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.

Historian to discuss integration of black officers into the U. S. Navy

For Immediate Release: September 22

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sep. 22, 2010 —Paul Stillwell will recount his research on the Golden Thirteen, the first black officers to serve in the Navy, on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. in Stone Chapel at Drury University.

Stillwell, Drury class of 1966, grew up on and near the Drury campus. During that time, he and his brother Mark absorbed values and inspiration from their father Carl, who was part of the college’s administration for 25 years. In particular their dad, who was also a minister, preached and practiced the tenets of racial tolerance and understanding.

In 1944, the U.S. Navy commissioned the first black officers in its history—pioneers who came to be known as the Golden Thirteen. In the 1980s, drawing on his dad’s example, Stillwell did oral history interviews with the eight members of the original 13 who were still living. He compiled their stories into the book The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers, which preserves a significant slice of history that would otherwise have been lost.

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, 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.

News media invited to tour the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Sept. 30

Media Advisory: September 20, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 20, 2010 — Members of the news media are invited to tour the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. led by O’Reilly Family Event Center Director Myra Miller, Drury President Todd Parnell and Vice President for Athletics Dr. Edsel Matthews. Parking is available in Lot 7, just to the north of Harrison Stadium.

The next day, Oct. 1, the O’Reilly Family Event Center opens to the public with a free concert and barbecue on the plaza on the north side of the new arena. This will mark the public’s first look inside the $13.5 million arena and kick off a month celebration of the arena’s opening. The barbecue begins at 6 p.m., M-Dock band begins playing at 6:30 p.m., former Lady Panther Liz Moriondo takes the stage at 8 p.m. and fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but those wishing to enjoy the barbecue are asked to RSVP at www.drurytickets.com.

Other events during the month include:

  • Saturday, Oct. 2, the O’Reilly Family Event Center will be the start and finish for the Panther Run benefiting Care to Learn. The event features 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs and a 2-mile run/walk. The Panther Run is the first race in the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners’ Triple Crown series. Go to www.active.com to register. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 8, will feature the first sporting event in the O’Reilly Family Event Center when the Panther volleyball team hosts the University of Missouri of Science and Technology at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 9, the O’Reilly Family Event Center will play host to the Springfield Symphony Pops concert series featuring music from famous movies. Call the Symphony at (417) 864-6683 for tickets.
  • The middle of the month marks the start of basketball practice and the Panthers and Lady Panthers will entertain fans with Hoops Hysteria on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Admission is one can of food.
  • Saturday, Oct. 16, is the Hammons School of Architecture’s 25th Anniversary Gala Event in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
  • The ninth annual Drury Athletics Auction is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 28, music will fill the O’Reilly Family Event Center when Axel and the Equators take the stage at 7 p.m. for a night of swinging blues music. Tickets are $25.
  • Lifehouse brings its “radio-ready” sound to O’Reilly on Friday, Oct. 29. The band broke out in 2001 when its single “Hanging by a Moment” became the most played radio song of the year. Lifehouse is joined on the card by 2009 American Idol winner Kris Allen. Tickets cost $29, $25 and $20.
  • Saturday, Oct. 30, features the building dedication and ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. The Grand Opening Finale Concert with Aretha Franklin is that night at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available.

The big events continue into November with former Hootie and the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker and funny man Bill Engvall scheduled to appear at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Tickets can be purchased at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office or atwww.drurytickets.com, unless otherwise noted.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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

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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.