Ludo to perform concert at Drury University on Feb. 18

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 25, 2011 — Drury University will host Ludo in concert Friday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in Weiser Gymnasium. The concert is free for Drury students, $5 for Drury faculty and staff, and $15 for general admission. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Drury University’s Student Union Board (SUB) is sponsoring the concert as part of the campus’s homecoming week. “We gauged student interest and found that Ludo was the most popular choice for a student concert,” said Allison Griffith, SUB Coordinator.

Ludo, originally from St. Louis, Mo., is best described as an alternative rock band. To date, the group has released four albums, including their most recent Prepare the Preparations.

For more information, visit Ludo’s website: http://www.ludorock.com/

Media Contact:
Allison Griffith
Coordinator—Student Union Board
Office: (417) 873-6975
E-mail: agriffith@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

Marketing and Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of Marketing and Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Dierks Bentley headlines a concert at the O’Reilly Family Event Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 24, 2011 — Country superstar Dierks Bentley will perform at Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center on Wednesday, April 20. Tickets can be purchased for $29 and $34 at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389 beginning March 7 at 10 a.m.

Dierks Bentley

Bentley, a Phoenix, Az. native, has sold over five million albums and celebrated 7 number 1 hits during his career. Josh Thompson and country female duo Miss Willie Brown will join Bentley for the April 20 concert.

Contact:
Myra Miller
Director of the O’Reilly Family Event Center
Office: (417) 873-6381,
Mobile: (417) 849-0155
E-mail: mmiller1@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.


University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury University professor receives grant for documentary project

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 21, 2011 —Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Monty Dobson received a $10,000 grant from the Kirby Foundation for the production of a documentary film about the Native American culture near St. Louis. Dobson’s company ShovelReady Productions will produce the film Cahokia: Native American City of Mystery.

The film examines the Cahokia Mounds, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, in Collinsville, Ill., located approximately 18 miles to the east of St. Louis, Mo. “We are terrifically excited by the opportunity this generous grant from the Kirby Foundation offers to bring attention to the truly unique nature of the Cahokia site,” Dobson said.

Dr. Monty Dobson

Dobson partnered with Drury’s Artist in Residence, Patrick Mureithi, to produce the film. The 30-minute documentary will delve into the history of the Mississippian culture epicenter at Cahokia that flourished between A.D. 800 and 1400.

Dobson is an archaeologist, visiting assistant professor of history at Drury and founder of ShovelReady Productions. Dobson holds a Ph.D. in Archeology from the University of York in England. He has also served as a member of senior management with the internationally famous Jorvik Viking Centre Museum and lectured at universities around the world.

For more information about this film or other ShovelReady productions visit: www.montysworldonline.com.

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Body image is the focus of an art exhibit coming to Drury University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 20, 2011 — Drury University will host the Body Image Project art exhibit Feb. 2-4 in the Findlay Student Center. The exhibit blurs the line between art, psychology and sociology.

From the Body Image Project’s mission statement, “This exhibit strives to give you a more honest and healthy view of who we really are physically. Specifically, this project deals with prejudices such as sexism, racism, and ageism, and judgments about weight and height. While it does use our appearance as a springboard to discussion, IN THE END, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS WHAT IS INSIDE A PERSON THAT MAKES THEM WHO THEY ARE.”

A Body Image Project cast


The exhibit features plaster casts of actual people produced by artist Larry Kirkwood. Kirkwood says it takes about 20 minutes to make the cast, but processing the cast to be displayed takes nearly a month. Kirkwood has displayed his casts at universities such as Duke, the University of Wyoming and Louisiana State University, but this visit will mark his first trip to Springfield. For more information about the Body Image Project go to: www.kirkwoodstudios.com.

The Body Image Project will be displayed in the Free Association Gallery on the upper level of the Findlay Student Center located at the north end of Drury Lane. Kirkwood will host an artist talk beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 to coincide with First Friday Art Walk. The gallery will be open to the public that night from 6-8 p.m.

February is also National Eating Disorders Awareness Month and the Body Image Project’s appearance at Drury kicks off other programming that Drury Counseling Services is planning for the month.

Media Contact:
Ed Derr, LPC, NCC
Director of Counseling
Office: (417) 873-7457
E-mail: ederr@drury.edu

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Partnership between Drury and Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition receives $300,000 for School Yard Gardens

Springfield, MO, January 4, 2011—Drury University and the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) have received a $300,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. The three-year grant will fund The Dig In R-Twelve (DIRT) Project, which will plan and install ten school gardens throughout the Springfield R-XII district. DIRT, in collaboration with the Drury School of Education, will also provide and teach curriculum to address core state education standards and use the gardens to complement classroom learning by teaching healthy habits in a fun, active, hands-on environment. The grant also includes funds to establish infrastructure for an urban farm in a low-income neighborhood.

“Giving students the opportunity to help create, maintain, and harvest gardens at their school sites is an educational application of content from many areas of the curriculum,” says Ann Wallenmeyer, K-12 Science Facilitator at Springfield Public Schools. “Lessons will be learned that will reach far into a student’s future, well beyond public education,” Wallenmeyer remarked.
The DIRT Project aims to address increasing obesity rates in Missouri. It will promote healthy, active lifestyles by providing education to the community and the school children about the benefits of growing and using sustainably produced, locally grown food.

Midtown School Garden, located on Cox North property at Division and Benton, serves as Springfield’s pilot school garden for students from Boyd Elementary and Pipkin Middle School. Students use the garden as an extension of their classroom curriculum and help with duties such as planting and harvesting. Drury University’s School of Education and Child Development initially funded the Midtown School Garden through a $10,000 math grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. CoxHealth and Community Partnership’s Caring Communities Initiative donated land and resources to initiate the first of the ten gardens that will receive funding from the grant. At the pilot garden, the grant will provide a high tunnel greenhouse that will allow students to utilize the garden year-round.

Applications have been sent to all schools in the R-XII district, and the additional nine schools to receive DIRT Project infrastructure and curriculum will be announced by the end of January 2011. Garden planning and installation will begin in February 2011.

The DIRT Project will collaborate with several Springfield organizations including Springfield R-XII Public School District; the YMCA; Childhood Obesity Action Group (COAG), Slow Food Southwest Missouri, CoxHealth, Community Partnership’s Caring Communities Initiative and Drury University.

Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) promotes healthy lifestyles and environments through hands-on education about production and consumption of locally produced, natural, healthy foods.
The Missouri Foundation for Health provided funding for this project in whole. The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization with a vision to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.

Visit springfielduac.org to learn more or help with additional materials, signage for gardens, fruit trees and shrubs.

Media Contact:
Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition
Lucy Howell, Melissa Millsap
(417) 873-6343
lucy@springfielduac.org; mel@urbanrootsfarm.com

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

Marketing and Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of Marketing and Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium offers relevant and affordable training for female entrepreneurs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 4, 2011 Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing economic segment in Missouri. The Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) hopes to contribute to that continued growth by offering a half-day training event, specifically for women who own their own businesses or who are interested in starting one. The event is Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 a.m., in the Trustee Science Center at Drury University hosted by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship (EJC).

“This will be the third year for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium and it has grown each year as women are increasingly starting businesses and find it to be very helpful,” says Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. “We have a great set of partners on this event. They are organizations that really support women entrepreneurs.”

WES will include sessions on guerilla marketing, funding, why smaller businesses can be better, feasibility, managing cash flow and successful women entrepreneurship stories. The event will also allow attendees the opportunity to network with other women entrepreneurs and vendors including bankers, accountants, marketing professionals and attorneys.  WES will, once again, include an elevator pitch competition sponsored by Penmac.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium
Saturday, January 22, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Trustee Science Center at Drury University
Registration:  $25

Registration begins on Tuesday, Jan. 4. For more information or to register, visit www.drury.edu/ejc/wes or contact Tammy Rogers at 417-873-6357.

Contact:
Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director
Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship
Office: (417) 873-7458
E-mail: kstill@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury study abroad trip includes an opportunity to serve students with disabilities

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 21, 2010 — When Drury Spanish Professor Alberto Chamorro leads ten students on a study abroad trip to Argentina over the holiday break, the group will have much more than their personal belongings on the airplane. They will also each be carrying a suitcase of clothes for Argentinean special needs students. The group will gather at 2 p.m. for their 4 p.m. flight from the Springfield-Branson National Airport on Sunday, Dec. 26.

Chamorro learned about Escuela Especial 502 Maquinista Savio, a school for children with mental and physical disabilities, on a trip to his home country. The school is just 45 minutes outside of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, but it and the community are extremely poor. Wheelchairs are made from old lawn chairs, and many families eat meals several times per week at the school because they do not have enough money for food.

When Chamorro learned about the school, he began thinking of ways to help the school and its students. It was eventually decided that clothing was the best option for help, as it was easy to transport, no cost to donate, and would not be taxed. Chamorro suggested a clothing drive to his students and they were excited to help. While Drury students were donating, they did not have access to much youth clothing. Drury’s Director of Counseling and Disability Support Services Ed Derr whose wife, Sarah, is a Spanish teacher at Immaculate Conception, a Catholic School in Springfield, offered to gather clothing from Springfield Catholic students. Sarah Derr asked students at Immaculate Conception and St. Agnes schools to help and they collected several bags of youth clothing very quickly. Between the Drury students and the Springfield Catholic students, more than 600 pounds of new and gently used clothing was collected. After their three-week trip, the Drury students will give a presentation about their experience to the Springfield Catholic students.

Besides the clothing donation, Dr. Chamorro and students will help paint the school’s small playground.

This is an academic trip, and the Drury students will be working hard to maintain grades for the three credit hour course, two of the students will perform extra work to receive one extra hour of credit.

Drury students will also visit the rainforest, Iguazú Falls, Buenos Aires, an active glacier, and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

Dr. Chamorro has been a member of the Drury faculty since 2009. He has a B.A. and M.A. from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He has taught in both the U.S. and Argentina, and has taught at the university level for 11 years.

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Registrar recognized as Distinguished Staff Member

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 20, 2010 — Drury Registrar Gale Boutwell has been named Drury University’s Distinguished Staff Member of the Year for 2010. The Distinguished Staff Award recognizes a staff member who:

• Enhances the quality of work-life.

• Provides outstanding and ongoing excellence in services.

Gale Boutwell

• Develops creative solutions that result in more effective and efficient operations.

Boutwell has been a fixture at Drury University since 1972. She took on the role of registrar in 1978. Drury leaders and administrators often seek Boutwell’s advice and opinion. One nominator wrote of Boutwell, “Gale often saves us from ourselves.” Another wrote, “Gale is the keeper of histories and the inventor of futures.”

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury University holds its final graduation in Weiser Gymnasium

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 18, 2010 —Drury University handed out degrees to 336 students during Winter Commencement on Saturday morning, Dec. 18. This marked the final graduation in Weiser Gymnasium after 56 years of hosting the event. Future commencement ceremonies will be held in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

The final graduation in Weiser Gymnasium

Commencement speaker Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, told graduates, “Take what you know and ask the right questions. Test what you know, lest you become outdated or complacent. Take what you know and change the bad to the good and the good to the better.” Levine, who has made multiple speeches at Drury, also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Drury.

Dr. Amy Jill Levine addresses Drury graduates

During the final graduation ceremony in Weiser, all of the individuals who have provided commencement addresses in the historic building were honored in a commemorative program that was given to graduates and their guests. The list of past graduation speakers includes former U.S. Senators John Danforth and George McGovern, Fred “Mr.” Rogers and Drury alumnus Bob Barker. Civic and community leaders and humanitarians who have received the honorary doctorate in Weiser from 1954 – 2010 were also recognized.

Contact: Mark Miller,Director of Media Relations, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, E-mail: markmiller@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.


University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at
http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter receives State Farm grant

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 16, 2010 — Drury University’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter has been selected to receive a $2,000 matching grant from State Farm® for its outstanding work in building safe, decent and affordable homes.

“We are grateful to have been selected as one of the matching grant recipients,” said chapter president Garret Shelenhamer. “The grant will help us to continue to make a difference in the lives of people in need of affordable housing.”

A campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitat affiliate to build, fundraise, advocate and educate to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. The Drury Campus Chapter partners with Habitat for Humanity of Springfield and has helped build more than 6 houses since 1994.

Drury University’s Campus Chapter is one of 29 campus chapters to be awarded a matching grant from State Farm, the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs. To qualify for the State Farm grant, the Drury Campus Chapter must raise a matching amount. The grant will be used to build houses in the community.

Scheduled fundraising activities include a birdhouse auction in April at Obelisk Home.

The Campus Chapters program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth ages 5 to 25 in Habitat’s work. Since 2007, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs, with a sponsorship commitment of more than $1.1 million in grants each year. Additionally, State Farm offices contribute more than $500,000 annually to Habitat affiliates across the United States.

Media Contact:
Garret Shelenhamer
Drury University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter
Mobile: (417) 298-3005
E-mail: gshelenhamer@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

Marketing and Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of Marketing and Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.