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Drury ranks 3rd in the Midwest among Best Regional Colleges for Veterans

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 5, 2013 – Drury University is ranked 3rd among Best Regional Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings can be viewed at Best Colleges for Veterans.

U.S. News & World Report established the rankings to help veterans pursue a college education under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Schools reported on their veteran benefits as part of the broader survey and data collection of undergraduate schools by U.S. News during spring 2013. In total, there are 234 ranked schools. Drury is the highest ranked university in Missouri.

“I wasn’t surprised to hear that Drury ranked high,” said Army Veteran and Drury student, Brent Wilkinson.  “I can’t give the staff at Drury enough kudos – the knowledge they have is incredible. Tammie (Drury advisor) has helped so many veterans come into the school and she made surethat everything I did was in line with the VA (Veteran’s Affairs).”

Earlier this year, Drury was ranked 8th among Midwest Regional Universities in the publication U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014.

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Drury to offer deferred payment plans for active duty military in response to government shutdown

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 10, 2013 — Due to the government shutdown, many active duty and active reserve military personnel are left without the ability to pay for their college classes. In an effort to relieve this hardship for its seated and online students in the military, Drury University is deferring payment for students who are affected by the shutdown.

Affected students may defer tuition charges for the term that begins Oct. 21 while they seek other funding. For those who are affected and unable to secure other financial assistance, Drury offers an extended payment plan.

To obtain assistance for the October 2013 academic session, affected students must:

• Apply for or have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file

Affected students will have:

• The opportunity to enroll in an extended payment plan, with the first payment due Dec. 2, 2013, and the last payment will be due on April 1, 2014.

“Drury University is committed to a student-centered approach,” said Aaron Jones, director of Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies. “Working with our students who are serving our country is a key component of that commitment. We hope that providing some additional flexibility for the students affected by the suspension of tuition assistance will make it easier for those students to avoid an interruption in their studies.

Media Contact: Kristy Nelson, M.A., Director of Marketing, CCPS, Mobile: (417) 380-9803, Email: knelson008@drury.edu

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Drury to offer deferred payment plans in response to military cuts

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 12, 2013 — Recently, Military Tuition Assistance has been suspended indefinitely, leaving many active duty and active reserve military personnel without the ability to pay for their college classes. In an effort to relieve this hardship for its students in the military, Drury University is deferring payment for students who are eligible for tuition assistance and will be impacted by these Department of Defense cuts. Other military student aid programs, such as the G.I. Bill, remain unchanged at this time.

Tuition Assistance is a program that provides up to $250 per credit hour for active duty and active reserves military personnel, depending on the student’s branch of service. Students who were enrolled in courses for the full spring semester or had been approved for and enrolled in “B Block” courses will not be affected this semester. B-Block classes at Drury begin on March 25. They are eight-week classes that, in a seated format, generally meet twice a week, but B-Block classes are offered seated, online or blended.

Affected students can set up a payment plan with Drury. The first payment would not be due until May 1.

In addition, Drury is encouraging its military students to seek other financial aid. Drury will have financial aid counselors at its St. Robert campus to help students understand their financial aid options and how to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  All students who were planning on utilizing Tuition Assistance for the remainder of the spring term, as well as summer and fall classes, are encouraged to speak with a financial aid counselor. Drury financial aid counselors will be at Drury’s St. Robert campus on Wednesday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or they can call Drury’s Office of Financial Aid at 800-922-2274.

“We greatly appreciate our students who are serving our country,” said Aaron Jones, interim director of Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies. “Our hope is that we can help our students navigate these changes and keep them on a path to degree attainment.”

Media Contact: Mark Miller, M.A., Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, Email: markmiller@drury.edu

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Drury to honor veterans with a performance by the 135th Army Band

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2012 — On Friday, Nov. 9, Drury University will honor veterans with a celebration and performance by the 135th Army Band at 11 a.m. on the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Originally organized in 1921 as Battery F 203rd Coastal Artillery and federally recognized in 1947 as the 35th Division Band, the 135th Army Band is made up of 38 soldiers and is stationed in Springfield, Mo.

“Drury has students, faculty, staff and alumni who have served in the military, and this annual Veterans Day event is a way to honor them along with their colleagues who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard,” said Tammy Rogers, the coordinator of Drury’s Veterans Day event. “We are forever proud and grateful to our men and women in uniform.”

Media Contact: Tammy Rogers, Administrative and Special Projects Coordinator, Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Office: (417) 873-6357, Email: tammy@drury.edu

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Drury student hopes to counsel soldiers after her military career

Springfield, Mo., July 30, 2012 — As a senior NCO (non-commissioned officer), Geri Hopkins is accustomed to serving as the shoulder that soldiers lean on when times get tough. Currently stationed at Fort Polk, La., Hopkins counsels soldiers and their families. Now in her 20th year of service, she will be retiring from the Army in February. However, she is looking forward to her second career— thanks to the degree she just completed through Drury University.

Hopkins is very grateful to Raeleen Ziegler, coordinator at Drury’s Fort Leonard Wood campus, where Hopkins was stationed from 2008-2010. “Raeleen convinced me that I needed to complete my degree, and she showed me how. She lit a fire underneath me,” said Hopkins.

While Hopkins was working in the hospital on the base she had set hours, so it was easy for her to schedule and attend classes. Hopkins stated, “When I moved back into the field—I was deployed to Afghanistan on December 26 of 2010—I was concerned about how I would be able to continue my studies.” Ziegler showed her a degree plan as well as the order in which she needed to take her classes, and Hopkins was able to continue working toward her degree by taking classes online.

Hopkins graduated this past May with a double major in sociology and psychology. “I am so happy to have graduated and am finished with this leg of my journey. I feel that so many doors have been opened for me now that I have my degree. I am so thankful to Raeleen and the faculty at Drury University for helping me every step of the way which allowed me to complete this portion of my dreams,” said Hopkins.

Next, Hopkins plans to obtain her master’s in counseling psychology, work in the field and then go back and earn her Ph.D.

“I would like to work at the Resiliency Center at Fort Hood, Texas,” said Hopkins. “Even though I am retiring from the military, I still want to be able to work with soldiers. There truly is a need; especially for those who are coming back from deployment.”

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Story by Jann Holland, executive director of marketing and communications at Drury University.