Week of April 16, 2001




Degrees will be conferred on 903 graduates during commencement exercises scheduled for May 5 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Edward Perkins, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, former U.S. Representative to the United Nations Security Council and former U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia, will present the commencement address during exercises scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Perkins currently is chair professor and executive director of the International Programs Center at The University of Oklahoma.

During commencement exercises, degrees will be conferred on 769 undergraduates and 134 graduate students. In addition, Neal E. Boyd of Sikeston, Mo., a Southeast student with enormous vocal talent, will perform the alma mater during the ceremony. Boyd recently debuted at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. A lyric tenor, Boyd is a speech communication major with minors in music and political science. He is scheduled to receive a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication.

Leading the class of undergraduates are 10 students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. They are: Lisa Brown of Perryville, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in accounting; Christopher Hittinger of Indianapolis, Ind., who will receive a bachelor science degree in cellular and molecular biology and chemistry;

Erin Knuff of Carlyle, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science degree in chemistry; Melissa Maurer of Cape Girardeau, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in human environmental studies degree with a major in child development; Philip Redmond of Farmington, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree in German; Lance Reinagel of Kelso, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in international business; Jennifer Sowada of Clarksville, Tenn., who will receive a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in elementary education; Courtney Stevens of Murphysboro, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and psychology; and Timothy Stroder of Jackson, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree in chemistry.

Five honors scholars will be recognized in the graduating class. They are: Bethany Crawford of Carmi, Ill., Kerry Farris of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Christopher Hittinger of Indianapolis, Ind., Gayleen McCoy of Rolla, Mo., and Lawrence Rice of Dexter, Mo. To be recognized as an honors scholar, students must complete 24 hours of honors coursework, six of which are at the senior level, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25. Honors scholars also must complete a senior research project.

Two students will graduate with academic distinction in their major departments. They are Mary Farmer of Dexter, Mo., who will be recognized for academic distinction in the Department of Psychology; and Sam Teeters of Marble Hill, Mo., who will recognized for academic distinction in the Department of Geosciences. Students who graduate with "Academic Distinction in the Department of Major" complete a special project in conjunction with a faculty committee, department chair and dean. Students carry out the project after they complete at least 75 credit hours of course work with a minimum 3.25 grade point average in their major department and a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.

In addition, 55 members of Phi Kappa Phi will be recognized during commencement exercises. Phi Kappa Phi in an international honor society for academic distinction that brings together individuals from a variety of disciplines. The charter is only extended to colleges and universities meeting that society's rigorous standards. The society is open to men and women in all academic fields who have demonstrated excellence of scholarship and integrity of character. Graduating seniors who rank in the upper 10 percent of their class and have a grade point average of at least 3.75 on a four-point scale; juniors who rank in the upper five percent of their class and have at least a 3.85 grade point average; and graduate students who are near graduation, have a grade point average of at least 3.9 and have an outstanding record are eligible for consideration.

Nineteen members Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni, will graduate. Students chosen for Omicron Delta Kappa are juniors and seniors in the top 35th percentile of their class who also have demonstrated achievement in one of the following areas: scholarship, athletics, campus and community service, social and religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and creative and performing arts. The society is designed to recognize those who have exhibited a high standard of leadership and effectiveness in collegiate activities, to bring together student leaders from all sectors of collegiate life in order to help mold the sentiment of the University for questions of local and collegiate interest; and to bring together members of the faculty and the student body on a basis of mutual interest and understanding.

An Honors Convocation is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Show Me Center, during which 188 undergraduates and 78 graduate students will be honored. Dr. Michael Brown, Southeast professor of criminal justice, will present the Honors Convocation address. Among the undergraduates participating in the honors convocation, 33 students will graduate summa cum laude, 48 will graduate magna cum laude and 104 will graduate cum laude. Three will graduate with honors in associate degrees. The required undergraduate grade point average for graduating cum laude in 3.5 to 3.74, for magna cum laude is 3.75 to 3.89 and for summa cum laude is 3.9 to 4.0. Graduate students participating in the Honors Convocation must have achieved at least a 3.9 grade point average.

The commencement speaker, Dr. Edward Perkins, served as the Clinton Administration's representative to the Commonwealth of Australia from Nov. 24, 1993, until August 1996. On Aug. 31, 1996, Ambassador Perkins retired with the rank of Career Minister in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Perkins was born in Sterlington, La., and grew up in Portland, Ore. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and master's and doctor of public administration degrees from the University of Southern California. He served three years in the U.S. Army and four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He speaks French, Japanese and Thai.

He has been awarded honorary degrees from Lewis and Clark College, St. John's University, the University of Maryland, Beloit College, Winston-Salem State University, St. Augustine College, Bowie State University and the University of Southern California.

Prior to serving as ambassador, Perkins was chief of personnel at the Army and Air Force Exchange in Taipei, Taiwan; deputy chief and chief of personnel and administration at the Army and Air Force Exchange on Okinawa; assistant general services officer to the U.S. Operations Mission to Thailand, where he was management analyst and deputy assistant director for management.

In 1972, Perkins was assigned as staff assistant in the Office of the Director General of the Foreign Service. Over the years, he held a number of positions within the Foreign Service, including personnel officer in the State Department's Bureau of Personnel. Following this assignment, he was assigned to the Bureau of Far East and South Asian Affairs, and thereafter, served in the Office of Management Operations in the Department of State. In 1978, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana, as counselor for political affairs.

He has been Deputy Chief of Mission to the American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, director of the Department of State's Office of West African Affairs, Ambassador to Liberia and Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. In 1989, Perkins was named Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel in the Department of State. In 1992, he was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and U.S. Representative in the United Nations Security Council, where he served from 1992 to 1993, until taking up his post in Australia.

During his Foreign Service career, he received numerous distinguished awards including the Presidential Distinguished and Meritorious Service Awards; the Department of State's Distinguished Honor and Superior Honor Award; the Una Chapman Cox Foundation Award for Distinguished Foreign Service Work; the University of Southern California's Distinguished Alumni Award; the Southern University's Achievement Award; the Links, Inc. Living Legend Award; the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Award for Distinguished Diplomatic Service; the Kappa Alpha Psi C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference Award; the Kappa Alpha Psi Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Foreign Service; and the 1992 Statesman of the Year Award from George Washington University.

In 1993, Perkins was granted the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity's highest honor, the Laurel Wreath Award for Achievement and Distinguished Diplomatic Service. He was the 1998 Honoree of the Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter of The University of Oklahoma.

He is a Distinguished Jerry Collins Lecturer in Public Administration at The Florida State University and served on the Presidential/Congressional Commission on the Public Service from 1992 to 1993.

He is a member of numerous organizations, including the Epsilon Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Kappa Phi, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Perkins serves on a number of boards, including the Steering Committee for the Center for Australia/New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University; the Board of Trustees of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., the Advisory Council to the University Office of International Programs at The Pennsylvania State University, and the Board of Trustees of The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Ambassador Perkins is married to the former Lucy Cheng-mei Liu. They have two daughters, Katherine and Sarah, and two grandsons.

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Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, has proclaimed April 26, 2001 as Kappa Delta Pi National Day of Service. Kappa Delta Pi chapters across the country will be encouraged to work with local schools and area school children to promote service and education. This effort will mark the first time the organization has attempted an event on such a large scale. With more than 500 chapters throughout the United States, the Society will attempt to have at least one chapter in every state participate.

The Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi has announced its participation in this exciting and meaningful event. The Southeast Missouri State University, Kappa Delta Pi members have collected books for the Cape Girardeau, Parents As Teachers program. Parents As Teachers (PAT) is an internationally recognized program of this nature that has demonstrated the effectiveness of beginning at birth to empower all parents as their children's first and most influential teachers. Theses books will be distributed to parents and children participating in our local PAT program.

Kappa Delta Pi is an honor society for educators whose membership qualifications include GPA, collegiate course work, and a demonstration of leadership inside and outside of the classroom. Founded in 1911, the Society currently is comprised of more the 50,000 members.

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DanceXpressions, the dance club at Southeast Missouri State University, will presents its sixth annual dance concert, "Full Tilt," April 26-27 in Forrest H. Rose Theatre on the Southeast campus.

More than 20 students from throughout the area will be performing 10 dance pieces choreographed by faculty members and students. Jazz, modern, ballet, tap and Capoeira, an African-Brazilian martial art, will be among the styles performed.

Among the students participating will be Tracy Bertrand, Amelia Essman, Whitney McCann and Shannon Lowes, all of Cape Girardeau; Jenny Brandt of Cedar Hill, Mo.; Jessica Carter, Kelly Wolverton and Maria Foster, all of St. Louis; Eryn Gilbert of Salem, Ill.; Linda Herron of Kansas City, Mo.; Jenn Lamb of O'Fallon, Ill.; Renee Plouffe of Troy, Mo.; Barry Rice of Dexter, Mo.; David Schneider of Lake Zurich, Ill.; Katie Stricker of Springfield, Ill.; Melissa Upton of Carterville, Ill.; Beth Vaughn of Belleville, Ill.; and John Warren of Sikeston, Mo.

"Full Tilt" is the first concert DanceXpressions has produced in Rose Theatre. Featured works include "Farewell to Inverness" by Dr. Marc Strauss, Southeast assistant professor of physical education, with live accompaniment by the Southeast Guitar Ensemble directed by Dr. Jeffrey Noonan of the Southeast Department of Music; "Luminitza" by Paul Zmolek, advisor to DanceXpressions, which is inspired by the so-called dance epidemics of the Middle Ages and Capoeira, an African-Brazilian martial art which is thought to be the primary inspiration for hip-hop and break dance.

DanceXpressions is a student organization that is open to the public every Wednesday evening throughout the school year for various master classes. A different class is taught each week. The classes are open to beginners and professionals alike.

Zmolek teaches many of the Wednesday evening master classes. He also is artistic director of "Full Tilt" as well as the choreographer for two of the pieces that will be performed in the concert. For more information on "Full Tilt," DanceXpressions or the Wednesday evening classes, please contact Zmolek at (573) 986-7492

Tickets are available at the Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $5. Students with an I.D. will be admitted for $3. Call (573) 651-2265 for ticket information.

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A number of charitable organizations and individuals in need in this region are benefiting as the result of the highly successful Greek Week 2001 held April 1-7 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Greek Week is held each year in the spring at Southeast to celebrate membership in the Greek community. Greek Week consists of seven days of community service, social interaction and friendly competition.

Members of Southeast's fraternities and sororities coordinated the Special Olympics, collected food and money to be donated to community organizations and individuals, assisted with a Family Fun Fair and conducted a blood drive to assist in the ongoing need to save lives. Together, members of Southeast fraternities and sororities donated more than 2,500 hours of community service during the week.

Campus and community involvement is a vital part of the Greek experience at Southeast, said Mary Kay Poljan, director of the University Center at Southeast.

"Greek Week gives students the opportunity to give back to the community," Poljan said. "The Southeast Greek community proves year after year that giving is more fun than receiving. The results of Greek Week are a sign of our Greek students' enthusiasm and their true understanding of philanthropy. They truly understand the positive impact they can have on the community."

The Greek Week Blood Drive produced 469 pints of blood for the American Red Cross, which together will save 1,407 lives.

As a result of the "Greek God and Goddess" fund-raising competition, more than $20,000 was donated to the United Way, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and each Greek chapter's designated philanthropic organization. Each Greek chapter is responsible for raising money through fund-raising activities or by accepting donations as part of the "Greek God and Goddess" competition. In addition, more than 15,000 pounds of food were donated to the Salvation Army as part of the event.

A number of awards and honors were presented to Greek students at the close of this year's Greek Week. Kyle Ward of Jackson, Mo., of Phi Delta Theta was named Greek Man of the Year, and Nicole Conant of St. Charles, Mo., of Alpha Delta Pi was Greek Woman of the Year. The Advisor of the Year Award went to John Vincent of Sigma Phi Epsilon for his dedication towards his fraternity.

The women of Delta Delta Delta sorority won the Chapter Community Service Award. Delta Delta Delta completed 3,040 hours of community service and donated more than $4,100 to charitable organizations. The men of Pi Kappa Alpha also received this award, completing 1,529 hours of community service. The Individual Community Service Award recipient was Merideth

McDowell of Sikeston, Mo., of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, who created and implemented the "I Can" program, which focuses on reaching out to children with low self-esteem and instilling positive values in them.

Academic excellence among Southeast Greek students also was highlighted during Greek Week, with 388 Greek students recognized for achieving a grade point average greater than 3.5 during the past year, and 78 for achieving a perfect 4.0 during that period.

"Members of Southeast fraternities and sororities consistently receive the highest grade point averages among all Greek organizations at universities in the Ohio Valley Conference," Poljan said.

Dr. Timothy Rademaker, Southeast associate professor of physical education, was awarded the Professor of the Year Award for his outstanding teaching practices and dedication toward students. The men of Lambda Chi Alpha nominated Rademaker for the award.

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Sigma Pi Kappa, the historic preservation honor society at Southeast Missouri State University, will formally recognize Melinda and Cary Winchester of Jackson, Mo., April 20 for their commitment to excellence in historic preservation.

The Winchesters have adapted an historic school as their home, taking careful steps to preserve and restore the original historic fabric of the building. An award will be presented at 3:30 p.m. at the Winchester's home located at 2285 County Road 316 in Jackson, Mo.

The Sigma Pi Kappa chapter at Southeast Missouri State presents this award this award annually. Previous recipients were Steven and Emily Mellie for their work on the Pott House, and the Sigma Nu fraternity in conjunction with the University's Facilities Management unit for their work on the Shivelbine House.

The international society of Sigma Pi Kappa promotes, recognizes and rewards superior achievement in academia and in the actual practice of historic preservation. It honors historic preservation students and faculty, along with distinguished professionals.

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Sarah Hunter of New Madrid, Mo., has been named special projects grant writer at Southeast Missouri State University.

Hunter will work under the supervision of the Department of Sponsored Programs at Southeast to write grants for special projects at the University and for specific academic departments. This is a new position at the University.

"I am enjoying the new challenge to bring my past experience to the University campus to enhance the funding opportunities for higher education," said Hunter.

Since her arrival here in January, Hunter has been working on several grant assignments. She has been developing grant proposals concerning the Missouri Arts Council, the University Museum, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the River Campus.

Prior to her work with Southeast, Hunter was the executive director of the New Madrid County Caring Communities Partnership (NMCCCP). During her tenure there Hunter wrote numerous grants. She also has been employed by Delta Area Economic Corporation as assistant director and Community Service Block Grant director and for

Head Start as administrative assistant. Since 1989, Hunter has written over 40 grants totaling nearly $7 million.

Hunter received a bachelor of science degree in education from Murray State University. She resides with her family in New Madrid, Mo.

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Jeanine Larson Dobbins, coordinator of the Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program based at Southeast Missouri State University, recently had a statewide literacy education award named in her honor.

The Executive Committee of the Missouri Association of Reading Recovery Educators (MARRE) recently voted to establish the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Early Literacy Education Award, which will be presented annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to literacy education in the State of Missouri. The first awards were presented on March 31.

The statewide award, according to the MARRE Executive Committee, recognizes her vision to have all Missouri children read at or above grade level in their early elementary school experience. Dobbins has taken her vision to Jefferson City, Mo., and has worked diligently to communicate it to leaders around the state, including state legislators and the late Gov. Mel Carnahan. Dobbins' success in this mission secured state funding to provide specialized teacher training and professional development.

The Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program (MSELIP) is the result of Dobbins' zeal and leadership as well. Since its inception, the grant has funded training for 20 Reading Recovery teacher leaders.

The Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program is designed to ensure that all Missouri children will be able to read by the third grade. The program delivers Reading Recovery to first graders and literacy support services to kindergarten through third grade children. The program educates teachers to work with children at risk of being reading failures. The Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program complements the Reading Recovery program and is allowing more children with reading difficulties to be reached.

Reading Recovery helps many of the lowest 15 to 20 percent of first-grade students read as well as the average students of the class. It prevents failure by helping children make accelerated achievement gains in reading and writing through individual instruction. The early literacy intervention program supplements the Reading Recovery program, providing additional support, through small groups, for first-grade children who need early intervention, but for whom there is no space in a Reading Recovery program.

"I was deeply honored and humbled to be recognized," Dobbins said. "I have worked in the field of literacy education since 1972, and it meant so much to be recognized by my peers for making a difference in literacy education in the State of Missouri. What keeps me going in this career field is that we see growth with both children and teachers in the field of literacy education. This program (Reading Recovery) empowers children and their teachers. Literacy education has been my passion for years, and I plan to continue to serve the literacy needs and to work with policy leaders to accomplish our goals for many years to come."

Between 1997 and this year, more than 700 statewide Reading Recovery teachers will have made a difference in the literacy skills of more than 30,000 elementary school children.

The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Early Literacy Education Award was inaugurated and the first awards were presented at a luncheon during the Seventh Annual Conference of MARRE March 31 at Tan-Tar-A at the Lake of the Ozarks. The five recipients each received a framed certificate and a $100 gift certificate to purchase professional development books on early literacy. More than 350 educators attended the awards luncheon.

The five statewide recipients selected for the award were:

  • Linda Robert of the Cape Girardeau Public Schools

    Robert collaborated with Dobbins in conducting significant Reading Recovery longitudinal studies. These longitudinal studies were instrumental in obtaining local, state and federal funding for Reading Recovery throughout Missouri.

  • Lindsey Minson of the Jackson Public Schools

    Minson evaluated the Reading Recovery program for more than a year and then laid the groundwork for Dobbins to meet with state legislators, including Minson's father, State Sen. Sidney Johnson of northwest Missouri, about the program.

  • Freddie Thomas of the Kansas City Public Schools

    Thomas has been a pioneering Reading Recovery teacher in the Kansas City School System. The Kansas City Schools have been involved in the program since 1998.

  • Wanda Jacobi of the Central Missouri Reading Recovery Site, where she is employed by the Gasconade County District.

    Jacobi conducted groundbreaking research correlating success in Reading Recovery with the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Communication Arts Assessment conducted in third grade. This research is important to the future of MSELIP.

  • Lillian Sharon Cox of the Springfield Public Schools

    Cox is the current president of MARRE and coordinated the largest and most successful MARRE conference to date. Under her leadership, the organization has increased its membership and visibility.

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    Representatives of the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification will hold an orientation meeting April 23 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University as Southeast begins the process of NCAA recertification.

    Pete Oliszcak of NCAA Membership Services will meet with various groups and individuals throughout the morning as the institution begins the process seeking recertification of its Division I athletic program, a designation that signifies the program is operating in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

    Southeast's Division I athletics program was certified for the first time in May 1996.

    Southeast will begin this second certification cycle by completing a comprehensive self- study largely during the 2001-2002 academic year. The self-study, which will begin after the April 23 orientation meeting, is designed to educate University staff and students about the athletic program's goals, purposes and challenges, and its role in the University's overall mission; and to identify strengths and weaknesses of the athletics program and develop plans for improvement, where needed.

    Alicia Scott, assistant athletics director/compliance and student services, is serving as the campus liaison to facilitate the self-study process and forthcoming peer review visit.

    Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, has appointed a steering committee to assist the University in reaching its goals. Dr. Chris McGowan, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, will chair this committee. Other members of the Self-Study Steering Committee are Dobbins; Scott; Don Kaverman, director of athletics; and faculty, staff, Booster Club and student representatives. In addition, five individuals have been selected to serve on major sub-committees - Governance and Commitment to Rules Compliance, Academic Integrity, Financial Integrity and Commitment to Equity.

    The self-study will continue throughout the summer and fall of 2001 and early winter of 2002. The self-study report must be submitted to the NCAA and the Peer Review Team by February 2002. A Peer Review Team visit to the Southeast campus is planned for May 2002.

    Division I schools approved the certification process as part of their reform agenda at the 1993 convention.

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    Prospective students and their parents are invited to "Show Me Day," April 21, on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

    Show Me Day," scheduled for noon at the Show Me Center, is an opportunity for all individuals interested in attending college to take a closer look at Southeast and check out the numerous options Southeast provides," said Southeast Admissions Counselor Christy Mershon.

    The day's events will begin with a "College Fair" in which students may browse through informational displays of the University's various academic departments. Professors from each department will be there to answer questions. Students also will be able to get information about the Southeast experience, information ranging from academic and career choice options to financial aid, residential life and student activities.

    Following the "College Fair" portion of the day, students and parents will hear brief presentations from Southeast Director of Admissions Jay Goff, as well as a presentation by Luke Dalton, Southeast Student Government president.

    Students and their parents then will break up into small groups to tour the campus.

    Marshon said that both bus and walking tours will be offered as well as students having the opportunity to view a Southeast residence facility. Following the campus tours, a financial aid and Residence Life presentation will be given. The "Show Me Day" will conclude in the evening with a light reception.

    If you are interested in registering for Show Me Day, call the Admissions Office at (573) 651-2590.

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    Dr. John Wade, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Southeast Missouri State University, has been invited to attend the third Midwestern Governors' Conference on Methamphetamine May 8-9 in Kansas City, Mo., where he will deliver a presentation on prevention curriculum development.

    This is the first time Wade has been invited to this conference, which is presented by the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Wade has been working with HIDTA to create and implement a program called Meth Education for Elementary Schools (MEDFELS), which targets third and fourth grade classrooms to bring awareness of the dangers of meth to a younger audience. Following his participation in the conference, Wade will continue his work in this area with a HIDTA task force.

    "Southeast has become one of the leaders in meth education and meth research, and this has shown that Southeast is a leader, not only at the state level, but also at the national level," Wade said.

    The purpose of this conference, hosted by Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsak, is to bring together professionals who can offer different perspectives and experience levels dealing with the methamphetamine problem in the Midwest and discuss "best practices" developed by those who have been dealing with the methamphetamine problem for sometime. Among those invited to attend the conference are federal, state and local health and public safety officials in all of the states comprising the Midwest Council of State Governments. The objective is to develop regional strategies, guidelines and protocols to use in a concerted attack against the already rampant methamphetamine epidemic.

    Wade has been working with preventative curriculum against the methamphetamine problem in Southeast Missouri through MEDFELS since last year. The program was introduced as a pilot program to third and fourth grade students in 65 school districts in 16 Southeast Missouri counties during a region-wide Meth Awareness Week Dec. 4-8.

    "The feedback after the first years has been very positive," Wade said. "Ninety-five percent of participating teachers are planning to implement the program again."

    Wade is an accomplished researcher in the field of rural crime. He has been active in crime prevention programs through Crime Stoppers and police athletic programs, and he is a certified youth officer trainer for the state of Illinois. Wade holds a doctoral degree from Kansas State University. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Missouri State University. He has been conducting research on meth offenders for the past three years. In addition to his work with MEDFELS, Wade is working to develop and obtain grant money for programs dealing with such topics as preventative curriculum against club drugs such as ecstasy and educating parents about the dangers of meth.

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