River Campus Grand Opening Highlight of Homecoming 2007

Photo of the River Campus

Official grand opening festivities for River Campus are planned for in connection with Homecoming festivities at Southeast Missouri State University.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 29, 2007 – Official grand opening festivities for River Campus, home of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, are planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in connection with Homecoming festivities at Southeast Missouri State University.

An official ribbon cutting is planned in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Participating in the ceremony will be Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, U.S. and state legislators, City of Cape Girardeau and University officials, and Southeast students. The public is invited.

Tours of the facilities will follow. Students and faculty of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts will be performing throughout the various River Campus venues, including in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre, dance studio and the Robert and Gertrude Shuck Recital Hall. Refreshments will be served in a number of locations across River Campus throughout these afternoon performances.

At 6 p.m. in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center, artist Gary Lucy, who painted the River Campus mural “Inland Waterways: The Highways of our Heritage,” will make a presentation and provide remarks about his mural.  The mural will be hung next to the entrance of the new Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum. The mural’s centerpiece depicts the historic Great Steamboat Race of 1870 between the Robert E. Lee and the Natzchez.

The grand opening of the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum and opening of the Hainsworth Collection is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Museum, located in the Cultural Arts Center at River Campus. Dr. John Hainsworth will present remarks at the event. The Hainsworth Collection is the first traveling exhibit to open in the temporary exhibition space of the new museum. The exhibit will include examples of Hudson River School scenes, American Impressionism, Ashcan painters, and Regionalism, with a study by Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton.

Shuttle service to the grand opening festivities will be available from the Hutson’s Fine Furniture parking lot at 43 S. Main and from the parking lot at Old St. Vincent’s Church at 150 S. Spanish Street. Shuttle service also will be provided from the Show Me Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Shuttles will begin running at 1 p.m.