‘Dare to Dream’ Theme of Homecoming 2007

Photo of homecoming parade

Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Homecoming 2007 Oct. 19-21 with the theme “Dare to Dream.”

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 3, 2007 — Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Homecoming 2007 Oct. 19-21 with the theme “Dare to Dream.”

Highlighting this year’s festivities will be the grand opening of the River Campus, with the commemorative event set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at the River Campus.

Other key events will be the “Southeast Pride” Homecoming Parade and the Redhawks versus Murray State Homecoming football game, both on Saturday, Oct. 20. This year’s Homecoming Parade marshals will be Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles, a 1987 graduate of Southeast from Woodlands Hills, Calif., and his mother, Rosetta Boyce Kyles, a 1975 Southeast graduate from St. Louis. Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles is an actor and comedian. His mother is a retired educator from Ferguson-Florissant School District.

Copper Dome Society members, alumni and friends are invited to attend a program honoring the annual Merit Award recipients at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 in the Bedell Performance Hall. Since 1958, Alumni Merit Awards have been presented by Southeast to honor alumni 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 are: R. David Crader, ’73, of Perryville, Mo., chief executive officer and chairman of the board of The Bank of Missouri; Robert Crawford, ’57, of Cincinnati, Ohio, retired director of professional relations at Procter & Gamble;  Cynthia (Steffens) Davie, ’78, of Carbondale, Ill., vice president at the Center for Comprehensive Services; Shari (Macku) Francis, ’70, of Washington D.C., vice president for state relations, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; Dr. George Hand, Jr., ’58, of Birmingham, Ala., professor emeritus of cell biology, University of Alabama School of Medicine; Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles, ’87, of Woodlands Hills, Calif., actor and comedian; Rosetta Boyce Kyles, ’75, of St. Louis, Mo., retired educator, Ferguson-Florissant School District; and W. Russell Withers, ’58, of Mt. Vernon, Ill., owner, Withers Broadcasting Companies. This year’s recipient of the Faculty Merit Award is Dr. Tamara Baldwin, ’78, professor of mass communication in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Communication.

Tours of performance venues and museums will follow the program and will include performances by students and faculty of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. Chartwells will provide cuisine in performance venues across the River Campus. The cost is $25 per person; however, the cost is free for Copper Dome Society members (limit two tickets per family). There are only 900 available seats. For ticket information, contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2252.

Two fraternities will extend a welcome to their alumni on Friday, Oct. 19. Delta Chi invites all alumni and their family and friends to an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Delta Chi also has events planned for Saturday, which include breakfast followed by the parade, a barbecue at 1 p.m. in Capaha Park and dinner at Port Cape Girardeau. For exact times and locations, look for the fall 2007 Scimitar or visit http://www4.semo.edu/dchi. Also, Daniel Janowski can be contacted at (618) 314-0878. Phi Kappa Alpha is hosting an Alumni Cocktail Party at 8 p.m. in the Pike Memorial Lodge. For more information, contact Robert Cox at (866) 335-3460.

Also on Friday evening, Capitol recording artist and comedian Rodney Carrington will perform in concert at 8 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Reserved seats are $36.75 and student tickets are $29.75. To order tickets, call the Show Me Center Box Office at (573) 651-5000 or on the Web at www.showmecenter.biz.

Festivities will continue on Saturday, Oct. 20, with the All Alumni Breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Wehking Alumni Center at 926 Broadway. Alumni and friends are invited to attend the breakfast honoring this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipients. Cost is $10 per person. Following breakfast, tours of the newly relocated facility will be given from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information, contact the Alumni Association at (573) 651-2259.

Southeast’s Homecoming Parade is recognized as one of the largest in the region, and it will begin at 9:30 a.m., starting at Capaha Park, traveling east on Broadway and ending on Main Street. The parade is expected to be an exciting celebration of Southeast pride. Parade entry deadline is Oct. 12. Those interested in being in the parade should contact Angie Grissom at (573) 651-2259 or agrissom@semo.edu.

Tailgating is set to begin at 11 a.m. prior to the Homecoming football game. Free pre-game food will be available at the Athletics Tailgate Gathering. This event is sponsored by Kohlfeld Distributing, River Radio and Pepsi and will feature music by “Flashback,” one of the Heartland’s finest rock’n’roll bands. This event also will include a pre-game warm-up by the Golden Eagles Marching Band, the Southeast cheerleaders and Sundancers.

Also at 11 a.m., the College of Education will hold its fourth annual Chili Cookoff. Those attending may cast their vote for the best chili on campus. Entries from staff, faculty and students will vie for this year’s prize.  If you are interested in showing off your chili cooking skills, contact Dana Bailey at (573) 651-2407 or e-mail dbailey@semo.edu.

In addition, Phi Beta Sigma Xi Iota is hosting an Alumni Tailgate Party at 11 a.m. Contact Keith Foster at (573) 382-0380 or e-mail kthfoster@yahoo.com, Perry Harris at (573) 837-5627 or e-mail perry.harris@rubbermaid.com or George Demyers at (573) 380-0501 for information about this event. Alpha Phi Alpha is also hosting a tailgate party at 11 a.m., and members (or former members) should contact Terry Allen at (901) 219-2535 or e-mail tlavan06@yahoo.com for more details.

Residence Life will hold a Reunion Tailgate, and former Residence Life staff members are asked to join current Residence Life staff for food, fun and memories. For more information, contact Bruce Skinner at (573) 651-2274.

The Booster Club is sponsoring a tailgate party that begins at noon in the Booster Corral at Houck Stadium. Special guests will be the members of the 1957 football team. For more information about the Booster Club Tailgate Party, contact Greg Brune at (573) 651-2005 or e-mail gbrune@semo.edu.

Southeast authors will be celebrated in an event called “Southeast Write Now” at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Kent Library. The Alumni Association and the University Press, along with Southeast Public Radio, are hosting this celebration. Press authors will answer questions about writing and getting published. A light lunch will be served following the panel presentation. Books published by the University Press and by Southeast students, alumni and faculty will be on display. Any Southeast writers who wish to have their books included need to send a copy in advance to: Southeast Write Now, Southeast Missouri State University Press, One University Plaza, MS 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Contact Dr. Susan Swartwout at (573) 651-2641 for more details on “Southeast Write Now.”

Also beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday are two open houses. Alpha Xi Delta has an Alumnae Reception, which includes refreshments, house tours and news about the upcoming 50th anniversary. The house will be open until 12:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Katie LoRusso at kmlorusso1s@semo.edu or visit http://www6.semo.edu/alphaxidelta. Delta Delta Delta also invites Tri-Delta alumnae to an open house and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tri-Delta Lounge. Contact Lauren Baruzzini at (314) 409-3719 or lrbaruzzini1s@semo.edu for additional information.

Sigma Sigma Sigma alumnae have planned a brunch for noon at the Tri Sigma Lounge. For more information, contact Rachel Sauer at (314) 660-1692.

A luncheon for the classes of 1956 to 1959 will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the new Wehking Alumni Center at 926 Broadway. The Class of 1957 will be honored at this luncheon as they celebrate their 50th reunion. Cost is $12 per person. For more information, contact Shelby Shell at (573) 335-1349 or Jane Stacy at (573) 651-2930 or e-mail jcstacy@semo.edu.     

The Southeast Redhawks versus Murray State Racers football game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Houck Stadium. The members of the 1957 football team will be introduced prior to the game. At halftime, the Man and Woman of the Year will be crowned. For tickets, call (573) 651-2113 or (866) SEMO-TIK or visit gosoutheast.com.

Tours of the new River Campus will be given on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. for those unable to attend the grand opening at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tours will be available at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m. For more information, contact Bob Cerchio at (573) 651-2846.

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, a Diamond Club Reception for alumni 70 years of age and older will be held in the Marquette Tower at 338 Broadway. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. The cost is $10 per person. Trudy Lee can be contacted at (573) 651-5935 or tglee@semo.edu for additional information. Also gathering at the Marquette Tower for a reunion will be the 1957 football team. This event is at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Greg Brune at (573) 651-2005 or e-mail gbrune@semo.edu.

Concluding Saturday’s festivities will be a Phi Kappa Alpha Dinner and Dance at 7 p.m. at the Upper Deck located between Spanish and Main streets. Contact Robert Cox at (866) 335-3460 or e-mail robert@coxandassociates.biz for details.

Probably the most decorated event linked to Homecoming 2007 is the grand opening of the River Campus at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 in the River Campus Bedell Performance Hall. The Southeast Board of Regents and University President Kenneth W. Dobbins invite the public to attend. Refreshments and tours will be available following the grand opening ceremony, along with performances by students and faculty of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. For more information, contact University Relations at (573) 651-5910.

At 6 p.m. on Sunday, artist Gary Lucy will give a presentation on the mural “Inland Waterways: The Highways of Our Heritage,” which he was commissioned to paint for the River Campus. The presentation will be held in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.

The grand opening of the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum and the opening of the Hainsworth Collection will begin at 6:30 p.m. Contact University Relations at (573) 651-5910 for more information on these events.