Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Alumna is Connoisseur of Fine Arts

School of Visual and Performing Arts

If there is anyone who appreciates nearly all of the fine arts, it is Sharon Fox.  

Since retiring after 30 years of working in the graphic arts field, Sharon now spends her time volunteering in the costume department at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, a well-known community theatre in Cocoa Village, Fla.

“At my volunteer job in the theatre, it is so rewarding to see how my costumes look on stage and fit into the total production and know I have helped create something beautiful for the public to enjoy,” she says.

She also teaches exercise classes at two senior centers near her home.

Sharon graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in music education.  Her major emphasis was instrumental music and her major instrument was the bassoon.  She also minored in art.

In addition to volunteering in theatre production and earning a degree in music, Sharon also says her favorite hobby is Hawaiian dancing, which she has taught and performed for more than 30 years.

Sharon describes her personal secret to success as a positive, “can-do-anything” attitude.

She says Southeast got her out into the world and allowed her to see life from different perspectives.

“Even if my degree didn't lead me to a career in music, it was certainly not wasted time, effort or expense,” she says.

Sharon’s favorite Southeast memory is when the Golden Eagles Marching Band went to Miami, Fla., to march at the Orange Bowl in 1964.

She had the following advice for current and future Southeast students.

“Enjoy every minute of your college experience while you can because it will never happen again!”

Asked about future plans, Sharon says, “I just try to take what comes along day by day and try to enjoy as much of it as I can.”

Sharon currently resides in Valkaria, Fla.  She is married and has one child.