Week of March 26, 2001



KRUSE TO SPEAK AT CRISP BEC ANNUAL FUND-RAISING DINNER UNIVERSITY THEATRE TO PRESENT ADAPTATION OF 'THE CANTERBURY TALES'
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TO ATTEND CBEC SUMMER ENROLLMENT AT CBEC BEGINNING IN APRIL
SPRING DANCE CONCERT PLANNED FOR APRIL 26-27 SOUTHEAST 'MASTER OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES' COHORT STUDENTS TO MEET AT KENNETT AND MALDEN
20TH ANNIVERSARY OLDE-TYME BAND CONCERT TO BE PRESENTED APRIL 26 HAILE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT, INC. WINS EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARD
JAZZ LEGEND CLARK TERRY TO PERFORM AT SOUTHEAST/PHI MU ALPHA JAZZ FESTIVAL LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO HIGHLIGHT OF AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE CENTRAL REGION FESTIVAL
BASIC LAWN AND TURF CARE WORKSHOP PLANNED FOR APRIL 18

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KRUSE TO SPEAK AT CRISP BEC ANNUAL FUND-RAISING DINNER

Charles Kruse, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau and former Missouri Secretary of Agriculture, will present the keynote address at the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center's (CBEC) 2001 Fund-Raising Dinner April 6 at the CBEC.

The CBEC Advisory Council in cooperation with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation is holding the Fund-Raising Dinner in the hopes of raising $500,000 to support the CBEC's building plans and expansion of its agriculture programs. The theme of this year's dinner is "Growing Again for the New Millennium."

The dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., with a social hour set to begin at 5:30 p.m. The meal is being catered by Rebecca Sharp's of New Madrid, Mo.

A number of fabulous door prizes will be given away at the dinner. Past recipients have received such items as 52-inch televisions, gold coins, fine jewelry and St. Louis Cardinal Baseball tickets.

Tickets for the dinner must be purchased in advance. To reserve tickets for the CBEC's 2001 Fund-Raising Dinner or for ticket information, call Dr. Rick Hux, director of the Crisp BEC, or Webb toll-free at (888) 213-4601 or (573) 276-4577.

Kruse was elected president of the Missouri Farm Bureau in 1992, an organization of more than 92,000 member families. In this position, he also serves as president of the Federation's five affiliated companies. Kruse also serves as a member of the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors, representing 12 midwestern state Farm Bureaus.

A native of Stoddard County in Southeast Missouri, Kruse is a 1967 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., where he majored in agronomy. Kruse received a master of science degree in agronomy in 1973 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

From 1975 to 1983, Kruse was a technical representative for an agricultural chemical company, and in 1983, he was appointed by Gov. Christopher Bond to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. In 1985, then Gov. John Ashcroft appointed Kruse as director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Ashcroft also appointed Kruse to Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

In 1991, Kruse accepted the position of executive vice president of the North American Equipment Dealers Association, resigning in August 1992 to seek the president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. In 1994, Kruse was honored by the University of Missouri with both the Faculty/Alumni Award and the College of Agriculture's Alumnus of the Year Award and most recently with the Missouri Association of County Agriculture Agents' Agriculture Leadership Award.

Kruse was appointed to the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture in August 1997. In June 1999, USDA Secretary Dan Glickman and U.S. Trade Representative

Charlene Barshefsky reappointed Kruse to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed and Oilseeds. Previous federal appointments include President George Bush's Council on Rural America and U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hill's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. In June 2000, he was appointed to serve on the Executive Board of the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Kruse is an Eagle Scout and had a 26-year military career in the Missouri National Guard. He retired from the National Guard in March 1993 with the rank of Brigadier General.

Kruse and his family raise corn, wheat, soybeans and cotton.

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UNIVERSITY THEATRE TO PRESENT ADAPTATION OF 'THE CANTERBURY TALES'

The Southeast Missouri State University Theatre will present a stage adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" at 2 p.m. April 7-8.

This adaptation by Dr. Sharon Bebout-Carr, director of performance studies at Southeast, will be staged outdoors at the River Campus.

Bebout-Carr has adapted four of the more famous tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale, The Miller's Tale, The Reeve's Tale and The Nun's Priest's Tale. Seven student players will present these stories in an open-air setting.

Tickets for "The Canterbury Tales" may be purchased from the Forrest H. Rose Theatre Box Office beginning March 26. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (573) 651-2265.

Seating will be general admission. This performance is recommended for mature audiences only.

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SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TO ATTEND CBEC

Scholarship applications are now available for students planning to attend the Crisp Bootheel Education Center (CBEC) in Malden, Mo.

Application deadline is April 30.

For more information, contact Lisa Webb at the CBEC at (573) 276-4577 or (888) 213-4601.

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SUMMER ENROLLMENT AT CBEC BEGINNING IN APRIL

Summer enrollment at the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center (CBEC) in Malden, Mo., begins in April.

Summer enrollment for Southeast Missouri State University classes at the CBEC begins April 2. Enrollment begins the last week of April for Three Rivers Community College summer classes at the CBEC.

For more information, contact Lisa Webb at (573) 276-4577 or (888) 213-4601.

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SPRING DANCE CONCERT PLANNED FOR APRIL 26-27

Southeast Missouri State University's programs in dance will present their Annual Spring Dance Concert at 7 p.m. April 26-27 in Forrest H. Rose Theatre.

Styles to be performed include jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, tap, Capoeira, and world dance.

Tickets are $3 for students with an I.D. and $5 general admission. Tickets go on sale April 9 at the Forrest H. Rose Theatre Box Office. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call (573) 651-2265 for more information or for tickets.

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SOUTHEAST 'MASTER OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES' COHORT STUDENTS TO MEET AT KENNETT AND MALDEN

A cohort meeting for Southeast Missouri State University's off-campus delivery of coursework leading to a Master of Arts in Secondary Education degree is planned for April 11, both in Kennett and Malden, Mo.

This meeting will be for both students presently registered in the program and prospective students. Registered students and prospective Master of Arts degree-seeking students are to meet at either of two locations - the Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC) at 5 p.m. or at the Crisp Bootheel Education Center (CBEC) in Malden at 7:30 p.m.

During these meetings, representatives of Southeast Missouri State University will further explain details of the program and enroll students. This will be the final opportunity for students to enroll in the program. Dr. Fred Yeo, chair of the Department of Middle and Secondary Education, will be on hand to answer questions about the program. Admission requirements and transfer of credit opportunities will be discussed.

Dr. Rick Hux, director of the CBEC, and Marsha Blanchard, director of KAHEC, will be on hand to discuss the program's delivery model, register students and coordinate site locations for student instruction.

The program of studies will begin this summer and will be delivered simultaneously at three sites -- KAHEC in Kennett, the CBEC in Malden, and at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff. Students will be able to attend the site most convenient to them for coursework during this two-year program.

The coursework will be delivered through interactive instructional television (ITV), on-site and via web-based classes.

"This is somewhat of an accelerated program and is designed to be delivered in the most accessible and convenient manner for the students who are, in many cases, practicing teachers," Hux said.

For more information, contact Hux at (573) 276-4577 or Blanchard at (573) 888-0513.

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20TH ANNIVERSARY OLDE-TYME BAND CONCERT TO BE PRESENTED APRIL 26

The Southeast Missouri State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present its annual "Old-Tyme" Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. April 26 in the University Center Ballroom.

This event has become one of the highlights of the Cape Girardeau concert season, entertaining young and old with a variety of musical selections presented in the style of a turn-of-the-century outdoor band concert. Featured on this year's program will be a guest appearance by the Cape Central High School Freshman Band.

The numerous invitations the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble have received to perform at state and regional conferences are indicative of the respect that this group has earned both for quality performances and innovative programming. The ensemble has presented eight world premieres and more than a dozen American premieres of works for the contemporary wind band and has performed for both the Missouri Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association.

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HAILE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT, INC. WINS EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARD

The Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) recently recognized Rick and Ann Haile of Poplar Bluff, Mo., owners of Haile's Home Improvement Inc., with the "Excellence in Business Award" and its "Most Innovative Business Award."

The Hailes were presented with the award at a banquet in Jefferson City, Mo. The Hailes had worked with and were nominated by Larry Cooper, senior small business counselor with the SBDC at Southeast Missouri State University.

The award recognizes the Hailes for their determination, diligence and entrepreneurship in the development of Haile's Home Improvement, Inc., a retail home improvement business specializing in manufacturing, sales and installation of PVS coated seamless aluminum alloy siding, vinyl replacement windows, seamless aluminum gutters and downspouts, Gutter Helmet and aluminum soffit and fascia.

In addition, Haile's Home Improvement, Inc., received the Missouri SBDC's "Most Innovative Business Award," which recognizes a company's innovation in developing a creative approach to meet a unique situation.

Haile's Home Improvement was started in 1983 as a part-time gutter installation company operated out of the Hailes' home. Over the years, the company has added product lines and employees until its product mix and personnel became what it is today - multiple product offerings and 17 full-time employees. Their market is 60 percent retrofit residential, 30 percent new residential construction and 10 percent retrofit and new construction commercial. The company's sales and customer base have grown consistently as housing trends have changed.

However, in the late 1990s, a problem with supplier shipment delays developed. Haile's Home Improvement and other seamless siding dealers in the region experienced such a lag in receipt of materials that they could not promptly service their customers. Major suppliers were being bought out by larger companies and plants serving the Midwest and Midsouth were being closed. As a result of the unreliable supply chain, business was lost and sales were down. The financial condition of the company was taking a downturn.

When the supply problem looked ominous, the Hailes began researching the feasibility of manufacturing seamless siding and other related products. They determined, upon expanding into manufacturing, they would be able to supply themselves to increase sales and margins and also supply other siding dealers within a 400-mile radius of Poplar Bluff.

In pursuing their interest in expanding into manufacturing, the Hailes contacted Cooper at the SBDC. Cooper assisted them in developing each phase of their business plan, including retail, manufacturing, marketing, management, market research and financial data. Multiple counseling sessions in addition to many hours of analysis by Cooper resulted in the completion of a realistic, reliable plan.

The business plan revealed the manufacturing expansion would keep the business successful. The Hailes say their well-prepared business plan was their key to receiving financial backing for the project.

"This client's project is an example of the importance of professional relationships and collaboration," said Buz Sutherland, director of the SBDC at Southeast.

In the end, the Hailes not only secured the jobs of their 17 current employees and created six new jobs short term, but also they indirectly secured many jobs of the 15 home improvement companies they will be supplying with their product.

"Rick and Ann Haile are true entrepreneurs in every sense of the word," Sutherland said. "The two workmates took a potentially fatal business challenge, did their homework, reacted to the environment and saved themselves, and helped 15 other small businesses. If that isn't the entrepreneurial spirit, I don't know what it."

Cooper added, "I've been a small business counselor for 10 years. In that time, I have never seen a more committed business team than Rick and Ann Haile. They never took their eyes off the ball. They had a changing supplier market dumped in their laps, but the blood, sweat and tears investment in the business was too great to just lay down. The two of them worked together like a well-oiled machine, doing the research, compiling and analyzing data, crunching the numbers and developing an outstanding business plan."

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JAZZ LEGEND CLARK TERRY TO PERFORM AT SOUTHEAST/PHI MU ALPHA JAZZ FESTIVAL

A performance by Jazz Trumpet Legend Clark Terry will be the highlight of the Third Annual Southeast/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival April 28 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The annual jazz festival will feature more than 30 junior and senior high school jazz bands in competition during the day in Academic Auditorium and the University Center Missouriana and Indian rooms. The day will culminate with an evening of Jazz with Clark Terry and the Southeast Studio Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m.

The festival is being sponsored by the University Jazz Program and the Southeast Department of Music.

In addition, the brothers of Iota Psi Chapter of Phi M Alpha Sinfonia, the men's professional music fraternity, will be honoring Terry by naming the jazz festival - the Southeast Missouri State University/Clark Terry Jazz Festival - in his honor.

Tickets range in price from $5 to $20. All seats are reserved. To order tickets, call (573) 651-2335.

Terry received an honorary doctoral degree from Southeast in December.

"He's a hero," said Barry Bernhardt, director of bands at Southeast Missouri State. "He's one of the living legends of jazz. Not only is he a marvelous player, but he also is a masterful teacher."

Terry was the highlight of the Southeast Jazz Festival last year as well. The honorary degree he received at Southeast is his 11th such honor, his most recent coming last year from Webster University in St. Louis. The first honorary degree Terry received was presented to him by The University of New Hampshire while Southeast Chancellor Dale F. Nitzschke then was serving as president of that institution. Terry also has received honorary degrees from Berklee College of Music, Westmar University, Rowan College of New Jersey, Hamilton College, Elmhurst College, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and University of South Carolina. Additionally, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia made him the first jazz artist to be honored with its highest award for distinguished service to music. The U.S. State Department selected Terry and his band for tours to the Middle East and Africa as American Ambassadors of Goodwill. He also has been inducted into the prestigious Kansas City Jazz Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Terry began his career in St. Louis during the '20s and '30s while playing for a local bar. After developing his technique with the Navy All Star Jazz Band during World War II, Terry's musical star rose rapidly with successful stints in the bands of Charlie Barnet, Charlie Ventura, Eddie Vinson, and then, in 1948, with the great Count Basie. Along the way, in addition to his outstanding musical contributions to these bands, Terry was exerting a positive influence on younger musicians such as Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, both of whom credit Terry as a formidable influence during the early stages of their careers.

In 1951, Terry was asked to join Duke Ellington's orchestra, where he stayed for eight years as a featured soloist. Terry also was a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, a standout with the NBC Tonight Show Band and one of the first black musicians to be employed regularly by a studio. As advisory to the International Association of Jazz Educators and much sought after as a clinician, Terry is often referred to as "America's #1 Jazz Educator." He also is the noted author of Let's Talk Trumpet: From Legit to Jazz, Interpretation of the Jazz Language and Clark Terry's System of Circular Breathing for Woodwind and Brass Instruments.

Terry, one of contemporary music's great innovators, also is justly celebrated for his great technical virtuosity, swinging lyricism and impeccable good taste. Combining these with the gifts of a great dramatist, Terry is a master storyteller.

The latter part of his career has found him traveling around the world to play concerts, clubs and festivals. Terry's achievements have earned him a spot in the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Hall of Fame.

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LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO HIGHLIGHT OF AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE CENTRAL REGION FESTIVAL

For the first time ever, the Southeast Missouri State University Programs in Dance will be hosting the Central Region American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) April 17-21 on the Southeast campus.

The highlight of the week will be a concert by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at 7 p.m. April 19 in Forrest H. Rose Theatre. Tickets for that concert are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

In addition, there will be more than 50 master classes in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, musical theatre, Capoeira, Baroque, Pilates, ballroom, improvisation, country line, choreography, Brazilian, Japanese classical dance, Pointe, Latin and tango offered throughout the week. There also will be free informal noon-time concerts in Academic Auditorium and adjudicated concerts at 7 p.m. in Forrest H. Rose Theatre April 18, 20 and 21. The cost of the adjudicated concerts is $3 for students and $5 for the public.

The ACDFA is the primary college and university national organization that sponsors adjudicated dance works each year throughout the country. Southeast is the Central Region's host this year.

All tickets for adjudicated concerts and The Trocks go on sale Monday, April 9, at the Rose Theatre Box Office. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For ticket information, call (573) 651-2265.

Dancing the fine line between high art and high camp, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo delights audiences around the world. Parodying classical works from "Swan Lake" to "Giselle" and the choreography of Isadora Duncan, George Balanchine and Martha Graham, the Trockaderos offer irresistible evenings for dance aficionados and complete novices. Combining a loving knowledge of dance with a wicked comedia sensibility, the Trockaderos offer buoyant and hilarious evenings for young and old.

Since their inception in 1974, this all-male ensemble has established itself as a major dance phenomenon - appearing at dance festivals in New York, Spoleto (Italy), Holland, Vienna and Paris. International tours take the Trocks to scores of cities across the United States, Europe and South America.

Though repertoire and casts may change, the original concept of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has remained constant: a company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire.

For more information on the festival, call Marc Strauss, Southeast associate professor of dance, at (573) 651-5157.

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BASIC LAWN AND TURF CARE WORKSHOP PLANNED FOR APRIL 18

If your yard has more bald spots than Telly Savalas, consider learning the basics of lawn and turf care from a professional during a continuing education workshop April 18 at Southeast Missouri State University.

From selection to maintenance, Dr. Derald Harp, instructor for the course, will take you step by step through the process of nurturing a beautiful lawn. Topics to be covered include types of turf grasses, fertilization, irrigation, maintenance and insects and diseases. The class will be taught from 6 to 9 p.m. in Magill Hall Room 112. The cost is $29.

Harp, assistant professor in horticulture in Southeast's Department of Agriculture, earned his doctoral degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University. Harp has over 15 years experience in the landscape industry, specializing in construction and maintenance of residential and commercial clients.

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