Drury graduate lives the golfing life

Springfield, Mo., July 9, 2012 — When the U.S. Senior Open tees off this week at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Michigan, one Drury graduate will be watching closely because, in three years, it will be his golf course hosting the best over-50 golfers in the world at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, Calif.

Mark McKinney is the superintendent at Del Paso, which means he’s responsible for making sure the nearly 100-year-old course is playable for golfers and looks great for spectators.  It’s a job that suits McKinney’s personality, “I’d go crazy if I had to be inside all day,” McKinney said.

Drury graduate Mark McKinney

Admittedly, McKinney was not a great student. He dropped out of college after graduating from Glendale in 1982 and worked two jobs, but he was encouraged to go back, “My grandfather McKinney told me go back to college and get an education. If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t have done that,” McKinney said. “Drury taught me how to learn, to think and to excel. Drury taught me a lot of life skills and I met people who are still important to me today.”

McKinney attended Drury from 1984-1989, captaining the club soccer team and playing golf. Biology professor Dr. Don Deeds was the golf coach then and was McKinney’s advisor. The two have remained close friends. “I know Mark says he was a poor student, but he has always been very smart. Drury helped him focus his intellect and his passions, and he’s found a career that combines his love of golf and for being outdoors,” Deeds said.

For a guy who says he wasn’t a good student, McKinney spent a lot of time in school. After getting his biology degree from Drury in 1989, he sought an agronomy degree from the University of Missouri and graduated in 1991. It wasn’t long before McKinney landed the superintendent job at Las Colinas Country Club near Dallas, home of the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Classic.

Now, working at his eighth golf course, McKinney gets to live a life around golf. He spent a week working at the United States Open in San Francisco in June, but he doesn’t get to tee it up that often, “If you love to play golf, don’t get in the golf business. I only play 6-8 times per year, but, when I do get to play, it’s at some of the best courses in the country.”


The work of disabled artists featured at Drury on C-Street

Springfield, Mo., July 3, 2012— On July 6, 2012 as a part of C-Stroll, The Drury on C-Street Gallery will present an exhibition from VSA entitled Where we can read the wind. This exhibition features visual artists from VSA’s second literary and visual arts anthology of the same name.

Highlighting the talents of 11 professional artists with disabilities from the state ofMissouri, this traveling exhibition will be featured in The Drury on C-Street Gallery for the months of July and August. Where we can read the wind will also travel to Hannibal Arts Council, Capital Arts in Jefferson City and culminate in an exhibition at the Regional Arts Council in St. Louis, MO. VSA Missouri is thrilled to showcase such talent and dedication by these artists throughout the state of Missouri.

Local visual artist, Christa Carpenter, Willard, is featured in the exhibit.  According to Kay Osborne, Arts Administration Major coordinator and local contact for this exhibit, “Christa has developed a really unique method of painting.  Her work is original, colorful and engaging.   With only 11 artists accepted to the show and 3 exhibits, we are fortunate to be hosting this exhibit.”   Miss Carpenter will be honored during the C-Stroll.

Participating artists include:

Christa Carpenter, Willard, Mo.
Dave Carter, Kirksville, Mo.
Robert Cornman, Sunset Hills, Mo.
Shannon Drew, Wentzville, Mo.
Carol Fleming, St. Louis, Mo.
Lynne Green, St. Louis, Mo.
David Kontra, Norwood, Mo.
Hal Moran, St. Charles, Mo.
Patrick Patterson, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
John Robinson, Kansas City, Mo.
Kimberly Welker, Kansas City, Mo.

The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located at 233 E. Commercial Street at the corner of Commercial and Robberson. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday 12pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm on C-Stroll First Fridays.

Contact: Kay Osborne, Program Director of Arts Administration, Office: 417-873-6359, Email: kosborne@drury.edu


Drury faculty connect to Midtown children while the kids connect to nature

Since 2008, several Drury faculty members who live in the Drury neighborhood have connected with children from Boyd Elementary through the Drury Neighborhood Activities program. Also known as DNA, the program sponsors trips to the lake, river floats, Springfield Cardinals games and Wednesday night swim and cookouts at Silver Springs Pool.

“Our goal is to provide a positive impact on the lives of kids in our neighborhood through fun, safe activities that promote enduring relationships,” said Dr. Mark Wood, one of the DNA organizers and a Drury chemistry professor. “The trips and parties are about having a safe day where people play and are happy.”

DU Student Ryan Thurman plays with Boyd Elementary Students on the Little Buffalo River in Arkansas.

Besides Dr. Wood, Dr. Don Deeds (biology), Dr. Bruce Callen (physics), Dr. Robin Miller (sociology), and Brian Shipman (video and communication) organize and chaperone the trips and swim parties. A typical trip or Wednesday night cookout will have between 12 and 20 children in attendance along with several Drury students who work as mentors. This year, for the first time, one former DNA student, Jack Kemp, has returned as a mentor: he’ll be a freshman at Central High School next year.

While DNA began as a way for Drury faculty and students to connect with and have fun with families in Drury’s neighborhood, it also may have had a positive unintended consequence by battling something called “nature deficit disorder.” Author Richard Louv coined the term in a 2005 book Last Child In the Woods. “By its broadest interpretation, nature deficit disorder is an atrophied awareness, a diminished ability to find meaning in the life that surrounds us,” Louv wrote in Outside magazine in 2011. The children participating in DNA live in the Midtown Neighborhood around Drury, and, for some of the kids, DNA provides them their first opportunity to experience the outdoors beyond the environs of Springfield.

“The creek was the highlight this year for me. It was really enjoyable because the kids were catching tadpoles and crawdads and really getting to enjoy the outdoors,” said Jenna Murphy, DNA mentor.

Drury and the DNA children are grateful to the business and community partners that have donated resources for the DNA trips, including: SRC Holdings, Bass Pro Shops, Drury Trustee Susie Henry, Springfield Public Schools, Boyd Elementary principal Mr. James Grandon and the Springfield Park Board.


Drury students are finding jobs and entering graduate school in the recovering economy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 26, 2012 — More than 99 percent of 2011 graduates from Drury University’s traditional Day School, who responded to a university survey, are employed or furthering their education, according to an annual study conducted by Drury’s Office of Career Planning and Development.

The study measures the status of traditional undergraduates six months after graduation who received bachelor’s degrees in December 2010, May 2011 and August 2011. Drury received information on 235 out of a possible 312 graduates for a response rate of more than 75 percent. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average national response rate for the Class of 2010 was just 60.8 percent.

In the latest Drury survey, 233 respondents were found to be either working, in graduate school or working while in graduate school for a placement rate of 99.15 percent.

“These numbers help to answer the question, ‘Is college worth it?’” said Jill Wiggins, director of Career Planning and Development at Drury. “When the unemployment rate for people with an undergraduate degree is half of the national average, the answer clearly is, yes, college is worth it.”

Jill Wiggins, Director of Career Planning and Development

Over the past nine years, Drury’s placement rate, for those who responded to the survey, has averaged 97.3 percent, and the response rate to the annual survey has averaged 71.6 percent.

Drury students furthering their education in graduate or professional schools are attending 40 different institutions, including: the St. Louis University School of Medicine, New York University, Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Two success stories from the Drury class of 2011:

Josh Loya graduated from Drury in May 2011, and he has been working at Intuitive Web Solutions in Springfield since September of 2011. Loya thought about graduate school, but decided to wait, and used skills he learned in interviewing and resumé writing to land the first job for which he applied. “I definitely think that helped. I did practice interviews, went over my resumé with Career Planning and Development, and I took a class on career and life planning my senior year. So I was able to have a good interview and get the job,” Loya said.

Danielle McCallum graduated with a bachelor’s in advertising and public relations in May 2011, and she immediately began Drury’s one-year Master of Arts in Communication program while working full-time in Drury’s financial aid department. Before she finished graduate school in May 2012, Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield hired McCallum to be the media and accounting coordinator, “I believe college is worth the cost. Although I had to take out student loans to make it this far, the debt I incurred was manageable and led me to a great new job.”

Media Contact: Jill Wiggins, MBA, SPHR, Director of Career Planning and Development, Office: (417) 873-7284, E-mail: jillwiggins@drury.edu


Two meetings scheduled for Drury/Cox College nursing and medical assisting program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 25, 2012 — There will be two informational meetings for people interested in enrolling in the Drury and Cox College nursing and medical assisting dual degree program at Drury’s Cabool campus. The meetings will take place on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 10. Both meetings will begin at 6p.m. and should last approximately an hour.

Drury’s Cabool campus is located at 801 Walnut Ave. Call (417) 962-5314 for directions. To apply for the dual degree program or to obtain more information, contact Cohort Manager April Stublefield at cohortmanager@drury.edu or call (417) 414-8521. For those that cannot attend either of the July meetings, Stublefield will host office hours in Cabool.

Beginning in August of 2012, students can begin to pursue a dual degree from Drury and Cox College at Drury’s course delivery site in Cabool. In just four years, students can complete a Bachelor in Health Science with an emphasis in leadership from Drury, and either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting (ASMA) from Cox College.

Courses will be offered in three modalities: seated at Drury’s Cabool site, blended (seated and online), and exclusively online.

The program can accept up to 36 students for its inaugural cohort (the group ofstudents who will go through the program together). Applications are due by July 20. Those accepted will attend a “boot camp” in August for orientation and technology training. The first cohort is scheduled to graduate in May 2016.


Drury professor combines love of surfing and writing

The Ozarks have plenty of water resources, from Table Rock to Lake of the Ozarks, but none of those bodies of water are useful for Drury French Professor Patrick Moser’s favorite form of recreation: surfing.

The California native grew up on the California coast and even left high school a year early to live and work on the beach in Los Angeles. “The surf lifestyle means living by the beach, and waking up and thinking about riding waves. Your day revolves around surfing,” Moser said.

Dr. Moser preparing to surf Lake Michigan in winter 2012

Since coming to Drury, Moser has taught a class about surfing, edited a book about the history of surfing called Pacific Passages, and even taught a surfing class at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. He was supposed to teach that class in Hawaii again this summer, but it was cancelled, instead he’ll spend ten days in Vermont immersed in his other passion: writing.

“The Bread Loaf Conference is the oldest writer’s conference in the nation. It was first suggested by Robert Frost,” Moser said. “We live in rustic farmhouses. It’s an intense ten days, but there are 200-250 of the top writers, editors and publishers in attendance.”

Moser attended the conference in 2011, and applied for and received a scholarship to return this summer based on the work he’d done over the last year.

He was so motivated to pursue writing that he went back to school for a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Now, besides French, Moser teaches Drury classes in fiction and nonfiction writing.

Moser hopes that by attending the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference he’ll continue to improve his writing projects, which include a novel about surfing. “I want to communicate to people who don’t live by the ocean who’ve never surfed what makes surfing so special.”


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

Drury offers employees eight hours of paid leave to volunteer in the community

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 22, 2012 — Thanks to a new Community Connection Leave Policy, Drury University employees can take up to eight hours of paid leave a year to volunteer in the community.

“Drury has been connected to Springfield and the Ozarks since 1873, and the university has contributed thousands of volunteer hours. This new policy recognizes that connection and encourages Drury employees to engage in the community where they live and work,” said Courtney Swan, Drury’s director of community outreach and leadership development.

Drury is working with community partners that the University has an established relationship with and that have agreed to host volunteers, including, but not limited to: Harmony House, the CARE No Kill Animal Shelter, the Boys and Girls Club and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Organizations that wish to become established partners should contact Drury’s Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development at (417) 873-7809 or email cswan@drury.edu.

Individual employees who wish to volunteer at a specific organization are asked to have that organization fill out the necessary paperwork to become an established partner with Drury.

Once a month, Drury sponsors a Project Panther Service Day where employees are encouraged to use their Community Connection Leave to work alongside Drury students. On Wednesday, June 27 from 1-5 p.m., Drury’s Project Panther Service Day will be at Newborns In Need. Located at 712 West Sunshine, Newborns In Need works to make sure that babies and toddlers have adequate clothing, toiletries, diapers and a blanket or quilt. Work that day will involve packing, sorting and delivering need kits.

Employees can use their Community Connection Leave in either four or eight hour increments. The new policy took effect on June 1, 2012.

Media Contact: Courtney Swan, Director of Community Outreach & Leadership Development, Office: (417) 873-7809, Email: cswan@drury.edu


Young Hispanic women come to Drury to gain a college experience

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 21, 2012 — For the third straight year, Latina teenagers from southwest Missouri will spend a week at Drury University from June 25-29 for the Campamento de Alumnas Hispanas (Summer Camp for Latina girls).

The girls taking part in the program are between the ages of 11-and-15, and are self-identified Latinas from the Springfield, Monett, Purdy, Republic and Branson areas. The 14 students will live in Drury dormitories and eat in the university’s cafeteria during their stay. There is no cost to the campers. One 16-year-old alumnus from a past Summer Camp for Latina girls will return as a mentor to the current campers.

“We’ve watched these girls grow in confidence and their perspectives have matured.

Dr. Jayne White

Before they came to camp, some of the girls said that they hadn’t thought about a future beyond high school,” said Dr. Jayne White, Drury professor of education and co-founder of the program. “Now, the girls are saying they want to be doctors, and nurses, or become the first person in their family to graduate from college. Some had never been on a college campus until they came to Drury.”

While on campus, participants will engage in a variety of academic sessions facilitated by Drury faculty. Topics include: adolescent literature and creative writing. These academic sessions will be interspersed with non-academic programming, including: jewelry making, swimming and a trip to Springfield’s Discovery Center. All activities are intended to expose the girls to a variety of ideas that will help them reflect on their own identities in new ways while providing ample time for reflection and dialogue.

Drury graduate students taking the class “The Home, School and Community” will work directly with the students during the camp experience. “Dr. White and I are strong proponents of family engagement in the educational experience of all public school students,” said Dr. Rebecca Denton, associate professor of education and co-founder of the program. “As the demographics of the student population become more diverse, the knowledge-base of educators must expand in order to meet the needs of all students and their families.”

Dr. White and Dr. Denton lead the project along with assistance from other Drury faculty members and current Drury education students.

Media Contact: Dr. Jayne White, Professor, School of Education & Child Development, Office: (417) 873-7260, Mobile: (417) 569-3712, E-mail: jwhite@drury.edu


Nursing and medical assisting education is coming to Cabool

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 18, 2012 — Beginning in August of 2012, students can begin to pursue a dual degree from Drury and Cox College at Drury’s course delivery site in Cabool. In just four years, students can complete a Bachelor in Health Science with an emphasis in leadership from Drury, and either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting (ASMA) from Cox College.

“The State of Missouri predicts that every nursing program in the state will need to double its enrollment to meet the demands for registered nurses by 2020, and medical assisting has been identified as one of the top 10 fastest growing occupations in the United States,” said Dr. Anne Brett, president of Cox College. “This dual degree program will not only educate students for careers in medicine,  but it will do so in a rural community where there are often shortages of health care professionals.”

Courses will be offered in three modalities: seated at Drury’s Cabool site, blended (seated and online), and exclusively online.

The program can accept up to 36 students for its inaugural cohort (the group ofstudents who will go through the program together). Applications are due by July 20. Those accepted will attend a “boot camp” in August for orientation and technology training. The first cohort is scheduled to graduate in May 2016.

Willow Springs native April Stublefield will manage the first cohort of students. “As a native of south central Missouri, I know there is a lot of support for education in the region and it’s a strong community. This dual degree program will allow people to earn an education close to home, and then work in a career that will help out their neighbors,” Stublefield said.

There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in the dual degree program at Drury’s Cabool campus on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. Drury’s Cabool campus is located at 801 Walnut Ave. Call (417) 962-5314 for directions. Toapply for the dual degree program or to obtain more information, contact Stublefield at cohortmanager@drury.edu or call (417) 414-8521.

Media Contact: April Stublefield, Cohort Manager, Cell: (417) 414-8521,
E-mail: cohortmanager@drury.edu


Art show featuring work by special needs children opens at Drury on C-Street

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 14, 2012 — The Drury on C-Street Gallery will host the First Annual Special Artist Academy Exhibition and Reception on Thursday, June 21 from 6-8 p.m. Drury on C-Street is located at 233 Commercial St.

Boys and girls with special needs between the ages of 6 and 15 from the Springfield area created the artwork. Professional artists Morgan Robertson, Christine Schilling, the Cajun Connection Band and the Springfield Pottery Claymobile led the children in adaptive and assistive art classes. The June 21 show will feature the art created during those classes, which have included pottery, multi-media art and music.

Special Artist Academy is a pilot project managed by the Drury University Arts Administration Department, “For years, I have been concerned that the community was not offering adaptive and assisted opportunities in the arts for individuals with differing abilities,” said Kay Osborne, arts administration major coordinator. “Last fall, as a pilot program, we started classes at the Drury on C-Street Gallery and the response has been amazing.  Drury students volunteered to provide one-on-one assistance for the children.”

There will be a musical performance by students from the Chosen Stars music program during the exhibition, and a documentary detailing the program’s development and the work of the students will be screened. The exhibition and reception is free and open to the public.

The Missouri Arts Council, VSA Missouri and students from the Drury Arts Administration Program funded the Special Artist Program.

For more information, contact Kay Osborne:  kosborne@drury.edu or 417-849-7679.