Brian Stelter convocation event postponed until Friday morning

Springfield, Mo., Feb. 21, 2013 The Theme Year event  featuring New York Times’ reporter Brian Stelter scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m., at Drury University has been postponed due to weather.

Brian Stelter

Stelter will speak at Drury’s Clara Thompson Hall on Friday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.


Kappa Delta Sorority to Host Second Annual “Shamrock the Roads” 5K

Springfield, MO., February 20, 2013 — Kappa Delta Sorority at Drury University will host the Second Annual Shamrock the Roads, a charity 5k walk/run, on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8 a.m. The event will begin on Drury Lane by the Findlay Student Center on Drury Universityʼs campus.

Of the proceeds collected from Shamrock the Roads, 80 percent will remain in Springfield, Missouri, benefiting Isabelʼs House, Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, to help “provide immediate refuge for children ages birth to 12 whose families are in crisis”, regardless of the familyʼs ability to pay. Since its founding in 2007, Isabelʼs House “has cared for more than 2.000 children and served more than 1,000 families.”

The remaining 20 percent of the proceeds from Shamrock the Roads will go to Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) for nationwide child abuse awareness and prevention programs.

Shamrock the Roads is open to runners and walkers of all abilities and includes a 5K walk/run and a one-mile Kidsʼ Fun Run. Early registration ends on March 2, 2013. Early registration prices are $10 for the one-mile fun run, and $15 for the 5K walk/run ($12 for students). Prices will increase to $15 for the one-mile fun run and $25 for the 5K walk/run after March 2, 2013. The first 150 registrants are guaranteed a FREE event t-shirt.

For more information and to register online or make a donation, please visit or
If you are interested in being a sponsor or making a gift-in-kind donation please contact Grace Lounsbury, at

Elizabeth Penfold
Kappa Delta Sorority
Vice President – Public Relations Mobile: (636) 614-8704


Drury students provide rain boots to children in Roatan

A study abroad trip to Honduras over Winter Break may conjure up thoughts of sightseeing, writing in journals and laying on the beach, but that wasn’t the case for Dr. Teresa Carroll’s Field Studies in Marine Biology class.


Dr. Teresa Carroll fits rain boots on a Honduran child

In January, thirteen students traveled with Dr. Carroll, an associate professor of biology at Drury, to Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras. The students were conducting research that would be used at the Roatan Institute for Marine Science. “There was literally zero time for laying on the beach,” said Alex Drobnic, a junior biology major who went on the trip.

A typical day went like this:

7 a.m. – Breakfast

8 a.m. – Pre-dive meeting

9 a.m. – Scuba dive to collect samples and identify wildlife.

11:30 a.m. – Lunch

1 p.m. – Another dive to collect data.

4 p.m. – Enter data.

6 p.m. – Dinner

“I told Dr. Carroll that she had a good plan to wear all of us out during the day with our research so we couldn’t get into any trouble at night,” Drobnic joked.

All of the students had to be pre-certified to scuba dive before going on the trip, and they had to have taken Introduction to Marine Biology and Zoology. Prior to going on the trip, the students also picked up a side project that was less about the students’ brains and more about their hearts.

Dr. Carroll has taken students to Roatan before, during those trips she became familiar with SOL International Foundation, which works with local youth to promote education and quality of life. On her last visit in 2011, Dr. Carroll asked officials with SOL International what the youth of Roatan needed. The answer, rain boots. During the rainy season, sewage mixes with the rain and mud to form a parasitic soup that the children of Roatan have to walk through, which often leads to severe illnesses.

In the fall of 2012, Carroll and her students made t-shirts with the slogan “Rainboots for Roatan” and sold them for $10 each, and they solicited donations. The students raised nearly $3,000, and, one night during their study abroad experience, the Drury students distributed rain boots to more than 100 children. There was enough money left over to buy cartoon character backpacks stuffed with school supplies for the children, too.

“When we left, there were 14 people on an amazing high,” Dr. Carroll said. “Just the thought that we had helped these little kids, the love we shared was unbelievable.”


Story by Mark Miller, associate director of marketing and communications at Drury.

New York Times journalist will speak at Drury on February 21

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 15, 2013 — Nationally-renowned New York Times journalist Brian Stelter will speak at Drury University on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall as part of Drury’s Theme Year Series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy. Stelter will share his experiences working across multiple media formats, in both traditional and new media. This event is free and open to the public.

Brian Stelter

Achieving success and notoriety while still in college, Brian Stelter gained national notice for his television news blog, TVNewser, dubbed a must-read in the business by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

In 2007, The New York Times hired Stelter as a media reporter and columnist for its Media Decoder blog. Today he continues to serve as a blogger and columnist for one of the most storied news organizations in the United States.

Stelter is featured prominently in the documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times, a film that chronicles the media industry’s transformation to nontraditional venues and assesses the high stakes for democracy. He is also working on a book about morning television tentatively titled Top of the Morning.

Drury will show the documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in Lay Hall auditorium. Light snacks will be provided.

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 or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.


Sheryl Crow will play at Drury on April 3 to benefit Drew Lewis

Springfield, Mo., Feb. 15, 2013 Nine-time Grammy Award-winning performer Sheryl Crow will be returning to the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Wednesday, April 3 to play a special concert for Springfieldian Drew Lewis as a fundraising benefit for Lewis and his continuing fight against colorectal cancer.

Sheryl Crow

Unlike her appearance in the summer of 2011 at the O’Reilly Center, this concert will a very intimate affair, as she will be performing an intimate acoustic set. Sheryl, a Kennett, Mo., native, has family ties to Lewis, and what started out as a few smaller fundraising ideas quickly developed over time into plans to hold this special performance.

Lewis is a 45-year-old Springfield real estate sales professional who has fought a long and courageous battle with colon cancer since being diagnosed in January of 2012. A father of two, Lewis’ plight has received national attention from various websites and media outlets from coast to coast.

Tickets – starting at $49 – will go on sale to the general public for this special evening with Crow on Thursday, February 21 at 10 a.m. They will be available at the O’Reilly Center box office, by calling (417) 873-6389 or by visiting

There are several events planned around Sheryl Crow’s concert, including a free community fair to raise colorectal cancer awareness on the North Plaza of the O’Reilly Center that evening from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring food and drink from assorted vendors and a live concert.

A live auction will also be held during the show, with several big-ticket items available.

There will be a limited number of VIP Experience tickets available for $250. These tickets will include seating in the first three rows on the floor and admittance to Crow’s sound check session as well as a Meet and Greet with Sheryl that includes food catered by Ristorante Nicola’s.

Sheryl, herself a breast cancer survivor, has garnered nine Grammy Awards and has sold more than 35 million Records worldwide.

Since the release of her seven-times Platinum, Grammy award-winning debut Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammys, performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums (each charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. She has also been nominated for an additional 27 Grammys, her most recent for 2008’s critically acclaimed Detours. Crow launched her very own clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co., is a cancer survivor, has performed for President Obama and is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including the NRDC, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The World Food Program. Crow has sold more than 35 million records worldwide. Her new single, “Easy” is off her forthcoming Warner Music Nashville release out later this year.

All proceeds from the concert will benefit Lewis and his battle, with all services, facilities and talent donated or otherwise funded through donations.


Drury recognizes Entrepreneurship Week with kickoff of Idea Competition

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 13, 2013 — On Thursday, Feb. 14, some of Drury’s most entrepreneurial minds will begin a quest to create Drury’s best business model and win a $1,000 cash prize. The Startup Drury Idea Competition will culminate with final presentations on Thursday, April 4. The event is on the eve of National Entrepreneurship Week, which runs Feb. 16-23.

The competition is open to current Drury undergraduates or December 2012 graduates. Teams will be made up of one-to-four students and each team will be assigned a mentor from the community and the teams will be required to meet with the mentor at least three times as they develop their business models.

Besides the $1,000 cash prize for the winning team, that group will also have the opportunity to attend the College Entrepreneurship Organization’s National Conference and compete in the Elevator Pitch competition. The second and third place teams will win $500 and $250 respectively. Additionally, the idea with the best chance of starting up quickly will have an opportunity to present to the Springfield Angel Investors Network. The idea with the broadest appeal will have an opportunity to raise capital on Crowd-It, and the top “green” business idea will attend the Missouri Environmental Initiative.

When students meet in the Breech School of Business to begin the competition, they’ll hear from Drury freshman Jerrod Harmon. Harmon co-owns EDJy, an extreme sports apparel company that focuses on skateboarding, surfing and BMX. Harmon owns the company with his brother and cousin and works with Skate for Change to provide food and water to low-income and homeless people.

Drury University’s Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization, Drury on C-Street and the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship will co-host the Startup Drury Idea Competition.

Media: The Startup Drury Idea Competition begins at noon on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Breech School of Business, Room 200.

Media Contact: Dr. Kelley Still, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Office: (417) 873-7458, Email:


Tax professor offers tips for tax season

After Congress’s long-fought battle over taxes, the tax change that the average taxpayer will see on his or her 2012 tax return is minimal. Just as important as tax law changes are filing deadlines and procedures.  Make sure you are prepared this tax season:

  • Delayed filing – Same deadlines. Due to Congress’s last-minute decisions on tax legislation, tax season is off to a delayed start. While some returns can now be filed, other returns cannot be submitted until February 14. Your return submission will be delayed if you claim any of the following: education credits for college students, educator expenses, or itemized deductions.  Despite the delayed start, the filing deadline is still April 15.

    Drury students working on tax returns

  • Need more time? Wish granted. Sometimes a taxpayer just cannot get his or her tax return filed by the April 15 deadline. The good news is that the Federal government and states grant an automatic six-month extension of the time to file your taxes, no questions asked. Simply log on to to enter the extension request or complete and mail form 4868 by the original tax deadline.

  • Extension of time to file – not an extension of time to pay. Keep in mind that when the government allows you an extension of time to file your tax return, it does not grant an extension of time to pay taxes due. The government will expect you to be paid-up by April 15. If you do not know how much you owe, it is always better to overestimate a little and get a refund, rather than have penalties and interest begin running on an underpayment.

  • When it doubt – do not prepare returns yourself. Even the most user-friendly software can be scary, difficult to use, or confusing. Any of these things can cause you to file an incorrect tax return. Also, software is no substitute for a live person who can ask questions to help make sure they are catching the important things, and to whom you can ask questions to make sure you understand what is happening.

  • Save it – Once you have completed your tax return, do not close down your computer or leave the tax preparation site without a paper copy of your tax return. Once you have the paper copy, put it somewhere that you will be able to find it again. If the government does not deliver the check on time and you need to track your refund, you will need information from this return to help track it. Rely on paper as your primary source, computers crash and digital storage gets corrupted. 

Drury University accounting students will provide free tax service for low income and elderly tax filers through April 1. This week, students will prepare tax returns on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Willard South Elementary, on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Drury’s Breech School of Business from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1 – 5 p.m. at Deliverance Temple. For more information, call (417) 873-7522 or email:


Story by Dr. Tiffany Cossey, assistant professor of accounting at Drury.

Drury Filmmaker in Residence turns to DVD pirates to foster healing in Kenya

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 5, 2013 — For Drury University Filmmaker in Residence Patrick Mureithi, his message is more important than box-office receipts. When it came time to spread his documentary “Kenya: Until Hope Is Found” throughout his home country in December of 2012, he didn’t approach movie theaters, he turned to DVD pirates.

Patrick Mureithi

To reach as many people as possible, Mureithi gave the film to street vendors who have been selling, and in some cases, giving the film away. He receives no royalties from these sales. “My reasoning was that since they have the most efficient distribution system in Kenya, then they would be able to get the film into as many hands as possible,” said Mureithi. “As I type, their vendors are selling the film country-wide for less than 80 shillings (approx $1).”

Mureithi started this project after the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya left more than 1,200 people dead and 500,000 displaced in his home country. His goal: To understand how to confront unresolved trauma and heal — before the March 2013 elections.  He has released an early version of the 60-minute documentary in advance of the upcoming elections in an effort to stave off another round of violence. Film critic Roger Ebert called the work “an urgent documentary by a filmmaker I admire.”

The documentary, also available on YouTube, follows severely traumatized men and women in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum and the epicenter of the post-election violence, as they go through a workshop together called “Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities.” The workshop is hosted by the Alternatives to Violence Project Kenya, a Quaker initiative of the Friends Peace Teams. Mureithi’s work spreads a message of reconciliation to Kenyans and is a timely contribution towards what the Council on Foreign Relations has warned could be another violent presidential election on March 4th.

Mureithi, based in Springfield, Mo. as the Drury Filmmaker in Residence, plans to visit Kenya from February 10th to the 23rd to meet with reporters and promote the film across the country.

Prior to “Kenya: Until Hope is Found,” Mureithi produced “ICYIZERE:hope“, a documentary about a reconciliation workshop in Rwanda that brings together 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 genocide, with encouraging results.

To make a tax-deductible donation to Mureithi’s February trip and the continuation of his work, please visit

“Kenya: Until Hope is Found”

Full length (60 min)
Trailer (3:35)
Twitter: @MureithiPatrick

Phone: 1-417-496-8251 (USA)


Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium winners announced

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 4, 2013 —Peggy Barton of Great American Title Agency was honored as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, and Granolove’s Christine Daues was named Woman-Owned Startup of the Year at the 2013 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Drury University.

Judges had the following comments about Barton, “The rapid growth of Great American Title Agency from one office in Nixa in 1994 to thirteen branch offices today demonstrates Peggy’s dedication and integrity.” And, “Because she persevered through the adversity of her husband’s death and built her business while dealing with grief, Peggy deserves to be honored as a role model to other women entrepreneurs.”

Comments about Daues included, “ We appreciated Christine’s dedication to creating a healthy product, and her support of kids’ health by donating 10 percent of the business profits to Shriners Hospitals for Children.”  And, “Christine is a good example of an entrepreneur that has overcome the challenges faced by many new businesses.  We are excited to watch Granolove grow in the future.”

This is the first year that Drury’s 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.


Homecoming planning involves a ‘million little details’

Universities are known for big events, school spirit and fun activities. These activities are usually free for students because students have small entertainment budgets. One of the biggest events of the year at Drury University is Homecoming; a weeklong celebration of alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and the Springfield community. While participants enjoy the festivities, the organizers of this event are hoping that everything goes as planned. A behind the scenes look of planning this event makes it quite evident that it is more than just sending out the invitations.

Carly Wingert

Student Union Board (SUB) is one of the biggest student organizations at Drury, and it is dedicated to providing fun and free entertainment to as many students as possible. The key word here is “student” because students lead SUB. Carly Wingert, a sophomore at Drury, is SUB’s Vice President of Special Events and the overseer for everything homecoming. “I enjoy my job because I get to plan fun events that students will love,” Wingert said.

One of the key components to this event is preparation. The theme for this year’s homecoming is The Hunger Games and brainstorming began early in October 2012. The SUB team is split up into two committees; one to manage the voting process for homecoming court and the other to design the event. “Planning an entire week of events is all about pulling together what seems like a thousand details,” said Wingert. The general process is finding out what to do and when to do it, but then it comes down to the details of making the magic happen. Things to consider are: a menu, supplies, organizing the supplies, booking venues, booking performers, communicating with maintenance staff, and a million other tiny details.

After countless hours logged, multiple meetings and over $20,000 later, The Hunger Games themed homecoming at Drury is almost a reality. The festivities begin for students Monday, Feb. 4 and continue throughout the week with a concert on Friday, Feb. 8 featuring Machine Gun Symphony and a basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 9 versus Maryville. SUB depends on student organizations to participate and nominate their own “tributes” for The Hunger Games event. “Students have shown a lot of interest and excitement for what we have planned, which makes me thrilled,” said Wingert. “That is exactly what this is all about; it’s about the students having fun.”


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