Week of April 30, 2001




Donald "Brad" Bedell of Sikeston, Mo., has been appointed to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents.

Gov. Bob Holden announced the appointment today, which is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate. A confirmation hearing date has not been set.

Bedell, president of Health Facilities Management Corp. (HFMC) in Sikeston, will replace Sarah Long of Poplar Bluff, Mo., whose term on the Board expired in January. Long was appointed to the Board in 1995 and currently is the Board vice president. Bedell's term will run through Jan. 1, 2007.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to meet on May 4. If Bedell's appointment is confirmed by the Missouri Senate prior to the Regents' meeting, he will be sworn in during the May 4 session. Otherwise, Bedell is expected to be sworn in at the Regents' June meeting.

"We very much appreciate the work, dedication and the many hours Sarah Long has given to the Board as vice president," said Donald L. Dickerson, president of the Southeast Board of Regents. "We look forward to Brad Bedell contributing to the Board and to giving us his insights on the Bootheel region of our area. Brad brings many experiences from the private business sector and has been a strong advocate for Southeast Missouri State University for many years. His leadership with Health Facilities Management Corp. has prepared him well for the administration of programs and in solving complex problems. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Board and will be a true asset to Southeast Missouri State University."

Bedell says he is excited to represent Sikeston on the Board and to make an impact in his capacity as a Regent.

"As a business person from Sikeston, Southeast Missouri State University represents the ability for us to have local access to four-year degreed employees," he said.

He praised the new Sikeston Area Higher Education Center, adding that it "widens the educational net" for people from the region to achieve their educational goals. He says that academic programs offered at the Center, in addition to courses available on the Southeast campus in Cape Girardeau, make it possible for people from the region to get a four-year degree without leaving home.

"Having that available, everybody is able to stay here and not move off to find employment," he said. "We are very proud of the Center here and look forward to expanding its enrollment.

"I very much look forward to working with the University community," he said. "I look forward to devoting valuable time to this endeavor."

Bedell's father, Don C. Bedell, established Health Facilities Management Corp. in 1984. The company has 30 nursing facilities throughout Southeast Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona. In his role as president, Brad Bedell is responsible for providing management and organizational direction to all HFMC personnel as well as comprehensive involvement in general company operations for 40 corporations and 3,000 employees. A subsidiary, Health Facilities Rehab, provides physical, speech and occupational therapy rehabilitation services

Bedell served as executive vice president of HFMC from September 1994 to January of this year. Prior to that, he was vice president of legal services at HFMC. He holds a bachelor's degree with an emphasis in management and a juris doctorate degree, both from the University of Mississippi. He served as vice magistrate of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity at the University of Mississippi and as a member of the Lamar Order with the University of Mississippi School of Law.

He has been a member of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board of Directors and, in 1998, established the Don C. Bedell Excellence Award through the Foundation to assist business majors at Southeast Missouri State University. Bedell established the scholarship to honor his father.

Bedell has served as a member of the Executive Committee and on the board of the YMCA of Southeast Missouri. He also has served as vice president and a member of both the

Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Missouri Healthcare Association, and has been a board and committee member of the American Healthcare Association. He is an advisory board member to First Midwest Bank, is a charter member of Quail Unlimited and is a committee member of the Swampeast Missouri Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

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Stephen Graham Jones, a professor at Texas Tech and author of The Fast Red Road , A Plainsong, will read from his work at 7 p.m. May 1 in Crisp Auditorium at Southeast Missouri State University.

Jones is of the Native American Blackfeet Nation. His fiction has bee published in such national literary magazines as Alaska Quarterly Review, Black Warrior Review and South Dakota Review and will be included in the forthcoming anthology For Winter Nights: Native American Short Stories.

This performance is free to the public and is sponsored by the ad hoc University Committee for Native American Relations and the Department of English.

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Tickets are now on sale for Southeast @ Busch 2001 scheduled for June 16 when the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago White Sox.

This year, Southeast has more than 2,000 tickets available in its block of seats to sell to Southeast friends and alumni. The seating is located in sections 320-336 in the upper deck along the first baseline.

Southeast @ Busch Stadium 2001 is being sponsored by the Southeast Alumni Association and the Southeast Missourian.

A pre-game party is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Sverdrup Terraces, located just across the street from Busch Stadium. The game begins at noon.

Game tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for dues paying members of the Southeast Alumni Association and $9 for children ages four to 15. Cost of the pre-game party is $5 for adults. Children three and under are free. Transportation to St. Louis via a chartered bus is available for $18 per person.

T-shirts for Southeast Day at Busch Stadium are $10. Checks should be made payable to Southeast Missouri State University.

To order tickets or for more information, call Alumni Services at (573) 651-5159.

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A quarterly economic outlook report for the U.S. economy and Southeast Missouri indicates that while there has been a definite slowdown in the economy's growth rate, the economy is likely to avoid a recession.

These are the results of a study conducted by the Southeast Center for Economic and Business Research, headed by Dr. Bruce Domazlicky, Southeast professor of economics. The Center is based in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University.

According to the report, Southeast Missouri is feeling the effects of the slower economy as employment growth has virtually halted and unemployment has inched up. But overall, the region should weather the slowdown and be on track for continued expansion in the last half of 2001, the report says.

Today's report also includes population estimates for Southeast Missouri counties and places based on Census 2000 population estimates issued by the Census Bureau. The report indicates that Southeast Missouri's population increased by 9.8 percent during the 1990s and that population actually grew slightly faster in Southeast Missouri than in the entire state.

Nonetheless, four counties suffered actual population losses: Iron, Mississippi, New Madrid and Pemiscot, and Dunklin County's population was virtually the same in 2000 as in 1990. The report also shows that while 16 of 29 Southeast Missouri cities lost population during the 1990s, population numbers in most counties are up, suggesting that people are opting for living space in unincorporated areas.

A copy of the report is attached. The economic outlook for Southeast Missouri can be found on page 5. Data on employment, unemployment, personal income and retail sales by specific Southeast Missouri counties can be found on pages 6-10. The population study can be found on pages 11-15.

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The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present the Southeast Guitar Ensemble in concert on Monday, April 30.

The program will take place at 8 p.m. in the Baptist Student Center Chapel on the campus. The concert is open to the public and is free.

The concert features performances by music students at the University. The guitarists will offer solo works ranging from Renaissance Spain to contemporary Central America. In addition, duos for voice and guitar and for flute and guitar will be performed. These duos include English Renaissance songs by John Dowland and Jacques Ibert's Spanish-influenced "Entracte" for flute and guitar.

The concert will conclude with two works for the entire Guitar Ensemble conducted by the ensemble's director, Jeffrey Noonan. The group will first perform a new arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Little" Fugue in G minor. The concert will conclude with the premiere of a new composition by University composer, Dr. Robert Fruehwald. "Hymntunes V," for eight classical guitars, was written last year for the Southeast Guitar Ensemble. The work uses complex rhythmic structures as well as an exciting, driving pulse.

For further information, call the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141 or e-mail jjnoonan@semovm.semo.edu.

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In March, KRCU became a full member with National Public RadioŽ after 10 years as an auxiliary program licensee.

Listeners have enjoyed NPR's programming on KRCU since November of 1990 when All Things Considered first debuted on 90.9 FM. Shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Performance Today are produced and distributed by NPR.

Over the past 10 years, KRCU has steadily expanded its program offerings, and enhanced its infrastructure, meeting most but not all of the criteria necessary to become a full NPR member. The final credential will be met soon, when KRCU adds its fifth full-time broadcast professional staff member.

Stations become NPR members by paying dues and program licensing fees. Public radio stations are not required to join NPR, but most choose to do so in order to broadcast NPR's award-winning programming. At present, NPR has more than 640 member stations.

NPR member stations are autonomous entities and are not owned or operated by NPR. Each station chooses its own programming based on the needs of the particular audience it serves. Typically, stations combine local programming with programs from NPR and other national producers.

Over 92 percent of the American population lives within the signal reach of an NPR member station. These stations have a combined weekly audience of 19.7 million people, of which 14.5 million listen to NPR-produced programs.

As a full member of NPR, KRCU receives all of the benefits extended to member stations including voting rights at NPR membership meetings, participation in system wide music licensing agreements, and consultation on station based projects.

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The Southeast Missouri (SEMO) Press Association will holds its 109th annual meeting Friday, April 27, in conjunction with the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Mass Communication's "The Big Picture: At the Forefront" Conference.

Both conferences will be held throughout the day on the fourth floor of the University Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Registration for the student conference begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration for the SEMO Press Association meeting begins at 10 a.m.

The conference will offer the opportunity for Southeast students and working media professionals to network and share information about internships, jobs and careers.

Presenting the keynote address will be Dr. Karen Brown Dunlap, associate director, dean of faculty and trustee of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dunlap is co-author of The Effective Editor: How to Lead Your Staff to Better Writing and Better Teamwork. Dunlap will speak at 11 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

Other presenters scheduled to speak are Mike Smythe, general manager of KFVS-12 TV, whose topic will be "The Business of Television: Advertising Is Not Spending, But An

Investment;" Beverly Hacker, station manager of KDXH-FM in St. Louis, who will discuss "Opportunities and Issues in Community Radio and Community Television;" and Julie Kruempel of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, who will discuss "Gateway Arch Marketing and

Tourism: How the Two Come Together." The three will present concurrent sessions at 10 a.m.

Speaking at 1 p.m. concurrent sessions will be Alex Fees, freelance television reporter for KSDK-TV and Stepstone Video in St. Louis, who will discuss "Lean and Mean-Churn and Burn: A Reporting Style Becomes a Way to Survive in Broadcast Journalism;" Dean Mutter of Emmis Radio; and Evette Walker, assistant managing editor for staff development with the Kansas City Star.

Speaking in concurrent sessions at both 2 and 3 p.m. will be Jean Maneke, attorney with the Missouri Press Association (MPA), who will speak on press law; Ron Cunningham with the MPA who will discuss postal issues; and Dawn Kitchell, coordinator of the MPA's Newspapers in Education program.

For more information on the conferences, call Dr. Tamara Baldwin, associate professor of mass communication, at (573) 651-2174, or Barbara Horton, president of the Southeast Missouri Press Association, at (573) 785-1414.

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On Saturday, May 5, Denise Bone Goins will receive a degree from Southeast Missouri State University. She will be joined and supported by her unique and loving family, for whom she has shown incredible strength and courage.

Denise resides in Anna, Ill., with her husband, Mark Goins and "the kids," her younger sister and brother. On Aug. 7, 1998, Denise's parents, Frank and Sherrie Bone were killed in a car accident and Denise, who was 21 years old, assumed responsibility for four of her younger brothers and sisters: Shennia, Matt, Leanna and Ryan. Almost three years later, she is still raising the youngest children--Leanna, who is 13 years old, and Ryan who is 12 years old, as her own children.

"Earlier that summer, Mom asked me what would happen to the kids if something happened to her. She told me that I would be in college and have my own life. But I said 'No Mama, if something happens I will take care of your babies," Denise said.

On the night of the accident, Frank, Sherrie, Shennia, Matt, Leanna and Ryan were returning to their home in Bertrand, Mo., from church services at the United

Pentecostal Church in Dongola, Ill. Their car was hit head on by a drunk driver, Denise said. Denise was unable to attend church services that evening because she was working as a manager at McDonald's in Sikeston, Mo. Upon her arrival at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, she was informed that she had lost her parents and that four of her siblings had suffered serious injuries.

"After I found out about Mom and Dad, and I realized it was just me, my first thought was to make sure they were taken care of," said Denise. "I found out that Mom told an RN at the accident to tell me that she loved me and to take care of her babies."

Denise was granted legal custody of her four younger siblings and soon moved to Dongola, Ill. to be closer to her church family. She had taken responsibility for the care of four seriously injured children. Shennia, who at 17 years old was the oldest of the children involved in the accident, had the entire left side of her face crushed to the point that there were no solid bones and doctor's believed that she would lose an eye. Matt, 15 years old, had crushed his pelvis and severed an artery. He was transferred to a hospital in St. Louis for one month, and it was predicted that he would not survive. Nine-year-old Ryan, the youngest child, had two broken arms, a leg that was broken in two places and facial injuries. Leanna was thrown through the windshield and is still in physical therapy for back injuries. Though doctors predicted serious long-term effects for each child, they are all fully recovered and show little physical evidence of the injuries that they suffered.

Through hospital visits and preparing a home for the new family, Denise said she knew that she would have to be the strong one. She had accepted the responsibility of four ailing children and a family torn by grief.

"The hardest thing for me was to be strong for them when I really wanted someone to be there for me," said Denise. "Mom used to tell me that I was her backbone because I was so strong and independent. After she was gone, I realized that she was mine because she was always so encouraging. Through the help of God, my family, the inlaws and church, I've made it. Now my hardest obstacle is trying to be a good Mom."

As the children recovered, Denise had the help and support of her family, her pastor's family and other church members. Mark Goins, her pastor's son, was with her through long nights at the hospital and typically came to help her with work around the house. In February 1999, they began dating and were soon engaged. That October, they were married and moved to their present home in Anna, Ill., with Leanna and Ryan.

Their home is filled with memories of Frank and Sherrie, and a there is a picture of them hanging in the living room. Her family, though unique, is very loving and close, she said. Denise says that she is still dealing with the pain of losing her parents but she is now able to look back on them with beautiful memories.

"We talk about them every day. I try to keep their memory alive with the kids--things that we did, things that they stood for, because I don't ever want them to forget that they are still part of our family," said Denise.

On graduation day, Denise will look back on the memories of her parents as they planned for her to go to college and pursue a career in teaching. She will receive her bachelor's of science in education degree in secondary social studies, and she hopes to spend some time as a substitute teacher before she begins her career as a high school teacher.

"It's more than graduation for me, it's a major accomplishment; not for graduating and getting a degree, but also for showing my family and the community that I could do it," said Denise. "I would like to be an example to others that it doesn't matter where you come from, what background, social-economic background, if you really want to accomplish something in your life then nothing can stop you."

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International students who will graduate from Southeast Missouri State University May 5 will be honored at a reception May 4 at the International Center on campus.

Twelve undergraduate and 10 graduate students are among the group planning to graduate. The reception for the students and their families is planned for 3 to 5 p.m.

In honor of these graduating international students, 13 flags representing their homelands will be displayed at commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 5 in the Show Me Center.

International students planning to graduate represent Turkey, Japan, India, Pakistan, Republic of South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan (Republic of China), Russia, People's Republic of China, Canada, Kenya, Denmark and Brazil. The United States flag will be displayed at commencement as well.

Reservations for the reception may be made by calling the International House at (573) 986-6872.

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Jay Goff, director of admissions at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named to the new position of dean of enrollment management at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR).

Goff's appointment was approved by the UMR Board of Trustees and announced today on the UMR campus. Goff will begin his new duties June 1.

Dr. Pauline Fox, executive vice president for admissions and enrollment management at Southeast, said UMR's recruitment of Goff is a credit to Southeast.

"It is really a tribute to Southeast Missouri State University and to Jay's talents to be recruited for this position," she said. "Jay has been able to move this institution forward and has done an outstanding job for us. We would love to have him stay at Southeast, but it is because of his accomplishments that Rolla sought him. The University cannot let him pass up an opportunity like this. We are proud of Jay, and we wish him the very best."

Goff is joining a new management team at UMR. Dr. Gary Thomas began his new duties as chancellor at UMR in September. Dr. Y.T. Shah will begin serving UMR as its new provost in July. Goff will be charged with bolstering enrollment at UMR, which has suffered through several recent years of declining enrollment.

Under Goff's leadership, enrollment at Southeast has grown in recent years, particularly in the area of full-time beginning freshmen. Southeast is expecting another large freshman class in fall 2001 and is steadily moving toward meeting its strategic plan goal of reaching an enrollment of 10,000.

"I hate to leave Southeast," Goff said. "I love the University and the Cape Girardeau community, but the position was a tremendous professional opportunity."

Goff was employed at Southeast from 1989 to 1991 and, after completing his master's degree, returned in 1994. He is a 1991 graduate of Southeast, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication with a minor in marketing. He has a master of arts degree in organizational communication from the University of Kansas.

Fox said Southeast will name an interim director of admissions in the very near future. In the meantime, a committee will be assembled to conduct a national search for a director of admissions.

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The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider incidental fees and room and board rates for the 2001-2002 academic year, discuss the need for a new residence hall and consider approving the Parker Commons Project when it meets at 9 a.m. May 4 in the University Center Ballroom.

The Regents first order of business will be to witness the swearing-in of Donald "Brad" Bedell of Sikeston, Mo., as the newest member of the Board of Regents. The Honorable David Dolan, circuit judge of the 33rd Circuit of Missouri and a resident of Sikeston, will issue the oath of office. Bedell will replace Sarah Long of Poplar Bluff, Mo., whose term on the Board has expired.

In other business, the Board is expected to set incidental, general, special course and other fees. In addition, the Board is expected to set Residence Life rates for fall 2001, which also will include rental rates for non-traditional housing on Washington Street and the fiscal 2002 Residence Life budget.

The Regents will consider a number of facilities projects, including the Parker Commons Project and a feasibility study update. The Parker Commons Projects calls for converting Parker

Hall into a student union facility. A committee studying this initiative has indicated that the student union should be more centrally located on the campus than is the current University Center.

The Board will discuss the need for a new residence hall on campus and will consider approving a construction manager and architectural and engineering services for such a project. Other facilities projects under consideration by the Board will be a contract for design for renovation and expansion of the Show Me Center, a feasibility study and authorization to proceed with architectural and engineering services for a multi-modal transfer facility and an addition to the Seabaugh Polytechnic Building. The Board will consider a plan that would provide expanded computer network capabilities in the University's residence halls, and the Regents are expected to act on a fiscal 2002 Tentative Schedule of Major Capital and Maintenance and Repair Projects.

The Regents will consider approving a revised Strategic Plan for the University and accepting grant funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation for the River Campus Terrace Project, which would allow the first phase of work to begin on the lower level of the River Campus.

Other items under consideration by the Board will be: a change in the charter of The Garden School in St. Louis; a Faculty Senate bill clarifying the promotion policy; a resolution acknowledging the intent of the University to reimburse certain projects costs with bond proceeds; a banking services contract; an engagement letter for the annual audit; an appointment to the Show Me Center Board of Managers; conferring of degrees for spring 2001 commencement; and resolutions of honor for faculty and staff retirees, the Southeast volleyball team and a member of the volleyball team who received Academic All American and Ohio Valley Conference Volleyball Player of the Year honors.

The Board will hear the President's Report, which will include updates on the Missouri Delta Conference and the President's Mission Enhancement briefing to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. The report also will include information on the benefits of emergency preparedness during the recent tornado at Central Missouri State University and a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects. The Regents will hear reports from Doug McDermott, student representative to the Board of Regents; Luke Dalton, Student Government president; and Donald Dickerson, president of the Board of Regents, on the Association of Governing Boards Conference.

A number of informational items will be distributed to the Board, including a Missouri Development Finance Board publication, which includes information on the River Campus tax credits; a presentation made recently to the Appropriations Committee on Education and Public Safety in the Missouri House of Representatives, the Department of Public Safety Annual Report, and a report on administrative and marketing awards received at the University.

The Regents will consider a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations. When the Board reconvenes, the final item on the agenda will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.

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