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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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.

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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Drury staff to present research at American Psychological Association Conference

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 27, 2011Dr. Laura Plybon, CGCS Director of Assessment and Instructional Design, and Tony Bowers, Director of the Law Enforcement Academy have been selected to present at the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Annual Conference.

The APA presentation is based on an assessment report of Drury’s Law Enforcement Academy. Incoming academy students were assessed in order to determine if the ASSET writing skills test could serve as an appropriate predictor of future academic success, as well as completion of the academy.

Dr. Plybon and Bowers will present their findings at the APA Conference in Washington DC in August 2011. The title of their presentation is “Assessment in Law Enforcement Academies: Predictors of Peace Officer Student Success.”

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Drury and Askinosie Chocolate continue partnership through Cocoa Honors

Cocoa Honors, an extension of the Chocolate University program, has come full circle in its mission to assist Askinosie Chocolate in producing a single-origin bar from Africa, while also impacting the lives of the farmers within an African village.

Tanzanian children sport Drury Panther t-shirts

In August of 2010, 13 Central High School Students traveled to Tenende, a village in Tanzania, to meet with the cocoa farmers with whom they’d been negotiating.  Three Drury students also traveled with the group. While in Africa, students were able to see firsthand how negotiations work and how a free trade business operates.  Prior to leaving for the trip, students had spent over nine months researching, taste testing, and communicating with various farmer groups and business owners in order to see the process from beginning to end. Since arriving back in the United States, the students have been eager to continue their relationship with the villagers they connected with during their two-week stay.  As a result, they raised money and collected donations of school supplies and gifts to send as a Christmas package to the children of Tenende. Chocolate University began as a collaborative partnership of Askinosie Chocolate and Drury University to benefit the children in the surrounding neighborhood. It was formed with a vision to provide a learning experience to Boyd, Pipkin, and Central High School students through the lens of artisan chocolate making. Drury students are also able to receive hands-on experience by developing curriculum for the Chocolate University program. Askinosie Chocolate is the sole funding source of Chocolate University by donating 100 percent of their tour proceeds to Drury University for the benefit of the neighborhood children.

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Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition announces Dig In R-Twelve (DIRT) Project Garden Awards

Springfield, MO, January 26, 2011—Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition has awarded ten Springfield R-12 schools with DIRT Project Gardens. The Dig In R-Twelve (DIRT) Project will plan and install the ten school gardens and, in collaboration with the Drury School of Education, will also provide and teach curriculum to address core state education standards and use the gardens to complement classroom learning by teaching healthy habits in a fun, active, hands-on environment.

The ten awarded schools include: Glendale High School; Delaware Elementary; Weller Elementary; McGregor Elementary; David Harrison Elementary; Eugene Field Elementary; York Elementary; Rountree Elementary; Jarrett Middle School and the Midtown School Garden, a DIRT pilot project utilized by Boyd elementary and Pipkin Middle School.

Garden design, planning and installation will begin immediately for Glendale, Delaware, Weller, McGregor and Midtown School Garden. The five remaining gardens will be installed for the 2011-2012 school year.

The DIRT Project aims to address increasing obesity rates in Missouri. It will promote healthy, active lifestyles by providing education to the community and the school children about the benefits of growing and using sustainably produced, locally grown food.

The DIRT Project will collaborate with several Springfield organizations including Springfield R-XII Public School District; the YMCA; Childhood Obesity Action Group (COAG), Slow Food Southwest Missouri, CoxHealth, Community Partnership’s Caring Communities Initiative and Drury University.

Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) promotes healthy lifestyles and environments through hands-on education about production and consumption of locally-produced, natural, healthy foods.

Funding for this project was provided in whole by the Missouri Foundation for Health. The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.

Visit springfielduac.org to learn more or help with additional materials, signage for gardens, fruit trees, and shrubs. Donations are welcome!

Contact: Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition, Name: Lucy Howell, Melissa Millsap, Phone: (417) 873-6343, Email: lucy@springfielduac.org; mel@urbanrootsfarm.com

Ludo to perform concert at Drury University on Feb. 18

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 25, 2011 — Drury University will host Ludo in concert Friday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in Weiser Gymnasium. The concert is free for Drury students, $5 for Drury faculty and staff, and $15 for general admission. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Drury University’s Student Union Board (SUB) is sponsoring the concert as part of the campus’s homecoming week. “We gauged student interest and found that Ludo was the most popular choice for a student concert,” said Allison Griffith, SUB Coordinator.

Ludo, originally from St. Louis, Mo., is best described as an alternative rock band. To date, the group has released four albums, including their most recent Prepare the Preparations.

For more information, visit Ludo’s website: http://www.ludorock.com/

Media Contact:
Allison Griffith
Coordinator—Student Union Board
Office: (417) 873-6975
E-mail: agriffith@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.

Dierks Bentley headlines a concert at the O’Reilly Family Event Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 24, 2011 — Country superstar Dierks Bentley will perform at Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center on Wednesday, April 20. Tickets can be purchased for $29 and $34 at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389 beginning March 7 at 10 a.m.

Dierks Bentley

Bentley, a Phoenix, Az. native, has sold over five million albums and celebrated 7 number 1 hits during his career. Josh Thompson and country female duo Miss Willie Brown will join Bentley for the April 20 concert.

Contact:
Myra Miller
Director of the O’Reilly Family Event Center
Office: (417) 873-6381,
Mobile: (417) 849-0155
E-mail: mmiller1@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 University professor receives grant for documentary project

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 21, 2011 —Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Monty Dobson received a $10,000 grant from the Kirby Foundation for the production of a documentary film about the Native American culture near St. Louis. Dobson’s company ShovelReady Productions will produce the film Cahokia: Native American City of Mystery.

The film examines the Cahokia Mounds, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, in Collinsville, Ill., located approximately 18 miles to the east of St. Louis, Mo. “We are terrifically excited by the opportunity this generous grant from the Kirby Foundation offers to bring attention to the truly unique nature of the Cahokia site,” Dobson said.

Dr. Monty Dobson

Dobson partnered with Drury’s Artist in Residence, Patrick Mureithi, to produce the film. The 30-minute documentary will delve into the history of the Mississippian culture epicenter at Cahokia that flourished between A.D. 800 and 1400.

Dobson is an archaeologist, visiting assistant professor of history at Drury and founder of ShovelReady Productions. Dobson holds a Ph.D. in Archeology from the University of York in England. He has also served as a member of senior management with the internationally famous Jorvik Viking Centre Museum and lectured at universities around the world.

For more information about this film or other ShovelReady productions visit: www.montysworldonline.com.

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Body image is the focus of an art exhibit coming to Drury University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 20, 2011 — Drury University will host the Body Image Project art exhibit Feb. 2-4 in the Findlay Student Center. The exhibit blurs the line between art, psychology and sociology.

From the Body Image Project’s mission statement, “This exhibit strives to give you a more honest and healthy view of who we really are physically. Specifically, this project deals with prejudices such as sexism, racism, and ageism, and judgments about weight and height. While it does use our appearance as a springboard to discussion, IN THE END, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS WHAT IS INSIDE A PERSON THAT MAKES THEM WHO THEY ARE.”

A Body Image Project cast


The exhibit features plaster casts of actual people produced by artist Larry Kirkwood. Kirkwood says it takes about 20 minutes to make the cast, but processing the cast to be displayed takes nearly a month. Kirkwood has displayed his casts at universities such as Duke, the University of Wyoming and Louisiana State University, but this visit will mark his first trip to Springfield. For more information about the Body Image Project go to: www.kirkwoodstudios.com.

The Body Image Project will be displayed in the Free Association Gallery on the upper level of the Findlay Student Center located at the north end of Drury Lane. Kirkwood will host an artist talk beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 to coincide with First Friday Art Walk. The gallery will be open to the public that night from 6-8 p.m.

February is also National Eating Disorders Awareness Month and the Body Image Project’s appearance at Drury kicks off other programming that Drury Counseling Services is planning for the month.

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

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