Springfield Business Journal honors Drury University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 10, 2011 — Springfield Business Journal magazine honored Drury University as a Choice Employer at a reception on Thursday, Nov. 10. Drury finished third in the category of employers with more than 301 employees behind Kraft Foods and CoxHealth.

Springfield Business Journal rates companies in the areas of: incentives, family friendly, people development and corporate culture.


Drury students spend the summer in Africa as part of their faith

All Drury students get a global education. In fact, all students earn a minor in global studies.  Over the summer, three Drury students actually lived globally. They spent six weeks in Togo, a small, French-speaking West African nation, with Cru Ministries (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ).

Alex Dowell with an orphan in Togo

“I and everyone on the project are followers of Jesus Christ and we believe that we’re called to serve him,” said Drury senior Alex Dowell. “That includes sharing Christ’s message and serving those who are afflicted.”

In serving the afflicted, Dowell, along with fellow Drury students, Annissa Dugas and Lindsey Sprouse, walked the walk. The Cru Ministries group spent time at two orphanages in Togo. The Drury students and their colleagues taught Bible stories and delivered clothing, and they worked hard while cleaning out a sewage system and hanging mosquito nets. The group also traveled two hours from the capital, Lome’ (Lo-may), to a village where they shared The Jesus Film, which had just recently been translated into the local language.

Dowell with college students in Togo

Cru Ministries’ goal was to spend the majority of its time at the University of Lome’, a college with around 60,000 students. However, they were delayed in getting on the campus due to protests and police crackdowns. Students were upset about curriculum changes and graduation requirements that are going to cost students more money.   For days, Cru Ministries was advised not to go on the campus, but, after a week, the group decided to go to the campus. After a few days, some protests flared up, tear gas was fired, and the Cru Ministries group had to flee the tear gas. They returned to campus and ended up spending two weeks at the college before returning home.

Dowell says the liberal arts education he received at Drury helped him prepare for an international trip, “It gave me a broader worldview, and I realized that most people are very relaxed and open to learning about other cultures and spirituality. They have a thirst for knowledge as human beings.”


Green entrepreneur discusses the importance of environmentally-conscious business

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 8, 2011 — Author and entrepreneur Glenn Croston will discuss the necessity of green business on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Croston, a noted expert on green business strategy, is the author of the books 75 Green Businesses and Starting Green. Croston is driven to share how people from every background can do the right thing for themselves and for the planet by building a successful and profitable green business. As the founder of Starting Up Green, Croston is helping the next generation of green entrepreneurs, from cleantech inventors to stay-at-home moms, join the sustainable business revolution.

Drury University’s 2011-2012 convocation series, The Changing Planet: Our Role in Nature’s Economy, considers human connections to the environment, while also examining potential solutions to current problems.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/changingplanet or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Sean Terry at (417) 873-6963.

Media Contact: Dr. Sean Terry, Theme Year Director, Office: (417) 873-6963, E-mail: sterry@drury.edu


G.I. Jobs magazine names Drury University a military friendly school

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 8, 2011 — G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Drury University the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. Drury reported an enrollment of 2,094 active duty military personnel, veterans and military dependents for the G.I. Jobs survey.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Student veteran survey feedback can be viewed at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012 list.

Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America says, “The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools offer scholarships and discounts, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/advisory-board/.

Veterans Contact: Marti Marlin, Academic Advisor/VA Representative, Office: (417) 873-6881, E-mail: mmarlin@drury.edu


Drury University to commemorate Veterans Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 7, 2011 — On Friday, Nov. 11, Drury University will honor veterans with a celebration on campus at 11 a.m. at the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

The celebration includes a flag presentation by the Ozark High School Color Guard, music performed by the Drury Chamber Choir, and a national anthem performance by Drury students Maggie Boeckmann, Audra Dierksen and Jessie Tasetano. Drury Art Professor Tom Parker, who served in the Air Force on active duty and reserves from 1955-1964, and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain, will deliver a speech titled “Tangible Honor for Veterans NOW.”

If they have not done so before, veterans who attended Drury are encouraged to send information regarding their time served, branch of the armed forces in which they served, when they attended Drury and their thoughts to sac@drury.edu.

Tammy Rogers
Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator,
Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship
Office: (417) 873-6357
E-mail: tammy@drury.edu


Famous photographer to give Drury a flash of inspiration

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 4, 2011 — Sam Abell, a photographer for National Geographic, will speak at Drury on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in Lay Hall Auditorium as part of the Canon Explorers of Light Series. Established in the mid-1990s, the Canon Explorers of Light Series was created as a broad-ranging initiative for photographic education and inspiration. The group is comprised of more than 60 of the most influential photographers and cinematographers in the world, including Abell.

Known for his frequent and impressive publications of photographs, Abell has been working for National Geographic since 1970. During that time, he has photographed more than 20 articles on various cultural and wilderness subjects.

“Sam Abell is a well-respected photographer who has travelled the world on numerous assignments for National Geographic. We’re quite fortunate to have someone with such an impressive resume’ come and present to us,” said Greg Booker, assistant professor of art and art history and the Pool Art Center Gallery director.

This event is free and open to the public.

Media Contact: Gregory Booker, Assistant Professor, Art & Art History/PAC Gallery Director, Office: (417) 873-7203, E-mail: gbooker@drury.edu


Drury’s online education is featured in a book on virtual world learning

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2011 — Drury University’s work in the 3-D world Second Life is featured in the just released book, Transforming Virtual World Learning: Cutting Edge Technologies in Higher Education.

In chapter one, Lesley Scopes, MSc, from the University of Southampton in England, chronicles how she put her model of virtual world pedagogy, known as cybergogy, into practice while collaborating with Drury as a faculty development consultant.

Lesley Scopes

The model is based on student centered learning designed to take advantage of the teaching affordances made possible in 3-D immersive virtual worlds. Scopes’ model of cybergogy expands beyond just cognitive learning to four domains by adding emotional, social and dexterous learning domains.

In the spring of 2009, Drury partnered with Scopes to develop faculty and Second Life enhanced courses. Scopes documents her experience in certifying seven instructors in virtual learning pedagogy. She discusses the learning experiences in five Second Life enhanced courses during Dury’s initial virtual world offerings in the fall of 2009.

In her summation of virtual world learning, Scopes states, “The nature of virtual worlds supports the creation and habitation of 3-D digital space. Once a level of immersion is attained, perception of the 3-D world evolves to feel as a real destination as any other geographical location, a persistent place to visit, travel around, establish a presence, set up a home base, create things and/or buy virtual items created by other residents, enjoy live music and drama performances, experience various art forms and forge meaningful relationships.”

Contact: Steve Hynds, Director of Online Education, Office: (417) 873-7406, E-mail:shynds@drury.edu


Song and dance combine in a performance that showcases the environment

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2011 — Performer Tevyn East brings together song and spoken word to showcase the ties between faith, environment and the economy.  East will perform on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Tevyn East

East’s one-woman show explores the intersection of faith, ecology and the global economy. Through storytelling, song, poetry, prayer, movement and music, East sheds light on the driving factors of the Earth’s ecological crisis while awakening the imagination to a new way of relating to the planet. Leaps and Bounds embodies an adventure, searching for the values that would support an economic system of human well-being and ecological health.

East has a degree in dance from Hollins University and is the founder of The Affording Hope Project.

Tevyn East

Drury University’s 2011-2012 convocation series, The Changing Planet: Our Role in Nature’s Economy, considers human connections to the environment, while also examining potential solutions to current problems.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/changingplanet or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Sean Terry at (417) 873-6963.


Sugar Rush serves up desserts to benefit Care to Learn

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 1, 2011 —Drury University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), along with local business, The Cake Pop Company, will host the second annual Sugar Rush. This charity dessert sampling event will be held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.

Sugar Rush serves up a chance for local dessert vendors to combine what they do best with raising much-needed funds to support area disadvantaged youth, all while creating the opportunity of a lifetime for college students planning the event.

It will be an evening of socializing and delicious desserts.  Attendees will be able to sample desserts from 27 different local businesses including AmyCakes, Bambinos, Big Momma’s, The Cake Pop Company, Elle’s Patisserie, Gelato Mio, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Granolove, Heroes Coffee, The Hot Chocolate, June’s Cakery, Krispy Kreme, Love Bites, My Mary’s Wine Jellies, Nonna’s Café, Orange Leaf, Peachwave Frozen Yogurt, Pickleman’s Gourmet Café, Ray’s Donuts, Sam’s Club, Star Cakes, Style by the Slice, Sweet Creations by Jen, Sweet Thymes Cupcakes, Cakes and Catering, Tea Bar and Bites Bakery and Café and The Cup.

After hosting last year’s inaugural event, the Drury SIFE team was eager to make this year’s Sugar Rush even bigger and better. “We have spent a lot of time innovating our initial idea; working to include extra perks to create the best event we can for our patrons, participating businesses and Care to Learn,” said Sarah Montgomery, director of Drury SIFE.  The Drury SIFE team has played an integral role in every step of the event-planning process. “From booking the facility to contacting businesses and ultimately coordinating the event, we’ve been able to gain invaluable experience in putting on an event of this magnitude,” said Emily Kessler, a junior at Drury responsible for leading the Sugar Rush team.

All proceeds will go to benefit Care to Learn, an organization that addresses the social and economic needs of local K-12 students.  Last year, the event raised a total of $8,034 providing 287 students with breakfast and lunch for two months.

Tickets are $10 for teachers and students, $15 for general admission and kids eight and under are free.  Tickets are available to purchase in advance at www.sgfSugarRush.com, they will also be available at the door on the night of the event.

Media Contact:Sarah Montgomery, Director of Drury Students in Free Enterprise, Office: (417) 873-6863, Mobile: (417) 766-0365, E-mail: smontgomery@drury.edu


Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center earns Building of the Year award

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 31, 2011 — The construction of Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center earned Williams Construction, Inc. the 2011 Building of the Year award from American Buildings Co. The company also received an Excellence in Design award in the Recreation category for the same project.

Drury's O'Reilly Family Event Center

View the feature on the O’Reilly Family Event Center at the American Buildings Company’s website.

The 3,200 seat O’Reilly Family Event Center opened in Octobers 2010, and it serves as the home for Panther and Lady Panther basketball and volleyball. In its first year, the O’Reilly Family Event Center has hosted internationally known entertainers, such as, Sheryl Crow, The Pointer Sisters and Colbie Caillat.