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


Drury has more than 1,600 students on opening day 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 21, 2012 — Drury University has an opening day enrollment of 1,612 in the traditional Day School.

Dawn Hiles, vice president of enrollment management

“For the first time in our 139 year history, Drury has experienced three straight years of first day enrollments that exceed 1,600 students — and it’s easy to understand why. Prospective students and parents see Drury alumni in successful careers and moving on to top tier graduate schools after graduation. For many, the success of our alumni solidifies the value of a Drury education now and for years to come,” said Dawn Hiles, Drury’s vice president of enrollment management.

Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) expects that it will register more than 31,000 credit hours for the fourth year in a row.  Registration for CCPS classes continues into next week; go to for more information.

Classes in the traditional Day School began today, Aug. 21. Evening and graduate classes began on Monday, Aug. 20.

Official enrollment numbers will come out later this fall following the census of Drury’s main campus and its course delivery sites across southwest Missouri.


Drury’s Theme Year kicks off on Sunday, August 19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 17, 2012 — How has technology affected the way humans interact and what will that mean for the future of Democracy? That’s one of the questions speakers will tackle in Drury’s 2012-2013 Theme Year. Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves will begin the discussion on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall when he presents Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy.

“When a plane landed in the Hudson River, it was a commuter with his iPhone who captured the most compelling photo. When thousands took to the streets in Iran, the #iranelection hashtag on Twitter was the best way to track the chaos. And when friends and family want to share information, they’re more likely to use Facebook than the phone as their tool of choice,” said Dr. Groves.

Dr. Jonathan Groves

These new media have transformed everyone into a potential content creator and publisher. While this explosion of voices has put more power in the hands of ordinary citizens, it has also drained the resources available to the traditional journalism outlets that have served as the watchdogs of our democracy. Can millions of voices replace those sources? And what shape will our public discourse take as a result of this shift in media?” Groves asks.

Throughout the year, local artists, writers, and musicians will share their insights about how their work has evolved and changed in these new media spaces.

In the spirit of the era, the community will have the opportunity to use the new media to connect, create, and participate in the theme year, with a flash-fiction event, a remix contest, and online activities.

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


President Parnell asks the Drury family to conserve water

Recently, City Utilities informed its key accounts that, barring major rainfall, it would impose water restrictions this fall. Here at Drury, our goal is to reduce our water consumption by 25 percent compared to the same time last year. Facilities has turned off the fountains in the FSC Circle and they’ve stopped watering the grass, except recently seeded areas and that is being watered on an as-needed basis.

Drury President Todd Parnell

Given that we have thousands of students and hundreds of employees, we can make a major impact through small changes. I encourage all of you to do what you can to decrease your water consumption. Residential students will receive water conservation tips as they come to campus, and I urge all of you to try to conserve as much water as possible, on and off campus.

Here are some of City Utilities’ recommendations:

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving.
  • Take shorter showers. Aim for 5 minutes or less.
  • Keep bottles of water in the refrigerator for drinking rather than running the tap to cool off the water.
  • Only run clothes washers and dishwashers when they are full.

Additionally, homeowners can install low-flow showerheads, faucets and water-saving toilets. If you’ve been thinking about making those changes, now would be a good time.

My counterparts at Evangel, Missouri State and OTC have also committed to cutting back on water consumption on their campuses. If we each reduce our water usage a little, we will hopefully delay water restrictions and lessen their impact.

Thanks for your help,


Dr. Krystal McCulloch graduates from the 2012 HERS Denver Summer Institute

Denver, Co., Aug. 16, 2012 — Dr. Krystal McCulloch, vice president of alumni and development, recently graduated from the HERS Denver Summer Institute, held July 22 – Aug. 5 at the University of Denver.

Dr. Krystal McCulloch

Since 1978, the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education at the University of Denver has annually offered women faculty and administrators the opportunity to participate in an intensive program that prepares them to be leaders in higher education.

The 66 participants selected for this year’s Institute represented 57 institutions across the U.S. Responding to the current environment for higher education globally, the Institute had a special focus this year on “Women Leaders: Facing the Challenges as We Re-Invent Higher Education.” Topics studied included: “Understanding the Environment for Higher Education,” “Planning and Leading Change in the Academy,” “Managing and Investing Strategic Resources,” “Engaging Individual and Institutional Diversity,” and “Mapping Your Leadership Development.”

Dr. McCulloch has been at Drury University since 1991, serving as vice president of alumni and development since 2008. A 1982 Drury graduate, McCulloch was previously vice president of enrollment management at Drury. Her recent achievements include completing fundraising for the $13.5 million O’Reilly Family Event Center and securing initial fundraising for the rehabilitation of Weiser Gymnasium.


Springfield colleges and universities come together to save water

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 16, 2012 — Due to the severe drought affecting the Ozarks, the leaders of Springfield’s four major colleges and universities have made a commitment to reduce water usage as much as possible.

Chancellor Dr. Hal Higdon of Ozarks Technical Community College, and Presidents Todd Parnell of Drury, Clif Smart of Missouri State, and Dr. Robert H. Spence of Evangel released this joint statement.

“Recognizing that water is the most important natural resource and that an adequate supply of safe water is critical to each person, home and business in our region, we are reducing water consumption within our campus operations. As the fall semester begins, we will be encouraging our students to conserve water in university housing and are asking commuter students, faculty and staff members to be aware of the water they use and to cut back wherever possible. City Utilities has informed its customers that, barring major rainfall, it anticipates implementation of water restrictions this fall. We believe that our immediate, voluntary and proactive actions will help delay or lessen the impact and duration of those restrictions.”


Drury: Mark Miller, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, (417) 873-7390, E-mail:

Evangel: Paul K. Logsdon, Director of Public Relations and Publications, (417) 865-2815 ext. 7292,

Missouri State: Don Hendricks, Director of University Communications, (417) 836-6397, E-mail:

Ozarks Technical Community College: Joel Doepker, College Director of Communications and Marketing, (417) 447-2655, E-mail:


Drury welcomes new faculty to campus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 15, 2012 — Drury University welcomes 14 new faculty members to campus for the 2012-13 academic year. The new teaching talent adds a breadth of experience from a wide range of universities and professional backgrounds.

Dr. Charles Taylor

“We’re excited to welcome this remarkable group of teacher-scholars to Drury and to the Ozarks,” said Dr. Charles Taylor, vice president of academic affairs. “Their credentials and experience are impressive.  Most importantly, though, is that each is absolutely committed to providing the challenging, personalized education experience for which Drury is known and to being engaged citizens of our community.”

The new faculty members are:

Heidi Backes, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Heidi joins Drury from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin­ – Stevens Point.

Molly Carter, Instructor of Exercise Sport Science, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
Molly returns to Drury from the Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute, where she served as Marketing Director. She holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. from Drury.

Karen Craigo, Instructor of English/English for Academic Purposes
Karen comes to Drury from Bowling Green State University. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bowling Green, and a B.A. from Morehead State University.

Susan Davis, Assistant Professor of Education
Susan joins Drury from Arkansas State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, and holds an M.S. and B.S. in Education from Arkansas State.

Holli Henslee, Sr.Assistant Librarian & Technical Services Coordinator
Holli previously served as Director/Assistant Professor of the Nursing Library at the St. John’s/Southwest Baptist University Springfield campus. She holds an M.A. in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri–Columbia, and a B.S. from Drury.

Jason Hite, Instructor of Exercise Sport Science, Assistant Swimming Coach
Jason returns to Drury from Springfield Public Schools where he served as a teacher and swim coach. He holds a M.Ed. and a B.A. from Drury.

Yong Huang, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture
Huang joins Drury from Davis Brody Bond, LLP. He received a M.Des. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and holds a M.S. from Pratt Institute and a B.Arch. from Beijing Polytechnic University. He taught previously at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Justin Leinaweaver, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Justin recently completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin. He holds a M.Sc. from University College, Dublin, and a B.S. from Florida State University.

Daniel Livesay, Assistant Professor of History
Daniel comes to Drury from The College of William and Mary, where he recently completed an NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, and holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado.

Madhuri Manpadi, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Madhuri joins Drury from Ohio Northern University, where she served as a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Associate. She was a postdoctoral research associate at Rutgers, and received her Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and technology. She holds a M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Osmania University in India.

Sun-Young Park, Assistant Professor of Communication
Sun-Young recently completed her Ph.D. in Mass Communication at the University of Florida. She received a M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and also holds a B.A. from Sogang University in Seoul.

Kevin Preuss, Assistant Professor of Biology
Kevin comes to Drury from Indiana University, where he served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He received a Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University, and holds a B.S. from Kansas State University.

Maurizio Sabini, Professor of Architecture and Director, Hammons School of Architecture
Maurizio joins Drury from Kent State University, where he served as International Studies Coordinator for the College of Architecture & Environmental Design. He holds a Ph.D. inArchitecture from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice, Italy, where he also received the Laurea In Architettura, the First Professional Degree in Architecture. He also holds a M.Arch. from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

Anthony Smith, Instructor of Spanish
Anthony is completing a Ph.D. in Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He received an M.A. from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma.