Drury & SBU alumni compete in third annual Catfight Giving Challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2016 — Drury University Panthers and Southwest Baptist University Bearcats are battling to raise money in the third annual Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge. Alumni and donors are urged to raise $13,000 for their respective school in the days leading up to the annual Catfight men’s and women’s basketball games on Nov. 15 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury.

Donations toward the challenge can begin today. Bank of Bolivar is the sponsor of this year’s challenge and will be a partner until 2018.

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“The Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge has become another layer of friendly rivalry between Drury and SBU,” said Andrea Battaglia, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations. “This is a great competition between schools and in the end, students at both universities will benefit from the scholarship donations raised.”

Drury University will host a tailgate event to build support for the basketball teams and the Giving Challenge at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 15, before the start of the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. The men’s game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Donations will continue to be accepted through half time at the men’s basketball game. Drury alumni and friends can give at https://alumni.drury.edu/catfight. All Drury donations benefit the Drury Experience Fund, which is an effort to raise $1.5 million in annual scholarship and financial aid support for students with limited financial resources. Gifts to the Drury Experience Fund will:

  • Increase the number of students who receive financial support.
  • Provide engaged learning experiences and leadership development opportunities for students.
  • Create opportunities for students to continue their education and improve their desired skills.
  • Provide professional connections and skills development for students.
  • Award stipends for field research, classroom travel and business partnerships.
  • Provide on-site, real-world, engaged learning and professional development for students.

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Media Contact: Andrea Battaglia, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations – (417) 873-7353 or abattaglia@drury.edu.

C-Street Gallery opens “Flores do Verão” on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, MO., Oct. 31, 2016 – “Flores do Verão” is a solo exhibition opening at the Drury on C-Street Gallery on Friday, November 4 with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Featured artist Matt Edwards depicts flowers and trees in order to give viewers a sense of calm and warmness. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located at 233 E. Commercial Street. The opening reception is free to the public with live entertainment provided by the Drury Jazz Ensemble.

"High Noon" - painting by Matt Edwards

“High Noon” – painting by Matt Edwards

The title “Flores do Verão” is a reference to the Portuguese influence on Edwards. The use of flowers and trees form compositions that challenge Edwards’ palette, but gives a sense of the beauty of the world surrounding us all. Some of his latest work is derived from Portuguese azulejos – vibrant ceramic tiles used to build geometric patterns.

This exhibition will run from November 4 through 26. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

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Kappa Delta chapter raises more than $50,000 for scholarships

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 28, 2016 — The Alpha Psi chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority has successfully raised more than $50,000 for the Kappa Delta/Marcia McKellar Mullis Endowed Scholarship.

The effort was conducted to help mark the 85th anniversary of the chapter’s founding at Drury University. The chapter and its alumnae are proud to announce that they have exceeded their $50,000 goal, with a total of $51,000, thanks to many generous and supportive donors. With this amount fully endowed, the alumnae of Kappa Delta now hope to award two $1,000 scholarships to deserving women each year.

This huge success would not have been possible without the help of Alpha Psi’s alumna and every donor that contributed to this fund. With luck, this scholarship fund will continue to grow each year and allow the chapter to award even more scholarships in the future. Because of this scholarship, even more women will be able to take part in Greek life and make a difference in the community.

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Political science lecturer will explore “The Angry Electorate” on Nov. 15

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 28, 2016 — Ever get the sense that voters are angry – about the issues, about the state of politics, and even about their choices amongst candidates? The 2016 elections are nearly over, but the emotions surrounding them will live on regardless of the outcomes.

The next lecture in this year’s L.E. Meador Center for Citizenship & Politics speaker series will explore this topic. Dr. Lilly Goren, professor of political science at Carroll University will speak about “The Angry Electorate” at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Lay Hall Auditorium at Drury. This year’s series theme is “45: Conversations on the Presidential Election and the New Administration.”

Lilly Goren

“Anger has manifested itself in American civic life to varying degrees since before our country was even founded,” said Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center. “This election cycle is the latest manifestation of it, but the tenor and character are more intense than we’ve seen in some time. Lilly Goren is one of the leading experts on anger in American politics, she will be able to provide us with a look at the ‘big picture’ as we move forward as a nation.”

Goren has written extensively on anger in politics and has recently completed a book manuscript about the topic. She will share insights gained from her research and focus specifically on the 2016 presidential election and how anger might play out after the ballots have been cast and the race is over.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Visit www.drury.edu/meadorcenter for more information.

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Media Contact: Dr. Dan Ponder, Professor of Political Science: (417) 873-7394 or deponder@drury.edu.

Drury students offering free portrait photography to military families

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 26, 2016 — Drury University photography students will again offer free family portraits to active duty military personnel and veterans during the week of the Veterans Day holiday. This is the sixth year for the project, which allows commercial photography students to give back to those who have served our country while also sharpening their photography skills.

Jessica Barrows

“The students benefit from being able to photograph people from a variety of backgrounds and generations while applying the technical and communication skills they’ve learned in the classroom like studio lighting, camera operation, and interacting with the people they are photographing,” says Rebecca Miller, the program chair for Art, Art History, and Arts Administration at Drury.

“I’ve enjoyed getting to meet so many veterans over the years and hear their stories about time spent serving our country and their life experiences outside the military,” Miller adds. “Whether it’s a family of 10 or a single veteran, the interaction our students have had with those who have served our country in this indispensable way has been invaluable to their educational experience. It is an honor for us to take their photographs and we thank them for their service.”

The portraits are open to the first 50 families that make a reservation. The portraits are photographed in the Pool Art Center, 940 N. Clay Ave., at the following dates and times:

Saturday, Nov. 5 – 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 – 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10 – 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Saturday Nov. 12 – 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Rebecca Miller at (417) 873-6337 or rmiller01@drury.edu.

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Tickets for Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers available Nov. 7

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 25, 2016 — Fans of Christmas traditions will want to mark two upcoming dates on their calendars. Tickets for Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers choral concert will be available beginning Monday, November 7. 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 4 in Stone Chapel.

New this year: a live video stream of the 7 p.m. performance will be available online at www.drury.edu/music.

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Tickets to attend in person will be available via the Drury website at www.drury.edu/music. Tickets 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 based on the traditional lessons and carol service and will include classic carols such as “Silent Night” and “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” as well as more contemporary choral works. The Vespers celebration has been a tradition at Drury for more than 60 years.

Video highlights from the 2015 Vespers performance can be viewed online. For more information regarding the event, please call the Drury Music Department at (417) 873-7296.

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Media Contact: Dr. Allin Sorenson, Professor of Music: (417) 873-7296 or asorenson@drury.edu.

Drury bestows 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards to six honorees

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 18, 2016 — Drury University honored six people at the 65th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony on Friday. The banquet event was held as part of the annual Alumni Reunion celebration.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards were founded in 1951 to recognize individuals who have achieved professional and personal successes, shown their loyalty to Drury University, and demonstrated exemplary service to their community. Nominations are taken from the Drury community and the Alumni Council selects honorees. The 2016 honorees include:

The 2016 honorees from left to right: Adam McClellan, Traci Sooter, Sue Carter Porges, Janet Steinmetz Trotter, Calla Wiemer and Steve Edwards.

The 2016 honorees from left to right: Adam McClellan, Traci Sooter, Sue Carter Porges, Janet Steinmetz Trotter, Calla Wiemer and Steve Edwards.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Sue Carter Porges ‘66

After graduating with a degree in Biology, Porges completed her Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Arkansas and her postdoctoral education at Michigan State University. Her career has spanned the breadth of higher education across the country as a research fellow, professor, and now as Director of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. Porges has published over 500 academic papers and has been a valuable asset to the scientific community through her continued studies.

University Engagement Award – Steven D. Edwards ‘88

Edwards is the President and CEO of CoxHealth and a member of the Drury Board of Trustees. After graduating from Drury with degrees in political science with minors in philosophy and communication, he attended Washington University where he earned his Masters in Health Administration. From there, he went to Baylor University to complete a post-graduate fellowship. He became a Drury Trustee in 2012.

Career Achievement Award – Dr. Calla Wiemer ‘77

After graduating from Drury’s Breech School of Business, Wiemer earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She received a tenured faculty position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she remained until 1997. Since then, she has taken teaching positions across Asia and now teaches at the University of the Philippines School of Economics and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian Economics. She began the recycling program at Drury in 1974 and has worked tirelessly at creating sustainable communities.

Outstanding Service Award – Janet Steinmetz Trotter ‘53

Trotter’s passion for serving children with special needs began in the 1960s when she started the Missouri Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. She worked with Springfield Public Schools and helped establish chapters of the organization in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Columbia. At the time, Missouri had no other program for helping children with special needs and she was influential in creating special education classrooms in public schools and in passing legislation requiring all districts to provide Special Education services.

Young Alumnus Award – Dr. Adam McClellan ’05

After graduating from the highly competitive dental program at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, McClellan has used his talent to not only earn a living but also to give back. As chair of the “Pouring from the Heart” gala, he was instrumental in raising enough money to fund the free pediatric clinic at the UMKC Dental School for four years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Missouri Boys State. McClellan owns his own practice, Periodontal Care, in Kansas City.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Award – Traci Sooter

Sooter is a Professor of Architecture and the Director of Design/Build Programs in the Hammons School of Architecture. She specializes in sustainable design/build courses serving charities and communities in need. She led teams of Drury students through four design/build projects for Extreme Makeover and has also completed seven other community design/build projects that include the first ever Platinum LEED home for Habitat for Humanity International. In 2015, She helped lead the 2015 Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon Team against peers from 19 other colleges from around the nation, earning 8th place.

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Drury’s humanities film series returns to Moxie Cinema for fifth season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 12, 2016 — Drury University’s Humanities & Ethics Center has again partnered with the Moxie Cinema in downtown Springfield to host a series of screenings and open discussions at the local independent theater. The Drury Humanities & Arts Film Series is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.

The film series returns at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 15 with a talk from Dr. Kevin Henderson following a screening of landmark British film “The Third Man.” The partnership between Drury and the nonprofit Moxie Cinema places a spotlight on films that ask enduring questions about the human condition and adds an open, facilitated discussion to the mix. After each showing, a Drury professor leads a group discussion about the movie’s themes. The post-film discussions are about 30 minutes each. Tickets are $5 and all screenings begin at 1 p.m.

“Our series continues to offer an eclectic mix of powerful films,” explains Dr. Kevin Henderson, director of the series and Assistant Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “We screen movies that audiences enjoy weighing in on and may not have other opportunities to see in theaters.”

Oct. 15 – “The Third Man” with Dr. Kevin Henderson, assistant professor of English

Nov. 5 – “The Passion of Joan of Arc” with Dr. Shelley Wolbrink, professor of history

Nov. 19 ­– “Like Water for Chocolate” with Dr. Elizabeth Nichols, professor of Spanish

March 25 – “Life is Beautiful” with Dr. Richard Schur, professor of English

April 1 ­– “Son of Man” with Dr. Teresa Hornsby, professor of religion

April 22 – “The Sea Inside” with Dr. Chris Panza, professor of philosophy

For more information, go to http://www.moxiecinema.com.

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Media Contact: Kevin Henderson – Director, Humanities and Arts Film Series: (417) 873-7426 or khenders@drury.edu.

Foundation grant to help Drury construct new “black box” theater

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 11, 2016 — A significant grant award will help Drury University’s Theater Program construct a new performance space for student productions.

The program has received a $150,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation to build an all-new “black box” studio theater in O’Bannon Hall, which is part of the Mabee Performing Arts Center. A black box theater is a highly flexible performance space that allows the seating configuration to be changed to meet the needs of the production.

Overhead view of the new Sunderland Black Box Theater. CREDIT: Dr. Robin Schraft

Overhead view of the new Sunderland Black Box Theater. CREDIT: Dr. Robin Schraft

The grant will cover a majority of the cost of converting a former music rehearsal space into a two-story studio theater that will be a significant improvement over the current studio theater space in Springfield Hall. The new space will be called the Sunderland Black Box Theater. It will include features not available in the current space, including better lighting and sound capabilities, adjacent dressing rooms, a permanent control booth on the second floor and easier access for the audience.

It will also be larger, with seating for 60 to 100 people, depending on the configuration, and will be dedicated almost entirely to performance. The current studio theater doubles as a classroom for acting and dance. With the move to the Mabee Center, the program has more classroom space available and the studio won’t have to be used for instructional purposes. Larger productions will continue to be held in the Wilhoit Theater inside the Breech Building.

“We will have more flexibility in the new studio theater space and therefore more room for creativity when staging performances,” says Dr. Robin Schraft, the Theater Program Director who is also designing the theater. “It will open up more opportunities for our students to present their works to the community.”

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Drury’s Theater Department moved into the Mabee Center this spring from its former home in Springfield Hall in order to provide synergy with the Music Department. Construction of the Sunderland Black Box Theater will begin later this year and should be complete before the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.

For more information about Drury Theatre and the 2016-17 season, go to www.drury.edu/theatre.

C-Street Gallery opens “Study Abroad: The Student View” exhibit Friday

SPRINGFIELD, MO., Oct. 4, 2016 – Photo exhibition “Study Abroad: The Student View” opens at the Drury on C-Street Gallery with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

The exhibition features photographs by Drury students who have studied abroad during the past year with a Drury or affiliated program. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located at 233 E. Commercial Street. The opening reception is free to the public with refreshments provided by Café Cusco.

“History’s Imprint on Today,” Northern Ireland 2016, by Karis Kononiuk

“History’s Imprint on Today,” Northern Ireland 2016, by Karis Kononiuk

The photographs in the exhibition represent a unique moment during each student’s study abroad experience from their international travels to Cyprus, Ecuador, Greece, France, Italy, Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Switzerland. Some of the photographs will be included in a silent auction during the month to raise funds for study abroad scholarships.

Study abroad experiences are a key component of a Drury education, and it is a requirement in some degree programs such as business and architecture. More than 40 percent of Drury undergraduates study aborad at some point in their college careers, which is far above the national average of about 10 percent.

“Aphrodite,” Aphrodite, Cyprus 2016, by Mohannad Almazroa.

“Aphrodite,” Aphrodite, Cyprus 2016, by Mohannad Almazroa.

This exhibition will run from Oct. 7 through 28. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, October 22 and October 29.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.