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University Recognizes Staff Members for Years of Service, Dedication

Drury University recently recognized 14 staff members for milestone service anniversaries and dedication to the university. In addition, the annual Distinguished Staff Service Award was given to Jennifer Kirtlink, Benefits Manager with the university’s Human Resources Department. Faculty members are recognized for service anniversaries in the spring, at the end of each academic year. Photos of the following staff members are available upon request. 

10 Years

     Emily Buckmaster Assistant Director – Career Planning & Development

     Kathy Jester Department Secretary – Behavioral Science

     Virginia Mee Director of Faculty Services – College of Continuing Professional Studies

     Charlotte Rippee Custodian

     Val Serafimov Director – Information Systems

15 Years

     Martha Barker Office Coordinator – Safety & Security

     Bryan Beatty Assistant Athletic Director – Compliance & Eligibility

     Jan Cooper Coordinator – Loan Processing

     Valerie Rains Director – Bookstore

     Ann San Paolo Department Secretary – Communication

20 Years

     Judy Burchfield Accounts Receivable/Student Financial Services Advisor

     Rick Wallen Tech Support Manager – Branch Campuses

30 Years

     Don Ameye Director of Publications & Creative Services

     Chip Parker Director of Retention

2013 Distinguished Staff Award Jennifer Kirtlink, Benefits Manager

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Drury staff member to serve on executive conference board

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 4, 2011 — Drury University staff member, Andrea Battaglia, has been named the Coordinator of Educational Programs for The Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV).

Battaglia, the current director of Greek life and student involvement at Drury, will play an integral role in the planning of the AFLV national conference.  She will coordinate and develop a series of educational programs for over 3000 undergraduate leaders representing 300 universities, in addition to working closely with faculty at the conference.

The Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) is a non-profit organization, which exists to stimulate the growth and development of fraternity/sorority council and chapter leaders.  The organization strives to promote experiences and resources which foster leadership, education and values for student leaders, their advisors, and the larger fraternal market.

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Kappa Delta Sorority awards “Confidence U” grant to Drury staff member

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 27, 2011 Drury’s Director of Greek Life and Student Involvement, Andrea Battaglia, was selected by Kappa Delta Sorority to receive its $1,000 individual Confidence U grant.

The grant, which is an extension of the sorority’s Confidence Coaliton, will be used to host a mini-conference for college and high school women, as well as create an art display in the Drury Panhellenic building highlighting sorority women of the past and present who inspire confidence. The individual Confidence U award was designed to acknowledge a Panhellenic representative, Greek advisor or university leader who is making a strong and visible difference in the lives of women on his or her campus.

Andrea Battaglia

“Kappa Delta’s Confidence Coalition continues to provide women with the resources to realize their true potential,” Battaglia said.  “Drury University is excited to partner with the Confidence Coalition to inspire confidence in our sorority women and enable them to do the same for others through our creative programs such as the Confidence [D]U mini-conference.”

“We are proud to honor Andrea with the Confidence U award and support the important work she does to instill confidence in women on the Drury campus,” said Beth Langford, Kappa Delta Sorority National President.

Battaglia holds a degree in chemistry and advertising from Drury University and has served her alma mater since 2005 supporting 11 Greek organizations and more than 90 campus organizations as Director of Greek Life and Student Involvement.

The Confidence U grants are awarded annually. For more information on the Confidence Coalition or grants, visit www.confidencecoalition.org or contact Bria Bolton at 901.748.1897, ext. 208.

Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women with over 210,000 members, 212 chartered collegiate chapters and 516 chartered alumnae chapters nationwide. In 2009, the sorority created the Confidence Coalition, an alliance of organizations and companies committed to promoting confidence in girls and women. For more information, visit www.kappadelta.org.

Media Contact:
Heidi Roy
Office: (901) 748-1897, ext. 216
E-mail
: dircomm@kappadelta.org

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Registrar recognized as Distinguished Staff Member

NEWS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 20, 2010 — Drury Registrar Gale Boutwell has been named Drury University’s Distinguished Staff Member of the Year for 2010. The Distinguished Staff Award recognizes a staff member who:

• Enhances the quality of work-life.

• Provides outstanding and ongoing excellence in services.

Gale Boutwell

• Develops creative solutions that result in more effective and efficient operations.

Boutwell has been a fixture at Drury University since 1972. She took on the role of registrar in 1978. Drury leaders and administrators often seek Boutwell’s advice and opinion. One nominator wrote of Boutwell, “Gale often saves us from ourselves.” Another wrote, “Gale is the keeper of histories and the inventor of futures.”

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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.

Drury hires a Director of Assessment and Instructional Design

For Immediate Release: October 5

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 5, 2010 — Dr. Laura Plybon is the new Director of Assessment and Instructional Design at Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS). Plybon will lead an academic assessment program for CGCS to enhance the scholarship of teaching and learning. In addition, she will provide direction, design and development for evaluation of instructional programs, learning and academic services.

Plybon recently moved to Springfield from Indianapolis, where she was the National Director of Research for Girls Inc., a nonprofit with affiliate sites in the United States and Canada. Her higher education experience includes working as an assistant professor of psychology at Bethel University in Tennessee. Plybon has also worked as an adjunct instructor at numerous universities, including the University of Richmond.

Media Contact:
Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations
Office: (417) 873-7390
Mobile: (417) 839-2886
E-mail: markmiller@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.

Drury University names a new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

For Immediate Release: September 22

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 22, 2010 —Jann Holland is the new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications (formerly University Communications) at Drury University. Holland replaces Bill Noblitt who left to pursue other opportunities.

Holland is a Springfield native and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She has worked for Noble and Associates–a locally based advertising agency. Holland and her husband, Russ, own Sugar Design Studios, where she conducted strategic marketing planning for several local educational institutions and companies.

“Jann is a pro who brings years of experience to Drury. Her background in strategic marketing will help the university position itself in an increasingly competitive higher education environment,” says Todd Parnell, Drury president.

Holland started at Drury on September 15.

Contact:
Scotti Siebert
Director of Human Resources
Office: (417) 873-7854
E-mail: ssiebert@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.