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Pulitzer Prize-winning war historian Rick Atkinson to speak at Drury Nov. 8

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2017 — Renowned World War II historian and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson will speak at Drury University on Nov. 8. Atkinson’s talk, titled “Bringing Back the Dead: History, Memory and Writing About War,” will be held at 7 p.m. at Clara Thompson Hall.

Rick Atkinson

Atkinson’s career in reporting has taken him around the world. He has served as chief of the Berlin bureau for the Washington Post, covering not only Germany and NATO, but also spending considerable time in Somalia and Bosnia. His more recent assignments have included covering the 101st Airborne during the invasion of Iraq, and writing about roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007.

Atkinson is the author of several books, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning “An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942 – 1943,” the first volume in a three-part narrative history of World War II. His numerous other awards include the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

The lecture will be the first in a series of annual lectures sponsored by Drury University’s Olin Library, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. The new Morrison Lecture series is named in honor of Drury’s first president, Nathan Morrison, a staunch supporter of the library.

Atkinson’s visit is also the next in a series of Drury events honoring the stories of U.S. veterans, which began this summer with the opening of the Veterans Views exhibit in partnership with the Springfield Art Museum (the exhibit runs through Nov. 26). It continued with a film screening and panel discussion at the Moxie theater last month. Also as a part of the series, Drury commercial photography students will be offering free family portraits to community veterans and active service members later this month and early next month to mark Veterans Day.

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Seventh annual Panther Run race benefiting Care To Learn is Oct. 7

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 22, 2017 — Drury University will once again host the 7th annual Panther Run to benefit Care To Learn on Saturday, October 7.

The event includes 5k, 10k, and 15k races. All three races begin and end at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. The Panther Run boasts more than $20,000 in awards and prizes – one of the largest prize pools of any race in the region. All participants will be entered into a prize drawing and there will be awards for the top male and female finishers in each age division. Additionally, all participants will receive a high-quality long sleeve Panther Run T-shirt with their race packets.

“Drury is proud to host the Panther Run again this year,” says Drury First Lady Wendy Cloyd, who is among the organizers. “There are more than 100 Drury alumni already registered to run or walk in support of Care To Learn’s mission.”

Pre-registration is open through October 5 online at www.Panther-Run.com. The cost to register in advance for the 15k or 10k events is $45, while the 5k event is $35. Registration after October 5 will cost $50 for the 15k and 10k events or $40 for the 5k.

Proceeds benefit Care To Learn, which provides for the immediate health, hunger, and personal hygiene needs of Missouri students to help ensure their success in school. Founded in 2008 by Springfield native Doug Pitt, the organization currently has 32 chapters that seek to provide funding for K-12 students across the state.

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2017 nonprofit conference to examine fundamentals of success

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 15, 2017 — The Drury University Center for Nonprofit Leadership will host the sixth annual Nonprofit Communication Conference next month, bringing hundreds of industry leaders and community change-agents from across the Midwest to Springfield.

The 2017 conference will be held Friday, Oct. 6, at the Oasis Convention Center. The theme is “Back to Basics,” with a focus on the inspirations behind the organizations that are addressing some of the most pressing needs in communities throughout the Midwest. The training is Missouri’s largest single-day nonprofit conference, attracting nearly 300 people representing around 125 organizations from eight states.

The conference features 14 speakers and includes sessions on relevant and timely industry topics, including:

  • Fundraising Freedom
  • Leading from Your Strengths
  • Telling Stories through Financial Statements
  • Enhancing Accountability and Engagement
  • Getting Your Story in the Media
  • Strategic Planning for your Brand
  • The Power of Social Media
  • Frameworks and Tools for Defining Impact
  • Project Management in the Nonprofit World
  • Improving Engagement through Internal Communication
  • Fundraising Basics that Produce Results
  • Connecting Board and Staff Meetings

Major sponsors include Thrivent Financial, Connell Insurance, DL Media, Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, KPM CPAs, and Panera Bread.

The registration is $75, $65 group rates (5 or more), $59 students (ID required). To learn more or to register, visit www.Drury.edu/Nonprofit.

For more information, contact Dan Prater at the Drury University Center for Nonprofit Leadership, (417)-873-7443 or dprater@drury.edu.

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“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah comes to OFEC Nov. 19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 11, 2017 — Comedian Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning “The Daily Show,” will bring his comedic insights to Springfield at Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center on Sunday Nov. 19.

Tickets for the live, one-night-only show start at $49.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15 at http://www.drurytickets.com/ or by calling the OFEC box office at (417) 873-6389.

Noah debuted his 9th new comedy special “Afraid of the Dark” in February 2017 on Netflix. The special was shot before a packed house in New York City at the Beacon Theatre. Noah’s success has also spanned sold-out shows across five continents.

In November 2016, Noah released his first book “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” which was an instant New York Times bestseller. The book received two NAACP Image Awards, one for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author, and another for Outstanding Literary Work in The BIography/Auto-Biography category.

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Educators conference to feature innovative keynoter George Cuouros

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 8, 2017 — Drury University’s School of Education and Child Development is again partnering with Springfield Public Schools to host the 17th annual Developing Successful Youth Conference, which will be held on the Drury campus Friday, Nov. 3.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker George Couros. Couros is a renowned career educator, author, and international speaker. He is a former head of Innovative Teaching and Learning with the Parkland School Division, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, and has more than 17 years of experience as an educator, in a myriad of roles from K-12. Couros is also prominent on social media, actively engaging with educators via Twitter.

The theme for the conference, “The Innovator’s Mindset,” is drawn from the title of Couros’s recent book. In the book, Couros outlines strategies for developing student creativity and resilience, as well as the effective use of social media for learning.

“George Couros is at the forefront of understanding the needs and goals of today’s learners and teachers,” says Dr. Kris Wiley, assistant professor of education and a conference organizer. “We’re excited to bring him to the Ozarks in a collaborative setting like the DSY Conference.”

All K-12 educators and administrators are invited to attend. Participants can expect to learn techniques for creative innovation and implementing learner-centered technology in the classroom. The full cost is $150, but groups of 5 or more from the same school can register for $125 per individual.

For more information or to register online, visit http://www.drury.edu/dsy.

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Drury’s Breech School of Business to celebrate 60 years, new dean

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 7, 2017 — Drury University’s Breech School of Business is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The school will host a “Friends of Breech” event to kick off the celebration and welcome its new dean, Dr. Jin Wang.

Dr. Jin Wang

The meet and greet event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14 in the Breech School of Business Administration Lounge. Alumni and community members are invited to come and meet Dr. Wang, who began work as Breech’s new dean this summer.

The Breech School of Business was established in May of 1957 and is named after former Drury student Ernest R. Breech (1897 – 1978). Breech was a highly successful business leader whose accomplishments included serving as head of the Ford Motor Company and reviving Trans World Airlines. Today, the school honors his legacy by its continued commitment to prepare ethical leaders for the global business community.

Wang brings extensive experience in global business education and administration. He has previously served as dean of the College of Business and Economics at the American University in Kuwait and as dean of the Gore School of Business at Westminster College in Utah.

“The Breech and Drury communities have been very welcoming over the past few weeks,” Wang says. “I am honored to be at Breech during this milestone year, and I look forward to continuing to meet our alumni and supporters at next Thursday’s event.”

Those interested in attending the event can register here.

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Classic film & panel discussion will explore veterans’ re-entry to civilian life

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 7, 2017 — Drury University is partnering with the Moxie Cinema to local veterans this Saturday for an afternoon of storytelling and discussion about service during times of conflict and re-entering civilian life.

The program begins at 1 p.m. at Moxie Cinema downtown with a free screening of William Wyler’s classic 1946 film, “The Best Years of Our Lives.”  A winner of seven Academy Awards, the film chronicles the lives of three American servicemen returning home from World War II.  As they try to readjust to civilian life, they are forced to question the significance of the sacrifices they’ve made, sacrifices that few civilians can really appreciate or understand.

Following the film, a panel discussion with three veterans from later wars (Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq) will explore whether the film still speaks to the experiences of veterans today. The events are presented by the Moxie in partnership with The Springfield Art Museum, The Springfield Regional Arts Council, and The Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The veterans who will take part in the panel discussion include:

John Vorhees joined the U. S. Air Force in 1948, and was sent to Korea in June of 1950, where he was assigned to the 5th Air Force, and served as a nose gunner on a B-26 bomber.  On February 3, 1951, on his 127th mission, his aircraft was hit by ground fire over Pyongyang, and he and his crewmates were forced to bail out over the Korea Bay. Vorhees and the other six crewmembers were pulled from the frigid waters by Navy helicopters. He left the service in July of 1952.  When he returned home to Kirksville, he avoided talking about the war by telling people that he had “flown a desk” as a clerical worker while in the Air Force.

After completing his freshman year at Drury College, Jim Marshall joined the U. S. Army in 1966. He was trained as an artilleryman and was sent to Vietnam in 1967, where he was attached as a radioman/forward observer with the 2nd Battalion, 22ndMechanized Infantry Regiment. On December 31st, 1967, Marshall’s fire support base consisting of 275 men was attacked by a force of about 1,500 North Vietnamese troops. His unit was overrun and suffered 80 percent casualties. This action inspired the final scenes of the movie “Platoon.” The following month, the Tet Offensive ushered in six months of intensive fighting. As Marshall put it, “We used to say, ‘If we can just make it home, life will be gravy from there on.’ How little I knew.”

A native of California, Eric Olson went through boot camp in San Diego in 1986. During his 22-year Marine Corps career, he served on tours in the Far East, the Middle East and Mediterranean, the Balkans, and Africa. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Olson was Team Leader for a six-man Reconnaissance and Surveillance team, conducting extended operations against high-value targets. He retired as a First Sergeant in 2008, and has been rated 100 percent permanently disabled due to service-related injuries by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is currently a Department Service Officer for the Disabled American Veterans State Department of Missouri, and has received a number of awards and appointments for his work with disabled veterans.

For more information, visit www.moxiecinema.com.

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Randy Bacon exhibit reveals dignity of the homeless through photography

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 30, 2017 — Springfield photographer Randy Bacon brings his eye for revealing his subjects’ character to the Pool Art Center Gallery at Drury University during September. His exhibit, “The Road I Call Home,” will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1. Bacon will speak at 5:30 p.m.

“Pops and Gizmo,” portrait by Randy Bacon

Bacon has photographed thousands of people over his career, propelled by his commitment as a portrait artist to capture the miracle of each person – the ‘ones’ of this planet of over 7 billion. No matter the walk of life, Bacon strives to present each ‘one’ in a very true, raw, real, and no-frills manner. “The Road I Call Home” is an exploration of homelessness and a direct extension of Bacon’s mission. The portraits reveal the subjects’ importance and special qualities with dignity by avoiding the stereotypical attitudes and perceptions that society commonly has of the homeless.

Viewing hours at the Pool Art Center Gallery are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The Pool Art Center is located on Clay Avenue, just north of Central Street.

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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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Drury to dedicate new garden plaza honoring its past presidents

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 9, 2017 — Drury University will dedicate the new Presidents’ Garden during a ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 10.

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Established by the Board of Trustees and led by Chairman Lyle Reed, the garden pays tribute to Drury’s past 17 presidents as well as current president, Dr. Timothy Cloyd. It features limestone matching that used in the construction of Stone Chapel, as well as bronze plaques containing pictures of each president along with their years of service. The garden plaza is located just north of Stone Chapel.

Reed will deliver remarks about the significance of the garden. Other speakers include Walt George, a Drury trustee and great-grandson of Drury’s fifth president, Dr. Joseph Henry George, and Judy Thompson, vice president for stewardship and principal gifts, who served Drury for 30 years and has known 11 of Drury’s 18 presidents. Honored guests will include several past presidents who will be in attendance.

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