Drury establishes newest chapter with selective honor society Phi Kappa Phi

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2015 — The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society – will establish its newest chapter at Drury University at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 23, during a ceremonial installation in Stone Chapel.

Drury will become the 331st chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine. Drury was approved to establish a chapter by the Society’s board of directors.

“The commitment to excellence at Drury University is evidenced by the superior academic environment, motivated student population, strong honors program and exceptional faculty and staff,” said Society President Tim Hulsey. “We are excited to welcome Drury as the newest chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and are confident the chapter’s commitment to recognizing and honoring academic excellence will benefit both the university and the Society.”

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students based on GPA, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Drury will initiate its first class of students, faculty, staff and alumni during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Stephen Bomgardner, Vice President David P. Manuel, Secretary Shelley A. Wolbrink and Treasurer Aaron Jones.

“Drury’s focus of combining the liberal arts and professional studies is an ideal fit with Phi Kappa Phi as a selective, all-discipline honor society,” said Bomgardner, professor of music. “Some of Phi Kappa Phi’s many benefits include access to study abroad grants for undergraduates, fellowships to support the first year of graduate study, and professional development awards in scholarship, artistic achievement and leadership. Drury is honored to become the newest chapter for Phi Kappa Phi.”

The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded every two years to qualifying students and members through fellowships and grants, as well as member and chapter awards.

More than 1.25 million members have been initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley.

For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.


Media Contact: Stephen Bomgardner, PKP Chapter President and Professor of Music. Office: (417) 873-7388 or email: sbomgardner@drury.edu.

Drury’s computer science students compete at regional conference

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 16, 2015 — Nine computer science students from Drury competed in student contests at the 21st Consortium for Computing Sciences In Colleges: Central Plains Conference held on April 10 and 11 at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri.

The team of Daniel Chick, Daiv McBride, and Josef Polodna placed 1st in the Student Research Poster Contest for their research and development project, Drury Explorer. This project involved the development of the Drury Explorer app for Drury’s Office of Admission. The application runs on Android devices and allows Drury visitors to take a self-guided tour of the campus.

The team of Zach Glossip, Ian Meyers, and Clayton Sippy placed 2nd in the Student Research Poster Contest for their research and development project, DUtrition. The DUtrition project involved the development of an Android app, which allows nutrition information for a meal to be captured from a picture of a restaurant receipt. Associate Professor Dr. Kathy Carroll served as the team’s sponsor.

Zach Glossip placed 3rd in the Student Research Poster Contest for his research project titled “A Comparison between Unity 4 and Unreal Development Kits: What it Means for Game Developers.” Zach’s project involved analyzing two popular software development kits. He based his analysis on his development of a single first-person puzzle game using both software development kits.

“I am extremely proud of these young men for the inquisitiveness, discipline and skill which they have displayed conducting these projects this year,” says Dr. Scott Sigman, professor of computer science. “They deserve all the accolades they are given. The competition was close and included teams from, among others, Westminster College, Grinnell College and Lincoln University.”

More information: Computer Science at Drury


Student-led newspaper, The Mirror, earns awards for journalistic excellence

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 14, 2015 — The Mirror, Drury’s student-produced newspaper founded in 1886, earned 13 awards at the 2015 Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) Conference on April 11 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. Current students and alumni competed for awards with student staff from college newspapers at Maryville University, Missouri Southern State University, Missouri Western State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Truman State University, and Webster University.

The winners from Drury are:

Ashley Morefield from Overland Park, Kansas received 1st place for Page One Design, 1st place for Information Graphic, and Honorable Mention for Page One Design.

Hwani Lee from Nairobi, Kenya received 1st and 2nd places for Story Illustration

Caleb Zimmerschied from Lee’s Summit received 1st place in Sports Writing

Kevin Abernathy from St. Louis received 1st place in Sports Page

Abby Whisnant from Springfield received 2nd place in Page One Design

Evan Melgren from Springfield received 2nd place in News Photography

Lillian Stone from Springfield received 2nd place in Investigative Reporting and Honorable Mention in Information Graphic

Nick Childress from Monett received 3rd place in Sports Page

The Mirror Staff received 3rd place in Feature Writing


Breech Business Week helps prepare students for the professional world

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 16, 2015 — The Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University will dedicate next week to showcasing the strength of its student body and its ties with the business community in Springfield and beyond.

Breech Business Week, now in its second year, serves as another way of ensuring Breech students are “job ready” by connecting them with the professional world outside of campus.

The schedule includes networking opportunities, resume and social networking workshops, and guest lectures by more than 20 business professionals. Drury students will receive valuable insights and feedback from these professional connections, while business leaders learn what makes Drury graduates such highly valued colleagues in the workforce.

“Last year’s Breech Business Week gave me a wonderful sense not only of the caliber of business students at Drury, but also their passion and drive,” says Bob Hammerschmidt, regional president of Commerce Bank, and a returning guest lecturer this year. “With the ‘real world’ just a month away for many, these young men and women seem to have a genuine interest in what it takes to have long-term success with their careers.”

Highlight events from each day, which are open to the media, include:

Monday, April 20 at noon – Drury alumnus Curtis Dinan, of Tulsa-based Fortune 500 energy company ONE Gas, will deliver a keynote about leadership in Lay Hall Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. – Golf Fundraiser. Not your average game of golf – students, faculty and friends of Breech will play a modified game across the campus using tennis balls. Proceeds from entry fees will benefit children in Aigina, Greece, where Drury has a satellite campus location.

Wednesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. – Drury alumna Karen Shannon, Human Resources Consulting Director at Ollis & Company, will discuss what students should know about benefits when they search for and land a new job. The talk is in Breech Hall Room 202.

Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m. – LinkedIn workshop in Breech 102; professional photos will be shot for students from noon to 3 p.m.

Friday, April 24 at noon – The Breech Award Luncheon honoring the top students in Drury’s business school will be held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Note to editors: This is an excellent opportunity to interview seniors who are about to enter the workforce, including those who already have jobs lined up and those who are currently seeking jobs.

“The presentations by professionals in the field, along with other events of the week, will provide critical applications to business theory, and serve to inspire our students as they prepare for future leadership opportunities,” says Michael Shirley, director of the Breech School of Business Administration.

A full schedule of the week’s events is attached. Breech Business Week is presented by the Breech Advisory Board, and made possible by corporate partner CoxHealth and corporate sponsors Commerce Bank and OakStar Bank.


Media Contact: Dr. Robin Sronce, Associate Professor of Management. Office: (417) 873-7438, emailrsronce@drury.edu.

Annual English Symposium to be held at Drury on Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Apr. 13, 2015 — Career opportunities and student work will be in focus at Drury’s annual English Symposium on Wednesday, April 15 in the Harwood Reading Room of the Olin Library. This event is free and open to the public.

The symposium is organized by the Drury chapter of international English honors society Sigma Tau Delta. It will feature several events throughout the day, including a panel discussion by area professionals and English/writing alumni, performances by Dr. Peter Meidlinger’s Shakespeare & Ethics class, a display of Drury’s English Department publications, and readings of recent work from student-produced literary magazine Currents and other publications.

“I’m excited for the panel discussion and to see what various people have done with their English degree,” says Lauren Himmelberg, president of Drury’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter. “This event is a great way to reassure to students of their future with a Drury English and a writing degree and show them several possibilities for their careers.”

The event will also honor the retirement of Dr. Resa Willis, professor of English and Drury faculty member since 1980.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Kevin Henderson at khenders@drury.edu.


CCPS open house on Thursday targets non-traditional students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 13, 2015 — Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies will hold an open house for prospective students from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

During the event, prospective students can visit with campus representatives to discuss programs offered, degree highlights and various career fields. Admissions representatives will be on hand to discuss the application process and admission requirements, and financial aid professionals will be available to answer questions about federal student aid, scholarships and other assistance.

The event will feature door prizes and light refreshments. Parking is available in Lot 12 just south of OFEC or in Lot 7 on Summit Avenue north of Harrison Stadium. For more information, call 873-7373 or go to www.drury.edu/ccps.

About CCPS

The College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) offers bachelor and associate degree programs primarily in the evening at Drury’s main campus in Springfield and at branch campuses in Ava, Cabool, Fort Leonard Wood/St. Robert, Lebanon, Monett, Rolla and Thayer as well as through extension sites at Licking and OTC’s Richwood Valley Campus in Ozark.

CCPS programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students with hectic lifestyles that make traditional degree completion impractical. Online courses for undergraduate and graduate programs enhance the flexibility and quality of the educational experience. CCPS currently offers 14 undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees that can be completed totally online.


Media Contact: Kristy Nelson, M.A., Director of Marketing for Drury CCPS. Office: (417) 873-7868 or email: knelson008@drury.edu.

Housing options at Drury build community in more ways than one

Drury University offers a variety of specialty housing where students can develop interests and serve the community. Many of these housing options are selective and require students to engage in additional activities that engage them through service or academics.

One such option is the Summit Park Leadership Community, an apartment-style environment aimed primarily at sophomores. It’s more than just a nice place to live. Summit Park engages students in a living-learning environment that focuses on the principles of leadership while incorporating the value of community service.

Student teams selected to live in Summit Park form year-long partnerships with local community nonprofits and commit to 15 hours of community service a semester – though many far exceed that requirement. Students lend their skills and passions to these projects. Past partner agencies have included Harmony House, the Boys & Girls Clubs and One Sole Purpose. Students serve in any way possible and update a blog about their project.

Paige Wilson, a member of the team working with One Sole Purpose this year, says her most rewarding experience was “when I went to the elementary schools to handout the shoes the children had received.”

“The children were so grateful and it was a heartwarming experience,” said roommate and fellow team member Olivia Wheat.

Summit Park students are working directly with One Sole Purpose, which provides shoes to students in high poverty Springfield schools.

Summit Park students are working directly with One Sole Purpose, which provides shoes to students in high poverty Springfield schools.

Living in an on-campus apartment is a draw, but the chance to develop leadership and teamwork skills is just as appealing to students wishing to join the program.

“We loved the idea of helping our community while growing as leaders,” Wheat said.

Wheat said working with One Sole Purpose taught their group “how to effectively communicate.” Her team has not only been immersed in a professional setting, but they’ve also been exposed to people from walks of life they may have never encountered previously.

“We always think that shoes are a simple thing to have, but that is not always the case,” Wilson said. “We can never take anything for granted.”


Story by Trevor Cobb, writing major at Drury. A version of this story originally appeared in the Springfield News-Leader. 

Arbor Day Foundation honors Drury with Tree Campus USA recognition

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 10, 2015 — Drury University has earned recognition as a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The announcement was made at today’s campus Arbor Day celebration by Missouri’s state forester, Lisa Allen of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Drury’s urban forest accounts for more than $1.2 million in capital assets and the university has planted more than 200 new trees on campus in the past three years alone.

Drury is the only college or university in Springfield to hold the designation, and one of only seven in the state of Missouri. It achieved the title by meeting five core standards: maintaining a tree advisory committee, having a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance and a launching a related student service-learning project.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

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.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $29 million in campus forest management last year. For more information go to Arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

Solar-powered home for competition takes shape with “build day”

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 9, 2015 — The Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon Team will hold a “build day” for the ShelteR³ disaster resilient house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday on the Crowder College campus in Neosho.

Students from Crowder College and Drury University have partnered to design, engineer, market, and construct a solar powered and storm resistant home for the Solar Decathlon 2015, a national event hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Students from both schools will be on hand to continue building the house on site, as required by the competition. This fall the team will deconstruct, transport and rebuild the home at 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.

Bird's eye view of the Shelter3 house.

Bird’s eye view of the Shelter3 house.

While all teams will be building an environmentally conscious solar powered home, the Crowder-Drury team has self-imposed the additional challenge of making its home disaster resilient. The idea for ShelteR³ is based on three Rs: respond, recover, and resist. 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.

You can learn more at shelter.drury.edu or by following @CrowderDrurySol on Twitter.

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 Contact: Traci Sooter, project manager, Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon, Hammons School of Architecture Faculty. Cell: (417) 234-6405 or email: tsooter@drury.edu.

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.