Week of January 7, 2002



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 4, 2002 – Loren Rullman, director of student auxiliary services at Southeast Missouri State University, has been promoted to assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of student auxiliary services.

Rullman joined Southeast in 1994 as director of the University Center. In 1998, he was promoted to his current position as director of student auxiliary services.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Valparaiso University and a master of science degree from the University of Indiana. He is in the process of completing the course work toward a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

In his new position, Rullman will assume many of the day-to-day responsibilities for enrollment management, including chairing the Enrollment Management Committee and coordinating Enrollment Development Team meetings.

In addition, Rullman will assume some responsibilities in the area of facilities coordination, including the new residence hall and the University Center addition, as well as other projects.

Rullman will continue to report to Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management, who said, "I am looking forward to working with Mr. Rullman in his expanded role. He is a very capable and competent individual who has our students' interests in mind."

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 4, 2002 – The 2002 Southeast Missouri Honors Wind Ensemble will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in Academic Auditorium on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

This group is comprised of 50 high school students chosen by audition from among several hundred young people representing 60 Missouri school districts.

Dr. Robert Gifford, professor of music and coordinator of winds and percussion at Southeast, will conduct the Honors Wind Ensemble. In addition, members of the Southeast music faculty will present to the students clinics on each instrument. The concert is free to the public.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 4, 2002 -- The Southeast Missouri State University Choral Union, the area's largest and most renowned community choir, will begin its spring rehearsal schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 15, for an April 30 performance of John Rutter's "Requiem."

Regular rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Brandt Music Hall Room 205.

The Choral Union is a non-auditioned, "open membership" choir that draws singers from the area-wide community. The 100-plus voice choir specializes in major choral/orchestral works, and performances of such masterpieces as Orff's "Carmina Burana," Handel's "Messiah" and Wilberg's "Four American Folk Hymns," have attracted capacity crowds. Dr. John Egbert, director of choral activities at the University, is the director.

Regarding this semester's music, Egbert said, "Some of our community singers will know the Rutter 'Requiem.' The Choral Union performed the work about 10 years ago, and singers have been requesting that we sing it again for about the past five years. The 'Requiem' was written just over 15 years ago, but like so much of Rutter's music, has becoming instantly and universally popular because of the beauty and simplicity of it melodies."

Anyone interested in singing in the Choral Union or wanting additional information is encouraged to contact Egbert at (573) 651-2342. "Singing with over 150 singers -- as we do almost every concert -- is an incredible experience, and one that dramatically exemplifies the importance of a strong community membership," Egbert said. "But, we still need to grow -- both in size and performance level. That is why we are continually actively recruiting singers--especially men. Although we need more men, we are interested in anyone who wants to sing. As always, there are no fees, and there is no audition for membership. That is very unusual in today's society -- even most community choirs now have some audition requirement for membership."

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 8, 2002 - Six Southeast Missouri State University students are participating this week in the “Governor’s Leadership Forum: Faith and Values in Leadership” in Jefferson City, Mo.

Participating are Ross McFerron of Advance, Mo.; Joel McDaniel of North St. Louis County; Daniel Pattengill of Park Hills, Mo.; Brian Privett of Kennett, Mo.; Elizabeth Vaughn of Belleville, Ill.; and Emily Wahlman of DuPont, Ind. The conference began today and runs through Jan. 10 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.

The purpose of the leadership experience is to communicate to student leaders from across Missouri the role that a strong faith and value system can play in their lives. The forum offers opportunities for interaction and lectures about time honored principles of leadership. Leaders from business, sports, arts and public service also have been invited to participate along with Missouri Gov. Bob Holden. The forum offers the student leaders opportunities for dialogue and to interact with men and women in positions of leadership.

The forum is patterned after similar events held in more than 20 states across America and is held in conjunction with the Missouri Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. Both the Leadership Forum and the Prayer Breakfast are sponsored by non-partisan, private committees.

“These students have learned much about standard leadership techniques,” Holden said. “However, they may not have thought about time-honored principles that will not only determine what kind of leaders they will be, but what kind of people they will be. By interaction with adult speakers and facilitators, we hope these young people will not only hear about these principles, but also see them at work in the lives of the conference participants during the three-day event.”

The Southeast students participating in this year’s forum were selected through a competitive process. Students were required to have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, be a sophomore or junior, and have demonstrated experience in previous student leadership positions and activities.

Loren Rullman, assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of student auxiliary services at Southeast, said students who have participated in the forum in the past “have spoken very highly of it. One student said it was the highlight of their student leadership experiences.”

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