warren White Scholars are:

• Kimberly M. Edwards – Bridgeton, Missouri
• Austin Hansen – Lake Ozark, Missouri
• Makayla Jordan-Diemler – Jefferson City, Missouri
• Rachel Krueger – Lenexa, Kansas
• Bre Legan – Phillipsburg, Missouri
• Meagan Ley – New Haven, Missouri
• Stephanie Morrison – Ozark, Missouri
• Hailey Nale – Springfield, Missouri (Central High School)
• Inga Nordgren – Eureka Springs, Arkansas
• Anne Marie Schudy – Springfield, Missouri (Central High School)
• Shannen Stout – Blue Springs, Missouri
• Caroline Tomanek – Springfield, Missouri (Kickapoo High School)
• Wyatt Whitman – Lake Ozark, Missouri
• Bailey Williams – Farmington, Missouri


Drury University establishes Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 18, 2015 — Drury University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship. Dedicated to the academic inquiry of political engagement, the Center will be a nexus for student pursuits, faculty scholarship, and thought-provoking community programming and events.

The Center is named for Dr. Lewis Elbern (L.E.) Meador, a longtime professor of political science at Drury College for nearly 50 years beginning in 1913. Local residents know the name thanks to Meador Park. But they may not know Meador was a revered civic leader who played key roles in shaping the current Missouri Constitution and Springfield City Charter. He was named “Springfieldian of the 20th Century” by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce in 1973.

L.E. Meador

L.E. Meador

The Center’s inspiration for its mission comes from the words of Meador himself, who felt his students “should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live.”

The Meador Center will immediately begin carrying out that mission in two ways:

  • Financial support of student scholarship, internships, study away/abroad opportunities and conference attendance.
  • An annual speaker series that will bring notable speakers and academics to Springfield to address a range of pressing political and civic issues.

The inaugural theme for the Center in 2015-16 is “Created Equal: Civil Rights, Liberties & Citizenship” and the first featured speaker will be CNN and NPR analyst and New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28 at Clara Thompson Hall. The event is FREE and open to the public. Toobin’s topic will be “Inside the World of the Supreme Court.” A Harvard Law graduate, Toobin is the author of two bestsellers about the nation’s top court – “The Nine” and “The Oath.”

Jeffery Toobin

Jeffery Toobin

The Center’s inaugural chair is Dr. Daniel Ponder, professor of political science at Drury since 2006.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity for Drury and our Political Science Department to expand our work with students and our community – both locally and globally,” Ponder said. “Drury has a stellar record when it comes to sending successful students on to law schools and similar professional programs, and the Meador Center will allow us to build upon and enhance that work.”

Dan Ponder

Dan Ponder

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Media Contact: Dr. Daniel Ponder, L.E. Meador Chair in Political Science. Office: (417) 873-7394; email:

More than 50 Drury graduate degrees to be conferred Sunday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 12, 2015 — A hooding and conferral ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, August 16 at Stone Chapel to recognize 53 students earning graduate degrees from Drury University.

The College of Graduate Studies offers master’s degrees in business administration, communication, education, teaching, and studio art & theory. A graduate education provides opportunities to further one’s career and deepen ties to others in a student’s professional field.

Graduate programs at Drury feature flexibility so that students can pursue a degree in a timeframe that works best for them. Courses are offered in the evenings, online, and in alternative formats such as blended learning, weekend experiences, and 8-week or 16-week courses.

“The quality, rigor and relevance of Drury’s master’s programs set them apart,” says Dr. Regina Waters, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. “Our small class sizes, outstanding faculty, and curricular innovations provide students with a powerful and rewarding graduate education.”

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Media Contact: Dr. Regina Waters – Dean, College of Graduate Studies. Office: (417) 873-7251; email:

Move-in day, Orientation & Service Plunge: What it means to be a Panther

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 12, 2015 — The newest members of the Drury family arrive on campus this weekend as freshmen move into residence halls and begin to learn what it means to be a Panther.

Faculty, staff and upperclassmen will help the new students move their belongings into the residence halls on Friday morning. Parents and students will say their goodbyes on the Kellogg Green that afternoon, and a weekend of orientation will follow. Orientation ends on Monday with two events that have become a Drury tradition – the community-wide Service Plunge and an on-campus celebration capped off by a fireworks show.

These four days are an excellent opportunity to speak to students during their orientation experience and capture some great visuals, as seen in videos about Move-In Day and the Service Plunge & School Year Kick-Off Celebration from 2014.

Media are invited to cover any and all events throughout the weekend. Contact Media Relations Director Mike Brothers for more information about the full schedule. Major highlights are below.

Friday, Aug. 14

  • 8 a.m. to noon – New students move into residence halls. The best time for photos, video and interviews is typically between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
  • 3:15 p.m. – Parent & Student goodbyes at Kellogg Green. This is the point at which parents and students split up after move-in day before families attend a presentation for parents and students join their CORE classes to begin their four-day orientation.
  • 5:15 p.m. – “Welcome to College” presentation by Dr. Will Keim, award-winning national speaker and humorist, at Clara Thompson Hall. Keim is a regular at this event and gave a memorable commencement speech at Drury in May.
  • 7 p.m. – Hard CORE challenge at Sunderland Field. Each CORE class competes in fun competitive activities.
  • 8:15 p.m. – Campus Safety Orientation at Clara Thompson Hall.

Sunday, Aug. 16

  • Noon – Student Activities Fair at Findlay Student Center.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. – Dinner and dessert at various faculty members’ homes in the nearby Midtown neighborhood. Faculty and freshman are available for interviews during this uniquely Drury event.

Monday, Aug. 17

  • 10 a.m. to noon – More than 20 Community Service Plunge projects at various locations across Springfield, including:
    • Food packaging and shoe sorting at Convoy of Hope
    • Sorting and packaging food donations at Ozarks Food Harvest
    • Turning over crops at Urban Roots Farm
    • Painting, indoor/outdoor maintenance and cleaning at Harmony House
    • Gardening, cleaning, organizing and building maintenance at Rare Breed
  • 7 to 9 p.m. – Finale celebration at the fountains in front of Findlay Student Center. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at adjacent Sunderland Field.

Evening classes begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. Students in the traditional Day School will begin classes on Tuesday, Aug. 18.


Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Director of Media Relations. Office: (417) 873-7390; mobile: (417) 894-9064; email:

Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 10, 2015 — The nationally recognized Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra has announced its 2015-16 season. The season opening concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 12 at the Evangel University Chapel Auditorium. The concert will feature music by Respighi, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.

“If you like the Pines of Rome, you’ll love Respighi’s Church Windows, a colossal work written at the height of the composer’s powers,” says Christopher Koch, music director. “We’ll also be joined by the amazing David Hays, concertmaster of the Springfield Symphony and professor of violin at Missouri State University, for the beloved Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.”

This season will mark a new partnership between the SDCO and Springfield Regional Opera, of which Koch is also music director. The second concert on Saturday, October 3 is “A Gala Evening with the Springfield Regional Opera.” This collaboration with the SRO celebrates 35 years of opera in the Ozarks and will feature local and international opera stars. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Drury’s Clara Thompson Hall.

The New Year brings a “Concert of Serenades” on Sunday, January 31, 2016. This concert includes the rarely heard Serenade No. 2 by Johannes Brahms, one of the composer’s favorite works. It begins at 4 p.m. at Drury’s Clara Thompson Hall.

The season ends with the “Finale Concert” on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Evangel Chapel Auditorium. This concert features the Charles R. Hall Young Artist winner, excerpts of William Walton’s epic Symphony No. 1, and Respighi’s Fountains of Rome.

General admission for all events except the Gala is $12 for adults, $6 for students with ID, children 10 and under free. Tickets for the Oct. 3 SRO Gala are $20, and available online at Season ticket information is available at


Smith-Glynn-Callaway Foundation supports pre-med students via grants

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 5, 2015 — Drury University has received $14,000 in scholarship and research grants from the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation in support of the two organizations’ shared goal of promoting education in the medical field in the Ozarks.

The Foundation has once again awarded $10,000 for scholarships to students in Drury’s pre-health sciences programs. This relationship dates back more than 40 years, with proven results. More than half of those who have received Smith-Glynn-Callaway Pre-Med Undergraduate Scholarships in the last 10 years have attended, or are already accepted to, medical school. Other recipients have gone on to careers in nursing or as physician assistants.

This year the Foundation has given an additional $4,000 to fund summer research conducted by undergraduate students under the direction of assistant professor of chemistry Dr. Madhuri Manpadi. The research is focused on compounds that will help facilitate the discovery of new anti-cancer agents. Previous work on this project has been published in journals such as Organic Letters, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and others; and has been presented at American Chemical Society national and regional meetings.

Senior Kevin Liles prepares compounds for imaging in a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer as part of undergraduate research work funded by a grant from the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Foundation.

Senior Kevin Liles prepares compounds for characterizing in a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer as part of undergraduate research work funded by a grant from the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Foundation.

“We have students from the sophomore to senior levels conducting this work,” Dr. Manpadi said. “These aspiring doctors and scientists are learning and applying various chemistry techniques, and will have an opportunity to see their work published in international journals.”

“We are thankful for the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Foundation’s support of Drury’s pre-med students,” said Dr. Mark Wood, chair of the Pre-Health Sciences Program. “Their support of these talented undergraduates stretches beyond financial consideration. It truly helps shape the health care community of the future. Smith-Glynn-Callaway funding ensures Drury students will continue on their journey to be future health care providers here in Springfield, across Missouri, and beyond.”


Media Contact: Dr. Mark Wood – Chair, Pre-Health Sciences Program. Office: (417) 873-7474. Email: