Drury’s Edward Jones Center to host a Minorities in Business meeting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 29, 2011 — Drury University Communications Professor, Regina Waters, will serve as a keynote speaker at the October Minorities in Business Meeting.  The meeting, which is hosted by The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 5:15 – 7 p.m. at Q Enoteca, located at 308 W. Commercial St.  This event is free and open to the public.

The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship will host the meeting as part of the Center’s Minority Entrepreneurship Workshop series.  The workshop will focus on implementing social media and email to market a business.

Dr. Regina Waters

Dr. Waters will lead a discussion titled Social Media 101: Spark a Connection with Your Customers. During this session, attendees will learn how various social media platforms can influence and strengthen customer relationships.

“A solid social media strategy can create meaningful two-way interaction between businesses and their stakeholders,” said Waters.  “I am thrilled that area business owners are eager to learn more about social interactions in the online world.”

Dr. Waters will be joined in speaking at the meeting by Paige Cahill of Constant Contact.  Cahill will lead a session called REV UP Your Customer Relationships, Referrals & Revenues with Email Marketing.

Media Contact: Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director, The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Office: (417) 873-7458, E-mail: kstill@drury.edu


Overcoming disabilities to earn a college degree

On a recent Friday, Drury student Jody Burrow was eating lunch near campus. The message in his fortune cookie read, “It’s a good time to finish up old tasks.” A friend replied, “You need to finish that reading for class.” While Burrow, 36, has short-term tasks to finish, by attending Drury he is finishing a task he began half a lifetime ago and overcoming obstacles most people never have to face.

Burrow is blind, uses a wheelchair and has to undergo daily kidney dialysis.

After graduating from Kickapoo High School in 1993, Burrow began pursuing a degree at Missouri State, he never finished, but he was working as a computer programmer at O’Reilly Auto Parts and teaching programming at night when, in 2006, he collapsed. The type 1 diabetes that was slowly robbing him of his eyesight put him in the hospital. When he emerged two weeks later, he couldn’t see, he’d lost the ability to walk and his kidneys had quit functioning.

“I was tired of doing nothing,” Burrow says when asked about why he chose to go back to school. Five years after he was disabled, Burrow is at Drury taking a full course load as he pursues a bachelor’s degree in political science. He plans to go on to graduate school and hopes to one day work as an advocate for the disabled.

Volunteer Elizabeth Steele helps Burrow as he talks to Dr. Monty Dobson

Burrow isn’t alone as he begins his new academic career. Ed Derr, Drury’s director of counseling, reached out to his church, Prince of Peace Lutheran, looking for volunteers to help Burrow navigate the campus and take that burden off of Burrow’s 74-year-old mother. Four of Derr’s friends each help Burrow get to class one day a week.

Burrow sometimes wonders why this has happened to him, but he believes that everything happens for a reason and he’s happy to have a purpose again, “People always say they wish they didn’t have to work. Be careful what you wish for. You can only listen to the radio for so long.”

Video: Going to class with Jody Burrow


The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra announces its 2011-12 season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 23, 2011–The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra announces its 7th season, featuring showpieces by Khachaturian and Nielsen, a return to Hammons Hall, and the orchestra’s debut performance at Evangel University.

On Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m., the orchestra returns to Hammons Hall for its opening performance of the 2011 season, featuring tenor Stephen Bomgardner in an aria from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and the exultant Symphony No. 4 “Inextinguishable” of Carl Nielsen–an epic and powerful work celebrating the promethean energy of life itself.  Antonin Dvorak’s delightful Slavonic Dance No. 8, op. 46 completes the program.

On Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 pm, the orchestra makes its first appearance in the Evangel University Chapel Auditorium with a concert of ravishing extremes:  the sensual beauty of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero and the martial grandeur of Aram Khachaturian’s Symphony No. 3.  Written to celebrate the end of World War II, this enormous work features large orchestra, a choir of 15 additional trumpets, and possibly the most virtuosic pipe organ writing in the orchestral literature.  Drury Concerto-Aria Competition winner Colin Barker will perform Joseph Hadyn’s Concerto for Cello.

Comprising a combination of students, professional musicians, dedicated enthusiasts, and led by Music Director Christopher Koch, the 90-member SDCO presents a full season of great orchestral masterworks, all free and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted.  For additional information, please visit the SDCO on Facebook, on the web at http://sdco.drury.edu/ or call the Drury University Department of Music on 873-7296.


ONE organizer speaks at Drury to educate advocates about combating poverty

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 23, 2011—Libby Crimmings, a regional field director for ONE, an international advocacy group that combats poverty, will hold a ONE advocacy training at Drury on Monday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. in the Trustee Science Center.

“We will talk about ONE’s history, some of the organization’s top priorities for the rest of the year and, of course, what advocates can do to take action,” Crimmings says. “Advocates will learn how to organize and work to eliminate poverty and disease right here in Springfield and the Ozarks.”

This is a description of ONE from its website: “ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Co-founded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers.”

Anyone interested in becoming a ONE advocate is encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Libby Crimmings at libby.crimmings@one.org or call her at (515) 344-8168. You can also sign up for the meeting at this website: http://act.one.org/event/GeneralEvent/9992 or go to the event’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=248997625141467.

Media contact: Brian Hendershot, President of ONE Drury, Mobile: 580-743-5203, E-mail: bmounger@drury.edu


A famous artist’s visit to Drury to be commemorated on Thursday, Sept. 22

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 21, 2011 — Rose O’Neill is best known as the creator of the Kewpie doll and as an accomplished artist and author from the first half of the twentieth century. 75 years ago, O’Neill visited the Drury campus and spoke to the Drury community in Wallace Hall. On Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., Drury graduate Carolyn Fay will portray O’Neill’s character in the east parlor of Wallace Hall.

Prior to Fay’s performance, there will be a silent art auction with works from more than 20 different artists. Proceeds from the art auction will help fund the renovation of the Rose O’Neill house. The house is located on Drury property on the southeast corner of Summit St. and Calhoun Ave.

The event is sponsored by the Gender Equity Council and Women and Gender Studies.

Media Contact: Dr. Katherine Gilbert, Director of Women and Gender Studies, Office: (417) 873-6941, E-mail: kgilbert@drury.edu
Jackie Warren, Drury Artist in Residence, Office: (417) 873-7512, E-mail: jwarren@drury.edu


Drury alumnus and EPA attorney leads Founder’s Day celebration

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 20, 2011 — Phil Page, a graduate of Drury University and a current attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will deliver a talk titled “Connecting People to the Planet for Prosperity” on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University. The talk is free and open to the public.

Page, a 1978 Drury graduate, will present his talk on Drury’s Founder’s Day.  Founder’s Day celebrates the tradition of giving back to Drury and honors those who give time, talent and resources to support the university.

During his talk, Page will offer a real-world view of environmental work and share how Drury students of various majors can get involved in current EPA projects.

In addition to being an attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency, Page also serves as the team leader of the EPA Brownfields Program in Washington, D.C. His team helps to develop policies and programs that provide environmental protection and sustainable redevelopment of contaminated sites.

Founder’s Day honors those who helped establish and contributed to Drury University. Drury held its first day of classes on Sept. 25, 1873.

Drury University’s 2011-2012 convocation series, The Changing Planet: Our Role in Nature’s Economy, considers human connections to the environment, while also examining potential solutions to current problems.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/changingplanet or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Sean Terry at (417) 873-6963.


The Charlie Daniels Band will play at Drury on Thursday, November 17

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 16, 2011 — The Charlie Daniels Band will perform live at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. Opening acts include Springfield native Chris Cavanaugh and Kansas City-based Noe Palma. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office, by calling (417) 873-6389 or at www.drurytickets.com. Tickets cost $29.50, $39.50 and $59.50 plus handling fees.

Known for his fiddle playing, Charlie Daniels has been performing for over 50 years. His style is a mixture of rock, country, bluegrass, blues and gospel.

Charlie Daniels Band

Daniel’s anthems “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It” propelled his 1975 collection Fire On the Mountain to Double Platinum status. He won a Grammy Award in 1979 for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and, the following year, the song became a major crossover success on rock radio stations after its inclusion on the soundtrack for the hit movie Urban Cowboy. The Charlie Daniels Band (CDB) appeared in the movie. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” still receives regular airplay on classic rock and country stations. Daniels and The CDB have earned awards from the Gospel Music Association, the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

The CDB’s current release on Blue Hat Records/E1 Ent is Land That I Love, a patriotic compilation including two new cuts “Iraq Blues” and “What This World Needs is a Few More Rednecks.”

Daniels was honored by the Pentagon with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his support of military personnel. He was also awarded the AmVet Silver Helmet award, an annual award that recognizes excellence and achievement in Americanism, defense, rehabilitation, congressional service and other fields, by the AmVets, an organization formed by World War II veterans.

In addition to visiting troops at bases in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Korea and elsewhere, Daniels started Operation Heartstrings, a program that donated 100 Gibson guitars, drums, keyboards and microphones to deployed service members. More than 13,000 pieces of musical accessories were sent to deployed service members in 2005. Charlie continues to tour across the heartland of America and performs for U.S. troops from Guantanamo Bay to Bosnia, Kuwait, South Korea, and repeat trips to Iraq for Stars for Stripes.

Daniels has lent his talent and time to numerous charitable causes. He hosts The Charlie Daniels Celebrity Golf Classic & Angelus Concert in Hudson, FL, a benefit for The Angelus, a full-time residential facility and day school program for the severely handicapped. He co-hosts along with Coach Phillip Fulmer, the Jason Foundation Golf Classic, a national organization that targets teen suicide prevention, and is a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board. He has been a supporter of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research for many years and was recently presented the Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award at their 35th Annual Awards Gala in New York City.

Media Contact:
Murdock Moss
Nottingham Productions
1330 East Cherry Street
Suite 100
Springfield, MO 65802
E-mail: info@nottinghamproductions.com
Phone: 816-309-5260


Renowned architect to discuss green building at Drury on Friday, Sept. 16

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 13, 2011 — Author and architect, John Quale, will discuss the importance of the environment and architecture on Friday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Hammons School of Architecture Multi-Purpose Room at Drury University.  This event is free and open to the public.

An associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia, Quale is credited with starting the ecoMOD project. This interdisciplinary research and design initiative began with the goal of providing affordable housing that is sustainable and composed from prefabricated pieces. Since its creation, the project has built six affordable housing units, renovated three housing units and is currently planning for four new units. EcoMOD has received national recognition, including awards from the US Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

John Quale has been a Fulbright Scholar in Japan and has also been the Thomas Jefferson Fellow at Cambridge. He is the author of Trojan Goat: A Self Sufficient House and his latest book, Sustainable, Affordable, Prefab: the ecoMOD Project is set to be published this year.

Media Contact:
Karen Cordes Spence
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Office: (417) 873-7409
E-mail: kspence@drury.edu


International consultant discusses change on a global scale

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 13, 2011 — Leith Sharp, an expert on sustainability within higher education, will challenge Drury students to think about the world around them on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Leith Sharp is an international consultant who specializes in sustainability on a collegiate level. Sharp will bring her own knowledge and experience to her discussion, particularly, the Harvard Green Campus Initiative which she introduced in 2000.

Leith Sharp

This program became the largest green campus organization in the world taking Harvard to the forefront as a global leader in campus sustainability. The venture was sustainable financially as well, producing large savings that funded most of the program.

Sharp holds a Master of Arts in human development and psychology from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Drury University’s 2011-2012 convocation series, The Changing Planet: Our Role in Nature’s Economy, considers human connections to the environment, while also examining potential solutions to current problems.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/changingplanet or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Sean Terry at (417) 873-6963.


Drury is back in the top 10 of the U.S. News and World Report rankings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 12, 2011 — Drury University is ranked in the top 10 of the best Regional Universities in the United States in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2012. The rankings can be viewed at www.usnews.com/colleges.

Drury is 10th on the list of Best Regional Universities in the Midwest. Regional universities are defined by U.S. News as institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, but few, if any, doctoral programs. In the 2010 and 2011 editions of the college guide, Drury was ranked 11th in the Midwest.

“This ranking is a validation of the hard work Drury’s faculty and staff have engaged in to provide a rigorous education for our students that prepares them to think critically in an increasingly global society, and prepares graduates for personal and professional success in that world,” said Dr. Charles Taylor, vice president of academic affairs. “It is gratifying to know that Drury is one of only two universities from Missouri ranked in the top 10.”

The 2012 edition of the Best Colleges guidebook is available at USNews.com and will be on newsstands September 20.

Media contact:

Mark Miller, M.A., Associate Director of Marketing and Communication, Office: 417-873-7390, Mobile: 417-839-2886, E-mail: markmiller@drury.edu