October 19, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 19, 2011 — As ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition brings its army of builders, renovators and cameras to Joplin on Oct. 19, Drury students, faculty and staff are part of the crew that will help the city rebuild after it was ravaged by a deadly tornado on May 22. Extreme Makeover Home Edition will work in Joplin Oct. 19-25.
“This is a great experience for our students and the Drury community to be a part of something larger than them,” said Traci Sooter, Drury architecture professor and organizer for Drury’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition efforts.
“I have one student who said she specifically came to Drury because of our involvement with Extreme Makeover Home Edition. So, she was thrilled to find out that she’s actually going to participate in a build.”
The main feature Drury will work on is not a house, but a tribute in the city. Additionally, after the fall break weekend, Drury students will board buses for Joplin to participate in a “smart mob.” A smart mob is similar to a flash mob, but rather than a dance, these students will “do good” in the Joplin community. Dozens of Drury students are expected to converge on Drury’s Joplin project on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 24. The “smart mob” buses will leave Drury at approximately 12:30 p.m.
“The smart mob is a great opportunity for those students that want to help out Joplin in a compressed time frame,” says Dr. Regina Waters, associate professor of communication who helped organize the smart mob. “We’ll board buses on Monday and, with dozens of hands, work feverishly to help our friends to the west re-build their community. The energy and excitement our students have for this project has been inspiring.”
In 2005, Sooter and Drury students worked on a bunkhouse at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, Mo. as part of an Extreme Makeover Home Edition build. Drury was invited back in 2007 to work on a home in Murfreesboro, Ark. In 2009, the Drury community worked closer to home in Ash Grove, Mo. as they built, what Sooter called, “a tricked out” chicken coop for the Hampton family.
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The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its 9th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. Episodes currently air Sunday from 7-8 p.m., CT on ABC. Beginning October 21, 2011, episodes will air Friday nights from 7-8 p.m., CT on ABC.
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