English students engage with professional writers, learn potential career paths

For Immediate Release: September 17

Springfield, Mo., Sept. 17, 2010 — Drury University’s Department of English will host Working With Words, an English symposium, on Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 in the Harwood Room of the Olin Library. The symposium is a celebration of creative writing, by professionals and students, while also exposing students to available career paths.

The symposium will kick-off on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with a career fair tailored specifically to English students. Students will have an opportunity to speak with published writers, editors and publishers, as well as alums who earned their degrees in English. This opportunity is particularly valuable to students studying English because it provides them a chance to begin to plan their futures as writing and English majors.

In addition to attending the career fair, students will also have the opportunity to hear readings from Rachel Dewoskin and Zayd Dohrn. “These are two widely published writers,” says Peter Meidlinger, chair of the Drury English department. “Students learn a lot from hearing them read and talking to them about the craft and practice of writing.”

The complete schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 23, 3-4:30 p.m. Reading by Playwright Zayd Dohrn
Zayd Dohrn will direct students from the Theater Department as they read from his plays, Sick and then Reborning.

Friday, Sept. 24, 10-10:50 a.m. Reading by Writer and Poet Rachel Dewoskin
Rachel Dewoskinwill read from her new novel, Big Girl Small

Friday, Sept. 24, 11—11:50 a.m. Reading by Zayd Dohrn
Zayd Dohrn will direct students from the Theater Department as they read from his one act, It Was Wrong of Me.

Friday, Sept. 24, noon, Student Reading
Drury’s creative writing students will read from their work

All events are free and open to the public.

Media Contact:
Peter Meidlinger
Professor and Chair, Department of English
Office: 417-873-7469
E-mail: pmeidlin@drury.edu

###

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.

Acclaimed author and speaker to discuss learning disabilities at Drury

For Immediate Release: September 16

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 16, 2010 — Drury University will host the Developing Successful Youth (DSY) conference on Sept. 24 in Clara Thompson Hall from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Author and speaker Rick Lavoie will present a talk titled, “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success.”

According to Lavoie, students with learning disabilities often fail due to a lack of social skills not academic skills. In this seminar, Lavoie will discuss the impact of social incompetence in a child’s daily life, the use of social skill “autopsies” to improve social interaction, a review of the history of learning disabilities, and how current approaches can be improved.

This daylong conference will appeal to educators, as well as parents of children with learning disabilities, Asperger’s syndrome and autism. The registration fee is $150, but there is a discounted rate for groups of 10 or more. Students may attend for $35. For additional information, contact Dr. Jayne White at (417) 873-7260 or visit the website at www.drury.edu/dsy.

Contact:
Dr. Jayne White
Professor of Education
Office: (417) 873-7260
E-mail: jwhite@drury.edu

###

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, visitwww.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.

In memoriam: Dr. Sam Smith

For Immediate Release: September 14

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 14, 2010 — Drury Emeritus Professor Dr. Sam Smith died on Saturday, Sept. 11, after a two-and-a-half week battle with pneumonia. He was 87.

Smith taught at Drury from 1959-1988. He was an expert in world religions and led numerous international study trips during his tenure. In 22 years of retirement, Smith was active as an ordained minister and regularly preached at several churches throughout the Ozarks.

“He was a great friend and leader within our community. He will be deeply missed,” said Dr. Peter Browning, Drury University chaplain.

In May, the Drury School of Religion honored Smith and Dr. Allen Eikner with lifetime achievement awards as part of the school’s centennial celebration.

Smith’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, at National Avenue Christian Church in Springfield.

###

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, visitwww.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.

Local attorney discusses founding perspective on religious freedom

For Immediate Release: September 10

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 10, 2010 — Tom Strong will present a talk titled “Religious Freedom: Our Founding Fathers’ View” on Friday, Sept. 17 at noon in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Strong will use sixty-two graphics to help explain how religious beliefs in Europe and Asia influenced religious beliefs in the New World; the different faiths in the colonies; the beliefs of our founding fathers and how the American Revolution influenced our thoughts about religious freedom. He will further discuss how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the First Amendment.

Strong is a trial attorney with more than 50 years of experience. He has been recognized with honors including “The Order of the Barristers” award from the University of Missouri and recognition in The Best Lawyers in America.

This event will be co-hosted by the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA) and Drury University’s Pre-Law Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta.

Parking is available for the public. Map of the Drury Campus

Media Contact:
Dr. Dan Ponder
Associate Professor of History and Political Science
Office: (417) 873-7394
E-mail: deponder@drury.edu

Or

Janis Prewitt Auner, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
Office: (417) 873-7610
E-mail: jprewitt@drury.edu

###

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, visitwww.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 the first annual Minority Entrepreneurship Conference

For Immediate Release: September 10

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 10, 2010 — Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EJC) will host the first annual Minority Entrepreneurship Conference on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Trustee Science Center.

The conference will provide an opportunity for minority entrepreneurs to not only learn basic entrepreneurship skills, but to also hear about contracting with the government and specific funding opportunities as well as network with other entrepreneurs and professionals that can help with their businesses.

“The addition of the Minority Entrepreneurship Conference is a natural fit with our mission both at the Edward Jones Center and Drury at large,” says Dr. Kelley Still, executive director of the EJC. “Our relationships with the minority community are very important to us and have allowed us to develop meaningful programming for entrepreneurs in the community.”

The conference will highlight these keynote speakers: Alan Green, director of the office of supplier and workforce diversity for the State of Missouri and Lester Woods, external civil rights director for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Other sessions will include:

  • Minority entrepreneur success stories.
  • Marketing with social media
  • Business plan basics.
  • Understanding financial statements.
  • Working with your banker.
  • Social entrepreneurship through non-profits.
  • Legal Aspects of Your Business

In addition to these sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to visit booths of potential business partners including bankers, accountants, insurance brokers, attorneys and marketing professionals. One-on-one sessions will also be available for those seeking further advice.

The cost of the conference is $50. For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.drury.edu/ejc/mec.

Contact:
Kelley Still
Executive Director, Edwards Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Office: (417) 873-7458
Email: kstill@drury.edu

###

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.

Walton Family Foundation donates $10,000 to Drury’s President’s Council on Sustainability

For Immediate release: September 9

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., (September 9, 2010) –Drury University and the President’s Council on Sustainability will be able to address the upcoming school year’s sustainability issues thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Walton Family Foundation. The gift was announced and presented by Mike Daw, president of Arvest Bank, Springfield, on behalf of the foundation.

The funds will help the President’s Council work to engage the campus community to identify, evaluate and prioritize sustainability issues on campus through recycling, resource management and conservation, and sustainable practices in facility renovation and construction.

“The foundation’s generosity will allow us to continue teaching those in the Drury community how to work together to promote sustainable habits,” Todd Parnell, Drury University president said. “This donation helps us work toward our environmental mission statement goals, encouraging our community to take responsibility for our physical environment.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Walton Family Foundation to support the efforts of the President’s Council on Sustainability to create awareness in the community about positive environmental choices,” Daw said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to sustainable causes and to the environmental health of this region.”

About the Walton Family Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation works to support initiatives that honor the values and principles of Sam and Helen Walton. The Foundation seeks to provide funding to grantees who are actively working to create positive change for others. Major areas of focus include: K-12 education reform, economic development in the Delta Region of Arkansas and Mississippi, conservation of sensitive marine and freshwater environments, and enhancing the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. For more information, go to www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org.

Native American artist and poet to speak at Drury University

For Immediate Release: September 8

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 8, 2010 —Ramson Lomatewama will explore the value of several traditions and practices unique to the Hopi on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Lomatewama is not only a teacher and poet from Hoatvela, Ariz., but he is also an exceptional artist. Using traditional materials and techniques, such as obsidian tools and natural pigments as paints, Lomatewama creates unique and beautiful artwork. Lomatewama uses a variety of skills as a successful jeweler, a traditional style Katsina doll carver, a stained glass artist and a self-taught glass blower to create his art. Lomatewama is currently working on an assortment of jewelry depicting the split twig animals found in the caves of the Grand Canyon and petroglyph figures of significance to the Hopi people.

Lomatewama’s talk is cosponsored by Drury’s Diversity Center.

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.

Media Contact:
Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482
E-mail: wgarvin@drury.edu

###

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, visitwww.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.

Higher Learning Commission to evaluate Drury University

For Immediate Release: September 7

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 7, 2010 — Drury University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit November 8-10, 2010, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Since 1915, the Commission has accredited Drury University. Its accreditation is at the Master’s degree level and includes degree sites at various other locations within the state and also in Volos, Greece.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For the past year and a half, Drury University has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the university; following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to:

Public Comment on Drury University
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by October 8, 2010. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third party comment.

Media Contact:
Dr. Charles Taylor
Dean of the College
Office: (417) 873-7391
E-mail: ctaylor@drury.edu

###

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 professor to be honored at United Kingdom’s House of Lords

For Immediate Release: September 3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 3, 2010 — Drury Art History Professor Thomas E. Russo will attend a reception at the House of Lords, the upper house of the United Kingdom’s parliament, in London, England on Sept. 8. The reception is hosted by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln and is in honor of those that have supported Lincoln Cathedral.

Russo’s main area of study is medieval art, and he served as a consultant for the restoration of the 12th-century façade sculpture on Lincoln Cathedral in 1995 and 1996. In the fall of 2000, Russo presented the cathedral’s Bishop Grosseteste Lecture in the 13th-century chapter house. The annual lecture is a fundraiser for the cathedral’s medieval library, and Russo’s lecture drew the largest audience to date in the series. Consecrated in 1092, the cathedral towers over the city of Lincoln, which is located about 150 miles north of London.

Currently, Russo is working with Lincoln Cathedral to bring the original Magna Carta from 1215 to an exhibition venue in the Midwest. The Magna Carta was the foundation for the United States’ Constitution by laying down limitations on the power of the crown.

The Dean of Lincoln Cathedral and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire are also co-hosting the reception.

Media Contact:
Dr. Thomas Russo
Professor of Art History
Office: (417) 873-7413
E-mail: trusso@drury.edu

###

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.