Week of September 24, 2001



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 21, 2001 - Four faculty members in the College of Science and Mathematics at Southeast Missouri State University recently were honored for outstanding service, teaching and research, and for having received the College's PRIDE Award.

Dr. Walt Lilly, professor of biology, received the Service Award. Dr. Margaret Waterman, associate professor of biology, received the Teaching Award. Dr. Bruce Hathaway, professor of chemistry, received the Research Award. Dr. Allen Gathman, professor of biology, received the College of Science and Mathematics PRIDE Award.

The awards were presented at a recent College of Science and Mathematics All-Faculty Meeting.

The College of Science and Mathematics Pride Award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher, an extraordinary level of scholarship and service, and whose overall accomplishments are especially noteworthy.

Each College and School at Southeast nominates a faculty member for the PRIDE Award, which is presented annually by the University. With the award, Gathman becomes the faculty nominee from the College of Science and Mathematics for the University's 2001 PRIDE Award.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 7, 2001 - A post-game concert by The Association will highlight Southeast Missouri State University Family Weekend 2001 planned for Oct. 5-7 on the University campus.

Southeast Family Weekend 2001 is filled with activities for the entire family. The post-game concert is one of just many events being planned.

The Association, one of the most popular and successful bands to come out of the '60s, will perform at Houck Stadium just after the Family Weekend football game when Southeast takes on the Skyhawks of the University of Tennessee-Martin. With number-one hits like "Never My Love," "Windy" and "Cherish," The Association will give students and their families the opportunity to reminisce with the oldies.

"This is a group that parents will relate to well. They will perform music from the '60s when college students' parents were teenagers," said Diane Sides, Family Weekend coordinator and director of University Relations. "The concert will be a great ending to what is expected to be a super football game."

On Friday and Saturday evening Oct. 5-6, the University's Department of Speech Communication and Theatre will present a night at the theatre with "The Boys Next Door" at 8 p.m. "The Boys Next Door" is a play by Tom Griffin about four mentally challenged men who live in a communal residence. It is a very funny, yet very touching play. Tickets may be reserved by calling (573) 651-2265 or purchased at the door.

Many Family Weekend events and activities will provide entertainment for non-traditional students with children, such as Family Game Night at the University Center Ballroom on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. Bring your family and your favorite board or card game for an evening of good food and fun.

Also on Friday will be a Stargazing event at the University Farm with Dr. Michael Cobb, Southeast professor of physics. He will lead participants on a guided tour of the night sky. Carpools will leave the Rhodes Hall parking lot at 8 p.m. for the "star party."

On Saturday, Oct. 6, start the day off by visiting the Scully Education Building Open House, University Museum, the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building Open House and attending the Minority Open Forum and Student Family Brunch.

Saturday evening begins with a pre-game picnic and entertainment at 4 p.m. in the Kent Library Portico Area before the football game, with kickoff at 6 p.m. Southeast will take on the Skyhawks of the University of Tennessee-Martin at Houck Stadium. Tickets for the meal are $5.50 and are available at the event. Tickets for the football game may be ordered by calling (573) 651-2113.

On Sunday morning students and their families may attend Brunch with the President at 9:30 a.m. at the University Center, where Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, University President, will host the annual Family Weekend Brunch. Cost is only $6.25 for adults and $4.75 for children six to 12. Children ages five and under are free. Also on Sunday, the Catholic Campus Ministries will celebrate a Mass at 11 a.m. and the Lutheran Student Fellowship will hold Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m.

The Southeast Volleyball Otahkians will host a game against the Bears of Southwest Missouri State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Houck Fieldhouse. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the gate.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 21, 2001 - "Celebrating Southeast" is the theme of Southeast Missouri State University's Homecoming 2001 which includes events for students, alumni and the community to participate in during the week of Oct. 15-20.

"I'm excited to see the enthusiasm because there is so much to celebrate at Southeast as we are constantly moving forward in the areas of technology, athletics and scholastics," said Kim Groves, the director of alumni services. "The theme this year gives us the opportunity to enjoy that celebration."

On Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. the Merit Award/ Copper Dome Social and Dinner at the Show Me Center will recognize past and present merit award recipients and Copper Dome Society Members. On Oct. 20, at 11:30 a.m. the All Alumni Luncheon will be held at the Show Me Center. The luncheon featuring the classes of 1941, 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981 and 1991 invites all alumni to take a "walk down memory lane." In addition to these two events, there will be various reunions and events for alumni to participate in throughout the weekend.

In preparation for Homecoming weekend, student organizations will have the opportunity to paint storefront windows throughout Cape Girardeau. This artwork will be completed by Oct. 17 and will be displayed through Homecoming weekend. Student organizations also will have the opportunity to participate in the "Toon Town Celebration" Parade, which will take place on Oct. 20, at 9:30 a.m. Floats will combine a popular cartoon with an exciting celebration. The parade also will feature a competition of marching bands from area schools and Parade Marshal Phil Krueger ('51), former general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The parade will begin at Broadway and West End Blvd., traveling east to Main and then south on Main.

After tailgating at Houck Stadium students, alumni and the community are invited to watch the Southeast Football Indians battle the Murray State Racers at 1 p.m., Oct. 20. During halftime festivities, the Southeast Man and Woman of the year will be crowned. Homecoming T-shirts can be purchased for $8 at the game.

For more information on these and various other Homecoming events visit the Southeast website at http://www4.semo.edu/alumni/homecoming.htm, or contact the Alumni Office at (573) 651-2259.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 21, 2001 - Twelve alumni and a faculty member at Southeast Missouri State University have been selected to receive the annual Merit Awards presented by the University's Alumni Association.

The 12 alumni will receive the Alumni Merit Award and the faculty member will receive the annual Faculty Merit Award when they are honored during Homecoming festivities Oct. 19. The Merit Award Dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Tickets for the dinner are available by calling the University Alumni Office at (573) 651-5159.

Alumni Merit Awards are presented by each of Southeast's academic colleges and schools to honor distinguished alumni. The awards have been given since 1958 to graduates of Southeast who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University.

The Faculty Merit Award is presented for excellence and distinction in teaching.

Recipients of this year's Alumni Merit Awards and the college or school presenting the awards are as follows: N. Nadine Boon of St. Charles, Mo., Donald L. Harrison College of Business; Walter C. Crawford Jr. of St. Louis, Mo., School of Polytechnic Studies; Noah E. Gray of St. Louis, Mo., College of Science and Mathematics; T. Ronald Hahs of Cape Girardeau, College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Earl L. Hanebrink of Jonesboro, Ark., School of Polytechnic Studies; Mary A. Kasten of Cape Girardeau, College of Education; Dr. Roy F. Keller of Columbia, Mo., College of Science and Mathematics; Dr. Samuel F. McClanahan of Flagstaff, Ariz., College of Education; Dr. Mathilde E. Najjar of Nashville, Tenn., College of Liberal Arts; Michael K. Pritchard of San Rafael, Calif., College of Health and Human Services; Dr. Georganne Syler of Cape Girardeau, College of Health and Human Services; and Gary R. Welker of St. Louis, Mo., Donald L. Harrison College of Business.

This year's recipient of the Faculty Merit Award is Dr. Jai N. Dahiya, a professor in Southeast's Department of Physics.


Dahiya holds a bachelor of science in physics, chemistry and mathematics from Punjab University in India, a master of science in physics with specialization in electronics from Meerut University in India and a doctoral degree in physics with specialization in microwave spectroscopy from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. Dahiya became a Southeast faculty member in 1984. He is a professor in the Department of Physics, a Faculty Senate member and associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Southeast. During his 17 years at Southeast, Dahiya has established a research lab to involve undergraduate Southeast students in his research and dozens of students have been involved in his microwave spectroscopy research. He has presented research papers at local and regional conferences and received numerous awards. Dahiya also works with the international programs office at Southeast to help recruit international students. During his tenure at Southeast, Dahiya has published more than 60 research papers in peer-reviewed and refereed journals, presented research at 26 national and eight international conferences and served as member of the advisory committee for the International Symposium of Microwave and Optical Technology.


Boon entered the field of economic development in 1979, at a time when few economic developers were women. Currently, she is the director of economic development for the City of St. Charles. Before joining St. Charles, she served as director of economic development for the 26-county Central Electric Power Cooperative in Jefferson City; traveled the world as international business manager of the St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association; was national marketing business development manager for the Missouri Department of Economic Development; and past president, board member and founding member of the Australian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis. Boon is also a FAA licensed instrument rated pilot and a Certified Industrial Developer. She earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration, majoring in marketing, from Southeast in 1979.

Crawford is the executive director and founder of the World Bird Sanctuary and a dedicated ornithologist. He has also worked with the St. Louis Zoo for several years. He has received many awards, including the 1982 Conservationist of the Year, the 1987 Distinguished Alumni Award from Southeast Missouri State University, the 1993 "Lifetime Achievement" award from the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association, the 1994 "Gorilla, Gorilla, Gorilla" Award from the Zoological Society and the 1997 International Achievement Award from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. He is recognized by the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums for the first captive breeding of the Bateleur eagle and has been cited for the first captive breeding of the mottled owl. Crawford received a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Southeast Missouri State University in 1971 and a master's degree from Mississippi State University.

Gray is a retired superintendent of schools at Lindbergh School District. He devoted over 60 years to education working in the Zalma, Neelyville, Herculaneum, Sikeston and Lindbergh (Mo.) School Districts. Gray is a former Southeast Missouri State Alumni Association president and Missouri Association of School Administrators president. He has been recognized as a "Missouri Pioneer in Education" and "Superintendent Emeritus for Life." In 1947, Gray graduated from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physical science.

Hahs has spent most of his successful business career with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, where he currently holds the position of district director. Since 1975, he has been an adjunct instructor at Southeast Missouri State University, teaching "Principles of Insurance." Hahs is a member and past chairman of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board, a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table and the 1993 Missouri State Life Underwriter of the Year. In 1964, Hahs earned a bachelor of science degree in speech and mathematics from Southeast. In 1971, Hahs became a chartered life underwriter and, in 1985, a chartered financial consultant from The American College.

Hanebrink, a Cape Girardeau native, is a retired emeritus professor of biology at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. He has published four books and over 150 research papers and articles. Hanebrink is a member of the National Audubon Society and the National Geographic Society, president of the N.E. Arkansas Audubon Society and a Smithsonian associate. He has been inducted into the American Pigeon Fancier's Hall of Fame. Hanebrink earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and agriculture from Southeast in 1948. He continued his education at the University of Mississippi, where he obtained a master of science in aquatic ecology (biology) degree in 1955.

Kasten is a retired State Representative in the Missouri Legislature. She has volunteered her services to the citizens of Southeast Missouri for 27 years in a number of civic, education and church organizations, all of which gave her a very strong understanding of the people for whom she represented. Kasten is the founder of the Cape Girardeau Community Caring Council. She was a former vice president and member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents. She is a member of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, Missourians First and State Advisory Council on Vocational Education. She was the president and treasurer of the Cape Girardeau Board of Education for 20 years. In addition, she has been honored with the Southeast Missouri State University "Excellence in Education" award, Southeast Board of Regents "Service Award" and the Zonta Club Outstanding Women of the Year. In 1949, Kasten graduated from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, and she completed additional postgraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Keller is a retired professor emeritus of computer science and engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Neb. He has published one book, 15 major refereed publications and approximately 50 refereed papers and national technical reports. Keller has been a consultant for the U.S. Air Force, consultant to industry and research centers and a National MAA lecturer. In 1972, he was named Outstanding American Educator, and in 1979, he received the Outstanding Educational Achievement Award from Southeast Missouri State University. Keller earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and earth science from Southeast in 1950. He continued his education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he obtained a master's degree in mathematics in 1958 and a doctorate degree in mathematics in 1962.

McClanahan graduated from Southeast in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education and science. He continued his education at Vanderbilt University and George Peabody College, where he obtained a master of arts degree in education in 1958. In 1967, he completed his doctoral degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. McClanahan is a professor emeritus in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. In addition, he served as Northern Arizona's faculty athletic representative for almost 20 years. He has published at least 20 articles. He has served as a sponsor of a major fund raiser for the American Cancer Society for seven years. In 1999, McClanahan was inducted into Northern Arizona University's Athletics Hall of Fame and was one of 10 members of the Executive Board of the Skyjack organization.

Najjar is a retired associate publisher of Evaluation Engineering. She has done publishing, marketing, and sales for three electronics industry publications: Electronics Test, Test & Measurement World and Evaluation Engineering. In 1980, Test & Measurement was an original start-up by Najjar and four other women. In addition, she formerly held faculty positions at Boston University. Najjar earned a bachelor of science degree in English and biology from Southeast in 1943. She continued her education at Boston University, where she obtained master's and doctoral degrees in humanities and creative writing. In 1978, she attended Radcliffe College of Harvard University and completed a certificate in business management.

Pritchard is a child advocate, educational PBS host and nationally acclaimed speaker and humorist. Pritchard stars in three highly acclaimed educational series which currently air nationally on PBS: "The Power of Choice," "You Can Choose" and "Big Changes, Big Choices." He has been a keynote speaker at conferences at Purdue, Harvard, Notre Dame and Stanford Universities. He has been featured on Johnny Carson and has performed onstage with Robin Williams, Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfield. Pritchard was master of ceremonies for Pope John Paul II's visit to San Francisco and the President's Youth Forum in Washington, D.C. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors for Special Olympics, a volunteer for the Salvation Army, a consultant to the California Consortium on Child Abuse and an advisor to the Department of Pediatrics at San Francisco General Hospital. Pritchard earned a bachelor of science degree in social studies from Southeast in 1973.

Syler is an associate professor of human environmental studies at Southeast Missouri State University and the faculty athletic representative for Southeast. She is an advocate for students. In addition, she is a nutrition and health expert for KFVS12. Syler has given over 40 presentations and published over 20 articles. She was awarded the St. Francis Medical Womancare Award in 1996 and the American Heart Association Award of Distinction in 1996. Syler is a member of the American Dietetics Association, American Consumer and Family Science Association and the Society of Nutrition Education. In 1971, she graduated from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree in home economics, and in 1979, she completed her master's degree in secondary education and home economics at Southeast. She continued her education at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she obtained a doctoral degree in community health in 1996.

Welker graduated from Southeast in 1964 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration in management. He is the vice president of Distribution & Logistics at Anheuser-Busch. In 1997, he hosted the Southeast Alumni Corporate Coffee at Anheuser-Busch. Welker is a chairman of the Foundation Board at St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis, a member of the St. Louis University Supply Chain Consortium, and a member of the Business Advisory Board at Southeast.

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Searching for Answers: The Causes and Consequences of the Sept. 11 Attack

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 24, 2001 – A symposium on “Terrorism in the 21st Century,” in which the causes and consequences of the Sept. 11 Attack on America will be discussed, is planned for Sept. 26 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for noon to 1:15 p.m. in Dempster Auditorium of Crisp Hall.

The symposium will consist of two presentations. “Why Here, Why Now? Terrorism, Jihad and U.S. Foreign Policy,” will be given by Dr. Alynna Lyon, international relations and political violence specialist in the Department of Political Science. “What Next? The American Response, Part I: Presidential Prerogatives,” will be presented by Dr. Russell Renka, Congressional and presidential scholar in the Department of Political Science.

Each presentation is scheduled to last 15 minutes, with the remaining 45 minutes dedicated to questions and answers from the audience and moderators.

Dr. Peter Bergerson, chair of the Department of Political Science, will moderate the symposium.

For more information, call (573) 651-2183 or go to http://www4.semo.edu/polisci/events.html.

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