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Drury, SBU smash previous fundraising totals in Catfight Giving Challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 15, 2017 — Alumni and friends of Drury and Southwest Baptist universities raised a total of $191,941.11 for student scholarships and financial aid during the fourth annual Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge. Each school raised much more than in previous years. SBU came out ahead of Drury, raising $108,956 compared to $82,985.11. The Bank of Bolivar contributed a combined $3,000 to the challenge.

“The real winners are the Drury and SBU students who will benefit from the record-breaking amount the two schools raised through the giving challenge,” says Wayne Chipman, executive vice president for university advancement at Drury. “Together, we raised more this year than the past three years combined. In the end, we are proud to celebrate the great generosity shown and benefits realized from this event by our two universities.”

The fundraising event has become an annual challenge adding to the longstanding on-court rivalry between the Panther and Bearcat basketball teams. The schools sought to raise $13,000 each over the 13 days leading up to game. The final push for donations took place during Tuesday’s Catfight double-header at SBU.

“This event continues to grow and has become a hallmark of the annual basketball game,” said Dr. Tim Cloyd, President at Drury University, “This exciting challenge helps both schools benefit in serving our students.”

Funds raised will support the Annual Drury Experience Fund that ensures scholarships and financial aid for Drury’s growing enrollment that requires more financial aid and has a stronger academic aptitude than ever before.

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Drury & Student Veterans of America to hold Veterans Day ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 8, 2017 — Drury University and the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America will hold a public Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Plaster Gallery in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

U.S. Air Force veteran Colonel Anthony W. Willis will appear as guest speaker for the event. Willis is a 1988 graduate of the Air Force Academy with an over 20-year career of service. He most recently served as Command Senior Intelligence Officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he was responsible for the command’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations.

University Chaplain Dr. Peter Browning will offer the invocation and Emma Velasquez, president of the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. There will also be several musical performances by the Springfield Symphony Brass Quintet.

Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony. Visitor parking is available in Lot 7 on Summit Avenue, just north of Harrison Stadium. For more information, call, (417) 873-6908.

Drury’s tradition of serving those who have served our country dates back to the days following World War II, when buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. The Veterans Day ceremony caps off a series of events honoring veterans this summer and fall, including the Veteran’s Views exhibit in partnership with the Springfield Art Museum, which runs through Nov. 26.

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Media Contact: Mike Barnes – Drury SVA chapter advisor: (417) 873-6369 or mbarnes007@drury.edu.

Catfight Giving Challenge raises money for student scholarships, financial aid

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 7, 2017 — Drury University is gearing up to take on Southwest Baptist University in the highly anticipated annual Highway 13 Catfight basketball game on Nov. 14. The rivalry goes beyond the basketball court again this year as both universities compete in the Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge, an annual fundraising competition. Last year, Drury won the Catfight Giving Challenge by raising $78,343.

The Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge concludes at the end of halftime of the Drury vs. SBU men’s basketball game that evening, where the winner will be announced.

Donations to the Catfight challenge will support Drury student scholarships and financial aid as a part of the Annual Drury Experience Fund, filling an essential need for Drury students. Support provided by the Annual Drury Experience Fund is more important than ever, as this year’s incoming freshman class has the highest average ACT score and largest financial need seen in recent years.

“The Annual Drury Experience Fund has an invaluable impact on the lives of students as no student pays the entire cost of a Drury education. Generosity of alumni, parents, and friends make the Drury experience possible during this exciting time,” said Wayne Chipman, Executive Vice President for University Advancement.

Drury supporters can help boost the university to victory by making a gift at Drury.edu/catfight. Alumni and friends are encouraged to make their gift and encourage friends and classmates to donate through the duration of the challenge.

All donations to the Catfight Challenge must be received by Drury before halftime of the men’s basketball game on Nov. 14 in order to count as part of the competition.

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Drury University unveils campus master plan as a bold vision for future growth

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 6, 2017 — After months of work with renowned architecture and urban design firm Cooper Robertson, Drury University has completed a new campus master plan that will guide the school’s physical evolution for decades to come, and build on the success of recent growth in enrollment, academic programming, and alumni engagement.

The small, private liberal arts school based in Springfield, Missouri, is making strategic moves to address the needs of today’s students in a rapidly changing world, and set itself apart in the competitive landscape of American higher education. The strategies are being laid out by second-year president Dr. Tim Cloyd, who spearheaded gains in national visibility, enrollment, and fundraising in 13 years as president of Hendrix College in Arkansas, which is now a top national liberal arts school.

Vision for a new residential quad in the north end of campus.

Drury’s master plan was crafted with extensive input from the Drury and Springfield communities, starting with a week-long charrette in April and continuing throughout 2017. The master planning process has taken place in parallel with a wide-ranging study of Drury’s academic offerings as well as plans for a comprehensive capital campaign. These strategic priorities will inform each other in the coming years as Drury moves to raise its regional and national profile.

“Drury’s new master plan provides an essential, visionary framework to anticipate and accommodate our campus needs over the next 25 to 30 years,” says Cloyd. It is inspired by Drury’s rich legacy, but designed to carry our mission forward deep into the 21st century.”

Drury chose New York-based Cooper Robertson to develop its master plan because of the firm’s extensive experience working with higher education institutions including Ohio State, the University of North Carolina, Yale, Georgetown and Duke University. The firm’s most recent project in the Midwest is a redesign of the Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center in St. Louis.

“A good master plan envisions a fabric of buildings, open space and landscape that are knitted together in a cohesive, legible, attractive — and memorable — way,” says John Kirk, partner and principal architect with Cooper Robertson. “Drury’s master plan is ambitious but fully achievable, and I have great confidence in the ability of the leadership and community to make it happen.”

Some of the guiding principles of the plan include:

  • Establish a hierarchy of open spaces ranging from the iconic to the intimate.
  • Create two new precincts that anchor the north and south ends of campus: a residential precinct to the north, and a design and innovation precinct to the south, connected by Drury Lane.
  • Make great streets, and articulate each major intersection as a “node” with hardscape, landscape, wayfinding, and architecture.
  • Strengthen Drury’s borders with distinctive thresholds and entrances, yet maintain an open nature toward the surrounding Midtown neighborhood.
  • Imbue Drury with distinctive character through architectural interventions including a hierarchy of gateways, bridges and towers.

Some of the specific proposals to achieve these goals include:

  • Transform Drury Lane into the iconic heart of campus by closing it to traffic north of Central Street and remaking it as a pedestrian mall.
  • Build a new, state-of-the-art student center that would connect to Olin Library via a gothic, archway-lined bridge spanning across Drury Lane.
  • Create a new residential quad in the north end of campus, bordered in part by several new small-scale residence halls resembling large houses with common spaces to congregate, study and work.
  • Build new classroom buildings in several currently open spaces south of Central Street, creating a design and innovation precinct that strengthens and promotes Drury’s interdisciplinary academic nature and liberal arts mission.
  • Narrow Central Street from Benton to Summit, thereby making it far more pedestrian- and bike-friendly, and re-imagining it as a linear park that tells the history of Drury and Springfield.
  • Consolidate athletics and school spirit on the main campus and its immediate periphery.

“Drury is dreaming big with this master plan,” says David Hinson, executive vice president, COO and CIO. “We engaged a best-in-class design firm in Cooper Robertson to guide us… and they delivered in spades. The engagement that our Drury community exhibited in this process, shines through in the final product. This is a vision that truly reflects this institution.”

High resolution images available upon request. Find more details, renderings and videos at http://www.drury.edu/master-plan.

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Summit in Monett will introduce Drury students to aspects of leadership

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 6, 2017 — Drury University’s Monett campus will host its sixth annual Leadership Summit on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monett City Park Casino building. The summit is the culmination of a semester-long project by Adjunct Professor Joel Thomas’ leadership class, which organized every aspect of the event.

The event will feature a panel of prominent southwest Missouri business people and public figures, including David Foss, president and CEO of Jack Henry & Associates; Aaron Jones, chief of staff at Drury University; Donna Becket, vice president and COO of Community National Bank; and Laura Kelly, senior vice president and chief product officer of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Members of the panel will discuss leadership strategies and share their personal success stories.

“We are all very excited about the leaders these students have invited to present at this year’s Leadership Summit,” says Thomas, M.A., ’12, “This is a great project for these students to get some real-life work experience in coordinating an event such as this. I am so proud of what they have accomplished in just a few short months. It not only brings our students together, but our community as well.”

Thomas’ leadership class included a handful of students in Drury’s Somos program, which provides support, training, mentoring and academic counseling to family members of migrant or seasonal agricultural workers.                                                                                                                     

“As our class project, it has been a lot of fun coordinating the event with this year’s presenters and promoting it with local businesses, including advertising through the newspaper and recording a 30-second radio commercial,” says Drury student Isel Trujillo. “It has been an overall great learning experience. We are anxious for the opportunity to meet this year’s leaders and ask them questions about what brought them to where they are today.”

For more information about the CCPS Monett campus: http://www.drury.edu/monett/

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Media Contact: Greg Katski, Director of Marketing, College of Continuing Professional Studies – (417) 873-7317 or gkatski@drury.edu.

“We are the Pigeons” student exhibition documents Italian refugee crisis

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2017 — The photography exhibition “We are the Pigeons: The Italian Refugee Crisis” opens at the Drury on C-Street Art Gallery with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3.

This month’s exhibition is the work of Drury senior Bre Legan and features a collection of photographs she captured during her study abroad trip to Florence, Italy. The project focuses on Legan’s encounters with refugees living in the city.

“Pigeons are closely related to doves, but are viewed as vermin,” Legan says. In a conversation with one of Florence’s many African refugees, she discovered that this is the way that many of the displaced men and women living in Italy feel about themselves.

“My brothers and sisters here, we are the pigeons,” one man told her in a conversation that sparked the project.

Touched by this event, Legan spent the rest of her time in Florence trying to better understand the city’s community of refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers. “We are the Pigeons” documents their experience through the lens of Legan’s camera.

Gallery attendees can expect to see a variety of photographs featuring the architecture, people, and birds of Florence. Each piece is accompanied by a written narrative that provides context and ties the images together.

The exhibition runs through November 24. Drury’s C-Street gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call (417) 873-6337 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, and the weaving studio. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.

Tickets for Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers available Nov. 6

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 27, 2017 — Fans of Christmas traditions take note: tickets for Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers choral concert will be available beginning Monday, November 6 at 9 a.m. Due to high demand in recent years, there will again be two Vespers performances this year at 3 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 3 in Stone Chapel.

Tickets will be available via the Drury website at www.drury.edu/music. Tickets are free of charge; however, there is a limit of four tickets per order. Tickets must be ordered online and cannot be reserved by phone. Performances tend to fill quickly, so please order tickets early. Guests will be able to pick up their tickets at Stone Chapel one hour prior to the performance. In-town guests are encouraged to attend the 7 p.m. performance, and out-of-town guests, such as parents of Drury students, are encouraged to attend the 3 p.m. performance.

 

For those unable to attend in person, a live video stream of the 3 p.m. performance will be available online at www.drury.edu/music and www.facebook.com/druryuniversity.

Vespers is based on the traditional lessons and carol service and will include classic carols such as “Silent Night” and “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” as well as more contemporary choral works. The Vespers celebration has been a tradition at Drury for more than 60 years.

For more information regarding the event, please call the Drury Music Department at (417) 873-7296.

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Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd casts a vision of opportunity at inauguration

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 26, 2017 — Dr. Tim Cloyd was formally installed as Drury University’s 18th president on Wednesday, and he used the occasion to cast a vision for the 143-year-old liberal arts institution based on the inaugural theme “Virtue & Virtuosity: Leadership for the 21st Century.”

“Virtue & virtuosity” is a phrase Cloyd has often invoked to describe Drury’s academic blend of an intellectually engaging liberal arts experience and high-caliber professional studies. From its founding, it has been in Drury’s DNA to “teach students first that there are better and worse ways to live a life” as well how to be life-long learners in the areas of technical and professional competencies.

 

“We know what is enduring,” Cloyd said in his address to more than 300 invited guests in historic Stone Chapel. “We know that to lead and succeed in the future people will need to be able to penetrate beyond the apparent or likely, to frame and test hypothesis, to interpret all kinds of data and information, to improvise, to see the world through another’s eyes, and to know that more than one interpretation may be right.

“In five years, we do not know where nanotechnology, genome mapping, the connection of organic and inorganic material or artificial intelligence will take us. A background in or exposure to STEM and applied fields, and pragmatic credentials for every student is critical in today’s world, but is the learning how to learn that is the most important.”

Cloyd began his duties as president of Drury in 2016, following 13 years as president of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Under Cloyd’s leadership, Hendrix became recognized as a national liberal arts college and saw significant growth in enrollment, campus facilities, and alumni giving. At Drury, President Cloyd is following a similar playbook, with a strategic focus on boosting the university’s regional and national profile through innovative academic offerings and a new campus master plan, as well as increasing alumni engagement.

Now in his second full year at Drury and with these inter-related strategic efforts moving forward at a swift pace, Cloyd cast a vision of great opportunity for those attending the inauguration ceremony, and for Drury’s entire base of alumni and friends.

“The frame of our own destiny was set by those who went before us,” he said. “They are the giants on whose shoulders we stand today. But what we place in that frame is up to us.”

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Media Contact: Mike Brothers – Executive Director of University Relations: (417) 873-7390 or mikebrothers@drury.edu.

Drury photography students to offer free portraits to veterans and families

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 26, 2017 — Drury commercial photography students are once again offering free studio portraits to local veterans and their families.

Now in its seventh year, the project presents an opportunity for Drury students to show gratitude to those who have served in our nation’s military, while also providing the students with invaluable real-world studio experience.

Rebecca Miller, an associate professor of Art & Art History and coordinator of the photography program at Drury, directs the portrait project.

“This is project is always a wonderful way for our students to both get to know, and give back to, our military veterans,” Miller says.

All veterans and active duty service members are invited to participate. Fifty slots are available. Photo sessions will last fifteen minutes and are available during the following times and dates:

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4

Those interested should contact Miller by at (417) 873-6337 or at rmiller01@drury.edu.

The portrait project is part of a series of Drury events honoring the stories of U.S. veterans, which began this summer with the opening of the Veterans Views exhibit in partnership with the Springfield Art Museum (the exhibit runs through Nov. 26). It continued with a film screening and panel discussion at the Moxie theater last month, and includes an upcoming visit by acclaimed military historian Rick Atkinson on Nov. 8.

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Drury student project paves the way for difficult advance care conversations

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 25, 2017 — A project organized by Drury University senior Heather Harman is challenging students to consider end-of-life care and advance healthcare directives with their friends and family, all in a comfortable dinner setting.

The “Death Over Dinner” initiative is part of Harman’s senior capstone project as a communication studies major, and is funded by a grant from the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks. HFO plans to use lessons learned from the project to improve the way it approaches young adults about advance care planning in the future. According to a research report in the July 2017 issue of Health Affairs, two out of three U.S. adults have not completed an advance directive.

“This isn’t something we talk about a lot at this age demographic,” says Harman, who modeled her project after a successful case study. “We’re young and healthy and we don’t plan for the end of our life because we think it is years and years away, but that isn’t always the case.”

The project hopes to change this attitude by starting conversations among students about their wishes regarding the end of their life. Participants are urged to complete their own advanced healthcare directives, and are provided with resources to guide them through the next steps in such a process. The first dinner occurred Monday evening. The project will continue with two more meals on Wednesday (11 a.m. lunch in the Shewmaker Communication Center and 6:30 p.m. dinner in Drury’s Martin Alumni Center), and a final dinner with student-athletes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Martin Alumni Center. Trained facilitators will lead the conversations.

“Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks is excited to provide funding that supports the ‘Death Over Dinner’ Project at Drury,” says HFO Executive Director Kim Morelock. “This project encourages meaningful conversations regarding end-of-life decisions in a casual environment. That is what is important – just having the conversation.”

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Media Contact: Regina Waters, Ph.D. – Project Advisor and professor of communication: (417) 873-7251 or (417)-849-3641. Email: rwaters@drury.edu.