Week of May 14, 2001



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 9, 2001 - Three cadets of the Air Force ROTC Program at Southeast Missouri State University will be commissioned Friday, May 11, during a ceremony at 5 p.m. in Dempster Hall on the University campus.

The cadets, who will be commissioned as second lieutenants, are Nathan Kaiser of Bourbon, Mo.; Anthony LoMedico of Jackson, Mo.; and Heather Hall of Blytheville, Ark.

This ceremony will mark the end of the Air Force ROTC cadet's life and entrance into the active duty Air Force as a commissioned officer, a second lieutenant. This will be the 27th commissioning ceremony at Southeast since 1974. Air Force ROTC has been at Southeast for 29 years, beginning in 1972.

The hallmark of the commissioning ceremony will be the Silver Dollar Salute. In an honored tradition, a new lieutenant will hand over a silver dollar to the first enlisted airman who salutes him or her. The coin represents more than a dollar in currency. To every new officer, it is the symbolic receipt of respect due the newly earned and his position. It is an acknowledgement from one professional to another that welcomes the lieutenant to the U.S. Air Force and to the profession of arms.

Major Michael Berry, chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies and assistant professor of aerospace studies at Southeast, will administer the oath to Cadet Kaiser. Capt. Robyn Greenfield, operations officer of the AFROTC Northwest Regional Headquarters at the Air Force Academy and former chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies at Southeast, will issue the oath to Cadet LoMedico. 2nd Lt. Jenny Reinhold of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., who is a former cadet and graduate of Southeast, will issue the oath to Cadet Hall.

Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, will be honored during the ceremony for his continued support of the Air Force ROTC Program. Commissioned an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Dobbins served for almost 10 years, from 1972 until 1981, with the Air Force Audit Agency (AFAA), both as a military officer and civilian employee, conducting and managing audits at military installations throughout the world. His foreign service included extensive time spent in the Philippines, Israel and Europe. One highlight of his career as an auditor in the AFAA was a review of the Camp David Israeli Air Base Construction Project conducted at the personal request of the Under Secretary of the Air Force.

Other special guests expected to be on hand for the ceremony will be Col. Cary Walgamott, commander, AFROTC Detachment 205, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; and former chairs of Air Force ROTC at Southeast, including Lt. Col. Ron Herr and Capt. William Tucker .

Following the ceremony, LoMedico will report to his first assignment in Air Battle Management with the 325th Training Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Hall will report to her first assignment as a special assistant in Carbondale, Ill. Kaiser will report to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois as a regional supply officer.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 11, 2001 - The Marie Farquhar Dormeyer Restricted Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The scholarship was established in memory of Marie Farquhar Dormeyer by her son, David Dormeyer of Cape Girardeau. Mrs. Dormeyer and her husband, Byron, were members of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation President's Council and founding members of the Copper Dome Society. Mrs. Dormeyer received a bachelor of science in education degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1930.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a resident of Cape Girardeau County and who is an education major with financial need. The student also must have a 2.5 grade point average.

A College of Education Scholarship Committee will select the recipient, who will receive a $1,000 award.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 11, 2001 - Six Southeast Missouri State University Historic Preservation Program students recently were inducted into Sigma Pi Kappa, an historic preservation honor society.

Those inducted were Alicia Bradley of St. Louis, Krista Doty of Park Hills, Mo., Terri Foley and Jeremy Wells, both of Cape Girardeau, Anne Herzog of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and Cheryl Nagle of Fleetwood, Pa. This honor recognizes the students' academic achievement and commitment to the principles embodied in the field of historic preservation.

Sigma Pi Kappa was founded at the University of Georgia on May 4, 1991, by faculty in the Master of Historic Preservation Program in the School of Environmental Design. The Epsilon Chapter of Southeast Missouri State University was established in 1996 and was the first chapter to include undergraduate as well as graduate members.

The international society of Sigma Pi Kappa promotes, recognizes and rewards superior achievement in academia and in the actual practice of historic preservation. It honors historic preservation students and faculty, along with distinguished professionals.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 11, 2001 - Southeast Missouri State University will begin observing summer office hours on May 14.

Summer hours for most University offices will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, executive offices will remain open through 5 p.m. throughout the summer.

Regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Aug. 13.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 11, 2001 - Shani Lenore, associate director of admissions for minority student recruitment at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named interim of director of admissions at Southeast, effective June 1.

Lenore will replace Jay Goff, director of admissions at Southeast, who has accepted a position as dean of enrollment management at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR). Goff will begin his new duties at UMR June 1.

"It is an exciting time to be a part of the Southeast community and to step into a leadership position, especially at a time when we are seeing such tremendous enrollment growth," she said. "Jay has a tremendous opportunity, which has left a tremendous opportunity here. I am more than willing to help Southeast move toward our strategic enrollment goals."

Lenore has been serving as Southeast's associate director of admissions for minority student recruitment since 1999. Originally from Chicago, Ill., Lenore has over seven years experience in college admissions and student career development.

Prior to her tenure at Southeast, she was employed by St. Louis University and Columbia College.

Lenore has been directing Southeast's highly successful minority student recruitment program for the past two years. Since Lenore's arrival, the University has increased its minority enrollment by 37 percent, and the overall new student enrollment has risen by more than 120 students.

Last February, Lenore's recruitment programs were selected to be highlighted at the 2001 National Symposium on the Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color in Lawrence, Kan.

Lenore has a bachelor of science degree in justice systems from Truman State University and is completing a master's degree in criminal justice administration at Southeast. She is an active leader in a number of professional associations. Currently, she serves on the executive board of the Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling and the Missouri Association of Blacks in Higher Education.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 11, 2001 -- Winners have been selected in the annual Music Composition Contest at the Southeast Missouri Music Academy.

Students in the theory program submitted original works in four age categories.

The winners and their compositions are: Tara Craven of Jackson, Mo., high school division - "Utopian Fantasy" for three trombones; Steffan Troxel of Jackson, junior high division - "Roman Advance" for three trumpets; Cate Goeke of Cape Girardeau, elementary division - "Mimi's Dream" for piano; and Julia Weber of Cape Girardeau, primary division - "Spring is Here" for piano.

Their works, along with the other finalists, will be presented at a Composer's Concert at 7 p.m. May 15 in Brandt Music Hall Room 205. The public is invited. The concert is free.

The winners were selected by St. Louis composer, Robert Howard. Howard will present a workshop for all the finalists, and will present some of his own compositions on the composer's concert.

Students who received second place, third place, or honorable mention are:

Amanda Boswell and Laurel Kasten, both of Cape Girardeau; Jean Brown of Perryville, Mo.; Scott Schwiesow of Gordonville, Mo.; and Majhon Phillips, Emily Bertrand, Katherine Davis, Katie Lakner, Michael Weber, Amanda Myer and Jonathan Young, all of Jackson.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 11, 2001 -- Four physics majors were inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society April 30 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Those inducted were Laura Meyer of Perryville, Mo., who is majoring in physics; Paul Albers, of Sparta, Ill., who is majoring in engineering physics and physics; Jeremy Wachter, of Jackson, Mo., who is majoring in engineering physics;and Wendy Decker, of Jackson, Mo., who is majoring in physics and chemistry. Students elected to membership must attain high standards of general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics.

The guest speaker at the program was Dr. James A. Roberts of the University of North Texas. Roberts' presentation was titled, "Solar Activity and its Impact on Earth and Mankind."

The advisor to Sigma Pi Sigma is Dr. Jai Dahiya, associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and professor of physics.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 11, 2001 - Dr. Beverly Petch-Hogan and Dr. Gale McMahan, professors in the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education at Southeast Missouri State University, recently were awarded the Professionally Recognized Special Education (PRSE) certificate for special education teaching by The Council for Exceptional Children.

The PRSE designation is awarded to special educators who have demonstrated that they meet professional standards for practice in the field. PRSE recipients must have earned professional degrees or endorsements in special education, have at least three years experience in their area of expertise and follow CEC's code of ethics and standards of practice.

"CEC is proud to award the PRSE designation to deserving special educators," said Richard Mainzer, CEC's assistant executive director of professional standards and practice. "These special educators demonstrated their commitment to their profession and their students by meeting professional standards that result in effective practice in the field."

McMahan is an assistant professor of elementary, early and special education. Petch-Hogan is a professor of elementary, early and special education.

CEC's PRSE program will play a major role in ensuring students with exceptionalities receive quality instruction. Through the PRSE program, principals and others in hiring positions can identify those individuals who have met professionally recognized standards, thus ensuring that they have the knowledge and skills to provide effective instruction to the students in their charge. In addition, the PRSE program promotes quality special education practice by standardizing the knowledge and skills a professional special educator must have.

The Council for Exceptional Children, the largest international professional association for special educators, related service providers, and parents, works to improve the educational success of students with disabilities, gifts or talents. The Council represents members serving more than five million with disabilities and 2.5 million gifted students in the United States.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 11, 2001 - The River Campus Board of Managers is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. May 18 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The meeting will be held in the University Center Board Room.

City representatives on the Board are Ruth Knote, Dennis Vollink and Jerry Ford. University representatives are Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management; Thomas Swayne Byrd, architect from Charleston, Mo.; and Jerrianne Wyman, Southeast alumna and member of the Old Town Cape Committee.

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