Drury University recognized as a choice employer by Springfield Business Journal

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Drury University recognized as ‘choice employer’ by Springfield Business Journal

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 15, 2010 — Drury University ranked third among 20 other finalists in Springfield Business Journal’s Choice Employer Award program.  This is the first year since the inception of the program that Drury has been in the field of finalists.

Drury was rated against other companies and organizations in the 301+ employee category.  Organizations were scored based on their employee benefits, family-friendly initiatives, people development, corporate culture and civic involvement.

The University ranked second in the areas of people development and corporate culture, while claiming the maximum number of points possible for civic involvement. Overall, Drury finished with 106 points, while the first place company, St. John’s Health System, narrowly took the lead with 113 points.  The final rankings are as follows:

  1. St. John’s Health System
  2. T-Mobile
  3. Drury University
  4. American National Property & Casualty Co.
  5. Silver Dollar City

Springfield Business Journal also ranked businesses in categories for 5-24 employees, 25-100 employees and 101-300 employees.  Finalists were recognized in an awards ceremony on Nov. 11.

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury to host Environmental Sustainability Showcase on Nov. 19

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Drury to host Environmental Sustainability Showcase on Nov. 19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 15, 2010 — Drury University will host the First Annual Environmental Sustainability Showcase on Friday, Nov. 19 from 6-7 p.m. in the Trustee Science Center at Drury University.

Drury students conduct environmental experiments in the field

High school students were presented with the opportunity to participate in the Showcase in early August.  Students who were interested then developed experiments and submitted their ideas for approval. Thirty projects were selected and represent the collaborative efforts of 57 participating students. The awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

Now that students have actually conducted their experiments and collected results, they will unveil their findings on poster boards for display at the showcase. A panel of judges will evaluate each experiment and award prizes to the winners in each category. As an added incentive, graduating seniors who receive first place awards will also be offered a monetary award if they choose to attend Drury University.

The purpose of the event is to encourage students interested in becoming environmental professionals to take an active role in environmental sustainability research and engage in their communities. “Environmental education has hugely changed from where it was 20 years ago,” said Dr. Teresa Carroll, Drury’s director of environmental programs.  “That is why we recently restructured the environmental majors and minors at Drury–to help students be competitive in the job market and for graduate school admission.”

Media Note: Members of the media are welcome to attend the Environmental Sustainability Showcase and photograph/videotape the event.  Students will present their projects to the public from 6-7 p.m.

Contact: Dr. Teresa Carroll, Director of Environmental Programs, Office: (417) 873-6971, E-mail: tcarroll@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Quidditch, a Hogwarts athletic tradition, comes to life at Drury University

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Quidditch, a Hogwarts athletic tradition, comes to life at Drury University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 15, 2010Just one day after the movie premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Drury University will host its first annual Quidditch Tournament. The battle for the quaffle, the bludgers and the snitch takes place on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunderland Field. The event is free and open to the public. Harry Potter fans are encouraged to attend.

In addition to the actual tournament, there will also be fun events for spectators and the community. The Dickerson Park Zoo will bring their live owl exhibit at 1 p.m. and Drury’s Residence Life Association will serve Harry Potter-themed food and drinks, including: Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, Cauldron Cakes, and non-alcoholic Butterbeer and Fire Whiskey.  Children ages 12 and younger are eligible to participate in the costume contest that begins at 2 p.m.

The tournament will take place just one week after the wrap up of the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City.  The event, sponsored by the International Quidditch Association, boasted a total of 757 athletes, comprising 46 teams from 42 colleges and universities.  Drury’s Tournament will host eight teams, each competing in bracket-style play for the title of Quidditch World Cup champion. For more on the International Quidditch Association go to: http://www.internationalquidditch.org/

Harry Potter books and films have been immensely popular in the U.S. and overseas. When it debuted in 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24 hours making it the fastest selling book of all time.

Drury’s Residence Life Association (RLA) sponsors the Quidditch Tournament.

Media Contact: Catherine Jones, President, Residence Life Association, Mobile: (660) 605-1802, E-mail: cjones04@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury’s Amy Lewis graduates from the 2010 HERS Denver Institute

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Dr. Amy Lewis, Drury University Associate Prof. of Management


Denver, Co., Nov. 11, 2010— Dr. Amy Lewis, associate professor of management at Drury University, recently graduated from the 2010 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Denver Institute, held Aug. 1-7, Sept. 9-11 and Oct. 21-23 at the University of Denver in Colorado.

Since 2007, the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education at the University of Denver has annually offered women faculty and administrators the opportunity to participate in an intensive program that prepares them to be leaders in higher education.

The 55 participants selected for this year’s Institute represented 46 institutions across the U.S. Responding to the current environment for higher education globally, the Institute had a special focus this year on “Women’s Leadership in Times of Crisis: Leveraging Our Responses for Institutional Renewal.” Topics studied included “Understanding Our New Economic Environment,” “Planning Our Strategies beyond Recovery,” “Empowering and Sustaining Leadership,” and more.

Amy Lewis has been at Drury since 2004, serving as an associate professor since 2010. Her recent achievements include receiving the 2009 Faculty Award for Leadership, recognizing her efforts in helping to establish a scholarship to honor the memory of Marcia Cooper, an MBA student who succumbed to cancer in her final semester at Drury, as well as her efforts to help bring the S.A.F.E. rape-prevention program to the Drury Community.

Drury’s President’s Office and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs jointly sponsored Lewis’s participation in the HERS Denver Institute. Lewis is the first woman from Drury to have been sponsored to participate in HERS Institutes at Bryn Mawr College, Wellesley College or the University of Denver.

Contact:
Dr. Amy Lewis
Drury Associate Professor of Management
Office: (417) 873-6962
E-mail: aclewis@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Sugar Rush offers a night of fun and desserts to benefit a local charity

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Sugar Rush offers a night of fun and desserts to benefit a local charity

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 11, 2010 —Drury University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), along with local business The Cake Pop Company will host Sugar Rush, a charity dessert sampling event at the Veridian Event Center from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

All proceeds will go to benefit Care to Learn, an organization that provides immediate funding and action to meet any emergent health, hunger, or hygiene issue and restore a child’s self-respect so they can get back in the classroom.

Sugar Rush offers an evening of socializing and delicious desserts. Attendees will be able to sample desserts from 24 different local businesses including Big Momma’s, Big Whiskey’s, The Cake Pop Company, Cook’s Kettle, Dixie’s Country Cookin’, Einstein Bros Bagels, Farmer’s Gastropub, Fedora, Fire and Ice, Flame, Fria, Gelato Mio, Heroes Coffee, Nonna’s Café, Parlor 88, Peace of Cake Bakery, Ruby Tuesday, Savor, Smith’s, Supreme Bakery, Tea Bar and Bites Bakery and Café, The Cup, Touch, and Uncle Lloyd’s Cookie Company.

The idea for the event originated with Deb Lumos, owner of The Cake Pop Company. “As a business owner, it has always been important for me to give back to the community that has supported me. I came up with the idea of Sugar Rush while planning a girl’s night out with friends and knew that it was a perfect avenue to help. I could not have done it without partnering with Drury SIFE. It is so thrilling to see the first annual Sugar Rush come to life and exciting to have Care to Learn benefit from this event.”

Upon hearing of the idea, Drury SIFE immediately started planning. “It was a wonderful idea and we knew we wanted to be a part of it from the get go. Not only do we get the opportunity to help local children affected by poverty, but build awareness for the local participating businesses,” said Sarah Montgomery, director of Drury SIFE.

Tickets are $10 for teachers and students and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at all participating businesses, Care to Learn and the Drury SIFE office inside the Breech School of Business located at the corner of Central Street and Drury Lane. The Veridian Event Center is located in downtown Springfield on South Street.

For more information go to: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Sugar-Rush/100157340053408

Media Contact:
Sarah Montgomery
Drury Students in Free Enterprise, Director
Office: (417) 873-6863
Mobile: (417) 766-0365
E-mail: smontgomery@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

The man who solved the mystery of missing U.S. Marines speaks Thursday at Drury

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The man who solved the mystery of missing U.S. Marines speaks Thursday at Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 10, 2010 — Mark Noah will describe what has been called the largest recovery of American military personnel listed as missing in action and his work with History Flight, a non-profit organization, on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

After painstaking archival research and on-the-ground archeological work, Noah and History Flight made news in the summer of 2008 by discovering the bodies of scores of American Marines killed at Tarawa Atoll in 1943.

Although these Marines had initially been given a proper burial in marked graves, they were later “lost” and forgotten by the Marine Corps and the U.S. Government. Recently, the Pentagon acknowledged the validity of History Flight’s research, and has started the process of recovering the remains of these lost Marines.

Mark Noah is a United Parcel Service pilot, vintage aircraft owner and aviation historian, who holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in History from Emory University.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury video instructor’s documentary to air on the Military Channel this weekend

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Drury video instructor Brian Shipman

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 10, 2010 — Drury video instructor Brian Shipman’s documentary “L-Bird: The Little Plane That Did” will debut on the Military Channel this Sunday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. (CT). The movie is part of the Military Channel’s G.I. Film Festival program.

The documentary took director Brian Shipman, in association with Springfield businessman Gary Ellison, ten years to make. It shows the untold story of the L-Birds, the World War II spotter planes made by Cessna and Piper, and the men who flew them armed with only a hand-held radio and a .45 automatic handgun.

The Military Channel is available in Springfield on Mediacom digital channel 274, on Dish Network channel 195 and on Direct TV channel 287.

The Military Channel’s news release tells about the hour-long program:

L-BIRD: THE LITTLE PLANE THAT DID

They weighed less than 800 pounds and were completely unarmed – but these cloth-covered spotter planes, the L-Birds, created more chaos than any other aircraft used in World War II. Flying low and slow to see enemy movement, the L-Birds would call in artillery fire to rain death and destruction onto their targets. Thanks to an innovative suspended landing system that hung above trees or over the sides of ships, pilots of these unique planes could land and take off without even touching the ground. Hosted by Academy-award winning actor Cliff Robertson, “L-Bird: The Little Plane That Did” profiles this little-known but astonishing warplane, which earned a reputation as the deadliest plane used in World War II.

The documentary will show, for the first time, the Brodie System, a device where fixed-wing aircraft

could land and take off from a ship in the Pacific. One of the first pilots to use this unique device was interviewed, as was the personal pilot of General George S. Patton.

“L-Bird: The Little Plane That Did” is produced by On Air Media from the Drury Television Studios with Brian Shipman as director, in association with Gary Ellison Productions, Inc.

The documentary made its debut at the G. I. Film Festival in Washington, D. C. this spring. The G. I. Film Festival programs will run on the Military Channel from 8-10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout November starting Friday, Nov. 12, the day after Veterans Day.

Shipman is a former videographer and reporter at KYTV in Springfield, “It was inspiring to meet these brave pilots who took great risks in order to direct artillery fire, provide message service to various commands in Africa, Europe and the Pacific, and even fly wounded servicemen to the hospital,” Shipman said. “It was also great to work with Cliff Robertson, a superb actor and a pilot, himself.”

Ellison added, “It’s quite an honor to have your program aid nationwide on Sunday night in prime time at 8 p.m.”

Contact:

Brian Shipman

Drury Video Instructor

Office: (417) 873-7850

Mobile: (417) 880-2855

E-mail: bshipman@drury.edu

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Drury University to host Veterans Day celebration

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Drury University to host Veterans Day celebration

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 9, 2010 — On Thursday, Nov. 11, Drury University will honor veterans with a celebration on campus at 4 p.m. in the banquet hall of the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Drury’s campus.

The celebration includes a flag presentation by the Hillcrest High School Color Guard, the Drury Chamber Choir, and a national anthem trumpet solo by Dean of Students Dr. Tijuana Julian.  There will also be a dedication of the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center during which a plaque will be presented in order to recognize all members of the military.

Tammy Rogers, chair of the Veterans Day celebration at Drury said, “This celebration allows the Drury community to honor and celebrate veterans on campus and throughout the community.”

Veterans who attended Drury are encouraged to send information regarding their time served, branch of the armed forces in which they served, when they attended Drury and their thoughts to sac@drury.edu.

Contact:
Tammy Rogers
Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator,
Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Office: (417) 873-6357
E-mail: tammy@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury theatre will perform the musical “Company” Nov. 10-13

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Drury theatre will perform the musical Company Nov. 10-13

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 8, 2010 — The Drury University Department of Theatre will present Company, based on the book by George Furth with music by Stephen Sondheim.  Directed by Robert Westenberg, the musical opens on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Wilhoit Theatre in the Breech School of Business.

It’s Bobby’s 35th birthday and he has it all.  What’s missing is a real relationship.  In Sondheim’s acerbic musical comedy he struggles to make sense of what it means to be alive.

The productions will run November 10-12 at 8 p.m. and November 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and $5 for students.  For ticket information and reservations contact the Theatre Box Office at (417) 873-7255 Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m.

Contact:
Robert Westenberg
Department of Theatre
(417) 873-6342
E-mail: rwestenberg@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu <http://news.drury.edu/> . Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.


Kick-off concert for the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is Nov. 14

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra

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Kick-off concert for the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is Nov. 14

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 4, 2010 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra (SDCO) begins its 2010-2011 season with a concert on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Central High School Auditorium.

Music Director Christopher Koch and the members of the orchestra will present Igor Stravinksy’s landmark ballet Petrushka in its original setting (1911). The orchestra will also perform selections from Manuel de Falla’s evocative Nights in the Gardens of Spain.

Comprising a combination of students, professional musicians, and dedicated enthusiasts, the 90-member SDCO presents a full season of great orchestra masterworks, all free and open to the public.  For additional information, please visit the SDCO on the web at sdco.drury.edu or call the Drury University Department of Music at (417) 873-7296.

Media Contact:
Dr. Christopher Koch
Director of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra
Office: (417) 873-7298
E-mail: ckoch@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.