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New international business degree option at Drury enhances global acumen

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 11, 2017 — The Breech School of Business has launched an immersive and adaptable undergraduate degree option in international business this fall.

The international business major provides students with the ability to develop multicultural competences, preparing them to work with people in different parts of the world in a dynamic and global business environment. It is designed to be obtained in conjunction with a specialized business major such as accounting, economics, finance, management, or marketing. The degree option requires 12 credit hours of language courses and requires students to complete either a semester abroad or internship abroad to complement their studies.

Drury’s study abroad program offers both short- and long-term international study opportunities. Breech students have previously studied in places such as Cairo, Egypt; Granada, Spain; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Aegina, Greece.

“The international business Major is designed to be interdisciplinary in nature,” says Dr. Jin Wang, dean of the Breech School of Business. “The time with and exposure to foreign culture and business practices will be very helpful to students who want to be more engaged in the dynamic global economy. Most industries have growing international interactions and these students should be well poised to take advantage of those opportunities.”

For more information about the Breech School of Business and the international business major, visit: http://www.drury.edu/business/international-business-major.

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New deans, faculty members in place at Drury for 2017-18 academic year

Drury University’s academic deans, from left: Allin Sorenson, Albert Korir, Shannon Cuff, Jennifer Silva Brown, Regina Waters, Beth Harville (Provost), Robert Weddle, and Jin Wang.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 1, 2017 — The new school year brings with it new additions and changes to the faculty at Drury University. In addition to previously announced new deans in the education and business schools, Drury has named three existing faculty members as deans, hired eight new full-time faculty to teach in the classroom, and installed Dr. Beth Harville as provost.

Harville served as interim provost last year. She is a professor of biology and chemistry and has been a Drury faculty member since 2005. She became dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences in 2015, and was appointed interim provost by Drury president Dr. Tim Cloyd last year. The provost is the university’s top academic post.

“Dr. Harville has been highly effective as Drury’s provost over the last year and I am extremely pleased and grateful that she will continue to lead our academic efforts going forward,” says President Cloyd.

During the past year under Harville’s leadership, the Drury faculty launched new majors in nursing, game development, and international business; instituted a five-year fast track option for students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education; and signed several articulation agreements with partner colleges.

Three other faculty members are newly appointed deans this year, including:

Dr. Albert Korir, associate professor of chemistry, is the dean of the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. He served in an interim role last year.

Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown, associate professor of psychology, is the dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr. Allin Sorenson, professor of music, is the dean of the School of Communication and Fine and Performing Arts.

“Drury’s deans comprise a very strong, innovative, and diverse academic leadership team,” Harville says. “I’m honored to work alongside this group of leaders and I am excited about the future of teaching and learning at Drury.”

Additional new hires include fulltime faculty members in chemistry, biology, marketing, graphic design, business, communication, and education.

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Drury & Cox College to launch dual degree nursing program in Fall 2016

Program Information: Drury.edu/pre-health/nursing-program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 26, 2016 — College students seeking a career in nursing will have a new degree option in the fall, thanks to a partnership between Drury University and Cox College of Nursing & Health Science.

The two schools have seamlessly blended academic offerings to create a unique dual degree program that allows traditional undergraduates to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Drury’s highly respected science faculty, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Cox College – all in the span of a four-year college career.

Drury will host a Nursing Day event for prospective students from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday April 29 at Trustee Science Center on the Drury campus. The day will include speakers, tours of facilities on both campuses, and lunch. Registration is required and can be done online at Drury.edu/admission/nursing-day/.

Students receiving this dual degree will have the benefit of excellent professional education coupled with a liberal arts foundation. The BA in Biology provides a strong foundation in the natural sciences and improved analytical and critical thinking skills. Completion of a liberal arts degree will provide nursing students with strong writing and speaking skills as well as an enhanced understanding and appreciation of diverse individuals and cultures. The BSN degree provides a broad foundation in technical nursing skills. This blend of natural sciences and liberal arts makes the program an excellent option for students who may want to pursue advanced practice degrees or move into administrative and leadership roles in the future.

Other benefits of the program include:

  • Students have access to a traditional college experience, including campus activities, athletics, Greek life and more
  • Advising and mentorship from both Drury and Cox College faculty
  • Access to Drury financial aid and scholarships throughout college career
  • Opportunities for hands-on work with under-served populations in the area through the Drury Health Service Corps
  • Seamless integration – all scheduling and business transactions are handled by Drury

“We’re very pleased to be able to partner with Cox College to combine the strengths of our two institutions for this program,” says Beth Harville, Dean of Drury’s College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences. “It’s a natural fit, and it fills a need by going beyond technical skills and ensuring that graduates understand the human and cultural side of healthcare.”

Officials at healthcare organizations in the Ozarks and across the country have pointed out the incredible need for more highly qualified nurses as the field continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 1 million new nurses will be needed nationwide by 2022.

“As the need for medical professionals continues to rise, this dual-degree collaboration presents both a great opportunity and a valuable resource,” says Steve Edwards, CoxHealth’s president and CEO, who is also an alumnus and trustee at Drury University. “We want to make sure the people of this community are cared for. This venture does that by ensuring that there are high-quality medical professionals locally, and by providing a new way for our friends and neighbors to develop professionally.”

The program begins in fall 2016. For more information go to Drury.edu/pre-health/nursing-program, or contact Dr. Mark Wood, director of pre-health sciences, at mwood@drury.edu.

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Media contact: Dr. Beth Harville, Dean of the College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences: (417) 873-4085 or bharville@drury.edu.

Drury University revamps Honors Program & welcomes new class

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 6, 2015 — Drury University is proud to welcome 20 new students into its Honors Program for 2015-16. These exceptionally talented individuals are part of a fresh wave of students coming in at an exciting time for the program under new director Dr. Richard Schur.

Today’s honors students are looking for “hands on” courses that allow them to take ownership over their education, Schur says. Students also want to take these courses as part of their regular degree program rather than as separate classes, he says.

After a comprehensive review of its curricula, Drury has identified more than 70 honors courses that emphasize student-directed learning. In these classes, students pose solutions to scientific, social, and cultural problems, engage in service learning projects throughout the region, complete research projects, and dig deeply into scholarly literature. Drury’s program spans a student’s entire academic career and caps off with an in-depth senior project of their own choosing. Throughout, students can expect close mentorship from faculty members as they explore their academic interests and passions.

Rather than relying solely on past academic performance, the best candidates for the revamped Honors Program are those students who exhibit character traits that lead to long-term success.

“We want students who are ambitious, independent, hardworking, curious, and socially engaged with the world around them,” Schur says. “We believe that those are the attributes that both help a person succeed in the Honors Program and succeed in life.”

Drury has also focused on improving the student experience for honors students. Upperclassmen have founded a new Honors Student Association. The group hosts regular dinners for honors students, plans weekend trips, and comes together to attend local theatre shows and films. Honors students can also live together on campus in Living-Learning Communities during their freshmen year.

Admission into the program is competitive and selective. For this year’s class, the average ACT score for admitted students was a 30, with an average high school GPA over 4.0. The 2015-16 Honors Program class includes the following students (note: one student opted not to be named in this release).

  • Laura Brasier an English and secondary education major from Plano, Texas and graduate of Plano High School.
  • Mason Coble an economics major from Nixa, Mo. and graduate of Nixa High School
  • Miriam Colligan a biochemistry major from Farmington, Mo. and graduate of Farmington High School
  • Haley Davis an advertising and public relations major from Nashville, Tenn. and graduate from Hillsboro High School
  • Victoria Deren an undecided major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Grace Classical Academy
  • Rachel DeWeerd a biochemistry major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Glendale High School
  • Michelle Herman a psychology and criminology major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Central High School
  • Alaina Hoover a biochemistry and pre-med major from Troy, Ill. and graduate of Triad High School
  • Morgan Lamkin an undecided major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Glendale High School
  • Miranda Maverick a psychology, sociology and criminology major from Tunas, Mo. and graduate of Buffalo High School
  • Natalie Maxson a philosophy and religion major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Kickapoo High School
  • Savannah McCauley a psychology major from Rogers, Ark. and graduate of Rogers High School
  • Isabella Melena a biochemistry and pre-med major from Arvada, Colo. and graduate of Ralston Valley High
  • Abby Mercer a music therapy major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Grace Classical Academy
  • Ethan Miktish a biochemistry and pre-med major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Central High School
  • Kris Rose a sociology, history and secondary education major from Liberty, Mo. and graduate of Kearney High School
  • Alex Scott a behavioral neuroscience major from Chesterfield, Mo. and graduate of Lafayette High School
  • Ashley Simpson a history major from Sparta, Mo. and graduate of Ozark High School
  • Nolan Woodman a political science and philosophy major from Billings, Mo. and graduate of Marionville High School

Visit www.drury.edu/honors for more information about the program and the students and alumni involved.

Contact: Dr. Richard Schur, Honors Program Director & Professor of English. Office: (417) 873-6834; email: rschur@drury.edu.

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Drury establishes newest chapter with selective honor society Phi Kappa Phi

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2015 — The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society – will establish its newest chapter at Drury University at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 23, during a ceremonial installation in Stone Chapel.

Drury will become the 331st chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine. Drury was approved to establish a chapter by the Society’s board of directors.

“The commitment to excellence at Drury University is evidenced by the superior academic environment, motivated student population, strong honors program and exceptional faculty and staff,” said Society President Tim Hulsey. “We are excited to welcome Drury as the newest chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and are confident the chapter’s commitment to recognizing and honoring academic excellence will benefit both the university and the Society.”

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students based on GPA, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Drury will initiate its first class of students, faculty, staff and alumni during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Stephen Bomgardner, Vice President David P. Manuel, Secretary Shelley A. Wolbrink and Treasurer Aaron Jones.

“Drury’s focus of combining the liberal arts and professional studies is an ideal fit with Phi Kappa Phi as a selective, all-discipline honor society,” said Bomgardner, professor of music. “Some of Phi Kappa Phi’s many benefits include access to study abroad grants for undergraduates, fellowships to support the first year of graduate study, and professional development awards in scholarship, artistic achievement and leadership. Drury is honored to become the newest chapter for Phi Kappa Phi.”

The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded every two years to qualifying students and members through fellowships and grants, as well as member and chapter awards.

More than 1.25 million members have been initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley.

For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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Media Contact: Stephen Bomgardner, PKP Chapter President and Professor of Music. Office: (417) 873-7388 or email: sbomgardner@drury.edu.

Drury University holds its final graduation in Weiser Gymnasium

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 18, 2010 —Drury University handed out degrees to 336 students during Winter Commencement on Saturday morning, Dec. 18. This marked the final graduation in Weiser Gymnasium after 56 years of hosting the event. Future commencement ceremonies will be held in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

The final graduation in Weiser Gymnasium

Commencement speaker Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, told graduates, “Take what you know and ask the right questions. Test what you know, lest you become outdated or complacent. Take what you know and change the bad to the good and the good to the better.” Levine, who has made multiple speeches at Drury, also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Drury.

Dr. Amy Jill Levine addresses Drury graduates

During the final graduation ceremony in Weiser, all of the individuals who have provided commencement addresses in the historic building were honored in a commemorative program that was given to graduates and their guests. The list of past graduation speakers includes former U.S. Senators John Danforth and George McGovern, Fred “Mr.” Rogers and Drury alumnus Bob Barker. Civic and community leaders and humanitarians who have received the honorary doctorate in Weiser from 1954 – 2010 were also recognized.

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

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