Drury Cancels Day Classes Next Monday, Panthers Play For National Title
The Drury Panthers advance to the NCAA Division II Championship after a 107-97 win at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KentuckyPhoto: Image by Chase Snider / KTTS News
Drury University is canceling Springfield day school classes next Monday, April 8th according to an email sent to students, faculty, and staff by university President Todd Parnell.
"To celebrate the Drury Panthers’ unprecedented trip to the National Men’s DII Championship game next weekend in Atlanta, to allow the Drury Community to personally support and embrace their championship quest, and most importantly to provide time to travel back safely, I hereby declare Monday, April 8 an official 'Engaged Learning Day'," Parnell's email said.
There will be no day school classes that day, and campus will operate as on a snow day, with dorms and food accessible and minimal operational coverage. Evening classes will proceed as scheduled."
Drury spokesman Mark Miller tells KTTS News this is not an April Fool's joke. The closing is for the Springfield campus, day school only.
The Drury Panthers defeated Western Washington 107-97 last week in the NCAA Division II Final Four in Louisville Kentucky to advance to the national championship.
That game will be played next Sunday in Atlanta, the site of the Division I Final Four games as well.
Here is the official release from Drury University:
In an effort to allow Drury students, faculty and staff to travel safely to and from the NCAA Division II National Championship game on Sunday, April 7 in Atlanta, Drury will operate with a minimal staff at its Springfield campus on Monday, April 8.
This means classes before 5 p.m. at Drury’s Springfield campus are canceled, and staff and faculty can travel back from Atlanta without using a personal day or vacation. All classes after 5 p.m. in Springfield, and all classes at Drury’s branch campuses will go on as scheduled on Monday, April 8.
“We want the Drury community to have the opportunity to go to Atlanta to cheer on the Panthers,” President Todd Parnell said. “But we want to make sure they do it safely. This will allow fans to travel on Saturday, attend Sunday’s game and then make their way back to Springfield on Monday in time for evening classes.”
Housing and the cafeteria will be open on Monday, April 8, otherwise, Drury’s Springfield campus will operate as if classes before 5 p.m. were canceled due to weather.
Drury advanced to Sunday’s title game against Metropolitan State (Colo.) with a 107-97 victory over Western Washington at the NCAA Division II Final Four in Louisville on Saturday, March 30.
Sunday’s championship game will be broadcast on CBS at 3 p.m. Central Time. Locally, in the Springfield television market, the game will air on KOLR.