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Drury University in Springfield has confirmed it will not renew the contracts for five faculty members next school year and another seven the following year. In addition, three tenure-track faculty members will be reassigned to other university roles.

It says the dozen cuts are a result in overall enrollment decline in Drury’s traditional undergraduate day school. University Spokesman Mike Brothers says there were 1,454 students in fall 2014 compared to 1,315 this fall. 

According to a statement, the affected faculty members were notified of the change on Sept. 25.

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Classes at several area college and university campuses begin next week. For many attendees, their first impression of the school where they are now enrolled was through a campus tour. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann shares sounds of a recent tour at Drury University, where she accompanied a group of visitors.

Drury Professor Sheds Light on NASA’s Images of Pluto

Jul 16, 2015
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This week NASA revealed some detailed images of one the farthest objects in the solar system, Pluto. The views came after one of the agency’s space crafts that was launched in January 2006 finally reached its destination.

Drury University Physics Professor Dr. Greg Ojakangas, who received his doctorate degree in planetary astrophysics, was very excited about NASA’s discovery and what it means for the future.

“We have now visited by American spacecraft every planet in the solar system,” he said.

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Roughly 3,000 junior and high school students, parents, coaches and spectators are expected to visit Springfield next year as part of a national speech and debate tournament.

Drury University will play host to the 2016 National Invitational Tournament of Champions May 20-28, 2016.

The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Wednesday that the city was selected by Stoa, a speech and debate organization for Christian homeschooling families.

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Trees not only contribute to the aesthetics of a community, they provide so much more.  And area cities and organizations know this:  Drury University received a first time recognition as a Tree Campus, while Springfield and West Plains have continued to maintain Tree City USA titles.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talks with local arborists to learn more about what it takes to achieve this type of recognition and why this is so important.