Southeast Seniors Entertaining at Celebration Gala May 15 Honoring Retirement of Dr. and Mrs. Dobbins


Dobbins Ken and Jeanine croppedCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 6, 2015 — A Celebration Gala honoring the retirement of Southeast Missouri State University’s 17th President Kenneth W. Dobbins and First Lady Jeanine Larson Dobbins is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 15 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

The event will feature testimonials honoring Dr. and Mrs. Dobbins, entertainment by select graduating seniors who will perform songs, monologues and dance pieces, and student artists who will be on hand in the Cultural Arts Center atrium.

Music selections will include Devin Lorenz performing Prelude No. 5 “Danceby Michael Burritt (b. 1962) on marimba; Weston Sharp of Nashville, Illinois, playing “Gigue” from “Suite #2 for Violoncello Alone” by J.S. Bach on trombone; and Connor Joyce playing “Un Sospiro” by Franz Liszt on piano.

Theatre and dance pieces will feature Hannah Lundy of Columbia, Illinois, performing “Carried Away” from “On the Town” and “Unusual Way” from “Nine”; Allison Wolz of Cape Girardeau performing  “Here I Am” from “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and a monologue from “Call of the Revolution”;  Shannon O’Keefe of Festus, Missouri, performing “The Most Astounding Fact” choreographed by Corey Meyer of St. Louis, Missouri; and Sarah Anderson of Belleville, Illinois, performing “Screw Loose” from “Cry Baby.” Rebecca Nelson will provide accompaniment.


Tickets are $10, and proceeds will benefit the Kenneth W. and Jeanine Larson Dobbins University Tribute Scholarship fund. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265 or online at