Week of September 6, 1999




The Southeast Baroque Trio will present the opening concert of Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Music Concert Series at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 in historic Old St. Vincent's Church.

Southeast faculty members Paul Thompson, Sara Edgerton and Gary Miller will perform a program of music by J.S. Bach, Telemann and Quantz. Guest flutist Anita Miller Rieder also will perform in the concert.

"This program will emphasize music by German composers from the high Baroque period," said Edgerton, cellist of the ensemble. "It will also give the audience an opportunity to hear Baroque flutes in combination with the harpsichord and cello. We are particularly pleased to be able to present Anita Miller Rieder to the Southeast Missouri audiences. She is an outstanding flute player and a gifted interpreter of Baroque music."

The Southeast Baroque Trio is a faculty performing ensemble based at Southeast which is dedicated to the performance of chamber music from the Baroque period on musical instruments of that era. The group has appeared on numerous concert series, including performances on the Cedarhurst (Ill.) Chamber Music Series, the Illinois State University and Murray State University Guest Artist Series and the International Baroque Festival in Jackson, Miss. The group also has been accepted by the Missouri Arts Council as a member of the Missouri Arts Touring Program.

Rieder is a winner of the first National Flute Association Baroque Flute Artist Competition and was a Fulbright Scholar in London. She performs in several major orchestras and ensembles in the Chicago area and has played with the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door. They are $5 and $3 for students and senior citizens. For more information, please call the Department of Music at 651-2141.

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The Southeast Missouri State University Museum has announced extended evening and weekend hours for the fall 1999 semester.

Beginning Sept. 11, the Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

In addition, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The University Museum features changing exhibitions of art, regional history and archaeology. The Museum is free and is located in Memorial Hall. For more information or to arrange special tours, call the Museum at (573) 651-2260.

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Southeast Missouri State University is beginning the academic year with two new chairpersons and a new associate dean.

Dr. Wesley Mueller has been named chair of the Department of Agriculture, Dr. Anthony Duben is the new chair of the Department of Computer Science, and Dr. Jai Dahiya is the new associate dean of the College of Science and Technology.

Mueller most recently held the position of professor in the Crop Science Department at the California Polytechnic Institute. He holds a doctoral degree from Utah State University and has taught in the Crop Science, Computer Science and AgBusiness departments at California Polytechnic Institute for 15 years.

Mueller replaces Dr. Duane Ford who took a position as dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Duben, the new chairperson of the Department of Computer Science, previously served as associate dean of the College of Science and Technology at Southeast from 1994 until earlier this year. He received a doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1970. He joined the Department of Computer Science at Southeast in 1983.

Duben replaces Dr. Bill Weber who resigned as chair of the Department of Computer Science and who is currently continuing to serve as an associate professor of computer science at Southeast.

Dahiya, the associate dean of the College of Science and Technology, previously served as a professor of physics at Southeast. Dahiya received a doctoral degree from North Texas State University in 1980. He joined the Department of Physics at Southeast in 1984.

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The Southeast Amateur Astronomy Club will hold its first meeting of the fall semester Sept. 8 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Rhodes Hall Room 121.

Agenda items will include plans for a club star party and a viewing session for the public. All are invited.

Those interested in the club also are asked to check out the organization's web site at http://physics.semo.edu/~seaa/seaa.html.

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The Southeast Missouri Music Academy still has openings for fall semester sessions in a number of areas.

Openings remain in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, violin, voice, guitar and cello.

Some financial assistance is available. Please call (573) 651-2378 for more information.

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"Screenwriting in Hollywood: A Native-American Viewpoint" is the topic of a public lecture to be presented Sept. 21 at Southeast Missouri State University by Joseph Marshall III, a Native American educator, movie consultant and novelist.

The lecture is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. Book signing receptions are scheduled for before and after the lecture from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the University Center lobby.

Marshall was born on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, where his grandparents, who taught him the Lakota traditions, raised him. This also is where he learned the Lakota language, his first language. Marshall not only is teacher and a novelist, but also the co-founder of the Sinta Gleska University in Rosebud, S.D. His popular book, The Dance House, was released in July 1998 from Red Crane Press. Some of his other published works include Hunter-Warrior of the Plains, On Behalf of The Wolf and The First Peoples, and Winter of The Holy Iron.

Joseph Marshall first visited Southeast in October of 1998. His visit is sponsored by Journey, Southeast's student literary magazine.

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LAMBDA CHI ALPHA MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY AT SOUTHEAST -- Alumni pledge $23,000 to University Foundation as part of "Campaign for Excellence"

It was 10 years ago that Southeast Missouri State University was first introduced to the cross and crescent symbol and the purple, green, and gold colors of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

It was only a small group of men who assembled and colonized the organization, but that initiative resulted not only in the official chartering of the local chapter two years later but in an organization that today has more than 230 initiated men and remains one of Lambda Chi Alpha's strongest chapter's in North America.

Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity is one of the largest men's general fraternities with more than 200 chapters and colonies on college and university campuses throughout the United States and Canada and more than 230,000 initiated members since its founding at Boston University in 1909. The chapter at Southeast Missouri State was founded in 1989.

As the chapter at Southeast celebrates its anniversary, alumni of the organization are doing more than just reminiscing. The group has launched the "Campaign for Excellence," a fund-raising effort that will raise $30,200, create two permanent endowments with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation and provide annual programming support for the local chapter for the next four years.

"It does not surprise me to see the Lambda Chi Alpha alumni celebrating the success of their chapter during its 10th anniversary year," said Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, "and doing so in such a creative and resourceful way. The chapter received its charter the same year I came to the University, and I have been greatly impressed by the contributions this organization has made to the life of the institution," Dobbins continued.

"The 'Campaign for Excellence' provides an opportunity for Lambda Chi members to continue contributing to the success of this remarkable fraternity after their graduation, and to help future students at Southeast. We commend the organizers of this effort for their vision of continued service," he added. "The Southeast community looks forward to many more years of association with one of the nation's most outstanding fraternal organizations."

Two members of the chapter went on to serve on the administrative staff of the fraternity's headquarters, and both are now directly involved in the fund-raising efforts of the "Campaign for Excellence." Scott Crowell and Jason LeGrand both served two years as Educational Leadership Consultants and collectively made more than 250 visits to other Lambda Chi chapters on campuses across North America. LeGrand and Crowell, who was also the organization's first initiate, are serving as co-chairs of the campaign.

"Our chapter here has consistently ranked in the top 20 percent of Lambda Chi chapters across North America," said LeGrand. "We had a great beginning, and it resulted in a tradition of excellence. With this campaign we hope to encourage, recognize and reward individual members who display the characteristics that contribute to that level of excellence while we also encourage and support excellence in chapter programming and operations."

The alumni's "Excellence in Brotherhood" scholarship, one of those to be endowed through the fund-raising campaign, will provide for a semester's membership dues. The first awards were named this past spring and five members have had their membership dues paid for this fall. The goal is to create that opportunity for each and every member of the chapter. This year's recipients are Derrick Feldmann, Richard Harris, Eric Spicer, Scott Hequembourg and Andrew Kush.

"This endowment will grow annually," said Jay Goff, founding father of the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter at Southeast. Goff is now Southeast's director of admissions and helped to create the EIB scholarship. "One day every member of the chapter who achieves and maintains a minimum grade point average, who is involved with the chapter, and who is a leader on campus will be able to enjoy all the benefits of Lambda Chi Alpha without having to pay membership dues. That is the vision for this award."

The Lambda Chi Alpha House Corporation also will endow their scholarship created for incoming freshmen men and women. While designing the "Campaign for Excellence" the decision was made to name the award the "Excellence in Leadership" scholarship, said Scott Giles, who serves on the fraternity's House Corporation and helped to establish the scholarship. Giles, no stranger to leadership, served as Southeast's Student Representative to the Board of Regents and Interfraternity Council President as an undergraduate member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He now works for the Federal Reserve in St. Louis and is a member of Southeast's President's Council. That scholarship, said Giles, is set to be endowed by 2002. The recipient of this year's award was freshman Lindsey Wathen.

Missouri's Commissioner of Higher Education Kala Stroup was Southeast's University president when Lambda Chi Alpha colonized in 1989, and she presented the chapter with the University's prestigious President's Award for Fraternal Excellence in 1995.

"I have a great deal of respect for Lambda Chi Alpha as an international organization, and I know that locally this has been an organization of outstanding leadership since they were established at Southeast. The chapter has had a very positive impact on Southeast's Greek system," she said. "There are some truly outstanding alumni and undergraduate members of this group. This fund-raising effort is a way to provide the resources and establish a stable financial foundation for the undergraduate chapter for the next 10 years."

Lambda Chi Alpha remains the only men's fraternity at Southeast to have ever won the President's Award for Fraternal Excellence.

Southeast's Lambda Chi Alpha chapter has been generating "excellence in leadership" since its founding 10 years ago. The chapter has produced two student representatives to the Board of Regents, a "Man of the Year" finalist on Homecoming Court for nine of the last 10 years, student assistants in the President's Office under presidents Stroup, Atchley, and Nitzschke, two student government vice presidents and numerous student senators, nine legislative interns who served in the Missouri House of Representatives, and presidents of organizations including the Interfraternity Council, the Order of Omega National Honor Society for fraternities and sororities, the College Republicans, and the Residence Hall Association.

Lambda Chi Alpha is perhaps best known at Southeast for its annual events such as the "Hot Tub-a-thon" and "Day Glo" in the spring and "Watermelon Bust" in the fall. This year, as a part of "Watermelon Bust," Lambda Chi Alpha has teamed up with the Student Activities Council to bring the entertainer Gallagher II onto the campus Sept. 23. The event is open to all Southeast students.

In the community, the chapter is perhaps best known for its participation in and success with the organization's international philanthropy, the Lambda Chi Alpha North American Food Drive.

In the last six years this chapter has raised 47,258 pounds of food for FISH with their efforts toward the food drive, LeGrand said.

Lambda Chi Alpha is known internationally as a trendsetter in the Greek world for abolishing hazing and the traditional system of pledging in 1972. The fraternity adopted a system of "associate membership" where new members enjoy all of the rights and responsibilities of initiated members from day one. The fraternity is also well known for its stance on risk management. The organization's more than 200 subsidiaries and all of the members in those chapters are covered by insurance provided by Lloyds of London. In the late 1980s the fraternity created a very detailed event planning process that each chapter has to go through in order to have a chapter event. In 1990 Lambda Chi Alpha created a permanent office titled "risk manager" for all of its chapters.

Matt Zarlengo, director of risk management for Lambda Chi Alpha International Headquarters in Indianapolis, said that in the chapter's 10 years at Southeast, it has never been disciplined and has never been on any kind of probation.

Arguably Missouri's most famous man is also the most famous member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Harry S Truman was initiated into the Fraternity while President of the United States. The event took place on his first trip to Missouri as President in his offices in the Federal Building in Kansas City. President Truman was the second President to be initiated by a college fraternity in his term of office. The first was Grover Cleveland, who was a member of Sigma Chi.

Lambda Chi Alpha has three separate alumni organizations stemming from its local chapter at Southeast; an Alumni Advisory Board that serves in an advisory capacity to the undergraduate chapter; an Alumni Association that serves as a social organization for the alumni of the chapter, and; a House Corporation that serves as a liaison between the alumni and the university on issues including but not limited to the property in H building that the chapter occupies, as well as other business issues.

The "Campaign for Excellence" will officially begin on the organization's 10th anniversary of their colonization on the campus on September 30.

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The Department of Accounting, Finance and Business Law at Southeast Missouri State University has received a $40,000 donation of software and educational materials from Great Plains Software Inc. that will help boost the department's infusion of technology in the classroom.

An agreement has been signed with the Fargo, N.D.-based financial management software developer to join Great Plains' Education Alliance Network. The network enables colleges and universities around the world to provide Great Plains' client/server financial management software as a key component of accounting curriculums. The donation includes Dynamics software and educational materials such as instruction manuals, sample data, technical support and lesson guides.

"The Great Plains Software will bring leading-edge technology to students in the classroom and will enhance classroom activities, especially in the area of the accounting information system course," said Dr. Deborah Beard, chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Business Law.

Norman Glaus, a certified public accountant in Cape Girardeau, and Bob Bell, a staff accountant for Norman Glaus, assisted Southeast in receiving the donation. Bell will help in the installation of the Great Plains Software. Norman Glaus, CPA, is a reseller for Great Plains Software.

Great Plains Software, Inc. is a leading provider of Microsoft Windows-based client/server financial management software for the midmarket. The company's award-winning products and services automate essential accounting functions and enhance the strategic value of financial information. The company's products and services are sold and implemented exclusively by its extensive network of independent sales and support organizations throughout the world.

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