‘Toon into Southeast’ at Homecoming 2010

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 6, 2010 – “Toon into Southeast” is the theme for Homecoming 2010 scheduled for Oct 29-30 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event-filled weekend will kick off with the Man and Woman of the Year Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 in Kem Statuary Hall. This event will recognize the 2010 Homecoming court.

The Copper Dome Society/Merit Award Recognition Dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29. Copper Dome members, alumni and friends are invited to attend the dinner and program honoring the 2010 Merit Award recipients in the Show Me Center. Since 1958, Alumni Merit Awards have been presented to Southeast graduates who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University. The Faculty Merit Award is presented for excellence and distinction in teaching.

This year’s Alumni Merit Award recipients are Michael Lincoln ’84 of Mclean, Va., co-founder of the Reston Office of Cooley LLP; Gloria DuCreux ’77 ’79 of Panama City, Panama, college counselor and co-founder of Balboa Academy; Dan Bussell ’84 of Warwick, N.Y., photojournalist for CBS News’ “60 Minutes”; Larry Ferrell ‘76 if Cape Girardeau, Mo., chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, Southeastern Division; Donald “Smith” DeLine ‘75 of Cape Girardeau, Mo., owner of DeLine and Son Farms and DeLine Realty; Dr. Greg May ’87 of Santa Fe, N.M., president of the National Center for Genome Resources; and Dr. John Vallentine ‘81 of Iowa City, Iowa, director of the School of Music and professor of music education at the University of Northern Iowa.

This year’s Faculty Merit Award recipient is Dr. Jim Dufek Cape Girardeau, Mo., professor of mass media at Southeast.

For Copper Dome Society/Merit Award Recognition Dinner ticket prices and more information, call the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2332.

Festivities on Saturday, Oct. 30, begin with an All Alumni Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center at 926 Broadway. All alumni and friends are invited to attend the breakfast which will honor this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipients. The five honorees include Baseball Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Cardinals Manager Whitey Herzog; Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson, president of Crader Distributing and a registered nurse respectively; Dr. Etilvia Arjona Chang of Panama City, Panama, director of the Education USA Center USMA in Panama City, Panama; and Gary Smith of St. Louis, a long-time businessman with more than 40 years in sales and operational leadership. Cost for the breakfast is $10 per person. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (573) 651-2259.

The Homecoming parade, to feature decorated floats, marching bands, Man and Woman of the Year candidates and a variety of other entries is one of the largest in the region. It will feature cartoon inspired floats which follow the theme, “Toon into Southeast.” The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Capaha Park and travels east down Broadway, ending on Main Street. The parade will also be Web cast on kfvs12.com.

This year, Whitey Herzog will serve as parade marshal. Herzog, a native of New Athens, Ill., was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July and is considered to be one of the best baseball managers of all time. The St. Louis Cardinals retired his number, “24,” following his induction. His philanthropic efforts are noteworthy as well. Herzog has touched the southeast Missouri region by providing $85,000 in funding for the new Whitey Herzog Stadium, which opened last spring off U.S. 61 on the north side of Jackson, Mo. The state-of-the art facility, complete with a row of seats from the former Busch Stadium, is home to the Jackson High School baseball team.

Pre-game celebrations, including tailgate parties, are scheduled for 11a.m. New this year will be “University Row” — tailgating tents representing each of Southeast’s colleges and schools. Alumni are invited to visit these tents and chat with former faculty members in the lot west of the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. Southeast Athletics will host a tailgate at the Student Recreation Center-South along Bellevue Street in front of Houck Stadium. The Booster Club also will host a tailgate in the Booster Corral in the endzone of Houck Stadium. Several of Southeast’s Greek and student organizations also will be tailgating in the area. Food, beverages and live music will be available in the tailgating area.

The Alumni Association invites the members of the class of 1960 to celebrate their 50-year reunion with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. Cost is $15 per person. Contact the Alumni Office at (573) 651 2259 or agrissom@semo.edu for more information.

The Redhawks will face the University of Tennessee-Martin at 1 p.m. in Houck Stadium during the Homecoming football game. At half time the 2010 Man and Woman of the Year will be crowned. For tickets, call (573) 651-2113 or (866) SEMO-TIK or visit www.metrotix.com  to order online.

A Diamond Club Reception will be held for alumni 70 years of age and older at 3 p.m. at the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center on the River Campus. It will be a time for memories and fun with appetizers and a cash bar available. The event is $15 per person. Contact the Alumni Office at (573) 651- 2259 or agrissom@semo.edu for further information.

Alpha Phi Alpha Alumni Dance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct 30 in the Show Me Center. The evening will include live music, dancing and a cash bar. For additional information, contact Terry Allen at (901) 219-2535 or tlavan06@yahoo.com or Pernell Witherspoon at (314) 602-1908 or pwitherspoon@lindenwood.edu.

For a complete listing of Homecoming events, visit www.iAMsoutheast.com/homecoming.