Fusion Day

Fusion Day is a time set aside to celebrate your academic work by providing an opportunity to showcase original research, scholarship, or creative work with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the larger community.  This year Fusion Day will be on April 27-28.  Classes will be cancelled on April 28 so students can participate by both presenting and attending sessions.


There are a number of ways the Drury community can participate in Fusion Day, including certificate panels, poster sessions and Fuse talks.

  • Posters: The poster session is open to major capstone projects, independent research/scholarship or creative work, certificate capstones, or notable scholarship/research from a class.  The submission deadline for posters is Friday, April 15.
  • Fuse Talks: Fuse Talks will be seven-minute Ted Talk style presentations that need to be appropriate for a general audience.  Fuse Talks will have a live audience and will be streamed to parents and alumni.  A faculty committee will select speakers from the submitted applications.  Submitted videos will be evaluated based on content and presentation.  In addition, talks will be chosen to represent the broad array of our academic programs.  The deadline for submission of a Fuse Talk is Monday, April 11.

The Cox Compass Center will provide workshops to help students develop and design their posters.  The university will print the posters for all students and cover the printing costs.


Wednesday, April 27

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Graduate project posters: Communication and Education
Clara Thompson Hall

7 p.m.
Alumni Speaker: Doyal Bryant ’75
Clara Thompson Hall

Thursday, April 28

9 – 9:50 a.m.
Certificate Capstone panels session I and II
Breech and Lay Hall

10 – 10:50 a.m.
Certificate Capstone panels session III and IV
Breech and Lay Hall

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Major capstone presentations
O’Reilly Family Event Center

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Food Trucks
Lot 12, behind O’Reilly Family Event Center

1 – 2 p.m.
Honors and Fusion Grant presentations
Plaster Gallery

2 – 3:15 p.m.
Fuse Talks Session I
O’Reilly Family Event Center

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Fuse Talks Session II
O’Reilly Family Event Center

7 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Byron Pitts
O’Reilly Family Event Center

Keynote Speaker: Byron Pitts

Portrait of Byron Pitts.

Known for his thought-provoking coverage and commitment to exceptional storytelling, Byron Pitts is a multiple Emmy award-winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline. In 2013, Pitts became an anchor and the Chief National Correspondent at ABC. Prior to working for ABC, Pitts was the Chief National Correspondent for CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. He was also CBS’s lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the September 11th attacks and won an Emmy for his coverage.

A news veteran with over 20 years of experience, other major stories Pitts has covered include the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait and the refugee crisis in Kosovo, to name but a few. Pitts realized a life-long goal when he was named a Contributing Correspondent to CBS’ 60 Minutes in 2009. Pitts’ many achievements are all the more extraordinary when he tells of the many obstacles he faced as a child. Raised by a single mother in a working class neighborhood in Baltimore, Pitts was illiterate until the age of twelve and had a persistent stutter. Capitalizing on his desire to play football, his mother mandated he receive B’s or above in school in order to play. With that focus, Pitts learned to read and went on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University. With the help of his roommate and a college professor, Pitts found the support and encouragement necessary to pursue a career in broadcast journalism—a field that demands excellence in writing and speaking. By staying focused, setting simple and achievable goals and finding strength in faith, Pitts overcame powerful odds. He graduated in 1982 with a BA in Journalism and Speech Communication.

In May 2017, Byron released his next book Be the One: Six True Stories of Teens Overcoming Hardship with Hope. Through stirring interviews and with his award-winning storytelling ability, Byron Pitts brings the struggles and triumphs of six everyday heroes to other teens just like them, encouraging all to be the source of inspiration in their own lives and to appreciate the lives of others around them.

Pitts’ grit and determination shone throughout his illustrious career garnered him several prestigious awards, including a national Emmy Award for his coverage of the Chicago train wreck of 1999, a National Association of Black Journalists Award, and second national Emmy Award for individual reporting of the September 11th terror attacks. He is also the recipient of four Associated Press Awards and six regional Emmy Awards.

Pitts lives Weehawken, N.J.