Week of September 11, 2000




Two years after the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center began teaching college classes and offering technical training in the Sikeston area, the Center is open in a new facility at a new location.

Dedication Ceremonies for the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center (SAHEC) will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the center located at the intersection of Highway ZZ and Highway 61 or 2401 N. Main in Sikeston. The ceremony is open to the public and is free. Residents from across the region are invited to attend.

Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan will appear as special guest speaker at the Dedication Ceremony. Also scheduled to speak are Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast; Dr. John F. Cooper, president of Three Rivers Community College; Josh Bill, mayor of Sikeston; Steve McPheeters, Sikeston Area Higher Education Advisory Council chair; and Donald L. Dickerson, president of the Board of Regents at Southeast. The ceremony will conclude with a ribbon cutting. There will be a reception and open house immediately following the ceremony.

SAHEC is a cooperative effort of Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers Community College and the Sikeston Public Schools. The Center offers college credit courses for transfer credit or two-year degrees, certificate courses and customized training programs. Technical training also is made available to local industries in order to assure that area employees are constantly updated on advancing technologies.

The new building includes 33,000 square feet and is built on a 25-acre site in the Sikeston Industrial Park. It contains eight traditional classrooms, an ITV classroom, three industry laboratories, one computer lab, one CADD lab, one science lab, an electronics lab and administrative offices. The facility is built to accommodate approximately 422 students at one time and is designed to be able to expand in order to meet the needs of a growing student population. William B. Ittner, Inc., served as architect for the project. William Tao and Associates served as engineer, and general contractor was Bridger Construction Inc. of Sikeston.

"When I assumed office, my number one priority was to ensure that all Missourians had access to education and training and that education and training be of the highest quality," said Missouri Gov., Mel Carnahan at the groundbreaking ceremony for SAHEC on Oct. 14, 1998.

SAHEC has been successful on both of these fronts. When SAHEC began offering classes in the fall semester of 1998, enrollment at the center was 305, and classes were held in a renovated bank building. This semester, classes are being held in the new facility, and enrollment has more than doubled with 672 students. There are 49 classes offered this semester, 28 through Southeast and 21 through Three Rivers Community College.

SAHEC Director Judy Buck said, "It's a beautiful building, and it is so spacious. Everything is perfect, and everyone has been impressed."

"We invite everybody to come. They'll be very pleased with the facilities Southeast and the community of Sikeston has to offer the Sikeston area," Buck said.

For more information on SAHEC or the Dedication Ceremony, contact Buck at (573) 472-3210.

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Southeast Missouri State University and the Bootheel Initiative will present the "Empowering Communities by Developing Strong Leaders for the Bootheel" Leadership Conference Sept. 15 in Sikeston, Mo.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sikeston Ramada Inn.

Individuals interested in increasing their knowledge, enhancing their leadership skills and developing leadership training programs are encouraged to attend. Recognized community leaders also are urged to attend. The conference will feature nationally recognized speakers, informative workshops, displays and exhibits. The conference offers continuing education as approved through the Southeast Department of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Office of Continuing Education. Continuing Education Units can be issued through participation in the conference. There is no registration fee and workshop materials, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The conference schedule is as follows:

The conference opens at 8 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast and participants will have the opportunity to visit an exhibit area. A welcome and opening remarks will be delivered at 9 a.m. by Tom Davisson, Bootheel Initiative director, and Dr. Louis Veneziano, Public Service Institute director and professor of psychology at Southeast.

A general session titled "Guiding Principles of Leadership Development will begin at 9:20 a.m. John Toms, a nationally recognized leader in the field of leadership development, will present this session. Toms holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wake Forest University and a master of education degree in counseling and guidance psychology from Middle Tennessee State University.

Currently, Toms is assistant vice president and senior instructor in the Leadership Development Training Department at BB&T in Charlotte, N.C. He provides leadership and development training to BB&T employees in the area of Workplace Diversity, Time Management, Personal Perception and Productivity, Managing Interpersonal Relationships, Client Services, Continuous Improvement, and Team Building. Prior to his employment with BB&T, Toms served as the supervisor of the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Student Activities Center in Charlotte, N.C. As part of his duties, he served as chairperson of the CPCC Campus Diversity Committee, advisor to the Black Student Organization and academic advisor to CPCC student athletes.

Three break-out sessions are scheduled for 10:15 to 11 a.m.

Dacia Charlesworth, Department of Speech Communication and Theatre, will conduct one of the sessions entitled, "Oh No, I Have to Give a Speech!- Developing Effective and Professional Presentations." Charlesworth will concentrate on helping people reduce their great fear of public speaking. The participants will learn how to capture and retain an audience's attention, how to use persuasion to win support, how to ask and answer questions effectively, and how to improve delivery of a speech.

"Making a Difference Through Organizational Leadership: A Panel of Model Programs" will be presented by Jerry McDowell, director of development at the Susanna Wesley Center, and Janie Pfefferkorn, executive director of Mission Missouri; and Michael Harris, president and ministry director of Mission Missouri. This panel will concentrate on empowerment and will discuss providing a safe and neutral environment to collaborate, identify stakeholders, assess needs, and access resources.

The final break-out session, "By-lines and Sound-bites," addresses the subject of working with the media effectively. The presenters will include Don Sherwood, representing KFVS-TV as a member of the television media, Bill Powers, representing Zimmer Radio Group as a member of the radio media, and Tamara Zellars Buck, representing the Southeast Missourian newspaper as a member of the print media. These media representatives will discuss how to get a message to the masses and the goal of supporting community-based programming.

Dr. Lea Williams, who will present the keynote address at a noon luncheon, is executive director of Women's Leadership Institute at Bennett College, and scholar and author of Servants of the People: The 1960's Legacy of African American Leadership. Williams also has served as vice president of educational services at the United Negro College Fund. She has received the Kentucky State University Distinguished Service Award, the Hilda A. Davis Award for Educational Leadership of the National Association for Women in Education, and the Paducah Black Historian Achievement Award in Education. Williams holds master's degrees from Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

An afternoon session at 1:45 p.m. will feature a program titled "Leadership Development Resources." Several presenters are planned for this session, including Celeste Vanderbrugen, Southeast Region Community Development Specialist, University of Missouri Outreach and Extension Services; and Jeanine Larson Dobbins, representing the Leadership Missouri program.

John Toms will serve as facilitator during the "Community Forum on Leadership Development" at 3 p.m. This forum will focus on defining needs and action planning.

The conference will end with a wrap-up from 4:30 to 5 p.m., featuring the presentation of group reports, evaluations and door prizes. All participants are encouraged to attend the networking reception that will immediately follow the conference. This reception will feature a book signing by Dr. Lea Williams and entertainment by jazz musician Rita Warford, an award winning vocalist, from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call (573) 290-5700. Registration deadline is Sept. 12. No late registrations will be accepted.

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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 Southeast Baroque Trio, a faculty performing ensemble in residence at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a concert of music by Bach and other German Baroque composers Sept. 19 in Old St. Vincent's Church.

The concert, scheduled for 8 p.m., will feature Lorraine Glass-Harris of the St. Louis Symphony and is being presented as part of the Bach Festival 2000, which is taking place throughout the fall semester at Southeast.

The concert will include performances of several chamber music works by Bach, including sonatas for violin and viola da gamba with harpsichord obbligato, and an unaccompanied work for flute. Also on the program will be a suite for unaccompanied violin by Johann Westhoff, a German composer who was active in the generation just prior to Bach. The concert will conclude with a "Paris Quartet" by Georg Phillip Telemann, a German contemporary of Bach. The program will be performed on historic instruments of the era.

Lorraine Glass-Harris has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra since 1972 and made her debut as a soloist with the orchestra in 1992. In addition to her symphony performances, she is active on several artistic fronts. In her collaboration with symphony percussionist John Kasica, she offers recitals of self-developed repertoire; a recording of the Bach D Minor Chaconne newly arranged for violin and vibraphone is planned. On Baroque violin, with her husband, Baroque flutist James Harris, she co-founded "L'Esprit de Musique," and "Baroque Ensemble 415." She performs on a Baroque violin, made around 1760 by the English maker Henry Jay, which is in its original state of preservation.

The Southeast Baroque Trio is dedicated to the performance of chamber music from the Baroque period on musical instruments from that era. The ensemble has appeared on numerous concert series, including the Cedarhurs (Ill.) Chamber Music Series, the Illinois State and Murray State Guest Artists Series, the Clinton Arts Council Concert Series, the First Concert Series (Rockford, Ill.), and was a featured ensemble at the International Baroque Festival in Jackson, Miss. The Southeast Baroque Trio tours throughout Missouri as a member of the Missouri Arts Touring Program under the auspices of the Missouri Arts Council. The Trio recently has been named as a member of the Heartland Arts Fund "Community Connections," a major touring initiative for the performing arts in the Midwest under the sponsorship of the National Endowment for the Arts. Faculty members of the ensemble include Paul Thompson, Baroque flute; Dr. Sara Edgerton, Baroque cello; and Dr. Gary Miller, harpsichord.

Tickets for the concert are available at the door and are $5 and $3 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free with a valid University I.D. For more information, contact the Southeast Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.

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A Baroque Dance Residency featuring guest artist Dr. Janice LaPointe-Crump, professor of dance at Texas Woman's University, is coming to Southeast Missouri State University Sept. 20-22.

The residency is being held in conjunction with the Bach Festival 2000, semester-long commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's death. The residency is sponsored by the Programs in Dance and the Department of Music.

The residency will begin on Sept. 20 with a program titled "The Elegant Courtier" Basic Ballroom Dances." This free master class, scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parker Dance Studio, will be an introduction to duet dances (Courante, Bourree, Minuet, Gavotte, Loure), popular dances (Contradanses and Quadrilles), and basic etiquette. No experience is necessary. The class will be repeated from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the same location, with a free lunch and informal discussion with LaPointe-Crump following this class.

The elegance and passions of the court life that Bach knew will come to life Sept. 21 with the presentation of a lecture titled "People, Places and Things: Art, Style, Masques, Court Ballets and Other Worldly Amusements." The free lecture, scheduled for 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Parker Dance Studio, will be highlighted with poetry, stories of superstar dancers, advances in technique, dances and video excerpts.

Later in the day, a program titled "The Ballet in Context: The Role of Theory and the Academic de la Danse" will be presented. The free event is slated for 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in Parker Dance Studio. This program will be an overview of the development of ballet as we know it today through an overview of the Feuillet-Beauchamps notation theory, including basic movements that persist in the 20th century ballet lexicon. Dance examples and film clips will include choreography of Pierre Beauchamps, Louis Pecour, August Vestris, Auguste Bournonville and George Balanchine.

The residency will come to a close the evening of Sept. 22 with a presentation titled "Baroque Dance and Bach." This event is planned for 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parker Dance Studio. Students in dance and music will perform dances in period costume that have been restaged by LaPointe-Crump in a studio concert, with accompanying discussion. Some audience participation may be involved.

For more information on the residency, contact Dr. Marc Strauss, Southeast associate professor of dance, at (573) 651-5157.

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The Scott Collins Memorial Scholarship has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Classmates of the late Scott Collins and several Cape Girardeau area businesses raised $16,662.33 to endow the scholarship.

The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in fall 2001 to a Southeast Missouri State University student from the Egyptian School District or Alexander County in Illinois. The recipient must have a 2.75 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. The Southeast Department of Agriculture Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

Collins was a high school senior at Egyptian High School at Tamms, Ill., who was electrocuted in a farm accident while moving a grain auger near a power line on his family farm. He is the son of Larry and Nigel Collins of Thebes, Ill. Elaine Bonifield of Cairo, Ill., served as chairman of the Scholarship Committee.

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A "Leadership Development Workshop for the Faith Community" is planned for Sept. 25 in Charleston, Mo.

The workshop is being sponsored by the Bootheel Initiative Leadership Development Project at Southeast Missouri and the Susanna Wesley Center. The workshop is designed for pastors, deacons, church mothers, trustees, church officers, ministry chairs and others.

Presenters will be Lynne Chambers, leadership development specialist; John Robinson, In Touch, Education Service Center; and Larry T. Barnett, Sr., pastor of St. John Praise and Worship Center.

The workshop is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. in the Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center North at 209 W. Commercial in Charleston. Refreshments will be served.

For more information and to register, call (573) 290-5675. There is no registration fee.

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