Dawn Hiles named Drury’s Distinguished Staff Member for 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 19, 2011 — Vice President of Enrollment Management Dawn Hiles was named Drury University’s Distinguished Staff Member for 2011. Hiles was surprised with the award today, Dec. 19 at Drury’s annual all-school holiday luncheon.

In reading Hiles’ citation, Drury President Todd Parnell noted, “Dawn is not afraid to fail and try a different way, and she’s not afraid to call me out.”

Distinguished staff member Dawn Hiles

Hiles, who received her Master of Business Administration at Drury, ran the MBA program and the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Drury before being named Dean of Admission in 2009. Hiles earned her vice president’s position in 2011. During her time leading the admission office, Drury has seen its two highest Day School enrollments of all time.


Drury confers degree to 393 graduates at Winter Commencement

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 17, 2011 — Drury University conferred degrees to 393 students during Winter Commencement today, Saturday, Dec. 17 in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. 345 students received undergraduate degrees and 48 earned master’s degrees.

President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO), Brian Fogle, was the graduation speaker. Fogle, who was named the 2010 Springfieldian by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, received the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.

Drury's Jann Holland (right) reads the proclamation honoring Brian Fogle with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Drury's Jann Holland (right) reads the proclamation honoring Brian Fogle with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

“I challenge you today to live deliberately,” Fogle told the graduates. “Success comes not from how many friends you’ve accumulated on Facebook, but how you respond to their hopes, their dreams and their pain. Life, real life, comes not from the digital persona or an avatar, but from the joy of deep connections. Like Thoreau, live a life knowing that you lived, truly lived. Go forth today and love, live and hug often.”

Fogle is a native of Aurora, Mo., and, prior to joining CFO in 2008, Fogle had a long career in banking and higher education. When he received the Springfieldian award, the Chamber of Commerce noted Fogle’s long history in giving back to the community. Highlighted was Fogle’s work as the founder of First Night, a non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration, and his work in Stockton after the 2003 tornado that devastated the city.

Drury has awarded honorary degrees since 1906. Fogle joins a list of notables who have received honorary degrees, such as: composers Rodgers and Hammerstein (1949), comedian Bob Hope (1973), Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling (1973), Bob Barker (2007), and former presidential candidate Sen. George McGovern (2008).

Fogle addresses graduates in the O'Reilly Family Event Center

Saturday’s ceremony was the second graduation in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Commencement moved to the new facility in May of 2011. For decades, Drury’s graduation ceremonies were held in Weiser Gymnasium.

Media Contact: Mark Miller, Associate Director of Marketing  and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, E-mail: markmiller@drury.edu


Drury Professor Receives Grant for Music Therapy in Barry and Lawrence Counties

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 15, 2011 For the eighth consecutive year, Dr. Michael Cassity, Drury University Professor and Director of Graduate Music Therapy Studies, has received a grant from the Lawrence and Barry County Tax Boards for the Developmentally Disabled to provide music therapy to disabled residents in those areas.

Dr. Michael Cassity

The $122,640 grant funds a music therapy clinic in Monett, Mo. that is a satellite of Drury’s Center for Music Therapy and Wellness.  The Monett clinic is open five days a week with direct services provided by Jessica Edwards, MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified).  The grant also provides primary funding for a clinical supervisory position occupied by Julie Cassity, MS, MT-BC, who’s office is in Drury’s on-campus music therapy clinic.  As an added benefit, the Monett clinic serves as a local internship site for Drury music therapy students who cannot attend a more distant internship.

The Monett clinic was established in 2004 with a $38,736 grant. Since that time, funding has increased because of the growing numbers of residents requesting music therapy services, says Cassity.  Since the grant was first awarded in November of 2003, Cassity and Drury University have received over $850,000 in funding.

Clinical documentation and parental evaluations indicate that residents increase in skills such as language, socialization, following directions and attention span following the initiation of music therapy services.  Parents and guardians also report the residents seem happier, vocalize more, and enjoy the music skills they are learning.  According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is an established health care profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.

In addition to serving clients at the clinic, the Monett clinic maintains a community outreach by providing on-site services at facilities in Cassville and Monett. Additional support therapists at the Center’s Drury campus clinic are Leslie Richardson, MT-BC (Drury, 2008). Carrie Jenkins, MMT (Master of Music Therapy), MT-BC (Drury, 2009, 2011), and Morgan Robertson, MT-BC (Drury, 2010).

Drury’s Bachelor of Music Therapy program, which was established in 2002, is a rapidly growing program that has expanded to include the Master of Music Therapy degree.

Contact: Dr. Michael Cassity, Professor of Music Therapy, Office: (417) 873-7370, E-mail: mcassity@drury.edu


Drury Professor gives self-help a real, relevant makeover with The Unwritten Rules of Success

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The rules to achieving success go far beyond the borders of academic discipline and often operate as an unwritten base for any effort one undertakes.  We search for these rules throughout our lives, often getting our best training from parents, and then from the hard knocks of the real world.  In order to make the rules available to all, author Dr. Sean Terry has distilled a set of practical methods that ensure success for any modern endeavor.

Dr. Sean Terry

Employing an easy-to-read and interactive style, Unwritten Rules is a positive, thought-intensive guide employing a textbook strategy of practical example and pro-active testing.

For readers who are trying to find that perfect first job, land that elusive dream job, or improve success in college, How To Use The Unwritten Rules Of Success To Build Your Dream Career can help achieve these goals.   Dr. Terry knows the rules of the game, and then some.   Thus, the rules that he writes are essentially his own, based on methods that he has personally proved to be effective.  By coaching readers in their practical application, he gives them a thorough, unfailing edge in the game.

Each chapter of this book provides real life examples that help readers take control of the rest of their lives.  Whether they need to make a great first impression, strengthen their human network, or learn how to get great references, Unwritten Rules has the answers.  Each chapter goes beyond other self-help books by providing tools to evaluate progress plus valuable practice exercises to help in improving at every category of professional development.  Readers will find them familiar and new at the same time.  They will find that Terry’s rules were the unwritten ones they had broken in previous failures and that the secret that makes this book a success is the way they’re taught to make the rules work.

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About the Author

Sean Terry comes from a family that broke many of the “Written Rules” of success.  His parents traveled, wrote books, and played music for 20 years, seeking adventure and finding it from Belize to Alaska.  As a professor, Dr. Terry has advised more than a thousand students preparing for work and graduate school.  He also trained teachers for six years as National Geographic Society Missouri Alliance director.  Now building college classes in Greece, Hawaii, and beyond, Dr. Terry is following in his parents’ footsteps to combine success with adventure for his family.

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Drury’s winter commencement is Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 12, 2011 — Drury University will confer degrees to 410 students during Winter Commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. 364 students will receive undergraduate degrees and 46 will be given master’s degrees.

Brian Fogle

President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO), Brian Fogle, is the graduation speaker. Fogle, who was named the 2010 Springfieldian by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, will receive the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.

Fogle is a native of Aurora, Mo., and, prior to joining CFO in 2008, Fogle had a long career in banking and higher education. When he received the Springfieldian award, the Chamber of Commerce noted Fogle’s long history in giving back to the community. The Chamber highlighted Fogle’s work as the founder of First Night, a non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration, and his work in Stockton after the 2003 tornado that devastated the city.

Media: Members of the news media are invited to photograph or videotape the graduation.

Contacts: Day School: Cindy Jones, (417) 873-6859, cjones@drury.edu.
CGCS: Courtney Allen, (417) 873-7872, caallen@drury.edu.


Drury students help Missouri cities envision their futures

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 12, 2011 — Drury University architecture students are continuing their work to improve urban and rural development throughout Missouri as a part of Drury University’s Center for Community Studies (CCS). Students meet with their communities several times during the semester and collaborate with the citizens to envision a future, which the students present in a book that they call the “visioning toolkit.”

This semester, Drury students are working in two communities:

  • Kimberling City. In the summer, the city, founded in the early 1970s, is booming with lake activity and vacationers. In the late fall, winter and early spring the population and economic opportunities severely drop. Drury students are working to help the city establish an identity, including a more permanent downtown, as well as encourage more year-round residents.
  • Butler, Mo. Located between Nevada and Kansas City on Highway 71, Butler was known in the 1880s as the “Electric City” because it was the first city west of the Mississippi to have electric power. Now, it’s predominantly a bedroom community for Nevada and Kansas City, but Drury students are hoping to capitalize on the town’s progressive past by making it a hub for transportation and renewable energy. A 13-acre solar farm in the city is already in the works.

Students will present their final proposals on the following dates:

  • Kimberling City—Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Table Rock Gathering Place.
  • Butler—Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Butler High School Auditorium.

Even more than downtown revitalization and beautification, CCS projects could help save lives. In the spring of 2009, Drury students worked in Monett, Mo. to organize and develop a plan to alleviate downtown flooding. In the past, Monett’s flooding has caused severe property damage and at least one fatality. In the fall of 2010, Monett was one of five cities to receive a grant from the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) Initiative.

Students with Drury's Center for Community Studies worked on Drake Harbor in 2009 in Warsaw. Students envisioned the harbor and the extensive trail system.

According to the Monett Times, “Monett’s application for the fifth round of DREAM combined the Vision 2030 report prepared by the Drury University architecture students with the cooperative venture between the city, the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the downtown merchants in establishing the new position of downtown coordinator, which is now held by DJ Miller.”

Another former Center for Community Studies client, Ozark, also received a DREAM grant in the fall of 2010. That makes five former CCS communities that have directly benefited from the Drury students’ work.

Drury’s CCS works with the Missouri Extension Office to prepare communities before Drury students begin working with communities. After students have completed their projects, MU Extension continues to work with communities in carrying out an action plan. The students’ work is a valuable tool for Missouri cities. CCS only charges around $6,000 for their services, a small fee considering the 2,700 in-kind hours donated by architecture students throughout the semester.

Jay Garrott, AIA
Director & Professor, Drury Center for Community Studies
Office: (417) 873-7371
E-mail: jgarrott@drury.edu
Jeff Barber
University of Missouri Extension
Mobile: (417) 343-5682
E-mail: barberj@missouri.edu


Drury University breaks ground on new student housing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 9, 2011 — Drury University broke ground on a new, 72-bed, apartment-style housing complex today at the corner of North Summit Avenue and East Calhoun Street. The University Suites housing complex is scheduled to be completed by August 2012 in time for the start of the fall semester.

“It’s in the best interest of our students and the university to have students living on campus,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “Drury’s goal is to consistently have between 1640-1660 students in the traditional Day School. Having students live on campus increases their engagement while improving and enriching campus life.”

Dr. Tijuana Julian, Bryan Magers, Todd Parnell, David O’Neill, Jo Van Arkel, Jackie Warren, Megan Waterman, student, Jamie York, student, Bonnie Lyons, student -- break ground on the University Suites. Photo credit: Andrea Gill.

On Oct. 28, Drury’s board of trustees approved the plan for the University Suites housing project. There will be 18, four-bedroom units with four private bathrooms and washers and dryers in every unit. Besides the housing project, Drury will also rehabilitate a house on the property that was once home to early twentieth-century artist and author Rose O’Neill who is best known for creating the Kewpie Doll and was a leading illustrator at the turn-of-the-century. O’Neill once spoke to students at Drury in 1936. The home will serve as a community center for students with space for meetings and small events.

Drury’s artist in residence, Jacqueline Warren, reflected on O’Neill’s legacy, “Rose O’Neill was an American celebrity.  She was an author, illustrator, artist and one of the most financially successful people of the twentieth century. Songs and musicals on Broadway were written about her life on Washington Square in New York. She gave away her fortune to family and friends who were poets, artists and musicians. Drury owns her last residence that she purchased for her brother on Summit Street. The rehabilitated home will be a meeting space for students, but also a memorial commemorating her legacy of global engagement.”

O’Neill’s great nephew, David O’Neill, attended the ground breaking. He lived in the house Drury is rehabilitating as a young child and shared the home with his great aunt Rose for a few years before her death in 1944 when David O’Neill was five. “My mother would tell us that we would draw pictures and run upstairs to show them to aunt Rose and she would say, ‘Oh, that’s wonderful.’ Then we’d run downstairs and draw another picture,” David O’Neill said.

The housing will be constructed to Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications, which include standards for water conservation and energy efficiency.

Bryan Properties will construct the housing and Drury will lease it from Bryan Magers. After 25 years, Drury will own the property.

“After reviewing housing surveys from Springfield students, I know what they are looking for most is privacy, security, and a sense of community,” said Bryan Magers. “The University Suites at Drury will offer all of those attributes.

Fact Sheet: University Suites

  • 72-bed, apartment-style housing unit. Four bedrooms, four bathrooms and washer-dryers in each unit.
  • Built to Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications.
  • Six of the bedrooms are designed for handicap access.
  • Approximately 50 parking spaces to be built on the site.
  • Scheduled to be completed in time for the fall semester 2012.
  • Plans for the two houses on the property:
    • Northernmost house will be moved or deconstructed.
    • Southernmost house, the Rose O’Neill house, will be rehabilitated into a community center for students.

  • Developer: Bryan Magers of Bryan Properties.
  • Construction Company: Morelock-Ross Builders.
  • Architect: Bates and Associates.


Drury will break ground on new student housing on Friday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m.

WHAT: Groundbreaking for Drury’s University Suites project.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: At the corner of North Summit Avenue and East Webster Street. To the east of Drury’s Breech Pool parking lot and north of Harrison Stadium.

WHO: Drury President Todd Parnell, senior Drury administrators and developer Bryan Magers.

WHY: Drury has collaborated with local developer Bryan Magers to build a three story apartment-style housing unit, and to rehabilitate an historic house that was once the home to artist Rose O’Neill. O’Neill is best known for designing the Kewpie Doll.

Media Contact: Mark Miller, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, E-mail: markmiller@drury.edu


Drury’s first Masters of Music Therapy student to graduate on Dec. 17

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 7, 2011 — Carrie Jenkins, Music Therapist-Board Certified, will receive Drury University’s first Master of Music Therapy degree at winter commencement on Dec. 17, 2011.  Carrie presented her graduate research at the Annual Conference of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) held in November in Atlanta, Ga.

Carrie Jenkins

Jenkins’ research was accepted for presentation following a blind review that was sponsored by the AMTA Research Committee. Jenkins received a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Drury University in 2010 following her music therapy internship at the STAR Center in Jackson, Tenn.

Following graduation, Jenkins plans to return to her home town of Fayetteville, Ark. to start a private practice in music therapy. According to the AMTA Member Sourcebook, Carrie will be one of two board certified music therapists in the state of Arkansas.


Drury senior earns an internship at the Kennedy Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 6, 2011 — Drury senior Jonathan Thomas will spend the spring as an intern at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Thomas will intern for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. Thomas is one of 24 interns who were selected for the program.

Jonathan Thomas

During his internship, Thomas will assist with capacity building seminars, international symposia, and marketing of the Institute’s programs. Thomas, an Arts Administration, Design Arts, and German triple major, will also have the opportunity to attend presentations with domestic and foreign delegations that visit the Kennedy Center to learn about arts management. In addition, Thomas will assist with the presentation of various events associated with the year-long fellowships, summer international fellowships and the not-for-profit board seminar.

“It’s an honor to be chosen to work for an organization that has created such a strong foundation for the Arts,” said Thomas.

Thomas will graduate from Drury on Dec. 17, 2011.