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Film showcases impact of Joplin tornado healing garden created by Drury students

Media Contact: Traci Sooter – Professor of Architecture; Director of Design-Build Programs: (417) 234-6405

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 22, 2017 — Since opening three years ago, the Landscapes of Resilience Butterfly Garden & Overlook in Joplin has helped the residents of a tornado-ravaged community experience healing and recovery through nature and thoughtful design.

Today, on the sixth anniversary of the Joplin tornado, a short documentary film telling the story of this project – designed by the Drury University Hammons School of Architecture’s Design-Build Program – is being released.

The seven-minute film, titled “Butterfly Angels,” shines a light on an effort that drew together an eclectic and passionate team of people, many from Joplin and the surrounding area; others from a thousand miles away. Together, they focused on conceptualizing and creating a green space, a healing garden, for the purpose of helping the people of Joplin deal with the enormous trauma inflicted by the tornado.

The film will be available for viewing starting Monday at: http://www.natureeffect.org/Joplin. It will also be featured by AccuWeather on television and online.

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“The devastation that Joplin experienced was beyond what most of us can fully imagine,” said Alden Stoner, the producer and co-director behind “Butterfly Angels.” “When we think of disaster recovery, most of us envision the rebuilding process — the reconstruction of homes, businesses — but in truth, it’s about something much deeper.”

Among the voices heard in the film are those of Drury architecture professors and co-lead project designers Traci Sooter and Nancy Chikaraishi; and Chris Cotten, head of Joplin’s Parks and Recreation Department and a Drury alumnus. Others include former mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean and Cornell University’s Keith Tidball, who has long studied how nature can be a source of resilience for communities.

The Garden & Overlook project showcases a unique aspect of the Hammons School’s Design-Build Program: a “whole school” approach that pulls in students and faculty members from across Drury’s liberal arts spectrum. English students collected and transcribed survivor stories, which inspired design students prior to the build, and were eventually quoted on the storyboards in the garden. Psychology faculty has studied the healing aspects of the garden for Joplin residents. More than 60 students, staff and faculty converged on the site to install some features. Music Therapy students played music to motivate, uplift, and rejuvenate volunteers.

“Butterfly Angels” was produced by Stoneworth Studios, in partnership with the TKF Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to enabling more opportunities for people to experience the healing and restorative benefits of nature. The Foundation, through its Nature Sacred Award program, was a major funder of the Garden, which is also serving as a research site for Tidball and a team of fellow researchers from Drury University and the USDA National Forest Service. The team is seeking to learn more about the benefits of specific aspects of these types of green spaces.

Learn more about the Butterfly Garden & Overlook at: http://www.drury.edu/butterfly-garden.

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Drury confers nearly 500 degrees conferred at spring commencements

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 13, 2017 — Drury University awarded degrees to 466 graduates at its spring commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday. There were 282 degrees conferred during the ceremony for the College of Continuing Professional Studies and the College of Graduate Studies on Friday evening, and 215 degrees conferred during the traditional residential college ceremony on Saturday. Some students earned multiple degrees.

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An honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters also was awarded to Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten on Saturday. Wooten, a Springfield native, was honored as a model business woman and philanthropist. After graduating from Drury, she taught high school English for 13 years. She spent most of her career as an Executive Vice President at her family business, O’Reilly Automotive, from 1993 to 2002, where she managed telecommunications, risk management and human resources.

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Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten

Wooten serves on many boards, including a decade on the Drury Board of Trustees. During that time she has served on many committees and was a large influence in the conception of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. She has two children and six grandchildren and continues to reside in Springfield.

Jack Prim addressed the traditional undergraduates at today’s ceremony, and urged them to measure their success in life by their own definition of the term. Prim is the chairman of Jack Henry & Associates, the Monett-based company that is a leading provider of software for the financial services industry.

“Success has to be what you define it as, not what your classmates or friends define it as,” he said.

He also told the graduates that lifelong success means lifelong learning. He told them a Drury education prepared them well for further education, whether that means formal education, reading or asking the CEO of the company for advice.

“Your education doesn’t stop when you walk about of here today,” he said. “I would encourage you to never stop learning.”

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Jack Prim

Bill Prince addressed the graduates on Friday evening, advising them to live by the “Three Be’s” – be involved in your community, be busy with work you are passionate about, and be kind to everyone you meet.

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Bill Prince

Prince, who is the administrator of the Greene County juvenile and family court system and an adjunct instructor for Drury, stressed that kindness was perhaps the most important of the three. Today’s world is in need of much more of it, he said.

“We live in a time when people are not nice to one another; we live in a time when people are very divided,” Prince said. “Do not marginalize people. Recognize their worth and the fact that they, too, are trying to live for something better to come.”

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Drury to dedicate new garden plaza honoring its past presidents

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 9, 2017 — Drury University will dedicate the new Presidents’ Garden during a ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 10.

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Established by the Board of Trustees and led by Chairman Lyle Reed, the garden pays tribute to Drury’s past 17 presidents as well as current president, Dr. Timothy Cloyd. It features limestone matching that used in the construction of Stone Chapel, as well as bronze plaques containing pictures of each president along with their years of service. The garden plaza is located just north of Stone Chapel.

Reed will deliver remarks about the significance of the garden. Other speakers include Walt George, a Drury trustee and great-grandson of Drury’s fifth president, Dr. Joseph Henry George, and Judy Thompson, vice president for stewardship and principal gifts, who served Drury for 30 years and has known 11 of Drury’s 18 presidents. Honored guests will include several past presidents who will be in attendance.

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Drury University to dedicate new CCPS campus in Lebanon on May 18

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 8, 2017 Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new campus location in Lebanon at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 18. Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd will address attendees, and leaders from the Lebanon community will help President Cloyd and Drury officials cut the ribbon.

The classroom location at 122 E. Commercial Street is a new permanent home for Drury classes in the region and will allow Drury to offer summer classes in Lebanon for the first time in several years. The space houses a new computer lab and student lounge. It will also be home to the Drury Law Enforcement Academy’s second location, starting in June. This is the first time law enforcement courses will be offered by Drury in the Lebanon area.

The site may be new, but Drury’s commitment to the Lebanon area dates back more than 30 years. Drury began offering classes in Lebanon in 1986. The campus offers students the ability to fully complete associates degrees on site, and offers classes toward a bachelor’s degree in a number of fields. Lebanon is one of nine CCPS branch campuses across southwest Missouri.

“We are excited for this expansion in Lebanon and the opportunities it presents,” says Jana Neiss, dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies. “Over the years, Drury has received steady support from the Lebanon community and we look forward to continuing that partnership.”

Summer classes begin Monday, June 5. For more information about enrolling in CCPS classes, call (417) 873-7373, email ccps@drury.edu or visit www.drury.edu/ccps. For information about the Law Enforcement Academy, contact Tony Bowers at (417) 873-7542, email tbowers@drury.edu or visit www.drury.edu/law-enforcement.

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Students present vision for Hazelwood Cemetery ahead of 150th anniversary

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 5, 2017 — A team of Drury architecture students is helping the City of Springfield envision the future of the largest municipally owned cemetery in the state of Missouri.

Hazelwood Cemetery will celebrate its 150th anniversary in October. As part of the city’s celebration of this event, the Springfield Public Works Department asked the Center for Community Studies at Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture to assist in a community-based visioning process to identify a long-term master plan for the cemetery.

The public is invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library to hear recommendations that have resulted from a community input process.

A group of eight third-year architecture students have spent the past several months working closely with city staff and a citizen advisory committee to assess current conditions and challenges, research cultural practices and trends in the funeral industry, and identify the community’s wants and needs. A few of the recommendations that will be discussed are: consideration of a new main entry off Sunset Street, a new cemetery office/maintenance complex, a “Celebration of Life Center,” development of columbarium and sprinkle-gardens, and establishment of a commemorative monument for the cemetery’s 150th anniversary.

The Drury team will use presentation boards, videos, and models to help illustrate these recommendations. The architecture students were supervised by Professor Jay Garrott, director of the Center for Community Studies, with the assistance of Jeff Barber, environmental design state specialist with the University of Missouri-Extension.

The citizen advisory committee and city staff will continue to oversee development of the plan for throughout the summer with the intent of presenting the final vision at the October celebration of the cemetery’s 150th anniversary.

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Media Contact: Jay Garrott, Professor of Architecture & Director of the Center for Community Studies: (417) 873-7371 or jgarrott@drury.edu.

Cybersecurity workshop for small businesses to be held Thursday at Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 2, 2017 — Drury professor Dr. Shannon McMurtrey and several of his graduate-level students in the Breech School of Business will offer a free workshop on “Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Businesses” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in Room 200 in the Breech building.

Information security is a top priority for anyone who owns or manages a business. The session will cover steps today’s small business leaders can take to protect their operations and their customers’ data. Dr. McMurtrey, an award-winning cybersecurity expert, will facilitate the session. There will be time for Q&A at the end, and light refreshments will be provided.

“One of the most pressing concerns for many small businesses owners today is protecting their systems and data from hackers,” McMurtrey says. “Graduate students in the Drury Cybersecurity Leadership program will share their research in areas important to small businesses, including information security policy, social engineering attack vectors, and cyber-warfare.”

For more information or to RSVP for the event, call (417) 873-7508.

About the Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate program

Today’s employers are seeking leaders who understand how to protect, detect, defend, and respond to cybersecurity attacks. That is why Drury now offers a graduate-level certificate in cybersecurity leadership. The new Cybersecurity Leadership coursework can be completed in one year and is designed to serve students of all backgrounds. In addition to gaining knowledge of the fundamentals of information security, students also acquire a strong foundation in risk and risk management.

For more information, visit: www.drury.edu/cybersecurity.

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Media Contact: Dr. Shannon McMurtrey, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems: (417) 873-7242 or smcmurtrey@drury.edu.

Jack Prim & Bill Prince to address Drury spring graduates

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 2, 2017 — Jack Henry & Associates Executive Chairman Jack Prim and Greene County Family Court Administrator Bill Prince will deliver the keynote addresses to graduates at Drury University’s two commencement ceremonies next week.

Bill Prince will speak at the ceremony for the College of Continuing Professional Studies and the College of Graduate Studies at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 12. Jack Prim will address graduates of Drury’s traditional residential college at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 13. Both events will be held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

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Jack Prim became executive chairman for Jack Henry & Associates in 2016. The Monett-based company is a leading provider of computer systems and electronic payment solutions for the financial services industry. Prim began his career in the financial industry in 1977 as a sales representative and joined Jack Henry in 1995. He was appointed chief operating officer in 2001, where he focused the company’s operations on customer satisfaction and consistent growth. He was named president in 2003, CEO in 2004, and chairman of the board in 2012. Prim holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Queens University. He serves on the boards of CoxHealth in Springfield and the YMCA in Monett, where he lives.

 

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Bill Prince has been the family court administrator and chief juvenile officer for Greene County since August 2015. He is responsible for overseeing the division’s day-to-day operations and long-range strategy, as well as coordinating with judges, attorneys, and outside agencies to meet the community’s juvenile and family justice needs. Prior to assuming the administrator role, Prince served as senior legal counsel for 17 years, addressing matters related to abuse and neglect, parental rights, delinquency, and juvenile offenses in the courtroom. Prince is an adjunct instructor for Drury’s Breech School of Business, teaching courses in corporate policy and responsibility, international business and society, and law. He is also an instructor with Drury’s Law Enforcement Academy. Prince holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Denver, and a J.D. from the University of Missouri. He serves on the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Combatting Human Trafficking, is a past president of the board for Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, and is a past fellow with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.

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Annual 531 Challenge offers an opportunity to invest in Drury students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 26, 2017 — Drury University alumni and friends have an opportunity to make their support for tomorrow’s leaders go even further during the annual 531 Challenge during the month of May.

Now in its fourth year, the 531 Challenge is an intense month of fundraising before the end of the fiscal year on May 31. All donations made to Drury during May count toward the 531 Challenge, which does not have a specific dollar goal but rather seeks to boost participation amongst donors. Donations support the Annual Drury Experience Fund, which provides money for student scholarships and financial aid.

The 531 Challenge once again features a generous matching gift, this time from Walter and Susan George and the George Family Foundation. Susan is a 1980 Drury graduate. Walter earned a Drury degree in 1979 and is a member of Drury’s Board of Trustees. The Foundation will make a gift of $50,000 if at least 531 people give, regardless of the amount, during the Challenge.

“We feel like this challenge is a great way for all Drury alumni to participate in the future of the university, and to invest in the transformational power of a Drury degree,” Walter and Susan George say. “It affords all of us who have benefited from a Drury education an opportunity to lead by example, and to make the future just that much brighter for the students who will be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.”

 

For more information about giving, go to https://alumni.drury.edu/531Challenge or call the Office of University Advancement at (417) 873-7353.

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Media Contact: Andrea Battaglia – Director, Annual Fund & Alumni Relations: (417) 873-7353 or abattaglia@drury.edu.

Meador Center invites leading experts to weigh in on “Trump at 100 Days”

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 25, 2017 — Drury’s L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship will bring five leading scholars and observers of American politics to campus Thursday for a panel discussion titled “Trump at 100 Days.” The discussion is the final event of the Meador Center’s “45 Series: Conversations on the 2016 Presidential Election and the New Administration.”

The panel will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27, in the Diversity Center (the former Washington Avenue Church) on Drury Lane. The event is free and open to the public. The panelists will offer some reflections on the progress of the new administration and then engage in conversation.

“This group will bring a variety of viewpoints to the table Thursday,” says Dr. Daniel Ponder, L.E. Meador Chair of Political Science and director of the Meador Center. “Their expertise ranges from party politics to the inner workings of the White House to Congress. We’re living through a somewhat unusual moment with respect to all of those institutions right now, and it’s important for citizens to have a keen grasp of how they’re all interacting with one another as the country moves ahead.”

The five guests have published numerous books, articles, and essays, are considered go-to experts in their field for political analysis. Three of the five have won the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Neustadt Prize honoring the best book on the presidency, and several write for national blogs.

The panelists include:

azariJulia Azari, associate professor of political science at Marquette University. Azari is the author of the 2014 book “Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate” and is a regular contributor at the political science blog The Mischiefs of Faction, as well as at Vox.com and FiveThirtyEight.com. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog and in Politico.

 

 

hultKaren M. Hult, chair of the department of political science at Virginia Tech University. Recognized as one of the foremost experts on the inner workings of the White House, Hult is co-author (with Charles Walcott, another panelist) of “Governing the White House: From Hoover Through LBJ,” which won the 1996 Neustadt Prize honoring the best book on the presidency.

 

 

leeFrances E. Lee, professor of government at the University of Maryland. Lee is widely considered one of the leading experts on congressional politics and has received numerous accolades and honors in the field, including the American Political Science Association’s Richard F. Fenno Award for the best book on legislative politics in 2009. She has been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and served as a Congressional Fellow.

 

 

rudalevigeAndrew Rudalevige, professor of government at Bowdoin College in Maine. Rudalevige has published numerous articles, essays, and book chapters, and has contributed to the Monkey Cage blog. His book “Managing the President’s Program: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Policy Formulation” won the 2003 Neustadt Prize. His most recent book is “The New Imperial Presidency: Renewing Presidential Power after Watergate” and he is currently engaged in a large-scale study of unilateral powers in the presidency.

 

 

walcottCharles E. Walcott, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech. Walcott has won several teaching and research awards, including the Neustadt Prize. His research and writings have been published in a variety of outlets including the American Journal of Political Science, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. He has served as President of the Presidency and Executive Politics organized section of APSA, and was co-editor of the journal Congress and the Presidency.

 

 

The Meador Center panel event is also part of CHASS Week, celebrating Drury’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information about the week, visit the CHASS page at Drury.edu.

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Arbor Day celebration to be held at Drury University on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2017 — Drury University will celebrate Arbor Day and its designation as a Tree Campus USA during a public event at 2 p.m. Friday in the Hoblit Suite in Freeman Hall. The event is part of Drury’s Earth Day celebration.

The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Drury a “Tree Campus USA” for the third year in a row. Cindy Garner of the Missouri Department of Conservation will discuss the history of Arbor Day and Drury Head Groundskeeper Joe Fearn will give an update on the urban forest across the campus. Russell Hinnah, with the MDC and National Arbor Day Foundation State Coordinator, will present the Tree Campus award. Drury students will perform original poetry and music, and Drury Trustee Lyle Reed will also give remarks. A proclamation from City of Springfield declaring the day “Drury ArborDay 2017” will be presented as well.

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

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Media Contact: Joe Fearn, Assistant Director – Grounds: (417) 873-7414 or jfearn@drury.edu.