Drury University students will live in poverty for a weekend

For Immediate Release: October 7

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 7, 2010 — For most people, living without electricity or running water and with limited food supplies isn’t their definition of an ideal weekend. But for Drury faculty and students, it’s an opportunity to learn about poverty and sustainable development, first-hand, through the Global Gateway program at Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Ark., Oct. 15 and 16.

Heifer International, once featured on Oprah, utilizes its Global Gateway program to challenge participants to live in conditions equivalent to those of poor citizens in the developing world, as well as in industrialized nations. Given small rations of food and other resources, based on Heifer’s research of actual poverty conditions, participants must find a way to cook a meal without electricity and spend an uncomfortable night in a dwelling representing a particular part of the poor world such as Zambia, Thailand, Guatemala, Appalachia or an urban slum region.

Participation in the Global Gateway program is part of the emerging efforts in Drury University’s Global Civic Engagement Project (GCEP). “Participation in programs such as the Global Gateway Project can make the curricular materials come alive and inspire students in their professional and civic lives long after they leave Drury,” says Andrew Wiemer, director of leadership and volunteer development at Drury.

Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) visited the Heifer Ranch in 2009 on the same weekend Drury students were at the ranch. View AETN’s story

For more information on the Heifer International Ranch, visit www.heifer.org.

Contact:
Andrew Wiemer
Director of Leadership and Volunteer Development
Office: (417) 873-7809
E-mail: awiemer@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.

Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture celebrates its 25th Anniversary

For Immediate Release: October 6

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 6, 2010 — Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture will celebrate 25 years of educating students on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.

Notable accomplishments for the Hammons School of Architecture (HSA) include:

  • Accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Recently, Drury was approved to offer a Master of Architecture first professional degree. Drury’s HSA is one of just two accredited architecture schools in the state of Missouri.
  • Drury architecture students played an integral role in building the first ever LEED Platinum certified Habitat for Humanity home for a local family, as well as completing projects now featured in the Springfield-Branson National Airport and the Commercial Street Farmers Market Pavilion.
  • HSA’s Center for Community Studies has helped more than 80 communities, governments and not-for-profits with design and planning issues. In some cases, the students’ work has helped the organizations secure grants for community revitalization.

“Over the past 25 years, due to the work of the faculty, staff, students and the professional community, the school of architecture has developed a strong reputation as a professional architectural program with a strong liberal arts foundation,” says Michael Buono, director of the Hammons School of Architecture. “To date, over 500 students have graduated from the School of Architecture. The weekend will be an opportunity for the Drury community and alumni to come together to celebrate this anniversary.”

A variety of celebratory events will be hosted at the university on Friday and Saturday for architecture alumni as well as members of the Drury community. Festivities will conclude on Saturday night with a dinner and dance featuring live music in the new O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 11. More information & online registration

Contact:
Michael Buono, AIA, LEED AP
Director of Hammons School of Architecture
Office: (417) 872-7288
E-mail: mbuono@drury.edu
Or
Bruce Moore, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Director of Hammons School of Architecture
Office: (417) 873-7333
E-mail: bmoore@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.

Drury hires a Director of Assessment and Instructional Design

For Immediate Release: October 5

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 5, 2010 — Dr. Laura Plybon is the new Director of Assessment and Instructional Design at Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS). Plybon will lead an academic assessment program for CGCS to enhance the scholarship of teaching and learning. In addition, she will provide direction, design and development for evaluation of instructional programs, learning and academic services.

Plybon recently moved to Springfield from Indianapolis, where she was the National Director of Research for Girls Inc., a nonprofit with affiliate sites in the United States and Canada. Her higher education experience includes working as an assistant professor of psychology at Bethel University in Tennessee. Plybon has also worked as an adjunct instructor at numerous universities, including the University of Richmond.

Media Contact:
Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations
Office: (417) 873-7390
Mobile: (417) 839-2886
E-mail: markmiller@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.

The Birthday Party opens the Drury Theatre season October 6-9

For Immediate Release: October 4

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 4, 2010 — The Drury University Department of Theatre will open its 2010-2011 season with The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. Directed by George Cron, the first performance will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre inside the Breech School of Business.

A man with a mysterious past lives in a rundown boarding house in an English seaside town.  Two sinister strangers arrive and turn Stanley’s birthday party into a nightmare.  This play is intended for mature audiences.

The productions will run October 6-9 at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance on Oct. 9 at 2 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, 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 commemorates Banned Books Week with a public reading

For Immediate Release: September 29

Springfield, Mo., Sept. 29, 2010 — Drury University will observe The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week on Friday, Oct. 1.  Students and faculty will read selections from many previously banned books on the steps of Olin Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend and listen.

Members of the Drury community will take part in this event by reading excerpts from books that have been banned both recently and in years past. Included in this list are: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Catcher in the Rye and Gone With the Wind.

“This event is especially relevant because it will raise awareness of the dangers of censorship at all levels,” says Dr. Peter Meidlinger, chair of the Drury English Department.  “We will celebrate the power of books to help us develop empathy for the whole range of human experience.”

Celebrated all over the country, The American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week began in 1982 to draw attention to an increasing number of challenges seen in communities nationwide. American classics including To Kill a Mockingbird and The Color Purple are featured alongside modern-day bestsellers such as Twilight and Harry Potter on lists of frequently challenged books.

Ultimately, Dr. Meidlinger says the purpose of ALA’s Banned Books Week is to highlight the importance of preserving open access to information.

Additional information is available online at the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week site.

Media Contact:
Dr. Peter Meidlinger
Professor and Chair, Department of English
Office: 417-873-7469
E-mail: pmeidlin@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 University’s fall 2010 census reveals record enrollment

For Immediate Release: September 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 28, 2010 — Drury University has a record enrollment of 5,625 students for fall semester 2010 following the census of the school’s multiple campuses and online programs. This figure includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury’s traditional undergraduate Day School gained 81 students from fall 2009 for a record 1,631 students, which beats the previous record of 1,608 set in 2007. The 1,631 students include a record freshman class of 372 and a total of 538 new undergraduates.

“Even in a difficult economic environment, students continue to see the value that a Drury education will bring them while they’re here on campus and long after they’ve graduated,” says Drury President Todd Parnell. “Everyone at Drury has done a good job of communicating that value and benefit over the last year and we see the rewards of that effort in the new enrollment numbers.”

Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies set new all-time records for student enrollment, as well. CGCS has 3,457 undergraduate students taking 34,667 credit hours–both numbers are records. Besides the main campus in Springfield, CGCS offers courses through nine locations across southwest Missouri in addition to online classes.

This semester, 537 students are enrolled in Drury’s seven graduate programs. Drury CGCS offers master’s degrees in art, business, communication, criminal justice, criminology, education and music therapy.

“These numbers reflect the broad range of educational options Drury provides for adults, non-traditional students and those seeking master’s degrees,” says Dr. Brian Holloway, Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “By combining seated adult evening programs along with a growing online presence, Drury continues to achieve record enrollment.”

Enrollment in online courses has grown 14 percent over fall 2009. Drury’s online courses make up 30 percent of CGCS class offerings. Drury offers 11 bachelor’s degrees that can be completed entirely online.

Contact:
Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations
Office of Marketing and Communications
Office: (417) 873-7390
Mobile: (417) 839-2886
E-mail: markmiller@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 to offer a one-year Master of Arts in Communication degree

For Immediate Release: September 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 28, 2010 — Drury University is launching an accelerated Master of Arts in Communication degree program.  Students accepted into this competitive, ten-person cohort will be able to complete the entire master’s degree between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012, spanning summer, fall, and spring semesters during the calendar year. Students will complete degree requirements each May.

Students accepted into the program may choose either integrated marketing or organizational leadership and change as an emphasis.

With the recent addition of the organizational leadership and change emphasis, Drury University’s Master of Arts in Communication program has greatly increased in enrollment. “We attribute our success to excellent faculty, a quality curriculum, actionable strategies, social media certification, and effective networking. Our accelerated offering will provide these same opportunities to quality students who want to complete the program in a shorter time frame,” says Dr. Curt Gilstrap, Drury’s Director of the Master of Arts in Communication program.

The first accelerated cohort will begin classes in June of 2011. Review of applications begins on December 1, 2010. A second round of applications may be accepted through January 15, 2011. Drury will continue to offer a part-time Master of Arts in Communication degree that is designed to take two or more years to complete.

To apply or for more information contact Dr. Curt Gilstrap at (417) 873-4068 or atcgilstrap01@drury.edu.

Contact:
Dr. Curt Gilstrap
Director, Master of Arts in Communication
Office: (417) 873-4068
E-mail: cgilstrap01@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.

Musical portrays the lives of three influential Latin American women

For Immediate Release: September 27

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sep. 27, 2010 —The Core Ensemble will present a musical depicting the story of three historic Latin American females on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Tres Vidas is a chamber music and theatre production presented by international touring group the Core Ensemble, which is comprised of an actress, a pianist, a cellist and a percussionist. The original performance is based on the lives of three famous Latin American women: Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya, and Alfonsina Storni. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Languages.

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.

Drury will host a celebration to commemorate its 137th birthday

For Immediate Release: September 24

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 24, 2010 — Drury University President Todd Parnell will cut the first slice of cake to help the campus celebrate the 137th anniversary of its founding. A celebration in Burnham Circle will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Drury was established in 1873 and organized by Congregational home missionaries who felt the need for an academically strong liberal arts college in the Ozarks. Patterned after other Congregationalist liberal-arts colleges such as Oberlin, Carleton, Dartmouth, Yale and Harvard, Drury would offer an environment of strong academic discourse and intellectual achievement.

After much debate, Springfield was chosen over Neosho, Mo., as the college’s location. Four men then joined to organize and endow what they first named Springfield College: James Harwood and Charles Harwood of Springfield, The Rev. Nathan Morrison of Olivet, Mich., and Samuel Drury of Otsego, Mich. Drury’s gift of $25,000 was the largest, and the college was renamed for his recently deceased son. Morrison was chosen as the first president.

Drury’s early curriculum emphasized educational, religious and musical strengths. Students came to the new college from a wide area, including the Indian Territories of Oklahoma. The first graduating class in 1875 was made up entirely of five women.

When classes began in 1873, the campus occupied one building situated on less than 1½ acres. Twenty-five years later the 40-acre campus included Stone Chapel, the President’s House and three academic buildings. It now comprises nearly 90 acres.

The Monday afternoon ceremony will include a re-enactment of the first ringing of the bell by The Rev. Nathan Morrison, who rang a hand bell to announce the start of classes on Sept. 25, 1873.

Media Contact:
Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations, University Communications
Office: (417) 873-7390
Mobile: (417) 839-2886
E-mail: markmiller@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.

Drury University names a new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

For Immediate Release: September 22

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 22, 2010 —Jann Holland is the new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications (formerly University Communications) at Drury University. Holland replaces Bill Noblitt who left to pursue other opportunities.

Holland is a Springfield native and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She has worked for Noble and Associates–a locally based advertising agency. Holland and her husband, Russ, own Sugar Design Studios, where she conducted strategic marketing planning for several local educational institutions and companies.

“Jann is a pro who brings years of experience to Drury. Her background in strategic marketing will help the university position itself in an increasingly competitive higher education environment,” says Todd Parnell, Drury president.

Holland started at Drury on September 15.

Contact:
Scotti Siebert
Director of Human Resources
Office: (417) 873-7854
E-mail: ssiebert@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.