Parents & Visitors

Family Day

Family Day Schedule
Saturday, October 3

Family Day RSVP

7 - 9:30am Panther Run – O’Reilly Family Event Center (Benefiting Care to Learn)
For more information, go to: or contact Emily Givens
Phone: (417)873-6894
9 - 10:30am Meet-&-Greet with President Manuel – The President’s House
Enjoy coffee and refreshments while visiting with President David Manuel and his wife, Betty
Coe. The President’s House is located on the corner of Benton and Calhoun.
10 am - 2pm Self Guided Tours of Campus – Campus-wide open house
General campus-wide open house for Family Day participants. Athletic/recreational
buildings and outdoor facilities will be open along with all academic and administrative
buildings. Residence Halls will also be open courtesy of the RLA (Residence Life Association).
This includes Smith, Sunderland and Wallace Halls. The sorority suites and fraternity houses
will also be open, courtesy of the Greek Life Association.
11am Baseball Panthers To Play Alumni Game – Meador Park
The Drury baseball team will play an alumni game at Meador Park, located in South
Springfield (next to the Battlefield Mall).
11am - 1pm Family Day Picnic/Entertainment by the Drury Jazz Band – FSC Commons
Experience good ol’ fashion Ozarks BBQ and entertainment by Drury’s own Jazz Band!
Free Admission. A photo booth, balloon animals and more will also be available during this
time frame in the FSC.
1 - 3pm Bubble Soccer – Sunderland Field
Drury Campus Recreation will holding its first annual Bubble Soccer event. Drury students,
staff and faculty are welcome to participate. Visiting parents and their children (ages 13 and
up) can also participate in this activity. (Sponsored by Campus Recreation)
1:30 - 3pm DVD Bingo! – FSC Ballroom
This event is a favorite with Drury students, and puts a new twist on the old favorite. Play for
fun prizes! Free Admission. (Sponsored by Residence Life Association)
2pm Drury Theatre presents Original One Acts – Studio Theatre
From September 30 thru October 3 the Theatre Department will perform one act plays. For
ticket information and performance schedules visit: or call (417) 873-6832.
2pm Springfield Regional Opera & Springfield Drury Civic Orchestra (Rehearsal)
Free Admissison!!! Take in the rehearsal for "A Gala Evening at the Opera with the
SRO"....joined by the Drury choirs. Free for all visiting Drury Parents and Family members.
(Clara Thompson Hall)
4pm Church Service – Diversity Center
A Catholic Mass will be said in the Diversity Center, formerly the historic Washington Avenue
Baptist Church. (Sponsored by Drury Catholic Campus Ministry)
7pm Drury Panther Volleyball Hosts Maryville University – O’Reilly Family Event Center
The volleyball Panthers host Maryville University at 7 pm. Free admission for all Drury
Parents and Family members, courtesy of the nationally-recognized student group, the
Fanthers. The volleyball team is also playing UMSL in Weiser Gym on Friday night (7 pm.)
7:30pm Drury Theatre presents Original One Acts – Studio Theatre
From September 30 thru October 3 the Theatre Department will perform one act plays. For
ticket information and performance schedules visit: or call (417) 873-6832.
7:30pm Springfield Regional Opera & Springfield Drury Civic Orchestra
Enjoy "A Gala Evening at the Opera with the SRO", also featuring the Drury choirs. For
ticket information go to: Admission is $20 (tickets can be purchased at the door).

Drury Bookstore Hours: 10 am. - 3 pm.

The bookstore will be offering a Family Day discount of 10% off your entire purchase! Plus, take advantage of the Dean’s Deal: Purchase a Family Day T-shirt for $2 off with coupon that is included in Family Day packet available at Meet-n-Greet with President Manuel.


There is plenty of campus parking and all campus parking lots will be available for all visitors on Saturday, October 3. However, because of the Panther Run on Saturday morning, and the other events throughout the day, campus parking will be impacted more than usual. Once arriving on campus you may park in any parking lot. View the parking lot locations here.

Hotel Information

The following hotels have established a “Drury Rate/Corporate Rate” for parents and families. Simply ask for the Drury/Corporate Rate when you reserve your room (based on availability).

Comfort Inn-South (417) 889-8188 Rate: $79.99
Double Tree by Hilton (417) 831-3131 Rate: $99.00
Greenstay Hotel & Suites (417) 863-1440 Rate: $65.99
LaQuinta Inn & Suites (Airport) (417) 447-4466 Rate: $89.00
Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center (417) 866-5253 Rate: $81.00
TownePlace Suites by Marriott (417) 881-8118 Rate: $135.00


What’s going on in Springfield?

Friday-Sunday, October 2-4

Springfield Greene County Park Board is offering “Two for One Tennis” at Cooper Tennis Complex, “Two for One Golf” at any Park Board Course and “Two for One” Ice Skating at Mediacom Ice Park. Reduced admission is also available for Dickerson Park Zoo. Contact
Dan Cashel at or (417) 873-7222 for details ask for a flyer upon registration.

Friday, October 2

The Downtown Springfield Association hosts the First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Springfield from 6-10 p.m. as well as a Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival takes place in Park Central Square while the Artwalk takes place in Park Central Square, Commercial Street, and Drury’s Pool Arts Center. Shop, dine and explore amid unique shops, coffee houses, unforgettable dining experiences, galleries, theatres and an Art Walk. 

Saturday, October 3

Experience OktoberFest Village at Taste of Springfield. The Taste of Springfield event begins at 11 am. and runs to 3 pm. The 7th Annual OktoberFest Village will be open from 11 am. to 9 pm. It all can be found in Downtown Springfield! For more information visit: