Drury University has its third highest spring enrollment of all-time

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 1, 2012 — Drury University has its third highest spring enrollment of all time with 5,187 students for the 2012 spring semester following the census of the school’s multiple campuses and online programs. This figure includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury 2011 Graduation

There are 1,510 undergraduates enrolled in the traditional Day School for the spring semester 2012. Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies has 3,165 undergraduate students taking 31,750 credit hours. Besides the main campus in Springfield, CGCS offers courses through nine locations across southwest Missouri in addition to online classes. Drury’s seven graduate programs have 512 students.

Online education continues to see record growth at Drury accounting for 10,300 credit hours.


Deadline for prom dress collection extended to Friday, March 9 at 2 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 5, 2012 — Due to an outstanding response, Drury University sororities have extended the deadline to collect prom dresses for victims of the May 22 Joplin Tornado.

Last Thursday, 53 dresses had been collected. As of Monday morning, that number stood at 96. The Joplin Prom Ambush, a team of industry leaders who have volunteered their talents to host this event, has asked several Missouri colleges and universities to collect used prom dresses for the girls of Joplin High School.

Dresses can be dropped off in the Student Activities Center in the basement of the Findlay Student Center. All four of Drury’s sororities are collecting dresses: Kappa Delta, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Beta Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha, along with the Panhellenic Council, the governing body of Drury’s sorority chapters.

“We are so thankful to the people who dropped off all of these dresses in such a short amount of time,” said Abby Glenn, Drury Panhellenic Co-Advisor. “We hope these dresses will help the Joplin High School students have a great prom and help take their minds off of what has been a difficult year.”

The young women will “shop” for their dresses on March 10 in Joplin. The Joplin Prom Ambush team will provide a disc jockey, pictures, food, free dresses and tuxedos.

For more information, contact Abby Glenn at Drury at 873-7586 or via e-mail at aglenn01@drury.edu.

Drury’s Pool Art Center to showcase the work of a ceramic artist

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 29, 2012 — Drury’s Pool Art Center Gallery will feature the works of Amanda Small in a solo exhibit titled (Some)Where We Meet in March. The exhibit opens Friday evening, March 2 from 6-9 p.m. with an artist talk scheduled from 6-7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, March 30.

Small received a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art from Kansas State University in 2009. Her work has been seen in a number of exhibitions from Manhattan, Kansas to New York City, Canberra, Australia and, most recently, Copenhagen, Denmark.

“I signify my ideas about a living web through metaphor, using sacred geometry, radials, and lattice patterns to reference architecture found within living structures,” Small said. “Repetitive patterns common in nature act as an allegory for a collective identity, and reference the inter-connectedness of living things.”

Media Contact: Greg Booker, Pool Arts Center Gallery Director, Office: (417) 873-7203, E-mail: gbooker@drury.edu


Green building expert to speak at Drury on Thursday, March 1

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 28, 2012 — Dr. William Braham will illustrate the importance of architecture and the environment in his discussion on Thursday, March 1 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Braham (pronounced Bram) believes that a building is only as energy efficient as those who live or work within it. Braham studies how the places where we live affect the planet. Braham teaches graduate courses on ecology, technology, and design at the University of Pennsylvania where he is director of the Master of Environmental Building Design.

Bill Braham

Braham received an engineering degree from Princeton University and a master’s and doctorate in architecture from Penn, where he has taught since 1988. He is currently working on a book called Ecology, Technology, and Design.

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.


Drury’s annual Jazz Festival is Saturday, March 3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 27, 2012 — The sounds of jazz will wash over Drury University on Saturday, March 3 as junior high and high school students converge on campus for the annual Jazz Festival. The all-day competition culminates with a performance by Drury Jazz I featuring Jamey Simmons on trumpet.

Beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through 5 p.m. that evening, junior high and high school jazz bands will perform and receive feedback from a panel of regionally and nationally recognized jazz performers, educators and performers. One of the highlights of the daytime session will be a performance by Drury Combo I featuring saxophonist Kim Park who has recently moved to the Springfield area. Park is an internationally known jazz artist who has played with Stan Kenton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson and Stan Getz.  He is a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician and is a prolific jazz composer.

The day concludes with the awards ceremony and final concert by Drury Jazz I featuring Simmons at 5:30 in Clara Thompson Hall. Simmons teaches at the Drury Jazz Camp each summer. He is currently a member of the jazz faculty at Middle Tennessee State University and is a jazz composer and recording artist.

The event is free and open to the public. Call the Drury music office at (417) 873-7296.


Drury on C-Street’s Art Gallery presents spring-themed exhibit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 23, 2012 —The Drury on C-Street Art Gallery will host an opening for their latest exhibit: Here Comes the Sun on Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m. The gallery, which is located at 233 E. Commercial St., will continue displaying this exhibit through March 30.

Here Comes the Sun showcases the art of Greg Booker, assistant professor at Drury and local photographer.  Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to take home inexpensive art by partaking in the $1 photo gallery, featuring photos from local artists and Drury students alike.  For those interested in a more interactive element to their First Friday experience, Drury student Jennifer Risker will also be doing a live painting exhibit.

In preparation for the exhibit’s opening, Drury students have been decorating the gallery in order to offer a hint of springtime to those longing for sunnier days. “Even though it might be cold and rainy outside, it will be spring inside the C-Street Gallery. Our gallery will be blooming with artwork to get visitors ready for warmer weather,” said Cassie Walton, a Drury senior involved with the planning of the exhibit. Appetizers will also be provided for guests of the gallery, while Drury students will lighten the mood with live music from 7-9 p.m.

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, an architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars.


Kappa Delta Sorority Hosts Shamrockin’ the Roads for Child Abuse Prevention

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 22, 2012 —Kappa Delta Sorority at Drury University will host Shamrockin’ the Roads, a charity run/walk, on Saturday, March 10 at 8 a.m. at Drury.  The event will benefit Isabel’s House and Prevent Child Abuse America.  Shamrockin’ the Roads is open to runners and walkers of all abilities and includes a 5K run/walk, a 10K run and a one-mile kids’ fun run. All of the runs will begin at the Fountain Circle at the north end of Drury Lane.

Of the proceeds collected from Shamrockin’ the Roads, 80 percent will remain in Springfield, Missouri, benefiting Isabel’s House, Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks. The remaining 20 percent will go to Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) for nationwide public awareness programs. Child abuse rates in Greene County are more than five times the national average with a total of 63.4 reported cases per 1000 children; due to these staggering numbers, Kappa Delta sorority chose Isabel’s House as its local philanthropy. According to its website, the mission of Isabel’s House is to “provide immediate refuge for children ages birth to 12 whose families are in crisis.”

“We are excited to host a brand new event and we hope to raise more money for Isabel’s House than we did last year. Our goal for 2012 is more than $1,100 to exceed what we raised last year,” said Kaylee Wedgeworth, a senior member of Kappa Delta sorority at Drury.

Those interested in participating in Shamrockin’ the Roads can register online at www.drurykd.org. The deadline for early registration is Feb. 25. Early registration fees are $10 for the kids’ run, $15 for the 5K walk/run, and $20 for the 10K run.  By registering early, participants will also receive a free t-shirt. Registration is open through the morning of the race, but those registering after Feb. 25 will be charged an extra $5 per entry.

Media Contact: Brittany Stockwell, Kappa Delta Sorority, Mobile: (816) 820-7597, E-mail: bstockwell@drury.edu


Vertical farming expert to speak at Drury on Thursday, Feb. 23

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 21, 2012 — Dr. Dickson Despommier (Day-Pom-ee-ay), author and environmental health expert, will speak with Drury students about the value of vertical farming on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Whether it is population or poverty, farming or food, Dr. Dickson Despommier wrote the book on addressing these issues. Despommier spent 38 years as a professor of microbiology and environmental health sciences at Columbia University. While there, he won the Best Teacher award six times. He has addressed audiences at leading universities including Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he has also been invited to speak at the United Nations. His book, The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century explores the problems associated with a growing population and shrinking farmland.

To learn more about vertical farming and to watch a Colbert Report appearance visit www.verticalfarm.com

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, Professor of Geography & Environmental Studies, Office: (417) 873-6963, E-mail: sterry@drury.edu


Drury theatre presents “She Stoops to Conquer” beginning Feb. 29

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 17, 2012 — The Drury University Department of Theatre will present She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith. Directed by Madison Spencer, the play runs from Wed. Feb. 29-Sat., March 3. All shows are at 8 p.m. except on Saturday, March 3 when there will be two shows at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. All shows are in Wilhoit Theatre inside the Breech School of Business located at the corner of Central Street and Drury Lane.

This comedy of manners is filled with mistaken identities, secret affairs, greed, love and laughter.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $6 for children and students. For reservations, contact the theatre box office at (417) 873-7255, Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. beginning February 20.


Drury’s Dr. Dan Ponder explains caucuses, Missouri’s primary and why the state has a caucus and a primary this year

Drury Political Science Professor Dr. Dan Ponder explains why Missouri had a non-binding primary, why it’s holding a caucus and a primary and the difference between those two political exercises in this series of videos.

Videos: Dr. Dan Ponder

Dr. Dan Ponder on the significance of Missouri’s non-binding primary.

Dr. Dan Ponder on why Missouri has a primary and a caucus in 2012.

Dr. Dan Ponder on the differences between primaries and caucuses.