KAHEC Classrooms to be Named for Donors at Open House Reception March 20


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 15, 2006 — Five Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC) classrooms will be named in honor of donors who have contributed significantly to the building fund during an open house reception at 5 p.m. March 20.

With the theme “Celebrating Our Gifts,” the reception will end at 6 p.m. so guests may attend the community’s annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner the same evening.

KAHEC rooms will be named in honor of Kennett National Bank, Larry and Nancy Swindle, Kennett Development Corporation, Pauline Mizell Aukes and Dr. Lewis Aukes, and the Simcoke Family.

In recognition of its additional $78,000 added to its existing pledge commitments to support KAHEC, Kennett National Bank will be recognized with a named classroom. In 2002, the Kennett National Bank pledged a donation to help create a student center at KAHEC to be used by students and faculty to study, work on computers, wait between classes, meet with friends and eat lunch.  The Kennett National Bank Student Center opened in fall 2002.

Larry and Nancy Swindle are being recognized with a named classroom in honor of their continued support of the center. Larry Swindle, whose father was, at one time, a member of the University’s Board of Regents, was chairman of the first lead gifts committee to raise money for KAHEC in 2002.

The Kennett Development Corporation allocated $100,000 of its nearly $170,000 gift in October 2005 to support KAHEC’s building renovation plans. The remainder of the donation, approximately $70,000, will be endowed in a scholarship to benefit students attending KAHEC. The Kennett Development Corporation Endowed Scholarship was awarded in spring 2006, with four KAHEC students receiving the $500 scholarship.

Two new interactive television (ITV) classrooms are being named for the Simcoke family of Kennett and Pauline Mizell Aukes and Dr. Lewis Aukes of Hornersville, Mo.  These classrooms will house technology that provides courses broadcast from the main Southeast campus to students at KAHEC.

With the completion of the renovations, KAHEC will have 3,100 square feet of renovated classroom and office space available to students and faculty. Two of the new classrooms will be used specifically for interactive television courses.  The remaining rooms will be used as multipurpose rooms and office space for faculty to meet with students.

The additional space was needed, given the center’s growth in student population and course offerings, says Marsha Blanchard, director of the Kennett Area Higher Education Center.

The center needs more classrooms, and with the addition of some full-time faculty, some additional office space, according to Blanchard. The center is hoping to renovate more of the unfinished space in the facility to meet those needs.

Presentations will be made to honorees at 5:45 p.m.