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Area Businesswomen Honored at Annual Entrepreneurship Event

Two outstanding women business owners were honored today at the 6th Annual Women in Entrepreneurship Symposium. Winners were announced the conference’s closing luncheon.

Hurts Donut Co., co-owned by Kas Clegg, was chosen as the Woman-Owned Start-Up of the Year. Clegg co-owns the business with her husband, Tim. Located at 301 Park Central West, the shop opened in November and builds on recent boutique pastry trends.

Other nominees included: Fleur (Lisa Clary & Kim Wood); Behavioral Learning Center, LLC (Ginger Crabtree); School of Rock (Jennifer Jester); and Bodacious Cases, LLC (Arianna Russell).

Jennifer Wilson, founder and principle architect at nForm Architecture, was chosen Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Exceptional client service and environmentally responsible design are the cornerstones of the firm, which opened in 2007 and is located in downtown Springfield. Jennifer is a native of Springfield. She obtained her architecture degree from the University of Arkansas. She is licensed in Missouri and is a LEED-AP.

Other nominees included: Deborah Bellotti & Candice Carson (The Buzz restaurant) and Jennifer Choi (Rose Diamonds Custom Design & Repair).

To qualify for an award, a woman must own at least 50 percent of a business and operate within 30 miles of Springfield. The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year nominees must have been in business for at least five years, and the Woman-Owned Start-Up of the Year nominees should have been in business for less than two years.

“We’re thrilled to highlight all of our nominees and show that women in our area have a strong and successful entrepreneurial spirit,” said Dr. Kelley Still, director of Drury’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, or EJC.

The EJC hosts WES in order to provide women entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of owning a business, network with other entrepreneurs and visit with a wide range of exhibitors. This year more than 150 people attended the half-day symposium.

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

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and other student resources. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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Drury’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium to honor top female entrepreneurs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 27, 2012 — Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship is looking to recognize the top female entrepreneurs in the region. The winners of these inaugural awards will be honored at the annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) to be held at Drury’s Trustee Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 2. This is the first year the WES event has given awards to top female entrepreneurs.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Woman Start-Up of the Year

In order to qualify for an award, a woman must own at least 51 percent of a business and operate within 30 miles of Springfield. The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year nominees must have been in business for at least five years, and the Woman Start-Up of the Year nominees should be in business for less than two years.

Nominees for these awards can be sent to scochran@drury.edu by December 19, 2012. Nominees will be sent a full application form, which is due by January 18, 2013. An independent panel of judges will select the winners. Award winners will receive a plaque, be honored at the annual WES event and have their stories posted on Drury’s website.

The fifth annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) will take place on Drury’s campus on Saturday, February 2. This event provides women entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of owning a business, network with other entrepreneurs and visit with exhibitors ranging from accountants and bankers to direct sales opportunities. The event is just $25, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration will begin on December 17 at www.drury.edu/ejc/wes.

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Drury students’ posters are designed to decrease underage drinking

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 30, 2012 — Drury University students took first and second place in the Community Partnership of the Ozarks Underage Drinking Task Force (UDTF) Higher Education Committee Annual Poster Contest. Drury sophomore design arts major Carlie Townsend’s poster was selected as the top overall entry. Nathan Harrison, a Drury fifth year senior majoring in architecture, was second. Both of the winning posters were designed in Dudley Murphy’s visual communications course.

Carlie Townsend's winning poster

Townsend and Harrison’s posters, along with the third place poster from Evangel University student Andrew Grumke, will be displayed throughout Springfield in stores, coffee shops, pools and parks to spread awareness about the dangers of underage drinking and the benefits of not drinking alcohol.

According to the Community Partnership, “Each year, this contest is held to engage college students to help increase awareness among their peers about underage and risky drinking behaviors and related consequences.” Data from the 2010 Missouri College Behavioral Health Survey is incorporated into each poster, such as, “The higher the GPA, the lower the average drinks per week,” or “70 percent of college students choose to designate a sober driver before they go out.”

Nathan Harrison's 2nd place poster

Media Contact:
Ed Derr, Director of Counseling, Office: (417) 873-7357, E-mail: ederr@drury.edu

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Drury communication students to present research at regional conference

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 8, 2012 — Nine Drury communication majors have been selected to present their research at the 2012 Central States Communication Association (CSCA) President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference. The conference will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on March 30-31.

Students will be presenting their research in panels and poster sessions before an audience of both their peers and graduate faculty from other institutions. Additionally, by participating in the research conference, students will be allotted time to find out more about the available opportunities in graduate study, while also networking with some of the leading communication scholars in the central states region.

Research submitted to the conference was conducted in Ethics of Communication, Interpersonal Communication Theory, Mass Media and Society and Foundations of Communication Theory courses. This is the first time at Drury that this many different communication courses have produced student CSCA research.

“I applaud these students for their accomplishments,” said Dr. Regina Waters, chair of the

Dr. Regina Waters

communication department. “They produced this level of scholarly work as sophomores and juniors.”

Research Panel Presentations

Jackie Cantrell and Allyson Strickland
Sex, Babies and Housework: Attributions of Sexist Joking in Cross-Sex Friendships

Alyssa Baker, Elizabeth Barmeier, and Christa Scott
The Maverick, the Old Man, the Changer and the Obnoxious One: The Framing of the 2008 Party Candidates on “Saturday Night Live

Jackie Cantrell
Perceptions and Crisis: Media Framing in the 2011 Revolt in Egypt

Poster Session Presentations

Michelle Everett, Holly Plunkett, Molly Riddle, and Cecily Robertson
It’s Not Like I’m Drunk: The Use of Pathos in Anti-Drunk Driving Campaigns

Allyson Strickland
“Outsmart Mother Nature”: An Examination of Tampax Advertising Using Passing Theory

Christa Scott
Ageism in Television Programming: An Examination of TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland”

According to its website, the mission of the Central States Communication Association is to unite and educate people with both an affinity to the central region of the United States and a scholarly interest in all areas of communication for promotion of their mutual goals and advancement of their field.

Media Contact: Dr. Regina Waters, Chair & Associate Professor, Communication, Office: (417) 873-7251, E-mail: rwaters@drury.edu

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Drury professor’s Civil War book earns prestigious award

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 2, 2011 — Dr. Randall Fuller, Professor of English and the Director of the Honors Program, received the Christian Gauss Award for his book, From Battlefield’s Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature. This award is given to books that show exceptional literary scholarship and criticism. Fuller was presented with the award Friday, Dec. 2 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Christian Gauss Award is part of the Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards. Established in 1950, the Christian Gauss Award was created in honor of a former Phi Beta Kappa president, a distinguished scholar at Princeton University.

“I am enormously honored, in large part because the past winners comprise the hall of fame for literary criticism. M. H. Abrams, Harold Bloom, Wayne Booth, Marjorie Garber, and others: these are the people who inspired me when I was in graduate school. It is truly humbling to be included in that crowd,” said Fuller.

Dr. Randy Fuller

In addition to his book, Fuller has been published in many journals, such as: American Literature, American Literary History, and Early American Literature. He is also the author of Emerson’s Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Marketing of Americanists.

Media Contact: Randall Fuller, Professor, English & Director of the Honors Program, Office: (417) 873-7220, E-mail: rfuller@drury.edu

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Springfield Business Journal honors Drury University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 10, 2011 — Springfield Business Journal magazine honored Drury University as a Choice Employer at a reception on Thursday, Nov. 10. Drury finished third in the category of employers with more than 301 employees behind Kraft Foods and CoxHealth.

Springfield Business Journal rates companies in the areas of: incentives, family friendly, people development and corporate culture.

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Drury senior to present at Missouri Sociological Association conference

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 7, 2011 — Drury senior, Emily Brown, is the winner of the 2011 Alvin Gouldner Undergraduate Student Paper Competition.  As the winner of the award, Brown will present a paper at the annual conference of the Missouri Sociological Association (MSA) on Oct. 14 in Lake Ozark, Mo.

Brown, a sociology major, and a native of Nixa, Mo., will present a paper titled Identifying the Links Between Anonymity and Prosocial Behavior.  The paper examines the relationship between anonymity and a person’s willingness to help someone else.  Brown discovered that people were willing to donate significantly more money when they were given no anonymity, as opposed to complete anonymity.  Upon graduating in December, Brown hopes to continue her research in graduate school.

Emily Brown

In addition to being given the opportunity to present her research, Brown will also receive a $100 prize from MSA.

Media Contact: Dr. Robin Miller, Associate Professor, Sociology, Office: (417) 873-7891, E-mail: rmiller@drury.edu

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Drury SIFE team receives leadership award worth $5,000

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 2, 2011 — Drury University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team received the Jenzabar Foundation Student Leadership Award, including a $5,000 grant, on Wednesday, June 1 in Nashville, Tenn. Several member of the Drury SIFE team were present to receive the award at the Jenzabar Student Leadership Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with Jenzabar’s annual meeting.

The award was based on a self-nomination application open to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, religious organizations and other student groups. The purpose of the Student Leadership Award is to recognize student organizations that have made a difference in the world through service and philanthropic activities, both domestically and internationally.

With the $5,000 in funds, the Drury SIFE team will continue a project it began last March on the island of Ambergris Caye (am-BEAR-grease Key), Belize. When the team first traveled to San Mateo, Belize they constructed a recycling rain garden for Holy Cross Anglican School.

Drury SIFE team constructs the water garden in Belize

The garden now saves 180,000 gallons of water each year, equivalent to approximately $15,000. Upon returning to Belize next year, the team will use the Jenzabar Foundation grant to begin a sewing co-operative for women in the San Mateo region.

“We are honored to receive this grant. It will be invaluable as our team continues to fulfill the mission of SIFE throughout the world,” said Sarah Montgomery, director of the Drury SIFE team. “With these funds we will be able to empower a highly disadvantaged group of women in San Mateo, Belize while also providing themwith meaningful employment and self-reliance.”

Drury students in Belize

The Jenzabar Foundation strives to assist institutions of higher education in support of service-based student activities, and to non-profit organizations involved in education and social welfare. In line with these efforts the foundation finds and rewards student leadership that is committed to humanitarian efforts, while also raising awareness about the positive impact students can have on the lives of others.

According to its website, SIFE is a global, non-profit organization active on 1,500 college campuses in 39 countries and territories. Student teams develop projects to help create economic opportunity by teaching concepts related to free market economics, business ethics, entrepreneurship, personal finance and success skills.

Contact:
Sarah Montgomery
Drury Students in Free Enterprise, Director
Office: (417) 873-6863
Mobile: (417) 766-0365
E-mail: smontgomery@drury.edu

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Drury University receives annual award from the NAACP

SPRINGFIELD, MO., May 20, 2011 — The Springfield Chapter of the NAACP awarded Drury University with the Drum Major Award at the organization’s annual banquet on Saturday, May 14.

According to Francine Pratt, president of the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP, “The Drum Major Award honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions toward realizing Dr. King’s dream of equality, social justice, and peace. In one of his more famous sermons, Dr. King said, ‘…say that I was a drum major for justice…for peace…for righteousness.’”

Pratt cited Drury’s Edward Jones Scholarships for minority students, the Summer Scholars program for minority teens, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest as some of the reasons Drury was honored with the NAACP’s highest honor.

“Drury is humbled and honored to earn the Drum Major Award from the NAACP,” said Drury Associate Dean Bruce Callen who accepted the award for Drury. “Drury’s first class in 1873 featured women and Native Americans, we are proud that Drury continues to foster an atmosphere of inclusion in Springfield and the Ozarks.”

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