Opening Week Activities Welcome New Students to Campus

by News Bureau on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 12, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University will welcome students for the start of the 2013-2014 academic year with nine days of activities Aug. 22-30.

Enrolling as a full-time college student is one of life’s most significant transitions. On Thursday, Aug. 22, approximately 1,200 new students will make their way to Cape Girardeau to move into their new home for the upcoming school year. The traditional move-in day event, coordinated by the Office of Residence Life and supported by nearly 1,000 volunteers, is hailed every year by arriving families for its high level of organization, support and the welcoming environment that it creates among students, their families and their new peers.

The office of New Student Programs, coordinator of the week-long back-to-school calendar, strives to provide students with a variety of activities to promote academic and student engagement and offer many chances for a strong start for the school year. The transition to a new environment can be an exciting time for a new student, but the majority of students will have at least a small amount of anxiety as a result of this change. The Opening Week schedule and the Engage in 8 program that follows provide countless opportunities for students to meet one another and explore the campuses wide array of co-curricular opportunities in order to ease that anxiety and make them feel at home almost immediately.

Thursday, Aug. 22

First-year students will begin moving into the residence halls Thursday, Aug. 22. Those wanting to get a jump-start on the day may do so during Early Bird Move-In beginning at 6 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. Regularly scheduled first-year check-in is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., also in the Student Recreation Center-North.

For parents, fraternity and sorority recruitment informational sessions are planned for 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. in two locations – the Towers main lobby and the University Center Tribute Room.

First-year residence hall students will participate in residence hall floor meetings and activities in their hall lounge that evening. New students will meet their resident assistant and hall director who will introduce them to on-campus living.

Capping the first day will be a Move-In Bash from 8 to 10 p.m. on the Normal Street Plaza. The Move-In Bash will provide students the opportunity to meet new people while enjoying music and a variety of outdoor activities.

Friday, Aug. 23

Academic Engagement Day

Returning students will begin moving into the residence halls on Friday, Aug. 23.

There will be two tracks of activities on Aug. 23 — one for new students who have already attended a First STEP Orientation and another for those who have not.

For Students Who Have Already Attended First STEP Orientation: Commute and Connect! is planned for 9 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. Here, commuter students will get the inside scoop on what it is like to be a commuter student, have the opportunity to mingle with other commuters and get information about how to get involved and connect with the campus. Commute and Connect! is sponsored by New Student Programs and Recreation Services. Commuter students should stop by to pick up their free Southeast T-shirt to wear to the Welcome Convocation. The group will leave at approximately 9:40 a.m. to make their way to the Show Me Center for the Welcome Convocation.

All first-year students are to attend the annual Welcome Convocation at 10 a.m. in the Show Me Center. A spirit line of Southeast student athletes will greet new students, and Southeast’s cheerleaders and Sundancers will perform. The convocation also will feature greetings from Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins, Student Government Association President Benny Dorris and Southeast alumnus Ross McFerron. First-year students are asked to wear the T-shirt they received during Residence Hall Check-In or at the Commute and Connect! event Friday morning.

At the conclusion of the Welcome Convocation, new Southeast students will depart from the Show Me Center in small groups to participate in Southeast 101, which begins at 11 a.m. These groups will allow new students to connect with Southeast faculty and staff and their Opening Week Leader in interactive sessions at various locations across campus. Lunch will be provided.

For Students Who Have Not Yet Attended First STEP Orientation: Students who have not yet attended a First STEP Orientation should arrive at the University Center to take the Writing Placement Test by 7:45 a.m. For those not taking writing placement, events will begin at 8:45 a.m. Sessions will include a health and safety panel, financial aid and billing, degree completion information, and advising and enrollment in fall courses. There will be an Info-to-Go fair and lunch will be provided for students and their guests.

Events After 2 p.m. Aug. 23 are for All New Students

College meetings are planned for 2:30-4:30 p.m. at various locations across campus. In these sessions, students will have the opportunity to hear the dean of their college speak and interact with faculty members from their department. Shuttles will be available to take students back to the Show Me Center parking lot at the end of the meetings. College meeting locations are as follows:

Harrison College of Business: Robert A. Dempster Hall Room 105 College of Education: Johnson Hall Room 200 College of Health and Human Services: Student Recreation Center-North (West Gym) College of Liberal Arts: Grauel Building, Rose Theatre Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, Grauel Building, Rose Theatre (with transportation provided to the River Campus) College of Science, Technology and Agriculture: Show Me Center Arena School of University Studies: University Center Ballroom

The Jane Stephens Honors Program will hold an open house at 3:30 p.m. at 603 N. Henderson. Honors students and students interested in learning more about the program are invited to meet their colleagues in the honors community. The Honors House has desktop and laptop computers, wireless access, television, stereo and a full kitchen for the use of honors students as they study or relax.

All new students are invited to the Ice Cream Pig Out at 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. This all-you-can-eat tradition offers great food, friends and fun. Southeast students and administrators will serve ice cream, and magician Nate Staniforth will provide entertainment beginning at 8 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North West Gym.

Ignite Campus Ministries will hold a Midnight Slip-N-Slide at 11:55 p.m. at the Ignite House, located on Pacific Street across from Grauel Building.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Campus and Community Engagement Day

Saturday’s events are designed so that students can choose what interests them. Events begin at 9 a.m. with a Highway Clean Up sponsored by Gamma Sigma Sigma. There will be Zumba at 9:30 a.m. on Academic Terraces, and a Core Strength workout is planned for 10:30 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom, sponsored by the University Speakers Series and Recreation Services. A session on Healthy Campus Eating, sponsored by the University Speakers Series and Chartwells Educational Dining Services, will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Tower’s Café.

The College of Education will hold a Welcome Picnic from noon to 2 p.m. in the Scully Portico and at Parker Field, and the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will hold the Main Street Scavenger Hunt from noon to 4 p.m. in the CIE parking lot. Career Linkages is sponsoring “Part-time Job Success: Speed Dating Style” from 2-3 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. A Pinterest Party is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. in the University Center Program Lounge and lobby. The Jane Stephens Honors Program will hold an open house from 4-7 p.m. in the Honors House at 603 N. Henderson.

Fair Southeast, sponsored by Recreation Services and the Greek Councils, with inflatables and Midway games, is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. on Parker Field and on the Scully Portico. Begin to Lead is planned for 7-9 p.m. in the University Center lobby. Ignite Campus Ministries is sponsoring “Capture the Flag” at 8 p.m. at the Kala M. Stroup Fountain on the Plaza.

Student Activities Council will show the movie, “Identity Thief,” at 9 p.m. in Rose Theatre. The day’s events will come to a close with a Welcome Back: First Night Party sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. The party is free and open to freshmen, returning students and international students.

Sunday, Aug. 25

Catholic Campus Ministry will hold “Sign-Up Sunday” at 11:30 a.m., and 6 and 8 p.m. in the Newman Center chapel.

The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts will have music ensemble auditions from 1 to 9 p.m. at various locations at Southeast’s River Campus. Music ensembles are open to all students, regardless of their declared major. For more information and an audition time, contact the following faculty members: Choir: Dr. Peter Durow –pdurow@semo.edu Jazz: Dr. Bob Conger –rconger@semo.edu Marching Band and all Winds: Dr. Marty Reynolds – mreynolds@semo.edu Percussion: Dr. Shane Mizicko – smizicko@semo.edu Strings: Dr. Sara Edgerton – sedgerton@semo.edu

Tours with Opening Week leaders are planned for 2 and 3 p.m. beginning at Kent Library. It is recommended that students bring their class schedules, so they can learn where their classes are located. The tours are sponsored by New Student Programs.

Students are encouraged to attend the annual Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce Welcome Back Picnic from 4-6 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Food and giveaways will be distributed from Cape Girardeau businesses and organizations, University departments and student organizations. The a capella group, “Breath of Soul,” will perform at 4:15 p.m. compliments of the Student Activities Council. The picnic is sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Chartwells Educational Dining Services and New Student Programs.

Sunday’s activities will come to a close with a house party sponsored by Ignite Campus Ministry at 6 p.m. at the Ignite House.

Monday, Aug. 26

Fall 2013 classes will begin Monday, Aug. 26. Welcome tents will be located at various spots around campus between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and volunteers will be present to help students find their way around the University. Each tent will have water, snacks and maps available for students. The welcome tents are sponsored by New Student Programs.

The University Center will be hosting an open house activity with music, food and give away items from noon to 1 p.m., sponsored by Campus Life and Event Services, and the Show Me GOLD program will be hosting a First Day Bar-B-Q from noon to 3 p.m. at the Stroup Fountain at Kent Library.

Interested students will have a chance to learn more about the theatre and dance program at the Theatre and Dance Open House at 6 p.m. in the Rust Flexible Theatre. Students will have a chance to interact with other theatre and dance students. They also will be able to connect with instructors and learn about auditions and events. Refreshments will be provided. The Department of Theatre and Dance and the University Players will sponsor the event.

For students interested in sports, Ignite Campus Ministry is sponsoring an ultimate Frisbee and volleyball game night. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Towers Sand Volleyball Court Band Practice Field.

Group fitness preview week begins Aug. 26. All activities are free and offered by Recreation Services in the Student Recreation Center-North. Whether students are starting to be active regularly or are trying to increase their endurance, everyone can find a class he or she will enjoy. Kickboxing, Cycle Fit and Yoga are among the classes offered. Semester-long unlimited passes are $40. A one-time pass is $5.

The Intrafraternity Council (IFC), sponsored by Greek Life, will have recruitment opportunities throughout the day Aug. 26, depending on the chapter. Anyone interested in joining a fraternity can contact the fraternity of their interest for more information.

The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts will again hold music ensemble auditions at Southeast’s River Campus.

Tuesday, Aug. 27

Fall 2013 classes continue Tuesday, Aug. 27. Welcome tents will be located at various spots around campus between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and volunteers will be present to help students find their way around the University. Each tent will have water, snacks and maps available for students. The welcome tents are sponsored by New Student Programs.

The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts will conduct fall theatre auditions at 6 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.

At 6 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium, Greek Life will sponsor an IFC recruitment informational. Students interested in joining a Greek fraternity can attend and learn more about the fraternities on Southeast’s campus.

Religious organizations Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) and Ignite Student Ministry have events planned the evening of Aug. 27. CCM will hold a 4-on-4 volleyball tournament along with an ice cream bar from 6-8 p.m. at Parker Field. Ignite Student Ministry will hold a cook-out at 6:30 p.m. at the Ignite House.

Greek Life will hold a PanHellenic sorority recruitment informational meeting at 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium. Students interested in pursuing life as a member of a sorority are invited to attend and learn about the Greek sororities on campus.

The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts will again offer music ensemble auditions at Southeast’s River Campus.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Students have a chance to look for employment at a part-time job fair sponsored by Career Linkages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom on the fourth floor.

In the University Center lobby, students can have fun making Lucky Bamboo with the members of Student Activities Council at 10 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Campus Life and Event Services will staff a first year leadership programs information table.

Kent Library will hold the first presentation Aug. 28 of its biannual Athenaeum series, “Botanical Illustrations and the Arts and Crafts Movement.” It will take place in Sadie’s Place in Kent Library, and refreshments will be provided. The series began in 2007 and gets its name from the classical Greek goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Southeast faculty members present a topic of interest to them, and attendees may ask questions about the topic presented.

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum will have a Hawaiian ice social from 2-4 p.m. in the River Campus Atrium.

Southeast Online and Information Technology will sponsor a presentation “Bits and Bytes” from 4-5 p.m. in Dempster Hall Room 103.

Ignite Campus Ministry will have fellowship and a worship service at 8 p.m. at the Ignite House.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Join the Picnic at the Portico for international students from 3:30-5 p.m., sponsored by International Education Services and Kent Library.

Campus Life and Event Services will offer a student involvement fair at 5 p.m. on the Kent Library portico. Students can learn more about campus clubs and organizations in which they would like to participate.

At 6 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium, Greek Life will sponsor another IFC recruitment informational.

Students can cool off from the summer heat with Catholic Campus Ministry at their outdoor smoothie house from 8-10 p.m. on Academic Terraces, or join Campus Life and Gamma Sigma Sigma for Bingo in the University Center Skylight Terrace at 9 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 30

Opening Week comes to a close Aug. 30 with “The Avengers” sponsored by the Homecoming Planning Committee at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.