Drury’s online paralegal program ranked No. 2 in the nation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 4, 2015 — The Open Education Database (OEDB) has ranked the Drury University College of Continuing Professional Studies’ paralegal program second in its listing of the top online paralegal programs in the nation. View a complete listing of the top online paralegal programs in the country at www.bestcolleges.com.

“Drury is pleased that its robust online educational offerings are being recognized by an independent third party,” said Steve Hynds, Drury’s director of online education. “Paralegal is one of the 18 Drury degrees that can be completed entirely online, and Drury works to ensure that our online offerings match the rigor and value expected of a Drury education.”


Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies offers an associate of science in paralegal studies. The program provides a solid foundation in areas such as civil litigation, business law, real estate law, family law and more. The degree offers opportunities for career advancement in legal environments such as private law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies.

The program is currently accepting students. Newly enrolled students could begin classes as early as March 23. For more information, call 873-7727 or visit www.drury.edu/ccps.

The Open Education Database recognizes the top U.S. colleges that offer online learning for undergraduate degree programs in a variety of fields, including paralegal. It was the first organization to release online college rankings in 2007, and uses the most recently available school-specific data such as graduation rates and tuition to compile its lists.

For more information on OEDB, contact Brooke Watson at brookewatson@bestcolleges.com.


Drury Enactus team helps launch high-end resale boutique

Drury Enactus continues its partnership with Art Inspired for a new business enterprise: Inspired Boutique is a resale store offering a variety of upscale retail items including name-brand clothing, shoes, purses, accessories and high-quality furniture. All proceeds are used to meet the needs of individuals served by Abilities First.

Inspired Boutique offers a variety of upscale retail items including name brand clothing, shoes, purses, accessories and high-quality furniture. The store also provides employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

In collaboration with Abilities First, Drury Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) helped develop Art Inspired four years ago to provide meaningful employment to individuals with disabilities. Art Inspired sells paper artwork, stationary and furniture, and acts as an internship site for students in the special education department at Central High School.

“The boutique is a direct growth of Art Inspired,” says Katie Pearson, a junior Drury Enactus member. “It started as just an idea one of our team members had and now it’s grown to provide employment opportunities and acts as a source of empowerment for people living with disabilities in Springfield.”

Katie Pearson at Inspired Boutique

Katie Pearson at Inspired Boutique

For Inspired Boutique, Drury Enactus team members have been involved with the selection, sorting and collection of donations, marketing, event planning and volunteer coordination. All volunteer opportunities at the boutique are also Panther Passport events, which are Drury sponsored activities that help initiate greater involvement on campus and in the community.

“This store has such a great cause behind it and we’re excited to get students and the community involved with it,” says Pearson. “Everything is washed, dried, and steamed before going out to the floor and there’s anything from casual college wear, to professional attire, to clothes for a night out.”

One of the strengths of the Drury Enactus is the diversity of its members. Pearson, a psychology and behavioral neuroscience major, was able to combine her passion for the cause and her previous working experience at a resale store to benefit Inspired Boutique and the Enactus team.

“I’ve learned so much about event planning, marketing and business relations, but also have been able to draw from my own work background,” Pearson said. “I’ve definitely gained a lot of leadership skills from working on this project and it’s pushed me outside of my comfort zone.”

For more information about Inspired Boutique, visit its website  or the store location at 331 S. Campbell Ave.

The Drury team will present their work and compete at the 2015 Enactus National Exposition in April.


Story by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, English and Writing major at Drury. A version of this story first appeared in the Springfield News-Leader.

C-Street Gallery opens “hue. Psychology of Color” exhibition on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March. 2, 2015 – The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its March exhibition “hue. Psychology of Color” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 6. The exhibition features six local artists: John Payne, Holly Goodwin, Sherry Haney, Susan Neese, Meike Aton and Juliet Biggs. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial Street. The opening reception is a free event with Drury’s Student Union Board providing Hurts Donuts and Panera Bread coffee. Entertainment will be provided by Lost and Found.

“hue. Psychology of Color” is focused on the color and its emotional affects on the audience. Each color hue has an overwhelming focus on a certain emotion. During this exhibition, cards with written emotions will be given out to each person that walks in the gallery. Throughout the changing hues of the artwork, the audience will be asked to place the “emotion card” where it seems to be the strongest. The exhibition is curated by Drury Arts Administration students Ivan Garnica and Lora Sorenson.

“Quandary” - Painting by John Payne

“Quandary” – Painting by John Payne

“hue. Psychology of Color” will run March 6 through 26. 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, March 7. A closing reception, “Late Night with Hue,” will be held from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday, March 26.

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.


Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium will be held March 21

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Feb. 26, 2015 – Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship will hold its seventh annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21. WES 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. The theme of this year’s symposium is “7 Years of Empowering and Celebrating Women Innovators.”

The event is $25 for the general public, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration remains open until the day of the event. Register online at www.drury.edu/ejc/wes. WES will take place at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on the DU campus.

For the third year, WES will award honors to some of the area’s top female entrepreneurs in the following categories:

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

The award winners remain a secret until the symposium luncheon at noon. The media are invited to attend the ceremony. To qualify for an award, a woman must own at least 50 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-Owned Start-Up of the Year nominees should have been in business for less than two years.

The keynote speaker this year is Catherine Johns, long-time Chicago radio personality who broke out of the broadcasting industry “boys’ club.” Now she works with women who are ready to reach for new heights in their business – and their life. Panels will examine topics such as owning a business with your spouse, mixing business and friendship, the current social media landscape and more.

Catherine Johns

Catherine Johns

Speakers and panelists will include Joan and Gary Whitaker, 417 Magazine; Hannah and Paul Catlett, Studio 417 Salon, 417 Blow Dry Bar and Hudson Hawk Barber & Shop; Jennifer and Brad Feurbacher, Brown Derby International Wine Center and Derby Deli; Claire Faucett, owner of engage5w; Molly Riddle, Project Manager for Mostly Serious; Rita Baron, Developer and Principal of Baron Design & Associates, LLC; and Terry Reynolds, owner, partner and manager of the C. Arch Bay Company.

For more information about the event visit www.drury.edu/ejc/wes, or contact Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, at (417) 873-7458 or kstill@drury.edu.


Two additional income tax assistance clinics will be held this weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 26, 2015 — There are two final dates on the calendar for taxpayers earning less than $53,000 to receive tax preparation with the help of accounting students at Drury University’s Breech School of Business. The two new dates were added due to last week’s winter weather.

The clinics will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. The VITA clinics are held at the Breech School of Business Administration building, on the northeast corner of Central Street and Drury Lane.

Walk-in clients will be accepted along with the appointments rescheduled from prior dates. There is limited space for walk-ins at these sites, so arriving early is advised. Taxpayers are required to bring photo ID, Social Security cards for themselves and dependents, as well as any tax documentation which they have received, including all W-2 forms, 1099 forms, and statements issued by brokerage firms. Clients are also asked to bring a copy of their 2013 state and federal tax returns to help speed up the filing process.

All returns will be filed electronically unless the IRS requires a manual return. All taxpayers must be available to sign the appropriate forms in the case of joint returns.


Students engage in Service-Learning during Study Abroad trip to Greece

Students got a break from the cold this winter with a study abroad trip to The Drury Center in Aigina, Greece. This wasn’t an island getaway — it was a service-learning experience that taught students about community, sustainability and culture. It also met the study abroad requirement for the Breech School of Business, emphasizing Drury’s mission of global awareness.

During the 16-day trip, students learned about the history of Greece, visited local businesses, ate traditional Greek food and worked to build a garden for a food bank on the island of Aigina.

The 2015 Breech study abroad group in Greece.

The 2015 Breech study abroad group in Greece.

“Studying abroad exposes students to a variety of cultures and opens their minds to other ways of considering business,” said Dr. Robin Sronce, a management professor at Drury who led the trip along with finance professor Dr. James Simmerman. “That’s what we’re trying to achieve — this intercultural competence. It gives them more confidence to interact in global settings.”

Abby Schumacher, a junior marketing and management major, took part in the trip and enjoyed volunteering with local community members on the service project.

“We were so passionate about helping and it was cool seeing us working together to get this big project done,” said Schumacher. “We were able to work together to make something happen.”

For the service project, students worked with an Aigina volunteer organization to clean and preserve trails on the island, and planted a garden. The harvested food would later be distributed to families in need.

From left to right, Drury seniors Brett Steere, Alex Fowler, Dallas Williams and Derek Hoerman work to prepare a garden to feed families in need during a Breech Business School study abroad experience in Aigina, Greece.

From left to right, Drury seniors Brett Steere, Alex Fowler, Dallas Williams and Derek Hoerman work to prepare a garden to feed families in need during a Breech Business School study abroad experience in Aigina, Greece.

This is the third year that Drury students have helped grow and maintain a community garden in Greece, where DU has maintained a campus since 2002. This year, however, the garden was relocated and the students had to start nearly from scratch. They planted rows of lettuce, onion, spinach, broccoli and other vegetables.

Schumacher also noted how the trip changed her perspective about the global community.

“This trip definitely made me more aware of my surroundings and how different cultures interact,” said Schumacher. “It was an amazing experience and I hope to get the chance to travel more in the future.”


By Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, a senior English and writing major at Drury. A version of this story originally appeared in the Springfield News-Leader.


Co-founder of experimental design firm will speak at Hammons School of Architecture Feb. 27

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 20, 2015 — The Hammons School of Architecture will host a guest lecture by Lola Sheppard, a co-founder of Lateral Office at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27.

Lateral Office, founded in Toronto in 2003, is an experimental design firm that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape and urbanism. The studio describes its practice process as a commitment to “design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment. Its work has been exhibited in numerous venues across the United States, Canada and Europe.

The lecture 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.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Hammons School of Architecture, visit drury.edu/architecture.

Media Contact: Jayon You, assistant professor of architecture – (417) 873-7351 or jyou@drury.edu.



Solar Decathlon Team passes design milestones

Drury University and Crowder College continue to make headway on their Solar Decathlon project. The Decathlon is the U.S Department of Energy’s national competition challenging selected college teams to build solar-powered homes as a way of educating students and the public about the benefits and viability of renewable energy.

“The Solar Decathlon is an incubator for solar energy,” says Evan Melgren, a team member from Drury. “By tasking young and creative engineers to implement this technology, the Department of Energy is nurturing the possibilities presented by one of the most consumer-viable sources of renewable energy. By requiring the tech to be designed into a real home, they’re showing just how appealing the energy source is.”

About 10 members of the Solar Decathlon team traveled to California in January.

About 10 members of the Solar Decathlon team traveled to California in January.

Drury has partnered with Crowder College in Neosho, a state community college offering programs in renewable energy, to take a multi-disciplinary approach to design, build, and operate an off-the-grid home. There are about 50 Drury students with various majors involved in the project.

In recent weeks the team has gained professional feedback, created 3D models of its design and met numerous competition deadlines. One requirement was to generate a 63-page package of drawings displaying the house from every angle, including elevation drawings and the workings of the entire electrical system.

In January, a few members of the Crowder/Drury team traveled to Irvine, California – the site of the final showdown this October – for industry feedback on the project. Working professionals evaluated the project and had praise for the designs, especially the electrical schematics and the health and safety plans.

“I can’t say how fortunate we all felt that we were able to go to California and be in the presence of such forward thinking engineers and designers who really care about ecologically conscious design,” Melgren says. “The energy was like nothing else I’ve ever been a part of.”

They also had the opportunity to meet some of the other teams in the competition, including the likes of Yale, Vanderbilt and Missouri S&T.

“The biggest takeaway from Cali was the fact that it made the whole project feel a lot more real,” says Alaa Al-Radwan, a Drury team member. “Getting to meet the other teams and seeing everyone’s progress made us only want to work harder.”

Bird's eye view of the Shelter3 house.

Bird’s eye view of the ShelteR3 house.

With plans now finalized, the next major requirement is to build the house locally (it will be deconstructed, shipped to Irvine and rebuilt for the competition this fall). The construction will take place on the Crowder campus in Neosho, before the house is then deconstructed, shipped to Irvine and rebuilt on the competition site.

For more information about the Crowder/Drury Solar Decathlon project, including sponsorship and donor opportunities, visit shelter.drury.edu.


Story by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, English and Writing major at Drury. A version of this story originally appeared in the Springfield News-Leader.

Feb. 16 VITA tax clinic cancelled

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 16, 2015 — The VITA tax clinic scheduled for tonight is cancelled due to the closure of the Drury campus in Springfield because of inclement weather. Clients scheduled for an appointment at tonight’s clinic have been rescheduled for a new date: 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27.

In addition to this new date, the other remaining clinics are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 and 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23. Clinics are held in the Breech School of Business Administration building. To make an appointment, please call (417) 720-2000.

Taxpayers are required to bring photo ID, Social Security cards of themselves and dependents, as well as any tax documentation which they have received, including all W-2 forms, 1099 forms, and statements issued by brokerage firms. Clients are also asked to bring a copy of their 2013 state and federal tax returns to help speed up the filing process.

More information: Drury accounting students provide free income tax preparation assistance

Hip-hop crossover star Lecrae comes to O’Reilly Family Event Center April 29

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 10, 2015 — Grammy-winning Christian rapper Lecrae will perform at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 29. Andy Mineo and DJ Promote will open.



Tickets start at $24 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 13 at 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.

Lecrae’s latest album, “Anomaly,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in September. His previous album, “Gravity,” and his “Church Clothes” mixtape, both from 2012, have been called landmark Christian hip-hop recordings by fans and critics alike. “Gravity” won the 2013 Grammy for Best Gospel Album, while “Church Clothes” was downloaded more than 100,000 times in its first 48 hours on the web.

The southern-born rapper has undeniable crossover appeal. “Anomaly” is only the fifth album to ever hit the top spot on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Christian Albums charts. In 2013, Lecrae was featured on the Rock The Bells Tour alongside rap luminaries like Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, Common and many more.

More information: http://www.lecrae.com, http://www.andymineo.com and http://www.djpromote.com.