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Drury study reveals impact of volunteers in the Springfield area

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 16, 2016 — Drury University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership will unveil the results of a new study examining volunteerism in the Springfield area during a news conference at 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 21 at Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center.

The study provides an in-depth look at volunteers in Greene and Christian counties, their service, and how they help organizations accomplish their missions. The 30-page report highlights trends in volunteerism, motives for giving time, and how organizations manage volunteers. One major finding: formal volunteerism (service documented by area nonprofits and institutions) has an economic impact of almost $45 million per year in the two counties.

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The study is a follow-up to the Center’s 2014 Nonprofit Impact Report, the first such report ever conducted in Springfield. The Impact Report revealed the sweeping scope of nonprofits in the area, including the fact that about half of all private employees in Springfield work for a nonprofit of some kind.

“Notably absent from our 2014 Impact Report was any significant data on volunteers and how their work supports nonprofits,” says Dan Prater, Director of Center for Nonprofit Leadership. “The new study gives us valuable insight into what is essentially the lifeblood of the nonprofit sector – and it provides clues as to how volunteerism can be strengthened and amplified in our community.”

The study was conducted over a period of two years and tracks a wide spectrum of formal volunteerism, from small organizations that exist almost solely as volunteer endeavors to large organizations such as hospitals that rely on platoons of volunteers for small but crucial tasks. It breaks down volunteerism data by ZIP codes, age, race, gender, education level, and income as well as the number of hours given and types of causes each group is most likely to gravitate toward. This information could help local nonprofits identify ways to better engage different constituencies such as minority groups, millennials or low-income families.

Hard copies of the report will be made available at the news conference. For information on the Center, go to www.drury.edu/nonprofit.

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Media Contact: Dan Prater, Director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership: (417) 873-7443 or dprater@drury.edu.

Carl Bernstein & P.J. O’Rourke to speak at Drury University in September

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 16, 2016 — Drury University’s L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship will bring two of the most renowned political writers of the past 50 years to campus this fall for an insightful and thought-provoking look at Washington and the state of national politics.

Carl Bernstein and P.J. O’Rourke will appear together at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12 at Clara Thompson Hall. Their program, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House,” is the first event of the Meador Center’s 2016-17 theme “45” – an examination of the 2016 presidential election and the administration of the 45th President of the United States.

The event is free and open to the public.

P.J. O'Rourke (left) and Carl Bernstein

P.J. O’Rourke (left) and Carl Bernstein

O’Rourke, a conservative, is a research fellow at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute, and is a widely recognized political commentator. He is the author of 20 books, and has written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Weekly Standard. He is currently a weekly columnist for The Daily Beast. Bernstein, a liberal, pursued and broke the Watergate story along with fellow reporter Bob Woodward, and co-wrote the best-selling book “All the President’s Men,” which was later adapted into a classic film of the same name. He has also written books on subjects such as Pope John Paul II and Hillary Clinton. He has worked for a number of outlets including The Washington Post and CNN.

The evening will include remarks and observations from the two writers on relevant political and economic developments, followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A.

“American politics is so polarized today that it is often beyond comprehension that people can have a civil discussion from different sides of the political divide,” says Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Endowed Chair of Political Science. “Bernstein and O’Rourke will bring their playful, yet powerful and serious message, to Drury and the community to illuminate points of agreement as well as division.”

About the L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship

Dr. Lewis Elbern (L.E.) Meador taught political science at Drury College for nearly 50 years beginning in 1913 and was a revered civic leader who played key roles in shaping the Missouri Constitution and Springfield City Charter. Inspiration for the center’s mission comes from the words of Meador himself, who felt his students “should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live.” The Center carries out that mission through financial support of student scholarship and an annual speaker series addressing a range of pressing political and civic issues.

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Media Contact: Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Endowed Chair of Political Science: (417) 873-7394 or deponder@drury.edu.

Drury-led conference helps nonprofits bolster their long-term viability

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 9, 2016 — Hundreds of nonprofit professionals from across Missouri and the Midwest are gathering today to help ensure the long-term viability of their organizations at the 2016 Nonprofit Sustainability Conference. The event takes place at the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks.

Organized by Drury University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership and presented by the Roy W. Slusher Foundation, this one-day event for nonprofit professionals and leaders is focused on fundraising, financial stability and growth. Speakers and panelists will generate practical ideas on fundraising, management, and other important issues that help bring about a strong, sustainable organization.

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Dan Prater

“The recession has had a crippling impact on many community organizations and on the people who give to them,” says Dan Prater, director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership. “This conference focuses on strengthening and supporting leaders, helping them find sustainable solutions for their organizations.”

More than 200 professionals from Missouri, Kanas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois and New York will attend. The conference doors open at 8 a.m. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. For more information about the event and schedule visit: http://www.drury.edu/nonprofit/2016-nonprofit-sustainability-conference.

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Drury joins local patriotic groups to celebrate Flag Day’s 100th anniversary

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 8, 2016 — Drury University will host a Flag Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14 in Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center. The event is free and open to the public. Trustee Science Center is located on Drury Lane, just north of Chestnut Expressway.

The local chapters of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution will join Drury for this special 100th anniversary celebration of our nation’s colors. Local Boy Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Drury student and U.S. Air Force veteran Matthew Overcast will be recognized by the university for his military service and classroom leadership.

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President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring June 14 as Flag Day in 1916 and in 1949 an act of Congress solidified this national day of observance. June 14 is the day the flag of the United States was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

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

The commitment continues today, as Drury has been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media. Drury is also a supporter school of the Order of the Purple Heart and is a Yellow Ribbon School. Drury supports federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members apply for, pay for and complete their degrees and has designated staff to help coordinate these services.

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Drury hosts Stoa national homeschool debate tournament May 22-28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 20, 2016 — Drury University will welcome thousands of young debaters and their families to Springfield next week, as it hosts the 2016 Stoa National Invitational Tournament of Champions.

Stoa is a speech and debate organization for Christian homeschooling families. The national event is expected to bring about 3,000 high school and junior high students, parents, coaches and spectators to Springfield beginning today through May 28. The tournament’s biggest days will be Monday and Tuesday, when nearly every building and room on the Drury campus will be in use by Stoa. Central High School, located on Benton Avenue just west of Drury, will also host portions of the event.

The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau expects the city to be bustling with families staying at hotels, shopping, dining and visiting attractions when they’re not busy at the tournament. The CVB estimates spending of about $125 per person per day, which means a potential economic impact of several million dollars.

And a generous scholarship offer from Drury will make a potential impact on these students’ college education. The University is offering over $4 million dollars in potential scholarship money to participants who choose to attend Drury in the future. All participants will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Those who advance to subsequent rounds will receive $2,500 and $5,000 scholarships, and overall winners will receive a $10,000 scholarship to Drury.

“Drury is extremely pleased to host this event,” said Rob Fridge, Drury’s chief financial officer. “We’re excited to help bring this group of high-achieving students and their families to town. We can’t wait to show them what Drury and Springfield have to offer.”

An opening ceremony will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 22 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on the Drury campus. Competitions begin at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday and continue into the early evening hours each day. NITOC features four speech categories (Interpretive, Limited Preparation, Platform and Wild Card) and three debate categories (Lincoln-Douglas, Team Policy and Parliamentary).

For more information on the tournament, visit http://www.stoausa.org/nitoc-2016.

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Media Contacts: Mike Brothers, Drury Director of Media Relations – (417) 873-7390 or mbrothers@drury.edu; and Rob Fridge, Drury Chief Financial Officers and event co-organizer – (417) 873-7527 or rfrdige@drury.edu.

Drury University’s “Take Back the Night” event to be held April 26

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 25, 2016 — Drury University will cap off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with “Take Back the Night” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. The event begins at the circle drive at the end of Drury Lane, outside Findlay Student Center. Drury students and community members will march to demonstrate Drury’s commitment to preventing sexual assault and to protest all forms of sexual, relationship, and domestic violence.

Take Back the Night events began as candlelight vigils in the early 1970s. They were women-only events meant to symbolize the experience of a woman’s individual walk through darkness and to demonstrate how women could unite to resist violence and fear. Today, these events typically involve men and women from across campus communities. Drury’s Take Back the Night is sponsored by student-led organizations V-Warriors and Greek Life.

“Take Back the Night is important because it sends a message that students will not be silent about sexual assault on Drury’s campus and on campuses across the nation,” said Rachel Ryan, president of the V-Warriors. “The march gives survivors of sexual assault a voice to stand up and say that this violence will not be tolerated, and it gives people who may not be as aware of the issue on our campus a way to educate themselves.”

To conclude the evening, luminaries will be lit in memory of sexual assault victims and survivors. Dr. Erin Kenny, associate professor and director of Drury’s minor in Women & Gender Studies, will discuss some of the history and controversies surrounding Take Back the Night events worldwide. Greek Life is also sponsoring a concert with performances from Blue False Indigo, Sam Hinson & Raeanna Duncan, and Lauren Goskie.

This event is free, but donations will be collected and raffles will be held to benefit the Victim Center in Springfield.

Drury University uses a number of avenues to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault among the campus community. They including the Panthers for Prevention group, the Green Dot program, a required online training course called Haven, discussions during freshman orientation, and other initiatives led by both students and faculty/staff.

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Motivational speaker Mark Grantham to discuss disability inclusion April 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2016 — The President’s Council on Inclusion hosts motivational speaker Mark Grantham at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 28, in Drury’s Diversity Center at the corner of Bob Barker Boulevard and Washington Avenue. In 2006, at age 24, Grantham was in a debilitating accident and became a quadriplegic. He discovered that his ability to move forward and the life lessons he learned made him uniquely positioned to inspire others.

“I desire to push people beyond what they believe are their limits,” says Grantham.

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The event is open to the public. Grantham is a graduate of Evangel University, is self-employed, and currently the vice president of the board of directors for the Southwest Center for Independent Living and serves on the Patient Advisory Council for the CoxHealth System.

His speech will encourage students with disabilities to find their voice to advocate, educate about their disability, and look to their future. Grantham will speak to everyone about the importance of inclusiveness and understanding.

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Media Contact: Ed Derr, Director of Counseling & Disability Services: (417) 873-7457 or ederr@drury.edu.

 

Arbor Day Celebration to be held at Drury University on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2016 — Drury University’s Landscape Advisory Committee consisting of faculty, staff, students and community volunteers invites the community to the 2016 Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m., Friday, April 22, in the Findlay Student Center Ballroom.

Springfield Mayor Robert Stephens will give a proclamation, Drury students will read poetry including an original poem titled “The Treehouse Tree” created for the event, and an interactive tree map of the Drury University campus will be presented.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will also announce that Drury has earned recognition as a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for the second year in a row. Drury Groundskeeper Joe Fearn will present the Good Steward Award to a member of the Drury community who through their actions and efforts helps fulfill the mission of Drury’s grounds.

Following the ceremony, guests are invited to gather for a short, guided campus tree walk, participate in a plant sale, and select free seedlings provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Refreshments will be provided.

Drury’s urban forest accounts for more than $1.2 million in capital assets. There are approximately 1,000 trees and 90 species on campus.

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Week of public events celebrates the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 18, 2016 — Drury University’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences will host a week’s worth of events, lectures, student presentations and performances during the inaugural CHSS Week, which begins today.

CHSS Week is a celebration highlighting the ways in which the study of areas such as fine and performing arts, social sciences and the humanities contribute to knowledge of the human experience and prepare students for successful careers and fulfilling lives. Students in these fields cultivate sharp critical thinking skills, the courage to take intellectual risks, open-mindedness, and creativity.

“During the last few years, the faculty and students in these areas have been working hard to tell the story of the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences in a time when some are shortsightedly questioning the value of these critical fields,” says Chris Panza, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “All of these departments were brought under a single umbrella as a College last fall, and we began to plan an event around expressing the enduring value of our common work.”

All events are open to the public. A complete listing can be found online. Highlights include:

Monday, April 18, 8:30 a.m. to 3p.m. – International Culture Fair. Over 500 children from surrounding Springfield schools will attend. Findlay Student Center Ballroom.

Tuesday, April 19, 3 – 4:30 p.m. – The Making of “Van Halen Rising.” Dr. Greg Renoff will discuss how he turned his fandom and research into the book. Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center.

Wednesday, April 20, 5 p.m. – “Why Tolerate Religion?” Lecture by University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter, a leading scholar in the areas of law and philosophy. Diversity Center.

Wednesday, April 20, 12 – 8 p.m.  English and Writing Symposium. Alumni and area professionals will hold a panel discussion, Shakespeare and Ethics performance, student readings, followed by reading by Cole Closser. Harwood Reading Room, Olin Library.

Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. – Jazz concert. Clara Thompson Hall.

Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. – Drury Theatre Presents: “The Three Sisters,” 7:30 p.m., Wilhoit Theatre. (NOTE: Performances of “The Three Sisters” take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.)

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – Finale Concert by the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra. Evangel University Chapel Auditorium.

For more about the Humanities and Social Sciences at Drury, visit the CHSS page at Drury.edu or read the Human, All Too Human blog.

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Media Contact: Dr. Chris Panza, Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences: (417) 873-6873 or cpanza@drury.edu.

Breech Business Week helps prepare students for the professional world

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 13, 2016 — The Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University will dedicate next week to showcasing the strength of its student body and its ties with the business community in Springfield and beyond.

Breech Business Week, now in its third year, serves as another way of ensuring Breech students are “job ready” by connecting them with the professional world beyond campus. In addition to networking opportunities and workshops on topics such as negotiating job offers and polishing their online presence, students will interact with a number of business professionals. The guest lecturers include Esther George, president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, and Matt Morrow, president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Drury students will receive valuable insights and feedback from these professional connections, while business leaders learn what makes Drury graduates such highly valued colleagues in the workforce.

“A Drury business education has always been designed to take learning beyond the classroom,” says Dr. Robin Sronce, dean of the Breech School. “Breech Business Week embodies that idea. Seeing the interactions between students, alumni, professionals and guest lecturers has become a highlight of the academic year at Breech.”

Selected events from each day, which are open to the media, include:

Monday, April 18, 10 a.m. – Teleconference discussion with Esther George, President and CEO of Kansas City Federal Reserve

Tuesday, April 19, Noon – Polish your Online Image: Online presence review with the Career Planning and Development Office

Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m. – Work/Life Balance: A discussion with Mary Jane Norris of Elliott, Robinson & Co.

Thursday, April 21, 12 p.m. – Discussion with Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Matt Morrow and Board Chair Debbie Shantz Hart. 1:30 p.m. – Negotiating Job Offers: Discussion with Karen Shannon, Human Resources & Business Consulting Director at Ollis/Akers/Arney.

Friday, April 24, 12 p.m. – The Breech Award Luncheon honoring the top students in Drury’s business school will be held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Note to editors: This is an excellent opportunity to interview seniors who are about to enter the workforce, including those who already have jobs lined up and those who are currently seeking jobs.

A full schedule of the week’s events can be found online. Breech Business Week is presented by the Breech Advisory Board, and made possible by corporate partner CoxHealth and corporate sponsors Commerce Bank and OakStar Bank.

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Media Contact: Dr. Robin Sronce, Dean, Breech School of Business: (417) 873-7438 or rsronce@drury.edu.