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Breech School of Business 
Spring & Summer 2014

Breech Business Week

The Inaugural Breech Business Week was held April 21-25 with the theme “Inspired to Lead” Breech Business Week provided students with an opportunity to engage in activities directly related to career preparation.  Serving as yet one more way we help our students be “job ready,” the week included business networking opportunities, as well as resume and social networking workshops designed to heighten their attention to professional presentation.  Drury students received valuable insights and feedback from these connections while business leaders share their experiences and learn what makes Drury graduates highly valued employees. 

Student Advisory Board – Town Hall with guest speaker James Hagale.

The Student Advisory Board sponsored a town hall event.  The speaker was James Hagale, COO and President of Bass Pro.  Mr. Hagale addressed students and faculty.

James Hagale, BassPro COO and president, addresses students

 

Campus Golf for Greece Event

On a beautiful spring day the Drury campus became a golf course as Breech students held a fundraiser event.  Their goal, to buy school supplies for the children on the island of Aigina, Greece.  Breech students came up with the idea after staying at the Drury Campus in Greece during study abroad trips.  Here they met and worked with the Aigina Volunteers a group providing support to families on the island. 
Dr. Shirley and Jon Fulp

 


Olivia Tinkler gives instructions to the field. Preston Gabriel presents Aigina Volunteers with check.

Professor for a Day Program

Twenty-two business professionals from a variety of industries visited Breech classes during the week.  As professors-for-a-day, these professionals shared important insights with students about their career paths and industries.  

Speed Networking Event

Students prepare for speed networking
In a joint program between the Alumni Council and students in the Project Management class, students had an opportunity to meet one on one with a series of professionals at a speed networking event.  The event provided students a chance to practice the interview skills they will need in their job search.

 Reach Out to Breech Networking Event

On April 24, the 3rd annual Reach Out to Breech event was held at Springfield Brewing Company.  The event brought alumni and students together and included remarks by Dr. Clif Petty.
Students enjoy the ROTB event.

Breech Student Award Luncheon

BAB member Brad Weaver and student Megan Darnell Dr. Shirley congratulates Nick Peterson.          
 
At the Breech Student Award Luncheon, the closing event of Breech Business Week, top students were recognized.  Student speaker Casey Carroll shared highlights of her time at Drury with fellow students, faculty, Breech Advisory Board members, and sponsors of Breech Business Week.  Awards were presented including the Internship Achievement Award presented to Nicholas Peterson and the Study Abroad Engagement Award presented to Erin Dierksen.  The top ten juniors and seniors were also recognized at the event.

Breech Golf Tournament

The 2nd Annual Breech Golf tournament was held in May at Millwood Golf and Racquet club.  The event chaired by Tyler Creach and Lisa Holt raised over $9500 for Study Abroad scholarships.
Dr. Pettijohn and Dr.Oglesby team up on the golf course.

Alumni Notes

Kurt B. Berry, CPA. was elected to partner at BKD.

Conferences

Dr. Michael Shirley attended the ACBSP Annual meeting June 14 -16, 2014.

Publications

Dr. Amy Lewis co-authored, “Treatment of severe poison ivy:  A randomized, controlled trial of long versus short course oral prednisone.”  Journal of Clinical Medicine Research.

Dr. Charlie Pettijohn co-authored, “Investigating the efficacy of mind-body therapies and emotional intelligence on worker stress in an organizational setting:  An experimental approach,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict.  

Presentations

Dr. Robin Sronce with a co-author presented two sessions, “The journey is the award:  Transforming lives through travel abroad courses” and “Learning by failing:  The Turkey Cookie Challenge” at the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, June 11-14, 2014

Dr. Robin Sronce presented with Dr. Regina Waters at the NAC&U Summer Institute, June 24-28.  “Global service learning in Greece:  How business and communication merged to teach leadership, citizenship, and social responsibility.”