Awards & Accolades
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.
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 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.
Student Employee of the Year
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 respond to tragedy in Japan
"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
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.
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 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:
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
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
Earth Day 2011
Summer at Drury: old songs, new faces on campus
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
"Three-Sweep" for NCAA-II National Swimming and Diving Champions
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 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.