Week of September 17, 2001



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 14, 2001 - Eight students from Southeast Missouri State University have received top recognition in the Region 5 undergraduate category of the Donald W. Fogarty International Student Paper Competition for excellent research.

Students who entered the competition completed their research projects in order to fulfill the requirements of “Production/Operations Management,” a course study of operational areas with an emphasis on application of management techniques. The course is taught by Dr. Ike Ehie, professor of management.

Laurie Brader, Jon Clements, Jamie Favier and Matthew Pierce won first place in the regional competition for their paper “Efficient Consumer Response: Management Issues in the New Millennium.” Their paper will be entered to compete in the “Society” level. Brader is an accounting major from Fenton, Mo.; Clements is a finance major from Perryville, Mo.; Favier is a management information systems major from Perryville, Mo.; and Pierce is an accounting major from Patton, Mo.

Ann Fowler, Heather Edwards, Pam Iverson and Nathan Malahy won second place in the regional competition for their paper, “International Organization for Standardization 9000 (ISO 9000).” Fowler is a management information systems major from Cape Girardeau; Edwards is an accounting major from Olmsted Ill.; Iverson is an office systems management major from Denison, Iowa; and Malahy is a finance major from Jackson, Mo.

“These are examples of hard working students who are willing to go the extra mile,” said Ehie. “The research was in depth and their presentation was very clear and logical.”

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 14, 2001 -- Prospective students and their parents are invited to "Show Me Day" Sept. 29 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Show Me Day," scheduled for noon at the Show Me Center, is an opportunity for all individuals interested in attending college to take a closer look at Southeast and check out the numerous options Southeast provides," said Southeast Admissions Counselor Christy Mershon.

The day's events will begin with a "College Fair" in which students may browse through informational displays of the University's various academic departments. Professors from each department will be there to answer questions. Students also will be able to get information about the Southeast experience, information ranging from academic and career choice options to financial aid, residential life and student activities.

Following the "College Fair" portion of the day, students and parents will hear brief presentations from Southeast Interim Director of Admissions Shani Lenore, as well as a presentation by Luke Dalton, Southeast Student Government president.

Students and their parents then will break up into small groups to tour the campus.

Marshon said that both bus and walking tours will be offered as well as students having the opportunity to view a Southeast residence facility. Following the campus tours, a financial aid and Residence Life presentation will be given. The "Show Me Day" will conclude in the evening with a light reception.

If you are interested in registering for Show Me Day, call the Admissions Office at (573) 651-2590.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 14, 2001 -- The Southeast Baroque Trio will perform a concert of Baroque and early classical music Sept. 20 in historic Old St. Vincent's Church in Cape Girardeau.

The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m.

The Southeast Baroque Trio is a faculty performing ensemble based at Southeast Missouri State University. Its members are Paul Thompson (Baroque flute), Sara Edgerton (Baroque cello), and Gary Miller (harpsichord). The concert will feature the performance of Baroque and classical music on historical instruments of the period.

The concert will include music by several well-known composers: George Frideric Handel's “Sonata for Flute and Continuo” will open the program, and a solo work for harpsichord by C.P.E. Bach -- one of Johann Sebastian Bach's sons -- also will be performed. Also on the program will be music by several lesser known composers of the era, including the Italian composer Sammartini, the German composer Kleinknecht, and the Italian/German composer Chinzer. Each of these compositions will feature one or more of the historical instruments performed by the trio.

The Southeast Baroque Trio has performed as a part of numerous concert series, including performances at the Sheldon Concert Hall (St. Louis); on the Cedarhurst (Ill.) Chamber Music Series; the Illinois State and Murray State University Guest Artists Concert Series and the First Concert Series (Rockford, Ill.). The trio also was a featured ensemble at the International Baroque Festival in Jackson, Miss. The Southeast Baroque Trio recently has joined the roster of artists for the Heartland Arts Fund "Community Connections," a major Midwest arts program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. The ensemble also tours throughout Missouri under the auspices of the Missouri Arts Council as a member of the Missouri Arts Touring Program.

This year, in addition to performing in Cape Girardeau, the Southeast Baroque Trio also will appear in St. Louis (Sheldon Concert Hall); Rockford, Ill. (First Concert Series); as a part of a concert series in Webster Groves, Mo., and at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. The trio also will hold a two-day residency at the Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden, Mo.

Tickets for the Sept. 20 concert in Old St. Vincent's Church will be available at the door and will be $6 for general admission, $5 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, $4 for students and free with a valid Southeast Missouri State University Student I.D.

For more information, please call the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.

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Final census exceeds 1984 enrollment high

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 19, 2001 - Southeast Missouri State University has set an all-time enrollment record based on a fourth week census report showing total combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount at 9,352 for the fall 2001 semester.

Total combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount grew by 1,010 students from the first day of classes Aug. 20, when total headcount was reported at 8,342, to the end of the fourth week of classes Sept. 14. This figure is up 4.5 percent from this time a year ago when total combined student headcount was reported at 8,951.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, said, “This is a very exciting time for this University and this community. So many individuals have worked so very hard to create an environment so that students can be successful. The University continues to make great strides towards its strategic plan enrollment goal. Recruitment efforts in the St. Louis metro area have yielded an enormous increase in enrollments from the northern part of Southeast’s service region while, at the same time, we have increased the number of students from Southeast Missouri. The University’s area higher education centers in Kennett, Malden, Sikeston and Perryville also have contributed to Southeast’s growth as post-secondary educational opportunities are extended to many placebound students who could not travel to Cape Girardeau.

“Today’s numbers bode well for the ultimate realization of our Strategic Plan enrollment goals,” he said.

Southeast has more than doubled its enrollment since 1963 when total headcount was 4,002. Beginning in 1963, enrollment grew steadily through 1984 when total fall headcount was reported at 9,189. Figures then steadily decreased through 1994 when total fall headcount was just 7,925. Enrollment has been on the rise over the past seven years.

In addition to the increase in total headcount, total full-time equivalency is 7,042, up 4.2 percent from fall 2000. Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management, says, “this means we have a significant increase in the number of credit hours students are taking.”

Total undergraduate student headcount stands at 8,098, up 4.4 percent from fall 2000. Beginning freshman headcount is 1,606, up 4.2 percent from this time last year.

Continuing freshman headcount is 798, down four percent from fall 2000.

Sophomore headcount stands at 1,598, up 3.4 percent from this time last year. Junior headcount is 1,481, up 3.4 percent from fall 2000. Senior headcount is at 1,828, up 3.3 percent from this time last year.

“In addition to our freshman numbers being up, sophomore, junior and senior headcount is up as well,” Fox said. “This is due to our having several years in a row of steady enrollment growth.”

Total graduate student headcount stands at 1,254, up 5.3 percent from fall 2000.

Dr. Phil Parette, dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, says he attributes the growth in graduate student enrollment to more off-campus offerings, greater flexibility in programming and access, and more use of on-site enrollment.

“We had tremendous growth over a five-year period as several new graduate programs were established. Then we stabilized,” he said. “Now, because of new and creative ways to allow students to have access, we will continue to see growth.”

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 18, 2001 -- Half the babies born in Cape Girardeau in the year 2002 will receive their very first book for their personal libraries, thanks to the caring generosity and support of the Southeast Missouri State University community.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter #260, thanks the many members of the University staff and community who donated items to the Born to Read Benefit Yard Sale Sept. 15, worked at the sale, made purchases and gave donations. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, sales totaled $873.60 in a giant four-hour yard sale. This will buy more than 800 books for the 1,600 babies that will be born in Cape Girardeau next year.

The Born to Read project was adopted by Phi Kappa Phi a year ago, and since Jan. 1 has provided a new book to every baby born in Cape Girardeau. This project is important because of the appalling fact that there are 40 million American adults who are illiterate, almost half of whom live in poverty. Reading to babies helps them develop language and reading skills, which makes them more likely to be adults who read, and less likely to be one of those 40 million Americans.

The project is chaired by Dr. Tamara Baldwin, who hosted the benefit sale at her home.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the number and variety of donations we received for the sale, and overwhelmed by the numbers of people who spent their Saturday morning turning other people’s trash into treasures for the babies of Cape Girardeau. The support we received was nothing less than amazing,” Baldwin said.

Although the yard sale was a huge success, there are still another 800 babies who will be born next year for whom funding is not yet available. For those who missed the yard sale, contributions may be made to the “Born to Read” project through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. For additional information, contact Dr. Tamara Baldwin at (573) 651-2174, or any member of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter #260.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 14, 2001 - Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to eat a brown bag lunch and voice questions, comments and suggestions to Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, and other executive staff of the University during a Brown Bag Lunch on Oct. 3.

The event is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

Participants may bring their own brown bag lunch or may make arrangements to purchase and pick up a meal from Chartwells for $1. Soft drinks and dessert will be provided.

Brown Bag Lunch orders need to be placed by 4 p.m. Oct. 1. To place an order, call (573) 651-2511. Please include your full name and an extension where you can be reached.

The executive staff includes Dobbins; Dr. Jane Stephens, provost; Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management; Dr. Ivy Locke, vice president for business and finance; Alan Zacharias, vice president for University advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation; Dr. Dennis Holt, vice provost; Art Wallhausen, associate to the president; and James LaCour, assistant to the president for equity issues.

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