Six years at Drury results in two master’s degrees for busy student

Some students go above and beyond the educational opportunities that college offers; they are involved, challenged, and continuously looking to apply the skills they’ve learned. Daniel Collins fits that description, a senior at Drury graduating with a Master of Architecture in May and a Master of Business Administration in August of 2013.

Danny Collins

To his friends, Collins may be considered an overachiever. But to Collins, his success is merely about hard work. In addition to graduating with two master’s degrees, he starred on the Drury soccer team from 2007-2010. “Above everything, I had to learn time management,” Collins said. “Sometimes it was tough, especially when it came down to hanging out with my friends or studying. But that’s what it took to be successful.”

An impressive portfolio piece for Collins is the downtown cocktail-house, Scotch & Soda. Collins’ friend Joshua Widner, the owner of Scotch & Soda, asked Collins if he would design a bar layout. Just an idea at the time, Collins wanted to have fun with the project and grabbed inspiration from different environments. Now, that idea is alive and flourishing in the center of downtown Springfield. “Josh is an entrepreneur at heart and it was great seeing it all come together,” said Collins. “Scotch & Soda is a stamp on the idea that downtown can become a live, work and play community.” In addition, it is an example of two degrees at work: architecture and business.

Ever since he was young, Collins knew the value of hard work. He credits his family for instilling that hard work ethic in him and his success in soccer is a shining example of the fruits of that hard work. Being good at soccer wasn’t enough; Collins wanted to be the best. That drive has extended to Collins’ other passions, including architecture and business. “It’s next to impossible to coordinate schedules of two packed programs like the MBA and Master of Architecture,” said Drury MBA Program Director Angie Davis. “But Danny did it. He’s held his own in the MBA classes and he’s a real encouragement to those around him. He is a true asset to the program.”

After his final graduation in August, Collins will move to New York City to work with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), an international architectural practice that is recognized for design excellence and innovation. Life in the big city will be a dramatic change for this Glendale High School graduate, but he is excited for the new adventure. “Drury allowed me to create opportunities to earn great experiences,” he said. “KPF saw how I merged my two degrees together and that is because I was able to work on skills that best fit my personality.”


Story by Amber Perdue, a senior advertising and public relations major at Drury University.

Drury to graduate hundreds and honor a long-time trustee on May 18

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 10, 2013Drury University will award degrees to nearly 600 students at spring commencement ceremonies at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Saturday, May 18.

49 graduate students will join 301 undergraduates in the College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) and College of Graduate Studies commencement at noon. The Day School will confer degrees to 249 undergraduates at 2:30 p.m.

John Beuerlein

Drury will honor long-time trustee John Beuerlein ’75 with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the Day School commencement ceremony. Beuerlein is a general partner with investment company Edward Jones. He served on the Drury Board of Trustees from 1992-2011, he was Board Chairman for four years from 2007-2011, and he is currently an emeritus trustee at Drury. He will give the commencement address to the Day School graduates.

“John’s leadership during a time of presidential transition at Drury and during a time of economic uncertainty in the country was invaluable,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “Now, as an emeritus trustee, John’s experience and perspective are steadying influences for the board and Drury’s administration.”

Besides his work on the board of trustees, Beuerlein and his wife Crystal Tinlin ’75 have been generous donors to Drury. The Beuerleins, together with Edward Jones, made the naming gift for Drury’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship as well as the Edward Jones Scholarships for Minority Students. The Beuerleins have also donated to and visited the Hem Sheela Model School in India, which was founded by Drury Professors Rabindra and Protima Roy.

In 2001, Beuerlein received Drury’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and, in 2008, Beuerlein was inducted into the Breech School of Business Hall of Fame.

Senator Bob Dixon

Missouri State Senator Bob Dixon will address the CCPS and graduate students in the noon commencement ceremony. Senator Dixon was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002. In 2010, he was elected to the Senate. Dixon is a two-time Drury graduate, having earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Drury University.

“Senator Dixon brings a unique perspective as a graduation speaker,” said Aaron Jones, interim dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies. “He’s had a lifetime of work in the private sector and a decade of experience serving the people of the State of Missouri. Plus, he’s a Drury graduate. I look forward to hearing his speech.”

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Former Price Is Right host donates three of his broadcasting awards to his alma mater along with a surprise, six-figure cash donation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 9, 2013 — A special permanent exhibit on former Price Is Right host Bob Barker was unveiled at his alma mater Drury University in Springfield, Mo., today, May 9, 2013. It includes several awards Barker earned during his broadcasting career, including his Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame award, one of his 19 Emmy Awards, and the plaque commemorating his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other items.

Barker speaking to a packed house in the Shewmaker Communication Center

“Drury University holds a special place in my heart. I’m honored and delighted that the university has offered to house some of the awards I have received over the years,” Barker said at the dedication of the exhibit, which is housed in the Shewmaker Communication Center at Drury.

At the ceremony, Barker surprised Drury President Todd Parnell with a check for $100,000 to fund scholarships for students pursuing a minor in Animal Studies.

“As I’ve said before, when Bob Barker comes to campus good things happen,” Parnell said. “This scholarship donation was a total surprise, and I can’t thank Bob enough for the support he’s given Drury over the years.”

Over the last five years, Barker, considered one of the university’s most famous graduates, has donated $2 million to Drury to establish the Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights and the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professorship of Animal Rights, named in honor of Barker’s late wife. Dr. Patricia McEachern holds the endowed professorship position. Dr. McEachern has also established a minor at Drury in Barker’s honor in the rapidly emerging field of Animal Studies, taught by eight faculty members, it is the first such undergraduate course offered in the United States.

“There are no words to adequately express our gratitude to Bob for his kindness, his generosity, and his unwavering support for our Animal Studies Minor and Drury University,” Dr. McEachern said. “Bob Barker is my hero, and he is a hero to countless animal lovers all over the world.”

Drury awarded Barker with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007, and, in the fall of 2008, the university re-named a street on campus “Bob Barker Boulevard.”

Barker graduated from Drury in 1947 with a degree in economics. During his time at Drury he got his start in broadcasting at Springfield radio station KTTS. Upon graduation, he continued his radio career with The Bob Barker Show; he moved to television and hosted Truth or Consequences from 1956–75. He debuted as host of what was then called The New Price Is Right in September 1972 and remained the host until his retirement in 2007.

Barker with the 2013 National Champion Drury Panthers

Prior to the ceremony, Barker, a former Drury basketball player, met with Drury’s NCAA-II Men’s National Championship Basketball team. The team gave him a signed poster featuring Drury’s three national championship teams: men’s basketball and men’s and women’s swimming and diving.

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First person: Student reflects on world hunger after a night as a “slum dweller”

On April 19 and 20, students in the Drury class “Ethical Problems/Entrepreneurial Answers” spent two days and a night at Heifer Ranch in rural, Arkansas. Heifer International works to eliminate global poverty and hunger, in large part, by donating farm animals to communities in the developing world. The Drury students involved in the learning program at Heifer Ranch were all assigned different roles as citizens in the developing world, from slum dwellers to refugees; this is one student’s reflection on the experience.

The hut where "slum dwellers" spent the night at the Heifer Ranch

Once we arrived at the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas and walked around the ranch, I just thought that it was really pretty. At that point, the weather was beautiful, we all still had our connections to the outside world (cell phones and watches), and we were content and in our normal comfort zones.

Later, we gathered around to learn more about Heifer International. Listening to what Heifer does for people was fascinating. I thought it was great that they have helped so many hungry people just by shipping heifers overseas to the areas that needed them, or buying the animals in-country and donating them to families that need the food.

Once the organizers began to assign us to our villages, we all started to get a little worried. Everyone wanted to be in Guatemala with the inside stove, bathroom, and a little mattress, but only four people received those luxuries.  When I was assigned to the urban slums, I was ready to just load up and go home.

After a short time of being stuck outside with hardly any food at all, I couldn’t help but think how amazing it would have been for someone to supply us with food. We were the second to lowest on the grid when it came to the villages, but we were the most willing to share with the refugee camp, which had nothing at all.

Kelsey Kaiser

While the lack of food was difficult, sleep, or lack of it, was hardest for me. I was so overly tired from getting up so early, driving down there, and practically hiking all day that I wanted nothing more than to crawl into my own bed and go to sleep. Instead, I was in a sleeping bag on the hard, dirty floor in a hut with no door in 27-degree weather. I couldn’t get warm or comfortable. A few of us kept getting up and sitting by the fire just to keep warm.

The next morning, we were all huddled around the fire while others cooked breakfast. We were just happy to see the sunlight and to have made it through the night.

Hearing about Heifer International’s mission after living a night as a slum dweller in the developing world made me appreciate the organization’s mission so much more.

From the time we got on the bus at seven o’clock Friday morning to getting off of the bus at 5 o’clock Saturday night we were all changed in more ways than one.  I have never faced food insecurity and have always had more than enough to survive. I left this trip with many new friends, a greater awareness of the world and a new appreciation for my good fortune.


Story by Kelsey Kaiser, a sophomore business management/marketing major at Drury.

Drury University to offer courses in Owensville, Mo.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 29, 2013 — Drury University will begin offering classes this fall at the Owensville High School for dual enrolled high school students and adults. The first classes offered will be English 150: Composition and Political Science 101: Government and Politics in the United States.  Drury representatives will be at the Owensville High School on Tuesday, May 7 from 3-7 p.m. to provide information and register students.

“The school district is happy to be partnering with Drury University to bring college courses to Owensville” said Dr. Russ Brock, superintendent of the Gasconade R-II School District. “This will be a tremendous benefit to our current high school students as well as other adults in and around Owensville. We hope this will develop into a strong Drury presence in the community with opportunities that will meet the needs of our citizens.”

For more information, please contact Drury University of Rolla at 573-368-4959.


First person: A year inside Drury’s Ad Team

When a team works on a project for an extensive period of time, its creators come know it as their “baby.” That term hit home for 13 students at Drury University who recently competed in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

Every year, AAF student chapters across the nation are offered a campaign to work on, and, this year, Glidden Paint was the client. The client gives the teams a case study that highlights the communication challenge, target audiences for the campaign, a budget, and a time-span. This year, college students developed an advertising plan to raise awareness of Glidden’s Brilliance Collection at Wal-mart stores across the nation. “This campaign was challenging because we were working with two major brands,” said Amanda Combs, Drury senior and account executive for Drury’s NSAC team.

5th Element team members at the NSAC awards banquet. From left to right. Back row: Christa Scott, senior; Evan Melgren, junior; Ricardo Moreno, junior. Middle row: Dr. Regina Waters; Jeremy Carter, senior; Kaitlyn Jaeger, senior; Alex Smith, senior. Front row: Dr. Sun-Young Park; Amber Perdue, senior; Amanda Combs, senior; Hallie Petersen, senior.

Research is the backbone of advertising, and, during the fall semester, Drury’s team, called the 5th Element, got to work. The team burned through highlighters, worked late into the night, and lugged around ten-pound binders to come up with 254 articles of research. Working as four small agencies, the students used their research to develop four campaign proposals to solve the Glidden paint case study.

Then, in the spring semester, students enrolled in the elective class, Advertising Campaigns, came together to work as one team to develop a 20-page integrated marketing communication plans book for the NSAC.

The Advertising Campaigns course is student-led and operates as an advertising agency with students taking on roles such as account executive and creative director. Dr. Sun-Young Park and Communication Department Chair Dr. Regina Waters provided supervision and insights to the team. Students were responsible for all of the research in addition to developing traditional, nontraditional, social media, guerilla marketing, and public relations touch points.

On April 19, the 5th Element presented its campaign to four judges at the District Nine competition in Kansas City. There were nine schools from the district and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln took home the top spot while Drury tied for second with Webster University. Despite the silver medal, morale among team members was high because the 5th Element made it to the finish line with an abundance of experience and their “baby” had earned esteemed recognition. “It was extremely rewarding to see all of our hard work receive recognition on this kind of scale,” said Combs. “Working with such a devoted group of individuals and competing against teams that were equally committed makes me optimistic about the future of advertising.”


Story by Amber Perdue, a senior advertising and public relations major at Drury.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Bob Barker to return to his alma mater on Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m.

WHO: Bob Barker, former host of the Price Is Right and a 1947 Drury graduate

WHAT: A presentation ceremony. Mr. Barker is donating several of his awards, including his most meaningful and prized award, earned during his more than 50 years in television.

WHEN: Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: The Shewmaker Communication Center on the Drury University campus. Due to space restrictions, the event is a private ceremony for the Drury community.

BACKGROUND: Mr. Barker graduated from Drury in 1947 with a degree in economics. During his time at Drury, Mr. Barker got his start in broadcasting at Springfield radio station KTTS. Upon graduation, he continued his radio career with The Bob Barker Show; he moved to television and hosted Truth or Consequences from 1956–75. He debuted as the host of what was then called The New Price Is Right in September 1972 and remained the host until his retirement in 2007.

Bob Barker

Mr. Barker’s recent visits to Drury:

  • Drury awarded Mr. Barker with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007, and Mr. Barker was the commencement speaker.
  • Long known for his love of animals and as a supporter of animal rights, Mr. Barker donated $1 million to Drury in 2008 to establish the Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights.

  • In the fall of 2008, Drury re-named a street on campus “Bob Barker Boulevard” and Mr. Barker spoke at the dedication.

  • In 2009, Barker donated $1 million to Drury to establish the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professorship of Animal Rights named in honor of Barker’s late wife. Dr. Patricia McEachern holds that endowed professorship at Drury.

Mr. Barker’s generosity has led to the formation of an Animal Studies minor at Drury. Drury has taken the lead nationally in establishing a minor in the rapidly emerging academic field of Animal Studies. The foundational course for the minor is Animal Ethics. Eight different faculty members teach the course making it the only one of its kind.

MEDIA NOTES: Media outlets are invited to cover the event and to photograph and videotape the ceremony. Mr. Barker will have a media availability in the Shewmaker Communication Center’s studio for approximately 15 minutes following the ceremony.

Media Contact: Mark Miller, M.A., Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, Email:


Drury professor earns Top Research Paper award at a prestigious journalism symposium

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 24, 2013 — An examination of the Christian Science Monitor’s shift in focus from print to online earned Drury Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Jonathan Groves the Top Research Paper award at last weekend’s International Symposium on Online Journalism. Dr. Groves and his co-author Carrie Brown-Smith, a professor at the University of Memphis, spent weeks studying the Christian Science Monitor and its employees as the news organization worked to engage with its readers in a digital space.

Dr. Jonathan Groves

“The Monitor is important to study because it was one of the first major print publications to cut its daily publication and focus on the Web,” Groves said. “The successes and struggles of the organization are valuable for all legacy news organizations trying to remain relevant in the digital age.”

The International Symposium on Online Journalism is an annual conference at the University of Texas at Austin that brings together writers, editors and educators to discuss this new form of journalism.

The winning paper’s abstract:

40 Million Page Views is Not Enough: An Examination of the Christian Science Monitor’s Evolution from SEO to Engagement by Jonathan Groves, Drury University, and Carrie Brown-Smith, University of Memphis

This longitudinal study, based on four weeks of newsroom observation over three years and more than 60 interviews, examines how one digitally-focused news organization, the Christian Science Monitor, has struggled to develop a more engaged audience. Using Napoli’s model of audience behavior, which tracks engagement from awareness and interest to active participation, this paper offers lessons for scholars and news practitioners alike interested in the future of news. It also expands upon research on conversational and participatory journalism to understand journalists’ evolving relationships with their increasingly active audience.


Winners crowned in Startup Drury competition

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 24, 2013 — Weeks of hard work finally came down to competition day for teams of Drury students working on “the next great idea.” The overall winner of the Startup Drury competition was Parker LiaBraaten with his company idea WaterWatch. LiaBraaten was crowned the winner on Thursday, April 4.

LiaBraaten is a sophomore and received the Curt Strube Cup, named for the late Director of the Breech School of Business Administration. His business idea also won Broadest Appeal, allowing him the opportunity to raise capital on CrowdIt, a new crowd-funding platform. In addition, LiaBraaten earned $1,000 and now has the opportunity to attend the College Entrepreneurship Organization’s National Conference and compete in the Elevator Pitch competition. “This is a venture that I actually want to pursue and bring to the market,” said LiaBraaten. “I have put a lot of hard work into this and I’m excited for my next big break.”

First Runner-up and winner of $500 was Corey Wiley and his idea of the Wiley House. Honorable Mention and $250 went to Jeremiah George, Elena Ferris, Kevin Daroga, and Dakota Trithara with their start up idea, Little Momma’s. The plan with the best chance of high growth was IVision, developed by Blake Worland, Kyle Kiely and Brett Stiffler. This group will now have the chance to present their idea to the Springfield Angel Network.

This was the first Startup Drury competition and students of all majors were able to participate. “What is so great about university-wide business model competitions is that we get students with all kinds of majors involved – it pushed entrepreneurship beyond the business school,” said Dr. Kelley Still, executive director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. “The level of engagement and quality of ideas truly exceeded my expectations and it was a very exciting competition.”

Judges for the competition were:

  • Leon Combs, retired entrepreneur
  • Jason T. Graf, founder, CrowdIt, LLC
  • Brenda Ryan, founder, Alliance Technologies and Ryan Industries, Inc
  • Rob Wheeler, owner
  • Kailey York, partner, Clayton, York and Hopp, CPAs

Drury University’s Edwrad Jones Center for Entrepreneurship would like to thank judges, sponsors and team mentors for assisting with the Startup competition. Over 20 professionals from the community mentored teams in the competition. was the presenting sponsor. Engineered Packaging, Chuck Banta and CrowdIt were supporting sponsors.

Drury University’s Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization, the C-Street Business Resource Center, and the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship all co-hosted Startup Drury.


Drury is named to the Princeton Review’s Green Guide for the 4th straight year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 22, 2013 — Drury University is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles Drury in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.

“Being included in this ranking four years in a row is a testament to our solid progress on our sustainability initiatives,” said Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability. “Drury’s LEED Gold O’Reilly Family Event Center and other major renovations have incorporated established green building standards. Moreover, we remain committed to helping create a more sustainable region by offering three environmentally oriented majors and connecting students to regional organizations for service learning, research and internships.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The company analyzed data from the survey about the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

The 215-page guide can be downloaded at and

The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants – facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid – plus write-ups on the schools’ specific sustainability initiatives.  A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

In the guide’s profile on Drury, The Princeton Review writes, “The elimination of trays in the university’s dining commons has served to conserve food, water and energy, thereby reducing environmentally damaging chemicals and detergents and reducing food waste by 25 to 30 percent per person. Bicycle rentals are available for students for $25 per semester as an environmentally friendly alternative to driving.”

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