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Breech School of Business inducts Gohn, Rohlf into its Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 28, 2016 — Drury University’s Breech School of Business Administration inducted two new members into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on Saturday. Longtime West Plains banking executive David Gohn and retiring economics professor Dr. Bill Rohlf joined 19 previously inducted members of the Hall as the Class of 2016.

David Gohn graduated from Drury in 1964 with a degree in economics. Gohn has been a leader in community banking for 52 years and currently serves as the chairman and CEO of West Plains Bank and Trust Company. He began a management training program at Union National Bank in Springfield before accepting a position with the West Plains Bank in 1966. He served on the Drury University Board of Trustees from 1988-2009 and is a past chairman of the board.

Dr. William (Bill) Rohlf received his bachelor’s degree from Baker University in 1967 and completed his Ph.D. in economics from Kansas State University in 1972. He came to Drury University shortly thereafter, where he has since served as a distinguished member of the faculty at the Breech School of Business Administration. In his tenure as professor of economics, Bill has been honored as recipient of numerous awards, and his very successful basic economics textbook is widely recognized for its emphasis on the application of economic reasoning in the analysis of current economic events. Affectionately known to his students as “Dr. Lovable,” Rohlf is indeed a caring but demanding teacher, who is highly respected for his innovative methods and teaching style.

“We’re pleased to be able to honor two people who have done so much for Breech, for Drury and for the business landscape of the Ozarks,” said Dr. Robin Sronce, Dean of the Breech School of Business. “Their contributions have made a difference for businesses and students for decades – and their impact will continue to be felt for years to come.”

The Breech Hall of Fame was created to honor Drury alumni and faculty for outstanding professional achievement in the field of business. The reputation of the Breech School has grown tremendously since its inception in 1957 due, in part, to the success of its alumni. Inductees into the Hall must have made a significant, positive impact in the field of business through exemplary leadership, have demonstrated professional conduct consistent with the mission of the University and the Breech School of Business Administration, and have demonstrated a concern for improving their communities.

Past inductees include legendary Fortune magazine editor Carol Junge Loomis, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, Ford Motor Company CEO Ernest Breech, and O’Reilly Auto Parts executives Larry and David O’Reilly.

More information on the Breech Hall of Fame can be found online at www.drury.edu.

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Three of the year’s top five SPS teachers are Drury graduates

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 27, 2016 — The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools held its Annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet on April 18, where it named the system’s Teacher of the Year. Of the five finalists for the award, three are Drury University alumni.

Loren Broaddus, a social studies teacher at Kickapoo High School, earned his Bachelor of Arts from Drury in 1988, and his MED in 1994.

Mary “Betsy” Cannella, a Project Lead The Way teacher at Glendale High School, earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Drury in 2006, and a Master of Education degree from Drury in 2008.

Angela Odom, a math teacher at Kickapoo High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury in 1992.

“It’s wonderful to see that our graduates are not only making a difference in classrooms, but are also being recognized as among the best in the field,” said Dr. Laurie Edmondson, Dean of the College of Education and Child Development. “And it’s always nice when that recognition happens right here in our own back yard.”

The Drury University School of Education and Child Development offers the longest standing accredited teacher preparation program in Missouri. For more information on education degrees at Drury, go to www.drury.edu/education.

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Drury & Cox College to launch dual degree nursing program in Fall 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 26, 2016 — College students seeking a career in nursing will have a new degree option in the fall, thanks to a partnership between Drury University and Cox College of Nursing & Health Science.

The two schools have seamlessly blended academic offerings to create a unique dual degree program that allows traditional undergraduates to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Drury’s highly respected science faculty, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Cox College – all in the span of a four-year college career.

Drury will host a Nursing Day event for prospective students from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday April 29 at Trustee Science Center on the Drury campus. The day will include speakers, tours of facilities on both campuses, and lunch. Registration is required and can be done online at Drury.edu/admission/nursing-day/.

Students receiving this dual degree will have the benefit of excellent professional education coupled with a liberal arts foundation. The BA in Biology provides a strong foundation in the natural sciences and improved analytical and critical thinking skills. Completion of a liberal arts degree will provide nursing students with strong writing and speaking skills as well as an enhanced understanding and appreciation of diverse individuals and cultures. The BSN degree provides a broad foundation in technical nursing skills. This blend of natural sciences and liberal arts makes the program an excellent option for students who may want to pursue advanced practice degrees or move into administrative and leadership roles in the future.

Other benefits of the program include:

  • Students have access to a traditional college experience, including campus activities, athletics, Greek life and more
  • Advising and mentorship from both Drury and Cox College faculty
  • Access to Drury financial aid and scholarships throughout college career
  • Opportunities for hands-on work with under-served populations in the area through the Drury Health Service Corps
  • Seamless integration – all scheduling and business transactions are handled by Drury

“We’re very pleased to be able to partner with Cox College to combine the strengths of our two institutions for this program,” says Beth Harville, Dean of Drury’s College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences. “It’s a natural fit, and it fills a need by going beyond technical skills and ensuring that graduates understand the human and cultural side of healthcare.”

Officials at healthcare organizations in the Ozarks and across the country have pointed out the incredible need for more highly qualified nurses as the field continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 1 million new nurses will be needed nationwide by 2022.

“As the need for medical professionals continues to rise, this dual-degree collaboration presents both a great opportunity and a valuable resource,” says Steve Edwards, CoxHealth’s president and CEO, who is also an alumnus and trustee at Drury University. “We want to make sure the people of this community are cared for. This venture does that by ensuring that there are high-quality medical professionals locally, and by providing a new way for our friends and neighbors to develop professionally.”

The program begins in fall 2016. For more information go to Drury.edu/pre-health/nursing-program, or contact Dr. Mark Wood, director of pre-health sciences, at mwood@drury.edu.

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Media contact: Dr. Beth Harville, Dean of the College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences: (417) 873-4085 or bharville@drury.edu.

Drury University’s “Take Back the Night” event to be held April 26

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 25, 2016 — Drury University will cap off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with “Take Back the Night” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. The event begins at the circle drive at the end of Drury Lane, outside Findlay Student Center. Drury students and community members will march to demonstrate Drury’s commitment to preventing sexual assault and to protest all forms of sexual, relationship, and domestic violence.

Take Back the Night events began as candlelight vigils in the early 1970s. They were women-only events meant to symbolize the experience of a woman’s individual walk through darkness and to demonstrate how women could unite to resist violence and fear. Today, these events typically involve men and women from across campus communities. Drury’s Take Back the Night is sponsored by student-led organizations V-Warriors and Greek Life.

“Take Back the Night is important because it sends a message that students will not be silent about sexual assault on Drury’s campus and on campuses across the nation,” said Rachel Ryan, president of the V-Warriors. “The march gives survivors of sexual assault a voice to stand up and say that this violence will not be tolerated, and it gives people who may not be as aware of the issue on our campus a way to educate themselves.”

To conclude the evening, luminaries will be lit in memory of sexual assault victims and survivors. Dr. Erin Kenny, associate professor and director of Drury’s minor in Women & Gender Studies, will discuss some of the history and controversies surrounding Take Back the Night events worldwide. Greek Life is also sponsoring a concert with performances from Blue False Indigo, Sam Hinson & Raeanna Duncan, and Lauren Goskie.

This event is free, but donations will be collected and raffles will be held to benefit the Victim Center in Springfield.

Drury University uses a number of avenues to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault among the campus community. They including the Panthers for Prevention group, the Green Dot program, a required online training course called Haven, discussions during freshman orientation, and other initiatives led by both students and faculty/staff.

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Motivational speaker Mark Grantham to discuss disability inclusion April 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2016 — The President’s Council on Inclusion hosts motivational speaker Mark Grantham at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 28, in Drury’s Diversity Center at the corner of Bob Barker Boulevard and Washington Avenue. In 2006, at age 24, Grantham was in a debilitating accident and became a quadriplegic. He discovered that his ability to move forward and the life lessons he learned made him uniquely positioned to inspire others.

“I desire to push people beyond what they believe are their limits,” says Grantham.

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The event is open to the public. Grantham is a graduate of Evangel University, is self-employed, and currently the vice president of the board of directors for the Southwest Center for Independent Living and serves on the Patient Advisory Council for the CoxHealth System.

His speech will encourage students with disabilities to find their voice to advocate, educate about their disability, and look to their future. Grantham will speak to everyone about the importance of inclusiveness and understanding.

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Media Contact: Ed Derr, Director of Counseling & Disability Services: (417) 873-7457 or ederr@drury.edu.

 

Arbor Day Celebration to be held at Drury University on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2016 — Drury University’s Landscape Advisory Committee consisting of faculty, staff, students and community volunteers invites the community to the 2016 Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m., Friday, April 22, in the Findlay Student Center Ballroom.

Springfield Mayor Robert Stephens will give a proclamation, Drury students will read poetry including an original poem titled “The Treehouse Tree” created for the event, and an interactive tree map of the Drury University campus will be presented.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will also announce that Drury has earned recognition as a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for the second year in a row. Drury Groundskeeper Joe Fearn will present the Good Steward Award to a member of the Drury community who through their actions and efforts helps fulfill the mission of Drury’s grounds.

Following the ceremony, guests are invited to gather for a short, guided campus tree walk, participate in a plant sale, and select free seedlings provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Refreshments will be provided.

Drury’s urban forest accounts for more than $1.2 million in capital assets. There are approximately 1,000 trees and 90 species on campus.

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Student-led newspaper, The Mirror, earns awards for publication

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2016 — Drury’s student-produced newspaper, The Mirror, earned 12 awards at the 2016 Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) Conference on April 9 at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. Current students and recent graduates competed for awards with student staff from college newspapers at Maryville University, Missouri Southern State University, Missouri Western State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Truman State University, and Webster University.

This year’s winners from Drury were as follows:

Lillian Stone, from Springfield, earned 1st in Website Design, 1st in In-Depth News Reporting, and honorable mention in Page One Design.

Cory Bledsoe, from Springfield, earned 1st in Website Design and 3rd in Information Graphic.

Hwani Lee, from Seoul, South Korea, earned 1st in Page One Design.

Alexis Dutt, from Abilene, Kansas, earned 1st in Page One Design.

Holly Summers, from Bentonville, Arkansas, earned an Honorable mention in Page One Design.

Nicholas Childress, from Monett, earned 2nd in video and honorable mentions in Sports Page and Feature Page.

Anne Marie Schudy, from Springfield, earned 1st in Information Graphic and 2nd in Story Illustration.

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Media Contact: Lillian Stone, Editor-in-Chief of The Mirror. Email: lstone003@drury.edu.

Week of public events celebrates the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 18, 2016 — Drury University’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences will host a week’s worth of events, lectures, student presentations and performances during the inaugural CHSS Week, which begins today.

CHSS Week is a celebration highlighting the ways in which the study of areas such as fine and performing arts, social sciences and the humanities contribute to knowledge of the human experience and prepare students for successful careers and fulfilling lives. Students in these fields cultivate sharp critical thinking skills, the courage to take intellectual risks, open-mindedness, and creativity.

“During the last few years, the faculty and students in these areas have been working hard to tell the story of the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences in a time when some are shortsightedly questioning the value of these critical fields,” says Chris Panza, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “All of these departments were brought under a single umbrella as a College last fall, and we began to plan an event around expressing the enduring value of our common work.”

All events are open to the public. A complete listing can be found online. Highlights include:

Monday, April 18, 8:30 a.m. to 3p.m. – International Culture Fair. Over 500 children from surrounding Springfield schools will attend. Findlay Student Center Ballroom.

Tuesday, April 19, 3 – 4:30 p.m. – The Making of “Van Halen Rising.” Dr. Greg Renoff will discuss how he turned his fandom and research into the book. Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center.

Wednesday, April 20, 5 p.m. – “Why Tolerate Religion?” Lecture by University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter, a leading scholar in the areas of law and philosophy. Diversity Center.

Wednesday, April 20, 12 – 8 p.m.  English and Writing Symposium. Alumni and area professionals will hold a panel discussion, Shakespeare and Ethics performance, student readings, followed by reading by Cole Closser. Harwood Reading Room, Olin Library.

Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. – Jazz concert. Clara Thompson Hall.

Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. – Drury Theatre Presents: “The Three Sisters,” 7:30 p.m., Wilhoit Theatre. (NOTE: Performances of “The Three Sisters” take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.)

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – Finale Concert by the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra. Evangel University Chapel Auditorium.

For more about the Humanities and Social Sciences at Drury, visit the CHSS page at Drury.edu or read the Human, All Too Human blog.

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Media Contact: Dr. Chris Panza, Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences: (417) 873-6873 or cpanza@drury.edu.

Breech Business Week helps prepare students for the professional world

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 13, 2016 — The Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University will dedicate next week 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 third 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 negotiating job offers and polishing their online presence, students will interact with a number of business professionals. The guest lecturers include Esther George, president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, and Matt Morrow, president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

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 18, 10 a.m. – Teleconference discussion with Esther George, President and CEO of Kansas City Federal Reserve

Tuesday, April 19, Noon – Polish your Online Image: Online presence review with the Career Planning and Development Office

Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m. – Work/Life Balance: A discussion with Mary Jane Norris of Elliott, Robinson & Co.

Thursday, April 21, 12 p.m. – Discussion with Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Matt Morrow and Board Chair Debbie Shantz Hart. 1:30 p.m. – Negotiating Job Offers: Discussion with Karen Shannon, Human Resources & Business Consulting Director at Ollis/Akers/Arney.

Friday, April 24, 12 p.m. – The Breech Award Luncheon honoring the top students in Drury’s business school will be held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. 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 Commerce Bank and OakStar Bank.

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

Drury among partners selected for $1.3 million Northwest Project grant

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced today that a five-year grant for up to $1.3 million to address poverty in northwest Springfield will be awarded to a partnership led by Missouri State University, the Drew Lewis Foundation and Drury University.

The partnership was selected by a volunteer grant committee through a competitive process that began last fall. Major funding for the grant is being provided by the CFO, the Stanley and Elaine Ball Foundation managed by Central Trust and The Musgrave Foundation.

The goal of The Northwest Project is to pilot strategies over a five-year period to help families overcome the challenges that have kept them living in poverty and sustain their long-term success in emerging from those circumstances. The MSU/Drew Lewis/Drury partnership was selected for its vision of using a model that couples family support with neighborhood development and sustainability. This community-driven development model will work to bridge the gaps between people and resources through both case management services and a teamwork approach where program participants will be expected to support each other.

A strong consideration in awarding the grant is the proposed comprehensive evaluation process, which will be coordinated jointly by MSU’s Center for Community Engagement and Drury’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership. In addition, Drury’s Community Outreach and Leadership Development Office will manage a centralized, online volunteer service to coordinate participant needs and reduce overlap of services.

The CFO encouraged grant applicants to consider a model used in Jacksonville, Florida’s “1,000 in 1,000” project, which has demonstrated success in reducing poverty by emphasizing “pivotal assets” that boost families’ opportunities for success. Examples of these include financial literacy, parenting skills, reliable transportation, affordable housing, quality childcare and others.

The MSU/Drew Lewis/Drury partnership also includes a number of community agencies that will provide resources related to these pivotal assets. These partners are: Ozarks Technical Community College, MU Extension, the City of Springfield, Consumer Credit Counseling, Springfield Community Gardens, Springfield Public Schools, Life 360 Family Services, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, Great Circle-Parenting Life Skills Center, Hand in Hand Multicultural Center, Care to Learn, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Ozarks Regional YMCA and Schweitzer United Methodist Church Jobs for Life Program.

The first step for The Northwest Project will be informational meetings this spring to recruit and evaluate the first group of eligible families. For more information about the background of The Northwest Project, visit: www.cfozarks.org/northwest.