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Paula Singervalt

A mystery that began with a man finding a high school class ring in an old locker at Drury University has been solved. 

Steve Miller works for Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  A few years ago, he was helping the nonprofit get ready for an indoor golf fundraiser at a warehouse on the Drury campus.  He was moving some old lockers.

"And I just heard that ching, ching, ching, ching, you know, and you think, 'what was that?  Money or, you know,' said Miller.  "So, I opened up the door, and this girl's class ring fell out of it."

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A new executive conference center at Drury University will be named for a longtime employee.

Two Drury benefactors, John and Crystal Beuerlein, surprised Judy Thompson with the news on Thursday.

Thompson graduated from Drury in 1961 and taught high school before taking the job of director of alumni relations at Drury in 1974.  She was put in charge of development in 1976 and, in 1979, became the first woman to be Drury vice president.  She retired in 2002 but returned as vice president in 2016. 

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The first new academic building in 20 years at Drury University will be named after the O’Reilly family.

At a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, Drury officials announced the building will be called the C.H. “Chub” O’Reilly Enterprise Center.  The O’Reilly family made a significant lead gift for the project.

The late Chub O’Reilly was the patriarch of the O’Reilly family and is a Drury alum.

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With the General Election only a few weeks away, Making Democracy Work continues to focus on voter education and information.

This week, host HuePing Chin speaks with Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship at Drury University. 

Springfield-Greene County Focus Report-Part II

Nov 4, 2019

This week on Making Democracy Work, Lisa Langley speaks with Bridget Dierks, vice president of programs with Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and Dr. Jonathan Groves, department chair of communications at Drury University.

This is the second of a two-part series exploring the Community Focus Report.  Today’s discussion digs into the statistics, analysis and how to put this information to work.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Hue-Ping Chin speaks with Dr. Dan Ponder, director of the L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship at Drury University.

Today’s discussion explores the upcoming speaker series focused on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This series kicks off this week with national author Elaine Weiss.

The Drury University Lady Panthers basketball team has advanced to the NCAA Division II Semifinals with a win Tuesday night in the Elite Eight quarterfinals.  The number one-ranked Panthers defeated Nova Southeastern 91 to 60 in Columbus, Ohio.

They’ll play the winner of fourth-seeded North Georgia and number five-seed Lubbock Christian Wednesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. CST.

Wednesday’s Drury game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network and JOCK 98.7 FM in Springfield.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Katie Gilbert, associate professor of English literature at Drury University and field representative of the Missouri Humanities Council.

The Midterm Election: The Results and What They Mean

Nov 7, 2018
Michele Skalicky

Tuesday’s elections have resulted in changes for Missouri.  For instance, a majority of the state’s voters decided to replace their Democratic U.S. Senator with a Republican and voted to allow medical marijuana use. Dr. Daniel Ponder, L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center of Politics and Citizenship, helps us make sense of the results.

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Princeton Reviews list of the most environmentally responsible schools in the United States has been released.  More than 2000 schools were considered for inclusion on the annual "Guide to 399 Green Colleges," and Drury University and Missouri State University were chosen.

Drury points to several efforts toward sustainability it's made, including a commitment to transitioning all exterior campus lighting to LED; being designated as a Tree Campus USA; native landscape restoration, water bottle filling staions and high efficiency equipment upgrades.

Election Cyber Security

Nov 5, 2018
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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Debbie Good speaks Shannon McMurtrey, Ph.D., associate professor of information management systems at Drury University. Today’s discussion focuses on election  cyber security related to social media, the spreading of disinformation, and how Missouri compares with other states to keep elections secure.

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Thursday night, Drury University will host Dr. David Priess, former CIA officer and State Department desk officer. His talk will be on the history of the US president’s daily intelligence briefing—something he experienced firsthand. 

In his book, The President’s Book of Secrets, Priess gives readers an exclusive look into the president’s daily intelligence briefing and, more importantly, the people behind it.

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Drury University has purchased a longtime convenience store/service station, Route 66 Food Shop, at the corner of Benton and Chestnut Expressway.  The purchase is the university’s first major step toward realizing the vision of its 25-year campus master plan.

The 1.5 acre property on the northeast corner of the intersection has been the site of multiple businesses owned by the Phil and Marilyn Swanson family for 33 years. 

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrie talks with Katie Gilbert, who recently began her position as field representative for the Missouri Humanities Council.  Gilbert is also associate professor of literature at Drury University.

Today’s discussion focuses on the role of the Humanities Council, and programs Gilbert is involved in with her new position.

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In Drury University’s oldest stone building, the 1906 Chalfant Pipe Organ can be heard. The Stone Chapel stained glass casts a pastel glow about the sanctuary, illuminating the dust throughout the room, which lands softly on the pews. Dr. Earline Moulder sits on the organ’s stool, her hands and feet methodically pumping rhythm through the pipes.