Week of January 16, 2001




The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present a recital of music for voice and guitar Jan. 21 in Old St. Vincent's Church.

The performers will be guest artist Kristin Itoku, soprano, and Southeast music faculty member Jeffrey Noonan, guitarist. The recital will take place at 3 p.m. in Old St. Vincent's Church in Cape Girardeau. Admission to the concert is free with a University ID. General admission is $5 with discounts for seniors and students.

The program will open with several Victorian parlor songs. The first half also includes songs by two of the most important guitarists/composers of the 19th century. Mauro Guiliani is represented by Three Leider he wrote while living in Vienna and the Spaniard, Fernando Sor, offers several seguidillas, popular Spanish folk songs.

The second half of the recital is devoted to folk song arrangements. The first set contains arrangements by Benjamin Britten on English, Scottish and American folk tunes. The closing work on the program is a collection of French folk songs set by the Hungarian composer Matyas Seiber.

Kristin Itoku is on the music faculty at both Webster University and Maryville University in St. Louis. She has performed extensively in the Midwest and Northeast, appearing as a recital soloist, a chorus soloist and in opera productions. She holds degrees in music from the University of Missouri-Columbia and from The New England Conservatory of Music. In addition to her work as a vocalist and vocal instructor, Itoku is a voice pathologist and has a private practice in St. Louis, where she works primarily with singers.

Noonan is the guitar instructor at Southeast, where he teaches private lessons, directs the Southeast Guitar Ensemble and teaches music history and literature courses. He joined the faculty in 1999 and taught previously at Indiana University in Fort Wayne, St. Mary's College, and Washington University among others. Noonan plays Renaissance and Baroque instruments as well as classical guitar and performs throughout Missouri on classical guitar, Renaissance lute and related instruments. His studied at the University of Notre Dame, the Hartt School of Music and Washington University.

For further information, call the Southeast Department of Music at (573) 651-2141 or e-mail jjnoonan@semovm.semo.edu.

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An information and organizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Grauel Building, Room 316 at Southeast Missouri State University for those interested in participating in a trip to Ireland in June.

The Southeast Missouri State University Theatre is sponsoring "Ireland 2001: Castles, Concerts & Countryside" June 21-30.

Experience the fun and adventure as you will explore the rich Irish history, the performing arts, and the magnificent scenery of the "Emerald Isle." This 10-day/eight-night tour, priced at only $1,998, will take you to Dublin, Waterford, Blarney, Killarney, Adare, Limerick, Bunratty and Galway, and will view such natural sights as the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burrens and much more. Space is limited, so reserve your space early. This tour promises to be the experience of a lifetime.

For more information, contact Dennis Seyer, program director, in the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre at Southeast at (573) 651-2490 or e-mail dseyer@semovm.semo.edu.

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Southeast Missouri State University is planning a Spring Family Weekend on the campus with a number of events scheduled for Feb. 16-18.

The University has sponsored Family Weekend for a number of years during the fall semester. Due to its resounding success, a similar weekend for families of students has been organized for the spring 2001 semester as well.

"This is an opportunity for families to visit their students during the spring semester and to enjoy some special family time together at Southeast," said Diane Sides, director of University Relations.

The highlight of Spring Family Weekend will be a pre-game dinner followed by both Southeast men's and women's basketball games, with both teams taking on the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Feb. 17. The women's game will be held at 5:30 p.m. The men's game will follow at 7:30 p.m. Both games are in the Show Me Center.

Tickets are $9, $11, and $13, depending on seat location. Children ages three to 18 receive a $2 discount. These prices include admission to both games. Tickets may be charged on Visa or Mastercard by calling (573) 651-2113.

The pre-game dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center east gymnasium. Food, games and activities for the entire family will be available as families get into the pre-game spirit. The climbing wall will be open for anyone wishing to scale to the top. Barbecue with all the trimmings will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $6.25 a person, including a drink. Tickets for the meal can be purchased at the event. Children's meals can be purchased for $4.75. University students with an I.D. may eat free. The group, Manitou, will provide musical entertainment, and the University's Spirit Band, cheerleaders and Sundancers will stop by for a mini-pep rally on their way to the game.

During this event, Southeast student organizations will have displays set up, providing information, selling items and sponsoring games during the Family FunFest. A Parents' Association table will be featured, where parents can learn how to join in this organization.

At 5 p.m., children ages four to 12 can participate in RECess, a program of games, crafts, activities and sports. The program is held during the men's basketball game and is a way for parents to enjoy the game while their children enjoy the benefits and activities of the Student Recreation Center. Cost is $5 for children who are pre-registered and $7 for those paying at the door. Drop-off begins at 5 p.m. at the main entrance of the Student Recreation Center. Children must be picked up within 30 minutes after the end of the men's basketball game. To register your child for this program, call (573) 651-2105.

From 6 to 9 p.m., a clown - "Lester the Professional Fool" - and a face painter - "Let's

Face It by Susan" - will entertain in the Show Me Center. The clown will delight youngsters by making balloon animals and hats and performing slight of hand tricks. The face painter will paint faces, using glitter and crafting Mardi Gras-like masks. Both the clown and face painter are being sponsored by the Student Activities Council.

Family Weekend will open on Friday, Feb. 16. An information table will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. at the entrance to Towers. Families may stop by the University Museum to view the 23rd Annual High School Art Symposium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both Friday and Saturday, in Memorial Hall. An information session on the MBA Program is planned for 3-4 p.m. Friday in Dempster Hall Room 246, and the international business programs will sponsor an open house from 4-5 p.m. Friday, in the same location.

Students may treat their parents and families to dinner at Towers or Café Court from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. At 5 p.m., families are encouraged to watch the Southeast Indoor Track Team as it takes on Murray State in Ohio Valley Conference competition in the Student Recreation Center.

International Business Programs will sponsor a second open house from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, again in Dempster Hall Room 246. Student Financial Services will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. in Academic Hall. This will provide parents the opportunity to discuss any needs or concerns with staff on such issues as financial aid, student employment, loans and scholarships, and student accounts.

Catholic Campus Ministries will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel at 512 N. Pacific in the Newman Center.

Activities on Sunday, Feb. 18, begin with a Family Weekend Breakfast hosted by

University President Kenneth W. Dobbins. The brunch will include eggs, sausage, waffles and all the usual breakfast fixin's, as well a full lunch. The cost is $6.25 for adults and $4.75 for children ages six to 12. Children five and under are free. Southeast students with the appropriate meal plan may use their I.D. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Spring Family Weekend will come to a close with the Lutheran Student Fellowship Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. in the Lutheran Chapel of Hope. The service will be followed by a free meal in the Student Activities Center.

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A Southeast Missouri State University alumna is the co-author of a novel to be published on-line this winter.

Diana Lambdin Meyer, a 1980 graduate of Southeast with a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication, is co-author of the book Head Rites, which will be released in February on iUniverse.com, the world's leading ePublishing group. Meyer currently is living in the Kansas City area.

While at Southeast, Meyer worked at the Capaha Arrow, Southeast's student newspaper, and KRCU Radio, among other activities. She received a master of arts degree in mass communications from Central Missouri State in 1985. Meyer is self-employed as a non-fiction writer for newspapers, magazines and travel guidebooks. Head Rites is her first work of fiction.

Set in the year 2008, this contemporary women's fiction novel explores the impact of U.S. legislation that requires residents of all major urban areas to obtain residency permits in order to remain in that urban area. The goal of the residency rights law is to minimize the environmental strain on man-made and environmental resources in these major cities, while distributing their political and economic power more equitably across the nation.

The story is told through the lives of Bobby Weston, a wannabe country music star from Casper, Wyo., and Sharon Wilson, the geriatric nurse he seduces and marries because of her job offer and accompanying employee benefits of residency rights in Nashville, Tenn. Wilson's new boss is her best friend and former college roommate, Alexandria Rothwell, a Boston native who was born into wealth but chose to follow her grandmother's path of public health care. As Alex begins a relationship with her neighbor, a U.S. Marshal, the agency legislated to enforce the residency rights law, Alex's grandmother in Boston becomes ill and soon dies. But Grammy's residency right, a valuable financial commodity in Boston, mysteriously disappears.

Federal authorities suspect Alex of stealing her grandmother's residency permit and selling it on the black market. She must prove her innocence to her family, her co-workers, the man she loves and an angry nation.

Accepted in the Writer's Showcase division of iUniverse.com, Head Rites will be available on-line in electronic form or hard copy, or in paperback at Barnes and Noble Booksellers nationwide, and may be ordered by independent bookstores through Ingrams and Bowker's Books in Print. Head Rites will sell for $13.95.

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Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University, played a key role in the historical development of a film that recently won an Emmy award at an awards program in St. Louis held in conjunction with the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television.

“Oh, Freedom After While: The Missouri Sharecropper Protest of 1939” won the award in the “Best Documentary” category. The Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television encompasses all of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisiana.

The documentary, which was shown nationally on the Public Broadcasting System on April 30, 2000, is a documentary coverage of the January 1939 sharecropper protest in the Missouri “bootheel” and the subsequent founding of the sharecropper community known as “Cropperville” near Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The video has been shown at the Dallas Film Festival, the Hot Springs Film Festival and the San Francisco Film Festival, where it received a certificate of merit. The journal Video Librarian calls the film “well-crafted and a moving look at the plight of the sharecroppers” of Southeast Missouri and highly recommended it for school usage. Pete Daniel, curator of the National Museum of American History calls it a “poignant film” which is “perfect for classroom use” as it brings to life an earlier and important chapter of American history as it was played out in Southeast Missouri in the 1930s.

The video was 10 years in the making, and funded, in part, by the Missouri Humanities Council.

Lynn Rubright and Candace O’Connor of St. Louis were co-producers. Steven Ross of the University of Memphis was the director. Julian Bond was the narrator. The film may be purchased from California Newsreel, distributor of the video, by calling (800) 621-6196.

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An informational and organizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Grauel Building Room 316 at Southeast Missouri State University for those interested in participating in a theatre trip to New York City in March .

The Southeast Missouri State University Theatre will sponsor the "15th New York Theatre Experience" March 16-21.

Experience the fun and excitement as you will explore the rich culture of New York City with its history, the performing arts and the magnificent sights of the "Big Apple."

This six-day/five-night tour, priced at only $898-$998, will include a seminar by a leading Broadway professional, backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera, a tour of the newly renovated New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street, a ticket for "The Lion King" (confirmed), Empire State Building, round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, transfers, baggage portage and plenty of free time for individual shopping, sight-seeing and optional theatre performances. Space is limited, so reserve your space early.

For more information, contact Dennis Seyer, program director, in Southeast's Department of Speech Communication and Theatre at (573) 651-2490 or e-mail dseyer@semovm.semo.edu.

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