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Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center earns Building of the Year award

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 31, 2011 — The construction of Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center earned Williams Construction, Inc. the 2011 Building of the Year award from American Buildings Co. The company also received an Excellence in Design award in the Recreation category for the same project.

Drury's O'Reilly Family Event Center

View the feature on the O’Reilly Family Event Center at the American Buildings Company’s website.

The 3,200 seat O’Reilly Family Event Center opened in Octobers 2010, and it serves as the home for Panther and Lady Panther basketball and volleyball. In its first year, the O’Reilly Family Event Center has hosted internationally known entertainers, such as, Sheryl Crow, The Pointer Sisters and Colbie Caillat.

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The Charlie Daniels Band will play at Drury on Thursday, November 17

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 16, 2011 — The Charlie Daniels Band will perform live at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. Opening acts include Springfield native Chris Cavanaugh and Kansas City-based Noe Palma. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office, by calling (417) 873-6389 or at www.drurytickets.com. Tickets cost $29.50, $39.50 and $59.50 plus handling fees.

Known for his fiddle playing, Charlie Daniels has been performing for over 50 years. His style is a mixture of rock, country, bluegrass, blues and gospel.

Charlie Daniels Band

Daniel’s anthems “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It” propelled his 1975 collection Fire On the Mountain to Double Platinum status. He won a Grammy Award in 1979 for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and, the following year, the song became a major crossover success on rock radio stations after its inclusion on the soundtrack for the hit movie Urban Cowboy. The Charlie Daniels Band (CDB) appeared in the movie. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” still receives regular airplay on classic rock and country stations. Daniels and The CDB have earned awards from the Gospel Music Association, the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

The CDB’s current release on Blue Hat Records/E1 Ent is Land That I Love, a patriotic compilation including two new cuts “Iraq Blues” and “What This World Needs is a Few More Rednecks.”

Daniels was honored by the Pentagon with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his support of military personnel. He was also awarded the AmVet Silver Helmet award, an annual award that recognizes excellence and achievement in Americanism, defense, rehabilitation, congressional service and other fields, by the AmVets, an organization formed by World War II veterans.

In addition to visiting troops at bases in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Korea and elsewhere, Daniels started Operation Heartstrings, a program that donated 100 Gibson guitars, drums, keyboards and microphones to deployed service members. More than 13,000 pieces of musical accessories were sent to deployed service members in 2005. Charlie continues to tour across the heartland of America and performs for U.S. troops from Guantanamo Bay to Bosnia, Kuwait, South Korea, and repeat trips to Iraq for Stars for Stripes.

Daniels has lent his talent and time to numerous charitable causes. He hosts The Charlie Daniels Celebrity Golf Classic & Angelus Concert in Hudson, FL, a benefit for The Angelus, a full-time residential facility and day school program for the severely handicapped. He co-hosts along with Coach Phillip Fulmer, the Jason Foundation Golf Classic, a national organization that targets teen suicide prevention, and is a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board. He has been a supporter of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research for many years and was recently presented the Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award at their 35th Annual Awards Gala in New York City.

Media Contact:
Murdock Moss
Nottingham Productions
1330 East Cherry Street
Suite 100
Springfield, MO 65802
E-mail: info@nottinghamproductions.com
Phone: 816-309-5260

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Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Big Smith to play at Drury on Veterans Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 6, 2011 — Peoples Bank of the Ozarks proudly presents The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Big Smith in a Veterans Day concert on Nov. 11 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on the campus of Drury University. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $29-$49 and can be purchased at www.drurytickets.com or by calling the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office at (417) 873-6389. Doors open at 6 p.m. with performances beginning at 7 p.m.

Ozark Mountain Daredevils

“It’s only fitting that the Daredevils are ‘coming home’ to Drury to celebrate their 40th anniversary. John Dillon and Bill Jones are alums and Steve Cash first played live here at Drury,” said Drury President Todd Parnell who attended Drury at the same time as Dillon and Jones. “We’re thrilled to have this band that brought fame to Springfield and the Ozarks play at O’Reilly.”

Besides a celebration of music, the Nov. 11 show is also a chance to honor the military on Veterans Day. A portion of all merchandise sales will be donated to the Ozarks Honor Flight program to take World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to view the World War II Memorial. To jump start the fundraising, Peoples Bank of the Ozarks today donated $2,500 to the Ozarks Honor Flight program.

Peoples Bank presents Ozarks Honor Flight with a check for $2,500 with members of the Daredevils and Big Smith.

“Peoples Bank is a longtime friend of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and more than that, a longtime friend of our U.S. Veterans.  We were excited about the prospect of sponsoring this event when we heard about it being the 40th anniversary for the Daredevils, and we became committed to sponsoring it when we heard about the opportunity to bring attention and support to the Ozarks Honor Flight program,” said Jim Huff, president of Peoples Bank of the Ozarks.

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils have eight albums that have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. They are best known for their singles “Jackie Blue” and “If you wanna get to heaven.” The band is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011.

Ozark Mountain Daredevils John Dillon, Steve Cash and Michael Granda talk about their new album "Alive and Wild."

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Best known for hits “Fishin’ in the dark” and “Mr. Bojangles,” the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has multi-platinum and gold albums along with several Grammy nominations.

Founded in 1996, Springfield’s Big Smith is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Big Smith recently recorded its latest album Kin in downtown Springfield. Big Smith’s brand of Ozarks folk music is well-known to music fans of the region.

Media Contact: Dwight Glenn, Promoter, Mobile: (417) 350-9471, E-mail: dwight_glenn@hotmail.com

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Chicago to perform at the O’Reilly Family Event Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 6, 2011 — Drury University will host the multi-platinum selling band Chicago in concert on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

A legendary performing group, Chicago has sold over 38 million units in the U.S., and, to date, has charted five consecutive number one albums and 21 top tenhits. Since its formation in 1967, the group has released 32 albums, 25 of which have been certified platinum.  More recently, the group was named one of Billboard Magazine’s Top 100 artists of all time, ranking at number 13.

Chicago

Tickets for the event will go on sale Monday, June 6.  Ticket prices are $77 (floor seats), $51 and $41 (plus taxes and fees).  To purchase tickets, visit www.DruryTickets.com, call 873-6389, or visit the box office at the O’Reilly Center.

To learn more about Chicago, visit the band’s website: www.chicagotheband.com

Media Contact:
Matt Miller
Director of Athletic Advancement and Event Services
Office: (417) 873-6991
E-mail: mmiller2@drury.edu

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Drury University holds its first graduations in the new O’Reilly Family Event Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 14, 2011Drury University conferred degrees to 635 graduates today in the first commencement ceremonies in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. The new venue is a major improvement over Weiser Gymnasium where Drury graduations were held for decades. The O’Reilly Family Event Center features air conditioning, modern video capabilities, and more space and comfort for graduates and their friends and families.

May 2011 Drury Graduation

55 graduate students joined 334 undergraduates in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) graduation at noon. The traditional Day School graduation followed where 246 undergraduates received degrees.

Drury Board of Trustees member Jack Stack addressed both graduating classes. “There is no such thing as a bad first job. There is always a lesson you take away,” Stack told the graduates. “Seek excellence. Don’t expect to start at the top. Rise to the top.”

Jack Stack addresses Drury graduates

A trustee since 2004, Stack is the president and CEO of SRC Holdings, a remanufacturing corporation in Springfield. Stack has authored two books: The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome.

Former Drury student Betty Cole Dukert was honored during the traditional Day School ceremony with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Dukert attended Drury College in 1946-47 and went on to earn a journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

Betty Cole Dukert

Dukert enjoyed a 41-year career with NBC’s Meet the Press where she ultimately served as executive producer. Dukert served on the Drury Board of Trustees from 1985-2008 and remains as an emeritus board member. She was the first recipient of the First Amendment Service Award of the national Radio & Television News Directors’ Foundation in 1998.

“During those years at Meet the Press, it became clear to me that every issue we dealt with required more and better education from our leaders and our citizens,” Dukert said. “The classroom is only going to broaden as you leave campus, so keep learning.”

A time capsule containing Drury memorabilia, which will be entombed in the cornerstone of the O’Reilly Family Event Center, was on display during both graduation ceremonies.

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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The first Drury graduations in the O’Reilly Family Event Center are on May 14

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 2, 2011The first Drury commencement ceremonies in the new O’Reilly Family Event Center will be on Saturday, May 14. The ceremony for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is at noon with the traditional Day School graduation to follow at 2:30 p.m.

51 graduate students will join 342 undergraduates in the CGCS graduation. The Day School will confer degrees to 251 undergraduates.

Drury Board of Trustees member Jack Stack will address both graduating classes. A trustee since 2004, Stack is the president and CEO of SRC Holdings, a remanufacturing corporation in Springfield.

Jack Stack

Stack has authored two books: The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome. Stack’s “open book management” philosophy makes financial and business decisions a shared duty of all employees.

Former Drury student Betty Cole Dukert will be honored during the traditional Day School ceremony with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Dukert attended Drury College in 1946-47 and went on to earn a journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

Betty Cole Dukert

Dukert enjoyed a 41-year career with NBC’s Meet the Press where she ultimately served as executive producer. Dukert served on the Drury Board of Trustees from 1985-2008 and remains as an emeritus board member. She was the first recipient of the First Amendment Service Award of the national Radio & Television News Directors’ Foundation in 1998.

Following the Day School ceremony, a time capsule containing Drury memorabilia will be entombed in the cornerstone of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Media: You are welcome to videotape or photograph either graduation ceremony.

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Sheryl Crow will perform at Drury on Friday, July 15

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2011“An Evening with Sheryl Crow” is coming to Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center on Friday, July 15 at 8 p.m.

Early ticket purchase information for the Drury community will be announced later.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 25 at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $75, $55 and $45. To purchase tickets, go to www.drurytickets.com, call the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office at (417) 873-6389 or buy them in person at the box office. The box office is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but tickets cannot be purchased on Monday, April 25 until 10 a.m.

Sheryl Crow

The Kennett, Mo. native is a singer-songwriter, record producer and musician. The nine-time Grammy Award winner released her seventh album, 100 Miles From Memphis, in the summer of 2010.

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Dierks Bentley headlines a concert at the O’Reilly Family Event Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 24, 2011 — Country superstar Dierks Bentley will perform at Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center on Wednesday, April 20. Tickets can be purchased for $29 and $34 at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389 beginning March 7 at 10 a.m.

Dierks Bentley

Bentley, a Phoenix, Az. native, has sold over five million albums and celebrated 7 number 1 hits during his career. Josh Thompson and country female duo Miss Willie Brown will join Bentley for the April 20 concert.

Contact:
Myra Miller
Director of the O’Reilly Family Event Center
Office: (417) 873-6381,
Mobile: (417) 849-0155
E-mail: mmiller1@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.


University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Aretha Franklin cancels concert – Pointer Sisters take her place for the O’Reilly Grand Opening

For Immediate Release: October 26

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 26, 2010 — Aretha Franklin has cancelled her show at the O’Reilly Family Event Center scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30 for health reasons. Ms. Franklin will not perform any concerts for the rest of 2010. The Pointer Sisters will take the stage on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. for the Grand Opening concert of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Since 1973, The Pointer Sisters have held a spot in pop music culture as a vibrant female group. “That’s a Plenty” hit the country and pop charts in the early 70s. In 1984, the album “Break Out” featured the song “Neutron Dance” which was on the soundtrack to the hit movie Beverly Hills Cop. The Pointer Sisters have won multiple Grammy Awards and American Music Awards.

“I brought the Pointer Sisters to Springfield in the 1980s and they sold out Hammons Student Center,” says local concert promoter Howard Cotner. “The Pointer Sisters put on a dynamic, high energy show that will bring people out of their seats.”

Tickets for the Pointer Sisters are between $45 and $125.

People who have purchased tickets for Aretha Franklin may use them for the Pointer Sisters’ concert, or they can get a refund at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. To purchase tickets or get a refund, call the box office at (417) 873-6389 or contact box office manager Terrie Coulter at (417) 693-0172 or by e-mail attcoulter@drury.edu. O’Reilly Family Event Center Director Myra Miller can be contacted at (417) 849-0155 or by e-mail at mmiller1@drury.edu.

A makeup concert date for Aretha Franklin has not been determined.

Media Contact:
Myra Miller
Director of the O’Reilly Family Event Center
Office: (417) 873-6381
Mobile: (417) 849-0155
E-mail: mmiller1@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visitwww.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Ribbon cutting & Aretha Franklin concert mark the grand opening of the O’Reilly Family Event Center

For Immediate Release: October 21

SPRINGFIELD, MO., Oct. 21, 2010— A grand opening ribbon cutting and building dedication ceremony will mark the completion of the new O’Reilly Family Event center on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the O’Reilly Family Event Center lobby with members of the O’Reilly family, Drury President Todd Parnell and Vice President for Athletics Dr. Edsel Matthews all scheduled to speak.

That evening, the Event Center will host the grand opening finale concert with Grammy Award-winning artist Aretha Franklin at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at www.drurytickets.com, by calling (417) 873-6389 or at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office.

Drury University broke ground on the O’Reilly Family Event Center in May 2009. Fundraising for the 3,100-seat event center began in December of 2007 with a $6 million naming gift from the O’Reilly family of Springfield. The event center was also built to Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications thanks to a $600,000 gift from the Pitt family of Springfield. LEED certification means the building will meet certain environmental standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Contact:
Myra Miller
O’Reilly Family Event Center Director
Office: (417) 873-6381
Mobile: (417) 849-0155
E-mail: mmiller1@drury.edu
www.drurytickets.com

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.