Week of October 15, 2001



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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 12, 2001 -- Sean Simon, president of the Sigma Nu Coins for Kids Foundation, center, recently presented checks on behalf of fraternity and sorority members at Southeast Missouri State University to local representatives of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. With the help of the Sigma Nu Coins for Kids Foundation, sorority and fraternity members at Southeast set up a disaster relief fund and raised $9,181.55 to help victims of the recent national tragedies. Simon presented checks, each for $3,672.62, to both organizations. The Twin Towers Fund also will receive $1,836.31. From left are Mary Burton, of the American Red Cross; Simon; and Gauthier, of the Salvation Army.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 12, 2001 -Southeast Missouri State University recently received a license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury allowing the University to establish overseas study programs in Cuba.

"This is something that not too many universities can offer to their students" said Dr. Peter Gordon, professor of marketing and director of international business programs at Southeast. "It's a unique opportunity. Americans are basically banned from going to Cuba without U.S. government permission. So students who gain first-hand knowledge of this country in anticipation of the future elimination of the trade embargo will be well positioned in the job market with companies who are anxious to expand to Cuba as soon as they are legally able."

Southeast will be among about 15 other universities nationwide that operate programs in Cuba.

Gordon hopes a group of Southeast business, political science and foreign language faculty will be able make a visit to Cuba in the spring to lay the groundwork for the first Southeast student group to visit, probably next fall. A program in Cuba would include diplomatic presentations arranged through U.S. Government agencies, briefings at foreign embassies in Havana, such as Canada and Britain, and programs at the University of Havana.

Gordon says students who participate likely will receive three academic credit hours - either in political science, business or foreign language -- for the program, which is expected to last about a week.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury granted Southeast the site license for travel to Cuba for two years. The license to establish programs in Cuba is renewable.

Southeast's application to the U.S. Department of the Treasury outlined the University's long history of study abroad programs in Mexico and Europe. Programs in Cuba will follow much of the same format.

Gordon says he has been interested in establishing programs in Cuba for quite some time and began the process of seeking a site license for Southeast almost a year ago.

"To talk to people living under that economic and political system is fascinating," he said. "It is the place to go to see a totally different political and economic system, right on America's doorstep. Fidel Castro has been in power for over 40 years. He is one of the most fascinating international leaders, known to virtually every American. To be able to observe first hand the failures - and some successes - of their system is a great academic and cultural opportunity".

"I think academic programs in Cuba will get a lot of student interest," Gordon said. "I'm really excited about it."

Because Americans are forbidden to travel to Cuba, travel arrangements will be made by routing through third countries, possibly in Canada or Mexico, Gordon said.

"This is a real opportunity," Gordon said, adding that if Southeast did not establish programs there now, the opportunity to study their system may be gone in the near future when the Castro regime comes to an end.

"This is something unique that few Americans have the opportunity to experience," he said. "Ten years ago we were able to take a group of students to East Berlin. To enter through Checkpoint Charlie and observe first-hand a different political and economic system before it collapsed was a unique experience. It was an opportunity to experience 20th century cold-war era history. Within 10 years, Cuba will probably be just like Jamaica or the Bahamas with thousands of American tourists," Gordon projected.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 12, 2001 - Joseph Marshall III, a Sicangu Sioux Native American, will visit Southeast Missouri State University Oct. 25 and read from his new book, The Lakota Way: Lessons for Living.

The book reading will be held at 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The book reading is free and open to the public. After the reading, Marshall will be available for a book signing.

"Joe has become a good friend of the University and we are very excited to have him back. This is his third visit to Southeast," said Dr. Susan Swartwout, associate professor of English. "Every time he visits, everyone swaps stories with him. It is wonderful. His visits let us know a little bit about ourselves as well."

The Lakota Way: Lessons for Living is Marshall's newest book. The chapters are dedicated to virtues of perseverance, honor, respect, love and many other. It is a book of story telling and personal experience.

Marshall III was born in South Dakota on the Rosebud Reservation and raised by his grandparents. He is a Sicangu Sioux Native American, and his first language is Lakota. Being a novelist is only one of his defining characteristics. He also is a marine, teacher, educator, movie-consultant and co-founder of the Sinte Gleska University in Rosebud, S.D.

Marshall will be at Southeast for a week as a Native American writer in residence. He will attend Southeast publishing, writing, literature, anthropology and sociology classes. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, he will present an after school program on storytelling at the Cape Girardeau Public Library from 3:30-5 p.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Barnes & Nobles has invited him to do a book reading at 7 p.m.

Southeast University Funding for Results, the Ad Hoc Committee for University Relations with Native Americans and the Southeast Department of English are sponsoring Marshall's book reading on Oct. 25.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Swartwout at (573) 651-2641 or Dr. Carol Morrow at (573) 651-5934.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 12, 2001 - Aristeve Townsend, a freshman at Southeast Missouri State University from Charleston, Mo., has been awarded the Procter & Gamble African American Engineering Scholarship.

The scholarship is a $1,000 award presented to a pre-engineering student.

Townsend was awarded the scholarship after successfully applying for it. Qualified applicants must be from the Southeast Missouri Bootheel region, be a graduate of a Southeast Missouri high school, have finished the college prep curriculum, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and a minimum 21 ACT score and a minimum 24 score on the ACT math sub-test. Applicants also must have two letters of recommendation from math and science teachers and must interview with the Engineering Guidance Committee.

Townsend has been a participant in Southeast Missouri State University's Upward Bound program.

Established in 1837, the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) began as a small, family operated soap and candle company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Today, P&G markets approximately 300 brands to nearly five billion consumers in over 140 countries. These brands include Tide, Ariel, Crest, Pantene Pro-V, Always, Whisper, Bounty, Pampers, Oil of Olay, and Vicks. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, P&G has on the ground operations in over 70 countries and employs more than 110,000 people worldwide.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 9, 2001 - The River Campus Board of Managers meeting scheduled for noon Oct. 12 has been canceled.

The meeting was to have been held on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Dempster Hall Room 102.

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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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 12, 2001 - The Boeing Co. recently made a gift of $3,500 to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to support scholarships for computer science students at Southeast Missouri State University.

The gift will pave the way for seven $500 scholarships to be presented to eligible computer science students next spring. Recipients must be computer science majors who are at least of sophomore standing with a minimum 3.2 grade point average. Recipients also must be interested in working in the aerospace industry, a U.S. citizen and a member of the Computer Science Club.

The Boeing Company is the largest aerospace company in the world and the United States' leading exporter. It is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, and the largest NASA contractor. The company's capabilities in aerospace also include rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, rocket engines, satellites, launch vehicles, and advanced information and communication systems. The company has an extensive global reach with customers in 145 countries.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 12, 2001 - Matthew Banks, a former member of the British Parliament and now a consultant to the United Arab Emirates, will speak on "Britain, America and the International Situation" Oct. 24 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Banks will speak during the Common Hour at noon in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. The Donald L. Harrison College of Business and the Department of Political Science at Southeast are cosponsoring the presentation.

Banks currently is serving as a consultant on European affairs to the government of Dubai.

"He has a particular interest in Middle Eastern issues," said Dr. Peter Gordon, Southeast professor of marketing, who is coordinating Banks' visit here. "He has such intimate knowledge of what's going on in the Middle East."

Banks, who has made presentations for groups at Southeast on a number of occasions, will speak for about 30 minutes and then answer questions from the audience. While at Southeast, Banks also will speak to several political science and business classes.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 12, 2001 - Union Pacific Railroad recently made a $5,000 gift to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to support scholarships for computer science students and to assist the Department of Computer Science and the student Computer Science Club at Southeast Missouri State University.

Gary Krus, a 1980 alumnus of Southeast who is employed by Union Pacific Technologies, made the presentation.

The gift will pave the way for five $500 scholarships to be presented to eligible computer science students next spring. Students must be computer science majors who are at least of junior standing with a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

In addition, $2,000 will be used to support special projects within the Department of Computer Science, and $500 will be used to assist the Computer Science Club and its work.

Union Pacific Corporation is one of North America's leading transportation, computer technology and logistics companies, with operations in all 50 United States, Canada and Mexico. After nearly a century as one of America's premier railroads, Union Pacific reorganized its corporate structure in 1969, and now comprises three operating companies: Union Pacific Railroad, Overnite and Fenix. With headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, Union Pacific Corporation currently has over 65,000 employees and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (UNP).

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 12, 2001 -- Professor and author J. Michael Hogan of Pennsylvania State University will present the Seventh Annual Emil C. Weis Lecture titled "Civic Engagement and the Rhetorical Tradition" Oct. 18 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Hogan is a scholar of rhetoric who is renowned in his own field of communication, as well as history, political science and American studies. The lecture, being sponsored by the Department of Communication, will be presented at 7 p.m. in Crisp Hall Room 125. The public is invited.

Hogan is professor of speech communication and a graduate officer at Penn State University. He received his doctoral degree in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests include political campaigns and social movements, foreign policy debates, presidential rhetoric, and public opinion and polling.

He is the author of The Panama Canal in American Politics (1986) and The Nuclear Freeze Campaign (1994). He is the editor of two additional volumes, Rhetoric and Community: Studies in Unity and Fragmentation (1998), and Rhetoric and Reform in the Progressive Era (2002, in press).

He has published in numerous journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Monographs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He has served three times as an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech, and he currently serves on the editorial board of Rhetoric and Public Affairs.

He has won a number of scholarly awards, including the National Communication Association's Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address and the Golden Anniversary Prize Book Award.

Before arriving at Penn State in 1997, Professor Hogan taught at Indiana University and at the University of Virginia.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2001 - Jamie Hall, editor of graphics and design at the Southeast Missourian newspaper, will speak on newspaper design Oct. 17 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Hall’s topic will be “Designing for Readers: Tips to Make Newspapers, fun, fast and informative.”

Hall worked at the Southeast Missourian as a sports writer until roughly five years ago when he and his wife, Heidi, moved to Florida. In Florida, Hall held design and copy editing positions at the Gannett-owned Pensacola News-Journal and the Tribune-owned South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The two returned to the Southeast Missourian last fall when he became editor of graphics and design. Since that time, the Missourian has undergone a drastic redesign process. The Southeast Missourian recently was awarded third place honors for front page design by the Missouri Press Association. The Kansas City Star was awarded first, and the Columbia Missourian won second.

Hall’s presentation at Southeast is open to students and faculty from all fields of study and is sponsored by Southeast’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

For more information, call (573) 651-2549 or email Gabe Hartwig at ghartwig@gosoutheast.com.

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Board also will consider $11.4 million energy savings performance contract

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 18, 2001 - The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents Oct. 19 will consider approving a 10-year lease purchase agreement with Chartwells Dining Services for expanding and renovating the University Center dining area.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall.

The Board also is expected to consider an energy savings performance contract and to approve a letter of intent with Johnson Controls, Inc. to develop the contract. The project would consist of several campus wide improvements, including lighting enhancements, improved building control systems, steam trap replacements and other related improvements; modifying the central and south chilled water loops; boiler plant improvements; and additional services such as an internship program with students from the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, training for faculty and staff, and predictive testing and commissioning. Total cost of the project is estimated at $11.4 million.

In other action, the Board will consider combining the faculty of the departments of mass communication and speech communication into a new Department of Communication, and approving a new Department of Theatre and Dance.

Additional action items on the Board’s agenda include consideration to approve: the appointment of Kathy Mangels as assistant treasurer of the University; a master of arts degree in higher education administration; changing the name of the Manufacturing Technology Resource Center to the Technology Resource Center; and amending the “Amended and Restated Agreement Relating to the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center” as requested by the Sikeston City Council.

The Board will consider resolutions of honor for Sarah Long of Poplar Bluff, Mo., whose term on the Board of Regents recently expired; Heather Keltner of Hixson, Tenn., as the 2001 Ohio Valley Conference Female Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year; Clemente Bonilla of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., as the 2001 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Player of the Year; and Todd Pennington of McClure, Ill., as the 2001 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Year.

The Board will hear the President’s Report, which will include reports on the Garden School; the official fourth week enrollment census for the fall 2001 semester; crisis management preparedness; progress on contracts and Facilities Management projects; and the organizational chart for information technology. The President’ Report also will include a report from Doug McDermott, student representative to the Board of Regents; President Ken Dobbins’ testimony to the Missouri House of Representatives Appropriations - Education Committee and the Interim Subcommittee on Funding Equity in Higher Education; and a report on the dedication of the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building. The Regents also will receive informational materials from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

A motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations will be the final item of business on the agenda. After the closed session, the open session will reconvene, when the only item of business will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.

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