Week of April 17, 2000




The Department of Music of Southeast Missouri State University will present Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem" and Felix Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto" on May 2 at 8 p.m. in Academic Auditorium. The concert will be presented by the University Symphony Orchestra, Choral Union and University Choir.

The University Orchestra is directed by Dr. Sara Edgerton and the University Choir and Choral Union are both directed by Dr. John Egbert. Michelle Suhr, one of the winners of Southeast's Concerto and Aria Competition, will be the featured soloist for the "Violin Concerto." Lori Shaffer and Tyson Zahner will be the soprano and baritone soloists for the "Requiem." Choral rehearsal accompanists are Christy Shinn for the Choral Union, and Laura Bollinger, Tyson Wunderluch and Tim DePriest for the University Choir.

Free concert shuttles will be provided to and from Academic Hall from Parking Lot #4 on Henderson (between Broadway and Normal). Admission to the concert is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, or free with a University I.D.

Written in 1887, the "Requiem" is considered to be one of the most popular and accessible choral masterpieces of the late-Romantic Period. The timeless elegance of this great work has made it a worldwide favorite of singers and audiences alike for more than 100 years.

Fauré's personal and artistic integrity are evident in the clarity and serenity of his music, and the beauty and simplicity of his melodies are a prominent element in the "Requiem." But Fauré is worthy of remembrance for more than just the beauty of his music, for his influence on countless later composers is one of the important factors in the history of 20th century music.

Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto," written in 1844 while Mendelssohn was on holiday, in one of his most spirited and lyrical works. It ranks as one of the most significant concertos for violin by any composer and is still popular with violinists and audiences to this day.

Edgerton and Egbert both expect a large turn-out for the concert. "We are fortunate, that during the past several years, the community has given us tremendous support and has transformed these Choral Union/Orchestra concerts into major community cultural events," Egbert said. The performances have generated huge audiences and have been very well received; two of the past three concerts have filled Academic Auditorium to capacity."

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The Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Southeast Concert Band will present the annual Olde-Tyme Band Concert May 4 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

Members of the Southeast Department of Music will be featured as soloists on the concert in a novel number titled "Variations on a Kitchen Sink."

In addition to this elaborate display of talent and plumbing, the concert also will feature a "March of the Automobiles" dedicated to the famous Klaxon automobile horns manufactured in the earlier part of the last century. There will be music composed by such famous composers as Tchaikovsky and Sousa, and the Wind Ensemble will perform Missouri born composer, H. Owen Reed's exciting "La Fiesta Mexicana." This should prove to be an evening to suit all musical tastes.

The numerous invitations that the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble have 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 eight world premieres and 11 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 Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Robert Gifford, and the Southeast Concert Band is conducted by Barry Bernhardt.

Parking for the concert 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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Southeast Missouri State University and Missouri Enterprise ¨ MAMTC-Missouri have formed a partnership to manage the Manufacturing Technology Resource Center (MTRC) at Southeast Missouri State University. This partnership will support the MTRC to better serve manufacturers in Southeast Missouri.

The MTRC's mission is to improve the competitiveness and productivity of small- and medium- sized manufacturers. This goal is accomplished by providing technical assistance, seminars, and training. Additionally, manufacturers are encouraged to learn and train their employees through the use of manufacturing simulation and motor management software.

The MTRC is a part of the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University. The MTRC was established in 1997 in cooperation with Ameren UE. Dr. Randy Shaw, Dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies, says the partnership between Southeast and Missouri Enterprise ¨ MAMTC-Missouri will be advantageous to industry in the area.

"By working together, we have an opportunity to better serve the needs and interests of manufacturers in this region, enhancing the offerings we now make available," Shaw said.

Missouri Enterprise ¨ MAMTC-Missouri is part of a nationwide network of 76 Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers that work with manufacturers across the country to provide hands-on buisness and technical assistance to help them reach their performance and profitability goals. Dewayne Whitener, field engineer for Missouri Enterprise ¨ MAMTC-Missouri and MTRC coordinator says,

"This partnership will further increase the positive economic impact for companies who utilize the MTRC services."

In addition to helping manufacturers through hands-on engineering assistance, Missouri Enterprise ¨ MAMTC-Missouri also focuses on technology development and commercialization, equipment leasing, and environmental services. In the past business year, clients in 97 rural Missouri counties have reported a combined sales increase of over $36 million, cost savings of over $2 million, capital investment of over $13 million, and creation or retention of 468 jobs as a result of technical assistance provided by Missouri Enterprise ¨ MAMTC-Missouri.

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Ward Connerly, best known as an African American who is staunchly opposed to affirmative action, will speak at Southeast Missouri State April 17.

The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. A reception, also in Glenn Auditorium, will follow. Both events are free and open to all community members and University faculty, staff and students. Connerly's presentation is being sponsored by the College Republicans, the Conservative Club, Young America's Foundation and KZIM Radio.

"We are excited to have Ward Connerly come to campus," said Sarah Stephens, a member of the Conservative Club. "The ideas that he presents regarding affirmative action are ones that will begin the campus debate regarding this very important topic."

Ward Connerly is chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute - a national, not-for-profit organization aimed at educating the public about the problems created by racial and gender preferences. Connerly has gained national attention and respect as an outspoken advocate of equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race or sex.

As a member of the University of California Board of Regents, Connerly focused the attention of the nation on the University's race-based system of preferences in its admissions policy. On July 29, 1995, following Connerly's lead, a majority of the Regents voted to end the University's use of race as a means of admission.

In 1995, Tom Wood and Glynn Custred invited Connerly to join the California Civil Rights Initiative campaign as chairman. He accepted their invitation in December 1995 when he decided the campaign was in jeopardy without his support. Under his leadership, the campaign successfully obtained more than one million signatures and qualified for the November 1996 ballot. California voters passed Proposition 209 by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin.

Connerly's efforts have led to several honors and awards from supporters around the nation, including the Patrick Henry Award (1995) from The Center for the Study of Popular Culture and Individual Rights Foundation, the National Columbia Award (1996) from the Washington Institute for Public Policy Studies, the Lincoln Award for Leadership (1997) from the Independent Women's Forum, the Courage in Leadership Award (1997) from Black America's Political Action Committee, Lt. General Edward Bronars Defender of Freedom Award (1998) from Freedom Alliance, the Spirit of Lincoln Award (1998) from the Log Cabin Republicans, the State Achievement Ward (1998) from the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), the Thomas Jefferson Award (1998) from the Council for National Policy, and the Ronald Reagan Award (1998) from the California Republican Party.

Connerly has been profiled on 60 Minutes, the cover of Parade magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek magazine, and virtually every major news magazine in America. He also has appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Crossfire, Firing Line, Hannity and Colmes, The Crier

Report, Meet the Press, Rivera Live, Dateline, Politically Incorrect, NBC Nightly News, CNN and C-SPAN.

Connerly is president and chief executive officer of Connerly and Associates, Inc., a housing and association management consulting firm founded in 1973 by him and his wife, Ilene. Prior to starting his business, he worked for the state at the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Assembly Housing Committee. Connerly is regarded as one of the housing industry's top experts, possessing a comprehensive knowledge of housing and development issues.

Connerly currently serves on the board of the California Chamber of Commerce and is chairman of the California Governor's Foundation.

"It is always exciting to host an important dignitary on campus," said Chad Kight, president of the College Republicans. "We would like to invite the community to hear his message and welcome him to Cape Girardeau."

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The Historic Preservation program will celebrate its twentieth anniversary at the annual Historic Preservation Association spring banquet April 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Kelsen Gallery, 13 South Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau.

Guest speaker will be Jon Colburn, horticulturist for the city of Muskego, Mich., a Southeast graduate of the historic preservation program.

The Arthur H. Mattingly Award in Historic Preservation will be presented to Renee Bomgardner, registrar for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Bomgardner graduated from Southeast in May 1994 with a bachelor of science in historic preservation. She previously worked as an assistant registrar for the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C., and has published articles in national magazines.

Other awards to be presented at the banquet include the Mulkey-White scholarship and the Larry and Donna Marler scholarship in historic preservation. Jack Luer, historical architect, will be inducted as an honorary member of Sigma Pi Kappa, the historic preservation national honor society.

For more information, contact Bonnie Stepenoff at (573) 651-2831 or Donna Rausch, president of the Historic Preservation Association at (573) 547-1387.

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Marsha Blanchard of Kennett, Mo., currently director of Distance Learning and Technical Services at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., has been named director of the Kennett Area Higher Education Center.

"We are most fortunate to have Marsha join the staff of Extended Learning at Southeast Missouri State University," said Dr. Pat Lipetzky, dean of the School of Extended Learning at Southeast. "As a resident of the Kennett area and from her work in the area, she brings significant knowledge of the area to the position. Her experience with many different education providers will also be of benefit for the new center in Kennett."

As director of the center in Kennett, Mo., Blanchard will serve as a point of contact and a liaison between Southeast Missouri State University and other educational providers in the Kennett area. She will be responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of outreach and educational programming and enhancing the image of Southeast Missouri State University as the University of choice in Kennett and other outreach sites. She also will coordinate educational outreach activities in other locations for the University.

Blanchard will provide leadership and manage the Kennett Area Higher Education Center and provide coordination for other outreach activities of Southeast Missouri State University. She will identify business, industry and community educational needs in the Kennett area. She also will arrange credit and non-credit programming, oversee facility and staff and arrange necessary support services.

In Blanchard's current position at Three Rivers Community College, she is responsible for starting and marketing new outreach initiatives for the college. She also selects equipment, provides technical support, schedules classes and organizes faculty training for the college's interactive television network. She also plans, organizes and implements all program activities. In addition to her full-time position, she teaches as an adjunct faculty member at both Three Rivers and the Crisp Bootheel Education Center in Malden, Mo., and conducts ACT Work Keys job profiles and assessments for regional industries.

Prior to her work with Three Rivers, Blanchard served as a vocational counselor with the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. From 1993 to 1994, she supervised community support workers for the Ozark Center. Blanchard provided direct supervision to a staff of direct care providers. In addition, she also developed the policies and procedures for the Community Support program.

Blanchard earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Missouri Southern State College in Joplin. She received a master of arts degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa.

Blanchard will begin her new position June 1. The Kennett Area Higher Education Center is scheduled to open in summer 2000.

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