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.

Recent headlines loom large during Cybersecurity Awareness Month

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 4, 2016 — October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The task of protecting hardware, software and data from hackers and thieves becomes more difficult – and more important – all the time.

In just the last few weeks, cybersecurity issues have been prominent in national headlines. These stories are excellent examples of how leaders and managers at all levels, and across all sectors of the economy, need to be informed about cybersecurity. That is why Drury now offers a graduate-level certificate in cybersecurity leadership. Employers are seeking leaders who understand how to protect, detect, defend, and respond to cybersecurity attacks.

Cybersecurity expert and Drury professor Dr. Shannon McMurtrey is available to speak to media about these recent headlines, and cybersecurity generally.

  • This summer, hackers leaked nearly 20,000 emails from the database of the Democratic National Committee, forcing the resignation of the DNC chairwoman.
  • Last month, Yahoo announced that some 500 million user accounts had been compromised by an unnamed foreign government. The massive breach exposed a failure by Yahoo’s senior leadership to prioritize security during an attempt to turn around the company’s fortunes.
  • The FBI is investigating hacks into the databases of election boards in two states, and FBI Director James Comey recently told Congress that hackers could cast doubt on the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election in November. Although the overall integrity of the election is not in peril, Comey said the mere appearance of meddling would be cause for concern.
  • In recent days cybersecurity guru and independent journalist Brian Krebs, who runs the blog Krebs on Security, renewed his wake-up call to the larger online community about the danger posed by the open network of everyday devices known as the “Internet of Things” after his site was knocked offline by one of the largest DDoS attacks yet seen.
  • In 2015, news broke that the federal Office of Personnel Management had been hacked, leading to the breach of information on the personnel files on 4.2 million former and current government employees. A new House committee report on the breach said leadership at OPM failed to implement recommended security improvements that could have prevented the attack. The report said the “absence of an effective managerial structure to implement reliable IT security policies” meant fundamental weaknesses remained.


Media Contact: Dr. Shannon McMurtrey, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems: (417) 861-8884, (417) 873-7242 or smcmurtrey@drury.edu.

Exhibit shines spotlight on “outsider” artists from the Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 29, 2016 — Drury University’s Pool Art Center Gallery will host the exhibition “Ozark Outsiders” October 7 through 28. The show features eight regional artists known for works that fall outside the confines of the traditional art world, and who were largely untrained. The show’s curator is Patricia Watts, who moved to Springfield in 2013 after living in California for 32 years. Her family settled in the Ozarks in Webster County in the early 1800s, where she spent her summers growing up in the 1960s-80s, with a regional appreciation for self-directed creativity.

The term “outsider” can be off-putting to some in the art world, and determining if an artist is an outsider depends on a number of traits and conditions, including the artist’s motivations, skill set, and training.

“One of the more difficult ways to assess this work is to make a judgment on the level of authenticity of expression,” says Watts, the curator. “This begs the question: can a pure form of creativity be taught in art schools? Is a naive approach more pure than having the technical skills and access to art-making materials?”

The Ozark Outsiders exhibit includes artists who, whether for reasons of mental health, physical disabilities, or because they simply like to use the visual arts as a medium of expression, ultimately made their art for themselves. The featured artists include:

James Edward Deeds, Jr. (1908-1987) was raised in Christian County and was confined at the Missouri State Hospital No. 3 in Nevada for most of his life. While there, he made hundreds of drawings. His “electric pencil drawings” were first shown in 2014 at Art Inspired in Springfield, where artists with disabilities explore their creativity through art activities.

Joseph Elmer Yoakum (1889-1972) grew up in Ash Grove and made hundreds of animated landscape drawings after an emotional breakdown while living near Chicago in the 1960s. Yoakum has yet to be given his due locally, even though he was featured in a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City one month prior to his death.

"Ozark Mts. St. Jeneeveive Mo" by Joseph Elmer Yoakum

“Ozark Mts. St. Jeneeveive Mo” by Joseph Elmer Yoakum. Pen, pencil, and watercolor on paper. Image courtesy of Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago.

Robert E. Smith (1927-2010) lived in Springfield for 40 years and is well known to the regional art community for his childlike mappings painted on canvas, often accompanied with a letter and/or a cassette tape. His work is portrayed in a large mural downtown at the corner of Campbell and Walnut streets.

Ralph Doss Lanning (1916-2009) was born and raised in Greene County, and also is well known in the local art community. His outdoor sculpture garden of cement and carved limestone figures was previously located in a roadside setting along Highway 70 in Republic.

Lucille Stoll (born 1922) is one of three included artists still living. Born at home in Christian County, she has lived off of Highway Z all of her adult life, painting landscapes in oils. After a stroke at age 73, she returned exclusively to her childhood expression of making drawings with pencil on paper. She is self-taught and has not previously shown her work in an academic art venue.

Tim West (1938-2012), from Winslow, Arkansas, is the only artist in the exhibition who was formally trained, but due to family problems and his desire to live “off the grid” in the woods, his art became more informed by visions of his mental states rather than his exposure to an arts education.

Sammy Landers (born 1957) lives in a group home in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he has resided since the early 1980s. He is autistic and a self-taught artist who uses his art as a means of visual expression to communicate daily life events. He draws human figures, plants, and buildings using markers, pens, and crayons on paper.

Ed Stilley (born 1930) is a preacher from Hogscald Hollow in northwest Arkansas. In his mid-50s, he says he was told by God to make guitars from scrap wood and give them away for free to children. By 2005, he had crafted more than 200 instruments with Biblical verses carved and painted on them. Springfield photographer Tim Hawley recently published a book on Stilley titled Gifted, which helped put the artist on the “outsider” map.


About the Curators

Patricia Watts is Consulting Curator for the Marin Community Foundation in Northern California, since 2012, where she organizes large monographic exhibitions of under recognized mature artists. She was formerly Chief Curator at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. Watts feels that the Ozarks are rich with independent, creative people who are waiting to be discovered. Learn more about her endeavors at wattsartadvisory.com.

Assistant Curator Kate Tuthill graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Art History, focused on modern and contemporary art. A Northern California native, Tuthill has worked in the New York art world at: the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Museum of Modern Art; Christie’s; and Gagosian Gallery. She relocated to Springfield with her husband in 2014, and serves as board member for Sculpture Walk Springfield and docent for Springfield Art Museum.


Media Contact: Patricia Watts, Curator: (310) 704-2395 or patricia@wattsartadvisory.com.

Drury community marks Banned Books Week with readings Thursday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 27, 2016 — The Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society will host a banned book reading from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, at Olin Library on the Drury campus in recognition of national Banned Books Week.

“The Banned Books Reading has become one of our signature fall events,” said Dr. Kevin Henderson, Assistant Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and advisor to Sigma Tau Delta. “The list of what some districts still deem inappropriate for high school students – including ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘The Giver’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ – always inspires college students to celebrate what these books meant to them and what they have to offer all readers.”

Banned books stack

This year’s reading will feature some of these familiar selections but will also include novels such as “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Persepolis” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

“The Banned Books Reading is about the celebration of the transformative and liberating aspects of literature,” said Hayden Gann, president of Sigma Tau Delta and a senior English and writing major. “We believe that censoring or restricting the reading material for young people, or anyone, because it is deemed ‘inappropriate’ is a huge limitation to gaining a broader understanding of the world. Reading these banned books aloud for everyone is one great way to show our support for not only the texts, but for the freedom of ideas.”

In order to help make literature more available to everyone, Sigma Tau Delta will also accept book donations during the event for a Little Free Library located in the neighborhood west of Drury’s campus.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. Check out a list of the 10 most challenged titles of 2015.


Media Contact: Dr. Kevin Henderson, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences: (417) 873-7426 or khenders@drury.edu.

Drury’s overall Day School enrollment increases by 4 percent

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 22, 2016 — The largest incoming freshman class in five years, combined with a solid retention rate, has helped increase Drury University’s overall Day School enrollment by 4.1 percent.

The official enrollment for Drury’s traditional undergraduate population for the 2016-17 academic year is 1,372, an increase of 54 students over last year. Official totals are taken at the end of the third week of classes in order to account for late enrollees and transfer students.

Drury’s incoming freshman class is 38 percent larger than last year, with 500 new students on campus this year compared to 363 in fall 2015. This represents the largest year-over-year increase in freshman class size in Drury’s history. The Day School year-over-year retention rate was 83 percent, and the spring-to-fall retention rate was 90.7 percent. Day School students hail from 31 states and 53 countries around the world.

The boost in freshman enrollment was a result of a multi-faceted market expansion and faculty outreach plan, combined with new academic degree programs and new athletic programs. In addition, the overwhelming majority of first-time students (88 percent) are living on campus, which has helped push occupancy in Drury’s three residence halls to near maximum capacity. Two-thirds (66 percent) of all Day School students are living on campus this semester, which breaks a previous record of 62 percent.

Drury’s revamped recruiting process is in full swing this fall, with special “Fridays @ DU” events for prospective students happening nearly every week.

VIDEOS: Check out Freshman Move-In Day 2016 and the annual Service Plunge & “Fun on the Lane” kick-off events.


Dr. Rabindra Roy inducted into Drury’s Sciences Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 19, 2016 — Dr. Rabindra Roy was honored for his contributions to Drury University’s legacy of teaching and learning on Saturday when he became the inaugural inductee into the College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences Hall of Fame. A professor of chemistry, Roy retired from full-time teaching in May at the conclusion of his 50th year as a Drury faculty member.

Roy and his wife, Dr. Protima Roy, were joined by more than 100 colleagues, friends and current and former students during a reception and dinner at Trustee Science Center. The invited speakers praised Roy for his exacting standards, boundless energy and relentless positivity. Roy was lauded as a teacher and mentor, and for two accomplishments in particular that have defined his career: his dedication to undergraduate research and the founding of the Hem Sheela Model School in his native India.

Rabin Roy headshot 2016

During his tenure at Drury, Roy developed an innovative model for undergraduate research that has trained hundreds of future scientists and healthcare professionals. Thanks to this model, Roy and his students have made 485 scientific presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. He received grants and contracts totaling more than $4.5 million dollars to fund his research, and has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Roy has received numerous awards including the American Chemical Society National Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution in 1998. Roy has conducted collaborative research with more than 60 scientists around the world including Nobel Prize winners William Giauque and Johann Deisenhofer. Deisenhofer attended Saturday’s ceremony.

In 1995, Dr. Roy and his wife, Dr. Protima Roy, founded Hem Sheela Model School in Durgapur, India with 350 students. The two campuses of Hem Sheela have grown to 24 acres and now enroll more than 5,000 students. It is one of the most prestigious K-12 schools in India, routinely scoring at the top of national exams in science and math. It is a sister school of Drury University. In 2007, the Roys also founded a tribal school for first-generation learners.


Forty new students join Drury’s revamped Honors Program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 14, 2016 — Drury University is proud to welcome 40 new students into its Honors Program for 2016-17. These talented individuals will experience a new honors curriculum under second-year director Dr. Richard Schur. The new curriculum emphasizes active and hands-on learning within Drury’s general education program and a student’s major course of study.

Honors students enjoying a float trip together

Honors students enjoying a float trip together

Drury’s honors classes ask students to pose solutions to scientific, social, and cultural problems; engage in service learning projects throughout the region; complete research projects; and dig deeply into scholarly literature. The program spans a student’s entire academic career and caps off with an in-depth senior project of their own choosing. Honors students have opportunities for connections outside the classroom through the Honors Student Association and through residential Living-Learning Communities, with themes such as “The Meaning of Life” and “Health, Happiness, and Well-Being.”

Honors graduates have recently been accepted into some of the best graduate schools in the country, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Missouri.

Admission into the program is competitive and selective. This year’s incoming Honors students had an average ACT score of 30 and an average high school GPA over 4.0. However, rather than relying solely on past academic performance, the best candidates are those students who exhibit character traits that lead to long-term success.

“We look for students who are ambitious, independent, hardworking, curious, and socially engaged with the world around them,” Schur says. “We believe that those are the attributes that both help a person succeed in the Honors Program and succeed in life.”

The 2016-17 Honors Program class includes the following students:

  • Kendall Alexander, a music therapy major from Mantorville, Minnesota
  • Cale Ambuehl, an architecture major from Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Erin Benedict, a history and English major from Owasso, Oklahoma
  • Dakota Bowen, a history and secondary education major from Springfield (Central High School)
  • Grant Bushman, a math and computer science major from Mount Vernon, Missouri
  • Meagan Carmack, an international relations, Spanish and math major from Conway, Arkansas
  • Kyra Cook, an undecided major from Springfield (Central High School)
  • Kayla Day, a biochemistry major from O’Fallon, Missouri
  • Ciera Duban, a political science major from Saint Peters, Missouri
  • Lindsay Duede, a political science and French major from Ozark, Missouri (Ozark High School)
  • Clayton Engel, a pre-health sciences and biochemistry major from Nixa, Missouri (Ozark High School)
  • Ryan Ewing, a biochemistry and physics major from Garland, Texas
  • Joe Fehr, a computer science and engineering major from Omaha, Nebraska
  • Ibby Fryman, a behavioral neurosciences and psychology major from O’Fallon, Missouri
  • Lisa Griffin, an architecture major from St. Louis, Missouri
  • Lexie Gutierrez, a music therapy major from Round Lake Beach, Illinois
  • Michael Henderson, a biochemistry major Willard, Missouri (Willard High School)
  • Kayley Hernandez, an undecided major from Rogersville, Missouri, (Logan-Rogersville High School)
  • Emily Hinkle, a biology major from Morrisville, Missouri
  • Jacob Hubers, a psychology and political science major from Holland, Michigan
  • Luke Huff, an architecture major from Springfield (Kickapoo High School)
  • Tara Long, a biology major from West Plains, Missouri
  • Shaundra Nash, an animation and writing major from Cainsville, Missouri
  • Zachary Norton, a business management major from Selgin, Illinois
  • Claire Reed, an architecture major from Ballwin, Missouri
  • Sary Rodriquez, a biochemistry and physics major from Springfield (Willard High School)
  • Jeana Scott, a psychology and sociology major from Raymore, Missouri
  • Kellie Sherrer, an education, Spanish and psychology major from Waynesville, Missouri
  • Jerrica Shine, a strategic communication major from Springfield (Kickapoo High School)
  • Katherine Sittenauer, a political science major from Topeka, Kansas
  • Mariah Skelly, a music therapy major from St. Charles, Missouri
  • Connor Stahl, a criminology major from St. Charles, Missouri
  • Chelsea Stitt, a biology major from Ottawa, Kansas
  • Kendall Stockard, a marketing and French major from Kansas City, Missouri
  • Taegan Sumners, a biochemistry major from Aurora, Missouri
  • Segadgey Thomas, an exercise physiology and French major from Bixby, Oklahoma
  • Javier Diaz Vicens, an architecture, arts administration and French major from Waynesville, Missouri
  • Katherine Vincent, a behavioral neuroscience major from Willard, Missouri
  • Madison Ward, a music therapy major from Yorkville, Illinois
  • Riley Wilson, a biochemistry major from Pierce City, Missouri

Visit www.drury.edu/honors for more information about the program and the students and alumni involved. Drury Honors is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Drury earns high marks in 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 13, 2016 — U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Drury among the Midwest’s top universities in its “Best Colleges 2017” publication, released today.

Drury is ranked No. 11 in the Midwest on the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list. Drury earned outstanding marks for its ability to deliver personalized attention to students, thanks to a high percentage of classes with 20 or fewer students (70 percent) and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Drury’s graduation and retention rates were also highlights.

Additionally, Drury was recognized as a Top 20 “Best Value School” in the Midwest (at No. 18) and was one of the Top 12 Midwest Regional Universities with the highest percentage of international students (13 percent).

(Please note: U.S. News creates separate lists for regional universities and regional colleges in some categories.)

The listings continue a trend of excellence for Drury, which has been in the Top 15 of the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list every year for the past two decades.

The rankings can be viewed online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

The U.S. News ranking comes on the heels of Drury’s selection as a “Best in the Midwest” University by The Princeton Review, and as a “Best Bang for the Buck College” by Washington Monthly magazine.

“It’s an honor to receive national recognition from publications such as U.S News & World Report, Washington Monthly and The Princeton Review,” says Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “We know the transformational power of a Drury education, and it’s wonderful to see others recognize that as well. It’s a testament to the dedication of Drury’s faculty, staff and alumni network.”

About the Rankings

U.S News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings include nearly 1,400 schools nationwide, and are designed to give a quick comparison of the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention and graduation rates and the strength of the faculty. The ranking system uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, as well as the publication’s own researched view of what matters in education.


Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Director of Media Relations: (417) 873-7390 or mikebrothers@drury.edu.

Researchers unveil study on congregations’ community impact

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 9, 2016 — After two years of work, a team of researchers at Missouri State University and Drury University today released a report titled “Springfield Area Congregations Study: Profile and Community Engagement” that explored the dimensions and community impact of congregations in Greene and Christian counties.

“This study filled the gap in the community as there needed to be a study that shows how many churches there are, who they are and what they are doing,” said Dan Prater, Drury University executive director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership. “It reinforces the truth that community issues require community collaboration and change.”

Study Results 

The study focuses on congregations as part of the nonprofit sector and their engagement in social services, volunteer activity and other forms of civic activity. It not only complements Missouri State’s studies on social capital and civic engagement, but also serves as a companion report to Drury’s 2014 Nonprofit Impact Study.

A total of 176 congregations completed the study’s survey. Among the study’s key findings were:

  • Greene County has a higher density of congregations compared to other similarly sized counties nationwide
  • 16 percent of congregational leaders are women and 7 percent are members of a racial minority
  • 91 percent have at least one organized group for members such as Bible studies and social groups
  • 88 percent sponsor social service programs that serve the broader community
  • 82 percent provide volunteers for schools, social service and other community agencies
  • 77 percent of congregations have leaders who are involved in community activities
  • 90 percent of congregations collaborate with other congregations or community groups
  • Congregation size has the most notable effect on community engagement

“The most interesting finding for me is there is a high level of participation among all churches, but larger churches tend to be more involved,” said Dr. Catherine Hoegeman, Missouri State assistant professor of sociology. “The next step is to see why that is and if there are ways to offer partnerships with smaller churches who often do not have the same resources.”

The report was a collaborative effort among four researchers: Hoegeman, Prater, Christina Ryder, Missouri State sociology instructor and director of community based research at the Center for Community Engagement, and Matthew Gallion, Missouri State alumnus and CaseWorthy Inc. client support specialist.

“This study is a first-of-its-kind report providing an in-depth look at important traits and contributions of these groups in the Springfield area,” said Hoegeman.

Study design

The research team created a comprehensive list of 549 congregations. They followed the same definition of congregation used by the National Congregations Study (NCS), which includes a series of surveys done in 1998, 2006 and 2012 to find out about programs and other characteristics of American congregations.

To collect the information, the team designed a survey that included questions about congregational characteristics and activities, involvement of congregations’ leaders in community activities and congregation-sponsored volunteering at other organizations.

The questions were based on the NCS so comparisons could be made between congregations in the Springfield area and nationwide.

For more information, contact Dan Prater, executive director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at (417) 873-7443 or dprater@drury.edu; or Hoegeman at 417-836-5683.


Drury Sigma Pi chapter recognized at national convention

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 9, 2016 – Drury Sigma Pi was recognized as a top chapter in North America at Sigma Pi International’s recent biennial Convocation, held in July in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The chapter received the Grand Council award for its accomplishments during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. The award is presented to the top three chapters in each of the four size divisions. This is the ninth time the Drury chapter has received the award since its founding in 1982.

Members were also presented the Grand Chapter award — given to the top 25 chapters — and received recognition for achieving silver level in the Standards of Excellence chapter evaluation system.

Read more about the chapter and member accomplishments in the inaugural edition of the Drury Sigma Pi Annual Report.