Drury University receives grants to benefit Monett campus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 1, 2011 — Drury University’s Monett campus has received $16,550 in grant money from the Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation ($8,000) and the BNSF Foundation ($8,550).  The grant money will be used for the development of a “high technology” classroom, as well as to advance the Monett campus’s Hispanic Initiative.

“High technology classrooms allow Drury the flexibility to better integrate our students into the learning opportunities outside of the Monett area,” said Dr. Laura Plybon, director of assessment and instructional design. “The technology expands Drury’s reach so that we have the opportunity to collaborate with students across the globe. It also helps us prepare our students for the advancing technology they will see in the job world.”

“Drury University connects with Monett-area residents on so many levels in meeting their needs. These grants will allow us to do even more for them, especially in expanding Drury’s presence in the Hispanic communities,” said Ann Saunders, assistant director of Drury’s Monett campus.

“These grants supplement the considerable generosity this community shows Drury University. We continue our mission to being a major contributor to the area’s growth and development,” said Daphne Massa Ewing, director of development.

Dr. Plybon, Saunders and Ewing wrote the two grants.

Media Contact: Dr. Laura Plybon, Director of Assessment & Instructional Design, Office: (417) 873-7317, E-mail: lplybon@drury.edu


Drury’s Christmas Vespers is Sunday, Dec. 4

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 28, 2011 — The annual Drury University Christmas Vespers service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in Stone Chapel. The service includes both traditional and contemporary Christmas music, punctuated by the reading of The Christmas Story by Drury faculty members Natalie Wlodarczyk, Roger Young and Drury Chaplain Peter Browning.

Music will be performed by:

  • Drury Singers and Chamber Choir, directed by Allin Sorenson
  • Drury Concert Choir, directed by Mark Lawley
  • Drury Brass Quintet, directed by Tijuana Julian
  • Stanton Strings
  • Nancy Dygart on the harp
  • Earline Moulder on the organ

Drury's Christmas Vespers in Stone Chapel

Christmas Vespers is very popular. It is suggested that people arrive early because the chapel tends to fill up quickly. Following the performance there will be a reception, sponsored by the Drury Alumni and Development Office and the Drury Music Department, in the chapel lounge.

Admission is free. For additional information contact the Music Department at (417) 873-7291.

Dr. Allin Sorenson
Music Department Chair
Office: (417) 873-7296
E-mail: asorenson@drury.edu


Tickets for Kelly Clarkson at Drury go on sale Friday, Dec. 2

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 28, 2011 — Tickets for Kelly Clarkson’s March 14 performance at Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center go on sale this Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m.

Tickets prices are $49, $44 and $34 and may be purchased at www.drurytickets.com, by calling the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office at (417) 873-6389, or in person.

Kelly Clarkson

Clarkson burst onto the music scene as the first winner of the FOX network’s American Idol television show. Since then, she’s produced five studio albums, including her 2011 offering Stronger. Clarkson has won two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two MTV Awards, one Country Music Award and 11 Billboard Awards.

Opening for Clarkson is San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson. His act is described as part music and par standup comedy.

The Wednesday, March 14 show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Media Contact: Dwight Glenn, Promoter, E-mail: dwight_glenn@hotmail.com, Mobile phone: (417) 350-9471


Drury’s Wind Symphony and Chamber Orchestra to perform on Tuesday, Nov. 29

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 21, 2011 —The Drury University Wind Symphony and Chamber Orchestra will present their fall concert in Clara Thompson Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Also featuring the Drury String Quartet, String Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet, the concert will involve the music of Grainger, Mozart, Newman, Daugherty, Bach, and Holsinger.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Drury Music Office at 873-7296.


Drury’s learning and living leadership community

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 21, 2011 —Before starting my freshman year at Drury University, I expected what every prospective freshman expects: hard classes, immense amounts of homework, and making new friends. What I didn’t expect was that I would be taking care of homeless animals.

I have the privilege of being a part of the Summit Park Leadership Community. We live in nice, duplex-style homes, with a theme throughout the housing complex that focuses on broadening students’ leadership skills while emphasizing community service. In order to be a part of the community, students must complete a detailed application and present their community service project ideas to a faculty board.

Students meet to discuss their service project

My roommates and I have focused our project on the Castaway Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.), the only no-kill animal shelter in Springfield. Every week, we volunteer at C.A.R.E. by walking the dogs and cleaning their cages. We are also in the process of planning fundraising events for the fall and spring semesters. Even though C.A.R.E. is the main aspect of my Summit Park experience, there are nine other projects that Summit Park students are working on: the Salvation Army, Project AWARE Foundation, Boys and Girls Town, Rare Breed Youth Outreach, Special Olympics, Harmony House Family Violence Center, Pipkin Middle School, and Ravenwood Assisted Living.

Drury’s Vision Statement includes the term “servant leadership,” and the experiences my friends and I are getting are training us to become leaders and giving us an understanding of the inner workings and challenges of successful organizations.

Kelsey Emerson, another Summit resident, explains why she chose to live in the leadership community. “I wanted to give back to the community that I’ve grown up in and to be a part of a cause that makes a difference in others’ lives.” Kelsey is a part of the Rare Breed Youth Outreach group.

Getting accepted into Summit Park was difficult and the work can be hard, but through this experience I’m learning that the best leaders are those that truly embody the term “servant leader.”

Sheila Haskins

Sheila Haskins is a sophomore advertising and public relations major at Drury. She graduated from Marshfield High School in 2010.

Drury recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 21, 2011 — Drury University was recognized in the Oct. 24 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “top producers of Fulbright scholars.” Drury was tied for second with three Fulbright scholars on the list of Master’s Universities. The list of colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright scholars is sponsored by the Institute of International Education.

Drury professors Dr. Erin Kenny, Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols and Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg earned Fulbright Fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Dr. Erin Kenny

Kenny, an associate professor of anthropology, will teach graduate courses in development studies for the Center for Gender Development at the Morogoro campus of Mzumbe University. Additionally, Kenny plans to conduct research with Nyakusa women commodity farmers. This study will serve as an expansion on her previous ethnographic work with women wage earners and household heads in Mali, Guinea and Jamaica.

Dr. Elizabeth Nichols

A gifted linguist, professor and chair of Spanish, Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols will spend the spring semester of 2012 at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, where she will continue her research into the concept and production of physical beauty in literature and culture.

Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg is headed for Slovenia in spring 2012, where he will be teaching at the University of Ljubljana (pronouncer: lyoo-BLYAH-nah).  In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, he will further his teaching and research interests of Islam in Europe. This research will lead to a comparative study of the public policies of European Union countries toward their Muslim populations.

Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg

According to the Fulbright Scholar Program’s website, “The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 310,000 ‘Fulbrighters’ have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946.”


Drury’s OCSS offers grants to reduce diesel emissions

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 17, 2011 — Drury University’s Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions (OCSS) announces available funding for clean diesel projects for public and private diesel fleets.

Eligible equipment includes on-road and off-road heavy or medium duty diesel vehicles or equipment that are stationed or operated in the following counties: Cedar, Polk, Dallas, Barton, Dade, Greene, Webster, Christian, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Lawrence, Barry, Stone, or Taney.

Eligible projects include diesel emission control equipment, idle reduction equipment, SmartWay technology, fuel conversion kits, engine repowers, or early vehicle replacement.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 16, 2011. The request for proposal documents and applications can be found at www.drury.edu/ocss and at www.showmecleanair.com.

For additional information, contact: Doug Neidigh, Director of the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions (OCSS), Drury University, Office: (417) 873-7641, E-mail: dneidigh@drury.edu


Harry Potter’s favorite sport returns to Drury on Saturday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 16, 2011 —Lord Voldemort may be vanquished and Harry Potter may be middle-aged, but the athletic tradition inspired by Hogwarts lives on at Drury University. Drury’s second annual Quidditch tournament brings the battle for the quaffle and the snitch to Sunderland Field on Saturday, Nov. 19 beginning at 10 a.m. The tournament should last into the early afternoon. The event is free and open to the public. Harry Potter fans are encouraged to attend.

Drury students play Quidditch in Nov. 2010

In addition to the on-field games, there will also be fun events for spectators and the community. The Dickerson Park Zoo will have its live owl exhibit on display. Amycakes Bakery is providing Harry Potter-themed food, including: pumpkin pasties, treacle tarts and cauldron cakes. There will also be Butterbeer (non-alcoholic), cider and hot chocolate.

Drury students dressed as their favorite Harry Potter characters

Drury’s tournament will take place just one week after the completion of the fifth annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City, which was won by Middlebury College of Vermont. According to the International Quidditch Association’s website, 300 universities and high schools in the U.S. and 12 other countries have Quidditch teams.

Drury’s Residence Life Association (RLA) and Drury’s Quidditch Club co-sponsor the event.

Media Contact: Andy Swartz, Residence Hall Director, Mobile: (417) 230-7931, Office: (417) 873-7382, E-mail: aswartz@drury.edu


Disabled veterans get free photos from Drury students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 10, 2011 —The Department of Art & Art History and Photography Studies are providing free family portraits for Disabled American Veterans around the area. The sessions are available to the first 50 families that make a reservation. Rebecca Miller, Associate Professor and Photography Program Coordinator, organized the event and her students provide the photography skills.

The idea for the service was sparked in the spring of 2011 from a report on NBC’s Nightly World News from their “Making a Difference” segment. Photographers in Atlanta were offering similar service, and this inspired Miller to get Drury University involved. The contributions that the Drury community has made have allowed the portraits to be cost-free.

“I wanted to give something back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country and freedoms,” Miller said.

Photography sessions are available on the following days:

Saturday, Nov. 12

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Thursday, Nov. 17

Saturday, Nov. 19

For reservations, call Miller at (417) 873-6337 or e-mail her at rmiller01@drury.edu.

Media Contact: Rebecca Miller, Associate Professor of Art & Art History,  Office: (417) 873-6337, E-mail: rmiller01@drury.edu


Drury plans to add on-campus housing for more than 70 students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 14, 2011 — Drury University is pleased that the Springfield City Council voted to re-zone Drury’s property at the corner of North Summit Avenue and East Webster Street, and that it adopted the redevelopment plan for that property. With those decisions by Springfield’s City Council, Drury plans to move forward with a new student housing development. Groundbreaking is scheduled for December with a targeted completion by fall 2012.

On Oct. 28, Drury’s board of trustees approved a plan for a 72-bed, LEED silver housing unit and community center for students. The community center will be a rehabilitated, historic house where Rose O’Neill, an early twentieth-century artist best known for creating the Kewpie doll, once lived. The apartment-style buildings will house four students per unit and feature private bathrooms.

“This is a forward-looking decision and one that will allow Drury to recruit and retain outstanding students for decades,” said Lynn Chipperfield, chairman of Drury’s board of trustees. “It represents further evidence of Drury’s continuing commitment to growth and to offering the best facilities for our students.”

Drury is collaborating with developer Bryan Magers to build the housing. Magers will construct the properties, and Drury will lease the housing from Magers.

“For Drury, this was an entrepreneurial way to build much-needed, on-campus housing for our students,” says Drury President Todd Parnell. “Drury’s strategic plan has aggressive goals to increase enrollment as well as the percentage of students that live on-campus. This development will help us achieve those goals. Drury has done business with Bryan Magers before, and that relationship gave the administration a great deal of confidence that this plan will be a win for our students and the university.”

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