Week of April 12, 1999





April 9, 1999 --

"Communication Resolutions for the New Millennium" will be the topic of the fourth annual Joseph H. Low Jr. Lecture scheduled for April 21 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Michael Osborn, past president of the National Communication Association (NCA), will be the featured speaker at the event slated for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

"We are fortunate to have someone of his stature and caliber here on our campus," said Dr. Tom Harte, chair of Southeast's Department of Speech Communication and Theatre. "He is a leading figure in the field of speech communication. He is well known as a scholar and a teacher."

Osborn is professor emeritus at the University of Memphis. He came to Memphis in 1966 after teaching at the American University and the University of Iowa. During his tenure in Memphis, he served for eight years as chair of the Department of Communication. During his service as chair, the department was recognized as having one of the top four master of arts degree programs in communication in the country. He also served as president of the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA).

The annual Low Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Speech and Theatre. The annual Low 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 fourth annual lecture funded by the endowment.

This year's featured lecturer, Dr. Michael Osborn, received the NCA's Golden Anniversary Monograph Award in 1978 for his essay on the sea as a rhetorical metaphor, and last year received the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award recognizing another of his essays ("Rhetorical Depiction") for its influence over the past decade. He was first recipient of the NCA's Ehninger Award for Distinguished Rhetorical Scholarship over his career, especially for his sustained work in the rhetorical metaphor. The Osborn award, presented annually by SSCA in recognition of an outstanding career in the Southern region balanced among scholarship, teaching and service, is named in his honor. He also received the Distinguished Research Award from the University of Memphis, where, this spring, he inaugurated the annual Osborn Lecture Series in Public Communication.

During his career, Osborn has lectured widely. He was appointed the A. Craig Baird Distinguished Visiting Professor at The University of Iowa. He also has served as visiting professor at the University of North Carolina, the University of California-Davis, and most recently at the University of New Mexico. Last spring, he and his wife taught at Vanderbilt University.

With Dr. Suzanne Osborn, he has written Public Speaking, a textbook published by the Houghton Mifflin Co. This book, now in its fourth edition, has been used at more than 800 colleges and universities by more than 600,000 students over the past decade.

In 1970, Osborn was the nominee of the Democratic Party for the U.S. Congress from Tennessee's Ninth District. In 1995, he was appointed by Gov. Don Sundquist to a three-year term on the Tennessee Humanities Council, where he now serves as chair of the committee on grants and outreach. He retired from the University of Memphis in 1995, and he and his wife now reside at their home in Decatur County on the Tennessee River.

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April 9, 1999 --

Author Rick Harsch will be on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University April 26, visiting classes, reading excerpts from his novels and signing books at the University Center.

Harsch, whose visit is being sponsored by Journey Literary Magazine, has a three-book contract with Steerforth Press, under which he has written The Driftless Zone and Billy Verite. His third book in the trilogy is due out this year.

Harsch was a cab driver and lived in a cleaning closet before his friends paid for him to go to a writing workshop. He was in this thirties, when he began writing seriously for a living. He currently lives in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He is the recipient of the James Michener/Copernicus Society of America Award for his novel, Billy Verite.

His books currently are available at Barnes and Noble and will be available at the Southeast Bookstore by April 26.

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April 9, 1999 --

The Southwestern Bell Foundation today announced a $200,000 grant award to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to enhance technical education over a broad area at Southeast Missouri State University.

The four-year, $200,000 pledge to the University's "125 Years -- Prologue to the 21st Century" Campaign will fund an Instructional Television (ITV) Classroom in the University's new Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building on the Southeast campus. The ITV classroom and its state-of-the-art equipment will be used to extend technical education and training across much of Eastern Missouri, including at the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center, the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center in Malden, Mo., the Sereno Center in Perryville, Mo., and St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, in addition to other community colleges and secondary level technical education programs throughout the region.

The $7 million, 60,000-square-foot Polytechnic Building will be built on the North campus and house the recently formed Polytechnic Institute, which includes the University's Department of Industrial Technology. The facility will provide space for specialized training for industries and the latest advanced manufacturing technology for students. The Polytechnic Institute is focusing its curriculum, training and research efforts in three primary areas: electronics, manufacturing and technical graphics. In addition, the Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE) in Missouri has recognized the Polytechnic Institute as a "Center of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Technology."

"Southeast Missouri State University has been selected by the CBHE as one of only three baccalaureate institutions in Missouri to implement an essential statewide plan for coordinated technical education programs, as well as specialized training and support for Missouri's and our region's high performance companies," said Dr. Dale Nitzschke, president of Southeast Missouri State University. "We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Southwestern Bell for its commitment to supporting our enhanced mission and paving the way for Southeast to expand dramatically its industrial and engineering technology outreach programs and facilities."

The Southwestern Bell Foundation grant will underwrite the equipment and related start-up requirements for the Polytechnic Building's ITV Classroom that will be used to both originate and receive programming. The classroom will be the point of origin for a variety of regular class offerings, as well as for special industrial training and service projects. The level of course work that will be made available to remote sites will include offerings that are complementary to the other educational institutions in the Southeast Missouri Educational Consortium and classes at the associate degree and baccalaureate level in industrial and engineering technology.

The ITV Classroom also will be the point of origin for specialized industrial training programs. In this regard, Southeast is increasingly being recognized as a regional industrial resource. The faculty, laboratories and distance instruction capabilities of the Polytechnic Institute will serve industry throughout the state, as well as organizations in Northeast Arkansas, Southern Illinois, and Western Kentucky and Tennessee. The classroom also will assist in the delivery of Southeast's 2+2 Bachelor of Science in industrial technology program in St. Louis in cooperation with St. Louis Community College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

"The combination of Southwestern Bell's expertise in communications technology and Southeast Missouri State University's experience in creating supportive learning environments will further equip students and faculty to open the doors of the future," said Lisa Wilder, area vice president, external affairs, Southwestern Bell. Most importantly, Southwestern Bell's partnership with Southeast Missouri State in implementing this state-of-the-art, advanced telecommunications center on campus will benefit the entire region. "Students, faculty and surrounding Eastern Missouri communities can count on the latest technical educational and training as Southwestern Bell specialists and the university work together to ensure the ITV Classroom provides a full spectrum of technological advances and applications.

In addition, Southeast Missouri State is currently constructing a $4.5 million technology-oriented higher education center in Sikeston, Mo., and developing additional remote programming sites in its service area in line with a complementary CBHE initiative developed through a state "Resource Group for a Telecommunications-Based Delivery System."

In summary, this report set forth guidelines and recommendations for increasing access to higher education throughout Missouri in a system that is marked by quality and cost effectiveness. The report's key premise is that through the use of telecommunications technologies and partnerships between institutions of higher education, access to courses and programs can be significantly expanded for Missouri's citizens, employers and workers.

"Our goal is to advance critically important technical education training and remote telecommunications access, as well as to enhance partnerships, both educational and industrial, to support economic development initiatives, " said Wayne Davenport, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. "This major grant from Southwestern Bell will allow us to expand significantly the availability of technical education to both our educational partners and business and industry in our region."

"Thanks to the $200,000 grant, the technological capabilities of the Polytechnic Institute and our educational linkages with our Consortium partners have been strengthened," said Dr. Randy Shaw, director of the Polytechnic Institute. "The technological enhancements provided by Southwestern Bell will allow us to expand the partnerships, creating a more seamless system of higher education and support resources for the industries and businesses of our area, state and region."

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April 9, 1999 --

Winners of the annual District Vocational Agriculture and FFA Judging contests held at Dexter High School March 23 and on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University March 26-27 have been announced.

First through third place finishers are as follows:

Contest Top Teams by High School

Agriculture Mechanics (Dexter)

1. Farmington

2. Woodland

3. Delta

Agriculture Sales (Dexter)

1. East Prairie

2. Perryville

3. Advance

Dairy Cattle

1. Perryville

2. Holcomb

3. Jackson

Dairy Foods

1. Woodland

2. East Prairie

3. Meadow Heights


1. East Prairie

2. Bernie

3. Oran

Farm Management

1. Kelly-Benton

2. Charleston-Danforth

3. Farmington

Field Crops

1. Kelly-Benton

2. Bernie

3. East Prairie


1. Perryville

2. Cape Girardeau AVTS

3. Bernie


1. Jackson

2. Arcadia Valley

3. Doniphan

Horse Evaluation

1. Jackson

2. Farmington

3. East Prairie


1. Bernie

2. Advance

3. Neelyville


1. Fredericktown

2. Jackson

3. Kelly-Benton


1. Perryville

2. Kelly-Benton

3. Cape Girardeau AVTS


1. Neelyville

2. Fredericktown

3. Charleston-Danforth


1. Kelly-Benton

2. East Prairie

3. Advance

Creed Speaking

1. Brent Thompson (Southland)

2. Amanda Jordon (Woodland)

Extemporaneous Public Speaking

1. Ross McFadden (Advance)

2. Melissa Emmons (Twin Rivers)

FFA Knowledge

1. Woodland

2. East Prairie

3. Kelly-Benton

Parliamentary Procedure

1. Farmington

2. Fredericktown

Prepared Public Speaking

1. Ross McFadden (Advance)

2. Kallie Newell (Dexter)

Twenty-eight high school vocational agriculture education programs participated in the three days of contests. The agricultural mechanics and agricultural sales contests were held at Dexter High School March 23 with approximately 60 students participating. At Southeast Missouri State University, about 500 students were involved on March 26 and about 340 participated on March 27.

Area officers were selected to represent their area at the state level for the coming year. Daniel Mothershead of Kelly High School was selected to represent Area 12 and Melissa Emmons of Twin Rivers High School was selected for Area 13. Area officers underwent intensely competitive interviews as part of the selection process.

Ms. Shirlene Krewson of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee presented plagues to the first place winners. Ms. Tanya Monroe of the Federal Land Bank and Production Credit Associations of Southeast Missouri awarded area sweepstakes plaques. The Area 12 sweepstakes winner was Fredericktown. The Area 13 plaque went to Bernie.

The contests were sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Agriculture, area farmers and agribusiness's, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and district vocational agriculture teachers and students.

The State FFA and Agriculture Contests will be held on the campus of the University of Missouri at Columbia April 15-16.

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April 9, 1999 --

On Thursday, May 6 the annual "Olde-Tyme Band Concert" will present an evening of entertainment featuring the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Robert Gifford, and the Cape Central Freshman Band under the leadership of Mark Ellison. Featured soloists for the evening will be Patryce King and Dr. Marc Fulgham.

Patryce King will be featured on the program in a performance of George Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue. King will complete a degree in piano performance from Southeast Missouri State in May of this year. Her piano skills have offered her the opportunity to perform in Rome, Italy, as well as to compete in the prestigious Wideman Concerto Competition and to be selected a talent finalist in the 1998 Miss Missouri Scholarship Program. King's career plans include plans to work toward a doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy in preparation for a college teaching position. King has studied piano at Southeast with Dr. John Shelton and Dr. James Sifferman.

Dr. Marc Fulgham, associate professor of music at Southeast, will be featured in a performance of Karel Husa's Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra with the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The concerto was premiered by Raymond Crisara, trumpet, and the National Intercollegiate Band, conducted by Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel in 1974 at the University of Connecticut. According to the composer the concerto features the "virtuoso aspects of the trumpet and in addition to exploring the high notes as well as the lowest, unusual sounds of the pedal tones and different mutes, the composition also uses many glissandos, quarter-tones, long sustained tones and some free (aleatroic) passages, all of which are characteristic of today's music. The work has not received many performances due to its difficulty and also due to the fact that the parts are available only on rental from the publisher.

In addition to these two outstanding soloists, the evening's entertainment will include the Cape Central Freshman Band performing Broadcast from Brazil, a percussion section feature, and the always popular Alexander's Ragtime Band. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will also perform Malcomn Arnold's spirited Four Scottish Dances, Dimitri Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No. 2 and Karl King's euphonium feature entitled Melody Shop.

The numerous invitations that the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble has received to perform at state and regional conferences are indicative of the respect that this group has earned both for quality of performances and innovative programming. The group has presented seven world premieres and ten American premieres of works for the contemporary wind band and has performed for both the Missouri Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the University Center on the Southeast campus. Parking will be available in lots 18 and TCD just across from the University Center. Handicapped parking will be available, with street-level elevator access.

General admission is $5. Tickets for senior citizens and students are $3. University faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with valid I.D.

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April 9, 1999 --

Four students from the Southeast Missouri Music Academy will present a Senior Piano Recital on Thursday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. The recital will be held in Room 205 of Brandt Music Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. It is free and open to the public.

Courtney Maguire, a senior at Cape Central High School will present works by Bach, Debussy, and Copland. She is the daughter of Jeff and Donna Maguire.

Shawn Haley, also a senior at Cape Central will present works by Mozart, Debussy, and Sibelius. She is the daughter of Randy and Claudia Haley.

Lacie Baker, a senior at Advance High School will present works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and Gershwin. She is the daughter of Mike and Pat Baker of Oran.

Tyson Wunderlich, a senior at Perryville High School, will present works by Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin, and Khatchaturian. He is the son of Duane and Carol Wunderlich of Altenburg.

All four students study with Becky Fulgham.

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