Honors Program

Drury and OTC sign agreement to benefit honors students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 21, 2016 — Ozarks Technical Community College Honors program graduates who transfer to Drury University will automatically be eligible for honors-program admission and scholarships thanks to an articulation agreement signed today, Nov. 21 at Drury University.

“Many outstanding students attend OTC before pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and the OTC Honors program provides them with challenging curriculum in an atmosphere of scholarship,” said Todd Yerby, OTC Honors program director. “Now, we are thrilled to enter a great partnership with Drury that will provide these high-achieving students with financial and academic incentives to transfer.”

The agreement between OTC and Drury grants the first four OTC Honors program graduates ─ who have been accepted into Drury University and possess a grade point average of 3.75 or higher ─ admittance into the Drury Honors program. These four students will also receive a scholarship of at least $6,500 per academic year that is renewable for up to eight semesters.

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The Drury Honors program will admit more OTC Honors program graduates if additional space in the program is available. Students with a GPA below 3.75 may still apply to the Drury Honors program if a letter of recommendation from the OTC Honors program director accompanies their application.

“OTC students will bring a wealth of experience and talent to our program,” said Dr. Richard Schur, director of the Drury Honors program. “We can expect great things from these students as they use Drury’s resources to complete research and service learning projects that will not only enhance their academic journeys but also benefit our local community.”

The OTC Honors program enrolls approximately 50 students each academic year. The program is open to current college students or incoming freshmen. For admittance into the program, students must meet a set of academic standards, complete an essay and provide three academic references. To graduate with OTC Honors program distinction, students must complete honors courses, volunteer at campus and community events, and maintain a high GPA.

Drury’s honors classes ask students to pose solutions to scientific, social, and cultural problems; engage in service learning projects throughout the region; complete research projects; and dig deeply into scholarly literature. The program spans a student’s entire academic career and caps off with an in-depth senior project of their own choosing. Honors graduates have recently been accepted into some of the best graduate schools in the country, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Missouri.

This is the third articulation agreement signed between the OTC Honors program and a Missouri four-year university. OTC also has agreements with the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri Southern State University in Joplin that provide OTC Honors students with academic and financial incentives to transfer.

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Forty new students join Drury’s revamped Honors Program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 14, 2016 — Drury University is proud to welcome 40 new students into its Honors Program for 2016-17. These talented individuals will experience a new honors curriculum under second-year director Dr. Richard Schur. The new curriculum emphasizes active and hands-on learning within Drury’s general education program and a student’s major course of study.

Honors students enjoying a float trip together

Honors students enjoying a float trip together

Drury’s honors classes ask students to pose solutions to scientific, social, and cultural problems; engage in service learning projects throughout the region; complete research projects; and dig deeply into scholarly literature. The program spans a student’s entire academic career and caps off with an in-depth senior project of their own choosing. Honors students have opportunities for connections outside the classroom through the Honors Student Association and through residential Living-Learning Communities, with themes such as “The Meaning of Life” and “Health, Happiness, and Well-Being.”

Honors graduates have recently been accepted into some of the best graduate schools in the country, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Missouri.

Admission into the program is competitive and selective. This year’s incoming Honors students had an average ACT score of 30 and an average high school GPA over 4.0. However, rather than relying solely on past academic performance, the best candidates are those students who exhibit character traits that lead to long-term success.

“We look for students who are ambitious, independent, hardworking, curious, and socially engaged with the world around them,” Schur says. “We believe that those are the attributes that both help a person succeed in the Honors Program and succeed in life.”

The 2016-17 Honors Program class includes the following students:

  • Kendall Alexander, a music therapy major from Mantorville, Minnesota
  • Cale Ambuehl, an architecture major from Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Erin Benedict, a history and English major from Owasso, Oklahoma
  • Dakota Bowen, a history and secondary education major from Springfield (Central High School)
  • Grant Bushman, a math and computer science major from Mount Vernon, Missouri
  • Meagan Carmack, an international relations, Spanish and math major from Conway, Arkansas
  • Kyra Cook, an undecided major from Springfield (Central High School)
  • Kayla Day, a biochemistry major from O’Fallon, Missouri
  • Ciera Duban, a political science major from Saint Peters, Missouri
  • Lindsay Duede, a political science and French major from Ozark, Missouri (Ozark High School)
  • Clayton Engel, a pre-health sciences and biochemistry major from Nixa, Missouri (Ozark High School)
  • Ryan Ewing, a biochemistry and physics major from Garland, Texas
  • Joe Fehr, a computer science and engineering major from Omaha, Nebraska
  • Ibby Fryman, a behavioral neurosciences and psychology major from O’Fallon, Missouri
  • Lisa Griffin, an architecture major from St. Louis, Missouri
  • Lexie Gutierrez, a music therapy major from Round Lake Beach, Illinois
  • Michael Henderson, a biochemistry major Willard, Missouri (Willard High School)
  • Kayley Hernandez, an undecided major from Rogersville, Missouri, (Logan-Rogersville High School)
  • Emily Hinkle, a biology major from Morrisville, Missouri
  • Jacob Hubers, a psychology and political science major from Holland, Michigan
  • Luke Huff, an architecture major from Springfield (Kickapoo High School)
  • Tara Long, a biology major from West Plains, Missouri
  • Shaundra Nash, an animation and writing major from Cainsville, Missouri
  • Zachary Norton, a business management major from Selgin, Illinois
  • Claire Reed, an architecture major from Ballwin, Missouri
  • Sary Rodriquez, a biochemistry and physics major from Springfield (Willard High School)
  • Jeana Scott, a psychology and sociology major from Raymore, Missouri
  • Kellie Sherrer, an education, Spanish and psychology major from Waynesville, Missouri
  • Jerrica Shine, a strategic communication major from Springfield (Kickapoo High School)
  • Katherine Sittenauer, a political science major from Topeka, Kansas
  • Mariah Skelly, a music therapy major from St. Charles, Missouri
  • Connor Stahl, a criminology major from St. Charles, Missouri
  • Chelsea Stitt, a biology major from Ottawa, Kansas
  • Kendall Stockard, a marketing and French major from Kansas City, Missouri
  • Taegan Sumners, a biochemistry major from Aurora, Missouri
  • Segadgey Thomas, an exercise physiology and French major from Bixby, Oklahoma
  • Javier Diaz Vicens, an architecture, arts administration and French major from Waynesville, Missouri
  • Katherine Vincent, a behavioral neuroscience major from Willard, Missouri
  • Madison Ward, a music therapy major from Yorkville, Illinois
  • Riley Wilson, a biochemistry major from Pierce City, Missouri

Visit www.drury.edu/honors for more information about the program and the students and alumni involved. Drury Honors is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Two outstanding honors students receive research funding from Drury

Brewer and Vega

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 26, 2016 — Drury Honors students Lexi Brewer and Rita Elisa Vega are the inaugural recipients of the White-Foster Endowed Scholarship. The merit-based scholarship supports research conducted by women in Drury’s newly revamped Honors Program.

Lexi Brewer is a junior from Camdenton, Mo. who is a double major in international political studies and Spanish, and is also pursuing a minor in biology and a minor in environment and sustainability. Brewer has accepted a position at Oregon State University as a Summer Sea Scholar, where she will develop an eco-tourist strategy for the town of Bandon, Oregon.

In January 2017, she will study abroad in Roatan, Honduras. Roatan is an internationally recognized marine protected area, and researchers on the island conduct assessments to measure the effectiveness of the reserve. By working with these researchers, Brewer hopes to gain insight to her specific academic interest: creating effective environmental policy. She plans to present her findings at a research conference the following spring.

Rita Elisa Vega is a junior from Columbia, Mo. who is majoring in history. Her goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Latin American history. She will spend five weeks this summer traveling to several cities in Bolivia in order to access the national archive and university libraries. The research will focus on the independence movement of the country and the roles of the Quechua and Aymara peoples in the fight for freedom. She plans to gather primary sources on the topic for use in her Senior Seminar and Honors Project during her senior year at Drury.

Following the trip to Bolivia, Vega will travel to Penn State University for the Undergraduate Mentoring Program, which is designed for underrepresented students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in history.

The White-Foster Scholarship will help offset the costs associated with the research these two outstanding students plan to conduct. Honors Program Director Dr. Richard Schur and the Honors Council select recipients of the scholarship. Eligibility is open to all female honors students who have completed at least their freshman year.

 

Drury University revamps Honors Program & welcomes new class

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 6, 2015 — Drury University is proud to welcome 20 new students into its Honors Program for 2015-16. These exceptionally talented individuals are part of a fresh wave of students coming in at an exciting time for the program under new director Dr. Richard Schur.

Today’s honors students are looking for “hands on” courses that allow them to take ownership over their education, Schur says. Students also want to take these courses as part of their regular degree program rather than as separate classes, he says.

After a comprehensive review of its curricula, Drury has identified more than 70 honors courses that emphasize student-directed learning. In these classes, students pose solutions to scientific, social, and cultural problems, engage in service learning projects throughout the region, complete research projects, and dig deeply into scholarly literature. Drury’s program spans a student’s entire academic career and caps off with an in-depth senior project of their own choosing. Throughout, students can expect close mentorship from faculty members as they explore their academic interests and passions.

Rather than relying solely on past academic performance, the best candidates for the revamped Honors Program are those students who exhibit character traits that lead to long-term success.

“We want students who are ambitious, independent, hardworking, curious, and socially engaged with the world around them,” Schur says. “We believe that those are the attributes that both help a person succeed in the Honors Program and succeed in life.”

Drury has also focused on improving the student experience for honors students. Upperclassmen have founded a new Honors Student Association. The group hosts regular dinners for honors students, plans weekend trips, and comes together to attend local theatre shows and films. Honors students can also live together on campus in Living-Learning Communities during their freshmen year.

Admission into the program is competitive and selective. For this year’s class, the average ACT score for admitted students was a 30, with an average high school GPA over 4.0. The 2015-16 Honors Program class includes the following students (note: one student opted not to be named in this release).

  • Laura Brasier an English and secondary education major from Plano, Texas and graduate of Plano High School.
  • Mason Coble an economics major from Nixa, Mo. and graduate of Nixa High School
  • Miriam Colligan a biochemistry major from Farmington, Mo. and graduate of Farmington High School
  • Haley Davis an advertising and public relations major from Nashville, Tenn. and graduate from Hillsboro High School
  • Victoria Deren an undecided major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Grace Classical Academy
  • Rachel DeWeerd a biochemistry major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Glendale High School
  • Michelle Herman a psychology and criminology major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Central High School
  • Alaina Hoover a biochemistry and pre-med major from Troy, Ill. and graduate of Triad High School
  • Morgan Lamkin an undecided major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Glendale High School
  • Miranda Maverick a psychology, sociology and criminology major from Tunas, Mo. and graduate of Buffalo High School
  • Natalie Maxson a philosophy and religion major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Kickapoo High School
  • Savannah McCauley a psychology major from Rogers, Ark. and graduate of Rogers High School
  • Isabella Melena a biochemistry and pre-med major from Arvada, Colo. and graduate of Ralston Valley High
  • Abby Mercer a music therapy major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Grace Classical Academy
  • Ethan Miktish a biochemistry and pre-med major from Springfield, Mo. and graduate of Central High School
  • Kris Rose a sociology, history and secondary education major from Liberty, Mo. and graduate of Kearney High School
  • Alex Scott a behavioral neuroscience major from Chesterfield, Mo. and graduate of Lafayette High School
  • Ashley Simpson a history major from Sparta, Mo. and graduate of Ozark High School
  • Nolan Woodman a political science and philosophy major from Billings, Mo. and graduate of Marionville High School

Visit www.drury.edu/honors for more information about the program and the students and alumni involved.

Contact: Dr. Richard Schur, Honors Program Director & Professor of English. Office: (417) 873-6834; email: rschur@drury.edu.

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