, Southeast Press Releases - Week of August 21, 2000

Week of August 21, 2000




On September 16, 2000, Success By 6 and Child Care Resource and Referral at Southeast Missouri State University will host an Early Childhood Brain Development Seminar: "Preparing Children Today for A Better Tomorrow" Sept. 16 on the Southeast campus.

This seminar is a personal and professional development opportunity for parents and individuals working directly in early education of young children.

The seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Robert A. Dempster Hall. Seminar presenter, Dr. Pam Schiller, is a freelance early childhood author and consultant. She is also the National Early Childhood Consultant for SRA/McGraw-Hill and is the past president of the Southern Early Childhood Association and Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Schiller has been a childcare administrator for several years and also has also taught in the public schools as a kindergarten teacher. This seminar is based on her latest publication, Start Smart: Building Brain Power in the Early Years.

Janice Jones, Success By 6 chairperson, has heard Schiller speak and says she feels parents, childcare providers, professionals and community members will all benefit from her presentation.

"Dr. Pam Schiller has the unique ability to take complex issues regarding brain stimulation to a level persons of all backgrounds and educational levels can understand," Jones said. " Her presentations are very interactive and will give you insight on how to positively interact with your child to stimulate your child's learning ability."

"There have been so many new and exciting developments in the study of children and their brain development that we are very fortunate to have someone of this caliber speak to us about what has been learned and how we can apply these findings to our everyday interactions with children," said Kristen Foltz-Schlegel, training coordinator for Child Care Resource and Referral.

Success By 6 is an early childhood initiative coordinated by the Area Wide United Way that focuses on ensuring all children enter school ready to succeed at their optimum potential. Currently, Success By 6 in this community is focusing on parent education, especially on recent brain research. Child Care Resource and Referral is part of the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network. This agency can assist families in finding child care, provide families and child care professionals with services for children with special needs, and provide training and technical assistance opportunities for child care professionals. Child Care Resource and Referral serves 20 counties of southeast Missouri.

Registration fee for the seminar is $10 per person and forms are due by Sept. 1. Due to limited seating, after Sept. 1, the fee will be $12 per person. Late and on-site registration will be available only if space permits. A limited number of parent scholarships are available. For more information or to obtain a registration form contact: Kristen Foltz-Schlegel at Child Care Resource & Referral, Southeast Missouri State University (573) 290-5595 or (800) 811-1127; Janice Jones, Success By 6, Educare, (573) 651-9171; or Kathy Denton, Success By 6, Area Wide United Way, (573) 334-9634.

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Work is scheduled to begin on Monday to convert the tennis courts along Henderson Street on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University into a parking lot.

Drivers and pedestrians are urged to use caution as large equipment and trucks are expected to move in and out of the area.

Vince Kelley, secretary-treasurer of Nip Kelley Equipment Co., which is serving as contractor for the work, says the project will involve demolition of the tennis courts before filling in the area with dirt and paving the new lot.

"We will try to keep any disruptions as minimal as possible," Kelley said. "Just keep in mind that we will be working, and be cautious."

The project is expected to take 90 days with completion slated for mid-November.

Tom Hadler, project manager for Facilities Management at the University, said the sidewalk from Woodlawn that runs along the east side of the tennis courts will be blocked off during the construction. Parker Physical Education Building will be accessible from the south and east sides.

The new parking lot initially will contain 90 spaces. Additional spaces will become available when the SEMO Regional Crime Law is relocated to Ellis Street. The lot will be designated as a commuter lot with a few spaces for residents of Cheney Hall.

The tennis courts are being relocated to the intramural area at Bertling and Sprigg. The new tennis courts are expected to be completed very soon.

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An exhibition of digital art works are on display in Memorial Hall at Southeast Missouri State University.

The 36 works of computer art have been on display in the Museum Lobby since Aug. 7 and will remain up through September. They were created under the supervision of Louise Bodenheimer, associate professor of art, in the Third Annual Department of Art's AW 845 Computer Art summer workshop held July 11 to Aug. 4.

During the four-week course, each student created well over 22 unique digital images. These originated from scanned photographs, original drawings and artwork created "from scratch" on the computer, all being manipulated electronically. The results of the creative ideas were finalized on Macintosh computers, with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop graphics software programs, most importantly, with an artistic eye.

For information on the workshop, call the Southeast Department of Art at (573) 651-2143 or Louise Bodenheimer at (573) 651-2661.

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The Jugendblasorchester (JBO) Youth Wind Orchestra of the Lübeck (Germany) School of Music will appear in concert Aug. 30 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Academic Auditorium. The Jugendblasorchester was founded 1980 by Manfred Amrein, a professional trumpeter at the Lübeck opera. Since Amrein resigned at the end of 1990, the orchestra is under the direction of Gerhard Torlitz, a professional flautist and teacher at the Lübeck School of Music.

In addition to the Wind Orchestra, the Jugendblasorchester features a "Big Band," which is under the direction of Peter Berend, who also is the financial manager of the JBO. The "Big Band" will perform in concert at noon Aug. 30 in the University Center.

The Jugendblasorchester appears in Cape Girardeau through the efforts of Dr. Sterling

Cossaboom, professor of music and director of Advanced Placement Teacher Development, and with the support of Barry Bernhardt, director of bands, Dr. Gary Miller, chair of the Department of Music, Dr. Dieter Jedan, chair of the Department of Foreign Language, the German Culture

Society of Cape Girardeau, the Intensive English Program, INDASIA, Henning and Brigitte Bollerslev proprietors, and the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri.

During its visit at the University, members of the JBO will perform with the University Jazz Ensemble and observe a rehearsal of the Golden Eagles Marching Band. Bernhardt and Cossaboom will work with the JBO in rehearsal.

Families from the Cape Girardeau Community have opened their homes to the JBO, which has a total playing membership of about 50 young musicians. The members are all students, from ages 12 to 24, some from various high schools in Lübeck and others studying at area colleges. The JBO's repertoire includes traditional German and American band music as well as pieces from musicals and operettas, Dixieland, German and international pop music and arrangements of classical pieces for wind orchestra. Members come together once a week and rehearse for a total of 1 and a half hours.

The JBO has an envious record of international touring having appeared in Leeds, England, in 1987 with the City of Leeds Youth Concert Band and in 1992, 1995 and 1999 with bands in York, Leeds, Oxford and London; in the United States in 1989, 1994 and 1997 with the International Police Association in Chicago, and bands in Elkhart, Ind., Schoolcraft and Traverse City, Mich., Chicago, Niagara Falls, N.Y., Madison, Wis., Springfield, Ill., and Concordia, Mo.; and in Belgium and Luxembourg in 1991. The concerts are free and open to the public.

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The College of Liberal Arts at Southeast Missouri State University will sponsor a Bach Festival 2000 throughout the fall semester to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Dr. Sara Edgerton, director of the University's orchestra and coordinator of the festival, says the festival will highlight music, art and dance from Bach's era and will be one of many events planned around the world to celebrate one of music's most creative and profound geniuses.

"Bach composed music that transcends time and space and communicates to all people," she said.

Edgerton said the festival is a spinoff of the Haydn Festival sponsored by the Department of Music a few years ago. She says the Bach festival is a collaborative effort of the music and art departments and Southeast's dance program. She says the festival will showcase the diversity of Bach's music, which is instrumental, sacred and vocal and has strong ties to art and dance.

"It's very, very rewarding for us to put something together like this," she said. "The music is so great, and we have people here on campus who have specialized in Bach for a long time."

Dr. Gary Miller, Southeast professor of music and organ and chair of the Department of Music, is instrumental in the Bach Festival as well. He is an expert on Bach and has visited many of the churches where Bach once performed, Edgerton said.

The festival begins on Sept. 10 with "Ronald Francois: Violin Music of Bach and His Contemporaries." Francois, Southeast assistant professor of music, will perform at 3 p.m. in Old St. Vincent's Church in Cape Girardeau. Francois will perform music by Bach, Quantz, and other German Baroque masters. He will be assisted by Dr. Gary and Mary Miller, harpsichord; Steve Nelson, oboe; and Edgerton, cello.

The Southeast Baroque Trio will be joined on Sept. 19 by violinist Lorraine Glass-Harris of the St. Louis Symphony for a program of music by Bach, Telemann and Johann Westhoff. They will perform at 8 p.m. in Old St. Vincent's Church, where those who attend will have the opportunity to hear the music of Bach performed on historical instruments from Bach's time.

Janice LaPointe-Crump, professor of dance at Texas Women's University, will present a public lecture demonstration on Baroque Dance Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in Parker Dance Studio. Baroque Dance shaped the rhythms and inflections of much of Bach's music. Additional Baroque dance events are scheduled during a residency planned by Crump at Southeast for Sept. 20-22. For more information on the residency, contact the Programs in Dance at (573) 651-5157.

"Inspirations from the Baroque for Modern Performers" will be presented Oct. 4 at noon in Brandt Room 205. Edgerton will present a lecture recital on the performances of music by Bach and other Baroque composers. Drawing on original source material, this presentation will illustrate such issues as rhetoric, emotion and articulation in performance. The event is free.

"The Organ Music of J. S. Bach: a Spiritual Life Portrayed in Music and Art" will be presented Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church. Dr. Gary Miller will perform an organ recital of works from Bach's Orgelbuchlein with slides of religious art from the period. He will be assisted by Dr. Bill Needle, professor emeritus of the Department of Art.

Southeast students will present music by Bach and his contemporaries during a free concert on Oct. 25 at noon in the Lutheran Chapel on campus.

On Nov. 19, the festival will continue with three glorious concertos by Bach and Vivaldi, along with a performance of Bach's "Erwunschtes Freudenlicht." This concert will feature violin soloists Liesl Schoenberger of Notre Dame High School, and Francois; cello soloists Edgerton and Kirk Miller, an alumnus of Cape Central High School; and harpsichord soloists Dr. Gary and Mary Miller. Vocal soloists for the cantata will be Lori Schaffer, Leslie Jones and Dr. Christopher Goeke. This event will be presented at 7 p.m. in Old St. Vincent's Church.

The festival will come to a close on Nov. 28 with a performance of Bach's "Mafnificat." This joint performance of one of Bach's choral masterpieces will be presented by the University Symphony Orchestra, University Choir and Choral Union. Also on the program will be Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3. The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Academic Auditorium.

Tickets for each performance will be available at the door and will be $5 and $3 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free with a valid University I.D. Tickets for the Baroque Dance concert on Sept. 22 will be $5 for general admission and $2 for students with an I.D.

Additional Bach Festival events are planned for the fall semester. For more information about the events, contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.

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Students will be able to enjoy an enhanced menu and an "all-you-can-eat" facility when the newly renovated Towers Cafeteria opens next week on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting is planned for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 21 in the Towers Café, which has been reconfigured to resemble a modern food court. Grand opening festivities will continue throughout the week with various themes celebrated each day and prizes being awarded.

Since Chartwells arrival at Southeast a year ago, students, faculty and staff have been enjoying expanded food choices, continuous dining options and a fresh look in campus dining. In addition to the new look in Towers Café, the newly renovated Café Court opened in January in the University Center, and Geronimo's, in the Towers Complex, has been reconfigured as well.

"We now have the benchmark dining program in the Midwest," said Loren Rullman, director of Student Auxiliary Services.

Rullman says $1.5 million has been invested in enhancing dining services and spaces at Southeast during the past year and a half. He says Southeast is now prepared to be a "Center of Excellence" for Chartwells as well a culinary "show" account and a launch and test site for new products for the company.

Chartwells, which has served as Southeast's dining services contractor for more than a year, provides quality dining services to more than 200 colleges and university clients and more than 270 K-12 clients.

The company has been instrumental in the various dining services enhancements at Southeast, including the new look at Towers Café. Space in the center of the renovated facility has been opened up by removing a dish return area and moving it to the east side of the facility. All new surfaces and equipment have been installed, and the west side of the food area has been opened up as well to create a brighter, more vibrant space.

In Towers Café, students may enter the new food court to enjoy a variety of dining concepts, including "Menutainment," which offers cooked to order menu items. Home cooking options, such as casseroles and carved meat are available at "Market Carvery," and "Sandwich Central" is home to a restaurant-style deli. Students also have the option of choosing soup and salad bar at the "Garden Emporium" and morning baked goods at "Morning Editions." Another feature at Towers Café is "Trattoria" Italian-style pasta and pizza, "The Fresh Grille," which offers traditional burgers, hot sandwiches and entrees, grilled to order; and a dessert bar called "Double Treat Bakery."

The grand opening ceremonies Aug. 21 in the Towers Café will feature a number of participants, including Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, president of Southeast; Jim Settle, director of Residence Life; Ivan Key, regional vice president of Chartwells; and John Ruppert, district manager of Chartwells. Highlighting the occasion will be performances by the Golden Eagles Marching Band and the Southeast Sundancers.

Following the ribbon cutting on Aug. 21, lunch will be served in a festive atmosphere marked with balloons and party favors throughout the noon hour.

A carnival theme is planned for dinner on Aug. 21, when corndogs and tator tots will be served. Popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy will be available as well to enhance the carnival dining experience. Two "Kiss" concert tickets for a performance at Southern Illinois University will be given to the winner of a hot wings eating contest, which will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. A mountain bike will be awarded to the winner of a karaoke contest, which will be held from 7 to 8 p.m.

The theme of the Aug. 22 lunch will be "Medieval," and will feature a harpist playing during mealtime and decorations reflecting the medieval theme. The menu will consist of turkey drumsticks, corn in husks and large chunky vegetables.

"Fine dining" will be the theme for the Aug. 22 dinner, as strolling violinists will play, and roses will be given to the first 200 ladies. A premium dinner will be prepared along will flaming deserts.

The Aug. 23 lunch theme will be "Mardi Gras." A jazz band will play during lunch, and a Cajun menu and king cakes will be served.

"Death by Chocolate" will be the theme of the dinner served on Aug. 23. A regular dinner menu will be available as well as a dessert buffet. Students will have the opportunity to win a trip for two to the Caribbean during Christmas break when they play a millionaire game show featuring Southeast Missouri State University history questions. The runner-up will win a mountain bike.

Prizes for the week-long celebration have been donated by Kelloggs, Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Pillsbury, Minute Maid, Nestles and Hormel. All participants in the contests will receive merchandise.

General contractor for the project was Jackson and Jackson Construction of San Marcos, Texas. Subcontractors for the project were Langford Mechanical, Drury Construction, Aschinger Electric, Cape Paint & Glass, and Slinkard Painting.

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Southeast Missouri State University has named 468 students to its Dean's List for academic achievement during the summer 2000 semester.

Students named to the list earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and completed at least six degree credit hours during the summer session.

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