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

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


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.

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


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
: wgarvin@drury.edu


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.

Dr. Christopher Koch
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra & Wind Symphony
Phone: (417) 873-7298


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
: pmceache@drury.edu


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
: dircomm@kappadelta.org


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.”


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.


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