Week of December 10, 2001



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 7, 2001 - Nine music majors from Southeast Missouri State University competed successfully at the state convention of the Missouri Music Teachers Association Nov. 8-10 in Springfield, Mo.

Performing in the collegiate woodwind division were flutists Cheryl Gore of St. Louis, Mo., and Christina Van Nostrand of Cape Girardeau; and bassoonist Erin Mirly of Jackson, Mo. Mirly was the state winner of the woodwind division, and Van Nostrand was pronounced runner-up. Gore and Van Nostrand are students of Paul Thompson, instructor of music; and Mirly is the student of Linda Huck, instructor of music.

Organist Laura Bollinger of Cape Girardeau performed in the collegiate pipe organ division and was pronounced the state winner in her division. She is a student of Dr. Gary Miller, chair of the Department of Music.

Pianists Shannon Scott and Tyson Wunderlich of Altenburg, Mo.; and Matt Yount of Marble Hill, Mo., performed in the collegiate piano division. Scott, Wunderlich and Yount are students of Dr. James Sifferman, associate professor of music.

Matt Martin, trumpet, of Jackson, Mo.; and Rick Castens, euphonium, of St. Louis, Mo., performed in the collegiate brass division. They are students of Dr. Marc Fulgham, associate professor of music, and Dr. Robert Gifford, professor of music, respectively.

The students were judged against other musicians from other two- and four-year institutions in Missouri. The Missouri Music Teachers Association is an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 8, 2001 - Three members of the Southeast Missouri State University Jazz Ensemble have been selected to perform with the Missouri All-Collegiate Jazz Ensemble at the annual meeting of the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention at Tan-Tar-A on Jan. 25.

Southeast has more students placed in this very prestigious ensemble than any other college or university in the state of Missouri. The students from Southeast that were selected are: Matt Martin of Jackson, Mo., trumpet; Brian Brinker of Washington, Mo., drum set; and Bryan Davidson of Wildwood, Mo., guitar.

All three of these students were members of the Southeast Studio Jazz Ensemble when they performed at the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August 1999, when they were the only Missouri University Jazz Ensemble selected to perform at the 2001 Missouri Music Educators Association Convention at Tan-Tar-A last January and when they served as the back-up band for Clark Terry, the legendary jazz trumpet soloist, three times during the 2000-2001 academic year. In addition, they gave performances for Gov. Bob Holden with Clark Terry.

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December commencement at Southeast Missouri State University is planned for 2 p.m. Dec 15 in the Show Me Center. An Honors Convocation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15, also in the Show Me Center. Recently, the Southeast News Bureau distributed a commencement tip sheet with several interesting feature stories that could be developed in association with students graduating from Southeast. Since the first tip sheet was sent out, the following story has been brought to our attention. Please do not hesitate to call the News Bureau at (573) 651-2552 with any questions about this or other commencement stories.

Tina Sandus of Piedmont, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree. Tina began her education in 1991 after serving the United States Navy during Desert Storm. She was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female torpedo specialists, serving both at home and abroad. Since then, she has seen her family through many difficult times while trying to earn a degree. In 1993, she married Allen Sandus, a retired Senior Sergeant and Disabled Veteran from the United States Air Force, and took on the responsibility of four teenage children. Allen and Tina were blessed with two children, and both required serious medical attention in the months after birth. Tina also has assisted her parents in maintaining the family farm in Piedmont and provided assistance to her mother and husband when they were in need of medical attention. She has been consistent and reliable in serving her family members despite the demands of her education. Tina Sandus can be reached at (573) 856-4393.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 13, 2001 - The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will discuss possible revisions to the current budget in order to handle a potential state spending cut when the Regents meet Dec. 14 on the University campus.

The meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

The meeting will open with a ceremony, during which Regent John Tlapek of Cape Girardeau is expected to be administered the oath of office by Circuit Judge John Grimm, serving Cape Girardeau County’s 32nd Judicial Circuit, Division 2. Gov. Bob Holden reappointed Tlapek to the Board earlier this fall for a six-year term, expiring Jan. 1, 2007.

After the swearing-in ceremony, the Regents will discuss recommendations for accommodating possible FY2002 budget cuts, which would be necessary if the governor announces additional withholding of Missouri state appropriations to higher education during this academic year. While the amount of state withholding has not been announced, the University may be faced with an additional five percent reduction in its state appropriation, Southeast officials say. This comes after the University already reduced its budget by more than $2.1 million in August to accommodate a five percent withholding in its state appropriation due to lagging state revenues.

The University’s Budget Review Committee has recommended that the University use $800,000 from its fund balance reserve, cut operations and equipment budgets by another $700,000, and, possibly, depending on the amount withheld by the state, impose an incidental fee surcharge for spring 2002 classes. The surcharge could amount to raising tuition by as much as $8 a credit hour for spring semester classes if the state appropriation is actually reduced by another five percent, University officials said.

State officials have estimated that it may be necessary to cut $150 million to $200 million in state spending, on top of the more than $300 million cut earlier this year from current state fiscal year budgets. A downturn in the state’s economy has forced several state higher education institutions to propose midyear tuition increases, among them, Southwest Missouri State University, Missouri Southern State College, Missouri Western State College, Northwest Missouri State University and Central Missouri State University.

In addition to discussing budgetary matters, the Regents will consider approving the design and construction of two parking garages on the campus and will consider a proposed increase in parking decal fees and resolutions declaring the University’s intent to issue bonds in order to finance the project. The proposed garages would be built on the west side of Henderson Street, across from the new residence hall currently under construction, and the second at the Towers residence hall parking area, where parking now is limited. Cost is estimated at $6.5 million.

In other action, the Regents will consider revoking the charter previously grant to The Garden School in St. Louis and reappointing Dr. Ivy Locke, vice president for business and finance at Southeast, as a University representative to serve on the Show Me Center Board of Managers.

The Regents also will consider accepting the annual financial report, the annual financial report for the System Facilities Revenue Bond Fund and the A-133 Audit Report on the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Funds, all for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, from KPMG, L.L.P.

The Board will consider approving the conferring of degrees for 2001 fall commencement, a Faculty Senate Bill concerning Faculty Emeritus Status, a Training and Development Policy and a Revised Athletics Mission Statement.

The Regents are expected to hear a report from President Kenneth W. Dobbins that will include a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects, a report on the NCAA Independent Auditor’s Report on Agreed Upon Procedures for the University’s intercollegiate Athletics Department, and a report on the Governor’s Conference on Higher Education.

Board members will receive informational items, including a final report on the University’s budget request for 2002-2003, the CASE District VI Award for the University’s “Rumor Mill,” and an update on construction of the new residence hall.

A motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations will be the final item of business on the agenda. At the conclusion of the closed session, the open session will reconvene, at which time, a motion to adjourn will be the only item on the agenda to be considered.

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