awards and accolades

Drury faculty member earns recognition from area technology professionals

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 2, 2017 — Biz 417 Magazine and the Association of Information Technology Professionals of the Ozarks have named Drury University professor Dr. Shannon McMurtrey “Security Professional of the Year.”

The award was announced Thursday night at the inaugural Excellence in Technology Awards, held at the Old Glass Place in downtown Springfield.

Shannon McMurtrey

McMurtrey joined the Drury faculty last fall as an assistant professor of information management systems within Drury’s Breech School of Business. He has been a leader in information technology circles for two decades, first with the launch of online shopping cart platform Cart32, and later teaching at Missouri State University. He is now spearheading Drury’s newly created Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate Program, which is a graduate-level program designed to help business professionals of all types understand how to protect, detect, defend, and respond to cybersecurity attacks and manage risk.

“I am very humbled to be recognized in this way knowing that our community is filled with strong talent in the field of cybersecurity,” McMurtrey said. “Having my Drury family with me to help celebrate made for a very special night.”

“Shannon is committed to remaining on the cutting edge of issues affecting cybersecurity through developing himself as an expert in the field. Sharing his knowledge through speaking engagements and involvement in community events continues to have a positive impact on cybersecurity professionals locally and across the country,” said Barbie Kolb, one of the judges for the award.

For more information about the Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate Program, visit For more information about Dr. McMurtrey, check out our Q&A about the intersection of technology and the liberal arts.


Dr. Rabindra Roy inducted into Drury’s Sciences Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 19, 2016 — Dr. Rabindra Roy was honored for his contributions to Drury University’s legacy of teaching and learning on Saturday when he became the inaugural inductee into the College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences Hall of Fame. A professor of chemistry, Roy retired from full-time teaching in May at the conclusion of his 50th year as a Drury faculty member.

Roy and his wife, Dr. Protima Roy, were joined by more than 100 colleagues, friends and current and former students during a reception and dinner at Trustee Science Center. The invited speakers praised Roy for his exacting standards, boundless energy and relentless positivity. Roy was lauded as a teacher and mentor, and for two accomplishments in particular that have defined his career: his dedication to undergraduate research and the founding of the Hem Sheela Model School in his native India.

Rabin Roy headshot 2016

During his tenure at Drury, Roy developed an innovative model for undergraduate research that has trained hundreds of future scientists and healthcare professionals. Thanks to this model, Roy and his students have made 485 scientific presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. He received grants and contracts totaling more than $4.5 million dollars to fund his research, and has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Roy has received numerous awards including the American Chemical Society National Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution in 1998. Roy has conducted collaborative research with more than 60 scientists around the world including Nobel Prize winners William Giauque and Johann Deisenhofer. Deisenhofer attended Saturday’s ceremony.

In 1995, Dr. Roy and his wife, Dr. Protima Roy, founded Hem Sheela Model School in Durgapur, India with 350 students. The two campuses of Hem Sheela have grown to 24 acres and now enroll more than 5,000 students. It is one of the most prestigious K-12 schools in India, routinely scoring at the top of national exams in science and math. It is a sister school of Drury University. In 2007, the Roys also founded a tribal school for first-generation learners.


Drury Sigma Pi chapter recognized at national convention

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 9, 2016 – Drury Sigma Pi was recognized as a top chapter in North America at Sigma Pi International’s recent biennial Convocation, held in July in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The chapter received the Grand Council award for its accomplishments during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. The award is presented to the top three chapters in each of the four size divisions. This is the ninth time the Drury chapter has received the award since its founding in 1982.

Members were also presented the Grand Chapter award — given to the top 25 chapters — and received recognition for achieving silver level in the Standards of Excellence chapter evaluation system.

Read more about the chapter and member accomplishments in the inaugural edition of the Drury Sigma Pi Annual Report.


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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 31, 2015 — Drury University has again been named one of the best colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. The education services company included Drury in its online listing for “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

In its profile on Drury, The Princeton Review highlighted Drury’s academic rigor, the school’s personalized approach to learning and teaching, and its beautiful campus. Other factors included a strong focus on sustainability and global awareness, and – in the words of one of the students interviewed by The Princeton Review – Drury’s “mission to give students the opportunity to fight for what they believe in, but to understand the views of others as well.”

“We chose Drury University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher.

Editors made selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits. They also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported about their campus experiences on its independent student survey designed to include the same types of questions prospective students might ask on a campus visit.

“Only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students make it to our final slate of regional best college selections,” Franek said.

“The voices of our satisfied students are powerful validation for us,” said Drury president Dr. David Manuel. “Drury’s focus on mentorship, high academics standards and engaged learning are all recognized by our students as keys to their success in life after college.”

There are 159 colleges in 12 Midwestern states on the “Best in the Midwest” list for 2016. Overall, the 649 colleges listed in the North, South, Midwest and West regions constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities.

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Drury’s computer science students compete at regional conference

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 16, 2015 — Nine computer science students from Drury competed in student contests at the 21st Consortium for Computing Sciences In Colleges: Central Plains Conference held on April 10 and 11 at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri.

The team of Daniel Chick, Daiv McBride, and Josef Polodna placed 1st in the Student Research Poster Contest for their research and development project, Drury Explorer. This project involved the development of the Drury Explorer app for Drury’s Office of Admission. The application runs on Android devices and allows Drury visitors to take a self-guided tour of the campus.

The team of Zach Glossip, Ian Meyers, and Clayton Sippy placed 2nd in the Student Research Poster Contest for their research and development project, DUtrition. The DUtrition project involved the development of an Android app, which allows nutrition information for a meal to be captured from a picture of a restaurant receipt. Associate Professor Dr. Kathy Carroll served as the team’s sponsor.

Zach Glossip placed 3rd in the Student Research Poster Contest for his research project titled “A Comparison between Unity 4 and Unreal Development Kits: What it Means for Game Developers.” Zach’s project involved analyzing two popular software development kits. He based his analysis on his development of a single first-person puzzle game using both software development kits.

“I am extremely proud of these young men for the inquisitiveness, discipline and skill which they have displayed conducting these projects this year,” says Dr. Scott Sigman, professor of computer science. “They deserve all the accolades they are given. The competition was close and included teams from, among others, Westminster College, Grinnell College and Lincoln University.”

More information: Computer Science at Drury


Student-led newspaper, The Mirror, earns awards for journalistic excellence

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 14, 2015 — The Mirror, Drury’s student-produced newspaper founded in 1886, earned 13 awards at the 2015 Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) Conference on April 11 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. Current students and alumni competed for awards with student staff from college newspapers at Maryville University, Missouri Southern State University, Missouri Western State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Truman State University, and Webster University.

The winners from Drury are:

Ashley Morefield from Overland Park, Kansas received 1st place for Page One Design, 1st place for Information Graphic, and Honorable Mention for Page One Design.

Hwani Lee from Nairobi, Kenya received 1st and 2nd places for Story Illustration

Caleb Zimmerschied from Lee’s Summit received 1st place in Sports Writing

Kevin Abernathy from St. Louis received 1st place in Sports Page

Abby Whisnant from Springfield received 2nd place in Page One Design

Evan Melgren from Springfield received 2nd place in News Photography

Lillian Stone from Springfield received 2nd place in Investigative Reporting and Honorable Mention in Information Graphic

Nick Childress from Monett received 3rd place in Sports Page

The Mirror Staff received 3rd place in Feature Writing