grants

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: www.montysworldonline.com.

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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 springfielduac.org 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
lucy@springfielduac.org; mel@urbanrootsfarm.com

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

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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
E-mail: gshelenhamer@drury.edu

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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 www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

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 http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Drury professor receives grant for music therapy in Barry and Lawrence Counties

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 9, 2010

The $122,640 grant funds a music therapy clinic in Monett, Mo. that is a satellite of Drurys Center for Music Therapy and Wellness.  The Monett clinic is open five days a week with direct services provided by Jessica Edwards, MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified). The grant also provides primary funding for a clinical supervisory position occupied by Julie Cassity, MS, MT-BC, whose office is in Drury’s on-campus music therapy clinic. As an added benefit, the Monett clinic serves as a local internship site for Drury music therapy students who cannot attend a more distant internship.

Dr. Michael Cassity

The Monett clinic was established in 2004 with a $38,736 grant. Since that time, funding has increased because of the growing numbers of residents requesting music therapy services, according to Cassity. Since the grant was first awarded in November of 2003, Cassity and Drury University have received over $800,000 in funding.

Clinical documentation and parental evaluations indicate that residents increase in skills such as language, socialization, following directions and attention span following the initiation of music therapy services. Parents and guardians also report that the residents seem happier, vocalize more, and enjoy the music skills they are learning. According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is an established health care profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.

In addition to serving clients at the clinic, the Monett clinic maintains a community outreach by providing on-site services at facilities in Cassville and Monett. Additional support therapists at the Center’s Drury campus clinic are Leslie Richardson, MT-BC (Drury, 2008) and Carrie Jenkins, MT-BC (Drury, 2009).

Drury’s Bachelor of Music Therapy program, which was established in 2002, is a rapidly growing program that has recently expanded to include the Master of Music Therapy degree.

Contact:
Dr. Michael Cassity
Professor of Music Therapy
Office: (417) 873-7370
E-mail: mcassity@drury.edu

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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 www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

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 http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.