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Drury students return to campus this Friday

For Immediate Release: August 16

Emily Givens
Director of Transitional Programs
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 16, 2010 - Drury University is getting ready to welcome more than 500 new students to the Springfield campus as the 2010-2011 school year gets under way.
The four-day orientation program brings together new students, student mentors and faculty for a series of events designed to introduce the social and academic sides of university life, and it sets the stage for each student's success at Drury.

Students will see a number of changes on campus when they return, including: a newly remodeled Wallace Hall, a nearly complete O'Reilly Family Event Center and freshly seeded green space at the site where Turner and Belle Halls once stood.

New student orientation begins when residence halls open for move-in at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 20. Drury President Todd Parnell and other staff and faculty will be at the residence halls helping students carry their belongings into their rooms. Orientation concludes with a party and fireworks on Monday, August 23.

Other highlights of orientation include:

Friday, Aug. 20

  • New students move in to residence halls, 8 a.m.-noon.
  • Dr. Will Keim presentation at Clara Thompson Hall, 6:15 p.m. Dr. Keim is an intercollegiate chaplain from Corvalis, Ore. He has spoken to college students in every state. Keim will get students motivated for college and help parents let go.

Saturday, Aug. 21    

  • Day two with Dr. Will Keim. Clara Thompson Hall, 10 a.m.
  • Dinner, ice skating, broomball and board games. Jordan Valley Ice Park, 4-6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 22

  • Orientation Convocation. Clara Thompson Hall, 11 a.m. 2002 Drury graduate Kiley Hill, now the clinical study coordinator of a neurogenetics lab at the University of California-San Diego, will talk to students about the importance of interpersonal communication in the digital age.
  • Dinner and dessert in faculty homes, 5-7 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 23            

  • Beginning of School Celebration: music, cold treats, giveaways and a fireworks show for the Drury community. Drury Lane, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Off-Campus Community Service Plunge with Alpha Classes (Drury’s required first- year course for freshmen), 10 a.m.-noon, some of the highlights from the different volunteer projects are listed:
    • Fall cleaning at the Discovery Center
    • South Creek cleanup
    • Tree removal and cleanup at the Victims Memorial Garden at Phelps Grove Park.

Classes begin for Traditional Day school students and students in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies on Monday, Aug. 23, at 5 p.m.


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