Drury University recognizes faculty & student mid-semester accolades

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 22, 2016 — Drury University is entering the second half of the spring semester and would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the academic accomplishments of various faculty and staff over the past few months.


  • Michael Buono, Emeritus Professor and former Director of Hammons School of Architecture, has been elected to the American Institute of Architects prestigious College of Fellows. Buono is the only the third AIA member from the southwest Missouri area to be elected.
  • For the 2nd year in a row, a Drury student has been accepted in the UDream Program at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. Olivia Freese has been selected this year. In 2015, Tamara Cartwright was selected.

Art & Art History:

  • Rebecca Miller, Associate Professor, will assume the leadership of Drury’s Arts Administration program in the fall.

Behavioral Science:

  • Dr. Patricia McEachern, Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor for the Study of Animal Rights, has been invited on a permanent Fellow with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics at Oxford University in England. McEachern has been invited to teach in the Summer School there in July.

Computer Science:

  • Nine Drury students competed in the 2015 International Collegiate Programming Contest.


  • Dr. Kevin Henderson, Assistant Professor, recently had his essay, “Why Do You Make Me Do This?: Spectator Empathy, Self-Loathing Lawmen, and Nicholas Ray’s Noir Vision in On Dangerous Ground” accepted into the summer issue of the peer-reviewed journal Interdisciplinary Humanities.


  • Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk, assistant professor, was elected to a 5 year term on the Board of Directors of the Certification Board for Music Therapists, the national credentialing organization for music therapy.
  • Dr. Tina Claussen, associate professor, became a member of the Missouri Jazz Orchestra.
  • Dr. Stephen Bomgardner, professor, had an original work selected for a lecture-recital at the National Conference of The College Music Society next October.


  • Jessica Kjeldgaard, Drury student, has received the Barbara Lotze scholarship for future teachers of physics from the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Political Science:

  • Several Drury students won awards at the Midwest Model UN Conference in St. Louis earlier this year.
    • Nargiss Pourmand, representing New Zealand, won an award for Best Position Paper in the Security Council.
    • Sheri Walsh, representing Chile, won a Best Delegate/Delegates’ Choice award chosen by her fellow students in the Security Council.
    • Christina FaoroAlex Johnson and Emma-Quin Smith, representing Spain, won an overall Best Delegation award for work in the General Assembly.


  • Drury senior Briana Hopkins served as a Student Arts Advocate in Washington, D.C. in March.


Drury improves ranking on Kiplinger’s list of 100 best value private colleges

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 20, 2015 — Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Drury University on its list of the country’s best values in private universities. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. This is the second year in a row Drury has made the list. It was ranked 41st among private universities, up from 70th last year.

The complete rankings are available online at and in the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands now.

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to measurable standards such as admission rate, percentage of students who return for sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker prices, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Drury’s average student debt upon graduation is lower than the statewide average for students in Missouri.

This is the latest national recognition of the outstanding educational value Drury provides for students and families. U.S. News & World Report named Drury as the No. 1 best value college in the Midwest in its 2015 rankings last fall.

“We salute this year’s top schools,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.”


The Princeton Review names Drury a “Best in the Midwest” university

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 6, 2013 —The Princeton Review has named Drury University one the best colleges in the Midwest in its website feature “2014 Best Colleges Region by Region.” Drury is one of 155 institutions named to the Princeton Review’s “Best in the Midwest” section.

In the profile on Drury University at Princeton Review’s website, Drury students offered the following descriptions:

  • “The global awareness aspect is one of the greatest strengths of the school.”
  • “My professors truly care about their students: they know each of us by name.”
  • “I fell in love with the school immediately. It is small and intimate, but still has things to do.”

The 155 colleges named to the “Best in the Midwest” section come from 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Collectively, the 643 colleges named “regional bests” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges

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