Week of March 12, 2001




The Harold Holmes Dugger Lecture Series, sponsored by the Southeast Missouri State University Department of History, continues its series with an address by Dr. Warren F. Kimball of Rutgers University on March 30.

Kimball's topic, "Visions of Sugar Plums: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Postwar World," will follow a banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. The banquet and lecture is open to the public. The cost is $15 per person and reservations must be made by Friday, March 30. Reservations can be made through the Department of History at Southeast.

Kimball's address for the Dugger Lecture Series will be based upon his published monographs of research representing the relationship between Churchill and Roosevelt as well as post-war outlooks for a defeated Germany. In keeping with Kimball's English-American studies, he is conducting research on the more contemporary relationship of England's Margaret Thatcher to former President Ronald Reagan.

Kimball, who is the Robert Treat Professor of History at Rutgers University, has led a distinctive career in history studies. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Kimball received his bachelor's degree from Villanova University, followed by his master's and doctoral degrees from Georgetown University. He taught at Georgetown, the University of Georgia, and the U.S. Navel Academy, prior to beginning his tenure at Rutgers, where he earned the prestigious Research Excellence Award.

Kimball, a former Fullbright Senior Lecturer and Pitt Professor at the University of Cambridge, began serving as president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. He also served as the U.S. director for the IREX-Soviet Academy of Sciences Joint Project, a project focused on the history of World War II. Kimball also has lent his expertise in the capacity of historical advisor for the "Finest Hour" series on PBS.

Kimball has published articles on numerous occasions in such journals as the Political Science Quarterly, the Journal of American History, Journal of American East-Asian Relations, and the International History Review.

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Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Health and Counseling will sponsor its annual "Before You're On Break" Health Fair on March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the third floor lobby of the University Center on the Southeast campus.

Southeast students as well as the public are invited to attend this event. Throughout the day, the Center for Health and Counseling staff will be giving out spring break survival kits and door prizes and will be selling plants. The staff also will be administering health and fitness assessments and tests for hearing, height, weight, blood pressure, sickle cell anemia, vision, depression screening, massage therapy, hemoglobin, blood sugar and cholesterol. In addition, the Center for Health and Counseling as well as Wellness Advantage will hold demonstrations on aerobics, nutrition and health issues throughout the event.

For more information, contact the Center for Health and Counseling at (573) 651-2270.

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Southeast Missouri State University has received full 10-year re-accreditation from the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools.

"This is the best possible result we could receive for an NCA re-accreditation visit," said Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. "Accreditation is a major accomplishment. Few institutions achieve re-accreditation with as positive report as you see today."

Dobbins made the comments Tuesday at an on-campus event celebrating the institution's re-accreditation. He said re-accreditation by the NCA provides assurance to prospective students that the institution meets its stated objectives.

"We came out with flying colors," he said.

An NCA peer review team conducted an on-campus visit at Southeast last October. A University self-study preceded the visit.

Dr. Jane Stephens, Southeast provost, said the team identified many strengths of the University, including assessment, partnerships and cooperative efforts with off-campus constituencies, Southeast's strategic planning process, the University Studies program and commitment of service to the region. Most importantly, the team recommended that Southeast's Statement of Affiliation Status be changed so that Southeast can offer degrees anywhere throughout the service region without prior NCA approval.

The peer review team listed four areas of institutional challenges - issues the University will need to address before the next accreditation visit. These areas involve selected technology and data gathering issues, classroom scheduling and faculty allocation, faculty diversity, and the role of the Faculty Senate.

"During the 1990 review, the NCA review team identified 11 institutional challenges, so we feel very pleased that the team only brought forward four recommendations," Dobbins said.

During the campus celebration Tuesday, Dr. Sheila Caskey, dean emeritus, was honored for her role in chairing the NCA Self Study Steering Committee. Other members of the Steering Committee also were recognized.

The next comprehensive NCA review of Southeast will be conducted in 2010-2011. A progress report addressing the challenges outlined in the report must be submitted by January 2004.

The report on the visit to Southeast by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools can be found at http://www2.semo.edu/provost/nca/final/.

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Aaron Craig of Cape Girardeau and Courtney Stevens of Murphysboro, Ill., both students at Southeast Missouri State University and employees in Recreational Sports, have been selected by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) to receive the coveted William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award for 2000-2001.

The award is given annually to recognize top students who are participants of and employed by recreational sports departments of NIRSA institutional member campuses. Craig and Stevens were chosen from a highly competitive field of students from across the nation who have outstanding credentials and have demonstrated leadership ability within recreational sports and throughout campus. Twenty-four undergraduate students and 12 graduate students are recognized nationally every year. Craig will be recognized in Reno, Nev., at the national conference on March 27, and Stevens will be recognized at an employee picnic in May.

Craig is a graduate assistant in health management who has been working in fitness in Recreational Sports for two years. She is responsible for the FIT program and coordinates fitness individualized testing, personal trainers and exercise composition programs. She also is responsible for the weight room at the Student Recreation Center, and for hiring and training in the weight room.

Stevens is a senior criminal justice major and works as a receptionist in the Student Recreation Center, where she has been employed for four years. In addition to her duties as a receptionist, she is responsible for customer service training and selling memberships to the Student Recreation Center. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average at Southeast and will graduate in May.

"We are very proud of both students and this award is recognition of the outstanding work they do for Recreational Sports," said Recreational Sports Director Lori Lynn. "They have achieved great academic success and are both well-rounded young women who are a great asset to the Recreational Sports team."

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A group of Southeast Missouri State University mass communication students are producing a cycle of television programs on local community affairs that will be broadcast weekly beginning Sunday, Feb. 4 on WDKA-49-TV.

The students currently are producing a series of four programs - "Chamber Matters," "Public Forum," "Independently Speaking" and "City Source" - that will be regularly broadcast in a slot titled "Community Issues" on WDKA-49. The 30-minute programs will air on a rotating cycle weekly at 5:30 a.m. on Sundays.

"Chamber Matters" focuses on issues concerning the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. "Independently Speaking" deals with disability issues and is spearheaded by the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence. "City Source" focuses on a variety of services provided by the City of Cape Girardeau. "Public Forum" is hosted by three Southeast faculty members - Dr. Tom Harte, professor emeritus of speech communication and theatre; Dr. Peter Bergerson, chair of the Department of Political Science; and Dr. J. Christopher Schnell, professor of history. "Public Forum" deals with issues that affect the local region. Programs focus on arts, history, community affairs, commerce, politics and more.

"The shows are interesting," said Dr. Jim Dufek, TV operations manager at Southeast. "We get some good topics."

Dufek said the 15 students, many of whom are majoring in corporate television, are members of the local chapter of the Media Communication Association International (MCAI). He said the MCAI members are gaining a wealth of experience in the production process. Some work with cameras, while others serve as floor and video managers. The programs are taped weekly in the corporate television studio on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

"It's a job," he said, adding that production process is intense, with the programs being taped live, with little room for error. The satisfaction for the students comes in seeing their work broadcast on a local television station.

"We are now broadcasting in the 73rd (television) market," Dufek said.

In addition, parents of students can now tune in to see what their children are accomplishing.

"They can see what their sons and daughters are doing in the way of production," he said.

WDKA-49 can be seen in Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee.

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