Week of September 04, 2000




Davy Jones of the 1960's band The Monkees will perform at the Southeast Missouri State University Family Weekend concert Sept. 23 at Houck Stadium immediately following the football game in which Southeast takes on Western Kentucky

This is the fifth year that the Family Weekend committee has staged a live performance in Houck Stadium. Last year's performance by the Beach Boys broke all stadium attendance records. This year's performance of Davy Jones of The Monkees once again will bring back the music and the hits that current college students' parents experienced.

Spurred by the success of the television show The Monkees, this group of four young men became a true musical group in 1966, and they were popular through the late 60s and early 70s. They had overwhelming success and gave the Beatles serious competition.

The Monkees recorded nine albums and produced 10 top-20 hits. Jones sang many of the hits, including Daydream Believer, A Little Bit Me- A Little Bit You, I Want To Be Free, and Valleri. Since their debut, these songs have become radio classics.

Jones also had outstanding success with his solo and theatrical careers, including his praised portrayals of Artful Dodger and Fagin in the musical Oliver! In addition, he has appeared in such television favorites as The Brady Bunch and Love American Style.

Rhino Records' re-issue of The Monkees records and videos sparked a new wave for the group in 1996. Even more exciting was the reunion of all four Monkees in-studio for the first time since 1968. The band released a new album, Justus, and embarked on a 30th Anniversary World Tour.

In addition to a 1997 ABC Monkees special and a Monkees documentary on the Disney Channel, Jones has worked on several other enterprises, including updating his autobiography They Made a Monkee Out of Me. He has made recent appearances on the television shows, The Single Guy and Sabrina: The Teenage Witch.

The football game pitting Southeast against Western Kentucky will begin at 6 p.m. at Houck Stadium. The concert will immediately follow the game. Reserved seats are $17 and general admission seats are $14. Children ages seven to 18 will be admitted for $12, and children age six and under are admitted free. Tickets can be ordered with either Visa or Mastercard by calling (573) 651-2113. These prices include both the football game and the concert.

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On Sept. 29 and 30, the Area Wide United Way and the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University will hold a 2000 Days of Caring/Plunge Day event to encourage volunteerism in our local communities.

For the past few years, the Area Wide United Way and Southeast Missouri State University have individually promoted volunteer events. This year, United Way and Southeast are teaming up to have a greater impact on community volunteer needs.

Days of Caring/Plunge Day is a two-day event for volunteers to assist community agencies with volunteer projects. The event is a rewarding experience, not only for agencies, but also for volunteers. Days of Caring/Plunge Day allows those who participate to see their United Way donations at work, how agency programs are truly affecting people's lives, and experience first-hand how volunteering can make a positive impact on community problems, said Kristen Heine, coordinator for student involvement at Southeast.

"Through Days of Caring/Plunge Day, volunteers of any age can help address needs in our local communities," she said

Currently, work is under way to identify volunteer projects from United Way agencies, other non-profits, and any agency in need of volunteer assistance. After the projects have been determined, volunteers will be needed to complete them. Examples of projects in the past include painting, organizing food pantries, cleaning up scout camps, delivering homebound meals, and constructing wheel chair ramps.

"If you are unable to participate in Days of Caring/Plunge Day activities, there are additional ways to get involved, such as sponsoring a drive for canned goods or paper products," Heine said. "Also, many of our agencies have compiled a Needs List of items such as filing cabinets and desks to assist their everyday operations."

Kathy Denton, Assistant Director with the Area Wide United Way, says, "People involved in volunteerism are fulfilled in a way no other activity can provide. Through the 2000 Days of Caring/Plunge Day, not only will volunteers help meet the needs of agencies in our community, but the volunteer will receive intrinsic rewards as volunteering creates happier, healthier lives."

Heine added, "Volunteers lives are greatly enhanced through their ability to give of themselves, and studies substantiate that volunteerism can actually lengthen lives."

If you or a group you are involved with are interested in volunteering with the 2000 Days of Caring/Plunge Day, or if you would like to submit a volunteer project, please contact the United Way office at (573) 334-9634.

For more information, contact Kathy Denton, Area Wide United Way, at (573) 334-9634 or Kristen Heine, Southeast Missouri State University, at (573) 651-2280.

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Make High School Count, a free program for the parents of seventh and eighth graders interested in preparing their children for education after high school will be presented from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 in Robert A. Dempster Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The program is open to all parents of middle-school-aged children in the Southeast Missouri region.

The Make High School Count program is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel in cooperation with ACT, Inc. and the Missouri Department of Higher Education, and is a pilot program that already has been well received in sites throughout the state, including Hannibal, Joplin, Kansas City and St. Louis.

"The program is targeted towards those areas Missouri where high school graduation rates and college attendance rates are low," said Jay Goff, director of Admissions at Southeast and coordinator of the program at the Southeast campus. "The Missouri Department of Higher Education, in reviewing research, has indicated that the state has several early awareness programs, many resources and materials, but that parents and students in the middle school classes are relying too much on counselors to provide them with the information necessary to be successful in high school and beyond."

The Make High School Count program assists parents in preparing their seventh and eighth grade students for post-secondary educational opportunities and provides parents with the information necessary to guide their children through the high school years. Several new materials for this program have been developed and prepared by the members of the Missouri School-College Relations Commission, the Missouri ACT Council and the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel. During September, these materials will be mailed directly to the homes of all seventh and eighth graders in Southeast Missouri.

The program will focus on: the importance of taking the right high school classes; how to use the school counselor as a resource; how to choose a college and apply for admission; realistic ways to pay college costs; and what current college students have to say.

Many of those organizations, associations and programs which support continued learning for the middle-school-aged student will also be on hand to disseminate information, answer questions and provide parents with resources. Participants will include Three Rivers Community College, the Southeast Missouri State University School of Polytechnic Studies, Office of Admissions and Trio Programs, ACT, Inc., Sallie Mae, Inc., the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, Missouri Student Assistance Resource Services (MOSTARS), and the Missouri Department Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA).

Free pizza will be served to all participants in the program and transportation will be available from schools located throughout Southeast Missouri. To reserve space at the Make High School Count program, parents and/or their students should contact the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MOSTARS Division) at 1-800-473-6757.

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Work on the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building continues this fall after a full schedule of work over the summer has resulted in nearly all of the structural steel being erected.

John O'Malley, Facilities Management project manager, says nearly 98 percent of the structural steel framework is up on the facility being built on the north campus adjacent to the campus science quadrangle.

"It's really kind of popped out of the ground and is now more visible to people," he said.

Concrete floors on the second and third levels have been poured and the floor for the ground level will be poured soon, he added.

"We're fairly well on schedule," O'Malley said. "Everything has gone pretty well so far."

The new building will integrate the former Greek dining center, which over the summer saw its interior gutted. New sewer lines on the ground floor of that portion of the building have been laid, new piping has been installed and some studs are up as well. New walls, partitions and doors also are being installed in this portion of the building, he said.

The roof should be on the building by November, O'Malley said, allowing staff to work on the interior of the building through the winter.

All contracts have been awarded in the construction of the building except for furniture and equipment, he said. BSI Constructors of St. Louis are serving as the construction management firm for the project. William B. Ittner and Associates of St. Louis designed the 60,000-square-foot building.

The $8.8 million building is expected to be complete by May 21, 2001, in time for fall 2001 classes. The Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building will house the School of Polytechnic Studies, which includes the University's Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology. The department currently is housed in the aging Serena Building. The new facility will provide space for training for industries and the latest advanced manufacturing technology for students. The building is named for the Seabaughs of Cape Girardeau, who, in 1998, made provisions for a gift of more than $1 million to help fund construction of the new facility.

The building will contain three networked computer labs, five classrooms complete with the latest instructional technology packages, and one interactive television classroom. Dedicated technology labs will include automated manufacturing systems, multimedia, computer-aided drafting and design, industrial power, industrial controls, computer networking, manufacturing, materials testing, and fluid power.

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A seminar focusing on estate planning for family businesses will be held Sept. 28 at Southeast Missouri State University. The seminar will be held in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall.

The one-day seminar co-sponsored by the Donald L. Harrison College of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Small Business Management is designed specifically to provide members and key employees of closely-held, family businesses with information and techniques to assist them in perpetuating the growth of their business.

"The small business community has indicated interest in programming that focuses on this topic," said Dr. Jack Sterrett, chair of the Department of Marketing and director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Small Business Management at Southeast Missouri State University.

"Most of our business constituents in Southeast Missouri are small family-owned businesses and many are becoming more proactive in terms of planning for the future; and estate planning is key in terms of being able to successfully pass on a business to other family members."

The morning session will address such topics as how to avoid living and death probate, wills, exemptions from the Federal Estate Tax, living trusts, protecting inheritance, the Capital Gains Tax, reasons why most estate plans do not work and how to make sure your estate plan does work, and questions you should ask an attorney before engaging them to do your estate plan. The afternoon session will deal specifically with Family Limited Partnerships, the sale of Defective Grantor Trust, and estate and income tax consequences of the sale, retirement accounts, and buy/sell agreements. The seminar will conclude with a round-table question and answer session. Lunch will be provided between the two sessions.

There is no charge for the seminar, however those planning to attend must register because space is limited. For more information, please contact Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Small Business Management at (573) 651-2112 or (573) 651-2915.

Professional co-sponsors of the event include the Law Offices of Newman, Freyman, Klein & Gamache, P.C., and the Certified Public Accounting Business Consulting firm of Rubin, Brown, Gornstein, and Company, LLP, of St. Louis, Mo., and MetLife.

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The Alexander County/Edna Walker Scholarship has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Friends and family of Edna Walker made gifts totaling $10,000 to endow the scholarship.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Alexander County in Illinois, who has a minimum 2.5 grade point average. First preference for the scholarship is for a student majoring in music. The award is renewable upon reapplication, and recipients will be selected by the Scholarship Office.

Edna Bagley Walker taught choral, instrumental and elementary school music in the Thebes Township School District, Thebes, Ill., before becoming choral music director for Egyptian Consolidated School District, Tamms, Ill., until her retirement in 1979. Before and after retirement, she coordinated and taught adult music appreciation classes and music classes for retirees through Shawnee Community College, Ullin, Ill., She taught in public schools for 36 years.

Walker received her bachelor of arts in music education from Southeast Missouri State University in 1953 and her master's degree in music education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1970. She also was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a women's professional service sorority, and was honored by Phi Delta Kappa at Southern Illinois University in 1979 for distinguished service in education.

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He lived to be 87 years old; he wrote 26 operas and a Requiem Mass; he helped to make his homeland - Italy - a united country. His name is Giuseppe Verdi and he is considered to be one of the greatest opera composers of all time.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Verdi's death [January 27, 1901] KRCU is presenting a new series, Verdi: His Life, His Operas on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm. The series will feature full-length performances of 16 of Verdi's operas and excerpts from the other ten. Sunday Night at the Opera's Barbara Herbert is hosting this locally produced series.

Each program in this new series will begin with a narrative of the events in the composer's life as they relate to each individual opera. The series will also explore the political situation in Italy, as the country moved toward independence from Austria. Operas by Donizetti, a contemporary of Verdi, will be interspersed throughout the series. On Christmas Eve, two oratorios will be aired and on New Year's Eve, a performance of Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" will be presented.

The series Verdi: His Life, His Operas will conclude on Sunday evening, January 28, 2001 at 7:00 pm with a performance of the Verdi Requiem and selections of the music that was played at his funeral. To find out more on the series, visit www.krcu.org. The website features program rundowns, a CD reference list, and a suggested reading guide.

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The College of Science and Mathematics at Southeast Missouri State University held its College All-Faculty Meeting Aug. 28. Five faculty were honored as award recipients. The recipients and the awards they received are, from left: Dr. David Naugler associate professor in the Department of Computer Science (Service Award); Dr. James Bruening, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics (Research Award); Dr. Helen Hays, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science (Teaching Award); Dr. Jai Dahiya, professor in the Department of Physics (College of Science and Mathematics P.R.I.D.E. Award); Dr. Nicholas Tibbs, professor in the Department of Geosciences (Service Award); and Dean Chris McGowan.

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James La Cour, assistant to the president for equity issues at Southeast Missouri State University, will be sworn in as a new member of the Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commission during a ceremony Aug. 29.

The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Cape Girardeau County Administration Building in Jackson, Mo., with Cape Girardeau County Circuit Clerk Rodney Miller presiding. The oath of office will be administered on the building's third floor.

La Cour was appointed to serve on the Commission by Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan. The Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commission considers and recommends to individuals and organizations appropriate activities for the recognition and celebration of Martin Luther King Day in Missouri. The Commission was created by executive order on Dec. 2, 1985, and consists of 17 members who serve at the pleasure of the governor.

Dr. Henry Givens Jr. serves as the chair of the commission.

La Cour, who came to Southeast last fall, previously served as director of the Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity at the University of Northern Colorado. La Cour has nearly 29 years experience in a broad range of human resources areas, including employee relations, conflict resolution, policy development and skills assessment. He is experienced in the areas of diversity programming, equal opportunity and affirmative action practice and administration, and is skilled in the process of mediation, alternative dispute resolution and complaint investigation and resolution.

Prior to his position at the University of Northern Colorado, La Cour served as affirmative action/equal opportunity specialist in the Office of the President at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He also served as assistant director of human resources at Northern Arizona University. He has been director of personnel and affirmative action officer at Park College in Parkville, Mo., a career counselor at DeVry Institute of Technology and a corporate recruiter with J.E. Wottowa and Associates, both in Kansas City, Mo. He was a guidance counselor with the U.S. Army in Kansas City and served as director of personnel and career development with U.S. Public Health Services in Beaufort Jasper Comprehensive Health Services in Beaufort, S.C.

La Cour holds a master of education degree from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor of science degree in human resources management from Park College.

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Area employees in the industrial sector are taking advantage of an opportunity to advance their technological skills through an evening degree program offered by the School of Polytechnic Studies and the School of Extended Learning at Southeast Missouri State University.

Employees from local companies such as Procter & Gamble, Nordenia USA, Fru-Con Construction, St. Francis Medical Center, and HAVCO Wood Products, are earning their Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology Degree - Automated Manufacturing. The 68-credit-hour degree program takes four years to complete since students take two courses each semester.

"The program is providing our employees knowledge and hands-on experience with the most current automated technologies," said Larry Stahlman, employment and public affairs manager at the Cape Girardeau Procter & Gamble plant.

With input from the companies, the program provides a strong foundation in math, science, computer, and communication skills to support advanced technical education. The program includes courses on: electricity, electronics, programmable logic controls, industrial controls, fluid power, robotics, print reading, computer aided engineering graphics, machine tool processes, computer numerical control, computer programming, automated manufacturing systems and statistical process control. Students who complete the associate degree can move directly into the Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology with no loss of credit, as well.

"We are doing our best to provide adult students, many with full-time jobs and families, opportunities to improve their careers," said Kim Madigan, advisor in the School of Polytechnic Studies.

Bryan Seyer, a student in the program, added that, "The rotating evening schedule and special services have made it possible for me to return to school."Special services are provided to make the program more accessible to students and to accommodate their busy schedules. Many of these services, including admissions, advising, registration, and textbooks, are delivered to the students' classrooms. Students also are provided special evening parking privileges.

Dr. Randy Shaw, dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies, said that two years ago, several area industries approached the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast to see if something could be done to meet the high-tech educational needs of the companies and their employees. These industries, as well as most others in the region, have recently undergone significant changes to remain competitive in the global economy.

"This has increased the demand for employees who possess advanced technical skills," Shaw said. "With the shortage of available new employees, more and more companies are investing in the advanced education of their present employees."

One challenge encountered in attempting to launch this program was the need to meet a variety of company work schedules, he said. Therefore, an evening program with rotating class schedules was designed to reach as many employees as possible. The first cohort in a group of 16 began the program in fall 1999. A second cohort of 14 began the program this semester. Evaluation and discussions will continue this year to determine if a third cohort group will be started in fall 2001 when the School of Polytechnic Studies is scheduled to move into the new Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building. The building is now under construction on the Southeast campus.

For further information on the program, please contact Madigan at (573) 651-5907.

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The Dr. John V. Crampton Scholarship has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The Department of Accounting, Finance and Business Law and friends of John Crampton made gifts totaling $10,000 to endow the scholarship, which was awarded for the first time this fall.

The recipient of the scholarship must be a graduate student in the MBA Program with an accounting option or be a senior at the time of application who has applied for acceptance into the MBA Program. The recipient must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and maintain this average in order to reapply and renew the award. The recipient also must be enrolled in nine graduate hours for the fall semester. If the recipient is a senior, the student must be enrolled in 15 hours. The Scholarship Office will select the recipient.

Crampton served as a professor of accounting, finance and business law at Southeast from 1965 until his retirement in 1999. He served as chair of the Department from 1967 to 1985. He is actively involved in at least eight Masonic related organizations.

Crampton attended the University of Georgia from 1952 to 1954 and Pasadena City College in 1955. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1958 and a master of science degree in business administration, both from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. He earned a doctoral degree in accounting in 1970 from the University of Missouri.

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Southeast Missouri State University has added a new division to its Recreational Sports program.

"We're really looking forward to offering students something different," said Lori Lynn, director of Recreational Sports. "Clubs are started based on student interest and response; each club must find enough participants to compete throughout the season."

Starting this semester, students will be able to form and participate in Club Sports, which compete extramurally and are organized by students. Unlike intercollegiate sports, they are almost entirely run and funded by student efforts. As a result, it is possible to build any Club Sport as long as it is accompanied by sufficient student participation.

Recreational Sports is currently holding interest meetings to determine which clubs might be formed. There already has been enough interest to start clubs for men's volleyball, men's soccer and wrestling. Other possible clubs may include roller hockey, rodeo, rugby, badminton and bowling. In addition, clubs could be formed for sports that the University also supports as intercollegiate athletics such as women's volleyball and soccer, baseball, basketball and football.

Lynn said that, "Quality and interest are the most important factors right now." Since this is the first year for Club Sports, Recreational Sports is hoping to spend the next year building an organization in which many students can participate. The success of the program will depend on each student's experience.

Clubs will be competing with other colleges and universities from the Ohio Valley Conference and other regional colleges such as Washington University and St. Louis University. The National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) annually hosts national championships in club sports such as soccer, tennis, lacrosse and volleyball, Lynn said.

The Club Sports program is open to all students who want to compete against other college and university athletes without joining an intercollegiate athletics team. The Recreational Sports Program at Southeast is organizing the Club Sports program through the assistance of Club Sports Coordinator Julie Spretz, who will be promoting the program, helping students form teams, providing assistance with fund raising and organizing the schedules with each sport, Lynn said. For each club team, a leader or group of leaders will be selected to run the team. Responsibilities of a team leader include organizing practices, recruiting members, promoting good sportsmanship and maintaining equipment. Each club also may select a volunteer coach from within the University or the community.

Students who are interested in forming or joining a club sport should contact Julie Spretz at (573) 986-7391.

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Ten alumni and a faculty member at Southeast Missouri State University have been selected to receive the annual Merit Awards presented by the University's Alumni Association.

The 10 alumni will receive the Alumni Merit Award and the faculty member will receive the annual Faculty Merit Award when they are honored during Homecoming festivities Oct. 20. The Merit Award Dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. Tickets for the dinner are available by calling the University Alumni Office at (573) 651-5159.

Alumni Merit Awards are presented by each of Southeast's academic colleges and schools to honor distinguished alumni. The awards have been given since 1958 to graduates or former students of Southeast who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University.

The Faculty Merit Award is presented for excellence and distinction in teaching.

Recipients of this year's Alumni Merit Awards and the college or school presenting the awards are as follows: Lewis Edgar Bock of The Woodlands, Texas, Donald L. Harrison College of Business; Ray F. Cliff of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Donald L. Harrison College of Business; Dr. Charles Dart of Ventura, Calif., College of Science and Mathematics; Dr. Mabel Daugherty of Lakeland, Tenn., College of Health and Human Services; Missouri Sen. Jerry Howard of Dexter, Mo., School of Polytechnic Studies; Charles Hutson of Cape Girardeau, School of Polytechnic

Studies; Mel Kohl Jr. of St. Albans, Mo., College of Science and Mathematics; J. Dale Meier of DesPeres, Mo., College of Education; Philip Toia of Marco Island, Fla., College of Liberal Arts; and Raymond Vogel of Cape Girardeau, College of Liberal Arts.

This year's recipient of the Faculty Merit Award is Dr. Michael Brown, a professor in Southeast's Department of Criminal Justice.


Brown holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminology from the University of Kansas, a master of administration of justice degree with an emphasis in education from Wichita State University and a doctoral degree in criminal justice with a concentration in administration and management from Sam Houston State University. Brown became a Southeast faculty member in 1976. During his 12 years as chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice, Brown built the department to more than 400 majors and more than 100 minors, implemented an internship program that places interns in federal, state and local agencies and helped develop the curriculum for the current criminal justice program. In 1987, he initiated the master's degree program that currently has over 40 students enrolled. He both created and directs the Law Enforcement Training Academy, which trains more than 150 police officers each year. Recently, he aided in the development of the nationally recognized Proctor Care Program that allows students to supervise juvenile offenders.


Bock, a Cape Girardeau native, is a senior account agent with Allstate Insurance Company. Bock has held a series of management positions with the company, was named Texas State's "Rookie of the Year," and has received the Quality Agency Designation, the Honor Ring Agent Award, the Life Millionaire/Life Leader Designation, National Conference of Champions Award Designation, Chairman's Conference Award Designate and the Regional Vice President Award for Customer Service. Bock earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southeast in 1963.

Cliff spent most of his successful business career with Proctor & Gamble, where he held a variety of positions in sales, sales management and administration. In 1990, he retired from Proctor & Gamble and now teaches English as a Second Language for the College of DuPage. Cliff earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Southeast in 1958. He continued his education at St. Louis University, where he obtained a master of science in commerce (marketing) degree in 1963.

Dart is a board certified physician in both general and thoracic surgery. Currently his practice focuses on the medical and surgical treatment of venous disease and varicose veins using ultrasonic diagnosis and ultrasonic guided injection therapy. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Southeast, graduating magna cum laude, in 1953. Dart attended the Missouri University Medical School and received his medical degree in 1956 from Washington University Medical School. Over the years, he has served in medical settings at various universities.

Daugherty is associate professor emerita of human environmental studies at Southeast Missouri State, where she taught for 24 years. She earned a bachelor of science degree in vocational home economics education, graduating cum laude, in 1960 from Southeast. She continued her education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received a master of science degree in home economics in 1966 and at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where she received a doctoral degree in education in 1981.

Howard is a member of the Missouri State Senate, where he currently is completing the last year of a second full term. In 1960, he received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and biology from Southeast. Since being elected to the Senate, Howard has served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, in which he has been vital in several funding initiatives in support of Southeast Missouri State, including for the River Campus, Robert A. Dempster Hall, the Donald L. Harrison College of Business and A.S.J. Carnahan Hall. In addition, he helped provide the funding for the new Rice Breeder and the Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program, which includes the Reading RecoveryŽ program. In the 2000-2001 budget year, Howard was successful in adding $150,000 for classrooms at the newly opened Kennett Area Higher Education Center. Howard is an original member of the Consortium Committee to establish the Bootheel Education Center as well as a founder of SEMO Regional Pageants, Inc. and Creative Communities, Inc-a not-for-profit organization providing scholarships and education to Southeast Missourians.

He has served and is currently chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging, Families, Children and Mental Health. He chaired the Joint Interim Committee on Aging, Joint Interim Committee on Mental Health and Insurance Availability and is currently Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Policy and Planning. Howard is the vice chair of Agriculture, Conservation, Parks and Tourism; co-chairs the Joint Committee on Wetlands; is a member of the Elections, Veterans' Affairs and Corrections Committee, the Financial and Governmental Organization Committee and the Judiciary Committee; is former chairman and a current member of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; and is a member of the Joint Committee on Healthcare Policy and Planning.

Hutson graduated from Southeast in 1960 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology and business. He is president of Hutson Enterprises in Cape Girardeau. He has been active in a number of civic capacities, including director of Boatmen's Bank, Nations Bank and

Bank of America. He served as president and is a member of the board of trustees and the executive committee at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He also served as president of both the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Girardeau County Industrial Development

Authority. He is a deacon and member of the Finance Committee at First Baptist Church. Hutson also is a founding member of Cape Girardeau Vision 2000 and is past president and life member of the Cape Girardeau Evening Optimist Club. Presently, he serves as the president of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Kohl is president of Consultant Lubricants, Inc. He graduated from Southeast in 1967 with a bachelor of science degree in geology. In 1976, he established Consultant Lubricants, Inc., a formulator and compounder of chemicals utilized in the machining, stamping, grinding and extruding of metal and metal alloys. The company specializes in improved production for industrial clients, automotive, pharmaceutical, appliance, aircraft and electrical, both in the Midwestern and Southern States. Currently, the company is in the process of expanding to Canada, Mexico and Germany. In 1990, Kohl developed a separate corporation known as Chemical Solutions Co., Inc., which specializes in the disposal and recycling of contaminated waste oils and coolants under regulatory conditions by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recently, the University of Missouri selected Consultant Lubricants, Inc. to construct a research and development facility at Missouri Research Park in St. Charles, Mo.

Meier is an executive vice president and principal consultant with Grant Cooper & Associates, Inc. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southeast in 1964 and a master of arts degree in counseling psychology in 1969. He is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Missouri. In 1973, Meier joined Grant Cooper & Associates, Inc., a retained executive search firm headquartered in St. Louis. After holding various positions on the consulting and management staff, he was named to his current position with the firm.

Toia, a private investor, received a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in social science from Southeast in 1957. He continued his education at St. Louis University, where he obtained a master's degree in social work and at The Catholic University of America, where he secured his doctoral degree in social work administration. Toia was employed in the government sector for a number of years. Later, he served in several capacities with Chase Manhattan Bank (Delaware), including senior vice president and member of the board of directors. Toia then joined the Dreyfus Corporation, where he served as vice chairman for administration and operations. Currently, Toia is a private investor and serves on the board of directors of several investment companies.

Vogel is a retired attorney with the firm Vogel, Layton & Lewis, L.L.C. In 1937, Vogel graduated from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree in English and history. In 1940, Vogel received his juris doctor degree with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. Following graduation, Vogel served as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of

Investigation, and in 1946 he began a general practice of law in Cape Girardeau. Before retiring in April of this year, Vogel was an attorney and partner with the law firm of Vogel, Layton & Lewis, L.L.C. While employed in his law practice, Vogel served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He served as the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney for six years, as the Cape Girardeau city attorney for six years and as a special assistant to Attorney General of Missouri, John Danforth, for five years.

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