Week of January 11, 1999

 

'We're Science' Comes To KRCU-FM Don C. Bedell Excellence Award Established Through Foundation
Copelands Become New Horizon Club Members Goodwins New Horizon Club Members
Cecil Elsie Gross Education Scholarship Endowed At Southeast Dr. Cleo W. Mabrey Named Horizon Club Member
Choral Union To Begin Rehearsals For Dramatic American Choral Work  


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'We're Science' Comes To KRCU-FM

New weekly half-hour science program answers listener questions

Jan. 7, 1999 --

"We're Science," a lively, often tongue-in-cheek program that answers listener questions on a wide variety of science topics, will begin airing at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 10 on KRCU 90.9 FM.

The half-hour program is produced by KUMR, the public radio station at the University of Missouri-Rolla, but that is not to say the program is only for hard-core scientists. Past programs have answered such burning questions as:

"How come crayons don't melt in a microwave?"

"Why does orange juice taste so bad after you brush your teeth?"

"Why do moths attack my wool sweaters but don't seem to bother sheep?"

Of course, for the die-hards among us, there are also answers to:

"Would the earth be affected by a nearby supernova?"

"As the earth's population grows, does its mass go up or down?"

"Why is gold so much denser than lead, even though they have similar atomic numbers?"

Program host, Dr. Dan Armstrong, is a research scientist and Curators Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Well-known for his work in chemical separations, Armstrong has been published in countless scientific journals, is the holder of five patents and speaks to conferences around the world. Co-host Harvey Richards has won several awards for excellence in education during more than a decade as a high school science teacher.

Each week, the two hosts will share their excitement and enthusiasm about the world of science and technology with KRCU-FM listeners. "We're Science' begins airing this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on KRCU 90.9 FM.

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Don C. Bedell Excellence Award Established Through Foundation

Jan. 8, 1999 --

The Don C. Bedell Excellence Award has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to assist business majors at Southeast Missouri State University.

Brad Bedell recently made a $50,000 pledge and an initial gift of $10,000 to the Foundation to establish the award in honor of his father, Don C. Bedell, president and chairman of the board of Health Facilities Management Corp. An announcement of the new scholarship was made Dec. 20 at the Health Facilities Management Corp. staff Christmas party at Mollie's Restaurant in Cape Girardeau.

Recipients of the scholarship must be business majors with a 3.0 grade point average. If the recipient is an incoming freshman, he must be in the top 20 percent of his graduating class. The scholarship will cover incidental fees. If the student already has his incidental fees covered, the scholarship will be applied to room and board. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time for the spring 1999 semester.

Health Facilities Management Corp. was established by Don C. Bedell in 1984 and has facilities throughout Southeast Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona. The philosophy of the Health Facilities Management Corp. is to "promote education betterment." Brad Bedell, executive vice president of Health Facilities Management Corp., says that in establishing the award in honor of his father, he hopes to give something back for all his father has given to the corporation and the communities he has touched.

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Copelands Become New Horizon Club Members

Union couple names Southeast in estate plans

Jan. 8, 1999 --

Paul G. and Mary A. Copeland of Union, Mo., have become the newest members of the Horizon Club by naming Southeast Missouri State University in their estate plans.

At the time of Mr. Copeland's death, a gift to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation will be made to establish the Paul Copeland Athletic Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a student athlete. Preference will be given to a basketball player or an applicant from Union High School. The director of athletic development and the athletic coaches will make the selection.

The Horizon Club recognizes donors who have named the Southeast Missouri University Foundation as a beneficiary of planned gifts -- real estate, a will, living trust, annuity or insurance policy. These gifts are the result of careful planning involving the family attorney, family trust officer, insurance underwriter and accountant. Planned gifts are crucial for the long-term financial well-being of the Foundation and, ultimately, the University, as the need to raise private funds increases.

Paul Copeland is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in education in 1956. He was a former Southeast basketball player and received the University's Alumni Merit Award in 1998. He served as principal of Union (Mo.) High School until his retirement.

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Goodwins New Horizon Club Members

Cape Girardeau couple names Southeast in estate plans

Jan. 8, 1999 --

Dr. Fred and Virginia Keisker Goodwin of Cape Girardeau have become new members of the Horizon Club by naming Southeast Missouri State University in their estate plans.

At the time of Dr. and Mrs. Goodwin's deaths, a gift to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation will be made to establish the Fred and Virginia Goodwin Piano Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a Southeast piano student. The recipient must be endorsed by the chair of the Department of Music and must display talent through an audition.

The Horizon Club recognizes donors who have named the Southeast Missouri University Foundation as a beneficiary of planned gifts -- real estate, a will, living trust, annuity or insurance policy. These gifts are the result of careful planning involving the family attorney, family trust officer, insurance underwriter and accountant. Planned gifts are crucial for the long-term financial well-being of the Foundation and, ultimately, the University, as the need to raise private funds increases.

The Goodwins are 1951 graduates of Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Goodwin majored in speech communication; Mrs. Goodwin majored in music with an emphasis in piano.

Dr. Goodwin was a member of the Southeast faculty, serving as director of debate, chair of the Division of Language and Literature and dean of the then College of Humanities from 1955 to 1988. A past national president of Pi Kappa Delta, the collegiate debate honorary, Dr. Goodwin was elected to that organization's national Hall of Fame in 1993. He is a past recipient of the University's Alumni Merit Award.

Mrs. Goodwin, a student of Professor Clyde Brandt while enrolled at Southeast, conducted her own piano studio in Cape Girardeau for 33 years. The Goodwins have three children -- Mark Deborah (Mrs. Larry Patterson) and Nancy (Mrs. Earl White) -- all of whom hold degrees from Southeast.

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Cecil Elsie Gross Education Scholarship Endowed At Southeast

Jan. 8, 1999 --

The Cecil Elsie Gross Education Scholarship has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The late Cecil Elsie Gross left provisions in her trust for the Foundation to receive a residual of her estate -- $150,130 -- to establish this scholarship.

The scholarship will be awarded for the first time during the spring 1999 semester to a student in the College of Education who has financial need and demonstrates academic performance. The Scholarship Committee of the College of Education will select the recipient.

Mrs. Gross was a 1942 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, where she earned a bachelor of science in education degree.

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Dr. Cleo W. Mabrey Named Horizon Club Member

Jan. 8, 1999 --

Dr. Cleo W. Mabrey of Cape Girardeau has become a new member of the Horizon Club by naming Southeast Missouri State University in his estate plans.

At the time of Mabrey's death, a gift will be given to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Mabrey, a Southeast Missouri State University graduate, received a bachelor of science degree in education in 1951. He was a former University professor and, until his retirement, worked with student teachers as the director of clinical field experience.

The Horizon Club recognizes donors who have named the Southeast Missouri University Foundation as a beneficiary of planned gifts -- real estate, a will, living trust, annuity or insurance policy. These gifts are the result of careful planning involving the family attorney, family trust officer, insurance underwriter and accountant. Planned gifts are crucial for the long-term financial well-being of the Foundation and, ultimately, the University, as the need to raise private funds increases.

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Choral Union To Begin Rehearsals For Dramatic American Choral Work

Jan. 8, 1999 --

The Southeast Missouri State University Choral Union, the area's renowned community choir, will begin its spring rehearsal schedule Jan. 19 for a May 4 performance of Randall Thompson's "The Testament of Freedom."

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

The Choral Union is a non-auditioned, "open membership" choir that draws singers from the area-wide community. The 100-plus voice choir specializes in major choral/orchestral works, and performances of such masterpieces as Orff's "Carmina Burana," Haydn's "Creation" and most recently Handel's "Messiah," and has attracted capacity crowds. Dr. John Egbert, director of choral activities at the University, is the director.

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

"It's simple," Egberg said. "Although we are especially interested in recruiting more men, we are interested in anyone who wants to sing. There are no fees to pay, no music to buy, and there is no audition for membership. Show me where you can get a better deal than that."

As part of an Arts Festival Week and the University's 125th anniversary celebration, the Choral Union will present Randall Thompson's timeless, powerful, Post-Romantic masterpiece, "The Testament of Freedom," which is based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson. Written in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Jefferson, it was composed in 1943, during the heart of America's involvement in World War II. It created great national pride during a time of global conflict and has been performed repeatedly throughout the country.

As a grand finale, the Choral Union will perform an extraordinary new choral work by Joseph Martin, "The Awakening." It conveys a message of the significance of music in our lives and in our society.

"`The Testament of Freedom' is a work I have been planning for several years, partly because 1999 is the centennial of the birth of Randall Thompson, one of America's preeminent 20th Century composers," Egbert said. "However, with the University celebrating its 125th anniversary, the timing could not have been better. Additionally, with the recent upsurge of local interest in the arts, `The Awakening' is, in my mind, the perfect finale.

"The community's attendance and reception of our performances have been phenomenal," he added. "Our performance of `Messiah' last month literally packed Academic Auditorium. These concerts have proven to be a wonderful musical experience for singers and audiences alike, and have evolved into major cultural events in our community."

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For more information concerning news and events at Southeast Missouri StateUniversity, contact Ann Hayes, News Bureau Director, at d719url@semovm.semo.edu.

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