Radio Flyer concert on Thursday features Drury faculty

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 26, 2011 — Bluegrass band Radio Flyer will perform a reunion concert and convey stories of their years together on Thursday, April 28 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Radio Flyer was formed in 1984 and has played together for two decades in several iterations. The band originally consisted of longtime friends David Wilson, Roger Matthews, Steve Duede and Dudley Murphy. Murphy is the director of Drury’s visual communication program and an associate professor of art.

The band will present a program of music related to memory and will interweave stories of the group’s formation and life touring on the road.

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. For more details about speakers visit or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.


Drury professors to work and study abroad as Fulbright fellows

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 26, 2011 — Drury professors Dr. Erin Kenny and Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year.

A talented anthropologist and professor of interdisciplinary studies, Kenny will be teaching for 10 months in Tanzania at the Morogoro campus of Mzumbe University. This school is located in the far west of the country near Malawi. Kenny will be housed within the Institute of Development and teach graduate level courses for the Center for Gender Development during her stay.

Dr. Erin Kenny

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.

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 in literature and popular culture. Her project’s overarching goal is to investigate the complex interrelationship between the visual and written images of westernized European beauty with which Venezuelans are bombarded on a daily basis.

Her research will also examine the extremely high rates of spending on beauty products and the long history of strained racial and economic class relations in the nation. Nichols will also investigate and explore how women in Venezuela are both molded by the beauty machine and use the beauty machine to achieve their professional goals.

Dr. Elizabeth Nichols

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research and university teaching. Through this program, more than 800 U.S. faculty and professionals taught or conducted research abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Media Contact:
Erin Kenny
Director, Women’s Studies Program
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Office: (417) 873-7226

Elizabeth Nichols
Chair, Department of Languages
Professor, Spanish
Office: (417) 873-6925


Drury University makes the Princeton Review’s “Green Guide” for 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2011— Drury University is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education services company selected Drury University for inclusion in a unique resource created for college applicants – “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges.” This is the second straight year Drury has been included in the list.

Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the “Guide to 311 Green Colleges” is the first, free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above averagecommitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

In the past few years, Drury has embarked on several projects aimed at sustainability, including:

Drury's geothermal Stone Chapel

· Converted Stone Chapel to geothermal heating and cooling.
· Established the Central Street Recycling Center.
· Installed solar panels on the roof of Smith Hall.
· Built the O’Reilly Family Event Center to Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy     and Environmental Design) specifications.
· Drury students, faculty and staff built a Platinum LEED certified Habitat for Humanity home.
· Eliminated trays in the cafeteria to reduce water and detergent usage.

“We continue to make progress on all of our goals for reducing the environmental footprint of our operations and for integrating sustainability across our curriculum,” says Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability. “Even adding a new, large facility such as our O’Reilly Family Event Center takes us in the right direction because it is designed, built, and operating to veryhigh environmental standards. It’s nice to be recognized again as one of the nation’s top green schools!”

The free guide can be downloaded at:, and at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green School’s website at:

The Princeton Review chose the 311 schools in the guide based on the “Green Rating” scores it tallied for them in 2010 and reported in the profiles of these schools published in summer 2010 on its website and in some of its print edition college guides. The Green Rating is a numerical score from 60 – 99 that’s based on data from a 50-question survey Princeton Review conducts among hundreds of higher education administrators about their school’s environmental and sustainability-related commitments and initiatives. All schools on the list scored in the 80th percentile or higher.

Dr.Wendy Anderson
Director of Campus Sustainability
Office: (417) 873-7445
Mobile: (417) 353-0084


Earth Day comes a day early to Drury University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 19, 2011 —Preferred parking on Drury Lane for high efficiency vehicles is one of the highlights of Drury’s 2011 Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 21.

On Thursday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., hybrids, electric vehicles, and other automobiles that are officially designated as “high efficiency vehicles” (e.g., VW Passat TDI or Audi A3 TDI) may be parked along Drury Lane south of the Weiser lot entrance all day in unmarked parking spots. Normally, vehicles may only be parked on Drury Lane for 30 minutes. Drury Lane north of the Weiser lot will be closed for Earth Day festivities.

Those festivities, from 11 a.m.-to-1 p.m., include:

·      Local businesses featuring tables, demonstrations and giveaways.

·      Homegrown Food will launch its new web-based farmer’s market with on-site delivery of orders.

·      Tables dedicated to crafts, such as, potting plants and making art from recycled paper.

Potting plants at Drury's 2010 Earth Day

·      A luncheon featuring a large number of vegetarian options and locally raised meats from Rocking Z Ranch.Lunch will be served indoors, but outdoor dining will be available with compostable dinnerware provided.

Drury University will be closed on Friday, April 22 to observe Good Friday.

Visit for more information.

Media contact: Dr. Wendy Anderson, Director of Campus Sustainability, Office: (417) 873-7445, E-mail:


Sheryl Crow will perform at Drury on Friday, July 15

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2011“An Evening with Sheryl Crow” is coming to Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center on Friday, July 15 at 8 p.m.

Early ticket purchase information for the Drury community will be announced later.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 25 at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $75, $55 and $45. To purchase tickets, go to, call the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office at (417) 873-6389 or buy them in person at the box office. The box office is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but tickets cannot be purchased on Monday, April 25 until 10 a.m.

Sheryl Crow

The Kennett, Mo. native is a singer-songwriter, record producer and musician. The nine-time Grammy Award winner released her seventh album, 100 Miles From Memphis, in the summer of 2010.


Drury faculty and students find something on first day of Civil War trench excavation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 14, 2011 — Some iron stone pottery pieces, a 19th century nail head, a World War II era token and a 1954-penny. That is the treasure unearthed by Dr. Monty Dobson and his American History students on April 14, 2011 on the campus of Drury University.

Drury students sift through the dirt at Drury's Civil War entrenchment

Dr. Dobson, a trained archaeologist and a visiting assistant professor of history at Drury, wanted to give his students an actual archaeological experience. From his office on the third floor of Burnham Hall, he had noticed a hump in the ground of the Burnham Circle lawn. After some investigation, he realized that Drury’s written and oral history made note of a Civil War entrenchment through the middle of campus.

The earliest written reference to the entrenchment comes from Drury’s first president in a fundraising letter. On the twentieth anniversary of Drury’s founding in 1893, Professor Paul Roulet delivered this passage in his address to the school, “Rifle pits, relics of the late war zigzagged from Washington to Benton avenues.  Most of these were carefully leveled during the first term by teachers and students. The children of the gray and the children of the blue stood side by side and shoulder to shoulder putting down the earthworks their fathers had raised. What is left, however, should be carefully preserved for their historic value.”

Drury President Todd Parnell joins students at the Civil War excavation

While no rifles or cannonballs were unearthed on the first day, Dr. Dobson was encouraged that his students found a few artifacts and had the experience of digging with trowels and sifting dirt. The dirt sifter is where the nail head was unearthed, “This kind of experiential learning is what a Drury education is all about. I can lecture to my students all day, but by allowing them to discover history I hope that I’ll turn them into life-long history buffs,” Dobson said.

(L to R): Iron stone pottery, a 19th century nail head, a WW II era token, a 1954 penny

The day before the excavation, Dobson had colleagues from Missouri State University scan the site with ground penetrating radar. Dobson says that revealed a four-and-a-half foot deep trench. That data along with a core sample that exposed different strata of earth gave Dobson more evidence that the entrenchment was more than just folklore and he’ll continue investigating into the summer of 2011, “A quarter inch trowel scrape at a time,” Dobson said.

Media contact: Dr. Lemont Dobson, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Office: (417) 873-7368, Mobile: (313) 461-4808, E-mail:


Drury University-Rolla campus announces new director

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 15, 2011 —Drury University has named Myra Miller as the new director of Drury’s satellite campus in Rolla, Mo.

Miller, a Dixon High School graduate and Drury alumna, returned to Drury in 2001 as an adjunct instructor in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS).  In 2005, she was awarded with the “Sue Rollins CGCS Educator of the Year.”

Hired full-time in 2007 as an administrator in the Drury Athletic Department, Miller was instrumental in the initial fundraising phase, planning, and building of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.  She served as the inaugural director of the event center until transferring to the Director of Drury-Rolla campus position.

“I am eager to get started and help increase the presence of Drury University in Rolla and the surrounding communities,” said Miller. “With my knowledge of the region and passion for Drury, I am confident that the Rolla campus will exceed expectations.”

Myra Miller

Miller will transition into her new role over the next few weeks and begin full-time at Rolla June 1, 2011.

Media Contact:
Myra Miller
Director, Drury University-Rolla
Mobile: (417) 849-0155


Drury wind symphony and chamber ensembles present their final concerts of the year on April 19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 15, 2011 — The Drury University Wind Symphony and Chamber Ensembles will present their final performance of the year in Clara Thompson Hall on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 pm.

The concert will feature the music of Ginastera, Holsinger, Barber, Milhaud and Ferenc.

Admission is free. For additional information, please contact the Drury Music Office at 873-7296.


Parade on April 26 to celebrate three straight dual swimming and diving championships for Drury

WHO: The Drury University swimming and diving teams.

WHAT: A parade and celebration to honor Drury’s three straight dual NCAA Division II swimming and diving national championships. The Panthers and Lady Panthers won their latest national championships in March at the Division II meet in San Antonio, TX. The Central High School Kilties, the Springfield Fire Department Color Guard, the Springfield Fire Department fire engine and several classic vehicles will join the Drury community in the parade to honor the two teams.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: The parade route will begin at Cox North parking lot at Lynn St. and Jefferson Ave., travel south to Bob Barker Blvd. where it will turn east and travel to Drury Lane where the parade will head north onto the heart of theDrury campus. The parade will end at the fountains at the north end of Drury Lane by the Findlay Student Center.

WHY: Drury picked up its ninth men’s title and eighth women’s NCAA titles on March 12 at the Division II swimming championships in San Antonio. The Panthers now have swept both titles in 1999, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The seventh consecutive national championship for the Drury men ranks second all-time among NCAA-IIprograms. The DU women won for the third straight year and fourth time in the last five years.

Drury’s three straight wins by its men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams is unprecedented in NCAA II history.

FREE: Fans attending the parade will be treated to bratwurst, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks and ice cream in the Findlay Student Center circle, all at nocost. The swim team will give away signed championship posters after the parade.

WEATHER: In the case of bad weather, the post-parade celebration will move inside to the ballroom in the Findlay Student Center.

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Associate Dir. of Marketing and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390,Mobile: (417) 839-2886, E-mail:
Scott Puryear, Asst. Athletic Director for Communications, Office: (417) 873-4097,

Drury accounting professor recognized by business school accrediting agency

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April. 14, 2011 — Drury University Professor of Accounting Dr. Penny Clayton will receive a 2011 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs(ACBSP) Teaching Excellence Award.  As a regional recipient of the award, Dr. Clayton will now be considered for the2011 ACBSP International Teaching Excellence Award, which will be announced in June.

The ACBSP recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom. The award is the result of selection by the International Council of Business Schools and Programs, which is a regional council of ACBSP. The University of Indianapolis – Athens Campus is the financial sponsor for the 2011 award.

Dr. Penny Clayton

Dr. Clayton will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at the 2011 ACBSP Annual Conference, June 24-27 in Indianapolis, Ind. She will receive a medallion and a $100 check. The International Award, for which Dr. Clayton is now eligible, will also be announced at this conference.

“Dr. Clayton enjoys a stellar reputation in the classroom. She is liked and respected by her students, which is the highestcompliment an educator can receive. She has very deliberately sought out professional opportunities that have afforded her a myriad of contrasts in real world/business experiences. These experiences make her teaching come alive and provide relevance to the accounting theories and practices presented,” said Michael Shirley, director of Drury’s Breech School of Business Administration.

ACBSP currently has more than 932 member campuses in 48 countries and nine regions.

For more information about ACBSP, visit its website: