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Drury University receives building donation in Monett

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 19, 2015 — The building that is the current home of Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies in Monett has been gifted to the university by Glen and Sharon Garrett.

Drury began offering classes in Monett in 2007. In 2011, the location moved to its current facility located at 400 4th Street where the university has leased a portion of the building until now. Glen and Sharon Garrett, owners of the building, are donating the entire building to Drury. This is the first CCPS location that will be fully owned by the university. The 23,000 square foot facility is valued at $522,500 by the Barry County Tax Assessor’s Office.

“This generous donation by the Garretts will provide Drury University the opportunity to expand the services we currently offer to students in the Monett area, both in terms of physical space and number of classes,” says Drury President Dr. David Manuel. “We’re thankful that Glen and Sharon share our vision for higher education in the area.”

Students at the CCPS Monett campus can fully complete associates degrees through a combination of online and evening classes in areas such as leadership studies, health science, psychology and more.

Drury will host a celebration of the gift at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the location at 400 4th Street in Monett. The event is open to the public. Announcements regarding renovation plans will be made later in the year.

Media Contact: Kristy Nelson – Director of Marketing, College of Continuing Professional Studies. Email:; phone: (417) 873-7313.


Open house targets prospective graduate, non-traditional students 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 21, 2015 — Prospective non-traditional students can get their questions answered in person at a Drury University open house event Thursday.

The College of Continuing Professional Studies and the College of Graduate Studies will hold a joint open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 23 at Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center. Staff members and program directors will be on hand to answer questions about degrees, career options, admission requirements and financial aid. Trustee Science Center is located on the west side of Drury Lane, just north of Chestnut Expressway.

The College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) offers bachelor and associate degree programs at Drury’s main campus in Springfield and at branch campuses in Ava, Cabool, Fort Leonard Wood/St. Robert, Lebanon, Monett, Rolla and Thayer. The College of Graduate Studies offers masters degrees in business administration, communication, education, teaching, and studio art & theory.

Programs in both areas feature flexibility so that students can pursue a degree in a timeframe that works best for them. CCPS currently offers 14 undergraduate degrees that can be completed totally online, as well as many seated courses. Graduate courses are offered in the evenings, online, and in alternative formats such as weekend experiences, and 8-week or 16-week courses.

For more information about graduate programs, call (417) 873-7530 or visit For more information about CCPS programs, call (417) 873-7373 or visit


Passion for media and history come together in propaganda research

As a filmmaker and TV production professional, Nathan Maulorico knows that every shot tells a story – sometimes ones the viewers may not even be aware.

Lately, Maulorico has been putting his passion for history to work in order to find the stories behind the shots themselves.

The recent Drury graduate was invited to present findings from an undergraduate research paper at the annual Mississippi State University Symposium for Undergraduate History Research earlier this month. The paper examines how film propaganda techniques of the past influence the visuals we see in modern advertising and movies.

Nathan Maulorico

Nathan Maulorico

Maulorico, 33, has been making short films since his teen years and has worked on reality TV productions for about a decade with credits that include “Dance Moms,” “Clash of the Ozarks” and work with Bobby Flay. He graduated from the College of Continuing Professional Studies in December with degrees in advertising, public relations and history. Drury was the right place to combine these interests, he says, and this research was a rewarding way to cap off that experience.

“This project was a personal challenge to me to figure out how I can mesh all of those together,” he says.

Maulorico watched more than 30 films and clips of many others as part of his research. They dated from 1912 to modern times and came from nearly a dozen countries. He watched with an eye for known propaganda techniques, and for continuity between eras.

“I looked for the techniques that were being used in those early films and they were adapted in modern films, advertising and news media,” he says.

While much writing and research has been devoted to old propaganda vehicles – particularly films made in Nazi Germany – there’s been less written about the parallels in modern media, Maulorico says. Most of us don’t think propaganda affects us, but it’s out there.

“People think it only has to do with these old Nazi movies but really, propaganda is happening all around us,” he says. “Whether it’s politics or advertising, somebody is trying to influence what you’re doing every day.”


 Story by Mike Brothers, Drury’s director of media relations.

CCPS open house on Thursday targets non-traditional students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 13, 2015 — Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies will hold an open house for prospective students from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

During the event, prospective students can visit with campus representatives to discuss programs offered, degree highlights and various career fields. Admissions representatives will be on hand to discuss the application process and admission requirements, and financial aid professionals will be available to answer questions about federal student aid, scholarships and other assistance.

The event will feature door prizes and light refreshments. Parking is available in Lot 12 just south of OFEC or in Lot 7 on Summit Avenue north of Harrison Stadium. For more information, call 873-7373 or go to

About CCPS

The College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) offers bachelor and associate degree programs primarily in the evening at Drury’s main campus in Springfield and at branch campuses in Ava, Cabool, Fort Leonard Wood/St. Robert, Lebanon, Monett, Rolla and Thayer as well as through extension sites at Licking and OTC’s Richwood Valley Campus in Ozark.

CCPS programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students with hectic lifestyles that make traditional degree completion impractical. Online courses for undergraduate and graduate programs enhance the flexibility and quality of the educational experience. CCPS currently offers 14 undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees that can be completed totally online.


Media Contact: Kristy Nelson, M.A., Director of Marketing for Drury CCPS. Office: (417) 873-7868 or email:

Two of Missouri’s best new teachers trained at Drury

Two of Missouri’s best new teachers received their professional training from Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies.

Callie Beard, an elementary school teacher in the Lebanon school district, and Fernando Sustaita, a middle school teacher at Nixa, were recently given the Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award by the Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

The recipients were selected based on evaluations of outstanding graduates completed by their college or university, and recommendations from the school districts where they teach.

Callie Beard teaches elementary school students in her Lebanon classroom.

Callie Beard teaches elementary school students in her Lebanon classroom.

“I was stunned, shocked and elated,” says Beard, who teaches social studies and communication arts to fifth graders.

After spending her first two years at another school, Beard switched gears seeking more financial flexibility and classes closer to her hometown of Lebanon. She took classes through Drury’s Springfield, St. Robert and Lebanon campuses. Many of her instructors were teachers in the immediate area.

“They could draw from their own personal experience,” Beard says. “They had classroom examples ready; they were familiar faces.”

Sustaita knows about switching gears, too. After 15 years in the business world, he decided to make a career change and become a teacher. Now in his second year at a seventh grade history teacher in Nixa, he also coaches three sports (cross country, basketball and track), drives busses for the teams, serves on school committees.

“When I want to do something, I go in 110 percent,” he says. “I don’t hold back.”

Fernando Sustaita teaches history at Nixa, and also coaches cross country, basketball and track.

Fernando Sustaita teaches history at Nixa, and also coaches cross country, basketball and track.

Seeing students succeed drives him, Sustaita says. And that’s the same kind of treatment he received from his professors when he was a student earning a Master of Education at Drury, he says. In fact, he still reaches out to them for advice and mentorship, even after graduation.

“I trust the education system there,” he says. “I trusted my advisors. And I know that wherever I’m going to go, people are going to look at that degree and hold it to a high standard.”


Story by Mike Brothers, Drury’s director of media relations.

Vietnam veteran earns art degree — and respect from faculty

Drury art student Richard Hunter is proof that it’s never too late to learn something new. The 64-year-old graduated on Dec. 13 with an art degree. Hunter is a retired Vietnam veteran, and though he doesn’t consider himself a natural artist, he certainly has made an impression on his professors and classmates.

This year he received the Boyko Weltanschauung Award, which is presented to students who have made the biggest impact on art department faculty, and challenge instructors to re-examine their teaching strategies and think about why they teach. Hunter is just the second recipient in 11 years.

“As one of our older students, I find him completely open to critiques of his works and is one of the hardest working students that I have ever known,” said Rebecca Miller, a photography professor. “His life experiences bring so much to the classroom that he will be one of those students I will remember fondly for years to come because of his positive outlook on life.”

Richard Hunter in the ceramics workshop at Pool Art Center.

Richard Hunter in the ceramics workshop at Pool Art Center.

Hunter prefers working with ceramics and photography. As a beekeeper, he’s particularly inspired by bees and the hexagon shapes they make, which he’s incorporated into his art. He is also drawn to graffiti art and has photographed the traveling artwork on trains rolling through town.

One of Hunter’s biggest inspirations is his younger classmates.

“One of things I’ve absolutely loved is that I get to be around young artists and that I have had a chance to see art through their eyes,” said Hunter. “Being with young artists makes me feel young again! It stirs up my imagination.”

Hunter has also enjoyed working on the art department’s annual Veterans Day tradition of taking portrait photos of veterans free of charge. He would eventually like to start a volunteer art therapy program to aid disabled veterans.

“Art really helps disabled veterans to relax and seems to help heal people both mentally and physically,” said Hunter. “I just want to share what I have learned and maybe even learn from them.”

Hunter appreciated that his professors adjusted to his learning style and worked with him on an individual basis. The small school environment made him feel comfortable, he says.

“The teachers have really bent over backward to inspire me, encourage me to do good work and look at my art in different ways,” he says. “They’re willing to be more personal and they’re willing to listen.”


Story by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, English and Writing major at Drury. A version of this story first appeared in the Springfield News-Leader.

Drury named a “Military Friendly School” for fourth straight year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 23, 2014 — For the fourth year in a row, Victory Media has recognized Drury University as a Military Friendly School. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and their spouses as students.

“Earning the 2014-2015 Military Friendly Schools designation puts Drury University in the top 20 percent of all eligible schools approved for G.I. Bill funding, and it tells prospective military students that Drury is pre-vetted with leading programs and policies to support military students,” says Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media, adjudicator of Military Friendly ratings and publisher of G.I. Jobs.

The Military Friendly Schools website ( features interactive lists and search tools to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. Those selected by Victory Media exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.


Drury has a long tradition of serving those who have served our country. In the days after World War II, buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s 11 branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood.

“Being in the service can give a person the feelings of a fast-paced and stressful environment,” says Katelyn Vernon, president of the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America. “But the thought of changing your path in life and returning to school is almost more stressful. Luckily, Drury is there with you every step of the way. The staff is knowledgeable of all the requirements from the Veterans Administration, which ensures everything is processed quickly and smoothly. I am proud that I had the opportunity to attend Drury and was able to share and influence other students with my experiences in the service.”

Victory Media’s annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools will be distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel.

For more information on how Drury helps veterans find academic and career success, go to


Drury’s Aaron Jones will address Cox College graduates May 15

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 14, 2014 — Aaron Jones, Dean of Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies, will deliver the keynote address to 186 graduates of Cox College at a commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) and Cox College have been educational partners for more than 60 years. CCPS has provided general education and laboratory science courses for Cox College students, and the schools have partnered on dual degree programs at Drury’s Cabool and Monett locations. Jones has been an ex-officio member of the Cox College Board of Trustees since 2012.

“It is a pleasure to feature Mr. Aaron Jones as our commencement speaker,” says Cox College President Lance Ratcliff. “Aaron’s leadership is evident across many collaborative outreach efforts Cox College has with Drury University, highlighted by significant academic initiatives in both Cabool and Monett. The partnership between Cox College and Drury has been strengthened by Aaron’s guidance, benefitting many students at both institutions.”

Cox College is a private college of more than 850 students offering certificate programs, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in health related fields such as: nursing, diagnostic imaging, nutrition, medical assisting, medical transcription, and medical billing/coding. It is affiliated with CoxHealth.


About Aaron Jones

Prior to his appointment as Dean of Drury’s CCPS, Jones was engaged in the full-time practice of law in Springfield and served as a member of Drury University’s Board of Trustees. He taught as an adjunct instructor for Drury from 2007 to 2011.

Jones received his Bachelor of Arts from Drury in 1995, and earned his Juris Doctor in 1998 and his Master of Laws in 2009 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was a member of the Young Lawyers Section Council of the Missouri Bar from 2004 to 2009, and from 2006 to 2008 served on the Missouri Bar’s Board of Governors as the Young Lawyers’ liaison. From 2007-2008 he was president of the Drury University Alumni Association. Jones is a member of King’s Way United Methodist Church, Rotary Club of Springfield (Downtown), the Abilities First board, and a number of other civic and professional organizations. He resides in Springfield with his wife, Cara, and children Kate, Carter and Caleb.


Drury, North Arkansas College sign reverse transfer agreement

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 5, 2014 — Drury University and North Arkansas College (Northark) in Harrison, Arkansas, have finalized a new agreement that enables students to retroactively earn an associate degree by combining their Northark credits with those earned at Drury.

The Reverse Transfer and Articulation Agreement allows Northark students to transfer back academic credits for course work completed at Drury to satisfy associate degree requirements. This means students who have earned some but not all of the required credits for an associate degree could be awarded both the two-year and four-year degrees at the same time, provided all requirements are satisfied.

In addition, Drury University and Northark are working together to provide students with transfer guides to outline coursework required for bachelor’s degree completion options through the College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) at Drury.

“This agreement allows both Northark and Drury to help our respective students complete their degrees and get the recognition they deserve,” says Aaron Jones, Dean of Drury CCPS. “It gives them credit where credit is due and makes them more attractive to employers.”

As part of the agreement, Drury is extending a 10 percent reduction in tuition costs for all Northark students pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Drury CCPS if the student has earned an associate degree from Northark. Drury is also extending a 10 percent reduction in tuition costs for all Northark employees seeking a bachelor’s degree from Drury CCPS.

A celebration ceremony with representatives from both institutions was held on April 29 at on Northark’s Center Campus in Harrison.

For more information, contact: Aaron Jones, Drury CCPS Dean, (417) 873-6829 or; or Kristy Nelson, CCPS Director of Marketing, (417) 873-7317 or


Ribbon Cutting for New Ava Campus Location Will be Held April 8

Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies Ava campus has moved into a new location in the second floor of the Missouri Ozarks Community Health/Wellness Center at 603 Northwest 10th Ave.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. Drury President Dr. David Manuel will be in attendance, alongside officials from the Ava Area Chamber of Commerce and staff from the branch campus.

The campus offices in Ava are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday during the semester and offers academic advising, financial aid assistance and career counseling, in addition to a computer lab.

The CCPS Ava campus serves students living throughout Douglas, Ozark and Wright counties. Drury began offering classes in Ava in 1997, using Ava High School classrooms in the evening. A variety of general education, major requirement, and elective courses are offered each semester.