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Kiplinger’s again ranks Drury as one of America’s best value schools

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., January 19, 2017 — Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again included Drury University on its list of the nation’s best values in higher education.

Kiplinger’s annual list ranks the Top 100 schools in three categories: private universities, public universities and liberal arts colleges. This is the fourth year in a row Drury has made the private universities list, at No. 49. Drury is No. 153 on Kiplinger’s combined list of 300 schools.

The complete rankings are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college and in the current issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

“Year after year, objective researchers and publications tell the nation what Drury students, families and alumni already know: Drury provides an outstanding value to our graduates,” says Kevin Kropf, executive vice president of enrollment management at Drury.

Kiplinger’s assesses value using measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include admission rates, percentage of students who return for sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include “sticker” price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Drury’s average student debt upon graduation is below the state, regional and national averages; and 97 percent of Drury students receive a portion of over $30 million in financial assistance each year.

Drury is consistently recognized for providing outstanding educational value for students and families. Drury was recognized as a Top 20 “Best Value School” in the Midwest (at No. 18) by U.S. News & World Report earlier this year, and Washington Monthly named Drury a “Best Bang for the Buck” school in its 2016 college guide.

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Drury accounting students to provide free income tax preparation assistance

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 10, 2017 — Drury University students again will provide free tax preparation through an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. The annual tax preparation service is open to the public and is designed to benefit low-income and senior taxpayers.

The Drury tax clinic is primarily a walk-in service. This site calls its last client on each date one hour prior to closing. VITA clinics are held at the Breech School of Business Administration building, on the northeast corner of Central Street and Drury Lane. The clinics will be held at the following times:

Saturday, Feb. 4 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 6 – 4 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10 – 4 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 13 – 4 to 8 p.m.

All returns will be filed electronically unless the IRS requires a manual return. All taxpayers must be available to sign the appropriate forms in the case of joint returns.

VITA tax clinic 2015

Taxpayers are required to bring photo ID and Social Security cards for themselves and dependents, as well as any tax documentation which they have received, including all W-2 forms, 1099 forms, and statements issued by brokerage firms. Clients are also asked to bring a copy of their 2015 state and federal tax returns to help speed up the filing process. The Drury VITA site is located in the Breech School of Business Administration at the corner of Central Street and Drury Lane.

Due to limitations set by the federal government, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs are unable to help taxpayers who have declared bankruptcy or incurred insolvency during the tax year, have rental property, have a self-owned business with inventory, depreciable property, or which had an overall loss for the year, and certain situations in which a taxpayer has received a forgiveness of debt.

VIDEO: VITA tax preparation clinic

Drury recognizes staff members for years of service, dedication

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., December 21, 2016 — Drury University recently recognized 16 staff members for milestone service anniversaries and dedication to the organization. The university also presented the annual Distinguished Staff Service Award to Ann Saunders, Director of the Southwest Region within the College of Continuing Professional Studies.

35 Years

John Jones – Custodian

30 Years

Phyllis Decker – Custodian

25 Years

Richard Hackett – Diving Coach

20 Years

Colleen Andrews – Transfer Recruiter/Advisor

Mike Porter – Director, Networking & Client Support Services

15 Years

Danny Artherton – Custodian

Cindy Jones – University Registrar

Midge McGee – Practicum Coordinator/Academic Advisor

Mitch Morrissey – Custodian

Stanley Thomas – Custodian

10 Years

Tammie Black – Coordinator, Ft. Leonard Wood campus

Shawn Claypool – Custodian

Doug Compton – HVAC Technician

Anthony Lee – Custodian

Albert Rauch – Help Desk Coordinator

Ryan Swan – Head Men’s Soccer Coach

 

2016 Distinguished Staff Award

The Distinguished Staff Service Award was presented to Ann Saunders, Director of the Southwest Region within the College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS). Saunders was recognized for her dedication to the mission of Drury and CCPS and for her tireless efforts to bolster that mission at Drury’s Monett campus.

Ann Saunders with Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd

Ann Saunders with Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd

Saunders was instrumental in landing the $1.9 million federal CAMP grant to help migrant workers and their families find educational opportunities this year; and played a key role in facilitating the donation of the Monett campus property to the university last year. She was praised for her ability to build connections, create new opportunities for growth, and mentor students and fellow employees.

The Distinguished Staff Award was established in 2006 by Drury alumni and two former employees to recognize one staff member’s exceptional accomplishments, leadership and service to the university each year. Staff members with at least two years of continuous service are eligible to be nominated for the award.

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Breech School of Business announces its Hall of Fame Class of 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., December 21, 2016 — Drury University’s Breech School of Business Administration will induct three new members into its Hall of Fame during the University’s annual homecoming weekend early next year.

The Class of 2017 includes Dr. Claudine Barrett Cox ‘63, Tommy Kellogg ‘58, and William D. (Bill) Vaughan ’74. They will join 21 other outstanding members of the Hall during a Feb. 10 induction ceremony at the Findlay Student Center Ballroom.

Cox

Cox

Dr. Claudine Barrett Cox earned a B.A. and an MBA from Drury before going on to earn a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri. She taught business courses at Drury and for many years was the portfolio manager for the multiple Cox companies and for CoxHealth, the nonprofit hospital named in honor of her father-in-law, Lester E. Cox. She was a U.S. representative to UNICEF for eight years and engaged in extensive philanthropic and service work, including serving as the president of the Cox Hospital Auxiliary and on the boards of directors for Cox College, Drury University, Springfield Little Theater, and the Missouri State Chamber of Commerce, among others. She passed away in 2014 at age 90.

Tommy Kellogg is a retired executive of the W. R. Berkley Corporation where he was chairman of its subsidiary, Signet Star Holdings, Inc. Prior to joining Berkley, Kellogg retired in May 2001 after 33 years of service with General Reinsurance Corporation and General Re Corporation, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. He retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of General Reinsurance Corporation, and Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of General Re Corporation, the holding company. Originally from Ava, Missouri, Kellogg earned degrees in economics and political science while at Drury. He earned a Master of Arts degree in economics and marketing from Michigan State University, and a J.D. of Law degree from DePaul University. Kellogg has been a member of the Drury Board of Trustees since 1990.

Kellogg

Kellogg

William D. (Bill) Vaughan earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics at Drury, and went on to the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. A fourth-generation owner of the Bank of Urbana, Vaughan took over the family business in the late 1980s. In the 1990s he expanded the business by opening branches in Buffalo and Hermitage, and did so again in 2004 in Macks Creek. Vaughan recently led a merger of Bank of Urbana with OakStar Bank, based in Springfield, and will retire in February. He has served as member of the board of directors for the Missouri Independent Bankers Association and the Ozark Bankers Association. He was an alderman for the City of Urbana and has been a Drury Trustee since 2008.

“We are thrilled to honor these individuals who have honored Drury and the Breech School of Business by leading exemplary careers and lives,” says Dr. Robin Sronce, dean of the Breech School. “Claudine, Tommy and Bill have been generous to our students and to Drury over many years, and truly represent the Breech School’s mission of preparing ethical leaders for the global business community.”

Vaughan

Vaughan

The Breech Hall of Fame was created to honor Drury alumni and faculty for outstanding professional achievement in the field of business. 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/business.

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Drury’s winter commencement ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., December 15, 2016 — Drury University will confer degrees to 266 graduates at its winter commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. The College of Continuing Professional Studies will confer 188 degrees. The College of Graduate Studies will confer 20 degrees and the traditional residential day school will confer 63 degrees.

Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

The keynote speaker is Drury alumnus Aaron Jones, who has served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies since 2012. He was named Chief of Staff to Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd in July, a position he will assume on a full-time basis in January 2017. This also will be the first commencement ceremony for Cloyd as Drury’s president.

Jones graduated from Drury University in 1995, where he served as Student Body President and president of Lambda Chi Alpha. He received his Juris Doctor in 1998 and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in dispute resolution in 2009 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jones began practicing law in Springfield with Hulston, Jones & Marsh, in 1998. He is a member of the American Bar Association and a fellow in the American Bar Foundation. Jones is a member of King’s Way United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club of Springfield (Downtown). After serving as president of the Drury University Alumni Association, he was elected to the Drury Board of Trustees in 2009 and served until his appointment as Dean in 2012.

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Drury University to dedicate new campus green space on Thursday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., December 14, 2016 — Drury University will dedicate Russell H. Keller Park, a campus green space, with a ceremony at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 15. The green space itself is located on the north end of campus near the Drury fraternity quad, but the ceremony will be held indoors at Freeman Panhellenic Hall.

The space is the result of a real estate gift from Drury alumnus Russell Keller. Keller earned an MBA from Drury in 1967, and spent nearly three decades serving the public as Greene County Recorder of Deeds. Formerly the site of two adjacent single-family properties, the now open space runs along the south side of Calhoun Street between Robberson and Jefferson avenues.

“Drury University is very grateful to Mr. Keller for this gift,” says Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “Russell has been a friend and supporter of Drury for decades, and this gift will help us continue to shape the physical campus for decades yet to come.”

Speakers will include Ron Cushman, Director of Facilities, and Brian Shipman, a Drury faculty member who is a highly active volunteer with the Midtown Neighborhood Association. Remarks from Drury alumnus Larry O’Reilly, a friend and former neighbor of Mr. Keller, will also be read at the ceremony.

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Drury to launch Law Enforcement Academy in Lebanon in 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., December 9, 2016 — Ozarkers seeking a career in law enforcement will have a new option next year as Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies launches a Law Enforcement Academy in Lebanon in early summer 2017. This is the second academy site for Drury. The university’s Springfield academy has met the needs of local enforcement training and employment since 2004.

The academy will meet in the evening Monday through Thursday, and during 10 weekends, for one year. After completion, graduates receive a Class A License and meet the minimum requirements for employment with municipal, county and state law enforcement positions. Students also graduate with 24 college credit hours that can be applied to a degree program.

Drury University’s Law Enforcement Academy is approved by the state of Missouri as a Law Enforcement Training entity. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and the program meets the requirements for military education benefits.

“We look forward to expanding to the Lebanon, Camdenton and Waynesville areas and working with those local agencies to satisfy their training and employment needs,” said Tony Bowers, Director of the Law Enforcement Agency.

Defensive tactics training at the Drury Law Enforcement Academy.

Defensive tactics training at the Drury Law Enforcement Academy.

The expansion announcement has already garnered support from law enforcement leaders in the Lebanon area, including Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap.

“I have been affiliated with the Drury Academy for a number of years and appreciate their commitment to providing quality training to police recruits,” said Millsap, who is an adjunct instructor for the Academy in Springfield. “Their reputation for professional training will attract potential law enforcement officers from not only Laclede County but also the Ft. Leonard Wood area, as well as the Lake of Ozarks. The Laclede County Sheriff’s Office is excited about this training opportunity so close to home, and we look forward to working with Drury to make the Lebanon site a success.”

Informational sessions are planned for January and March in Lebanon. Those interested in more information about the Academy or the upcoming info sessions, can contact Tony Bowers at tbowers@drury.edu.

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Media Contact: Kristy Nelson, Director of Marketing – CCPS: (417) 873-7317 or knelson008@drury.edu.

Drury Scholars Program awarded $2,500 grant from U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank, through the U.S. Bank Foundation, has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Drury Scholars Program, an effort dedicated to closing the racial achievement gap by working with African-American students in Springfield Public Schools.

U.S. Bank’s community investment platform is centered on Work, Home and Play. By focusing on Work, Home and Play, U.S. Bank’s philanthropic and volunteer efforts can have a greater impact on the building blocks of thriving communities, which include stable employment opportunities, a home to call one’s own, and a community connected through culture, recreation and play.

“We are proud to support the Drury Scholars program as they provide pathways to higher learning,” said Steve Fox, U.S. Bank region president. “The work they are doing is an important investment into our community.”

U.S. Bank makes Work possible by investing in job skills training, small business development and college/career readiness.

“The grant from U.S. Bank is a generous gift that will support our mentoring, tutoring and ACT-prep initiatives designed to help college-bound African-American students get college ready,” said Dr. Peter Meidlinger, co-founder and co-director of the Drury Scholars Program.

US Bank check for Scholars

About Drury Scholars Program

Drury Scholars Program believes in providing effective diversity programs that work with the whole person and the entire community. The program provides strong academic support, including: tutoring, mentoring, personal and academic goal setting, assistance applying for college and financial aid. These activities take place within an environment that emphasizes the importance of building strong social support systems with one another, their mentors and adults in the community.

About U.S. Bank

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $438 billion in assets as of June 30, 2016, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,122 banking offices in 25 states and 4,923 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

Community Possible is the corporate giving and volunteer program at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable employment, a safe place to call home and a community connected through culture, recreation and play. Philanthropic support through the U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate giving program reached $53 million in 2015. Visit www.usbank.com/community.

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Drury names four new members to its Board of Trustees

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 29, 2016 — Drury University’s Board of Trustees welcomed four new members to its ranks during its fall meeting, and began the process with new Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd of engaging in a shared vision for the future of the school with the administration, faculty and staff.

Drury’s Board of Trustees meets in full twice annually, in spring and in fall. This was the first full board meeting for Cloyd, who assumed the office on July 1.

During the Board meeting, Dr. Cloyd spoke to trustees about accomplishments to date, including recruitment and restructuring of talent on the Senior Leadership Team, a renewed focus on empowering faculty and staff to do their best work, and the inherent strength that comes as a result of everyone across campus speaking about Drury with a positive, unified voice. He praised the work of faculty and staff so far this semester, including the broad-based efforts responsible for bringing in the largest incoming freshman class in many years.

Cloyd and members of Drury’s Senior Leadership Team also began meaningful discussions with trustees about what Cloyd referred to as “The Big Three” strategic initiatives for the University’s long-term future: Developing a market positioning platform that is unique and defining of the Drury experience; designing a campus master plan that advances institutional priorities; and undertaking a comprehensive, multi-year campaign that will support the mission of Drury through its 150th anniversary in 2023 and beyond.

Cloyd (center) presents board members Bill Hart (left) and Danny Lay (right) with GRATAHAD t-shirts signaling that “Great Remarkable Affirming Things are Happening at Drury.”

Cloyd (center) presents board members Bill Hart (left) and Danny Lay (right) with GRATAHAD t-shirts signaling that “Great Remarkable Affirming Things are Happening at Drury.”

“Dr. Cloyd’s leadership experience and strategic way of looking at every issue will serve Drury well,” said Lyle Reed, chair of the Drury Board of Trustees. “We look forward to working with him and the faculty as we guide the institution we all cherish to even greater heights.”

“This was certainly an exciting and energizing board meeting given the recent string of good news so far this fall, and because of the strategic roadmap laid out by Dr. Cloyd’s leadership team,” said Steve Edwards, CoxHealth CEO and Drury Trustee. “The task for all of us now is to continue to build on those recent successes and not limit our imagination as to what we can accomplish.”

The four newly appointed Trustees include:

Dickerson

Dickerson

Rob Dickerson, Springfield, Missouri – Dickerson is a commercial insurance agent with Barker, Phillips, Jackson. He graduated from Drury in 1990 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. He went on to Southern Methodist University to earn his MBA in 1991. Prior to his current business activities, he was a large Papa Murphy’s franchisee and owner/officer for Laker Fishing. Dickerson was an adjunct faculty member at Drury and a member of the Business Advisory Board for Drury SIFE. Dickerson joined the Breech Advisory Board in 2008.

Frederick

Fredrick

Gail L. Fredrick, Springfield, Missouri – Fredrick graduated from Drury in 1969 with a B.A. in business administration and economics. He received an MBA from Drury in 1972, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1975. Fredrick currently practices law in Springfield and has been active in Drury activities since graduation, including past president of the Drury Booster Club and member of the Sports Hall of Fame Committee. He has served as a member of the Missouri Public Defender Commission, Missouri Arts Council and currently serves on the Springfield Sports Commission and Springfield Area Hall of Fame Committee.

French

French

Lindsay French, Springfield, Missouri – French owns Dynamic Body, LLC in Springfield, a mind-body studio that includes over 100 movement classes a week, 25 employees, massage therapy, skin care, acupuncture, a wellness boutique featuring athleisure wear, and more. French earned a B.S. in Business Administration in 2002; and an MBA in 2004, both from Drury. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, and has served on boards for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

Scott

Scott

Suzanne (Suzie) Scott, Evergreen, Colorado – Dr. Scott has over 20 years of domestic and international experience in higher education. She has over 15 years’ experience in engineering design education in the Middle East and the United States. Scott holds a faculty position at the Colorado School of Mines where she participated in the development of the Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi, working on a team that adapted a western university model to Middle Eastern culture. She has also coordinated international engineering design competitions and organized intercultural forums between the two schools. Scott holds a B.A. from Drury, an M.A. from Washington University and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

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Drury and OTC sign agreement to benefit honors students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 21, 2016 — Ozarks Technical Community College Honors program graduates who transfer to Drury University will automatically be eligible for honors-program admission and scholarships thanks to an articulation agreement signed today, Nov. 21 at Drury University.

“Many outstanding students attend OTC before pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and the OTC Honors program provides them with challenging curriculum in an atmosphere of scholarship,” said Todd Yerby, OTC Honors program director. “Now, we are thrilled to enter a great partnership with Drury that will provide these high-achieving students with financial and academic incentives to transfer.”

The agreement between OTC and Drury grants the first four OTC Honors program graduates ─ who have been accepted into Drury University and possess a grade point average of 3.75 or higher ─ admittance into the Drury Honors program. These four students will also receive a scholarship of at least $6,500 per academic year that is renewable for up to eight semesters.

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The Drury Honors program will admit more OTC Honors program graduates if additional space in the program is available. Students with a GPA below 3.75 may still apply to the Drury Honors program if a letter of recommendation from the OTC Honors program director accompanies their application.

“OTC students will bring a wealth of experience and talent to our program,” said Dr. Richard Schur, director of the Drury Honors program. “We can expect great things from these students as they use Drury’s resources to complete research and service learning projects that will not only enhance their academic journeys but also benefit our local community.”

The OTC Honors program enrolls approximately 50 students each academic year. The program is open to current college students or incoming freshmen. For admittance into the program, students must meet a set of academic standards, complete an essay and provide three academic references. To graduate with OTC Honors program distinction, students must complete honors courses, volunteer at campus and community events, and maintain a high GPA.

Drury’s honors classes ask students to pose solutions to scientific, social, and cultural problems; engage in service learning projects throughout the region; complete research projects; and dig deeply into scholarly literature. The program spans a student’s entire academic career and caps off with an in-depth senior project of their own choosing. Honors graduates have recently been accepted into some of the best graduate schools in the country, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Missouri.

This is the third articulation agreement signed between the OTC Honors program and a Missouri four-year university. OTC also has agreements with the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri Southern State University in Joplin that provide OTC Honors students with academic and financial incentives to transfer.

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