Week of September 3, 2001



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 31, 2001 - John Green, a rocket scientist with the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will present an evening lecture titled "Building the Highway to Space" at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University.

Green also will make presentations to students at several area schools, including Scott City High School at 9 a.m. Sept. 12, Meadow Heights School at 9 a.m. Sept. 13 and Jackson Middle School at 1 p.m. Sept. 13.

Green has been employed by NASA for more than a quarter of a century. Over the years, he has worked in the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project Office and has served as a Safety and Mission Assurance Safety Engineer for MSFC Space Shuttle Projects. For the past two years, he has been employed in the International Space Station U.S. Propulsion Module Project Office.

Green was commissioned as an Air Force officer through R.O.T.C. He was on active duty from 1971 to 1975 in the Aero-Propulsion Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He served in the Alabama Air National Guard from 1976 to 1993, when he retired as a lieutenant colonel.

He has bachelor of science and master of science degrees, both in electrical engineering, from Auburn University and has been a cooperative education student with the Boeing Co. on its Saturn V/Apollo Project.

Green's evening lecture is being planned in connection with the Starship 2040 exhibit that will be on display at Southeast Missouri State University's NASA Educator Resource Center, 222 N. Pacific, Sept. 12-14.

The Starship 2040 project is a traveling exhibit and outreach program from NASA designed to be an experience for visitors of all ages. The exhibit is housed in a 48-foot tractor-trailer rig and invites the public to imagine what commercial space flight may be like four decades from now. Visitors can walk through a full-sized mock-up of the spacecraft's control, passenger and engineering compartments and talk with NASA experts.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 13, and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 14. A number of school groups are expected to tour the exhibit from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept 13-14. The public also is welcome during these times.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 31, 2001 - Dr. Hartmut Kraft and his wife Ruth Krafft nee Elger of Munich, Germany, recently made a cash donation to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation in the amount of $10,000, increasing the principle of the German Language Scholarship to $53,677 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage German majors to study in a German speaking country. The recipient must be a declared German major with a 2.25 overall grade point average and a 2.5 grade point average in German, be enrolled full-time and be enrolled in a German language course during the semester the scholarship is awarded. The German Language Scholarship is to be used for overseas study purposes. The Southeast Department of Foreign Languages German faculty will select the recipient.

Dr. Kraft is a practicing attorney in Munich, Germany. Ruth Krafft nee Elger and her sister, Christine Wenninger nee Elger, were exchange students at Southeast Missouri State University during the 1972-1973 and 1962-1963 school years, respectively. Christine has three children that attended Southeast during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Ruth, Christine and her three daughters Bridgitte, Katharina and Petra all had scholarships due to an exchange program between the town of Memmingen and Cape Girardeau. The exchange program was started and supported by Dr. Mark Scully and Dr. Ritter of Southeast Missouri State University.

Because of the memories that Ruth has of Southeast and the association that her family has had with the University, she and Dr. Krafft made this contribution to the German Language Scholarship Fund.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 31, 2001 -- The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present a faculty recital of renaissance lute and classical guitar duets Sept. 16 in the Baptist Student Center Chapel on the University campus.

The recital is planned for 3 p.m.

Jeffrey Noonan, guitar instructor in the Department of Music and Guest Artist Jason Stumpf will present a wide variety of works for two lutes in the first half of the concert. Sixteenth century arrangements of Italian songs by Claudio Merulo and others will open the program. Noonan and Stumpf also will perform English compositions from the time of Elizabeth I by John Dowland, Francis Pilkington and John Daniel. The first half of the concert concludes with a country dance by French lutanist Jean Baptiste Besard.

In the second half of the program, the performers will switch to classical guitars to present works by Fernado Sor, Ferdinando Carulli and several American composers. The half begins with one of Sor's brief two-movement duets that is reminiscent of the works of Haydn. The second set consists of late 19th century duets by American composers who wrote for several popular guitar and banjo magazines in the 1890s. Carulli's "A Major Serenade," a staple of the guitar duo repertoire, closes the concert.

Noonan and Stumpf play a variety of instruments for their performances. In this concert they will use two standard renaissance lutes as well as a smaller alto lute and a large bass lute. All of these instruments are reproductions of historical instruments that would have been played in the l590s in England, France and Italy. They will use a pair of 19th century American guitars for the second half of the recital. Stumpf will play an American parlor guitar that dates from the late 1890s. Noonan performs on an older, small-bodied instrument built in the 1870s or 1880s. Both instruments were restored for the duo by St. Louis luthier, Rich Worthington.

Stumpf, a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, began playing classical guitar in junior high school in his hometown near Nashville, Tenn. He continued his guitar studies through college, and, during his sophomore year, began studying renaissance lute with Noonan. Stumpf has numerous performance credits in the St. Louis area to his name, including work with the Ellenwood Consort. In addition to being a performing musician, Stumpf is a published poet and assistant editor of Delmar, a literary journal based in St. Louis.

Noonan directs the classical guitar program and teaches music literature and history classes at Southeast Missouri State University. He has been teaching at the University level for almost 25 years and is beginning his third year of teaching at Southeast. Noonan has performed in and directed numerous theater and music ensembles and has performed everything from Medieval troubadour songs to avant-garde guitar works.

For further information about this performance, call (573) 651-2706.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 31, 2001 -- Southeast Missouri State University will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 3.

University offices will be closed and classes are cancelled on Monday. Classes will resume and offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 31, 2001 - Southeast Missouri State University Theatre will begin their first play reading series on Sept. 7, with a reading of Where the Lilies Grow, by Kenn Stilson.

As a new addition to the University Theatre season, the play reading series offers opportunities for the student performers and audience to experience new scripts, established plays and other performance pieces in a unique, studio setting. Staged readings of plays are rehearsed, though actors carry scripts throughout the performance. The movement in staged readings is limited so that the emphasis is placed on the literature of the script and the actor's interpretation.

Rosanna Whitlow, professor of speech communication and theatre, will direct the first reading, Where the Lilies Grow. Author Kenn Stilson is the new chair of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre at Southeast. The story is about April, a vivacious young woman in a tumultuous marriage who finds herself alone in a small town contemplating her lost dreams. To her husband's dismay, she befriends a retarded boy, who possesses a gift. Through this relationship, April rediscovers her soul, forcing her to confront the truth and make a difficult decision.

"This is a great opportunity to get students more exposure to new plays, classics and experimental pieces that we usually would not be able to do," Whitlow said.

The performance will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lab Theatre, Room 104 in the Grauel Building on the University campus. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served following the performance. This performance is recommended for mature audiences only and there will be limited seating.

Other performances are scheduled for Oct. 19, Jan. 18, Feb. 8, and March 1. For more information, contact the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre at (573) 651-2149.

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