Week of October 22, 2001



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Oct. 19, 2001 - A new, 1,000-plus-seat performance hall on Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus will be named for Sikeston businessman Donald C. Bedell, Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins announced tonight.

Speaking at the Southeast Missouri University Foundation's Copper Dome Dinner in the Show Me Center, Dobbins said the Board of Regents today accepted a seven-figure gift from Mr. Bedell and named the proposed new facility in his honor.

Bedell is the father of Donald B. "Brad" Bedell, a member of the University's Board of Regents.

Dobbins said the precise amount of the naming gift is not being disclosed at the request of the donor, but he added that it is the largest single cash gift in the 18-year history of the University Foundation, the largest given to the River Campus project, and the largest ever made for a new facility at the University.

"When it is completed," Dobbins said, "the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall will seat over 1,000 patrons, and will be the 'crown jewel' of the River Campus."

"I know how important this facility is to our area, and I am just happy to be able to give something back to our local community and the Southeast Missouri region," said Mr. Bedell.

The performance hall, a Regional Museum, and other facilities will be built on the Southeast River Campus, which will be the site of the University's proposed School of Visual and Performing Arts. No date has been set for the start of construction, pending completion of funding arrangements for the $35.6 million River Campus project.

Donald L. Dickerson, president of the Southeast Board of Regents, said the Board is delighted by the Bedell gift for several reasons. "First," Dickerson said, "a gift of this magnitude is very rare at any institution of higher education, and we are very grateful to Mr. Bedell and to our colleague, Brad Bedell, for helping to arrange this expression of support for the University and the River Campus project.

"Second," he said, "since the Bedells are from the Sikeston area, their gift shows that the performance facilities at the River Campus are perceived as a significant asset not just for Cape Girardeau and the University but for the entire region.

"But on the most basic level," Dickerson added, "we are pleased because the gift clearly indicates that the River Campus project is alive and well, despite the delays in design and construction resulting from a lawsuit challenging the City of Cape Girardeau's $8.9 million share of the total project cost.

"The State of Missouri has made a firm commitment of a little less than one-half the cost; a majority of Cape Girardeau voters voted in favor of both a bond issue and a tax package to retire bonds covering another one-fourth of the cost; and the University Foundation is in the process of raising its $10 million commitment from private donors. With the Bedell gift," Dickerson said, "the Foundation is close to the half-way mark in that effort.

"Thanks to this gift, we are more certain than ever that the River Campus is going to become a reality, with all the advantages it will bring to the city, the region, and the University," Dickerson concluded. "We are eagerly awaiting the Missouri Supreme Court's decision on the suit."

Dobbins agreed, and told those attending the Copper Dome Dinner that Bedell hopes his gift will lead others "to consider their own circumstances and provide additional major gifts in support of the River Campus project."

Dobbins said the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall will enable the city and University to develop a first-rate cultural arts program series including: national symphony orchestras, such as the St. Louis Symphony; professional jazz ensembles; touring companies of Broadway musicals and plays; off-Broadway shows; professional ballet and other dance companies; festivals of music, art, dance and theatre; and performing arts programs for minority youth.

The president said consultants with a fine national reputation -- Theatre Projects Consultants and Webb Management Services -- have evaluated the need for new performing arts facilities for the Cape Girardeau region and the University. "Their conclusion is that the 1,000-seat Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall envisioned for the River Campus site will support a comprehensive performing arts program very well, and that 'there are scores of music, dance, and ... Broadway musical products that can easily be supported' by a 1,000-seat hall," Dobbins said.

He added, "In their review of the inventory of other facilities currently operating in the region, the consultants found that 'the 1,000-seat format will fit into the mix of current facilities well by providing a facility type and capacity that does not exist in the area. The technical support and quality of facility will be unique in the region.' Bedell Hall will be the only such professional venue in the outstate region between St. Louis, Missouri, and Memphis, Tennessee."

In a related development, the Board of Regents today approved the creation of a new Department of Theatre and Dance, in preparation for the eventual move to the River Campus. This new department, along with the existing departments of Art and Music, will be integrated into the new School of Visual and Performing Arts, located on the River Campus.

Work is also continuing on plans for expansion of the present University Museum into a Regional Museum to be located on the River Campus. Planning for that Museum, including a mobile unit which would take museum displays out to the region, is currently being performed by Jacobs Facilities, teaming with Lord, Inc., world-renowned museum consultants, under a $2.6 million grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In another development on the River Campus, ground was broken in June for a $260,000 project on the terraces leading from the historic Seminary buildings down to the Mississippi River. This first phase of work on the River Campus site is being funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation. It includes site work, development of a picnic area, parking and continuation of a hiking/biking trail, which eventually will surround the City of Cape Girardeau.

The River Campus is located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, between Morgan Oak Street and the new Highway 74-146 bridge currently under construction. The property includes 50,000 square feet of existing interior building space and 16.6 acres of real estate. The site was acquired by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, using funds donated by B. W. Harrison of Cape Girardeau and Salem, with the understanding that the property will be preserved and used for educational purposes.

Plans call for the renovation of the existing major buildings on the River Campus, while preserving their exterior appearance, and the creation of approximately 110,000 gross square feet of new space, including the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.

Upon completion of the project, in addition to Bedell Hall and the Museum, the site will include classrooms, faculty offices, lecture and recital halls, rehearsal rooms, music practice rooms, a recording studio, a music library and technology center, a small laboratory theatre, a 500-seat flexible theatre, storage areas, dance studios, specialized studios for various art areas, concession and dining areas, and other support facilities.

The study indicates that the project, including renovation, site development, construction, and furnishing, can be accomplished at an estimated cost of $35.6 million. An additional $1.1 million will be used for street and utility infrastructure costs for a total of $36.7 million. The cost of the performance hall is estimated at $5.9 million and the museum at $3 million.

Bedell Performance Hall will be one of several facilities on the River Campus classified as "joint facilities" under an agreement between Southeast Missouri State University and the City of Cape Girardeau. Other joint facilities are a performance theatre with approximately 500 seats, the regional museum, and a public access scenic overlook of the Mississippi River. These joint facilities will be operated under the supervision of a "Board of Managers" appointed jointly by the City of Cape Girardeau and the University's Board of Regents.

The joint facilities and other University facilities on the site, subject to availability will be available for community meetings, touring exhibits, service clubs, charitable activities and other public uses.

Donald C. Bedell currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Health Facilities Management Corporation, a firm he founded in 1984. The company operates nursing homes in Missouri, Arizona and Arkansas.

Mr. Bedell received a B.S. degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1963, and earned his M.S. degree from Louisiana State University in 1966. He also completed 60 hours toward a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Prior to becoming involved in the health care industry, Mr. Bedell held positions with an independent telephone company in Van Buren, Missouri, and with the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission in Ellsinore.

In 1973, Mr. Bedell was appointed by Governor Christopher Bond to the Missouri State Board of Health, and he served in that capacity through 1976, including two terms as its chairperson.

Mr. Bedell serves on several bank boards and is an avid conservationist. He is a sustaining member in the Conservation Federation of Missouri and is a life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation as well as the Safari Club International.

Mr. Bedell served as president and is the only individual to have held all the offices of the American Health Care Association - the largest national organization of nursing homes, representing approximately one million nursing home beds. He has also been president of the Missouri Health Care Association, and was chairman of the Board of the National Fire Protection Association in 1986.

In addition, Mr. Bedell also served as chairman of the National Policy Forum's task force on long term health care financing, and has served on the U. S. Department of Labor Immigration Nursing Relief Advisory Committee and as a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging.

His son, Southeast Regent Donald B. "Brad" Bedell, graduated from Sikeston High School and earned both B.S. and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Mississippi. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar in October 1993.

Brad Bedell is president of Health Facilities Management Corporation in Sikeston.

Among other civic activities, he is a member of the First Baptist Church of Sikeston and has served as a board member of the YMCA of Southeast Missouri; the Missouri Healthcare Association, which he currently serves as president; the American Healthcare Association; and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2001 - The Second Annual Veryl L. Riddle Distinguished History Lecture for 2001 will be delivered at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, by Professor Randy Roberts of Purdue University.

The topic of Roberts' lecture will be, "Reviewing World War II: Stories and Images from the Great War." It will be held in the University Center Ballroom on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Roberts has published a great number of books and articles about America in the 19th and 20th centuries. His work has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize on two occasions as well at the Bancroft and National Book Awards. He is the author of 23 books and more than 50 articles and book chapters. The range of his publication topics includes World War II, Vietnam, sports figures, Hollywood figures and movies. In 1995, his book on the African-American prizefighter, Jack Johnson, received the Pat and Ray Browne National Book Award.

In addition to his distinguished publishing record, Roberts has won a number of awards for classroom teaching. These include his designation as the Charles B. Murphy Teacher of the Year for 1991; Teacher of the Year for the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts, 1997; Teacher of the Year for the Society for Professional Journalists, 1993; and the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Excellence Award in 1996.

Roberts received his doctoral degree from Louisiana State University, his master of arts degree from the University of Nebraska and his bachelor of arts degree from Mansfield State College. He has been on the faculty at Purdue since 1988, having previously taught at the University of Houston, Sam Houston State and the University of Maryland.

Roberts' focus for the Riddle Lecture will be a historical perspective of World War II from the perspective of the 21st century. He will incorporate video and film footage, photographs and sound clips from the war.

The Riddle Distinguished History Lecture is made possible by a donation from Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Riddle. Riddle, a prominent St. Louis attorney, was born and raised on a farm in Dunklin County, graduated from Campbell High School in 1939 and attended Southeast Missouri State University for two years. Here, he gained certification as a rural school teacher, returning to Dunklin County as a one room school teacher from 1940 to 1942.

He served in World War II from 1942 to 1945. Following the war, he received his law degree from Washington University and returned to Dunklin County to practice law there for 17 years. From 1967 to 1969, Riddle served as U.S. attorney in St. Louis, later joining the Bryan Cave Law firm, at that time a small St. Louis firm. As a senior partner, Riddle helped the corporation grow into one of the largest legal firms in the nation.

For more information on the Riddle Distinguished History Lecture contact Dr. Frank Nickell, director for the Center of Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University, at (573) 651-2555.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 16, 2001 - With Southeast Missouri State University poised to "Celebrate Southeast" during Homecoming festivities throughout this week, the Homecoming Steering Committee has announced the winners of its Homecoming Coloring Contest.

Students at Cape Girardeau's public elementary schools recently participated in the contest. First place winners received two tickets to the Southeast Homecoming football game on Oct. 20 when Southeast will take on Murray State University at 1 p.m. in Houck Stadium. Winning entries are on display at Schnucks in Cape Girardeau.

First Place

First place winners from Clippard Elementary are: Layne Wilson, first grade; Ellory Courvoisier, second grade; Caleb Elam, third grade; and Sarah Lasky, fourth grade.

First place winners from Alma Schrader Elementary are: Kris Groves, kindergarten; Caroline Retter, first grade; Jonathon Lutes, second grade; Jason Coy, third grade.

First place winners from Blanchard Elementary are: Kaneisha Bryant, second grade; Adrian Robinson, third grade; Hannah Beaton, fourth grade; and Kaley Childers, fifth grade.

First place winners from Franklin Elementary are: Britney Hubbard, kindergarten; Jessica Coomer, first grade; Madison Kirn, second grade; and Caitlin Vaught, third grade.

First place winners from Jefferson Elementary are: Jasmine Mohdzain, kindergarten; Scotty Cochran, third grade; James Hobbs, fourth grade; and Haley Pilsner, sixth grade.

Second Place

Second place winners from Clippard Elementary are: Taylor Rinda, first grade; Charisma Desai, second grade; David Watts, third grade; and Zach Wilt, fourth grade.

Second place winners from Alma Schrader Elementary are: Kendra Kelch, kindergarten; Valencia Floyd, first grade; Emma Oh, second grade; and Morgan Lambert, third grade.

Second place winners from Blanchard Elementary are: Aspen Pullen, second grade; Chris Howard, third grade; Erica Childs, fourth grade; and Matthew Harader, fifth grade.

Second place winners from Franklin Elementary are: Courtney Maddock, kindergarten; Chris McEroy, first grade; Dalton Wilson, second grade; and Eleena Suria, third grade.

Second place winners from Jefferson Elementary are: KyRon Triplett, kindergarten; James Poindexter, third grade; Synamin Nabors, fourth grade; and Antonio Long, sixth grade.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2001 -- Christopher Goeke, tenor, associate professor of voice at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a recital of vocal literature at 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in Old St. Vincent's Church.

The recital will include two important song sets for tenor. The performance will open with Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe (Poet's Love), a song cycle based on the poems of Heinrich Heine. Gary Miller, professor of music, will provide piano accompaniment. Program notes and translations will be included.

The second set will be "Letters from Composers" by Dominick Argento. This unique composition for high voice and guitar is a collection of seven songs based on letters (translated into English) from Chopin, Mozart, Schubert, Bach, Debussy, Puccini, and Schumann. Jeffrey Noonan, instructor of guitar and musicology at Southeast, will collaborate with Goeke on this set.

The recital will conclude with a duet from Rossini's Cenerentola (Cinderella) with Leslie Jones, contralto, assistant professor of voice. The program is approximately an hour in duration. Tickets are $6 general admission; $5 faculty, staff and seniors; $4 students, and free with a Southeast Student ID.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2001 -- The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Southeast faculty member Sara Edgerton, will present

"Symphonic Spectacular" Oct. 23 as the opening concert of the 2001-2002 concert season, featuring high school violin virtuoso Liesl Schoenberger as the violin soloist in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

This concert will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Academic Auditorium on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The concert is co-sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University and by Commerce Bank.

The concert will open with two showpieces for symphony orchestra, the "Peer Gynt Suite" by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, and the Slavonic Dances Nos. 6, 7, and 8 by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Both pieces are considered masterworks of the symphonic literature and are very appealing to today's concert audiences. The "Peer Gynt Suite" includes the famous movement, "In the Hall of the Mountain King," which has become well-known to audiences everywhere as it has been excerpted for use in several film and commercial television releases. The Slavonic Dances present Czech folk tunes and dances, brilliantly orchestrated by the great Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak.

The second half of the concert will feature Liesl Schoenberger as violin soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Liesl has won numerous awards and recognition as a violinist. She began the study of violin at the age of two and a half years old in the Suzuki program at Southeast Missouri State University. She subsequently studied at the St. Louis Symphony Music School and, since 1993, has been studying with Mimi Zweig, professor of Music at Indiana University. She has also had coaching with Dr. Ronald Francois, Southeast faculty member, for the past three years.

Liesl has won the Young Artists Competition with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (1998) and the Young Artists Competition with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra (1999). She was the Missouri Grand Prize Winner of the ASTA Solo Competition (2000). She has performed numerous concerts as a classical violinist in several states and has performed in France and Switzerland. Liesl also competes as a fiddle player and has won fiddle competitions in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. She has appeared on the National

Public Radio Program, "Whad'ya Know," and at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., where she received a standing ovation. Liesl is 17 years old and is a senior at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau, where she is also class president.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Tickets are available now by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance. Ticket prices are $10 for premium seats; $6 for general admission; $5 for faculty, staff, and senior citizens; and $4 for students. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2001 - Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, was honored as a distinguished alumnus by Old Dominion University during a Founder's Day awards dinner Oct. 11 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk,Va.

Dobbins was honored along with other distinguished alumni and Norfolk area leaders. The awards are given to graduates of Old Dominion University in recognition of outstanding service to the community, state, nation or mankind, or for outstanding accomplishment in the graduate's profession.

Dobbins earned his master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in management information systems from Old Dominion in 1979. Dobbins received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Akron in Ohio and his doctoral degree in higher education administration from Kent State University in 1987. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio.

Dobbins became the 17th president of Southeast after an 18-year career in higher education administration. He came to Southeast Missouri State University in 1991 as Vice President for Finance and Administration, and served as Executive Vice President from July 1993 until his appointment as President.

During his tenure at Southeast, Dobbins has been an integral part of the team which developed and began implementing such major initiatives as the River Campus, the School for Visual and Performing Arts, the School of Polytechnic Studies, off-campus higher education centers at Sikeston and Kennett, an enhanced public service initiative, a major capital campaign, and a new campus master plan.

For eight years, Dobbins served as the University's chief financial officer and Treasurer of the Board of Regents, with responsibility for budgets in excess of $90 million annually. He also served for a brief period as Executive Director of the University Foundation and Director of Development.

He has had a wide range of leadership assignments at Southeast, handling such diverse responsibilities as providing budget advice to the President and Board, lobbying for University interests in Jefferson City, assuming overall leadership in the area of enrollment management, administering a competitive Division I athletics program, and providing oversight for almost $100 million worth of construction and renovation projects.

He has supervised a variety of other administrative areas at the University including all financial and human resource areas, athletics, computer services, student auxiliaries, facilities management, and all other business operations. He has also interacted regularly with the media, state legislators, the Governor and his staff, and the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education on all state appropriations for Southeast and other University initiatives.

While at Southeast he has been instrumental in strengthening the University's financial condition; assisting in the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan; addressing the need to integrate computer technology in the administrative and classroom environments; planning and overseeing major campus improvement projects such as the Seabaugh Polytechnic Building, the Dempster Business Building, Carnahan Hall renovation, the Towers Complex renovation and River Campus; spearheading the Campus Master Plan effort; upgrading classroom appearance and technology capabilities throughout campus; implementing programs to increase student enrollment; and securing external funding for scholarships and capital projects.

During his years in Cape Girardeau, Dobbins has been active in the community. He has served on a variety of community committees and currently is a member of the Cape West Rotary Club and Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of the City of Cape Girardeau Finance Committee, St. Francis Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and the Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation Board of Directors.

Commissioned an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Dobbins served for almost 10 years, from 1972 until 1981, with the Air Force Audit Agency (AFAA), both as a military officer and civilian employee, conducting and managing audits at military installations throughout the world. His foreign service included extensive time spent in the Philippines, Israel and Europe. One highlight of his career as an auditor in the AFAA was a review of the Camp David Israeli

Air Base Construction Project conducted at the personal request of the Under Secretary of the Air Force.

From 1981 until 1991, Dobbins worked at Kent State University, serving as Assistant Director of Financial Affairs, Assistant Treasurer, Bursar, and Director of University Auditing. His accomplishments at Kent State included developing strategies and courses of action for enrollment planning, early academic advising, student registration, and related computer systems; and planning and implementing numerous computer system changes which had a positive impact upon major university academic and administrative computer applications.

Dobbins is married to the former Jeanine Larson, Coordinator for the Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program based at Southeast. They have one son, Paul, who is a student at Southeast.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2001 -Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Regional History was recognized for its efforts in promoting tourism in the Dunklin County community recently at the first annual banquet of the Clarkton, Mo., Historical Society.

Diana Steele, research assistant and Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center of Regional History, were praised for their guidance and technical assistance. They were individually awarded plaques of recognition, the first ever awarded by the recently developed historical society.

Over 140 people attended the banquet which featured speeches by Mayor Jan Cradduck, Colleen Vollman of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Rep. Phillip Britt, State Sen. Bill Foster and Steve Dismuke, representing U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. The featured speaker for the evening was former state Sen. Jerry Howard. The meeting was chaired by Scott Harrison, president of the Society.

The organization was updated on the efforts to acquire the former home of Charles and Elizabeth Birthright, who overcame the racial barriers of the early 19th century to become prosperous farmers and benefactors to residents of Clarkton and Dunklin County. The goal is to convert the former home into a cultural and heritage center for the region.

Steele and Nickell were commended for their efforts in developing tourism in Clarkton. During the spring of 2001, they helped officials of the community develop a work plan which would enhance the community for tourism. In June, they brought the first ever tour bus to Clarkton, where visitors were treated to a free lunch and guided tours of historic churches and homes. Mayor Jan Cradduck said that the support of the Center for Regional History and the University was invaluable to the Society and the community.

Nickell and Steele both praised the efforts of the Society and city officials, especially Cradduck, in initiating tourism in their community.

"These good people have literally turned this town around and are proving that small, rural communites can use their history and heritage to make tourism a positive economic factor," said Nickell. "For many rural communities S Missouri, history is the best avenue to appeal for visitors, and few communities have achieved so much in such a short time as Clarkton has."

The City of Clarkton, "the oldest town in Dunklin County," and the Historical Society have ambitious plans to publicize their historical heritage in the state and region. Efforts have been initiated to involve Clarkton Public School students to participate, for the first time, in the 2002 History Day program.

"We have just begun," said President Scott Harrison.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2001 - Southeast Missouri State University will observe National Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 23-27 with several events designed to reinforce responsible attitudes about drinking and respect for the law.

Events are being sponsored by the Campus and Community Coalition for Change (CCCC).

The grim reaper will appear on campus as a kick off to the events of the week. Alcohol-related classroom presentations also will be made.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Maxine Maxwell will present dramatic interpretations of historical black women's lives. This event is planned for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom and is free and open to the public. A midnight movie - "Nightmare on Elm Street" -- will be shown at midnight on Oct. 26 at Cape West 14 Cine. Southeast students with an ID will be admitted free to the movie and will receive free popcorn and a small soda.

A Live Alcohol Awareness Demonstration is planned for 6:50 p.m. Oct. 25 in front of the Stroup Fountain outside of Kent Library. After the demonstration, a panel discussion is planned in the University Center Ballroom from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The panel will feature testimonials from people directly affected by deadly alcohol-related accidents. Those who attend will hear stories from a mother and brother of victims of alcohol-related accidents and from police officers. Panel members will discuss how these events have changed their lives.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Student Activities Council is sponsoring a trip to the Six Flags Fright Fest. A bus will depart at 10 a.m. from the Show Me Center parking lot. Tickets are available to full time undergraduate Southeast students with an ID for $10, which includes the bus transportation. Students are encouraged to bring spending money. One ticket will be granted per ID. Tickets are available through the University Center information desk. Call (573) 651-2282 for more information.

Alcohol Awareness Week also will feature a "Be a Part of the Solution" Writing Contest, sponsored by the CCCC and SAPE. Monetary awards from $200 to $500 will be given to the writers who best express their view point of the topic of high risk drinking. Participants will be asked to define high risk drinking in the campus community and the specific actions they would recommend to best address this concern.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2001 -- The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will combine with the Southeast Choral Union and University Choir to present a concert of "Festive Favorites" on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. in Academic Auditorium.

This is the second concert in the new symphony orchestra Subscription Series that began this fall.

The Southeast Missouri Symphony University Orchestra, under the direction of Southeast faculty member Sara Edgerton, will open the program with a performance of French composer Georges Bizet's “L'Arlesienne Suite No 2.” Bizet is perhaps best known today for his operatic masterpiece, “Carmen.” Like “Carmen,” “L'Arlesienne Suite” is full of attractive melodies and enchanting orchestration. The rousing “Farandole,” based on a traditional French folk song, concludes this attractive symphonic work.

The Choral Union and University Choir join the orchestra to perform a pair of pieces, “Gloria: A Christmas Celebration,” featuring two dramatically contrasting settings of the traditional seasonal text, by Antonio Vivaldi and Randol Bass. “Gloria,” beginning with texts from Luke 2:14, is often associated with the nativity and performed around the Christmas holidays or other festive occasions.

The famed “Gloria” by Italian, Baroque master, Antonio Vivaldi, was written around 1715, and is set in 12 short movements for orchestra, chorus and soloists. It is known world-wide and is justifiably one of Vivaldi's most celebrated works for orchestra and chorus.

The concert concludes with an exciting new setting of the “Gloria” text, this one by prominent American composer, Randol Alan Bass. Considerably shorter than the Vivaldi, it is very contemporary, and a great companion-piece to the Vivaldi.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and University faculty and staff; $4 for area school students; $10 for preferred-reserved seating (balcony and front/center floor); and free to Southeast students with a valid University ID. For additional information, call the Southeast Missouri State University Performing Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.

Tickets are now available and can be reserved by calling the University Performing Box Office. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Free concert shuttles will be provided to and from Academic Hall from Parking Lot #4 on Henderson, between Broadway and Normal.

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