Drury University to host Veterans Day celebration

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Drury University to host Veterans Day celebration

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 9, 2010 — On Thursday, Nov. 11, Drury University will honor veterans with a celebration on campus at 4 p.m. in the banquet hall of the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Drury’s campus.

The celebration includes a flag presentation by the Hillcrest High School Color Guard, the Drury Chamber Choir, and a national anthem trumpet solo by Dean of Students Dr. Tijuana Julian.  There will also be a dedication of the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center during which a plaque will be presented in order to recognize all members of the military.

Tammy Rogers, chair of the Veterans Day celebration at Drury said, “This celebration allows the Drury community to honor and celebrate veterans on campus and throughout the community.”

Veterans who attended Drury are encouraged to send information regarding their time served, branch of the armed forces in which they served, when they attended Drury and their thoughts to sac@drury.edu.

Contact:
Tammy Rogers
Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator,
Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Office: (417) 873-6357
E-mail: tammy@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 theatre will perform the musical “Company” Nov. 10-13

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Drury theatre will perform the musical Company Nov. 10-13

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 8, 2010 — The Drury University Department of Theatre will present Company, based on the book by George Furth with music by Stephen Sondheim.  Directed by Robert Westenberg, the musical opens on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Wilhoit Theatre in the Breech School of Business.

It’s Bobby’s 35th birthday and he has it all.  What’s missing is a real relationship.  In Sondheim’s acerbic musical comedy he struggles to make sense of what it means to be alive.

The productions will run November 10-12 at 8 p.m. and November 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 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, 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 <http://news.drury.edu/> . Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.


Kick-off concert for the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is Nov. 14

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra

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Kick-off concert for the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is Nov. 14

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 4, 2010 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra (SDCO) begins its 2010-2011 season with a concert on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Central High School Auditorium.

Music Director Christopher Koch and the members of the orchestra will present Igor Stravinksy’s landmark ballet Petrushka in its original setting (1911). The orchestra will also perform selections from Manuel de Falla’s evocative Nights in the Gardens of Spain.

Comprising a combination of students, professional musicians, and dedicated enthusiasts, the 90-member SDCO presents a full season of great orchestra masterworks, all free and open to the public.  For additional information, please visit the SDCO on the web at sdco.drury.edu or call the Drury University Department of Music at (417) 873-7296.

Media Contact:
Dr. Christopher Koch
Director of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra
Office: (417) 873-7298
E-mail: ckoch@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’s Dan Ponder featured on St. Louis TV post-election

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SPRINGFIELD, MO., Nov. 4–Drury Associate Professor of Political Science Dan Ponder was interviewed by KTVI/KPLR reporter Betsey Bruce on Wednesday, Nov. 3 on Drury’s campus. Dr. Ponder’s comments on the outcome of Tuesday’s election were used in Bruce’s story that addressed Roy Blunt’s Senate victory and the other Republican Congressional wins. The story aired on FOX2 News and on KPLR Tuesday evening.

Click here to watch the story.

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Drury Convocation: Contemporary conflict and colonial memory in the Middle East

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Drury Convocation: Contemporary conflict and colonial memory in the Middle East

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 3, 2010 — Juan Cole will address the perception of the United States in the Middle East on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

American rhetoric about the Middle East revolves around the “war on terror,” alleged Muslim fanaticism, and comparisons of modern Muslim movements to Nazism. But in the Middle East itself, local observers see the past decade as a revival of Western colonialism, evoking bad memories of the French in Algeria and the British in Iraq and the Indian subcontinent. American amnesia about the colonial period in the Middle East (1798-1971) and vivid regional memories of subjugation and humiliation help to explain why the wars are perceived so differently on each side of the Atlantic.

Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has appeared on PBS’s News Hour, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, and The Colbert Report. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World.

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.

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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 professors help the 39th Judicial Circuit receive a federal grant

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Drury professors help the 39th Judicial Circuit receive a federal grant

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2010 — The 39th Judicial Circuit, which serves Barry, Lawrence, and Stone counties, received one of eight 3-year grants for a total of approximately $963,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Shawn Billings, an alumnus of the Drury Department of Behavioral Sciences’ graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice, worked with department members Dr. Jana Bufkin and Dr. Vickie Luttrell to submit the grant and he will serve as the project director. Drs. Bufkin and Luttrell will serve as project evaluators.

The Department of Health and Human Services, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, awarded eight grants across the U.S. to facilitate the expansion of alcohol and drug-related services for clients of drug courts. Twenty-five state and local agencies will partner to deliver services, which are designed to facilitate the recovery and post-recovery success of substance abusers.

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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 host Ecopreneurship Conference on Sat., Nov. 20

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Drury to host Ecopreneurship Conference on Sat., Nov. 20

Dr. Kelley Still


SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 1, 2010 — Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EJC) will host an Environmental Entrepreneurship Conference on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Trustee Science Center. The cost is $50.

“The environment, sustainability and ‘going green’ are important topics for the 21st century. Our hope for the ecopreneurship conference is to support people that want to craft a livelihood in the new green marketplace,” says Dr. Kelley Still, executive director of the Edward Jones Center.

Sessions at the Ecopreneurship Conference will include:

  • Green entrepreneur success stories – Jason Mitchell, the workshop 308 and Curtis Millsap, Millsap Farms.
  • Understanding financial statements.
  • Social entrepreneurship through non-profits.
  • Manufacturing your green product.
  • Working with your banker.
  • Leveraging government incentives and opportunities – Josh Jones, Doug Neidigh, George VanHoesen.
  • Business plan basics.
  • Not ready to start a business? Get a green job.
  • Using social media to promote your green business.


For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.drury.edu/ejc/eco .

The EJC partnered with the following Drury organizations to make the ecopreneurship conference a reality: Think Green, the Department of Environmental Studies, SIFE, the Hammons School of Architecture, and the President’s Council on Sustainability. EJC would like to thank the conference’s advisory committee: Wendy Anderson, Teresa Carroll, Josh Jones, Sarah Montgomery, Bruce Moore, Doug Neidigh and John Taylor.

Media Contact:
Dr. Kelley Still
Executive Director, Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Office: (417) 873-7458
Email: kstill@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.

A Springfield artist captures the bustle of family life

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A Springfield artist captures the bustle of family life

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 1, 2010 — Photographs from Springfield artist Julie Blackmon from Nov. 5-24.  The opening reception for the show is Friday, Nov. 5, from 6-9 p.m. An artist talk is scheduled for Nov. 11 from 7-8 p.m.

Blackmon’s photographs attempt to capture the stress, the chaos, and the need to simultaneously escape and connect when balancing a family and everyday life. As 1 of 9 children, and the mother of 3, this is a balance with which Blackmon has become all too acquainted. Blackmon ultimately aims to fuse fantasy and reality in her pictures, which are both fictional and autobiographical.

Power of Now by Julie Blackmon


“As I approached this work, I wanted to not only explore the charm and grace of everyday life, but also voice a little bit of its madness,” says Blackmon.

Blackmon received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Missouri State University.  Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums and can be found in permanent collections across the country, including the Microsoft Art Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Ill. Additionally, her photographs have been featured in the New York Times, Time magazine and other national publications.

To read about Blackmon’s recent exhibit at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York, visit the following link: http://robertmann.com/exhibitions/2010/blackmon/press.html

Media Contact:
Rebecca Miller
Associate Professor, Art & Art History/PAC Gallery Director
Office: (417) 873-6337
E-mail
: rmiller01@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.

Ribbon cutting and dedication mark the Grand Opening of the O’Reilly Family Event Center

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SPRINGFIELD, MO., Oct. 30, 2010— Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center officially opened on Saturday, Oct. 30 with the cut of a giant red ribbon by Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten ’64.

The ribbon cutting and building dedication marked a culmination of a month-long celebration of the opening of the new arena on the Drury University campus. Tonight, the celebration continues when the Pointer Sisters take the stage in the Grand Opening concert at 8 p.m. The Pointer Sisters took the place of Aretha Franklin after Franklin cancelled several shows due to health reasons.

Rosalie Wooten, center, cuts the ribbon at the official grand opening of the O'Reilly Family Event Center on the Drury campus at a ceremony on Saturday morning. Mark Schiefelbein photo.

“Today, the sun shines bright on Drury University and the city of Springfield,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “Because of the O’Reilly family’s generosity, our community has a first class, state of the art arena in which to host regional and national sporting, cultural and entertainment events.”

Friday night, Oct. 29, more than 2,000 fans packed into the O’Reilly Family Event Center for a concert featuring Lifehouse, Kris Allen and Alyssa Bernal.

Construction began on the O’Reilly Family Event Center in May 2009. Fundraising for the 3,100-seat event center began in December of 2007 with a $6 million naming gift from the O’Reilly family of Springfield.

Notable dates at the O’Reilly Family Event Center coming up in the month of November:

  • Nov. 5, Musician Darius Rucker
  • Nov. 13, Men’s and Women’s basketball home openers
  • Nov. 18, Funnyman Bill Engvall

Contact:
Myra Miller
O’Reilly Family Event Center Director
Office: (417) 873-6381
Mobile: (417) 849-0155
E-mail
: mmiller1@drury.edu
www.drurytickets.com

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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 alumnus inducted into Springfield Public Schools Hall of Fame

Drury graduate Rabbi Walter Jacob has been inducted into the Springfield Public Schools Hall of Fame. Rabbi Walter Jacob ‘50 was one of the three inductees recognized in Springfield, Mo., Oct. 28, during an awards luncheon.

A retired rabbi, Jacob comes from a family that produced 15 generations of rabbis. He currently holds many leadership positions within the Jewish community. He is the senior scholar at Rodef Shalom congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa., president of Abraham Geiger College in Berlin, president of the Institute for Progressive Jewish Law and Ethics, and a rabbi emeritus. He helps edit and write the annual book for the Institute for Progressive Jewish Law and Ethics and has published 39 books.

The SPS Hall of Fame honors outstanding alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to giving back to their community, earned accolades in their industry, and advocated for public education.

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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.