Week of November 12, 2001



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 9, 2001 - The National Council for Preservation (NCPE) presented a certificate extending full benefits for membership to Southeast Missouri State University in recognition of meeting the criteria for approval of undergraduate programs in historic preservation.

Historic preservation is a major that combines formal classroom learning with a variety of field experiences in which students and faculty work together to study, understand and preserve the past. Students may choose to study museum administration, archival management or site administration. This course of study leads to a Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation degree. The degree requires a minor in one of the following areas: anthropology, archaeology, architectural design, art, environmental studies, history, interior design or promotion management.

Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff, coordinator of the historic preservation program, accepted the certificate at NCPE's annual meeting in Providence, R.I., this October. As treasurer of NCPE, Stepenoff helps make Southeast part of the each decision that the council makes.

NCPE serves colleges and universities across the country through several established standards for all programs in historic preservation. These standards are meant to define basic parameters of instruction and to foster the attainment and maintenance of excellence in preservation education. Only four undergraduate programs in the nation receive the full benefits of NCPE membership. By participating in NCPE, Southeast has the opportunity to get involved in curriculum discussion and work through field schools. In addition, NCPE offers paid internships, scholarships and research competition and publication for historic preservation students.

"One of the important things the program does is build partnerships between the University, community groups and government agencies with the common goal of identifying and preserving important cultural resources and cultural landmarks in the region," said Stepenoff. "The focus is on students, and students learn by getting involved in preservation in the community and the region."

The historic preservation program at Southeast was established in 1980 and has since grown to be one of the most honored programs in the country. One very important aspect of Southeast's Historic Preservation program is the opportunity for each student to practice classroom theories. Class-related projects and internships at local, regional and national sites provide hands-on experience in varying facets of museums, archives and site administration activities.

Historic preservation students at Southeast are required to work at a four-week summer field school which offers intensive training in archaeological field methods, preservation of historic building fabric and documentation of historic structures. Students receive six hours of credit for completing the field school in addition to an opportunity to work side by side with archaeologists, historians, site administrators and other professionals in historic preservation.

In addition to class-related activities, the Historic Preservation Association, an organization at Southeast for students interested in historic preservation, also sponsors field trips to historic sites, speakers drawn from the profession and opportunities for interaction between students and faculty.

"Historic preservation trains students who love history to work at museums, archives and preservation agencies. It is important for our program to be involved with similar programs across the country, and with NCPE," said Stepenoff.

For more information about NCPE or the historic preservation program at Southeast, contact Stepenoff at (573) 651-2831.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 5, 2001 - During the week of Nov. 12-16, Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate the second annual International Education Week with a variety of activities and educational opportunities.

During International Education Week, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes the importance of educating students about people and nations throughout the world in preparing our students to live in a diverse and tolerant society and succeed in a global economy, said U.S Secretary of Education Rod Paige.

"Knowledge about the culture and language of our neighbors throughout the world is becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of all Americans," he said. "The events of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 underscore that point. For our students, international education means learning about the history, geography, literature and arts of other countries, acquiring proficiency in a second language and understanding complex global issues. It means having opportunities to experience other cultures, whether through studying abroad, exposure to diversity in their own communities or through classroom-to-classroom Internet connections with students in schools in other nations."

The celebration of International Education Week at Southeast will open with a reception at the International Center on the Southeast campus on Monday, Nov. 12, from 3-5 p.m. During the reception, awards will be presented to both international and U.S. students who participated in a recent "Say Cheese" photo contest. Students submitted photos in two categories: "Home, Sweet Home" (photos taken at students' homes) and "Wish You Were Here" (photos taken away from students' homes).

Throughout the week, flags representing each of the home countries of international students at Southeast will be flown from the International Center at 939 College Hill on the University campus.

An International Fashion Show will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 during Common Hour. International students at the University will model the native dress of their countries in an event that will showcase the variety of cultures that are represented at Southeast. Seventeen international students will model native dress from New Guinea, India, Malaysia, Colombia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Nigeria and Yemen. The fashion show will begin at noon in the multipurpose room of the Student Recreation Center on the Southeast campus.

On Thursday Nov. 15, a Study Abroad Fair will be held in the University Center lobby. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., students and others will be on hand to answer questions about study abroad programs that are available to Southeast students. Peace Corps literature information also will be available.

For those who wish to show their support for international education, commemorative T-shirts will be for sale at the International Center. The shirts cost $6 each for sizes S-XL and $8 each for size XXL. The shirts are heavy gray T-shirts with the logo of the International Center on the front and a message of international friendship on the back. Quantities are limited.

For more information, contact Jill Venezian, coordinator of International Community Programs, at (573) 986-6872.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 9, 2001 -- All students at Southeast Missouri State University are reminded that Journey magazine is accepting submissions for the Journey 2002 issue.

Journey contains writing and artwork by Southeast students across campus and is free to all University community members through funding from Student Government.

Journey is a great place for students to start publishing their work, earn bragging rights and get another line on their resumes.

Deadline for submissions is Nov. 30 and absolutely no later than Dec. 7. Submission forms are online or in front of the Journey office at Grauel Building 318-O.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov 9, 2001 - During the month of November, Southeast Missouri State University will observe Native American Heritage Month through exhibits at Southeast Bookstore, the University Center and Kent Library.

"We have a number of students, faculty and staff who are Native American. During this month, people should stop and reflect on how many people in the Southeast Missouri region have Native American heritage," said Dr. Carol Morrow, professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography at Southeast.

Cherokee Indians lived in Missouri and Arkansas several hundred years before the Trail of Tears passed through this area. The 2000 census shows that approximately 65,000 residents in the state of Missouri claim Native American heritage, and most of these people live in the Southeast Missouri region, Morrow said.

Kent Library will feature a display of Native American books in the front lobby. The display will be up through November. The University Center will display their stock of Native American books available for purchase. These books include The Lakota Way, a collection of Native American stories as interpreted by Joseph Marshall, who recently visited Southeast and Cape Girardeau to share his work.

An exhibit of "tear dresses, by Glinda Seabaugh" will be on display on the third floor of the University Center through Nov. 21. These dresses are associated with Cherokee Indian women and are designed and made by Seabaugh, owner of Pitter's Cherokee Trails Gallery and Gift Shop. Seabaugh specializes in the design of traditional Indian clothes and her store, located in downtown Cape Girardeau, sells tear dresses, shawls and a variety of Native American clothing.

For more information on the displays or about Native American Heritage month, contact Carol Morrow at (573) 651-5934.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 9, 2001 - The Department of Public Safety (DPS) at Southeast Missouri State University plans to conduct building evacuation drills Nov. 13.

"This is a training exercise," said Beth Glaus, Emergency Preparedness Plan coordinator in the Department of Public Safety at Southeast. Glaus says DPS tests its outdoor warning sirens at noon on the first Wednesday of each month. "We do this in order to keep the campus and surrounding community aware of the system and so people become attuned to what it sounds like," she said. Recently, DPS has added the evacuation siren pulse tones to the cadre of capabilities provided by the outdoor warning system. "Now that the building evacuation feature has been added, it is important to train everyone on how to properly evacuate the buildings on our campus and to make people aware of the new tone," she said, adding she hopes residents in the community living near the campus acquaint themselves with the building evacuation tone as well.

Glaus said Southeast may participate in a statewide tornado drill next spring and planned to conduct a building evacuation drill prior to that event. The building evacuation drill since has been moved up on the calendar.

The purpose of the building evacuation drill, Glaus said, is to train people on what to do and how to exit a building in the event of an emergency situation. Events that may warrant a building evacuation include, but are not limited to, an earthquake, security issues, a hazardous chemical spill or a gas leak.

"Knowledge is power," she said. "When you have knowledge and are in control of a situation, you are less likely to feel anxious and panic."

The drill is expected to begin at 11:05 a.m. Nov. 13 when the University's outdoor warning system will sound with siren pulse tones, signaling the start of the exercise. Glaus said the new evacuation tones will sound continuously for three minutes.

A message then will alert students, faculty, staff and visitors on the campus that this is "only a test" and will ask individuals to evacuate to building assembly areas. Building coordinators, wearing bright orange vests, will be in the assembly areas to assist and count those who have evacuated. DPS asks that those evacuating the buildings report to their building coordinator in the assembly area to assure they are counted.

"I would like to emphasize the importance of being counted because these numbers will be reported to DPS that day," Glaus said.

After reporting to their respective building coordinator, persons who have evacuated will be asked to remain in their assembly area for further instructions. When the all-clear sounds, people may return to buildings.

Evacuation routes and assembly area locations are posted in all buildings on campus. Drill notices will be posted on exterior doors of every campus building prior to the drill date. The notices on exterior doors also will alert passersby that the drill is planned for the week of Nov. 12.

The backup date for the building evacuation drill is 11:05 a.m. on Nov. 15, should the Nov. 13 exercise need to be postponed.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 9, 2001 - Shirley Armstead, special agent and demand reduction coordinator for the St. Louis Drug Enforcement Administration, will speak at Southeast Missouri State University Dec. 3 on "Ecstasy, Club Drugs and Rave Parties: Are these a problem in Southeast Missouri?"

"We have seen a significant increase in the number of cases involving club drugs, primarily ecstasy, in the Southeast Missouri area over the past year," said Sgt. Kevin Glaser, Missouri State Highway Patrol Coordinator and Southeast Drug Task Force.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It will be held in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 9, 2001 - Southeast Missouri State University is currently undergoing an internal review of the area of Residence Life in preparation for an external review in February 2002.

In an effort to include everyone in this important process, a survey will be sent to members of the campus community to complete and return. The survey also is available online at https://www3.semo.edu/survey/reslifeF01.htm.

Input from the entire campus community is valuable. The survey should be completed and returned by Dec. 14.

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Proceeds to provide scholarships for School of Visual and Performing Arts, Kennett Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 14, 2001 - Sheryl Crow, a Kennett, Mo., native turned songwriter, guitarist and celebrity vocalist, will perform a Benefit Concert - Sheryl Crow Unplugged -- on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in Academic Auditorium at Southeast Missouri State University.

All proceeds from the concert will be divided equally to support endowed scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University and at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center. The concert is being sponsored by Southeast Missouri State. Media partners for the event are KFVS12, the Southeast Missourian/Daily Dunklin Democrat, Withers Communication and Zimmer Radio Group.

In addition to the concert, University officials plan to present Crow with an honorary doctoral degree during commencement exercises planned for 2 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Show Me Center Arena.

Crow returns to the campus of Southeast Missouri State University after performing a benefit concert here last December. This year’s unplugged concert will be a more intimate event with Crow at the forefront with support from a member of her band. This year’s concert will be held in Academic Auditorium, where seating availability is limited to 1,200. Last year’s concert was held in the Show Me Center.

Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, said, “We are delighted that Sheryl Crow is coming back to perform here on our campus in December. Sheryl’s concert here last year was highly successful and those who attended were treated to an outstanding concert.”

Dobbins added that Crow’s commitment to her home region and to education for residents throughout the Heartland cannot be overstated.

“Sheryl’s generosity and talent are testimony to her strong hometown roots in Kennett and her understanding of the need to help other young people in this region pursue their dreams,” Dobbins said. “I would like to extend our thanks to Sheryl for agreeing to come back to Southeast Missouri State again to perform another benefit concert. Our students, both here and in Kennett, are the true beneficiaries of her sharing her talents.”

A limited number of patron tickets, which entitle ticket holders to preferred V.I.P. seating and a private reception after the concert, will be available. Sponsorship is available with a $200 contribution, $160 of which is tax deductible. Sponsor ticket holders will be seated in the first several rows in Academic Auditorium. Sponsors also will be entitled to meet Ms. Crow at the post-concert reception in the University Museum in Memorial Hall. Sponsor ticket holders also will receive reserved parking in Henderson Street Lot 35, north of Cheney Hall, with transportation to and from Academic Auditorium.

Concert tickets are $27 for the general public, $20 for Southeast students with an ID and $15 for December 2001 graduating seniors with an ID (one per graduate). Student ticket prices include the Student Activities Council Advantage discount. Parking will be available in lots along Henderson Street with free shuttle transportation to and from Academic Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. To order tickets or for ticket information, call the Show Me Center Box Office at (573) 651-5000 or go to http://www4.semo.edu/showmecenter.

The Sheryl Crow Benefit Concert held at Southeast last December raised a total of $48,000, which was distributed to the Kennett Area Higher Education Center Scholarship endowment and created a new Sheryl Crow School of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship endowment to benefit students on the Cape Girardeau campus.

Crow previously has performed benefit concerts in Kennett. In September 1999, Crow performed a benefit concert at the American Legion Hall, with more than $25,000 in proceeds going to the Kennett Education Foundation. Those dollars provided scholarships for students attending the Kennett Area Higher Education Center, which opened in June in a newly renovated facility, and created the Sheryl Crow Kennett Area Higher Education Center Scholarship endowment. In 1997, she performed a concert at the high school football stadium, with those proceeds also benefiting the Kennett Education Foundation and for scholarships for two other local civic organizations.

Crow is the daughter of Wendell and Bernice Crow of Kennett. She learned to play the piano by age six and wrote her first song at age 13. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with majors in music composition, performance and education.

She worked as an elementary school music teacher for children with special needs, and has said, “It’s amazing to see music work on little human beings who are otherwise unreachable.

They feel the vibration of a guitar, and they come alive.”

At the age of 23, Crow moved to Los Angeles, determined to be a professional musician, armed with a few thousand dollars in savings, a classical music degree and experience singing with a college band. Her savings were soon depleted, but she found work as a backup singer for such talents as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson, earning respect and opportunities in the music world. During the 1980s, she continued to write songs, some of which were recorded by other famous musicians. Her own debut recording, “Tuesday Night Music Club,” released in 1993, displayed her gift of catchy lyrics and non-aggressive rock sound, and by 1995 had been certified as a 5x platinum LP. Crow had become a star.

Since that time, songs by Crow regularly have made the Top 10 lists, and she has received the top accolade in her profession, the Grammy Award, numerous times, beginning in 1995 with Grammies for “Record of the Year,” “Best Pop Vocal Performance-Female” and “Best New Artist.” She also has won a Grammy for “Best Rock Album,” and in February 2001, she won her latest Grammy for “Best Rock Vocal Performance-Female,” her third in that category. She also has won the Gibson Guitar Award as the Best Acoustic Guitarist-Female (2000).

With another recording artist, Nanci Griffith, Crow has supported the work of the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World, touring Vietnamese and Cambodian rehabilitation clinics for 11 days, raising funds to curb the effects of landmines in the Third World and to provide rehabilitation services and artificial limbs for the victims of these explosive devices.

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