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Visiting Chinese scholar's calligraphy artwork to be on display (04/24/15)
Hongji Yue, a Chinese visiting scholar in the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University, will have an exhibition of his calligraphy artwork on display. The exhibit will be Saturday through May 15 in the first-floor hallway gallery of the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center, according to a university news release...
Southeast professor given Governor's Award (04/22/15)
Kenneth Stilson, professor of acting, directing and musical theater and chairman of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University, was honored with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Education this month at Lincoln University in Jefferson City...
Southeast students get involved in university's rebranding (04/21/15)
As part of the launch of Southeast Missouri State University's rebranding campaign Monday, students at the University Center were given a marker and asked to write on a wall their answer to: What do you have the will to do? By the afternoon, the wall was filled with students' responses, including, "Live life to the fullest," "Be a voice for LGBT students in the present and future," "Help those who can't help themselves" and "Graduate."...
Ressel elected chairman of Three Rivers board (04/19/15)
Ben Ressel, a former Raider basketball player, has been elected the new chairman of the Three Rivers College board Wednesday. He replaces Randy Grassham of Van Buren, Missouri, who served as chairman during the past year. "When I graduated in 1997, I did not think I would be working in Poplar Bluff or be chairman of the college board," Ressel said after the meeting. "Randy has done a really good job. I have some big shoes to fill."...
Organizations urge university to protect Jewish students (04/19/15)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Sixteen national organizations are asking the University of Missouri to ensure the safety of Jewish students after anti-Semitic messages were found last week. The organizations sent a letter to Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin on Thursday about graffiti found at the Mark Twain Residence Hall. Several students stated in the letter that they no longer felt safe on campus because of the hate message...
Missouri S&T begins to use crowdfunding (04/19/15)
ROLLA, Mo. -- The Missouri University of Science and Technology has started a crowdfunding website, and its first project is to send students to a Mars rover design competition. As of Saturday night, more than $10,000 had been donated. The ultimate goal is to raise $15,000 to send students and the rover they created to a competition in September in Krakow, Poland...
KU students turn blighted Airstream into mobile classroom (04/19/15)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- University of Kansas architecture students have transformed a blighted camping vehicle into a classroom on wheels. The renovated 1972 Airstream Sovereign Land Yacht is called the KU Mobile Collaboratory, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. It features storage carts that can be pulled out and unfolded into tables, benches that double as storage and countertops that fold down to hold displays or up for space...
History professor: U.S. still 'breathing the legacies of the Civil War' (04/17/15)
The North won the Civil War, the South lost, and Missouri was somewhere in the middle. Southeast Missouri State University's annual Harold Holmes Dugger lecture, presented by Christopher Phillips on Thursday night, examined the complex and sometimes contradictory cultural and political tides that emerged in the wake of the Civil War...
Mo., Ill. groups combine to perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (04/17/15)
Several area groups will collaborate later this month to perform one of the most famous pieces of music in the world. The Southeast Missouri Symphony, University Choir and Choral Union, in collaboration with the Southern Illinois Symphony and the Southern Illinois University--Carbondale Choir, will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on April 27 at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus...
SEMO artists' work to be displayed through May 15 (04/17/15)
Four exhibitions of works created by emerging artists in Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Art will be on display during the 2015 Graduating Seniors Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions at the River Campus Art Gallery. "This spring we have four, one-week shows for the BFA exhibitions so that each graduating senior has plenty of room to display the body of work they developed throughout their last two semesters of coursework in their area of specialization," Kristin Powers Nowlin, gallery coordinator, said in a news release.. ...
Southeast Arrow garners top award in statewide contest (04/13/15)
For the first time since 1989, Southeast Missouri State University's student newspaper, The Southeast Arrow, was awarded the Missouri College Media Assocation's top honor. At a conference Saturday hosted by Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, the Arrow received the Best in the State award for 2014...
Education majors caught in transition between exit exams for teacher certification (04/12/15)
As education majors prepare to earn their teaching certifications, some students are frustrated with a switch in exit exams that was implemented by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the fall. In September, the Praxis II exam was replaced with the Missouri Content Assessment, taken by education students to earn a certificate that makes them eligible to teach...
Southeast names interim provost (04/12/15)
Gerald McDougall, associate provost for Extended Learning, dean of the Harrison College of Business and executive director of the Missouri Innovation Corporation at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named interim provost and chief academic officer for the university, effective June 1...
Southeast provost to step down in June (04/09/15)
Southeast Missouri State University provost William Eddleman announced in a news release Wednesday he will step down as the university's chief academic officer effective June 1 and return to the faculty until Jan. 1, 2016, when he plans to retire. A professor of biology, Eddleman was appointed provost in November 2013 after serving as vice provost and dean of the school of graduate studies and chairman of the department of biology...
Taste of Cape will benefit Southeast theater, dance department (04/07/15)
Ten Cape Girardeau businesses will participate in the "Taste of Cape" restaurant hop April 21 to benefit Southeast Missouri State University's department of theatre and dance. The restaurant hop, from 5 to 8 p.m., includes Andy's Frozen Custard, Bel Air Grill, Cup 'n Cork, Imo's Pizza, Jimmy John's, Marco's Pizza, Minglewood Brewery, My Daddy's Cheesecake, Primo Vino and Mississippi Mutts...
SEMO to begin deploying new logo on April 20 (04/05/15)
A representative from Ologie, a higher-education branding and marketing firm, presented details of Southeast Missouri State University's new logo and rebranding campaign at the chamber of commerce's monthly First Friday Coffee event Friday. The university will begin to roll out the new logo April 20 and has scheduled campuswide activities to celebrate...
Southeast may let online students learn at their own pace (04/03/15)
Southeast Missouri State University leaders are exploring how the university may help its students earn their online degrees without time constraints by implementing WGU Missouri's education model. Last fall, David Starrett, dean of academic information services and director of Kent Library at Southeast, attended a seminar hosted by WGU Missouri to learn more about its competency-based education model...
Professor to lecture about Missouri in Civil War (04/03/15)
"Southern Cross, North Star: The Cultural Politics of Civil War Memory in Missouri and the Middle Border, 1865-1915" will be the topic when the Harold Holmes Dugger Lecture is presented April 16 at Southeast Missouri State University. The lecture, sponsored by the Southeast Department of History, will be delivered by Christopher Phillips, professor of history at the University of Cincinnati...
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn to read work at Southeast (04/03/15)
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn will present a reading of his work at 7 p.m. April 16 in Rose Theatre at Southeast Missouri State University. The event, part of the Dorothy and Wedel Nilsen Visiting Writer Series, is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the reading...
Southeast's Hunger Banquet rescheduled for April 12 (03/31/15)
A Hunger Banquet at Southeast Missouri State University has been rescheduled for 12:30 p.m. April 12 at the University Center ballroom. The two-hour banquet was first slated for March 5, but was postponed because of inclement weather. The event, designed to educate guests on global and area hunter issues, will be interactive and includes dinner...
Transition team formed for new Southeast president (03/30/15)
A 15-person transition team has been formed at Southeast Missouri State University to assist Carlos Vargas-Aburto when he assumes the role of university president July 1. Brady Barke, senior associate to the president and board of regents' secretary, and Willie Redmond, professor of economics, will co-chair the team...
Diversity education task force formed at Southeast (03/29/15)
The President's Task Force on Diversity Education, led by Southeast Missouri State University president Kenneth W. Dobbins, held its first meeting March 11 to discuss diversity on campus. "It's a task force in that there are some issues that we need to start talking about -- race on this campus -- and I think it's very important that it's not a standing committee," Dobbins said. ...
Three Rivers upgrades EMS equipment, OKs hosting 911 center (03/27/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Students interested in emergency medical services training will benefit from new equipment approved Wednesday by the Three Rivers College board. FAAC Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan, submitted a winning quote of $102,500 for an EMS three-screen driving simulator package...
Fair foundation offers scholarship (03/25/15)
The Southeast Missouri District Fair Foundation will award a $1,000 nonrenewable scholarship for fall. The deadline is May 30, and the application may be found at semofair.com. The completed application may be mailed to Edwin Peetz, 1033 County Road 332, Jackson MO 63755 or to the SEMO Fair board office...
Plans for Greek housing proceed despite preservationists' objections (03/19/15)
Southeast Missouri State University staff, as well as representatives from Greek organizations, will meet with an architect this week to discuss the design and financial details of a Greek housing project that has drawn criticism from historic preservationists...
Several Southeast grad programs earn accolades from U.S. News (03/16/15)
Southeast Missouri State University's master's degree programs in nursing, communication disorders and business administration are among the nation's leading graduate programs, according to the 2016 edition of Best Graduate Schools from U.S. News & World Report...
30 Southeast students to participate in Washington think tank (03/15/15)
Thirty Southeast Missouri State University students will participate in a five-day seminar today through Friday in Washington, D.C., discussing global issues in business, the environment, politics and cybersecurity at the Center for Strategic and International Studies...
Mineral Area College takes over running Perryville center from Southeast (03/11/15)
Southeast Missouri State University will shift management of the Perryville Higher Education Center to Mineral Area College beginning July 1. With the start of the new fiscal year, Mineral Area will take over all academic programming in addition to operational management of the center, university officials said...
Southeast will ease new leader into his role (03/09/15)
Now that Carlos Vargas-Aburto has been chosen as the next president of Southeast Missouri State University, officials say transitioning into the new role will be his first challenge. It also will be a transition for Southeast's faculty, staff and students, said Jay Knudtson, president of the board of regents...
Chris Kahler will be display artwork at River Campus and will be juror for this year's student exhibition (03/06/15)
Southeast Missouri State University students can view pieces of art from an established professor from outside the Cape Girardeau area. Eastern Illinois University professor Chris Kahler's exhibit "Emanations" in the River Campus Art Gallery in the Seminary Building will focus on artistic ability and expression...
Southeast to close Thursday and Friday (03/04/15)
The Cape Girardeau campus of Southeast Missouri State University will cancel all classes Thursday and Friday because of today's winter storm. Southeast and its regional campuses closed early today because of the storm. The region is under a winter storm warning through Thursday morning, with up to eight inches of snow expected...
Hunger Banquet postponed (03/05/15)
A Hunger Banquet scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Southeast Missouri State University has been postponed because of inclement weather. Rebekah Lawson, a senior at Southeast who co-organized the banquet, said the event will be rescheduled for early April, but an exact date has not yet been decided. Tickets purchased for the event can be redeemed at the April banquet...
Former mayor to lead board of regents at Southeast (03/05/15)
The Southeast Missouri State University board of regents recently elected Jay Knudtson, former mayor of Cape Girardeau, as its new president. Knudtson's appointment became effective March 1. He succeeds Doyle Privett, whose term on the board of regents officially expired Jan. 1...
Southeast to close campuses early Wednesday (03/03/15)
Southeast Missouri State University's main campus in Cape Girardeau will close at 11 a.m. Wednesday because of an approaching snowstorm. The university's regional campuses in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Missouri, also will close at that time.
Southeast president announcement rescheduled (03/03/15)
Southeast Missouri State University officials have rescheduled the announcement of Southeast's 18th president for 9 a.m. Wednesday because of expected inclement weather. The announcement, originally set for 4 p.m., will take place in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall...
Southeast president will be announced tomorrow (03/02/15)
The 18th president of Southeast Missouri State University will be announced Wednesday at a news conference, university officials said. Jay Knudtson, president of the university's board of regents, and Doyle Privett, chairman of the presidential search and screening advisory committee, will announce the university's selection at 4 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall...
Southeast president will be announced Wednesday (03/03/15)
The 18th president of Southeast Missouri State University will be announced Wednesday at a news conference, university officials said. Jay Knudtson, president of the university's board of regents, and Doyle Privett, chairman of the presidential search and screening advisory committee, will announce the university's selection at 4 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall...
River Campus Center named after retiring university president, wife (03/01/15)
Southeast Missouri State University staff, students and community members Friday celebrated the official naming of the Kenneth & Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center. "There really are no words that can capture how I feel," Jeanine Dobbins said during a dedication ceremony at the River Campus. "Some people will say, 'It's so well-deserved.' And I say, 'So many people deserve so very much.' I look at it as grace."...
Southeast regents approve new logo (03/01/15)
Southeast Missouri State University has used its logo of the Academic Hall dome since 1988. But on Saturday, the board of regents approved a new design as part of a rebranding initiative. The current logo has too many variations and is difficult to place in some materials because of intricately drawn details, the university's communications and marketing staff said...
Southeast cited by USDA for 5 violations (02/27/15)
A report filed online by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Southeast Missouri State University was cited for five violations after a routine inspection of the university's sugar glider and flying squirrel enclosures. The Jan. 28 inspection report states there was an "accumulation of dried fecal material and fecal staining on the wooden shelter blocks within all the primary enclosures of sugar gliders and flying squirrel. ...
Hill Harper urges people to dream big (02/26/15)
Actor and author Hill Harper on Wednesday encouraged an audience at Southeast Missouri State University to dream big and become the architects of their own lives. Best known for his portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the television series "CSI: NY," Harper presented the university's annual Michael Davis Lecture, which recognizes the contributions of African-Americans and honors the late Michael Davis, a journalism student at Southeast who died as a result of a hazing incident in 1994...
Final presidential candidate brings aspirational message at Southeast (02/26/15)
Benjamin Ola. Akande on Wednesday said he wants to be the next Southeast Missouri State University president so he can take Southeast from success to significance. "Significance means you become the benchmark," he said. "Significance means that you get to move that mission of student success to a whole different level...
Friends of the University Award to be presented Friday (02/26/15)
Two married couples will be presented with the 2015 Friends of the University Award on Friday. Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson and Ken and Jeanine Dobbins were chosen as this year's recipients by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Stan Crader is president of Crader Distributing Co., and Debbie Crader is a registered nurse. Ken Dobbins is the president of Southeast Missouri State University...
Candidate showcases skills at Southeast president forum (02/24/15)
Carlos Vargas-Aburto, one of four presidential hopefuls at Southeast Missouri State University, took questions Monday during a public forum and also described what makes him the best candidate for the university's top leadership position. "I think you have in me somebody who is very committed to excellence, to quality," he said. ...
Cape Central instructor named Outstanding Beginning Teacher (02/20/15)
Adam Thieret, an English teacher at Cape Girardeau Central High School, has been selected as one of two Outstanding Beginning Teachers from Southeast Missouri State University. The award is given every two years by the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and each education preparation program in Missouri was given an opportunity to nominate two beginning teachers...
Getting to know you: 'The King and I' to be performed next week at River Campus (02/20/15)
Because of her experience teaching private voice lessons to children, Hannah Lundy said being cast for the role of Anna Leonowens in Southeast Missouri State University's spring musical production of "The King and I" didn't feel too unfamiliar. "Being in a leadership role, especially around children, was not hard for me to transition into," Lundy said. "It's very personal for me."...
Actor, author Harper to give Michael Davis lecture next week (02/20/15)
Actor and author Hill Harper, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the television series "CSI: NY," will present Southeast Missouri State University's annual Michael Davis Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Academic Auditorium. The presentation, titled "Manifest Your Destiny," is part of the university's 2014-2015 Speaker Series and is free and open to the public...
Public meets two Southeast president finalists (02/19/15)
Two of four presidential candidates at Southeast Missouri State University on Wednesday participated in open forums, where the public, staff and students had an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the finalists. Paul D. Plotkowski and Margaret E. Madden were the first candidates to visit campus and meet with university officials and other administrators for in-person interviews...
Southeast classes will have delayed start Wednesday (02/17/15)
Southeast Missouri State University's main campus in Cape Girardeau will have a delayed start Wednesday, with offices opening at 9:30 a.m. and classes starting at 10 a.m. Classes had been canceled Monday and Tuesday at all Southeast campuses because of a severe winter storm...
Two Southeast presidential candidates will be on campus today (02/18/15)
Two Southeast Missouri State University presidential candidates will be on campus today for interviews with university officials and open forums. Margaret E. Madden, whose visit was consolidated into one day of interviews because of inclement weather and scheduling conflicts, will meet with officials throughout the...
University announces final candidates in search for president (02/15/15)
Carlos Vargas-Aburto and Benjamin Ola. Akande are among the final four candidates in the president search at Southeast Missouri State University, officials announced Friday. Vargas-Aburto is acting president of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and earned a doctorate in physics and aerospace science at the University of Michigan...
SEMO announces two of four candidates in presidential search (02/12/15)
The names of two candidates in the presidential search at Southeast Missouri State University were announced Wednesday, with the remaining two finalists to be announced Friday. Margaret E. Madden and Paul D. Plotkowski will be on campus next week for tours, meetings, interviews and public forums...
SEMO presidential search down to four candidates (02/11/15)
The Presidential Search and Screening Committee at Southeast Missouri State University has narrowed its search for Southeast President Kenneth Dobbins' successor to four candidates, university officials said Tuesday. The names of the candidates, as well as their background information, are expected to be released by the end of this week once on-campus interview schedules have been finalized, said Brady Barke, senior associate to the president and secretary for the board of regents...
Kansas City opens center for science, engineering students (02/02/15)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new center that hopes to eventually provide resources for science and engineering students throughout the Kansas City region is now open. The KC Engineering Zone workspace, a 4,200-square-foot center on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, was officially dedicated last week, although it's already being used by robotics teams from Paseo Academy and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, The Kansas City Star reported...
Rust Communications teams with university, KFVS to create student media lab (02/01/15)
Rust Communications, which owns the Southeast Missourian, has teamed up with Southeast Missouri State University and KFVS12 to create a hands-on laboratory for students in the university's media programs. The 12,000-square-foot Center for Excellence in Mass Media at 325 Broadway will house the university's student newspaper, The Arrow, and its television and video production program...
Southeast names new chairman of Educational Leadership (01/29/15)
Southeast Missouri State University has a new chairman in its Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling. Since Jan. 1, Dr. C.P. Gause has been leading the department that offers degree programs in educational administration, school and mental health counseling and higher education administration. He replaced Dr. Ruth Ann Roberts, who was serving as interim director before she retired, according to a news release...
Southeast Missouri State University enrollment climbs again (01/26/15)
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to be more clear about dual credit coursework and an increase in enrollment. Enrollment has increased once again at Southeast Missouri State University, and it's because of a higher number of high school students taking dual-enrollment classes...
Three Rivers College's spring enrollment drops (01/25/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Three Rivers College recorded an enrollment of 3,601 students on the first day of the spring semester -- 175 students fewer than a year ago. "The number of students is down about 5 percent, but this is still 2 percent ahead of the national average decrease," said Dr. Wesley Payne during a Three Rivers College board meeting last week...
Governor proposes modest increase in higher education funding (01/25/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State college and universities say they welcome the $12 million in extra funding Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking in the next budget, but it's not enough to make up for years of underfunding. Some universities said the proposed basic aid increase -- a minimal gain from the current fiscal year's more than $911 million and one of few increases in an otherwise stagnant budget plan -- doesn't compensate for rising costs and could lead to a tuition increase in the 2015-2016 academic year if the Legislature does not provide a higher bump.. ...
Washington University to boost aid to low-income students (01/20/15)
ST. LOUIS -- One of the country's top universities is increasing its annual financial commitment to low-income undergraduate students by $25 million in hopes of eliminating a dubious distinction among its well-off peers. Washington University in St. ...
FAA says OK to flying drone at MU research center (01/19/15)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Federal officials have signed off on university-backed drone research in Missouri. The Federal Aviation Administration granted an application to use airspace at the University of Missouri's Wurdack Research Center for research and economic development projects, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. The 1,200-acre center is 45 minutes southeast of Rolla, along the Meramec River...
Gay-rights advocates make gains with Southeast's policies (01/14/15)
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to reflect the process by which new policies were introduced at Southeast Missouri State University and to clarify the institution's Title IX compliance requirements. In the past year, Southeast Missouri State University has made additions to its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender policies...
MU rolls out voluntary buyout for academic administrators (01/12/15)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia is offering a buyout option for some of its academic administrators. The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that 28 administrators are eligible out of 48 total academic administrators, including deans and the provost. To receive the buyout, the administrators must be retirement eligible and turn 62 by Aug. 31. Participants will receive a one-time payment of 1 1/2 times their base salary, not to exceed $200,000...
New Missouri Stephens College admin will live on campus (12/29/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- An incoming school administrator will be among the new faces living in on-campus housing at Missouri's Stephens College next semester. Incoming vice president for Academic Affairs Suzan Harkness will live on campus while her 13-year-old son Sebastian finishes school in Washington, D.C., the Columbia Daily Tribune reported...
River Campus Center to be renamed in honor of Dobbins duo (12/24/14)
The board of regents announced Monday the River Campus Center at Southeast Missouri State University will be named after the university's current president, Kenneth W. Dobbins, and his wife, Jeanine Larson Dobbins. Construction on the River Campus Center, a 90,000-square-foot building adjacent to the university's River Campus, was completed in August. The board of regents unanimously voted to name the building The Ken and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center...
Drury University agreement may bring diversity (12/22/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Drury University anticipates a more globally diverse student body after signing an agreement streamlining the admission of graduates from a Kansas City school with international ties. The private Springfield college signed the deal this month with the Barstow School, which is an independent, college preparatory school with affiliate schools in China, Japan, Germany and Australia, the Springfield News-Leader reported...
Southeast commencement marks cooperative effort among colleges (12/21/14)
This year, for the first time in Southeast Missouri State University history, graduates were able to receive their associate degrees from their respective two-year colleges in addition to their bachelor's degrees at Southeast. Southeast president Kenneth W. Dobbins was joined on stage Saturday afternoon by Steven J. Kurtz, president of Mineral Area College, and Wesley Payne, president of Three Rivers College, to present diplomas to the new graduates...
Southeast gets a look at logo options for university (12/21/14)
Southeast Missouri State's board of regents got a look Friday at preliminary concepts of a "brand and logo evolution" for the university. A rebranding effort is intended to better position the university in the academic marketplace and streamline its messages to various audiences, including prospective and current students, their families, alumni and the community...
Regents OK renovations, new credit-card fees (12/19/14)
During Thursday's board of regents meeting at Southeast Missouri State University, it approved renovations to several campus buildings, new policies pertaining to complaints of sexual misconduct and to charging new fees for credit-card payments. The lengthy agenda, encompassing Thursday and today, is necessary for the board as it looks to work with university president Kenneth Dobbins before his retirement in June...
University advances plan to develop Greek Village site (12/19/14)
An idea that's floated around Southeast Missouri State University for years -- to create a housing option specifically for Greek students -- came much closer to reality with a vote of the board of regents Thursday. The board approved seeking design services for the long-talked-about Greek Village, which could begin to take form, at least in terms of planning, as early as March...
Southeast packs agenda with two days of meetings (12/18/14)
Members of Southeast Missouri State University's board of regents have their work cut out for them this week when they'll tackle a two-day agenda of issues ranging from a branding initiative to a draft of a strategic plan. Multiple items await the board during four open meetings today and Friday at Academic Hall, and several members have expressed a desire to work on them with the soon-to-retire university president, Kenneth Dobbins...
The D'oh of Homer: Professors employ TV's 'Simpsons' (12/18/14)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years. But that hasn't stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the country are using satirical references from "The Simpsons" to grab students' attention and convey lessons in literature and all manner of popular culture...
Southeast winter commencement set for Saturday (12/16/14)
Six hundred eighty seniors will be graduating from Southeast Missouri State University this weekend. The 2014 winter commencement will begin with the honors convocation at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Show Me Center, followed by the commencement ceremony at 2 p.m...
Former Southeast professor given award by Germany (12/16/14)
For one Southeast Missouri State University professor, retiring does not mean slowing down. Dr. Dieter Jedan served as chairman of the Department of Global Cultures and Languages for 20 years until his retirement in July 2013. Since then he's become a volunteer for the Red Cross, remains active in the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau, the Elks Lodge Fraternal Organization and is continually raising money for the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum in Altenburg, Missouri. ...
Bill would ban aid for immigrant students (12/15/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some Missouri student immigrants spared from potential deportation could qualify for the same community college scholarships as state residents who are citizens under a proposal under fire from a Republican lawmaker. State Rep. ...
Dean's list standards to be raised at SEMO (12/15/14)
By next fall, Southeast Missouri State University students will have a more difficult time being recognized on the Dean's Honor List. They will be required to maintain a grade-point average of 3.75 or above, earn B's or higher and have no failing grades in credit-only and pass/fail courses. The summer session also will be removed from consideration...
Monsanto tells its side of the story at Southeast forum (12/14/14)
Dr. Sven Svenson said he realized some students wouldn't give a giant in the commercial agrochemical industry a chance to tell their side of the story about honeybees, but the professor of agribusiness didn't hesitate in organizing Friday's forum for representatives of Monsanto on the Southeast Missouri State University...
Three Rivers board OKs 5-year plan (12/12/14)
A new five-year strategic plan called 2020 Vision has been approved by the Three Rivers College Board. It is broken into several major pieces, including student services; staff and resource development; student enrollment, retention and transfer; quality instruction; and learning environment...
New psychology grad program to begin in fall 2016 (12/11/14)
Students at Southeast Missouri State University will have the opportunity to enroll in a new industrial organizational psychology graduate program beginning in fall 2016. "We saw the need for master's level training in psychology in this immediate region," said Dr. Leslee Pollina, chair of the Department of Psychology and professor of psychology...
Search continues for new Southeast president (12/07/14)
The Presidential Search and Screening Committee at Southeast Missouri State University continues to collect applications and supporting materials in its effort to find a successor to Southeast President Kenneth Dobbins. During a Thursday conference call with Parker Executive Search, the firm hired by the university's board or regents to help find a new leader, the committee was updated on candidates whose credentials recently were uploaded to a secure website...
Governor: Southeast is in line for bond issues (12/04/14)
Missouri's governor on Wednesday identified $12 million in repair and renovation projects for Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers College that will depend on legislative approval for bonds. Gov. Jay Nixon said during an appearance in Cape Girardeau that about $10 million could go to Southeast and $1.9 million could go to Three Rivers for various upgrades in 2015. ...
University group foresees meeting student demand in courses (12/02/14)
Since its first meeting in spring 2013, Southeast Missouri State University's Academic Visionary Committee has generated many health-related degree and certificate programs that will be offered in spring, with more to come. Heather McMillan, faculty associate, Office of the Provost, said the 10-member panel is considering a potential public health interdisciplinary program and a clinic at the River Campus Center, where students in the athletic training program could provide support to the performing arts students in case of injury.. ...
University hush-hush about rebranding initiative (12/01/14)
Efforts to help boost Southeast Missouri State University's position in the academic marketplace are progressing, but officials are not offering details yet. Southeast board of regents president Doyle Privett said an update is on the board's agenda for Dec. 18 and 19. Privett said he hadn't seen very much about the rebranding so far...
Southeast president offers Ferguson students a place to stay (11/27/14)
In reaction to Monday's decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed teen Michael Brown, Southeast Missouri State University is offering support services to students from that area...
University incubator closer to becoming reality (11/26/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's Creative Labs and Industries Incubator in downtown Cape Girardeau is moving along on several fronts. The incubator, which is designed to help students practice taking ideas and developing them into products and services, is planned for a two-story building in the 600 block of Broadway...
Mo. students named Rhodes Scholars (11/24/14)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis woman studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named Sunday as one of 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars. The prestigious award won by Anisha Gururaj of Chesterfield provides her with a scholarship to study at Oxford University in England. The winners were selected from 857 applicants endorsed by 327 colleges and universities...
Southeast Student Government to hold pledge drive (11/19/14)
Joining universities across the country, the Student Government at Southeast Missouri State University wants students to turn out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to sign pledges against sexual violence. Chief of staff Lydia Ness said the campaign is called "These Hands Don't Hurt."...
Southeast to celebrate International Education Week (11/17/14)
With a view toward fostering cross-cultural understanding, the Office of International Education Services at Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate International Education Week today through Friday. Many events will take place at the University Center...
Deadline nears for presidential applications at Southeast (11/16/14)
Once the Presidential Search and Screening Committee at Southeast Missouri State University narrows down candidates for the school's top job, interviews are expected to be held off-site Feb. 2 and 3, with campus interviews later that month. Committee chairman Doyle Privett said plans are to make an offer to someone during the last week of February or no later than the first week of March...
Standing ovation (11/10/14)
Members of the Southeast Music Academy's Suzuki Violin Ensemble perform during the Standing Ovation fall faculty recital Sunday in Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus. The 15th annual concert was a fundraiser for the academy, which has provided music lessons to people of all ages in the community since 1985. (Fred Lynch)...
Governor restores $2M in A+ funding (11/10/14)
Gov. Jay Nixon's release of $2 million for Missouri's A+ Scholarship program could soften the blow of a potential reimbursement reduction. The Missouri Department of Higher Education had said state budget restrictions and growing use of A+ could reduce reimbursement for tuition and fees by up to four credit hours...
Event marks 75th anniversary of Kent Library (11/09/14)
In celebration of what speakers said is the "heart and soul" of Southeast Missouri State University, Kent Library's 75th anniversary was marked Friday evening with remembrances and the unveiling of stained glass windows by noted artist G. Owen Bonawit...
Cybersecurity student offers feedback on DHS experience (11/04/14)
Southeast Missouri State University cybersecurity student Joe Surmeier is among select company. The 21-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, native was selected for the Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative. His unpaid internship was with the Department of Homeland Security in his hometown...
Deadline nears for Show Me Center's project bidders (11/03/14)
Although renovations to the Show Me Center aren't scheduled to start until summer, steps are being taken to make sure things go smoothly. Written qualifications for general and subcontractors are due to the Facilities Management Department at Southeast Missouri State University on Nov. 14...
MU Greek leaders start sexual assault prevention program (11/03/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri Interfraternity Council has budgeted more than $22,000 to create a sexual violence awareness program. The Columbia Tribune reported the program relies on peer educators. Council leaders sent out applications to 31 member fraternities and received 18 responses. The 18 participants will meet with organizers several times before the end of the year to finalize the curriculum for the new program...
Company formed from MU research makes its first product (11/03/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A company that grew out of research conducted at the University of Missouri is manufacturing its first product from a plant in Columbia. Nanova Biomaterials Inc. began manufacturing a fluoride dental varnish called StarBright about a month ago after the product received approval from the Food and Drug Administration. It held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at its $1.5 million plant in Columbia...
Southeast Construction Management students finish third in competition (10/31/14)
Six students in the Construction Management Organization at Southeast Missouri State University finished third at the Associated Schools of Construction Competition on Oct. 22 through 25 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Southeast competed in ASC's Region 4, which includes 15 member schools in seven states from Missouri north through the Dakotas. Competition took place in four divisions: commercial building, design-build, heavy-civil and residential...
OnlineU.org ranks Southeast Missouri State's business, nursing degrees (10/30/14)
OnlineU.org has featured Southeast Missouri State University on the list of its 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings. Its degree in nursing ranks 15th, and its business degree is 25th out of 25, according to the list at http://www.onlineu.org/best-value-colleges...
Three Rivers staff gets peek at new Sikeston facility (10/30/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Members of Three Rivers College faculty and staff received a sneak peek Friday of the institution's new Sikeston campus. The three-story, 40,000-square-foot structure will replace a converted racquet ball court with about 8,000 square feet of usable space where classes are held...
Southeast regents approve extending same-sex benefits (10/29/14)
Following in the footsteps of other state benefit plans, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Tuesday approved extending benefits to same-sex spouses and retirees. Enrollment begins immediately. The Missouri State Employee Retirement System and Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan recently did the same in response to an Oct. 3 order issued by a Jackson County Circuit Court judge requiring same-sex couples legally married in other states to be recognized by Missouri...
SEMO board of regents to meet this morning (10/28/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider approving maintenance and repair capital projects for fiscal 2015 and changes to employee benefits when it meets at 11 a.m. today. The panel will meet in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall, during which the group also will hear the 2013 Department of Public Safety annual report...
Southeast Missouri State cybersecurity student headed to White House (10/28/14)
Joe Surmeier, a Southeast Missouri State University senior cybersecurity major from Kansas City, Missouri, has been invited to attend a recognition dinner and round-table with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday at the White House...
Shortfall in scholarship funding may affect students (10/26/14)
If the A+ Scholarship program isn't fully funded soon, hundreds of Southeast Missouri students might have to pay for a portion of their postsecondary studies. State budget restrictions and growing use of A+ could reduce reimbursement for tuition and fees by up to four credit hours in the 2014-2015 academic year, said Liz Coleman, director of communications and marketing for the Missouri Department of Higher Education...
Professor performs as Faulkner as part of literary conference (10/24/14)
Sitting in the front row of the Redhawks Room at the University Center, John Dennis Anderson, in his guise as Southern writer William Faulkner, is concentrating on his remarks before taking to the podium at the Faulkner & Hurston Conference Thursday...
Three Rivers, Southeast patch up relationship (10/22/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- After more than a decade of bad blood, the only two higher-education institutions in Southeast Missouri say they are strengthening ties in support of their core mission -- to better the lives of residents. The presidents of Three Rivers College and Southeast Missouri State University recently spent an afternoon talking with a U.S. senator about campus safety, then sat down to share plans for the future...
Literary conference is expected to be international draw (10/20/14)
Performance and scholarship will be featured during Southeast Missouri State University's Faulkner & Hurston Conference from Thursday through Saturday. Held mainly at the University Center, the conference is expected to attract about 250 people, including presenters from all over the world, to discuss Southern writers William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston...
University luncheon generates talk of life after college (10/17/14)
Ideas on how to better prepare students for postsecondary life were discussed Thursday at a College Conversations Partnership Luncheon. Hosted by the Southeast Missouri State University Academic Support Centers, which provides programs and services for underrepresented students, the meeting attracted about 50 people and was held in the Show Me Center-North Meeting Room...
Poll: Most Southeast students would intervene to help others at risk (10/16/14)
When presented with a situation where a friend has an immediate health or safety risk, most students at Southeast Missouri State University say they would step in to help, said Torie Grogan, director of Counseling and Disability Services at the university...
Southeast launches latest student responsibility campaign (10/16/14)
To help prevent everything from texting-and-driving to alcohol poisoning and sexual assault, Southeast Missouri State University has rolled out a campaign called Responsible Redhawks. To get the word out, the university is offering presentations by the Office of Student Conduct, Campus Violence Prevention, resident assistants and certified peer educators. ...
New student regent gets the hang of things (10/14/14)
After going through a long process of applying -- and lots of waiting -- newly appointed Southeast Missouri State University student regent Austin Cordell is just happy to be there. The 20-year-old junior applied for the position in November, but wasn't notified he'd landed it until mid-September. He was chosen out of 11 candidates to replace former student regent Kevin Magnan...
Student ambassador program seeks to boost involvement on campus (10/15/14)
Southeast Missouri State's new Involvement Ambassador program is meant to steer students toward their interests. Students make appointments with the ambassadors and spend 15 to 20 minutes talking about who they are as people, their interests and career aspirations, said Michele Irby, director of Campus Life & Events...
Ebola puts Washington University research on hold (10/13/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Several Washington University doctors who have abandoned their work in parts of West Africa because of an Ebola outbreak have found alternative ways to help. Dr. Gary Weil is an infectious-disease specialist who is part of a team researching the most efficient way of treating diseases spread by flies and mosquitoes. With that research on hold, a number of Weil's West African colleagues are now working to contain the Ebola outbreak, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported...
Event offers sneak peek at library's stained glass (10/09/14)
Although she didn't know it at the time, working at Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library gave Gay Walker inspiration for her master's thesis and two books about artist G. Owen Bonawit. Bonawit created stained-glass windows for Yale and a number of other universities, schools, churches and libraries, including Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University...
Bill Eddleman reappointed to River Campus board (10/08/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents recently reappointed Dr. Bill Eddleman as a university representative on the River Campus Board of Managers. Eddleman's new term will expire Dec. 1, 2017. His current term ends Dec. 1 of this year. ...
Southeast flagged in state Sunshine Law audit (10/08/14)
State Auditor Tom Schweich on Tuesday released a report that shows state and local governing bodies routinely violate Missouri's Sunshine Law. Southeast Missouri State University was cited for not documenting its reasons for closing meetings and not demonstrating how some topics discussed in closed meetings complied with state law, according to a report summary...
Southeast Missouri State University to hold career fair (10/08/14)
Nearly 90 area employers are registered to meet Southeast Missouri State University students of all majors at the first-ever fall 2014 Career and Internship Fair on Thursday in the Student Recreation Center-North. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m...
Missouri student loan default rate drops slightly (10/07/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The percentage of Missourians defaulting on their student loan debt is slightly dropping. The Department of Higher Education on Friday announced the state's three-year default rate dropped half a percentage point from 13.1 percent in 2010 to 12.6 percent in 2011...
McCaskill touts campus safety in SEMO visit (10/07/14)
Being the mother of two daughters and one of the few women lawyers in the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill wants to make sure students on college campuses are safe from sexual assault. McCaskill, D-Missouri, visited Southeast Missouri State University on Monday to talk about ways of combating sexual violence. ...
Higher ed partnership gets new identity (10/07/14)
The Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education now will be known as Cape College Center, following the adoption of its new moniker by the partnership's advisory board Monday. Housed in the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau, the center is made up of Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College...
Hundreds take part in MU hackathon (10/06/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Hundreds of college students deprived themselves of sleep for 48 hours this weekend in a computer hacking marathon at the University of Missouri that has tripled in size since its inaugural weekend last year. HackMizzou, which ran through Sunday, is a "hackathon" in Columbia at which roughly 350 students are competing for a $4,000 technology prize pack, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported...
Report: More alcohol, drug law violations found at MSU (10/06/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Alcohol and drug violations have spiked at Missouri State University, a new federally mandated report shows. Dean of students Mike Jungers said that while the university has put an emphasis on combating sexual assault, following the national focus on the issue, programs to educate students on the consequences of drug and alcohol use have not been much of a focus in recent years...
MU ratifies changes to policy on sexual misconduct (10/06/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Missouri Board of Curators has ratified changes to how sexual misconduct and discrimination allegations will be handled on the university system's four campuses. In a meeting in Kansas City, the curators voted Thursday to approve changes suggested last month by President Tim Wolfe, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported. Sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and harassment are prohibited under Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law...
Southeast fundraiser exceeds $45 million goal (10/05/14)
President Kenneth W. Dobbins threw another curveball for those at Southeast Missouri State University this weekend. The evening before one of Southeast's biggest celebrations, Homecoming, Dobbins announced Friday at the annual Copper Dome Society dinner to more than 500 alumni, students and friends that their ongoing campaign, "Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Success," had raised more than its expected goal -- eight months before the campaign's end...
University drills down on online courses to ensure quality (10/02/14)
By fall 2017, Southeast Missouri State University wants to have all its online courses peer reviewed to ensure continued quality. Associate dean of Online Learning Allen Gathman said he expects students to do better in courses that have gone through the review process using Quality Matters standards. Instructional development staff use Quality Matters to help faculty facilitate student success online...
Southeast Homecoming promises lots of fanfare (10/01/14)
From the traditional parade and football game to a tailgate concert featuring The Brothers Walker, a large scholarship reception and alumni awards, Southeast Missouri State University celebrates Homecoming 2014 this weekend. Some events began Monday, but many of them take place Friday and Saturday. This year's theme, "Paint the Town Red," coincides with Southeast's color scheme. Jay Wolz, director of alumni relations, said Homecoming is the highlight of the alumni year...
Provost explains how class sizes are determined (09/30/14)
Southeast Missouri State University provost Bill Eddleman talked to the Southeast Missourian about class sizes, what determines where classes are held and ease of signing up for needed classes, among other items. Q: How do you determine where classes are held?...
SEMO accommodates growing enrollment (09/30/14)
Having topped 12,000 students this fall, Southeast Missouri State University has enough classroom space to accommodate its growth, but might need renovations in the future. Angela Meyer, director of facilities management, said the university's Space Utilization Committee has discussed classroom space, but isn't ready to recommend any changes to the board of regents -- yet. Provost Bill Eddleman added the university doesn't "have any absolute shortage problems in terms of space."...
Search for next Southeast president begins this week (09/29/14)
The search for a successor to retiring Southeast Missouri State University president Kenneth Dobbins will begin in earnest early next month with the arrival of Parker Executive Search, the firm hired by the university's board of regents to help find a new leader...
State treasurer emphasizes higher education during school visit (09/28/14)
It's not every day the state treasurer swings by to offer investment advice. Cape Girardeau Central Middle School students gathered Friday morning to listen to Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel speak about the importance of investing in the future. While it's important to make monetary investments, no matter how modest, Zweifel told students it was equally important they invest in themselves by working hard in school...
Sex education board sparks debate at SEMO residence hall (09/23/14)
An educational board about sex at a Southeast Missouri State University residence hall has led to discussions on sex education among students and the hall's staff. The board, called "What What? In the Butt: How to have a safe, wibbly-wobbly time," talks candidly about how to use condoms and dispels sexual myths while also using "Doctor Who" memes. It's on the third floor of Merick Hall...
Professor: Complaints led to tenure denial (09/23/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Gaining tenure is never a sure thing. Dylan Kesler figured his chances were pretty good. The 42-year-old wildlife biologist has published nearly 30 scientific papers since his 2007 hiring as a University of Missouri assistant professor. He's received high marks for his teaching and is a favorite of the school's public relations team, which recently featured his work on mallard duck migration...
Ukrainian SEMO students discuss conflict at home (09/22/14)
Southeast Missouri State University hosts many international students, and some are from the Eastern European country of Ukraine. The conflict between the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists has been going on since February. Inna Polishchuk and Natasha Berezhanska, two English-education majors, came to Southeast as part of an agreement between the university and their schools in Ukraine. They had already visited Southeast for a month as transfer students last year...
Missouri Southern has more international students this year (09/22/14)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Efforts to attract more international students to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin are succeeding, with the school recording almost a 20 percent increase in the students this year compared with last year. Enrollment records show 193 international students enrolled this year, up from 161 last school year, The Joplin Globe reported. The school's total enrollment for this year was 5,613, is only three less than last year's enrollment...
University of Missouri offers voluntary buyout for some faculty (09/22/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia is offering a buyout option for some of its tenured faculty members. The school said in a news release Friday that qualifying faculty who retire by next fall can receive a one-time payment of 1 1/2 times their base salary, not to exceed $200,000. To receive the buyout, faculty must be retirement eligible and turn 62 by Aug. 31...
Mizzou Arena to get upgrades after 10 years (09/22/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- University of Missouri athletic officials are planning multimillion-dollar renovations to the university's 10-year-old basketball arena. Athletic Director Mike Alden spoke about the project in a gathering with reporters earlier but it was officially announced Thursday, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported...
'Outworking everyone around you' leads to success, Cooper tells crowd (09/22/14)
Anderson Cooper told a crowd of several hundred he didn't really find people who are famous or powerful that intimidating. "No, not really. The thing is that politicians and celebrities are sometimes just normal," he said. "You realize that they're a lot less interesting than you might think."...
Southeast regents decrease incidental fees (09/22/14)
Following Gov. Jay Nixon's release of primary and higher education funds, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Sunday approved a new incidental fee schedule that lowers students' costs, effective this semester. In two separate items, members also approved faculty merit salary increase recommendations and lump-sum merit salary recommendations...
SEMO regents to consider tuition at meeting today (09/21/14)
A revised fall 2014 undergraduate incidental fee schedule will be considered when the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents meets today. Tuition is referred to as incidental fees. The meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall...
Payne named Three Rivers president (09/21/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Trustees offered a permanent contract last week to the interim president of Three Rivers College, more than a month earlier than planned. Dr. Wes Payne, former vice president for learning, accepted a three-year contract. He will receive an annual salary of $175,000, the same amount trustees approved in July in his contract as interim president...
Southeast equestrian team to scrimmage Saturday (09/17/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's equestrian team will have a Red vs. Black scrimmage Saturday. Schooling, or warming up the horses, starts at 1 p.m. They will draw for horses at 1:30 p.m., with the event starting at 2 p.m. The event will be at the Remly Equestrian Center, 366 Remly Lane in Cape Girardeau...
Southeast highlighted in Best Colleges list (09/17/14)
Southeast Missouri State University has been recognized among the best regional universities in the Midwest in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Southeast consistently has been ranked by the publication since 1993. The U.S. News rankings are based on graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving...
Reimbursements for A+ program might be reduced beginning in January (09/16/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Education officials are notifying Missouri community colleges that the state might reduce reimbursements for the A+ scholarship program, which gives high school graduates who meet certain criteria money for two years of classes at community colleges...
Patrick Henry's firsts highlighted at Crader Lecture (09/10/14)
Attorney and politician Patrick Henry, best known for his declaration "give me liberty or give me death," seemed to be first in a lot of things, Dr. Thomas Kidd, professor of history and senior fellow in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, said in this year's Crader Lecture...
Southeast Missouri State president Dobbins to retire in 2015 (09/09/14)
Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, who has been president of Southeast Missouri State University since 1999, announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015, during his State of the University Address Monday. Dobbins has guided the institution through milestones in enrollment, academic partnerships, programs and construction. ...
River Campus board to meet at noon Friday (09/08/14)
The River Campus Board of Managers is scheduled to meet at noon Friday in Conference Room 305 of the Seminary Building at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. City representatives on the board are Ruth Knote, Dennis Vollink and Jerry Ford. ...
Celebrating Kent with Twain (09/07/14)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Henry Sweets, a Mark Twain expert and executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri, shares the scene of Tom Sawyer and whitewashing the fence to first-graders from Jefferson Elementary School Friday, Sept. ...
Speaker to discuss Revolutionary War figure Patrick Henry (09/05/14)
Dr. Thomas Kidd, professor of history and senior fellow in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, will deliver this year's Crader Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rose Theatre in Grauel Building at Southeast Missouri State University...
Applications for student leadership group due Friday (09/04/14)
Applicants are being accepted for the First-year Leadership Program, FyLP (pronounced flip), at Southeast Missouri State University, which puts freshmen and sophomores into activities designed to build leadership abilities on and off campus. Leadership development coordinator Megan Murray said FyLP is a series of fall workshops offered to first-year Southeast students. Registration is open until Friday at semo.wufoo.com/forms/fylp-registration-2014/...
Southeast students, alumni affected by Ferguson events (09/02/14)
A number of Southeast Missouri State University students have been affected by events in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent weeks. On Aug. 9, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department. People took to the streets to protest Brown's death, and the story made national news...
Adjunct St. Louis faculty exploring unionization (09/02/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Nine months out of the year, Andrew Nelson works about 50 hours a week, driving his 1995 Mazda on either 50- or 100-mile round trips every weekday to his college teaching gigs at Lindenwood University in St. Charles and East Central College in Union...
Water service restored at Southeast Missouri State (08/31/14)
Water samples taken from a repaired water main came back safe Friday, allowing Cape Girardeau to restore full water supply to Southeast Missouri State University. Residence hall students were encouraged to return to campus Monday. Classes will resume and offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday...
Water main break repaired at Southeast Missouri State (08/29/14)
A 14-inch water main that cracked earlier this week under the Southeast Missouri State University campus has been repaired. The job was completed by 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The break prompted classes to be canceled and university offices to close. The main and River campuses will remain closed until Tuesday...
Water main break closes Southeast until Tuesday (08/27/14)
Less than a week into the new year at Southeast Missouri State University, both of its campuses were shut down by a water main break Wednesday. The event prompted cancellation of classes and office closures on the main and River campuses until Tuesday...
Water main break causes closures at university (08/27/14)
The City of Cape Girardeau suffered a water main break that has affected classes, buildings, and dining options on the Southeast Missouri State University campus, according to the school's website. Classes in Academic Hall, Art Building, Brandt, Carnahan, Memorial and the University Center will not be taking place and will be closed until noon tomorrow unless further updates are provided by the city...
Enrollment inches up at SEMO (08/27/14)
Southeast Missouri State University on Tuesday marked two consecutive decades of steady enrollment growth with a total student count of 11,580 -- up 2 percent from this time last year. Enrollment is expected to continue growing through the fourth-week census, when the figure is expected to top last year's record enrollment of 11,917 students, officials said in a news release. Southeast's fall 2014 semester began Monday...
Future teachers equipped with iPads at Southeast (08/25/14)
Southeast Missouri State University freshman education majors picked up iPad Air devices on Friday as part of the College of Education's new EDvolution program, aimed at preparing future teachers for technology in the classroom. The freshmen were the first batch of students to get their iPad Airs, with sophomores, juniors and seniors to follow...
Southeast wants to offer online psychology degree (08/25/14)
Southeast Missouri State University plans to offer an online bachelor of arts in psychology in fall 2015, designed to serve students who are working full time, returning military and others. "It is meant to complement the on-campus bachelor of science program recommended for students seeking careers in professional psychology. ...
River Campus opens to more than 130 students (08/22/14)
With the official opening of Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus Center on Thursday, the university is able to fill more of its housing needs. "It allows us some good flexibility across the campus to be able to meet what students are looking for in different styles of housing, so at this point we do not have any plans to add any additional new facilities," director of Residence Life Kendra Skinner said. She said officials hope to focus on renovations and improvements instead...
Students, parents enjoy hoopla of Southeast move-in day (08/22/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's Student Recreation Center-North was a hub of activity Thursday with students checking into residence halls and acquiring assorted goodies and information. White signs with red lettering pointed motorists to the appropriate spot on campus to get things rolling...
Students from Ferguson, Florissant allowed early move-in at university (08/20/14)
A Monday letter from Southeast Missouri State University President Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins was emailed to students who live in the Ferguson and Florissant areas of St. Louis, saying an early move-in date is available for anyone who needs it. The letter states that any students from these areas were allowed to move in at Southeast starting today at 1 p.m., with dining services beginning for all students later Tuesday evening...
Pump primed to welcome university students (08/19/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's move-in week officially kicks off Thursday with a multitude of festivities to welcome students. Classes start Monday. "It's exciting; it's a lot, but it's always exciting," said Katie Krodinger, assistant director of admissions for new student programs...
Trade schools offer quicker route to gainful employment (08/18/14)
From business to medical and salon training, trade schools in Cape Girardeau attract students who want to earn a degree quickly, so they can enter the workforce and start creating better lives for themselves and their families. That's the case with Becky Collier, Torrie Stepp, Tammy Arnzen and Katie Alsup. Collier and Stepp are pursuing their medical specialist degrees at Metro Business College, while Arnzen and Alsup are studying cosmetology at Renaissance Beauty Academy...
MU to share grant on value of scientific research (08/17/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri will share a $500,000 grant for a project aimed at educating the public on the value of taxpayer funding for federal scientific research. Missouri is the lead institution in what's called the Broader Impacts and Outreach Network for Institutional Collaboration program, or BIONIC. The $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will fund the project for five years...
Bettering lives through music: Aslinger scholarship benefit returns Saturday (08/15/14)
Local bands will take the stage for charity this weekend at the third annual Howard Aslinger Memorial Music Fest hosted by Bel Air Bar and Grill in downtown Cape Girardeau. The festival is one of the fundraisers the Howard Aslinger Scholarship Foundation holds every year to fund scholarships for individuals with disabilities...
Gaining tenure at university long process (08/12/14)
Earning tenure at the university level can be a lengthy, involved process. But, ultimately, it's worth the effort, professors say. Earning tenure takes roughly five years. It is an agreement under which faculty appointments are continued until retirement. But tenured faculty still can be terminated for adequate cause, financial exigency or a change in a university program...
Southeast selected as new NEA Academy partner (08/12/14)
Southeast Missouri State University has been selected as a new partner of the NEA Academy, an alliance that will allow members of the National Education Association to enroll in Southeast's online graduate education courses at a discounted fee. Southeast was chosen after NEA conducted a national search and a lengthy review process for new higher education partners, according to a news release...
Trove of African art found at Missouri Southern (08/04/14)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Officials at Missouri Southern State University are assessing a recent trove of African art found in a small room under a stairwell. Christine Bentley said after she was named to head the art department at Missouri Southern, she wanted to assess the university's African art holdings and found a 320-piece collection tucked away in the small room that had been enclosed below a basement stairwell...
Board extends Missouri State University president's contract (08/04/14)
FAIR GROVE, Mo. -- The board of governors of Missouri State University has extended the university president's contract. The 10-member board of governors awarded Clif Smart, president of Missouri State University, a four-year contract extension after meeting Thursday...
Drones find a landing pad in SEMO farm research (07/30/14)
The department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University has a new addition to its farm, and it's not something that can be raised, herded or processed. Students and faculty recently have been trained how to use their newest device -- an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, which has been unofficially named Ag Force One...
Administrators move up at Southeast Missouri State (07/29/14)
Bruce Skinner and Kendra Skinner -- no relation -- will be filling new roles this year at Southeast Missouri State University. Formerly assistant vice president for student success and director of residence life, Bruce Skinner is now assistant vice president for student success and auxiliary services. Kendra Skinner, who was associate director of residence life, has taken on the director's spot...
Wes Payne: Three Rivers College strong, moving forward (07/29/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Reinforced concrete walls seem to have sprung up overnight just outside the window of the president's office at Three Rivers College. But they're not the only changes taking shape. Dr. Wes Payne is leading a new, sweeping change brought about when former president Devin Stephenson left suddenly in June...
SEMO: Online courses enhance class offerings (07/27/14)
Depending on whom you ask or what you read, online programs mean easier access to higher education -- or the end of brick-and-mortar colleges and universities, especially in these times of limited state funding. For Southeast Missouri State University, online education falls into the former category, and it's helped the university reach students it might not otherwise. Provost Dr. Bill Eddleman said online courses and majors have become a key component of the school's offerings...
University press gets grant to print updated Civil War history (07/23/14)
The Missouri Humanities Council has awarded a $2,500 grant to Southeast Missouri State University Press to support the printing of "Thunder in Arcadia Valley: The Battle of Pilot Knob," available at the end of September...
Price coming down for low-income students at UMKC (07/21/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City finally has some good news for its lowest-income students. Its net price is coming down. Net price is the cost of attendance -- tuition, books, housing, food, transportation and personal expenses -- minus the scholarships and grants a student qualifies for from the federal government and the university. It's the amount students and their families are expected to borrow or pay out of pocket...
Missouri A+ scholarship program to be expanded (07/17/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Higher Education is planning to expand a state scholarship program to some students who entered the United States without legal permission before they were 16 years old, the department's attorney said...
Discrepancies in sex-crime data explained by SEMO DPS (07/14/14)
Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series looking at sexual violence on college campuses and the way crimes are reported. As national attention focuses on sexual violence among college students, differences in data reporting requirements and procedures can make it difficult to determine the extent of the problem, even when it is reported...
Official 'pretty proud' of SEMO efforts to address sexual violence (07/11/14)
While U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is taking universities to task for their handling of sexual assault claims, a Southeast Missouri State University administrator said Thursday she is proud of SEMO's efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. "We're pretty proud of our efforts, frankly. ... We want people to report," said Debbie Below, dean of students and vice-president for enrollment management and student success...
Universities' handling of sexual violence denounced (07/10/14)
A U.S. Senate subcommittee report released Wednesday blasts colleges and universities across the country for what U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., calls a "disturbing" failure to follow sound practices in their handling of sexual violence on campus...
Area schools looking for qualified teachers, other workers (07/10/14)
From teachers to coaches to food service workers to bus drivers, public and private schools are still advertising for help even as their August start date draws nearer. The first day of school is Aug. 14. Cape Girardeau School District communications director Dana Saverino said six positions are open right now, and seven that applications are being taken for, such as bus monitor, custodian and substitute teacher...
University piloting welcome program for foreign students (07/08/14)
To help international students better adjust to life in the United States -- and to Southeast Missouri State University and Cape Girardeau -- the university's office of International Education and Services this summer is piloting a program called Families Across Borders...
Higher-ed partnership will continue despite TRC chief's departure (07/06/14)
Discussions still are planned for a name change and stronger brand for the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education, despite a pending change in leadership at one of the institutions involved. Discussions and recommendations to change the name of the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education, made up of Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College, date back four years...
Three Rivers students, faculty anticipate new Sikeston campus (07/03/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- While Three Rivers College has seen a change in leadership and budget numbers in recent days, no change is anticipated for the institution's Eastern Campus in Sikeston. TRC officials say budget withholdings for higher education by Missouri Gov. ...
Group hopes to revive Mo. school (06/30/14)
TARKIO, Mo. -- More than two decades after bankruptcy forced a northwest Missouri college to close its doors, the school's alumni association continues to work to bring education back to the 60-acre campus. The Tarkio College Alumni Association is hoping to start a two-year, degree-granting college at the Atchison County campus two hours north of Kansas City -- an effort that started in 1994, two years after the four-year, liberal arts college founded in 1883 was forced to close...
State cuts throw wrench into Three Rivers College budget (06/29/14)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Three Rivers College trustees approved a balanced budget last week for the 2015 fiscal year, but will come back in July to cut $673,000 from it because of withholdings from the state. State withholdings represent about 3 percent of TRC's $26 million budget, said chief financial officer Charlotte Eubank after the board's monthly meeting. Three Rivers also absorbed $84,000 in state withholdings from the budget after an announcement in May...
River Campus to begin holding dinner theaters (06/29/14)
Starting with "Hairspray," five nights of dinner theater are planned for this season at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus, members of its Board of Managers learned during their meeting Friday. Along with the 1960s-style musical set for Oct. 10 and 11, performances will include "Anything Goes" on Nov. 1, "The King and I" on Feb. 28 and "Memphis" on March 30, said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts...
Southeast regents to discuss budget issues today (06/26/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider a $106.7 million operating budget and a $36.8 million auxiliary budget at today's meeting at the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center at the River Campus. Auxiliary budgets are self-supporting operations that do not receive state funding. They also have to generate revenue to cover their expenses...
President of Three Rivers College resigns (06/26/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The president of Three Rivers College stepped down Wednesday in a move that shocked trustees. Dr. Devin Stephenson made the announcement at the monthly board of trustees meeting, saying only that he wished to "pursue alternative opportunities related to higher education."...
River Campus board to meet Friday (06/25/14)
The River Campus Board of Managers is scheduled to meet at noon Friday in Conference Room 305 of the Seminary Building at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. City representatives on the board are Ruth Knote, Dennis Vollink and Jerry Ford. ...
Schools do repairs, construction while students are gone (06/25/14)
With most buildings empty or sparsely populated, it's prime time for school districts to work on upkeep or even new construction. The River Campus expansion is moving toward completion at Southeast Missouri State University; Jackson continues building East Elementary School at 455 N. Lacey St., and Cape Girardeau Public Schools is tending to its 10 campuses...
Board: Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education needs better name (06/24/14)
Members of the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education advisory board on Monday encouraged the presidents of the entity's three institutions to meet in the next 60 days and find a more marketable name. Housed in the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau, the partnership is made up of Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers Community College and Mineral Area College...
Tax holiday set for early August (06/24/14)
Cape Girardeau County again will participate in the annual Missouri Sales Tax Holiday from Aug. 1 through Aug. 3. During those days, the county's 1 percent sales tax will be waived on purchases of back-to-school items such as computers, clothing and school supplies. State statutes list specific items that fall under the tax exemption...
SEMO's Faulkner Center to host conference in October (06/23/14)
Scholars from around the world soon will flock to Cape Girardeau for a conference about authors William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston. The conference, to be hosted in October by the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, is held every other year, said Christopher Rieger, the center's director. This fifth edition is set for Oct. 23 through 25, mainly at the University Center. People from 15 to 20 states and four or five foreign countries usually attend, he said...
First summer arts festival to celebrate visual, performing arts (06/16/14)
Music, magic, dance, drama, painting, printmaking and more will be popping Saturday during the inaugural Community Summer Arts Festival at the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Activities, demonstrations, workshops and performances will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on patios overlooking the Mississippi River over to the parking lot adjacent to Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau...
Summer Arts Festival lineup (06/16/14)
10 a.m., Barefoot on Sunday, folk group 11 a.m., Suzuki Players, Music Academy Noon, magician Rob Huff 1 p.m., Southeast Steel Drums, Shane Mizicko conducting 2 p.m., Mr. Saxophone, children's music 3 p.m., Southeast Steel Drums, Shane Mizicko conducting...
Three Rivers College could sever Cape partnership, president says (06/15/14)
While Three Rivers centers in the Southeast Missouri towns of Kennett, Dexter and Sikeston continue to thrive, the college's president said enrollment in Cape Girardeau is "anemic."
Southeast to get marketing support from Ohio firm (05/29/14)
Southeast Missouri State University has chosen Ologie, a Columbus, Ohio, firm to perform market research and brand analysis. Jeff Harmon, executive director of University Communications and Marketing, wrote in an email to the Southeast Missourian that the work, meant to offer a more focused approach to attracting students, will be done between July and December at an estimated cost of $193,000...
Colleges seek to improve remedial programs (05/22/14)
BALTIMORE -- The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental -- or remedial -- classes ever graduate...
Investigation of 'inappropriate' tweet concluded (05/21/14)
Southeast Missouri State University announced Tuesday it has completed its investigation of last week's incident involving an "inappropriate and unauthorized post" from the @GoSoutheast Twitter account, but did not give any details. The controversial tweet posted Friday linked to a photo of two half-naked young women in a bathroom instead of leading viewers to track results...
Retired SIU chief Glenn Poshard fears for higher ed funding (05/19/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Glenn Poshard has been active in Illinois' public affairs for more than 30 years -- U.S. congressman, state senator, Democratic candidate for governor and, most recently, president of the Southern Illinois University system. He has three degrees from SIU, starting classes there in 1966 with the help of the GI bill after serving in the U.S. Army. And he considers his decades-old ties to the university his greatest source of pride...
Missouri lawmakers pass university funding changes (05/19/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's public universities and community colleges would need to implement performance-based funding under legislation given final approval by the Legislature. Under the bill, the schools would work with the Department of Higher Education to develop goals that would then be used to determine part of their funding. Colleges also would be required to develop a performance criteria related to student job placement...
Speaker tells graduates not to be discouraged by challenges (05/18/14)
Smiling students adorned in black caps and gowns could be seen outside the Show Me Center on Saturday afternoon taking photos and hugging friends and loved ones before they prepared to make that long-awaited walk across the stage. A total of 1,348 students received degrees at Southeast Missouri State University's spring commencement. ...
A few SEMO students take nontraditional path to graduation (05/16/14)
After varied careers in business and law enforcement, two Southeast Missouri State University spring graduates are looking forward to the next chapters in their lives. Mary Ann Farmer, a businesswoman, will obtain a master's degree in mental health counseling, and Cameron H. McConnell, who spent 20 years in law enforcement and corrections, is graduating with bachelor's degrees in global studies with an anthropology focus and philosophy with a minor in religion...
University moves to summer hours Monday (05/15/14)
Southeast Missouri State University will observe summer office hours beginning Monday. Summer office hours for most offices will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Executive offices will remain open until 5 p.m. throughout the summer. Regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Aug. 18. Fall 2014 semester classes begin Aug. 25...
Biology professor to be recognized during commencement (05/16/14)
Walt Lilley, a professor in Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Biology, will receive the 2013 PRIDE Award and serve as grand marshal during commencement, set for 2 p.m. Saturday. Lilly also will present the address at the Honors Convocation at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Both ceremonies are in the Show Me Center...
Students share polling results with secretary of state (05/08/14)
Just before Thanksgiving last fall, students in Jill Young's business statistics class at Southeast Missouri State University voted on questions about social issues, smartphones and health care, using touch-screen machines. On Thursday, members of her class presented the results via webcast to Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander. ...
Southeast gets state funding increase (05/09/14)
Anticipating a 4 percent increase in state funding -- equating to about $1.7 million for fiscal year 2015 -- Southeast Missouri State University is looking to add a few positions and expand supplemental instruction and its information technology help desk...
SEMO students demonstrate their electric vehicle (05/07/14)
Instead of a lawn mower-esque sound a dune buggy would usually make, the one demonstrated in a parking lot outside the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building at Southeast Missouri State University on Tuesday was virtually silent. That's because it's electric...
Southeast regents increase general fees by 1.1 percent (05/07/14)
Incidental, general and online course fees were set by the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents during their meeting Tuesday. The board approved an increase to incidental fees -- which are considered tuition -- of $3.35 per credit hour, but waived them because of an expected increase in state allocations. So students will pay the same incidental fees in 2014-2015 they did in the current year -- $228.75 per credit hour...
Missouri lawmakers override veto, enact tax cut (05/07/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Republican-led Legislature enacted the state's first income tax rate reduction in almost a century Tuesday by overriding the veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who has denounced it as a reckless financial experiment...
Board of regents set to discuss tuition schedules, degree programs (05/06/14)
New health-communication and health-sciences degrees will be considered at today's Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents meeting. Scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Regents Room at Academic Hall, the meeting also includes approving incidental, online and special course fees and reports...
Square founder: IT industry at 'very special moment' (05/01/14)
The information technology industry is at a very special moment right now with huge numbers of jobs to fill at myriad companies in all kinds of fields, entrepreneur Jim McKelvey said Wednesday in a presentation at Southeast Missouri State University...
Almost 1,400 students to graduate from Southeast (04/29/14)
A total of 1,348 students -- 1,092 undergraduate and 256 master's and specialist students -- will receive degrees at Southeast Missouri State University's spring commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 17 at the Show Me Center, according to a university news release...
Southeast student details history of Cape buildings (04/28/14)
Southeast Missouri State University historic preservation major Lindsey Lotz has put her book learning into practice in a variety of ways -- from volunteering at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site to creating posters for historic downtown Cape Girardeau buildings...
'Saturday Night Live' bandleader performs, talks Monday at River Campus (04/22/14)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Saturday Night Live bandleader Leon Pendarvis begins his presentation Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus....
'Saturday Night Live' bandleader to hold workshop, lecture today (04/21/14)
Live from Cape Girardeau! It's Saturday Night Live bandleader Leon Pendarvis! The SNL keyboardist is returning to Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus today to share some of his expertise with students. Pendarvis will host a workshop for musical theater students from 1 to 2:30 p.m. followed by a public lecture at the Schuck Music Recital Hall...
SEMO students get advice from theater 'master' (04/14/14)
Students at Southeast Missouri State's River Campus got the chance to perform in front of New York-based director Dennis Courtney during a master class Sunday. Courtney brought more than 30 years of experience in show business and worked one-on-one with students and explained the dynamics of professional theater...
New scholarships at Southeast Missouri State University (04/13/14)
Several endowed scholarships have been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation as part of a matching gift program, the Honoring Tradition -- Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign, according to news releases from the university...
SEMO theater program accredited (04/10/14)
Southeast Missouri State University has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, a designation Dr. Kenneth Stilson said took 13 years to attain. Stilson, professor of theater and dance, said the accreditation is "our stamp that guarantees that when students come to this program, they're going to receive a certain caliber of training and education to prepare them for life after college."...
NPR host Rehm to visit Southeast Missouri State as last of Speakers Series guests (04/08/14)
National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm will visit Cape Girardeau for the first time April 16 to close out Southeast Missouri State University's 2013-2014 Speakers Series. Rehm, host of "The Diane Rehm Show," will present "A Conversation With Diane Rehm" at 7:30 p.m. in the Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus...
Arrow receives awards in Missouri College Media Association contest (04/08/14)
The Arrow, Southeast Missouri State University's student newspaper, won two first-place awards and 10 others Saturday at the 2013 Missouri College Media Association convention at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., a university news release said...
Young people's role in civil rights movement discussed (04/04/14)
The civil rights movement was populated by more than just legendary figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It included children of the era who became symbols that inspired others to get involved, Dr. Wilma King said during Thursday night's Dugger Lecture...
SEMO cybersecurity students up their game with recent win (04/03/14)
Making a jump from last year, Southeast Missouri State University cybersecurity students took second place at the 2014 Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on Friday and Saturday at Moraine Valley Community College in Chicago. Northern Kentucky University took first place at this year's Midwest Regional CCDC, in which teams representing Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Kentucky participated, a university news release said...
New dorm named after university supporters (04/01/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents announced Friday receipt of a $1.7 million gift from Donald G. and Gloria King LaFerla of Carthage, Mo., in support of students pursuing degrees in health care, technology and education, a university news release said...
Historic convent slated for demolition (03/31/14)
BEL-NOR, Mo. -- Standing inside a gutted chapel on the fringe of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the director of facilities management on campus paused to take a whiff of the musty air. "Can you smell the mold?" Frank Kochin asked during a tour. "It's worse in the basement."...
Sociology comes back to Washington University (03/31/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Washington University in St. Louis has announced plans to revive its sociology department. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Washington University yanked the department in 1991. But university officials now say it will reinstitute the department, hiring professors and eventually again offering the major to students. Classes could begin as early as this fall. The university plans to hire two sociology professors a year for several years...
Generosity - New scholarships at Southeast Missouri State University (03/30/14)
Several endowed scholarships have been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation as part of a matching gift program, the Honoring Tradition -- Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign, according to news releases from the university...
McCaskill staff surveying colleges on sexual assaults (03/24/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sen. Claire McCaskill said her staff has been surveying colleges nationwide to see what protections against sexual attacks are in place and how the schools support assault victims. McCaskill, a Democrat, said Thursday that making college campuses safer for women could entail tying federal funding for colleges and universities to how well those institutions report rapes and deliver certain services to female students, The Kansas City Star reported...
University plans market, brand research (03/24/14)
With a view toward offering a more focused approach to attracting students, Southeast Missouri State University plans to hire a firm to conduct market research and brand analysis. Last year, Penson Associates, a Palm Desert, Calif.-based research and consultation firm, was brought in as part of a strategic planning process to look at Southeast's communications and marketing organization and practices...
SEMO education majors to start renting iPads (03/18/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's College of Education is undergoing an "Edvolution," from changing its curriculum to plans to distribute iPads to students in the program next year. Starting in the fall, students will rent an iPad Air with 32 gigabytes, much as they would books, and the program has been dubbed "Edvolution."...
College class helps students plot the 'perfect murder' (03/17/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Shelly Romero is plotting the best way to kill her boyfriend. Right now, she's leaning toward using air to cause an embolism. Maybe she will poison his food. Romero isn't evil. Plotting her boyfriend's murder is actually her homework...
River Campus board meets Friday (03/13/14)
The River Campus Board of Managers is scheduled to meet at noon Friday in conference room 305 of the Seminary Building at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, a university news release said. City representatives on the board are Ruth Knote, Dennis Vollink and Jerry Ford. ...
Plans for Show Me Center renovation move forward (03/11/14)
Given the go-ahead by the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, university officials plan to ask for proposals from consultants in the next couple of weeks to update the Show Me Center. Opened in 1987, the center is home to Southeast's Division I men's and women's sports teams, but it also serves as a venue for everything from monster truck and car shows to big-name concerts, private events and meetings...
Southeast revising math program for fall (03/11/14)
As part of its ongoing effort to help students earn college degrees faster, Southeast Missouri State University will introduce a revised developmental math program in the fall. Thirty-five percent of Southeast's first-time, full-time freshmen need remediation in math, while less than 5 percent require English remediation, Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students, told the Southeast Missourian in a previous interview...
SEMO launches new design for website (03/10/14)
Visitors to the Southeast Missouri State University website will notice what school officials believe is a cleaner, simpler design. Assistant director of web communications Brian Holdman said the new-look site, semo.edu, which launched at 4 p.m. Friday, has been in the works for about a year...
Panel backs college meningitis vaccine (03/10/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Students living on college campuses could be required to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis under legislation endorsed by a Missouri Senate committee. The legislation would require all students in on-campus housing to have the meningococcal vaccine starting in July 2015, unless they seek a religious or medical exemption...
Novelist Nicholas Sparks to speak about writing, story ideas (03/10/14)
If you ask 17-time New York Times No. 1 best-selling author Nicholas Sparks why he writes romance novels, he will answer you with, "I don't." "I write novels where the themes of love and family and loss are often explored," he said in a phone interview with the Southeast Missourian on Friday...
Cost is a growing factor in college decisions, survey says (03/07/14)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to play an influential role in decisions of where to enroll...
More students taking Advanced Placement exams (03/06/14)
According to a new College Board report, more Missouri students took Advanced Placement exams in 2013 than in 2003, a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education news release said. For the most part, this trend has held true at the high schools in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. But in Scott City, students prefer to take dual credit courses, which allow them to earn college credits...
Southeast Missouri State University to host Criminal Justice Day next week (02/25/14)
Former Arkansas judge and State Sen. David Burnett and Scott Ellington, prosecuting attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, will be the keynote speakers at the 39th annual Criminal Justice Day on March 4 at Southeast Missouri State University, a university news release said...
Missouri-Kansas border schools vie for law students (02/18/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas are in a border war of sorts as they vie for law school students. For the last four years, Missouri-Kansas City's law school has provided the equivalent of in-state undergraduate tuition for most Kansas residents. ...
Washington Post correspondent to deliver lecture at Southeast (02/11/14)
Wesley Lowery, who recently joined The Washington Post as a political correspondent, will present this year's Michael Davis Lecture at noon Feb. 19 in the Rose Theatre of the Grauel Language Arts Building at Southeast Missouri State University, a university news release said...
Missouri lawmakers may fund university buildings (02/10/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers appear to agree with Gov. Jay Nixon that public colleges and universities should receive more money next year. But some lawmakers want to direct part of that money toward building improvements instead of devoting it to larger operating budgets as proposed by Nixon...
Mo. Senate panel blocks MU curator appointment (02/06/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Frustration over past state education policy led to the rejection of one of Gov. Jay Nixon's appointments to the University of Missouri Board of Curators on Wednesday. The motion to endorse Cape Girardeau lawyer Michael Ponder was defeated on a 5-5 vote in the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee. ...
2013 was big for construction at Southeast Missouri State University (02/03/14)
With about $52 million spent on construction in 2013, Southeast Missouri State University is wrapping up a busy year of building. Some of the larger projects include the River Campus expansion, expected to enhance that area's status as a hub of arts activities; a new transportation nexus; a chiller plant; a new residence hall; renovation of the Magill Hall of Science; restoration and refurbishment of Academic Hall; and the Mark F. ...
University officials would welcome proposed higher education funding boost (01/28/14)
Gov. Jay Nixon's plans to increase college and university funding would give Southeast Missouri State University a $2.32 million boost in fiscal year 2015. The university also could receive additional funding for science, technology, engineering and math fields, as well as mental health curriculum...
Students upset that university stops solar panels project (01/28/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Officials at Missouri State University have stalled a solar energy project students had planned for more than a year that was to be funded through a student-paid sustainability fee. The students spent 18 months devising a way to put solar panels on top of Meyer Library on the Springfield campus. ...
Production of 'Flute' to feature several firsts (01/27/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music's upcoming production of "The Magic Flute" will debut a lot of firsts. The opera, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has many features that will appeal to a wide range of audience members, according to Chris Goeke, professor of music at Southeast. He said for those who have never been to an opera, this production would be a good start...
Analysis: Some Mo. education funding still shy of past peaks (01/27/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The figures from Gov. Jay Nixon's budget look big. There's $84 million in new operating funds for state colleges and universities. A 15 percent increase for public school busing. An additional $600 each for thousands of low-income students receiving state scholarships...
Southeast helping develop guide to assist veterans (01/27/14)
Southeast Missouri State University has joined in a statewide effort to create a guide to help other Missouri colleges and universities to become more "military friendly," a news release from the university said. Jeremy McBroom, director of Southeast's Office of Military and Veterans Services, and Amanda Woods, military and veterans outreach coordinator at Southeast, recently met in Jefferson City, Mo., with other veterans services representatives from schools across the state to finalize the guide that will recommend programs and policies to help meet the needs of student veterans, the release said.. ...
Southeast's first-day spring semester enrollment up (01/27/14)
Total first-day spring semester enrollment is up 1.5 percent at Southeast Missouri State University, according to a preliminary enrollment report compiled after the first full day of classes of the spring 2014 semester, a university news release said...