Progress Report 2006: Southeast Missouri State University

Photo of Academic Hall

Highlighting this phenomenal year at Southeast was the largest enrollment in history. Total fall 2006 semester enrollment was 10,477, up 1.8 percent from fall 2005.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 1, 2007 – This past year has been characterized by national attention for Southeast Missouri State University’s stellar academic programs and by a continued expansion of the academic excellence the University has come to demonstrate for more than 130 years.

Highlighting this phenomenal year at Southeast was the largest enrollment in history. Total fall 2006 semester enrollment was 10,477, up 1.8 percent from fall 2005.

Guiding the University is a committed Board of Regents, including President Donald “Brad” Bedell of Sikeston, Mo., who was recently reappointed to the Board by Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, and Jim Limbaugh of Cape Girardeau who was recently appointed to the Board.

The Regents continue to provide outstanding stewardship for the University. In September, the Regents approved a Southeast Tuition Guarantee Program for Missouri students who enroll for the fall 2007 semester. Under the program, the University guarantees that incidental fees for all Missouri resident undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2007 will not rise more than $400 per year for a typical academic year load of 30 credit hours through spring 2011.

“This will help families plan for students’ education expenses without the threat of unanticipated costs,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University.

Dobbins says hundreds of Southeast students stand to benefit as well if the Missouri General Assembly enacts the Governor’s plan this legislative session to dramatically increase funding for need-based financial aid for college students and to revise the formula for distributing that aid.

Preliminary data indicate that under the Governor’s new plan, almost 1,900 Missouri resident undergraduate students at Southeast would be eligible for the state’s need based aid. This would be more than 24 percent of all Missouri undergraduates attending Southeast, compared to only 300 – about 4 percent – who are eligible for the current Gallagher and College Guarantee Program grants, Dobbins said.

Southeast is committed to offering access to higher education to students throughout southeast Missouri, and the University continues to provide many personal, professional and practical opportunities for them during their college experience. To that end, about 30 select Southeast juniors and seniors will spend their spring break in March in Washington, D.C., learning about global issues in business, the environment and politics at the prestigious Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

“This is a remarkable opportunity for Southeast students to work with researchers and consultants who advise national leaders in the top levels of government as they develop policies and strategies that affect the United States and the global community,” Dobbins said.

Southeast also continued its 134-year tradition of providing a quality education for its students when it began the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) process in 2006 for re-accreditation of the University by the North Central Association. AQIP is a seven-year cycle that begins with an application and culminates with affirmation of accreditation. Southeast submitted its application to AQIP last May and work on the accreditation process continues this academic year.

A place was etched in the University’s history last year as it welcomed two noteworthy guests to campus. In January, Martin Luther King III delivered the keynote address at the Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner, and in May, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at the Show Me Center.

In other developments, Southeast, in September, celebrated the groundbreaking of a new East Main Street interchange on Interstate 55. Southeast plans to convert the nearly 400 acre-University farm near the site into a University Technology Village, complete with a life-science research park, retail stores, commercial businesses and a residential development. The village would span areas on both sides of the interchange.

Photo of the Interchange groundbreakingSoutheast, in September, celebrated the groundbreaking of a new East Main Street interchange on Interstate 55. Southeast plans to convert the nearly 400 acre-University farm near the site into a University Technology Village, complete with a life-science research park, retail stores, commercial businesses and a residential development. The village will span areas on both sides of the interchange.

To prepare for this development, Southeast continued relocation plans for the University Farm to a new location. In 2005, the Southeast Missouri University Foundation purchased a 252-acre farm on the east side of Highway 25, just south of the intersection with Route K in Gordonville, Mo., that will ultimately serve as the site of the new University Farm. There, Southeast plans to relocate its beef cattle operation, begin a row crop operation and launch into other agricultural areas as well.

In April, the University plans to open its Business Incubator in the Southeast Innovation Center at 920 Broadway, part of the former First Baptist Church property. The incubator is a facility where start-up businesses can be nurtured until they are viable companies and can move out into the business community on their own. Five businesses have already committed to location in the newly remodeled area, and the winners of Southeast’s Student Entrepreneurship Program also will be housed in one of the incubator office spaces. Several Southeast students drafted proposals last fall for the development of sustainable small businesses. Seven advanced through the process and are now vying for start-up business funding and six months of free space in the Incubator.

One of those students is enrolled in Southeast’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, which  was listed in October as an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company featured Southeast in its 2007 edition of its “Best 282 Business Schools.”

Southeast’s MBA program also was recognized when it entered into a dual agreement last year with the University of Applied Sciences in Schmalkalden, Germany. This arrangement is giving students the opportunity to complete one year of graduate studies in Southeast’s MBA program and another year in Schmalkalden’s Master of Arts program in international business and economics. Students can earn both degrees in the time it normally takes to earn just one.

The University also signed an historic agreement in 2006 with Soon Chun Hyang University in Korea. The agreement provides a dual degree program between the two institutions. Soonchunhyang University is located in Asan City, northwest of Chungchongnam Province, about an hour from Seoul.

As part of Southeast’s efforts to expand its international enrollments, four Chinese students from Hunan Normal University in China spent the spring 2006 semester at Southeast. The students joined 12 other Chinese students from Sichuan Normal University in China who arrived in Cape Girardeau to study at Southeast in 2005.

Closer to home, Southeast entered into an agreement last year with Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) to offer a joint master of science degree program in criminal justice. The program is designed for working professionals who want to enhance their career opportunities, according to Dr. John Wade, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Southeast.

The public relations option in Southeast’s mass communication program was certified last summer by the Public Relations Society of America. Certification of Southeast’s public relations option in mass communication follows the announcement in

May 2005 of six-year accreditation of southeast’s mass communication program by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The accreditation was for Southeast’s five professional-track options in mass communications – journalism, advertising, public relations, radio and video production.

Mass communications faculty members like Dr. Karie Hollerbach are to be credited for the advancements being made in her department. Technology has changed the manner in which many classes at Southeast are being taught, including Hollerbach’s. The popularity of Hollerbach’s classes has soared in the past year with her innovative uses of podcasting and audio/visual streaming. Students are downloading her lectures to their iPods or MP3 players to reinforce learning, and students say they are enjoying these new modes of learning.

Other students progressing through their academic careers at Southeast are finding that online courses meet their need to complete their degree while still allowing them time to balance work and family. This spring 2007 semester, Southeast is offering 160 credit bearing online courses and five additional non-credit online courses.

Technology is at the forefront across the Southeast campus. The Internet had a specific influence on eight students and one alumnus when they took part last year in the first ever entirely online American Association for History and Computing Conference. These students contributed video presentations, e-posters, papers and presentations. Thanks to help from Southeast’s Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, which hosted their work, the contributions of Southeast representatives could be viewed online by other conference participants.

This complemented an already banner year for technology in history – a subject where modern technology might be considered foreign. An American history class taught by Dr. Steven Hoffman, coordinator of Southeast’s Historic Preservation Program and associate professor of history, used laptop computers and video game simulations to learn about World War II maneuvers.

Technology also is the hallmark of a new presentation lab in Dempster Hall. The lab is giving business students multi-operational space and resources such as multiple work areas, wireless laptops and video recording equipment to create first-rate presentations.

Photo of student reading in Kent LibrarySadie’s Place, a newly remodeled space on the main level of Kent Library, includes a coffee bar, comfortable furniture, Wi-Fi access, and conference rooms for group projects. Here, a student makes use of the comfortable environment to catch up on a reading assignment.

A new high-tech concept in studying came last year to Kent Library with planning for a new Information Commons and the inauguration of “Sadie’s Place.” This remodeled space on the library’s main level includes a coffee bar, comfortable furniture, Wi-Fi access, and conference rooms for group projects. This year, construction is scheduled to begin upstairs for the Information Commons, which will include computer workstations, recording equipment for presentations, scanners, editing equipment and a commercial grade, wide format color printer, as well as a quiet reading room. The goal of the Information Commons is to support student teamwork, collaboration and research on the Internet, and to provide access to multimedia and well-designed informal learning spaces.

Photo of students working in Sadie's PlaceA new high-tech concept in studying came last year to Kent Library with the inauguration of “Sadie’s Place.” Here, students make use of Wi-Fi access to work on a class project.

A new “e-learning certificate” for teacher education students made its debut on campus in 2006. Now, Southeast teacher education students will be even more advanced as they enter the job force armed with this certificate designed to prepare them to embrace classroom technology and use it in everyday instruction. Southeast teacher education students may now earn eLearning certificates after they have demonstrated competency with basic computer operations, SMARTboards, printing, scanning, digital photography, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, multimedia tools such as mPower 5, e-mail, online journals and threaded discussions, Web page creation, Web search tools and online databases.

The latest technology also will be at the heart of Southeast’s River Campus when it opens later this year. This unique facility combines the best of the old and the new. The Seminary building, original parts of which date from 1845, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Fully renovated inside and out, it will house offices, studios and classrooms for the Departments of Art, Music and Theatre & Dance.  The lower floor will contain practice rooms as well as a shared resource center, a student work center containing music scores, art slides, video and audio recordings, and a computer lab.  The former seminary chapel is being transformed into a 205-seat Music Recital Hall.

Photo of the River Campus and the Seminary buildingThe River Campus is unique facility that combines the best of the old and the new. The former St. Vincent’ College and Seminary building, original parts of which date from 1845, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project also includes new construction. Together, the facilities will house Southeast Missouri State University’s departments of music, art, theatre and dance.

Adjacent to the seminary building will be the 950-seat Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, a state-of-the-art performance space in which plays, large instrumental and vocal music concerts, musicals and ballets can be produced. Also part of the complex is the Flexible Theatre that will allow for various seating configurations, depending on the production. With 180 seats, this space will cater to smaller, more intimate, theatrical productions.  Southeast also has a growing dance program, and the dance studio, located adjacent to the flexible theatre, will allow dancers to rehearse for upcoming concerts and will provide space for smaller productions.  The lower level of the new building on the south side will contain visual art studios for painting, drawing, fibers, and design.

The new River Campus also will feature the Harry L. and Rosemary Berkel Crisp  Regional Museum that will relocate from its current location in Memorial Hall on the main campus. The museum will feature interactive exhibits highlighting the region’s history and development. A convocation center also will be located on the southwest corner of the property.  It will provide space for meetings, pre-concert lectures, pre- and post-event receptions, and special community and educational functions in a well appointed and convenient location.

Photo of River Campus construction progress

Construction continues on Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, which is expected to open in fall 2007.

Several groups, including Missouri’s new state legislators, have recently toured the construction site, and area residents are anxiously awaiting its opening scheduled for the fall of this year. The first production in the new facility will be “Big River,” a musical adapted from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” to be performed Oct. 24-28. A number of other stellar shows, including the St. Louis Symphony, “Swan Lake” performed by the St. Petersburg Ballet and Hal Holbrook in “An Evening With Mark Twain,” are planned throughout the 2007-2008 academic year.

Ground was broken last fall for the much-anticipated Aquatic Center, and opening of the new facility is planned for late fall of this year. The Aquatic Center, being built on the northwest corner of the Student Recreation Center-North on New Madrid Street, will feature a recreational pool and whirlpool, along with a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool.

Photo of the progress on the Aquatic Center constructionAn Aquatic Center is being built on the northwest corner of the Student Recreation Center-North on New Madrid Street. The Aquatic Center will feature a recreational pool and whirlpool, along with a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool.

While students anxiously await the opening of the Aquatic Center, they already are enjoying The Beanery Café, a new addition to the University Center last year. The Beanery serves a variety of coffees and specialty drinks, salads, sandwiches and specially baked breads. Students also welcomed the new addition last year of Rowdy’s on the ground floor of the Towers Complex. Rowdy’s is a sit-down or take-out facility featuring made-to-order Sub Generation Subs, Tuscan Oven pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and more.

On the “coming soon” list is an expanded and improved alumni center to house the University Advancement division and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. The Board of Regents last fall approved a plan for a new University Advancement facility to be located on the former First Baptist Church property. The new University Advancement facility will be created by constructing a second floor entrance and renovating the interior of the former First Baptist Church sanctuary building, which was acquired by the University three years ago. The property is located along Broadway, west of Pacific Street and east of Houck Field House .

Led by Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Wayne Smith, the Foundation in 2006 increased support from alumni, friends and corporations with cash gifts totaling more than $2.7 million and total giving, including gifts-in-kind, totaling nearly $3 million. The Foundations’ total net assets increased by nearly $3 million to more than $34 million.

The Advancement Division also launched the premier issue last year of The Magazine of Southeast Missouri State University. The new four-color magazine provides the latest information about news and happenings at Southeast, and each issue features profiles of alumni and friends, keeping Southeast graduates well connected to their alma mater.

Growth occurred in other areas as well at Southeast when the Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program announced last fall that it would locate a Reading Recovery® University Training Center at on campus. Now based at Southeast, the Center is one of just 23 in the nation. University Training Centers coordinate training and professional development for Reading Recovery teacher leaders. Reading Recovery is a highly-effective, short-term intervention of one-on-one tutoring for first-graders having trouble learning to read and write.

Also expanding last year was Southeast Public Radio, which welcomed new listeners in the Mineral Area, Jefferson County and South St. Louis in 2006 with the inauguration of a KRCU repeater station, KSEF 88.9 FM, on Simms Mountain near Farmington, Mo. The addition of KSEF allows Southeast Public Radio to provide its programming to an additional 1.5 million people in the University’s northern service region.

Another new service inaugurated at Southeast last year is a shuttle to transport students between campus and shopping sites and other amenities on the west side of Cape Girardeau and to entertainment venues in downtown Cape Girardeau. The service, called W.I.N.G.S. (When in Need, Go Shuttle), was launched last year by Student Government, in cooperation with the President’s Office and the Dean of Students Office. The shuttle runs on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

While progress continues on the Cape Girardeau campus, Southeast’s regional campuses made great strides as well last year.

In October, Southeast’s area higher education centers were designated regional campuses under a proposal adopted by the Board of Regents. The new campus designations are “Southeast Missouri State University-Malden,” “Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett” and “Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston.” The University now teaches all undergraduate and graduate courses at these three centers south of Cape Girardeau. The Board also adopted a new name for the center at Perryville, Mo., where the teaching load is shared by Southeast and Mineral Area College. The new designation there is “Perryville Higher Education Center.”

 Total enrollment at the campuses south of Cape Girardeau in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo., was up four percent for the fall 2006 semester. Headcount was 1,180, up from 1,135 in fall 2005.

“Enrollments continue to grow at the centers, both in the number of students served and in the number of credit hours taken by students,” said Dr. Randy Shaw, assistant provost for Extended Learning and dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies.

Programs and services at the campuses are also growing. Southeast and the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences announced in June a cooperative new program in which an associate degree Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN to RN) Bridge Program at Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett. The program was launched last fall with Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, Mo., donating $125,000 to the program. The University, in partnership with the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences, received a $664,379 Missouri Foundation for Health Award to underwrite start-up costs for the program.

In January, the University’s Sikeston Campus opened its 10,800-square-foot expansion that includes additional classroom and office space, a science laboratory and a new child care center.

Photo of ribbon cutting at the SES addition openingSoutheast Missouri State University-Sikeston celebrated the opening of an addition to its building in January 2006, marking the occasion with an official ribbon cutting.

Southeast also entered into a partnership last year with Missouri Southern State University to create a dental hygiene training center at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston. MSSU will provide the dental hygiene theory based-classes by way of Instructional Television (ITV) and online courses.  Southeast will be providing the science and general education core requirements to prepare students for the rigor of the dental hygiene program.  Hands-on training will continue to be provided at the sponsoring institutions for clinical experience classes.  The training center is scheduled to open in fall 2007.

Back on campus, Southeast’s athletic teams continued to make strides. The women’s basketball team won the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) championship in 2006 and made its first ever appearance in the NCAA national tournament. The gymnastics team also earned a berth in the NCAA regionals. Southeast track and field had a great year, winning the OVC men’s and women’s outdoor championships and the women’s indoor title. Southeast All-American Miles Smith participated in the national NCAA Track and Field Championships, emerging 14th in the world and fifth in the nation.

Looking to the future of the Redhawks athletics program, the University made two significant coaching changes in 2006. Marlon A. “Tony” Samuel, assistant coach at Purdue University and former head coach at New Mexico State University, was named Southeast’s new head football coach. In addition, Scott Edgar, former head coach at Murray State University, was hired as head coach for the Southeast men’s basketball team.

Also in 2006, the women’s soccer team won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Southeast football players David Simonhoff and Edgar Jones were named First Team All-American in football.

Redhawks fans in the St. Louis area have been able to hear play-by-play of Southeast’s football and men’s basketball games this year on 1130 AM ESPN Radio after Southeast signed a broadcast contract with the station last year. Athletics also began live-streaming its home basketball and football games on the Internet in 2006. Now, Redhawks fans worldwide have access to Southeast’s athletic programs.