Southeast Celebrating Homecoming 2013: ‘Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Success’

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 25, 2013 — Southeast will celebrate Homecoming 2013 this weekend with a full slate of activities. Highlights include the crowning of the Man and Woman of the Year, the Copper Dome Society and Merit Award Reception, the Homecoming parade and the Homecoming football game. Visit http://www.semoalumni.com for a complete schedule of events.

Friday, Oct. 25

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will sponsor a “Meet and Greet” for Alpha Phi Alpha alumni and their guests at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at The Library, 10 S. Spanish St. in downtown Cape Girardeau. Contact Terry Allen at (901) 219-2535 or tlavan06@yahoo.com, or Pernell Witherspoon at (314) 602-1908 or pwitherspoon@lindenwood.edu.

Students receiving an endowed scholarship will have a chance to meet their scholarship donors at the Endowed Scholarship Reception from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center meeting rooms. For more information, contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2332.

The Copper Dome Reception is returning to Academic Hall this year, and Copper Dome Society members, alumni and friends are invited to attend the event honoring the 2013 Merit Award recipients. Since 1958, Alumni Merit Awards have been presented to Southeast graduates who have brought distinction to themselves and the University.

This year’s honorees are Cynthia Boren, ’75, of Alexandria, Va., deputy sports editor of The Washington Post; Dr. Bernard DuBray, ’69, of St. Peters, Mo., superintendent of the Fort Zumwalt School district in O’Fallon, Mo.; Dr. Julie Harper, ’91, of Birmingham, Ala., practicing dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and founding director of the American Acne and Rosacea Society; Rodney Hudson, ’71, of Syracuse, N.Y., an assistant professor with the Syracuse University Department of Drama; Dr. Randal Otto, ’77, of San Antonio, Texas, professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; Jim Piatcheck, ’63, of Lakeland, Tenn., co-founder and chief executive officer of the Senior Advisory Group and the Professional Disturber as well as a Chartered Life Underwriter, a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor; and Dennis Kehm, ’65, of Festus, Mo., retired Circuit Judge, 23rd Judicial Circuit, Division 4, Jefferson County, Mo.

Receiving this year’s Faculty Merit Award at the dinner will be Dr. Michael Aide, professor of agriculture and chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast.

At the reception, historic preservation students will be in period costumes discussing the history of the building. A video featuring photographs of the building throughout the years will be shown on monitors throughout the building, and Kent Library’s Archives/Special Collections will provide a historic display. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served from 6-7 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., and will include the showing of Merit and Year in Review videos in Academic Auditorium. The event will conclude with dessert from 8:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, and members of the Copper Dome Society will receive up to two complimentary tickets for family members. Parking for the reception will be available at the Show Me Center, and shuttle service will be provided throughout the evening to and from Academic Hall. For Copper Dome Society and Merit Award Reception tickets and more information, call the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2332.

Fans can get their competitive spirit out at 6:30 p.m. at Houck Stadium when the Redhawk women’s soccer team plays an Ohio Valley Conference game against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased at (573) 651-2113 or at www.gosoutheast.com.

Also at 6:30 p.m., the Redhawk volleyball team will play Morehead State in an Ohio Valley Conference game at Houck Field House. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased at (573) 651-2113 or at www.gosoutheast.com.

Alumni from Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity will socialize at 7:30 p.m. at Keller’s at the Isle Casino, located at 777 N. Main St. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. For more information, contact Larry Eby at (573) 380-6418 or leby@claritycomm.net or visit www.semopike.com.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Saturday’s festivities will begin with the All Alumni Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 26 in Kem Statuary Hall in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. All alumni, friends and their families are invited to attend the breakfast, where this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipients will be honored.

Cost of the breakfast is $10 per person. Reservations may be made by calling the Alumni Association at (573) 651-2259 or agrissom@semo.edu.

Pi Kappa Alpha will hold an alumni tailgate at 8 a.m. at 112 Broadway at the corner of Spanish and Broadway. Breakfast and refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Larry Eby at (573) 380-6418 or leby@claritycomm.net or visit www.semopike.com.

Members, alumni and friends of the Xi Gamma chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha will tailgate at 9 a.m. the corner of Broadway and Pacific streets. For more information, contact Terry Allen at (901) 219-2535 or tlavan06@yahoo.com or Pernell Witherspoon at (314) 602-1908 or pwitherspoon@lindenwood.edu.

The annual Homecoming parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Capaha Park. Serving as parade marshals will be past presidents of Southeast Missouri State University, including Dr. Dale Nitzschke, Dr. Kala Stroup and Dr. Bill Stacy. The parade travels east on Broadway to Main and then south on Main.

The Homecoming Parade, which will feature decorated floats, marching bands, the Man and Woman of the Year candidates and a variety of other entries, is one of the largest in the region. Floats will depict popular culture, fads and inventions from various decades beginning with the 1920s. Contact Shaver for more information at (573) 651-2280.

Immediately following the parade, Delta Delta Delta sorority will hold an open house in the sorority’s house in Group Housing. All Tri-Delta alumni are invited to this free event. For more information, contact Tri-Delta Alumni Corresponding Secretary Mary Kay Owens at (618) 660-6158.

Also after the parade, the Vet Corp Pig Roast will take place in the west parking lot of the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. All Southeast alumni associated with the Southeast Vet Corps and their guests are invited. For more information, contact Thomas Meyer at (573) 270-4499 or tmmeyer@tlmrealty.com.

Children may also participate in the pre-game celebration. After the parade, parents can take their children to the free Kids’ Zone play area behind the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. Activities will include games and crafts, and will begin at 11 a.m. Kids’ Zone is sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Evening Optimist Club.

The public and alumni are invited to take free, self-guided open house tours through Academic Hall and the newly renovated Magill Hall of Science from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Jane Stephens Honors Program and the Student Honors Council will host a free open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Honors House located at 603 N. Henderson. Contact Dr. Craig Roberts at (573) 651-2513 or croberts@semo.edu for more information.

KRCU will host a free open house from 11 a.m. The public can visit with the staff and tour the KRCU studios in the Serena Building behind Academic Hall Auditorium. Also, help KRCU celebrate as Oct. 29 would have been former Southeast faculty member Herb Taylor’s 84th birthday. Celebrate Herb’s life and help students by supporting the Herb and Peggy Taylor Endowment for Excellence in Media Communications. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Alex Jackson at (573) 651-5070 for more information.

Numerous other Greek and student organizations will hold pre-game tailgates at 11 a.m. outside Houck Stadium on Bellevue and in the parking lots surrounding the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. Southeast students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends are invited. Several campus organizations, including fraternities and sororities, will participate. The tailgate area will feature food, beverages and live music. For more information, contact Alumni Relations at (573) 651-2259 or agrissom@semo.edu.

The Alumni Association invites members of the class of 1963 to celebrate the 50-year reunion of their class with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, contact Alumni Relations at (573) 651-2259 or agrissom@semo.edu.

The Redhawks will take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at 1 p.m. at Houck Stadium during the annual Homecoming football game. During halftime, the Man and Woman of the Year will be crowned. To purchase tickets, call (866) SEMO-TIK or visit www.gosoutheast.com.

Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they bring to life three classic fairy tales, “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” “Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales” will be performed at 3 and 6 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Tickets are $15, $23, $32 and VIP tickets are $50. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Show Me Center Box Office at (573) 651-5000.

Alumni who are at least 70 years old may attend the Diamond Club Reception at 4 p.m. in the Dempster Hall atrium. Cost of the event is $15. Appetizers and a cash bar also will be available. For more information, contact Alumni Relations at (573) 651-2259 or agrissom@semo.edu.

Students will pull out their stepping shoes for the National Pan-Hellenic Step Show at 5 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, contact the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265.

The Pi Kappa Alpha Dinner and Dance will start at 7 p.m. Current members will host the event for Pike alumni and guests. For more information, contact Trae Bertrand at traebertrand@yahoo.com or visit www.semopike.com.

A variety of Greek events will also take place during Homecoming Week. For more information on these events, visit www.iamsoutheast.com.

Sunday, Oct. 27

The Redhawk soccer team will take on Eastern Illinois in an Ohio Valley Conference game. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at Houck Stadium. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased at (573) 651-2113 or www.gosoutheast.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Events will come to a close Oct. 30 when students will have another opportunity to tour Academic Hall at noon during Common Hour. The President’s Office will sponsor an outdoor lunch of hotdogs and chips on the steps of Academic Hall, and students may tour the renovated building.