Drury University to offer Social Media Certification webinar in March

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 21, 2011 — Drury University will launch an eight-week webinar beginning March 8 for its Social Media Certification. Deltina Hay, author of The Social Media Survival Guide, will lead the class.

The webinar certification covers the usage of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, while also covering lessons in the ethics of these programs and how to integrate them into a marketing initiative.

Drury’s Social Media program began in June 2010 and has been able to reach and impact a wide variety of students. “Since the program’s inception we’ve worked with students from multiple colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies and numerous small business owners,” said Dr. Curt Gilstrap director of the Master of Arts in Communication program.  Students who have graduated from the program speak enthusiastically about the skills they’ve gained in such a short timeframe, in addition to being able to use their knowledge to help them secure valuable jobs and internships.

For more information about Drury’s social media program or to get tips on social media usage visit the Social Media Certification site.

Media Contact: Dr. Curt Gilstrap, Director-Master of Arts in Communication, Office: (417) 873-4068, E-mail: cgilstrap01@drury.edu

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An architect challenges people to think differently about pollution on Feb. 24 at Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 18, 2011 —Jorge Otero-Pailos (hor-hay oh-tear-oh pay-los) will challenge listeners to think differently about pollution and our cultural relationship to it on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

The history of modern civilization is defined by pollution. The world’s collective hope is to one day break with this historic tradition and stop making pollution, but what to do about what has already been created? Is it possible to think differently about pollution and humanity’s cultural relationship to it?

Jorge Otero-Pailos

Jorge Otero-Pailos engages these questions through the mediums of art and architecture. His installations peel away the layers of pollution deposited on historic monuments, turning them into a record to be preserved and inviting us to consider them as part of modernity’s heritage.

Otero-Pailos, an assistant professor of historic preservation at Columbia University in New York, is an architect, artist and theorist specializing in experimental forms of preservation.
Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past 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.

Media Contact:
Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482
E-mail
: wgarvin@drury.edu

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Temple Grandin speaks of a life of challenges and accomplishments

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 16, 2011 — Temple Grandin will present a talk focused on her life of challenges and successes with autism, on Thursday, March 3, at 11 a.m. in the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University. The event is free and open to the public.

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., has been called “the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world.” Her autism has given her a unique perspective into the lives of stock animals, and half of the cattle in the U.S. are handled in facilities designed by Grandin.

Grandin, the author of six books, has been the focus of much media attention over the past few months.  Grandin was named a “hero” by Time magazine and was placed on their list of the 100 most influential people of 2010. Additionally, her life is the subject of a recent critically acclaimed HBO film Temple Grandin. The film, which stars Claire Danes, was nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards, and Danes won Best Actress in a Made for TV Movie. The film also won a total of seven Emmy Awards including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Director and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

Grandin will discuss her life’s challenges and successes, and provide insight into what the New York Times calls “a mind that’s ‘different but not less.’”

Flash photography will not be allowed at this event.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past 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.

Media note: Dr. Grandin will be available to speak to the media from 10:30–10:45 a.m. in the conference room on the lower level of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Media are asked to be in place by 10:20 a.m. During Dr. Grandin’s speech, news media are welcome to photograph or videotape the event, but are asked to please respect audience members’ sight lines. No flash photography will be allowed during Dr. Grandin’s speech.

Media Contact:
Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482
E-mail
: wgarvin@drury.edu

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Drury’s Certificate in Environmental Sustainability equips professionals with knowledge and skills

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 14, 2011 — Drury University’s Department of Environmental Programs will offer a Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (CES) in the summer of 2011. This 5-day program is designed for working professionals and students.

This is an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help organizations meet sustainability goals. By combining classroom education, real-world project development, and mentoring from experienced sustainability professionals, the CES program is professional development designed to immediately enhance an organization or community’s environmental performance.

“CES is very project oriented and hands-on,” says Doug Neidigh, director of the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions. “Our goal is to teach immediate improvement opportunities, and to give people the knowledge for real-world opportunities in sustainability.”

The CES program will be held May 15–20 and July 31–August 5 at the Drury campus in Springfield, Mo. The cost is $1,500 for general admission, and $1,200 for students. Register online now at www.drury.edu/ces.

Topics at CES will include:

· Managing Natural Resources: Energy, Air, Water
· Preventing Waste
· Environmental Economics
· Marketing Your Efforts
· Managing Change
· Green Buildings
· Systems Thinking
· Environmental Ethics
· Green Products and Purchasing

Contact:
Doug Neidigh
Director of the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions
Office: (417) 873-7641
E-mail: dneidigh@drury.edu
Or
Teresa M. Carroll, Ph.D.
Director of Environmental Programs
Office: (417) 873-6971
E-mail: tcarroll@drury.edu

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A tradition continues: Peter and the Wolf at Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 14, 2011 — Drury University will present its annual Peter and the Wolf concert on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. The performance at 10:30 a.m. is free and open to the public while the later performance is reserved for Springfield Public School students.

Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf has been a tradition at Drury University for nearly four decades. A combination of students from the Department of Music and professional musicians from the Springfield area (including Drury faculty) perform the music for the event. Additionally, a representative from the Dickerson Park Zoo will make a brief presentation about wildlife ecology.

Around 4,000 third-graders from area schools annually come onto the Drury campus to enjoy the magic of music as they see this timeless classic acted out in front of their eyes by students from the Department of Theater.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Christopher Koch at (417) 873-7298.

Contact:
Dr. Christopher Koch
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra & Wind Symphony
Phone: (417) 873-7298
Email: ckoch@drury.edu

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Author and privacy expert to speak at Drury University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 10, 2011 — Author and attorney Frederick Lane will discuss privacy in the modern-age on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Fred Lane

After five years working as an attorney, Lane started a computer consulting business, which allowed him the time to begin researching the legislative and media reactions to online privacy. As a result of this research, Lane has written five books on technology and privacy. His most recent is American Privacy: The Four-Hundred-Year History of our Most Contested Right. Lane’s work includes how perceptions of privacy are changing with the use of new social media such as Facebook.

Lane has also been featured on several television programs including Nightline, 60 Minutes, CBS’s Sunday Morning and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past 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.

Media Contact:
Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482
E-mail
: wgarvin@drury.edu

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Annual Steve Good concert at Drury honors former academic dean

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 10, 2011 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra (SDCO) will perform The Stephen H. Good Memorial Concert honoring the memory of Dr. Stephen Good, the academic dean at Drury for more than 20 years. The concert will be presented on Thursday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Stone Chapel at the corner of Central Street and Benton Avenue.  The event is free and open to the public.

Statue of Dean Steve Good on the Drury campus

Comprising a combination of students, professional musicians, and dedicated enthusiasts, the 90-member SDCO will present a performance of Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”) and Weber’s Bassoon Concerto featuring soloist Lia Southern. A Slavonic Dance from Dvorak’s less frequently performed Op. 72 collection will complete the program.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past 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 and information, please visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

Contact:
Dr. Christopher Koch
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra & Wind Symphony
Phone: (417) 873-7298
Email:
ckoch@drury.edu

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U.S. Marine discusses importance of animal rights

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 3, 2011 — Lieutenant Colonel Robert Lucius will deliver a talk titled “Kairos Moments: A New Vision for a More Humane World” on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

On a lonely road in northern Vietnam in the summer of 2006, Lt. Col. Lucius says he had one of those rare perspective altering “kairos moments,” named for the Greek word for opportunities.  It was a moment that shattered his faith in the cherished memories and traditions of his typical, middle-class American upbringing. This event transformed him into an animal rights advocate committed to opening minds to the possibility that there are indeed better ways to improve public health and foster environmental sustainability, while simultaneously promoting a culture of compassion toward animals.

Lt. Col. Lucius was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1989 and has since served 22 years on active duty in a wide variety of command, staff and diplomatic assignments. He is now assigned as the Assistant Provost, Dean of Educational Support Services and Dean of Students for the Directorate of Continuing Education at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA.

In 2009, Lt. Col. Lucius founded the Kairos Coalition, a non-profit charity that pilots experimental humane education initiatives in developing countries.
The Drury University Forum on Animal Rights sponsors Lucius’s appearance.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past 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.

Media Contact:
Dr. Patricia McEachern
Director of the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights
Office: (417) 873-7875
E-mail
: pmceache@drury.edu

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Postponed: Body Image Project exhibition at Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 2, 2011 — Due to the inclement weather, the planned exhibition of Larry Kirkwood’s Body Image Project at Drury University is postponed. A new date has not been determined. For more information on the Body Image Project please visit: www.kirkwoodstudios.com.

A Body Image Project cast

Media Contact:

Ed Derr, LPC, NCC; Director of Counseling, Office: (417) 873-7457, E-mail: ederr@drury.edu

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Kappa Delta Sorority awards “Confidence U” grant to Drury staff member

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 27, 2011 Drury’s Director of Greek Life and Student Involvement, Andrea Battaglia, was selected by Kappa Delta Sorority to receive its $1,000 individual Confidence U grant.

The grant, which is an extension of the sorority’s Confidence Coaliton, will be used to host a mini-conference for college and high school women, as well as create an art display in the Drury Panhellenic building highlighting sorority women of the past and present who inspire confidence. The individual Confidence U award was designed to acknowledge a Panhellenic representative, Greek advisor or university leader who is making a strong and visible difference in the lives of women on his or her campus.

Andrea Battaglia

“Kappa Delta’s Confidence Coalition continues to provide women with the resources to realize their true potential,” Battaglia said.  “Drury University is excited to partner with the Confidence Coalition to inspire confidence in our sorority women and enable them to do the same for others through our creative programs such as the Confidence [D]U mini-conference.”

“We are proud to honor Andrea with the Confidence U award and support the important work she does to instill confidence in women on the Drury campus,” said Beth Langford, Kappa Delta Sorority National President.

Battaglia holds a degree in chemistry and advertising from Drury University and has served her alma mater since 2005 supporting 11 Greek organizations and more than 90 campus organizations as Director of Greek Life and Student Involvement.

The Confidence U grants are awarded annually. For more information on the Confidence Coalition or grants, visit www.confidencecoalition.org or contact Bria Bolton at 901.748.1897, ext. 208.

Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women with over 210,000 members, 212 chartered collegiate chapters and 516 chartered alumnae chapters nationwide. In 2009, the sorority created the Confidence Coalition, an alliance of organizations and companies committed to promoting confidence in girls and women. For more information, visit www.kappadelta.org.

Media Contact:
Heidi Roy
Office: (901) 748-1897, ext. 216
E-mail
: dircomm@kappadelta.org

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