One-of-a-kind art to help students gain a global education

For Immediate Release: October 25

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 25, 2010 — The public will have the chance to buy original pieces of art to help send Drury students on a study abroad trip on Friday, Oct. 29, from 4-7 p.m. in the Pool Art Center Gallery at Drury University. Jacqueline Warren and Todd Lowery, Professors of Art and Design at Drury and the fundraiser sponsors, will be joined by professors Greg Booker, Rebecca Miller, and Tom Russo; proceeds from the sale will be used to help fund a trip to Florence, Italy.

This is the 21st year Drury students will study abroad in Florence, Italy. Students who participate in the program are eligible to apply for Drury’s multiple study abroad scholarships.

The event is celebrating the closing of the exhibition “The Power of Beauty” by Jacqueline Warren, the October exhibition in the Pool Arts Center Gallery. The reception and sale begins at 4 p.m., but the public can begin viewing the art that morning at 9 a.m.

The Pool Art Center is located at 940 N. Clay St. on the east side of Harrison Stadium.

Contact:
Jacqueline Warren
Artist in Residence
Office: (417) 873-7512
E-mail: jwarren@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.

Ribbon cutting & Aretha Franklin concert mark the grand opening of the O’Reilly Family Event Center

For Immediate Release: October 21

SPRINGFIELD, MO., Oct. 21, 2010— A grand opening ribbon cutting and building dedication ceremony will mark the completion of the new O’Reilly Family Event center on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the O’Reilly Family Event Center lobby with members of the O’Reilly family, Drury President Todd Parnell and Vice President for Athletics Dr. Edsel Matthews all scheduled to speak.

That evening, the Event Center will host the grand opening finale concert with Grammy Award-winning artist Aretha Franklin at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at www.drurytickets.com, by calling (417) 873-6389 or at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office.

Drury University broke ground 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. The event center was also built to Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications thanks to a $600,000 gift from the Pitt family of Springfield. LEED certification means the building will meet certain environmental standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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 Political Expert: Republican wins in November do not indicate a referendum on Obama

Republicans may win more seats in November, but that doesn’t mean there’s a referendum against the Democrats or President Obama, says a Drury University professor of political science.

Dan Ponder, associate professor of political science says, “With only three exceptions since 1862, the presidential party has lost House seats in the midterm. Even if we ignore Grover Cleveland’s massive 116-seat loss in 1894, the average loss is more than 30 seats in the House.  The Senate is a bit easier for presidents to get a hold on, but even there the average loss is three seats.” He adds that Democrats won 52 seats in the last two elections, many in conservative districts, and that they would be tough to defend in a “normal” year. Dr. Ponder can also discuss:

  • The Roy Blunt-Robin Carnahan Senate race in Missouri, the history of these two political power families and how a Republican victory would NOT be a referendum on the President.
  • A historical perspective on a president’s approval rating and the effect it can have on Midterm elections.
  • How Greene County, the third most populous voting region in Missouri, is the difference between winning and losing in the state.

Professor Ponder teaches courses on American politics, the presidency, Congress and Constitutional Law. He has written a book, Good Advice: Information and Policy Making in the White House. Dr. Ponder is a Missouri native and has a historical perspective on Missouri politics.

Contact:
Dan Ponder, (417) 873-7394, deponder@drury.edu, or Mark Miller, Director of Media Relations, (417) 873-7390, (417) 839-2886 (cell), markmiller@drury.edu, or Bill Johnson, Halstead Communications, (212) 734-2190 x 701, Johnson@halsteadpr.com.

Drury graduate takes first place at New York’s Vimeo Awards

For Immediate Release: October 14

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 14, 2010 — Drury graduate Chris Beckman placed first in the experimental video category at the Vimeo Awards over the weekend. Beckman’s video was chosen out of over 6500 finalists, and it was recognized at the awards show in New York City on Oct. 8 and 9.

Beckman, who graduated from Drury in May 2010 with a degree in Fine Arts in the Department of Art and Art History, originally created the piece for a class called Video Art co-taught by Drury professors Blaine Whisenhunt and Greg Booker with assistance from Brian Shipman, a Drury video instructor. “Students in the course were given an appropriation video assignment and told to sample and re-mix existing footage to create a composite,” said Whisenhunt.

Beckman created a video called oops. “I’m both surprised and honored that people took the time to view my work and recognize something so experimental and non-traditional,” said Beckman. The first place win will allow his piece to be featured on the Vimeo website where he will receive much more exposure.

View Beckman’s video submission

This was the first year for the Vimeo Awards, which aimed to transform the way online video, as a medium, can be used. An extremely accomplished panel, including documentarian Morgan Spurlock, best known for Super Size Me, Paola Antonelli, a senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art, and Academy-Award nominated director David Lynch, judged the videos.

Vimeo is a website where artists share their videos. Visit Drury’s Vimeo site

Media Contact:
Chris Beckman
Mobile: (417) 300-0486
E-mail: chriskbeckman@sbcglobal.net
Or
Blaine Whisenhunt
Assistant Professor, Sculpture
Office: (417) 873-7484
E-mail: jwhisenhunt@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.

Convoy of Hope director to speak at Drury about the organization’s inspiration

For Immediate Release: October 12

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 12, 2010 — Ron Showers, U.S Outreach Director for Convoy of Hope, will share with Drury students and faculty the driving passion behind the organization on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Small in its beginnings, Convoy of Hope has grown to serve over 35 million people in more than 100 countries. Convoy’s founder, Hal Donaldson, grew up in a home that experienced the effects of poverty first hand. As an adult, Hal felt the call to bring hope to the broken and suffering around the world.

Convoy of Hope has learned lessons from the past that continue to empower reaching out even more in the future. The audience will find out what inspired this organization to become one of the leaders in compassion ministry around the world, and what keeps it focused on the future.

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 http://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.

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.