, Southeast Press Releases - Week of August 07, 2000

Week of August 07, 2000




Students from seven states have participated in cheerleading camps at Southeast Missouri State University this summer.

Three camps were held for high school students and one camp for college students in June and July. About 1,400 junior high and high school students and an additional 150 college students from Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky attended the camps. The students learned tumbling, cheers, dance, jumps and other spirit-building ideas.

This is the 24th year the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) has held cheerleading camps on the Southeast campus. NCA was founded in 1948 and has its corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas. They are featured performers at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ireland. The organization also has performances across the continental United States, Japan and Hawaii.

Southeast Missouri State University hosts some of the largest cheerleading camps in the United States.

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Southeast Missouri State University will welcome its new students to campus beginning on Aug.17 with a series of Opening Week events that will climax with the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 21.

Opening week activities will begin Aug. 17, when entering freshmen who live in the residence halls will arrive on campus for move-in day. New students and their families will check in at the Student Recreation Center, where students will get their residence hall assignments, pick up their room keys, and have the opportunity to browse through an information fair of booths set up by area businesses, organizations and the University offices.

Students can begin to move into the residence halls at 9 a.m. Aug. 17. Area organizations and churches, along with Southeast faculty, staff and students have volunteered to help new students move their belongings into the residence halls. A residence hall floor meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Freshmen students who live off campus may attend a commuter student meeting and a meal late in the afternoon.

Playfair, the ultimate icebreaker, is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Student Recreation Center. This is a high-energy, fun-filled activity in which students will be grouped together in various scenarios and will seek out and meet other new students through interactive games.

Later that evening, new students are invited to participate in First Nite, which will be held in the Student Recreation Center from 10 p.m. to midnight. First Nite is designed to introduce new students to Southeast's many student organizations. Student organizations -- from Campus Ministries to DancExpressions and Greek organizations -- have various games and activities planned, including a casino, funny photos, a mini golf course and karaoke. Prizes will be presented for event participation.

Faculty and staff have the opportunity to welcome the newest members of the Southeast community on the steps of Academic Hall at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 18. There, students will enter Academic Auditorium for the annual New Student Convocation.

The California Critical Thinking Test will be administered in various locations on campus from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 18. A half-hour lunch is scheduled afterward with Southeast 101 groups.

Following lunch, students will attend a Southeast 101 Class from noon to 1:30 p.m. After that, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., students may attend college meetings and workshops across campus. Pizza and more will be served for dinner in Towers Café

All students are invited to attend the Great Ice Cream Pig Out, a great Southeast tradition, at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Student Recreation Center. Hypnotist Jim Wand will perform in the Rec Center at the conclusion of the Pig Out.

Activities begin Aug. 19 with a First STEP program scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19. This program is for first-year students who have not attended a First STEP enrollment program.

Also on Aug. 19, two sessions will be held for new students who are receiving a Stafford or Perkins loan. Students receiving this form of financial assistance must attend one of these sessions. The Stafford Loan session is scheduled for 9 to 10 a.m. in Rose Theatre. The Perkins Loan session is scheduled for 10:30 to 11 a.m. in Rose Theatre.

Later in the day, campus tours will be conducted by student leaders at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., beginning at the Stroup Fountain. Also at 1,2 and 3 p.m. sessions, tours of Kent Library will be conducted, and E-mail and Internet training will be offered in the Towers Computer Lab.

A number of recreational activities are scheduled during the afternoon as well. Bootcamp Aerobics will be held at the Student Recreation Center from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Students interested in caves can meet at Rhodes Hall for Cave Explorations slated from 1 to 5 p.m.

Dinner will be served at Towers Café with the theme being "Southwestern Flair." Campus Ministries services will be held throughout the morning on Aug. 20.

Beginning at 4 p.m. that afternoon, the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and Chartwells are teaming up to sponsor the annual Welcome Back Picnic, which will be held at Capaha Park near the lagoon. The annual picnic offers food, fun and lots of activities for students, faculty and staff.

Classes will begin for the fall semester at 8 a.m. on Aug. 21. Welcome tents will be set up around campus to provide directions, encouragement and refreshments for new students.

For more information on Opening Week activities, call Dr. Karen Myers, director of New Student Programs, or Suzanne Vaughan, coordinator of Orientation Programs, at (573) 651-5166.

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"Can't Get No Satisfaction" is the theme for the fall Common Hour Program at Southeast Missouri State University The theme focuses on the ramifications of numerous substances, behaviors and activities that can pose risks to individuals and to society. The fall semester Common Hour series on "Addiction and Personal Responsibility" will kick off Sept. 6 with guest speaker Dr. Gregory Jantz, who will present "Coming Apart at the Seams." Jantz, a counseling psychologist, is the founder and executive director of the Center for Health Resources, Inc., an author and a radio talk show host. The biological and psychological aspects of addictions are briefly outlined, with emphasis on understanding the self-fulfilling cycle of the addictive personality. Using food addiction as an example, Jantz reviews a holistic approach of treatment and recovery. The presentation will be held from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Academic Auditorium. Patricia Soileau, branch manager of the Cape Girardeau Consumer Credit Counseling agency, will present "Show Me the Money" Sept 20 in the University Center Ballroom from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Financial devastation may possibly signal a deeper issue than poor money management. Soileau will reveal national statistics indicating the economic impact of Americans' addictions. Issues facing those who are rebuilding their financial stability and the process of consumer credit counseling will be explored.

On Oct. 4, Jay Parker and Hilarie Cash will make a presentation in Academic Auditorium on "Internet Addictions." A presentation on positive addictions will be held Oct. 18. Carolyn Cornelison will speak about substance addictions Nov. 1 in Academic Auditorium. Risky Behaviors and Process Addictions will be the topic of the Common Hour scheduled for Nov. 15. "Addictions in the Professions" will be the topic of the Common Hour scheduled for Nov. 29 The final Common Hour of the semester will be held on Dec. 6.

Common Hour is held every Wednesday during the noon hour, when no classes are scheduled. The program provides students, faculty and staff the opportunity to develop a sense of community by participating in a variety of intellectually stimulating, socially relevant activities related to a common theme throughout the semester.

These activities provide a mechanism in which members of the campus community can explore, in some depth, issues of relevance to the individual, the institution and the larger society, in ways that not only help participants develop critical thinking skills but also help them better understand their connection to others on campus,

An All-Campus program will be held the first Wednesday of each month in Academic Auditorium. Two Common Hours are set aside each month for clubs and groups to meet. These dates are Sept 13 and 27, Oct. 11 and 25, Nov. 8 and 22 and Dec.13.

Concurrent theme-related Common Hour programs are scheduled for the third and fifth Wednesday of the month. These dates are Sept. 20, Oct. 18, and Nov. 15 and 29.

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Kim Groves, market communication specialist with Saint Francis Medical Center, has been named director of alumni services at Southeast Missouri State University.

"Kim is a Southeast graduate who has extensive marketing and communications experience," said Wayne Davenport, vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. "Kim demonstrates extraordinary creativity which will be a terrific asset to Alumni Services at Southeast."

Groves graduated from Southeast in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in public relations.

In her position at Saint Francis Medical Center, Groves has coordinated special events, designed and placed advertisements and written communications for internal and external audiences.

"It will be a privilege to serve as director of alumni services," Groves said. "I have a genuine loyalty to the university and the community."

Groves says her biggest challenge will be in building on the legacy of Southeast Alumni Services.

"I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Jane Stacy and Anita Eby," she said.

Groves' first order of business will be to become involved with planning the many activities and

events associated with Homecoming 2000.

Groves says her broader goals focus on further expansion of the Southeast alumni program and additional development of activities and involvement with fellow alumni.

"I will investigate the logistics of implementing a local alumni chapter or at least strive to get more of our local alumni involved with University activities," she said. "I look forward to the diversity of responsibility."

Groves served as a group planner for the City of Cape Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1994 to 1996. Her responsibilities included soliciting convention planners, meeting facilitators and group tour operators, planning itineraries, scheduling activities and coordinating events.

Groves also served as an account executive with Targeted Publications and as a freelance writer with the Southeast Missourian from 1993-1994. Prior to this position, she was employed by JC Penney for 15 years.

Groves has received a community service award for her volunteer commitments to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross and Area Wide United Way, March of Dimes and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She has served in various capacities with Saint Francis Medical Center's Womancare Center.

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The repertoire of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy will be expanded this fall, to include the addition of both a Suzuki string program and guitar classes.

The guitar class will be offered over a 10-week period and will introduce students, grades eight to 12, to the basic elements of playing a guitar, using classical guitar techniques as a foundation. Students will learn how to hold the guitar, right and left hand positions, and how to play melodies and accompaniments using fingerpicking techniques of rest stroke and free stroke. Students will learn how to read music. At the conclusion of the class, students will be able to continue guitar studies in private lessons or in a level two class.

Class size is limited to 12. There are no prerequisites, but students must provide an appropriate-sized classical nylon string guitar in playing condition and a guitar footstool. The instructor can offer advice on a proper guitar. Students will not be able to use steel-string or dreadnought-style guitars. Classes meet on Monday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Brandt Music Hall Room 205, beginning Sept. 18. The deadline for registration is Sept. 8.

The Suzuki string program is currently under development. Details about this new program will be available soon. For information about this newly added course, contact Rebecca Fulgham, director of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy, at (573) 651-2378.

The Academy, this fall, will continue to offer opportunities for area residents of all ages and interests in a number of areas. Classes to be offered include piano classes for adults; lessons for students on band and orchestral instruments; instruction on organ, piano, guitar, voice and folk harp; and early childhood music classes for four-, five- and six-year-olds. The deadline for fall sessions is Aug. 16 Partial tuition scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students.

Back by popular demand will be the adult piano class designed for beginners and those wishing to brush up on skills learned as a child. Classes will be taught by Dr. John Shelton and Patryce King. Classes begin Sept. 18 and 19. The deadline is Sept. 8.

Music Movement and More, a class designed for pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten age students, will be offered again this year. The instructor for this course will be Kelley Pujol.

Private lessons and musicianship classes begin Aug. 28. Students in grades one to 12 who enroll for private lessons also will be placed in a group Musicianship Class, according to age and ability. Classes provide students with knowledge of the basic tools of music. Skills taught include basic music theory, ear-training, sight singing, composition, and the study of various composers and their music.

The Academy is dedicated to enriching the lives of students by stimulating a lifelong appreciation of music. The Academy also guides the development of basic musical and performing skills.

The Southeast Missouri Music Academy is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. For more information on fall classes offered through the Southeast Missouri Music Academy or to register, call Fulgham at (573) 651-2378.

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