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Movie Trivia night a success!

Had a great time at the Movie Trivia last night.

Anna Marie’s lemon bars were fabulous and took the edge off coming in 4th to last.

Avis (and table #6) sure knows movie trivia.

If it wasn’t for a couple questions about Forrest Gump, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Chicago, Slumdog Millionaire and Wall-E – our mostly-Gen Y team would have tanked!

There were lots of former students, co-workers and friends and family there to support Avis. Can’t thank you all enough for coming out and consuming baked goods by the dozens!

Obituary for Robert Meyer

Robert Meyer

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

(Photo)
Robert Meyer

SIKESTON, Mo. — Robert Edward Meyer, 83, died at 7 p.m. Jan. 11, 2009, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.

Born Oct. 13, 1925, in Cape Girar­deau to the late Charles H.W. and Cora Margaret Bingenheimer Meyer, he was a 1943 graduate of Cape Girardeau Central High School and then attended Southeast Missouri State Teachers College.

He served during World War II in the Merchant Marines from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific Area.

From 1947 until his retirement in 1972, he was employed as a field supervisor in sales for Standard Oil Co. In 1972, he went into business in the A.B.E. Home Center and Wholesale Supply in Sikeston. In 1982, he sold the interest in business and started a new business in Sikeston and Cape Girardeau, Meyer Supply Co.

He was a member of Delta Counties Bank Board and was instrumental in starting a new bank in Sikeston. He later was instrumental in starting the Alliance Bank in Cape Girardeau and Sikeston, where he served as a board member.

He was a member of Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church from 1958 until the present, where he served as an elder. He was a chairman of local men who helped secure a new Elks Lodge in Sikeston and was a charter member of Sikeston Elks Lodge No. 2319. He had been a life member of the Sikeston Kiwanis Club where he had over 40 years of perfect attendance and was a past lieutenant governor. He was also a life member of the Sikeston VFW.

On Sept. 6, 1948, at Caledonia, Mo., he married Mary Louise Wilcox. She preceded him in death May 30, 1987. On Nov. 26, 1988, at Sikeston, he married Sue Miller Glenn, and she survives of the home.

Other survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Avis E. and Anna Marie Meyer of St. Louis, Charles H.W. and Beth Meyer and Dennis O. and Reba Meyer of Cape Girardeau; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Beth and Mark Fluegge of Cape Girardeau, Jill Smith of Memphis, Tenn.; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Mark and Dea Glenn of Dexter; nine grandchildren, Chelsea M. Deiters, Stephanie A. Meyer, Christopher C. Meyer, Mark E. Wyatt, Tracy A. Wyatt, Jordan E. Fluegge, Merritt M. Fluegge, Garrett M. Smith and Mycah L. Glenn; and six great-grandchildren, Blake Wyatt, Jake Wyatt, Jack Wyatt, Miranda Wyatt, Alex Deiters and Ellen Deiters.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl G. Meyer; a stepson, Mike Glenn; and a grandson, Jason Wilcox Meyer.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church located at Allen Boulevard and Wakefield Avenue in Sikeston.

The funeral will be held at the church at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with the Revs. Tom Bass and John Goodwin, pastor of Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau under the direction of Blanchard Funeral Chapel of Sikeston.

Active pallbearers will be Don Pratt, Jack Lopp, Roger Sherman, John Mobley, George Parker and Bill Priday.

Honorary pallbearers will be other members of the Sikeston Kiwanis Club.

Memorials in his honor may be made to Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church, Allen Boulevard and Wakefield Avenue, Sikeston, Mo., 63801, or American Cancer Society, 201 N. New Madrid, Sikeston, Mo., 63801.

Text taken from the seMissourian.com. Click here to view the original story.

Our Thoughts & Prayers are with the Meyer Family

I have just learned that Avis Meyer’s father passed away yesterday, Sunday, January 11.

The funeral will be in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Tuesday, though I do not have detailed information regarding arrangements at this time.

Update at 3:30pm: Avis’s father’s arrangements are as follows, all at the Hunter Memorial Presbyterian Church, 723 Allen Blvd., Sikeston, MO 63801 (at the corner of Allen and Wakefield, phone: 573-471-3267, link to map below‎):

Wake, Tuesday, January 13, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Funeral, Wednesday, January 14, 1:00 p.m.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=sikeston+missouri++hunter+memorial+presbyterian+church&sll=36.881953,-89.594518&sspn=0.047028,0.076561&ie=UTF8&ll=36.884272,-89.595158&spn=0.011757,0.01914&z=16&iwloc=A

If you would like to send Avis and Anna Marie a card or note, please contact me and I will forward you their home address. colleenjaycox(at)gmail[dot]com.

Please keep the Meyer family in your thoughts and prayers.

An Exchange Between SLU Provost and Alumnus

6/11/08
Provost Weixlmann,
It is with sincere disappointment and outrage that I am forced to write this letter. As a graduate of Saint Louis University, I was one proud of the academic and Jesuit integrity of the institution and administration. It is bitterly upsetting that SLU’s hierarchy has chosen to attack one of the most esteemed student advocates and professors on campus, Avis Meyer. Avis cares deeply about his students and, despite the unkindness the university has shown him, the institution.
As a former student and current resident and professional of St. Louis, you can be sure that if this assault on his reputation continues, SLU will no longer receive the shining recommendations I once so proudly bestowed. Nor will my financial support ever benefit the future students and faculty of Saint Louis University. Though, this is incredibly regretful, I went to SLU in search of an academic and spiritual experience that embodies the Jesuit mission. So, I ask you to search your conscience and heart: Are you being a man for others through your continued support of this apparent vendetta?
May God bless you and allow you to find a true, right path as you continue at SLU. Always remember that a university is there to serve, first and foremost, its students. Educators like Avis always behave in a manor that is right, moral and a good example for the future leaders SLU nutures.
Lucy Schuering
Class of 2007
Communication, International Studies
Lucy — Apparently you have read, and swallowed whole hog, the mis- and dis-information being circulated on blogs and emails. I urge you to not to be so credulous. — Joe Weixlmann

Mr Weixlmann,

I appreciate that sentiment. It would be in everyone’s best interest to hear all sides of the issue. Please, if you are able, inform to the University side. I understand it is an ongoing litigation, but if a great deal of mis- and dis-information is being circulated, it would be great to begin clearing the muddied waters.
Please do not misunderstand my intentions or strong feelings. I am desperately searching for a way to stand up for my alma mater. However, I am currently working from the best of my knowledge going off the information being circulated on emails, blogs and in the media.
Any information you can give me to the contrary of what I have heard is most welcomed.
Sincerely,
Lucy Schuering

Ms. Schuering — I cannot comment knowingly on the litigation, since I have not been substantively involved with it. With respect to my involvement in this saga, I requested, on the advice of the Advisory Committee for the UNews (made up of faculty, staff, and students), that Dr. Meyer no longer be present in the newpaper office on production nights. I do not feel it would be appropriate for me to explain why the committee made the recommendation it did, since the University does not publicly discuss personnel actions.

Sincerely,
Joe Weixlnman

Dr. Weixlmann,
Thank you for your response. I appreciate, coming from a legal family (my father, sister and brother-in-law all graduated from SLU law), that it is difficult or often impossible to comment on ongoing litigation.
However, I urge you to consider that unless more details in the form of a statement or informal communication are released, this “saga” will not go quietly away. As a student former of public relations and professional in the field, I believe it is better to release information and educate disgruntled constituencies to the best of your ability than hold a “no comment” policy.
That being said, the statements of my initial correspondence stand until I am otherwise convinced or find evidence to the contrary of what is currently circulated not only in emails and blogs, but on the local and national media as well as the legal documents that are a matter of public record.
Please understand that I do not support any vendettas against the university or its administration. I am a concerned alumnus who wants to see all parties involved respond to this windstorm of high emotions in a Christian and ethical manner.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I understand you must be inundated with communications at this time.
Respectfully,

Lucy Schuering

I understand your point, and I respect Dr. Meyer’s (and others’) rights. This is not about “the court of public opinion,” I fear, although I am not unmindful of that “court.”
This I can state categorically: The University is not in any way, shape, or form threatening Dr. Meyer’s employment. In fact, it has made two simple requests of him, both in response to actions he took. It would not seem, at this point, that he intends to heed either request, although I am hopeful that he may change his mind. — Joe Weixlmann

Weixlmann’s response to Eric Holthaus’ letter

From: Joseph Weixlmann PhD <weixlmj@slu.edu>
> Subject: Re: Dr. Avis Meyer
> To: emh2134@iri.columbia.edu
> Cc: berrycl@slu.edu, biondi@slu.edu
> Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 5:44 PM
> Obviously, you have been reading –and swallowing whole hog
> — the blogs and
> emails filled with mis- and dis-information.  I suggest you
> not be so
> credulous.  — Joe Weixlmann

Provost Weixlmann,

Thank you for reading my letter and for your response.  In your opinion, what are the facts?  I would like to know, from your perspective, some succinct reasons for why Dr. Meyer was asked (forced) to step down from his position at the UNews.  Maybe then we could set the “dis-information” straight.

Letter to Faculty Senate from Eric Holthaus

Greetings Faculty Senate Members,

 As a former editor of the University News, I am deeply
 discouraged by the actions of SLU administration to
 restrict the independence of the student-run campus
 newspaper by removing its faculty advisor, Dr. Avis Meyer –
 a known critic of Fr. Biondi, against his will.  At a
 University that claims to foster the growth of “men
 and women for others” this action is but one example
 of the administration’s recent efforts at undermining
 the quality of this institution to further their own
 selfishness.

 For more context on this issue, please read a few of the
 linked articles at: https://saveavis.wordpress.com/about/

 As a result of these actions, I am writing to urge you to
vote no confidence in Fr. Biondi.

 Thank you for your support of our university.
 Eric Holthaus
 University News Photography Editor, 2002-2003

Alum Amy George Rush’s Letter to Weixlmann

From: Joseph Weixlmann PhD [mailto:weixlmj@slu.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 5:42 PM
To: Amy George Rush
Subject: Re: Another voice for Avis Meyer
 
I will speak for myself.  Contrary to what is reported in a variety of mis- and dis-informative blogs and emails, no one is trying to “oust” Dr. Meyer. 
On 6/11/08, Amy George Rush <amy@persuasiveink.com> wrote:
Dear Fr. Biondi and Dr. Weixlmann,
 
Here I am, another voice to vouch for Dr. Avis Meyer.
 
I am disappointed and saddened that you’d take such drastic, dramatic and irrelevant measures to, in effect, oust Dr. Meyer from all things SLU. Dr. Meyer, a man who stands for the best of what the university that you so-called “lead” has to offer.
 
What is your leadership if it talks through lawyers and in law suits? Through public relations personnel and in press releases? Speak for yourself, and speak with (not to) the men and women at the heart of this struggle. “Men and women for others.” Be “for others,” not for your own personal preferences and agendas.
 
If you were truly “for others,” you would be for the thousands of alumni inspired by Dr. Meyer.
 
Who are you?
 
As an institution of higher learning, the university is the education and experiences it provides by way of its educators. Without the likes of Dr. Meyer, a gifted professor and mentor, you have nothing of substance to provide. You have soulless classrooms, meaningless libraries, empty newsrooms, abandoned arenas.
 
What are you teaching SLU students, alumni and the community at large about how to manage personal and professional differences, conflict and change? Terrible things. You are teaching terrible lessons. Not higher learning. The lowest learning.
 
I have been withholding donations to the University for some time due to your actions, and I plan on doing so until you choose to resolve this issue with the peace, understanding and forgiveness that our Catholic faith teaches are at the core of God’s greatest desires for us.  Along with many other alumni in positions to give, I refuse to donate to or otherwise support the University in any fashion during these troubled times that you have created. Even if our words don’t speak, maybe our dollars will. And what a disappointing, sad commentary that is as well.
 
Amy George Rush
SLU Arts & Sciences (magna cum laude), 1996
SLU Graduate School, 2006
SLU Adjunct Faculty, 2006-2007
And a brief stint in SLU School of Law, cut short by cancer.