‘Get in the Game’ Theme of Homecoming 2009

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 24, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University will “Get in the Game” during Homecoming 2009 scheduled for Oct. 9-11. 

The Redhawks will face Austin Peay in the Homecoming football game which takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.  The annual Homecoming parade will precede the game at 9:30 a.m.

The Copper Dome Society/Merit Award Recognition Dinner will kick off the event-filled weekend at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9.  Copper Dome members, alumni and friends are invited to the dinner and program honoring the 2009 Merit Award recipients in the Show Me Center. 

Since 1958, Alumni Merit Awards have been presented to Southeast graduates who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University.  The Faculty Merit Award is presented for excellence and distinction in teaching. 

This year’s Alumni Merit Award recipients are Dr. Nancy Blattner ’78 of Caldwell, N.J., president of Caldwell (N.J.) College; Emmet Fink ’40 of Union, Mo., a retired tool engineer with McDonnell Aircraft, Boeing, McDonnell-Douglas and Beech; Dr. Max Heeb ’50 of Sikeston, Mo., a retired surgeon; Dr. John Heskett ’69 of Chesterfield, Mo., education consultant with Education Solutions, LLC.; John Hessel ’74 of Kirkwood, Mo., a St. Louis attorney with the prestigious law firm of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh; Tina Klocke ’82 of St. Louis, chief operations and financial bear for Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.; Dr. Ruby Long ’56 of Farmington, Mo., retired professor from Southern Illinois University (SIU)-Edwardsville, where she taught and served as chair of the Department of Special Education, School of Education; Dr. Daniel Walsh ’71 of West Lake, Ohio, president and chief executive officer of Physician Link Centers, Inc.; and Dr. Robert Lee Yowell ’66 of Flagstaff, Ariz., a theatre professor at Northern Arizona University. This year’s Faculty Merit Award recipient is Dr. Sara Edgerton, professor of cello and string bass and artistic director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.

Several fraternities have events planned welcoming their alumni on Oct. 9.  Delta Chi invites all alumni, their families and friends to an open house from 5 to 7 p.m.  On Saturday, Oct. 10, Delta Chi also has a breakfast prior to the parade, a barbeque at 1 p.m. at Capaha Park, and a dinner at 7 p.m. at Port Cape Girardeau.  For more information, contact Ross Devereux at (314) 560-7847 or Zach Bridgewater at (636) 280-3914.  Sigma Chi is hosting an alumni reception from 7 to 10 p.m. at Buckner Brewing Company.  Lambda Chi Alpha has an alumni reception at 7 p.m. at Bel Air Grill.  They are also hosting a Homecoming Dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Dockside the Upper Deck.  Austin McConnell can be contacted at (573) 380-8629 or deltaphi_alumni@yahoo.com for additional information.  Pi Kappa Alpha welcomes their alumni by hosting an alumni party at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Pike Memorial Lodge.  The following evening, Pi Kappa Alpha has a dinner and dance planned at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.  Contact Robert Cox at (866) 335-3460 or Robert@coxandassociates.biz for more details.

Saturday’s festivities begin with an All-Alumni Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center at 926 Broadway.  All alumni and friends are invited to attend the breakfast which will honor this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipients.  The four honorees include:  U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond; Lisa Filkins of St. Louis, vice president of Human Resources at Colliers Turley Martin Tucker; Lu Ruzicka of Chesterfield, Mo., a retired teacher and benefactor; and Mike Smythe of Cape Girardeau, general manager of KFVS12.  Cost for the meal is $10 per person.  For more information, contact Dorothy Koenig at (573) 651-2259 or dkoenig@semo.edu

The Homecoming parade, filled with decorated floats, music, fun and Southeast spirit, is one of the largest in the region.  It will feature board game-inspired floats which follow the theme, “Get in the Game.”  The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Capaha Park and travels east on Broadway, ending on Main Street.  This year’s parade marshal is U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond.  The parade also will be Webcast at kfvs12.com.

Bond has secured federal funding to benefit Southeast Missouri State University initiatives throughout his tenure in the U.S. Senate.  His efforts paved the way for funding for many programs, renovations and buildings at the University, including the River Campus.  Bond has announced that he plans to retire after he concludes his fourth term in 2010 and will not seek reelection. 

The deadline for parade entries is Sept. 25.  Register for a position in the parade line-up by contacting Gretchen Grojean in Campus Life and Event Services at (573) 651-2877 or ggrojean@semo.edu.

The new residence hall at the corner of Broadway and Henderson will have an open house after the parade until 1 p.m.  The new hall boasts a great view of Houck Stadium and a new campus restaurant, Olive’s.  To find out more, contact Bruce Skinner at (573) 651-2274 or bskinner@semo.edu.

Fraternities and sororities have many activities planned throughout the day.  Sigma Tau Gamma is having a breakfast prior to the parade and a pig roast after the parade for their Homecoming celebration.  For more information, contact Geoff Ogden at (314) 680-1814 or gsogdensigtau@gmail.com.  Theta Xi will host a Homecoming barbeque immediately after the parade.  For more information, contact Kevin Bray at (314) 249-7967.  Alpha Delta Pi is planning a breakfast following the parade at their chapter house as well as an event at the River Ridge Winery in Commerce after the football game.  Sigma Sigma Sigma is hosting a barbeque at noon.  For more information, contact Cate Chaney at (816) 377-6321 or cmchaney1s@semo.edu.   

There will be plenty of food and beverages available at the numerous tailgate parties outside Houck Stadium on Bellevue and on the Wehking Alumni Center parking lot.  Southeast Athletics and the Booster Club are hosting a tailgate gathering.  The College of Education will have its first annual Battle of the Bakers competition.  Other tailgate parties include the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity tailgate, the Sigma Chi fraternity tailgate, the Southeast Young Alumni Chapter tailgate, and the Residence Life Reunion Tailgate. 

The Alumni Association invites the members of the class of 1959 to celebrate their 50-year with a luncheon that will be held at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Wehking Alumni Center.  Cost is $15 per person.  Dorothy Koenig can be contacted at (573) 651-2259 or dkoenig@semo.edu for further information.

Fans can cheer for a Redhawk victory over Austin Peay by attending the Homecoming football game at 1 p.m. at Houck Stadium.  At halftime, the Man and Woman of the Year will be crowned.  For tickets, call (866) SEMO-TIK or visit www.gosoutheast.com to order online.

A Diamond Club Reception will be held for alumni 70 years of age and older at 4 p.m. at the River Campus John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.  It will be a time of fun and remembering with appetizers and a cash bar available.  The event is $15 per person.  Contact Dorothy Koenig at (573) 651-2259 or dkoenig@semo.edu for more information.

The VET Corps is also celebrating Homecoming 2009 with their annual pig roast.  Former VET Corps members are encouraged to attend.  The roast begins at 5 p.m. at VFW Post 3838 at 1049 N. Kingshighway.  For additional information, contact Tom Meyer at (573) 334-2975 or tmmeyer@tlmrealty.com or Walt Wildman at (573) 579-8626 or walterwildman@charter.net.

Homecoming 2009 will come to a close with America’s Hits on Parade at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.  The event features the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pied Pipers with music from the 1940s.  For tickets, call the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265.