Week of June 21, 1999



SOUTHEAST TO BREAK GROUND JUNE 25 ON OTTO AND DELLA SEABAUGH POLYTECHNIC BUILDING JACKSON STUDENT RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP TO SUPPORT STUDY ABROAD IN WALES
NEW STUDY LINKS CHILD CARE QUALITY WITH SUCCESS IN LEARNING AND SCHOOL READINESS PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM RECEIVES ACCREDITATION
1,529 STUDENTS NAMED TO DEAN’S LIST AT SOUTHEAST

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SOUTHEAST TO BREAK GROUND JUNE 25 ON OTTO AND DELLA SEABAUGH POLYTECHNIC BUILDING

Southeast Missouri State University will break ground June 25 on the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building.

Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on the University’s North Campus in an area adjacent to the Science Complex. Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan is expected to present remarks, and Dr. Kala M. Stroup, commissioner of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE), and B. Ray Henry, chairman of the CBHE, will be on hand to present greetings.

The ceremony will feature introductions and a welcome by Dr. Dale F. Nitzschke, 16th president of Southeast Missouri State University, and Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, 17th president of Southeast. Stephen Bauer, an industrial technology major, will speak on behalf of the students, and Dr. Randy Shaw, director of the Polytechnic Institute, will speak, representing the faculty. Donald L. Dickerson, president of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, will introduce the governor. Carnahan will officially recognize the Seabaughs, for whom the building is named. A reception will follow the ceremony.

The facility will house the recently formed Polytechnic Institute, which includes the University’s Department of Industrial Technology, accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology. The department currently is housed in the aging Serena Building, where it has been located since 1906. The new facility will provide space for training for industries and the latest advanced manufacturing technology for students. The building is expected to be completed in spring 2001.

The building is named for the Seabaughs of Cape Girardeau, who, last year, made provisions for a gift of more than $1 million to help fund construction of the new facility. Otto Seabaugh is a 1936 industrial education graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. His wife, Della, graduated from Southeast in 1941 with a bachelor of science in education--elementary education degree, with an English major.

In January, Carnahan released $5.6 million in state money for the new building. Remaining funds for the building will come from individuals, area industry and the University.

The architectural firm of William B. Ittner, Inc., of St. Louis designed the 60,000-square-foot building, which will be the “anchor” for the northeast part of the campus. The facility will be adjacent to the campus science quadrangle and will have command of the surrounding area with a prominent view of the Mississippi River and easy access and regress from the campus. The architectural design creates a unique appearance that exemplifies the high-tech curriculum to be offered in the building. It will be a three-story structure with labs and classrooms on the first and second floors and administrative offices on the third floor. Faculty offices will be located in one area to promote interaction among faculty.

The building will contain three networked computers labs and five classrooms complete with the latest instructional technology packages, and one interactive television classroom, funded through a $200,000 Southwestern Bell Foundation grant, to accommodate expanding outreach programs which include a 2+2 program in St. Louis. Dedicated technology labs will include automated manufacturing systems, multimedia, computer aided drafting and design, industrial power, industrial controls, computer networking, manufacturing, materials testing, and fluid power. Rockwell Automation is sponsoring the industrial controls lab with gifts of equipment valued at $150,000. The building has been designed for easy expansion.

The Manufacturing Technology Resource Center, established with assistance from AmerenUE, will be housed in the building in a 1,500-square-foot space, where students and area manufacturers will be introduced to new manufacturing and energy-efficient technologies. Another 1,500-square-foot space in the building will be developed to be leased to area industry for training, testing or research activities.

Southeast made a new Polytechnic Building a priority after the Missouri State Plan for Postsecondary Technical Education was drafted in 1996. It identified Southeast as one of only three baccalaureate institutions having an essential role in the implementation of the statewide plan. Southeast’s Department of Industrial Technology programs were recognized in the plan for their reputation of producing quality graduates, having model 2+2 articulation with area community colleges, possessing exemplary advanced manufacturing technology labs, and national accreditation. Identification in the plan led to significant new state funding for high-tech equipment for existing programs and for the development of new programs to assist Missouri’s manufacturing enterprise. The programs at Southeast have been recognized as a “Center of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Technology” by the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education.

“The new building is key to the success of Southeast’s enhanced mission, which calls for the University to have an essential role in implementing the State Plan for Postsecondary Technical Education,” Nitzschke said.

The design of the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building to be constructed at Southeast Missouri State University has received an award from American School and University, a nationally published magazine. The Citation appeared in the November 1998 issue, which spotlighted winners of the publication’s annual Architectural Portfolio. The Polytechnic Building design received the award in the “Work in Progress” category. Only three Citations were given in that category. Of the more than 176 projects profiled in the magazine, just 21 were awarded citations for exhibiting the most outstanding designs.

The citation underscores the building’s maximized used of technology.

“Having a facility designed and recognized for the kinds of high-tech education that will take place in this building is extremely positive for the Polytechnic Institute,” said Dr. Randy Shaw, director of the Polytechnic Institute.

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JACKSON STUDENT RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP TO SUPPORT STUDY ABROAD IN WALES

Robin Wiegand of Jackson, Mo., and a spring 1999 graduate of Southeast Missouri State Univ