Week of May 7, 2001



REGENTS APPROVE CONTRACTS FOR ARCHITECTURAL, ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR NEW RESIDENCE HALL GRADUATING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO BE HONORED AT RECEPTION
REGENTS APPROVE NEW FEE SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2001 DONALD "BRAD" BEDELL SWORN IN AS SOUTHEAST REGENT
REGENTS APPROVE DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN FOR ADDITION TO SHOW ME CENTER SOUTHEAST ALUMNAE HONORED AS OUTSTANDING BEGINNING TEACHERS
CAPITAL AND MAINTENANCE BUDGET APPROVED AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF EDUCATION PRESENTS ANNUAL FACULTY AWARDS
FERGUSON NAMED DEAN OF STUDENTS PARSONS HONORED FOR TESOL EFFORTS
FUNDING ALLOWS FOR WORK TO BEGIN ON RIVER CAMPUS PROJECT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCES A MODEST INCREASE OF ROOM AND BOARD RATES
TWO SOUTHEAST STUDENTS RECEIVE OTTO AND DELLA SEABAUGH ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP REGENTS GRANT TENURE TO 11 FACULTY
SOUTHEAST BOARD OF REGENTS ACCEPTS STUDY FOR MULTI-MODAL TRANSFER FACILITY REGENTS APPROVE STRATEGIC PLAN TO LAUNCH SOUTHEAST INTO NEW MILLENNIUM
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REGENTS APPROVE CONTRACTS FOR ARCHITECTURAL, ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR NEW RESIDENCE HALL

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today accepted contracts with two companies for architectural, engineering and construction management services for construction of a new residence hall on the University campus.

The new residence hall will be located on the east side of Henderson Street, south of the University Center. With the addition of the new hall, the formation of a residential unit consisting of Dearmont, Myers and the new facility will be completed.

The new residence hall will contain 300 beds, and initial designs call for suite-style housing. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors will have the option of living in the facility, which is expected to be constructed on a fast track. Construction is expected to begin in mid-August and to be completed by fall 2002.

"We believe the new residence hall will be very attractive to students," said Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management. "We have had a lot of student involvement with this project. They have been very supportive."

Fox said a new residence hall is needed at Southeast as occupancy in residence halls on the campus has increased steadily since 1997. Very few vacancies are expected in the residence halls at the start of the fall 2001 semester, she said, adding that about 2,400 students are expected to be housed on campus.

Fox said rising occupancy rates in Southeast's residence halls are due, in part, to the University's ability to attract between 38 and 40 percent of its students from the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

"Our commitment to requiring freshmen and sophomores to live on campus has contributed to increased occupancy and better retention of students as well," Fox said.

The Regents accepted contracts with Jacobs Facilities, Inc., formerly Sverdrup, for architectural and engineering services at a cost of $958,125 and with Paric Corp. for $789,000 for construction management services. Total cost of the project is estimated at $13.2 million, which will be financed through the issuance of bonds. The bonds will be retired through residence hall fees paid by student residents.

Jacobs Facilities, Inc., was recommended for the architectural and engineering services for the project because of their involvement in the housing master plan process as well as their knowledge of the residence halls on campus, Fox said. Four construction management firms responded to the request for proposals and two visited the campus for interviews. Of those two, Paric Corp. has more experience with residence hall construction and proposed a lower fee, she said.

Last June, the Board of Regents approved a contract for consulting services from Brailsford and Dunlavey and Jacobs Facilities Inc. to assist the University with a housing master plan process. That process identified the need for approximately 300 additional beds in the residence life system, Fox said.

Southeast's residence hall system consists of 12 separate buildings, all of which were built before 1970. Two of the buildings in the Towers Complex were renovated into suites in 1993-1995. All five Group houses and the Towers main complex were renovated in 1999-2000.

Fox said that prior to the opening of the new residence hall, the University will revisit its priority room sign-up process.

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GRADUATING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO BE HONORED AT RECEPTION

International students who will graduate from Southeast Missouri State University May 5 will be honored at a reception May 4 at the International Center on campus.

Twelve undergraduate and 10 graduate students are among the group planning to graduate. The reception for the students and their families is planned for 3 to 5 p.m.

In honor of these graduating international students, 13 flags representing their homelands will be displayed at commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 5 in the Show Me Center.

International students planning to graduate represent Turkey, Japan, India, Pakistan, Republic of South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan (Republic of China), Russia, People's Republic of China, Canada, Kenya, Denmark and Brazil. The United States flag will be displayed at commencement as well.

Reservations for the reception may be made by calling the International House at (573) 986-6872.

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REGENTS APPROVE NEW FEE SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2001
Southeast fee increases lower than Missouri peer institutions for past seven years

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new incidental and general fee schedule to take effect with the fall 2001 semester.

Under the approved plan, incidental fees will increase $4.50 per credit hour for Missouri undergraduates, representing a 4.4 percent increase; $9 per credit hour for non-resident undergraduates and Missouri graduate students; and $18 per credit hour for non-resident graduate students. Prior to the Regents' approval of these rates, the Student Senate endorsed the proposed new $4.50 fee for Missouri undergraduates. Other categories of fees are established by a formula based on the in-state undergraduate rate.

The new per credit hour rates will be $107.80 for resident undergraduates, $202.30 for non-resident undergraduates, $128.30 for resident graduate students and $242.30 for non-resident graduate students.

Dr. Ivy Locke, vice president for finance, told the Board that Gov. Bob Holden recommended and the Missouri State Legislature funded higher education at flat revenue levels for fiscal 2002 base appropriations. Since October, she said, the University's Budget Review Committee has reviewed funding for operations, compensation and enhancements as well as trends for fee increases at Southeast as compared to several peer institutions in Missouri.

Locke says Southeast is committed to minimizing fee increases.

"For the past seven years, Southeast's average fee increase of 4.3 percent has been significantly lower than our Missouri peers," she said. "When translated into dollars, the cumulative differential in fee increases has been significant. But, on a per credit hour basis, Southeast's fee increases have been consistently among the lowest in the state."

During the past seven years, student fees have risen 6.9 percent at Lincoln University, 6.9 percent at Central Missouri State University, 7.2 percent at Truman State University, 7.9 percent at Southwest Missouri State University, 9.4 percent at Northwest Missouri State University, 9.2 percent at the University of Missouri-Columbia and 10.1 percent at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Coupled with state appropriation increases, Southeast's trend of approving only very modest fee increases has reduced the percentage of educational costs paid by Southeast students from 37.2 percent in fiscal 1994 to 31.7 percent in fiscal 2001.

Locke said, "We have been very frugal in increasing fees in relationship to other schools. But, in order to continue offering quality academic programs and maintaining competitive faculty salaries, we need to increase our incidental fees."

Locke said the approved increase in graduate student fees is two times the amount of the undergraduate fee increase, based on a review of graduate and non-resident fee structures recommended three years ago by the Budget Review Committee. At that time, the Committee recommended that the graduate student fee increase be two times the undergraduate fee increase until a 20 percent differential is attained. The Budget Review Committee three years ago also recommended that non-resident fees continue to be increased by two times of the Missouri resident increase in order to be consistent with Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) policy.

"The Budget Review Committee believes that the recommended increases are not excessive and are needed to assist in funding operational needs and strategic initiatives that exceed the flat revenue levels available from state appropriations," Locke said.

General fees for students beginning with the fall 2001 semester will be $9.70 per credit hour -- $4.25 designated for the Student Recreation Center; $1.12 for student activities; $1.38 for student athletics; $2.50 for student computing; and $0.45 for student health services.

Based on the new incidental and general student fee increases, total required fees per credit hour will be $117.50 for Missouri undergraduates; $212 for non-resident undergraduates; $138 for Missouri graduate students; and $252 for non-resident graduate students.

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DONALD "BRAD" BEDELL SWORN IN AS SOUTHEAST REGENT

Donald "Brad" Bedell of Sikeston, Mo., was sworn in today as the newest member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents.

The oath of office was administered by the Honorable David Dolan, circuit judge of the 33rd Judicial Circuit of Missouri and a resident of Sikeston.

Gov. Bob Holden announced the appointment April 25, and Bedell's appointment was confirmed by the Missouri Senate May 2.

Bedell, president of Health Facilities Management Corp. (HFMC) in Sikeston, replaces Sarah Long of Poplar Bluff, Mo., whose term on the Board expired in January. Long was appointed to the Board in 1995 and had been serving as the Board vice president. Bedell's term will run through Jan. 1, 2007.

"We very much appreciate the work, dedication and the many hours Sarah Long has given to the Board as vice president," said Donald L. Dickerson, president of the Southeast Board of Regents. "We look forward to Brad Bedell contributing to the Board and to giving us his insights on the Bootheel region of our area. Brad brings many experiences from the private business sector and has been a strong advocate for Southeast Missouri State University for many years. His leadership with Health Facilities Management Corp. has prepared him well for the administration of programs and in solving complex problems. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Board and will be a true asset to Southeast Missouri State University."

Bedell says he is excited to represent the Sikeston area on the Board and to make an impact in his capacity as a Regent.

"As a business person from Sikeston, Southeast Missouri State University represents the ability for us to have local access to four-year degreed employees," he said.

He praised the new Sikeston Area Higher Education Center, adding that it "widens the educational net" for people from the region to achieve their educational goals. He says that academic programs offered at the Center, in addition to courses available on the Southeast campus in Cape Girardeau, make it possible for people from the region to get a four-year degree without leaving home.

"Having that available, everybody is able to stay here and not move off to find employment," he said. "We are very proud of the Center here and look forward to expanding its enrollment.

"I very much look forward to working with the University community," he said. "I look forward to devoting time to this endeavor."

Bedell's father, Don C. Bedell, established Health Facilities Management Corp. in 1984. The company has 30 nursing facilities throughout Southeast Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona. In his role as president, Brad Bedell is responsible for providing management and organizational direction to all HFMC personnel as well as comprehensive involvement in general company operations for 40 corporations and 3,000 employees. A subsidiary, Health Facilities Rehab, provides physical, speech and occupational therapy rehabilitation services

Bedell served as executive vice president of HFMC from September 1994 to January of this year. Prior to that, he was vice president of legal services at HFMC. He holds a bachelor's degree with an emphasis in management and a juris doctorate degree, both from the University of Mississippi. He served as vice magistrate of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity at the University of Mississippi and as a member of the Lamar Order with the University of Mississippi School of Law.

He has been a member of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board of Directors and, in 1998, established the Don C. Bedell Excellence Award through the Foundation to assist business majors at Southeast Missouri State University. Bedell established the scholarship to honor his father.

Bedell has served as a member of the Executive Committee and on the board of the YMCA of Southeast Missouri. He also has served as vice president and a member of both the

Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Missouri Healthcare Association, and has been a board and committee member of the American Healthcare Association. He is an advisory board member to First Midwest Bank, is a charter member of Quail Unlimited and is a committee member of the Swampeast Missouri Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

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REGENTS APPROVE DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN FOR ADDITION TO SHOW ME CENTER

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today gave its approval for the University to contract with DLR, Inc., of Kansas City, Mo., to proceed with development of construction design for expansion and renovation at the Show Me Center.

The construction of an addition to the Show Me Center is needed to provide adequate storage space for support of the wide variety of events held at the facility and to provide new offices for the men's and women's basketball programs, said Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management.

"Storage space is a major issue as it concerns the Show Me Center," she said.

Currently, the two basketball programs share office space with the Show Me Center administration. This arrangement is restrictive to the needs of all three units, Fox said.

"Storage for event support has been inadequate for several years and has created the need to use off-site storage," she said. "This also has limited the efficiency of operations."

Lack of adequate storage space also has limited the expansion of the Show Me Center's capabilities and has increased the labor costs for events.

Cost of construction document development is $135,000. Total cost of the project is budgeted at $1.5 million.

Funding for the project will come from a number of sources. The Show Me Center's Pepsi Exclusivity payment will provide $200,000, and athletics fund raising will assist with $300,000. The University will loan the Show Me Center $500,000, and an additional $500,000 will come from the Show Me Center Fund Balance. The University's loan to the Show Me Center will be a 10-year interest-free loan. Repayment will be from a number of sources including, but not limited to scoreboard advertising revenue.

The addition will be on the northeast side of the Show Me Center. According to the conceptual design, 5,400 square feet will be added to the storage area on the north side of the building, immediately east of the loading dock area. An area above the storage area would be used for new men's and women's basketball offices and an open patio area useable for a variety of event activities. The offices would have entry points from the Show Me Center north concourse as well as the patio.

Enhancement of the ticket sales area also may be included in the project if it is achievable within the budget for the project, Fox said.

Construction is expected to begin later this year.

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SOUTHEAST ALUMNAE HONORED AS OUTSTANDING BEGINNING TEACHERS

The Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) honored Kimberly Aggertt of San Jose, Ill., and Shana Kight of Chaffee, Mo., both alumnae of Southeast Missouri State University at the spring MACTE meeting April 5 in Jefferson City, Mo.

Every other year Missouri colleges and universities with teacher education programs designate two of their recent alumni as outstanding beginning teachers to receive this award. Seventy-four teachers form around the state were honored this year. Aggertt is a fifth grade teacher and volleyball coach for the Advance Public Schools in Advance, Mo. Aggertt was an elementary education major and graduated from Southeast in summer 1999. Kight teaches mathematics at Jackson Junior High School in Jackson, Mo. She was a middle school education major at Southeast and graduated in fall 1999.

Dr. Richard Allington, the Irvin and Rose Fien Professor of Elementary and Special Education at the University of Florida, addressed the beginning teachers prior to the presentation of awards by Missouri Commissioner of Education Dr. Kent King and President of MACTE Dr. Max Ruhl. On Friday, April 6, King and Valerie Maxwell, Missouri Teacher of the Year, also addressed the outstanding beginning teachers.

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CAPITAL AND MAINTENANCE BUDGET APPROVED AT UNIVERSITY

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a list of capital and maintenance and repair projects totaling $6.37 million for fiscal year 2002. Of this amount, $1.91 million was appropriated by the state of Missouri and $1.36 million came in the form of federal or state grant funds.

Several new construction projects were approved. Specifically, funds were set aside for work to begin on the River Campus Terrace, phase III of a campus transit way, and design and site work for a multi-modal transit facility. In addition to this approved list of projects, two projects totaling $14.7 million - renovation and expansion at the Show Me Center and construction of a new residence hall - also were approved by the Board.

The transit way and multi-modal facility include a parking garage and new shuttle routes through the interior of campus providing students with a convenient "park and ride" opportunity to get around campus.

There was approval of an addition to the Seabaugh Polytechnic Building, as well. Because of growth in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology-the number of majors has doubled in the last five years-a nearly 6,000-square-foot addition to the Otto and Della Seabaugh Building will begin this fall in conjunction with the completion of the main building. The addition will be added to the north and east sides of the building and will include the Manufacturing Technology Resource Center, and industrial training and research space.

Also included are state appropriations for expansion of the Kennett Area Higher Education Center. This expansion is needed to accommodate the growth of classes and programs at the Center.

Houck Stadium and Field House will undergo some renovations, which will involve work to the exterior façade.

The list of maintenance and repair projects includes routine efforts such as roof repairs, remodeling of academic space, classroom upgrades and renovations to a variety of buildings and parking areas.

Included in these maintenance and repair projects is $75,000, which is earmarked for planning money to upgrade the science complex. This project will involve upgrading and remodeling laboratories and classrooms, and upgrading mechanical and electrical systems. Current information technology infrastructure also will be installed in the complex, which includes Johnson, Magill and Rhodes halls.

According to Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management, over half of this year's capital and maintenance and repair budget is coming from sources outside of the University budget.

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COLLEGE OF EDUCATION PRESENTS ANNUAL FACULTY AWARDS

The College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University presented awards to four faculty members at its College of Education Annual Awards Dinner April 29.

Dr. Robert Buchanan, assistant professor of educational administration and counseling, received the Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Beverly Petch-Hogan, professor of elementary, early and special education, received the Outstanding Scholarship Award. Dr. Linda Schoonmaker, assistant professor of physical education, received the Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Sue Shepard, assistant professor of educational administration and counseling, received the Outstanding Contributions Award.

"To be recognized as a faculty member who gives so much to both your department as well as the College is a valued honor," Dr. Shirley Stennis-Williams, dean of the College of Education, told the recipients. Thank you for your quality contributions to the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State."

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FERGUSON NAMED DEAN OF STUDENTS

Dr. Irene Ferguson, interim dean of students at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named dean of students at the University.

The appointment was announced today following a closed session meeting of the Board of Regents.

Ferguson has been serving as interim dean of students since last August, after Dr. Kimberly Barrett resigned to accept a position at another university. An internal search was conducted by a committee chaired by Dr. Chris McGowan, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Ferguson was recommended by the search committee that included a faculty representative, representatives from student services and a student.

Ferguson joined Southeast in 1993 as director of Project Upward Bound. In 1995, she became director of the Campus Assistance Center. In 1998, she was named assistant dean of students and director of the Learning Enrichment Center. During her years at Southeast, Ferguson has taught a number of courses, including "Developmental Reading," "Principles of Personal Adjustment," "History of Higher Education," "Theories of Student Development" and "Internship in Higher Education."

Ferguson has served on many University committees and presently is on the Student Affairs Appeals Committee, the Strategic Enrollment Management Task Force, the Strategic Diversity Management Retention Sub-Committee, the Multicultural Relations Committee, the Funding for Results Committee, the Housing Master Planning Committee, the Parker Commons Planning Committee and the Greek Life Strategic Planning Committee.

She is a member of several national organizations, including the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Association of Student Judicial Affairs, the American Association of Higher Education and the National College Learning Center Association.

Ferguson also has been involved in the Cape Girardeau community. She is a member of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce Multicultural Relations Committee, the Cape Civic Center Board of Directors and Zonta International. She has written and been successful in receiving several grant awards and has made presentations at national conferences.

She holds a doctoral degree in higher education administration and a master of science degree in counseling and educational psychology, both from Indiana University, and a bachelor of science degree in environmental health science from Indiana State University.

As dean of students, Ferguson will report to Dr. Jane Stephens, provost, and will supervise the Office of Student Development that includes the offices of Judicial Affairs, Commuter and Non-traditional Students, and Substance Abuse Prevention and Education. She also will supervise the Learning Enrichment Center, Career Services, the Center for Health and Counseling, the Office of Minority Student Programs, GEAR-UP, and the TRIO Programs of Student Support Services and Upward Bound.

These areas are responsible for providing advocacy for students and their rights; opportunities for student learning; guidance for personal growth and maturity; services which which maintain, foster and enhance the quality of campus life; activities for students to evaluate, assess and effectively implement career life plans and goals; and advocacy for full partnership by all as equal partners in the community of scholars and learners of Southeast Missouri State.

Ferguson also will provide leadership for the development, planning, coordination, supervision and evaluation of programs, actions and personnel of the units assigned to the areas in Student Development. The Dean of Students also plans, organizes, leads and evaluates programs, procedures and activities necessary to enrich students' personal and educational learning experiences; serves as a liaison between students and academic affairs and the broader University community; serves as a catalyst and resource to encourage and assist others in the University to improve the quality of the learning environment for students; supervises activities regarding student conduct; and serves as a member of various University committees.

Prior to her tenure at Southeast, Ferguson was assistant director of Project Upward Bound and a counselor at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, a case coordinator at Crossroads Rehabilitation Center in Indianapolis, and education coordinator for United Neighborhoods Training Center in Indianapolis.

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PARSONS HONORED FOR TESOL EFFORTS

Dr. Adelaide Heyde Parsons, director of International Programs at Southeast Missouri State University, was presented with a proclamation of appreciation at the 35th International Convention of TESOL (Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages) recently in St. Louis.

Dr. Dee Beck, director of federal programs for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the State of Missouri, presented the award.

The proclamation acknowledges many of the contributions that Parsons has made to both the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the University. Some of these achievements include writing articles for local and national publications emphasizing the importance of learning a second language, developing workshops for teachers who teach English as a Second Language at all levels, writing and receiving federal grants for Missouri teachers of English Language Learners and students, and presenting at a number of state, regional, and international TESOL conferences.

"For me, what I do for a living is both a vocation as well as an avocation…It's a labor of love," Parsons said. " I'm giving back what I've been given."

Parsons has held several offices in the Midwest Region's TESOL, including, president and vice president, and has served TESOL as a board member and as convention chair this year.

Several Southeast alumni, graduate students, and former and current faculty participated in this year's convention. They served as chairpersons, team leaders, presenters, and discussion group leaders. Some of these participants included current faculty member, John Campbell, former faculty members, Sheila Phillips and Jeanne Angel, and adjunct faculty member Phyllis Jacobson Mithen.

"The University, via the Intensive English Program, also served as a sponsor of the convention," Parsons said. "Our name was prominently displayed throughout the convention hall and the convention."

Several of Southeast's programs and organizations have continued to play an active role in TESOL. Some of the University's participants and initiatives include the Department of Continuing Education, the Intensive English Program, the Office of International Programs, Project Interact Goes Bilingual, Title VII, Funding for Education Personnel, "TACTICS," Title VII, Funding for Training All Teachers Grant, Project Base, Title VII, and Funding for Training Bilingual Teachers and Paraprofessionals.

Dr. Parsons has served Southeast Missouri State University for 17 years as a professor and director of International Programs.

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FUNDING ALLOWS FOR WORK TO BEGIN ON RIVER CAMPUS PROJECT

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents accepted $260,000 in grant funding today from the Missouri Department of Transportation. The money, which has been earmarked for the River Campus Terrace project, marks the first phase of work on the site overlooking the Mississippi River.

The River Campus is on the site of the former St. Vincent's College and Seminary and was purchased by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation with the assistance of a gift from B.W. Harrison of Cape Girardeau.

These funds, accompanied by some matching funds of $65,000 from Southeast, allow work to begin on the lower level of the River Campus site. According to Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management at Southeast, the receipt of these funds is an important beginning to the River Campus project.

"The design phase of work is scheduled to begin this summer with actual work possible in the spring of 2002. All work will be consistent with the architectural design of the overall River Campus project," Fox said.

The grant was written after consultation with staff from the City of Cape Girardeau. As provided in the grant, the funding will be used for site work, development of a picnic area, parking and continuation of a hiking/biking trail, which eventually will surround the City of Cape Girardeau.

"We are delighted to be part of the city's long-range plan to develop the hiking/biking trail for Cape Girardeau," said Donald L. Dickerson, president of the board. "This is only one of many facets of the project that will draw people to the River Campus."

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SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCES A MODEST INCREASE OF ROOM AND BOARD RATES

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved the residence hall room and board charges effective for the fall 2001 semester.

Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management, reports no increase in the student meal plan rates and only a 2 percent increase in the residence hall room rates for the 2001-2002 academic year.

"The increase for the residence hall room rates is due primarily to inflation and to the cost of providing a readership program which was recommended by the Residence Hall Association (RHA)," Fox said. The readership program will make the Southeast Missourian and St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspapers available to resident students free of charge in an effort to encourage greater awareness of local and civic issues.

"Southeast Missouri State University successfully worked in the students' interest to ensure that room and board fees changed minimally for the upcoming academic year," said Donald L. Dickerson, president of the board of regents.

In addition, a technology fee of $20 per resident per semester, recommended by RHA, was approved and is to be used for planning and establishing Local Area Network (LAN) access in each of the rooms in the residence halls. The fee is in response to a survey conducted by the RHA in which many students requested the improved access. Students will not be assessed this fee until the semester during which they have the Internet service provided.

According to Loren Rullman, director of student auxiliary services, "Students have told us they increasingly use the internet for academic research and e-mail communication, so installation of LAN drops in the halls should help students succeed at Southeast."

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TWO SOUTHEAST STUDENTS RECEIVE OTTO AND DELLA SEABAUGH ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Two students at Southeast Missouri State University were awarded the Otto and Della Seabaugh Engineering Technology Endowed Scholarship on May 2.

Ryan Dannenmueller of Scott City, Mo., and Tyson Brown of Perryville, Mo., received the scholarship at a luncheon that was attended by Otto and Della Seabaugh of Cape Girardeau, the donors of the scholarship. The luncheon was held to present the scholarships and to mark the imminent move of The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology from the Serena Building to the new Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building. The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology will relocate to the new Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building during the summer. The new building will open in fall 2001.

Otto and Della Seabaugh created this scholarship in March to help young people who need financial assistance in completing their education. The Seabaugh Scholarship is for junior and senior level students who have a sincere desire to have a career in the engineering technology field. Scholarship awards are for a minimum of $1,500 per year and can be renewed upon reapplication. The recipients of this scholarship must be a graduate of Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Scott or Perry County schools and live in the county at the time the scholarship is granted. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and continue to major in engineering technology and make satisfactory progress towards their degree. Satisfactory progress will be verified by a scholarship committee in consultation with the chairperson of The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology.

Otto Seabaugh was born in Cape Girardeau and attended Southeast, receiving a bachelor of science degree in education in 1935. He received a master of education degree from the University of Missouri in 1936. He completed post-graduate studies at the University of Missouri, The Ohio State University and Washington University in St. Louis. His first five years of employment were spent as an instructor of secondary education, followed by employment with McDonnell-Douglas Corp, Ford Motor Corp. and Olin Corp. in St. Louis. He was employed by Olin Corp. from 1958 until his retirement in 1977. During that time, he held various administrative and supervisory positions of increasing responsibility. Retirement provided Mr. Seabaugh the opportunity and time to pursue a long and deep interest in genealogy of the Seabaugh lineage. He and his wife published a book From Seebach to Seabaugh 1123-1988.

Della (Sievers) Seabaugh was born in Jackson and graduated from Southeast in 1940, receiving a bachelor of science degree in education. She earned a master of arts degree from Iowa State University in 1942. She completed post-graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. Mrs. Seabaugh is a life member of the Phi Lambda Theta national education society. She taught for 43 years in the public school systems of Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Connecticut until her retirement in 1977.

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REGENTS GRANT TENURE TO 11 FACULTY

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents granted tenure to 11 faculty members during a closed session meeting of the Board today.

The tenure designation will take effect with the 2001-2002 academic year. Faculty members receiving tenure in their respective departments were considered for the designation by their department chairperson, departmental tenure advisory committee, college tenure advisory committee, college dean and Provost Jane Stephens.

Those granted tenure are:

Greg Boyd, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology

Dr. Greg Boyd came to Southeast in the fall of 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Technology. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.; his master of arts degree from California State University, Fresno, Calif.; and his doctoral degree from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind. Boyd was previously employed as a doctoral fellow at Indiana State University.

Boyd is an excellent classroom teacher, and students are very positive about the material he presents as well as the methods he uses in the classroom. He also served in a leadership role in the development of the curriculum for our new bachelor of science in manufacturing engineering technology degree. He also is a good scholar with five published articles, five national presentations, and $128,000 in internal and external grants. Boyd has served on several department, school, and University-level committees including the University Planning Committee. His work with students, in and out of the classroom, led to him being selected for the Chapter 17 Society of Manufacturing Engineers 1996 Educator of the Year Award. Boyd's contributions to the department have been significant, and his talents are needed for its continued growth and development.

James Champine, Department of Biology

Dr. James Champine came to Southeast in the fall of 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. He received his bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., and his doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. Champine previously was employed as a research associate at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

Champine does an excellent job of teaching. He has the respect of his peers for being both a demanding and popular instructor. He has made major revisions in the General Microbiology course. He has mentored 31 undergraduate and three graduate students in his research lab. Champine has published three papers in refereed journals, and he and his students have made 18 presentations at professional meetings. He has served on numerous committees across campus including Faculty Senate. He has served in an advisory capacity to both the public and private sector on microbiology issues.

Margaret Heeney Dalton, Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

Dr. Margarent Heeney Dalton came to Southeast in the fall of 1996 as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texs; her master of arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas; and her doctoral degree from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. Dalton previously was employed as a graduate assistant at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.

Dalton has provided leadership at the department level and also on the state level in the use of technology for the delivery and support of instruction. She developed and has taught EA-625 Foundations of Educational Administration for several semesters as an on-line class. This was the first on-line course to be developed within the Department. In addition, she has facilitated a statewide team from all of the colleges and universities in the state of Missouri to develop web-based materials. These materials consist of case studies, vignettes, and problem-based learning activities that instructors may use to supplement instruction and prepare students for the certification examination. Dalton also continues to demonstrate teaching skills and carry on an active research agenda.

Sophia Hadjian, Department of Communication Disorders

Dr. Sophia Hadjian came to Southeast in the fall of 1995 as an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; her master of arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.; and her doctoral degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y. Hadjian previously was employed as an associate professor at The College of Saint Rose.

Hadjian developed two significant laboratory experiences for students and received superior evaluations from students and peers. Her professional growth is outstanding. She co-authored a software-training program on Parkinson's Disease and numerous national presentations. Her service is also outstanding. She has been actively involved with essential department, college, University, and professional committees and has served as a team member for accreditation site visits and reviews.

Jenny Harkey, Department of Nursing

Jenny Harkey came to Southeast in the fall of 1995 as an instructor in the Department of Nursing. She received her bachelor of science in nursing and her master of science in nursing from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. Harkey previously was employed as nursing faculty at University of Kentucky Community College.

Harkey provided leadership in curriculum development in the areas of maternal and pediatric nursing. Her student and peer evaluations are stellar. Her professional growth is outstanding as evidenced by her three outstanding publications and several presentations at professional conferences. Her service also is outstanding. She is actively involved with the March of Dimes and the Bootheel Healthy Start.

Steven Hoffman, Department of History

Dr. Steven Hoffman came to Southeast in the fall of 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of History. He received his bachelor of arts and master of heritage preservation from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., and his doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. Hoffman previously was employed as a lecturer at Bradford College, Bradford, Mass.

Hoffman is a key member of the historic preservation faculty and a highly regarded member of the Department of History. He has developed and taught five key courses in the historic preservation program, as well as courses on American Civilization, American History Since 1850, and the African American Experience. Last year he developed and taught a web course on the History of American Architecture for the first time. He is an expert on American social history, urban history, and African American history. Since he joined the faculty in 1995, he has given 16 professional conference presentations, published four journal articles and seven critical reviews, and a chapter with colleague Larry Easley on "Reinventing the American History Survey." He and Easley, who are both the instructional technology experts in history, have redesigned the American History Survey course to involve students in the use of the world wide web for developing a hands-on approach to learning history with "real life" projects. Hoffman's emphasis on hands-on experiential learning and student-centered teaching helps students connect their lives with the past and enables them to develop their analytical and communication skills in useful ways. He is involved in the new Old Town Cape Main Street Project and is secretary for the Missouri chapter of the National Association for African American Heritage Preservation. He also is on the executive board of the American Association for History and Computing and is a consulting editor for that organization's national journal. Engaged earnestly in teaching, scholarship, and community improvement, Hoffman is appreciated greatly by his students and colleagues for his optimism, good humor, enthusiasm, and eagerness to share his expertise to enhance our learning community.

Athula Kulatunga, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology

Dr. Athula Kulatunga came to Southeast in the fall of 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Technology. He received his bachelor of science degree from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.; his master of science degree from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill.; and his doctoral degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. Kulatunga previously was employed as a technical teacher at Ceylon-German Technical Training Institute, Sri Lanka.

Kulatunga is a "model" teacher-scholar. This has been validated by students and peers. His excellence in the classroom led to him being selected for the University's 2000 Pride Award. His scholarship has led to 10 published articles, nine national and international presentations, and nearly $500,000 in grants and industrial donations. His service to the University and region is also significant. Kulatunga has served on several department, school, and University level committees including vice chair of the Faculty Senate. He has also conducted five training programs for industries in Southeast Missouri. Southeast is indeed fortunate to have someone of Kulatunga's abilities on the faculty.

Bobbi Morris, Department of Nursing

Bobbi Morris came to Southeast in the fall of 1995 as an instructor in the Department of Nursing. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Southeast Missouri State University, and her master of science in nursing from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Ill. Morris previously was employed as a staff/charge nurse at Marion Memorial Hospital, Marion, Ill.

Morris is an excellent instructor as documented by student and peer reviews. She is recognized as an excellent mentor in the Advanced Practice course. Her professional growth is outstanding. She has peer-reviewed publications and contributions to textbooks. Her service is also outstanding as evidenced by her impressive record of service to area schools and also authorship of a column in the Capaha Arrow.

Desma Reno, Department of Nursing

Desma Reno came to Southeast in the fall of 1981 as an instructor in the Department of Nursing. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University, and her master of science in nursing from the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark. Reno previously was employed as a head nurse and team leader at Saint Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Reno provided outstanding leadership to the RN-BSN outreach program and has received outstanding student and peer evaluations. Her professional growth is outstanding. She has had several peer-reviewed publications and presentations. She has also received several grants and has contributed to a textbook. Her service is also outstanding. She has received numerous awards and honors for her tireless work in department, University, community, and professional organizations. She has served as the president of the Missouri Nurses Association and has provided outstanding leadership as the director of the Institute for Gerontology.

Dean Shackelford, Department of English

Dr. Dean Shackelford came to Southeast in the fall of 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of English. He received his bachelor of arts degree, his master of arts degree, and his doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. Shackelford was previously employed as an assistant professor at Concord College, Athens, W.V.

Shackelford already had some 14 years of effective full-time teaching and scholarly experience when he joined our faculty in 1997. Since then he has given 11 scholarly presentations, published nine essays and reviews, and has become recognized nationally as an expert on the work of playwright Tennessee Williams. He has taught 11 different courses here, including three new ones-a two-course sequence in World Literature and Cross-Cultural American Voices-and eight courses he has revised, including The Art of Film, African American Writers, Teaching Multicultural Literature, and other literature courses. He has incorporated web pages in most of his courses, uses e-mail for frequent communication with students, and has offered several ITV courses to assist in the University's extended learning efforts. His student-centered approach in class helps develop critical thinking and students' understanding of both literature and the perspectives of other persons whose experiences are very different from their own. Shackelford relates so well with students that he was assigned to direct departmental advising for all English undergraduate majors, a task at which he has excelled for the past four years. His service on a number of departmental, college, and University committees is very conscientious. He has consistently worked to improve library holdings and has been the advisor to the Classical Reader's Guild, a student organization which studies and discusses literary classics. Shackelford has had an energetic and enthusiastic influence on the revision and broadening of our English curriculum.

Marc Strauss, Department of Physical Education

Dr. Marc Strauss came to Southeast in the fall of 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y.; his master of fine arts degree from Smith College, Northampton, Mass.; and his doctoral degree from Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas. Strauss previously was employed as a graduate teaching assistant at Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas.

Strauss' most significant contribution has been in the promotion of dance both with the University and the surrounding area. He has developed an academic minor in dance and several new lecture and studio courses. Additionally, he has been responsible for bringing several well-known dance companies to the University to give performances and thus promote this art form. He has certainly provided leadership in the arts area.

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SOUTHEAST BOARD OF REGENTS ACCEPTS STUDY FOR MULTI-MODAL TRANSFER FACILITY

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today accepted a study which proposes development of a campus multi-modal transfer facility and authorizes the pursuit of funding for the facility from the Federal Transit Administration.

The study was conducted by HNTB Corporation, a consulting company retained by the University in November 2000 to work with a University steering committee, comprised of Facilities Management and administrative staff and transit officers to determine transit needs, potential sites, design options and to recommend a preferred site and scheme for the multi-modal facility. The $70,000 study was funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation. The grant covered 80 percent of the cost of the study, while the University paid the remaining 20 percent.

The proposed multi-modal transfer facility incorporates the concepts of a park-and-ride lot with a public transportation bus transfer facility. University travelers would park their vehicle at the facility and then use the campus shuttle system or walk to reach their destination. The result of this concept is to reduce vehicle traffic within the core area of the campus thereby reinforcing a safe, pedestrian-oriented environment.

The proposed facility would be located at a site north of New Madrid Street and west of the Student Recreation Center and Show Me Center (Parking Lot No. 3 and commonly referred to by students as "The Pig Lot"). It would include a combination of structured and surface parking with the integration of the transfer facility. The proposed design includes 600 surface parking spaces, 1,200 structured parking spaces and a transit transfer area. The facility would be completed over a phased construction schedule.

The Federal Transit Administration has earmarked approximately $650,000 in federal funds for the design and initial site work for the multi-modal facility. The University will be responsible for a 20 percent match of $162,500 to be included in the fiscal year 2002 major capital and maintenance and repair project budgets. The federal funds will be administered through the Missouri Department of Transportation.

According to Kathy Mangels, University comptroller and a member of the University Steering Committee, a study was conducted in 1998 to define parking needs and to examine options for improving the efficiency of the campus transit services. The study identified construction of a transit way through the center of campus that could be connected to a proposed new parking facility.

"The purpose of the transit way is to move traffic to the edge of campus," Mangels said. "After the '98 study, the University began construction on the transit way. We've completed a section which runs from behind the current Crime Lab to Cheney Drive, and in the next few weeks, we'll begin construction of a section which will run from Cheney Drive to an area behind Academic Hall."

Mangels said the Steering Committee will continue to look at the development of the transit system, including future development of a transit system to connect the main campus to the River Campus.

Southeast Missouri State University currently operates four 14-passenger buses to provide transportation from perimeter parking lots to the interior of campus. Passengers may wait for buses at lighted shelters located throughout the campus, which are equipped with direct-ring safety telephone lines.

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REGENTS APPROVE STRATEGIC PLAN TO LAUNCH SOUTHEAST INTO NEW MILLENNIUM

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new strategic plan to usher in a new era of educational service by the University.

"Through this strategic plan, Southeast Missouri State University is forging ahead, boldly into the 21st century rather than being swept along by the random forces of time," said Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of the University. "We want to be recognized for being the best in the State of Missouri at linking our general education with professional education and delivering those programs to the people of our region."

The Regents approved the strategic plan after nearly a two-year inclusive, participatory, grass-roots process, which involved students, faculty, staff and citizens of the region in the development of the document. The Board sponsored 11 forums in Southeast's service region and one on-campus forum. In addition, the University's Planning Committee (UPC), chaired by Nancy Blattner, the faculty associate for University Planning, hosted five on-campus forums for faculty and staff. The UPC also sponsored nine on-campus forums for students, including forums at the Kennett Area High Education Center, Sikeston Area Higher Education Center and at the Crisp Bootheel Education Center in Malden.

Input also was received from members of the campus community who participated in the Conversations on Community program and Show Me Challenge sessions and who were encouraged to respond to the draft of the strategic plan via the planning committee's website.

"The purpose was to solicit specific opinions about the future educational and service needs of the region and ways in which the University can be more effective in meeting those needs," said Donald L. Dickerson, president of the University's Board of Regents. "The aim is to produce a set of priorities to be used as the basis for the University's future programmatic and budgeting decisions."

Dickerson added, "The comments and ideas we have received from both the campus community and citizens from throughout the region have been extremely beneficial as the University continues to strive to meet the educational, economic and cultural needs of Southeast Missouri. We are grateful to all of those who have participated in the process by sharing their insights with us. Their voice is extremely important."

University Provost Dr. Jane Stephens and Blattner led the strategic planning process.

Dobbins said that while the plan reaffirms the University's commitment to excellence and distinction in all programs and services as its overall goal, it also outlines a vision for the University, four specific priorities and 14 goals to accomplish the plan's priorities.

The vision is that the "University will be recognized nationally as a regional comprehensive public university for its delivery of excellent undergraduate and graduate programs, its professional service to the region, its contribution to the cultural life of southeast Missouri, and its preparation of students for a diverse and global society." The priorities are:

  • To provide top-quality academic programs with a liberal arts education core
  • To enhance access to a wide range of educational programs throughout the service region
  • To provide service to the region
  • To enhance the University community.

Each priority will contain related goals that identify where the institution would like to be, he said. Each goal also will list indicators of success, which will serve as monitoring devices to measure how fast the University meets the goal. All campus units, both academic and support, will be responsible for a specific action plan, which will help address each individual University goal.

"The Southeast Missouri State University Strategic Plan is a glance into what the University needs to be, and will become, in the new millennium," Stephens said. "Our plan will continue to be dynamic. It will change as the region, the nation and the world change."

The University's strategic planning process began in fall 1994 when the University's Board of Regents held a series of public forums throughout the service region to hear comments and suggestions on how the University might respond to the needs of the region. This served as a basis for the University's strategic plan adopted in 1996 and that plan served as a foundation for the current planning process.

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MEDIA ADVISORY
WHAT:Dr. Edward Perkins, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, former U.S. Representative to the United Nations Security Council and former U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia, will speak to two Southeast Missouri State University classes on Friday, May 4.
WHEN/
WHERE:
10 a.m., Friday, May 4:
American Foreign Policy (PS335)
Taught by Dr. Alynna Lyon
Carnahan Hall Room 210

1:30 p.m., Friday, May 4:
Comparative Government (PS570)
Taught by Dr. Steven Galatas
Carnahan Hall Room 210

WHO:Dr. Edward Perkins is on campus to present the commencement address at commencement exercises planned for 2 p.m. May 5 in the Show Me Center. Perkins currently is chair professor and executive director of the International Programs Center at The University of Oklahoma.