Department News & Notes



Former Hammons School of Architecture director and professor of architecture Michael J. Buono was honored by the American Institute of Architects’ Springfield Component with an Outstanding Service Award for commitment and service in the area of architectural education.

Professor of architecture Saundra Weddle was awarded a Samuel H. Kress Foundation grant by the Renaissance Society of America. The grant will support Weddle’s continuing research on the role of women’s covenants in shaping the urban landscape of Venice.

Jay G. Garrott, professor of architecture and director of the Center for Community Studies, was named to the University of Missouri Extension Leaders Honor Roll in recognition of his long-term commitment and support of the MU Extension Program through the Center for Community Studies.


Dr. Rabindra Roy received a $226,084 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for three years in 2009, which has been extended to August 2013. This grant has provided students with the opportunity to conduct various research projects in the biomedical field. As a result, students in the chemistry department have published 18 articles in international journals and made 37 presentations at regional and national conferences.

Dr. Albert Korir is working with a research group as a result of a $35,000 Cottrell College Science Award grant to develop and improve methods of studying complex sugars such as heparin. This research has the potential to lead to the design of new drugs.


Dan Prater, M.A., Director of the Center for Nonprofit Communication, had his research, “Adverse Childhood Experiences Relating to Adult Morbidity,” accepted for presentation at the 2013 American Psychological Association.

Drury senior Amber Perdue traveled to New York City in early February 2013 as one of the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) Most Promising Minority Students for 2013. Perdue was just one of 41 students chosen by the AAF from more than 100 applicants. In New York, Perdue learned about the newest trends in advertising and media, and she met with recruiters from some of the most promising advertising agencies in the nation. Perdue, who graduates in May 2013,  has accepted a position with Edward Jones, a St. Louis-based financial services company.

Tinsley Andrews, a junior advertising and public relations major, was selected as one of the top 15 American Advertising Federation (AAF) students in the nation for 2013. Andrews will intern this summer with advertising agency Butler Shine Stern & Partners (BSSP) in San Francisco.

Computer Science

Dr. Scott Sigman, associate professor of computer science, was selected to serve as the Vice President of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC). The CCSC is a professional organization that sponsors conferences in 10 regions scattered across the United States. Scott also serves on the CCSC: Central Plains Regional Steering committee as past Central Plains representative to the board of directors.


Kelly Gallagher and Megan Taylor, two pre-service elementary education majors, received full scholarships to complete part of their student teaching at the Hem Sheela Model School and tribal school in Durgapur, India in January 2013.

Kelly Gallagher and Megan Taylor, two pre-service elementary education majors, received full scholarships to complete part of their student teaching at the Hem Sheela Model School and tribal school in Durgapur, India in January 2013.


Dr. Stephen Bomgardner, associate professor of music, performed as a tenor soloist with the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra and with the King Kaspar in SRO Lyric Theatre’s production of the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. In the spring, he was invited to give six recitals in Missouri, Colorado, Georgia, Ohio and Texas.

Dr. Carlyle Sharpe, professor of music, was commissioned by the Organ Historical Society (OHS) and the Boys Choir of Springfield (BCS).  The work for the OHS was premiered by the Chicago Gargoyle Brass 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.


Rain Boots for Roatan


Thirteen Drury University biology majors traveled with Dr. Teresa Carroll to Roatan, Honduras during the January 2013 winter term to study coral reef ecology on Central America’s Mesoamerican Reef.

Research lines included the study of incidence of coral disease, dominant benthic life forms, and indicator fish species.  Research protocols used align with the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) program and add to the ongoing database at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS).  Students took a fall semester class with Carroll prior to the trip, mastering key concepts in oceanography, marine ecology and genus and species identification of Caribbean corals and fish.  While there, Dr. Carroll’s students also donated rain boots and backpacks to over 100 Roatan children as a result of a fundraising event they participated in during the fall semester prior to the trip.


Drury accounting students offered free tax assistance this tax season. Open to the public, the tax preparation service was provided through an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site designed to benefit low-income and senior taxpayers.

The VITA site was located in the Breech School of Business Administration, but students also offered tax preparation services at Deliverance Temple in Springfield and at Willard South Elementary School. Tax preparation was available on select dates from February through April.

Delta Mu Delta, the honorary business society, sponsored a food can drive in the fall. Business majors competed against each other to see who could bring in the most canned goods. Over 500 items were donated to benefit Crosslines and Ambassadors for Children. Multiple winners were declared, including majors in economics, management and accounting. In celebration, a pizza party was hosted by the society.

Delta Mu Delta also sponsored an “Adopt a Family” giving tree. The society set up and decorated a Christmas tree in the Breech lounge with special ornaments that listed gift ideas for children and families from Springfield.

Service-Learning in Aigina

Ten Drury students (Andrew Klump, Brett Murray, Larry Page, Brett Stufflebam, Nathan Stoutenborough, Carly Jelinek, Phillip Bodenschatz, William Landsheft, Emily Rhodes, and Kathryn Auner) traveled to the island of Aigina in Greece over the winter break to study globalization and international issues at the Drury Center.

Along with classroom learning overseas, the students also participated in service-learning with the Aigina community. The students completed various service projects such as working with the local food and clothing pantry, cleaning up a protected forest and river bed, and planting a community garden. Some financial support for the service-learning portion of the trip came from a member of the Breech Advisory Board, Jane Bennett, and her husband, Tim. The donated resources provided the students with needed funds to purchase supplies and equipment to make it possible for the service projects to take place.



The Hammons School of Architecture presented a “Social Engagement” lecture series over the 2012-2013 academic year. The series explored the architecture of social engagement on a global scale. Speakers included Michael Murphy (MASS Design Group, Boston), Erinn McGurn (SCALEAfrica + SCALEStudio, New York), Teddy Cruz (Estudio Teddy Cruz; La Jolla, California), Alfredo Brillembourg (Urban-Think Tank; Caracas, São Paolo, New York, and Zürich), Vladimir Belogolovsky (Intercontinental Curational Project, New York), and Emily Pilloton (Project H Design; San Rafael, California).

The 10th annual Librarium Prize competition will take place on May 10. Michael Speaks, Dean of the College of Design and professor of architecture at the University of Kentucky, will jury exhibited projects along with 2009 HSA alumnus Bo R. Roberts (Studio Daniel Libeskind, New York).


John Beuerlein, general partner for Edward Jones in St. Louis, was a special guest on March 11, speaking at a Breech Town Hall event organized by the Breech Student Advisory Board. The presentation was open to all students and was followed by a reception. Mr. Beuerlein serves on the executive committee of Drury’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the Breech Hall of Fame.

Mike Hass, visiting instructor of computer information systems, took a group of business students to visit the Center campus in Kansas City on April 5. The group had lunch with Drury alumni who work there, toured the data center and received an overview of career opportunities that Center offers.

Community Masterpiece Art Exhibit

Dr. Rebecca Burrell will lead a workshop/seminar this summer focusing on engaging art and motivational activities designed for residents of the Missouri Hotel on Commercial Street in Springfield. The highlight event will be an art exhibit and community reception at Drury on C-Street, which will conclude the program on Friday, June 14.

Drury Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

Drury held an annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES), sponsored by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, on February 2 in the Trustee Science Center. The conference featured three keynote speakers; Pamela Hernandez, owner of Thrive Fit Personal Fitness; and Susie Farbin and Diana Hicks, owners of Mama Jean’s Natural Market.

This year, for the first time, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium gave awards for the Women’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Women’s Start-up of the Year. Peggy Barton of Great American Title Agency was honored as Women Entrepreneur of the Year, and Granolove’s Christine Daues was named Woman-Owned Startup of the Year.


24 Student-Athletes Added to “Panther Perfection” List

Twenty-four Drury student-athletes claimed perfect 4.0 grade point averages to earn spots on the “Panther Perfection” list for the fall semester, Director of Athletics Pat Atwell announced.

The 24 student-athletes will have their names placed on the “Panther Perfection” plaque in the Wall of Champions area of the O’Reilly Family Event Center, an award updated each semester and displayed in honor of late Drury booster Sandra Allen.

Drury’s nearly 300 student athletes posted a 3.32 GPA for the fall semester and now carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.36. The women’s tennis team posted the highest GPA (3.77), followed by women’s golf (3.69) and women’s basketball (3.66).

Panther fans cheer the men's basketball team on to victory at the NCAA Division II national championship game.

Panther fans cheer the men’s basketball team on to victory at the NCAA Division II national championship game.





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