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: rwaters@drury.edu.

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 drury.edu/architecture.


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

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.