Department News & Notes

Awards & Accolades

Assistant Professor Keith Hedges was one of 11 members in North America appointed to the National Institute of Building Sciences BuildingSMART alliance, advising the US National Building Information Model Standard, Volume 2.

Arts Administration
Edward Jones Center Assistant Director Sara Cochran '04 M.A '06 and Leah Jenkins, adjunct instructor and director of Springfield Regional Arts Council, took a group of students to Jefferson City on Feb. 8, for Citizens' Day at the Legislature, including: Anna Cleek, Paige Deragowski, Laura Dickinson, Alex Dulle, Caitlin Golike, Laura Irwin, Michaela Mullen, Trenton O'Dell, Allison Rieke, Jennifer Risker, Melissa Seek, Fallan Skidmore, Jeana Varney, Cassie Walton and Merry Yeager.

Behavioral Sciences
Students Amanda Fisher, Garret Shelenhamer and Karen Smith attended the Southeastern Psychological Association Meeting in New Orleans in February, where they presented research.

Emily Brown, sociology major, won the 2011 Alvin Gouldner Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. Her paper, "Identifying the Links between Anonymity and Prosocial Behavior," was presented at the annual conference of the Missouri Sociological Association in October.

Every summer, students in the MBA course "Global Business, New Ventures and Innovations" travel to China to experience business practices and customs in another culture. The students write cases based on companies they visit, and the top case is selected for submission to an academic conference. This spring, Sheena Walters MBA '11 and Assistant Professor of Management Robin Sronce presented a case at the Academy of International Business regional conference in Chicago. This case was written along with Chris Salicky, Josh Hreha, Brianne Schuchmann and Brad Schmidt.

The Olin Library was awarded a grant from the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) for a collection worth more than $9,000.

Drury joins a select group of only 150 institutions worldwide to receive an award from ISSR.

Under the mentorship of Professor Rabindra Roy, 81 students have participated in undergraduate research since August 2011. Six chemistry students presented their projects at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in St. Louis last October. Nine students presented at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego this March.

The Southwest Missouri Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America honored Professor Regina Waters with the Outstanding Faculty Award at the chapter's Evening of Stars celebration in November 2011.

Students Alyssa Baker, Elizabeth Barmeier, Jackie Cantrell, Michelle Everett, Holly Plunkett, Molly Riddle, Cecily Robertson, Christa Scott and Allyson Strickland presented their research in panels and poster sessions at the 2012 President's Undergraduate Honors Research Conference, of the Central States Communication Association. Topics ranged from the role of media in Egypt to Saturday Night Live political sketches.

Drury's Ad Team will compete in the National Student Advertising Competition in Kansas City on April 20. The team has developed an integrated marketing campaign to help Nissan more effectively reach a multicultural audience.

Human Resources
In November 2011, Drury was recognized as a "choice employer" by Springfield Business Journal for the second year in a row.

Drury finished third in the 301+ employees category, behind Kraft Foods and CoxHealth. SBJ rates companies in the areas of: incentives, family-friendliness, people development and corporate culture.


Associate Professor Laurie Edmondson was appointed to a three-year term on the Mayor's Commission for Children. The mission is to build a community of healthy children who become healthy adults, mobilizing community resources to ensure that every child starts school ready to learn; can read by the third grade; and has the social and emotional skills needed to succeed.


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Professor Randall Fuller's book From Battlefields Rising: How The Civil War Transformed American Literature, featured in our fall issue, received the Christian Gauss Award for 2011, an annual honor awarded by Phi Beta Kappa for books in the field of literary scholarship or criticism.

Associate Professor Erin Kenny will spend the fall 2012 semester as a scholar in residence at the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan. She'll compose a manuscript, based on her Fulbright research in Tanzania, that looks closely at women's economic experiences in rapidly-changing East Africa.

A very interdisciplinary "cowabunga" goes to Associate Professor of French Patrick Moser, who has been invited by the University of Hawaii at M?noa to teach his class on the history and culture of surfing in summer 2012.

Special Instructor in Music Earline Moulder played three organ recitals this fall: Gyor, Hungary; London, England; and Krakow, Poland. Another upcoming recital at Organ Marathon in London will celebrate the Diamond Anniversary for Queen Elizabeth II.

Study Abroad
Students visited the Ostia Antica archeological site during a summer 2011 study abroad trip to Rome, led by Drs. Shelley Wolbrink and Jeff VanDenBerg (pictured below).

Students Carrie Rainey and Annissa Dugas (pictured below) traveled to India this winter break to earn part of their student teaching requirements at Hem Sheela Model School. Under the direction of Protima Roy, co-founder of Drury's sister school, the pair worked with third grade classes, teaching mathematics and science, while gaining experience teaching in an international setting.

In December, the Department of Languages was awarded a $20,000 grant from the C.W. Titus Foundation to support foreign language study abroad during the 2012-2013 academic year.


Giving Back

The Center for Community Studies has formally established a collaborative partnership with the University of Missouri Extension's housing and community development specialists. Through CCS projects, students help communities develop solutions to design and planning issues. This collaboration will increase the reach of CCS to communities throughout the state.


Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
See a gallery of Drury's participation in Joplin Extreme Makeover - from a "Smart Mob" of volunteers to architecture students designing a tribute to the community in Cunningham Park.
View Coverage of the Effort


As part of Rebecca Burrell's entrepreneurship class called "The Zen of the Idea," classmates Amber Perdue, Jazmin Roman and Erica Juchems created Confidence at Work—a collaborative project with two women from The Missouri Hotel: Rachel Longrell and Lynn Braxton. The students shared skills they are learning in their entrepreneurship minor coursework, helping the women develop the skills necessary to apply and interview for a job. "The difference my classmates and I saw in the women from day one to the final day was astounding," said Perdue. "There was an inner confidence and a striking professionalism that had not been present before."

For Veterans Day, the Department of Art & Art History and Photography Studies provided free family portraits for Disabled American Veterans around the area. Associate Professor and Photography Program Coordinator Rebecca Miller organized the event, and her students provided the photography skills.

Contributions from the Drury community allowed the portraits to be cost-free for the veterans' families.

Pre-Law, under the direction of advisors Dan Ponder and Janis Prewit-Auner, has begun a philanthropy project with Greene County's branch of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), to help raise awareness and funds for the organization, which provides court assistance to victims of child abuse in the Ozarks.

Project Panther
The Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development now offers a monthly service opportunity. Project Panther will engage in a different issue each month, with the help of volunteers from the Drury community. Alumni and friends are encouraged to participate and help Drury connect to the community.

  Sign Up: Alumni are welcome to lend a hand! Contact Emily Journagen at (417) 873-6803 or by email at

Students in this fall's grant writing class found success: Dustin Howard and Krista Loveland's grant for The Kitchen received $4,000 from the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation. Lesa Nelson wrote a $1,000 grant for the Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation, received from the Summerlee Foundation.

Other grant applications are still pending, including: Vito Lombardo's grant to the Missouri Arts Council that would support cultural activities at the Rose O'Neill house; Deanna Sorenson's history of the Springfield Regional Opera, a long-term project for SRO's funding campaign; Megan Waterman's research paper that may play a future role in funding a Women's Cultural and Educational Center on campus; and Natalie Long's research paper on Native American languages in Oklahoma that may help fund efforts to keep those languages alive.

Department News

Faculty Update: Harvey Asher
Harvey Asher, history professor emeritus who taught at Drury for 36 years, invites students, alumni, and present and past faculty to visit his blog, "America—The Owner's Manual: How Your Country Really Works & How to Keep It Running." Monthly posts address political and economic issues. Asher hopes to eventually publish a collection of the posts in an e-book.

  Visit the Blog: America - The Owner's Manual

Sandy Asher, Harvey's wife, taught creative writing and served as Drury's first writer-in-residence from 1979-2003. She cofounded America Writes for Kids, a children's literature site.

  See the Project: America Writes for Kids

Fall break 2011 found SIFE students Bonnie Lyons and Erica Juchems, along with director Sarah Montgomery '09 and faculty advisor John Taylor, in San Mateo, Belize.

Drury's SIFE team first traveled to San Mateo last spring to build a recycling rain garden for Holy Cross Anglican School. This second trip established a sewing co-op for women in the community. A $5,000 grant written by Lyons helped fund the project, which hopes to give women in San Mateo skills, supplies, and empowerment to support their families. Next, the team hopes to help the co-op find opportunities to sell merchandise at shops in the Springfield area and online.


Drury students can now earn a wellness certificate from the Cleveland Clinic. The prestigious medical education center helped develop curriculum that includes courses on diet, exercise, stress management and other health issues based on a student's interests. In the final year of the program, students will go into the community to work with businesses, schools and non-profits to help develop wellness programs. After completion, students will graduate with a certificate in wellness from Drury, which counts for seven credit hours.

Cleveland Clinic & Drury Partner for Wellness Certificate

New minor in Animal Studies
Drury students in any major can now earn a minor in Animal Studies thanks to donations from alumnus and former Price is Right host Bob Barker '47.

The Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor of Animal Rights, Patricia McEachern, directs the program. Courses in the 18-hour minor are taught by instructors from the fields of biology, criminology, philosophy, psychology, religion and sociology

"This minor in Animal Studies has captured the interest of colleges and universities nationwide," said Barker, who has donated $2 million since 2008 to establish the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights and the endowed professorship.

Recent Grads Find Success

Stan Maxson '11
History grad Stan Maxson has been teaching English to kindergarten students in Busan, South Korea, learning how to deal with living in a foreign country and adapting to a new language and culture. Some things, however, remain the same.

Maxson reflected, "On some of those rare moments of repose in the classroom, I reflect on the nose picking, the tears shed over broken pencils, and the chaotic energy that children exude, and consider that teaching kindergarten is going to be teaching kindergarten, wherever
you are."



Jonathan Thomas '11
Jonathan Thomas is spending this spring semester as an intern at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He is one of 24 interns who were selected for the program.

Thomas, an arts administration, design arts, and German triple major, will also have the opportunity to attend presentations with domestic and foreign delegations that visit the Kennedy Center to learn about arts management. "It's an honor to be chosen to work for an organization that has created such a strong foundation for the Arts," said Thomas.

CGCS: Civil War Murals

Jimmie Marler has taught art classes through CGCS at Drury's Cabool, Ava and Licking campuses for more than 17 years. In 2010, the City of Hartville Chamber of Commerce commissioned him to paint murals throughout the city. Hartville is planning a Civil War reenactment in April 2013 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hartville.

Marler's Civil War-inspired murals are displayed on walls at God's Storehouse food pantry, a Subway restaurant, and the Historical Society.
In addition to teaching at Drury, Marler is a local artist who has taught in the Hartville and Norwood Public Schools for 37 years.

Upcoming Events

Annual All Student Competitive Exhibition

See student work from across campus, including ceramics, design, painting, photography and more.
April 9-30
Pool Art Center Gallery

Creating Community Through the Arts
Graduate students, along with entrepreneurship and arts administration majors, engage in motivational art-making activities in partnership with the Missouri Hotel. This two-week project concludes with the 12th Annual Art Exhibit and community reception. Facilitated by Rebecca Burrell, School of Education and Child Development.
June 15, 1-3 p.m.
Drury on C-Street Gallery


Music Therapy
Intergenerational Rock Band Concert

This 2nd annual event features faculty, staff and students performing fun, familiar songs—along with residents of The Gardens Assisted Living.
Directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Natalie Wlodarczyk.
Monday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Clara Thompson Hall

Enron by Lucy Prebble

Our final production of the 2011-2012 season is presented at the Vandivort Center Theatre downtown.
April 19-21 and 25-28, 7:30 p.m.
April 22, 2 p.m.

Speakers & Events

Drury University hosted the NAACP's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 16. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march gathered at Mediacom Ice Park then traveled over the MLK bridge to Clara Thompson Hall.

Dr. Tererai Trent, the keynote speaker, was born in Zimbabwe and was denied an education because of her gender. She overcame illiteracy, poverty and abuse, moved to the United States, and earned a doctorate from Western Michigan University. In May 2011, Trent was selected as Oprah Winfrey's "all-time favorite guest." Drury graduate Gwen Marshall '05 along with Lyle Foster, owner of Big Momma's Coffee and Espresso Bar in Springfield, delivered a call to action.

Watch Excerpts from Dr. Trent's speech

Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship
The Edward Jones Center continues to provide professional development opportunities for Drury students and the community, including: the Minority Entrepreneurship Workshop, quarterly Lunch & Learn series, the Ecopreneurship event, the Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium, and the Self Employment in the Arts conference.

In partnership with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Missouri State University, the EJC hosted the second Entrepreneur Exchange at Drury in September. "Make an Impact! The Value of Building Strong Business Relationships" featured three panelists: Gary Whitaker of 417 magazine, restaurant entrepreneur Paul Sundy, and Marlene Chism, author and founder of The Stop Your Drama Methodology.

Art & Art History
The Pool Art Center was host to a conference, "Conservation: Art-Architecture-Artifact," this March. Speakers from a variety of disciplines addressed conservation practices as applied to natural and man-made objects—from bones to books to buildings. University Archivist William Garvin presented: "Do Not Not Handle: Balancing Conservation and Learning in a 'Working' Rare Book Collection."

Commencement 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
O'Reilly Family Event Center


Greek Life
Drury University sororities collected prom dresses for victims of the May 22 Joplin tornado. A team of industry leaders volunteered their talents to host the Joplin Prom Ambush, asking several Missouri colleges and universities to collect used prom dresses for the girls of Joplin High School.

Drury's Joplin Prom Ambush team collected 299 dresses, 13 pairs of heels and three handbags.

All four of Drury's sororities collected dresses: Kappa Delta, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Beta Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha, along with the Panhellenic Council, the governing body of Drury's sorority chapters.

"After the devastating tornado, the number one priority for the citizens of Joplin was to rebuild, and after months of hard work the city is coming back to life," said Abby Glenn '11, Drury Panhellenic co-advisor. "Now, by collecting these dresses, we'll be able to help Joplin High School have a prom that they'll never forget."

The young women "shopped" for their dresses on March 10. The Joplin Prom Ambush team provided the free dresses and tuxedos, along with a disc jockey, pictures and food.

Panthers Swimming & Diving Champs

Drury celebrated victories at the NCAA-II Swimming & Diving Championships in Mansfield, Texas.

The men's squad won their eighth straight national title, while the women earned a second place trophy, coming in just one point short of first.


Pomp & Pounce: Mascot soon to become alumnus

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After four years of pumping up crowds and cheering on student-athletes as our beloved mascot, Pouncer, senior Garret Shelenhamer is preparing to hang up his suit. He took time to answer a few questions before he retires from mascot duties this May.

Majors: Psychology, criminology and sociology

Hometown: Bolivar, Mo.

Activities: Mortar Board, Ambassadors, Fanthers, Habitat for Humanity, Drury Volunteer Corps, Behavioral Sciences Club, Criminology Club, Track and Field.

How did you get started as Pouncer?
My freshman year there were tryouts, and when I stepped into the suit, I knew it was meant for me. It just felt right, like a second skin. Ever since then, I have dedicated four years of my college experience to being Pouncer. In that time, I have only missed two women's games and two men's games.

What's the suit like inside?
Well, the suit weighs a lot more when I have to put the fat suit on—probably an extra 50 pounds total. And the temperature inside is…HOT!

Do you have a favorite Pouncer memory?
There are so many good stories, but I will never forget the time that an alumnus of 50 years told me I was the reason he keeps coming to basketball games. I just love all of the memories of
pictures with children, chest bumps with referees, and above all the amazing spirit of the basketball games. Mascot camp was fun, too!

Tell us more about this mascot camp…
Last summer at Missouri State, mascots from eight schools participated. I learned all sorts of things, from dances to skits to group stunts, how to engage all types of crowds, how to be the best mascot EVER, how to have fun and make people laugh.

Where are you off to after Drury?
I'm off to graduate school to study forensic psychology, then on to get my Ph.D. with the long-term goal of working for the FBI.

Any advice for future mascots out there?
Make people smile and laugh, and leave them wanting more. "Live long and Mascot!"

Three cheers to Garret and all our graduates!

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