‘Same Places, New Faces’ Theme of Homecoming 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 6, 2005 – Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Homecoming 2005 Oct. 27-30 with the theme “Same Places, New Faces.”

Highlighting this year’s festivities will be a “Parade of Years,” with every graduating class represented, and the presentation of the annual Merit Awards and Distinguished Service Awards.  This year’s festivities will highlight the evolution of the University which has touched the lives of thousands of students for more than 125 years.  Floats will depict Academic Hall during various eras, in celebration of the building’s 100th anniversary.  Floats will depict Academic Hall façades from the 1940s through the 1990s.

Events will get under way Thursday, Oct. 27, with  a 25-Year Club Reunion held for University employees of 25 years or more at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Missouriana Room.  The production of Yasmina Reza’s “ART,” a play performed entirely by Southeast alumni and directed by Southeast alumnus Dennis Seyer, will take place at 8 p.m. in Rose Theatre.

Events Oct. 28 will include an Endowed Scholarship Reception for scholarship donors to visit with student recipients, an NPHC Comedy Show and the annual Copper Dome Society/Merit Award Social and Dinner.

Representatives of the University’s Alumni Association will present six alumni and a faculty member with the annual Merit Awards at the Copper Dome Society/Merit Award Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center.  Tickets for the dinner are available by calling the University Alumni Association at (573) 651-2259 or the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2252.

Alumni Merit Awards are presented by Southeast to honor distinguished alumni.  The awards have been given since 1958 to graduates of Southeast 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 as follows:  Dr. Theresa Bert of Bradenton, Fla., senior research scientist of Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission; Dr. Addison Lee Lawrence of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Port Aransas, Texas, professor of wildlife at Texas A & M University; Dr. John Miller Lawrence of Lutz, Fla., professor of biology at University of South Florida; Dennis Payne of Creve Coeur, Mo., president and chief executive officer of SBC Directory Operations; Dr. Steven Schwab of Augusta, Ga., chairman of the Department of Medicine at Medical College of Georgia; and C. John Wilder of Dallas, Texas, chairman and chief executive officer of TXU Corp.  Alumni Merit Award winners will be giving guest lectures in their area of emphasis during Homecoming weekend.

This year’s recipient of the Faculty Merit Award is Dr. Ed Leoni of Cape Girardeau, professor of health, human performance, and recreation at Southeast.

Friday evening also will feature the play “ART” at 8 p.m. in Rose Theatre.  The night will end with the “Broadway Spirit Stroll,” an opportunity for alumni and friends to join the Golden Eagles as they take in the nightlife of downtown Cape Girardeau and share Southeast spirit with all in their path.  Alumni may meet at Buckner Brewing Co, at the corner of Broadway and Main Street at 10 p.m., or join the stroll at one of its many stops downtown.

Another special event of the weekend is the display of the Lueders Collection at Kent Library.  This photographic exhibit from the Paul and John Lueders Collection features 30 portraits of distinguished Southeast Missourians and landmarks from the region and will be displayed on the main floor of Kent Library from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Events on Saturday, Oct. 29, will begin with an All-Alumni Breakfast to be held at 7:30 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center South Campus, formerly the Activities Center of the former First BaptistChurch property, 926 Broadway.

During the breakfast, Southeast’s Alumni Association will honor five individuals with Distinguished Service Awards.  Recipients will be Ron Aarns of St. Louis, director for Integration, Analysis, and Business Excellence at the Boeing Company; Harryette Campbell of Sikeston, Mo., an area landowner with farming interests; R. David Crader of Perryville, Mo., president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Bank of Missouri; Douglas Greene of Vancouver, Wa., entrepreneur/chairman of Skytech Enterprises, Inc.; and Terry Riley of Kansas City, councilman for the 5th district of Kansas City.

“The Distinguished Service Awards, which are being given for the fourth time, are presented to individuals who attended Southeast and have made lasting contributions to the University and their communities,” said Jane Stacy, director of Alumni Services and Development.  “Each of these people have brought distinction to the University and remain active in the life of the University.”

Breakfast tickets are $9 per person.  To purchase a ticket or for more information on the awards, call (573) 651-2259.

Following the breakfast, the Homecoming parade will get under way at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Broadway and West End Blvd.  The parade will run east on Broadway from West End Blvd. to Main Street.  It will then continue south on Main.

This year’s parade, which is being sponsored by the Southeast Bookstore, will feature a “Parade of Years,” featuring members from every graduating class of Southeast, with many floats dedicated to entire decades of Southeast alumni.  Doyle Privett of Kennett, Mo., a certified public accountant with Robertson, Privett, Scherer and Collins, a 1973 alumnus, and former member of the University’s Board of Regents, will serve as parade marshal.  Also featured in this year’s parade will be parade dignitary Ella Ruth Aufranc of Kansas City, Class of 1930.  A number of other dignitaries will be riding in the parade, including the Homecoming court, the retiring Man and Woman of the Year, the Alumni Association president; this year’s Alumni Merit and Faculty Merit Award winners; and Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University.  Also highlighted in the parade will be the former Sagamore Football and Varsity Queens, as well as past Men and Women of the Years.

Parade entries will begin lining up at 7:30 a.m. in Capaha Park, where floats will be preliminarily judged.  Final judging will occur on Broadway on the front lawn of the forthcoming location of the Alumni Center, formerly the First Baptist Church property.

In order to better serve alumni and friends of Southeast, a shuttle service will be available to take people from the Show Me Center parking lot, 1333 N. Sprigg, and the Centenary United Methodist Church parking lot, 300 N. Ellis, to Academic Hall for its  100th anniversary celebration and to Houck Stadium for tailgate activities following the parade.  The service will begin its route at 10 a.m. and continue about every 10 minutes throughout the day.

As customary, a number of tailgate parties will help fans get pumped up to cheer on the Southeast football team.  This year’s parties include the annual Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology pre-game tailgate party, the College of Health and Human Services “Bag of Treats,” and the Center for Health and Counseling snack booth.

Other tailgate parties include the College of Education’s “Second Annual Chili Cookoff” at 11 a.m.  The Southeast Booster Club will have its tailgate party at noon at the Booster Corral.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Academic Hall, an “Academic Hall Happening” picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Academic Terraces.  Events for all ages will take place, with family activities provided by Southeast’s Recreational Sports to include an obstacle course, relay races, a dunking booth and more.  Kent Library will also feature a “Bug Hunt” where children will be encouraged to find matching toy bugs to crack a secret code for prizes. 

A Governor’s Scholars Reception: “A Twenty Year Celebration” will take place at 11 a.m. on Academic Terraces.  Governor’s Scholar alumni planning to attend the party at the tent must RSVP on the Southeast Honors Program Web site at www.semo.edu/honors.  Also at 11 a.m., several of the bands featured in the Homecoming parade will play 15 minute sets in Academic Auditorium in an effort to “Rock the Dome.”  A pep rally will be held on the Terraces at noon, with Southeast’s marching band, the Golden Eagles, playing a rousing assortment of music for the Redhawk sendoff.  Former members of the Golden Eagles are asked to join the band for the walk to Houck Stadium, then onto the field for the singing of the Alma Mater.

At 11 a.m., all are invited to an open house at the new Charles Hutson Greenhouse on Bertling Street.  Tours of both the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building and the kitchen labs and industrial kitchen of the Department of Human Environmental Studies in Dearmont Hall also will be available.

Graduates of the 1990s are invited to attend a “Party on the Patio” at the University Center Patio at 11 a.m. for music, refreshments, and a cash bar.  The class of 1955 also will have a pre-game luncheon at noon in the Show Me Center meeting rooms.

The annual Homecoming football game will take place at 1 p.m. in Houck Stadium as Southeast takes on Murray State University.  Student competition winners will be announced throughout the game, and the Man and Woman of the Year will be crowned at halftime.

After the football game, several events are planned.  The newly renovated Marquette Hotel building in downtown Cape Girardeau will be the site for a Diamond Club Event at 4 p.m.  Alumni age 70 and older are encouraged to attend this special time of remembering.

The reunion for members of the Knox Teams will be held at 4 p.m. in the Show Me Center Hall of Fame lobby area.

An after-party for 1950s and 1960s graduates will take place at 4 p.m. in the Show Me Center meeting rooms.  Also at 4 p.m., a post-game “Celebrations” party for 1970s graduates will take place at the KFVS Tower on Broadway.  Other post-game gatherings also will be held for several fraternities throughout the evening at various locations.

Sunday will provide an opportunity for those returning to Cape Girardeau after being away from the area for some time to enjoy the “Everything New in Cape Girardeau” bus tour.  The 9:30 a.m. tour will be led by Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center for Regional History, and will start at the Wehking Alumni Center.  Reservations are necessary, and can be obtained by contacting Extended and Continuing Educational Programs at (573) 651-7399.

The Alumni Association will host a Farewell Brunch at the Johnson Faculty Centre from 9 to 11 a.m.  Alumni Association President Michael Price ’68 will host this event with his wife Donna.  Past President Mike Parker ’67 and his wife, Dawn (Poyner) ’72, also will greet guests.

Rounding out the weekend, the final performance of “ART” will be shown Sunday at 2 p.m.

For more information on Homecoming 2005 at Southeast Missouri State University, call Jane Stacy, director of Alumni Services and Development at (573) 651-2930 or jcstacy@semo.edu.