Kent Library Multi-Media Center to be Named for Heather MacDonald Greene



Oct. 22, 2007 – A new multi-media room in Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University has been named for Heather MacDonald Greene of Vancouver, Wash., and Palm Springs, Calif.

The Multi-Media Center, located on the third floor of the library, is one of a number of enhancements being made as the library creates a new “Information Commons.” The Multi-Media Center will be available to students working on multi-media group presentations, said Ed Buis, director of Kent Library.

The Multi-Media Center consists of a reception area with three individual group production rooms adjacent to this space. Buis says each group meeting room will be equipped with a computer with Internet access, a camera, editing equipment, Smartboards, a table and chairs. The equipment will allow students to produce their own multi-media presentations using video, produced by the students, and other technology. 

“So many class assignments now deal with team work,” Buis said. “If a small group of students is working on the creation of an advertisement, for example, they can actually produce it hands-on” in the multi-media room. “They can write and produce it and be the actors within in,” all from this new facility, he said.

The Multi-Media Center is expected to open at the start of the spring semester in January, however, multi-media equipment will not be in place until late spring, Buis said.

Mrs. Greene and her husband, Doug, are University supporters and entrepreneurial advisors to the University. The two were on campus Saturday in celebration of Homecoming weekend and had the opportunity to tour the Multi-Media Center, currently under construction.

Bill Holland, director of corporate relations and associate director of development-Harrison College of Business, says the new facility will enhance students’ presentation skills “by providing them with state-of-the-art multi-media tools.”

The Greenes recently made a gift to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to support the Multi-Media Center and to establish two scholarships. One scholarship will benefit a student studying voice and the performing arts. The other will be awarded to a student pursuing a degree in historic preservation and working in the University Archives.

“Mrs. Greene has a passion for research,” Holland said.

Mr. Greene is former chairman of Skytech, Inc. In January 2006, he worked with an entrepreneurship class in the Harrison College of Business as student teams worked to develop marketing plans for a product he developed — a remote control that turns Christmas lights on and off with the touch of a button.

Mr. Greene, whose late wife was a Southeast alumna, was invited in 2002 to teach several lectures on campus. During Homecoming 2005, he presented Southeast officials with a $50,000 Challenge Grant, in which he agreed to match alumni and friend donations to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation annual fund who had not previously made gifts to the Foundation or who increased their gifts from the previous year.

Photo of Dr. Dobbins and Heather McDonald Greene

Dr. Kenneth Dobbins (left), president of Southeast Missouri State University, stands with Heather MacDonald Greene and her husband Doug.