Center for Nonprofit Communication to Host Free Seminar on Financial Accountability

The Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication will host a free half-day seminar on financial transparency and accountability for nonprofit organizations on Friday, Jan. 31.

There will be three sessions conducted by CPAs from local accounting firm Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP. They include:

  • “I’m not an Accountant!” – Clarifying the Confusion
  • Protecting Organization Assets with Internal Controls
  • Ten Things to Consider When Filing IRS Form 990

There will also be a panel discussion and Q&A session with the CPAs.

“There are hundreds of non-profit organizations in the greater Springfield area and most do a good job when it comes to fiscal accountability,” said Dan Prater, director of the CNC at Drury. “But very often the difference between right and wrong isn’t always clear. We believe going over some best practices can be of great help to non-profit leaders and boards members.”

Holding the seminar free of charge keeps the barrier to entry low for even the smallest organizations, and is in keeping with the CNC’s mission to enhance the impact of non-profits in the area.

The event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, at the Findlay Student Center on the Drury campus in Springfield. Participants can register online at The registration deadline is Jan. 25. For more information about the event, contact Dan Prater at 417-873-7443 or

More information about the CNC can be found at

Drury Community Works to Help Campus Neighborhood

Drury University has been a fixture of the Midtown landscape for more than 100 years, and faculty, staff and students like to find ways to positively impact the lives of the university’s neighbors.

Through a volunteer program called Drury Neighborhood Activities, or DNA, the university community provides nearby Boyd Elementary School students with mentoring, access to fun outdoor activities and —during the holidays —a little bit of joy. Each year, several campus departments sponsor families in need.

The impact is significant, says Boyd’s school nurse, Laura Smith, a key organizer at the school.

“When you’ve got new clothes to wear, you feel good about coming to school,” Smith says. “When you’ve got a new coat, you feel excited to go outside and play. It’s that simple.”

Smith helps identify families that could use a hand. They don’t ask for help, she says. But they are grateful. One of the families that has been helped included a student recently diagnosed with a serious illness.


Brian Shipman, a Drury video instructor and a DNA organizer, says holiday gifts for families ranged from video games and bikes to clothes and even turkey dinners. Gifts were delivered personally —no secret Santas here.

“I want them to be in the neighborhood, meet the people and get a good handle on what the neighborhood is like,” Shipman says.

Summer activities involve float trips and weekly swimming at Silver Springs Park. Students learn to swim and build confidence. With more than five years under its belt, DNA is bringing back program alums now in high school to participate as counselors.

“One of the founding principles of this partnership has been the philosophy that …there’s no significant learning without a significant relationship,” says Boyd Principal James Grandon. “To me, that speaks volumes about the kind of community that Boyd, Drury and the Midtown neighborhood have put together.”

This story was published in the Campus Notes section of the Springfield News-Leader on Jan. 13, 2014. 

University Recognizes Staff Members for Years of Service, Dedication

Drury University recently recognized 14 staff members for milestone service anniversaries and dedication to the university. In addition, the annual Distinguished Staff Service Award was given to Jennifer Kirtlink, Benefits Manager with the university’s Human Resources Department. Faculty members are recognized for service anniversaries in the spring, at the end of each academic year. Photos of the following staff members are available upon request. 

10 Years

     Emily Buckmaster Assistant Director – Career Planning & Development

     Kathy Jester Department Secretary – Behavioral Science

     Virginia Mee Director of Faculty Services – College of Continuing Professional Studies

     Charlotte Rippee Custodian

     Val Serafimov Director – Information Systems

15 Years

     Martha Barker Office Coordinator – Safety & Security

     Bryan Beatty Assistant Athletic Director – Compliance & Eligibility

     Jan Cooper Coordinator – Loan Processing

     Valerie Rains Director – Bookstore

     Ann San Paolo Department Secretary – Communication

20 Years

     Judy Burchfield Accounts Receivable/Student Financial Services Advisor

     Rick Wallen Tech Support Manager – Branch Campuses

30 Years

     Don Ameye Director of Publications & Creative Services

     Chip Parker Director of Retention

2013 Distinguished Staff Award Jennifer Kirtlink, Benefits Manager


College of Continuing Professional Studies Extends January Office Hours

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 9, 2013 — Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies will open its offices for extended Saturday hours at most satellite locations in January.

Although spring semester classes do not begin until Jan. 21, the extra office hours will give prospective and current students an extended opportunity to meet with Drury staff following inclement weather during the last week. Appointments are strongly encouraged, especially for current students. Media questions should be directed to the site directors of each location.


Thayer/West Plains – 8 a.m. to noon, Jan. 11

Phone: 417-264-2731   |    Site Director: Tammy Hathcock


Fort Leonard Wood/St. Robert – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 11 & 18

Phone: 573-451-2400   |    Site Director: Kricket Webster


Rolla/Owensville  – 10 am. to 2 p.m., Jan. 11 & 18

Phone: 573-368-4959   |   Site Director: Mary Iarussi


Lebanon – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 11 & 18

Phone: 417-532-9828   |   Site Director: Mary Iarussi


Springfield (Bay Hall offices) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 11 & 18

Phone: 417-873-7502   |   Site Director: Sara Thornton


Ava – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 11 & 18

Phone: 417-873-7502   |   Site Director: Sarah Thornton


Monett/Bentonville – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 11 & 18

Phone: 417-235-2007   |   Site Director: Ann Saunders


Cabool/Houston/Licking – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 11 & 18; and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Phone: 417-962-5314   |   Site Director: Nichole Honeycutt


Drury Winter Commencement cancelled due to winter weather alert

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 13, 2013 – Due to a severe winter weather alert, the 2014 Drury University Winter Commencement at the O’Reilly Family Event Center, scheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2013 has been rescheduled for a later date.  All graduates and their families will be notified of alternate arrangements and timing as soon as they are finalized.  We apologize for any inconveniences this may have created and we wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season.


Happy Holidays from Drury University

Drury University names new Media Relations Director

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 10, 2013 – Mike Brothers has accepted the position of Media Relations Director for Drury University. Brothers will replace Mark Miller who left in October.

Brothers served as the public health information officer for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for two years. Prior to that, he worked for the City of Springfield as well as the Springfield News-Leader. Brothers is a native of Hannibal, Mo. and a graduate of Missouri State University.

“Mike has worked extensively with Springfield leadership,” says David Manuel, Drury president. “His commitment to professionalism, coupled with his background in strategic communications will make him a highly valued asset at Drury.”

Brothers will begin serving as Drury’s Media Relations Director on Mon., Dec. 16.


Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice to speak at Drury’s December commencement ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 5, 2013 – Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice Mary R. Russell will serve as the keynote speaker for Drury University’s December commencement to be held Saturday, December 14 at 10 a.m. in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. During the commencement, 336 students will receive undergraduate degrees and 71 will receive master’s degrees.

Serving as chief justice since July, Russell was appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri in 2004. She previously served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, and served as its chief judge from July 1999 through June2000. Prior to that, she was engaged in the private practice of law in Hannibal, Missouri. She is a member of The Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association, and numerous local and county bar organizations throughout thestate. Russell is a past recipient of the Women’s Justice Award from the St. Louis Daily Record, was named Citizen of the Year in Kirksville, Missouri, in 2002 and was named Woman of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association of St. Louis in 2003.

“Drury University is very pleased to host Chief Justice Russell at the 2013 WinterCommencement,” says Dr. David Manuel, Drury president. “Our graduates will have a wonderful opportunity to hear from one of the great leaders of Missouri.  She epitomizes the qualities that we hope all Drury graduates will emulate – outstanding professional contributions, abiding commitment to her family and faith, and a singular dedication to her community.”

A seventh-generation Missourian, Russell was one of five children raised on a dairy farm in Ralls County, Missouri. The valedictorian of her high school graduating class in Hannibal, Russell earned bachelor’s degrees, summa cum laude, in communications and print media in 1980 fromTruman State University. She earned her law degree in 1983 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was on the dean’s list.

Media: Members of the news media are invited to photograph or videotape the graduation. In addition, Chief Justice Russell will be available for interviews following the commencement ceremony given advance notice.


Day School: John Taylor, (417) 873-6356,

CCPS: Salia Manis, (417) 873-7543,


6th Annual Drury Women’s Symposium to honor top female entrepreneurs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 5, 2013 — Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship will recognize the top female entrepreneurs in the region during its sixth annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) to be held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Sat., Feb. 8. This will be the second year that the WES has given awards to top female entrepreneurs.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Woman Start-Up of the Year

To qualify for an award, a woman must own at least 51 percent of a business and operate within 30 miles of Springfield. The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year nominees must have been in business for at least five years, and the Woman Start-Up of the Year nominees should have been in business for less than two years.

Nominees for these awards may be sent to Tammy Rogers at by Dec. 20, 2013. Nominees will be sent a full application form, which is due by Jan. 20, 2014. An independent panel of judges will select the winners. Award winnerswill receive a plaque, be honored at the annual WES event and have their stories posted on Drury’s website.

The WES event provides women entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of owning a business, network with other entrepreneurs and visit with a wide range of exhibitors. New this year, the exhibit area will offer a women-owned business showcase.

The event is $25, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration will begin on December 16 at


Drury ranks 3rd in the Midwest among Best Regional Colleges for Veterans

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 5, 2013 – Drury University is ranked 3rd among Best Regional Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings can be viewed at Best Colleges for Veterans.

U.S. News & World Report established the rankings to help veterans pursue a college education under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Schools reported on their veteran benefits as part of the broader survey and data collection of undergraduate schools by U.S. News during spring 2013. In total, there are 234 ranked schools. Drury is the highest ranked university in Missouri.

“I wasn’t surprised to hear that Drury ranked high,” said Army Veteran and Drury student, Brent Wilkinson.  “I can’t give the staff at Drury enough kudos – the knowledge they have is incredible. Tammie (Drury advisor) has helped so many veterans come into the school and she made surethat everything I did was in line with the VA (Veteran’s Affairs).”

Earlier this year, Drury was ranked 8th among Midwest Regional Universities in the publication U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014.