August 12, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 12, 2015 — 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.
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.
These four days are an excellent opportunity 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 2014.
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. 14
- 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.
- 3:15 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.
- 5:15 p.m. – “Welcome to College” presentation by Dr. Will Keim, award-winning national speaker and humorist, at Clara Thompson Hall. Keim is a regular at this event and gave a memorable commencement speech at Drury in May.
- 7 p.m. – Hard CORE challenge at Sunderland Field. Each CORE class competes in fun competitive activities.
- 8:15 p.m. – Campus Safety Orientation at Clara Thompson Hall.
Sunday, Aug. 16
- Noon – Student Activities Fair at Findlay Student Center.
- 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. 17
- 10 a.m. to noon – More than 20 Community Service Plunge projects at various locations across Springfield, including:
- Food packaging and shoe sorting at Convoy of Hope
- Sorting and packaging food donations at Ozarks Food Harvest
- Turning over crops at Urban Roots Farm
- Painting, indoor/outdoor maintenance and cleaning at Harmony House
- Gardening, cleaning, organizing and building maintenance at Rare Breed
- 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. 17. Students in the traditional Day School will begin classes on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Director of Media Relations. Office: (417) 873-7390; mobile: (417) 894-9064; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.