August 18, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 18, 2016 — The newest members of the Drury family arrive on campus this weekend as freshmen move into residence halls and begin to learn what it means to be a Panther.
The incoming freshman class at Drury is the largest in several years, and the three campus residence halls will be at 99 percent capacity once all of the boxes and laptops are moved and students are settled into their new homes.
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 full 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.
These four days are an excellent opportunity for local media to speak to students during their orientation experience and capture some great visuals, as seen in videos about Move-In Day and the Service Plunge & School Year Kick-Off Celebration from 2015.
Media are invited to cover any and all events throughout the weekend. Contact Media Relations Director Mike Brothers for more information about the full schedule. Major highlights are below.
Friday, Aug. 19
- 8 a.m. to noon – New students move into residence halls. The best time for photos, video and interviews is typically between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
- 3 p.m. – Parent & Student goodbyes at Kellogg Green. This is the point at which parents and students split up after move-in day before families attend a presentation for parents and students join their CORE classes to begin their four-day orientation.
Sunday, Aug. 21
- 6 to 8 p.m. – Dinner and dessert at various faculty members’ homes in the nearby Midtown neighborhood. Faculty and freshman are available for interviews during this uniquely Drury event.
Monday, Aug. 22
- 10 a.m. to noon – More than 20 Community Service Plunge projects at various locations across Springfield, including:
- Convoy of Hope
- Ozarks Food Harvest
- Urban Roots Farm
- Arc of the Ozarks
- Rare Breed
- The Fairbanks
- Springfield Art Museum
- 7 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.
Evening classes begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22. Students in the traditional Day School will begin classes on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Director of Media Relations: (417) 894-9064 or email@example.com.