POLITICO reporter discusses politics and online news at Drury University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 10, 2012 —Former KYTV and current POLITICO reporter David Catanese will speak at Drury on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall as part of the university’s Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy. Catanese will discuss current politics and his experiences on the campaign trail while working for an online-only news organization. This is event is free and open to the public.

POLITICO is a multimedia outlet that delivers American political journalism. Catanese is currently a reporter for the organization, and, combined with his time as a political and general assignment reporter for local NBC affiliate KYTV, he has covered everything from ice storms to Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign in Iowa. Catanese has his own blog on the POLITICO website.

Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.


Drury’s Mortar Board chapter earns a Golden Torch Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 5, 2012 — Drury University’s Skiff Chapter of Mortar Board was honored with a Golden Torch Award at the 2012 Mortar Board National Conference, which was held July 20-22 in Chicago. Vice President Mallory McDonald and Treasurer Natalie Hays received the award.

Mortar Board, a national honor society, says the following about Golden Torch recipients, “This award is presented to outstanding chapters that are superb, timely and go above and beyond the minimum standards throughout the academic year, making tangible achievements on campus and in the community. Only a select amount of Golden Torch Award nominees are chosen to receive the award based on their devotion to Mortar Board’s three key ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.”

The last time Drury’s Mortar Board chapter won a Golden Torch Award was in 2008. That same year, Drury’s Mortar Board chapter won a Project Excellence award for its Spelling Bee project and the Most Improved Chapter Award. In 2010 and 2011, Drury Mortar Board won a Silver Torch Award.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from four founding chapters to 226 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation.  The Skiff chapter at Drury University was chartered in 1966 and currently has 31 members.

Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include former President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  Learn more about Mortar Board at www.mortarboard.org. For more information, please contact Director of Communications Amanda Combs by e-mail at acombs02@drury.edu


Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra performs “New World” as part of Drury Theme Year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 4, 2012 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra will perform “New World” on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Evangel Chapel Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra merges 90 students, professional musicians and enthusiasts.  “New World” is a featured performance for Drury University’s Voices Unbound theme year. The musical performance includes selections from Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Ernest Bloch’s Suite Modale, and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

For details about other speakers and performances for Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.


A conversation about women in film is Friday at Drury on C-Street

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 4, 2012 — Kerri Yost, organizer of the annual Citizen Jane Film Festival for women filmmakers, will speak at Drury on C-Street on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Drury on C-Street is located at 233 E. Commercial St. This event is free and open to the public. Yost’s appearance is the first of five Friday night “Creative Conversations” that are a new feature in the 2012-13 Theme Year.

The Citizen Jane website

The Citizen Jane Film Festival brings awareness to the underrepresentation of women in the film industry by showcasing independent films produced by women. Yost is a film creator as well as an assistant professor at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. The Citizen Jane Film Festival was brought to life by collaboration of Stephens College, the second oldest women’s college in the nation, and its growing film program.

This enlightened conversation from Yost is a feature of Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, which is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.


Six faculty members earn award for community engagement

Springfield, Mo., Aug. 16, 2012 — Six Drury faculty members earned the inaugural President’s Award of Excellence for Community Engagement.

Architecture Professors Nancy Chikaraishi, Keith Hedges, and Traci Sooter, Adjunct Architecture Instructor Rufus Louderback, Psychology Professor Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown, and Communication Professor Dr. Regina Waters were recognized for dedicating countless hours of service to help Joplin rebuild in the aftermath of the May 22, 2011 tornado and for engaging the larger Drury community in meaningful service.

(L to R) Keith Hedges, Jennifer Silva Brown, Traci Sooter, Nancy Chikaraishi, Regina Waters, Rufus Louderback.

In the fall of 2011, Drury students, led by the architecture faculty, designed and built a volunteer tribute at Cunningham Park in Joplin in just one week. The park had been destroyed by the May 22, 2011 tornado. As part of that project, Waters’ communication class organized a “Smart Mob” of more than 100 members of the Drury community who converged on Joplin in one day to help meet the construction deadline.

Dr. Silva Brown and several behavioral science undergraduates conducted research on tornado victims in the fall of 2011 that focused on the victims’ mental health post-disaster and effective coping skills. In 2012, Silva Brown partnered with the architecture department to complete a longitudinal study of those same victims.

Drury faculty, staff, alumni and students recorded a combined 13,463 hours of service to Joplin projects.

The award reads, in part, “…this greatly deserved recognition is for much more than an impressive quantity of service hours; for in their response to the disaster in Joplin, these individuals truly embodied the Drury mission and vision.  Through their commitment to community engagement and service-learning, they provided our students with educational opportunities that ‘foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge, that liberates persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to life in a global community, and that educates students to become engaged, ethical, and compassionate citizens for servant leadership in communities characterized by change, complexity and global interdependence.’”


Drury men walk the lane in women’s shoes to raise awareness of sexual violence

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 30, 2012 — Drury men will put on high heels, wedges and pink flip-flops on Tuesday, Sept. 4 for the fourth annual Walk the Lane in Her Shoes event. The event begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Findlay Student Center circle at the north end of Drury Lane.

Walk the Lane in Her Shoes is part of Drury University’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Activities include multiple self-defense classes for Drury students, faculty and staff. In addition, there will be speakers, students will be able to take a pledge to stand against violence against women and girls, and booths will be available throughout the week for students to sign up to volunteer. The event will also launch “Where Do You Stand,” a bystander intervention campaign as a part of Step Up! Step Up! is a pro-social bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.

Drury University fraternities sponsor the event, but all male Drury students are invited to participate.

Drury University offers online incident reporting at www.drury.edu/informationreport. Students can also learn about Drury’s free, voluntary and confidential counseling services at www.drury.edu/counseling.

For more information contact Abby Glenn, Student Activities Coordinator, (913) 522-9876, email: aglenn01@drury.edu


Fire trucks on Drury Lane, but no fire

Springfield, Mo., Aug. 28, 2012 — At 1:06 p.m. today, a smoke alarm went off inside an air handler in Olin Library. The building was evacuated and the Springfield Fire Department sent one unit to inspect the source of the alarm. At that point, the fire inspector smelled smoke and the alarm was upgraded to a fire in a building, which initiated a larger response from the fire department.

After inspecting Olin, the Springfield Fire Department determined that there was no fire and the alarm was due to a malfunction. The all clear was given at 2 p.m. and students, faculty and staff were allowed back into Olin Library.  Facilities is working with safety and security to determine why the alarm is malfunctioning and trying to fix the problem.

According to Springfield Fire Marshal Mike Epps, “We appreciate everyone taking the alarm seriously and evacuating the building. With the building empty, we can concentrate on finding the fire rather than getting people to safety.”

No one was injured.


The Princeton Review names Drury a “Best in the Midwest” university

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 27, 2012 — Drury University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. Drury is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in the “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which was released this month by the Princeton Review.

In the profile on Drury University at Princeton Review’s website, students offered the following description, “The campus is beautiful and the class sizes are just right.” Another anonymous student comment said, “Drury has the mission to give students the opportunity to fight for what they believe in, but to understand the views of others as well.”

“We’re pleased to recommend Drury to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher. “Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

The 153 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Midwest” list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Collectively, the 633 colleges named “regional bests” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and other student resources. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.


Drury honors its outstanding faculty and students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 24, 2012 — Drury University recognized outstanding faculty members at the 2012-2013 Matriculation Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 23. A student and faculty committee selected recipients of these awards. The committee receives nominations from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Each of these faculty members is recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Robert Weddle, Ph.D. – Faculty Award for Teaching
  • Jennifer Silva Brown, Ph.D. – Faculty Award for Scholarship
  • Katherine Gilbert, Ph.D. – Faculty Award for Leadership
  • Robin Miller, Ph.D. – Faculty Award for Liberal Learning
  • Jayne White, Ed.D. – Faculty Award for Advising

In addition, the Judge Warren White scholars were honored. These are the students with the highest grade point average after completion of the first year at Drury. Warren White graduated from Drury in 1904, and served as a Greene County circuit court judge for 36 years. Each honoree will receive a $275 scholarship.

The 2012-2013 Judge Warren L. White Scholars are (name and hometown):

  • Xiao Chang – Zibo, China
  • Emily Virginia Cline – Springfield, Mo.
  • Ashley K. Coons – Springfield, Mo.
  • Ashley Darlene Cunningham – Springfield, Mo.
  • Brooke Elizabeth Foster – Nixa, Mo.
  • Laura Agnes Gaughan – Kansas City, Mo.
  • Mitchell Scott Gibbons – Springfield, Mo.
  • Shelby Nicole Hatz – Springfield, Mo.
  • Rachel Catherine Hutchinson – Olathe, Kan.
  • Kaleigh Marie Jurgensmeyer – Chesterfield, Mo.
  • Shelby Elizabeth Larson – Republic, Mo.
  • Caitlin Rebecca Lauer – St. Charles, Mo.
  • Parker Scott LiaBraaten – Spokane, Mo.
  • Deborah Peana – Springfield, Mo.
  • Nathaniel Alan Pearl – Willard, Mo.
  • Airika Danielle Poivre – Ozark, Mo.
  • Ashleigh Ann Spalding – Springfield, Mo.
  • Chelsea Layne Staab – Westerville, Ohio
  • Lucas Samuel Tebbe – Walnut Grove, Mo.
  • Jing Yi Wang – Shanghai, China
  • Carlos-Xavier Zambrano – Temecula, Calif.


The final Matriculation Convocation for Drury President Todd Parnell is Thursday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 22, 2012 — On Thursday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m., Drury’s new students will experience a rite of their early college lives at the Matriculation Convocation in Clara Thompson Hall. It will be the final Matriculation Convocation for Drury President Todd Parnell who will retire in May of 2013. Parnell, the author of several books, will ask the students to consider nature as a technology alternative.

Drury President Todd Parnell

Today, we are tethered to our smartphones and computers, always plugged in trying to keep up with the latest news and happenings. But nature is our lasting legacy; we should consider unplugging on occasion and reclaim our humanity.

Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: Social Media and the Future of Democracy, is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.