Opportunities for students to become teachers in rural areas

For Immediate Release: October 12

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 12, 2010 — As the job market slows and jobs in education become tougher to find, the Ozarks Teacher Corps reaches out to future college graduates to teach in rural school districts. Drury University, Missouri State, and Ozarks Technical Community College have a total of eighteen students in this elite program.

Each student receives $4,000 a year to become a teacher, in return they pledge three years after graduation to a rural district in southwest Missouri. The initiative is possible thanks to a $1.7 million donation administered through Springfield’s Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

“One of my professors came to me and said ‘I know you’re from a small town. I think this would be a great opportunity for you’,” said Drury student, Melissa Payne.

Nearly 20 percent of the school-age population attends rural schools. Gary Funk, president of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, hopes that these future teachers will develop into “rural activists”, and stay with their communities long-term.

“There is a glimmer of hope for opportunities for employment,” said Drury School of Education Director, Chris Craig. “I think this is a real unique initiative to show everyone that there are some positive things happening in education.”

In the spring of 2011, the program hopes to add eight more students.

Media Contact:
Dr. Chris Craig
Director of the School of Education and Child Development
Office: (417) 873-7344
E-mail: ccraig@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, visitwww.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 professor and student are recognized as top female communicators

For Immediate Release: October 11

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 11, 2010 — The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) recently honored Drury Communication Student Lauren Ormsby and Communication Associate Professor Regina Waters, Ph. D., with two of the organization’s top awards.

Lauren Ormsby

Ormsby, a senior at Drury, earned the AWC’s Rising Star award. Established in 1990, the Rising Star Award is given to one student member out of all AWC chapters in the nation and is the highest honor the AWC can bestow on a student member. This is the second straight year a Drury student has earned the award. Mallory Noelke was honored in 2009.

Ormsby is a double major in advertising and public relations, works in the communications office of a Springfield hospital and is an active member of Drury’s Ad Team. She accomplishes all of this while maintaining a high grade point average.

Dr. Regina Waters

Waters earned the AWC’s Outstanding Faculty Advisor award. Besides teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Drury’s communication department, she also provides leadership for Drury’s AWC student chapter (Drury Communication Networks).  Waters’ nomination mentioned her willingness to review student resumes and connect students to internships and employment as two of the qualities that stood out.  She has served as the chapter advisor since 1996 and currently serves as program chair for the Springfield AWC professional chapter.

Media Contact:
Dr. Regina Waters
Associate Professor of Communication
Office: (417) 873-7251
E-mail: rwaters@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, visitwww.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 students will spend fall break making a difference in Dallas, Texas

For Immediate Release: October 8

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 8, 2010 — Many students view their fall break as an opportunity to get away from school and take some time to relax.  However, several Drury University students will use their fall break to do community service work in Dallas, Texas. Students will leave on Oct. 21 and return on Oct. 24.

While in Dallas, students will be working with Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. The organization offers a wide variety of service opportunities including the program World of Goods in which students will assist in a retail store, and Together We Learn allowing Drury students to tutor adults enrolled in English as a second language courses.

Drury Students will also have a chance to explore Dallas through visiting the Dallas Farmer’s Market, Botanical Garden and the JFK memorial. “Alternative Fall Break trips are an excellent opportunity for students to have some fun while also making an impact on the community they serve,” says Andrew Wiemer, director of leadership and volunteer development at Drury University.

Drury’s Department of Leadership and Volunteer Development sponsors the alternative fall break trip.

Media Contact:
Andrew Wiemer
Director of Leadership and Volunteer Development
Office: (417) 873-7809
E-mail: awiemer@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, visitwww.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 students will live in poverty for a weekend

For Immediate Release: October 7

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 7, 2010 — For most people, living without electricity or running water and with limited food supplies isn’t their definition of an ideal weekend. But for Drury faculty and students, it’s an opportunity to learn about poverty and sustainable development, first-hand, through the Global Gateway program at Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Ark., Oct. 15 and 16.

Heifer International, once featured on Oprah, utilizes its Global Gateway program to challenge participants to live in conditions equivalent to those of poor citizens in the developing world, as well as in industrialized nations. Given small rations of food and other resources, based on Heifer’s research of actual poverty conditions, participants must find a way to cook a meal without electricity and spend an uncomfortable night in a dwelling representing a particular part of the poor world such as Zambia, Thailand, Guatemala, Appalachia or an urban slum region.

Participation in the Global Gateway program is part of the emerging efforts in Drury University’s Global Civic Engagement Project (GCEP). “Participation in programs such as the Global Gateway Project can make the curricular materials come alive and inspire students in their professional and civic lives long after they leave Drury,” says Andrew Wiemer, director of leadership and volunteer development at Drury.

Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) visited the Heifer Ranch in 2009 on the same weekend Drury students were at the ranch. View AETN’s story

For more information on the Heifer International Ranch, visit www.heifer.org.

Contact:
Andrew Wiemer
Director of Leadership and Volunteer Development
Office: (417) 873-7809
E-mail: awiemer@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, visitwww.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’s Hammons School of Architecture celebrates its 25th Anniversary

For Immediate Release: October 6

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 6, 2010 — Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture will celebrate 25 years of educating students on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.

Notable accomplishments for the Hammons School of Architecture (HSA) include:

  • Accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Recently, Drury was approved to offer a Master of Architecture first professional degree. Drury’s HSA is one of just two accredited architecture schools in the state of Missouri.
  • Drury architecture students played an integral role in building the first ever LEED Platinum certified Habitat for Humanity home for a local family, as well as completing projects now featured in the Springfield-Branson National Airport and the Commercial Street Farmers Market Pavilion.
  • HSA’s Center for Community Studies has helped more than 80 communities, governments and not-for-profits with design and planning issues. In some cases, the students’ work has helped the organizations secure grants for community revitalization.

“Over the past 25 years, due to the work of the faculty, staff, students and the professional community, the school of architecture has developed a strong reputation as a professional architectural program with a strong liberal arts foundation,” says Michael Buono, director of the Hammons School of Architecture. “To date, over 500 students have graduated from the School of Architecture. The weekend will be an opportunity for the Drury community and alumni to come together to celebrate this anniversary.”

A variety of celebratory events will be hosted at the university on Friday and Saturday for architecture alumni as well as members of the Drury community. Festivities will conclude on Saturday night with a dinner and dance featuring live music in the new O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 11. More information & online registration

Contact:
Michael Buono, AIA, LEED AP
Director of Hammons School of Architecture
Office: (417) 872-7288
E-mail: mbuono@drury.edu
Or
Bruce Moore, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Director of Hammons School of Architecture
Office: (417) 873-7333
E-mail: bmoore@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, visitwww.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 hires a Director of Assessment and Instructional Design

For Immediate Release: October 5

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 5, 2010 — Dr. Laura Plybon is the new Director of Assessment and Instructional Design at Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS). Plybon will lead an academic assessment program for CGCS to enhance the scholarship of teaching and learning. In addition, she will provide direction, design and development for evaluation of instructional programs, learning and academic services.

Plybon recently moved to Springfield from Indianapolis, where she was the National Director of Research for Girls Inc., a nonprofit with affiliate sites in the United States and Canada. Her higher education experience includes working as an assistant professor of psychology at Bethel University in Tennessee. Plybon has also worked as an adjunct instructor at numerous universities, including the University of Richmond.

Media Contact:
Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations
Office: (417) 873-7390
Mobile: (417) 839-2886
E-mail: markmiller@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, visitwww.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.

The Birthday Party opens the Drury Theatre season October 6-9

For Immediate Release: October 4

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 4, 2010 — The Drury University Department of Theatre will open its 2010-2011 season with The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. Directed by George Cron, the first performance will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre inside the Breech School of Business.

A man with a mysterious past lives in a rundown boarding house in an English seaside town.  Two sinister strangers arrive and turn Stanley’s birthday party into a nightmare.  This play is intended for mature audiences.

The productions will run October 6-9 at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and $5 for students. For ticket information and reservations contact the Theatre Box Office at (417) 873-7255 Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m.

Contact:
Robert Westenberg
Department of Theatre
(417) 873-6342
E-mail: rwestenberg@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, visitwww.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 commemorates Banned Books Week with a public reading

For Immediate Release: September 29

Springfield, Mo., Sept. 29, 2010 — Drury University will observe The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week on Friday, Oct. 1.  Students and faculty will read selections from many previously banned books on the steps of Olin Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend and listen.

Members of the Drury community will take part in this event by reading excerpts from books that have been banned both recently and in years past. Included in this list are: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Catcher in the Rye and Gone With the Wind.

“This event is especially relevant because it will raise awareness of the dangers of censorship at all levels,” says Dr. Peter Meidlinger, chair of the Drury English Department.  “We will celebrate the power of books to help us develop empathy for the whole range of human experience.”

Celebrated all over the country, The American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week began in 1982 to draw attention to an increasing number of challenges seen in communities nationwide. American classics including To Kill a Mockingbird and The Color Purple are featured alongside modern-day bestsellers such as Twilight and Harry Potter on lists of frequently challenged books.

Ultimately, Dr. Meidlinger says the purpose of ALA’s Banned Books Week is to highlight the importance of preserving open access to information.

Additional information is available online at the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week site.

Media Contact:
Dr. Peter Meidlinger
Professor and Chair, Department of English
Office: 417-873-7469
E-mail: pmeidlin@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’s fall 2010 census reveals record enrollment

For Immediate Release: September 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 28, 2010 — Drury University has a record enrollment of 5,625 students for fall semester 2010 following the census of the school’s multiple campuses and online programs. This figure includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury’s traditional undergraduate Day School gained 81 students from fall 2009 for a record 1,631 students, which beats the previous record of 1,608 set in 2007. The 1,631 students include a record freshman class of 372 and a total of 538 new undergraduates.

“Even in a difficult economic environment, students continue to see the value that a Drury education will bring them while they’re here on campus and long after they’ve graduated,” says Drury President Todd Parnell. “Everyone at Drury has done a good job of communicating that value and benefit over the last year and we see the rewards of that effort in the new enrollment numbers.”

Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies set new all-time records for student enrollment, as well. CGCS has 3,457 undergraduate students taking 34,667 credit hours–both numbers are records. Besides the main campus in Springfield, CGCS offers courses through nine locations across southwest Missouri in addition to online classes.

This semester, 537 students are enrolled in Drury’s seven graduate programs. Drury CGCS offers master’s degrees in art, business, communication, criminal justice, criminology, education and music therapy.

“These numbers reflect the broad range of educational options Drury provides for adults, non-traditional students and those seeking master’s degrees,” says Dr. Brian Holloway, Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “By combining seated adult evening programs along with a growing online presence, Drury continues to achieve record enrollment.”

Enrollment in online courses has grown 14 percent over fall 2009. Drury’s online courses make up 30 percent of CGCS class offerings. Drury offers 11 bachelor’s degrees that can be completed entirely online.

Contact:
Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations
Office of Marketing and Communications
Office: (417) 873-7390
Mobile: (417) 839-2886
E-mail: markmiller@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 to offer a one-year Master of Arts in Communication degree

For Immediate Release: September 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 28, 2010 — Drury University is launching an accelerated Master of Arts in Communication degree program.  Students accepted into this competitive, ten-person cohort will be able to complete the entire master’s degree between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012, spanning summer, fall, and spring semesters during the calendar year. Students will complete degree requirements each May.

Students accepted into the program may choose either integrated marketing or organizational leadership and change as an emphasis.

With the recent addition of the organizational leadership and change emphasis, Drury University’s Master of Arts in Communication program has greatly increased in enrollment. “We attribute our success to excellent faculty, a quality curriculum, actionable strategies, social media certification, and effective networking. Our accelerated offering will provide these same opportunities to quality students who want to complete the program in a shorter time frame,” says Dr. Curt Gilstrap, Drury’s Director of the Master of Arts in Communication program.

The first accelerated cohort will begin classes in June of 2011. Review of applications begins on December 1, 2010. A second round of applications may be accepted through January 15, 2011. Drury will continue to offer a part-time Master of Arts in Communication degree that is designed to take two or more years to complete.

To apply or for more information contact Dr. Curt Gilstrap at (417) 873-4068 or atcgilstrap01@drury.edu.

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