1,129 to Receive Degrees at Spring Commencement

Photo of Dr. Fred Janzow.

Dr. Fred Janzow will deliver the commencement address at spring commencement May 14.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 4, 2011 — Southeast Missouri State University announces 1,129 students–936 undergraduates and 193 graduate studentsᾰwill receive degrees at spring commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 14 in the Show Me Center. 

Dr. Fred Janzow, vice provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Southeast, will deliver the commencement address.

An Honors Convocation will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Show Me Center to honor 330 undergraduates, 84 students receiving master’s degrees and 11 students receiving specialist degrees.  Dr. James Dufek will present the Honors Convocation address.  Dufek, professor of television and film production, is the 2010 recipient of Southeast’s Faculty Merit Award and will serve as grand marshal during commencement.

Among the undergraduate students honored at the Honors Convocation, 73 students will graduate summa cum laude, 86 will graduate magna cum laude and 165 will graduate cum laude.  Students graduating magna cum laude must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 to 3.89. Students graduating cum laude must earn a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.74. The required undergraduate grade point average for graduating summa cum laude is 3.9 to 4.0.

Of the 95 graduate and specialist students at the Convocation, 81 will graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  Graduate students participating in the Honors Convocation must have achieved at least a 3.9 grade point average.

For families unable to attend or wish to preserve the moment, the Honors Convocation or commencement exercises, a DVD or videotape copy of either ceremony may be ordered by contacting Dufek, at (573) 651-2484.

The class of undergraduates includes 21 students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Among them are:

• Daniel Barnes of Charleston, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in economics and minors in finance and political science.• Morgan Campbell of Ironton, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in human environmental studies, housing and interior design option and minors in architectural design, and entrepreneurship/small business management.• Lauren Dinan of Doniphan, Neb., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology, wildlife and conservation option.• Laurie Hanor of East Prairie, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in social work.• Jacqueline Heath of St. Cloud, Minn., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with majors in physics and mathematics, applied mathematics option and minors in Spanish and biology.• Benjamin Hooe of Iuka, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science degree in biology, biomedical sciences option.• Brittany Horneker of Perryville, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in elementary education and a concentration in early childhood education.• Amy Kreher of Freeburg, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science in education degree  with a major in English education.• Bryan Kujawa of Fenton, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in business administration degree with majors in finance and international business and minors in economics and Spanish.• Dustin Lorenz of Festus, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of general studies degree and a minor in music.• Corey Mauer of St. Peters, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with majors in mass communication, public relations and advertising options, and a minor in Spanish.• Lauren McNamara of Breese, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in mass communication, television and film option, and a bachelor of arts degree with a major in Spanish and a minor in mass communication. • Erica Moore of Murfreesboro, Tenn., who will receive a bachelor of general studies degree and a minor in health promotion.• Kory Mueller of Perryville, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in chemistry and minors in physics and mathematics.• Denise Schmidt of Collierville, Tenn., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in mass communication, public relations option, and minors in French and marketing management.• Lisa Schnurbusch of Perryville, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in accounting.• Alicia Thomure of Joplin, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in accounting and a minor in administrative systems management.• Daniel Vandergrift of St. Louis, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in industrial technology, construction management and design option.• Christina Vitale of St. Peters, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in speech and theatre education.• Ashley Weder of Highland, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in mass communication, advertising and television and film options and minors in political science and communication studies.• Whitney West of Zalma, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology, wildlife and conservation option.

The Jane Stephens Honors Program will recognize 36 students graduating as honor scholars.  To be recognized as an honors scholar, students must complete 24 hours of honors coursework, six of which are at the senior level, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25.  Honors scholars also must complete a senior research project.  The honor scholars include:

• Michelle Baker of Festus, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies. • Andrea Barnes of Jackson, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in psychology and a minor in biology.• Michael Bimberg of Pevely, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in computer science and a minor in mathematics.• Andrew Braun of Bloomsdale, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree with a major in French and a minor in Spanish.• Krista Buchheit of Fenton, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in mathematics education.• Kristen Buescher of Edwardsville, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in elementary education and a minor in language and literature specialization• Megan Campbell of Ironton, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree with a major in anthropology and minors in historic preservation and Spanish• Morgan Campbell of Ironton, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in human environmental studies, housing and interior design option, and minors in architectural design and entrepreneurship/small business management.• Luke Clippard of Jackson, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology, biomedical sciences option and a minor in chemistry.• Nicole Egelhofer of St. Louis, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with majors in psychology and criminal justice, corrections option, and minors in criminology and social rehabilitation and treatment.• Katherine Feakes of Rolla, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree with a major in communication studies and a minor in literature.• Danielle Healy of Granger, Ind., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in communication disorders and a minor in entrepreneurship/small business management.• Sarah Hill of Arnold, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in physical education.• Keith Holland of Cairo, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree with a major in philosophy and a minor in history.• Sarah Kapala of Concordia, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology, biomedical sciences option, and minors in chemistry and Spanish.• David Kelly of Wentzville, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish.• Ann Knopf of Manchester, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree with majors in Spanish and global studies, Hispanic option.• Amy Kreher of Freeburg, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in English education.• Bryan Kujawa of Fenton, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in business administration degree with majors in finance and international business and minors in economics and Spanish.• LaChrisha Landsberg of Clinton, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree with majors in political science and communication studies.• Dustin Lorenz of Festus, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of general studies degree with a major in general studies and a minor in music.• Katharine Maynard of East Prairie, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in health management, exercise science option.• Aric Nelson of St. Louis, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in computer science and minors in mathematics and business administration.• Joseph Omokheyeke of Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in industrial technology, telecommunications and computer networking option.• Theresa Orolvsky of Swansea, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree with majors in English, writing option, and Spanish, and a minor in small press publishing.• Caitlyn Read of St. Louis, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree with a major in English, writing option, and minors in small press publishing and art, art history option.• Jamie Risch of O’Fallon, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in communication disorders and a minor in gerontology.• Kelly Shaner of Rogersville, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in historic preservation.• Alicia Shipman of Farmington, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree with a major in English, literature option and a minor in accounting.• Stacie Stilinovic of St. Louis, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology, biomedical sciences option, and a minor in agriculture.• Samantha Taylor of Edwardsville, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of arts degree with a major in English, writing option, and minors in small press publishing and Spanish.• Alicia Thomure of Joplin, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in accounting and a minor in administrative systems management.• Brittany Tomlinson of Fredericktown, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology, biomedical sciences option and minors in chemistry and Spanish.• James Voelker of Freeburg, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in social studies education and a minor in historic preservation.• Ashley Weder of Highland, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in mass communication, television and film and advertising options, with minors in political science and communication studies.• Stephanie Winzenburger of Cobden, Ill., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with majors in hospitality management and human environmental studies, dietetics option.The graduating class includes three students graduating with academic distinction in their major department.  Students who graduate with

“Academic Distinction in the Department of Major” complete a special project in conjunction with a faculty committee, department chair or dean.  Students carry out the project after they complete at least 75 credit hours of course work with a minimum 3.25 grade point average in their major department and a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.  They are:

• Nora Johnson of Cape Girardeau, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology, biomedical sciences option and minors in chemistry and gerontology.• Kelly Shaner of Rogersville, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in historic preservation.• Brittany Tomlinson of Fredericktown, Mo., who will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology, biomedical sciences option and minors in chemistry and Spanish.

The honor society of Phi Kappa Phi will recognize 105 graduating members during the commencement exercises.  Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest international honor society, having been established in 1897.  Southeast chartered its Phi Kappa Phi chapter in 1992.  The charter is only extended to colleges and universities meeting the society’s rigorous standards, and is open to men and women in all academic fields who have demonstrated excellence of scholarship and integrity of character.

Graduating seniors who rank in the upper 10 percent of their class, juniors who rank in the upper 7.5 percent of their class; and graduate and professional students who have a graduate grade point average of 4.0 and have an outstanding undergraduate record are eligible for consideration. 

A total of 129 members of Phi Eta Sigma will also be recognized.  Phi Eta Sigma is a national scholastic honor society that recognizes high scholastic achievement during the first year of college and offers leadership and scholastic opportunities.  The Southeast chapter was established in 1984.  Students inducted into Phi Eta Sigma attained at least a 3.5 grade point average on a four-point scale during their first semester or year at Southeast.

Also graduating will be 34 members of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni.  Students inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa are juniors, seniors and graduate students who are in the upper one-third of their class academically and who have demonstrated achievement in one of the following five areas:  scholarship; athletics; campus and community services, social and religious activities, or campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and creative and performing arts.  The society is designed to recognize those who have exhibited a high standard of leadership and effectiveness in collegiate activities, to bring together student leaders from all sectors of collegiate interest; and to bring together members of the faculty and the student body on a basis of mutual interest and understanding.

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Sara Edgerton, will perform during the commencement ceremony.  Singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the “Alma Mater” will be Jacob Alexander, who will be graduating with a bachelor of music degree with a major in performance, vocal option. 

The commencement speaker, Janzow, has been vice provost at Southeast Missouri State University since 2003.  He has held two deans positions at Southeast: dean of the School of University Studies and dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Janzow joined the administrative team at Southeast in 1990 and was director of the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning and director of the First Year Experience (FYE) program for several years before becoming the dean of University Studies.  He is a tenured professor in Southeast’s Department of Biology.

Janzow earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Concordia Teachers College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in biology from Oklahoma State University, with a focus on the ecology and evolution of animal behavior.  He joined the Department of Biology at Southeast in August 1975.  During his time in the department, he studied the social behavior of animals and the distribution of threatened and endangered fish species in southeast Missouri.  As a teacher, Janzow has had a particular interest in the integration of technology with teaching and learning.  During his career, he has written and presented works related to teaching, administration and animal behavior.  

Janzow’s service to the University and statewide higher education community is extensive.  In addition to University committees and councils, he has served on state-wide Department of Higher Education committees, including the Curriculum Alignment Initiative Steering Committee and the Learning Assessment in Missouri Postsecondary Education Committee, and he co-chaired the statewide committee that revised Missouri’s general education policy.  Janzow served on the statewide Board of the Missouri Humanities Council, as well.