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First-year Drury students partner with Ozark Greenways to secure grant

For Immediate Release: March 4

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 4, 2010 – First-year Drury students have helped Ozark Greenways secure an $8,300 grant from The C.W. Titus Foundation. The money will be used to print a commemorative book on the 20-year history of the Ozark Greenways that the students are writing and designing this semester. The book is due out later this spring. Another portion of the grant will go toward trail signage.

Ozark Greenways is a non-profit group in Springfield dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of the Ozarks for public use. Ozark Greenways works to develop a comprehensive public network of greenway trails throughout Springfield and Greene County.

“It was a great opportunity for the students to receive a real life experience and one in which they achieved a great level of success,” said Terry Whaley, Executive Director of Ozark Greenways.

Four Drury freshmen worked on the grant proposal: Audra Engler, Kelsey DeVries, Kristen Healy and Randi Newton. One member of the C.W. Titus Foundation Board, Michael Davison, said in his review of the grant, “The board was impressed that the students were freshmen all volunteering their time, even over Christmas break. Drury students never fail to amaze.”

The students who worked to secure the grant for Ozark Greenways are working through the first-year Brigades program at Drury. The Brigades program is part of the Global Civic Engagement Program and is designed to encourage first year student involvement in their community by working with local non-profit organizations.

“The Brigades program is a year-long partnership between participating Alpha (first-year) Seminar sections and area non-profit organizations to develop tailored projects which meet partner needs while promoting student learning on course objectives, civic reflection and action, and psychosocial and community health,” says Dr. Michael Hill, co-director of the Global Civic Engagement Project. This year the program is expected to work with 11 other non-profit organizations.

In 2009, Drury received a $10,000 grant from the Engelhard Foundation and the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a part of the Bringing Theory to Practice Project. Drury has matched this grant and provided additional pilot funding for the new program. Co-sponsors of the Community Brigades project include the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Drury Convocation Series and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

For more information on Ozark Greenways contact Lori Tack at (417) 864-2015 or lori@ozarkgreenways.org.

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