Week of August 13, 2001


Dr. Issa El-Hussain receives grant to teach and conduct research in Oman

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 10, 2001 - The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently awarded Southeast Missouri State University Geosciences Professor Dr. Issa El-Hussain with a Fulbright grant to teach and conduct research in Oman. Dr. El-Hussain is one of 200 U.S. grantees who will travel abroad for the 2001-2002 academic year through the Fulbright Program.

Dr. El-Hussain will be leaving Aug. 21 to teach and conduct research at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. Oman is a country in the SE coastal region of Arabia, on the Arabian Sea. At the University, Dr. El-Hussain will teach environmental geology and environmental geophysics, serve as a thesis advisor for two master’s degree students and conduct research on geosciences.

“One of my goals is for some of the students to become University liaisons and help form a better exchange of faculty and students between Southeast Missouri State University and Sultan Qaboos University,” said Dr. El-Hussain.

In late June 2002, Dr. El-Hussain will return to Southeast Missouri State University.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 10, 2001 - Chartwells Educational Dining Services at Southeast Missouri State University was named “Regional Account of the Year” and a “Center of Excellence” recently at a Regional Chartwells Awards Banquet in Chicago.

Chartwells’ account at Southeast Missouri State placed at the top of 66 Chartwells accounts in this region, which includes Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska and parts of Indiana and Kansas. This award places Southeast among the top six Chartwells accounts in the nation.

The “Regional Account of the Year” award recognizes overall excellence in food quality, customer services, business operations and dining programs. The “Center of Excellence” designation recognizes strategic business locations that showcase the “Best of Chartwells” for sales and business development visitations” and that are active participants in company promotions, host company signature food brands, employ a “Designated Management Trainer” and a chef graduate from a certified culinary program, and achieve outstanding sanitation, safety scores and customer services scores.

“It really is exciting news,” said Loren Rullman, director of Student Auxiliary Services at Southeast. “Chartwells has done a great job here and has created a good product for students, faculty and staff. We have developed a wonderful partnership that gives Southeast one of the finest dining services programs in the nation. This really shines brightly on Southeast Missouri State University.”

Chartwells officials at Southeast were presented with a crystal vase in connection with the “Regional Account of the Year” award.

There are six Chartwells regions in the country. The Chartwells account at Southeast now advances to compete for “National Account of the Year” among Chartwells’ other five regional account winners from elsewhere in the country.

“I am really proud of the folks down there and the job they have done,” said Stuart Henning, Chartwells regional manager.

Southeast’s designation as a Chartwells regional “Center of Excellence” allows Southeast to continue to test and launch new company concepts and serve as a regional training site for the company’s culinary staff and as a site for district staff meetings. Southeast, in effect, is a site for Chartwells to showcase its products in the Midwest.

Ever since Chartwells Educational Dining Services arrived on campus at Southeast in 1999, students, faculty and staff have been enjoying expanded food choices, continuous dining options and a fresh look in campus dining.

Over $1 million in renovations at the University’s Towers Café and University Center Café Court have been completed - creating an all-you-can-eat facility and modern food court respectively. The Towers Café project followed the renovation of the University Center Café Court.

Chartwells Educational Dining Services, an operating company of Compass Group, North American Division, has served Southeast Missouri State students for more than two years and provides quality dining services to more than 200 colleges and universities, as well as more than 270 elementary, middle and high schools.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 10, 2001 -- Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at Southeast Missouri State University has announced an increase in the monthly stipend for cadets. The increase makes AFROTC more attractive to cadets as well as making it easier to pay for a college education.

Major Michael Berry, chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies and Air Force ROTC at Southeast, said, “The program will be implemented across two years, but the first year's improvements are the most dramatic. Effective Oct. 1, 2001, freshmen and sophomores earn $250 per month, juniors earn $300, and seniors earn $350. Prior to this change, all cadets were entitled to a $200 per month stipend, regardless of their position in ROTC.”

The second increase will take effect Oct. 1, 2002, and will pay $250 to freshmen, $300 to sophomores, $350 to juniors, and $400 to seniors monthly. The increase means students could collect up to $14,000 tax-free during their participation in the AFROTC program. On top of the stipend and Air Force ROTC scholarship money, a book allowance also is given to the cadet.

“The increased stipend will give cadets more money in their pockets. I am sure this will aid in our recruiting and retention,” Berry said. “ The bottom line is that Air Force ROTC offers great scholarships and training opportunities - now made even better with the increased stipend.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 10, 2001 - Southeast Missouri State University will be offering two courses this fall to students pursuing an associate of arts degree in childcare and guidance at the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center (CBEC) in Malden, Mo.

The courses are: FN425 “Health, Nutrition and Safety,” which will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; and CF212 “Organization and Management of Childcare Centers,” which will be held from 6 to 8:50 p.m. on Wednesdays.

To register for these classes, call Lisa Webb, coordinator of academic programs at the CBEC, at (573) 276-4577 or toll-free at (888) 213-4601. Classes begin the week of Aug. 20.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 10, 2001 - Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University has announced the addition of more graduate student multi-purpose rooms and a new rear book drop. Other library improvements include 28 reference area computers equipped with the latest multimedia software.

Kent Library announces the availability of individual study rooms for all graduate students on a priority basis. These rooms can be renewed each semester and may be applied for at the Circulation Desk of Kent Library. Graduate students who apply and are assigned a room will receive their own key and can use the room as an office or a private place to study. The following is the list of priorities given to graduate students:

  • 1st Priority: Students engaged in writing a doctoral dissertation
  • 2nd Priority: Students engaged in writing a Masters thesis or research paper
  • 3rd Priority: Students engaged in graduate coursework

A full list of graduate study information can be obtained from the Circulation Desk at Kent Library.

Library patrons may check out a set of headphones from the Circulation Desk to use on all Reference area computers. These computers have all of the latest audio-visual/multimedia software and plug-ins installed allowing users access to all available web resources.

Library patrons may now return books at the front or rear entrances of the library. Recent renovations near the rear entrance to the library have a new book drop allowing patrons to return books without entering the library.

For more information on these subjects please contact David Glick, head of Systems & Access Services Dept. at (573) 986-7498.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 10, 2001 -- KRCU 90.9 FM at Southeast Missouri State University recently announced the hire of a fifth full-time professional staff member when Jake McCleland joined the staff as a producer/programmer.

McCleland is a 2000 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. His full-time appointment began July 1.

“As a public radio station, we have a commitment to local programming,” said General Manager Greg Petrowich. “Jake has a great deal of experience working with our local program hosts and developing feature stories. We wanted to enhance the localism in our program lineup every day of the week. With the number of programs we now produce in house, we needed a single staff person devoted to our local efforts.”

As Producer/Programmer, McCleland will serve as the coordinator for all of KRCU’s local programming, working with hosts, producers, and audio engineers to enhance the quality of KRCU’s in-studio productions. Additionally, McCleland will work with station staff and community volunteers to develop new ideas for programming on Southeast Public Radio.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with local programming on KRCU,” says McCleland. “I am especially excited about the expansion plans for KRCU and the opportunity to develop programs that can better tie together the regions we serve.”

Listeners already are benefiting from McCleland’s work. He recently produced a series of reports on downtown revitalization projects in the three river towns of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Cairo, Ill.; and Paducah, Ky. The series was picked up for broadcast by other public radio stations in the region including: WSIU, Carbondale, Ill.; WKMS, Murray, Ky.; and KASU, Jonesboro, Ark. McCleland is developing a programming cooperative with these stations as well as KUMR in Rolla, Mo., to exchange features stories that can air on each of the five stations.

“By sharing the talented feature producers at all of theses stations,” McCleland says, “public radio listeners throughout the Midwest can enjoy the best radio we have to offer.”

McCleland previously worked with Barb Herbert, co-producing the series “Verdi: His Life, His Operas” that aired on eight stations worldwide. The 13-part series was a retrospective on Verdi marking the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Listeners can hear recent feature stories produced by Jake McCleland for KRCU at the station’s website www.krcu.org.

KRCU 90.9 FM is Southeast Missouri’s local public radio station and will soon increase its coverage area to incorporate a much larger part of the region including the cities of Perryville, Mo.; Sikeston, Mo.; Marble Hill, Mo.; and Anna-Jonesboro, Ill.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 10, 2001 -- The KRCU Community Advisory Board is sponsoring a trip this fall to hear the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is scheduled for Oct. 7 and will include music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Rautavaara, under the direction of guest conductor Osmo Vänskä. Concert tickets and transportation will be provided as part of the $40 package.

Vans will depart from Cape Girardeau at 12:15 p.m. to arrive at Powell Hall in time for the 3 p.m. performance. After the approximately two and one-half-hour concert, the group will head for Del Pietros Ristorante D'Italiano for dinner, where individuals will be responsible for the cost of their own food.

Osmo Vänskä is “the master of symphonic logic...” according to BBC Music Magazine, and Vänskä has said, “It's the life behind the notes we're looking for.”

Hear this fiery conductor reveal the full genius of Rachmaninoff's late, luxuriant “Symphonic Dances.” St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster David Halen will be the soloist in Tchaikovsky's virtuosic and brilliant “Violin Concerto.”

Tickets will be limited and will be assigned on a first come first served basis. To reserve seats, call KRCU at (573) 651-5070 during business hours. The deadline for payment is Sept. 7. For more information, visit www.krcu.org.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 13, 2001 - The Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils at Southeast Missouri State University have announced the dates for Greek Fall Recruitment 2001.

For those interested in joining fraternities, a fraternity informational meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, in Towers Cafeteria. Fraternity recruitment events begin Aug. 17 with house tours beginning at 4 p.m. and the Ice Cream Pig-Out at 7 p.m. Other recruitment events are sponsored by each fraternity chapter Aug. 18-21. Bid Day will be held at noon Aug. 22 on the Band Practice Field.

For those interested in joining a sorority, a sorority informational meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 in Towers Cafeteria. Sorority recruitment starts on Aug. 22 with Go Greek Night, followed by Philanthropy Night Aug. 23, Skit Night Aug. 24 and Preference Night Aug. 25. All sorority events will be held in the University Center, excluding Preference Night. Bid Day will be held Sunday, Aug. 27, at 1:30 p.m. on the Band Practice Field.

All recruitment events are non-alcoholic.

Those parents who are interested in learning more about Greek Life are invited to a Parent’s Informational Meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 in Towers Cafeteria.

For those interested in joining a National Pan-Hellenic Chapter (traditionally African-American chapters), please call (573) 651-2280 for the chapter’s contact information.

For more information on Greek Life or recruitment, please call the University Center office at (573) 651-2280.

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