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.

Musical portrays the lives of three influential Latin American women

For Immediate Release: September 27

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sep. 27, 2010 —The Core Ensemble will present a musical depicting the story of three historic Latin American females on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Tres Vidas is a chamber music and theatre production presented by international touring group the Core Ensemble, which is comprised of an actress, a pianist, a cellist and a percussionist. The original performance is based on the lives of three famous Latin American women: Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya, and Alfonsina Storni. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Languages.

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
E-mail: wgarvin@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 will host a celebration to commemorate its 137th birthday

For Immediate Release: September 24

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 24, 2010 — Drury University President Todd Parnell will cut the first slice of cake to help the campus celebrate the 137th anniversary of its founding. A celebration in Burnham Circle will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Drury was established in 1873 and organized by Congregational home missionaries who felt the need for an academically strong liberal arts college in the Ozarks. Patterned after other Congregationalist liberal-arts colleges such as Oberlin, Carleton, Dartmouth, Yale and Harvard, Drury would offer an environment of strong academic discourse and intellectual achievement.

After much debate, Springfield was chosen over Neosho, Mo., as the college’s location. Four men then joined to organize and endow what they first named Springfield College: James Harwood and Charles Harwood of Springfield, The Rev. Nathan Morrison of Olivet, Mich., and Samuel Drury of Otsego, Mich. Drury’s gift of $25,000 was the largest, and the college was renamed for his recently deceased son. Morrison was chosen as the first president.

Drury’s early curriculum emphasized educational, religious and musical strengths. Students came to the new college from a wide area, including the Indian Territories of Oklahoma. The first graduating class in 1875 was made up entirely of five women.

When classes began in 1873, the campus occupied one building situated on less than 1½ acres. Twenty-five years later the 40-acre campus included Stone Chapel, the President’s House and three academic buildings. It now comprises nearly 90 acres.

The Monday afternoon ceremony will include a re-enactment of the first ringing of the bell by The Rev. Nathan Morrison, who rang a hand bell to announce the start of classes on Sept. 25, 1873.

Media Contact:
Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations, University 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, 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 names a new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

For Immediate Release: September 22

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 22, 2010 —Jann Holland is the new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications (formerly University Communications) at Drury University. Holland replaces Bill Noblitt who left to pursue other opportunities.

Holland is a Springfield native and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She has worked for Noble and Associates–a locally based advertising agency. Holland and her husband, Russ, own Sugar Design Studios, where she conducted strategic marketing planning for several local educational institutions and companies.

“Jann is a pro who brings years of experience to Drury. Her background in strategic marketing will help the university position itself in an increasingly competitive higher education environment,” says Todd Parnell, Drury president.

Holland started at Drury on September 15.

Contact:
Scotti Siebert
Director of Human Resources
Office: (417) 873-7854
E-mail: ssiebert@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.

Historian to discuss integration of black officers into the U. S. Navy

For Immediate Release: September 22

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sep. 22, 2010 —Paul Stillwell will recount his research on the Golden Thirteen, the first black officers to serve in the Navy, on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. in Stone Chapel at Drury University.

Stillwell, Drury class of 1966, grew up on and near the Drury campus. During that time, he and his brother Mark absorbed values and inspiration from their father Carl, who was part of the college’s administration for 25 years. In particular their dad, who was also a minister, preached and practiced the tenets of racial tolerance and understanding.

In 1944, the U.S. Navy commissioned the first black officers in its history—pioneers who came to be known as the Golden Thirteen. In the 1980s, drawing on his dad’s example, Stillwell did oral history interviews with the eight members of the original 13 who were still living. He compiled their stories into the book The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers, which preserves a significant slice of history that would otherwise have been lost.

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
E-mail: wgarvin@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.

News media invited to tour the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Sept. 30

Media Advisory: September 20, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 20, 2010 — Members of the news media are invited to tour the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. led by O’Reilly Family Event Center Director Myra Miller, Drury President Todd Parnell and Vice President for Athletics Dr. Edsel Matthews. Parking is available in Lot 7, just to the north of Harrison Stadium.

The next day, Oct. 1, the O’Reilly Family Event Center opens to the public with a free concert and barbecue on the plaza on the north side of the new arena. This will mark the public’s first look inside the $13.5 million arena and kick off a month celebration of the arena’s opening. The barbecue begins at 6 p.m., M-Dock band begins playing at 6:30 p.m., former Lady Panther Liz Moriondo takes the stage at 8 p.m. and fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but those wishing to enjoy the barbecue are asked to RSVP at www.drurytickets.com.

Other events during the month include:

  • Saturday, Oct. 2, the O’Reilly Family Event Center will be the start and finish for the Panther Run benefiting Care to Learn. The event features 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs and a 2-mile run/walk. The Panther Run is the first race in the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners’ Triple Crown series. Go to www.active.com to register. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 8, will feature the first sporting event in the O’Reilly Family Event Center when the Panther volleyball team hosts the University of Missouri of Science and Technology at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 9, the O’Reilly Family Event Center will play host to the Springfield Symphony Pops concert series featuring music from famous movies. Call the Symphony at (417) 864-6683 for tickets.
  • The middle of the month marks the start of basketball practice and the Panthers and Lady Panthers will entertain fans with Hoops Hysteria on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Admission is one can of food.
  • Saturday, Oct. 16, is the Hammons School of Architecture’s 25th Anniversary Gala Event in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
  • The ninth annual Drury Athletics Auction is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 28, music will fill the O’Reilly Family Event Center when Axel and the Equators take the stage at 7 p.m. for a night of swinging blues music. Tickets are $25.
  • Lifehouse brings its “radio-ready” sound to O’Reilly on Friday, Oct. 29. The band broke out in 2001 when its single “Hanging by a Moment” became the most played radio song of the year. Lifehouse is joined on the card by 2009 American Idol winner Kris Allen. Tickets cost $29, $25 and $20.
  • Saturday, Oct. 30, features the building dedication and ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. The Grand Opening Finale Concert with Aretha Franklin is that night at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available.

The big events continue into November with former Hootie and the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker and funny man Bill Engvall scheduled to appear at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Tickets can be purchased at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office or atwww.drurytickets.com, unless otherwise noted.

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.

English students engage with professional writers, learn potential career paths

For Immediate Release: September 17

Springfield, Mo., Sept. 17, 2010 — Drury University’s Department of English will host Working With Words, an English symposium, on Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 in the Harwood Room of the Olin Library. The symposium is a celebration of creative writing, by professionals and students, while also exposing students to available career paths.

The symposium will kick-off on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with a career fair tailored specifically to English students. Students will have an opportunity to speak with published writers, editors and publishers, as well as alums who earned their degrees in English. This opportunity is particularly valuable to students studying English because it provides them a chance to begin to plan their futures as writing and English majors.

In addition to attending the career fair, students will also have the opportunity to hear readings from Rachel Dewoskin and Zayd Dohrn. “These are two widely published writers,” says Peter Meidlinger, chair of the Drury English department. “Students learn a lot from hearing them read and talking to them about the craft and practice of writing.”

The complete schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 23, 3-4:30 p.m. Reading by Playwright Zayd Dohrn
Zayd Dohrn will direct students from the Theater Department as they read from his plays, Sick and then Reborning.

Friday, Sept. 24, 10-10:50 a.m. Reading by Writer and Poet Rachel Dewoskin
Rachel Dewoskinwill read from her new novel, Big Girl Small

Friday, Sept. 24, 11—11:50 a.m. Reading by Zayd Dohrn
Zayd Dohrn will direct students from the Theater Department as they read from his one act, It Was Wrong of Me.

Friday, Sept. 24, noon, Student Reading
Drury’s creative writing students will read from their work

All events are free and open to the public.

Media Contact:
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.