Annual English Symposium to be held at Drury on Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Apr. 13, 2015 — Career opportunities and student work will be in focus at Drury’s annual English Symposium on Wednesday, April 15 in the Harwood Reading Room of the Olin Library. This event is free and open to the public.

The symposium is organized by the Drury chapter of international English honors society Sigma Tau Delta. It will feature several events throughout the day, including a panel discussion by area professionals and English/writing alumni, performances by Dr. Peter Meidlinger’s Shakespeare & Ethics class, a display of Drury’s English Department publications, and readings of recent work from student-produced literary magazine Currents and other publications.

“I’m excited for the panel discussion and to see what various people have done with their English degree,” says Lauren Himmelberg, president of Drury’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter. “This event is a great way to reassure to students of their future with a Drury English and a writing degree and show them several possibilities for their careers.”

The event will also honor the retirement of Dr. Resa Willis, professor of English and Drury faculty member since 1980.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Kevin Henderson at


CCPS open house on Thursday targets non-traditional students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 13, 2015 — Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies will hold an open house for prospective students from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

During the event, prospective students can visit with campus representatives to discuss programs offered, degree highlights and various career fields. Admissions representatives will be on hand to discuss the application process and admission requirements, and financial aid professionals will be available to answer questions about federal student aid, scholarships and other assistance.

The event will feature door prizes and light refreshments. Parking is available in Lot 12 just south of OFEC or in Lot 7 on Summit Avenue north of Harrison Stadium. For more information, call 873-7373 or go to

About CCPS

The College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) offers bachelor and associate degree programs primarily in the evening at Drury’s main campus in Springfield and at branch campuses in Ava, Cabool, Fort Leonard Wood/St. Robert, Lebanon, Monett, Rolla and Thayer as well as through extension sites at Licking and OTC’s Richwood Valley Campus in Ozark.

CCPS programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students with hectic lifestyles that make traditional degree completion impractical. Online courses for undergraduate and graduate programs enhance the flexibility and quality of the educational experience. CCPS currently offers 14 undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees that can be completed totally online.


Media Contact: Kristy Nelson, M.A., Director of Marketing for Drury CCPS. Office: (417) 873-7868 or email:

Housing options at Drury build community in more ways than one

Drury University offers a variety of specialty housing where students can develop interests and serve the community. Many of these housing options are selective and require students to engage in additional activities that engage them through service or academics.

One such option is the Summit Park Leadership Community, an apartment-style environment aimed primarily at sophomores. It’s more than just a nice place to live. Summit Park engages students in a living-learning environment that focuses on the principles of leadership while incorporating the value of community service.

Student teams selected to live in Summit Park form year-long partnerships with local community nonprofits and commit to 15 hours of community service a semester – though many far exceed that requirement. Students lend their skills and passions to these projects. Past partner agencies have included Harmony House, the Boys & Girls Clubs and One Sole Purpose. Students serve in any way possible and update a blog about their project.

Paige Wilson, a member of the team working with One Sole Purpose this year, says her most rewarding experience was “when I went to the elementary schools to handout the shoes the children had received.”

“The children were so grateful and it was a heartwarming experience,” said roommate and fellow team member Olivia Wheat.

Summit Park students are working directly with One Sole Purpose, which provides shoes to students in high poverty Springfield schools.

Summit Park students are working directly with One Sole Purpose, which provides shoes to students in high poverty Springfield schools.

Living in an on-campus apartment is a draw, but the chance to develop leadership and teamwork skills is just as appealing to students wishing to join the program.

“We loved the idea of helping our community while growing as leaders,” Wheat said.

Wheat said working with One Sole Purpose taught their group “how to effectively communicate.” Her team has not only been immersed in a professional setting, but they’ve also been exposed to people from walks of life they may have never encountered previously.

“We always think that shoes are a simple thing to have, but that is not always the case,” Wilson said. “We can never take anything for granted.”


Story by Trevor Cobb, writing major at Drury. A version of this story originally appeared in the Springfield News-Leader. 

Arbor Day Foundation honors Drury with Tree Campus USA recognition

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 10, 2015 — Drury University has earned recognition as a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The announcement was made at today’s campus Arbor Day celebration by Missouri’s state forester, Lisa Allen of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Drury’s urban forest accounts for more than $1.2 million in capital assets and the university has planted more than 200 new trees on campus in the past three years alone.

Drury is the only college or university in Springfield to hold the designation, and one of only seven in the state of Missouri. It achieved the title by meeting five core standards: maintaining a tree advisory committee, having a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance and a launching a related student service-learning project.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Drury has been consistently recognized a “green” school. For the past five years Drury has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review, and the university received the Forest ReLeaf of Missouri award in May of last year.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $29 million in campus forest management last year. For more information go to

Solar-powered home for competition takes shape with “build day”

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 9, 2015 — The Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon Team will hold a “build day” for the ShelteR³ disaster resilient house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday on the Crowder College campus in Neosho.

Students from Crowder College and Drury University have partnered to design, engineer, market, and construct a solar powered and storm resistant home for the Solar Decathlon 2015, a national event hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Students from both schools will be on hand to continue building the house on site, as required by the competition. This fall the team will deconstruct, transport and rebuild the home at the competition site in Irvine, California. That’s where the team will compete against more than a dozen other respected schools such as Yale, Clemson, Missouri S&T and California Polytechnic State University in October.

Bird's eye view of the Shelter3 house.

Bird’s eye view of the Shelter3 house.

While all teams will be building an environmentally conscious solar powered home, the Crowder-Drury team has self-imposed the additional challenge of making its home disaster resilient. The idea for ShelteR³ is based on three Rs: respond, recover, and resist. The motivation began to develop after the immediate and long-term effects of the EF-5 tornado that hit Joplin in 2011 directly impacted students from both Drury and Crowder.

You can learn more at or by following @CrowderDrurySol on Twitter.

For more information about the Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit:, send an email to, or call (417) 234-6405.


Media Contact: Traci Sooter, project manager, Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon, Hammons School of Architecture Faculty. Cell: (417) 234-6405 or email:

Drury student earns prestigious national advertising internship

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 8, 2015 — For the seventh time in 10 years, a Drury University student has been named to the prestigious American Advertising Federation (AAF) Vance L. Stickell Memorial Internship Program. The program recognizes the top 15 AAF students in the nation.

Kathryn Wilson, an advertising/public relations and Spanish double major, is the latest recipient. She will work with the team at Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas this summer. Wilson was offered the position after interviewing with Whole Foods following a national nomination process.

Each year, a handful of outstanding students from across the country are selected for 10-week Stickell internships at U.S. media organizations, advertising agencies and client and supplier companies. The internship, established in 1989 in honor of Vance L. Stickell (1925-1987), former Executive Vice President, Marketing, for the Los Angeles Times, is intended to raise awareness and understanding of advertising processes and business ethics among future advertising professionals.

“I am both thrilled and humbled to be selected as a 2015 Stickell intern. Joining the Whole Foods Market team will truly be an unforgettable experience,” said Wilson, a Nixa native. “Through this opportunity, I hope to gain more insights into how Whole Foods uses social media and other PR tactics to establish meaningful relationships with its consumers and foster its brand identity.”

Kathryn Wilson

Kathryn Wilson

Previous Stickell interns from Drury have worked with companies such as Urban Decay, The Los Angeles Times and IBM. Each has since moved on to establish successful careers in the industry following graduation.

“Kathryn’s selection as a 2015 Stickell Intern is a wonderful accomplishment,” said Dr. Regina Waters, chair of the Department of Communication. “Given her leadership talents, academic achievements, and passion for integrated marketing communications, I’m not surprised her nomination packet rose to the top of the stack. I am beyond thrilled that Drury is adding another student to the elite AAF list of top advertising students in the nation.”


Media Contact: Dr. Regina Waters, Professor of Communication. Office: (417) 873-7251, or email:

Vision-altering goggles help students learn about sensory deprivation

Students taking Advanced Human Physiology at Drury recently took their learning experience outside the classroom: to the go-kart track at Incredible Pizza.

This wasn’t just a day of cutting corners and having fun—although the class did both—it was a hands-on exercise that helped students better understand the effects of alcohol on the body.

Students in Dr. Phil Stepp’s class headed to the track and drove karts while wearing various sets of goggles that blurred or shifted their vision, simulating blood alcohol levels ranging from .06 to .25 BAC. One pair of goggles had tinted lenses that also mimicked driving at night while impaired.

Go kart web

The activity was a follow-up for a lab and coursework relating to sensory deprivation. After driving, students completed an analysis of their experience and connected it back to what they had learned.

Jessica Tay, a junior chemistry and psychology major, was surprised at how poorly she performed and actually had a major spin out during one of the races.

“You didn’t see things coming up, in front of you, or behind you. I had no peripheral vision either,” said Tay. “It was very disorienting—and that was with only with one of my senses impaired!”

This was an eye-opening activity for many students. It helped them better understand how different concepts and body processes fit together, but it also made students seriously think about their choices during a night out.

Goggles web

Stepp, an assistant professor of biology, says Drury’s small class sizes help make lessons and activities such as this possible. It also allows him the opportunity to get to talk to students individually, answer questions, and create a more engaging atmosphere for learning.

“I don’t like classes where I just lecture and give a test,” says Stepp. “I like asking questions and leading discussions that really get student thinking, and helping them find ways to dig and figure things out themselves.”


Story by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, English and writing major at Drury

Arbor Day event highlights campus sustainability and partnerships

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 7, 2015 — Drury University will host an Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m., Friday, April 10 at Lay Hall Auditorium. A tree planting will take place outside Lay Hall following a ceremony that will include remarks from Drury President David Manuel, Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens and a surprise special announcement by State Forester Lisa Allen of the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

“Drury is continuing to become an ever-greener and more sustainable campus,” says Betty Coe Manuel, Drury’s First Lady and an organizer of the event. “In the past three years our Grounds staff has planted more than 200 trees, 150 shrubs and some 3,000 flowers on our campus – with more yet to come.”

A recent sample survey of Drury’s urban forest using industry-standard measurements revealed a replacement value of more than $40,000 for the 29 trees in Drury’s Burnham Circle – a value that only grows as the trees themselves grow.

“We’re looking at more than $1.2 million in total capital in the trees across our campus,” says Joe Fearn, Assistant Director of University Grounds.

Drury’s event coincides with the City of Springfield’s “30 for 30” tree-planting relay across the city, in which 30 new trees will be planted to mark 30 years as a Tree City USA. Four of the 30 trees will be planted between 10 and 11 a.m. at Drury’s Jefferson Park Apartments on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Webster Street, near Lay Hall.

Drury and the City have collaborated to enhance the urban forest on the 88-acre campus and the adjacent Midtown Neighborhood. About 47 trees from the City’s NeighborWoods Program were planted along campus streets this winter. Drury will assume responsibility for care and maintenance for the next five years. 

Drury has been consistently recognized a “green” school. For the past five years Drury has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review, and the university received the Forest ReLeaf of Missouri award in May of last year.


Architecture symposium highlights the role of design in small towns

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 6, 2015 — The Hammons School of Architecture will host a symposium titled “Design in the Middle: Making Place in the American Small Town” from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 10 in the HSA Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will investigate the role of design in shaping public life and giving identity to smaller towns in the American landscape. In such locations, creative and critical architecture challenges the widely held view that design serves merely as aesthetic gloss or a budgetary luxury. Award-winning architects from around the region will present significant projects executed by their firms, which will serve as a starting point for a roundtable discussion.

The speakers include Marlon Blackwell of Marlon Blackwell Architects in Fayetteville, Ark.; Jeffery Day of Min Day in Omaha, Neb., and San Francisco; David Dowell of el dorado in Kansas City; Steve McDowell of BNIM in Kansas City and Drury alumnus Andrew Wells of Dake Wells Architecture in Springfield.

The symposium is part of the HSA 2014-2015 Lecture Series “Locating Design,” which explores the practice of critically engaging physical sites through the act of design.

For more information about the Hammons School of Architecture, visit


Media Contact: Dr. Saundra Weddle, Professor of Architecture, “Locating Design” lecture series chair; Office: (417) 873-7437 or email:

C-Street Gallery opens “In Progress” exhibition on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 30, 2015 — The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its April exhibition “In Progress” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 3.

The exhibition is focused on the progression of the feminist movement and features six local artists: Marina Bolchakova, Diane Denton, Mary Hamilton, Katie Hovencamp, Emma Reynolds and Leigh Ann Thomas,. A poetry reading by MO Poetry Slam Springfield and Claire Griffin will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. The opening reception is a free event with food provided by Hy-Vee.

“In Progress” seeks to help viewers understand feminist ideas as well as the merits of feminism and the progress the movement has made. The work will be organized into distinct categories of feminism. The exhibition is curated by Drury Arts Administration students Kelsey Pressnall and Hannah Stark.

"Queen of the Night" by Mary Hamilton

“Queen of the Night” by Mary Hamilton

MO Poetry Slam Springfield is a local arts organization that works to support, promote and encourage poetry in southwest Missouri. Poets representing the organization will be reciting original feminist work for the first hour of the opening reception.

“In Progress” will run April 3 through 23. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial St.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at

About Drury on C-Street 

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.