Opening Week Activities Welcome New Students to Campus

Move-In 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 6, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University will welcome students for the start of the 2012-2013 academic year with 10 days of activities Aug. 16-25.

Aug. 16

First-year students will begin moving in to the residence halls Aug. 16. Those wanting to get a jump-start on the day may do so during Early-Bird Move-In, scheduled for 6-8 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. Regularly scheduled first-year check-in is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., also in the Student Recreation Center-North.

Parents are invited to informational meetings on fraternity and sorority recruitment at 1:30 p.m. in the Towers main lobby and at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center. These meetings will provide parents with information about fraternities and sororities at Southeast and costs and benefits of membership.

First-year residence hall students will participate in residence hall floor meetings and activities either on their floor or in their hall lounge in the evening. New students will meet their residence assistant and hall director who will introduce them to on-campus living. The Office of Residence Life is sponsoring the meetings.

Capping the first day will be the Move-In Bash from 8-10 p.m. on the Kent Library lawn. The Move-In Bash will provide students the opportunity to meet new people while enjoying music by Andrew Allen. Students will also be able to try their hand at a climbing wall, and a photo booth and other activities will be offered. If it rains, the event, which is sponsored by Campus Life & Event Services, Student Activities Council and Delta Delta Delta, will be held in the University Center.

Aug. 17

Returning students will begin moving into the residence halls on Aug. 17. Commute and Connect! is planned for 9 a.m. in Robert A. Dempster Hall Room 105. 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 valuable information about how to get involved and connect with the campus. Free T-shirts will be available for commuter students to wear to the Welcome Convocation. Commute and Connect! is sponsored by Campus Life & Event Services.

All first-year students are invited to the annual Welcome Convocation at 10 a.m. in the Show Me Center. Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins and Student Government President Patrick Vining will greet new students, and information about Opening Week activities will be shared. The Welcome Convocation is sponsored by New Student Programs.

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. Southeast 101 is sponsored by New Student Programs.

College meetings are planned for 2-4 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 meeting. College meeting locations are as follows:

  • Harrison College of Business: Robert A. Dempster Hall Room 105
  • College of Education: Johnson Hall Room 200 (secondary and middle school education majors should report to their content area)
  • College of Health and Human Services, Student Recreation Center 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
  • School of University Studies and those undecided on their major, University Center Ballroom

The Jane Stephens Honors Program will hold an open house from 3-6 p.m. in the Honors House 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. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Southeast’s women’s soccer team will take on Illinois State University at 6:30 p.m. at Houck Stadium.

All new students are invited to the Student Government 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 Project Dynamite! will provide entertainment beginning at 8 p.m. In this “Saturday Night Live meets Cirque Du Soleil” event, students will see incredible stunts and hilarious comics and may get the chance to be part of the show. Project Dynamite! is sponsored by the Student Activities Council.

Aug. 18

First STEP Orientation will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 in the University Center. Students who have not attended a First STEP Orientation session must attend this session. Failure to complete the First STEP process will prevent students from being able to register for classes. Contact New Student Programs, which is sponsoring the event, at (573) 651-5166 to register.

Opening Week leaders will give campus tours at 2 and 3 p.m. beginning at the fountain in front of 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.

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is hosting the IFC BBQ, scheduled for 4-6 p.m. at Parker Field. All students are welcome and encouraged to meet the Greek community in this informal setting.

The Jane Stephens Honors Program will hold a second open house from 4-7 p.m. in the Honors House 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 Student Activities Council welcomes new and returning students to campus with a free viewing of “21 Jump Street” and free snacks from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Rose Theatre.

A “Welcome Back: First Night Party” is open to all students and is scheduled for 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. This free event, which is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta, gives new and returning students the chance to meet new people and reconnect with old friends.

Aug. 19

Music ensemble auditions will take place from 1-9 p.m. Aug. 19-21 at the 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: Peter Durow, pdurow@semo.edu
  • Jazz: Bob Conger, rconger@semo.edu
  • Marching Band and all Winds: Marty Reynolds, mreynolds@semo.edu
  • Percussion: Shane Mizicko, smizicko@semo.edu
  • Strings: Sara Edgerton, sedgerton@semo.edu

Students are encouraged to indulge in relaxation while attending the annual Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce Welcome Back Picnic from 4-6 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Food and freebies will be distributed from Cape Girardeau businesses and organizations, University departments and student organizations, and the Scott Wesley Band will perform at 4:15 p.m. The band’s guitar skills and smooth, comforting vocals have been compared to the styles of John Mayer and Jason Mraz. The picnic is sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Chartwells Educational Dining Services and New Student Programs. Entertainment at the picnic is sponsored by the Student Activities Council.

Southeast’s women’s soccer team will take on St. Louis University at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Houck Stadium.

Fraternity recruitment events will begin Aug. 19, and times and locations vary by chapter. For more information, visit www.semogreeks.com.

Aug. 20

Classes for the fall 2011 semester begin Aug. 20. Welcome Back 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 Back Tents are sponsored by New Student Programs.

Crafter’s Nook will provide students the opportunity to create a customized door hanger or bulletin board from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center lobby. The event is sponsored by Campus Life & Event Services.

Students are invited to meet with theatre and dance faculty and students while enjoying refreshments during the Theatre and Dance Open House, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at the River Campus. Upcoming events and auditions will be discussed, and students will be given the opportunity to learn about the Department of Theatre and Dance, get involved and meet new people. The open house is sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance in conjunction with the University Players and the Office of Student Transitions.

The Interfraternity Council is hosting a Fraternity Informational at 6 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. Students are encouraged to attend this informational meeting to learn about recruitment and the benefits and expectations of membership. Attendance is required in order to participate in Bid Day.

The Panhellenic Council is hosting a Sorority Informational at 7:30 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium. Students are encouraged to attend this informational meeting to learn about recruitment and the benefits and expectations of membership.

Group fitness classes offered by Recreation Services begin Aug. 20, and a Free Preview Week is being offered through Aug. 24. Group fitness classes have something for everyone, from those starting to be active regularly to those trying to increase their endurance. A few of the classes offered include Kickboxing and Cycle Fit, which provide challenging workouts, and Yoga, which provides a relaxing and rejuvenating workout. Students are encouraged to try different classes to discover their favorites. After the end of Free Preview Week, students are required to have paid for a pass to participate. A semester unlimited pass is $40, and a one-time pass is $5.

Aug. 21

Welcome Back Tents will be stationed again between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at various spots around campus, and volunteers will help students find their way across the campus.

The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association (SAA) invites all students to enjoy some pulled pork barbecue with friends at the SAA BBQ from 5-7 p.m. in Kem Statuary Hall in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center, located in the same parking lot as the Student Recreation Center-South.

Fall theatre auditions will be held at 6 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus for “Grease” and “The Crucible.” “Grease” is a Tony Award-winning production and one of the longest running Broadway musicals of all time; “The Crucible” is Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem. Callbacks for these two main stage fall shows will be held the following evening. Students who want to audition should come prepared with a 60-second monologue and a 16-bar cut of a song of their choice. Auditions will also be held for the second-stage show, “On the Verge,” Eric Overmyer’s lighthearted jaunt through a continuum of space, time, history, geography, feminism and fashion. A 60-second prepared monologue is required for this audition, also. For more information, call (573) 651-2149.

Students are invited to make their favorite sundaes and watch or participate in a four-on-four volleyball tournament from 6-8 p.m. at Parker Field. Students can register their teams at www.ccmin.org. This event is sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministry.

Aug. 22

Textbook BuyBack will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 and will continue through 6 p.m. Aug. 22-23 at the Southeast Bookstore.

Students seeking part-time employment on or off campus will benefit from the Part-Time Job Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. This one-stop opportunity is sponsored by Career Linkages.

The Student Activities Council will supply cactus, pots, paint markers and painting supplies for students who want to decorate their own cactus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center lobby. Supplies are limited, and students must present a valid Redhawks ID to participate.

For a cool afternoon treat, students are encouraged to stop by the River Campus atrium from 2-4 p.m. for free Hawaiian ice during the Hawaiian Ice Social sponsored by the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum.

The classic drive-in movie, “Jaws,” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Aquatic Center. The movie is sponsored by Recreation Services.

Aug. 23

Dr. Bob Conger, trombone, and Matt Yount, piano, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.

The Outdoor Smoothiehouse, a summer take on the coffeehouse, will take place from 8-10 p.m. on the Academic Terraces. Free fruit smoothies will be available, and live music will be performed by students. Students who want to perform at the event can sign up at www.ccmin.org. The Outdoor Smoothiehouse is sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministries.

Students can have a ball and play for the chance to win a prize during Bingo at 9 p.m. at the University Center Skylight Terrace. Bingo is free for Southeast students and is sponsored by Campus Life & Event Services and Sigma Sigma Sigma.

Aug. 24

A second Crafter’s Nook will provide students with the opportunity to create decorative magnets and be shown how to untangle ear bud wires from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24 in the University Center lobby. Students must provide their own ear buds. Crafter’s Nook is sponsored by Campus Life & Event Services.

Pool, cards and other games will be played during Free Play Friday, scheduled for 4-8 p.m. in the University Center lobby. Light refreshments will be provided. A valid Redhawks ID must be presented at the Information Desk to check out some of the equipment. For more information, contact (573) 339-4636.

Southeast’s women’s soccer team will take on the University of Missouri-Kansas City at 6:30 p.m. at Houck Stadium.

For the first time in two years, RAW superstars will return to Cape Girardeau as part of the WWE Raw World Tour at 7:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center. The Steel Cage Match will feature John Cena vs. Big Show. The WWE Championship Match will feature CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan.

Aug. 25

Students can meet new friends during a day of fun and games, free food, and getting to know Catholic Campus Ministry at the campus organization’s Welcome Bash, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 512 N. Pacific. RSVP at www.ccmin.org.

The Sigma Chi Annual Basketball Tournament will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. This men’s three-on-three basketball tournament has an entry fee of $3 per team, with proceeds going to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Students may register the day of the event at the Student Recreation Center-North.