Student Veterans of America

Drury & Student Veterans of America to hold Veterans Day ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 8, 2017 — Drury University and the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America will hold a public Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Plaster Gallery in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

U.S. Air Force veteran Colonel Anthony W. Willis will appear as guest speaker for the event. Willis is a 1988 graduate of the Air Force Academy with an over 20-year career of service. He most recently served as Command Senior Intelligence Officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he was responsible for the command’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations.

University Chaplain Dr. Peter Browning will offer the invocation and Emma Velasquez, president of the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. There will also be several musical performances by the Springfield Symphony Brass Quintet.

Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony. Visitor parking is available in Lot 7 on Summit Avenue, just north of Harrison Stadium. For more information, call, (417) 873-6908.

Drury’s tradition of serving those who have served our country dates back to the days following World War II, when buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. The Veterans Day ceremony caps off a series of events honoring veterans this summer and fall, including the Veteran’s Views exhibit in partnership with the Springfield Art Museum, which runs through Nov. 26.

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Media Contact: Mike Barnes – Drury SVA chapter advisor: (417) 873-6369 or mbarnes007@drury.edu.

Drury & Student Veterans of America to hold Veterans Day ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 6, 2014 — Drury University and the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America will hold a public Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. The event will be held inside the OFEC in case of inclement weather.

The featured speaker will be Bryce Lockwood, Senior Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Lockwood is a retired U.S. Marine and survivor of the attack on the USS Liberty during the Six Day War of 1967. The ceremony will include a presentation of the colors by the Ozark High School ROTC Color Guard and patriotic music performed by the Bear Brass 135th Army Band and the Drury Chamber Choir.

Lockwood will present a proclamation designating Drury University an official supporter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. This symbolic designation embodies Drury’s long tradition of serving those who have served our country. In the days after World War II, buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s 11 branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood.

The commitment continues today. Earlier this fall, Drury was named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media and was ranked No. 3 in the Midwest on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges for Veterans” list. These independent rankings affirm Drury’s commitment to supporting higher education opportunities for active duty and veteran service members. Drury supports federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members apply for, pay for and complete their degrees and has designated staff in Springfield and at branch locations to help coordinate these services.

Media contact: Kristy Nelson, Director of Marketing – College of Continuing Professional Studies at (417) 873-7317 or knelson008@drury.edu.

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Drury named a “Military Friendly School” for fourth straight year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 23, 2014 — For the fourth year in a row, Victory Media has recognized Drury University as a Military Friendly School. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and their spouses as students.

“Earning the 2014-2015 Military Friendly Schools designation puts Drury University in the top 20 percent of all eligible schools approved for G.I. Bill funding, and it tells prospective military students that Drury is pre-vetted with leading programs and policies to support military students,” says Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media, adjudicator of Military Friendly ratings and publisher of G.I. Jobs.

The Military Friendly Schools website (www.militaryfriendly.com) features interactive lists and search tools to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. Those selected by Victory Media exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

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Drury has a long tradition of serving those who have served our country. In the days after World War II, buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s 11 branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood.

“Being in the service can give a person the feelings of a fast-paced and stressful environment,” says Katelyn Vernon, president of the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America. “But the thought of changing your path in life and returning to school is almost more stressful. Luckily, Drury is there with you every step of the way. The staff is knowledgeable of all the requirements from the Veterans Administration, which ensures everything is processed quickly and smoothly. I am proud that I had the opportunity to attend Drury and was able to share and influence other students with my experiences in the service.”

Victory Media’s annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools will be distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel.

For more information on how Drury helps veterans find academic and career success, go to www.drury.edu/military.

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Student veterans group challenges DU community to military fitness test

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 25, 2014 — The newly formed Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA) is holding its first fundraising event Saturday morning. SVA is challenging Drury students, faculty and staff to pass a military physical fitness test.

The event will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 26, at Sunderland Field. The field is located just south of the Sunderland Residence Hall and is adjacent to Benton Avenue. Media are invited to cover the event. The challenge includes two minutes each of timed push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups or flexed-arm hang, plus a two-mile run.

Money from entry fees and donations will benefit the Home at Last program, which assists homeless veterans in Springfield. Home at Last is a new program funded by a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Drury’s SVA chapter was founded earlier this academic year under the leadership of student veterans on campus. In September, Drury was named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media. The designation puts Drury in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and their spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The Military Friendly designation is another example of Drury’s deep and continuing commitment to meeting the educational goals of military students.

For more information about the physical fitness challenge or SVA, contact SVA president-elect Katelyn Vernon, at (817) 694-4461 or kvernon@drury.edu.

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