Week of March 24, 2000



UNIVERSITY GREEKS RAISE OVER $17,000 FOR CHARITY SEVEN SOUTHEAST ALUMNI TO RECEIVE YOUNG ALUMNI MERIT AWARD
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC TO PRESENT MUSIC DRAMA 'THE MEDIUM' PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGES SEMINAR TO BE HELD APRIL 27
YOUNG WRITERS RECEIVE HONORS AT WRITING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS PROGRAM CHICKASAW NATION DANCE TROUPE APPEARING AT SOUTHEAST, WICKLIFFE MOUNDS

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UNIVERSITY GREEKS RAISE OVER $17,000 FOR CHARITY

Six sororities and six fraternities on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University joined together to raise over $17,000 for the United Way of Cape Girardeau and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation during the University's annual Greek Week April 1 - 8.

"It was truly amazing," said Nancy Jernigan, executive director of the Area Wide United Way. "The effort is a sign of their enthusiasm and their true understanding of philanthropy. They understand the positive impact they can have on the community."

In addition to the money, Greeks also donated over 2,000 community service hours at the Special Olympics, the Family Fun Fair and a campus wide blood drive for the American Red Cross. Three hundred and fifty-five units of blood were donated, which will save 1,065 lives.

Jernigan said the philanthropic effort shown by the Greeks would prove to be one of their most rewarding experiences of college life. "It goes to show what people as a group can accomplish when working towards a common goal," she said.

Greek Week is an opportunity for students to celebrate being Greek. The sororities and fraternities unite to celebrate scholarship, community service, leadership and spirit within the Greek community.

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SEVEN SOUTHEAST ALUMNI TO RECEIVE YOUNG ALUMNI MERIT AWARD

The Alumni Association of Southeast Missouri State University has selected seven alumni to receive the University's 2000 Young Alumni Merit Awards.

The seven will be honored during spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Each Young Alumni Merit Award is presented by an academic college at Southeast to honor a distinguished young alumna or alumnus.

Alumni to receive the award are Carl Seyer of Tamaroa, Ill., Curtis Poore of Jackson, Mo., David Bailey of St. Peters, Mo., Deborah Kerber-Rehr of Chesterfield, Mo., Erin Reilly of Topeka, Kan., James Gleason of Sikeston, Mo., and Teresa Tuschhoff of Ballwin, Mo.

The recipient of the Young Alumni Merit Award from the School of Polytechnic Studies is Carl Seyer of Tamaroa, Ill., a program quality engineer at Nascote Industries, Inc. in Nashville, Ill. Seyer graduated from Southeast in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology production. A few of his current programs involve the 1999/2000 Corvette, 1999/2000 Mercury Villager/Nissan Quest minivan and the 2000 Ford Sport Trac truck.

The recipient from the College of Liberal Arts is Curtis Poore, of Jackson, Mo., an attorney with the firm Limbaugh, Russell, Payne & Howard in Cape Girardeau. Upon graduating from Southeast in

1987 with a bachelor of science degree in political science, Poore attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he obtained his juris doctorate degree. Poore, whose areas of concentration are civil and criminal litigation, is a full partner in the Limbaugh, Russell, Payne & Howard firm and is a municipal judge for the city of Jackson.

David Bailey, of St. Peters, Mo., an attorney and partner of Saale & Bailey, L.C., has been selected as Southeast's Harrison College of Business 2000 recipient of the Young Alumni Merit Award. Bailey graduated from Southeast in 1987 with a bachelor of science in business administration degree. In 1990, he obtained his juris doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He is active in a number of civic organizations.

Deborah Kerber-Rehr, of Chesterfield, Mo., an optometrist and owner of Resler-Kerber Optometry in Florissant, Mo., is Southeast's College of Science and Mathematics 2000 recipient of the Young Alumni Merit Award. Kerber graduated from Southeast in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in biology. She continued her education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry and obtained her doctor of optometry degree in May 1992. She also is a clinical faculty member with the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Erin Reilly of Topeka, Kan., a doctor of philosophy in education candidate at the University of Kansas and an instructor at Washburn University, has been selected as Southeast's College of Education 2000 recipient of the Young Alumni Merit Award. Reilly graduated from Southeast in 1986 with a bachelor of science in secondary education. She returned to her alma mater in 1988 as an instructor in the Department of Physical Education. Reilly received her master of arts in human performance studies from the University of Alabama in 1994.

James Gleason, president and chief operating officer of Galaxy Cablevision in Sikeston, Mo., has been selected as Southeast's Harrison College of Business 2000 recipient of the Young Alumni Merit

Award. In 1986 Gleason graduated from Southeast with a bachelor of science in business administration with majors in both marketing and finance. Gleason has been employed by Galaxy Cablevision for 14 years and is a member of the Cable Television Marketing and Administration Society and the Board of Directors of the American Cable Association.

Teresa Tuschhoff of Ballwin, Mo., regional vice president of Corporate Fitness Works in St. Louis, is Southeast's College of Health and Human Services 2000 recipient of the Young Alumni Merit Award. After graduating cum laude from Southeast in 1993 with a bachelor of science in health management, Tuschhoff continued her education with Harvard University Medical School of Continuing Education and received clinical training in behavioral medicine in 1996. Currently, Tuschhoff is pursuing a master of arts in health services management at Webster University in St. Louis.

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DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC TO PRESENT MUSIC DRAMA 'THE MEDIUM'

The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music will present "The Medium," a tragedy in two acts, by Gian Carlo Menotti, May 11 at 8 p.m.

"The Medium" is in English and will be presented in Academic Auditorium, fully staged and with the University Chamber orchestra. "The Medium" is directed by Dr. Leslie Jones and conducted by Dr. Christopher Goeke, both of the Department of Music. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (573) 651-2141. Parental discretion is advised.

The music drama deals with a fraudulent spiritualist who gets caught "between the worlds of reality, which she cannot understand, and of the supernatural, in which she doesn't believe" (Kennedy Center Honors Website). "The Medium" premiered on Broadway in 1947.

The present-day action centers around Madame Flora (Baba), "The Medium," portrayed by Julie Stoverink of Cape Girardeau, who holds a sťance for her clients: Mr. and Mrs. Gobineau, and Mrs. Nolan, played by Rick Castens of DeSoto, Mo., Brianna Nicholson of Cape Girardeau, and Laura Huusko of Carlyle, Ill., respectively. They are trying to contact lost loved ones. Baba uses her daughter Monica, sung by Caroline Kraft of Potosi, Mo., and her adopted son Toby, who is a mute, acted by David Schneider of Meadowbrook, Ill., to create special effects during the sťance. However, during the routine fakery, Baba is touched by an unseen hand, which scares her so much that she must end the sťance. This experience affects her deeply; she cannot explain how or why it has occurred. It drives her to violence and alcoholic rantings. She has dabbled in the supernatural and has become the "victim of her own frauds."

Menotti is the most popular American Operatic composer of our time. He "single-handedly revitalized the concept of living opera for Americans..." according to composer Ned Rorem. His works are gripping dramatically and yet possess lyric vocal writing and haunting melodies. He is known for his tuneful and accessible music.

Menotti deliberately described "The Medium" as a "music drama," suggesting that the music is merely a vehicle with which to convey the play. Menotti's works have won several awards including the Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical play, a Pulitzer Prize in 1955, and the Music Critics Circle Award for best opera. Menotti was also honored by the Kennedy Center for lifetime achievement in the arts.

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PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGES SEMINAR TO BE HELD APRIL 27

The Department of Accounting, Finance, and Business Law, and the Accounting and Finance Club/IMA Student Chapter at Southeast Missouri State University will hold a Professional Challenges Seminar April 27 on campus.

The seminar is designed to connect students, faculty and accounting, finance and law professionals. Sessions will be presented throughout the day on expanding opportunities through e-commerce, challenges and concerns of e-commerce, and connecting in cyberspace. The Missouri Bar Association will co-sponsor sessions on legislative and tax issues of e-commerce, and cyberlaw.

The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium in Dempster Hall. Refreshments will be provided by Norman Glaus and Associates, and Baird, Kurtz and Dobson.

The day will begin with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

The fee for individual sessions of the seminar is $15 each or $50 for the entire seminar and lunch. The seminar is free for Southeast students. The fee for the luncheon is $10 if paying for individual sessions or for a Southeast student who is not a paid member of the AFC/IMA Student Chapter. The luncheon fee for a paid member of the AFC/IMA Student Chapter is $5. Make check payable to Southeast Missouri State University.

The registration deadline is April 24. For more information contact Wanda Lang at (573) 651-2119.

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YOUNG WRITERS RECEIVE HONORS AT WRITING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS PROGRAM

Twenty-seven of the best young writers from among 74 schools in Southeast Missouri and the St. Louis metropolitan area were honored April 15 at the 18th annual awards ceremony for the Southeast Missouri Writing Achievement Awards program held at the University Center on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

"This program was initiated in 1982 by the University's Department of English as a means of recognizing the importance of writing skills in the development of an educated person," said Dr. Linda Burns, professor of English. "The Writing Achievement Awards program is designed to encourage students in grades four through twelve in their writing and to recognize publicly some of the best student writers in the state and their schools."

This year, 74 schools from the Southeast Missouri area participated, and 311 students entered their writing.

At the ceremony, awards and honorable mentions were presented to writers of fiction, essays and poetry in three grade ranges: grades 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. The winning entries are published in booklet form, and copies were presented to the winners and their schools. In addition, all award winners received certificates and T-shirts. The students and their parents and teachers attended a luncheon and the presentation ceremony.

This year's winners in essay (grades 4-6) are Sarah Davis, Gideon Elementary School; Kyle Mitchell, North Elementary School, Jackson; Orion Ross, Spoede Elementary School, St. Louis; (grades 7-9) Haley Walker, Salem Junior High School; Lindsay Haas, Poplar Bluff Junior High School; Emily Mullen, Steeleville Middle School; (grades 10-12) Amanda Crouch, Jackson Senior High School; Leslie Pinkley, Fredericktown High School; and Brad Neathery, Perryville High School.

The winners in poetry (grades 4-6) are Kayla Olszowy and Kelsey Elizabeth Ray, Kellison Elementary School, Fenton; Majhon Phillips, Jackson Middle School; (grades 7-9) Mindy Bryant, Festus Middle School; Katie Belcher, L.J. Schultz, Cape Girardeau; Anthony Gilberto, Poplar Bluff Junior High School; (grades 10-12) Zoe Goldberg, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis; Sarah Serbus and Lindsay Knight, St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, Washington.

The winners in fiction (grades 4-6) are Austin Voss, Owensville Elementary School; Nathan Heineke, Sperreng Middle School, St. Louis; Candace Bonifer, Wohlwend Elementary School, St. Louis; (grades 7-9) Matt Brimer, Sperreng Middle School, St. Louis; Ashley Moss, Festus Middle School; Cameron Hall, Parkway South Middle School, Manchester; (grades 10-12) Zoe Goldberg, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis; Natalie Berkheimer, Eureka High School; and Clayton Smith, St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, Washington.

Copies of the booklet are available for $3 from Dr. Linda Burns in the Department of English MS2650, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701.

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CHICKASAW NATION DANCE TROUPE APPEARING AT SOUTHEAST, WICKLIFFE MOUNDS

The Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe will perform at Southeast Missouri State University April 29.

The performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The troupe also will appear at the Wickliffe Mounds Research Center on April 29-30 for one-hour performances beginning at 11 a.m. each day.

The Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe of Ada, Okla., serves as a goodwill ambassador for the Chickasaw Nation. By sharing the ancient art of shellshaking, stomp dance, and southeastern Native American songs, they continue to educate and pass on to the next generation Chickasaw cultural traditions.

The dance troupe members travel extensively and were recently awarded first place at the 1999 Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials in Gallup, N.M. The Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe also was featured in the 1994 documentary, "The Native Americans," produced by Turner Broadcasting.

For more information on the performance at Southeast, call (573) 651-2182 or e-mail cmorrow@semovm.semo.edu.

The Wickliffe Mounds Research Center, a program of Murray State University, is located at 94 Green Street, Highway 51/60/62 west in Wickliffe, Ky. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Group discounts are available by contacting Wickliffe Mounds at (270) 335-3681 or e-mailing wmounds@brtc.net.

This event is sponsored in part by the Friends of Wickliffe Mounds and Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Ad Hoc Committee on University Relations with Native Americans.

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