Regalia: Department News & Notes

Awards & Accolades


Drury projects are featured in a book on designbuild architecture, written by William Carpenter, an expert on architecture education. The 463-page Design-Build Studio features Drury Design-Build projects like the Eggstreme Chicken Coop and LEED Platinum Habitat for Humanity home, with writing and photos by Traci Sooter.

An essay by Librarian Jacqueline Tygart is also featured, covering architecture alumni Jay Reeves '00, John Kleman '00 and Henri Foch '00, as students and professionals.

Master of Studio Art and Theory Exhibition

In August, the fourth annual Master of Studio Art and Theory Exhibition showcased artwork created this summer, including work by graduating students: Kristen Atkinson, Jennifer Glenn, Andrew Parsons and Meganne Rosen O'Neal.


The Mirror, Kaitlyn McConnell '11 editor-in-chief, had a strong showing at the Missouri College Media Association awards for 2010-2011, winning 16 awards including second place for best newspaper.

Christa Scott received two first-place awards, for best feature photo and best advertisement. The Mirror also received its first top investigativereporting award, for work by Matthew Frierdich and Greta Brown, and won a first place award for its fall fashion section designed by Yelena Bosovik.

DUTV students placed well in state competition this year as well. Bobby Hearn '11 won best sports video feature, John Miller '11 was voted best radio sports play-by-play man, and Chris Beckman '10 won best short film, each for the third straight year.

The School of Education & Child Development congratulates finalists for the 2011-2012 Springfield Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award. Four of the five finalists selected out of 60 nominees have Drury ties.

  • Julia Armstrong M.Ed. '06 Pipkin Middle School
  • Lisa Lilley '85 M.Ed. '94 Central High School
  • Kym Nelms '03 Disney Elementary
  • Brian Pyck, Pipkin, is currently attending Drury to obtain his master's degree.

The selection committee chose Ms. Armstrong as 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. Springfield Public Schools also presented five outstanding teachers with the Turner Awards for Excellence in Teaching Reading. Two Drury alumni received this $2,000 award: Cary Sikes M.Ed. '98 from Sherwood Elementary and Jenny Talburt '02 M.Ed. '08 from Pipkin Elementary.



Faculty honors
Three Drury faculty members earned Fulbright Fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Dr. Erin Kenny, professor of interdisciplinary studies, will teach for 10 months in Tanzania at Mzumbe University, conducting research with women commodity farmers.


Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg, professor of political science and director of the Middle East Studies Program, will teach at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia this spring, continuing research on Islam in Europe.





Dr. Elizabeth Nichols, chair of the Department of Languages, will spend this spring at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, where she will continue research in literature and popular culture.


Professor of English Dr. Randall Fuller traveled to New York City to discuss his book From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature. Fuller's Op-eds were featured in New York Times "Opinionator" blog on June 5 and August 9.

Student Employee of the Year
Lucas Schubert '11 was Missouri's 2011 Student Employee of the Year. His Drury nomination was submitted to the Midwest Association for Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) and selected from all the nominations statewide.

Schubert worked as the technology assistant in Career Planning and Development. He graduated with a degree in accounting, and is now employed at BKD in Kansas City.

CX Gets New Look, Lettuce
Students returning to campus found an improved CX. The face-lift includes a fresh salad bar. Food service, admission, student affairs, facilities and campus wellness worked together to bring the new CX to life, in response to student requests for healthy options.

Giving Back


Students respond to tragedy in Japan
In response to the earthquake and tsunami last spring, a group of students from Japan organized outside the Commons to fold a thousand origami paper cranes to send to Springfield's Sister City, Isesaki. This practice of folding a thousand cranes, senbazuru, is a cultural tradition.

"If we were in Japan, we could participate in many kinds of volunteer opportunities to help victims," said student Yusaku Seki, president of the ONE student club. "However, we cannot do that right now, and we thought fundraising would be the most effective and efficient way to help." Money raised went to the Nippon Foundation/ CANPAN Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Peace Corps reunion

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, alumni and faculty volunteers met with students at a reception on March 1, sponsored by Marketing and Communications. Shannon Huett '06 MBA '08 helped organize the event from her post in Kazakhstan. Peace Corps alumna Juliana (Phillips) Tilden '03 shared video and photos from her time serving in Togo, West Africa.



Through a partnership with the Beisner Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks (VRCO), 12 students constructed an interactive mural for visually impaired children. Each panel of the mural has a different set of activities so that children can further develop their senses despite vision loss. This year's annual Beaux Arts art auction raised funds for the project.

Students in Rebecca Miller's commercial photography class have offered free family portraits to Disabled American Veterans. At the end of the school year, 16 veterans, along with family members, had been photographed. The veterans range from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq and service in between. Thanks to the generosity of the Drury community, this remains a free service to the veterans and their families.


Community Connections

Two community projects launching this fall are already making headlines and have the potential to make big changes for Drury and for Springfield.

Drury on C-Street: A match made in North Town
Drury's location was no mistake at our founding in 1873. Springfield leaders hoped the college could bridge the division between "North Town" and "Old Town," and today that role comes back to life in the new Drury on C-Street project.

Drury's presence on Commercial Street has been growing for years, from SIFE business partnerships to low-income tax service to architecture build projects on location. The Drury on C-Street project, located at Robberson and Commercial, will provide a home base for Drury, including:

  • A business resource center, staffed by interns and faculty, providing help for new and existing businesses in the historic district, including business incubation through the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • An art gallery open to the public, staffed by arts administration students.
  • Internships for students in a variety of majors and interests: business, public relations, design, accounting, web design and entrepreneurship.
  • A new home for the Drury Weaving Studio. "Drury has always been a part of the fabric of Springfield," says Dr. Kelley Still, director of EJC and now director of Drury on C-Street. "What's good for Drury is good for Springfield, and what's good for Springfield is good for Drury."

Student Yelena Bosovik will be one of the first student interns to take part in the project. A junior marketing and management major from Springfield, Yelena is excited to get to work with small business owners on C-Street. "The business resource center is a great addition to both Drury and our community," she says. "Working with the business resource center on C-Street gives some relief and aid to small business owners, but above all it gives us students a chance to gain valuable work experience and network with local business professionals."


Center for Nonprofit Communication: Help is on the way
They say if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day, and if you teach a man to fish he'll eat for a lifetime. But what if you haven't even met the man yet, and you need to let him know you're here to help?

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Communication Launch Video

Managing communication for a nonprofit organization is a complex process, from forming key messages for internal and external audiences, to handling a crisis, to managing staff and a board. Nonprofit directors are often passionate and hardworking but understaffed and under-resourced when it comes to this critical area.

Enter the new Center for Nonprofit Communication, launching at Drury this fall under the direction of Dan Prater, who has been an adjunct instructor in Drury's communication department since 2007. No stranger to the nonprofit world, Prater served nine years as the public affairs director for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Southwest Missouri.

Inspired by the Center for Social Impact Communications at Georgetown University, Drury's CNC will help meet the needs of area nonprofits while giving communication students invaluable experience working with real clients.

"A bad website is a communication, like it or not, of disorganization — even if the mission is solid and the work is good," says Prater. He hopes that the CNC can help organizations send a clear message that will lead to better funding, more volunteers, strong boards and effective service. "I envision this growing," he says, "where people who want to be nonprofit experts come to us."

The CNC is funded through the Musgrave Foundation and Community Foundation of the Ozarks. This first year will focus on Ozarks Food Harvest and hosting a one-day communication workshop for area organizations. Partnerships are available for supplies, printing and technology needs, or scholarships for graduate students pursuing the new nonprofit communication master's emphasis.

Speakers & Events

Art History
Drury students will present First Friday Art Talks this year for the Springfield-Greene County Library System. The first was September 2, when Desiree Dixon presented "La Galerie des Glaces: The Imagery of the Sun King." Mark your calendars for the remaining talks, all at Park Central Library on the square from 6-6:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 4, Stephen Edwards, "The Trevi Fountain: Baroque Histories & Concepts by Design."
  • Feb. 3, Andrew Wanko '10, "The New Jerusalem: Catholic Expressions of Supremacy at St. Peter's from the Renaissance to the Baroque."
  • April 6, Elizabeth Clements, "Robert Mapplethorpe: Behind the Mask of Controversy."

Curtis Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, visited campus on April 28. His presentation compared FDR's and Obama's first two years. The largest gathering of family members of past U.S. presidents takes place at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Mo.

On April 20, the Drury Honors program hosted To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) founder Jaime Tworkowski and musician Ryan O'Neal. The organization is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

Earth Day 2011
Thursday, April 21, brought the annual Earth Day celebration to Drury Lane. Local businesses hosted tables featuring demonstrations and giveaways of green products. Homegrown Food launched its new web-based farmer's market with on-site delivery of orders. Students could also take away handmade crafts like potted plants and recycled paper art. Lunch featured a large number of vegetarian options and locally raised meats from Rocking Z Ranch, with compostable dinnerware provided.

Wal-Mart Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Michael Fung spoke to business students on April 5. Fung has been with Wal-Mart since 2001 and in his current role since 2006. He is responsible for U.S. finance operations including strategy, merchandising, logistics, real estate, operations, dotcom, financial planning and analysis.



Summer at Drury: old songs, new faces on campus
In June, Drury hosted the annual Drury Jazz Camp, one of the longest running camps in the state of Missouri, dating back to the 1970s when the Stan Kenton Orchestra served as the artist in residence.

Led by Director of Jazz Studies Tina Claussen, the camp is open to high school and middle school students with a minimum of one year of experience on their musical instrument and to adults with previous jazz instrument experience. The camp's faculty includes musicians from all over the nation.

Fourteen Latina teenagers spent a week at Drury this July for the second year of the Campamento de Alumnas Hispanas (Summer Camp for Latina girls). Students from the Springfield, Aurora and Monett areas engaged in a variety of academic and social sessions, with all activities intended to expose the girls to a variety of ideas and help them reflect on their own identities. Drs. Jayne White and Rebecca Denton from the School of Education and Child Development lead this program.

In summer 2008, Drs. Bruce Callen, Peter Meidlinger and Mark Wood welcomed a group of 15 African-American high school students for the first session of Summer Scholars. Charlyn Ingwerson joined in 2009, when female students were added to the program. Drury's Summer Scholars program has more than tripled, and several of the original scholars are just a year away from entering college. Scholars attend classes and live on campus to experience college life.

During the school year, several Drury faculty members and students engage with African- American students at Pipkin Middle School in a book club. In spring 2011, faculty and students began a mentoring program for African-American students at Central High School.

Greece campus finds new home
The Drury University Center, based in Volos since 2002, has moved to the Greek island of Aigina beginning this fall. Dr. Panos Leventis will remain director of the center. Teaching facilities at the center are housed in a historic stone building, which once served as an artisan bakery. The two-story building is located in the center of the town's main commercial area, less than a five-minute walk from museums, banks, shops, restaurants and beaches. A new housing facility is located about 200 feet away from the teaching facilities. A program exclusively for freshmen will launch fall 2013, allowing a select group of students to begin their time at Drury at the center in Aigina.

Athletics News


"Three-Sweep" for NCAA-II National Swimming and Diving Champions
A year ago in Canton, Ohio, Drury became the first school in NCAA-II history to sweep the men's and women's national championships in swimming and diving in consecutive years. Now, after yet another dominating performance by the DU men and a solid four days of work by the DU women, that makes three years in a row.

The Drury men captured their seventh consecutive national D-II title and the DU women their third straight, fourth in the past five years, at the Palo Alto Natatorium.

The Drury men have now won nine NCAA-II championships in all since 1999. The Drury women picked up their eighth D-II title overall since 1997.



Strong basketball seasons conclude at NCAA-II Midwest Semifinals
The Panther and Lady Panther basketball teams both advanced to semifinals in the NCAA-II Midwest Region.

The Drury Panthers staged one of the greatest comebacks in the program's distinguished history, but it wasn't quite enough in the end as the seventh-seeded Panthers fell to sixth-seed Ferris State 83-76 in the semifinal game at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

Drury finished the season 23-8, marking the sixth time in seven years under Coach Steve Hesser that the Panthers won 20 or more games. The Lady Panthers, who were seeded fifth in the tournament, were defeated 70-51 by top-seed Michigan Tech.

The contest marked the final game of the careers for DU's two seniors, Rachelle Spaulding and Ja'Nell Jones.

The Lady Panthers team had an ultra successful year in the classroom as well, finishing third nationally in team grade point average (3.590) as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association unveiled its Academic Top 25 Honor Roll recipients for 2010-2011.

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Dr. Eltjen Flikkema saying "auf wiedersehen" after nearly four decades

After 39 years of service in the Department of Languages, Dr. Eltjen Flikkema will enjoy an open fall semester schedule for the first time since Nixon was in office. After earning his Ph.D. at Michigan State, Flikkema joined Drury's faculty in 1972, expecting to stay for a year or so as a professor of German. He soon found that Drury suited him well.

"You have to like people here," he says, "You have to like students." He held several positions over the years, including director of admission, assistant dean, and chair of the languages department. He was also pioneering director of the University Honors Program. But it's clear that teaching is the role of which he is most proud. Flikkema's German students, including many graduating seniors, gave him a surprise send-off at the completion of his final class in May. Students remember Flikkema's storytelling in the classroom and treasure the life-lessons he imparted beyond his German instruction.

"There were wonderful students 39 years ago," he said that day, "but no more wonderful than these." When Flikkema was three years old, his parents, who spoke no English, immigrated to the U.S. from the Netherlands, along with his older brother. He credits this bilingual upbringing for sparking his lifelong fascination with languages. Upon retirement, Flikkema plans to travel the world with his wife, Jerri, including a summer trip to China to celebrate their 45th anniversary. He also hopes to volunteer with community organizations that address hunger in the Ozarks.

Connect with Social Media

  • Meet this year's bloggers and read what life is like for students right now on Drury Unscripted.
  • Her Campus, an online magazine for college women, ranks Drury No. 1 in the nation on its list of "Social Media Savvy" colleges and universities.
  • Old school meets new media. Senior design arts major John Dozier created Drury's Facebook landing page by hand on a chalkboard. See video of the transformation: YouTube.