Southeast Homecoming Parade to Encourage Community to ‘Get in the Game’

Photo of Southeast cheerleaders in the Homecoming parade

Southeast cheerleaders are among the participants in Saturday’s Homecoming parade.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 6, 2009 – The 2009 Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming parade, which will include about 130 entries, will celebrate this year’s Homecoming theme, “Get in the Game.”

The parade is scheduled to begin at Broadway and West End Blvd at 9:30 a.m., Oct. 10. The parade will proceed east on Broadway to Main Street and then south on Main.

Each of the “Class A” competitive floats entered in the parade this year will represent popular board games such as “Hungry, Hungry, Hippos,” “Risk,” “Life,” and “Don’t Spill the Beans.” 

The parade will include approximately nine competitive floats, the University’s Air Force R.O.T.C. color guard, a large showing of veterans, Southeast student organizations and a multitude of other truck/trailer entries.

Participating bands include the Southeast Missouri State Golden Eagles Marching Band, Fredericktown High School, Clearwater High School, Oak Ridge High School, Festus High School, Greenville High School, Egyptian High School and Scott County Central High School.

The parade will feature a number of dignitaries, among them members of the Homecoming Court; retiring Man and Woman of the Year, Billy Garrett and Sarah Snyder; this year’s Alumni Merit and Faculty Merit Award winners; and Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University.

Final judging of the floats will occur on Broadway in front of the KFVS-TV Tower. Winning floats will be announced at the end of the Southeast vs. Austin Peay Homecoming football game at 1 p.m. at Houck Stadium.

U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond will serve as parade marshal for this year’s parade.  In addition to serving as parade marshal, Bond is a recipient this year of the Distinguished Service Award.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, says the University is thrilled Bond will lead the parade.

“Senator Bond has been a friend of Southeast Missouri State University for many, many years and has worked tirelessly during his tenure to bring federal dollars back to Southeast Missouri. We felt it was fitting to honor a man who has done so much to advance higher education in this region.”

Bond’s fourth term in the U.S. Senate ends in 2010. He has announced plans to retire at the conclusion of his term and will not seek reelection.

Bond, in cooperation with U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, are responsible for garnering $7.55 million for the River Campus, Dobbins says, including $2.6 million in federal funding for planning and enhancing the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Regional Museum and the Explorer mobile museum serving Southeast Missouri; $2.95 million to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts; and $2 million for the City of Cape Girardeau for infrastructure on and around the River Campus.

Dobbins said Bond is responsible for initiating the Missouri NASA Education Program, which was developed to augment K-12 science, mathematics and technology education in Missouri through the enhancement of teaching, student learning and curricular materials. Bond secured more than $1.75 million for the NASA Education Program which has three primary components: the Missouri NASA Educator Resource Center located on Southeast’s campus; the Missouri NASA Education Specialist Network, which includes six full-time trained educators located in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Columbia, Kansas City; and the NASA exhibit aboard the Explorer mobile museum. The Explorer brings the benefits of quality museum-centered learning to public events and K-12 schools, with the primary target being rural students.

Bond helped to secure almost $2 million for the SEMO Regional Crime Lab to assist law enforcement agencies throughout Southeast Missouri in the war on crime. The crime lab, which operates in a state-of-the-art facility, provides testing for drugs, firearms examinations, blood/body fluids, serology, trace evidence, arson, fingerprints, alcohol in blood, urine toxicology and DNA. The lab, which was dedicated in September 2003, is situated in about 8,000 square feet of space in a building at 122 S. Ellis. It serves nearly 100 law enforcement agencies in southeast Missouri. The lab also features a bullet trap in the lab’s firing range to enhance firearm analysis capability. Bond’s efforts in securing federal funding also allowed for unfinished space in the building to be renovated for these purposes.

Bond also was instrumental in landing $2 million for state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing technology and electronic equipment to make the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building, one of the finest teaching facilities in the nation in the field of advanced manufacturing technology, Dobbins said. Industries are continuously challenged to reduce production costs, increase productivity, improve product quality, and comply with environmental concerns.  To address these issues, some industries may need to modify current manufacturing processes or adopt completely new technologies.

“This facility has become the focus and staging point for the coordinated delivery of technical education and for the training and retraining of technical workers in the region,” Dobbins said. “A large part of the growth can be attributed to the outstanding lab equipment in the facility.  Southeast, working in coordination with Workforce Development, “has delivered technology training and programs that can truly meet the needs of the region.”

In addition, Dobbins credits Bond for securing $650,000 in federally designated funding for the purchase of the Southeast Health on Wheels (S.H.O.W.) Mobile, and medical and dental equipment necessary to provide primary health and dental care aboard the unit. Under a partnership between Southeast and Southeast Missouri Hospital, the S.H.O.W. Mobile provides primary health care and education in Southeast Missouri, a rural economically deprived area with critical health and dental care needs.

Dobbins said Bond also helped Southeast Missouri State in landing $3.5 million for the University’s transit program and Multi-Modal Transfer Facility, and $300,000 for renovation of the Perryville Higher Education Center. Bond also assisted Southeast in securing $10 million in federal funding for the Interstate 55 interchange at East Main Street and LaSalle Avenue.

“With tight state funding issues, these and other federal funds have made a significant difference in the ability of Southeast Missouri State University to serve its students and the region, and in the quality of life for all Southeast Missourians,” Dobbins said.

Bond has had a remarkable public service career extending over three decades, since his election in 1970 as state auditor. A sixth-generation Missourian, he graduated with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.

He served as governor of Missouri from 1973 to 1977 and from 1980 to 1985. During Bond’s tenure as governor of Missouri, he helped to secure $3.19 million in state funding for the Show Me Center and was instrumental in supporting a plan that led to voter approval of $600 million in bonds for capital improvements in Missouri. The Show Me Center is one of the buildings partially financed through those funds. Bond participated in a ribbon cutting and dedication of the Show Me Center in September 1987.

“He served two terms as governor of Missouri, and is now serving in his fourth term in the United States Senate,” Dobbins said. “As a governor and senator, and a member of the Senate Committees on Appropriations, Intelligence, Environment and Public Works, and Small Business, he has been a champion of improving education, and a great friend of Southeast Missouri State University, in particular,” Dobbins said.

For those unable to attend the Homecoming parade, a live Webcast will be provided by KFVS12 so viewers may watch the event virtually. Follow this link or access www.KFVS12.com and then follow the links under the “Webcasts” section. Homecoming parade footage will remain archived on the KFVS12.com Web site after the event and will be available to view for several more weeks.

Live parade commentary, provided by Mississippi River Radio from 324 Broadway, also will be available on KZIM Radio at 960 on the AM dial.