Week of May 31, 1999 & June 7, 1999


six month archive


The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents granted promotions to 13 faculty members during a closed session meeting of the Board May 14.

Faculty members promoted were reviewed by their department chairperson, college dean and by the University Promotion Committee. The promotions take effect with the 1999-2000 academic year.

Below is a list of those who have been promoted, followed by their academic department, their highest degree earned and the institution from which they earned that degree.

Promoted to Professor:

-- Dr. Allan Bornstein, Department of Biology, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
-- Dr. Velmer Burton Jr., Department of Criminal Justice, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
-- Dr. Ann Puryear, Department of Educational Administration and Counseling, Ed.D, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
-- Dr. Jack Sterrett, Department of Marketing, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
-- Dr. Robert Zeller, Department of English, Penn State University

Promoted to Associate Professor:

-- Dr. Marcia Brown, Department of Communication Disorders, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
-- Dr. Rebecca Hines, Department of Middle and Secondary Education, Ph.D., South Florida
-- Dr. Athula Kulatunga, Department of Industrial Technology, Ph.D., Purdue University
-- Dr. Diane McKee, Department of Human Environmental Studies, Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University
-- Dr. Carol Morrow, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
-- Dr. Marcia Nahikian-Nelms, Department of Human Environmental Studies, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
-- Dr. Brian Smentkowski, Department of Political Science, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
-- Dr. Frederick Yeo, Department of Middle and Secondary Education, Ph.D., University of North Carolina

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A group of 10 agriculture officials from Azerbaijan plan to visit Southeast Missouri June 5-15, where they will study agricultural credit and lending to boost their knowledge as their country continues to move toward increased privatization of agribusiness.

Southeast Missouri State University is collaborating with Agriculture Management Group, Harris Stowe State College, the State of Missouri Extension Service and private organizations to address both traditional and non-traditional credit instruments and institutions through the international development program. The 10-day tour in Southeast Missouri will take the group, which will include seven bankers and three agribusinessmen, to the Southeast Missouri State University Demonstration Farm; the Production Credit Association field office, the Delta Growers Association Coop, Swampeast Acres and the Clevenger Farm, all in Charleston, Mo.; a meeting of the Cape Girardeau Rotary Club International; the Charles Tinsley Farm; a start-up rice processing company, and an area credit union.

The Azerbaijanis also will have an opportunity to experience a slice of life in America by attending a Cape Capahas baseball game, visiting the Cape Girardeau riverfront and downtown area, enjoying an outdoor concert at the Capaha Park Band Shell in Cape Girardeau, and fishing, swimming and tubing at the Pink-Rock Shutins on the Castor River in the Ozarks.

The training program will consist of classroom lectures in the University Center; interactive panels; site visits; case studies on input supply, agricultural production and agro-industrial processing; credit presentations skills using videos; fact sheets; and journalling.

“The state of agriculture in Azerbaijan is in chaos,” said Lester Goodin, coordinator of the international development program. “Agriculture privatization has not proceeded in an orderly fashion.”

He says the purpose of the program is to introduce the group to techniques of lending money to farmers and agribusiness.”

The group’s visit will begin June 7 with presentations by federal, state and local officials who will focus on the important role that U.S. government policy plays in creating incentives and disincentives for agricultural development in a democratic system. Speaking to the group will be Eighth District U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who is a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. She will discuss the relationship between the Congress, the federal government and U.S. agriculture. Rep. Peter Myers, Missouri state representative and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s role in agricultural policy. Goodin will give an overview of the 10-day program, and Al Spradling III, mayor of Cape Girardeau, and Dr. Dale Nitzschke, president of Southeast Missouri State University, will welcome the group.

On June 8, the international visitors will learn about the development of an agricultural credit system in the United States, ethical and cultural dimensions in agricultural lending programs, and the necessary steps in establishing an appropriate credit system based on ethical and cultural factors. The group will examine agricultural lending case studies that incorporate credit scenarios, and the role of collateral and repayment.

On June 9, David Reinbott, farm management specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Service, will tell the group how to develop a business plan, marketing strategy and budgets to support a successful loan. That same day, the group will visit the Production Credit Association (PCA) field office in Charleston, where they will learn about agricultural lending practices and how PCA uses farmers’ business plans and budgets to determine loan packages.

Discussions on June 10 will center on the borrower and important methods for successful lending. Later that afternoon, the group will visit the Charles Tinsley Farm to discuss differences between short-term loans for working capital versus long-term credit for capital and land investment. Amortization of loans for equipment versus capital investments also will be covered.

On June 11, the group will learn some simple rules of thumb in evaluating loans and determining the probability of loan repayment. On June 12, the group will tour Delta Growers Association Coop in Charleston, where they will see how customer service is accomplished in their lending programs and how farm loans are processed and tracked year round. Later that afternoon, the group will visit a start-up rice processing company, where they will learn how farmers and business people started up a new agro-processing company and the issues with raising capital. They also will tour the Clevenger Farm, where participants will hear about the issue of credit in raising, processing and marketing produce and the importance of agricultural financing.

A panel discussion, focused on how lenders assess a farmer’s credit worthiness, will be at the center of events June 14. Serving on the panel will be: Ron Milbach, president, Farm Credit Services, Sikeston, Mo.; Ben Bruenderman, vice president, Citizens Bank; Paulette Spence, Farm Credit specialist, Farm Credit Services; and Earl Bullington, Board of Directors, Security Bank of Pemiscot County, Caruthersville, Mo. Later that afternoon, the group will visit a credit union.

The group’s study in Southeast Missouri will come to a close June 15, when it recaps how to prepare and present a loan application. The group will leave Cape Girardeau on June 16 for a week at Harris Stowe State College in St. Louis. On June 23, the group will depart for Kansas City for three days, before returning to Azerbaijan June 26.

The program is being funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Academy for Educational Development (AED) and has been developed and conducted by the Agriculture Management Group in cooperation with Southeast Missouri State and Harris Stowe State College.

The program is designed to accelerate the development and growth of private enterprises in Azerbaijan, where credit is a major constraint to development of the agricultural sector there. The privatization of agribusiness has increased, and the demand for agricultural credit outstrips available supply. In addition, agricultural lending channels are not well developed.

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The Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center in Malden, Mo., will host a reception June 2 to announce the endowment of the Dr. Kathi D. Clement Scholarship through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The reception is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. in the Bootheel Education Center.

Clement provided a gift of $10,000 to the Foundation to endow the scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time next fall to a student from the Missouri Bootheel with a minimum 2.5 grade point average and who demonstrates financial need.

Clement is a 1973 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor of science degree in biology. After graduation, she went on to receive her doctorate of medicine from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Clement attended Malden High School. She currently operates a private family practice in Spearfish, S.D.

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