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Drury rewards community partners for service to students

For Immediate Release: April 19

Andrew Wiemer
Director of Leadership & Volunteer Development
Office: (417) 873-7809

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Apr. 19, 2010 — Drury University is giving back to the community this week at the Civic Leadership Award Ceremony on Wednesday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to noon in Clara Thompson Hall. At this ceremony, Drury will give out a total of $5,000 as a way to reward community agencies for their service and willingness to work with Drury students during this academic year.

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Drury implemented the Global Civic Engagement Project (GCEP), which gives students the opportunity to gain meaningful experiences that will help them grow as individuals and develop necessary professional skills. Drury will be honoring all of the community agencies and partners that the Alpha (first year) classes have been working with as a part of this project.

Drury will recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners for their work with the First Year Community Brigades program, Summit Park Leadership Community, Faculty Immersion Grant recipients and the Heifer International “Global Gateway” experience. The agencies receiving these $500 grants are:

  • Grupo Latinoamericano
  • Urban Neighborhoods Alliance
  • Residential Arts District Initiative
  • Ozark Greenways
  • Springfield History Museum
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness
  • James River Partnership
  • Springfield-Greene County Regional Health Commission
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks

To fund the endeavors of GCEP, 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 matched this grant and provided additional pilot funding for the program.


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