MEDIA ADVISORY: High Tea Ceremony


WHAT:  High Tea Ceremony honoring the contribution of French Limoges Plates by Dorothy Laws Miles WHEN:  3 p.m. Aug. 3 WHERE:   Dempster Hall Atrium WHO:

  • Mrs. Miles and Michelle Behnken Brune, assistant professor of human environmental studies, will speak about the significance of the plates.
  • Dr. Tom Harte, professor emeritus of speech communication and theatre, and Dr. Georganne Penzel Syler, associate professor of human environmental studies, will speak on the significance of the tea ceremony.

BACKGROUND:  Miles, of Cape Girardeau, is a 1940 graduate of Southeast. Originally from Farmington, Mo., she taught high school English and mathematics in Desloge before moving to Cape Girardeau with her late husband, Paul Miles. Mrs. Miles has lived in Cape Girardeau for more than 60 years.

 Mr. and Mrs. Miles collected china, porcelain and decorative glassware for many years. The 12 French Limoges hand-painted plates being donated to the University feature fashion illustrations and were acquired during their travels to Europe.

 The plates will be displayed at the high tea ceremony, which will consist of three courses provided by Chartwells Educational Dining Services. Following the event, the plates will be permanently displayed in a case outside the Department of Human Environmental Studies office in Scully Building.