Week of June 25, 2001



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 22, 2001 - Eighth District U. S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson and U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond are sponsoring a Procurement Conference Aug. 8 in cooperation with Southeast Missouri State University's Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Administration, the Missouri Small Business Development Centers and Missouri Procurement Assistance Centers.

The conference will be held in Robert A. Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by an array of guest speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and exhibits provided by government contractors and local, state, and federal agencies. A noon luncheon is included in the day's activities. The conference is open to current business owners and all other interested individuals.

A focus of the Procurement Conference will be the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program providing both federal prime contract and subcontract benefits to small business. A HUBZone is a "historically underutilized business zone." The Program was created by Congress and designed to stimulate economic development by providing federal contracting opportunities to small businesses located in eligible areas. There are many federally designated HUBZones in Southeast Missouri.

"We are going to have several sessions to train business owners on topics such as how to develop a winning proposal; how to do business with federal, state and local government agencies; doing business with the government on the internet; and prime contracting and subcontracting opportunities for small business and more," said Buz Sutherland, director of the Small Business Development Center at Southeast.

Information sessions will run throughout the day.

Guest speakers will include a variety of people who have experience in government buying as well as individuals who have successfully marketed their goods and services to federal, state and local government agencies. Remarks on operating a successful small business and taking advantage of the HUBZone Program will be provided by "Matt" Matthews, president of Matthews Manufacturing.

The U.S. Government is the number one consumer of goods and services in the world. Government agencies spend billion of dollars annually purchasing goods and services from small businesses. Business owners who want to learn how to make government buyers their clients can find out more at Bond and Emerson's Procurement Conference.

The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. Advance registration is needed, as seating is limited. Individuals who want to register or need additional information, should contact the Small Business Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University by phone (573) 986-6084 or fax (573) 986-6083.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 22, 2001 -- Christina Manning, a historic preservation student at Southeast Missouri State University, will present “Elizabeth Shannon’s Story” on Monday, June 25, at noon in the old gift shop behind the Amoureux House in Ste. Genevieve. The

Amoureux House is located south of downtown Ste. Genevieve on St. Mary’s Road, approximately a block south of the intersection with Seraphin Street. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This program is part of the Historic Preservation Summer Field School offered since 1997 by Southeast Missouri State University, and co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Elizabeth Shannon, an African-American woman, was born as a slave into the Shannon family. William Shannon, her owner, was a well-to-do and influential man in Ste. Genevieve during the 19th century. During her life, she tried to free herself and her children from the bondage of slavery. Manning will explain her struggles, which culminated in Elizabeth eventually gaining her freedom and becoming a property owner. The overall role of slaves and free blacks in Ste. Genevieve before the Civil War also will be interrelated into “Elizabeth Shannon’s Story.”

Manning did her research as part of the 1999 Summer Field School offered by Southeast Missouri State University. She will share her insight into research using the historical record and explain Ste. Genevieve’s wealth of historical information that can be found in the Ste. Genevieve Archives, courthouse records, church records, and the library.

Manning currently is an undergraduate in Southeast Missouri State University’s Historic Preservation Program.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 22, 2001 -- The Historic Preservation Summer Field School, offered since 1997 by Southeast Missouri State University, and co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will sponsor a presentation titled “The Ste. Genevieve Race Riot of 1930” on Wednesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. in the County Services Building located at 255 E. Market Street in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

Dr. Patrick Huber, an assistant professor of history at the University of Missouri-Rolla, will give the presentation, which is free and open to the public.

In October, 1930, in Ste. Genevieve, a three-day race riot was sparked by the alleged murder of two local laborers by three African-American migrants. Huber will focus on this volatile racial incident and how this event influenced race relations to the present date. During the riot, 250 African-American residents fled from Ste. Genevieve. Only two families remained because they were sheltered by a local Catholic priest. When the riots were over, few families returned home.

Huber grew up in Ste. Genevieve and became familiar with the families living in town. He recalls that there were few African-American families living in Ste. Genevieve in the period following the race riot.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 22, 2001 -- Dr. David Cameron, assistant professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University, will present “Reflections on the French Revolution” on Wednesday, June 27, at 4 p.m. in the County Services Building located at 255 East Market Street in Ste. Genevieve.

The presentation is free and open to the public. This program is part of the Historic Preservation Summer Field School, offered since 1997 by Southeast Missouri State University, and co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The French Revolution that precipitated the collapse of the French monarchy in 1789 is often idealistically portrayed through the concepts of liberty, fraternity and equality. However, it also marked the first time in history when mass terror was used as an instrument of government which sparked wars on a scale previously unknown. The repercussions of the French Revolution resulted in dramatic changes in European politics and the social structure of society that were still felt well into the 20th century.

“Reflections on the French Revolution” will begin with a brief overview by Dr. Cameron of the causes and subsequent events of the French Revolution, which took place from 1789 to 1815. This will be followed by an analysis of the resulting political and social change that significantly influenced how Europe developed into the 20th century.

Cameron currently is an assistant professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, teaching courses in modern European, German and French History.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 22, 2001 - The Historic Preservation Summer Field School , offered since 1997 by Southeast Missouri State University and co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will sponsor a presentation titled "Ste. Genevieve and the River" on Thursday, June 28, at noon in the County Services Building located at 255 E. Market Street in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

Dr. Susan Flader, a history professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will make the presentation, which is free and open to the public.

In her slide presentation, Flader will give an overview of Ste. Genevieve's relationship with the Mississippi River from the town's founding around 1750 to the present date. She will cover the history of both the old and new towns of Ste. Genevieve and the motivation of the French settlers to relocate the town. Special emphasis will be given to the protection of French cultural sites after the massive flood of 1993.

Flader teaches American Western History, Environmental History and the History of Missouri at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Unofficial Report from Southeast Missouri State University
regarding tour accident in Ireland based on telephone conversation with tour director

(not confirmed by officials on the scene)

According to telephone reports from Dennis Seyer, professor of speech communication and theatre at Southeast Missouri State University and tour director for a University-sponsored trip to Ireland, a passenger bus carrying 37 people from Blarney to Limerick, Ireland, was involved in an accident Saturday, June 23, near the Irish community of Middle Town.

In telephone reports from Ireland, Seyer said the bus topped a hill and was unable to stop before running underneath an unmarked overpass, which provided only eight feet of clearance. The top portion of the tall bus collided with the overpass, and the report from Seyer indicated that the impact dislodged the upper portion of the scenic cruiser bus.

Seyer said that of the 37 aboard the bus, 14, including the bus driver, were transported to area hospitals where they were treated for minor injuries, including cuts, bruises and abrasions. All were released that same evening following treatment. All tour participants continued on the tour to Limerick, where, this evening, they were scheduled to attend a medieval dinner event, Seyer said.

Among those on the tour are three Southeast Missouri State University students, two of whom are traveling with a parent. Other participants are from throughout the Southeast Missouri area.

The tour left from Lambert Field in St. Louis Thursday, June 21, and arrived in Ireland Friday, June 22. The trip is sponsored by the University Theatre and is titled “Ireland 2001: Castles, Concerts and Countryside.” Those participating are exploring the rich Irish history, the performing arts and the magnificent scenery of the “Emerald Isle.” The trip is taking participants to Dublin, Waterford, Blarney, Killarney, Adare, Limerick, Bunratty and Galway. Those on the trip have the opportunity to view such natural sights as sights as the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burrens.

The group will depart from Dublin and return to St. Louis on Saturday, June 30.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 29, 2001- The Association, a six-man band and vocal group featuring ‘60s music, will highlight Southeast Missouri State University’s Family Weekend Oct. 6 when the group performs at Houck Stadium immediately following the football game in which Southeast takes on the Skyhawks of the University of Tennessee-Martin.

This is the sixth year that the Family Weekend committee has staged a live performance at Houck Stadium. Last year’s performance was by Davy Jones of The Monkees. This year’s performance by The Association will bring back the music and hits that current college students’ parents enjoy.

The football game pitting Southeast against Tennessee-Martin will begin at 6 p.m. at Houck Stadium. Reserved seats are $17, general admission seats are $14, youth (ages 7-18) are $10 and children (6 and under) are free. University students are admitted free with their student ID. Tickets can be ordered with Visa, Discover or MasterCard by calling (573) 651-2113. These prices include both the football game and the concert.

The Association is one of the most popular and successful bands to have come out of the 1960s. They have sold over 30 million records, earning six gold discs and one platinum. Their number-one hits, “Never My Love,” “Windy” and “Cherish,” have achieved “standard” status, receiving almost as much airplay today as they ever have. Their album, “The Association’s Greatest Hits,” continues to be one of the longest best-selling albums in the history of Warner Brothers Company.

In 1965, after the breakup of an 11-man electric “folk” group called “The Men,” the first “folk rock” group in America, The Association was formed. The six-man Association rehearsed five solid months and then began performing at nightclubs, coffeehouses, folk clubs, high schools, colleges, proms and parties throughout California. The Association was the first electric group to break through the anti-rock biases in many of the major venues across the country. They also were the first electric group to perform at Hollywood’s Greek Theatre, The Coconut Grove, The Copacabana, Tanglewood Music Festival, The Latin Casino and Ravina Park. In 1967, The Association was given the honor of opening the first international pop festival in America, The Monterey Pop Festival.

In 1972, the group began parting ways to pursue individual careers and interests. After a one time only reunion for a cable television music special in 1979, The Association, with much industry encouragement, got it together again and put it on the road. “On the road” is right. During the last five years, The Association has sung and played in every state in the Union, most of the Canadian providences, Bermuda, Athens, The Philippines, the major showrooms in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, and at music festivals, colleges, fairs, every large theme park on the continent, supper clubs, hotels, conventions and televisions shows. The group has conducted countless local radio and television interviews.

Though there are only two original members of the group remaining, The Association is still looking and sounding better than ever. The two original members, Larry Ramos and Russ Giguere, have been joined by Del Ramos (Larry’s kid brother), Jordan Cole (son of original member Brian Cole), Bruce Pictor and Bob Werner.

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Salary increases deferred pending withholding announcement from state officials

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 28, 2001 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents Thursday approved a fiscal 2002 operating budget and a fiscal 2002 auxiliary budget.

The new operating budget totals $76.5 million, but due to the uncertainty of the exact size of the state appropriation for fiscal 2002, annual salary increases, apart from promotions and other adjustments, will be deferred at this time.

The Board also instructed Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, to withhold dollars from unit budgets and make other adjustments in budgets and hiring practices as may be necessary to compensate for any reduction in the University’s state appropriation for fiscal 2002.

When the final amount of such reduction is determined by the state, a revised budget will be submitted to the Board of Regents, including the possibility of salary increases, for its approval. Continuing existing salaries are provided for in the revised budget approved Thursday.

“Maintaining fair and equitable salaries is a top priority of the Board of Regents and the University,” Dobbins said, adding that University officials will continue to work on the behalf of University employees to find ways to maximize the budget support for Southeast and provide salary increases necessary to support a top-notch faculty and staff.

Due to a newly projected revenue shortfall for fiscal 2002, the State of Missouri has revised downward the amount of the fiscal 2002 appropriations which will actually be released to public higher education institutions, including Southeast, Dobbins told the Board today. While the State Budget Office has not yet decided on the exact amount of the withheld appropriation, University officials have been told it will possibly be about seven percent in addition to the usual three percent. This means the University likely could face a reduction of approximately $3.5 million in the funds available for allocation during the fiscal year beginning Sunday, July 1, he added. University officials expect to know the exact amount of the withheld appropriation by mid-July.

“We live in a world of projections,” said Donald L. Dickerson, president of the Board of Regents. “Sometimes they are right on. Sometimes they are way off. We need to strike a middle ground.

To accommodate revenue shortfalls for fiscal 2001 and fiscal 2002 that had been estimated earlier this year, the state’s budget planners have already withheld 10 percent of appropriations from most other state agencies during fiscal 2001 and have given these agencies a 10 percent base budget cut for fiscal 2002, Dobbins said. The state now projects, Dobbins added, that even with these cuts it will have a $50 million shortfall in revenue for fiscal 2001, the fiscal year which ends June 30, and a $300 million shortfall for fiscal 2002.

With the larger shortfall now projected, the state has informed the presidents of all public two-year and four-year colleges and universities that the higher education budgets must be reduced like those of other state agencies, Dobbins said.

“The good news is that these reductions are not expected to take the form of base budget cuts, which would cut the base for future, more prosperous, years,” he said. “But the fact that the reductions will take the form of withholdings does not camouflage the bad news that the University will have millions of dollars less to operate with during the next fiscal year than we had anticipated as recently as a few weeks ago.”

Kim Mothershead, vice president of the Board of Regents, said, “It is a time to be conservative – all the way down to everybody who is associated with this University.”

At Dobbins’ direction, the Budget Review Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Ivy Locke, met earlier this week to consider the issues and to recommend a number of ways the University could cope with a reduction of almost $3.6 million in its appropriation. The committee recommended the following: a deferral of salary increases for up to the entire fiscal year; reductions in operation and equipment budgets; a three-month freeze on new staff hires; and salary savings from changes in faculty hiring practices. In addition, the committee noted that the University can anticipate some additional revenue from the enrollment of more students than was previously projected, and it recommended that Southeast make up some of the remaining shortfall by spending a portion of the institution’s fund balances.

In its recommendation, the Budget Review Committee asked that if the appropriation picture improves, so that the extra withholding of state funding is less than seven percent, salary increases be restored as the first additional expenditure.

The Regents and Dobbins expressed their regret at this turn of events which prevents the immediate implementation of fiscal 2002 salary increases recommended by the Budget Review Committee, the reductions in operating and equipment budgets and the inconvenience caused by a hiring freeze.

“We really have no alternative,” Dobbins said.

Dobbins said the University will do all it can to preserve the integrity of the institution’s academic and student support programs.

“These programs and the people who staff them are the core of what we do as a University, and the quality of our faculty, staff and academic programs are the major reasons students want to come here,” he said. “We intend to continue down the path of providing a quality educational experience.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 28, 2001 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents granted promotions to 22 faculty members during a closed session meeting of the Board June 28.

Faculty members promoted were reviewed by appropriate review bodies on campus. The promotions take effect with the 2001-2002 academic year.

Below is a list of those who have been promoted, followed by their academic department, their highest degree earned and the institution from which they earned that degree.

Promoted to Professor:

  • Dr. Nancy Blattner, Department of English, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

  • Dr. Gary Cwick, Department of Geosciences, Ph.D., Indiana State University

  • Dr. James Dufek, Department of Mass Communication, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

  • Dr. William Eddleman, Department of Biology, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

  • Dr. Sara Edgerton, Department of Music, D.M.A., Cornell University

  • Lane Fabrick, Department of Art, M.A., M.F.A., Northern Illinois University

  • Dr. Robert Fruehwald, Department of Music, Ph.D., Washington University

  • Dr. Leslee Pollina, Department of Psychology, Ph.D., West Virginia University

  • Dr. I. Sue Shepard, Department of Educational Administration and Counseling, Ph.D., University of Iowa

  • Dr. Alice Strange, Department of Foreign Languages, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Promoted to Associate Professor:

  • Dr. Greg Boyd, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, Ph.D., Indiana State University

  • Dr. James Champine, Department of Biology, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

  • Dr. Margaret Heeney-Dalton, Department of Educational Administration and Counseling, Ph.D., Florida State University

  • Dr. Steven Hoffman, Department of History, Ph.D., Carnegia Mellon University

  • Dr. A. Zaidy MohdZain, Department of Educational Administration and Counseling, Ph.D., Kent State University

  • Dr. Thomas Joseph Pujol, Department of Health and Leisure, Ed.D., University of Alabama

  • Dr. Tamela Randolph, Department of Mathematics, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

  • Dr. Debrah Raschke, Department of English, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

  • Dr. Linda Schoonmaker, Department of Physical Education, Ph.D., Ohio State University

  • Dr. Dwight Dean Schackelford, Department of English, Ph.D., University of South Carolina

  • Dr. Susan Swartwout, Department of English, D.A., Illinois State University

Promoted to Assistant Professor:

  • Evelyn Lee, Department of Middle and Secondary Education, M.A.T., Southeast Missouri State University

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