Week of February 22, 1999


Sugar, The "SOME LIKE IT HOT" Musical, To Open Feb. 26 Laura Davis To Discuss Issues Impacting Women's Lives
University Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert To Showcase Student Soloists Keys Serves As Panelist Respondent To U.S. Dept. Of Transportation Secretary
Hasty Awarded Schott & Van De Ven Scholarship For Spring Semester Dr. Gary Johnson receives faculty scholarship Southeast To Present Festival Featuring Music Of Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Karel Husa
Beta Psi Chapter Of Alpha Phi Omega To Host Merit Badge University At Southeast KRCU Spots To Be Heard Nationwide


Sugar, The "SOME LIKE IT HOT" Musical, To Open Feb. 26

Feb. 19, 1999 --

Sugar, the "Some Like It Hot" musical, will open Feb. 26 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Sugar is a stage musicalization based on the 1959 screenplay "Some Like It Hot," by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, and starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. The story centers around two down-and-out musicians who accidentally witness the famous 1929 St. Valentine's Day massacre in Chicago. Hoping to escape with their lives, the two musicians in disguise flee the Windy City as members of an all-girl band headed for Miami. The show gets interesting when one of the musicians falls in love with the lead singer of the band, and the other finds himself being hounded by an aging millionaire.

Sugar is a lighthearted musical-comedy full of song, dance and plenty of laughs. The score, written by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, provide entertainment and laughter alike. Sugar opens Feb. 26, with additional performances Feb. 27 and March 4-6 at 8 p.m. A matinee will be held on March 7 at 2 p.m. All shows will be held in Forrest H. Rose Theatre on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Tickets are available through the Rose Theatre box office open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling (573) 651-2265 for more information. Tickets are $7 for non-students, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

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Laura Davis To Discuss Issues Impacting Women's Lives

Feb. 19, 1999 --

Laura Davis is expected to bring a higher level of awareness to issues which impact the lives of women when she speaks March 4 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Originally from the midwest, Davis earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Through hard work, tenacity and constant networking, she quickly ascended to the top of the corporate ladder. She immediately put her networking, analytical and creative skills to work by landing a job at a management firm, which directed the business and recording careers of a variety of entertainment artists. Before her 30th birthday, she pioneered nationwide promotional campaigns for clients such as MTV, VH1, Rock the Vote, Ferrari, General Foods, Doritos and MCA Records. A dynamic speaker, she now spends her time sharing her experiences with other women. She wants women to understand their potential, accomplish their goals and achieve success.

"Closing the Gender Gap Without Changing Gender" will be the topic of her presentation at 1 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. In this seminar, Davis will share her passion, success and experience of being a woman in the corporate, entrepreneurial and entertainment world. Davis, who empowers her audiences through personal experiences and stories from her broad network, will discuss impediments to moving up the ladder, verbal and nonverbal methods of communication, changing roles of senior management and gaining equal footing without alienating coworkers.

This presentation is primarily designed for University faculty and staff, but students are also welcome. To register for this program, call the Training and Development Office at (573) 651-2086.

Davis will give two presentations targeted at students at 3:30 and 7 p.m.

"Career Woman's Survival Kit" will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Program Lounge. This presentation will be loaded with techniques and motivational tips for hitting the ground running at your first job. Davis will offer a variety of ideas for surviving the first few months on a new job, in a new town and with new friends and co-workers.

"Ready, Set, Succeed! Habits of Successful Women" will be presented at 7 p.m. in Academic Auditorium. In this multimedia presentation, Davis will use inspiration and wisdom from history's great artists, poets, wives, advocates and leaders to show a wide variety of female successes. She will combine case studies, interviews, research and statistics in an entertaining, energetic and interactive way to enable participants to develop habits for success.

The three presentations are being sponsored by Student Government, National Panhellenic Council, Training and Development, Career Services, Continuing Education, and ACE-NIN.

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University Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert To Showcase Student Soloists

Feb. 19, 1999 --

The Southeast Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Sara Edgerton, will perform its spring concert at 8 p.m. March 30 in Academic Auditorium on the Southeast campus.

The concert will feature symphonic compositions by Sibelius and Ravel and will showcase the student winners of the Annual Concerto and Aria Competition held at Southeast Missouri State University.

Joining the orchestra will be three Southeast student soloists, winners of the competition held earlier in the year. Flutist Andy Brown from Dawson Springs, Ky., will perform Chaminade's "Flute Concertino" with the orchestra. Soprano singer Alison Nall from Cape Girardeau will perform the famous aria, "Si, mi chiamano Mimi" from the opera "La Boheme" by Puccini. Nall will be joined by soprano Jamie Becker from Jackson, Mo., in a performance of a duet from the opera "Norma" by Bellini.

Each year, the University showcases its outstanding student soloists in this spring concert with the University Symphony Orchestra.

"It has been a pleasure to work with these student soloists; they are performing on a very high level of artistic and technical ability," Edgerton said. "The two vocal arias are very colorful and attractive, and the flute concerto is full of technical highlights for the soloist. From the popular "Bolero" to the wonderful student soloists, this concert should appeal to all music enthusiasts."

Two symphonic orchestra works will be performed on the program. Finland's most celebrated composer, Jean Sibelius, wrote the "Karelia Suite" in 1893 as music to accompany an historical play presented at a university in East Finland. The three-movement work is characterized by the rich orchestral sonorities and attractive, folk-like melodies that are hallmarks of Sibelius' style.

Also to be performed on the concert will be the famous "Bolero" by French composer Maurice Ravel. This work has been popularized by its use in film scores and in the gold-medal winning figure skating performance by Olympic skaters Torvill and Dean in the 1980s. Written in 1928 as music for a ballet, "Bolero" uses a repetitive Spanish dance rhythm pattern with melodies from all sections of the orchestra. Orchestral color is enhanced by the use of the saxophones and several unusual double-reed instruments, including the oboe d'amore.

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door. Tickets are $5 and $3 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free with a valid University I.D. For more information, please call the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.

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Keys Serves As Panelist Respondent To U.S. Dept. Of Transportation Secretary

Feb. 19, 1999 --

Dr. Paul Keys, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University, served as a panelist respondent to U.S. Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) Secretary Rodney Slater at the 17th Annual Conference of the Research Association of Minority Professors held at Howard University, Feb. 4-6.

Slater spoke on the conference theme: "Academics and Minority Communities: Roles and Relationships".

Slater discussed the Transportation Department's programs and the research and public services assistance needed from colleges and universities to further its goals. According to Slater, the U.S. D.O.T. employs over 100,000 people with an annual budget of $50 billion.

Slater also discussed the fact that "too often transportation has been used to separate people, rather than to unite them." He related that, now, under his leadership, the U.S. D.O.T. is "about people and access to opportunities". Formerly the department was composed primarily of engineers, but now, as he described it, it is more broadly-based, embracing many new initiatives. The D.O.T. and its transportation programs, he said, touch local communities in numerous, new, ways.

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Hasty Awarded Schott & Van De Ven Scholarship For Spring Semester Dr. Gary Johnson receives faculty scholarship

Feb. 19, 1999 --

Eric Hasty, a Southeast Missouri State University junior from Cape Girardeau, has been awarded the Schott & Van de Ven Certified Public Accountants Restricted Scholarship for the spring 1999 semester.

Hasty, an accounting major, has received the $500 award.

Under the scholarship, two $500 awards are made annually -- one for the spring and one for the fall semester -- to children of deceased employees of Schott and Van de Ven Certified Public Accountants or children of current employees of the firm who have completed 30 semester hours with a minimum 2.75 grade point average. Students pursuing an accounting degree who have completed 60 semester hours with a grade point average of at least 2.75 also are eligible for the scholarship.

Hasty received the same scholarship for the fall 1998 semester. That award also was valued at $500.

In addition, Dr. Gary Johnson, professor of accounting, finance and business law at Southeast, has received a $1,000 faculty scholarship from the firm. Johnson received the scholarship after recently conducting governmental seminars for Schott & Van de Ven Certified Public Accountants.

Applications for the student scholarship are reviewed by the Southeast Missouri State University Financial Aid Office for qualifying finalists. Final approval is given by the partners of Schott & Van de Ven Certified Public Accountant.

The predecessor firm of Schott & Van de Ven was formed in February 1959. Current partners in the firm are William R. Schott and Melvin Van de Ven. They have been practicing together since 1968. The firm operates in a midwestern geographic area, covering primarily Missouri and Illinois, with the main office in Cape Girardeau.

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Southeast To Present Festival Featuring Music Of Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Karel Husa

Feb. 19, 1999 --

The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present classes, public lectures and two public concerts March 8-12 featuring the music of Pulitzer Prize winner and internationally known composer and conductor Karel Husa.

The week-long festival on campus will include two public concerts of Husa's music. An evening of chamber works will be presented at 8 p.m. March 9 in Old St. Vincent's Cathedral. Performers will include Department of Music faculty members Dr. Ronald Francois, Dr. Christopher Goeke, Dr. David Green, Lori Shafer, Daniel Shavers, Dr. James Sifferman and Paul Thompson, as well as the University String Orchestra and the University Brass Choir. This concert will be free to the public.

Husa will conduct a concert of his works for larger ensembles, including performances by the University Choir and the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. March 11 in Academic Auditorium. Featured as trumpet soloist on the program will be Southeast faculty member Dr. Marc Fulgham. Husa will present a pre-concert lecture about his music at 7 p.m. in Academic Hall on the Southeast campus. The lecture and concert are free to the public.

Husa was Kappa Alpha professor at Cornell University from 1954 until his retirement and also a lecturer in composition at Ithaca College. An American citizen since 1959, Husa was born in Prague Aug. 7, 1921. He studied at the Prague Conservatory and Academy of Music, and later at the National Conservatory and Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. He has received honorary doctorates from Coe College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ithaca College, Baldwin-Wallace College, St. Vincent College, Hartwick College and the New England Conservatory. He has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, UNESCO, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Koussevitzky foundation and the Czech Academy for the Arts and Sciences. He has received the Lili Boulanger Award, Bilthoven (Holland) Contemporary Music Prize, a Kennedy Center-Friedheim Award, and the Sudler International Award. In 1995, Husa was awarded the Czech Republic's highest civilian recognition, the State Medal of Merit, First Class. His "String Quarter No. 3" received the 1969 Pulitzer Prize and the "Concerto for Cello and Orchestra" earned him the 1993 Grawemeyer Award.

Husa has conducted many major orchestras, including those in Paris, London, Hamburg, Brussels, Prague, Stockholm, Oslo, Zurich, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Boston, Washington, Cincinnati, Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Louisville and others. Every year, he visits campuses of music schools and universities to guest conduct and lecture on his music.

One biographer states that Husa, through is music, "has reached a wide and ever-expanding audience without compromising either his aesthetic principles or his personal ideals. As his stylistic development remains dynamic rather than static, Husa's music turns its face radiantly towards the new while preserving and extending the finest traditions of modernism."

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Beta Psi Chapter Of Alpha Phi Omega To Host Merit Badge University At Southeast

Feb. 19, 1999 --

Several classes will be offered at this year's event, including animal science, art, chemistry, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communications, computers, crime prevention/fingerprinting, drafting, electricity, fire safety, First Aid, journalism, landscape architecture, radio and swimming. The classes will be held in Robert A. Dempster Hall.

The camp will be held north of the Show Me Center. Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the camp site. Those who do not camp out may check in at 8 a.m. in Dempster Hall.

The opening ceremony will begin at 8:50 a.m. Feb. 20. Classes will begin shortly thereafter.

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KRCU Spots To Be Heard Nationwide

Feb. 19, 1999 --

KRCU, a public radio station licensed to Southeast Missouri State University, was recently recognized by Public Radio International (PRI).

"Dave and Debbie," a KRCU produced fund-raising spot for PRI affiliates, was transmitted by satellite to 450 radio stations across the country. These stations may run the spot in an effort to raise money during upcoming spring and fall pledge drives. PRI also has ordered another nine creative spots from KRCU.

"This reflects extremely well on KRCU," said Yana Davis, the station's development director. "It's a real honor to be asked by a network to do production work to be heard on stations throughout the country."

KRCU will be paid for producing the minute spots. The spots feature a variety of talent, including students, community volunteers and KRCU professionals. The "Dave and Debbie" spot featured Greg Petrowich, KRCU general manager, and Lana Cook, a community volunteer, playing the roles of radio fans who are debating on whether or not to pledge money to their local radio station. Davis was the scriptwriter and Dan Woods, KRCU operations director, recorded and produced the spots. "Dave and Debbie" will also be continued in future spots.

Davis said it is very unusual for the network to ask smaller stations to produce spots. He said that honor usually goes to large stations in metropolitan areas, such as Chicago or New York.

"Being asked to do these spots, says a lot about the quality of the station and the staff," said Davis. "I think this is noteworthy both for the additional income being generated for KRCU and the confidence placed in the station by a major national network which can and does pick and choose among the best talent the system has to offer."

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