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Retired U.S. Army general Colin L. Powell and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa highlight the 2012-2013 University Speaker Series.
The annual University Speakers Series is in its fifth year and is popular among Southeast students, according to university president Ken Dobbins. In previous years, the series has brought to campus big-name speakers such as Tom Daschle, Michael J. Fox, Cal Ripken Jr., and a debate on health care between Newt Gingrich and Howard Dean.
"We're always impressed with the caliber of the speakers the committee chooses," Dobbins said.
This year, the series is kicked off by a visit from Powell, retired U.S. Army general and diplomat. Powell will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Show Me Center. The event is titled "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust, and Values."
La Russa will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Show Me Center. He led the Cardinals to three National League championships as well as two World Series titles, first in 2006, then again in 2011. La Russa has also managed the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox, managing a major league team for a total of 33 seasons. La Russa and his wife, Elaine, co-founded Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, which has a dual mission of companion animal rescues and animals "rescuing" people.
Four days later, The Second City will perform at noon Nov. 12 at the Bedell Performance Hall at the Southeast Missouri State River Campus. The performance will kick off Southeast Missouri State's Global Entrepreneurship Week by highlighting the creativity and innovation necessary both for groups like The Second City and entrepreneurs. The Second City is an international comedy club, as well as theater and school of improvisation and has produced comedians such as John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.
Legend is well known for his albums "Get Lifted" (2004), "Once Again" (2006) and "Evolver" (2008), all of which reached No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop charts. In addition to his musical career, Legend is also a social activist. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign, which uses education to break the cycle of poverty. He has been awarded the BET Humanitarian of the Year Award, as well as the Award for Global Change and he partners with Samsung to promote science, math and engineering education.
Following Legend's appearance, Michelle Kwan will visit Southeast Missouri State University in March. Kwan is a world figure skating champion and U.S. Olympic figure skater. Kwan has won dozens of championships, and she served under President Barack Obama on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. In March, Kwan was elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the Powell and LaRussa events become available Aug. 20. Tickets for the Jan. 23 Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner will be available in December. Tickets for the Kwan and Corwin events will be available at a later date. Tickets can be purchased at www.showmecenter.biz or in person at the Show Me Center box office.
General-admission tickets for the Powell, La Russa, Kwan and Corwin events are $10. Proceeds from ticket sales go to funding Southeast Missouri State University student scholarships. Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Southeast ID for a free ticket in the University Center Room 202, the Center for Student Involvement or the Show Me Center box office.
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