Sigma Pi Kappa Honors City of Cape Girardeau with Excellence in Historic Preservation Award

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 3, 2005 ᾰ Southeast Missouri State University’s chapter of Sigma Pi Kappa awarded the City of Cape Girardeau the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award for 2005 during a City Council meeting at City Hall on May 2.

The City of Cape Girardeau was given this award for its efforts in historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the Old Lorimier School. Every year, Sigma Pi Kappa members nominate buildings in the community whose owners decided to use the ideals of historic preservation when restoring their buildings. Past recipients of this award include Meyer’s Supply, Marge Thompson, Melinda Winchester, and the owners of the Pott House.

Sigma Pi Kappa, the international honor society that includes historic preservation students, faculty and distinguished individuals, was founded on May 4, 1991, by faculty in the Master of Historic Preservation program in the School of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia. The Epsilon chapter at Southeast Missouri State University was created in March 1996 and was the first chapter in the nation to include undergraduate as well as graduate members.

The purposes of Sigma Pi Kappa and its chapters are to recognize high achievement in academic and professional studies in research by conferring distinction through election to its membership, to encourage and stimulate scholarship, to provide and promote leadership and to foster interest and accomplishment in the profession of historic preservation.

For more information, contact Dr. Steven Hoffman at (573) 651-2808 or e-mail shoffman@semo.edu.