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Health & social entrepreneur Mark Arnoldy speaks at Drury on March 6

Drury University’s 2013-2014 Theme Year series, The Morality of Wellness: Why Good Health is Everyone’s Responsibility, will resume this week with guest speaker Mark Arnoldy, executive director of Nyaya Health. Nyaya Health works to deliver transparent, data-driven health care for Nepal’s rural poor.

Arnoldy will speak at 11 a.m., Thursday, Mar. 6 in Clara Thompson Hall. His presentation is entitled, “Creating Health for the World’s Poorest.”

Arnoldy became passionate about building health systems for the world’s poorest after his first trip to Nepal, where he suffered from a severe allergic reaction and did not have access to adequate care. A lack of health care is a reality for millions of Nepalis. Nyaya Health is committed to providing health care systems for Nepalis where they can receive high-quality and responsive care. Today, the organization has treated more than 101,000 patients, employs over 155 Nepali employees, and has received more than $1 million dollars of investment. Arnoldy also advised the creation of two blended value businesses in the United States that fund programs in Nepal — Nut-rients Foundation and Springfield-based 5 Pound Apparel.

Arnoldy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, completed Harvard’s Global Health Effectiveness Program, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal. He is also a 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.

Drury’s Theme Year series of speakers and events explores the moral obligation to be a well citizen and the economic impact of lifestyle choices. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit http://www.drury.edu/moralityofwellness.

Drury’s spring graduation ceremonies are Saturday, May 12

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 7, 2012 —Drury University’s spring commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 12 in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. 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.

57 graduate students will join 357 undergraduates in the CGCS graduation. The Day School will confer degrees to 255 undergraduates.

Dr. Nancy Hensel

The president of The New American Colleges and Universities (NACU), Dr. Nancy Hensel, is the commencement speaker for both graduations.

Dr. Hensel became the first president of The New American Colleges and Universities on November 15, 2011. NACU is a consortium of 19 independent colleges and universities that blend liberal learning, professional studies and civic engagement. Prior to accepting the post at NACU, Hensel served as chief executive officer of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Washington D.C. for seven years.

Besides running those two national organizations, Dr. Hensel has also served as the president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, held the positions of provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Maine at Farmington, and was the department chair and professor of education at the University of Redlands in California.

“Dr. Hensel has a remarkable breadth of experience in American higher education. As a former faculty member, university president, head of the Council for Undergraduate Research and now, as President of the New American Colleges, she has been at the forefront of the national movement toward deeper and more engaged student learning practices. In that sense, she mirrors Drury’s most fundamental commitments, making her the ideal person to address our graduates,” said Dr. Charles Taylor, vice president for academic affairs at Drury.

Hensel holds a doctorate degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia, masters’ degrees in theater and early childhood education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater also from San Francisco State.

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

Graduation contacts:

For the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies:
Courtney Allen, (417) 873-7872, callen@drury.edu

For the traditional Day School:
Cindy Jones, (417) 873-7466, cjones@drury.edu

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Professor’s research comes from the aqueducts of Rome to the faucets at Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 26, 2011 — Katherine Rinne, a professor at the California College of the Arts, will speak on Oct. 28 in the Hammons School of Architecture multi-purpose room at 1 p.m. Her speech, Pluming Rome, is a part of Drury University’s Architecture Lecture Series 2011-12. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Rinne will present her research examining the 3,000-year history of water infrastructure and the development of Rome. She has received many awards from the National Gallery of Art and the National Science Foundation. Her book, The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains and the Birth of the Baroque City, was awarded the 2011 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Award for Landscape History.

Aside from her research and book, Rinne is also the project director for “Aquae Urbis Romae: The Waters of the City of Rome,” a web-based research project published by the University of Virginia.

For more information about the project, visit the website at: http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/waters/

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Renowned architect to discuss green building at Drury on Friday, Sept. 16

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 13, 2011 — Author and architect, John Quale, will discuss the importance of the environment and architecture on Friday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Hammons School of Architecture Multi-Purpose Room at Drury University.  This event is free and open to the public.

An associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia, Quale is credited with starting the ecoMOD project. This interdisciplinary research and design initiative began with the goal of providing affordable housing that is sustainable and composed from prefabricated pieces. Since its creation, the project has built six affordable housing units, renovated three housing units and is currently planning for four new units. EcoMOD has received national recognition, including awards from the US Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

John Quale has been a Fulbright Scholar in Japan and has also been the Thomas Jefferson Fellow at Cambridge. He is the author of Trojan Goat: A Self Sufficient House and his latest book, Sustainable, Affordable, Prefab: the ecoMOD Project is set to be published this year.

Media Contact:
Karen Cordes Spence
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Office: (417) 873-7409
E-mail: kspence@drury.edu

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Drury professor pens op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Dan PonderDr. Dan Ponder, associate professor of political science at Drury, authored an opinion-editorial that appeared in the Oct. 26 issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This is his second op-ed to appear in the Post-Dispatch in the last three months.

Here is a link to Ponder’s piece: “Handicapping the election — old-school style”

Here is the full text of Ponder’s article:

Democrats are in big trouble this November, but not entirely because midterm elections inevitably are a referendum on the president’s record. Republicans, especially in Missouri, will fare well in the midterm elections for other reasons.

With only three exceptions since 1862, the presidential party has lost House seats in the midterm elections. Even if we ignore Grover Cleveland’s massive 116-seat loss in 1894, the average loss is more than 30 seats in the House. The Senate is a bit easier for the presidential party, but even there the average loss is three seats.

It’s unclear why this happens. But we do know that a more likely cause for the loss than serving as a referendum on the president is the fact that when a party picks up a lot of seats in the last election cycle or two, they are likely to lose a lot of those seats in the post-presidential victory midterm elections.

The Democrats won 52 new seats in the last two cycles, many of them in conservative districts. These seats are hard to defend in a “normal” year.

It is probable that Americans will be guided by national conditions when they vote next Tuesday. Presidents with approval ratings below 50 percent in the month before the midterm averaged a 38-seat loss, just one shy of the number the Republicans need to make John Boehner of Ohio the Speaker of the House. Obama’s approval rating is 47 percent.

Here in Missouri, however, the referendum hypothesis does not extend to Missouri’s race for the U.S. Senate between U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Springfield, and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat. Rather, this race turns on textbook geography, math and logic.

Greene County, the third most populous voting region in the state, is Blunt’s stomping ground and is heavily Republican. Most Democrats lose in Greene County.

Blunt will draw a large voter turnout in Greene County, and simple math tells us that since the county is conservative, Democrats can win statewide only if they minimize the margin by which they lose in Greene. Sen. Claire McCaskill ran for governor in 2004 and lost. She ran for senator in 2006 and won. Both times the outcome was driven by whether she minimized her losses in Greene County.

So the Democratic strategy is to run up the score in strongholds in St. Louis city, St. Louis County and Kansas City, and minimize their losses in Greene, giving them a fighting chance. But when a Blunt is on the ballot, that’s difficult to do.

The referendum hypothesis in Missouri also defies logic. Barack Obama lost Missouri to John McCain in 2008. Moreover, retiring Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, a Republican, has held that seat since 1987. Polls predict that a Carnahan victory is increasingly unlikely, so if she were to win, that really would be an interesting story.

Missourians are faced with the prospect of sending Blunt, a Missouri political mainstay and part of the House Republican leadership for many years, or Robin Carnahan, member of a Missouri family political dynasty, to Washington, D.C.

Additionally, if Blunt wins, Missouri will continue to be one of about a quarter of all states that have ‘split delegations,” meaning they send one Democrat and one Republican to the Senate. That number is even higher if you count Vermont and Connecticut, each of which has elected an independent.

There are other places where the presidential referendum or “test” theories might play out more plausibly, such as West Virginia, Illinois, California or Wisconsin. Missouri’s race, important and coveted by both parties, just is not as interesting this year as others around the country.

Daniel Ponder is associate professor of political science at Drury University in Springfield, Mo., and author of “Good Advice: Information and Policy Making in the White House.”

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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.

Convoy of Hope director to speak at Drury about the organization’s inspiration

For Immediate Release: October 12

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 12, 2010 — Ron Showers, U.S Outreach Director for Convoy of Hope, will share with Drury students and faculty the driving passion behind the organization on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Small in its beginnings, Convoy of Hope has grown to serve over 35 million people in more than 100 countries. Convoy’s founder, Hal Donaldson, grew up in a home that experienced the effects of poverty first hand. As an adult, Hal felt the call to bring hope to the broken and suffering around the world.

Convoy of Hope has learned lessons from the past that continue to empower reaching out even more in the future. The audience will find out what inspired this organization to become one of the leaders in compassion ministry around the world, and what keeps it focused on the future.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit http://www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

Media Contact:
Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482
E-mail: wgarvin@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.

Musical portrays the lives of three influential Latin American women

For Immediate Release: September 27

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sep. 27, 2010 —The Core Ensemble will present a musical depicting the story of three historic Latin American females on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Tres Vidas is a chamber music and theatre production presented by international touring group the Core Ensemble, which is comprised of an actress, a pianist, a cellist and a percussionist. The original performance is based on the lives of three famous Latin American women: Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya, and Alfonsina Storni. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Languages.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

Media Contact:
Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482
E-mail: wgarvin@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.

Historian to discuss integration of black officers into the U. S. Navy

For Immediate Release: September 22

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sep. 22, 2010 —Paul Stillwell will recount his research on the Golden Thirteen, the first black officers to serve in the Navy, on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. in Stone Chapel at Drury University.

Stillwell, Drury class of 1966, grew up on and near the Drury campus. During that time, he and his brother Mark absorbed values and inspiration from their father Carl, who was part of the college’s administration for 25 years. In particular their dad, who was also a minister, preached and practiced the tenets of racial tolerance and understanding.

In 1944, the U.S. Navy commissioned the first black officers in its history—pioneers who came to be known as the Golden Thirteen. In the 1980s, drawing on his dad’s example, Stillwell did oral history interviews with the eight members of the original 13 who were still living. He compiled their stories into the book The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers, which preserves a significant slice of history that would otherwise have been lost.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

Media Contact:
Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482
E-mail: wgarvin@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.

Acclaimed author and speaker to discuss learning disabilities at Drury

For Immediate Release: September 16

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 16, 2010 — Drury University will host the Developing Successful Youth (DSY) conference on Sept. 24 in Clara Thompson Hall from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Author and speaker Rick Lavoie will present a talk titled, “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success.”

According to Lavoie, students with learning disabilities often fail due to a lack of social skills not academic skills. In this seminar, Lavoie will discuss the impact of social incompetence in a child’s daily life, the use of social skill “autopsies” to improve social interaction, a review of the history of learning disabilities, and how current approaches can be improved.

This daylong conference will appeal to educators, as well as parents of children with learning disabilities, Asperger’s syndrome and autism. The registration fee is $150, but there is a discounted rate for groups of 10 or more. Students may attend for $35. For additional information, contact Dr. Jayne White at (417) 873-7260 or visit the website at www.drury.edu/dsy.

Contact:
Dr. Jayne White
Professor of Education
Office: (417) 873-7260
E-mail: jwhite@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.

Native American artist and poet to speak at Drury University

For Immediate Release: September 8

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 8, 2010 —Ramson Lomatewama will explore the value of several traditions and practices unique to the Hopi on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Lomatewama is not only a teacher and poet from Hoatvela, Ariz., but he is also an exceptional artist. Using traditional materials and techniques, such as obsidian tools and natural pigments as paints, Lomatewama creates unique and beautiful artwork. Lomatewama uses a variety of skills as a successful jeweler, a traditional style Katsina doll carver, a stained glass artist and a self-taught glass blower to create his art. Lomatewama is currently working on an assortment of jewelry depicting the split twig animals found in the caves of the Grand Canyon and petroglyph figures of significance to the Hopi people.

Lomatewama’s talk is cosponsored by Drury’s Diversity Center.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

Media Contact:
Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482
E-mail: wgarvin@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.