Week of July 10, 2000




NPR’s Jazz Profiles on KRCU 90.9 FM is featuring “Satchmo: The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong,” a summer series of 13, 54-minute documentaries which highlight important aspects of life and music of Louis Armstrong.

Hosting this centennial reflection are Stanley Grouch, jazz commentator of “60 Minutes” and Nancy Wilson, Emmy and Grammy awards-winning jazz singer.

Beginning every Sunday at 2 p.m., listeners will hear rare archival footage and interviews with a wide array of jazz greats, friends, writers, historians and scholars who create a comprehensive portrait of Armstrong. Part One of the series began July 5 with “Satchmo: The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong.” This documentary will be featured the first two weeks, giving a general overview of Louis Armstrong’s career and his contribution to world culture. On July 23, discussion of Armstrong’s revolutionary sound of the trumpet in jazz will be featured in the program, “Armstrong - The Trumpeter.” The series will end Sept. 10 with a program featuring the music of many who joined Armstrong in radio and recording studios during his prolific 48th recording career in “Armstrong - The Duets.”

For more information on this feature presented by Jazz Profiles, listeners may visit the KRCU 90.9FM website at http://www.krcu.org.

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Mitchell Harpster of St. Peter, Ill., is the 2000 recipient of the Wayne Kay High School Scholarship awarded by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Foundation.

Harpster was one of two recipients selected form 36 applicants to receive a $2,500 award. Scholarship recipients must be graduating high school seniors who have committed to enroll in a manufacturing engineering or technology program at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada as a full-time freshman in the current summer or fall semester. Recipients must have a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Harpster is a 2000 graduate of South Central High School. He is currently enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University and plans to major in manufacturing engineering technology. He is the son of Natalie Stein of Jackson, Mo., and Mr. And Mrs. Dane Harpster of St. Peter, Ill.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world’s leading professional society serving the manufacturing industries. Members have access to the resources needed to compete in today’s rapidly changing manufacturing environment. Founded in 1932, SME has some 60,000 members in 70 countries and supports a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide.

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The Cape Girardeau County/Scott City division of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation’s “125 Years: Prologue to the 21st Century Campaign” is being launched with a comprehensive effort in which alumni and friends will be contacted in the Cape Girardeau County and Scott City areas.

Leading the way on the effort is Division Steering Committee Chair Rock Wilferth, along with co-chairs Harry Rediger, Dr. Jerry Kinder and Jerry Zimmer, all of Cape Girardeau. A parallel effort in which alumni and friends are being contacted via personal solicitation also is currently being organized in the Metro St. Louis area.

The Cape County/Scott City activities, which consists of personal solicitation, has begun and runs through August, said Wayne Davenport, vice president for University advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. After that, the second phase of the Cape County/Scott City effort begins and will include solicitation by direct mail and via a specialized campaign telefund. The second phase will begin after Labor Day and conclude at the end of November, Davenport said. “Members of our Steering Committee and other Foundation Board members and leaders will be contacting alumni and friends in Cape Girardeau County and Scott City this summer,” said Rock Wilferth. “We hope that those we contact will be generous in their gifts and pledges so that Southeast may have the support its needs to continue its emergence in the 21st century as a leader in higher education.” Members of the Cape County/Scott City Division Steering Committee are Dr. Keith Deimund, Dr. Robert Hunt, Mike Kohlfed, Jim Limbaugh, Rob Erlbacher, Ron Hahs, Jim Rust, Dennis Marchi and Jerry Stone, all of Cape Girardeau, and Gerald Jones of Jackson, Mo. The Cape County/Scott City Division is a sub-group of the Campaign Development Council chaired jointly by Michael Dambach of St. Louis, Claudine Pinckley of Malden, Mo., and Judy Wilferth of Cape Girardeau. Members of the Campaign Development Council are Donald “Brad” Bedell of Sikeston, Mo.; Kathy Brown, Grace Hoover, Charles Hutson, Dr. Jerry Kinder, Michael Kohlfeld, Jim Limbaugh, Dennis Marchi, Harry Rediger, Jim Rust, Skip Smallwood, Steve Taylor, Rock Wilferth, and Jerry Zimmer, all of Cape Girardeau; Harry and Rosemary Crisp of Marion, Ill.; Dr. Richard Eichhorst and Dale Meier, both of St. Louis; Dr. Robert Foster of Maryland Heights, Mo.; and Brenda Pigg of DeSoto, Mo. Charles Hutson of Cape Girardeau is chairman of the Board of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, which oversees the work of the Council.

The quiet phase of the “125 Years: Prologue to the 21st Century Campaign” began two years ago with a goal set of $25 million in capital, endowment and other funds. During the past two years, gift activity has been proceeding in the Regents Gifts Division of the campaign, led by Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Dr. Dale Nitzschke, University chancellor; Davenport; and Jane Stacy, director of alumni development. The Regents Gifts Division is for gifts of at least $100,000. Davenport says an overall campaign goal will be established at the close of the quiet phase of the effort. The entire Campaign is expected to conclude in spring 2002.

The “125 Years: Prologue to the 21st Century” Campaign is the most comprehensive in the Foundation’s 17-year history. Major initiatives for alumni and friends are being conducted in 17 Missouri counties, St. Louis City and three regions in the state, all of which have high concentrations of Southeast Missouri State University graduates and former students. Primary out-of-state campaign areas include Southern Illinois, West and Central Tennessee, Northeast Arkansas, Chicago, Atlanta, Western Kentucky, California, Florida and Texas.

Current students and their parents, and University employees also have been asked to make contributions through other campaign divisional efforts.

In addition, all Southeast graduates and active former students will be contacted regardless of their place of residence. This includes personal contacts with key alumni nationwide, broad contacts with friends of the University in the designated priority campaign areas, as well as the use of a special campaign telefund.

The campaign also includes the Foundation’s first comprehensive program to build partnerships with state, regional and national corporations and private foundations, thus further extending the Foundation’s donor prospect base for the benefit of this and future campaigns and fund-raising programs.

Davenport says the Campaign is crucial to the future success of the University, pointing out that Southeast does not receive all of its funding from the state. During fiscal 2000, only 65 percent of Southeast’s general operating revenues came from Missouri taxpayers.

“This percentage is not likely to improve and could become even less favorable in the years ahead,” he said.

The State of Missouri also requires private matching funds for new major University buildings, and Southeast has two extremely beneficial capital projects - the River Campus and the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building -- as its top campaign giving opportunities.

The University’s commitment to these initiatives has been underscored as development continues on a new $7 million Polytechnic Building and a $35.6 million River Campus. Both of these projects are primary objectives in the Foundation’s efforts to raise private support during this campaign, Davenport said.

The Seabaugh Polytechnic Building is being constructed adjacent to Southeast’s science complex. The new building will house the recently established School of Polytechnic Studies and the University’s dramatic expansion of industrial and engineering technology programs, services and applied research. Since Southeast was selected by the state’s Coordinating Board of Higher Education as one of only three baccalaureate institutions in Missouri to implement an essential statewide plan for coordinated technical education programs, as well as customized training and support for Missouri’s and the region’s high performance companies, it is critically important that Southeast advance technical education, and enhance partnerships, both educational and industrial. The Seabaugh Building is expected to go a long way towards achieving these goals.

The River Campus, which will house a new School of Visual and Performing Arts and a Regional Museum, is located on the historic St. Vincent’s College and Seminary property in Cape Girardeau. The site, atop a scenic bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, is being redeveloped by the University, in cooperation with the City of Cape Girardeau and the State of Missouri.

On this new campus, the University will combine its departments and faculty of art, dance, music and theatre into an integrated School of Visual and Performing Arts. A regional museum for exhibits of art and historical artifacts also will be developed on the site. The project plan includes the renovation of 50,000 square feet of existing historic buildings and the creation of approximately 100,000 square feet of new space

Alumni, individuals, corporations and private foundations making large contributions to benefit the River Campus can obtain $5 million in state tax credits over a four-year period. The University has received approval from the The Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) for 50 percent state tax credits totaling $1.25 million annually in calendar year 2000 through 2003. Donors wishing to make a contribution of $10,000 or more a year make their gift directly to the MDFB. Others wishing to make gifts of less than $10,000 a year but which total $10,000 or more over four years may make arrangements by contacting the Foundation. “The multiple impacts of the River Campus - breadth of academic programming, regional quality of life, enhanced cultural activity, community and economic development, historic preservation, tourism and institutional visibility - combine to make this initiative the most exciting project of the decade in Missouri higher education, and one very worthy of private support,” said Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University.

“The success of the “125 Years: Prologue to the 21st Century” campaign depends upon the financial generosity of constituent shareholders of the University,” said Hutson, Foundation Board chair. “Southeast has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement and has positioned itself to provide outstanding educational quality and services in the new millennium. We hope that those at all levels who have been touched by the University in any number of ways will consider the importance of this campaign in extending the tradition of success at Southeast for generations to come.”

Financial commitments may be made through pledges payable over a five-year period and as planned gifts for individuals, such as bequests, trusts and annuities, Davenport said. Contributions - whether a single, one-time gift or a multi-year pledge - may take many forms: cash, securities, real estate, charitable gift annuities, trusts, life insurance and a variety of gifts-in-kind, such as artwork, special collections or other materials.

The campaign has a number of priority giving opportunities for alumni and friends to consider. Donors also may consider giving to a specific academic department, program, scholarship fund or other area in which they have a particular interest. “The future of Southeast Missouri, the state and region will benefit directly from any investment in these campaign giving opportunities,” Davenport said.

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