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Students Construct Art Kiosk at Airport
This spring, Drury architecture students designed, constructed and assembled a new art kiosk for the Springfield-Branson National Airport main terminal. The kiosk was constructed not only as a way to show off local artwork, but as a marketing effort for the airport.
"The Midfield Terminal makes a good impression on visitors," says Gary Cyr, director of aviation at the airport. "We really want the airport to be an art venue and make it part of the community."
During the month of March, four students in the Design-Build class in Drury's Hammons School of Architecture (Patrick Butler, Justin Bruce, Austin Abbott and Daniel Renner) designed and built the kiosk.
The project proved quite a challenge for everyone involved, according to Associate Professor of Architecture Traci Sooter. "The unique part is that we had to fabricate the kiosk off-site, assemble it to make sure it all worked, disassemble the structure, ship it to the airport and then assemble it on-site."
Drury student work was the first exhibit on display in the kiosk. It will also feature works by art students from Springfield Public Schools every year.
Two New Master's Programs Announced
This fall Drury added two new master's programs: a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Music Therapy.
Individuals who complete the MAT program will also earn initial certification in middle school for one of the key fields of science, mathematics or language arts.
The new MAT degree will play an integral role in addressing high need areas in Missouri schools, such as science and mathematics, and provide qualified teachers for rural areas throughout southern Missouri.
Drury is now one of only three universities in Missouri to offer a Master of Music Therapy program. The MMT degree is a 38-hour program requiring three semesters to complete.
Breech Achieves AACSB Accreditation
Drury University's Breech School of Business Administration has achieved coveted accreditation of its business degree program by AACSB Inter-national, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest service and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and accounting.
Drury now joins the list of institutions that have achieved accreditation from AACSB. Less than 5 percent of all business schools worldwide have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.
To earn accreditation, Breech had to undergo five years of rigorous internal review and evaluation. During the application process, Breech developed and implemented a mission-driven plan to satisfy 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, faculty and student interactions, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning
goals in degree programs.
Breech celebrated its accreditation with a tree planting ceremony and a dinner for the Drury family.
"AACSB accreditation is affirmation that the Breech School is a premier business school providing a quality education to our students," says Dr. Bill Rohlf. "We've been doing it for more than 50 years."
Drury Swim Team Wins Nationals
This year, Drury's swimming and diving teams netted yet another national championship. Drury picked up its eighth men's title and seventh women's NCAA title at the Division II swimming championships in Canton, Ohio.
The Panthers have now swept both titles in 1999, 2007, 2009 and 2010. In addition, Drury men's sophomore swimmer Jun Han Kim was named National Men's Swimmer of the Year.
In celebration of this achievement, the swimming and diving teams held a parade and autograph session. The Central High School Kilties joined Drury in the parade to honor the two teams.
Curry Family Donates to Drury
On May 12, Drury alumni Craig and Tracy Curry donated $500,000 to the university as the final major gift to finish construction costs for the O'Reilly Family Event Center. For their gift, Drury's athletic field and training facilities will be named the Curry Sports Complex.
Craig Curry graduated in 1983 after studying economics and business administration. He is currently the chairman and chief executive officer for Central Bank in Lebanon, Mo. Tracy studied sociology and criminology and graduated in 1984.
The ceremony took place at Harrison Stadium.
"Tracy and I are excited to be involved with such a great project for Drury University and the Springfield community," says Curry. "The O'Reilly Family Event Center is a wonderful addition for the Drury community offering more than just a sports arena."
Signs designating the "Curry Sports Complex" adorns the arch above the entrance to Harrison on Summit Street, on signage on Central Street and above the indoor Sports Training Center.
Princeton Review Ranks Drury
Drury found reason to celebrate when The Princeton Review, a prominent education services and test preparation company, named Drury in its "Best Value Colleges for 2010" list. The list, which features 100 schools in all (50 public and 50 private colleges and universities) was posted on the websites of The Princeton Review and USA Today in January.
In the Review's profile of Drury, the university was commended for its efforts to give students a relevant education while providing them with a broad world view.
"Drury strives to offer an education that will be relevant to a student's future plans. While Drury's student body is largely middle-class and from the Midwest, the school takes a worldly stance with its required Global Perspectives 21 curriculum through which every student graduates with a minor in global studies."
The Review placed Drury on its list after surveying administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid.
New Directors Named for CGCS, Breech, Library
The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Breech School of Business Administration and Olin Library welcome new directors and deans this year. Dr. Brian Holloway, the former dean of graduate studies at Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va., leads CGCS.
Although Dr. Holloway was born in New York, he spent his teenage and college years in the Midwest. "I have always understood myself to be a Midwesterner, both culturally and spiritually," says Holloway. "I consider it a privilege to be here in this time and this place. I intend to serve Drury with distinction and zest."
Dr. Michael Shirley, former dean of the College of Business Administration and professor of legal studies at the University of Central Oklahoma, heads the Breech School. "It is my honor to be selected as the next director of the Breech School," Shirley says. "The opportunity to work in collaboration with the talented faculty, staff and students of Drury, continuing its longstanding tradition and commitment to academic excellence, is an incredible and exciting privilege."
Olin Library welcomed Polly Boruff-Jones as the new library director on July 19. She was previously Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Research in the University Library at Indiana University-
Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), a position she had held since 2006.
Drury Makes Princeton Review's "Green Guide"
The Princeton Review named Drury in its "Guide to 286 Green Colleges." Drury was the only school in Missouri to make the list. The guide, which was developed by The Princeton Review in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council, focuses on higher education institutions that demonstrate a high commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure and activities.
"We are honored to be recognized among the top 5 percent of universities who have made a stronger commitment to sustainability," says Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of Campus Sustainability. "We hope this will put Drury on the radar for students who are interested in a university that values sustainability."
Drury also showed its green side with the annual celebration of Earth Day, during which students participated in various activities such as: planting their own flowers, crafting with recycled materials and remaking old shirts into shopping bags.
Parnell Gets Pie in the Face
On Feb. 15, Drury supported Haiti relief efforts by throwing pies at President Todd Parnell. Both Parnell and Andrew Wiemer, director of Leadership and Volunteer Development, volunteered to take a pie in the face for every $50 donated.
After receiving three pies to the face, Parnell donated money himself for the chance to throw a pie at Wiemer.
In addition to the offer to throw a pie at the president, Drury students raised a total of $1,750 by selling T-shirts and collecting donations at basketball games. An additional $1,589 was raised during a prayer vigil in Stone Chapel. All the money was donated to Springfield-based relief agency Convoy of Hope.
"Students on the planning committee went above and beyond," Wiemer says. "They really put their global perspective learning into action and made an effort to impact the world around them."
Wallace Hall Renovated
Wallace Hall went through a major renovation over the summer. The 85-year-old residence hall's interior was completely updated while preserving its external character.
Some of the many changes include: central heat and air; an elevator; new windows and blinds; designer paint and flooring; energy-efficient lighting; a new electrical system; new laundry facilities; improved bathrooms; a new study lounge; a sprinkler system; wheelchair accessible suites; and improved security. Crews worked throughout the summer to have the building ready for 132 new students on move-in day in August.
Remembering Bob Roach
In May 2010, Bob Roach, the former director of Drury's Center for Gifted Education, died at the age of 75. Roach, a member of the Drury family for almost 15 years, left behind a great legacy, not only
to his work, but to the people he worked and shared his life with.
On May 27, family, friends and co-workers gathered to celebrate Roach's life through stories and laughter. "When my husband needed medical tests, Bob gave us airline miles to use to fly to the Mayo Clinic," says Mary Potthoff, current director of the Center of Gifted Education. "Over the years Bob gave my husband and me several gifts, but none are more meaningful than his friendship, leadership, kindness and great stories."
Bob's service to gifted education began with his first teaching job in his hometown of Waynesville, Mo. He became concerned for the bright and talented students whose educational needs were going unmet. He completed his Gifted Education Certification at the University of South Florida and later became the first Director of Gifted Education for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He worked over 40 years on behalf of gifted children and their teachers.
The current DESE Director of Gifted Education David Welch said, "I consider Bob to be the father of gifted education in Missouri."
As a tribute to his life and work, Drury is now offering the Bob Roach Scholarship in Gifted Master's, which will be awarded to one student each year. In addition, Roach will be recognized in the Lay Hall Wall of Fame.