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

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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, 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

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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 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

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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.