Professor Michael J. Buono has been selected to serve on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Task Force for developing the specifications for the Architectural Registration Exam.

Dr. Saundra Weddle’s work on women’s convents in Renaissance Venice has received the recognition of the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation, which awarded a grant supporting further development of the research during May and June 2013.

Art & Art History

Photography professor Rebecca Miller’s work was included in an exhibition at Florida’s state capitol building from August through October 2013. Miller was one of thirty-four artists in the exhibition of graduates from the past 40 years from the Master of Arts program at Florida State University.

Associate professor and artist-in-residence Jacqueline Warren was invited to travel to Venice during the 2013 Biennale. She spent two weeks hosting art collectors from the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum, with the museum’s board members present. Sherry Leedy from the Sherry Leedy Gallery in Kansas City also participated in the tour. This year was the largest Biennale in its history, with almost every country in the world hosting exhibitions. 

Behavioral Science

In October 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), awarded a grant to the 39th Judicial Circuit, which serves Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties in southwest Missouri. The grant will facilitate the enhancement and expansion of alcohol and drug-related services for clients of adult drug courts. Drs. Vickie Luttrell and Jana Bufkin will serve as project evaluators. The total grant award is $940,000 and will extend from 2013 to 2016.

Working under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown, assistant professor of psychology, Melanie Messick and Paige Nichols earned first place in the Social/Behavioral Science Division at the Missouri Academy of Science conference in 2013. Their oral presentation was titled, “Joplin in Recovery: An Investigation of Resilience among Tornado Survivors.”


Seniors Sarah Burrows and Brooke Hickman, and Denise Taylor ’13 were the first three recipients of Breech Study Abroad Scholarships. Each was awarded a $2,500 scholarship. Sarah and Denise traveled to Greece this summer and Brooke studied in Rome.

Sarah Burrows was awarded a Delta Mu Delta Honor Society regional scholarship.

Accounting students Jason Kester ’13 and Jessica Dillard, a senior this year, were Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Scholarship winners.

Dr. Penny Clayton, professor of accounting, received recognition for her 25 years of service to Drury at the May commencement.

Dr. Gary Holmes, assistant professor of marketing, received a Highly Commended publication award for his article “Consumer Reaction to New Package Design,” which was published in 2012 in the Journal of Product and Brand Management.


Brea Lombardo ’13 received the “Best Research Paper” award in the computational chemistry section at the national meetings of the American Chemical Society in the spring 2013 semester. Dr. Christos Deligkaris, assistant professor of physics, mentored her in her work.


Mykesha Jackson, a senior communication studies major, was selected as a Fellow in the African American Literatures & Cultures Institute at the University of Texas San Antonio for Summer 2013.


The School of Education & Child Development held its 12th Annual Developing Successful Youth conference in October. Dr. Carol Ann Thomlinson was the speaker.

Dr. Protima Roy, Kelly Gallagher and Megan Taylor presented the paper 'Global Experience in Student Teaching' at the National Association for Multicultural Education – Region VII spring conference in April. 

Education (Cont.) 

Erica-HankisonErica Hankison was awarded a scholarship from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in education. Hankison, a senior this year, earned the $500 Harold D. Drummond scholarship for undergraduate students in education. According to KDP, the scholarship is based on transcript review, a student’s involvement in KDP and a written essay. A review committee evaluated the scholarship applications from around the country. Hankison is the first Drury student to receive this award.

Kelly Gallagher and Megan Taylor presented their poster titled 'Global Experience in Teaching Science' at the Missouri Academy of Science in April. Dr. Protima Roy served as their faculty sponsor.

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

Dr. Protima Roy, along with Boyd Elementary School teachers Deana Schneringer and Laurie Sly, presented the paper 'University/Elementary School Partnership Helping Second Grade Students Develop Science Fair Projects' at the Missouri Academy of Science in April.


Professor Jo Van Arkel’s short story “Swimming at Flat Bridge, 1963” was included in the anthology Yonder Mountain, which was recently published by the University of Arkansas Press and launched in West Plains, Mo. in July.

Faculty Awards

Drury University recognized outstanding faculty members at the 2013-2014 Matriculation Convocation on August 22. A student and faculty committee selected the recipients of these awards. The committee receives nominations from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Dr. Beth Harville was presented with the Faculty Award for Teaching; Dr. Christina Gilstrap earned the Faculty Award for Scholarship; Dr. Christopher Panza was honored with the Faculty Award for Leadership; professor Rebecca Miller received the Faculty Award for Liberal Learning; and Dr. Jeanie Allen was awarded the Faculty Award for Advising.

Judge Warren L. White Scholars

Drury University honored the Judge Warren White Scholars at the Matriculation Convocation on August 22. 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 2013-2014 Judge Warren L. White Scholars are Maisie Ann Baldwin, Jared Steven Austin Bishop, Hannah Rae Cook, Sara Michelle Cook, Abigail Owen Delawder, Humberto Josue Detrinidad Arguello, Irene Yessenia Detrinidad Arguello, Paulina Marie Doran, Jonas Alexander Gassmann, Heather Lyn Gladfelter, Taylor William Hand, Taylor Jennae Kleier, Mallory Elizabeth Long, Sarah Nicole Metz, William Mark Pearl, Daniel Charles Richards, Rachel Paige Ryan, Mikaela Elizabeth Speakes, Jessica Ellyn Tay, Tessa Beryl Tilton, and Casey Alexandra Vaclavik          


Dr. Patrick Moser collaborated with South African surfer – and former world champion – Shaun Tomson on the book The Code, which was released in August.


Dr. Carlyle Sharpe was commissioned by the Organ Historical Society (OHS) and the Boys Choir of Springfield (BCS). The Chicago Gargoyle Brass premiered his work at the OHS national convention, and the BCS work was premiered at the Missouri Music Educators Association convention. His music was also performed at the Sewanee Music Festival and Trinity Wall Street in New York City.

The Springfield-Drury Girls Choir finished their first season earning top markings at the Pittsburg State University Music Festival and a special appearance at the St. Louis Cardinals game. Drury Music Education students Kari Vannoster ’13, Audra Diereksen ’13, Nicole Lepper ’13, Jacob Carlew, Bridget Voda, Sammi Sherron and Danielle Barber assisted the choir.

Dr. Christopher Koch is a finalist in the conducting division of the national American Prize competition.


District 9 AAF National Student Advertising Competition


Drury’s Ad team tied for second place in the District 9 AAF National Student Advertising Competition in Kansas City last spring. The students developed an integrated marketing communication plan for Glidden paint.




Professor Jay Garrott and students from the Hammons School of Architecture’s Center for Community Studies Community Studio assisted several regional communities last academic year through the community/universities collaborative visioning process. The communities included the City of Independence, Mo. through “Visions for the Linkage of the Courthouse Square with the National Frontier Trails Museum;” the City of Springfield, Mo. through the “Rountree Neighborhood – National Avenue Corridor Visioning Study;” the City of Bolivar, Mo. through the “Courthouse Square Visioning Process;” and the City of Buffalo, Mo. through the “Community Visioning Process.”

Art & Art History

Rebecca Miller’s commercial photography students will offer portraits to disabled American veterans and their family members from November 9-16, and digital photography students will offer restoration services to members of the Drury community who have damaged family photographs that they would like restored. Those interested may contact Rebecca Miller for details at 417-873-6337.

In the spring 2013 semester, Miller and photography students created a “giving meter” that is installed in downtown Springfield at the corner of Walnut and South streets. The City Improvement District and Urban District Alliance sponsored the community project to make old parking meters into functional works of art. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks distributes the money collected in the meters to local organizations that provide assistance to those in need.

Dr. Thomas E. Russo received a $4,500 grant from Yale University’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (London) to research a previously unknown group of medieval baptismal fonts in England.  He spent late July and early August visiting nine parish churches in the county of Lincolnshire and working in archives in Lincoln and London.  


The eighth edition of Dr. William Rohlf, Jr.’s textbook, Introduction to Economic Reasoning, was recently translated into Chinese.  

The Breech School’s project management class took on three projects this semester:

  • A golf tournament to fund study abroad scholarships for Breech students: The student project team led by Brooke Hickman and Brett Stufflebam raised $10,000 at their April 22 tournament at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club. 
  • Breech Business Innovation Competition: The student project team led by Carolyn Adams hosted area high school students at a business competition event. Alumni and area business leaders attended the event as competition judges and Breech faculty worked with high school students on their projects. 
  • Breech Ambassadors: The student project team led by Katie Battalia and Milan Sljivich ’13 proposed and formed this new student group to provide additional support for incoming Breech majors.


Dr. Cristina Gilstrap, associate professor of communication, served as the facilitator for the Community Focus 2013: A Report for Springfield and Greene County.  This community report card assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the Springfield-Greene County community.

Edward Jones Center

Nine Edward Jones Scholars received their diplomas in May. The scholars had a graduation party for the graduating seniors, their parents and John and Crystal Beuerlein ’75, their benefactors. The junior class prepared a “roast” for the seniors and gave each of them a gag gift. 

In addition, the Scholars enjoyed a trip to the sports swings in Ozark and lunch and learn events with Michael Chatman of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Nikki Rios of CoxHealth. 

Sara Cochran ’04, MBA ’06, assistant director of the Edward Jones Center, left the Edward Jones Center in August to pursue a Ph.D. in higher education at the University of Missouri.



Last semester, Drs. Ray Patton and Shelley Wolbrink embarked on an academic immersion trip to Kansas City with 30 history students to tour the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the World War I National Museum.

Dr. Greg Renoff, associate professor of history, is hosting and blogging for the New Books in Popular Music, which is part of the New Books Network. The site features podcast interviews with music writers and scholars about their recent books. Dr. Renoff has several hour-long interviews, including one with Steve Roby, author of Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London (De Capo Press, 2009). 


Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols was invited to speak at the International Symposium on Race, Beauty and Feminist Theory in Latin America and the Caribbean in Newcastle, England in September. Next, she will travel to Oxford University where she will chair a panel on beauty practices in Latin America as part of the Third Global Conference on Beauty.


Jacob Carlew a sophomore music education major, conducted as a guest for the Springfield Summer Singers concert at Stone Chapel.

Jacob Carlew, Kari Vannoster ’13 and Tyler Habiger ’13 attended the National American Choral Directors Association Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Earline Moulder, special instructor in music and university organist, played organ recitals this spring at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Covington, Kentucky; at St. Michael and All Angels in Croydon, England and at St. Margaret’s in London.

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra has entered a new partnership with the Springfield Chamber Chorus. The SDCO will also continue its Symphony in the Schools program and Charles R. Hall Young Artist Competition. The orchestra is also beginning a new conducting mentorship program for Missouri music educators.


Drury hosted the “Subverting the Norm” conference in April. Approximately 225 people from across the country and abroad were invited to share papers and hear addresses on post-modern theology and the emerging church. Dr. Phil Snider, a member of Drury’s School of Religion board and pastor of Brentwood Christian Church coordinated the event. Speakers included Dr. John Caputo and Peter Rollins.

Study Abroad

The Drury Center in Greece welcomed Dr. Robin Sronce, Tiffany Cossey and students from the Breech School of Business to Aigina in May. They spent two weeks studying and enjoying the island, and another week touring sites around Athens. The Center will welcome Sronce and her third group of students this January. Summer 2014 will be busy at the Center as well, with the arrival of three more short-term programs—two from Drury and one from MSU. In the meantime, it will be a full house in Aigina during the fall and spring semesters. 


Dr. Robin Schraft contributed a chapter to the recently published book Inspired Teaching: Essays on Theatre Design and Technology. His chapter discussed his pedagogy and approach for the teaching of stage management. 



Landscapes of Resilience

HSA architecture students and associate professors Traci Sooter and Nancy Chikaraishi will participate in “Landscapes of Resilience,” a grant funded project designed to help people heal from disasters. With more than half-a-million dollars from the TKF Foundation and WalMart, the team will examine how planning and stewardship of open spaces can help communities and individuals recover from tragedy.

On May 22, at the two-year commemoration of the Joplin tornado that killed 161 people, the TKF Foundation announced the funding award for the Landscapes of Resilience project. The project will involve creating sites in Joplin and in a New York City area damaged by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to creating sites, the three-year, $585,000 grant will also fund research to study the role of open spaces and sacred places in recovery and resiliency. Drury architecture students will design and build the Joplin Butterfly Garden and Overlook in historic Cunningham Park with help from the City of Joplin Parks and Recreation and Great River Associates and Miller Engineering, P.C. Dr. Peter Meidlinger’s humanities class “The Healing of Joplin” will collect stories of Joplin tornado survivors, which will be incorporated into the Butterfly Garden and Overlook.

Rhizomatic Grotto

The Art of Space collective, working with professor Gerard Nadeau and the department of art and art history professor Blaine Wisenhunt, installed their Rhizomatic Grotto, built from stacked and corbelled wood shipping pallets, on the Springfield Art Museum’s grounds in August. It was the first installation of large-scale public art on the museum’s grounds in three decades.

Start-Up Drury

The Drury chapter of CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization) partnered with the Edward Jones Center to host the first annual Start-Up Drury competition in April. The business model competition was open to all students and took place over six weeks. Each team was paired with a community mentor and finalists were asked to present their ideas. The overall winner was Parker LiaBraaten, a junior, with his company idea WaterWatch. Parker received the Curt Strube Cup, named for the late Director of the Breech School of Business Administration.

Artplace America Grant

Hammons School of Architecture assistant professor Gerard Nadeau helped obtain a $200,000 ArtPlace America grant for the City of Springfield and the ideaXfactory — formerly a vacant city building with an adjacent open space on Boonville Avenue. The grant will help transform these sites into contemporary art space. The ideaXfactory will sponsor site-specific environmental art installations and other non-traditional art, connecting the diverse populations of the surrounding communities. Professor Nadeau serves as faculty advisor for Drury’s Art of Space collective, which will work with the ideaXfactory to develop a program of public participatory “space as event” installations.