Community Leaders, Local Legislators Celebrate Southeast Missouri Regional Museum Grant Award

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 21, 2005 — Educators, city leaders, state legislators and students gathered in the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum at Southeast Missouri State University today to celebrate a $12,000 SBC Foundation Excelerator Grant for the Museum and a $20,000 grant in support of the River Campus.

The SBC Foundation gift, announced by Regional Museum Director Dr. Stanley Grand, will be used for technological advances for the Museum. The majority of the grant funds will provide an interactive topographic map and audio for geology exhibits to allow visitors to actively explore the geologic features of the region. 

The grant also will provide two alcove computer stations to provide additional information about the content presented by the permanent exhibitions. With the support of the SBC Excelerator Program, the Regional Museum will be better equipped to serve its 40,000 annual visitors and to enhance the overall learning experience. 

Joining Grand in making the announcement were Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder; State Rep. Billy Pat Wright; local elected officials; Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; community leaders; SBC Missouri President Cynthia Brinkley; and SBC Regional Director Marsha Haskell. 

“This grant will help us provide a next-generation, interactive experience for visitors to the museum to use in learning about our region,” Grand said.

Grand also recognized Wright and other area legislators for their support of the museum.

“The legislators in southeast Missouri have long records of dedication and commitment to education and our region, and they support creating a positive climate for businesses like SBC to succeed in our state, “Grand said.  “That makes grants like these possible.”

“Today is a milestone as we work to make the Museum an even better attraction for our region and an even better educational resource,” Kinder said.

State Rep. Billy Pat Wright added, “The director and staff of the Museum have done an excellent job. The added technology will make an already great facility even better.”

“I join Museum Director Grand in thanking Lt. Governor Kinder, Senators Jason Crowell and Rob Mayer, House Speaker Rod Jetton, and Representatives Wright, Cooper, Lipke, Black,  Myers, Tilley, Kingery, Bean and Swinger for their support of Southeast Missouri State University, and for their support of SBC,” SBC’s Brinkley said. “They have been great leaders in Jefferson City for the area and have also supported progressive communications policies that allow SBC to invest in the community.”

About Southeast Missouri Regional Museum

Southeast has embarked on the development of the River Campus, which will be home to  the University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts when it opens in fall 2007. The River Campus is on the 16.6-acre St. Vincent’s College and Seminary property on the banks of the Mississippi River, adjacent to the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. As part of the comprehensive development of the site, a new 14,000-square-foot Regional Museum, with a primary focus in art, archeology and regional history, will be constructed. The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum’s mission is to provide the University and area communities with opportunities to expand an understanding of the fine arts, deepen knowledge of contemporary and historic cultures, enrich perceptions of the complex and essential relationships between humans and their material cultures, promote an appreciation of the contributions of diverse peoples, culture, and historic periods, and engage in experiential learning and thereby realize increased self-understanding and knowledge.  The Museum will house, preserve, exhibit, interpret, augment and refine its collections of art, historical objects and archeological artifacts. 

About SBC Excelerator

SBC Excelerator is the largest special grants program ever undertaken by the SBC Foundation. The grants provide critical funding to hundreds of organizations that are interested in more fully integrating technology into their ongoing operations and community outreach efforts. Introduced in 2002, SBC Excelerator was founded on the idea that technology access and resources can improve lives of people across the nation. To qualify for an SBC Excelerator grant, an organization’s major focus should address education, community development, health and human services, or arts and culture.

About SBC Foundation

The SBC Foundation is the charitable giving arm of SBC Communications Inc. The SBC Foundation supports efforts that enrich and strengthen diverse communities nationwide, particularly those with an emphasis on education and technology and those that benefit underserved populations. SBC Foundation-backed programs are designed to increase access to information technologies, broaden technology training and professional skills development, and effectively integrate new technologies to enhance education and economic development. The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Foundation Center have consistently ranked the SBC Foundation among the nation’s top five corporate foundations. In 2002, the SBC Foundation launched SBC Excelerator, a multimillion dollar competitive grants program that funds nonprofit organizations in the efforts to digitally connect communities.

Photo of Community Leaders, Local Legislators at Southeast Missouri Regional Museum Grant Award Presentation

From left are Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder; Cynthia Brinkley, president of SBC Missouri; State Rep. Billy Pat Wright; and Dr. Stanley Grand, director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum.