Week of November 22, 1999




The Southeast Chamber Players will open their 1999-2000 concert season Dec. 5 with a public concert in Old St. Vincent' s Church.

The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The ensemble, which was formed in 1990, is comprised of Southeast faculty and students as well as area music teachers and has distinguished itself not only with local performances and school workshops but also with a performance for the Missouri Music Educators Association at Tan-Tar-A.

The Dec. 5 program will open with a transcription for 10 winds of one of Franz Joseph Haydn's most popular symphonies, the "Oxford Symphony." Such transcriptions were not only common during the 18th Century but were often, as was the case with this transcription, approved by the composers themselves. The second selection on the program will be Ludwig van Beethoven's "Rondino" for pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns and bassoons. Even though this is one of Beethoven's lesser known works, it is a prime example of the work of a mature and experienced composer.

In 1986, the Spanish composer, Salvador Brotons, composed a chamber symphony for 13 wind instruments and percussion, of which the Southeast Chamber Players will perform all four movements. The work contains a great variety of instrumental colors and was no doubt conceived with mature virtuoso performers in mind. The final piece on the program, a transcription for 11 instruments of Rossini's Overture to the opera "William Tell," is guaranteed to please all in attendance.

Due to the generous sponsorship of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council, the Southeast Missourian and the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University, the concert is free to the public.

The Southeast Chamber Players will repeat this performance for the elementary students from Franklin, May Greene and Washington Schools in Cape Girardeau at 12:55 p.m. Dec. 6 in Academic Auditorium. The Goals 2000:Fine Arts Grant sponsors this concert/clinic.

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Presentation to coincide with World AIDS Day

A nationally recognized authority, Dr. Richard Keeling, director of University Health Services and professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be the Common Hour speaker Dec. 1 at Southeast Missouri State University as the campus observes World AIDS Day.

Keeling's presentation is titled "Not Your Usual AIDS Talk: What HIV - and Health - Really Mean on Campus." The presentation is scheduled for 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Academic Auditorium and is the culmination of the University's fall semester Common Hour theme, "Beyond the Red Ribbon: The Societal Impact of HIV/AIDS."

"We are fortunate to be able to bring to our campus a scholar like Dr. Keeling, who is able to speak authoritatively on aspects of contemporary culture which have enormous significance to our student population," said Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University.

Keeling is executive editor of the Journal of American College Health and is past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the American College health Association, the Foundation for Health in Higher Education, and the International Society for AIDS Education. He is a member of the National Committee for Higher Education and the Health of Youth.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Keeling directs a complex, comprehensive health program that incorporates traditional medical and nursing services, multidisciplinary counseling and consultation services, extensive prevention programs (health promotion, community health and environmental health), a major student health insurance plan, and the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources.

Keeling has served since 1985 as chair of the American College Health Association's Task Force on HIV Disease, and has been principal investigator, project director or primary consultant for several cooperative agreements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for surveillance, monitoring, prevention and intervention in HIV disease among college and university students, and for pre-service preparation in HIV prevention for students in colleges of teacher education.

Through Richard P. Keeling & Associates/Health Advocates, Keeling consults with institutions of higher education, consortia of colleges and universities, public and independent schools, non-profit organizations, corporations and government agencies concerning the critical issues of health, health behaviors, self-esteem and community, especially in regard to adolescents and young adults. He is the author of numerous books, chapters, articles, abstracts, editorials and videotapes concerning health issues, including "HIV/AIDS in the Academy: Engagement and Learning in a Context of Change." The paper appears in the National Association of Student

Keeling received his bachelor's degree in English, with highest honors, from the University of Virginia, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His medical degree is from Tufts University School of Medicine. He has received honorary doctoral degrees in science from Wilkes University and College Misericordia. In 1996, he was named Health Educator of the Year by the Association for the Advancement of Health Education.

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Southeast Missouri State University became the site of a National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA) Educator Resource Center (ERC) today that will provide expertise and educational materials in science, math and technology for teachers and students throughout Missouri.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today during which Missouri Secretary of State Rebecca Cook and Jim Pruitt, manager of education programs with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, and C.J. Varnon, state science coordinator with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, participated. Presenting remarks were Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, and Donald Dickerson, president of the University's Board of Regents, and Dr. Ernest Kern, director of the Linda M. Godwin Center for Science and Mathematics Education and the NASA Educator Resource Center at Southeast. Also on hand for the occasion were John Lowerison, NASA Aerospace Education specialist, and Barbara Long, education program specialist with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. The ceremony attracted local, state and national officials, area students, educators and University personnel who helped mark the opening of the facility.

Those participating had a chance to view a space shuttle model provided by NASA, which was on display outside the ERC. The model, which included not only the shuttle, but also its rocket boosters and external fuel tanks, stood 16 feet high and was a major highlight of the ceremony.

The ERC will operate under the auspices of the Linda M. Godwin Center for Science and Mathematics Education and will share space with the University's Math Resource Center at 222 N. Pacific.

"We are delighted that the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center has selected Southeast Missouri State as its Missouri site for an Educator Resource Center," Dobbins said. "This Center will go a long way towards advancing science and mathematics education in the state. We look forward to operating a dynamic Educator Resource Center at Southeast and look forward to a long and successful collaboration with NASA in our common effort to enhance both the teaching and learning of science and mathematics."

The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center awarded the ERC to Southeast through a competitive application process. The new NASA facility will be the only ERC in Missouri. Southeast's successful effort to bring the NASA ERC to Cape Girardeau was headed by Kern and Dr. Sharon Coleman, assistant director.

"They (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center) saw Southeast as being a leader in teacher in-service education, exemplified by the fact that Southeast is a two-time winner of the Christa McAuliffe Showcase for Excellence Award," said Kern. "They like the idea that the NASA Educator Resource Center at Southeast will work directly with teachers and students, that we will develop training programs and other educational activities for them, and that we will go out into area schools."

Kern said the Godwin Center at Southeast is already extremely active, especially in terms of K-12 teacher inservice programs and K-12 student activities.

"Our philosophy that active, dynamic efforts have a far greater and longer-lasting impact than passive endeavors will carry over to the operation of the NASA ERC," he said. "The ERC at Southeast will be much more than just a repository of materials."

In addition to that function, the ERC will offer a variety of instructional and interactive teacher and student programs and activities, both at the ERC itself and on-site in the schools.

"We also plan the wide-scale use of web-based technology to make the ERC and its offerings available to the maximum number of people possible," Kern said.

The ERC is designed to serve K-12 teachers throughout Missouri who will be able to access NASA educational resources and teacher training workshops. Materials available at the ERC will help K-12 educators teach their students about aerospace sciences and other sciences. Use of the ERC is not restricted to just K-12 teachers however.

"While the primary users of the ERC will likely be K-12 educators in public, private, parochial, and home schools, it is important for people to know that our ERC will be open to everyone, including students at all levels, university personnel, and the general public," Kern said. "Indeed, we anticipate that many of the visitors to our ERC and its web site will be noneducators consisting of people who are simply curious about planet Earth, about the universe through which Earth speeds on its incredible voyage, and about man's efforts to explore that universe and the worlds within it."

Barbara Long, education programs specialist with the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, said, "We applaud your achievements and recognize the common goals of your university and NASA in providing the expertise and facilities to help educators access and utilize science, mathematics, and technology in the classrooms across your state. We look forward to working with you in establishing and maintaining your ERC."

Kern said teachers and other ERC users may access items such as videotapes, CDs, audiocassette programs, computer software, NASA educational publications, lithographs, postcards, bookmarks, posters, slides, curriculum supplemental materials, reference books, telelecture programs, lesson plans and activities, and lists of publications from government and nongovernment sources.

"And our inventory will expand as NASA continues to supply the ERC with new materials," Kern added.

The ERC also plans to create a web site, so that many of the materials available at the facility can be viewed or listed on-line.

"Our ERC is to serve the entire state, and this type of access is especially critical for people outside the southeast Missouri region," Kern said. "Due to distance, those people cannot simply stop by the ERC and review the materials in person." Kern also indicated that a toll-free 800-number will soon be established for the ERC as another means of better serving Missouri educators and the general public. "That number will be made public as soon as it is set up," Kern said.

Kern says that most of the materials available at the ERC will be free of charge. However, in the case of media such as audiocassettes, videotapes and computer programs, teachers and other users must supply their own blank cassettes or disks. Those who place orders for materials by mail will be asked to cover handling costs. The ERC will be open to the public with hours conducive to teachers' schedules, such as late afternoons and weekends, he said. Operating hours will be announced at a later date. Southeast Missouri State University had ties with NASA even before it was awarded the Educator Resource Center. Dr. Linda Godwin, a NASA astronaut and veteran of three space flights, is a graduate of Southeast. It was in her honor that the Godwin Center for Science and Mathematics Education was so named.

"We are thrilled that the NASA Educator Resource Center for Missouri will be located at Dr. Godwin's alma mater and that it will be administered by the center that bears her name," Kern said. "It is very fitting and appropriate."

NASA's ERC network has been established to disseminate information generated by NASA programs, technologies, and discoveries. NASA educational materials available at the ERCs are related to art, mathematics, energy, physics, space flight, aeronautics, technology utilization, physical science and social science careers. These materials supplement regular instructional resources. A primary goal of NASA is to establish at least one Regional Educator Resource Center (RERC) in each of the 50 states.

For more information about the NASA Educator Resource Center at Southeast Missouri State University, call the Godwin Center at (573) 651-2516.

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The River Campus Board of Managers is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 22 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The meeting will be held in Robert A. Dempster Hall Room 102.

City representatives on the Board are Ruth Knote, Dennis Vollink and Jerry Ford. University representatives are Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management; Thomas Swayne Byrd, architect from Charleston, Mo.; and Jerrianne Wyman, Southeast alumna and member of the Old Town Cape Committee.

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Degrees will be conferred on 491 graduates during commencement exercises scheduled for Dec. 11 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Aubrey Lucas, president emeritus of the University of Southern Mississippi, will present the commencement address during exercises scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Degrees will be conferred on 446 undergraduates and 45 graduate students.

Leading the class of undergraduates are four students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. They are: Amy Laut of Fredericktown, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in education degree; Stephanie Slaten of Cape Girardeau who will receive a bachelor of science degree in mass communication; Matthew Wavada of Spokane, Wash., who will receive a bachelor of science degree in applied computer science; and Charlotte Zimmermann of De Soto, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree in biology.

Also among the graduating class is Margret Montgomery of Washington, Mo., who will be recognized as an honors scholar. To be recognized as an honors scholar, students must complete 24 hours of honors coursework, six of which are at the senior level, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25. Honors scholars also must complete a senior research project.

Other students to be recognized include Cathryn Criddle of Jackson, Mo., who will be recognized for academic distinction in the Department of Psychology. Students who graduate with "Academic Distinction in the Department of Major" complete a special project in conjunction with a faculty committee, department chair and dean. Students carry out the project after they complete at least 75 credit hours of course work with a minimum 3.25 grade point average in their major department and a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.

In addition, 24 members of Phi Kappa Phi will be recognized during commencement exercises. Phi Kappa Phi is an international honor society for academic distinction that brings together individuals from a variety of disciplines. The charter is only extended to colleges and universities meeting that society's rigorous standards. The society is open to men and women in all academic fields who have demonstrated excellence of scholarship and integrity of character. Graduating seniors who rank in the upper 10 percent of their class and have a grade point average of at least 3.75 on a four-point scale; juniors who rank in the upper five percent of their class and have at least a 3.85 grade point average; and graduate students who are near graduation, have a grade point average of at least 3.9 and have an outstanding record are eligible for consideration.

Eighteen students will graduate summa cum laude, 25 will graduate magna cum laude and 40 will graduate cum laude. The required undergraduate grade point average for graduating cum laude is 3.5 to 3.74, for magna cum laude is 3.75 to 3.89 and for summa cum laude is 3.9 to 4.0. Graduate students participating in the Honors Convocation must have achieved at least a 3.9 grade point average.

An Honors Convocation is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Academic Auditorium, during which 83 undergraduates and 32 graduates students will be honored. Dr. Keith Russell, Southeast professor of accounting, finance and business law, will present the Honors Convocation address.

Dr. Aubrey Lucas, president emeritus of the University of Southern Mississippi, will present the commencement address. Lucas, who served as president of the University of Southern Mississippi for more than 21 years, currently is a professor of higher education at the University of Southern Mississippi and lives in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Lucas earned a doctoral degree with an emphasis in the administration of higher education from Florida State University. He holds a master's degree with an emphasis in psychology and reading, and a bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in education and history, both from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Lucas served as president of Delta State University from 1971 to 1975. He held numerous titles at the University of Southern Mississippi over the years, including assistant director of the Reading Clinic; director of admissions and associate professor of education; registrar and associate professor of educational administration; and dean of the graduate school, coordinator of research and professor of higher education. In addition, he has served as an instructor at Hinds Junior College and research assistant in the Computer Center and Office of Institutional Research and Service at Florida State University.

Lucas has served as a member of the Public Education Forum of Mississippi and of the Southern University Conference Executive Committee. He has chaired the Presidents' Council of the Metro Athletic Conference and has served on the Air University Board of Visitors. He is a past member of the Board of Directors and was a member of the Subcommittee on Board Structure of the American Council on Education. He was a member of the Board of Directors and of the Committee on Policies and Purposes, both of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and of the Faculty Representatives Committee of the college Football Association. Lucas served on the Commission on National Development in Post-Secondary Education and on the Board of Directors of Phi Theta Kappa. he is a former member of the Mississippi Education Association and a member of the American Association for Higher Education.

Lucas served as president of the Gulf South Conference during the 1972-1973 year and is a former member of the State Commission on Post-Secondary Education. He served for 12 years as the Mississippi representative to the Southern Regional Education Board and was on its Executive Committee and was president of the Mississippi Association of Colleges.

Lucas is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Pi Kappa Pi scholastic society, Pi Gamma Mu honor society in social science, Pi Tau Chi honor society in religion, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa honor societies in education, Red Red Rose honor society of administrators in public education, Newcomen Society of North America, Kappa Pi honor society of art, Pi Kappa Delta honor society in debate, Phi Theta Kappa honorary member, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia honor society in music, Golden Key National Honor Society and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Lucas has been involved in various civic and business activities throughout his career. He served as chairman of the Mississippi Economic Council, the Lauren Rogers Museum Council and the Mississippi Arts Council. He also served as president of the Forrest-Lamar United Way Board of Directors and as Mississippi Crusade chairman with the American Cancer Society. He also has served of the boards of directors of the Pine Belt Area Boy Scouts, the Bank of Mississippi and the Mississippi Power Company. In addition, Lucas has been active in numerous church functions.

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