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C-Street Gallery opens “In Progress” exhibition on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 30, 2015 — The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its April exhibition “In Progress” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 3.

The exhibition is focused on the progression of the feminist movement and features six local artists: Marina Bolchakova, Diane Denton, Mary Hamilton, Katie Hovencamp, Emma Reynolds and Leigh Ann Thomas,. A poetry reading by MO Poetry Slam Springfield and Claire Griffin will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. The opening reception is a free event with food provided by Hy-Vee.

“In Progress” seeks to help viewers understand feminist ideas as well as the merits of feminism and the progress the movement has made. The work will be organized into distinct categories of feminism. The exhibition is curated by Drury Arts Administration students Kelsey Pressnall and Hannah Stark.

"Queen of the Night" by Mary Hamilton

“Queen of the Night” by Mary Hamilton

MO Poetry Slam Springfield is a local arts organization that works to support, promote and encourage poetry in southwest Missouri. Poets representing the organization will be reciting original feminist work for the first hour of the opening reception.

“In Progress” will run April 3 through 23. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial St.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

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.

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Drury announces addition of four non-NCAA sports beginning in 2015-16

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 25, 2015 — Drury University is introducing four new non-NCAA sports to its lineup of sanctioned competitive athletics beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.

Cycling, triathlon, bass fishing and bowling will join ice hockey and ultimate Frisbee as non-NCAA sports at Drury. Ice hockey is new this year and competing at Springfield’s Mediacom Ice Park, while ultimate Frisbee has been a popular competitive sport on campus for several years now.

Non-NCAA sports allow students to participate in a wider variety of intercollegiate competition beyond mainline athletics. The expansion continues Drury’s tradition of providing a wide range of outlets for students’ interests beyond the classroom, and will give current and incoming students even more options to consider.

“We’re extremely excited about adding these four new sports to our program beginning this fall,” said Edsel Matthews, interim director of athletics. “We have an outstanding group of coaches to lead each sport, and we have been successful in securing sponsorships to financially support each new program as well.

The coaches, who are working in a part-time capacity, include:

Bowling – Larry Hughes has more than 40 years of experience in the world of sanctioned bowling and is a member of the Springfield Bowling Hall of Fame.

Bass fishing – Rick Emmitt has more than 30 years of fishing industry and tournament fishing experience and has managed the Bass Pro/Nitro bass fishing team for six years.

Cycling – Brad Huff has been a professional cyclist for more a decade and won numerous national titles and is a two-time Pan American Track Champion. Huff has raced on nearly every continent and is currently racing professionally as a member of the Optum pro cycling team presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies.

Triathlon – Dave Armstrong has competed in more than 50 triathlons, including four Ironman Triathlons, two Ironman World Championships and two Subaru Ironman Canada triathlons.

Each of the four coaches are now recruiting students for the upcoming 2015-16 year. Anyone seeking information about the teams can call the DU Athletics Department at (417) 873-7265 or contact the coaches directly using the following email addresses:

bowling@drury.edu

bassfishing@drury.edu

triathlon@drury.edu

cycling@drury.edu

Media Contact: Scott Puryear, Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications. Office: (417) 873-4097; email: spuryear@drury.edu.

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Two honored at 7th annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 21, 2015 — Two outstanding local business owners were recognized at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, held earlier today at Drury University.

Dianna Devore, owner of structural steel manufacturing firm Design Fabrication Inc., was named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.  Home furnishing and interior design store Ellecor, owned by Haden Long, was named Woman-Owned Startup of the Year.

Devore purchased Design Fabrication Inc. from its retiring owners in 2010, and she proceeded to double gross sales in the wake of difficult times for the construction industry following the Great Recession. Haden opened Ellecor in March 2014 and sought to separate herself from the competition by offering unique, functional inventory that isn’t often seen in other stores.

This is the second year that the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium has honored a Woman Entrepreneur and a Woman-Owned Startup of the Year. The annual WES event is sponsored by Drury’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. The event 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.

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Matthew Curry to open Steve Miller Band show May 29

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 16, 2015 — Blues guitarist Matthew Curry will be the opening act when the Steve Miller Band comes to the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Friday, May 29.

Matthew Curry

Matthew Curry

At just 19 years old, Curry is taking audiences by surprise with his triple-threat talents of compelling songwriting, dynamic vocals and incendiary guitar work. After picking up the guitar at age 4 and playing his first gig at age 9, Curry has gone on to jam with modern greats such as Tommy Castro, Bernard Allison and Ronnie Baker Brooks. His sophomore album, “Electric Religion,” features original songs co-written by Curry.

The Steve Miller Band is one of the top-selling acts of the classic rock era and created some of rock’s most enduring anthems, including “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Space Cowboy,” “Take the Money and Run” and “Jet Airliner.”

Tickets start at $59 and are available at www.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.

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Expert on ‘moral injury’ to speak about work with veterans on March 31

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Mar. 13, 2015 — Drury University will host the Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, an internationally recognized expert on the emerging study of moral injury as a result of combat, for a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31 in Clara Thompson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Brock is a research professor of theology and culture at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.

Brock will address the suffering of many veterans of war who still deal with the psychological and physical pain of their experiences in battle. She describes moral injury as “a complex wound of the soul,” resulting from empathy and self-reflection on values in the wake of morally ambiguous, extreme conditions. Brock uses the term “soul repair” as a way to describe the process of recovery from moral injury. She is the co-founder and director of the Soul Repair Center the Brite School.

The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

“The Drury School of Religion is pleased to offer Drury and the Springfield area the opportunity to hear Dr. Nakashima Brock talk about her work with veterans seeking to recover from the trauma of war,” said Dr. Peter Browning, professor of religion and chaplain at Drury. “We hope this lecture will be beneficial not only to our own student veterans but to veterans and those who care about them throughout the Ozarks.”

Dr. Brock’s ministry to veterans fits well with Drury’s own commitment to military members and their families, which dates back to the days after World War II, when buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood. For the past four years in a row, Victory Media has recognized Drury as a “Military Friendly School.”

Brock was a professor for 18 years before becoming director of a think tank for distinguished scholars at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. From 2001-2002, she was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life.

Today, she is an internationally distinguished lecturer and award-winning author, with published works including: “Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire,” co-authored with Rebecca Parker, and “Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War,” co-authored with Gabriella Lettini.

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Drury students inducted into national academic honor society for Greeks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 12, 2015 — Greek scholars at Drury University were honored on March 3 as the newest initiates into Gamma Sigma Alpha, a national Greek academic honor society. Twenty-nine students qualified for membership based on achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above at the start of their junior year or a grade point average of 3.5 or above in any semester during their junior or senior years.

Gamma Sigma Alpha is the premier academic Greek honor society, initiating more than 2,000 students annually. Gamma Sigma Alpha is celebrating its 26th anniversary this year and has 215 chapters across the country and in Canada. The Drury Greek community includes four national fraternities and four national sororities. About 25 percent of DU’s traditional undergraduates are part of the Greek community.

The Drury students inducted to Gamma Sigma Alpha were:

Cory Bledsoe, Jackson Burnside, Dallas Duncan, Ryan Fitzgerald, Alexandra Flanagan, Allison Hebert, Trey Hufham, Alejandro Hynds, Jordan Klaus, Hanna Knigge, Tyler Lovewell, Danny Loza, Ryan McDermott, Rachel Millsap, Ellen Mitchell, Taylor Pemberton, Taylor Rice, Rachel Ryan, Ryan Saunders, Mackenzie Schneider, Samantha Thorndyke, Casey Vaclavik, Alex Viehman, Paula Vives, Bridget Voda, Isaac Weber, Samantha Williams and Charles Woods.

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Groundbreaking for Solar Decathlon house will be held Tuesday, March 10

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 5, 2015 — Students from more than a dozen majors will come together this week to officially mark the beginning of the construction phase of the ShelterR3 home on Tuesday, March 10, at Drury University. The energy-neutral home is being constructed for competition in the Solar Decathlon 2015, a national event hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The ceremony will take place in the Trustee Science Center on the university campus, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

The house will be constructed on the campus of Crowder College in Neosho, Mo., Drury’s partner school in the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition. Crowder will hold a joint ceremony at the same time on its campus, and the two events will be linked by teleconference. During the Drury event, student leaders will share their inspiration for the project and offer an exclusive look at the some of the key aspects of the designs.

Students from Crowder College and Drury University have partnered to design, engineer, market, and construct a solar powered and storm resistant home for the 2015 Solar Decathlon competition. While all teams will be building an environmentally conservative solar powered home, the Crowder-Drury team has self-imposed the additional challenge of making its home disaster resilient.

Artist rendering of the Shelter3 house.

Artist rendering of the Shelter3 house.

The idea for ShelteR3 is based on three Rs: respond, recover, and resist. It’s the guiding philosophy for the project, and it’s what will make this home unique and effective. The motivation began to develop after the immediate and long-term effects of the EF-5 tornado that hit Joplin in 2011 directly impacted students from both Drury and Crowder.

The team will transport the home after it is built to the competition site in Irvine, California. That’s where the team will compete against more than a dozen other respected schools such as Yale, Clemson, Missouri S&T and California Polytechnic State University in October. More than a quarter million people are expected to tour the home at the competition site.

You can follow the event live online at shelter.drury.edu or on Twitter by following @CrowderDrurySol.

For more information about the Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit: shelter.drury.edu, send an email to tsooter@drury.edu, or call (417) 234-6405.

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Media Contacts: Chase Snider, Communications Team Leader; cell: (417) 631-9780, email: csnider@drury.edu.  Traci Sooter, Project Manager, Hammons School of Architecture Faculty, cell: (417) 234-6405, email: tsooter@drury.edu.

Drury’s online paralegal program ranked No. 2 in the nation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 4, 2015 — The Open Education Database (OEDB) has ranked the Drury University College of Continuing Professional Studies’ paralegal program second in its listing of the top online paralegal programs in the nation. View a complete listing of the top online paralegal programs in the country at www.bestcolleges.com.

“Drury is pleased that its robust online educational offerings are being recognized by an independent third party,” said Steve Hynds, Drury’s director of online education. “Paralegal is one of the 18 Drury degrees that can be completed entirely online, and Drury works to ensure that our online offerings match the rigor and value expected of a Drury education.”

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Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies offers an associate of science in paralegal studies. The program provides a solid foundation in areas such as civil litigation, business law, real estate law, family law and more. The degree offers opportunities for career advancement in legal environments such as private law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies.

The program is currently accepting students. Newly enrolled students could begin classes as early as March 23. For more information, call 873-7727 or visit www.drury.edu/ccps.

The Open Education Database recognizes the top U.S. colleges that offer online learning for undergraduate degree programs in a variety of fields, including paralegal. It was the first organization to release online college rankings in 2007, and uses the most recently available school-specific data such as graduation rates and tuition to compile its lists.

For more information on OEDB, contact Brooke Watson at brookewatson@bestcolleges.com.

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C-Street Gallery opens “hue. Psychology of Color” exhibition on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March. 2, 2015 – The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its March exhibition “hue. Psychology of Color” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 6. The exhibition features six local artists: John Payne, Holly Goodwin, Sherry Haney, Susan Neese, Meike Aton and Juliet Biggs. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial Street. The opening reception is a free event with Drury’s Student Union Board providing Hurts Donuts and Panera Bread coffee. Entertainment will be provided by Lost and Found.

“hue. Psychology of Color” is focused on the color and its emotional affects on the audience. Each color hue has an overwhelming focus on a certain emotion. During this exhibition, cards with written emotions will be given out to each person that walks in the gallery. Throughout the changing hues of the artwork, the audience will be asked to place the “emotion card” where it seems to be the strongest. The exhibition is curated by Drury Arts Administration students Ivan Garnica and Lora Sorenson.

“Quandary” - Painting by John Payne

“Quandary” – Painting by John Payne

“hue. Psychology of Color” will run March 6 through 26. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. A closing reception, “Late Night with Hue,” will be held from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday, March 26.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

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.

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Women’s 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.

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