Reflections - August 2003


Greetings!! This is the first issue for this academic year of an electronic version of news from my office. It is my intention to distribute REFLECTIONS FROM THE DEAN each month. If there are items that you would like for me to report in the September issue or in the months to come, feel free to forward the information to me. I feel certain that there are noteworthy items pertaining to students, faculty, staff, or events within the College of which you are aware and I am not.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. I know many of you were on campus frequently during the summer months, but I hope that you were able to schedule some time for rest and relaxation. I want to welcome back those of you who are continuing as members of the College of Health and Human Services family and to welcome those of you who are new to the campus community of Southeast Missouri State University.

As I begin my second year in the leadership role of Dean, I want to pause to thank you for your support and kindness extended to me during the academic year 2002/2003, my transition year from my administrative role at Eastern Illinois University to the position of Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. You were very patient as I pursued, and continue to pursue, the learning curve. I would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Michael Parker, the Associate Dean, academic department Chairs of the College, and to my administrative assistant, Dawn Jordan. I look forward to many years of working with you as we continue to provide quality academic programs to our students and service to the region of Southeast Missouri.

As part of this month’s reflections, I would like to share the following information:

  • The Department of Communications Disorders (CD) hosted a very successful picnic for CD graduate students and faculty on August 28, 2003.
  • The College was well represented at the annual Chamber of Commerce picnic held at Capaha Park on Sunday, August 24, 2003. Informational tables were set up by the departments of Communication Disorders, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Sociology, and Nursing. Child Care Resource and Referral was also represented.
  • Well wishes are extended to Colleen Harris, the former administrative assistant in Criminal Justice and Sociology who recently accepted a position at an area church.
  • In July, the Department of Nursing hosted a very successful nursing camp program, Nursing 20/20.
  • The Chair and faculty in the Department of Social Work worked diligently during the summer to complete its self-study report for re-accreditation.
  • Aerospace (Air Force ROTC) hosted an informational luncheon meeting focused on recruitment for SEMO admissions counselors on August 7, 2003.
  • The Institute of Gerontology is a partner in facilitating the Tri-State Multi-Disciplinary Certificate Program in Geriatrics for Non-Physicians held this fall in Cape Girardeau, beginning on September 5 and ending on Nov. 14th for 6 Fridays.
  • The following HHS faculty will make presentations as part of the program: Kathy Riggen Gilliland, Brenda Johnson, Desma Reno, Loretta Prater, and Louis Veneziano.
  • Michele Elder, the wife of our own Dr. Craig Elder, was the recent recipient of a prestigious fellowship awarded by Indiana University in Bloomington to work on her doctorate. Congratulations, Michele.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Larry Proctor, who completed his doctorate degree at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • There was an excellent Channel 7 news feature of Dr. Ed Leoni on Thursday evening, August 28, 2003. The focus was the life changing and positive impact for students enrolled in his UI354 Lifestyle Enhancement class.
  • The Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology has been selected to participate in the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Centralized Student Career Experience Program (CSCEP). This is quite an honor and is a tremendous opportunity for HHS students in that department. Dr. John Wade’s work on this initiative is very appreciated.
  • The Board of Directors of the Community Caring Council of Cape Girardeau recently extended an invitation for me to join the board. I accepted.
  • Congratulations to Kathy Riggin Gilliland on her recent marriage.
  • Andrew Fulkerson has joined the faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology.
  • Beth Easter, Larry Proctor and Seidu Sofo have accepted tenure track faculty positions in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.
  • Quantella Anderson, Michelle Brune, and Patricia Yancey have joined the faculty of the Department of Human Environmental Studies.
  • Walt Paquin has joined the faculty of the Department of Social Work.


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