Drury and Student Veterans of America to hold Veterans Day Ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 3, 2015 — Drury University and the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America will hold a public Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. The event will be held inside the OFEC in case of inclement weather.

The featured speaker will be James S. Whitfield. Mr. Whitfield is a native Missourian, World War II Navy veteran and active member of the American Legion. The ceremony will include a presentation of the colors by the Willard High School ROTC Color Guard and patriotic music performed by Drury student Asher Tillman.

Drury’s Facilities Services Department will present the Student Veterans of America chapter with new plaques for the Armed Forces Plaza. The plaques will depict each of the U.S. Armed Forces insignias. Facilities Services’ staff members who are also U.S. Armed Forces veterans will present the plaques.

Drury’s tradition of serving those who have served our country dates back to the days following World War II, when buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s 10 branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood.

The commitment continues today. Drury is a “Military Friendly School” according to Victory Media and was ranked No. 3 in the Midwest on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges for Veterans” list this year. Drury is also a supporter school of the Order of the Purple Heart. Drury supports federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members apply for, pay for and complete their degrees and has designated staff to help coordinate these services.


Texas group The Oh Hellos come to O’Reilly Family Event Center Feb. 19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2015 — Texas-based duo the Oh Hellos will perform live in concert Friday, Feb. 19 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center as part of Drury University’s 2016 homecoming celebration. Drury-based group Lost & Found will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and free to all Drury students. Tickets are available starting at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 5 at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The Oh Hellos

The Oh Hellos

The Oh Hellos are siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath, who were born and raised in a musical family in southern Texas. In the fall of 2012, the duo released their debut full-length record, “Through the Deep, Dark Valley,” an album full of regret and redemption. Their second full-length album, “Dear Wormwood,” is at times delicate, intimate, and affectionate; and at other times soaring, towering and joyfully explosive. The band’s influences range from Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens to The Middle East and the Muppets, bending and blending styles and genres into a unique mixture of eclectic folk rock.

For more on the bands, visit http://www.theohhellos.com or https://www.facebook.com/LostAndFoundsMusic/.


Drury Architecture professor to speak at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2015 — A Drury University professor will give a lecture that draws on both personal and professional experiences at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, this week.

Hammons School of Architecture professor Nancy Chikaraishi’s lecture will look at the process and shared boundaries of creating space in art and architecture. It will include work from her previously released exhibit “Life Interrupted,” a collection of drawings and paintings portraying her parents’ stories from their time in a Japanese Internment camp in Rohwer, Arkansas, during World War II. The presentation is at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 and will include several new pieces created by Chikaraishi that were inspired by the CORE Performance Company.

Nancy Chikaraishi

Nancy Chikaraishi

Chikaraishi worked as a visual artist with CORE Performance Company on “Gaman,” a dance/theatrical performance that explores how challenges can be overcome by courage; and expresses the conflicting emotions of sorrow and joy, confinement and liberation experienced by the interned Japanese-American citizens. A public performance of “Gaman” will be held at the University of Central Arkansas on Nov. 9 and at Crystal Bridges on Nov. 11.

“Hopefully, we can shed light on these kinds of events and prevent them from happening again,” Chikaraishi said. “A lot of people still don’t know that there were camps in Arkansas. I think it’s very important that we understand our history when it comes to issues of race and discrimination.”


Dr. David Manuel will retire as Drury University president in May 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 29, 2015 — Dr. David Manuel has announced that he will retire as President of Drury University in May at the end of his contractual commitment.

In letters to faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni sent today, Manuel thanked the entire Drury community for the opportunity to lead the institution. The decision comes after reflecting on a long career in higher education as a faculty member, administrator and chancellor/president.

“For several months, I have been considering my future personal and professional plans in light of completing nearly 41 years in higher education. During its regular fall meeting this morning, I informed the Board of Trustees that I will retire as president of Drury University on May 31, 2016,” Manuel said. “I have enjoyed working with all of Drury’s constituent groups and have come to deeply admire this great American university, as well as the entire Springfield community. We have an outstanding leadership team, and I am confident they will be able to move the university forward. Between now and May 31, I will work diligently to assist Drury as it achieves new successes and will partner with you, the Board and the administration in the upcoming transition.”

“We appreciate Dr. David and Betty Coe Manuel’s service to Drury and the community,” said Lyle Reed, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We look forward to working together toward a smooth transition.”


Annual education conference to focus on mindfulness in the classroom

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 28, 2015 — Drury University will partner with Springfield Public Schools on Friday, Nov. 6, to present the 15th annual Developing Success in Youth conference on the DU campus.

With the theme “The Emotional Art of Teaching,” the conference will focus on the concept of mindfulness and how it can help teachers and students reduce stress in the classroom. Mindfulness is defined as being highly self-aware of one’s consciousness from moment to moment.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Patricia Jennings, associate professor of education at the Curry School of Education at University of Virginia, who will lead four sessions throughout the day.

Dr. Patricia Jennings

Dr. Patricia Jennings

The social and emotional dynamics of the classroom play a key role in promoting student learning and fostering pro-social behavior. Drawing upon research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education, Jennings will provide information about how mindfulness-based approaches can help teachers manage the stressful demands of the classroom, cultivate an exceptional learning environment, and revitalize teaching and learning. In addition to the research behind these approaches, participants will learn some simple awareness practices for managing stress and promoting wellbeing.

The material will be relevant to all K-12 educators and administrators. The full cost is $150, and groups of 5 or more from the same school are $125 per individual.

Nearly 100 educators from across Missouri have already registered to attend. For more information and to register online, go to: www.drury.edu/dsy, or contact Dr. Kristofor Wiley, assistant professor of education, at (417) 873-6397 or kwiley002@drury.edu.


Cabaret Tickets Available November 2

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 26, 2015 — Performances of the musical Cabaret will take place at Drury’s Wilhoit Theatre on Wednesday, November 11 through Saturday, November 14. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening with an additional matinee on Saturday, November 14 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available beginning Monday, November 2, and they can be purchased online by visiting the Drury website at www.drury.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the box office at (417) 873-7255 which is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are: $14 for adults, $7 for senior adults, $7 for non-Drury students, $3 for children, and $3 for Drury faculty, staff and students. Credit cards and checks are accepted for payment.

The musical Cabaret is set in the tumultuous Berlin of 1930. A struggling American writer is drawn into the seedy underworld of the Kit Kat Klub—a haven from political turmoil and the rise of the Nazis. With an unforgettable score, Cabaret is arguably Kander and Ebb’s most powerful musical.

For more information regarding the performances, please call the Drury Theatre Department at (417) 873-6832.

Supreme Court expert Jeffery Toobin speaks at Drury on Oct. 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 23, 2015 — Noted legal analyst and Supreme Court expert Jeffery Toobin will speak at Drury University next week as the L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship’s inaugural guest lecturer.

The longtime New Yorker staff writer and CNN analyst will speak on the topic “Inside the World of the Supreme Court” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Clara Thompson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The speech kicks off the Meador Center’s 2015-16 theme “Created Equal: Civil Rights, Liberties & Citizenship.”

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Toobin has covered all the major legal stories of the last two decades, ranging from the nomination of four Supreme Court Justices to the trials of Michael Jackson and George Zimmerman. He has provided legal analysis on the nation’s most provocative and high profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson civil trial and the Kenneth Starr investigation of the Clinton White House. His most recent book, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, was a New York Times best-seller, as was his previous book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, which received the 2008 J. Anthony Lukas Prize for Nonfiction.

“Toobin has spent decades reporting and analyzing the Court and its place in our political system,” says Dr. Dan Ponder, Meador Chair of Political Science at Drury. “He is an insider who has interviewed the justices but he has done so with the independence and discernment of a journalist.”

About the Meador Center

Dedicated to the academic inquiry of political engagement, the L.E. Meador Center was founded this year as a nexus for student pursuits, faculty scholarship, and thought-provoking community programming and events. The Center is named for Dr. Lewis Elbern (L.E.) Meador, a longtime professor of political science at Drury College for nearly 50 years beginning in 1913. Meador was a revered civic leader who played key roles in shaping the current Missouri Constitution and Springfield City Charter.

The Center’s inspiration for its mission comes from the words of Meador himself, who felt his students “should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live.” The Meador Center carries out that mission in two ways: an annual speaker series and financial support of student scholarship, internships and study away/abroad opportunities.


Students to launch community garden project for Make A Difference Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 22, 2015 — Drury University students will launch a new partnership with Springfield Community Gardens on Saturday during Make A Difference Day, the country’s largest nationally recognized day of service. DU students will also take part in a three other projects that day as they join millions around America in lending a helping hand to improve the lives of others.

The students will work to transform a greenhouse at Trustee Science Center into a space where Springfield Community Gardens can grow produce. They will also participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, assist with maintenance projects at Boyd Elementary School and organize donations at Sammy’s Window, which provides food, clothing and personal care items for foster families.

At Drury, Make a Difference Day is called the President’s Day of Service in order to honor President David Manuel and First Lady Betty Coe Manuel’s dedication to community engagement. The Manuels will be working alongside Drury students Saturday at Boyd Elementary.

The best times to catch students in action and get interviews will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Trustee Science Center greenhouse. Students will be turning soil and compost, potting plants and prepping the greenhouse and surrounding grounds for use as a community garden. The shared space will be used by Springfield Community Gardens to engage and enrich the Midtown neighborhood. It will also serve as a teaching space where students from area schools can come and learn about sustainable farming practices and how their food is produced. Trustee Science Center is located on Drury Lane just north of Chestnut Expressway.

Details on the other events:

  • Students will join Betty Coe Manuel in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk starting at 8 a.m. outside of Hammons Field downtown.
  • The Manuels and student volunteers will join with members of the Boyd PTA and Midtown Neighborhood Association for cleanup, organization and maintenance projects from 10 a.m. to noon at Boyd Elementary School, located at 1409 N. Washington Ave.
  • Student volunteers will be at Sammy’s Window, 1774 S. Grant Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The students are supporting Sammy’s Window as part of this year’s All Collegiate Service Project.

“Being a part of the largest national day of service is exciting and the students truly enjoy opportunities to engage in the Springfield community,” says Courtney Swan, director of Drury’s Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development. “The chance to serve alongside President and Mrs. Manuel makes the experience all the more meaningful.”

Media Contact: Ryan Gipson, Volunteer Services Coordinator. Cell: (417) 229-1451; email: rgipson@drury.edu.


Tickets for Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers available Nov. 2

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 21, 2015 — Fans of Christmas traditions will want to mark two upcoming dates on their calendars. Tickets for Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers choral concert will become available in two weeks, beginning Monday, November 2. Due to high demand in recent years, there will again be two Vespers performances this year at 3 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 6 in Stone Chapel.

Tickets will be available via the Drury website at www.drury.edu/music. They are free of charge; however there is a limit of four tickets per order. Tickets must be ordered online and cannot be reserved by phone. Tickets tend to go quickly, so please order early. Guests will be able to pick up their tickets at Stone Chapel one hour prior to the performance.

In-town guests are encouraged to attend the 7 p.m. performance, and out-of-town guests, such as parents of Drury students, are encouraged to attend the 3 p.m. performance. Vespers is a celebration of classic carols such as “Silent Night” and “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” and has taken place at Drury for more than 60 years.

Video highlights from the 2014 Vespers performance can be viewed online. For more information regarding the event, please call the Drury Music Department at (417) 873-7296.


Drury University faculty accomplishments – Fall 2015 roundup

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 21, 2015 — Drury University faculty accomplishments are numerous so far this semester. Drury professors are teacher-scholars who conduct meaningful research and engage with the community around them, giving their students a chance to participate in and benefit from their scholarly work. Here are just a few highlights of publications, research and accolades by faculty members in recent weeks.


  • Nancy Chikaraishi, Professor: Chikaraishi’s series of artworks centering on the experience of her parents and other Japanese-Americans interned at the Rohwer camp in Arkansas during WWII inspired the production of “Life Interrupted” by Core Dance. Visit www.thebackstagebeat.com for more on the production.

Art & Art History:

  • Rebecca Miller, Associate Professor: Miller’s archival pigment print Dear Alfred #18 was accepted into the special web exhibition for the 2015 Photo Review International Photography Competition.

Behavioral Science:

  • Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown, Associate Professor of Psychology: Silva Brown’s chapter “On Tornados: Storm Exposure, Coping Styles and Resilience” was included in the book Traumatic Stress and Long-Term Recovery: Coping with Disasters and Other Negative Life Events. Her chapter was based on research results related to the Joplin Impact Project.


  • Dr. Gary Holmes, Associate Professor: Holmes will attend the Society of Marketing Advances Annual Educators Conference in San Antonio, Texas to present “Millennials’ Attitudes Concerning Traditional Classroom Resources” with senior Jordan Smith and May 2015 graduate Morgan Young.


  • Dr. Curt Gilstrap, Associate Professor: Gilstrap and graduate student Brian Hendershot’s study, “E-Leaders and Uncertainty Management: A Computer-Supported Qualitative Investigation” was accepted in Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.


  • Dr. Kris Wiley, Assistant Professor: Wiley has written two chapters in the book The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know? for the National Association for Gifted Children.


  • William Garvin, Director of the Olin Library: Garvin was named as a trustee on the Springfield-Greene County Library Board, and he will present to the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives at the annual conference this month in Columbia, Mo.

Political Science:

  • Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Professor: Ponder co-authored “Public Opinion and Democratic Party Ownership of Prosperity: The Political Legacy of the Great Depression, 1955-2013” published in one of the leading peer-reviewed American politics journals – American Politics Research.