Drury University’s Winter Commencement is December 18

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 13, 2010 — Drury University will confer degrees to 342 students during Winter Commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Weiser Gymnasium. 308 students will receive undergraduate degrees and 34 will be given master’s degrees.

This graduation marks the end of an era, as it will be the final commencement ceremony in Weiser Gymnasium. Future graduation ceremonies will be in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. “For 56 years Weiser Gymnasium has been the scene of Drury’s vibrant spring commencement,” says Drury Registrar Gale Boutwell. “An annual winter commencement was added in December 2001 to accommodate a growing number of graduates. The graduation on Dec 18 will provide a means for Drury to honor the last class of Drury students receiving associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in this historic facility.”

During the final graduation ceremony in Weiser, all of the individuals who have provided commencement addresses in the historic building will be honored in a commemorative program that will be given to graduates and their guests. Civic and community leaders and humanitarians who have received the honorary doctorate in Weiser from 1954 – 2010 will also be recognized.

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, is the commencement speaker. Besides holding a Ph.D. from Duke University, Levine also has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and the University of South Carolina-Upstate. Levine is the author and editor of several books including, The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Historical Jesus in Context.

Levine, who describes herself as a, “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” is no stranger to Drury. Levine was a featured speaker in the 2005-2006 Sustainability convocation series, as well as the 2008-2009 Entrepreneurship & Innovation series. Levine is a vibrant speaker who combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist and homophobic theologies.

Contact: Day School: Tim Posey, (417) 873-6859, tposey@drury.edu. CGCS: Stephen Eisele, (417) 873-7872, seisele@drury.edu.

Media: Members of the news media are invited to photograph or videotape the final graduation in Weiser gymnasium.

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Drury Architecture students help to revitalize Missouri cities

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 9, 2010 — 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). This semester, students are working on projects in Urich, Osceola and Windsor. 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, they call the “visioning toolkit”.

Urich, Mo. is located 20 miles west of Clinton, Mo. Urich is faced with a dwindling population and little economic activity. Among the projects Drury students will propose are housing reconstruction and redevelopment, expanding agri-business like biomass and vineyards, creation of a business district, downtown revitalization and a plan for developing connections with surrounding cities.

Students will also address concerns in Osceola, Mo., which is located approximately 60 miles north of Springfield, Mo. Among some of the student proposals for the town are plans to reconnect the town’s cultural history and heritage to the local waterways, enhance the circulation  to downtown, create new career and higher education opportunities and promoting tourism within the region.

Windsor, Mo., located 20 miles east of Clinton, Mo., is also working with the Center for Community Studies.  The students working with Windsor are proposing the construction of a natatorium and an eco-industrial park, as well as the creation of a downtown plaza and a welcome center.  Additional focus will be placed on integrating the KATY Trail, developing other greenways and connecting to the regional assets of Truman Lake and Whiteman Air Force Base.

Students will present their final proposals on the following dates:

· Urich—Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3:30 p.m., at the Urich Lion’s Club.

· Osceola—Monday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Osceola Senior Center.

· Windsor—Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Windsor High School.

The students will rehearse their presentations for the architecture faculty on Friday, December 10 from 1-5 p.m. in the Hammons School of Architecture.

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. This fall, Monett was one of five cities to receive a grant from the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) Initiative.

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 this fall. 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 project, 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.

Contact:
Jay Garrott, AIA
Director & Professor, Drury Center for Community Studies
Office: (417) 873-7371
E-mail: jgarrott@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury graduates and a professor collaborate to win a local design competition

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 9, 2010 —

Competitors were tasked with designing a 1,500 square foot residence to be built at 1731 N. Clay Avenue.  Designers had to ensure that their submission could be built for $90,000 or less, was sustainable, adapted to the context of the Midtown Neighborhood and could be built by adolescent students from the Division of Youth Services with supervision.

“We are very excited and honored to have been selected by the jury, as there were some really impressive submissions,” said Whisenhunt. “We look forward to working with project CoRE over the next spring, summer, and fall to help them realize the potential impact of their endeavor.”

The winning design incorporated a variety of unique elements including blue jean insulation (insulation made from denim), handicapped-accessible entries and hallways, as well as a safe room for severe weather. The house is complete with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study. The concept for the Drury CoRE design was to embody a renewed sense of family and neighborhood, while serving as an educational marker for social and environmental issues.

Project CoRE was sponsored by Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) Community Enrichment Center, State of Missouri, Division of Youth Services, City of Springfield, Mo., Urban Neighborhoods Alliance (UDA), Ozarks Green Building Coalition, University of Missouri-Extension and Drury University, Hammons School of Architecture, Center for Community Studies.

For more information contact: Blaine Whisenhunt, Asst. Professor, (417) 873-7484, e-mail: jwhisenhunt@drury.edu. Jason Mitchell, Architect, (417) 234-0856, e-mail: jmitchell@theworkshop308.com. Jay Garrott, AIA, Director of the Center for Community Studies, (417) 873-7371, e-mail: jgarrott@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury alumnus Bob Barker receives Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics academic honor

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The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics has selected multi Emmy award winning television personality, philanthropist, educational pioneer, and Drury graduate Bob Barker, ’47, as its sixth Honorary Fellow. The award is given to outstanding individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the protection of animals.

The Centre is an international academy of scholars pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication. It is the first Centre of its kind in the world and has already established a new book series on animal ethics (with Palgrave Macmillan) and is shortly to launch a new Journal of Animal Ethics with the University of Illinois Press.

Barker has pioneered the teaching of animal law in the United States by generously endowing America’s top law schools including Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Northwestern, Duke, Georgetown, Columbia and University of Virginia. He endowed a chair in animal rights at Drury University in 2008. These endowments have enabled for the first time hundreds of university students to study animal law and ethics.

“This award acknowledges Mr. Barker’s ground-breaking contribution to the establishment of animal studies within academia” said Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. “His pioneering work in putting animals on the intellectual agenda will be of lasting historical importance to the cause.”

“We cannot change the world for animals without also changing people’s ideas about animals. Almost single-handedly Bob’s sagacity and generosity have – in little more than a decade – propelled animals from being a marginal issue into the academic mainstream. This is a colossal achievement”, said Professor Linzey.

Barker is best known for hosting CBS’s The Price is Right from 1972 to 2007, and used his success as a platform to improve the lives of countless animals by ending each telecast with the phrase “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”

Every year the Centre invites one or more notable individuals to become Honorary Fellows. Barker joins a prestigious line up of current Honorary Fellows including the Nobel Laureate for Literature, Professor J. M. Coetzee, the distinguished international philanthropist, Dr Irene W. Crowe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, Professor Joy Carter, Madame Jeanne Marchig, founder of the Marchig Trust for Animal Welfare, and Professor Justus George Lawler, theologian and scholar.

For more press information please contact Sam Calvert, at Samantha Calvert Marketing & PR on +44 (0)1782 505430 or +44 (0)7967 042050 or email sam@samcalvert.plus.com or Bob Barker’s PR agent, Henri Bollinger, at Henri Bollinger Associates on ?……or email henri@bollingerpr.com

Notes to editors

  • The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, founded in 2006 by its director Professor Andrew Linzey, is an independent Centre with the aim of pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic, research, teaching and publication. The Centre has more than 60 Fellows drawn from a variety of academic disciplines from throughout the world. For more information about the Centre and its Fellows, please see its website at www.oxfordanimalethics.com.
  • The Centre’s current projects include a new series of fifteen books on Animal Ethics with Palgrave MacMillan publishers, a new journal called the Journal of Animal Ethics published by the University of Illinois Press from January 2011, and a university Masters degree in Animal Ethics, currently in development, which will be the first online qualification from the Centre to be available to students throughout the world.
  • The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey is a Member of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford. He has written or edited 20 books, including Animal Theology (SCM Press/University of Illinois Press, 1994), Creatures of the Same God (Winchester University Press, 2007), and Why Animal Suffering Matters (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • The Centre is dedicated to the memory of the celebrated Catalan philosopher José Ferrater Mora. His prodigious scholarship is widely acclaimed, and the Centre honours his name because of his outstanding contribution to humanitarian thought, particularly in the area of animal ethics.

Drury student is recognized by the national Kappa Alpha Fraternity

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Steven Blackshear (center) is honored as KA's 150,000th initiate.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 7, 2010 — Steven Blackshear had no idea that approximately one year after he was initiated into Drury’s Beta Iota Chapter of Kappa Alpha Fraternity that he would be recognized as the 150,000th initiate in the fraternity’s history. On Nov. 9, 2010, the Knight Commander of Kappa Alpha presented Blackshear with a special KA badge and gave the Drury chapter a plaque commemorating Blackshear’s accomplishment. “It made me proud to be a KA and know that I was joined with 150,000 brothers,” said Blackshear.

Kappa Alpha, which was established as a national men’s collegiate social fraternity in 1865, has been tracking membership through “badge numbers” issued to each initiate since the fraternity’s founding.  After the national records were reviewed in Lexington, Va., Kappa Alpha determined that Blackshear was the 150,000th member.

Blackshear, a 2009 Logan-Rogersville High School graduate, is a sophomore, pre-med major at Drury and plays an active role in Kappa Alpha fraternity.  He has held the appointed position of Corresponding Secretary and Recruitment Chairmen, and he has also served on the Interfraternity Council (IFC).  Andrea Battaglia, Director of Greek Life & Student Involvement at Drury praised Blackshear saying, “He is an essential member of our IFC on campus and we hope that he moves into major leadership roles in the chapter and Greek community in the near future.”

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

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A Drury graduate’s movie is part of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 6, 2010 — Drury graduate Chris Beckman has been invited to attend the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where his video, oops, will be screened in the short film program.  Beckman’s video was one of 81 short films chosen for the festival which will be held in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah January 20-30.

oops from Chris Beckman on Vimeo.

Beckman describes his video as, “A lucid, seamless voyage through the Internet’s infinite repository of ‘throwaway’ social documentation and into the humanity of everyday life – via YouTube’s clumsiest videographers.”

Beckman began the project by selecting 100-150 videos off of YouTube of people doing accidental things, such as, dropping the camera. Eventually, Beckman used portions of 40-45 YouTube videos. “It’s cool that people feel free enough to upload videos of them dropping the camera,” Beckman said. “It’s another thing that kind of attracted me to the videos. Salvaging almost useless things to make something that people want to watch.”

Beckman, who graduated from Drury in May 2010 with a degree in Fine Arts in the Department of Art and Art History, originally created the piece for a class called Video Art co-taught by Drury professors Blaine Whisenhunt and Greg Booker with assistance from Brian Shipman, a Drury video instructor.

On being selected for Sundance, Beckman said, “I was really surprised. Definitely pleased. When I first started this project I thought it was a class assignment that I could expand to play in a gallery. The fact that it got a life of its own and all kinds of people appreciate it kind of floored me. It’s exciting.”

Earlier this year, oops won a Vimeo Award, which honors videos that premiere online.

Beckman plans to attend the Sundance Film Festival next month. Eventually, he hopes to go to graduate school where he will study film or art.

Watch the video oops at Vimeo.

Read the full news release from the Sundance Film Festival.

Media Contact: Chris Beckman, Mobile: (417) 300-0486, E-mail: chriskbeckman@sbcglobal.net

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Drury University earns silver rating from Ozarks GreenScore

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 2, 2010 — At today’s Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce “Good Morning, Springfield!” breakfast at Drury University, Dr. Wendy Anderson announced that Drury has achieved a silver rating from Ozarks GreenScore. Ozarks GreenScore is designed to educate, encourage and assist local organizations in developing environmentally sustainable practices.

Drury's Stone Chapel employs geothermal heating and cooling.

“The most useful thing about GreenScore is not the marketing value of achieving a rating,” said Anderson, director of campus sustainability at Drury. “Really, GreenScore is about evaluating how well you are doing and areas where your organization can improve. GreenScore gives you a tool where you can prioritize sustainability projects for the future.”

Businesses and organizations that participate in GreenScore earn ratings ranging from bronze, silver, and gold with green being the highest. The organizations conduct a self-assessment on key criteria such as waste management, energy management, water usage, landscaping, etc. Throughout the multi-step assessment and improvement process, technical assistance is available from the Ozarks GreenScore Technical Team of experts from local agencies and not-for-profits, facilitated by the City of Springfield’s Solid Waste Management Market Development staff.

Choose Environmental Excellence (CEE), a sponsoring GreenScore partner, encourages recognition for businesses that make improvements as they progress in achieving the increasingly more challenging program levels.

“The goal of Ozarks GreenScore mirrors that of the sponsoring organizations and Technical Team–to bring awareness of the negative impact we all make on our natural environment, to educate and assist in the adoption of better practices and to celebrate the successes,” says Barbara Lucks, City of Springfield Materials Recovery/Education Coordinator and CEE Project Manager.

GreenScore determined that Drury could improve communication of sustainability efforts to the campus, and do more to encourage suggestions on how to improve sustainability. Drury scored well for having an environmental mission statement, its community involvement and outreach, and for energy management efforts such as: solar panels on Smith Hall, geothermal heating and cooling in Stone Chapel and the elimination of trays from the dining hall.

Ozarks GreenScore was developed collaboratively by Choose Environmental Excellence, the Partnership for Sustainability, Drury SIFE and the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions. The Ozarks GreenScore program is voluntary and non-regulatory. The only cost is a $75 assessment fee for each certification.

To find out more go to: http://www.ozarksGreenScore.com/

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

Marketing and Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of Marketing and Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

A Drury Christmas tradition is now a book

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 1, 2010 — Every holiday season, artist Jacqueline Warren gifts her colleagues at Drury with a lovely, hand-drawn portrait of angels. A tradition for over 25 years, this inspired an enchanting new book.

Annual Angels: Sharing the Good News was written by Dr. Jim Murrow, a retired professor at Drury University. Warren’s annual Christmas Angels from the past years have been collected and printed into the pages of this book.

Annual Angels is a testimony to these celestial beings, bringing their message of hope, love, and interpretation of God’s love for humanity.” Warren says. “Angels watch over us and inspire us to become better people. Enjoy the beautiful illustrations and the stirring narration of this timeless book at Christmas time and all year round.”

Annual Angels: Sharing the Good News
is available for $15 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website or through amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.

Drury Wind Symphony in concert Wednesday, December 1

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 30, 2010 — The Drury University Wind Symphony and Saxophone Quartet will present their winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Clara Thompson Hall.

The concert will feature the music of Percy Grainger, Richard Wagner, Frank Ticheli, Aaron Copland and Henry Cowell. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact the Drury Music Office at (417) 873-7296.

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

The Marketing and Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of Marketing and Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Artist creates pillows to memorialize suicide attacks in Iraq

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 29, 2010 — Benjamin June has made a pillow for every suicide attack in Iraq since the U.S. invasion on March 20, 2003. An exhibit of his pillows will debut at Drury’s Pool Art Center Gallery on Friday, Dec. 3 and it will run through Jan. 28*. June will conduct an artist talk at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.

The suicide attacks may be a small aspect of the war, but for June they are the most horrifying. To date, there have been more than 1,600 separate attacks that have left more than 17,500 people dead.

June makes small pillows because they are inherently intimate objects, and explore the physical intimacy of the suicide bombers with the people they kill. To explore the terror of the war, he has created something that is tangible and approachable. The pillows are accessible because they create a safer environment to process this brutality.

“I feel that these memorial pillows are not for the victims or for the attackers; they are for the whole, tragic situation,” June says. “I am attempting to raise awareness and open a dialogue about the number of deaths from these attacks that I believe our government and military are partially responsible for.”

The pillows have a top hash mark for the number of suicide attackers, a picture of the device used in the attack, and bottom hash marks for the number of victims. On the back is the date and target of the attack. The exhibition will consist of 1,702 pillows that June has created in memorial of these suicide attacks.
This exhibition is supported through a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and by a Special Assistance Grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The event is co-sponsored by Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past, which examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

*The university and gallery will be closed December 27-31, 2010.

Media Contact:
Rebecca Miller
Pool Art Center Gallery Director
Office: (417) 873-6337
E-mail: rmiller01@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

Marketing and Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of Marketing and Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.