Regalia: Department Achievements and Accolades


Assistant Art Professor Blaine Whisenhunt, along with Chad Walker '10 and Jason Mitchell '01, won first place in Project CoRE, an open design competition in Springfield. Project CoRE, which stands for Construction, Rehabilitation, Education, challenged area architects to design sustainable, affordable housing.

Documentary Photographs:
The O'Reilly Family Event Center
and Tindle Mills
View a virtual gallery of "Scape Shifting Documentary Photographs: The O'Reilly Family Event Center and Tindle Mills"

Art & Art History

Artist in Residence Jacqueline Warren has been commissioned for work to be included in the Chase Park Plaza art collection in St. Louis. She is also part of a new premier gallery space opening on the Plaza in Kansas City. In April, her studio outside Florence, Italy, will open for spring and summer 2011.

Dr. Tom Russo had the co-authored article "Limestone, Lincoln Cathedral, and Neutron Activation Analysis: Pushing the Methodological Envelope," published in Working with Limestone: The Science, Technology and Art of Medieval Limestone Monuments. Russo also showed photographic work at exhibitions: "Open Doors," The Creamery Arts Center, and "Flights of Fancy," Springfield-Branson Regional Airport. In September, he was honored at the House of Lords in London for his work at Lincoln Cathedral.

Associate Professor Rebecca Miller's exhibition of photography debuted at the Pool Art Center Gallery: "Scape Shifting, Documentary Photographs: The O'Reilly Family Event Center and Tindle Mills." This project consisted of photographing the two structures, at opposite ends of their histories, over a two-year period of time. Miller has also worked with her commercial photography students to take free studio portraits for Disabled American Veterans and their family members. The amilies received their portraits this spring, thanks to frames donated by the Drury community.


Dr. Jeffrey Jones '97, MBA '03 was invited to serve as a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas for the 2010-2011 academic year. He also co-authored a research article, "Charter value, Tobin's Q and bank risk during the subprime financial crisis," in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Economics and Business. The findings suggest that charter value has been declining through time, contributing to the increase in risk-taking that led to the subprime financial crisis.

Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Jeanie Allen M.Ed. '97 presented "Psychology across the Curriculum: An Integration of Positive Psychology and a Capstone Course in General Education" at the 25th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Shawn Billings M.A. '08, an alumnus of the graduate program in criminology and criminal justice, received a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The 39th Judicial Circuit, serving Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties, will use the $963,000 grant to expand alcohol and drug-related services for clients of drug courts. Dr. Jana Bufkin and Dr. Vickie Luttrell '86 will work as project evaluators.

Instructor David Derossett '90 completed a comprehensive case study of urban governance and culture in Branson. His research hopes to better explain regional variation in the housing and economic crises and analyzes the politics against casinos in the region.

Students from area high schools participated in the second annual Behavioral Sciences Day in September, coordinated by Dr. Valerie Eastman '84. The day included a career panel where students heard from community professionals such as a forensic psychologist, a social worker and a police officer.

Dr. Jennie Long and Dr. Mary Utley presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) in March. "Prison field trips: Meaningful experiential learning tools?" examines the effects of touring a correctional facility on individuals' views of prison. Utley's co-authored manuscript, "Internalization of general education curricula at community colleges: A faculty perspective," will be published in Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

Dr. Patricia Morris co-authored a chapter, "Thinking with Animals: The Sociology of Nonhuman Animals and Society," to be published in an anthology on human-animal relationships, the first anthology of its kind for a German audience. Also, based on a chapter from her forthcoming book, Morris will present a paper, "Creating a 'Good' Death: How New Spaces and Props Shape Modern Veterinary Euthanasia," at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Philadelphia this spring.

Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown published a manuscript in the journal Health Care for Women International, "After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Gender Differences in ealth and Religiosity in Middle-Aged and Older Adults." In November, she presented the data at the annual conference for the Gerontological Society of America in New Orleans.


The Drury Ad Team, Dr. Regina Waters advisor, is developing an integrated marketing communications campaign for JCPenney as part of the annual National Student Advertising Competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. The team competes at the District 9 competition in Kansas City this spring. Seventeen advertising, public relations, and visual communication students are creating a strategy to strengthen JCPenney's connection with women.

Dr. Cristina Gilstrap presented a co-authored paper, "Was There Something Else I Could Have Done?: An Exploration of Dialectical Tensions and Management Strategies Experienced By Hospice Nurses," at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in San Francisco in November. Gilstrap co-authored articles in Everyday Compassion: A Publication of Hospice Compassus and Hospice Volunteer News: An e-Magazine by the Hospice Volunteer Association. She'll be part of a panel titled, "Remembering Brant Burleson: Contributions to Scholarly Lives" at the International Communication Association convention in Boston this May.

Together, Waters and Gilstrap presented research findings on the experiences of internship supervisors with the performance review process at the Cooperative Education & Internship Association conference in San Antonio in April. "It's Nothing Personal: The Varying Comfort Levels of Internship Supervisors with Intern Evaluations" highlights the results of in-depth interviews with supervisors throughout the Midwest. Gilstrap and Waters also presented, "Strengthening the Internship Performance Review" for the Intern Bridge Online Career Services Conference in January.

Over the past decade, Visiting Instructor Brian Shipman has been directing, shooting, and crafting L-Bird: The Little Plane That Did, a documentary about a little-known World War II scout plane. The documentary aired in November on the Military Channel.

Dr. Curt Gilstrap and Dr. Jonathan Groves coathored a paper, "The Roots of Journalistic Resistance: Blogs, Comments, and the Challenge to Verification in a Newspaper Newsroom," that was accepted to the International Communication Association conference. The case study, based on five months of research in one newsroom, examines the issues traditional news organizations face when shifting to a Web-first outlet.

Gilstrap also co-authored the textbook Effective Public Speaking: Strategy and Craft. He had articles selected for forthcoming Sage publications, "Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste" and "Environmental Leadership: A Handbook." He founded, a national review site for children working in conjunction with parents, guardians and teachers, and was elected chair of the American Forensics Association's Education Committee for his work with Drury Debate.


The School of Education and Child Development received grants from the Musgrave Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and the Greene County Board for the Developmentally Disabled to support the summer opportunities for children with disabilities and the new Drury University Children's Vision Center. A weeklong program was offered to help Southwest Missouri high school students who are blind gain an understanding of college life and the possibilities higher education can bring.

In July, a team of faculty and students led by Dr. Jayne White and Dr. Rebecca Denton welcomed a group of 12 Latina adolescents from the Ozarks for a summer camp, in partnership with the department of languages. Denton has been on sabbatical this semester and is creating a unique study abroad experience for education students in Poland and Germany.

Blue Cat Gallery, under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Burrell, continues to feature exhibits from Boyd, McGregor, Pipkin and Central art students. Burrell's project, Creating Community Through the Arts, is now in its 11th year of creating art with residents at the Missouri Hotel.

Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship

Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship (EJC) expanded annual conference offerings by adding a Minority Entrepreneurship Conference and an Ecopreneurship Conference in the fall.

At the Chamber of Commerce's annual community leadership visit, EJC Director Dr. Kelley Still presented on how Drury helps improve the local economy with programs and assistance offered by EJC, including management of the Springfield Angel Network.

The Edward Jones Minority Scholars helped launch Images Clothing in downtown Springfield. EJC Assistant Director Sara Cochran '04, M.A. '06 and Coordinator of Diversity Support Services L.A. Anderson attended training to become Certified Diversity Professionals through Diversity Training University International in Oakland, Calif.

English & Writing

Dr. Randy Fuller published his second book with Oxford U Press, From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature.

Dr. Jo Van Arkel presented during the Collegiate Book Arts Association Meeting at the University of Indiana in January. Her topic was "Book Arts Across the Curriculum: Handmade Travel Journals and Travel Writing, Visual Journaling Book Collaboration on Dante's Inferno and The Seven Deadly Sins, and the History of the Commonplace Book."

Dr. Katherine Gilbert's paper, "The Inequalities of Equity and the Search for an Ethical Professional in Charles Dickens's Bleak House," was one of six papers selected for the 2010 Interdisciplinary Law and Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop, held at Columbia Law School. In March, Gilbert presented her paper on Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities conference in Las Vegas.

Dr. Peter Meidlinger presented a paper, "Confucius's Shakespeare," at the annual Asian Studies Development Conference in Boston in March. He is also running an NAACP-sponsored college-bound mentoring program for African-American students at Central High School. Drury students serve as tutors and mentors in the program as well.

Groundskeeper Brooks Johnson '05 clearing snow on campus this January.

Facilities Services

Facilities Services comprises a staff of 55 people who maintain a functional, safe and beautiful campus throughout the year. Winter snow and ice present special challenges in slippery sidewalks and slushy stairwells, which custodial and grounds crews work round-the-clock shifts to combat. This winter, it took 43,000 pounds of ice melt to keep campus walkways clear.

History, Political Science, Geography

Visiting Assistant Professor of History Dr. Monty Dobson is making a documentary film about the UNESCO World Heritage site at Cahokia, near St. Louis, and has received a $10,000 grant from the Kirby Foundation to help fund the project.

Human Resources

Human Resources staff members will serve two-year terms on the MCUPA-HR board. Benefits Manager Jennifer Kirtlink will serve as president; Employment Specialist Crystal Ponder will serve as an at-large member.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Michael Hill co-authored an article that has been accepted for publication with the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, "The Visual Economy of Andean Childhood Poverty: Interpreting Postcards in Cusco, Peru." Hill presented a research paper at the November 2010 meetings of the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans. He is currently on sabbatical in Quito, Ecuador, continuing life history research with an indigenous Andean woman and beginning a new project on the cultural politics of microcredit development programs.

From Abroad
HONDURAS: Research and service combined in this winter break biology trip to Roatan.
ARGENTINA: Study abroad students chilling at Perito Moreno glacier this winter break.

International Programs

The Drury Study Abroad Office is offering short-term international study experiences across the disciplines this summer: China; Florence, Italy; Greece; London, England; Malaysia, Singapore & Vietnam; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy. Scholarship support is always welcome. Contact Susan Kirby '70, Alumni & Development liaison for international programs, at (417) 873-7354.

Winter Term Study Abroad Highlights


Dr. Roger Young and Dr. Teresa Carroll led groups of students on biology research trips to Roatan Island, a tropical coral reef island in the Caribbean Sea. Students studied hands-on at Roatan Institute of Marine Science, including scuba diving as well as explorations of terrestrial and cultural habitats. The groups worked together to deliver books donated by the Drury community to Partners in Education Roatan (PIER) to help establish a library at the school.


Dr. Alberto Chamorro led a winter-term study abroad trip to Argentina. Students studied Argentine culture while travelling through the nation for three weeks, seeing sites like Iguazú Falls, designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, and the Perito Moreno, one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world.


Dr. Mark Wood and Lakshmi Roy, director of science and technology services, took six students to India. The students, Jackie Faiferlick, Meghan Fox, Cole Hartfield, Kelsey Luecke, Jessica Stegner and Katrina Westhoff, were great companions and explorers. They enthusiastically engaged a culture whose history and traditions were shaped by vastly different experiences than their own. The students danced, dined and took courses with Indian students who attend Hem Sheela Model School in Durgapur, India. Because of their experience, they developed a more nuanced understanding of the challenges associated with feeding, clothing and caring for 1.2 billion human beings, and they enhanced their understanding of the rich heritage of art, language, science and philosophy that western culture can trace directly to India.


Cowabunga! Moser's book on surfing recently reprinted in South Africa with a new edition on American bookshelves.

Dr. Patrick Moser recently finished a booklength manuscript, "Walking The Plank: Essays on Surf Culture." Selections have appeared in Bamboo Ridge Press (Hawai'i), Kurungabaa (Australia) and Sport Literate (Chicago). He was a guest editor for the Special Ocean Issue of Drury's Gingko Tree Review and contributed an interview with publisher Steve Pezman. His collaboration with Shaun Tomson, Surfer's Code: 12 Simple Lessons For Riding Through Life has been reprinted in South Africa by Penguin, and anew paperback edition will appear in the U.S. in May.

Dr. Eltjen Flikkema has announced his retirement at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. Flikkema has served Drury and the Department of Languages since 1972, leading the Honors program, directing the German major and encouraging an interest in German and Holocaust Studies in generations of Drury students.

Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols completed an interdisciplinary textbook on Venezuela. The book, which was published fall 2010, provides an introduction to Venezuelan history, culture, politics, economics and religion. Nichols organized and chaired an international, interdisciplinary panel on Venezuelan politics and culture at the 2010 Latin American Studies Convention in Toronto. She also enjoyed a visit to Springfield's sister city of Tlaquepaque, Mexico.

Dr. Alberto Chamorro signed the contract to have his book on Argentine film, ARGENTINA, CINE Y CIUDAD: El espacio urbano y la narrativa fílmica de los últimos años published with the prestigious Editorial de la Universidad Nacional Mar de Plata.

Special Instructor of Spanish Timothy Robbins presented two papers this year: "Between Two Worlds: Hector Manjarrez and US Mass Culture" at the Toronto meeting of the Latin American Studies Association and "The Twilight Zone Reality of Postmodern Urban Life in Two Novels by Rodrigo Fresán" at the Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Literature in St. Louis.

Dr. Cathy Blunk presented a paper at the Mid-America Medieval Association's conference on Medieval Recycling in February in Kansas City. She will also present a paper on medieval manuscripts at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo in May.

The department participated in welcoming 12 young Latina students to a summer camp, Campamento de Alunnas Hispanas, centered on the theme of identity. During this interdisciplinary experience hosted by the school of education, the girls stayed on campus and participated in a wide range of intellectual, artistic and physical activities.



Dr. Carlyle Sharpe's "Flourishes" for brass quintet and organ was released on the CD Christmas with the Washington Chorus. "Flourishes" and his "Psalm 122" for tenor solo, chorus and organ, were also performed at the historic Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City. This spring, his choral works will be performed at the Texas Music Educators Association conference and at Carnegie Hall.

Associate Professor Dr. Stephen Bomgardner sang a recital at the College Music Society national conference in Minneapolis in September, and sang recitals at regional CMS conferences in Memphis, Tenn., Malibu, Calif., and Easton, Penn., in February and March. In April, he performed the character tenor role of Spoletta in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra performance of Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca.

Music Therapy

This spring, Drury music students have teamed up with residents at The Gardens Assisted Living Facility to form Drury's first "Intergenerational Rock Band." The students and seniors have weekly rehearsals at The Gardens under the direction of Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk, visiting assistant professor of music therapy, to learn rock classics by The Who, The Beatles, Queen, and many more, in preparation for a debut concert on campus.


Additional Information
Son of Toby: Robotic Arm Project

The physics department "Son of Toby" team, Dr. Greg Ojankangas advisor, has been selected as one of 12 teams nationwide for NASA's 2011 Grant Us Space Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Students will fly Drury's unique robotic arm aboard NASA's Weightless Wonder aircraft in July, in which they will experience 25-second windows of weightlessness while plummeting over the Gulf of Mexico between 35,000 and 25,000 feet of altitude.

Dr. Brant Hinrichs had a paper accepted and published in the peer-reviewed proceedings of the annual Physics Education Research Conference, held in Portland in July. "Writing Position Vectors In 3-D Space: A Student Difficulty With Spherical Unit Vectors in Intermediate E&M" covered research conducted over the past five years, both here at Drury, as well as at several schools around the country, and in Arizona during sabbatical.

Physics major Anish Chakrabarti presented research, "Dynamics of a Forced One-Degree-of-Freedom Arm with Viscoelastic Muscles Exhibiting Deterministic Chaos," that he has completed with Dr. Greg Ojankangas. The poster session was sponsored by the Society of Physics Students (SPS), a national organization designed to promote interest and enthusiasm for physics in college students.

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Adjunct Instructor Marideth Sisco, who teaches in the English department at Drury's campuses in Cabool, Licking and Thayer, played a role in the Oscar nominated film Winter's Bone. She sings several songs on the soundtrack including "The Missouri Waltz." Sisco, who appears onscreen in one scene, was also the music consultant for the film, which was nominated for Best Picture.

Campus improvements at course delivery sites this year include a new Student Resource and Advising Center at the Thayer campus and a new technology lab in Ava, funded by a $24,000 gift from Board of Trustees member and Ava native Tom Kellogg '58.

Greek Life

Kappa Delta Sorority, creator of the Confidence Coalition, awarded a $1,000 individual Confidence U award to Director of Greek Life and Student Involvement Andrea Battaglia '01. She will use the grant to host a mini-conference for college and high school women as well as create an art display in the Freeman Panhellenic building highlighting sorority women of the past and present who inspire confidence.