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Mr. Melgren goes to Washington: Grad takes part in Congressional briefing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 15, 2016 — Recent Drury graduate Evan Melgren will take part in a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, as part of panel hosted by the New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U). Melgren will describe how his experience on Drury’s Solar Decathlon team contributed to his education and career success.

The panel is part of a series of events hosted next week by the NAC&U, which is a national consortium of selective, independent colleges and universities dedicated to the integration of liberal arts education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Drury is one of 25 member schools.

The briefing will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Rayburn Office Building. Melgren and two other students will share their experiences of how their integrative education, including undergraduate research, business consulting, and multidisciplinary team projects improved the quality of their college experiences and prepared them with real-world skills.

“Not only was the multidisciplinary aspect of the Decathlon a perfect challenge for a liberal arts student like myself, it was also a perfect model of an advanced professional endeavor,” Melgren says. “It necessitated teamwork and the inclusion of multiple perspectives to create a home that worked in all regards.”

Melgren is a 2014 Drury graduate with a degree in advertising and public relations. He was the communication chair for the Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon team, which spent 18 months designing, building and marketing a solar-powered and storm-resistant home for the national contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. About 140 teams from around the world applied and only 20 were accepted, of which only 14 successfully made it to the competition site. The Crowder-Drury team placed 8th overall. The experience led directly to a job with Killian Construction Company, where Melgren is a market research analyst.

“I feel honored to have been selected by our professors to take this important message to such a powerful forum,” he says. “A liberal arts education is an excellent route to a deeper appreciation for life, but it’s also more than that. It’s an excellent option for anyone looking to obtain an education that will prepare them for whatever life throws at them, and I can’t wait to take that message to our nation’s capitol.”

More information about the slate of events, including a similar briefing at the National Press Club on Wednesday, can be found in the NAC&U’s full news release.

Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Director of Media Relations: (417) 873-7390 or mikebrothers@drury.edu. For information about NAC&U, contact Michelle Apuzzio at apuzzio@newamericancolleges.org.

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