Week of April 19, 1999





April 16, 1999 --

Dr. Robert Hamblin, professor of English and director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, will present the annual Dr. H.O. Grauel Memorial Lecture May 2 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The lecture is slated for 3 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall.

The topic of Hamblin’s lecture will be “A Casebook on Mankind: Faulkner’s Use of Shakespeare.”

Dr. Jennie Cooper, Southeast professor of English, said Grauel was a man who enjoyed the excitement of working with students, particularly academically talented students. In light of this, Cooper says University faculty members are encouraged to attend and to invite an outstanding student to accompany them to the lecture. The students will be recognized during the event.

The Dr. H.O. Grauel Memorial Lecture was established on campus in 1996 in tribute to the late Southeast scholar. Grauel taught at Southeast from 1928 to 1971, having chaired the Department of English for many years, in addition to heading the division of English, foreign languages, philosophy and speech. Grauel died Nov. 15, 1995, at age 94. Southeast’s language arts building is named for him.

Hamblin received the 1997 Southeast Missouri State University Faculty Merit Award and the 1997 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He holds a bachelor of science degree in education with a major in English from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.; a master of arts degree in English from the University of Mississippi in Oxford; and a doctorate of philosophy in American literature from the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Hamblin has taught a wide variety of courses at Southeast, including American Literature, Southern Literature, Faulkner, Literary Criticism, Sport Literature and The Bible in Literature and Composition.

The director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State since 1989, Hamblin is an internationally recognized Faulkner scholar. First reading the works of Faulkner at Delta State University in the T.D. Young’s Southern Literature course, he later completed a master’s thesis and a doctoral dissertation on Faulkner, both under the direction of noted Faulkner scholar John Pilkington. Hamblin has published articles on Faulkner in numerous books and journals, and he is presently serving as the chief editor of the William Faulkner Encyclopedia, scheduled for publication by Greenwood Press this year. A frequent presenter at the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, Hamblin organized the “Teaching Faulkner” sessions that have become a regular offering at the conference and edits the “Teaching Faulkner” newsletter which has developed from those sessions. Just recently, Hamblin delivered the keynote address at the Faulkner Centennial Celebration in New Albany, Miss., Faulkner’s birthplace.

In 1978, Hamblin met Louis Daniel Brodsky, the noted Faulkner collector who lives in St. Louis. Since that time, the two men have actively collaborated in bringing materials in the Brodsky Collection to the attention of literary scholars and the general public. Hamblin and Brodsky have co-edited eight books based on materials in the collection, most notably Faulkner: A Comprehensive Guide to the Brodsky Collection, a five-volume work published by the University Press of Mississippi. Four of the Hamblin/Brodsky volumes have been issued in French translations. In 1989, Brodsky transferred ownership of his Faulkner collection to Southeast Missouri State University, and the University established its Center for Faulkner Studies to promote educational, research and public service projects based on the Brodsky Collection.

In addition to his Faulkner work, Hamblin is actively involved in the areas of poetry and sports literature, and he has been the recipient of several honors and grants. He has been selected to conduct Faulkner seminars for both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Missouri Humanities Council and has received research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A member of the honors faculty at Southeast, Hamblin has received merit awards from his department and college and has twice been nominated by his university for the Professor of the Year Award sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He has received the National Alumnus of Letters award from Phi Theta Kappa, the Alumnus of the Year Award from Northeast Mississippi Community College and the Halsell Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society. He also has taught overseas in Southeast’s Missouri London Program.

Hamblin has been the associate editor for The Cape Rock, a magazine of poetry, since 1969, and the poetry editor for Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature since 1984.

Hamblin also has been a member of the board of directors for the Assembly of Sports Literature since 1985. From 1964 to 1965, Hamblin was a teaching assistant in the Department of English at the University of Mississippi in Oxford and was an English teacher and baseball coach at Sparrows Point High School in Maryland from 1960 to 1962.

While at Delta State University in 1960, Hamblin was recognized by Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Hamblin also was the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference in 1980 and was entered into the Hall of Fame at Northeast Mississippi Junior College. The year 1982 was an eventful one for Hamblin as he was a featured lecturer at the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Institute in Long Beach, Miss. He also was the commencement speaker for Northeast Mississippi Junior College and received honors from the College of Humanities at Southeast in 1982. From 1985 to 1987, he was the director of “William Faulkner: The Regional and the Mythic,” a summer seminar for secondary school teachers presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hamblin is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Sports Literature Association, the Popular Culture Association, the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, the Midwest Modern Language Association, and the Missouri Philological Association.

Hamblin and his wife, Kaye, have two children, Steve, and Laurie.

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April 16, 1999 --

The 1998 Excellence awards will be presented by the Graduate Council April 20 in the University Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

There are two recipients of the Excellence Award, one in teaching and one in research. This year's Excellence in Teaching recipient is Wendy Taliaferro, from Smyrna, Tenn. She is a teaching assistant in the Department of English. The Excellence in Research recipient is Yumi Kamimura from Japan. She is being honored for her research project titled "The Conflict Between Two Cultures."

The Excellence in Research Award has been given annually by the Graduate Council since April 1988. The Excellence of Teaching award was established in January of 1996. According to Dr. Velmer Burton, associate provost for Graduate Studies and Research, they are awarded based on the strength of their work and the strength of the supporting materials given by their nominating sponsor. The teaching award criteria also is based on student evaluations, faculty evaluations of teaching and support of those comments. Research award criteria also is based on the quality of their written project. After reviewing all the submitted documentation, one recipient from each area is then chosen by a interdisciplinary committee of faculty members from Southeast. Each award recipient is presented with a certificate and a $250 check.

This year's Excellence in Teaching award recipient, Wendy Taliaferro, was nominated by Dr. Michael Hogan, professor of English at Southeast. Hogan says that he chose Taliaferro because when he received the letter for nominations, it stressed excellence in teaching, which fit Taliaferro's profile.

"Wendy's student evaluations have consistently been high," said Hogan, "so it was not hard to decide to nominate her. The statistics supported the nomination. In addition, her scholarship as a person in preparing for her professional field qualified her. She has given professional presentations and attended a professional conference on C.S. Lewis. She has conformed to excellence in teaching standards."

The Excellence in Research award recipient, Yumi Kamimura, was nominated by Dr. Adelaide Heyde Parsons, professor of English and Secondary Education at Southeast. Parsons said that she knew Kamimura from an freshman English composition class she had her in as an undergraduate student. Then when Kamimura graduated and applied to the TESOL program, Parsons was her advisor and chaired her Thesis Committee. According to Parsons, the research that Kamimura has done is a huge contribution to the field.

"As a teaching assistant in a local school, Yumi noticed some Japanese students who were having problems learning the material," said Parsons. "She suspected that they had a learning disability. After much research in the U.S. and Japan, she developed an approach in helping these students overcome their problems. This research will absolutely contribute to the field."

The awards will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on April 20 in the Indian Room of the University Center. For more information on the Excellence Award, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (573) 651-2192.

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April 13, 1999 --

Dr. Christopher Goeke, tenor and assistant professor of music at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a voice recital at 3 p.m. April 18 in Old St. Vincent’s Church.

The recital will begin with two arias by J.S. Bach accompanied by Baroque specialists Gary Miller on the harpsichord and Sara Edgerton on the cello. The recital also will feature soloists Paul Thompson on the Baroque flute and Ronald Francois on violin.

Goeke will present highlights from Schubert’s masterpiece, “Die Schone Mullerin” (The Beautiful Maid of the Mill) with John Shelton at the piano. The recital will continue as Goeke and Shelton present selections by four French song composers: Chabrier, Faure, Roussel and Ravel. The event will end with a set of English songs by Vaughan Williams, Hundley, Moore and Niles.

Edgerton, Francois, Miller, Shelton and Thompson are all members of the Department of Music faculty at Southeast Missouri State University.

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April 16, 1999 --

The Cape Friends of Old Time Music and Dance will host an old-fashioned barn dance April 23 in the Parker Dance Studio on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

A variety of dances will be taught and no previous dance experience is necessary to attend. The dance will be co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Southeast.

The dance runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and the price of admission will be a donation of $3. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Judy at (573) 334-5289 or Ann at (573) 651-3589.

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April 16, 1999 --

The University Jazz Program and the Men of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Men’s Professional Music Fraternity at Southeast Missouri State University invite the public to attend the First Annual Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival April 24 on the Southeast campus.

The festival will feature more than 30 junior and senior high school jazz bands in competition from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The competitions will take place in Academic Auditorium and the University Center Missouriana/Indian Room.

The Jazz Festival also will feature “Clinics with the Pros” during the noon hour, which will spotlight the talents of the members of the Jim Widner Big Band. The morning and afternoon sessions will end with performances by the Southeast Jazz Lab Band and the Southeast Studio Jazz Ensemble at 4:30 p.m. in Academic Auditorium.

The headliner of this year’s Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival will be the Jim Widner Big Band on the evening concert. The evening concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Academic Auditorium. This band has had rave revues on its two previous CD recordings and was featured in concert last April on the Southeast campus with jazz legend, Clark Terry.

General admission for all day at the Jazz Festival will be $5. The cost for the evening concert will be $5 for children and University students with an ID, and $10, $15 and $20 for reserved seating.

For more information, contact the University Bands Office at (573) 651-2335 or the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.

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April 16, 1999 --

Several Southeast Missouri Music Academy students have recently received a variety of outstanding honors.

Kirk Miller, a cello student of Dr. Sara Edgerton, associate professor of music at Southeast Missouri State University, was invited to participate in a master class at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with internationally renowned cellist Zara Nelsova. He also performed the “Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos” with Edgerton and the Marshall, Mo., Orchestra. In addition, he was second chair cello in the All-State orchestra.

Tyson Wunderlich, a piano student of Becky Fulgham, director of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy, was the winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ District Six Joyce Walsh Scholarship Competition. He also was selected as the Federation’s District 6B piano winner and will compete at the state level in May.

Amanda McAllister, a vocal student of Lori Shaffer, of the Southeast Department of Music faculty, received a Chancellor’s Scholarship for vocal performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

In addition, the following students performed solos and received I ratings at the District Music Contest and will compete at the state level in a few weeks: Stephen Limbaugh, Jeni Moore, Rebecca Schuessler, Jean Maguire, Maggie Martin, Amanda McAlister, Connie Aufdenberg, Cari Noel, Meagan Edmonds, Erin Darter, Martha Stoecker, Erika Beasley, Arika Lucy, Andrea Penland, Katie Edmonds, Tyson Wunderlich, Lacie Baker, Shawn Hayley, Heather Wissore, Jaci Heath, Amanda Jeane, Madelyn Bandermann, Aaron Walker, Courtney Maguire, Kirk Miller, Rebecca Schuessler, Rebecca Dixon and Kyle Miller.

The following students received Gold Cup trophies at the Junior Music Festival: Madelyn Bandermann, Mark Anderson, Nicole Annis, Andrew Bertrand, Hannah Gathman, Sara Goeke, Allyson Herbst, Erin Herbst, Katie Lakner, Amanda Myer, Carly Trautwein, Alex Anne Troxel, Heather Wissore, Jean Brown, Shawn Haley, Kelsey Shearon and Lindsey Pingel.

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April 14, 1999 --

Southeast Missouri State University will host the 35th Annual Meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science (MAS) April 16-17.

Presentations will be given both days in various rooms in Magill Hall, Rhodes Hall and Robert A. Dempster Hall. The Junior Division will meet April 16 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The Middle School Session will present from 9-11:30 a.m. and the finalists will present from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium. The High School Session will present from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and the finalists will present from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Rhodes Hall, Room 121. The Collegiate Division paper sessions will be presented from noon-4 p.m. and the awards ceremony will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall.

Dr. Jin Gong, a Southeast professor of chemistry, will address the Collegiate Division's award ceremony April 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with a presentation titled "Carbon Dioxide Challenge, A Story of Undergraduate Research." That evening, Dr. Walt Lilly, Southeast professor of biology, will address the annual banquet. Both the dinner and the presentation, titled "Endless Patience," will be held in the University Center Ballroom.

The Senior Division, which consists of scientists from colleges and universities, government and industry, will present April 17 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Senior and Collegiate Division Poster Sessions also will be presented April 17 in Rhodes Hall.

Dr. Jeffrey Zweerink, an astrophysicist and a research associate at the University of California at Riverside will address the Junior Division's Award Breakfast April 17 in the University Center Ballroom.

Registration for the meeting will be April 16 from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and April 17 from 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on the first floor of Rhodes Hall. Undergraduate Southeast students may register for the meeting at no cost. Non-member graduate students must pay a $15 registration fee. The cost for other non-members will be $20. The general registration fee only includes registration to the meeting's events; no meals are included.

For more information on the event, contact Dr. David Naugler at (573) 651-2787.

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April 16, 1999 --

The Seventh Annual Southeast Missouri State University Student Research Conference will take place on April 27 and 28 at the University Center. The conference recognizes those students who devote a great deal of their time to research in a variety of academic disciplines.

“This conference gives students the opportunity to present work early on in their academic career in a professional type setting,” said Dr. Martha Zlokovich, the Conference Committee Faculty Chair. “It looks like we are going to have some very high quality presentations this year.”

Eight awards will be presented for Best Poster and Best Paper. There is a total of 63 entries, including 15 posters and 48 papers. Types of works vary from empirical, theoretical, and review papers. There are wide variety of topics, including: “In the Kitchen with Bubba: A Preliminary Examination of Meth Cookers at the Federal Level,” “Comparison of the 1982 and 1997 El Nino Events and Their Effects on the Rainfall in California,” “E*Trade Group Inc: Full of Problems and Promises,” “Manuel Rojas: An Analysis of Three of His Short Stories” and “Relevance of Position of Cues in Serial Learning in Rats.”

Dr. Stephan Davis, psychology professor at Emporia State University, will be featured as the keynote speaker. He will speak on April 28 during the Common Hour at 12:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom on “Academic Dishonesty in the 1990s: A Decade-Long Student Investigation.” He has published over 200 journal articles and made over 600 conference presentations. He is currently serving as editor of the Psi Chi Journal for Undergraduate Research.

“Stephan is well-known in pyschology due to his past expereinces,” said Zlokovich. “However, he’s also known throughout many other different areas, as well. So, regardless of their academic discipline, people will find his work interesting.”

All student researchers, interested students and faculty are invited to participate in a round table discussion on the rewards of conducting research as an undergraduate. The discussion will be moderated by President Dale Nitzschke on Tuesday, April 27.

Zlokovich said attending the conference is a good opportunity for students who are interested in doing research. She also said it was good for faculty members to bring their students too because there might be a presentation on an idea they are studying in class.

“I would like to encourage faculty and students to take the time to attend the conference,” said Zlokovich. “It will give them an opportunity to see what’s being done on their campus.”

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April 16, 1999 --

Twenty-seven young writers from grades four through 12 -- the best from among 73 schools in Southeast Missouri and the St. Louis metropolitan area -- were honored April 10 at the annual Southeast Missouri Writing Achievement Awards ceremony, held in the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University.

“This program was initiated in 1982 by the University’s Department of English as a means of recognizing the importance of writing skills in the development of an educated person,” said Dr. Linda Burns, Southeast professor of English. “The Writing Achievement Awards program is designed to encourage students in grades four through 12 in their writing and to recognize publicly some of the best student writers in the state and their schools.”

This year, 73 schools from the Southeast Missouri area participated, and 326 students entered their writing.

At the ceremony, awards and honorable mentions were presented to writers of fiction, essays, and poetry in three grade ranges: grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The winning entries are published in booklet form and copies were presented to the winners and their schools. In addition, all award winners received certificates and T-shirts, and they, their parents, teachers, and principals attended a luncheon and the presentation ceremony.

This year’s winners in poetry (grades 4-6) are Jennifer Sample, Advance Elementary School, Advance, Mo.; Melissa Bradshaw, Bayless Intermediate School, St. Louis; Bert Rhodes, Cool Valley Elementary School, St. Louis; (grades 7-9) Torin Simon, Yeatman Middle School, St. Louis; Beth Decker, R.O. Hawkins Junior High School, Jackson, Mo.; Tammy Gott, Poplar Bluff Junior High School, Poplar Bluff; (grades 10-12) Martin Lucas, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis; Meredith Koop, Parkway North High School, Ballwin; Liina Kaikkenen, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis.

The winners in fiction writing (grades 4-6) are David Kimzey, Fox Elementary School, Arnold; Kristin Patterson, Babler Elementary School, Glencoe; Katie Jennings, Sikeston Middle School, Sikeston; (grades 7-9) Lisa Georger, Advance High School, Advance, Mo.; Cameron Hall, Parkway South Middle School, Manchester, Mo.; Pam Wolpert, Crestview Middle School, Ballwin; (grades 10-12) Ronit Gorelik, Parkway North High School, St. Louis; Cheryl Peterman, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis; Andrew Luehrs, Jackson High School, Jackson.

The honored essay writers are (grades 4-6) Teresa Vance, Viburnum Middle School, Viburnum, Mo.; Lori VanderMierden, Leopold R-III School, Leopold, Mo.; Kelly Irvin, Leopold R-III School, Leopold, Mo.; (grades 7-9) Kate Hux, Sikeston Junior High School, Sikeston, Mo.; Jon Wujcik, Poplar Bluff Junior High School, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Lydia Blades, R.O. Hawkins Junior High School, Jackson, Mo.; (grades 10-12) Gillian Marcus, Parkway North High School, St. Louis; Anna-Marie Martin, Arcadia Valley High School, Ironton; and Cynthia Hunter, Sikeston Senior High School, Sikeston, Mo.

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