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Paleontology and pop culture combine as Drury alumnus speaks in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 24, 2015 — Paleontologist Jack Conrad of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) will present a lecture titled “Dinosaurs in Cinema: Facts and Fallacies” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 28. The discussion will take place in Springfield at the Missouri Institute of Natural Science, at 2327 W. Farm Road 190. The event is free and open to the public.

Conrad will address topics as basic as what a dinosaur is and as complex as endothermy (metabolic regulation of temperature). Included in the discussion will be dinosaur sizes, feathered dinosaurs, and how we know what we know about the lives of dinosaurs.

Conrad was born and raised in Hurley, Missouri, and graduated with a degree in biology from Drury University in 1999. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has traveled the world in a quest for fossil specimens and has been on expeditions in climates varying from the Sahara Desert to the Arctic Circle. He has searched for fossil mammals in the Andes of Bolivia and for ancient crocodile fossils in Kenya, and has, with his colleagues, named seven new fossil reptile species with research pending on five others. He currently works in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at AMNH and in the Department of Anatomy at New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Missouri Institute of Natural Science is the non-profit organization that manages Riverbluff Cave in Greene County. Riverbluff Cave was discovered accidentally on September 11, 2001, while blasting for a new road. The cave was announced to the public in April of 2002. Inside are fossils and other findings which have been dated at approximately Pleistocene in age, the time period that spanned from 1.8 million to 11,000 years ago.

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Architecture symposium highlights the role of design in small towns

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 6, 2015 — The Hammons School of Architecture will host a symposium titled “Design in the Middle: Making Place in the American Small Town” from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 10 in the HSA Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will investigate the role of design in shaping public life and giving identity to smaller towns in the American landscape. In such locations, creative and critical architecture challenges the widely held view that design serves merely as aesthetic gloss or a budgetary luxury. Award-winning architects from around the region will present significant projects executed by their firms, which will serve as a starting point for a roundtable discussion.

The speakers include Marlon Blackwell of Marlon Blackwell Architects in Fayetteville, Ark.; Jeffery Day of Min Day in Omaha, Neb., and San Francisco; David Dowell of el dorado in Kansas City; Steve McDowell of BNIM in Kansas City and Drury alumnus Andrew Wells of Dake Wells Architecture in Springfield.

The symposium is part of the HSA 2014-2015 Lecture Series “Locating Design,” which explores the practice of critically engaging physical sites through the act of design.

For more information about the Hammons School of Architecture, visit drury.edu/architecture.

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Media Contact: Dr. Saundra Weddle, Professor of Architecture, “Locating Design” lecture series chair; Office: (417) 873-7437 or email: sweddle@drury.edu.

Expert on ‘moral injury’ to speak about work with veterans on March 31

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Mar. 13, 2015 — Drury University will host the Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, an internationally recognized expert on the emerging study of moral injury as a result of combat, for a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31 in Clara Thompson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Brock is a research professor of theology and culture at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.

Brock will address the suffering of many veterans of war who still deal with the psychological and physical pain of their experiences in battle. She describes moral injury as “a complex wound of the soul,” resulting from empathy and self-reflection on values in the wake of morally ambiguous, extreme conditions. Brock uses the term “soul repair” as a way to describe the process of recovery from moral injury. She is the co-founder and director of the Soul Repair Center the Brite School.

The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

“The Drury School of Religion is pleased to offer Drury and the Springfield area the opportunity to hear Dr. Nakashima Brock talk about her work with veterans seeking to recover from the trauma of war,” said Dr. Peter Browning, professor of religion and chaplain at Drury. “We hope this lecture will be beneficial not only to our own student veterans but to veterans and those who care about them throughout the Ozarks.”

Dr. Brock’s ministry to veterans fits well with Drury’s own commitment to military members and their families, which dates back to the days after World War II, when buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood. For the past four years in a row, Victory Media has recognized Drury as a “Military Friendly School.”

Brock was a professor for 18 years before becoming director of a think tank for distinguished scholars at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. From 2001-2002, she was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life.

Today, she is an internationally distinguished lecturer and award-winning author, with published works including: “Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire,” co-authored with Rebecca Parker, and “Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War,” co-authored with Gabriella Lettini.

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Co-founder of experimental design firm will speak at Hammons School of Architecture Feb. 27

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 20, 2015 — The Hammons School of Architecture will host a guest lecture by Lola Sheppard, a co-founder of Lateral Office at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27.

Lateral Office, founded in Toronto in 2003, is an experimental design firm that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape and urbanism. The studio describes its practice process as a commitment to “design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment. Its work has been exhibited in numerous venues across the United States, Canada and Europe.

The lecture is part of the HSA 2014-2015 Lecture Series “Locating Design,” which explores the practice of critically engaging physical sites through the act of design.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Hammons School of Architecture, visit drury.edu/architecture.

Media Contact: Jayon You, assistant professor of architecture – (417) 873-7351 or jyou@drury.edu.

 

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Drury awards degrees to more than 300 graduates at winter commencement

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 13, 2014 — Drury University awarded degrees to 339 graduates at its winter commencement ceremonies today. There were 302 undergraduate degrees and 32 graduate degrees conferred by both the traditional Day School the College of Continuing Professional Studies. Some students earned multiple degrees.

Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent of Springfield Public Schools, was the keynote speaker. A native of Lamar, Jungmann began his tenure at SPS in July following stints as superintendent for Liberty Public Schools and the Monett R-1 School District.

Jungmann urged the class of 2014 to innovate, give back and live life to its fullest. Innovation has always driven the economy and provides opportunities for creative thinkers to lead, he told the graduates, while giving is a matter of responsibility and repaying the gifts they’ve received.

Dr. John Jungmann speaks to the Drury Class of 2014.

Dr. John Jungmann speaks to the Drury Class of 2014.

“I can safely predict that each of you didn’t get here today on your own,” Jungmann said. “A friend, teacher, mentor or parent gave their dollars, time, words of encouragement or maybe even just a pat on the back. It’s critical that you pay this forward. Giving is contagious.”

Finally, Jungmann asked today’s graduates to act, rather than simply observe, as they move into the next phase of their lives.

“We need graduates willing to get out and live a life of engagement. Our country cannot afford to have citizens who live a life of apathy,” he said. “Get out and live a life of purpose and passion that impacts our world.”

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Founders of Freecell Architecture will speak at Drury Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 12, 2014 —The Hammons School of Architecture’s 2014-2015 Lecture Series continues at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 at in the HSA auditorium with a lecture by Lauren Crahan and John Hartmann of Freecell Architecture of New York.

In 1999, Crahan and Hartmann founded Freecell, a design and fabrication studio for furniture and exhibition design based in Brooklyn. Their work has been displayed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and in New York City at the Henry Urbach Architecture Gallery, Artists Space, the Van Alen Institute and the Architectural League of New York.

Crahan and Hartmann will speak as part of the HSA “Locating Design” series, which explores the practice of critically engaging sites through the act of design.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Hammons School of Architecture, visit drury.edu/architecture.

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From Trash to Treasure: panel will highlight economic value of waste

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2014 — The 5th Annual Ecopreneurship Panel will be held at Drury on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Co-sponsored by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and the Environmental Sciences Department at Drury, the annual event spotlights trends in the job market and global community. This year’s theme is “From Trash to Treasure” and features speakers Dr. Don Rollins and Luke Westerman. The two entrepreneurs will describe joining the green economy with businesses that use waste to create value.

The program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29, at Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center. The Center is located on Drury Lane just north of Chestnut Expressway. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available.

Registration is FREE for Drury students, and $15 for the public. Register by email at tammy@drury.edu, or call (417) 873-6357 for more information.

About the panelists

Dr. Don Rollins’ career as a veterinarian began in Mountain Grove. He relocated to Springfield in 1976 and assumed the position of Technical Veterinary Advisor to the milk marketing cooperative Mid-American Dairymen, Inc. From 1995 to 2009, he owned and operated Animal Health and Nutrition Services, LLC, providing large dairies and feedlots with field research and the development of value-added products using recovered resources from manufacturing byproducts and food processing plants. He retired in 2009. Dr. Rollins is a member of Drury’s Breech School of Business Administration Advisory Board.

Luke Westerman is the co-owner and general manager of Computer Recycling Center in Springfield. The Center is committed to providing a secure, responsible way for businesses and individuals to dispose of and recycle their unwanted electronic devices, appliances and universal waste. Luke and his team have improved the processes and expanded services at Computer Recycling Center, where 99 percent of the materials brought in are recycled. Luke earned a BA in Physics and an MBA from Drury University. He worked at Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. in a variety of positions, eventually becoming Director of Quality Assurance. Luke is active in the Springfield community, serving on the United Way, Rotary and other boards of directors.

Media Contact: Dr. Kelley Still, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, (417) 873-7458 or kstill@drury.edu.

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Humanities & Ethics Center presents #humgoespop this fall

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 19, 2014 — Drury University’s Humanities & Ethics Center has announced its fall calendar of events, including a book series, a film series in conjunction with the Moxie Cinema, and a speaker series. All activities are open to the public.

The theme for the upcoming year is #humgoespop or “Humanities Goes Pop,” which seeks to highlight how popular culture explores the study of human culture.

Now in its second year, the Humanities & Ethics Center hopes to engage students and local residents by promoting open discussions about various humanistic ideas and values. The Center’s innovative outreach efforts are in part a response to misperceptions about the field in light of a national focus on science, technology and business education during tough economic times. Discussions about values and ethics in many ways become even more essential during such times, say faculty.

“The Humanities are not mere ‘ivory tower’ issues, but the central questions of morality, memory, existence and character that ordinary people grapple with every day,” says Dr. Richard Schur, professor of English at Drury. “Attending the Center’s events makes humanities inquiry come alive and helps us understand how historical, religious, philosophical, and literary debates affect us in our everyday lives.”

“Humanities Goes Pop” Fall 2014 event calendar

Sept. 23, noon – Book Discussion Series – Harwood Reading Room, Olin Library

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” by Burt Royal

Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. – Humanities Night at the Theatre – Wilhoit Theater

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”

Discussion of the play led by Dr. Peter Meidlinger (English) and Madison Spencer (Theater)

Oct. 25, 1 p.m. – Moxie Film Series – Moxie Cinema

“On The Waterfront”

Dr. Kevin Henderson (English) will lead a discussion following the film

Oct. 28, noon – Book Discussion Series – Harwood Reading Room, Olin Library

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen

Nov. 6, 11 a.m. – Thinking Aloud Series – Olin Room, Olin Library

Dr. Patrick Moser, “Research in the Classroom”

Nov. 8, 1 p.m. – Moxie Film Series – Moxie Cinema

“The Spirit of the Beehive”

Dr. Heidi Backes (Spanish) will lead a discussion following the film.

Nov. 15, 1 p.m. – Moxie Film Series – Moxie Cinema

“Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”

Dr. Peter Meidlinger (English) and Jess Heugel will lead a discussion following the film

Academic programs under Drury’s humanities division include communication, English, history, languages, library science and philosophy & religion. For more information about the Humanities at Drury or upcoming events, visit the division’s web page, read the “Human, All Too Human” blog, or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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American Bar Association past president and 1969 Drury alumnus to speak

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 11, 2014 —One of the country’s top lawyers will return to his alma mater next week to help celebrate the American government’s foundational document.

James Silkenat, a 1969 Drury graduate and immediate past president of the American Bar Association, will help the campus observe Constitution Day. He will speak at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Lay Hall Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Drury, the Springfield Bar Association and Drury’s pre-law society, Phi Alpha Delta.

Constitution Day is Sept. 17, marking the day the landmark document forming the basis of American government was ratified in 1787. Federal law requires educational institutions receiving federal funds to hold an observation of Constitution Day each year.

“Mr. Silkenat’s impressive and diverse background exemplifies the best of a liberal arts education such as that offered by Drury,” says Dr. Dan Ponder, professor of political science at Drury.

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Silkenat is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute, has served as a Fellow in the U.S. State Department Scholar/Diplomat Program and was a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His career has focused primarily on rule of law, civil rights and international law. During his tenure as president of the ABA, Silkenat focused on access to justice, immigration, jobs for lawyers, court funding, voting rights and gun violence issues.

The following day, Ponder will give a talk comparing the two main ways the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the Constitution: original intent versus the concept of a living, evolving document. The talk will be held at noon on Sept. 17 at Findlay Student Center.

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Founder of Living Lands & Waters will speak at Drury on April 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Apr. 28, 2014 — Drury will host Chad Pregracke, the President and Founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), at 6 p.m. tonight in Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center.

LL&W is the world’s only “industrial strength” not-for-profit river cleanup organization. Pregracke formed the organization at age 23 after spending his life growing up and working on the Mississippi River. Over the last 16 years, the organization and its volunteers have removed over 7 million pounds of garbage out of the United States’ rivers.

LL&W has also broadened its mission to include a MillionTrees project and an Adopt-A-River Mile Project, as well as a floating classroom aboard a barge that Pregracke and his crew live on 7 months of the year.  Its goal is to teach students, educators and individual citizens about the value of rivers and natural resources. Pregracke was recently named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year.

His presentation, “Helping to Clean America’s Rivers: From the Bottom Up,” will discuss his life growing up on the Mississippi and how his experiences led to a career in conservation. This event is free and open to the public, and is part of Drury’s 2014 Earth Day.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Wendy Anderson at wanderso@drury.edu.

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