College of Graduate Studies

Leaders, students celebrate first cohort of Nonprofit & Civic Leadership grads

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 27, 2017 — In 2015, Drury University introduced a unique master’s degree for professionals seeking to enhance their skills, insight, and leadership opportunities in the nonprofit and civic sectors. Now, nearly two years later, the first group of students is set to graduate with their Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership (MNCL) degrees.

Drury will mark this milestone with a special event next week featuring a panel discussion and showcase of student work in the field. The inaugural Capstone Poster Exhibition and Roundtable on the Future of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, at Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center. The event is open to the public.

The soon-to-be-graduates of the MNCL program will hold poster discussions of their capstone projects (done in collaboration with partner local organizations) beginning at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion begins at 6 p.m. and will feature a slate of community leaders who have been involved with the MNCL program in various ways. Moderated by Dan Prater, Director of Drury’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the discussion will explore the issues future civic and nonprofit leaders will need to address in order to enhance our quality of life in the Ozarks. Panelists include:

  • Amy Blansit, Founder, Drew Lewis Foundation at the Fairbanks
  • Barbara Brown-Johnson, Executive Director, Child Advocacy Center
  • Phyllis Ferguson, Zone 1 Member, Springfield City Council
  • Brian Fogle, President and CEO, Community Foundation of the Ozarks
  • Debi Meeds, President/CEO, United Way of the Ozarks
  • Mark Struckhoff, Executive Director, Council of Churches of the Ozarks

“The MNCL program has seen a tremendous response from both students seeking to further their careers and nonprofit and civic leaders in the area who have served as guest lecturers and project partners,” said Prater, who is also an instructor in the program. “We’re extremely proud to present these graduates and their work to the community that has been so supportive of our program.”

For more information about the Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership degree program, visit www.drury.edu/mncl or contact Dr. Charles Taylor, professor of communication, at (417) 873-7391 or ctaylor@drury.edu.

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Fifty Drury graduate degrees to be conferred Sunday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 18, 2016 — A hooding and conferral ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, August 21 at Stone Chapel to recognize 50 students earning graduate degrees from Drury University.

The College of Graduate Studies offers master’s degrees in business administration, communication, education, nonprofit & civic leadership, and studio art & theory. A graduate education provides opportunities to further one’s career and deepen ties to others in a student’s professional field.

Graduate programs at Drury feature flexibility so that students can pursue a degree in a timeframe that works best for them. Courses are offered in the evenings, online, and in alternative formats such as blended learning, weekend experiences, and 8-week or 16-week courses.

“The quality, rigor and relevance of Drury’s master’s programs set them apart,” says Dr. Regina Waters, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. “Employers tell us that Drury graduates are well-prepared for their professional roles. We look forward to developing new programs in the upcoming year that allow us to serve even more individuals who seek an education that can enhance their career options.”

For more information, visit Drury.edu/graduate.

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Drury launches graduate-level Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 15, 2016 — Drury University’s Breech School of Business is launching a new graduate-level certificate program in Cybersecurity Leadership this fall. Classes begin August 22. New Drury faculty member Dr. Shannon McMurtrey – a well-respected expert in the field who co-created one of the first commercial e-commerce platforms – spearheads the program.

Employers are increasingly seeking to hire business leaders who understand how to protect, detect, defend and respond to cybersecurity attacks. Employment opportunities for all types of information security professionals are growing, but the need is especially great for managers and leaders who understand how cybersecurity fits within the complex picture of today’s business environment.

“The focus on leadership sets this program apart,” says Dr. Regina Waters, dean of Drury’s College of Graduate Studies. “It combines cutting-edge technical knowledge with business acumen, and fits squarely within Drury’s liberal arts tradition.”

READ MORE: Q&A with Dr. McMurtrey about joining the DU faculty.

The Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate comprises five courses totaling 16 hours, and is designed to serve students of all backgrounds – not just CIS majors. Courses include labs and learning experiences that help prepare professionals to secure and defend information systems. In addition to gaining knowledge of the fundamentals of information security, students will also acquire a strong foundation in risk and risk management. Preparation for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) certification exam is included in the coursework.

McMurtrey, who has more than 15 years teaching experience, says the program’s focus on skills beyond the merely technical is a boon for students at any stage of their career.

“Programming languages change and technology changes,” McMurtrey says. “As soon as you learn one language it’s almost outdated. I feel it’s more important for people in our field to understand business and the need that businesses have to seek competitive advantages.”

For more information, go to: http://www.drury.edu/mba/cybersecurity-leadership

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Media Contacts: Dr. Regina Waters – Dean, College of Graduate Studies: (417) 873-7251 or rwaters@drury.edu; or Dr. Shannon McMurtrey – Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems: (417) 873-7242; Email: smcmurtrey@drury.edu.

 

Drury launches Master of Nonprofit & Civic Leadership degree program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 21, 2015 — Drury University will soon begin offering a new graduate degree for professionals seeking to enhance their skill sets in the nonprofit and civic sectors.

The Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership is a unique offering in a community where nonprofit organizations employ about half of all private workers and play an integral role in tackling pressing issues such as poverty, healthcare and education. The program aims to truly enhance the quality of life in the Ozarks by preparing emerging and mid-level leaders for executive service in these key institutions.

The degree takes full advantage of Drury’s highly interdisciplinary approach to education, bringing together academic resources from across campus and drawing upon the university’s longstanding commitment to civic engagement. It also harnesses the expertise of leaders from the Ozarks’ political, economic and cultural spheres, who will act as guest lecturers and mentors as well as facilitate exclusive internship opportunities. A key element of the program will be collaborative efforts between students and Drury’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership, which conducts research, training and networking for nonprofits in the region under director Dan Prater.

Classes begin in January. The 30-credit-hour program (10 courses) will focus on areas such as leadership, strategic planning, advocacy, resource management and governance. Designed with working professionals in mind, courses will be offered in a format that blends online and seated evening classes.

“When all of your training is on the job, then you really lose time,” says Debi Meeds, CEO of the United Way of the Ozarks, and supporter of the program. “And it is detrimental to the organization you’re leading. It’s important that you come to an organization with a professional level of knowledge, because then you can move that organization forward.”

“I never worry about the passion,” says Brian Fogle, president/CEO of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which has supported Drury’s nonprofit training programs, conferences and studies to strengthen the sector. “But I think we can do a better job of providing that skill set that is needed.”

“There is no other graduate program in the region with a twin emphasis on effective leadership and harnessing the power of the nonprofit sector to enhance life in our community,” says Dr. Charles Taylor, professor of communication and director of the new program.

Drury is offering the first credit hour free (a $444 value) for those who enroll now. For more information, visit: www.drury.edu/ncl. To receive the discount, applicants will enter the code MNCL when completing the online application.

For more information, contact: Dr. Charles Taylor. Office: (417) 873-7391; email: ctaylor@drury.edu.

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More than 50 Drury graduate degrees to be conferred Sunday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 12, 2015 — A hooding and conferral ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, August 16 at Stone Chapel to recognize 53 students earning graduate degrees from Drury University.

The College of Graduate Studies offers master’s degrees in business administration, communication, education, teaching, and studio art & theory. A graduate education provides opportunities to further one’s career and deepen ties to others in a student’s professional field.

Graduate programs at Drury feature flexibility so that students can pursue a degree in a timeframe that works best for them. Courses are offered in the evenings, online, and in alternative formats such as blended learning, weekend experiences, and 8-week or 16-week courses.

“The quality, rigor and relevance of Drury’s master’s programs set them apart,” says Dr. Regina Waters, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. “Our small class sizes, outstanding faculty, and curricular innovations provide students with a powerful and rewarding graduate education.”

For more information, visit Drury.edu/graduate.

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Media Contact: Dr. Regina Waters – Dean, College of Graduate Studies. Office: (417) 873-7251; email: rwaters@drury.edu.

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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