Week of August 6, 2001



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 27, 2001 - Southeast Missouri State University was recognized in a national publication for a service project by the Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

Kappa Delta Pi Record cited Southeast’s chapter in its summer 2001 issue for participation in the Kappa Delta Pi National Day of Service in which members of Kappa Delta Pi offered their abilities to area schools and students, promoted service and made positive contributions to education.

The Southeast chapter aimed to enhance the Cape Girardeau chapter of Parents as Teachers (PAT) by increasing available resources. Under the guidance of chapter sponsor Dr. Kathy Conway, assistant professor of elementary, early and special education, and Chapter President Lateisha Wilkinson, 50 members of Kappa Delta Pi collected 175 books appropriate for participating families and presented these books to the local PAT chapter.

Parents as Teachers is an internationally recognized and award-winning organization that works with parents to provide parenting support and information on their children. PAT services begin with prenatal care and continue through kindergarten entry, helping parents understand what to expect during each stage of a child’s development. Parents are offered practical ways to encourage learning, manage challenging behavior and promote strong parent-child relationships.

PAT began in 1981 in Missouri as a pilot project but has since expanded to 49 states, six foreign countries and five U.S. territories. PAT consists of a network of more than 2,600 local programs serving thousands of families. The Cape Girardeau chapter serves more than 300 families.

Kappa Delta Pi is a national honor society of scholars dedicated to promoting excellence in and recognizing outstanding contributions to education. Members of the Society are invited to join based upon fulfillment of qualifications such as leadership attributes inside and outside of the classroom, worthy educational ideals, GPA, and professionalism.

Kappa Delta Pi has several purposes, including “so to teach that our words inspire a will to learn; so to serve that each day may enhance the growth of exploring minds; so to live that we may guide young and old to know the truth and love the right.” The Southeast chapter meets monthly, involves students in projects focusing on education and invites speakers to address issues of importance to future educators. For more information, please contact Dr. Kathy Conway at (573) 651-2445 or via e-mail at kconway@semo.edu.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 3, 2001 - Southeast Missouri State University will welcome its new students to campus with an eventful Opening Week and culminate with the start of fall semester classes on August 20.

Opening week activities kick off Aug. 16 when entering freshmen living on-campus arrive for move-in day. New students will check in at their assigned time; check-in is at the Student Recreation Center. There, students will receive their residence hall assignments and room keys and have the opportunity to browse through an information fair full of booths represented with area businesses, organizations and university offices.

Students may begin to move in to their assigned residence halls beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 16. Mandatory residence hall floor meetings will be held at 7 p.m.

Playfair, called the ultimate icebreaker, is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Student Recreation Center. This high-energy, fun-filled activity involves grouping students together in various scenarios so that students seek out and meet other new students through interactive games.

After Playfair, students are invited to attend the new student social and dance, as well as participate in “First Night.” Both events will be held in the Student Recreation Center from 10 p.m. to midnight. Sponsored by the Student Activities Council, “First Night” introduces new students to Southeast’s numerous student organizations through social and recreation activities. Various games and activities, including karaoke, funny photos and a mini golf course, are planned by the student organizations. Prizes for participating will be presented.

On Aug. 17, faculty and staff will welcome the newest members of the University community with Welcome Convocation at the Show Me Center. The convocation begins at 8:15 a.m.

New students will meet with their Southeast 101 class from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at various locations. During the Southeast 101 class, students will be able to ask questions of faculty and students about academics and campus life. The Southeast 101 class is designed to demonstrate what being a Southeast college student is like through discussions that focus on academic expectations in the college classroom, basic tips for succeeding and how to access resources at Southeast.

Students will have lunch with their Southeast 101 class from 11 to11:45 a.m., then continue with the final portion of their Southeast 101 class until 12:45 p.m.

From 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., the California Critical Thinking Test will be ad-ministered in various locations across campus. Students will take the test with their Southeast 101 group.

Following the California Critical Thinking Test, students may attend college meetings and workshops across campus. Each college or department will sponsor meetings and workshops.

An “Italian Night” dinner will be served after the meetings and workshops in Towers Café. Then, students are invited to attend a Southeast tradition: the Great Ice Cream Pig Out. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Great Ice Cream Pig Out offers great food, friends and fun.

Hypnotist Jim Wand will perform in the Student Recreation Center at 8 p.m. After Wand performs, students will be treated to the Coffee House featuring John Rush in the Towers Complex.

Activities begin Aug. 18 with a First STEP enrollment program for first-year students who have not yet attended the program. The program is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also on Aug. 18, e-mail and Internet training will be offered throughout the day in the Towers Computer Lab. Campus tours will be conducted from 1 to 3 p.m., beginning at the Stroup Fountain. Tours of Kent Library also will take place during this time. From 1 to 5 p.m., area businesses will sponsor shuttled tours of Cape Girardeau; shopping shuttles also will take place during this time. Tour and shopping shuttles will meet in front of Academic Hall.

Recreational activities are scheduled during the afternoon as well. Students interested in caving or just wanting to try can meet at Rhodes Hall for Cave Explorations, slated from 1 to 5 p.m. Bootcamp Aerobics will be held at the Student Recreation Center from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Bootcamp provides students of all fitness levels with a fun, challenging and military-style workout to increase overall fitness, strength, agility and balance control.

A “Red Hot BBQ” dinner will be served at Towers Café, followed by an outdoor movie on the Academic Terraces.

Campus Ministries will hold services throughout the morning of Aug. 19 at various locations.

The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce will hold the Welcome Back Picnic beginning at 4 p.m. at Capaha Park. The annual picnic offers food, fun and lots of activities for students, faculty and staff.

Classes for the fall semester begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 20.

For more information on Opening Week activities, contact New Student Programs at (573) 651-5166 or log onto http://www4.semo.edu/newstudentprogs/homepage.htm.

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Learn How To Make Government Buyers Your Client At Upcoming Conference

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 3, 2001 - The first-ever Southeast Missouri Procurement Conference will be held this Wednesday, Aug. 8, on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Eighth District U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond are sponsoring the conference in cooperation with Southeast’s Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Missouri Small Business Development Centers and Missouri Procurement Assistance Centers.

The conference will be held in Robert A. Dempster Hall at the University.

Currently, more than 130 attendees and 20 exhibitors have registered for the event. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by an array of guest speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and exhibits provided by government contractors and local, state and federal agencies. A noon luncheon is included in the day’s activities.

The conference is open to current business owners and all other interested individuals. Information sessions will run throughout the day. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. Advance registration is needed, if at all possible. Individuals who want to register or need additional information should contact the Small Business Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University by phone (573) 986-6084 or fax (573) 986-6083.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 3, 2001 -- The Southeast Missouri State University Choral Union, the area's renowned community choir, will begin its fall rehearsal schedule on Tuesday, Aug. 21, for a Nov. 27 “Christmas Gloria” concert, featuring settings by Baroque master, Antonio Vivaldi and distinguished 20th Century American composer, Randal Alan Bass.

Regular rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in 205 Brandt Music Hall.

The Choral Union, a non-auditioned, "open member­ship" choir, draws singers from the area-wide community. The 100-plus voice choir specializes in the performance of major choral/orchestral works, including such masterpieces as Handel's "Messiah," Wilberg's "Four American Folk Hymns," and Orff's "Carmina Burana." Dr. John Egbert, director of Choral Activities at the University, is the group's director.

Anyone interested in singing in the Choral Union or wanting additional information is encouraged to contact Egbert at (573) 651-2342.

"We are always inter­ested in recruiting new singers--anyone who wants to sing, but we are particularly interested in recruiting additional men," Egbert said. “There are no fees to pay and no audition for membership. It's a real treat-an incredible experience -- to sing with over 150 singers and an excellent orchestra, and it doesn't cost a cent."

Regarding this semester's music, Egbert said, "the ‘Gloria,’ beginning with texts from Luke 2:14, has been traced to an early hymn dated about 380 A.D., and to a Greek version dating from the second century. Because of its association with the nativity, it is often performed around the Christmas holidays and at other festive occasions."

The Vivaldi “Gloria,” written around 1715, is known worldwide and is justifiably one of his most famous works for orchestra and chorus. Vivaldi was considered one of the greatest violin virtuosos of his day, and it was his talent as a violinist that brought him to Venice and the Ospedale della Pieta, the foremost of Venice's renowned orphanage-conservatories for homeless girls. At the Pieta, Vivaldi cultivated one of the most astounding performance ensembles in all of Europe--comprised entirely of young girls, and it was for them that he wrote the “Gloria.”

The music for the performance has been edited for mixed voiced choirs. The concert will conclude with a new setting of the “Gloria” text, this one by prominent American composer, Randal Alan Bass. Much shorter than the Vivaldi, it is very contemporary, but a great contrasting companion-piece to the Baroque master's setting.

"The community's reception of our performances has been wonderful, and many of our performances have attracted capacity crowds,” Egbert said. “Our concerts have evolved into major cultural events in our community and are dramatic musical experiences for performer and audience alike."

For more information on the Choral Union, call Egbert at (573) 651-2342.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug 3, 2001 -- Fifty new faculty members will participate in a five-day workshop intended to acquaint new faculty with Southeast Missouri State University and the Southeast Missouri community.

The 2001 Teaching Enhancement Workshop will be held Aug. 6-10 in the University Center. The purpose of the workshop is to provide new faculty the opportunity to meet and work with one another, to orient themselves with the University and regional community, to provide a setting where new faculty can explore and discuss teaching and learning issues, and to introduce the University’s teacher-scholar model.

As part of the workshop, new faculty members will take a narrated bus tour of the University and Southeast Missouri region. Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center for Regional History, and Dr. Dennis Holt, vice provost, will lead the tour. During the tour, the two will provide information about the region’s history and importance of Southeast’s extended learning programs, especially the Crisp Bootheel Educational Center in Malden, and the Kennett and Sikeston Area Higher Education Centers.

In addition to the bus tour, faculty members will engage in several interactive seminars during the workshop. Seminar topics include identity development of the college student, how students learn, using instructional technology to support learning, helping students become better learners, learning-focused teaching and designing effective discussions.

The Teaching Enhancement Workshop began in 1986 to serve new faculty. Past participants have said the bus tour of the region was the highlight of the workshop. The workshop has proven to be a rich, rewarding experience as well as an opportunity to develop close, lasting relationships with other participants, past participants have said.

The workshop concludes Friday, Aug. 10. Southeast President Kenneth Dobbins and his wife, Jeanine Larson Dobbins, will host a reception and dinner for the new group Aug. 24 at Wildwood.

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