‘Imagine the Possibilities’ Theme of Homecoming 2008

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 8, 2008 – Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Homecoming 2008 Oct. 24-26 with the theme “Imagine the Possibilities.”

Highlighting this year’s festivities will be the annual Homecoming parade and the Redhawks versus Tennessee State Homecoming football game, both on Saturday, Oct. 25.

“Homecoming is always a great time at Southeast, said Shad Burner, director of Southeast’s alumni services. “I love the atmosphere that is created when students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends come together in celebration of the University. With the largest student and alumni population in the history of Southeast, I am sure Homecoming 2008 will be one we won’t soon forget.”

Southeast Public Radio will start the weekend’s festivities with a grand opening and dedication of their new studios in the Serena building at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Dan Woods at (573) 651-5070 or djwoods@semo.edu.

The Southeast Alumni Association will host an Alumni Merit Award 50th Anniversary celebration from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 24 at the Show Me Center. All former Alumni Merit Award recipients are invited to celebrate 50 years of the award at this reception.

Following the reception, Copper Dome Society members, alumni and friends are invited to attend a dinner and program honoring the 2008 Merit Award recipients at 6:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Since 1958, Alumni Merit Awards have been presented by Southeast to honor alumni who have brought distinction to themselves and the University. The Faculty Merit Award is presented for excellence and distinction in teaching. Recipients of this year’s Alumni Merit Awards are: Judith Arnet ’70 of Columbia, Mo., clinical nutrition manager at Boone Hospital Center; Roberta Broeker ’80 of Jefferson City, Mo., chief financial officer of the Missouri Department of Transportation; Dr. Stephen Hefner ’70 of Columbia S.C., superintendent of Richland County School District Two; Lawrence R. Kem ’56 of Pine Hurst N.C., retired business executive; Jane (Cooper) Stacy ’72 of Cape Girardeau, Mo., retired director of alumni services and current director of development for special projects for Southeast; John Ueleke ’68 of Memphis, Tenn., president of Legacy Wealth Management; Dr. Stephen Vaughn ’68 of Madison, Wis., professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin; and Dr. Vance Watson ’64 of Starkville, Miss., interim president at Mississippi State University. This year’s recipient of the Faculty Merit Award is Dr. Allen Gathman, professor of biology at Southeast Missouri State University.

Two fraternities will extend a welcome to their alumni on Oct. 24 as well. Delta Chi invites all alumni, their families and friends to an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Delta Chi also has events planned for Saturday, which include a breakfast followed by the parade, a barbecue at 1 p.m. in Capaha Park and dinner at Port Cape Girardeau. For more information, contact Travis Gaines at (314) 471-7054. Pi 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.

Festivities will continue on Saturday, Oct. 25, 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, who are: Gene Bess of Poplar Bluff, Mo., director and head basketball coach at Three Rivers Community College (TRCC), Neal Boyd of Sikeston, Mo., recent winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and Dr. Jerry Waddle of Cape Girardeau, Mo., retired long-time educator. Cost for the breakfast is $10 per person. 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. This year’s parade marshal will be Jane Stacy, who recently retired as Southeast’s director of alumni services. Stacy, a 1972 graduate of Southeast, served the University in this capacity for more than 35 years. Stacy continues her service to Southeast as director of development for special projects.

“For 35 years, Jane committed herself to ensuring that Homecoming went off without a hitch and that every need and every alum was attended to,” said Burner. “Jane will finally have a chance to relax and enjoy that which she worked so hard to build. She has gone above and beyond for Southeast alumni and we want to be sure this is a Homecoming she will never forget.”

Parade entry deadline is Oct. 10. Those interested in being in the parade should contact Gretchen Grojean in Campus Life and Event Services at (573) 651-2877 or ggrojean@semo.edu.   

The Department of Nursing is celebrating their 50th Anniversary during Homecoming weekend. Nursing alumni are invited to meet at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, on the west steps of the Wehking Alumni Center to watch the Homecoming parade. Following the parade, tours will be given of the Academic Hall dome, the Department of Nursing and the S.H.O.W. Mobile. After the tours, an alumni luncheon also will be held on the terraces next to Academic Hall. For more information, contact Marcia Hobbs at (573) 651-5154 or mhobbs@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.

Other tailgate parties will include the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity tailgate at 11 a.m., the Residence Life tailgate at noon, and the Booster Club’s tailgate, also at noon, in the Booster Corral at Houck Stadium.

Members of the class of 1958 are invited to celebrate their 50-year reunion on Saturday, Oct. 25. Classmates are invited to gather on the front steps of the Wehking Alumni Center at 9:30 a.m. to watch the Homecoming parade. A reunion luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., also at the Wehking Alumni Center. Cost is $15 per person. For more information, contact Dorothy Koenig at (573) 651-2259 or dkoening@semo.edu.

At 10 a.m., the College of Education will hold its fifth 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 Sherry Holder at (573) 651-2556 or e-mail sholder@semo.edu.

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

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 $15 per person. Trudy Lee can be contacted at (573) 651-5935 or tglee@semo.edu for additional information.

All alumni are welcome to attend a reception honoring Jane Stacy, who served as Southeast’s director of alumni services for more than 35 years. The reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Wehking Alumni Center at 926 Broadway.

The annual Vet Corps Pig Roast will be held at 5 p.m. at VFW Post 3838, located at 1049 N. Kingshighway. All former Vet Corps members are welcome to join the fun. This year’s event will mark the 40th anniversary of the Vet Corps’ establishment at Southeast. For more information, contact Tom Meyer at tmmeyer@tlmrealty.com or (573) 334-2875 or Walt Wildman at walterwildman@charter.net or (573) 579-8626.

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.

The Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority welcomes their alumni, families and friends to join them for an alumni brunch at noon on Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Tri Sigma Lounge.