Drury to host Flag Day ceremony Thursday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 10, 2015 — Drury University will host a Flag Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The local chapters of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution will join Drury for this celebration of our nation’s colors. Sons of the American Revolution member J. Howard Fisk will present a special recognition from that group, and members of the Daughters of the American Revolution will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem. Aaron Jones, Dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies, will also give remarks. Cake and refreshments will be available following the ceremony.

Officially celebrated on June 14, National Flag Day was established by Congress in 1949 to commemorate the day the flag of the United States was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

Drury’s tradition of serving those who have served our country dates to the days following World War II, when 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, as Drury has been 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. Drury is also a supporter school of the Order of the Purple Heart. Drury supports federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members apply for, pay for and complete their degrees and has designated staff to help coordinate these services.


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.


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


Drury ranks 3rd in the Midwest among Best Regional Colleges for Veterans

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 5, 2013 – Drury University is ranked 3rd among Best Regional Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings can be viewed at Best Colleges for Veterans.

U.S. News & World Report established the rankings to help veterans pursue a college education under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Schools reported on their veteran benefits as part of the broader survey and data collection of undergraduate schools by U.S. News during spring 2013. In total, there are 234 ranked schools. Drury is the highest ranked university in Missouri.

“I wasn’t surprised to hear that Drury ranked high,” said Army Veteran and Drury student, Brent Wilkinson.  “I can’t give the staff at Drury enough kudos – the knowledge they have is incredible. Tammie (Drury advisor) has helped so many veterans come into the school and she made surethat everything I did was in line with the VA (Veteran’s Affairs).”

Earlier this year, Drury was ranked 8th among Midwest Regional Universities in the publication U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014.


Drury to commemorate Veteran’s Day Celebration

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 7, 2013 — On Monday, Nov. 11, Drury University will honor veterans with a celebration on campus at 11 a.m. at the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.  This event is free and open to the public.

The celebration is organized by the newly founded student organization, Drury Student Veterans of America (SVA).  Dr. Peter Browning, Dr. David Manuel, TSgt Brad Ray, and OSI Randy Snodgrass will speak at the event.  The ceremony will also include a flag presentation by the Ozark High School junior ROTC, and music by both the Drury Chamber Choir and the 135th Army Band.

Dr. Allin Sorenson, director of the Drury Chamber Choir, has been involved with the celebrationalmost every year that it has been observed at the university.  Sorenson said, “It reminds people of the importance of the day and how we feel about America.  It’s usually a very moving event with several current military members and veterans present…It always makes me proud that, in some small way, we can honor who they are and what they stand for.”

Tammy Nilsen, co-advisor of the Drury SVA group, said, “It can be easy to forget that so many people have family or friends in the military, so this celebration is a great time to celebrate those who’ve fought or are still fighting for the freedoms we enjoy.”

For more information about this event, contact Tammy Nilsen at (417) 873-7215 or email


Drury is named a Military Friendly School for 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 10, 2013 — Drury University has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors 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.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Drury University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

For example, Drury recognizes the skills and education that members of the military receive through various training programs. Students may submit their military transcripts to Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies where an individual can earn up to 31 hours of transfer credit based on military training and classes.

“Drury has exceeded all of my expectations in everything from helping me with my GI Bill, to providing flexibility so that I can continue to satisfy my military obligations as a reservist,” said Bradley Ray, an Air Force veteran, reservist and fifth year accounting student. “Drills, annual tours, deployments; Drury is more than willing to work with veterans to ensure both their education and service needs are met.”

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

Media Contact: Kristy Nelson, M.A., Director of Marketing for Drury CCPS, Office: (417) 873-7868, Mobile: (417) 380-9803, Email:


Disabled veterans get free photos from Drury students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 10, 2011 —The Department of Art & Art History and Photography Studies are providing free family portraits for Disabled American Veterans around the area. The sessions are available to the first 50 families that make a reservation. Rebecca Miller, Associate Professor and Photography Program Coordinator, organized the event and her students provide the photography skills.

The idea for the service was sparked in the spring of 2011 from a report on NBC’s Nightly World News from their “Making a Difference” segment. Photographers in Atlanta were offering similar service, and this inspired Miller to get Drury University involved. The contributions that the Drury community has made have allowed the portraits to be cost-free.

“I wanted to give something back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country and freedoms,” Miller said.

Photography sessions are available on the following days:

Saturday, Nov. 12

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Thursday, Nov. 17

Saturday, Nov. 19

For reservations, call Miller at (417) 873-6337 or e-mail her at

Media Contact: Rebecca Miller, Associate Professor of Art & Art History,  Office: (417) 873-6337, E-mail:


G.I. Jobs magazine names Drury University a military friendly school

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 8, 2011 — G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Drury University the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. Drury reported an enrollment of 2,094 active duty military personnel, veterans and military dependents for the G.I. Jobs survey.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Student veteran survey feedback can be viewed at list.

Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America says, “The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools offer scholarships and discounts, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at

Veterans Contact: Marti Marlin, Academic Advisor/VA Representative, Office: (417) 873-6881, E-mail: