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The night before classes start in August, new students gather at the FSC fountains to kick off the year with an all-campus BBQ, outdoor music and games, free Pineapple Whip and a fireworks show.
Dr. Steve Jones, professor emeritus in biology, produces fireworks every year with the help of student volunteers who get their hands in the gun powder and help assemble the show.
(By the way, Pineapple Whip is a local summer treat - imagine if ice cream and pineapple had a delicious baby...)
From Amycakes bakery to Gelato Mio, the Springfield Ballet to The Skinny Improv stage - you might run into Drury alumni all over Springfield's entertainment districts.
The Art of Springfield:
- Springfield has plenty to offer your inner artist, foodie, sports fan or theatre critic. First Friday Art Walk, sponsored by Springfield Regional Arts Council, includes free food, exhibits, music and performances at 25 gallery venues.
- Springfield was named a "Creative Community" in 2009 by the Missouri Arts Council.
- Choose from 64 arts and cultural organizations including 10 live theatre venues and one of the state's largest arts districs.
Learn More: www.drury.edu/Springfield
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Springfield is Missouri's third largest city, offering big-city entertainment and amenities in a friendly community. Downtown and Commercial Street are just a short walk or bike ride from campus. You can take a break any day of the week at local spots like Askinosie Chocolate, Bistro Market, Coffee Ethic, The Cup, Gailey's Breakfast Cafe, Gelato Mio, the Mudhouse, The Skinny Improv or Moxie Cinema.
The outdoor classroom in Burnham Circle was designed by architecture alumnus Jody Sarkodee-Adoo '04. The creativity of Drury students can be seen all over campus in sculpture, study spaces and landscaping.
Springfield's weather earned the title "Most Variety" from Forbes magazine in 2007, so you know we have it all: fall leaves, winter snow, spring rain - and plenty of sunshine for classes to meet outside
Drury is home to 800+ trees. But we are known as a green campus for more than just our leaves. We've made The Princeton Review's Green College Guide three years in a row. From the President's Council on Sustainablilty to the student group Think Green, everyone on campus has the opportunity to help save energy, waste less and live sustainably.
Recent campus updates have included solar panels on the roof of Smith Hall, LEED Gold certification for O'Reilly Family Event Center, and the free campus recycling center. Drury's center recycles more than 220 tons every year!
Learn more: www.drury.edu/Sustainability
Drury's Wellness program is here to help you eat well, get active, and reduce stress. Activity courses for all levels include something for everyone: ballet, half-marathon training, karate, rock climbing, scuba diving, yoga and more!
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Drury's neighborhood is home to the Springfield Cardinals baseball team, the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The weather is great, the tickets are cheap and even our mascot, Pouncer, loves to enjoy America's pastime.
Just across the street is Jordan Valley Park, where you'll find an ice skating rink, outdoor amphitheater and plenty of space for exploring, plus a 21,000-gallon fountain - made by the same designers who createst the world-famous Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas.
Your campus tour couldn't possibly show you all the activity that Drury has to offer, every day of the year. With 100+ student organizations, there's a place for you to get involved - no matter what your interests.
Leadership experience, nationwide networking and lifelong friends are just a few of the benefits of joining Greek Life. Each year, 30% of Drury students join a fraternity or sorority.