Week of September 25, 2000




The John L. E. Boardman Scholarship has now been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Friends of John Boardman have made gifts of more than $13,000 to establish the scholarship.

The scholarship criteria require that recipients must be a sophomore, junior or senior who are pre-architecture or fine arts majors. The recipients must have a 3.0 grade point average.

A committee consisting of Evelyn Boardman or member of the Boardman family, C P. McGinty, Jr., or a member of the Downtown Merchants Association and a faculty member of the Department of Art or the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, determine the recipient.

John Boardman was born in Sikeston, Mo., and died at age 73 on Dec. 30, 1999. He served in the U.S. Navy as part of the World War II, V-6 program at then Southeast Missouri State Teachers College. He finished his degree in architectural engineering at Iowa State University. He graduated summa cum laude with architectural honors and was ranked first in his class of architectural engineering.

Boardman was a visionary in his field with broad interests from residential to commercial to ecclesiastical design. He complimented his architectural abilities with his artistic talents as an accomplished stone sculptor and artist. His myriad of artwork and tangible architectural interpretations are a tribute to the legacy of his dedication to his beloved field of architecture along with his passion for the world of art.

Boardman was a committed believer in civic responsibility and served on countless boards and commissions throughout his career, among them president of the Southeast Missouri State University Museum Board and commissioner of the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission. At the time of his death, he served on the accredidation committee of the Department of Interior Design at Southeast Missouri State University.

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A fourth week census report at Southeast Missouri State University shows total student enrollment near 9,000 students for the fall 2000 semester.

Total headcount stands at 8,951, up .9 percent from this time last year, and up from 8,032 after the first full day of fall 2000 semester classes. Total undergraduate student headcount today stands at 7,760, up 3.7 percent from fall 1999.

Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management, said she is very pleased with the report.

"Today's numbers are very positive for Southeast, " Fox said. "We have a very active, vibrant campus this fall. This is a very exciting time for this University and this community."

Today's final census report shows: high school student headcount at 425, up 32.8 percent from this time last year and beginning freshman headcount at 1,542, up 2.2 percent from fall 1999. Total returning freshman headcount stands at 831, up 10.8 percent from this time a year ago. Total sophomore headcount stands at 1,546, up 10.3 percent from this time last fall. Total junior headcount stands at 1,432, up 2.7 percent from fall 1999. Total senior headcount stands at 1,770, down 2.8 percent from this time last year. The smaller senior class reflects the record low number of freshmen entering Southeast in 1997.

Total undergraduate full-time equivalency is up as well. Today's report shows that figure at 6,277.9, up 2.5 percent from this time last fall. The combined undergraduate and graduate student full-time equivalency stands at 6,764.2, up 1.6 percent from fall 1999.

Total Graduate School enrollment stands at 1,191, down 14.3 percent from this time last year, but up from 844 reported after the first full day of classes during this fall semester.

The fall 2000 semester began at Southeast on Aug. 21.

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Students enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University's International Business Study Program will spend Winter Break in the Mediterranean. The two-week program, which begins Jan. 3, will expose students to cultural and business practices in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Morocco.

"The trip gives students a chance to grow as a person and gain greater cultural empathy," said Dr. Peter Gordon, professor of marketing. "They will learn to take ideas from other countries and adapt them to fit their own business goals."

So far, 15 students are registered for the January program, Gordon said. He added he hopes students will gain a greater understanding of international culture and business procedures. He said the trip also gives students a boost when applying for jobs.

"Today, most businesses are looking for someone with international experience," said Gordon. "This extra experience will help a student differentiate himself from hundreds of others with the same degree."

During the two weeks, students will visit the Belem Tower and Jeronimo's Monastery in Lisbon. After touring the site of Christopher Columbus' launching point, the group will take a ferry ride to Northern Africa. Then, the students will visit Morocco's city of Fez, the largest functioning medieval city in the world and home of the world's oldest university. Finally, the students will return to Europe to visit Seville before returning to Southeast for spring semester classes.

While the winter trip is open to a few more students, another study abroad travel program is available over spring break. This time, students will take a 10-day cultural and historical journey through London and Paris. On this trip, students will have a chance to visit Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Parliament and the British Museum. Students will get to shop at Harrods, Britain's largest department store, and see a play in the London Theatre district. From London, students will take the "Chunnel" to Paris, where they will see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the D'Orsay Museum. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Palace of Versailles, admire artwork in the Louvre, and cruise on the River Seine. Two more extensive summer visits also are planned. A 12-day, "Heart of Europe" program will visit four countries. First stop for this program is Brussels, Belgium. While in route to Brussels, students will visit the French Chateau at Chantilly, the Cathedral Notre

Dame at Amiens, and explore Waterloo. Students then will travel to Maastricht, The Netherlands, to visit a porcelain factory, military cemetery, and Aachen Cathedral, where Charlemagne is buried. Next, they will spend two nights in Heidelberg, Germany, where they will tour museums and German castles before visiting the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart. Ending the program in Paris, they will visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the D'Orsay Museum, Notre Dame, the American Military Cemetery at St. Avoid, the Arc de Triomphe, and a Parish fashion show. They will be able to shop at famous Paris department stores and enjoy a half-day trip to the Palace at Versailles. Lectures and presentations by corporate leaders and factory tours will be included at each stop. There will be organized sightseeing and free time for students to explore each city on their own.

Students also may visit six countries in 20 days with the "Grand Tour of Europe" program. First stop for this program is London, where students will see Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the British Museum, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and more. They will see a live play in London's West End, shop at Harrods, attend a briefing by a member of the British Parliament, and visit historic Canterbury. From there, the group will head to Switzerland and visit Lucerne, one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Next stop will be Brussels, before the group heads east for visits to Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, Budapest, Hungary and Bratislava in Slovakia. After viewing post cold-war reconstruction in the two former "Iron Curtain" countries, the group will head to Munich, where they will visit BMW. Final stop on this 20-day odyssey is three days in Paris. Students will be back on campus for the beginning of regular summer classes.

The programs are open to all students, not just international business students. However, seats are limited. College credit also can be earned for a variety of courses, depending on the travel program chosen. These include UI343 Transcultural Experience, MK460 International Marketing, MG460 International Management, and BA560 International Business. These programs have proven to be a great experience for all who participate.

For more information, contact Gordon or Dr. Ken Heischmidt, director of the Southeast MBA Program, at (573) 651-5116 or at MBA@semovm.semo.edu, pgordon@semovm.semo.edu, or kheischmidt@semovm.semo.edu.

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Accounting and finance majors at Southeast Missouri State University have the opportunity to meet with recruiters in the St. Louis area by participating in Interview Day on Oct. 5 & 6 in St. Louis.

Thirty students from Southeast will participate in th 5th Annual St. Louis Interview Day, which has grown from six companies participating in 1996 to the 25 companies that will participate this year.

"This progress shows that we are proactive in helping our students make positive career connections," said Dr. Debbie Beard, chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Business Law at Southeast.

The students participating in the interviews have been selected to meet with individual firms through a prescreening process. In preparation they are asked to learn about the firms before going through a one-on-one interview. As a result, several students will be offered internship and career opportunities.

Interviews will be held at Holiday Inn South County in St. Louis. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. with a lunch break at noon. There will be an informal reception for interviewers, students and faculty at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 in the Holiday Inn.

Companies planning to participate include American Express Financial Advisors; Andersen Consulting; Arthur Andersen; Boeing Company; Brown Smith Wallace; Coca Cola Company; Commerce Bancshares, Inc.; Deloitte & Touche, LLP; Elliot Robinson and Company; First Banks, Inc.; Graybar Electric Co., Inc.; Grace & Company; Internal Revenue Services; John Hancock Financial Services; KPMG Peat Marwick; Lopata, Flegel & Co. LLP; Mass Financial Group; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Renaissance Financial; Robert Half Intl. Inc.; Rubin, Brown Gorstein & Co.; SBC Communication, Inc.; Schmershl Treloar & Co., PC; Temporary Accountant Personnel of Missouri; Wells Fargo Financial.

For more information contact Dr. Debbie Beard at (573) 651-2118 or Wanda Lang at (573) 651-2119.

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Southeast's University Symphony Orchestra will open its concert season Oct. 24 with a program of Symphonic Masterworks, to be presented in Academic Auditorium on the University campus. The concert, scheduled for 8 p.m., will include music by Dvorak, Bernstein, and Copland, and will feature guest conductor Dr. Jordan Tang, artistic director of the Paducah (Ky.) and Jackson (Tenn.) Symphony Orchestras as the conductor for the concert.

The program will open with the Symphony No. 8 by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Composed in 1889, its melodies are simple and song-like, and the texture is transparent and light. Dvorak's biographer, Karel Hoffmeister, summed up the symphony: "It is a simple lyric, singing of the beauty of our country for the heart's consolation." Composed just four years before Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, the Eighth Symphony has remained one of Dvorak's most popular and most often performed compositions.

The second half of the program will feature 20th century music by American composers. The great American composer, conductor, pianist, and advocate for music, Leonard Bernstein, has left an indelible stamp on the American musical scene. With a wealth of compositions embracing many styles and approaches, and an enormous legacy of outstanding recordings and broadcasts as conductor, pianist, and educator, Bernstein has made classical music accessible to millions of Americans. His popular musical, "West Side Story," was composed in 1957. The freshness and vitality of its musical themes has been captured in several concert arrangements of the music. The University Symphony Orchestra will perform the popular Jack Mason arrangement of "West Side Story" for full symphonic orchestra.

The concert will conclude with a salute to another major American composer, Aaron Copland. Drawing on American themes and folk tunes, he developed a style that is rhythmically vital and melodically engaging. His ballet "Rodeo," composed in 1942, drew on American folk tunes for its material. The concert version of "Rodeo" has been popular amongst concert audiences for decades; the "Hoe Down" movement, which incorporates a fiddler's tune, is especially memorable. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Copland's birth, and the University Symphony Orchestra will commemorate this milestone with this performance of one of Copland's best known compositions.

The University Symphony Orchestra will be conducted for this concert by guest conductor, Dr. Jordan Tang. Well known in this region for his outstanding direction of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Tang returns to Academic Auditorium for this performance with the University Symphony Orchestra. Tang has guest conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Nashville, Memphis, Kansas City, and other orchestras, and has had his compositions performed throughout the world.

The concert is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door and will be $5 for general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free with a valid University I.D. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 573-651-2141.

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The Inaugural Veryl L. Riddle Distinguished History Lecture will be delivered at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in Dempster Auditorium of Crisp Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. John David Smith will present the lecture entitled, "How I Became a 'Doubting Thomas' and Came to Know Black Judas." Dr. Smith, who began his education at Southeast in 1980, is now the Graduate Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at North Carolina State University. There he teaches courses on the American South, the Civil War and slavery.

From 1998 to 1999, Smith served as the Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the Amerika-Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, in Munich, Germany. He has lectured in 10 foreign countries on four continents and has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America.

Smith has written or edited 14 books, more than 50 scholarly articles and numerous critical essays, which have appeared in journals, newspapers and magazines. One of his recent books, Black Judas: William Hannibal Thomas and the "American Negro" is a nominee for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and the National Book Award.

The Riddle Distinguished History Lecture Series is sponsored by a donation to the Center for Regional History by Veryl Lee Riddle, a prominent St. Louis attorney. Riddle, who was born and raised in Dunklin County and attended Southeast from 1939 to 1940. Riddle has provided support for an endowed lecture series, which will bring distinguished historians to the Southeast campus. Smith's presentation will be the first of these annual lectures.

After attending Southeast in 1939-1940, Riddle returned to Dunklin County as a rural school teacher and then entered government service during World War II. Following the war, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Buffalo in New York, and law school at Washington University in St. Louis.

Upon the acquisition of his law degree, he returned to Dunklin County, where he established a law practice in Malden from 1948 to 1967. From that position, he played a major role in the economic development of the community and region, and significantly altered anti-trust law in the nation. In 1967-1969, he established an outstanding record as U.S. Attorney for St. Louis.

In 1969, Riddle joined the Bryan Cave Law firm, where he continues his practice, contributing to the growth of the firm into one of the largest in the nation. He is an outstanding attorney and legal scholar and a man intensely interested in the history of Southeast Missouri.

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The Southeast Missouri State University Theatre will open its 2000-2001 season on Oct. 3 with "Nobody's Juliet," an experimental script conceived, compiled and directed by Megwyn Sanders.

Performances of "Nobody's Juliet" will be held on Oct. 3-7, all at 8 p.m.

"Nobody's Juliet" is a sensitive and revealing performance studies piece based on a series of extensive interview with real women. Their words, connected with the poetry of authors such as Nikki Giovanni, Marge Piercy, Dianne Wakowski and Andrienne Rich, offer a rich sense of emotion and humor. The four women represented, each differing in age and background, offer the audience some very personal and valuable insights as they explore their own lives, loves and experiences. A groundbreaking script, "Nobody's Juliet" presents to the audience a very unadulterated view of life.

Regarding her work on the show, compilor/director Megwyn Sanders says, " I am incredibly excited to be directing my own script on the Rose stage. It is even more exciting that this is an experimental script; the creative possibilities are endless in experimental theatre."

Taking advantage of these possibilities, Sanders and her cast have incorporated a wide spectrum of movement - many of these allusions to cultural rituals or dances - as well as a variety of music.

"I have great confidence in my fantastic cast and wonderful crew," she said. "They are meeting the challenges of working on an experimental script well."

Sanders refers to a piece of poem included in the script that sums up the heart of the show: "this we were, this is how we tried to love and these are the forces they had ranged against us, and these are the forces we had ranged within us within us and against us and within us." For ticket information, please call the Forrest H. Rose Theatre Box Office at (573) 651-2265. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is strongly recommended that this performance be only for mature audiences.

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The Raymond H. and Rosalind J. Vogel Scholarship Fund has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Raymond H. & Rosalind J. Vogel made a gift of over $20,000 to endow the scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in fall 2001.

The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate nursing student who is recommended by the Department of Nursing as being worthy of such an award. The student must show financial need as verified through the FAFSA application. The award is renewable, and the recipient must reapply each year.

Raymond H. Vogel received a bachelor of science in education degree from Southeast in 1937 and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1940. He was a special agent for the F.B.I. from 1940 to 1946, prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County from 1949 to 1995, member of the House of Representatives from 1957 to 1958, city attorney for Cape Girardeau from 1959 to 1964, member of the State Board of Training Schools from 1965 to 1969 and special assistant attorney general of Missouri from 1969 to1973. Ray also was the president of Southeast's Alumni Association in 1973. He has been in private law practice in Cape Girardeau since 1946.

Raymond and Rosalind have been married 58 years. They are the parents of John Vogel, Raymond Vogel Jr., and Martha Vogel, all of whom attended Southeast Missouri State. John and Martha are Southeast graduates. Ray Jr. completed his degree at University of Missouri-Rolla.

The Vogels said they made the gift after witnessing the dedication of Linda Heitman and Brenda Johnson, both former nurses and now on the faculty of the Department of Nursing at Southeast. They said they feel this fund will help assure that well-trained nurses will graduate from the University.

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