Week of December 11, 2000




The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider relocating the Wehking Alumni Center when the Board meets at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the University Center Ballroom.

The proposal before the Regents will call for constructing a building southeast of Wildwood to accommodate the offices of the vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, Alumni Services and the University Foundation. The two-story structure would contain about 7,000 square feet and would be tied in with Wildwood by a landscaped courtyard area. The offices to be relocated currently are housed in the Wehking Alumni Center, just off of Sprigg Street, in front of the Show Me Center.

In other action, the Regents will consider approving a resolution of honor in memory of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan, who was an extraordinary friend of higher education and extremely supportive of a number of endeavors at Southeast Missouri State. Carnahan, his son and an aide recently died in a plane crash south of St. Louis. During the meeting, the Board will consider accepting three reports from KPMG Peat Marwick L.L.P. for the year ending June 30. They are the annual financial report, the annual financial report for the system facilities revenue bond fund and the A-133 audit report on the schedule of expenditures of federal awards.

Other action items on the agenda will include considering a graphic systems option on the bachelor of science degree in computer science and conferring of degrees for 2000 winter commencement.

The Board will hear several reports, including one from the student representative to the Board of Regents. Also on the agenda will be reports on A+ Schools and associate degree opportunities in Cape Girardeau; area higher education centers; fall 2000 enrollment figures by home county and enrollment trends; and contracts and facilities management projects. In addition, the Board will hear reports on accreditation visits; the NCAA Independent Accountant's Report on Agreed Upon Procedures for University Intercollegiate Athletics; and the Governor's Conference on Higher Education.

The final budget request for fiscal 2002 also will be distributed to the Regents.

The open session will conclude with consideration of a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations. After the closed session, the Regents will reconvene in open session, when it is anticipated that the Board will make an announcement regarding a personnel item.

The final item on the agenda will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.

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The Cape Friends of Old Time Music and Dance will host an old-fashioned barn dance on Dec. 15 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The dance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Parker Dance Studio.

Joe Surdyk will teach and call the dances, which will include squares, contras and circle dances. Live old time music will be provided by Gary Watson on fiddle and Gene King on guitar.

Each dance will be taught. No previous experience is necessary. All ages are welcome.

Donations are requested of $4 for adult dancers, $2 for children and $1 for individuals who wish to observe and enjoy the music.

For more information, call Judy at (573) 334-5289.

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Dr. Ivy Locke, a 15-year higher education professional most recently serving as vice president for fiscal affairs at Stillman College, has been named the new vice president for business and finance at Southeast Missouri State University.

Her appointment was approved today by the Southeast Board of Regents.

Locke, who has begun her new duties at Southeast, will replace William Duffy, currently vice president for finance, who has announced plans to leave the University in March to begin a new career as a personal financial consultant. Until March 31, Duffy will continue to serve as treasurer of the Board of Regents and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation and will serve the University working on several special projects. In addition to her vice presidential duties, beginning April 1, Locke will assume the responsibilities as treasurer of the Board of Regents. She also will serve as treasurer of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation with assets exceeding $39 million.

"All of us who have had the opportunity to meet and get to know Ivy have been extremely impressed with her credentials and the wealth of experience she brings to this position," said Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. "In filling positions at Southeast, we look at recruiting the best of the best. We are extremely fortunate to have found Ivy and look forward to working with her."

Locke says she became interested in the position at Southeast after hearing Dobbins speak at a National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) New Business Officer Training Program in Chicago.

"I was particularly inspired by his leadership style," she said, adding that Dobbins' desire for a strong link between the president and the institution's chief financial officer is very appealing.

Locke has a diverse background in accounting, auditing, banking, budgeting, cash management, finance, investments, marketing, motivation, real estate and training.

Mona Hughey, chair of the Vice President for Business and Finance Search Committee, said, "The committee felt that Dr. Locke's credentials, along with her varied experience, made her an excellent candidate for the position. During her interview on campus, we were impressed with her work philosophy, experience, self-confidence and enthusiasm. We believe her to be a very good match for our institution."

The vice president for business and finance at Southeast is the University's chief financial officer, who reports to the president and serves as a member of the executive staff. The vice president has executive oversight for a broad range of financial, business and support operations, including financial planning and budgeting, controller functions, auditing, cash and investment management, student financial services, business operations, human resources, computing, telecommunications and the Show Me Center, the multipurpose arena of the University and the city. In coordination with the president, the vice president provides oversight for Southeast's intercollegiate athletics program. The vice president also chairs the Budget Review Committee that makes recommendations for the use of incremental funds for the institution's $100 million budget.

At Stillman, Locke has been the college's chief financial officer, administering a $32 million budget and serving as the point person to the president for all financial matters including bond issues, plant development, human resources and contract negotiations. In her position, she also served as support staff for the foundation as well as the investment committee and the finance and audit committee of the Board of Trustees.

Prior to her tenure at Stillman, Locke served for eight years as an assistant professor of finance at The Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Fla. Before her doctoral studies, Locke was the budget and contracts officer for Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where she managed a $14 million budget. She has also been a commercial loan officer with First National Bank of Atlanta and a staff accountant managing audits with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in Atlanta.

Locke also has extensive international experience, having served as a visiting lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, in the Institute of Business, and as a group leader in the Florida State University Beyond Borders Program at the University of Costa Rica in Turrialba, Costa Rica. She also has been a delegate as part of a research team hosted by the vice president of the National Assembly at Yaounde, Cameroon.

Locke holds a doctoral degree in finance and real estate from the University of Florida, a master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and marketing from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Emory University in Atlanta.

Locke is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holds a real estate license in the State of Georgia, has master's directive status with FSU and is a member of the Treasury Management Association, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Financial Management Association and the American Real Estate Society.

Locke has received numerous fellowships and grants and has been involved in many institutional and scholarly service endeavors. She was the founding advisor to the FSU Minority Business Society, has participated in the FSU Leadership Mentoring Program for Women, was a member of the Minority Affairs Committee in the College of Business at FSU and has served as a reviewer for McGraw Hill Text Book Publishers. She has participated in and delivered numerous papers at professional meetings.

In addition, Locke is a certified trainer for Literacy Volunteers of America and is frequently called on to deliver motivational presentations.

Locke has received numerous honors, having been nominated for the FSU Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award and the University Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was selected as the FSU Student Organization Advisor of the Year and inducted into the McKnight Achievers Society. Locke is the daughter of Thomas and Armentha Locke, who reside in Atlanta.

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The Board of Directors of the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation recently elected five new members to serve three-year terms on the Board.

They are Bill Davidson of Chesterfield, Mo.; Richard Davidson of West Plains, Mo.; Earl Holland of Naples, Fla.; Dennis Marchi of Cape Girardeau; and Paul Vance of Fredericktown, Mo.

Bill Davidson has been very active with the University, particularly the development of the River Campus project. He has his own financial consulting firm based in Chesterfield, Mo.

Richard Davidson, president of Davidson Insurance, which has five offices in Southeast Missouri, is a 1973 Southeast graduate. He and his wife Nancy, who also is a 1973 graduate, were honored recently as new sustaining members of the President's Council.

Holland graduated from the University in 1968. He is vice-chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Health Management Associates, Inc., in Naples, Fla. He received the Alumni Association's Alumni Merit Award earlier this year.

Marchi, an active community leader, is the manager of Cape Girardeau's Schnucks Food and Drug.

Vance, a 1942 Southeast graduate, built successful manufacturing businesses in Fredericktown. He also is very active in the University and is an Alumni Merit Award winner.

Six members also were elected to second term appointments. They are Rebecca Cook formerly of Cape Girardeau; Paul Copeland of Union, Mo.; James Gleason of Sikeston, Mo.; Gerald Jones of Jackson, Mo.; and Skip Smallwood and Melvin Van de Ven, both of Cape Girardeau.

In addition, three emeritus members were elected. They include Bill Burch of Sikeston, Mo.; Marvin Rosengarten of St. Louis, Mo.; and Gary Rust of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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