move in day

New Drury students move in and dive into service

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 12, 2014 — Drury University will welcome the newest members of the Drury family to campus later this week as freshmen move into residence halls and begin to learn what it means to be a Panther.

President David Manuel, along with faculty, staff and upperclassmen will help the new students move their belongings into the residence halls on Friday morning. Parents and students will say their goodbyes on the Kellogg Green that afternoon, and a weekend of orientation will follow.

Orientation ends on Monday with two events that have become a Drury tradition – the community-wide Service Plunge and an on-campus celebration capped off by a fireworks show.

Media are invited to cover any and all events throughout the weekend. Contact Media Relations Director Mike Brothers for more information about the schedule.

Friday, Aug. 15

  • 8 a.m. to noon – New students move into residence halls. The best time for photos, video and interviews is typically between 9 and 10:30 a.m.
  • 3:45 to 5 p.m. – Parent Orientation & Core 101 Classes. All freshmen are required to take this course, which helps them develop the abilities needed for success in college and in life. A student’s CORE 101 professor is not only the instructor for the course, but is also the student’s academic advisor.
  • 7 p.m. – Hard CORE challenge. Each CORE class competes in fun competitive activities, with the winning team earning gift cards. This is a great time for student interviews and shots of the incoming class in action.

Saturday, Aug. 16

• Students will explore Springfield at the following times and locations:

o   4 to 5:30 p.m. – Ice Skating and Broomball at Mediacom Ice Park

o   9 to 11 p.m. – Bowling and pizza at Enterprise Lanes

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • 1 to 2 p.m. – Student Activities Fair at O’Reilly Family Event Center
  • 2 to 5 p.m. – Springfield Cardinals baseball game at Hammons Field
  • 6 to 8 p.m. – Dinner and dessert at various faculty members’ homes in the nearby Midtown neighborhood. Faculty and freshman available for interviews.

Monday, Aug. 18

  • 9:15 a.m. to noon – More than 20 Community Service Plunge projects at various locations across Springfield, including:

o   Maintenance projects at Rare Breed Outreach Center

o   Creating motivational signs at Boys & Girls Club

o   Warehouse work at Convoy of Hope

o   Sorting food donations at Ozarks Food Harvest

o   Gardening work for the DIRT Project at the corner of Benton and Division

  • 6:30 to 9 p.m. – Finale celebration at the fountains in front of Findlay Student Center. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at adjacent Sunderland Field.

Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. for evening and graduate classes. Students in the traditional Day School start classes on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

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Drury welcomes new students to campus on Friday, August 16

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 14, 2013 — Moving into dormitories, saying goodbye to parents and the Service Plunge, they are all Drury orientation traditions and faculty, staff and upperclassmen will welcome the newest students to campus this weekend.

Drury students move into dorms in 2011

New student orientation begins when residence halls open for move-in at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. New Drury President David Manuel along with faculty, staff and students will help new students carry their belongings into their rooms. Orientation concludes with a party on Monday evening, August 19.

Orientation highlights include:

Friday, Aug. 16

▪       8 a.m.-noon. New students move in to residence halls.

▪       3:15-3:40 p.m. Parent and student goodbyes. On the Kellogg Green. This is the time for the last minute hugs before parents attend a parent orientation and students get to know their CORE 101 class.

▪       5:15-6 p.m. Parent reception and farewell. Findlay Student Center ballroom.

▪       7 p.m. Hard CORE challenge. Sunderland Field. Each CORE class (CORE is Drury’s first-year general education course) will compete in fun activities, such as, placing 10 clothespins on your face or drinking a 12 ounce bottle of water quickly. The winning team earns gift cards.

Saturday, Aug. 17

▪       Students will explore Springfield at the following venues:

▪       4-6 p.m. Ice Skating. Mediacom Ice Park

▪       9-11 p.m. Enterprise Lanes. Bowling and pizza.

Sunday, Aug. 18

▪       11 a.m. Kickoff to the 2012-2013 Theme Year. Amy Blansit presents, “The Morality of Wellness.” Clara Thompson Hall

▪       1-2 p.m. Student activities fair. O’Reilly Family Event Center.

▪       2-4 p.m. Nature walk. Springfield Nature Center.

▪       5-7 p.m. Dinner and dessert in faculty homes.

Monday, Aug. 19

▪       Off-Campus Community Service Plunge. 10 a.m.-noon. There are 20 projects, including:

▪       Fall cleaning on C-Street.

▪       Packing and sorting at Convoy of Hope.

▪       Fall cleaning at the Discovery Center.

▪       Maintenance at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery

Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. for evening and graduate classes. Students in the traditional Day School start classes on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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Drury welcomes new students on Friday, Aug. 17

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 15, 2012 — Moving into dormitories, saying goodbye to parents and the Service Plunge, they are all Drury orientation traditions and Drury will welcome its newest class to campus on Friday, August 17.

Students will see several changes on campus this fall.

  1. The Drury CORE: Engaging our World general education curriculum. The CORE is the shared backbone of students’ intellectual journey, one that preserves Drury’s longstanding commitment to teaching writing, oral communications, critical thinking and ethical decision-making and strengthens our commitment to developing active global learning. In addition, the CORE emphasizes four pillars:
    1. Engagement with global challenges.
    2. Engagement with communities.
    3. Engagement with diverse methods, approaches and areas of knowledge.
    4. Engagement with core skills necessary for professional success, lifelong learning, and ethical participation in the global community.

2.     University Suites and the Rose O’Neill House. The 72-bed University Suites is designed with large, private bedrooms and baths for all residents and washers and dryers in each apartment. Additionally, the University Suites complex is being built to LEED Platinum specifications. The restored Rose O’Neill House will be used for Drury events, meetings, community gatherings, and educational purposes. The house was a one-time home of early 20th century artist Rose O’Neill.

3.     Panther Passport Program. Intended to encourage students to become engaged with activities at Drury and the greater Springfield community, the Passport program rewards students for attending athletic contests, concerts, theatre productions and other community events.

4.     First-Year Advising and Mentoring (FAM). FAM is a new retention and mentoring program that links first-year Drury students with a staff member to serve as the FAM leader and a team of representatives from seven key areas, such as financial aid, that shape the Drury experience. The FAM leader will also organize social outings at least once a semester with each FAM team, which is made up of ten first-year students.

5.     A new video production studio. Thanks to a generous donation from Drury alumna Carole Lambert, Drury video students will learn in a remodeled, high-definition television studio in the Shewmaker Communication Center.

Move-in day at Drury 2011

New student orientation begins when residence halls open for move-in at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. Drury President Todd Parnell and other staff and faculty will be at the residence halls helping students carry their belongings into their rooms. Orientation concludes with a party on Monday, August 20.

Orientation highlights include:

Friday, Aug. 17

  • 8 a.m.-noon. New students move in to residence halls.
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m. Parent and student goodbyes. On the Kellogg Green. This is the time for the last minute hugs before parents attend a parent orientation and students get to know their CORE 101 Class.
  • 7 p.m. Hard CORE challenge. Sunderland Field. Each CORE class will compete in fun activities, such as, placing 10 clothespins on your face or drinking a 12 ounce bottle of water quickly. The winning team earns gift cards.

Saturday, Aug. 18

  • Students will explore Springfield at the following venues:
    • 2:30-4 p.m. Discovery Center. RACE: Are we so different?
    • 4-6 p.m. Mediacom Ice Park. Ice-skating and dinner.
    • 9-11 p.m. Enterprise Lanes. Bowling and pizza.

Sunday, Aug. 19

  • 11 a.m. Kickoff to the 2012-2013 Theme Year. Dr. Jonathan Groves presents, “Voices unbound: New media and the future of Democracy.” Clara Thompson Hall
  • 2-4 p.m. Nature walk. Springfield Nature Center.
  • 5-7 p.m. Dinner and dessert in faculty homes.


Monday, Aug. 20

  • Off-Campus Community Service Plunge. 10 a.m.-noon. There are 20 projects, including:
    • Fall cleaning at the Discovery Center.
    • Fall cleaning at the Dickerson Park Zoo.
    • Maintenance at the Victims Memorial Garden at Phelps Grove Park.
    • Maintenance at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery

Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. for evening classes. Students in the traditional Day School start classes on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

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

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