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Center for Nonprofit Communication to Host Free Seminar on Financial Accountability

The Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication will host a free half-day seminar on financial transparency and accountability for nonprofit organizations on Friday, Jan. 31.

There will be three sessions conducted by CPAs from local accounting firm Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP. They include:

  • “I’m not an Accountant!” – Clarifying the Confusion
  • Protecting Organization Assets with Internal Controls
  • Ten Things to Consider When Filing IRS Form 990

There will also be a panel discussion and Q&A session with the CPAs.

“There are hundreds of non-profit organizations in the greater Springfield area and most do a good job when it comes to fiscal accountability,” said Dan Prater, director of the CNC at Drury. “But very often the difference between right and wrong isn’t always clear. We believe going over some best practices can be of great help to non-profit leaders and boards members.”

Holding the seminar free of charge keeps the barrier to entry low for even the smallest organizations, and is in keeping with the CNC’s mission to enhance the impact of non-profits in the area.

The event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, at the Findlay Student Center on the Drury campus in Springfield. Participants can register online at www.drury.edu/nonprofit/seminar. The registration deadline is Jan. 25. For more information about the event, contact Dan Prater at 417-873-7443 or dprater@drury.edu.

More information about the CNC can be found at www.drury.edu/nonprofit.

Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra to perform at Evangel on Tuesday, May 1

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 25, 2012 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra (SDCO) will hold its final performance of the season on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Evangel Chapel Auditorium.

Simfoniya Poema will feature Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, Joseph Haydn’s Concerto for Cello and Aram Khachaturian’s Symphony No. 3. Khachaturian’s work was written to celebrate the end of World War II and features a large orchestra, a choir of 15 trumpets and a virtuosic piece for pipe organ.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the SDCO website.

Media Contact: Dr. Christopher Koch, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra & Wind Symphony, Office: (417) 873-7298, E-mail: ckoch@drury.edu

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Drury’s Pool Art Center to showcase the work of a ceramic artist

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 29, 2012 — Drury’s Pool Art Center Gallery will feature the works of Amanda Small in a solo exhibit titled (Some)Where We Meet in March. The exhibit opens Friday evening, March 2 from 6-9 p.m. with an artist talk scheduled from 6-7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, March 30.

Small received a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art from Kansas State University in 2009. Her work has been seen in a number of exhibitions from Manhattan, Kansas to New York City, Canberra, Australia and, most recently, Copenhagen, Denmark.

“I signify my ideas about a living web through metaphor, using sacred geometry, radials, and lattice patterns to reference architecture found within living structures,” Small said. “Repetitive patterns common in nature act as an allegory for a collective identity, and reference the inter-connectedness of living things.”

Media Contact: Greg Booker, Pool Arts Center Gallery Director, Office: (417) 873-7203, E-mail: gbooker@drury.edu

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Green building expert to speak at Drury on Thursday, March 1

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 28, 2012 — Dr. William Braham will illustrate the importance of architecture and the environment in his discussion on Thursday, March 1 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Braham (pronounced Bram) believes that a building is only as energy efficient as those who live or work within it. Braham studies how the places where we live affect the planet. Braham teaches graduate courses on ecology, technology, and design at the University of Pennsylvania where he is director of the Master of Environmental Building Design.

Bill Braham

Braham received an engineering degree from Princeton University and a master’s and doctorate in architecture from Penn, where he has taught since 1988. He is currently working on a book called Ecology, Technology, and Design.

Drury University’s 2011-2012 convocation series, The Changing Planet: Our Role in Nature’s Economy, considers human connections to the environment, while also examining potential solutions to current problems.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/changingplanet or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Sean Terry at (417) 873-6963.

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Drury’s annual Jazz Festival is Saturday, March 3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 27, 2012 — The sounds of jazz will wash over Drury University on Saturday, March 3 as junior high and high school students converge on campus for the annual Jazz Festival. The all-day competition culminates with a performance by Drury Jazz I featuring Jamey Simmons on trumpet.

Beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through 5 p.m. that evening, junior high and high school jazz bands will perform and receive feedback from a panel of regionally and nationally recognized jazz performers, educators and performers. One of the highlights of the daytime session will be a performance by Drury Combo I featuring saxophonist Kim Park who has recently moved to the Springfield area. Park is an internationally known jazz artist who has played with Stan Kenton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson and Stan Getz.  He is a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician and is a prolific jazz composer.

The day concludes with the awards ceremony and final concert by Drury Jazz I featuring Simmons at 5:30 in Clara Thompson Hall. Simmons teaches at the Drury Jazz Camp each summer. He is currently a member of the jazz faculty at Middle Tennessee State University and is a jazz composer and recording artist.

The event is free and open to the public. Call the Drury music office at (417) 873-7296.

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Drury on C-Street’s Art Gallery presents spring-themed exhibit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 23, 2012 —The Drury on C-Street Art Gallery will host an opening for their latest exhibit: Here Comes the Sun on Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m. The gallery, which is located at 233 E. Commercial St., will continue displaying this exhibit through March 30.

Here Comes the Sun showcases the art of Greg Booker, assistant professor at Drury and local photographer.  Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to take home inexpensive art by partaking in the $1 photo gallery, featuring photos from local artists and Drury students alike.  For those interested in a more interactive element to their First Friday experience, Drury student Jennifer Risker will also be doing a live painting exhibit.

In preparation for the exhibit’s opening, Drury students have been decorating the gallery in order to offer a hint of springtime to those longing for sunnier days. “Even though it might be cold and rainy outside, it will be spring inside the C-Street Gallery. Our gallery will be blooming with artwork to get visitors ready for warmer weather,” said Cassie Walton, a Drury senior involved with the planning of the exhibit. Appetizers will also be provided for guests of the gallery, while Drury students will lighten the mood with live music from 7-9 p.m.

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, an architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars.

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Vertical farming expert to speak at Drury on Thursday, Feb. 23

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 21, 2012 — Dr. Dickson Despommier (Day-Pom-ee-ay), author and environmental health expert, will speak with Drury students about the value of vertical farming on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Whether it is population or poverty, farming or food, Dr. Dickson Despommier wrote the book on addressing these issues. Despommier spent 38 years as a professor of microbiology and environmental health sciences at Columbia University. While there, he won the Best Teacher award six times. He has addressed audiences at leading universities including Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he has also been invited to speak at the United Nations. His book, The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century explores the problems associated with a growing population and shrinking farmland.

To learn more about vertical farming and to watch a Colbert Report appearance visit www.verticalfarm.com

Drury University’s 2011-2012 convocation series, The Changing Planet: Our Role in Nature’s Economy, considers human connections to the environment, while also examining potential solutions to current problems.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/changingplanet or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Sean Terry at (417) 873-6963.

Media Contact: Dr. Sean Terry, Theme Year Director, Professor of Geography & Environmental Studies, Office: (417) 873-6963, E-mail: sterry@drury.edu

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Drury theatre presents “She Stoops to Conquer” beginning Feb. 29

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 17, 2012 — The Drury University Department of Theatre will present She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith. Directed by Madison Spencer, the play runs from Wed. Feb. 29-Sat., March 3. All shows are at 8 p.m. except on Saturday, March 3 when there will be two shows at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. All shows are in Wilhoit Theatre inside the Breech School of Business located at the corner of Central Street and Drury Lane.

This comedy of manners is filled with mistaken identities, secret affairs, greed, love and laughter.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $6 for children and students. For reservations, contact the theatre box office at (417) 873-7255, Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. beginning February 20.

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Drury students perform 7th annual “Vagina Monologues”

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 15, 2012 — For the seventh consecutive year, Drury University students will perform Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues from Feb. 23-25 at 8 p.m.  The performances will take place in the Findlay Student Center Ballroom at Drury University. The public is welcome to attend. Tickets cost $5. Proceeds from the event will benefit Springfield’s Harmony House.

Drury’s performance of the Vagina Monologues is sponsored by V Warriors, a student group dedicated to raising money and awareness for the treatment of women. The Vagina Monologues, which was originally performed as an off Broadway play, is comprised of a series of equally comical and emotional monologues that serve to express women’s relationships with their bodies and the issues women face throughout their lives, both in the U.S. and around the world.

The performance will take place in conjunction with the V-Day movement, a global campaign to end violence against women. “Performing the Vagina Monologues is not only a fun experience, but it is also a chance to give back to the Springfield community and be a small part of the worldwide campaign to end violence against women,” said Megan Waterman, a junior who has participated in V Warriors for two years.

T-shirts and other promotional materials will be sold before and after each show. All proceeds will be donated to Harmony House, a local safe place that provides services to women who have been abused.

Harmony House aims to provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence, while also working to continually raise awareness about domestic violence within the community. According to its website, since the founding of Harmony House in 1976, it has provided care for over 10,000 survivors of domestic violence.  To find out more about the efforts of Harmony House visit their website: http://myharmonyhouse.org/

Media Contact: Megan Waterman, Public Relations Manager, V Warriors, Mobile: (618) 792-2001, E-mail: mwaterman01@drury.edu

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Conservationist and diversity advocate speaks Thursday at Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 13, 2012 — Conservationist Jerome Ringo will discuss the importance of integrating greater diversity into the green movement on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Ringo is an outspoken supporter of increasing diversity in the conservation movement. After working for more than 20 years in Louisiana’s petrochemical industry and observing the negative impact of pollution on primarily poor and minority local communities, Ringo began organizing environmental justice groups.

Jerome Ringo

Since then, he has committed his life to increasing minority participation in the environmental movement. In 2005, Ringo became chairman of the board of the National Wildlife Federation, becoming the first African-American to head a major conservation organization. Drury University’s 2011-2012 convocation series, The Changing Planet: Our Role in Nature’s Economy considers human connections to the environment while also examining potential solutions to current problems.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/changingplanet or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Sean Terry at (417) 873-6963.

Media Contact: Dr. Sean Terry, Theme Year Director, Professor of Geography & Environmental Studies, Office: (417) 873-6963, E-mail: sterry@drury.edu

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