Regents Name School of Visual and Performing Arts, Museum, Public Performance Spaces, Seminary Wing at River Campus


Aerial photo of the Southeast River Campus

River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University as seen from the air.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 11, 2007 — The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved the naming of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Regional Museum and public performance spaces at the University’s new River Campus.

The school and various spaces are each named for generous donors who have helped make the vision of the River Campus a reality. Unveiled at today’s meeting were commissioned paintings of the donors that will be hung at the River Campus in appreciation for and as a testament to their philanthropy.

Also named by the Board was the east wing of the historic St. Vincent Seminary building. It will be called the Harrison-Huhn East Wing in honor of B. W. and Hazel Huhn Harrison, recognizing that it was B. W. Harrison who set the River Campus project in motion in 1998 with a gift to make possible the purchase of the Seminary property by the University Foundation.

The Earl and Marjorie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts

The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, which brings together the Departments of Art, Music, Theatre and Dance, is slated to open at the River Campus when the fall 2007 semester begins. Earl and Margie Holland’s donation is the largest cash gift in the University’s history and has helped make the School a reality. The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts will offer students a unique facility in which programs that cut across these disciplines are offered in a setting that promotes the study of all areas of the arts.

Upon completion of the River Campus, the University will be the only institution in the state to have a separate arts campus.  This unique campus and its facilities combine the best of the old and the new. The Seminary building, original parts of which date from 1845, has been fully renovated inside and out.  It will house offices, studios and classrooms. The lower floor contains practice rooms as well as the Arts Resource Center, a student work center containing music scores, art slides, video and audio recordings, and a computer lab.

Students also will have access to the beautifully crafted Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre, the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall and the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center, and numerous other spaces, labs and classrooms throughout the campus.

Mr. Holland, a native of Caruthersville, Mo., received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University. Mrs. Holland was raised in Hayti, Mo., and attended Lambuth College in Jackson, Tenn.  The couple married in 1972 and have lived in several cities, including Atlanta, Virginia Beach, Va., Overland Park, Kan., and now Fort Myers, Fla., where they have resided since 1981.

Mr. Holland was a 1997 recipient of the Alumni Merit Award and the Hollands were named “Friends of the University” in 2000, the highest honor bestowed by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.  Mr. Holland has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2000 and was appointed an emeritus member in 2006.

Mr. Holland’s business enterprises have made him an expert in the health management field. He first worked in the health care field as the associate administrator/controller for Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti. He recently retired as vice chairman and chief operating officer of Health Management Associates, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and operates more than 50 hospitals in 15 states.  Mr. Holland serves on the boards of Orion Bancorp Inc., a bank holding company based in Naples, Fla., Cornerstone Management Partners, Inc., in Columbia, Mo., Team Health in Knoxville, Tenn., and Medical Diagnostic Technologies in Las Vegas, Nev.

In addition to the generous gift to the River Campus project, the Hollands created an endowment through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, establishing a scholarship for graduates of Hayti and Caruthersville schools. They also have made a generous donation to the proposed improvement to the University’s alumni facilities.

Mrs. Holland currently works part time at a ladies’ boutique owned by the couple’s daughter, Heather, in Fort Myers, and also does charity work for the Guardian Ad Litem, a foundation that helps abused children. Mr. and Mrs. Holland have three daughters: Jana (Holland) Kuhnert of DuQuoin, Ill., Heather (Holland) Buckley of Fort Myers, Fla., and Emily Holland of Fort Myers, Fla.  The Hollands also have five grandchildren, three boys and two girls. 

Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall

The state-of-the-art performance hall, named for Donald C. Bedell, seats 940 and will be the site of ballets, concerts, musicals, and instrumental performances, as well as vocal recitals. Because of its outstanding acoustics, this space is one in which performances will be appreciated to their fullest and is the only such professional venue in the out-state region between St. Louis and Memphis.

Donald C. Bedell, a Sikeston, Mo., area businessman, was named a “Friend of the University” by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation in 2003, and has been a member of the Foundation Board of Directors since 2002.

Mr. Bedell has been an influential member of the area business community for many years. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and his master of science degree from Louisiana State University. He also has post-graduate work at Louisiana State University. Prior to his beginnings as a successful entrepreneur, he held positions with an independent telephone company in Van Buren, Mo., and with the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission in Ellsinore, Mo. From 1970 to 1975, he co-founded and was executive vice president of a nursing home management company that founded and managed six nursing homes with 498 beds. During these years, he also developed 10 additional long-term care facilities through contracts with other parties. This initial project became Health Projects, Inc., a company he founded and was president of until it was sold in 1981.

Since 1981, Mr. Bedell has been president and owner of several successful businesses that have provided jobs and revenue for the region. One of his companies, Health Facilities Management Corporation, in operation since 1984, operates 34 nursing homes with a cumulative capacity of 3,334 beds in Missouri, Arkansas and Alabama. Mr. Bedell has been a founder of various business enterprises, including a management company for real estate operations, management projects for country western music, recording, publishing and restaurants. He also served as chairman of the board for several peripheral health care businesses and owned and managed hospitals and outpatient clinics from 1991 to 1994. He was chairman of the board for the Health Care Section of the National Fire Protection Association in 1986.

In addition to his enterprises in business, Mr. Bedell has been an important part of the banking community in this area. In 1989, he was elected as a member of the board of directors for Carter County State Bank, now First Midwest Bank, in Van Buren, Mo.  He served on the board of directors for Capital Bank in Sikeston, Mo., and the former Union Planters (now Regions Bank) in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Mr. Bedell has served on the boards of several worldwide, national and state health care organizations.  In 1973, Mr. Bedell was appointed by former Missouri Gov. Christopher “Kit” Bond to the Missouri State Board of Health and served two terms as its chairman.  He also served the Missouri Health Care Association in numerous capacities and as its president in 1976.  Mr. Bedell held several positions with the American Health Care Association, the world’s largest long-term care trade association and the largest national organization of nursing homes. He served as its president in 1990 and 1991.  At that time, Mr. Bedell was the only member of the American Health Care Association to hold all of its offices and has been the longest-serving member of the executive committee and board of directors in the association’s history.

An avid conservationist and sportsman, Mr. Bedell is an active member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri, a Diamond life Member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and a life member of the Safari Club International. He has two sons: Donald B. “Brad” Bedell of Sikeston, Mo., who is president of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents; and Bryan Bedell of Puxico, Mo, a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University.  Mr. Bedell resides in Sikeston, Mo.

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum will replace the current University Museum that has been located in Memorial Hall since 1976. The new 14,000-square-foot museum is a unique structure with more than 5,900 square feet of exhibition space.  It will attract people from throughout the region with its focus on the archeology, history and fine arts of the Southeast Missouri region.

The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum will be named for Rosemary Berkel Crisp and Harry L. Crisp II, a couple whose remarkable generosity has already been seen in their gift to expand and renovate the University’s nursing building and to provide a building for the Southeast Missouri State University-Malden campus.  The Crisps have devoted themselves to provide access to higher education throughout the Southeast Missouri region through memberships on numerous community college, foundation, university and statewide boards.

The Crisps are also responsible, in large part, for the opening of the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center (BEC) at Southeast Missouri State University-Malden, which allows students from southern Missouri to gain easier access to Southeast’s programs of study. The Crisp BEC, named after Harry L’s father, has been nationally recognized as a model for higher education centers. 

Harry L. is the chairman and chief executive officer of Pepsi MidAmerica, a bottling company based in Marion, Ill., founded by Mr. Crisp’s father, Harry L. Crisp, Sr.  The company recently was named “Bottler of the Year” by Beverage World Magazine, and Harry L. was initiated into the Beverage Hall of Fame.

Although soft drinks have been the main focus of Mr. Crisp’s business career, Harry L. has served on the board of managers for the Illinois Masonic Children’s Home in Murphysboro, Ill., and on the Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois University foundation boards. He also has served on the Executive Board of the National Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Association, an organization of which he has been president. Presently, he is a member of the executive board of the St. Louis Regional Council Boy Scouts of America and of the national board of the Boy Scouts of America. He was elected a charter member of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees.

Mr. Crisp has been the recipient of numerous awards, including “Man of the Year” by the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce, “Southern Illinois Business Leader of the Year” and Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, an organization that recognizes the achievements of Illinois citizens in the tradition of Abraham Lincoln. This is the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the State of Illinois.

Mr. Crisp was appointed in 1989 by the governor of Illinois as chairman of the Illinois Community College Board and has served as a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. He graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Rosemary Berkel Crisp is a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Evansville, Ind.  She is co-founder of Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., in southern Illinois, and has been the president or chair of this board since 1996. She served as the co-chair of the Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference and for five years served as the chair of the Southern Illinois Women’s Teen Conference.  Former Illinois First Lady Brenda Edgar appointed her to the Illinois Women’s Health Campaign Planning Team.

She currently serves and is on the founding board of the Hands of Hope Clinic (free clinic) in Marion, Ill.   In 2006, she was appointed to the advisory board of the Illinois Nurses Association.

She was appointed by former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to a three-year term on the National Institute of Health Nursing Research Advisory Board, Bethesda, Md., and served on the board of directors of the Society for Advancement of Women’s Health Research in Washington, D.C. for six years.  She also served on the National League of Nursing Community Health Accreditation Board, New York, for eight years.

Mrs. Crisp received the “Friend of the University” Award from Southeast in 1986, the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation.  Harry L. was named the “Friend of the University” in 2005.  Both are charter members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Mr. and Mrs. Crisp are also charter members of the President’s Council, the Foundation organization to recognize major donors.  Rosemary was instrumental in organizing and was the first chairperson of the Southeast President’s Council and served for more than a decade.  Dr. Linda Heitman of Southeast’s Department of Nursing proposed Rosemary for membership in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Rosemary was installed in Tampa, Fla. in 1991.

Mr. and Mrs. Crisp reside in Marion, Ill., and are the parents of six children, Cynthia (Crisp) Dickens, Catherine (Crisp) Newbold, Cheryl (Crisp) Rabbitt, Carole (Crisp) Schwarm, Cara (Crisp) Sims and Harry Lee III. They are the proud grandparents of 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Three of their children have attended Southeast Missouri State University.

Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre

The flexible theatre facility, made possible through the generous financial support of Gary W. Rust, Jon K. Rust, Rex Rust and the Rust Family, is to be named for Wendy Kurka Rust, who has been a long-time supporter of the arts and of theatre education at the University.

The flexible theatre is, as its name implies, adaptable in nature. All 200 seats and the stage have the flexibility to be configured in many ways to allow for various viewing arrangements.   A control room at the rear provides for stage management, lighting control and sound control. Sound can also relocate temporarily into the auditorium as needed for rehearsal or performances by plugging the control console into built-in faceplates located at floor level.   To maximize efficient use of resources, the flexible theatre shares its front-of-house public spaces and back-of-house support spaces with other performance spaces in the building.

Mrs. Rust was born in Cape Girardeau and raised in Kirkwood, Mo. She moved back to Cape Girardeau in high school. She later attended Washington University, where she studied art on a national fine arts scholarship, specializing in oil painting.

Mrs. Rust is a former vice president of the statewide Missouri Citizens for the Arts. She has served as a member of the Community Concert Association and the Creative Arts Guild. She is former publisher of Tipoff magazine. She also has held numerous leadership positions within the Southeast Missouri Council on the Arts and in 1983 was awarded the Otto F. Dingeldein Award by the Council, which recognized her artistic achievements and support to local culture. Among some of her favorite artistic creations were costumes for a ballet performance of the Nutcracker Suite, produced by JoAnne Seabaugh. In 1989, she was named Mother of the Year by the Missouri Mothers Association. In 1995, she painted the murals in the children’s meeting rooms at La Croix Church, where she and Mr. Rust are active members. She designed the Media Row mural in downtown Cape in 2006.

Mrs. Rust, her husband and six children, lived near the Southeast campus for many years and have been active participants in the cultural, educational and athletic life of the University. She served as president of the University School Parent-Teacher Association when her children attended the laboratory school at the University. For several years, she served as chairperson of the Mary Johnson Tweedy Trust within the University Foundation, with the role of supervising landscaping and maintenance of the Johnson Faculty Centre.

Mr. Rust has been a lifelong resident of Cape Girardeau and is the Chairman of Rust Communications, a company of more than 50 newspapers, 30 Web sites and several niche magazines in eight states. Among the media properties in Southeast Missouri are the Southeast Missourian, Dexter Daily Statesman, Daily Dunklin Democrat,, Concord Printing Services, and partial ownership of Mississippi River Radio. He is part-owner of the Sikeston Standard-Democrat and Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic.

Mr. Rust attended the University of Missouri-Columbia on basketball and baseball scholarships and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where he transferred to be near his future wife. He has been active during his many years in Cape Girardeau in numerous civic and community organizations and was recognized in 2002 with the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce’s Rush H. Limbaugh Award. In addition to being a major media owner in the area, he has served on the University Foundation Board of Directors for 13 years, and he became director emeritus of the Board in 2000. He and Mrs. Rust are members of the Copper Dome Society and the President’s Council.

Always an enthusiastic supporter of the Boosters and the University as a whole, Mr. Rust was a member of the presidential assessment committee in the 1980s and a member of the presidential search committee in 1995-1996.  For six years, he served in the Missouri House of Representatives and was a member of the Appropriations Committee. His newspapers have been the recipients of several prestigious awards, including those from the Inland Press Association, the Suburban Newspapers of America and the National Newspaper Association. Mr. Rust has been inducted into the Missouri Press Hall of Fame and recognized with the highest awards for leadership and service from several national newspaper industry groups.

Together, Mr. and Mrs. Rust were named “Friends of the University” in 2004, the highest honor bestowed by the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation.

The Rusts reside in Cape Girardeau and are the parents of six children:  Penny (Rust) Terry, Gary II, Holly (Rust) Payne, Wynn, Jon and Rex.

The John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center

The Convocation Center will be named for John and Betty Glenn, both alumni of Southeast Missouri State University and long-time generous contributors to the University.

The Convocation Center, located on the west side of the Performance Building at the River Campus, provides a venue for pre-and post-concert receptions, as well as dinners, meetings and conferences. It shares an inside corridor with the adjacent Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.  This 2,400-plus-square-foot facility is fully equipped with a catering kitchen and two dining rooms that can be configured for separate events.  The north dining room seats 144, while the more intimate south dining area will seat 24 at round tables.  A technology package and a screen are available for presentations.

Mr. Glenn was named a “Friend of the University” in 1995 for his generous financial contributions to University projects such as seven endowed scholarships and his support for the John and Betty Glenn Auditorium located in Robert A. Dempster Hall. He was also a 1986 recipient of the Alumni Merit Award and was named to the President’s Council in 1989.  Mr. Glenn has served as a member of the Foundation Board of Directors since 2002 and was named an emeritus member in 2005.

A native of Puxico, Mo., Mr. Glenn attended Southeast Missouri State University and received a bachelor of science degree in marketing.  He did post-graduate work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and California State University at Hayward. His generosity has impacted not only his college alma mater but also his hometown and his current home area. He has contributed to the support of the Puxico Public Library as well as to a senior citizens’ group, low-cost housing, to the United Methodist Church of Puxico, and to Puxico High School.

Mr. Glenn’s business, the John Glenn Adjustors and Administrators Corporation, handles claims work for many major transportation companies throughout California as well as for the Golden Gate Bridge. He was elected to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District Board of Directors in 1974 and subsequently reelected in 1978, 1982, 1986 and 1990. He also has been elected president and vice president of that organization and has served as chairman of all of its standing committees and as chairman of all of its special committees. Mr. Glenn served for many years on the Board of Directors of the American Public Transit Association, which is the largest organization of its kind in the world.  It is made up of mass transit agencies in the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as many major corporations.  In 1984, Mr. Glenn became one of the organizers of the Civic Bank of Commerce of Oakland, Pleasant Hill, San Leandro and Fremont in California, a bank with assets exceeding $250 million. Mr. Glenn has been chairman of the bank’s audit committee in addition to having served on its board of directors. Additionally, he has been active as president of the East Bay Adjusters Association and the California Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters. He is also a partner in Glen Cove Marina on the Carquinez Straits as well as in other real estate interests in California and in other parts of the country.

Mrs. Glenn, the former Betty Berry of St. Louis, Mo., attended Southeast Missouri State University where she met Mr. Glenn.    Mrs. Glenn is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is listed in Who’s Who in Insurance.  The couple was married in 1951.  Mrs. Glenn previously served as the vice president of John Glenn Adjusters and Administrators.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn are residents of Pebble Beach, Calif, and have three children who have been active in the work of Glenn Corporation:  John, Sharon E. (Glenn) Hayward, and Karen Ann Glenn-Mills.

Robert and Gertrude Shuck Recital Hall 

The new music recital hall for the School of Visual and Performing Arts, a facility that will bring instrumental and vocal performances to new heights of excellence, was made possible through the generosity of Robert “Bob” Shuck. The Music Recital Hall will be named for Bob’s parents, Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck.

The new 205-seat music recital hall is in the area formerly occupied by the seminary chapel.  This handsome space, which retains the historic stained glass windows, will be acoustically “dressed” for mid-sized musical performances and includes its own “green room,” an area set aside to accommodate performers or musicians when they are not required on the stage.

The late Robert and Gertrude L. Shuck were married in 1935 in St. Louis and moved to Cape Girardeau in 1947. Robert worked for Brown Manufacturing Company in Quincy, Ill., and Shedd Brown Advertising for 15 and 32 years respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Shuck were members of Trinity Lutheran Church, and Mr. Shuck was a former Exchange Club and Rotary Club member. The Shucks had two sons; Bob and Jerry Shuck and four grandchildren.  Robert passed away in 2003, and was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude, who died in 2000.

Bob Shuck graduated with honors from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University and became a certified public accountant in Illinois and a Certified Financial Planner. Mr. Shuck is vice chairman and former director of Raymond James Financial, Inc., executive vice president of Raymond James and Associates, Inc., and a director of Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund. He is a 1994 recipient of Southeast’s Alumni Merit Award.  He has served on the University Foundation Board of Directors since 1995, served as chair from 2004 to 2006 and is a member of the University President’s Council.

Mr. Shuck has served on the Sales and Marketing Committee of the Securities Industry Association, has been past director for the International Association for Financial Planning, and a former trustee and member of the executive committee of the National Endowment for Financial Education in Denver, Colo.  He is currently vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of Florida, Tampa Bay, and a board member of Florida Genetics, LLC.

Mr. Shuck and his wife, Marcy, make their home in Clearwater, Fla., where he devotes time to many philanthropic organizations. He has served on the Board of Trustees for All Children’s Hospital, the Long Range Development Committee for the Florida Council on Economic Education, the Development Foundation of St. Petersburg College, the Mahaffey Theater Foundation, and the policy board of the Tampa Bay Partnership for Regional Economic Development. He currently serves on the finance committee of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Largo, Fla.

Harrison-Huhn East Wing

William Winford “B.W.” Harrison was born

May 2, 1910, on his family’s farm southeast of Salem, Mo. – a farm which was purchased by the family from the federal government in an original tract in 1852. 

Mr. Harrison attended Salem High School where he was the first president of the Future Farmers of America chapter.  He attended the University of Missouri, graduating in 1936.  He worked for 40 years for the Missouri Extension Service, retiring as a professor of extension education in 1973.  During his time with the service, his assignments ranged from assistant county agent to state extension agent, including serving 10 years in Dunklin County.

He lived in Cape Girardeau from 1947 until his death in 2004.

Hazel Huhn Harrison attended Southeast Missouri State University and was the University’s second Sagamore Queen.  She was a home economist with the Extension Service for many years and later taught in the Cape Girardeau Public Schools.  Mr. and Mrs. Harrison were married in 1947 and she died in 1990.

Both Mrs. Harrison and her mother were members of the Catholic Church and on many occasions, Vincentians from the St. Vincent’s College and Seminary would visit the family home nearby, using it as a retreat from their work setting.  Although Mr. Harrison considered himself a Protestant, he long attended Old St. Vincent Catholic Church and participated in the restoration of that historic building.  His wife’s and mother-in-law’s relationship with the grounds led him to preserve the historic seminary buildings and grounds for educational purposes.

Mr. Harrison also donated his home, the Huhn-Harrison House at 340 South Lorimier, to the University.  The home is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mr. Harrison was a long-time member of the Greater Cape Girardeau Historical Association and devoted many hours to its activities, including reestablishment of the flower beds at the historic Glenn House.  In addition, he donated to the soccer fields at Shawnee Park, to the College of the Ozarks, to the University of Missouri, and to the Missouri 4-H Foundation.  His other affiliations included Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity, Alpha Zeta honorary fraternity, Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension fraternity and the Farm Bureau, which he joined in 1937.