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Drury recognizes Warren White Scholars and outstanding faculty

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 30, 2016 — Drury University recognized outstanding faculty and second-year students at its 2016 Opening Convocation. This ceremony officially began Drury’s 143rd academic year with an address from President Tim Cloyd.

“World-class education and teaching informed by scholarship and artistic practice – that is our calling,” Cloyd said in address to a packed auditorium at Clara Thompson Hall. “A liberal arts university imparts through its academic programs fundamental competencies that cultivate that ability to think about the world in which we live. It sows seeds that enable students to grow in ethical, intellectual, creative, communicative, and social qualities that are absolutely necessary – indeed, essential – for success, for a fulfilled life, and for leadership.”

Nominations for Faculty Awards are received from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. A committee of students and faculty selects the winners. The honorees were recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom.

The 2016 Faculty Award winners are:

  • Faculty Award for Teaching: Dr. Kris Wiley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education & Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music
  • Faculty Award for Scholarship: Dr. Elizabeth Nichols, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish
  • Faculty Award for Liberal Learning: Dr. Erin Kenny, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Faculty Award for Advising: Dr. Karen Spence, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Architecture

In addition, the Judge Warren White Scholars were honored. Each honoree will receive a $550 scholarship. These students have the highest grade point averages after completion of their first year at Drury. Mr. Warren White graduated from Drury in 1904 and served as a Greene County circuit court judge for 36 years.

The 2016 Judge Warren White Scholars are:

  • Laura Braiser – Plano, Texas
  • Mason Coble – Nixa, Missouri
  • Miriam Colligan – Farmington, Missouri
  • Taylor Davidson – Lake Ozark, Missouri
  • Rachel DeWeerd – Springfield, Missouri (Glendale High School)
  • Victoria Foster – Munster, Indiana
  • Olivia Funk – Sedalia, Missouri
  • Jessica Knowles – Maryville, Missouri
  • Roxy Kraber – Springfield, Missouri (Central High School)
  • Fadhel Mansoori – Bahrain
  • Isabella Melena – Arvada, Colorado
  • Abigail Mercer – Springfield, Missouri (Grace Classical Academy)
  • Emily Miller – Columbia, Missouri
  • Shylie Miller – Dallas, Texas
  • Caroline Robinson – Ozark, Missouri
  • Jessica Rockafellow – Strafford, Missouri
  • Taylor Stanton – Buffalo, Missouri
  • Grant Thimesch – Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Matt Wagoner – Chesterfield, Missouri
  • Mitchell Wilson – Prosper, Texas

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Author David Harrison reflects on time and success at Alumni Convocation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 8, 2015 — At today’s inaugural Alumni Convocation, noted children’s author and community leader David L. Harrison ’59, reflected on how his Drury experience shaped a life that has taken several unexpected but highly successful turns. The convocation was part of the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend at Drury, which brings more than 400 people back to campus.

Harrison studied biology at Drury but the seed was planted for his writing career during his years on campus thanks to the university’s liberal arts foundation. He recalled a number of professors by name, noting the close connections he forged with them as a student. Harrison became a scientist in the world of chemical research after earning his undergraduate and masters degrees, but never lost sight of the muse that he first encountered in a writing class with Dr. Clark Graham, who privately urged him to consider a career as a writer.

Harrison mug

Harrison, who has been Drury’s poet laureate for decades, peppered his speech with several short poems. He also compared the passage of a lifetime to the way light travels in both particles and waves. Life-altering moments are particles, he said, that form the ongoing waves of one’s life.

“Some of those moments didn’t seem that important at the time: merely random particles moving with the flow, or the wave, or my existence,” Harrison told the alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered in Stone Chapel today. “But looking back, I see how those moments were connected to what happened to me along the way. Now I see them clearly, strung together in an ever-changing helix that has formed the DNA of my life.”

Harrison credited his blend of liberal arts education and scientific training with getting him into graduate school and his first job. It also gave him the confidence to make a career change when he joined Hallmark Cards in Kansas City as an editor for children’s cards in 1963. Harrison began writing more and more in his spare time and his career as a children’s author grew from there. He has written more than 90 books over the years, but is just as well known locally for his community service and advocacy for literacy. After returning to Springfield in the 1970s and successfully running for the School Board in 1982, he became involved in a number of children’s literacy and reading programs such as Sky High on Reading, Reading Roundup, Family Voices and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

“It’s important to think beyond our own boundaries, to find interest in the broad spectrum of the human endeavor, to become part of something larger than ourselves,” Harrison said. “Becoming involved often requires little initial training and a vocabulary of a single words: yes. No matter what we have done with our lives or plan to do with them, we are responsible for the next generation.”

Drury University honored David Harrison with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement in 1981.

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Internationally renowned spiritual teacher will speak at Drury on October 31

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 29, 2013 —Suzanne Stabile, a spiritual teacher and cofounder of Life in the Trinity Ministry, will speak at Drury on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall.  Stabile will discuss the nine different Enneagram personality types and the way in which knowing ourselves can help us appreciate and accept others.

Suzanne Stabile

Stabile leads retreats and offers a unique approach to the practice of Spiritual Formation, drawing from her experiences as a mother, social worker, and minster’s spouse.  She currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

Stabile will present on behalf of Drury University’s 2013-2014 Theme Year series, The Morality of Wellness: Why good health is everyone’s responsibility, which explores the moral obligation to be a well citizen and the economic impact of lifestyle choices.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit http://www.drury.edu/moralityofwellness/.

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Wellness advocate and writer will speak at Drury on October 3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 30, 2013 —Sara Tenenbein, author of the blog “Me, Redone,” will speak at Drury on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall.  Tenenbein promotes allergen-free whole foods, toxin-free natural beauty products, and mind and body inspiration.

Tenenbein’s recipes have been syndicated in national publications such as Shape Magazine, The Daily Buzz, and Food Gawker. She has also been featured as an ambassador for derma e natural skin care.

Tenenbein will present on behalf of Drury University’s 2013-2014 Theme Year series, The Morality of Wellness: Why good health is everyone’s responsibility, which explores the moral obligation to be a well citizen and the economic impact of lifestyle choices.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit http://www.drury.edu/moralityofwellness/ or contact Theme Year Director Amy Blansit at (417) 873-6362.

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Olympic gold medalist swimmer will speak at Drury on September 26

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sep. 24, 2013 — Drury will host U.S. gold medalist swimmer Anthony Ervin on Thursday, Sep. 26 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thomson Hall.

Ervin won the Olympic Gold Medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. After taking a seven-year break from swimming, Ervin returned to the sport in 2011 and continues to be a top five U.S. competitor. He is currently training for the 2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix series and beyond. Ervin, a highly decorated swimmer, shows a renewed outlook focused on enjoying the journey and appreciating the moment.

Anthony Ervin

Ervin will speak on behalf of Drury University’s 2013-2014 Theme Year series, The Morality of Wellness: Why good health is everyone’s responsibility, which explores the moral obligation to be a well citizen and the economic impact of lifestyle choices.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/moralityofwellness or contact Theme Year Director Amy Blansit at (417) 873-6362.

Media Contact: Amy Blansit, M.A., Theme Year Director, Director of Campus Wellness, Office: (417) 873-6362, Mobile: (417) 880-5001, E-mail: ablansit@drury.edu

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Dynamic Earth owner will speak at Drury on Founder’s Day, September 19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sep. 17, 2013 — Drury will host Matt O’Reilly, owner and operator of the sporting goods store Dynamic Earth, on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. in Stone Chapel for the Founder’s Day Convocation. O’Reilly’s presentation, “Zen and the Art of Getting Off the Couch,” will look at philosophy, physics, and how humans do best when they are faced with physical challenges.

Matt O'Reilly

O’Reilly also owns and operates Green Circle Projects, a small development company that focuses on sustainable commercial developments such as the LEED Platinum Certified Green Circle Shopping Center. He is also a founder of Farmers Market of the Ozarks. O’Reilly’s awards include the Chamber of Commerce Retailer of the Year award for sustainability and Springfield Business Journal’s “Innovator of the Year.”

Drury University’s 2013-2014 Theme Year series, The Morality of Wellness: Why good health is everyone’s responsibility, explores the moral obligation to be a well citizen and the economic impact of lifestyle choices.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/moralityofwellness or contact Theme Year Director Amy Blansit at (417) 873-6362.

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Drury’s convocation series focuses on the “Morality of Wellness”

Springfield, Mo., Sept. 2, 2013—It’s almost impossible to go a week without seeing a news item about Americans and obesity. Recently, we saw some good news when it was reported that obesity rates among very young children had decreased and a United Nations report revealed that the U.S. is no longer the most obese nation in the world.

However, there is still plenty of unhealthiness to go around. I recently read in the News-Leader, in the context of the Every Child Promise, that one in five kids in the Ozarks are overweight or obese by the time they reach age five. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. has identified that nearly one-third of the population is obese and the Wellness Coalition of America estimated 75-90 percent of visits to primary care doctors are for stress related problems. Stress is best managed naturally with physical activity, however almost 80 percent of the U.S. population does not get enough physical activity, which increases the cost of unhealthy behaviors.

Olympian Anthony Ervin speaks at Drury on Sept. 26

There is a direct correlation between an individual’s quality of life and his or her wellness decisions. Clearly, the health implications of an unhealthy lifestyle are severe for individuals, but the economic costs of those behaviors on our nation as a whole are immense. The Wellness Coalition of America recognizes that sedentary lifestyles alone cost the nation $150 billion. Much of that cost is borne by employers through insurance costs and lost productivity and society suffers with a person who is unable to work, sick and incurring huge healthcare bills. The need for wellness programs is prevalent. Personal wellness is everyone’s responsibility; we all bear the heavy burden of unhealthy behaviors.

Drury University, through a majority decision by its Board of Trustees, has established Wellness as a campus value. The sixth campus value states, “Commit to a university culture of wellness.” As part of this institutional commitment, the 2013-14 convocation series focuses on Drury’s commitment to wellness: “The Morality of Wellness” examines a broad range of topics. The issues addressed focus on the moral obligation to be a well citizen and the economic impact of lifestyle choices, including:

  • Upcoming changes to healthcare.
  • Stress: “the silent killer.”
  • The food/disease link.
  • Scientific and technological approaches to expanding food availability through urban agricultural.
  • Socioeconomic causes and effects of obesity.
  • The role of public policy in shaping the U.S. food markets and patterns of consumption.

Alex Jamieson will speak at Drury on October 24

Speakers include local “green” real estate developer Matt O’Reilly, swimming world record holder Anthony Ervin and healthy chef Alex Jamieson, who figured prominently in the film Supersize Me, to name a few.

This Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to take part in a Creative Conversation at Drury on C-Street focused on the theme “Our Children: Caring for our future.”

For a complete schedule of speakers and events, please visit the convocation website.

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Story by Amy Blansit, Drury’s director of wellness and the 2013-14 convocation director.

Welcoming a new class and honoring Drury’s top students and faculty at the Matriculation Convocation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 22, 2013 — Drury University’s new president welcomed the new class, and the University recognized outstanding faculty members and second year students at the 2013 Matriculation Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 22 in Clara Thompson Hall.

Dr. David Manuel, who became Drury’s 17th president on June 1, 2013, told the new class, “I, too, am beginning a new adventure. Together we will progress to new summits, and throughout this adventure you and I have to remember that we cannot reach our goals alone. Just as I will, I encourage you to use all of the tools, talents and resources available to you at Drury University to move forward and to reach your own goals.”

Drury President Dr. David Manuel and Dr. Patricia Morris

A student and faculty committee selected recipients of the Faculty Awards. The committee receives nominations from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Each of the honorees is recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom.

▪       Faculty Award for Teaching — Beth Harville, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.

▪       Faculty Award for Scholarship — Cristina Gilstrap, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and Patricia Morris, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology.

▪       Faculty Award for Leadership — Christopher Panza, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy.

▪       Faculty Award for Liberal Learning — Rebecca Miller, M.F.A., associate professor of art and art history

▪       Faculty Award for Advising —Jeanie Allen, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology

Drury President Dr. David Manuel addresses the new class of Drury students

In addition, the Judge Warren White Scholars were honored at the Matriculation Convocation. These are the students with the highest grade point averages after completion of the first year at Drury. Warren White graduated from Drury in 1904, and served as a Greene County circuit court judge for 36 years. Each honoree will receive a $275 scholarship.

The 2013-2014 Judge Warren L. White Scholars are (name and hometown):

  • Maisie Ann Baldwin, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Jared Steven Austin Bishop, Rogersville, Mo.
  • Hannah Rae Cook, Ozark, Mo.
  • Sara Michelle Cook, Springfield, Mo.
  • Abigail Owen Delawder, Springfield, Mo.
  • Humberto Josue Detrinidad Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Irene Yessenia Detrinidad Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Paulina Marie Doran, Springfield, Mo.
  • Jonas Alexander Gassmann, Columbia, Mo.
  • Heather Lyn Gladfelter, Goshen, Ind.
  • Taylor William Hand, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Taylor Jennae Kleier, Springfield, Mo.
  • Mallory Elizabeth Long, Republic, Mo.
  • Sarah Nicole Metz, Springfield, Mo.
  • William Mark Pearl, Willard, Mo.
  • Daniel Charles Richards, Marionville, Mo.
  • Rachel Paige Ryan, Hazelwood, Mo.
  • Mikaela Elizabeth Speakes, Robertsville, Mo.
  • Jessica Ellyn Tay, Springfield, Mo.
  • Tessa Beryl Tilton, Springfield, Mo.
  • Casey Alexandra Vaclavik, St. Louis, Mo.

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Event at Drury explores the impact of the Joplin tornado

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 27, 2013 — How journalists in Joplin survived and told the story of the tornado that devastated their town on May 22, 2011, will be the subject of a Theme Year event on Thursday, April 4.

At 9:30 a.m., Drury will host a screening of the movie “Deadline in Disaster” in Clara Thompson Hall. The documentary tells the story about the Joplin Globe staff trying to put out a paper after the tornado killed dozens and destroyed wide swaths of the city.

At 11 a.m., Drury will host a panel discussion with the filmmakers Beth Pike and Steve Hudnell and Joplin Globe editor Carol Stark in Clara Thompson Hall.

Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown

At 2 p.m., Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown, Drury assistant professor of behavioral science, will present her research on the Joplin survivor project. In 2011 and 2012, Silva Brown and her undergraduate behavioral science students  conducted research on coping and resilience with survivors of the Joplin tornado.

Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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Award-winning filmmaker will speak at Drury on Thursday, Feb. 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 25, 2013 — Award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timonerwill speak at Drury University on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Clara Thompson Hall at 11 a.m. Timoner is director of We Live In Public, a documentary about Internet entrepreneur Josh Harris.

Ondi Timoner

The 2009 documentary We Live In Public tells the story of the effect the web is having on our society as seen through the eyes of Josh Harris, Internet visionary of the 90s. Josh Harris, often called the “Warhol of the Web,” proved how Internet users willingly trade privacy for connection and recognition through various experiments he conducted, including a six-month stint living under 24-hour live surveillance online, which led him to mental collapse.

In recognition for her hard work, Timoner has been nominated and won many filmawards including: the Rogue Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in 2012, Best Director at the BendFilm Festival in 2004, and a nomination for a Grammy Award in Best Long Form Music Video in 1999.

Drury will show the documentary We Live In Public on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in Lay Hall Auditorium in advance of Timoner’s talk on Thursday.

Timoner is speaking as part of Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, which is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact and the implications for journalism and democracy.

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