Southeast Announces Homecoming 2011 Festivities


U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights to Jump into Houck Before Football Game Kickoff

by News Bureau on Thursday, Oct. 06, 2011


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 6, 2011 – “Your Path to Fame” is the theme for Homecoming 2011 scheduled for Oct. 21-22 at Southeast Missouri State University.

“With thousands of alumni and students coming together wearing their best red and black Southeast gear, Homecoming is simply one of the most exciting days on campus,” said Shad Burner, director of Alumni Services. “From honoring our distinguished alumni and friends, to tailgating and football, there is really something for everyone.”

The events for the week will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 18, with the Man and Woman of the Year Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. in Kem Statuary Hall. This dinner recognizes the 2011 Homecoming court.

The Copper Dome Society and Merit Award Recognition Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Show Me Center. Copper Dome Society members, alumni and friends are invited to attend the dinner and program honoring the 2011 Merit Award recipients. Since 1958, Alumni Merit Awards have been presented to Southeast graduates who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University.

This year’s Alumni Merit Award recipients are: Bill Black, ’75, of Knoxville, Tenn., professor and associate head of theatre at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Dr. Maureen Clancy-May, ’79, of St. Louis, superintendent of the Bayless School District; Kevin Govero, ’74, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., president and owner of B.P. Financial Services, Inc.; Daniel Mohorc, ’77, of Arlington, Texas, president and chief executive officer of Galactic Ltd.; Anne Schroeppel, ’73 and’80, of Hutchinson, Kan., co-owner and co-manager of Jackson Brothers, L.L.C. and Jackson Brothers, Joint Venture, and general partner of the Jackson Family L.P.; Dr. Mark Stacy, ’81, of Durham, N.C., professor of medicine/neurology and associate dean of clinical research at Duke University Medical Center; and Charles Stamp Jr., ’71, of Atlanta, Ga., and Cashiers, N.C., vice president of Public Affairs Worldwide at Deere and Company.

This year’s Faculty Merit Award recipient is Dr. Susan Swartwout, professor of English and publisher and editor of the Southeast Missouri State University Press. The Faculty Merit Award is presented for excellence in teaching.

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

Festivities on Saturday, Oct. 22, begin with the 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 honoring this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipients. The five honorees include Terry Benassi, Dwayne Hickman, Grace Hoover, Dan Jennings and Jon Kurka Rust. The cost for the breakfast is $10 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 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 floats which follow the theme, “Your Path to Fame.” The floats will depict musical icons like Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Elvis. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Capaha Park and travels east on Broadway, ending on Main Street. The parade will also be webcast on For more information, contact JoAnna Shaver at (573) 651-2280.

This year, Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger will serve as parade marshal. Rediger earned a Bachelor of Arts at Nebraska Wesleyan University with a major in business administration. Rediger has served as president of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Cape West Rotary and the Southeast Missouri State University Booster Club. He has also been a past chairman of the Saint Francis Medical Center Board of Directors, the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and the American Red Cross Board of Directors. Rediger is a member of the U.S. Bank Board of Directors, the Southeast Missouri State University Copper Dome Society and President’s Council, and the United Way Board of Directors. He is a former member of the Cape Girardeau School Board. Many awards have been granted to Rediger, including the Bell Volunteer Service Award in 1989, the Rush H. Limbaugh Community Service Award in 1992, the Missouri Hospital Association Excellence in Governance Award in 2000 and the United Way Spirit of Giving Award in 2001. Rediger was also awarded the Southeast Missouri State University Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and the Southeast Missourian Spirit of America Award in 2009.

After the parade at 11 a.m., the Southeast Alumni Association will unveil its new Southeast Heritage Plaza on the west side of the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. The plaza is the result of a brick campaign in which alumni, families, individuals and organizations have been invited to commemorate their days at Southeast Missouri State University and leave their mark on the University by purchasing a brick engraved with their special message. Proceeds from the campaign have been used to construct the patio area and to create an endowment to help assist the newly reorganized Alumni Association.

Pre-game celebrations, including tailgate parties, begin at 11 a.m. Southeast alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to tailgate before the football game. Both Greek and student organizations will be tailgating. Southeast Athletics will host the tailgate outside Houck Stadium on Bellevue Street and in the parking lots surrounding the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. Food, beverages and live music will be available in the tailgating area.

Children may participate in the pre-game celebrations as well. After the parade at 11 a.m., parents can take their kids to the Kids’ Zone play area outside Houck Stadium on Bellevue Street and in the parking lots surrounding the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. Activities will include games and crafts. This event is sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Evening Optimist Club.

The Alumni Association invites the members of the class of 1961 to celebrate their 50-year reunion with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. after the parade. The luncheon is to be held at the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. Cost is $15 per person. For more information contact the Alumni Office at (573) 651-2259 or

The football Redhawks will face Austin Peay at 1 p.m. in Houck Stadium during the Homecoming football game. The U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, sponsored by Cape Air, will jump into Houck Stadium before kickoff of the game.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early to witness the jump. At half time, the 2011 Man and Woman of the Year will be crowned. For tickets, call (573) 651-2113 or (866) SEMO-TIK or visit to order online.

A Diamond Club reception for alumni who are 70 years of age or older is planned for 4 p.m. in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center at the River Campus. This event, which offers time for fun and remembering, is $15. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call the Alumni Association at (573) 651-2259 or