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As part of the #volunteerDU effort, Drury students, faculty, and staff joined in with hundreds of others volunteering during National Volunteer Week April 22-26.

To kick the event off, five students and Emily Journagan, Drury’s volunteer service coordinator, participated in the Rock N Ribs Festival, a Rotary Club event to benefit local charities the weekend prior. On Monday, April 22, students and members of Drury’s Office of  Community Outreach and Leadership Development performed a street cleanup on Commercial Street with the youth of Rare Breed Transitional Living Facility. Ozark Food Harvest backpacks were also planned to be packed, but canceled due to late shipment.

Wednesday, students worked on the Harmony House, a shelter for abused women and children.  They picked up trash, planted flowers, hung an outdoor chalkboard, picked weeds, and planted vegetables in the garden. When the weather clears, they will be completing a mural in the playground. Also, students from ONEDrury hosted the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, where 50 people attended. Children from the Boys and Girls Club participated, and members from Convoy of Hope and Ozarks Food Harvest spoke about local issues.

Thursday, students helped spread mulch at the Boys and Girls Club. Later that day, they hosted an ice-cream rewards party for youth members who had completed an anti-bullying course.

Several projects are still ongoing, including painting at the Boys and Girls Club, working on the Harmony House mural, and painting Boyd Elementary School’s basketball court.  A total of 20 students participated during the week, not including the Oxfam banquet, and 75 hours were served by participants.

Drury’s event was co-hosted by Kappa Delta, SUB, the Drury Volunteer Corps, and ONEDrury.

This week, members of the Drury community have several opportunities to volunteer in conjunction with National Volunteer Week.

As part of the Voices Unbound Theme Year, the Drury community voted in the fall through Facebook and Twitter on which social issue they wanted to learn about through service during National Volunteer Week.

The social issue which received the most votes was underprivileged youth.

All service projects offered during National Volunteer Week will show participants a different aspect of the social issue chosen.

To sign up or to receive more information about any of the events listed, contact Emily Journagan, the volunteer services coordinator, at ejournagan@drury.edu or call 873-6803.

Participants of these projects are free to schedule their own work shift that best suits their schedule during the week:

  • Boyd Elementary Project:  Join Kappa Delta as they paint the continents and oceans on Boyd Elementary‘s basketball court.  Outlining the mural will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.  Painting of the continents and oceans will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24.  Part of National Volunteer Week.
  • Musgrave Unit Boys and Girls Club Sand Volleyball Court Project:  Help build a sand volleyball court for the Musgrave Unit Boys and Girls Club.  Project will take place all week when weather permits.  Tasks include laying a weed barrier down, spreading sand, setting volleyball posts in cement, etc.  Participants are able to sign up to help for any time during the week.  Sand for this project was donated by Conoco.  Other materials were donated by Journagan True Value of Aurora, MO.
  • Beautify Harmony House’s Outdoor Kids Area Project: Serve at Harmony House through cleaning up their children’s courtyard, making a vegetable garden, hanging an outdoor chalkboard, planting flowers, and painting an outdoor mural.  This courtyard is used by their youth residents.  Harmony House provides a place of refuge for victims of domestic abuse.


11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 18
Clara Thompson Hall

Drury will host discussions with author Roxana Saberi and filmmaker Patrick Mureithi for Theme Day on Thursday, April 18.

At 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall, Saberi will share the story of her life and captivity in Iran. Then, at 2 p.m. in Clara Thompson Hall, Mureithi will show his latest documentary, “Kenya: Until Hope is Found,” a film he financed using online crowdfunding.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Roxana Saberi, 11 a.m.

Roxana SaberiSaberi is a freelance journalist who was captured in Iran and accused of spying for the United States. She will recount her story of being abducted, blindfolded, placed in solitary confinement, and interrogated for hours. Her battle for freedom would last 100 days and created an international event of public outrage.

There was speculation that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intervened on Saberi’s behalf as a diplomatic overture. She credits her release to the outpouring of international support, both political and public.

As a journalist, Saberi’s reports have been featured in national and international media, and she has been honored with the Medill Medal of Courage, the Ilaria Alpi Freedom of the Press Award, the NCAA Award of Valor, and a POMED (Project for Middle East Democracy) Award.

Patrick Mureithi, 2 p.m.

Patrick MureithiMureithi’s film, “Kenya: Until Hope is Found,” centers on forgiveness and reconciliation in Kenya after the post-election violence that left 1,200 dead and 500,000 homeless.

The film features victims and perpetrators of the brutality in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum and the epicenter of the violence. To bring this important film to reality, Mureithi raised more than $10,000 on Kickstarter, the world’s largest online platform for funding creative projects.

During his tenure as Drury’s filmmaker-in-residence, Mureithi also produced, filmed and edited “ICYIZERE:hope,” a feature-length documentary about a gathering of 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. “ICYIZERE” (ee-cheez-eh-reh) has been shown on college campuses across the United States, as well as in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Join us Friday, April 5, for the Theme Year’s final Creative Conversation with multi-instrumentalist Philip Dickey of the band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (SSLYBY).

As the band’s director of media, he has taken to Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media to build a worldwide fan community of the indie band over the past several years. In the past year, the band has played dates in Japan and Russia, as well as throughout the United States.

The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Drury on C-Street as part of the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Springfield.

The conversation will last about 45 minutes, and there will be a Q&A portion with the audience.

The Theme Year will dedicate Thursday, April 4, to honoring the stories of survival and courage after the 2011 EF-5 tornado that devastated Joplin.

“Joplin: After the Tornado” will feature several free events throughout the day for the campus and the community. All events are open to the public.

  • 9:30 a.m. Clara Thompson Hall: Screening of “Deadline in Disaster,”  a documentary by Beth Pike and Steve Hudnell of the Joplin Globe‘s effort to chronicle one of the most devastating events in the city’s history.
  • 11 a.m. Clara Thompson Hall: Panel discussion with Carol Stark, editor of the Joplin Globe, and filmmakers Beth Pike and Steve Hudnell.
  • 2 p.m. Lay Hall Auditorium: Research presentation featuring interviews with tornado survivors by Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown, assistant professor of psychology at Drury.
  • #volunteerDU: At each event, we will be collecting donations for Art Feeds, a Joplin-based not-for-profit organization that uses creative development to help children overcome trauma and obstacles.



Go beyond making your voice heard — make a difference. This Theme Year, Drury's Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development will connect the campus for a large-scale community service project.

Contribute your time and energy, and share your story using the #volunteerDU hashtag on Twitter.