Art and Art History

Jacqueline Warren, associate professor of art, was named in 417 Magazine as one of the “Who’s Who in the Springfield Art Scene.” 

Sarah Jones, Drury Magazine’s Senior Designer, had a painting in “A Dream or a Memory,” a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork in St. Louis that explored the realm of the subconscious and themes of dreams, memories and fantasies. Her painting, “The Bunny Experiment,” won the Paul Pattengale Memorial prize.


Dr. Dan Livesay, assistant professor of history, was awarded a one-month research fellowship at the Rockefeller Library in Williamsburg, Va. He will spend June embarking on a new project investigating the lives of colonial slaves in old age. 


Students Hannah Cook and Burton Guion have each received a $2000 CW Titus Foundation Scholarship to study in Tours, France this summer. 

Senior Dylan Rinker earned a scholarship to study Quebecois Studies at McGill University in Montreal. 


A Dog’s Honor

Bailey Manuel, First Dog of Drury University, has earned an honorary membership in the Southwest District Art Teachers Association. The SDATA held their fall conference at Pool Art Center in November and presented Bailey with a membership certificate, along with her very own artist’s beret. 

Mathematics and Computer Science

Drs. Carol Browning and Scott Sigman took two Drury teams to the Mid-Central USA branch of the International Collegiate Programming Contest at the University of Arkansas. One team, including Tyler Jenkins, Zach Glossip and Josef Polodna, solved four of eight difficult problems, garnering a ribbon-winning third place.

The other team, including Kurt Smith, Jeffrey Robinson II and Ian Myers, who were on their first trip to the contest, solved an impressive two problems. 

Pre-Health Sciences

Jared Bishop, Torie King and Ryan Dickey received Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation Scholarships and were recognized at an honors luncheon. Dr. Jim Waterfield, the foundation’s president, met and shared a few remarks with the students, who are working toward admission to medical school.



Three Hammons School of Architecture students were among the 32 students selected world-wide to participate in the 2013 International Design Summer School at Tongji University in Shanghai. The two-week workshop allows students to meet colleagues from across the globe and grapple with challenging and timely design issues. Fifth-year students Zolfar Hassib, Sam McBride and Kevin Rogan were members of teams preparing proposals for Shanghai’s Sweet Love Street commercial area.

In January, Hammons School of Architecture professor and director Dr. Maurizio Sabini announced an agreement with the Escola d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB). This prestigious school has in recent decades led Barcelona’s resurgence as a design center and has been recognized as one of the top architecture schools in the world. The agreement will allow Drury and ETSAB to exchange up to two students per year.

Fourth-year Hammons School of Architecture student Billy Miller has returned to Drury after a one-year leave to work at Walt Disney Imagineering in Orlando, Fla. Among the many projects Billy worked on was the new Disney Springs development at Orlando’s Walt Disney World. He will return to Disney this summer and following graduation. 

Drury will partner with Crowder College to create a team to compete in the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy- efficient and attractive. 

Art and Art History

Jacqueline Warren will conduct an invitation-only tour of art collectors in southern Italy in June, including Rome, Capri and Sicily. 

Associate professor Rebecca Miller and professor Tom Russo’s exhibition of collaborative photograms, “Common Ground,” appeared at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City from January through May. They created several new pieces for the show at Rep. (136th District) Kevin Austin’s offices. Julie and Lee Viorel purchased Miller and Russo’s piece, “The Spirit of Cinema,” and donated it to the Moxie Cinema. It is now on permanent display in the Moxie’s new location in the heart of downtown Springfield. Miller and Russo’s images were also displayed at Nomad Gallery in Springfield in December and January and another piece, “Mug Shots #1,” is on display at Springfield Brewing Company.


The Pool Art Center Gallery hosted the exhibition “A Thousand Words” this fall, and “Thirty-eight Years” this winter.

Arts Administration

Fifteen arts administration students went to the capitol in Jefferson City in February to advocate for the arts and participate in the political process. The students and instructor Leah Hamilton took part in Citizens’ Day for the Arts, an annual effort put forth by Missouri Citizens for the Arts. They attended a legislative briefing and met with lawmakers individually at the capitol building. They also attended the Missouri Arts Council’s annual award ceremony that evening.

Behavioral Sciences

As the faculty advisors to Drury’s Anime and Brony clubs, Drs. Dave Derossett ’90 and Trish Morris, assistant professors of sociology, took 12 students to the Naka-kon anime conference in Kansas City in March. Each year, Naka-kon celebrates Japanese animation and the influence anime has had in the Midwest and around the globe. 

Dr. Rachael Herrington, assistant professor of psychology, is a co-founder of Stand Against Trafficking, a community group that educates the public and affects change on issues related to domestic sex trafficking of minors. The group joined with Community Partnership of the Ozarks and Dr. Herrington was elected to chair the subcommittee. She has provided training and organized conferences for various target groups, including mental health professionals, educators, local law enforcement and the general public.


Alumni Justin Powell ’07 and Ashley (Kilker) Powell ’07 hosted the Study Abroad Honor Reception at the Breech School of Business this fall. Scholarship award recipients spoke about the impact of the scholarship on their study abroad experiences and donors to the scholarship fund were honored. Additional scholarship donations were announced.

Breech Advisory Board members held their biannual meeting at the Breech School of Business in November. The Board members spent time with current students, visiting classrooms, holding panel discussions and participating in Business Prospective Student Day.

Springfield community and business leader and Breech Advisory Board member Jane Bennett was inducted as an honorary member of the Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society. Ten students from the top 20 percent of juniors and seniors at Breech were also inducted this fall.

The Breech School of Business held an open house reception for visiting alumni and current students in October. Special acknowledgment was given to Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Curtis Dinan ’89. Other visiting alumni included Jerry Poe ’53 and Champ Merrick ’54. 

Drury alumni visited Dr. Bill Rohlf’s economics class during Alumni Weekend in October. Dr. Rohlf welcomed Jerry Poe ’53, former Breech director who hired Dr. Rohlf, as well as Drury Emeritus Trustee Jeannette Clinkenbeard ’69.


Dr. Bill Rohlf and Jerry Poe '53

Drury alumni visited Dr. Rohlf’s economics class during Alumni Weekend in October. Dr. Rohlf welcomed Drury Emeritus Trustee Jeannette Clinkenbeard ’69.

Dr. Bill Rohlf & Jeannette Clinkenbeard ’69

Danny Lay (MBA ’79) visited Drury this fall. Mr. Lay is currently VP for Business Development and Operations, Southeast Asia for Emerson Electric. He spoke to Breech MBA students about business operations in Asia. 



Dr. Madhuri Manpadi, assistant professor of chemistry, had an article published in Tetrahedron Letters on a new method to address stereochemical challenges presented by Amaryllidaceae alkaloids.


The Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication conducted a yearlong study on tax exempt organizations in Springfield, Mo. The study examined the social and economic impact of more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations. The authors found that the nonprofit sector makes up almost 50 percent of all Springfield private employment, which compares to the national average of around 10 percent, generating total revenue of almost $4 billion a year. The study findings were published and presented to the community this spring.

Patrick Mureithi, filmmaker and Drury artist-in-residence, visited Harvard University in October to screen and discuss his documentary, “ICYIZERE: hope,” as part of the university’s African film series. 


Drury’s Ukulele club has been invited to play the national anthem at a Springfield Cardinals game later this year, reaching a goal the club set at its inception. DUkes will also work with Springfield Sister Cities to serve as ambassadors to Isesaki, Japan in summer 2015.


Dr. Protima Roy, Kely Gallagher and Megan Taylor presented their paper: “Global Experience in Student Teaching” to the National Association for Multicultural Education – Region VII at their spring conference. 

Dr. Protima Roy and two teachers at Boyd Elementary School, Deana Schneringer and Laurie Sly, presented their paper: “University/Elementary School Partnership Helping Second Grade Students Develop Science Fair Projects” at the Missouri Academy of Science.

Dr. Protima Roy and Megan Taylor presented their paper: “Incorporating International Diversity in Teacher Education Program: Drury University” at NAFSA (Association of International Educators).

Kelly Gallagher and Megan Taylor presented their poster “Global Experience in Teaching Science” at the Missouri Academy of Science.

Dr. Protima Roy gave a poster presentation with Erica Hankison in the Biennial Convocation of Kappa Delta Pi this fall in Dallas, Texas. The title of the talk was “Beyond Requirement: KDP Chapter Takes the Lead in Methods Class.”

Monica Villarreal and Erica Hankison, along with Dr. Protima Roy, traveled to India to complete part of their student teaching at the Hem Sheela Model School.


Karen Craigo, special instructor in the English for Academic Purposes program, had her chapbook of poems, Someone Could Build Something Here, published by Winged City Chapbooks. 

During the fall semester, the Writing Center conducted 338 tutoring sessions, an increase of about 20 sessions from last year.

Dr. Kevin Henderson, assistant professor of English, presented his article, “Rethinking Creative Writing’s Role in the Humanities: An Argument for Affect Theory and Interdisciplinary Approaches” at the national conference of the Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) in Washington, DC from Feb. 27-March 1. Dr. Henderson also chaired a special session on literature, film and writing pedagogies in the new humanities at the conference.


The Humanities Society, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, brought Kansas City’s Latino Collective to campus this fall. Jose Faus, Gabriela Lemmons and Miguel Rodriguez from the Latino Writers Collective presented on Place, Diversity and Identity and read from their work. In addition, approximately 75 Central High School students came to campus to hear the Latino Collective read.

The Humanities Division has started a blog called “Human, All-Too-Human.” Visit the department blog at

The Humanities division hosted an exciting set of activities around the theme “Revolutionary Humanities” this spring. 

Dr. Dan Livesay served as the principal writer for the successful grant application, which came from the Missouri Humanities Council and funded a speaker series at the University. The MHC grant brought the engaged learning cultivated in Drury’s classrooms out into the wider Ozarks community in order to emphasize the important role of the humanities in everyday life experiences. The speakers were Dr. Adam Potthast, associate professor of philosophy at Park University; and Dr. Caroline Levine, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Another grant, also written under Dr. Livesay’s direction, came from the Missouri Arts Council and funded a film series at the Moxie Cinema. Working with the Moxie, the Humanities division chose a blend of classic and contemporary films that highlight deep and enduring humanistic questions and themes for their series this year. The series, directed by Dr. Kevin Henderson, anchors great films to community-centered “after-view” lectures and  dialogues with the audience.

The division hosted a reading group during the spring semester with the “Revolution” theme. Books included Dava Sobel’s Gellileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love, Marjane Satrapi’s Complete Persepolis, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Lowland and Michael Pollan’s Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.


The languages department once again worked with the Middle Eastern Studies program to host a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant this year, Zakaria ElHabachi, from Morocco. 

Fourteen Drury students took classes as part of Drury’s new collaborative language partnership with MSU, OTC and Evangel. At the Foreign Language Institute, students took classes in Russian, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.  

Drury’s new Spanish club, Club Ñ, debuted this academic year. Under the faculty guidance of Drs. Heidi Backes and Tony Smith, Spanish students of all levels enjoyed conversations at weekly lunchtime gatherings in the Commons, a monthly foreign film series, travel presentations, a special Day of the Dead party, and dinners at local Mexican and Peruvian restaurants. 

Dr. Elizabeth Nichols, professor of Spanish, had two chapters published in Women, Politics and Media in Emerging Democracies:

“Ultra-Feminine Women of Power: Beauty and the State in Argentina” and “Virgin Venuses: Beauty and Purity for ‘Public’ Women in Venezuela.” She also had her article “Decent Girls with Good Hair: Beauty, Morality and Race in Venezuela” printed in Feminist Theory.

Dr. Heidi Backes published a chapter entitled “Espacio físico y clase social: un estudio del discurso naturalista en La Tribuna” in the book El naturalismo en España: aproximaciones desde una perspectiva actual edited by Efraín Garza of the University of Northern Colorado. She also published a chapter titled “Theatricality and Physical Space in Ritos de muerte by Alicia Giménez-Bartlett” in the Monographic Review.

Mathematics and Computer Science

Amanda Watson, a senior math and computer science major, is developing wearable technology under a NASA-funded grant. She interned with NASA during summer 2013 in Houston, Texas, where she worked with a team in the wearable technology lab.

Computer science seniors Tyler Jenkins, Brendan Birdsong, and Kieran Ojakangas have developed an online homework system. It generates homework problems and grades students’ work on the problems. 

Mathematics and Computer Science Research Projects:

  • Computer Science seniors Amanda Watson, Jordan Mason and Ryan Coleman are developing a software system whereby coaches and other faculty will be able to enter students’ names, along with the days those students will be absent for sporting or other events. The system will then email absence announcements to only those faculty members who have those students in class. Ideally, all the information would be entered at the beginning of the semester, and then automatic emails would be sent out at appropriate times throughout the semester.
  • Seniors Paul Su (computer science) and Savannah Russell (computer information systems) are building a software system for biology classes at Drury. Students would be able to use their cell phones to respond to questions posed in class. The system could be used for review, and potentially for quizzes and exams.
  • Tyler Jenkins is developing an artificial intelligence system that analyzes music. It can discern a composer by listening to snippets of the composer’s music. Future work my involve using an artificial intelligence system to compose music in the style of a particular composer.
  • Jordan Mason is developing an algorithm for the most efficient way to board passengers on airplanes. He hopes his work will be of use to airlines.
  • Ryan Coleman is working on the enormously difficult task of trying to factor large numbers. This problem is central in Internet security. Tyler is exploring the usefulness of quantam computing in solving this problem.


The inaugural Drury University Chamber Choir Festival launched on April 4. Dr. Allin Sorenson and Mark Lawley offered written critiques as well as a workshop for each high school choir that attended.

Seven music education students attended the 76th Missouri Music Educators’ Association convention and workshop in January. Students Jacob Carlew, Samantha Sherron, Bridget Voda, Emily Crotts, Rita Vega, Annie Brechbuhler and Aubrey Smith attended workshops and concert sessions and volunteered in the Drury informational booth.


Bridget Voda

Sophomore music education major Bridget Voda guest conducted the Springfield-Drury Girls Choir during their December concert. 

Dr. Earline Moulder, university organist, played a recital in Laurel, Miss. on the organ dedicated by French organist and composer Marcel Dupre this fall. In December she performed in New York City at Central Synagogue a program from repertoire included in her dissertation “Jewish Organ Music” and from her analytical articles on the French-Jewish composer, Elsa Barraine.

Dr. Allin Sorenson and the Drury Singers gave an invitational performance in January for the Missouri Music Educators Association. Their program featured “Hear my Cry, O God,” composed by Dr. Carlyle Sharpe. Drury Singers was one of only three university choirs from the state that earned an invitation to perform.

Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Teresa Hornsby, professor of religion, completed an article for Oxford Press on sexuality for their upcoming series “A Dictionary of Bible, Gender and Sexuality Studies.” 

Dr. Teresa Hornsby is the drummer in two local bands. The first band, SketchBank, recorded an album with seven original songs. The album includes Dr. Tom Russo, professor of art history, on guitar. You can view photos and listen to or download the album online. The second band, C-Rex (a punk, riot grrl band), shot a video of an original song.

Political Science and Geography

Dr. Daniel Ponder, professor of political science, was interviewed on NPR’s “Morning Edition” on the failure of Missouri’s legislature to override Governor Nixon’s tax cut bill.

A group of six political science students presented their research at the Midwest Undergraduate Political Science Research Conference at Park University in April.

Three political science students spent a semester as interns in Washington, D.C. through Drury’s Washington Center program. Lindsay Lehmen worked during the fall semester in the Office of International Affairs (Mexico and Spanish-Speaking Caribbean division) of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mai Baldwin worked during the spring semester as a research assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Jordan Butcher worked for Financial Executives International. 


Mai Baldwin visits Mt. Vernon in Virginia on a weekend trip from her internship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Mai Baldwin visits Mt. Vernon in Virginia on a weekend trip from her internship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Dr. Sean Terry, professor of geography, had his book How to Use the Unwritten Rules of Success to Build Your Dream Career translated into Japanese by Kansai University in Osaka, Japan. The book was adopted for use in English and international courses at the university, and will be used as a common reader for professional development at the school.

Dr. Greg Renoff’s “The Vietnam War and American Society” class researched photographs taken in the Vietnam War era during the fall semester. Several students made contact with Pulitzer prize-winning photographers and photo subjects.

Firsthand: Students Dig Deeper for Research Project


Service-Learning in Aigina

Drs. Robin Sronce and Regina Waters accompanied 11 students on a service-learning study abroad trip to Aigina, Greece in January. The students worked with the Aigina Ethelontis, a community volunteer group on the island, for the second consecutive year. The students replanted the winter garden for food distribution and, under Dr. Waters’ guidance, updated the Facebook page for the volunteer group. A local news organization in Aigina interviewed the volunteers and Drury Center staff for a story on “The Aegina Portal.”


Holiday Giving

In December, the School of Education and Child Development donated over 30 toys and gifts to Crosslines for families in the Springfield community. The Drury Student Teacher Association also donated educational items for elementary students to have in their homes. At Thanksgiving, the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society donated meals to 15 families in Drury’s partner schools.

Supporting Children in South Africa


Pre-medical student Amy Rost traveled with Drs. Jennifer Silva Brown and Rachael Herrington, assistant professors of psychology, on a study abroad trip to learn about global health issues facing those living in South Africa. Rost was so inspired to help the children living in Melkhoutfontein that she has continued to raise money to support their needs since she returned home. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Drury students in the Breech School of Business provided free income tax preparation to low-income members of the community in February and March.



The 11th Librarium exhibition and awards competition was held in May. Winka Dubbeldam, principal of ARCHI-TECTONICS in New York and chair of the architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania, was a juror for the competition this year. Hammons School of Architecture alumnus and Librarium winner Daniel Renner ’11 joined her on the jury. Daniel has been working as a project designer at el dorado architects in Kansas City since graduation.

The 2013-2014 Hammons School of Architecture lecture series, “Design 360,” was organized around the theme of the rapidly expanding field of design. Series speakers included visiting professor of practice Filippo Caprioglio (Caprioglio Associati, Venice, Italy), Scott Bishop (Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston), Andrew Baccon (Tietz-Baccon, New York), Paul Backett (Evolve Collaborative, Portland, Ore.), Carlo Ratti (Carlo Ratti Associati, Turin, Italy and MIT SENSEable Cities Lab, Boston), and Elena Manferdini (Atelier Manferdini, Venice, Calif.).

Building Community Through the Arts

The 14th summer of “Building Community through the Arts,” a graduate course that is also open to entrepreneurship and arts administration students, is scheduled for this summer. The course takes place at Drury on C-Street, and Drury students will partner with “artistes in residence” from the Missouri Hotel and the Rare Breed. This year’s course is themed Partners in Engaged Learning and Service. It is directed by Dr. Rebecca Burrell and specially dedicated to the memory of Rick Lester, Drury Trustee, credited as the entrepreneurial muse for the arts administration program. The concluding event will be a community reception and art exhibit on Friday, June 13 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

First-Year Experience

This summer, Drury’s First-Year Experience L.E.A.P. (Leadership Enrichment Adventure Program) will offer an outdoor immersion, service immersion and science immersion. These sessions will take place from June 28-July 1, and a second outdoor immersion will take place on July 9-12.

Idea Blitz

The Breech School and the Edward Jones Center partnered together to host 34 students from six area high schools for the Breech Idea Blitz, a business plan competition held at Breech. Breech faculty and students worked with the high school students on their projects, which were then presented to a panel of area business leaders. 


Political Science

The political science department hosted a discussion on “Voting Rights and Constitutional Protections” in celebration of Constitution Day. Panelists included Wes Pratt, director of institutional equity and compliance at Missouri State University; Matthew Patterson ‘99, executive director of Missouri Pro-Vote; and Drury professors Dr. Richard Schur, Dr. Elizabeth Paddock, Dr. Dan Ponder and Dr. Ted Vaggalis.


Nearly 400 guests from high schools throughout the region came to Drury for the 5th annual VidCon event. VidCon is a video competition and educational conference for high school students and their faculty advisors. This year, 350 students and 40 faculty advisors from 26 schools in the region participated in the event. Faculty, area professionals and current Drury students led the breakout sessions. Carole Lambert ’73, former anchor for KTUL TV in Tulsa, Okla., delivered a special anchor training session.