college of continuing professional studies

Drury University and Crowder College sign articulation agreement

NEOSHO, Mo., June 13, 2017 — Drury University and Crowder College signed an articulation agreement today providing students the opportunity to transition several degrees seamlessly into Drury’s bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, Behavioral and Community Health, Emergency Management, Organizational Leadership, and Health Services Management.

Crowder degrees that align with the Drury programs include:

Associate of Arts – Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Science, Psychology, and Social Work

Associate of Science – Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Applied Science – Paramedical Science

“Drury looks forward to expanding its offerings of articulation agreements with Crowder College,” says Dr. Jana Neiss, Dean of Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies. “We appreciate Crowder’s dedication to student success and are honored to be a part of it.”

“We are always looking for articulated opportunities for our students, after graduation with a certificate or associate degree, to continue their education and work towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree at a university. Working with Drury University offers our students the opportunity to obtain this goal with a quality institution. The faculty and staff at both schools have developed articulation plans to assist the students with seamless transferability between the two institutions,” stated Dr. Glenn Coltharp, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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Drury University to dedicate new CCPS campus in Lebanon on May 18

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 8, 2017 Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new campus location in Lebanon at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 18. Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd will address attendees, and leaders from the Lebanon community will help President Cloyd and Drury officials cut the ribbon.

The classroom location at 122 E. Commercial Street is a new permanent home for Drury classes in the region and will allow Drury to offer summer classes in Lebanon for the first time in several years. The space houses a new computer lab and student lounge. It will also be home to the Drury Law Enforcement Academy’s second location, starting in June. This is the first time law enforcement courses will be offered by Drury in the Lebanon area.

The site may be new, but Drury’s commitment to the Lebanon area dates back more than 30 years. Drury began offering classes in Lebanon in 1986. The campus offers students the ability to fully complete associates degrees on site, and offers classes toward a bachelor’s degree in a number of fields. Lebanon is one of nine CCPS branch campuses across southwest Missouri.

“We are excited for this expansion in Lebanon and the opportunities it presents,” says Jana Neiss, dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies. “Over the years, Drury has received steady support from the Lebanon community and we look forward to continuing that partnership.”

Summer classes begin Monday, June 5. For more information about enrolling in CCPS classes, call (417) 873-7373, email ccps@drury.edu or visit www.drury.edu/ccps. For information about the Law Enforcement Academy, contact Tony Bowers at (417) 873-7542, email tbowers@drury.edu or visit www.drury.edu/law-enforcement.

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Info session for Lebanon Law Enforcement Academy to be held Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., January 26, 2017 — An information session for students interested in enrolling in the new Drury Law Enforcement Academy in Lebanon will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, at the Laclede County Office of Emergency Management, 200 N. Adams Avenue.

Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies will launch the new academy site in Lebanon in early summer. This is the second academy site for Drury. The university’s Springfield academy has met the needs of local enforcement training and employment since 2004.

The Lebanon academy will meet in the evening Monday through Thursday, and during 10 weekends, for one year. After completion, graduates receive a Class A License and meet the minimum requirements for employment with municipal, county and state law enforcement positions. Students also graduate with 24 college credit hours that can be applied to a degree program. Drury University’s Law Enforcement Academy is approved by the state of Missouri as a Law Enforcement Training entity. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and the program meets the requirements for military education benefits.

An additional information session will be held in March. For more information about the Academy or the information sessions, contact Law Enforcement Academy Director Tony Bowers at (417) 873-7542 or tbowers@drury.edu.

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Drury to launch Law Enforcement Academy in Lebanon in 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., December 9, 2016 — Ozarkers seeking a career in law enforcement will have a new option next year as Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies launches a Law Enforcement Academy in Lebanon in early summer 2017. This is the second academy site for Drury. The university’s Springfield academy has met the needs of local enforcement training and employment since 2004.

The academy will meet in the evening Monday through Thursday, and during 10 weekends, for nine months. After completion, graduates receive a Class A License and meet the minimum requirements for employment with municipal, county and state law enforcement positions. Students also graduate with 24 college credit hours that can be applied to a degree program.

Drury University’s Law Enforcement Academy is approved by the state of Missouri as a Law Enforcement Training entity. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and the program meets the requirements for military education benefits.

“We look forward to expanding to the Lebanon, Camdenton and Waynesville areas and working with those local agencies to satisfy their training and employment needs,” said Tony Bowers, Director of the Law Enforcement Agency.

Defensive tactics training at the Drury Law Enforcement Academy.

Defensive tactics training at the Drury Law Enforcement Academy.

The expansion announcement has already garnered support from law enforcement leaders in the Lebanon area, including Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap.

“I have been affiliated with the Drury Academy for a number of years and appreciate their commitment to providing quality training to police recruits,” said Millsap, who is an adjunct instructor for the Academy in Springfield. “Their reputation for professional training will attract potential law enforcement officers from not only Laclede County but also the Ft. Leonard Wood area, as well as the Lake of Ozarks. The Laclede County Sheriff’s Office is excited about this training opportunity so close to home, and we look forward to working with Drury to make the Lebanon site a success.”

Informational sessions are planned for January and March in Lebanon. Those interested in more information about the Academy or the upcoming info sessions, can contact Tony Bowers at tbowers@drury.edu.

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Media Contact: Kristy Nelson, Director of Marketing – CCPS: (417) 873-7317 or knelson008@drury.edu.

Drury University CCPS celebrates National Nontraditional Student Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 8, 2016 — Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies is celebrating National Nontraditional Student Week.

“Drury has a long-standing commitment to continuing and professional education, and we’re pleased to have this chance to recognize our hard-working and dedicated students who often have to balance family and work responsibilities in addition to pursuing their degree,” said Aaron Jones, Dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies.

Each branch campus is hosting special activities to honor their students. On Sunday, 37 students were inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lamda honor society. On Monday, CCPS staff gave out snacks and Drury swag to CCPS students. Other events include a “Bring A Friend to Class Night” on Wednesday evening and the annual Veterans Day Celebration at 11 a.m. on Friday in the Plaster Gallery of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. That event is open to the public.

Throughout the week, CCPS students can pick up free tickets to Saturday’s basketball game against Webster University. Tickets can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in Burnham Hall 206.

Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies offers classes in Springfield, Ava, Cabool, Fort Leonard Wood, Lebanon, Monett, St. Robert, Rolla, West Plains, and online in 8-week and 16-week terms as well as online and blended formats. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/ccps.

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Dr. Jana Neiss named as College of Continuing Professional Studies dean

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 7, 2016 — Drury University has appointed Dr. Jana Neiss as its next Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS). Neiss succeeds Aaron Jones, the continuing studies dean since 2012, who will transition to a new position: Chief of Staff to Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd.

Neiss will begin her duties in January 2017. She earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ozark Bible College in Joplin.

Neiss has deep roots at Drury, having begun her academic career as an adjunct CCPS faculty member in 1993. She then helped start Drury’s branch campus in Rolla in 1995. In 2008 she became the Director of CCPS’s Mid-Missouri Region. She and her husband, David, have two sons, Charles and Garrett, who both graduated from Drury – one from the traditional day school and the other from CCPS.

For the past six years, Neiss has worked as the Director of the Teacher Education Program at Missouri University of Science & Technology. In that role, she oversaw the university’s teacher certification curriculum, led accreditation efforts, and facilitated key external partnerships with public schools.

Jana Neiss

“Jana brings a deep knowledge of Drury, an understanding of adult education, established relationships in our CCPS communities, and a proven track record that make her uniquely qualified for this position,” said President Cloyd.

While at S&T, Neiss was recognized for innovative programming and curriculum work, including initiation of a STEM-focused elementary teacher certification, and co-directing more than $1 million in state grants for science education and quantitative literacy. She also was recruited to serve on several state and national boards and committees, including representing Missouri at the National Summit on Teacher Education and the Common Core, and chairing the Missouri Council of Education Deans and Directors. She was tapped by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to serve on Missouri’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation.

“I am excited to come back to Drury and reconnect with former colleagues and create new relationships with other members of the Drury community,” Neiss said. There’s a great level of enthusiasm about Drury’s recent successes and potential for future growth, and I look forward to being part of it.”

Jones will assume chief of staff duties full time in January, where he will work with President Cloyd, Trustees, faculty and staff to enhance communication, coordination, and transparency across the university. He will be responsible for accelerating the development of long-range institutional strategy and planning for the day school, CCPS, graduate studies and athletics.

“While this is a new position for Drury, it is a crucial role at many universities,” said President Cloyd. “Aaron will be an honest broker in synthesizing, compiling and articulating the opinions of Drury’s various constituencies.”

About CCPS

Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies offers bachelor and associate degree programs primarily in the evening at the main Springfield campus and at nine branch locations across the region. Academic programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students with hectic lifestyles that make traditional degree completion impractical. Additionally, CCPS offers online courses for undergraduate and graduate programs to enhance flexibility and quality of the education experience of Drury students.

For more information, go to www.drury.edu/ccps.

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Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Director of Media Relations – (417) 873-7390 or mikebrothers@drury.edu.

Grant helps Drury launch program aimed at migrant workers, families

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 16, 2016 — Migrant workers and their families in southwest Missouri will soon see improved access to higher education thanks to Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) and a five-year, $1.94 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

This College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) grant will be used to fund three full-time and three part-time staff members at Drury’s CCPS campus in Monett. The staff will be dedicated to identifying, recruiting and supporting students with the greatest need within the local Hispanic population. The grant will also fund classroom technology such as laptops, and living expenses such as childcare. A key focus of the program is leadership training, which will take place in partnership with the Monett Chamber of Commerce.

A public kick-off event to celebrate will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Drury Monett campus, 400 4th Street.

“I’m extremely excited about the confidence the Department of Education has in Drury and our Monett site,” says Ann Saunders, Monett campus director. “These resources will help us make a positive imprint on the lives of many students and their families. Staff members are rolling up their sleeves and are ready to embark on this historic journey.”

How the Program Will Work

The Drury program is called “Somos” – Spanish for “we are.” The first cohort of Somos students will begin classes this month in Monett. Spots are still available in the cohort.

“Drury’s Monett campus has a long history of providing personalized, supportive education to the area’s first generation college students and the Hispanic community,” says Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols, Professor of Spanish and Somos Project Director. “This grant provides the funding to allow the excellent advising, mentoring and educating currently going on in Monett to expand and work more efficiently. Providing specialized services to allow new first-year students to succeed at the college level will help these students proceed and persist to graduation.”

Through the Somos program, Drury faculty and staff will identify and provide outreach to qualifying students and their families. They will be able to provide access to and training on technology, provide relevant instruction in language and math, and help them earn a bachelor’s degree. In particular, the program will encourage degree completion in STEM, business and education fields. In order to lay the groundwork for a successful transition into the workforce, most second-year students will complete the Monett Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute and complete an internship in the community.

A key component of Somos is addressing the cultural barriers that exist for students whose families may prioritize the immediacy of earning a paycheck over getting a degree. Somos includes activities that encourage families of students to be involved, and it builds a support system of peers so that students can help one another in continuing their education.

Meeting Workforce Needs

There are significant needs in the Monett area labor force for more university-educated Spanish-speaking workers, Nichols says. Local employers cite a need for Hispanic employees at management and executive levels.

Drury University at Monett is the only university in the area already integrated with the local migrant Hispanic community that serves nontraditional students and provides bachelor’s degrees in key areas such as STEM majors, business and management specialties, and elementary and secondary education. The Monett campus, under the College of Continuing Professional Studies, has grown since its 2007 inception, from six courses in 2007 to 25 courses serving approximately 150 students per semester today. Monett students choose from 15 majors and can complete their associate’s or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of seated, blended and online courses, providing a unique service in an underserved region.

The Somos program is funded entirely though the federal Department of Education CAMP grant. Drury will receive $373,047 in the grant’s first year, which does not require any local matching funds over its five-year lifespan. Drury will receive $1.94 million total over the five-year grant period.

“The CAMP program provides vital resources to help students pursue a higher education and all of the opportunities that come with it,” says U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. “I’m proud this grant award will allow the exceptional faculty and staff at Drury University to reach more students and their families, and enable them take the next step toward realizing the American Dream.”

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Media Contacts:

Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols – Somos Program Director:  (417) 873-6925 or enichols@drury.edu

Ann Saunders – Drury Monett Campus Director: (417) 235-2007 or asaunders@drury.edu

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: knelson008@drury.edu; phone: (417) 873-7313.

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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 Drury.edu/graduate. For more information about CCPS programs, call (417) 873-7373 or visit Drury.edu/ccps.

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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.”

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