Art and Art History

The Springfield Regional Arts Council awarded Professor Tom Parker an individual Ozzie Award. Each year, the community nominates performers, facilitators, benefactors, individuals or organizations; and a five-member selection committee chooses those who best promote, personify and support artistic achievement. Parker was recognized for his part in creating the Master’s in Studio Art and Theory program at Drury.


Assistant swimming coach Jason Hite ’97, M.A. ’99 was named Southwest Missouri’s Man of the Year by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in June.

Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Jennie Silva Brown, assistant professor of psychology, has been accepted as a participant in the 2014 Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Summer Leadership Institute. The institute is designed to provide participants with a distinctive opportunity to develop leadership capacity in acting as agents of change in transformation of STEM higher education in their departments, institutions and the nation.

Drury University’s Psi Chi chapter recently earned the “Model Chapter Award” from the Psi Chi National Office. Drury was one of only 33 chapters nationwide to receive this status.

Dr. Jeanie Allen, associate professor of psychology, received a $500 scholarship to attend a three-day intensive workshop on Relational Cultural Theory at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley College. The scholarship was recommended by Dr. Judith Jordan, director of the institute.


Dr. Janis Prewitt Auner, associate professor of management, received the Missouri Lawyer Weekly’s Women’s Justice Legal Scholar Award. The Women’s Justice Awards recognize women across Missouri who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. The awards reach out to women in various segments of the legal community, including the bar, the bench, public office, business, academia, non-profits and the state at large.


The DUTV Studio crew had a strong showing at the Missouri Broadcast Educators annual media contest in April. Christine Bass ’13 won Best Feature Story 2:00 or Less; Aaron Campbell ’14 produced and hosted the DUTV show that won Best Non-Reoccurring Show; and the DUTV Studio Crew was awarded the first place winner for Best Live Music Video.

Drury’s AD Team earned the Best Business Ingenuity Idea Award at the District 9 AAF National Student Advertising Competition in Kansas City on April 10. More than 20 Drury students from communication, visual communication and marketing created an integrated marketing communication plan for Mary Kay cosmetics.


Drury’s elementary education program is nationally recognized as an exemplary program through the Association of Childhood Education International. This honor recognizes that the program has met additional rigorous standards in addition to the accreditation process through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Association for Childhood Education International is the premiere organization for promoting healthy development and education for children worldwide.

Faculty Awards

Drury recognized outstanding faculty members at the 2014-2015 Matriculation Convocation on August 21. A student and faculty committee selected the recipients of these awards. The committee received nominations from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Each of the honorees was recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Daniel Ponder was presented with the Faculty Award for Teaching; Dr. Madhuri Manpadi earned the Faculty Award for Scholarship; Dr. Kevin Jansen was honored with the Faculty Award for Leadership; Dr. Raymond Patton received the Faculty Award for Liberal Learning; and Drs. Leah Blakey and Wesley Rowley were awarded the Faculty Awards for Advising.


Daniel-LivesayDr. Dan Livesay, assistant professor of history, has been named the Sherman Emerging Scholar for 2014. The Sherman Award is a single award offered annually; nominees are historians across many fields of history.

Dr. Livesay also received a National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” fellowship in African American history at the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library in Williamsburg, Va. He conducted research at the library in July for a new project studying the lives of elderly slaves in colonial America.

Judge Warren L. White Scholars

Drury University honored the Judge Warren White Scholars at the Matriculation Convocation on August 21. These are the students with the highest grade point averages after completing the first year at Drury. Each honoree will receive a $275 scholarship. The 2014-2015 Judge Warren L. White Scholars are Fahad Paler Alkhaldi, Seth Adu Amankrah, Nicholette Mae Andersen, Ashley S. Hesterberg, Trey Weston Hufham, Yuchen Kang, Trent Witten Ledbetter, Corey Burton Marquardt, Lara Sophia Muller, Swapnaneel Nath, Laura Alexandra Spraggins and Olivia Rose Willoughby.


Dr. Elizabeth Nichols, professor of Spanish and chair of the department of languages, has been awarded a GreenLeaf Visiting Library Scholar Award by the Latin American and Iberian Institute. The award will support her travel and housing costs for a two-week research trip to the Greenleaf Library at the University of New Mexico during the 2014-2015 winter break.


The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) presented Drury with its Collegiate Chapter Growth Award in April.

Dr. Carlyle Sharpe received the Opus award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association for his composition “Psalm 8.” The award is presented annually to one outstanding composition that exemplifies the highest standard of choral music composition.



Hammons School of Architecture students Eric Baldwin, Juan Zorrilla, Jami Lu and Charles Jia participated in a summer internship program in Shozu, China, sponsored by the SIP Design and Research Institute. Drury students collaborated with students from Xi’an Jiatong-Liverpool University, Shozu University, and Southeast University of China. Directed by Drury faculty member Yong Huang, students worked on an Inhabitable Object project that was intended to transform a 7,000 square foot gallery and lobby space owned by the SIP Design and Research Institute into an urban public space. The students also worked with local design professionals on a number of architectural design projects, including the NanoTech Center in Shozu, the Historical City Wall Museum in Xuzhou, the Solar-Thermal Energy Tower in Suqian and the Beijing Planning Exhibition Center.


Drury students Jamie Lu, Eric Baldwin, Charles Jia, and Juan Zorrilla with faculty mentor Yong Huang.

The team representing Drury University and Crowder College is in the midst of design and fundraising work for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition, in which teams design and build solar powered houses that combine affordability, innovation and design excellence. The Drury/Crowder entry, inspired by the devastating EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. in 2011, will not only be energy efficient, but also disaster-response-ready. The house’s high wind and impact resistance will allow it to serve as both a disaster relief command center and as relief housing. The Solar Decathlon team includes over 100 students from 22 different majors supported by 12 faculty mentors.

The student organization Art of Space received a $2,200 grant from the ideaXfactory for the “Qi” installation. The installation was completed in cooperation with the Drury chapter of the American Institute of Architecture students and Tau Sigma Delta for the April and May First Friday Art Walks, and for the Beaux-Arts Ball, at the ideaXfactory.

Art & Art History

Jacqueline Warren, associate professor and artist in residence, is curating an exhibition in the Pool Art Center Gallery for the month of November. The invitational exhibition is called “Unconventional Wisdom,” and 12 artists will exhibit three dimensional and conceptual artwork. The show will be accompanied by a video of the artists’ statements of their processes in developing their work.

Jordan Valley Community Health Center acquired artwork from Drury students and faculty for its new wing, which opened in August. Photography student Andrew Gunnett and painting students Sari (Higgins) Shryack and Danielle Danforth had work included in the collection. Jacqueline Warren, whose work is also included in the collection, submitted entries, and a committee from Jordan Valley Community Health Center made the final selections.

Behavioral Science

Behavioral science students Ashley Marmouget and Carson Teague were selected to intern with Dr. Brittany Allen ’02, chief of neuropsychology and Dr. Ryan Jones, clinical neuropsychologist, at CoxHealth. The students will observe outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological evaluations and learn how to administer and score certain neuropsychological tests.

In March, behavioral science students presented the results of their yearlong research projects at the Annual Meetings of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Nashville, Tenn. In April, seven students made research presentatrishmorris-copytions at the Missouri Academy of Sciences in Warrensburg, Mo.

Dr. Patricia Morris, assistant professor of sociology, was the keynote speaker at the annual conference for the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA) titled “Animal Futures: Perspectives from Ethics, Law, and Social Science.” Morris’s talk, delivered at the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and School of Biosciences in the United Kingdom, was based on her research on animal euthanasia among veterinarians.

The American Sociological Association nominated Dr. Patricia Morris to receive a section award for her book, Blue Juice: Euthanasia in Veterinary Medicine.


Ashley Morris M.A. ’13 co-authored a study with Dr. Curt Gilstrap, titled “Role Fluidity and Emergent Followership: How Nonprofit Leaders Communicate Their Relationship as/to Follower,” which appeared in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership in fall 2014.

Kendra Nigel Holderby M.A. ’14 and current graduate student Katrina Valera co-authored with Drs. Curt Gilstrap and Cristina Gilstrap “Crisis Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations: Communication and Conceptualized Effectiveness,” which was accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association’s 100th Anniversary National Conference to be held in Chicago in November.

Communication (cont.)

Dan Prater, director of the Center for Nonprofit Communication, spent two weeks in the Bahamas this summer. While there, he served as a consultant to the One Eleuthera Foundation. The island of Eleuthera suffers from 75% unemployment, severe health issues including a 45% fatality breast cancer rate, and other critical community issues. Prater’s work there includes providing help to the foundation on organizational/structural issues, conducting community assessments, helping establish a higher education presence through a partnership with the College of Bahamas, leading public training sessions and conducting research. Future projects will include establishing a social enterprise center, building a shelter for abused boys and girls and establishing a system to support public schools.


Dr. Rich Schur released his first podcast interview for the “New Books in Pop Music” channel. Dr. Schur interviewed Dr. Marcia Dawkins, professor of communications at USC, Annenberg.

Jo Van Arkel, professor of English and chair of the English department, through her micropress dubbed Pencil Box Press, released Snapshots, an anthology featuring Karen Craigo, English instructor, and Drury alumni Loren Broaddus ’88 M.Ed. ’94, Cassy Cochrun ’10, Amanda Layman Low ’09, Kate Murr ’01, Matt Stowe ’08, Matt Van Arkel ’09 and Jessica Zephyrs ’07. The next book from Pencil Box Press will be Animal Tails: A Pocket Library. It will include pieces by Will Brooks ’09, Lisa Sifferman ’09, Brian White ’91, Elspeth Harwood ’13 and Brett Littlefield ’12. It will also feature work by Craig Smith, retired Drury librarian, and instructors Susan Atteberry Smith and Karen Craigo.


The departments of history and political science are sponsoring a winter study abroad program in Morocco during the January term. Drs. Shelley Wolbrink and Jeff VanDenBerg will travel with students for a two-week tour of Morocco, including Marrakesh, Fez and Meknes. The students will learn through on-site visits to historical centers.


The department of languages established an online literary journal and blog called “Eloquia.” The blog features works of fiction and literary analysis by languages students at all levels. Some texts include English translations. You can visit “Eloquia” at


Drury University organist Dr. Earline Moulder ’73 was introduced on June 6th and July 4th on Classic Music Radio FM 102.5 from Sydney, Australia with a recording she made on Drury’s Chalfant organ. This began an ongoing series from Sydney, which may include her recordings on European organs.

The Drury Wind Symphony was selected by peer-reviewed audition to perform at the 2015 Missouri Music Educators Conference.

Dr. Christopher Koch, associate professor of music and director of orchestras and wind symphony, was a finalist in the conducting division of the American Prize Competition.

In May, Dr. Koch performed a concert of 16th and 17th century Italian music with international cornetto virtuoso Kiri Tollaksen.

The national award-winning Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is entering its 10th season, with concerts scheduled for September 12, November 2 and May 4. Internationally acclaimed pianist Anthony Padilla will perform Grieg’s beloved “Piano Concerto” at the opening concert, while Drury’s Dr. Stephen Bomgardner will join the orchestra in November for a rare performance of Vaughan Williams’ “On Wenlock Edge.” This year also marks the 3rd anniversary of the Charles R. Hall Young Artist Competition, which brings some of the region’s most musically and academically gifted students to campus. You can find more information at

Music Therapy

The music therapy department welcomed Julie Cassity, MS, LPC, MT-BC as a full-time special instructor. Cassity will continue to direct the on-campus Center for Music Therapy and Wellness as she adds teaching to her duties.

Junior music therapy major Cecilia Deken was recently voted president of the Midwestern Region Student Association of the American Music Therapy Association.

Philosophy & Religion

A new book by former adjunct professor Dr. Roger Ray, Progressive Faith and Practice (Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By), was released in August by Wipf and Stock publishers.

Study Abroad

For the third consecutive summer, the Drury Center in Aigina, Greece welcomed students for short-term study abroad programs. This summer’s programs ranged from ethics to sustainability and geography, but each program achieved the common goal of helping Drury students become responsible global citizens through active engagement with the local community.

This summer, students led by Dr. Sean Terry cooperated with community leaders to develop a plan for a “clean beaches” initiative. Their proposal will serve as the framework for an adopt-a-beach program on the island, and the Drury Center, along with its community partners, will take the lead by adopting one of the most popular beaches near the town of Aigina. During the coming academic year, students at the Drury Center will continue to put this proposal into action by working with other community groups to adopt more beaches around the island.

Associate professors Dr. Chris Panza and Blaine Whisenhunt led a group of students who toured the archaeological site of Colona, where the ancient city of Aigina lies. After going through the 11 layers of ancient cities, they drew their own conclusions about urban life in ancient times and the ways in which modern societies could benefit from a return to ancient methods and ideologies.



In May, the HSA hosted its 11th annual Librarium event. Students exhibited exemplary design projects completed during the academic year, and a distinguished invited jury awarded prizes that assisted students in building their professional libraries. Jurors also participated in end-of-semester design reviews. Jurors included Winka Dubbledam, principal of ARCHI-TECTONICS in New York and chair of the architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania; and Daniel Radner ’11, project designer at el dorado architects in Kansas City.

The 2014 HSA visiting professors of practice will be two principals and founders of Barcelona’s MX-SI Architectural Studio. Hector Mendoza and Mara Partida will visit campus and co-lead a fifth-year design studio and engage with students, faculty and alumni.

Art & Art History

On April 25th, two Drury art history students presented their capstone research in the 9th annual Drury University/Missouri State University Art History Symposium. The collaborative symposium was organized by MSU art historian Dr. Catherine Jolivette and Drury art historian Dr. Tom Russo, and was hosted by the Springfield Art Museum.

Building Community Through the Arts

From left to right: MSU students Allison Robbins, Drew Pilkenton and Drury students Kevin Rogan M.Arch. ’14 and Paden Chambers M.Arch. ’14.

From left to right: MSU students Allison Robbins, Drew Pilkenton and Drury students Kevin Rogan M.Arch. ’14 and Paden Chambers M.Arch. ’14.

“Building Community Through the Arts” concluded with the 14th annual art show and community reception on June 13. Nearly 100 attendees—including city leaders, community leaders, Drury faculty and staff, and homeless—gathered for this event at the Missouri Hotel.

Works by the Missouri Hotel “artistes in residence,” as well as Drury students, were well represented at the show. The course, art show and reception were made possible thanks to generous gifts from community partners and from Dr. Sandy Lester in memory of Rick Lester ’74, Drury Trustee, who is credited as the entrepreneurial muse for the arts administration program.

Breech Business Week

The inaugural Breech Business Week was held April 21-25 with the theme “Inspired to Lead.” Breech Business Week provided students with an opportunity to engage in activities directly related to career preparation. The week included business networking opportunities, as well as resume and social networking workshops designed to heighten students’ attention to professional presentation.

Twenty-two business professionals from a variety of industries visited Breech classes as part of the week. As professors-for-a-day, these professionals shared important insights with students about their career paths and industries.

The week closed with the Breech Student Award Luncheon, which recognizes top students. Student speaker Casey Carroll ’14 shared highlights of her time at Drury with fellow students, faculty, Breech Advisory Board members and sponsors of Breech Business Week. The Internship Achievement Award was presented to Nicholas Peterson ’14 and the Study Abroad Engagement Award was presented to Erin Dierksen ’14. The top 10 juniors and seniors were also recognized at the event.


Dr. Charles Pettijohn and Dr. Rodney Oglesby team up at the Breech Golf Tournament.

Dr. Charles Pettijohn and Dr. Rodney Oglesby team up at the Breech Golf Tournament.

The Breech Student Advisory Board sponsored a town hall event. The speaker was James Hagale, COO and president of Bass Pro Shops.

On April 22, the Drury campus became a golf course as Breech students held a fundraiser event to buy school supplies for children in Aigina, Greece.

In a joint program between the Alumni Council and students in the Project Management class, students had an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a series of professionals at a speed networking event. The event provided students with a chance to practice interview skills they will need in their job search.

On April 24, the third annual Reach Out to Breech event was held at Springfield Brewing Company. The event brought alumni and students together and included remarks by Dr. Cliff Petty, professor of management.

The second annual Breech Golf Tournament was held in May at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club. The event chaired by Tyler Creach ’05 MBA ’07 and Lisa Holt ’07 MBA ’08 raised over $9,500 for Study Abroad scholarships.


At this year’s commencement, some students wore new medallions recognizing that they studied abroad during their time at Drury. The students who purchased the medallion to wear at graduation are not only getting recognition, but are also helping future Drury students gain a similar experience; 100% of the proceeds from the medallion sales helps fund the new Study Abroad Discovery Scholarship. The goal is to make this into a sustainable endowed scholarship that will serve future Drury students.


Drury’s Summer Institute for Visual Arts (SIVA) partnered with ideaXfactory to bring an Italian arts group to Springfield for a free public workshop in August.

The group is called Radical Intention, and its workshop, held at the ideaXfactory, was titled “Learning with Each Other.” Radical Intention uses research-driven approaches and actively involves attendees in its workshops to foster a group learning experience.

The workshop was co-presented by ideaXfactory and SIVA, with support by ArtPlace America.