Week of April 03, 2000




Sigma Nu Fraternity at Southeast Missouri State University held its Copperhead Classic March 24-25 raising $725 for Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis.

The money was raised by nominating a copperhead queen candidate from each sorority. The sorority women candidates collected money from local businesses and students. The donations were tallied and the candidate with the most money raised was elected Sigma Nu Copperhead Queen.

Other highlights of the philanthropic event, which was held at the Sigma Nu Mansion, were a volleyball tournament and a serenade.

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter will speak on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University April 26.

Carter, a former professional boxer erroneously accused of murder, will speak at the University Center Ballroom at 8 p.m. The lecture, which is sponsored by Student Activities Council, is free and open to the public. A reception will be held after the lecture.

The life of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has taken more twists and turns that a Rocky Mountain highway, from obscurity to acclaim and back again. Carter's professional boxing career began in 1961, and his fast and furious style instantly made him a crowd favorite. Five years later, while preparing for a World Championship fight, Carter was arrested for triple murder. Although steadfastly maintaining his innocence, Carter was convicted and sentenced to three life terms, narrowly escaping the electric chair.

In 1974, upon the publication of his autobiography, The 16th Round: From Number 1 to Number 45472, and the recantations of the state's two key witnesses, Carter's case attracted international attention. Carter became a civil-rights cause celebre and was immortalized in the Bob Dylan song, "Hurricane."

A new trial ensued, but the injustice was repeated. However Carter and civil rights activists never gave up, and he was released from prison in 1985. In February 1988, the 22-year indictment was officially dismissed.

Carter's story recently has been made into a major motion picture, The Hurricane. Filmed on location in his former haunts in Paterson, N.J., and Rahway State Prison and in Toronto, where Carter now works to free others who have been wrongfully convicted, the $30 million production directed by Norman Jewison and starring Denzel Washington was released earlier this year.

Carter is a member of the board of directors for Human Rights in Atlanta, the Alliance for Prison Justice in Boston, and the Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted in Toronto. He has testified before the United States Congress on the need for preserving federal review of state court convictions and lectured at several universities including Harvard Law School and Yale Law School.

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Dr. Bill Keim, author of The Education of Character, will spend four days on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in April, speaking on leadership, ethics and values, and diversity.

Keim, a professor at Oregon State University, who has published several books, articles and videos, will be at Southeast April 8-10.

Keim serves in several capacities at Oregon State, teaching, coordinating Greek Life and working as a campus minister. An Outstanding Young Man of America award recipient, Keim belongs to the Order of Omega and Blue Key and was selected as the Outstanding Professor of the Year at Oregon State University. He is a Pi Kappa Phi Durwood Owen Award recipient, and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. Keim is a four-year varsity letterman, member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and has received the National Interfraternity Conference Award for Outstanding Interfraternalism. An educator, residence hall director, educational program coordinator and campus minister, Keim understands students and the major issues facing them.

On April 8 at Southeast, Keim will be the guest speaker at the All Greek Chapter meeting, which is the culmination of Greek Week on campus. He will speak on leadership at 7 p.m. in Academic Hall Auditorium. While this event is geared toward Greek students, the presentation is open to the entire student body.

The Office of Minority Student Programs is sponsoring a presentation by Keim scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. April 9 in the University Center Ballroom. Keim will speak to minority students on the topic of leadership.

The Emerging Leaders Program is sponsoring a presentation by Keim at 7:30 p.m. April 9 in the University Center Ballroom. Keim will discuss ethics and values at this event, which is open to the public.

On April 10, Keim will address the topic of community and diversity at a presentation, which is open to the entire campus community. This event is scheduled for noon in the University Center Ballroom and Party Room.

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"Communicating Across Cultures will be the topic of the fifth annual Joseph H. Low Jr. Lecture scheduled for April 13 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Stella Ting-Toomey, an internationally renowned scholar, will be the featured speaker at the event slated for 7 p.m. in Crisp Hall Auditorium.

The annual Low Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre. The lecture was created in 1995 by Low's mother, Mildred I. Low, through an endowment in her son's name for the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre at Southeast. The upcoming lecture is the fifth annual lecture funded by the endowment.

Earlier in the day, Lambda Pi Eta national communication studies honorary will install its charter chapter at 3 p.m. Eleven students who have qualified for membership will be introduced into the Kappa Delta chapter of Lambda Pi Eta. Students must have a 3.25 GPA and have completed 60 credit hours and with an additional 12 credit hours in communication courses.

The ceremony will be the first to be held in the Low Room, located in Room 207 in the Grauel Building. The Low Room is a classroom, which recently has been converted into a furnished seminar room as a dedication to Low. The room will be used for small classes, departmental meetings and for organizational meetings such as for Lambda Pi Eta.

This room is a tribute to Low, who had been very involved on campus and in the community, said Dr. Ray Ewing, a professor in the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre. Funding for the room was provided by private donations to honor his dedication to the department.

Ting-Toomey, who will present the Low lecture, has published 12 books and more than 60 journal articles and book chapters. Two recent book titles include: Communicating Across Cultures and Communicating Effectively with the Chinese.

For the past 10 years, Ting-Toomey's research has focused on testing and refining her intercultural conflict with face-negotiation theory. The theory helps individuals to be more mindful of communication gaps that exist between Asian and Western cultures. It also identifies specific dimensions of cross-cultural facework competence for the purpose of improving global workplace interaction.

More recently, Ting-Toomey delivered a keynote speech: "Intercultural Facework and Conflict Styles: Asian and Western Perspectives" at the Sixth Nordic Symposium on Intercultural Communication hosted by the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, Norway. She also presented an intercultural training program at the second Northwest Diversity Learning Series on the theme: "Enhance Your Communication with the Intercultural Basics."

In addition, Ting-Toomey has served as keynote speaker on "Intercultural Conflict Competence: Eastern and Western Lenses." She also was an invited expert discussant on the conflict panel, "Managing Pluralistic Organizations in the Millennium," at the Academy of Management Association Conference.

Ting-Toomey has held major leadership roles in international communication associations and has served on more than 15 editorial boards. She is an experienced trainer in the area of transcultural communication competence. She has lectured widely throughout the United States, Asia and Europe on the topic of mindful intercultural communication.

Currently, Ting-Toomey is working on two books: Managing Intercultural Conflict Effectively and Understanding Intercultural Communication.

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The University Theatre at Southeast Missouri State University will present 'Puss in Boots' April 14 and 15 on the Southeast campus.

Dennis Seyer, professor of speech communication and theatre at Southeast, will direct the productions, which will be performed at 7 p.m. April 14 and 10 a.m. April 15 in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre.

This classic tale about a most clever feline has been adapted for the stage by Don Garner, who has adapted numerous children's theatre productions for the University Theatre.

Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door. Tickets also may be reserved by calling (573) 651-2265.

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The Department of Art at Southeast Missouri State University announces the Annual Art Student Juried Assessment Exhibition.

The exhibition is on campus in the University Museum, Memorial Hall from March 31 to April 28. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday afternoon, March 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the excellence of the student work. Awards will be given at that time. Students, families and the general public are encouraged to attend. Many of the artworks are for sale.

The exhibition is a showcase for works created by students in their classes during the past year. In late March they submit at least two pieces for judging by an outside professional juror. This year, Rick Smith, a sculptor and professor of art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is the juror.

From more than 300 entries of paintings, sculpture, drawings, fine crafts, graphic designs, prints and illustrations, he will select 30 to 40 works to hang in the Museum. Rick Smith also will write an assessment report on the overall quality of creative work that is being done in all the studios.

Artwork that is not selected will become a part of another exhibition following a 200-year-old tradition called the "Show of the Refusals" or the "Salon de Refuse.'" As is French art history during the mid-1800s, Parisian artists declared that their work was worthy of public display despite the judges' personal tastes. Southeast art students will install all their creative projects in the halls of the art building after Sunday, April 2.

The exhibitions will remain on display until April 28 and the Museum welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday. Parking is available in a lot on Henderson Drive opposite the University Center.

In connection with the exhibit, the juror, Rick Smith, will present a lecture at 11 a.m. April 7 in the University Center Ballroom on the Southeast campus. Smith's artwork will be on display at the Arts Council, Gallery 100, beginning April 7.

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The eighth annual Southeast Missouri State University Student Research Conference will be held April 25-26 in the University Center.

The purpose of this conference is to promote and recognize the undergraduate and graduate students who devote their time to research. The conference is open to students of all areas of study.

The research conference will include theoretical, empirical and review works. The research must have been conducted at Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers Community College or Mineral Area Community College, and may have been conducted independently, as part of a course, or in collaboration with a faculty member.

Students will present their paper or poster in a conference format April 25-26. The conference will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the fourth floor of the University Center

Eight awards of $50, supported by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Funding for Results, will be presented to students with the best paper or best poster presentation. These awards will be for the best undergraduate and graduate student paper presentations, and poster presentations within the theoretical, review and empirical categories.

Keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Betsy Levonian Morgan, who will present "Beyond Barbie vs. G.I. Joe: The Subtleties of Gender Research" during the Common Hour April 26 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Morgan has her doctoral degree from an interdisciplinary program in social ecology from the University of California-Irvine. She is an associate professor of social psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and chairs the department. She teaches general psychology, psychology of women, group dynamics, honors and social psychology. She has research interests in the areas of feminist attitudes, social class perception and college student career choices. She has co-authored a book titled "Majoring in Psych?: Career Options for Psychology Undergraduates."

The conference gives students the opportunity to share their ideas with a wider audience," said Dr. Martha Zlokovich, faculty chair of the Student Research Conference committee. "It also allows them to communicate their findings in a professional format."

Zlokovich also said that she encourages students who are not competing to attend the conference to see what students are learning in other courses on campus.

For more information, contact Student Research Committee co-chairs, Dwayne Crites and Andrea Holloway, at studentresearch@cstl.semo.edu or Dr. Martha Zlokovich at (573) 651-2450.

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A former history student at Southeast Missouri State University, Dennis Stroughmatt, will bring his band and Cajun brand of style to Cape Girardeau April 4.

There will be a public performance in the University Center Ballroom at 8 p.m. The music fest is free and open to the public.

Stroughmatt, originally from Murphysboro, Ill., graduated from Southeast in 1993 with a degree in history and historic preservation. Since that time, he has emerged as one of the leading Cajun fiddle players in the nation. He recently served as the lead fiddle player in a concert tour by Sheryl Cormier, one of the leading female Cajun vocalists in the nation, with performances in 16 states and three Canadian providences.

On April 15, Stroughmatt's band, the "Brown Baggers," will perform live on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" on National Public Radio.

Stroughmatt's band has emerged as the leading midwestern group to perform and preserve traditional Cajun music. The band has played in French festivals across the nation, including Missouri's Fete de Les Amis, the Old Mines Fete d'Automne, and the Fort Massac Rendezvous. For several years, the group has performed at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

Originally formed as an Old Time Folk Music Band, the "Brown Baggers" moved quickly to Cajun music, due to the background of Stroughmatt. His study of French and history in high school and college led him to a project on the study of folklore and folksongs in the Old Mines, Mo., area. This project, done for Dr. Frank Nickell and the Center for Regional History at Southeast, initiated his fascination with the music and traditions he found there. Consequently, he purchased a fiddle and began to play the songs he had learned in the small and historic Missouri village. In the decade since that field project, Stroughmatt has become one of the leading Cajun fiddlers in the country.

Following his graduation from Southeast, Stroughmatt relocated to Lafayette, La., where he worked at the Cajun Folklore Center in Vermilionville and studied Cajun French dialect and Cajun fiddling.

In 1988 Stroughmatt received a master of arts degree in history from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He began working in a number of Illinois museums and regularly traveled to Louisiana to enhance his skills. In addition, he has spent considerable time in Chicoutimi, Quebec, studying Canadian French culture, and recently completed an intensive French language program at the University of Quebec.

His continued contact with the French cultural community and enhanced skill in traditional Cajun music has provided him with a number of professional opportunities. He has played and recorded with such great musicians as Sheryl Cormier, the Ardoin family of Duralde, La., and Faren Serrette of Cecilia, La. Stroughmatt also is an active clinician of North American French culture, music and language, and has presented many educational programs on college campuses in the Midwest and South.

Stroughmatt will make a presentation at 2 p.m. in Crisp Hall Auditorium about his efforts to preserve traditional Cajun folk music, and his personal experiences in the Old Mines Project. He also will explain and illustrate his perceptions of the connection between French culture in Missouri, Louisiana and Canada. The afternoon presentation also is open to the public.

The program is sponsored by the Center for Regional History at Southeast. For more information, call (573) 651-2555.

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The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents granted tenure to seven faculty members during a closed session meeting of the Board March 24.

The tenure designation will take effect with the 2000-2001 academic year. Faculty members receiving tenure in their respective departments were considered for the designation by their department chairperson, departmental tenure advisory committee, college tenure advisory committee, college dean and Interim Provost Dennis Holt.

Those granted tenure are:

Dr. Mohammed Ali, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Mohammed Ali came to Southeast in the fall of 1994 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. He received bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Dhaka University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a master of science from South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., and a doctoral degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Ali previously was employed as a researcher at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Ali is an excellent teacher, has developed two new courses in the Department of Chemistry and has involved some 25 students in his research lab. His students have made 29 presentations at professional meetings and several are co-authors on publications in reputable journals. Ali's research has led to the publication of five papers in journals with international reputations. He was a co-author on National Science Foundation grants that brought NMR to campus in 1996 and the x-ray diffractometer this spring. These grants are valued at more than $400,000. He also is a sponsor of the Global Student Association.

Dr. Marcus Bond, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Marcus Bond came to Southeast in the fall of 1994 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. He received a bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University in TENURE

Provo, Utah, and a doctoral degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Bond previously was employed as a grant specialist and postdoctoral research associate at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Bond is an excellent instructor and has been heavily involved in the use of technology. He has developed the oft-used web page for CH 185. He has revamped portions of the laboratory associated with CH 185. His work on obtaining the National Science Foundation grant that brought the x-ray crystallography system to Southeast was a major accomplishment for himself and the University. Bond has published seven research papers in journals with international reputations, which is a significant accomplishment. Bond also set up the server in the Department of Chemistry and serves as the department's web master.

Dr. Bret Draayer, Department of Physics

Dr. Bret Draayer came to Southeast in the fall of 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Idaho, in Moscow, Idaho, and master of science and doctoral degrees from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. Draayer previously was employed as a senior engineer at Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company in Las Cruces, N.M..

Draayer is an excellent teacher who has rewritten several of the engineering physics courses in preparation for accreditation by the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Draayer's research has led to the publication of seven papers in refereed and peer-reviewed journals during the four years he has been at Southeast. Additionally, he and his students have made 10 presentations at professional meetings. Draayer has been an integral part of the effort focused on accreditation from ABET.

Dr. Susan Dell Gonders Golike, Department of Mass Communication

Dr. Gonders came to Southeast in the fall of 1994 as an instructor in the Department of Mass Communication. She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.; a master's degree in education from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla., and a doctoral degree in education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. Gonders previously was employed as the publications/public relations coordinator with the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association in Midwest City, Okla.

When Gonders joined Southeast's faculty in 1994, she already was an accomplished teacher and experienced public relations expert. She is a very effective teacher, whose student ratings are consistently high, and she is very demanding in her expectations for student performance. Her doctoral dissertation on Robert M. Hutchins, part of her summa cum laude Ed.D. degree from Oklahoma State University, has gained national attention, and she is authoring a biography of Robert M. Hutchins for Transaction Publishers. Her professional publication work includes an unusual blend of academic scholarship along with writing for non-academic audiences, such as the Oklahoma State Homebuilders Association, which provides historical and political background for citizens to be politically active in an informed way. Gonders has involved Southeast students with the Public Relations Student Society of America to the extent that they competed nationally and successfully to host the national conference in St. Louis in 1996 with global communications as their featured program theme. This brought the Southeast chapter of PRSSA national acclaim and enabled Southeast students to make a successful bid to host a regional sports promotion conference in St. Louis in 1999. Always a willing collaborator and an excellent University citizen, Gonders clearly has demonstrated that she is an essential member of the University's mass communication program.

Dr. Kathryn Kornegay, Department of Nursing

Dr. Kathryn Kornegay came to Southeast in the fall of 1994 as an associate professor in the Department of Nursing. She received bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nursing from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., and a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Kornegay previously was employed as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at the San Antonio School of Nursing.

Kornegay's teaching effectiveness is outstanding and very current with teaching trends. She has demonstrated superior professional growth as evidenced by preeminent scholarship resulting in significant books and scholarly articles. In terms of service, her efforts are superior, as evidenced by her technical assistance in the development of the University Employee Assistance Program, and her recognized status as an expert in mental health and chemical addiction throughout the region.

Dr. David Starrett, Department of Biology

Dr. David Starrett came to Southeast in the fall of 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, Calif; and master of arts and doctoral degrees from the University of California Los Angeles. Starrett previously was employed as a research associate at the USDA/ARS, in Beltsville, Md.

Starrett is an excellent teacher who developed one of the very first web-based courses in the College of Science and Mathematics. He has been active in the education of other faculty on the Southeast campus concerning his expertise in the use of technology. Starrett's research program has been very active in the areas of both pedagogy and botany. He has published five papers in refereed journals during the four years that he has been at Southeast. He and his students have made nine presentations at professional meetings. Starrett has made a significant contribution in the area of service. He was instrumental in the work that put the Faculty Handbook on-line. He has conducted and organized several workshops for the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning. He currently serves as the director of this Center.

Dr. Margaret Waterman, Department of Biology

Dr. Margaret Waterman came to Southeast in the fall of 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. She received a bachelor of science degree from Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass., and a master of science and a doctoral degree, both from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Waterman previously was employed as a medical educator at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.

Waterman is an excellent classroom instructor who was instrumental in the formation of the Science Education option under the MNS degree. She has developed one of the new courses in this degree option. Her work with the graduate teaching assistants in the Department of Biology has been invaluable. Waterman's research work since arriving at Southeast three years ago has resulted in publication in a major refereed journal, a proceedings and a book, and she has a major CD-ROM that will be published next year. In this same timeframe, she has made 11 presentations at professional meetings. She has activated more than $300,000 in external funding. Waterman also has conducted 18 workshops for area teachers. She serves as the secretary for the Association of College and University Biology Educators.

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