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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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’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.

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Drury professor receives grant for music therapy in Barry and Lawrence Counties

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 9, 2010

The $122,640 grant funds a music therapy clinic in Monett, Mo. that is a satellite of Drurys Center for Music Therapy and Wellness.  The Monett clinic is open five days a week with direct services provided by Jessica Edwards, MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified). The grant also provides primary funding for a clinical supervisory position occupied by Julie Cassity, MS, MT-BC, whose office is in Drury’s on-campus music therapy clinic. As an added benefit, the Monett clinic serves as a local internship site for Drury music therapy students who cannot attend a more distant internship.

Dr. Michael Cassity

The Monett clinic was established in 2004 with a $38,736 grant. Since that time, funding has increased because of the growing numbers of residents requesting music therapy services, according to Cassity. Since the grant was first awarded in November of 2003, Cassity and Drury University have received over $800,000 in funding.

Clinical documentation and parental evaluations indicate that residents increase in skills such as language, socialization, following directions and attention span following the initiation of music therapy services. Parents and guardians also report that the residents seem happier, vocalize more, and enjoy the music skills they are learning. According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is an established health care profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.

In addition to serving clients at the clinic, the Monett clinic maintains a community outreach by providing on-site services at facilities in Cassville and Monett. Additional support therapists at the Center’s Drury campus clinic are Leslie Richardson, MT-BC (Drury, 2008) and Carrie Jenkins, MT-BC (Drury, 2009).

Drury’s Bachelor of Music Therapy program, which was established in 2002, is a rapidly growing program that has recently expanded to include the Master of Music Therapy degree.

Contact:
Dr. Michael Cassity
Professor of Music Therapy
Office: (417) 873-7370
E-mail: mcassity@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.

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Drury University’s Winter Commencement is December 18

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 13, 2010 — Drury University will confer degrees to 342 students during Winter Commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Weiser Gymnasium. 308 students will receive undergraduate degrees and 34 will be given master’s degrees.

This graduation marks the end of an era, as it will be the final commencement ceremony in Weiser Gymnasium. Future graduation ceremonies will be in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. “For 56 years Weiser Gymnasium has been the scene of Drury’s vibrant spring commencement,” says Drury Registrar Gale Boutwell. “An annual winter commencement was added in December 2001 to accommodate a growing number of graduates. The graduation on Dec 18 will provide a means for Drury to honor the last class of Drury students receiving associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in this historic facility.”

During the final graduation ceremony in Weiser, all of the individuals who have provided commencement addresses in the historic building will be honored in a commemorative program that will be given to graduates and their guests. Civic and community leaders and humanitarians who have received the honorary doctorate in Weiser from 1954 – 2010 will also be recognized.

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, is the commencement speaker. Besides holding a Ph.D. from Duke University, Levine also has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and the University of South Carolina-Upstate. Levine is the author and editor of several books including, The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Historical Jesus in Context.

Levine, who describes herself as a, “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” is no stranger to Drury. Levine was a featured speaker in the 2005-2006 Sustainability convocation series, as well as the 2008-2009 Entrepreneurship & Innovation series. Levine is a vibrant speaker who combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist and homophobic theologies.

Contact: Day School: Tim Posey, (417) 873-6859, tposey@drury.edu. CGCS: Stephen Eisele, (417) 873-7872, seisele@drury.edu.

Media: Members of the news media are invited to photograph or videotape the final graduation in Weiser gymnasium.

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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 Architecture students help to revitalize Missouri cities

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 9, 2010 — Drury University architecture students are continuing their work to improve urban and rural development throughout Missouri as a part of Drury University’s Center for Community Studies (CCS). This semester, students are working on projects in Urich, Osceola and Windsor. Students meet with their communities several times during the semester and collaborate with the citizens to envision a future, which the students present in a  book, they call the “visioning toolkit”.

Urich, Mo. is located 20 miles west of Clinton, Mo. Urich is faced with a dwindling population and little economic activity. Among the projects Drury students will propose are housing reconstruction and redevelopment, expanding agri-business like biomass and vineyards, creation of a business district, downtown revitalization and a plan for developing connections with surrounding cities.

Students will also address concerns in Osceola, Mo., which is located approximately 60 miles north of Springfield, Mo. Among some of the student proposals for the town are plans to reconnect the town’s cultural history and heritage to the local waterways, enhance the circulation  to downtown, create new career and higher education opportunities and promoting tourism within the region.

Windsor, Mo., located 20 miles east of Clinton, Mo., is also working with the Center for Community Studies.  The students working with Windsor are proposing the construction of a natatorium and an eco-industrial park, as well as the creation of a downtown plaza and a welcome center.  Additional focus will be placed on integrating the KATY Trail, developing other greenways and connecting to the regional assets of Truman Lake and Whiteman Air Force Base.

Students will present their final proposals on the following dates:

· Urich—Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3:30 p.m., at the Urich Lion’s Club.

· Osceola—Monday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Osceola Senior Center.

· Windsor—Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Windsor High School.

The students will rehearse their presentations for the architecture faculty on Friday, December 10 from 1-5 p.m. in the Hammons School of Architecture.

Even more than downtown revitalization and beautification, CCS projects could help save lives. In the spring of 2009, Drury students worked in Monett, Mo. to organize and develop a plan to alleviate downtown flooding. In the past, Monett’s flooding has caused severe property damage and at least one fatality. This fall, Monett was one of five cities to receive a grant from the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) Initiative.

According to the Monett Times, “Monett’s application for the fifth round of DREAM combined the Vision 2030 report prepared by the Drury University architecture students with the cooperative venture between the city, the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the downtown merchants in establishing the new position of downtown coordinator, which is now held by DJ Miller.”

Another former Center for Community Studies client, Ozark, also received a DREAM grant this fall. That makes five former CCS communities that have directly benefited from the Drury students’ work.

Drury’s CCS works with the Missouri Extension Office to prepare communities before Drury students begin working with communities. After students have completed their project, MU Extension continues to work with communities in carrying out an action plan. The students’ work is a valuable tool for Missouri cities. CCS only charges around $6,000 for their services, a small fee considering the 2,700 in-kind hours donated by architecture students throughout the semester.

Contact:
Jay Garrott, AIA
Director & Professor, Drury Center for Community Studies
Office: (417) 873-7371
E-mail: jgarrott@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.

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Drury graduates and a professor collaborate to win a local design competition

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 9, 2010 —

Competitors were tasked with designing a 1,500 square foot residence to be built at 1731 N. Clay Avenue.  Designers had to ensure that their submission could be built for $90,000 or less, was sustainable, adapted to the context of the Midtown Neighborhood and could be built by adolescent students from the Division of Youth Services with supervision.

“We are very excited and honored to have been selected by the jury, as there were some really impressive submissions,” said Whisenhunt. “We look forward to working with project CoRE over the next spring, summer, and fall to help them realize the potential impact of their endeavor.”

The winning design incorporated a variety of unique elements including blue jean insulation (insulation made from denim), handicapped-accessible entries and hallways, as well as a safe room for severe weather. The house is complete with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study. The concept for the Drury CoRE design was to embody a renewed sense of family and neighborhood, while serving as an educational marker for social and environmental issues.

Project CoRE was sponsored by Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) Community Enrichment Center, State of Missouri, Division of Youth Services, City of Springfield, Mo., Urban Neighborhoods Alliance (UDA), Ozarks Green Building Coalition, University of Missouri-Extension and Drury University, Hammons School of Architecture, Center for Community Studies.

For more information contact: Blaine Whisenhunt, Asst. Professor, (417) 873-7484, e-mail: jwhisenhunt@drury.edu. Jason Mitchell, Architect, (417) 234-0856, e-mail: jmitchell@theworkshop308.com. Jay Garrott, AIA, Director of the Center for Community Studies, (417) 873-7371, e-mail: jgarrott@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 alumnus Bob Barker receives Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics academic honor

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The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics has selected multi Emmy award winning television personality, philanthropist, educational pioneer, and Drury graduate Bob Barker, ’47, as its sixth Honorary Fellow. The award is given to outstanding individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the protection of animals.

The Centre is an international academy of scholars pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication. It is the first Centre of its kind in the world and has already established a new book series on animal ethics (with Palgrave Macmillan) and is shortly to launch a new Journal of Animal Ethics with the University of Illinois Press.

Barker has pioneered the teaching of animal law in the United States by generously endowing America’s top law schools including Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Northwestern, Duke, Georgetown, Columbia and University of Virginia. He endowed a chair in animal rights at Drury University in 2008. These endowments have enabled for the first time hundreds of university students to study animal law and ethics.

“This award acknowledges Mr. Barker’s ground-breaking contribution to the establishment of animal studies within academia” said Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. “His pioneering work in putting animals on the intellectual agenda will be of lasting historical importance to the cause.”

“We cannot change the world for animals without also changing people’s ideas about animals. Almost single-handedly Bob’s sagacity and generosity have – in little more than a decade – propelled animals from being a marginal issue into the academic mainstream. This is a colossal achievement”, said Professor Linzey.

Barker is best known for hosting CBS’s The Price is Right from 1972 to 2007, and used his success as a platform to improve the lives of countless animals by ending each telecast with the phrase “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”

Every year the Centre invites one or more notable individuals to become Honorary Fellows. Barker joins a prestigious line up of current Honorary Fellows including the Nobel Laureate for Literature, Professor J. M. Coetzee, the distinguished international philanthropist, Dr Irene W. Crowe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, Professor Joy Carter, Madame Jeanne Marchig, founder of the Marchig Trust for Animal Welfare, and Professor Justus George Lawler, theologian and scholar.

For more press information please contact Sam Calvert, at Samantha Calvert Marketing & PR on +44 (0)1782 505430 or +44 (0)7967 042050 or email sam@samcalvert.plus.com or Bob Barker’s PR agent, Henri Bollinger, at Henri Bollinger Associates on ?……or email henri@bollingerpr.com

Notes to editors

  • The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, founded in 2006 by its director Professor Andrew Linzey, is an independent Centre with the aim of pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic, research, teaching and publication. The Centre has more than 60 Fellows drawn from a variety of academic disciplines from throughout the world. For more information about the Centre and its Fellows, please see its website at www.oxfordanimalethics.com.
  • The Centre’s current projects include a new series of fifteen books on Animal Ethics with Palgrave MacMillan publishers, a new journal called the Journal of Animal Ethics published by the University of Illinois Press from January 2011, and a university Masters degree in Animal Ethics, currently in development, which will be the first online qualification from the Centre to be available to students throughout the world.
  • The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey is a Member of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford. He has written or edited 20 books, including Animal Theology (SCM Press/University of Illinois Press, 1994), Creatures of the Same God (Winchester University Press, 2007), and Why Animal Suffering Matters (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • The Centre is dedicated to the memory of the celebrated Catalan philosopher José Ferrater Mora. His prodigious scholarship is widely acclaimed, and the Centre honours his name because of his outstanding contribution to humanitarian thought, particularly in the area of animal ethics.

Drury student is recognized by the national Kappa Alpha Fraternity

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Steven Blackshear (center) is honored as KA's 150,000th initiate.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 7, 2010 — Steven Blackshear had no idea that approximately one year after he was initiated into Drury’s Beta Iota Chapter of Kappa Alpha Fraternity that he would be recognized as the 150,000th initiate in the fraternity’s history. On Nov. 9, 2010, the Knight Commander of Kappa Alpha presented Blackshear with a special KA badge and gave the Drury chapter a plaque commemorating Blackshear’s accomplishment. “It made me proud to be a KA and know that I was joined with 150,000 brothers,” said Blackshear.

Kappa Alpha, which was established as a national men’s collegiate social fraternity in 1865, has been tracking membership through “badge numbers” issued to each initiate since the fraternity’s founding.  After the national records were reviewed in Lexington, Va., Kappa Alpha determined that Blackshear was the 150,000th member.

Blackshear, a 2009 Logan-Rogersville High School graduate, is a sophomore, pre-med major at Drury and plays an active role in Kappa Alpha fraternity.  He has held the appointed position of Corresponding Secretary and Recruitment Chairmen, and he has also served on the Interfraternity Council (IFC).  Andrea Battaglia, Director of Greek Life & Student Involvement at Drury praised Blackshear saying, “He is an essential member of our IFC on campus and we hope that he moves into major leadership roles in the chapter and Greek community in the near future.”

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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.