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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.




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.