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Artwork by Drury alumni from across the globe on exhibit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 15, 2013 — An art exhibit featuring works by six Drury alumni is now open for public viewing at the Pool Art Center through Oct 31. The exhibit, curated by Art Department Chair Todd Lowery, is titled “Drury/New York/San Francisco/Berlin” and showcases artists who got their start at Drury but are now based in major urban centers.

painting by Julie Feldman Algiere

Painting by Julie Feldman Algiere

The exhibition highlights a wide variety of media, including fiber sculpture/wall hangings, sheet foam sculptural wall pieces, paintings, and even microwave photograms.

Featured artists include Doug Johnston, Eric Clinton Anderson and Ben Bunch, all of whom live in New York; Ryan Thayer and Sarrita Hunn of Berlin; and Julie Feldman Algiere of San Francisco. Bunch graduated from Drury in 2000; Hunn in 2001; Johnston, Anderson and Thayer in 2002; and Algiere in 2007.

Fiber sculpture by Doug Johnson

Fiber sculpture by Doug Johnston

Theses artists’ works have been featured in major publications such as the The New York Times and Vogue, and have been displayed in galleries all over the world.

Pool Art Center is located at 940 N. Clay Ave. Regular hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday.

Media Contact: Todd Lowery – Chair, Department of Art & Art History | Office: (417) 873-6977 | Email: tlowery@drury.edu

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Statewide gifted education conference at DU focuses on STEM – and more

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 14, 2014 — A statewide conference taking place on the Drury campus later this week will explore two parts of the educational spectrum that aren’t often discussed together – gifted education and learning disabilities.

The Gifted Association of Missouri (GAM) will hold its annual conference on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18 on the DU campus. The conference theme is “FULL STE²AM AHEAD.” Most people are familiar with the focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in today’s classrooms. The “STE²AM” theme adds two additional components. The first is “twice-exceptional” students who meet the eligibility requirements for both giftedness and learning disabilities (for example, a student may be delayed in language arts but advanced in mathematics). The second component is the arts.

The conference will take place in Lay Hall and the Findlay Student Center. For more information about the conference or to set up interviews, contact Mary Potthoff, director of Drury’s Center for Gifted Education, at (417) 873-7386 or mpotthof@drury.edu; or Robin Lady, executive vice president with GAM at (314) 203-1165 or robin.lady.gam@gmail.com.

About Drury’s Center for Gifted Education

Drury has been a national leader in providing education and enrichment programs for academically gifted students more than 30 years. The Drury Center for Gifted Education is the most complete center for gifted education in the state of Missouri and is one of less than 20 complete gifted education centers in the United States. Visit Drury.edu/giftededucation for more information.

About GAM

The Gifted Association of Missouri has actively supported the needs of high-ability and high-potential learners in Missouri since 1980. GAM provides teacher training, curriculum development, parent support, regional seminars and workshops, scholarships, student competitions and awards. For further information, visit: www.mogam.org.

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One-day conference will help Midwest nonprofits hone communication skills

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 8, 2014 — Hundreds of community leaders representing organizations from Missouri and seven surrounding states will gather Thursday, Oct.16, at Drury University for the 2014 Nonprofit Communication Conference.

The one-day annual conference, presented by the Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication, features training on a variety of topics including public relations, technology, crisis communication and fundraising. Representatives from many of Missouri’s largest health systems, universities, charitable and civic groups will be in attendance.

According to the IRS, there are more than 1,500 registered nonprofit organizations in Springfield – including many of the region’s top employers. A recent study by the Center revealed Springfield nonprofit organizations comprise more than 50 percent of the city’s total private workforce – almost 40,000 people daily.

The 2014 Nonprofit Conference will be held in the Breech School of Business on the Drury University campus. Conference cost is $40 per person, and includes lunch by Panera Bread and refreshments by Krispy Kreme. Registration is online at www.Drury.edu/Nonprofit.

Major conference sponsors include KPM Accountants, Panera Bread and Traders Printing.

For more information, contact conference organizer Dan Prater at (417) 873-7443 or via email at dprater@drury.edu.

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Drury honors three graduates with 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 7, 2014 — Drury University honored three outstanding graduates with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards during the annual Alumni Reunion on October 3. Fellow alumni nominate candidates and the DU Alumni Council chooses the honorees. The award winners are chosen for career success and service to their communities.

“These three impressive individuals represent the continuing tradition of outstanding Drury alumni,” says Dianne Johnson, vice president of Development & Alumni Relations. “They combine career achievement with leadership and service, and they demonstrate how to lead satisfying and meaningful lives to their families, our students and their communities.”

Kim Harrison Hamm

Kim Harrison Hamm

Kim Harrison Hamm ’86  Distinguished Alumnus Award for Career Achievement

Celebrated for her long and successful career as a partner at BKD, LLP, and for providing more than 25 years of expertise in audit and consulting services for clients in the real estate, not-for-profit and government industries. Hamm has also presented numerous seminars on a variety of topics, assisted with the implementation of insightful solutions for her clients, and remained active in the recruitment of college graduates for the firm.

Eunice Schmiechen Wallar

Eunice Schmiechen Wallar

Eunice Schmiechen Wallar ’63  Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service

Honored for her passionate pursuit of education, the arts and children’s advocacy in her professional life. Wallar owns and manages Waverly House, the longest continuously operated art gallery in Springfield, and has raised more than $60,000 for local children’s charities. She has served on boards including the Camp Fire Boys and Girls, Friends of the Springfield Art Museum, and the Drury Panhellenic Alumni Council.

Nathan Pettyjohn

Nathan Pettyjohn

Nathan Pettyjohn ’01 – Distinguished Young Alumnus Award

Recognized for his innovative advancements in the mobile services and advertising industries. Pettyjohn is the founder and CEO of aisle411, the leading mobile commerce and location services platform for retailers. He and his company have been featured on CNBC, The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times and more. With more than 12 years of experience, he has a rich understanding of business, management, technology and marketing.

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Partnership puts future health care professionals in clinical setting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 30, 2014 — As entry into professional health and medical schools becomes more competitive, a new partnership between Drury and Jordan Valley Community Health Center (JVCHC) gives undergraduates the chance to experience and work in a real-world medical setting well before they take that next step in their academic careers.

The Drury Health Service Corps places pre-health sciences students inside the federally qualified health center in downtown Springfield to work alongside the medical staff and interact with patients. This gives them valuable – and increasingly, essential – volunteer experience in a real clinical setting. The work includes helping patients navigate the building and sign up for the online patient engagement portal, as well as assisting the JVCHC staff with a variety of customer-service related tasks.

The Drury Health Service Corps seeks to go beyond a mere “shadow” internship and to truly place undergraduates in the midst of the patient-provider dynamic. It will help them cultivate the empathy, understanding and skills necessary to build relationships with the medically underserved, so that they are better prepared to become patient-centered health care providers in the future.

“Medicine is certainly a ‘people’ business and that’s something medical schools are looking for — individuals who are not only academically prepared but are able to go out and interact with people in a really positive way,” says Dr. Beth Harville, assistant professor of biology and chemistry and director of Drury’s pre-health sciences program.

“This is such a win-win for both Drury University and Jordan Valley Community Health Center,” said Dr. Chan Ngo Reyes, medical director at Jordan Valley Community Health Center, and a DU alumna. “It is so important for pre-health sciences students to get meaningful, first-hand experiences in terms of patient care and what it means to truly treat and help patients in the medical setting. Through their volunteer hours, Drury students achieve self-confidence in meeting and speaking with patients who come to the clinic, learn how to work effectively and efficiently with others to meet the same goals, and observe experienced medical professionals practice within a clinic setting.”

The partnership further bolsters Drury’s pre-health sciences program, which has a strong history of producing graduates who move on to successful health care professions in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacology and more. Drury has partnerships that allow undergraduates who meet certain academic standards early acceptance to five medical schools – Saint Louis University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In the last 5 years, approximately 90 percent of Drury students who applied to medical school were accepted. Today more than 100 Drury alumni are practicing physicians in southwest Missouri.

Mikaela Speakes is a junior biochemistry major at Drury who has already been accepted to medical school at SLU. Participating in the Health Service Corps is a feather in the cap for the St. Louis-area native.

“Professors try to teach you patient care in the classroom, but it’s hard – you really have to do it for yourself,” Speakes says. “You have to get out there and interact with patients. And it’s a great break from studying and class. It’s something different.”

Health Service Corps students work in pairs at Jordan Valley from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Each pair works one day a week, for a total of about 65 hours worth of work by semester’s end. New groups of students will work during the winter break and spring semester. In all, more than 30 students will take part this academic year. Media interested in covering the program can make arrangements through Mike Brothers, DU media relations director.

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Environmental art exhibit featured at C-Street gallery in October

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sep. 29, 2014 —Drury on C-Street will open a unique exhibition featuring Missouri artist Shirah Miriam “Mimi” Aumann from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. The exhibit, “Hemp and Pots – Grass and Trees” will feature 44 multi-media pieces, including the installation of “Tree Whispers,” which portrays the deforestation of the Earth for paper. The Drury on C-Street gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial Street.

“This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the viewer to the strength and beauty of these natural fibres and get the environmental message across in a powerful and visual way,” Aumann says.

Aumann creates handmade papers and sculptures using tree-free, native plant fibers. She studied weaving for several years with Drury weaving instructor Harriet Mears, mother of Ellen Mears Kennedy, a noted papermaker.

Fluer de Iris, by artist Shirah Miriam “Mimi” Aumann

Fluer de Iris, by artist Shirah Miriam “Mimi” Aumann

The exhibition will open with a Creative Conversation at 5:30 p.m., featuring Aumann as well as Mike Lewis, executive director of Growing Warriors, a Kentucky-based organization that teaches veteran families the skills to grow naturally grown produce. Growing Warriors recently planted a successful crop of industrial hemp — a historic moment in Kentucky after decades of federal prohibition of industrial hemp.

After the opening, the public may view this exhibit from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. The exhibit runs through Oct. 29.

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. The Gallery aims to inspire and enrich the community through a diverse, quality experience; and strives to create and maintain strong local partnerships.

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Drury named a “Military Friendly School” for fourth straight year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 23, 2014 — For the fourth year in a row, Victory Media has recognized Drury University as a Military Friendly School. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and their spouses as students.

“Earning the 2014-2015 Military Friendly Schools designation puts Drury University in the top 20 percent of all eligible schools approved for G.I. Bill funding, and it tells prospective military students that Drury is pre-vetted with leading programs and policies to support military students,” says Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media, adjudicator of Military Friendly ratings and publisher of G.I. Jobs.

The Military Friendly Schools website (www.militaryfriendly.com) features interactive lists and search tools to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. Those selected by Victory Media exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

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Drury has a long tradition of serving those who have served our country. In the days after World War II, buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s 11 branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood.

“Being in the service can give a person the feelings of a fast-paced and stressful environment,” says Katelyn Vernon, president of the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America. “But the thought of changing your path in life and returning to school is almost more stressful. Luckily, Drury is there with you every step of the way. The staff is knowledgeable of all the requirements from the Veterans Administration, which ensures everything is processed quickly and smoothly. I am proud that I had the opportunity to attend Drury and was able to share and influence other students with my experiences in the service.”

Victory Media’s annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools will be distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel.

For more information on how Drury helps veterans find academic and career success, go to www.drury.edu/military.

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Students & faculty celebrate Banned Books Week with readings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 22, 2014 — Drury University will observe Banned Books Week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, as students, faculty and staff will read aloud selections from books that are often in censors’ crosshairs. The readings will take place on the steps of Olin Library. Organized by the English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta, the event is open to the public.

Many American classics have been on lists of frequently challenged books, including “The Great Gatsby,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” as well as modern-day bestsellers such as “Harry Potter” and even “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Banned books stack

“Banned Books Week isn’t so much a protest as a celebration of great books that many haven’t heard of until they are banned,” said Dr. Kevin Henderson, professor of English and advisor to Sigma Tau Delta. “We don’t read selections to be merely provocative; we read to suggest the power and complexity of literature that sometimes gets reduced to a few offending words or scenes when it is placed a banned book list.”

Banned Books Week was started in 1982 by the American Library Association to draw attention to an increasing number of book censorships and challenges seen in communities across the country. Universities and libraries nationwide now celebrate Banned Books Week each year.

“In a country that explicitly values freedom of expression, it seems ridiculous that censorship is even still an issue,” said Alexis Dutt, vice president of Sigma Tau Delta. “Banned book readings celebrate authors who took risks and the readers who demand to make their own decisions on what they want to read.”

In addition to the readings, members of Sigma Tau Delta are also promoting a book drive this year for the Little Free Library project organized by Professor Jo Van Arkels’ CORE 101 class. The public can donate new and used copies of children’s books, young adult fiction and nonfiction, and literary classics during the event. The recently constructed Little Library will also be on display.

For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Henderson.

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Humanities & Ethics Center presents #humgoespop this fall

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 19, 2014 — Drury University’s Humanities & Ethics Center has announced its fall calendar of events, including a book series, a film series in conjunction with the Moxie Cinema, and a speaker series. All activities are open to the public.

The theme for the upcoming year is #humgoespop or “Humanities Goes Pop,” which seeks to highlight how popular culture explores the study of human culture.

Now in its second year, the Humanities & Ethics Center hopes to engage students and local residents by promoting open discussions about various humanistic ideas and values. The Center’s innovative outreach efforts are in part a response to misperceptions about the field in light of a national focus on science, technology and business education during tough economic times. Discussions about values and ethics in many ways become even more essential during such times, say faculty.

“The Humanities are not mere ‘ivory tower’ issues, but the central questions of morality, memory, existence and character that ordinary people grapple with every day,” says Dr. Richard Schur, professor of English at Drury. “Attending the Center’s events makes humanities inquiry come alive and helps us understand how historical, religious, philosophical, and literary debates affect us in our everyday lives.”

“Humanities Goes Pop” Fall 2014 event calendar

Sept. 23, noon – Book Discussion Series – Harwood Reading Room, Olin Library

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” by Burt Royal

Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. – Humanities Night at the Theatre – Wilhoit Theater

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”

Discussion of the play led by Dr. Peter Meidlinger (English) and Madison Spencer (Theater)

Oct. 25, 1 p.m. – Moxie Film Series – Moxie Cinema

“On The Waterfront”

Dr. Kevin Henderson (English) will lead a discussion following the film

Oct. 28, noon – Book Discussion Series – Harwood Reading Room, Olin Library

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen

Nov. 6, 11 a.m. – Thinking Aloud Series – Olin Room, Olin Library

Dr. Patrick Moser, “Research in the Classroom”

Nov. 8, 1 p.m. – Moxie Film Series – Moxie Cinema

“The Spirit of the Beehive”

Dr. Heidi Backes (Spanish) will lead a discussion following the film.

Nov. 15, 1 p.m. – Moxie Film Series – Moxie Cinema

“Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”

Dr. Peter Meidlinger (English) and Jess Heugel will lead a discussion following the film

Academic programs under Drury’s humanities division include communication, English, history, languages, library science and philosophy & religion. For more information about the Humanities at Drury or upcoming events, visit the division’s web page, read the “Human, All Too Human” blog, or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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CoxHealth CEO to speak at Founders Day convocation Thursday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 16, 2014 — CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards, a Drury alumnus and trustee, will speak at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 18 in Stone Chapel as part of the University’s Founders Day convocation.

Edwards will present “The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse,” a title borrowed from Walt Whitman’s poem, “O Me! O Life!” Edwards graduated from Drury in 1988 and was elected to the University’s Board of Trustees in 2012. He currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including: the Springfield-Greene County Health Commission, Forest Institute, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, Cox College, Voluntary Hospitals of America, Missouri Hospital Association and Springfield Innovation, Inc.

Founders Day celebrates the tradition of giving back to Drury and honors the generosity of those who give their time, talent and resources to the University.

“The Founders Day Convocation has historically celebrated those individuals – past and present – whose generosity of spirit and support provide the foundation on which Drury’s very bright future rests,” said Dr. Charles Taylor, vice president for academic affairs. “Their commitment to Drury’s mission of providing an education of the ‘first rank’ that integrates liberal and professional learning in the service of engaged global citizenship is humbling, and it’s appropriate that we pause each year to remember and to celebrate that commitment.”

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