Drury Scholars Program awarded $2,500 grant from U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank, through the U.S. Bank Foundation, has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Drury Scholars Program, an effort dedicated to closing the racial achievement gap by working with African-American students in Springfield Public Schools.

U.S. Bank’s community investment platform is centered on Work, Home and Play. By focusing on Work, Home and Play, U.S. Bank’s philanthropic and volunteer efforts can have a greater impact on the building blocks of thriving communities, which include stable employment opportunities, a home to call one’s own, and a community connected through culture, recreation and play.

“We are proud to support the Drury Scholars program as they provide pathways to higher learning,” said Steve Fox, U.S. Bank region president. “The work they are doing is an important investment into our community.”

U.S. Bank makes Work possible by investing in job skills training, small business development and college/career readiness.

“The grant from U.S. Bank is a generous gift that will support our mentoring, tutoring and ACT-prep initiatives designed to help college-bound African-American students get college ready,” said Dr. Peter Meidlinger, co-founder and co-director of the Drury Scholars Program.

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About Drury Scholars Program

Drury Scholars Program believes in providing effective diversity programs that work with the whole person and the entire community. The program provides strong academic support, including: tutoring, mentoring, personal and academic goal setting, assistance applying for college and financial aid. These activities take place within an environment that emphasizes the importance of building strong social support systems with one another, their mentors and adults in the community.

About U.S. Bank

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $438 billion in assets as of June 30, 2016, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,122 banking offices in 25 states and 4,923 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at

Community Possible is the corporate giving and volunteer program at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable employment, a safe place to call home and a community connected through culture, recreation and play. Philanthropic support through the U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate giving program reached $53 million in 2015. Visit

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Foundation grant to help Drury construct new “black box” theater

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 11, 2016 — A significant grant award will help Drury University’s Theater Program construct a new performance space for student productions.

The program has received a $150,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation to build an all-new “black box” studio theater in O’Bannon Hall, which is part of the Mabee Performing Arts Center. A black box theater is a highly flexible performance space that allows the seating configuration to be changed to meet the needs of the production.

Overhead view of the new Sunderland Black Box Theater. CREDIT: Dr. Robin Schraft

Overhead view of the new Sunderland Black Box Theater. CREDIT: Dr. Robin Schraft

The grant will cover a majority of the cost of converting a former music rehearsal space into a two-story studio theater that will be a significant improvement over the current studio theater space in Springfield Hall. The new space will be called the Sunderland Black Box Theater. It will include features not available in the current space, including better lighting and sound capabilities, adjacent dressing rooms, a permanent control booth on the second floor and easier access for the audience.

It will also be larger, with seating for 60 to 100 people, depending on the configuration, and will be dedicated almost entirely to performance. The current studio theater doubles as a classroom for acting and dance. With the move to the Mabee Center, the program has more classroom space available and the studio won’t have to be used for instructional purposes. Larger productions will continue to be held in the Wilhoit Theater inside the Breech Building.

“We will have more flexibility in the new studio theater space and therefore more room for creativity when staging performances,” says Dr. Robin Schraft, the Theater Program Director who is also designing the theater. “It will open up more opportunities for our students to present their works to the community.”

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Drury’s Theater Department moved into the Mabee Center this spring from its former home in Springfield Hall in order to provide synergy with the Music Department. Construction of the Sunderland Black Box Theater will begin later this year and should be complete before the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.

For more information about Drury Theatre and the 2016-17 season, go to

Drury among partners selected for $1.3 million Northwest Project grant

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced today that a five-year grant for up to $1.3 million to address poverty in northwest Springfield will be awarded to a partnership led by Missouri State University, the Drew Lewis Foundation and Drury University.

The partnership was selected by a volunteer grant committee through a competitive process that began last fall. Major funding for the grant is being provided by the CFO, the Stanley and Elaine Ball Foundation managed by Central Trust and The Musgrave Foundation.

The goal of The Northwest Project is to pilot strategies over a five-year period to help families overcome the challenges that have kept them living in poverty and sustain their long-term success in emerging from those circumstances. The MSU/Drew Lewis/Drury partnership was selected for its vision of using a model that couples family support with neighborhood development and sustainability. This community-driven development model will work to bridge the gaps between people and resources through both case management services and a teamwork approach where program participants will be expected to support each other.

A strong consideration in awarding the grant is the proposed comprehensive evaluation process, which will be coordinated jointly by MSU’s Center for Community Engagement and Drury’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership. In addition, Drury’s Community Outreach and Leadership Development Office will manage a centralized, online volunteer service to coordinate participant needs and reduce overlap of services.

The CFO encouraged grant applicants to consider a model used in Jacksonville, Florida’s “1,000 in 1,000” project, which has demonstrated success in reducing poverty by emphasizing “pivotal assets” that boost families’ opportunities for success. Examples of these include financial literacy, parenting skills, reliable transportation, affordable housing, quality childcare and others.

The MSU/Drew Lewis/Drury partnership also includes a number of community agencies that will provide resources related to these pivotal assets. These partners are: Ozarks Technical Community College, MU Extension, the City of Springfield, Consumer Credit Counseling, Springfield Community Gardens, Springfield Public Schools, Life 360 Family Services, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, Great Circle-Parenting Life Skills Center, Hand in Hand Multicultural Center, Care to Learn, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Ozarks Regional YMCA and Schweitzer United Methodist Church Jobs for Life Program.

The first step for The Northwest Project will be informational meetings this spring to recruit and evaluate the first group of eligible families. For more information about the background of The Northwest Project, visit:

Drury co-sponsors Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 15, 2016 — Drury University is partnering with the Springfield branch of the NAACP to co-sponsor the annual Martin Luther King Day Unity March thanks to a grant from the Corporation for National & Community Service and Campus Compact.

The grant of just over $1,000 will be used to assist the NAACP with costs associated with the event, which takes place on Monday, Jan. 18. The march begins at Mediacom Ice Park and ends at the Gillioz Theater. Doors at the Ice Park open at 8 a.m.; the march begins at 9.

Drury’s office of Community Outreach & Leadership Development is committing student volunteers to help with event coordination and the University also will encourage students to participate in the march.

“This march is our annual event as we strive to continue to be consistent with King’s life and his work towards economic and social justice,” says Cheryl Clay, President of the Springfield NAACP. “We are thrilled to partner with Drury University in promoting a service project to benefit those in our community.”

In conjunction with the march, there will be a collection drive for non-perishable food items and new socks for Home At Last, a program of The Kitchen, Inc., which provides support services to veterans in the Ozarks.


Media Contact: Hannah Minchow-Proffitt, Office of Community Outreach & Leadership Development; (417) 873-7617 or

Drury to freeze housing costs & amend housing policy for local residents

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 21, 2015 — Drury University is making changes to its housing policy in order to enhance accessibility and affordability for students.

Beginning next fall, costs for most on-campus residences will be either reduced or frozen in price for the 2016-17 academic year. Drury will continue to award residential grants to incoming students, based on need, to help offset the costs of room and board.

Additionally, students whose primary family residence is within 30 miles of the campus may live at home with a parent.

“We firmly believe in a residential college experience, and our current students and alumni can attest to the difference it makes in one’s college career,” says Drury President Dr. David Manuel. “But we also want to ensure a continued focus on access and affordability, particularly for students here in the Springfield area.”

The university will continue to encourage students to live on campus. National data and data collected by Drury have long shown that students who live on campus have higher retention and graduation rates, higher levels of satisfaction with their experience, better grades and greater participation in co-curricular and social activities.

With more than 100 student organizations, a large Greek population, specialized housing based on academic interests and a history of meaningful faculty mentorship, Drury’s community spirit runs deep. That’s why many students, including many local students, choose to live on campus; some do so throughout their entire college career. In fact, there are currently 80 juniors and seniors living on campus who attended local high schools.

The revised policy will go into effect in fall 2016. For more information about housing or residence life, visit

Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Director of Media Relations. Office: (417) 873-7390; email:


Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, Drury partner to enhance pre-med scholarship programs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 24, 2015 — A generous new long-term financial commitment from Ferrell-Duncan Clinic will create three new programs supporting Drury University undergraduates seeking careers in the medical field.

The agreement strengthens the longtime connection between the clinic and the university, furthering both organizations’ mutual goal of enhancing the state of the healthcare industry in southwest Missouri. The deal is a win-win, bolstering Drury’s historically strong pre-med program while adding a valuable physician recruitment channel for the clinic.

The connections between Drury and Ferrell-Duncan run deep: Ferrell-Duncan co-founder Dr. Thomas Ferrell was a Drury alumnus; Dr. Loren Broaddus is a Life Trustee; and 10 Drury alumni currently serve as physicians at the clinic. The clinic is in partnership with CoxHealth, whose CEO Steve Edwards is a Drury alumnus and a current member of the Board of Trustees.

The five-year agreement provides a total of $30,000 annually for the following programs:

Loren Broaddus Medical Service Scholars – This initiative will build upon the Drury Health Services Corps (DHSC), which sends pre-med students to Jordan Valley Health Clinic for a structured volunteer experience. Drury will now expand that program and send students who have been through the first year of the DHSC to other medical facilities following their work at Jordan Valley. This is important because medical and other health professional schools value undergraduate volunteer experiences that focus on direct interactions with individuals seeking healthcare services.

Thomas Ferrell Medical Relief Travel Grants – These grants will provide funding for travel associated with participation in medical relief programs. Such efforts offer valuable opportunities for students to work with medical professionals providing healthcare to underserved populations. Students in these settings acquire professional experience in healthcare while gaining perspective with populations from varied socio-economic backgrounds.

Douglas Duncan Research Experience in the Natural Sciences (RENS) Fellowship – This program will provide summer funding for students in biomedical research under the direction of a member of the natural sciences faculty. Faculty members serve as mentors and advisors, and individual projects support the goals of a research program that is of scientific merit yet is appropriate for undergraduate students.

An additional portion of the agreement will place a practicing physician from Ferrell-Duncan Clinic in a fellowship position in Drury’s Department of Biology. The physician fellow will teach an annual course in clinical medicine, with lecture and clinical rotation experiences through Ferrell-Duncan, to third- and fourth-year pre-health sciences students.

Members of the Ferrell, Duncan and Broaddus families, along with leaders from CoxHealth, Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and Drury, gathered Thursday to celebrate the agreement.

Members of the Ferrell, Duncan and Broaddus families, along with leaders from CoxHealth, Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and Drury, gathered Thursday to celebrate the agreement.

“CoxHealth and Ferrell-Duncan Clinic are honored to establish this scholarship plan with the faculty, staff and students of Drury University,” said Steve Edwards, CEO and President of CoxHealth. “This legacy scholarship is a key component as these three institutions work cooperatively to prepare future healthcare professionals who will one day add their skills and talents to the Springfield area medical community.”

“I am extremely grateful to Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and the CoxHealth Board of Directors for their support of our pre-health sciences programs,” said Drury President Dr. David Manuel. “This agreement elevates a historical relationship into a true partnership. Coming together as community leaders in healthcare education and delivery offers a multi-dimensional opportunity to expand resources and recruitment for both Ferrell-Duncan and Drury.”

About Drury’s Pre-Health Sciences Programs

Drury has an outstanding track record in preparing students for admission into medical and other health-related professional programs. Excellence in the classroom, research opportunities, internships, and structured volunteer experiences give DU graduates a distinctive and measurable advantage. Each year, Drury sends approximately 20 students to medical school and another 20 to related health professional schools. There are more than 250 Drury graduates currently serving as healthcare professionals in southwest Missouri alone.


Media Contacts: Dr. Beth Harville, Dean, College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences. Office: (417) 873-4085; email: bharville@drury.eduDianne Johnson, Vice President of Development & Alumni Relations. Office: (417) 873-7303; email:

Smith-Glynn-Callaway Foundation supports pre-med students via grants

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 5, 2015 — Drury University has received $14,000 in scholarship and research grants from the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation in support of the two organizations’ shared goal of promoting education in the medical field in the Ozarks.

The Foundation has once again awarded $10,000 for scholarships to students in Drury’s pre-health sciences programs. This relationship dates back more than 40 years, with proven results. More than half of those who have received Smith-Glynn-Callaway Pre-Med Undergraduate Scholarships in the last 10 years have attended, or are already accepted to, medical school. Other recipients have gone on to careers in nursing or as physician assistants.

This year the Foundation has given an additional $4,000 to fund summer research conducted by undergraduate students under the direction of assistant professor of chemistry Dr. Madhuri Manpadi. The research is focused on compounds that will help facilitate the discovery of new anti-cancer agents. Previous work on this project has been published in journals such as Organic Letters, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and others; and has been presented at American Chemical Society national and regional meetings.

Senior Kevin Liles prepares compounds for imaging in a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer as part of undergraduate research work funded by a grant from the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Foundation.

Senior Kevin Liles prepares compounds for characterizing in a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer as part of undergraduate research work funded by a grant from the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Foundation.

“We have students from the sophomore to senior levels conducting this work,” Dr. Manpadi said. “These aspiring doctors and scientists are learning and applying various chemistry techniques, and will have an opportunity to see their work published in international journals.”

“We are thankful for the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Foundation’s support of Drury’s pre-med students,” said Dr. Mark Wood, chair of the Pre-Health Sciences Program. “Their support of these talented undergraduates stretches beyond financial consideration. It truly helps shape the health care community of the future. Smith-Glynn-Callaway funding ensures Drury students will continue on their journey to be future health care providers here in Springfield, across Missouri, and beyond.”


Media Contact: Dr. Mark Wood – Chair, Pre-Health Sciences Program. Office: (417) 873-7474. Email:

Drury University professor receives grant for documentary project

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 21, 2011 —Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Monty Dobson received a $10,000 grant from the Kirby Foundation for the production of a documentary film about the Native American culture near St. Louis. Dobson’s company ShovelReady Productions will produce the film Cahokia: Native American City of Mystery.

The film examines the Cahokia Mounds, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, in Collinsville, Ill., located approximately 18 miles to the east of St. Louis, Mo. “We are terrifically excited by the opportunity this generous grant from the Kirby Foundation offers to bring attention to the truly unique nature of the Cahokia site,” Dobson said.

Dr. Monty Dobson

Dobson partnered with Drury’s Artist in Residence, Patrick Mureithi, to produce the film. The 30-minute documentary will delve into the history of the Mississippian culture epicenter at Cahokia that flourished between A.D. 800 and 1400.

Dobson is an archaeologist, visiting assistant professor of history at Drury and founder of ShovelReady Productions. Dobson holds a Ph.D. in Archeology from the University of York in England. He has also served as a member of senior management with the internationally famous Jorvik Viking Centre Museum and lectured at universities around the world.

For more information about this film or other ShovelReady productions visit:


Partnership between Drury and Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition receives $300,000 for School Yard Gardens

Springfield, MO, January 4, 2011—Drury University and the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) have received a $300,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. The three-year grant will fund The Dig In R-Twelve (DIRT) Project, which will plan and install ten school gardens throughout the Springfield R-XII district. DIRT, in collaboration with the Drury School of Education, will also provide and teach curriculum to address core state education standards and use the gardens to complement classroom learning by teaching healthy habits in a fun, active, hands-on environment. The grant also includes funds to establish infrastructure for an urban farm in a low-income neighborhood.

“Giving students the opportunity to help create, maintain, and harvest gardens at their school sites is an educational application of content from many areas of the curriculum,” says Ann Wallenmeyer, K-12 Science Facilitator at Springfield Public Schools. “Lessons will be learned that will reach far into a student’s future, well beyond public education,” Wallenmeyer remarked.
The DIRT Project aims to address increasing obesity rates in Missouri. It will promote healthy, active lifestyles by providing education to the community and the school children about the benefits of growing and using sustainably produced, locally grown food.

Midtown School Garden, located on Cox North property at Division and Benton, serves as Springfield’s pilot school garden for students from Boyd Elementary and Pipkin Middle School. Students use the garden as an extension of their classroom curriculum and help with duties such as planting and harvesting. Drury University’s School of Education and Child Development initially funded the Midtown School Garden through a $10,000 math grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. CoxHealth and Community Partnership’s Caring Communities Initiative donated land and resources to initiate the first of the ten gardens that will receive funding from the grant. At the pilot garden, the grant will provide a high tunnel greenhouse that will allow students to utilize the garden year-round.

Applications have been sent to all schools in the R-XII district, and the additional nine schools to receive DIRT Project infrastructure and curriculum will be announced by the end of January 2011. Garden planning and installation will begin in February 2011.

The DIRT Project will collaborate with several Springfield organizations including Springfield R-XII Public School District; the YMCA; Childhood Obesity Action Group (COAG), Slow Food Southwest Missouri, CoxHealth, Community Partnership’s Caring Communities Initiative and Drury University.

Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) promotes healthy lifestyles and environments through hands-on education about production and consumption of locally produced, natural, healthy foods.
The Missouri Foundation for Health provided funding for this project in whole. The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization with a vision to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.

Visit to learn more or help with additional materials, signage for gardens, fruit trees and shrubs.

Media Contact:
Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition
Lucy Howell, Melissa Millsap
(417) 873-6343;


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Drury’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter receives State Farm grant


SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 16, 2010 — Drury University’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter has been selected to receive a $2,000 matching grant from State Farm® for its outstanding work in building safe, decent and affordable homes.

“We are grateful to have been selected as one of the matching grant recipients,” said chapter president Garret Shelenhamer. “The grant will help us to continue to make a difference in the lives of people in need of affordable housing.”

A campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitat affiliate to build, fundraise, advocate and educate to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. The Drury Campus Chapter partners with Habitat for Humanity of Springfield and has helped build more than 6 houses since 1994.

Drury University’s Campus Chapter is one of 29 campus chapters to be awarded a matching grant from State Farm, the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs. To qualify for the State Farm grant, the Drury Campus Chapter must raise a matching amount. The grant will be used to build houses in the community.

Scheduled fundraising activities include a birdhouse auction in April at Obelisk Home.

The Campus Chapters program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth ages 5 to 25 in Habitat’s work. Since 2007, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs, with a sponsorship commitment of more than $1.1 million in grants each year. Additionally, State Farm offices contribute more than $500,000 annually to Habitat affiliates across the United States.

Media Contact:
Garret Shelenhamer
Drury University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter
Mobile: (417) 298-3005


Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit

Marketing and Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of Marketing and Communications online at Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.