Week of June 11, 2001



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 8, 2001 - A Granite City, Ill., student was awarded the School of Polytechnic Studies Outstanding Student Award for 2000-2001 at Southeast Missouri State University on May 2.

Matt McBride received the award at a luncheon held to present the award and mark the imminent move of The School of Polytechnic Studies from the Serena Building to the new Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building. The School of Polytechnic Studies will relocate to the new Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building during the summer. The new building is scheduled to open for fall 2001 classes.

McBride graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology in May. He is the son of Dennis and Patti McBride, also of Granite City, Ill.

The School of Polytechnic Studies houses the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology and is recognized as a Missouri Center of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

Through a generous donation from benefactors Otto and Della Seabaugh, the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building includes five general classrooms with multimedia and instructional technology and internet access, 17 specialized teaching and research laboratories, 12 laboratories with the latest high-tech equipment, a 70-seat auditorium with teleconferencing and interactive television, and three fully networked computer labs.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 8, 2001 -- Debbie Bibb of Cape Girardeau, a graduate student at Southeast Missouri State University, will give a presentation June 13 on the Delassus-Kern House in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., summarizing current research on this historic building.

The presentation is scheduled for noon in the County Services Building located at 255 E. Market Street in Ste. Genevieve. The event is free and open to the public.

Since 1997, the Historic Preservation Summer Field School, offered by Southeast Missouri State University and co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has conducted archeological and historic research on the Delassus-Kern site. The presentation will summarize the University's findings to date.

The Delassus-Kern House, located a few miles south of Ste. Genevieve on Highway 61, is important because of its potential connections with Monsieur Pierre Charles de Hault de Lassus de Luzière. Luzière, a French nobleman whose family fled from the French Revolution, helped found New Bourbon, a community established in 1793 for French ex-patriots on the bluffs immediately to the south of present-day Ste. Genevieve. The town was abandoned by the mid-19th century, and little exists from it today. The Delassus-Kern house contains, within the first story, vertical-post construction characteristic of French Colonial architecture. The second story, added in the 1890s, occurred well after the French Colonial period and, instead, shows German-American influence. The largest mystery about the house lies in where the 18th century French Colonial portion was originally constructed. Some evidence suggests that the house was built by Monsieur de Luzière in New Bourbon, and was later moved to its current location around the 1830s.

Bibb graduated from the University of Kansas in 1981 with a bachelor of arts degree in history and anthropology. While in Kansas, Bibb primarily worked in the accounting field. When she moved to Cape Girardeau in recent years and discovered that Southeast Missouri State had a historic preservation program, she enrolled as a graduate student, she said. At Southeast, she considers her most significant accomplishment to be adding to the knowledge base of the Delassus-Kern House. Bibb nearly has completed her studies and looks forward to being a contributing professional in the field of historic preservation, she said.

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