|ACT Exam Prep Offered Through Southeast Missouri State||Old-Fashioned Barn Dance Slated For Jan. 22|
|Brussmans New Horizon Club Members||New Program Eases Financial Burden For Out-Of-State Students To Attend Southeast|
|Southwestern Bell Foundation Donates $3,000 For ITV Classroom At River Campus||Annual Art Faculty Exhibition On Display In University Museum|
|Governor Release Funds For Polytechnic Building||Experiential Education Symposium Slated For Feb. 11 At Southeast|
|Area Students Perform With Honors Wind Ensemble||1,587 Students Named To Dean's List At Southeast|
|ACT Exam Prep Offered Through
Southeast Missouri State
Jan. 15, 1999 --
Beginning Jan. 27, Southeast Missouri State University will again offer a review course for area high school juniors and seniors preparing to take the American College Testing Assessment (ACT Exam).
Review sessions will be conducted by Southeast faculty and staff and area high school teachers and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Robert A. Dempster Hall on the Southeast campus. Four sessions are available, one for each area of the ACT Assessment: Reading Review--Jan. 27; Math Review--Jan. 28; Science Review--Feb. 2; and English Review--Feb. 4.
This prep course is designed for students planning to take the ACT Assessment on the Feb. 6 or April 10 test dates. The cost of the prep course is $15 per session or $50 for all four. For more information, call the Office of Continuing Education at Southeast at (573) 651-2189.
Jan. 15, 1999 --
Cape Friends of Old Time Music and Dance will host an old-fashioned barn dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 22 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
The event will be held in the dance studio of the Parker Building.
Music will be supplied by the Watson family from Fredericktown. Gary Watson plays old time fiddle; Connie Watson plays piano; and Jennifer Watson plays fiddle and piano. Joe Surdyk of Carbondale, Ill., will call the dance.
Each dance is taught beforehand. No previous experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. A $3 donation will be accepted.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology co-sponsors the dances.
The Parker Building is located behind the tennis courts on Henderson. Parking is available in the new Dempster Building parking lot. The Dance Studio is on the second floor of the building.
For more information, call Judy at (573) 334-5289.
Jan. 15, 1999 --
John and Martha Brussman of Sandpoint, Idaho, have become new members of the Horizon Club by naming Southeast Missouri State University in their estate plans.
The Horizon Club recognizes donors who have named the Southeast Missouri University Foundation as a beneficiary of planned gifts -- real estate, a will, living trust, annuity or insurance policy. These gifts are the result of careful planning involving the family attorney, family trust officer, insurance underwriter and accountant. Planned gifts are crucial for the long-term financial well-being of the Foundation and, ultimately, the University, as the need to raise private funds increases.
Mr. Brussman was born in Benton, Mo., and grew up in Cape Girardeau, He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He retired in 1989 as a vice president and general manager for Busch Agricultural Resources, Inc., an Anheuser-Busch company.
Jan. 8, 1999 --
The cost of attending Southeast Missouri State University in fall 1999 will be lighter on the pocketbooks of students in 35 Illinois counties, thanks to a new program recently approved by Southeast's Budget Review Committee.
The action has resulted in the long-awaited Regional Achievement Award, a pilot program which will provide students from this Illinois region with a credit for the difference between incidental fees for Missouri resident and non-resident students. The difference is about $2,500 a year.
"This levels the playing field," said Doug Aschermann, principal of Nashville (Ill.) High School. "It renews our confidence in Southeast's commitment to Southern Illinois."
After examining the issues, the University's Fee Waiver and Scholarship Committee reported to the Budget Review Committee that it had determined a need for a special fee program for qualified out-of-state students in the immediate region. In its first action, the Fee Waiver and Scholarship Committee cited the substantial difference in current incidental fees between in-state and out-of-state students as a major reason why Southern Illinois students were not attending Southeast.
"We realize that the high financial burden of out-of-state fees was stopping some students who wanted to attend Southeast and live in Cape Girardeau," said Jay Goff, Southeast director of admissions. "We have seen Arkansas State, Murray (Ky.) State and Southern Illinois University embrace the idea of outreach for students in Missouri. This is our first step at embracing the concept of outreach for students in Illinois and in following suit with what other schools are already doing."
Graduates from regionally accredited high schools and community colleges in the following 35 southern Illinois counties will be eligible: Sangamon, Jersey, Macoupin, Christian, Montgomery,
Madison, Bond, Fayette, Effingham, St. Clair, Monroe, Clinton, Marion, Clay, Washington, Jefferson, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, Randolph, Perry, Franklin, Hamilton, White, Jackson, Williamson, Saline, Gallatin, Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski and Massac.
High school graduates from these counties must complete the University's college prep high school curriculum, score 21 or higher on the ACT or 990 or higher on the SAT exams, and have a minimum 2.75 grade point average. High school students receiving the award also must live in University residence halls during the fall and spring semesters of their first two years at Southeast.
Awards will be made to the first 200 who qualify and are registered before June 1, Goff said. In order to qualify, students must meet the criteria and register for new student orientation and campus housing. Early application for admission is highly suggested.
The new program also is open to transfer students from Illinois community colleges in the 35-county region. Transfer students from community colleges must have completed a Southeast articulated program of study with at least a 2.75 grade point average or have completed 24 transferable credit hours with a 3.0 grade point average. Only 50 new community college transfer awards will be made per fall semester. These will be made on a first registered, first awarded basis.
In addition, current Southeast students with Illinois residency in the designated region who met the criteria for high school students upon enrolling at Southeast are eligible. Current Southeast students must have completed 24 college level hours with a minimum 2.75 grade point average.
Both transfer and current Southeast students are required to fulfill Southeast's residence hall requirements for first- and second-year students.
The transcripts of currently enrolled students at Southeast will be reviewed in June to determine eligibility for a Regional Achievement Award for the next academic year. Letters of eligibility will be sent to the permanent address of all returning students, Goff said.
The award is renewable if students complete at least 24 credit hours per academic year at Southeast, maintain a minimum 2.75 grade point average and fulfill or be in the process of
completing the University's residence hall obligation. The award may be renewed for any eligible undergraduate up to a total of 128 credit hours of undergraduate college coursework. The total credit hour limit includes all Southeast and transfer credit.
Illinois students, parents, teachers and school counselors have discussed the need for a program like this for a decade, Goff said.
"This brings you back into the fold," Aschermann said, adding that many students who, in the past, wanted to attend an institution the size of Southeast, instead chose Murray State because of the cost differential. "I think it's great. It will help you in Southern Illinois."
Dennis Dalke, counselor at Freeburg (Ill.) High School, says the Regional Achievement Award will be a boost for Freeburg students.
"It's going to be a big boom for them," he said. "Southeast has been very good to our students. This will turn a number of kids your way. It's going to do nothing but help Southeast Missouri."
Dalke said he has had several students "sitting on the fence" in regard to choosing a school for next fall.
"As soon as this came down, three or four of them committed" immediately to attend Southeast, he said.
The Regional Achievement Award can be combined with Southeast's University and Community College scholarships for a total award amount to cover the difference in out-of-state
and in-state fees plus an additional $500 incidental fee scholarship.
Students eligible for the Missouri Income Tax Credit Fee Waiver can combine a waiver with the Achievement Award, but the total cannot exceed the difference of in-state and out-of-state incidental fees.
Goff says this pilot program has been designed to focus on developing and implementing the incentive scholarship process for that region and will be reviewed on an annual basis to determine adjustments and possible expansion. The Fee Waiver and Scholarship Committee, a sub-committee of the University's Budget Review Committee, in the near future will be discussing other programs that will affect both in- and out-of-state students, he said.
For more information about the Regional Achievement Award, call Chris Seyer in the Southeast Admissions Office at (573) 651-2255 or send e-mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Jan. 18, 1999 --
The Southwestern Bell Foundation has donated $3,000 to use in developing an Interactive Television Classroom (ITV) at Southeast Missouri State University's proposed new River Campus.
"We are grateful for the Southwestern Bell Foundation's support of what will become one of the finest schools of visual and performing arts in the nation," said Wayne Davenport, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
The proposed River Campus project is expected to add a new and important dimension to the education of Southeast's students and to the quality of life in Southeast Missouri by providing, for the first time, professional quality facilities for the University's programs in music, art, theatre and dance, for the University Museum, and for performances by visiting musical and theatrical ensembles and soloists.
Southeast currently has two ITV classrooms in place on its main campus. Plans call for ITV
classrooms to be installed in the new Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building and at the new Sikeston Area Higher Education Center. The ITV classroom at the River Campus will give students at remote, off-campus sites the opportunity to participate in music, art, theatre and dance courses offered at the new facility.
"We believe in the River Campus. It's going to be a great addition to the community and the region," said Donna Burk, director of external affairs for Southwestern Bell. "We feel the technology infused in an ITV classroom will greatly enhance the value of the River Campus facility."
ITV classrooms feature a small video camera at the rear of the room, which captures a professor's lecture -- both his voice and image -- on video. The camera is controlled by an infra red beam which follows the movement of a microphone being worn by a professor. The professor's video image and voice are transmitted in "real time" to remote locations through a service, which allows the high-speed, simultaneous, two-way transmission of voice, video, data and graphics over a single telephone line.
Inside an ITV classroom, the professor controls the remote classrooms with a computerized touch pad, allowing students at distant sites to take part in class discussions and ask questions. At the off-campus sites, a student is trained to control the remote classrooms with a similar touch pad. Those students can see and hear their professor and classmates at Southeast via television monitors and speakers.
Dr. Martin Jones, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Southeast Missouri State University, said he was delighted with the Southwestern Bell Foundation's gift.
"The Southeast arts faculty appreciate the Southwestern Bell Foundation's support for an ITV facility on the River Campus, because we are definitely planning on using an ITV facility to expand arts education and cultural exchange into the region with interactive television. In addition to formal courses, this medium will allow our arts faculty and guest artists to provide master classes and other arts experiences for students and citizens throughout our service region, and enable off-campus students to audition or interview without having to incur travel expenses. The Southwestern Bell Foundation realizes our arts faculty are on the forefront in the use of contemporary media technology to communicate and teach the arts, and that will be especially true at the new River Campus and School of Visual and Performing Arts."
Jan. 15, 1999 --
The Southeast Missouri State University Museum is currently featuring the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition.
Each year, the faculty select several pieces for exhibition which represent the current direction of their creative endeavors. This year's show contains a striking range of media, subject matter and technique.
A special reception for the artists will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 29. The event is free and open to the public. The show will remain on display through Feb. 26.
The University Museum is located on the main floor of Memorial Hall. The Museum is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with special Wednesday hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information on the Museum, call (573) 651-2260.
Jan. 11, 1999 --
Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan today released $5.6 million in state money for a new Polytechnic Building at Southeast Missouri State University.
The $5.6 million was among $129 million earmarked for capital improvement projects at Missouri colleges and universities that had been held up pending a court decision in a lawsuit. Former State Auditor Margaret Kelly had brought the suit, which concerned tax refunds under the state constitution's Hancock Amendment.
A Missouri Supreme Court ruling late last week in the Kelly V. Hanson lawsuit paved the way for the release of the funds. The additional resources will fund 28 projects at 19 public universities, colleges and community colleges across the state.
"We are extremely pleased that we are now able to move forward with construction of a new Polytechnic Building at Southeast," said Dr. Dale F. Nitzschke, president of Southeast Missouri State University. "The new building is key to the success of Southeast's enhanced mission, which calls for the University to have an essential role in implementing the State Plan for Postsecondary Technical Education. We will now act as quickly as possible to expedite construction of this facility."
The Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building will house the recently formed Polytechnic Institute, which includes the University's Department of Industrial Technology, and will provide space for customized training for industries. The building, which will be located on the North Campus, will be named for the Seabaughs of Cape Girardeau, who have made provisions for a gift of more than $1 million to help fund construction of the new facility. Private contributions will fund the balance of the cost.
"We're very pleased with the Supreme Court's decision on this important issue," Carnahan said, in a prepared statement today. "We are now in a position to move forward with these construction projects that were included in the FY 99 budget. The release of these funds underscores our continuing commitment to higher education in the State of Missouri."
Jan. 15, 1999 --
Career Services at Southeast Missouri State University is sponsoring an Experiential Education Symposium slated for Feb. 11 in the University Center Ballroom.
The Symposium, scheduled for 3 to 5:15 p.m., is designed to promote the benefits of experiential learning opportunities for students.
Dr. Jo Ann Gora, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Old Diminion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Va., will present the keynote address. Gora has earned considerable respect as a national spokesperson for experiential learning initiatives as a presenter at the annual National Society for Experiential Education conference.
Jody Hestand, assistant director of Career Services, said Gora will emphasize the importance and benefits of experiential learning in general for the University, students and sponsoring sites. The development and implementation of Old Dominion's guaranteed internship program will be of special interest to participants, as it relates to Southeast's strategic plan, academic goals and career success, she added.
Southeast's strategic plan prompted the formation of the Task Force for Expanding Experiential Learning and the provision of Mission Enhancement funding at Southeast, Hestand said. Career Services serves as the campus liaison for experiential learning initiatives at Southeast.
Gora will speak from 3 to 4 p.m., after which breakout sessions on specialized topics, moderated by Southeast faculty, will be conducted from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Topics will include internships and practicum, capstone courses, service learning and faculty/student research.
"She will include an overview of the breakout topics and how each fit into the total picture," Hestand said. "She also will address the motivation process for students and faculty as both groups enter the process of developing experiential learning."
Faculty from Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers Community College and Mineral Area College are expected to attend. The symposium is open to the public and will be followed by a reception from 5:15 to 6 p.m. in the University Center Program Lounge.
Gora serves as Old Dominion University's chief academic officer and second administrative officer, in addition to being responsible for a budget of about $140 million. Drawing upon her experience as a sociologist/criminologist, she entered academic administration in 1983 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. As a tenured professor of sociology at Fairleigh and professor of sociology at ODU, as well as having instructed at Rider College and Rutgers University, Gora is eminently familiar with the rigors of the classroom and the challenges of providing academic integrity along with experiential learning to prepare graduates for leadership positions in society.
Upon her appointment at Old Dominion in 1992, she initiated a strategic planning process that resulted in, among other initiatives, the development of the Career Advantage Program, which guaranteed an internship to all undergraduate students. The successful implementation of that program, along with significant revisions in the structure and operation of the Career Management Center in 1995, has led to 3,000 internships being available, over 60 percent of which are paid. To date, more than 8,500 Old Dominion students have had internship placements with an evaluated satisfaction rate of more 90 percent as indicated by both students and employers.
To reserve a ticket for the Symposium, call (573) 651-CLUE before Feb. 5.
January 15, 1999 --
The Southeast Missouri Honor Wind Ensemble presented a concert on Jan. 16 in Academic Auditorium on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
This band was comprised of 61 high school students chosen by audition from among several hundred young people representing 60 Missouri school districts.
The Honors Wind Ensemble was conducted by Dr. Robert M. Gifford, Southeast Professor of Music and Coordinator of Winds & Percussion. Clinics on each instrument were presented to the students by members of the Southeast music faculty.
1999 Southeast Missouri Honors Wind Ensemble
(Alphabetized by Hometown)
Jan. 15, 1999 --
Southeast Missouri State University has named 1,587 students to its Dean's List for academic achievement during the fall 1998 semester.
Students named to the list earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and completed at least 12 degree credit hours during the fall session.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: A LIST OF STUDENTS BY HOMETOWNS IS ATTACHED.)