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 www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

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.


Drury announces addition of four non-NCAA sports beginning in 2015-16

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 25, 2015 — Drury University is introducing four new non-NCAA sports to its lineup of sanctioned competitive athletics beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.

Cycling, triathlon, bass fishing and bowling will join ice hockey and ultimate Frisbee as non-NCAA sports at Drury. Ice hockey is new this year and competing at Springfield’s Mediacom Ice Park, while ultimate Frisbee has been a popular competitive sport on campus for several years now.

Non-NCAA sports allow students to participate in a wider variety of intercollegiate competition beyond mainline athletics. The expansion continues Drury’s tradition of providing a wide range of outlets for students’ interests beyond the classroom, and will give current and incoming students even more options to consider.

“We’re extremely excited about adding these four new sports to our program beginning this fall,” said Edsel Matthews, interim director of athletics. “We have an outstanding group of coaches to lead each sport, and we have been successful in securing sponsorships to financially support each new program as well.

The coaches, who are working in a part-time capacity, include:

Bowling – Larry Hughes has more than 40 years of experience in the world of sanctioned bowling and is a member of the Springfield Bowling Hall of Fame.

Bass fishing – Rick Emmitt has more than 30 years of fishing industry and tournament fishing experience and has managed the Bass Pro/Nitro bass fishing team for six years.

Cycling – Brad Huff has been a professional cyclist for more a decade and won numerous national titles and is a two-time Pan American Track Champion. Huff has raced on nearly every continent and is currently racing professionally as a member of the Optum pro cycling team presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies.

Triathlon – Dave Armstrong has competed in more than 50 triathlons, including four Ironman Triathlons, two Ironman World Championships and two Subaru Ironman Canada triathlons.

Each of the four coaches are now recruiting students for the upcoming 2015-16 year. Anyone seeking information about the teams can call the DU Athletics Department at (417) 873-7265 or contact the coaches directly using the following email addresses:





Media Contact: Scott Puryear, Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications. Office: (417) 873-4097; email: spuryear@drury.edu.


Drury expands academic-themed housing options for upperclassman

Drury University is known for its tight-knit and personal environment, and now juniors and seniors have even more opportunities to live on campus in spaces tailored directly to their academic passions as interest-group housing expands.

“As students get older, they often seek more a more intimate living environment than a residence hall typically offers, but some still crave an educational component in their housing,” says Holly Binder, director of housing for Drury. “These housing options are a perfect way to marry a living environment with a student’s education.”

Currently, Drury offers several interest-group residences, including the Humanities House, Summit Park Leadership Community and the Rose O’Neill House for students interested in women and gender studies. In the fall, Drury will open a Foreign Language House, which will provide an opportunity for native and non-native French and Spanish speakers to live together.

Students, faculty and staff mingle at a barbecue hosted by residents of the Humanities House last year. The house is one of a grown number of unique on-campus residential options for upperclassmen with specific academic interests.

Students, faculty and staff mingle at a barbecue hosted by residents of the Humanities House last year. The house is one of a grown number of unique on-campus residential options for upperclassmen with specific academic interests.

Students interested in these housing options must fill out an application in order to be selected, which requires students to answer several essay questions about their interest in the housing option and meet general academic prerequisites. Theses residences also require students to participate in additional activities throughout the year that are related to their interest.

For example, the Humanities House residents host events throughout the year and contribute regularly the “Human, All Too Human” blog; Summit students lead in-depth service projects of their choosing throughout the year; and Rose O’Neill residents have recently founded a student organization dedicated to women in the liberal arts.

The newest addition to the growing interest-specific housing options is the Foreign Language House. Hannah Cook, a junior French, English and writing major, was immediately interested in applying and was recently selected to live there next academic year.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to live with others who are as interested in foreign languages as I am, as well as a chance to get more involved in the department,” Cook says. “I am most excited about living with other people who speak the same languages I do (besides English) and using this opportunity to hopefully help grow the foreign languages department at Drury.”

Not only do these housing options help students dive deeper into a specific discipline, they also serve to showcase the benefits of a liberal arts education.

“I think learning a foreign language helps with so many things, including improving your native language and cultivating a sense of respect for other cultures, which is invaluable,” Cook says.


By Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, English and writing major at Drury.

Two honored at 7th annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 21, 2015 — Two outstanding local business owners were recognized at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, held earlier today at Drury University.

Dianna Devore, owner of structural steel manufacturing firm Design Fabrication Inc., was named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.  Home furnishing and interior design store Ellecor, owned by Haden Long, was named Woman-Owned Startup of the Year.

Devore purchased Design Fabrication Inc. from its retiring owners in 2010, and she proceeded to double gross sales in the wake of difficult times for the construction industry following the Great Recession. Haden opened Ellecor in March 2014 and sought to separate herself from the competition by offering unique, functional inventory that isn’t often seen in other stores.

This is the second year that the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium has honored a Woman Entrepreneur and a Woman-Owned Startup of the Year. The annual WES event is sponsored by Drury’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. The 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.


Two of Missouri’s best new teachers trained at Drury

Two of Missouri’s best new teachers received their professional training from Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies.

Callie Beard, an elementary school teacher in the Lebanon school district, and Fernando Sustaita, a middle school teacher at Nixa, were recently given the Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award by the Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

The recipients were selected based on evaluations of outstanding graduates completed by their college or university, and recommendations from the school districts where they teach.

Callie Beard teaches elementary school students in her Lebanon classroom.

Callie Beard teaches elementary school students in her Lebanon classroom.

“I was stunned, shocked and elated,” says Beard, who teaches social studies and communication arts to fifth graders.

After spending her first two years at another school, Beard switched gears seeking more financial flexibility and classes closer to her hometown of Lebanon. She took classes through Drury’s Springfield, St. Robert and Lebanon campuses. Many of her instructors were teachers in the immediate area.

“They could draw from their own personal experience,” Beard says. “They had classroom examples ready; they were familiar faces.”

Sustaita knows about switching gears, too. After 15 years in the business world, he decided to make a career change and become a teacher. Now in his second year at a seventh grade history teacher in Nixa, he also coaches three sports (cross country, basketball and track), drives busses for the teams, serves on school committees.

“When I want to do something, I go in 110 percent,” he says. “I don’t hold back.”

Fernando Sustaita teaches history at Nixa, and also coaches cross country, basketball and track.

Fernando Sustaita teaches history at Nixa, and also coaches cross country, basketball and track.

Seeing students succeed drives him, Sustaita says. And that’s the same kind of treatment he received from his professors when he was a student earning a Master of Education at Drury, he says. In fact, he still reaches out to them for advice and mentorship, even after graduation.

“I trust the education system there,” he says. “I trusted my advisors. And I know that wherever I’m going to go, people are going to look at that degree and hold it to a high standard.”


Story by Mike Brothers, Drury’s director of media relations.

Matthew Curry to open Steve Miller Band show May 29

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 16, 2015 — Blues guitarist Matthew Curry will be the opening act when the Steve Miller Band comes to the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Friday, May 29.

Matthew Curry

Matthew Curry

At just 19 years old, Curry is taking audiences by surprise with his triple-threat talents of compelling songwriting, dynamic vocals and incendiary guitar work. After picking up the guitar at age 4 and playing his first gig at age 9, Curry has gone on to jam with modern greats such as Tommy Castro, Bernard Allison and Ronnie Baker Brooks. His sophomore album, “Electric Religion,” features original songs co-written by Curry.

The Steve Miller Band is one of the top-selling acts of the classic rock era and created some of rock’s most enduring anthems, including “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Space Cowboy,” “Take the Money and Run” and “Jet Airliner.”

Tickets start at $59 and are available 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.


Expert on ‘moral injury’ to speak about work with veterans on March 31

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Mar. 13, 2015 — Drury University will host the Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, an internationally recognized expert on the emerging study of moral injury as a result of combat, for a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31 in Clara Thompson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Brock is a research professor of theology and culture at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.

Brock will address the suffering of many veterans of war who still deal with the psychological and physical pain of their experiences in battle. She describes moral injury as “a complex wound of the soul,” resulting from empathy and self-reflection on values in the wake of morally ambiguous, extreme conditions. Brock uses the term “soul repair” as a way to describe the process of recovery from moral injury. She is the co-founder and director of the Soul Repair Center the Brite School.

The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

“The Drury School of Religion is pleased to offer Drury and the Springfield area the opportunity to hear Dr. Nakashima Brock talk about her work with veterans seeking to recover from the trauma of war,” said Dr. Peter Browning, professor of religion and chaplain at Drury. “We hope this lecture will be beneficial not only to our own student veterans but to veterans and those who care about them throughout the Ozarks.”

Dr. Brock’s ministry to veterans fits well with Drury’s own commitment to military members and their families, which dates back to the days after World War II, when buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood. For the past four years in a row, Victory Media has recognized Drury as a “Military Friendly School.”

Brock was a professor for 18 years before becoming director of a think tank for distinguished scholars at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. From 2001-2002, she was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life.

Today, she is an internationally distinguished lecturer and award-winning author, with published works including: “Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire,” co-authored with Rebecca Parker, and “Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War,” co-authored with Gabriella Lettini.


Event gives business women a welcoming space to learn, network

Research shows that women start businesses in greater numbers than men, yet they typically don’t grow their businesses to the same extent as men do over time.

There are many reasons for this, says Dr. Kelley Still, director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Drury. But one important factor, according to research, is that the business world remains a primarily male-oriented arena.

While the Ozarks is rich with business networking opportunities, few focus on women. Connecting and empowering female business owners is the sole purpose of the Edward Jones Center’s annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, now in its seventh year. The 2015 event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

“There are a lot of really great opportunities in town to get technical training about business plans or how to keep your books,” Still says. “We really focus on hearing from other women entrepreneurs who can share how they’ve solved problems and moved their business forward.”

In such an environment, women are more apt to speak up, ask questions, and discuss both good and bad experiences.

“There’s a feeling of camaraderie,” says Claire Faucett, owner of social media marketing company engage5w, and a panelist for this year’s event. “If you’re a woman in business you subconsciously put up a wall at times, and I think you allow yourself sort of take the wall down when you’re around other women.”

The keynote speaker is Catherine Johns, a Chicago radio personality who’s climbed ladder in the broadcasting industry and now speaks to women about reaching for new heights in their careers. Panels will examine topics such as owning a business with your spouse, mixing business and friendship, social media and more. Participants can even schedule one-on-one time with subject matter experts like CPAs and attorneys. And despite the focus, men are welcome, too.

The day caps off with awards honors the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and Woman-Owned Start-Up of the Year.

Cost is $25 for the general public, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration remains open until the day of the event. For more information call 873-6357 or visit Drury.edu/ejc/wes.


Story by Mike Brothers, Drury’s director of media relations.

Drury students inducted into national academic honor society for Greeks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 12, 2015 — Greek scholars at Drury University were honored on March 3 as the newest initiates into Gamma Sigma Alpha, a national Greek academic honor society. Twenty-nine students qualified for membership based on achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above at the start of their junior year or a grade point average of 3.5 or above in any semester during their junior or senior years.

Gamma Sigma Alpha is the premier academic Greek honor society, initiating more than 2,000 students annually. Gamma Sigma Alpha is celebrating its 26th anniversary this year and has 215 chapters across the country and in Canada. The Drury Greek community includes four national fraternities and four national sororities. About 25 percent of DU’s traditional undergraduates are part of the Greek community.

The Drury students inducted to Gamma Sigma Alpha were:

Cory Bledsoe, Jackson Burnside, Dallas Duncan, Ryan Fitzgerald, Alexandra Flanagan, Allison Hebert, Trey Hufham, Alejandro Hynds, Jordan Klaus, Hanna Knigge, Tyler Lovewell, Danny Loza, Ryan McDermott, Rachel Millsap, Ellen Mitchell, Taylor Pemberton, Taylor Rice, Rachel Ryan, Ryan Saunders, Mackenzie Schneider, Samantha Thorndyke, Casey Vaclavik, Alex Viehman, Paula Vives, Bridget Voda, Isaac Weber, Samantha Williams and Charles Woods.


Groundbreaking for Solar Decathlon house will be held Tuesday, March 10

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 5, 2015 — Students from more than a dozen majors will come together this week to officially mark the beginning of the construction phase of the ShelterR3 home on Tuesday, March 10, at Drury University. The energy-neutral home is being constructed for competition in the Solar Decathlon 2015, a national event hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The ceremony will take place in the Trustee Science Center on the university campus, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

The house will be constructed on the campus of Crowder College in Neosho, Mo., Drury’s partner school in the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition. Crowder will hold a joint ceremony at the same time on its campus, and the two events will be linked by teleconference. During the Drury event, student leaders will share their inspiration for the project and offer an exclusive look at the some of the key aspects of the designs.

Students from Crowder College and Drury University have partnered to design, engineer, market, and construct a solar powered and storm resistant home for the 2015 Solar Decathlon competition. While all teams will be building an environmentally conservative solar powered home, the Crowder-Drury team has self-imposed the additional challenge of making its home disaster resilient.

Artist rendering of the Shelter3 house.

Artist rendering of the Shelter3 house.

The idea for ShelteR3 is based on three Rs: respond, recover, and resist. It’s the guiding philosophy for the project, and it’s what will make this home unique and effective. 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.

The team will transport the home after it is built to 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. More than a quarter million people are expected to tour the home at the competition site.

You can follow the event live online at shelter.drury.edu or on Twitter by following @CrowderDrurySol.

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


Media Contacts: Chase Snider, Communications Team Leader; cell: (417) 631-9780, email: csnider@drury.edu.  Traci Sooter, Project Manager, Hammons School of Architecture Faculty, cell: (417) 234-6405, email: tsooter@drury.edu.