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Drury University

Established 1873
Type Private University
President Todd Parnell
Undergraduates 1,600
Postgraduates 400
Location Springfield, MO, USA
Campus 115 acres
Mascot Panther
Website www.drury.edu

Drury University is a private liberal arts college in Springfield, Missouri. The university enrolls about 1,700 undergraduates, 3,000 adult part-time undergraduates and 400 graduate students in five master's programs. It enjoys substantial prestige in the region and consistently ranks at the top of U.S. News and World Report's university rankings.[1] The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... A private university is a university that is run without the control of any government entity. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... Ben Todd Parnell III was named as the interim President of Drury University at a faculty/staff meeting in Clara Thompson Hall on April 23, 2007, upon the resignation of John Sellars, Drurys 15th President. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Springfield is the third largest city (pop. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... An acre is the name of a unit of area in a number of different systems, including Imperial units and United States customary units. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... Springfield is the third largest city (pop. ...

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History

Drury was founded as Springfield College in 1873 by Congregationalist church missionaries in the mold of other Congregationalist universities such as Dartmouth College and Yale University. Rev. Nathan Morrison, Samuel Drury, and James and Charles Harwood provided the school's initial endowment and organization; Samuel Drury's gift was the largest of the group and the school was soon renamed in honor of Drury's recently deceased son. 1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Congregational churches are Protestant Christian churches practicing congregationalist church governance, in which each congregation indepedently and autonomously runs its own affairs. ... Dartmouth College is a private, coeducational university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. ... “Yale” redirects here. ...


The early curriculum emphasized educational, religious and musical strengths. Students came to the new college from a wide area, including the Indian Territories of Oklahoma. The first graduating class included four women, a fact which speaks to the tradition of diversity at the university.


When classes began in 1873, they were held in a single building on a campus occupying less than 1½ acres. Twenty-five years later the 40-acre campus included Stone Chapel, the President’s House and three academic buildings. Today, the university occupies a 115-acre campus, including the original historic buildings.


Drury College became Drury University on January 1, 2000, reflecting its growing role in higher education.[2] In addition to the academic programs of the early years, Drury students today study in the Breech School of Business Administration, the Hammons School of Architecture, and the departments of education, mathematics and sciences, social sciences, exercise and sport science, to name a few. The list of majors and minors Drury offers has also grown and now includes high tech studies in computer science, computer information systems and e-commerce.


Drury was one of the first universities in the state to offer continuing education and evening classes to meet the needs of non-traditional students. Today the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies serves nearly three thousand students in Springfield and at nine branch campuses.[3]


Religious affiliations

Since its founding, Drury has been affiliated with the Congregationalist church and its successor, the United Church of Christ. It has also been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Since the founding of the Drury School of Religion in 1909.[4] Though the religious foundation of the university still manifests itself in a vibrant faith community on campus, Drury has students from all faiths who practice (or don't practice) as they choose. Disambiguation: This article is about the United States denomination known as United Church of Christ. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The insignia of the...


Global Perspectives 21

The Global Perspectives 21 (GP21) program is an interdisciplinary curriculum "designed to prepare students for the 21st century by providing the breadth of understanding and skills needed in our rapidly changing global society."[5] A practical benefit of the program is that all Drury students receive a minor in Global Studies for completing their general education requirements.


Drury explains the program in this way: "The GP21 program is rooted in the liberal arts and thus helps develop the knowledge and skills associated with a bachelor’s degree. Students develop their reading, writing, and oral communication skills. They extend their abilities to think critically and creatively and to solve problems. They explore values and ethical issues in many ways and develop a deeper awareness of what divides and unite global cultures. This integrated program of study thus prepares students for meaningful and successful lives as persons and professionals."[6]


Study Abroad

Although not directly tied to the GP21, Drury's "Study Abroad" program is an integral part of the college experience. Almost half of the student body studies overseas at some point in short-term, semester, or year-long programs. Foreign learning is a requirement for majors in the schools of Business and Architecture.


Drury also maintains a satellite campus in Volos, Greece, that is home to several of the university's most distinctive courses. Though the Center is quite popular with architecture students, it is attended by students across disciplines and majors.[7] Volos (Greek: Βόλος, Ottoman Turkish: Golos) is a city situated at the center of the Greek mainland, about 326 km north from Athens and 215 km south from Thessaloniki. ...


Athletics

The school was a founding member of the Heartland Conference. In the Fall of 2005, the Drury Panthers joined the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Drury sponsors NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic teams in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's baseball, women's softball, and women's volleyball. The Heartland Conference is an NCAA Division II college athletic conference founded in 1999. ... The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) is a college athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division II. Member teams are located in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin. ... Division II (or DII) is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ...


After ending the program in the 1970s, Drury's Baseball team was reorganized for the 2007 season by Head Coach Mark Stratton. The 2007 team was composed mainly of freshman, with only two seniors (Tony Lewis and Brian York) on the roster. In the pre-season picks, Drury Baseball was picked to finish dead last in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. However, the Drury Panther Baseball team won a bid into their conference tournament. They took this opportunity, and went undefeated to become the 2007 Great Lakes Valley Conference Champions. This gave them an automatic bid into the NCAA Division-II tournament. While they eventually were defeated by Grand Valley State (ranked 6th in the nation), the Drury Panthers sent two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference teams (Ashland and Saginaw Valley State, which out ranked the last seeded Drury) home to finish third in the NCAA Division-II Regional. Tony Lewis was the recipient of the Rawlings Golden Glove Award. Lewis and Joe Rohlfing were named to the All-Tournament team for the NCAA Division-II North Central Regional. Drury ended the season going 33-24. The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) is a college athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division II. Member teams are located in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin. ...


Drury men's swimming is one of Drury's most distinctive sports. Head coach Brian Reynolds was recently inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.


Famous alumni

This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Price is Right is a popular American game show centering on contestants guessing the retail prices of featured prizes and other promotional products. ... Ernest R. Breech (1897-1978) was an American corporate executive. ... Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker after General Motors and Toyota, based on worldwide vehicle sales. ... Trans World Airlines (IATA: TW, ICAO: TWA, and Callsign: TWA), commonly known as TWA, was an American airline company that was acquired by American Airlines in April 2001. ... Charles Harrison Brown (October 22, 1920 - June 10, 2003) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... William Dabbs Greer (April 2, 1917 — April 28, 2007) [1]) was an American character actor who performed many diverse supporting roles in film and television for about 50 years. ... Durward Gorham Hall (September 14, 1910 - March 15, 2001) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1961 to 1973. ... Ben Todd Parnell III was named as the interim President of Drury University at a faculty/staff meeting in Clara Thompson Hall on April 23, 2007, upon the resignation of John Sellars, Drurys 15th President. ... House & Garden (sometimes House and Garden, but the magazine uses the ampersand) is a magazine published by Condé Nast Publications. ... James Edward Ruffin (July 24, 1893 - April 9, 1977) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri. ...

Recent events

In 2005, Drury was one of 16 colleges and universities in the nation selected to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) project “Shared Futures: General Education for Global Learning,” which focuses on linking the liberal arts to global issues. In the same year John Sellars was appointed president. The current version of the article or section reads like an advertisement. ... John Sellars, Ph. ...


On April 23, 2007, Drury's 15th President John Sellars resigned effective May 31, 2007. He accepted a position as president of Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. At that point in time Todd Parnell, member of Drury's Board of Trustees will assume the role of interim president until a new president can be chosen.[8] Graceland University is a private liberal arts university of about 2300 students and 150 faculty with campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Missouri. ... Ben Todd Parnell III was named as the interim President of Drury University at a faculty/staff meeting in Clara Thompson Hall on April 23, 2007, upon the resignation of John Sellars, Drurys 15th President. ...


Greek Organizations

Drury currently has four sororities and four fraternities.

Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ), also known as Tri Delta, is a national collegiate sorority founded on November 27, 1888. ... Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) is a sorority founded at the State Female Normal School, now Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. ... Pi Beta Phi (ΠΒΦ) is an international fraternity for women that was founded on April 28, 1867 in Monmouth, Illinois at Monmouth College as I.C. Sorosis. ... Zeta Tau Alpha (ΖΤΑ) is a womens fraternity, founded October 15, 1898 at what used to be the Normal School for Girls but is now known as Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. ... The Kappa Alpha Order is a collegiate order of Christian knights. ... ΛΧΑ (Lambda Chi Alpha), headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the largest mens general fraternities in North America with more than 250,000 initiated members and chapters (called Zetas) at more than 300 universities. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Sigma Pi (ΣΠ) is an international college social fraternity with chapters in the United States and Canada. ...

References

  • Drury University. "Drury's Accolades", Drury University, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-05-16. 
  • Drury University. "Drury History", Drury University, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-05-16. 

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External links

  • Official website
  • GLVC Communication

  Results from FactBites:
 
Drury University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (495 words)
In 2005, Drury was one of 16 colleges and universities in the nation selected to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACandU) project “Shared Futures: General Education for Global Learning,” which focuses on linking the liberal arts to global issues.
Drury was founded as Springfield College in 1873 by Congregationalist church missionaries, and patterned after existing Congregationalist universities such as Oberlin College, Dartmouth College, Carleton College, and Yale University.
Drury sponsors NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic teams in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball.
US Universites and Colleges Program - Drury University (257 words)
Drury University strives to educate and enrich the whole person through exploration of new ideas, challenge of beliefs, critical learning and comprehension of the world outside the classroom.
One component of the Drury mission is to 'liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to life in a global community.' Every student earns a minor in global studies through a unique core curriculum called Global Perspectives 21, which combines the sciences, social sciences and humanities to enhance communication and interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
Drury's 60-plus-acre campus is nestled in the heart of the Ozarks in Springfield, Missouri, USA.
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