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Annual Graduate Ceremony Held
St. Robert – Fort Leonard Wood campus
Drury University participated in the annual graduate ceremony at Fort Leonard Wood. Thirteen Drury graduates walked. The ceremony was officiated by Colonel Mike Randerson (Ret.).This is an important event for soldiers and their families because of the many obstacles that were overcome to complete their degrees.
Drury caravan headed to Purdy
Courtesy of the Monett Times
The Drury Lady Panthers basketball team will make a caravan visit to Purdy on Saturday, September 17 to allow fans in that region a chance to get more familiar with the coaches, players and program.
It's the hometown of new DU freshman Shelby White, and fans from all surrounding towns are invited to the First Baptist Church in Purdy from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for a breakfast and a meet-and-greet with the team. Activities will continue across the street in the park after the breakfast, and give fans plenty of time to acquire autographs and meet Coach Steve Harold and all of the Lady Panthers as they gear up for a big 2011-12 campaign.
Drury is coming off a 20-10 season that produced a share of the Great Lakes Valley Conference West (GLVC). title - their fifth in six seasons as a league member - and a ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA-II Tournament, where the Lady Panthers advanced to the Midwest Region semifinals.
The Lady Panthers this season return top players in reigning GLVC Freshman of the Year Bethanie Funderburk and junior guard Katie Pritchard, the nation's leading 3-point shooter in 2009-10 before missing all of last season due to injury. Also returning are the likes of seniors Erica Groose and Kassie Walker, strong sophomore and junior classes and an incoming freshman class that includes White, who helped lead Purdy to a state basketball championship last winter.
For more information please contact Grant Young at 442-3215.
Drury University Opens New Rolla Location
Beginning on Monday, August 29, Drury opened the doors at a new location in Rolla: 1034 Hwy. 63 South. Drury staff say the move is needed to accommodate continued enrollment growth in the region.
"This new facility will provide our students with more classrooms, two large break rooms and lounge areas along with a faculty prep area," said Myra Miller, director of Drury's Rolla facility. "We're already working with local businesses to ready the new location and we will make every effort to make this a smooth transition for our students."
If you have questions or to register for classes in Rolla, call the campus at (573) 368-4959.Continuing Studies Graduate Releases Children's Book on Bullying Prevention
Author visit for Please Don't Tease by Drury alumna Denese Marshall is scheduled for July 23 at 1:00 at Barnes and Noble Bookstore. A native of Springfield, Missouri, Denese Marshall is releasing her new book to prevent bullying for children aged 4-7.
Denese Marshall has her degrees in Psychology and Criminology and wrote her senior research paper on the long term effects of childhood teasing. While doing her research, she read so many stories of young children being debilitated by teasing and it was too much for her to bear. Denese's daughter suffered a birth injury leaving her partial paralysis of her arm, a condition called Erb's Palsy. The original prognosis was the possible limited use of her arm resulting in deformity and atrophy.
Beyond what her daughter's limitations would be, the first thought was the possibility of the teasing she would face at school by her peers. This was the spark that ignited Please Don't Tease. In the midst of the research a family member was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, under the umbrella of autism. People with social difficulty are the target of teasing and bullying more often than those with just physical differences. Hence, the Please Don't Tease fire began to roar.
Denese is 100% committed to teaching small children the art of compassion and acceptance. She feels it is through these attributes that bullying will be prevented. Denese is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders.
Rolla Welcomes New Campus Director Myra Miller
Myra Miller is no stranger to Drury University having graduated from the school with a B.A. degree in Communications ('83) and Masters in Education ('86). Most recently, she has earned the ABD distinction (All But Dissertation) while working on her PhD from St. Louis University in Higher Education Administration. Myra has taught communication courses at Drury and Missouri State University as an adjunct faculty for the past twelve years. In 2005, she was recognized as the "Sue Rollins Educator of the Year" through Drury's College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Myra has over 20 years of professional experience in marketing, public relations, program coordination, and event management. As a highlight of her career, she was the PR Coordinator for three, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episodes. The past three years, Myra has been involved with the planning and building phase of the O'Reilly Family Event Center in addition to serving an administrative role in the athletic department. Currently, she is serving as Coordinator of Special Projects the Drury athletic department with a focus on summer sports camp marketing.
Drury staff member recognized as contributor to American Evaluation Association
Dr. Laura Plybon, Drury's College of Continuing Professional Studies Director of Assessment and Instructional Design, has been invited by the American Evaluation Association (AEA) to contribute to the AEA 365 Tip-A-Day program.Dr. Plybon was selected as a contributor to the AEA conference based on a submission that she co-authored with Tony Bowers, Director of the Drury Law Enforcement Academy. The submission centered on an evaluation of the Drury Law Enforcement Academy where incoming students were assessed in order to determine if the ASSET writing skills test could serve as an appropriate predictor of future academic success, as well as completion of the academy. Read full release >>
Spring 2011 Commencement
CCPS Student Spotlight: Sean Zeiger
Drury University graduated 635 students in May 2011 with 389 of those coming from the College of Continuing Professional Studies. One of those students was Sean Zeiger, who graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science. Sean has been accepted to a graduate program at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he will continue his education. We asked Sean to tell us about his experience at Drury and where he's headed next.
CCPS Alumni Spotlight: Willie Rowell
Courses Rowell has taught at Drury include: Domestic Violence, Deviant Social Behavior, Ritualistic Investigation, Ethics in Law Enforcement, and Signs & Symptoms of Child Abuse, among many others. His method is to teach his students the three Cs: cops, courts, and corrections. Rowell refuses to let a student fail- "if you fail a student, chances are, you lose their entire college education. The student will most likely drop out."
CCPS Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Archie Russell
Dr. Russell utilized the skills he learned at Drury, and went on to graduate from New York University with a degree in business management. His professional career began in New York working for Prudential Insurance. Working his way up, he later became vice president of Chase Manhattan Bank.