Drury junior earns prestigious internship from the American Advertising Federation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 25, 2013 — For the fifth time in eight years, a Drury student has been named to the prestigious American Advertising Federation (AAF) Vance L. Stickell Memorial Internship Program. Drury Junior Tinsley Andrews is the latest Drury recipient. The internship program recognizes the top 15 AAF students in the nation.

Tinsley Andrews

Andrews will intern this summer with advertising agency Butler Shine Stern & Partners (BSSP) in San Francisco. BSSP serves many high profile clients, including: Mini car company, clothing manufacturer Columbia, and cell phone maker Nokia.

“The AAF Stickell Internship program is extremely competitive. I’m certain that Tinsley’s writing and critical thinking skills differentiated her from the other applicants,” said Dr. Regina Waters, chair of Drury’s Department of Communication. “She’s going to gain invaluable experience in media strategy at Butler Shine Stern & Partners, an advertising agency that’s recognized for its innovative approach to branding and online media.”

61 students were nominated as the best, most deserving students from their AAF student chapters. Only 15 nominees earned internships. As part of the nomination process, Andrews had to produce a detailed critique of an advertisement, write two short essays, and provide evidence of her academic and leadership qualifications.

Andrews, from the Phoenix, Ariz. area, also competes for Drury’s national champion Swimming and Diving team. She was part of the winning 400 freestyle relay squad that helped the Drury women win its fourth national championship in the last five years.

Past Drury Stickell Award winners:

·      Amanda Combs, 2012

·      Mallory Noelke, 2009

·      Mallorie Rodak, 2008

·      Cynthia Nutter, 2005

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A business professor makes the case for the value of the liberal arts

Part of my job as a Drury professor is to advise my management students as they schedule classes. They often are stumped when selecting free electives and classes to meet their general education requirements.  I typically point out that employers want well rounded employees who can draw on a breadth of knowledge. Here’s another reason for taking classes outside of the business school: Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to sell offensive t-shirts.

Last fall, there was controversy surrounding a t-shirt being sold by the Gap bearing the phrase “Manifest Destiny”.  Facing protests that the shirt could easily be interpreted as glorifying the massacres and cultural destruction of Native Americans, the designer apparently issued a flippant tweet about the survival of the fittest.  Quickly, Gap stopped selling the shirt and issued an apology.

Dr. Amy Lewis

The Gap t-shirt is an excellent example of why it is crucial for business students to have a broad background in the liberal arts.

There are clear attacks on the liberal arts through a devaluation of their contribution to society, and concerns over distributing scarce budget resources. Here’s a reason to support the liberal arts: An American history class might have given a better understanding of the massacres committed under the name of Manifest Destiny.  A sociology class might have given an understanding of the implications of the institutionalized oppression of Native Americans in the aftermath of these programs. A philosophy class might have led those involved to pause and consider the ethical implications of profiting from genocide. A strong liberal arts education might have prevented the backlash and embarrassment a company faced by the sale of this t-shirt.

A well-educated population is crucial for a vibrant economy, and in these times of constrained resources, a liberal arts education might be seen as an unaffordable luxury. I see students questioning the value of the liberal arts core curriculum Drury requires. Too many students say their time is being “wasted” by taking classes outside of their major. However, it is precisely the breadth of background gained by this exploration that is the true value of a liberal arts education.

The broad background provided by a liberal arts education can help students see connections from the past, to understand that there are multiple viewpoints or cultural lenses through which to view the world. To critically think– to stop and realize that “Manifest Destiny” is not just a catchy phrase, but rather a complex issue from our past loaded with pain and outrage.  I’m sure the Gap wishes someone had paid a little more attention in an American History class.

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Story by Dr. Amy Lewis, associate professor of management.

This story is adapted from an essay that first appeared in Inside Higher Ed in November and is re-printed with permission.

Drury students conduct service on study abroad trip to South Africa

On Dec. 28, 2012, a group of Drury students and professors left the United States for an impactful adventure in South Africa. The purpose of the study abroad trip was to give students the chance to experience a different part of the world while volunteering in an orphanage and a South African town. What the students saw and did during their time there is an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Psychology Professors Jennifer Silva Brown and Rachael Herrington led the students on the trip. The first stop was Cape Town, a city filled with diversity, beauty and comfort. For five days, students explored the city, foods, sights and culture. Rebecca Vogt, a senior studying psychology and sociology, went on the study abroad trip to be exposed to a new culture and lifestyle. “I expected to be outside my comfort zone in many instances, but also to learn what it’s like to meet and talk to other people who have grown up with different experiences than my own,” Vogt said.

Drury students and professors with children from the Dream Catcher Foundation’s after school program.

After spending time in Cape Town, the group moved on to Melkhoutfontein, a fishing and farming community with about 2,000 residents. A day was spent volunteering at an orphanage. Many children housed at the orphanage had Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and came from dark pasts. “The amazing thing about the orphanage is that the woman and son that run it do it solely on their own income,” said Dr. Herrington. “They are always in need of help with school supplies and medicine. It’s inspiring that they do so much.”

The next week, Drury students worked with the Dream Catcher Kids, an after-school group created to give children a positive place to go after they finished school for the day in Melkhoutfontein. “The kids were bright, energetic and loved getting to talk and do activities with us,” said Vogt. “It was great to see that we brought something positive to their lives, especially since many of them came from difficult home situations.”

Dr. Silva Brown and Dr. Herrington both agreed that the trip was a success. Each Drury student had the opportunity to authentically experience the local culture within his or her volunteer roles. Some students worked with after-school kids, others worked in a nursery, delivered medicine, or worked in a pharmacy. “Lessons will be there for years to come. We witnessed just how much we take for granted,” said Dr. Silva Brown. The biggest takeaway for Vogt was the realization that everyone comes from a different background, “It’s important to accept and understand differences,” she said. “I feel like I am more culturally aware and a global citizen because of this trip.”

If you are interested in making a donation to the orphanage, please contact Dr. Rachael Herrington at rherrington@drury.edu or 417-873-6920.

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Story by Amber Perdue, a senior advertising and public relations major.

Artists can learn and network at Drury on April 6

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 14, 2013 — Drury University will host the sixth annual Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) OzArts Conference on Saturday, April 6 in the Trustee Science Center from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The conference will focus on the business side of pursuing a visual, performing or literary arts career, as well as review fundamental skills necessary for all self-employed artists. The $30 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. The conference is free for students.

“Artists don’t have to be starving artists,” said Dr. Kelley Still, executive director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Drury University. “The Edward Jones Center is proud to offer this Coleman Foundation initiative to help seasoned professionals and budding entrepreneurs make the most of their art careers and connect with other professionals.”

Phil Dickey, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Speakers include professionals from music, theatre, writing and the visual arts. The featured luncheon keynote speaker is Phillip Dickey, 2005 Drury graduate and musician with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Dickey has traveled the world as thedrummer and business manager for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, he was recently appointed by the U.S State Department as a cultural ambassador to Russia, and his songs havebeen featured in television shows and commercials.

Registration is open at www.drury.edu/ejc/sea.  For more information contact Tammy Rogers, tammy@drury.edu, (417) 873-6357.

The Coleman Foundation provided funding for the conference. Free registration for students is madepossible by donations from Student Advocates for the Arts and Drury’s Student Government Association.

Media Contact: Sara Cochran, M.A., Associate Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Office: (417) 873-3014, Mobile: (417) 861-5721, Email: scochran@drury.edu

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Drury to offer deferred payment plans in response to military cuts

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 12, 2013 — Recently, Military Tuition Assistance has been suspended indefinitely, leaving many active duty and active reserve military personnel without the ability to pay for their college classes. In an effort to relieve this hardship for its students in the military, Drury University is deferring payment for students who are eligible for tuition assistance and will be impacted by these Department of Defense cuts. Other military student aid programs, such as the G.I. Bill, remain unchanged at this time.

Tuition Assistance is a program that provides up to $250 per credit hour for active duty and active reserves military personnel, depending on the student’s branch of service. Students who were enrolled in courses for the full spring semester or had been approved for and enrolled in “B Block” courses will not be affected this semester. B-Block classes at Drury begin on March 25. They are eight-week classes that, in a seated format, generally meet twice a week, but B-Block classes are offered seated, online or blended.

Affected students can set up a payment plan with Drury. The first payment would not be due until May 1.

In addition, Drury is encouraging its military students to seek other financial aid. Drury will have financial aid counselors at its St. Robert campus to help students understand their financial aid options and how to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  All students who were planning on utilizing Tuition Assistance for the remainder of the spring term, as well as summer and fall classes, are encouraged to speak with a financial aid counselor. Drury financial aid counselors will be at Drury’s St. Robert campus on Wednesday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or they can call Drury’s Office of Financial Aid at 800-922-2274.

“We greatly appreciate our students who are serving our country,” said Aaron Jones, interim director of Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies. “Our hope is that we can help our students navigate these changes and keep them on a path to degree attainment.”

Media Contact: Mark Miller, M.A., Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, Email: markmiller@drury.edu

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Drury students design app to help consumers cut utility costs

In August of 2012, the consequences of wasting water became more serious when Springfield’s water supply fell dangerously close to the point where Springfield residents would have faced mandatory water restrictions and rate increases. At that time, Drury partnered with other local colleges and universities to decrease water usage, and Drury’s student group Think Green! began handing out bottles of sand to go in toilet tanks, shower timers and other devices to help students cut back on water use.

Out of that effort was born the EcoScore App for Apple devices, which was developed by students on Drury’s Enactus (formerly SIFE) Team, “We identified a need for the Springfield area and decided this was the best way to bring water conservation into the household. We figured an app was better than a pamphlet,” said Kate Elam, EcoScore project leader.

Unlike that pamphlet that may wind up in the recycle bin, the app stays on the user’s smartphone. A user survey on the app gauges water usage, electricity usage and waste production. It then offers tips on the best ways to cut back and save the user money.

“It’s not just environmental, but an economic issue. People’s bills were going to increase so we not only wanted to cut usage but also help people save money,” said Leigh Anna Stone, Drury senior. “Many Drury students live off-campus and are trying to save on utilities. It’s not just their parents who are trying to cut back.”

The only problem in developing an app was that none of the students had ever created an app before, “I just started watching some YouTube videos and researching it online,” said Kurman Rysal, a Drury senior originally from Kyrgyzstan. “I then just applied what I learned to creating this app.”

Now that Apple has approved the app, the team’s goal is to achieve 1,000 downloads by the time Enactus holds its national competition in mid-May. Each team member plans to ask three people to use the app and compare utility costs, year-over-year, for three months with the hopes that it will bring down the user’s costs.

To download the app, go to the Apple App Store and search “EcoScore.”

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Drury students set to volunteer over Spring Break

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 8, 2013 — When Drury takes off for Spring Break after classes on Friday, March 15, many students will head for home, the beach or the ski slopes; but 18 Drury students are going out of state to volunteer their time in service projects. It’s a tradition known as “Alternative” Spring Break.

Drury students will travel to two destinations:

  • Maryville, Tenn. There, the Drury students will work at Once Upon a Time in Appalachia, an immersion program that provides service, educational and reflection activities. The Drury students will tutor youth, perform maintenance work on the Trail of Tears, paint community centers along with other work and activities.

  • Denver, Colo. In Denver, Drury students will complete multiple projects with the African Community Center, including teaching life skills, working in the center’s thrift store and performing maintenance work. This is a non-profit focused on serving African refugees in their transition to becoming American citizens

The 22 people  (18 students and four staff members) will each volunteer 32 hours accounting for 704 service hours to the national community. Both groups will work four days and have one “off” day. In Tennessee, the Drury students will go whitewater rafting. In Denver, the students will have the opportunity to go skiing.

Each group has nine students and two staff sponsors on the trip. The student pays just $100. The rest of the cost is paid for through fundraising, money from the Student Government Association, and the Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development.

The Tennessee group leaves on March 16 and returns on March 22. The Denver group leaves on March 17 and will return on March 23. The final meeting for the Alternative Spring Break groups is Tuesday, March 12 at 8 p.m. in the Findlay Student Center.

Media Contact: Emily Journagan, Volunteer Services Coordinator, Phone: (417) 873-6803, Mobile: (417) 773-9415, Email: ejournagan@drury.edu

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Drury students spend two weeks in Greece, in class and in the community

Ten Drury students had the opportunity to travel to the island of Aigina in Greece for two weeks in January to study globalization and international issues at the Drury Center. Along with classroom learning overseas, the students also participated in service-learning with the Aigina community.

Drury’s Director of Community Outreach and Leadership Development Courtney Swan accompanied the students. She helped with various service projects such as working with the local food and clothing pantry, cleaning up a protected forest and river bed, and planting a community garden.

Drury Students in Delphi

“We were very intentional about weaving service-learning into the trip to try and enhance what the students were learning as well as increase connections with the local community in Aigina through mutually beneficial partnerships,” Swan said. “For example, the students were not only reading and having classroom discussions about corporate social responsibility and leadership in a global context, but also getting to explore the issues with local leaders, businesses, and organizations experiencing them first-hand.  Then, we worked with local citizens and service organizations to identify and complete service projects tied to the issues being studied.”

Senior Emily Rhodes, an elementary education student, found that the service projects made the trip more unique because it allowed students to meet local people.

“We were completely immersed in the culture, which was amazing. I learned so much about their culture by being around all the Greeks and doing volunteer projects.” Rhodes said.

The students met with citizens, but also local business leaders. They took time to explore Greece and learn more from an economic stance as Phillip Bodenschatz did, an accounting and finance student at the Breech School of Business.

Bodenschatz said, “[I] saw many of the ancient ruins of Athens, met with a couple different company leaders from the community of Aigina, and did some volunteer work for groups around the island of Aigina. I learned more about the current economic situation of Greece and what is being done to stimulate the economy back to where it was in the early 2000s.”

More Drury students will travel to Greece for study abroad again in May 2013.

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Story by Kaitlyn Schwers, a multimedia production and journalism student at Drury University.

Drury to host English symposium celebrating poetry and accomplished authors

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 1, 2013 — Drury will host an English Symposium on Wed., March 6, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Harwood Reading room in Olin Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Drury students will be reading their own published works from the Currents publication and have the opportunity to talk with writing professionals about career opportunities. The spotlight of the event occurs in the evening with Drury graduates Loren Broaddus and Brian White reading their published works from the Gingko Tree Review, a national literary magazine.

Jo Van Arkel

“Loren and Brian both began their careers as poets when they were students here at Drury,” said Jo Van Arkel, English department chair. “They kept the faith–maintaining a writing practice and successfully submitting poems for publication.   Over the years, each has grown as a poet.  The release of these chapbooks is a celebration of each man’s commitment to the ‘life of letters’.”

The symposium has a full schedule of events throughout the day, Wed., March 6:

  • 10 a.m. – Event kickoff with Dave Malone, regional poet and professor from Missouri State.
  • 11 a.m. – Discussion of Gingko Tree Review with Dr. Patrick Moser.
  • Noon – Career information for writing professionals.
  • 1:30-3 p.m. – Release of the student literary magazine Currents, featuring flash fiction by Drury students.
  • 6-8 p.m. – Gingko Tree Review featuring works from Drury graduates Loren Broaddus and Brian White, who will both read their poems. Ozarks’ writer Dave Malone will introduce the Drury poets and read his poetry.

Prior to the symposium, on Tuesday afternoon, March 5, Kyle Durrie of Power and Light Press will visit Drury with her Moveable Type Truck. Based in New Mexico, Durrie travels the country printing with a vintage printing press. At 1:30 p.m. in Olin Library, Durrie will present a slide presentation on the revival of letterpress in the digital age. Her truck will be parked in front of Olin Library all of Tuesday afternoon, and people can climb on board to see how she pulls a print.

This event coincides with the Drury Theme Year Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy in its celebration of literary arts and letters.

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First person: a whirlwind week in New York City for a Drury senior

As a girl from the Midwest, the lights, sounds and people of New York were only images I’d seen on television, but, in my senior year of college at Drury, I earned an opportunity to visit the “city that never sleeps.” The American Advertising Federation (AAF) selected me as one of the Most Promising Minority Students (MPMS) and, in the first week of February, I got a taste of a modern day “Mad Men” life, if only for a week.

After becoming an AAF member, Dr. Regina Waters, the chair of the department of communications, nominated me for the MPMS award and it was there the journey began. After many essays documenting my experiences as an Edward Jones Scholar at Drury, and all of the work I had done in advertising, public relations and entrepreneurship, I was selected as one of the 32 finalists.

Amber Perdue on the streets of New York

Finalists were flown to New York and introduced to top names in the advertising industry, such as: Interpublic Group, Publicis Groupe, Deutsch, McCann, DraftFCB, CNN and General Mills. The first day was set aside for orientation and an enlightening session with the Omnicom Group, an advertising and marketing holding company. They encouraged students to “paint only on the canvas that you want,” reminding us that we are in a time where we can truly achieve our dreams.

A luncheon was held in honor of the award finalists. We walked one at a time on stage in front of our elite audience to introduce and share our unique brand; the energy elicited nervousness and excitement. I walked onto the stage, grabbed the microphone and said, “Hello everyone. My name is Amber Perdue and I attend Drury University. I am a cultural explorer that seeks to spark understanding between people and meaningful messages.” Next was applause and congratulations of a moment well done.

The next few days were packed with meeting recruiters from these elite firms and more agency visits. Some students had interviews and job offers extended from agencies, adding relief to their senior year. Meeting with the industry leaders provided great life coaching conversations and career direction, especially learning about the emphasis and importance of diversity in the workplace.

I was lucky to have less pressure on me than some of my colleagues. I secured a job at Edward Jones in St. Louis over Winter Break. The rotational development program at Edward Jones will allow me to gain experiences in multiple departments, and then I’ll be placed in a permanent position that best suits my skills and the needs of the organization.

My preconceived notions about New York were true; the city is fast-paced, you can walk everywhere and it’s full of ethnic, cultural and intellectual diversity. I came away from the experience with more confidence and knowledge of the advertising and communications industry that will help me once I enter the workforce in June.

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Story by Amber Perdue, Senior Advertising and Public Relations major at Drury.