Southeast Celebrating Family Weekend Sept. 19-21

EVT-FamilyWeekendCNN’s Anderson Cooper Presenting ‘A 360° Look at World Events’ Sept. 21

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 11 2014 – Families of Southeast Missouri State University students are invited to spend time with their student and enjoy the campus experience during a variety of activities on Family Weekend Sept. 19-21 at Southeast.

“Family Weekend is an important weekend during the fall semester,” said Michele Irby, director of Campus Life. “It is an opportunity for our students to invite their families into their college experience and share it with them. For Family Weekend this year, we are organizing our activities into tracks for ease of finding events and programs that are of interest. Through a variety of family-focused activities we hope to open up the campus to our Southeast students’ families.”

While families are welcome to enjoy the weekend at their own pace, activities also will be available in four tracks for those interested in fitness and wellness, academics, arts and entertainment, and community exploration. A full Family Weekend schedule is available at http://semo.edu/familyweekend.

Family Weekend began in 1977 as “Parents’ Weekend” for the families of football players. It has since evolved into a weekend of activities for all students and their families.

Family Weekend 2014 will kick off on Sept. 19 with the Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A variety of plants will be for sale. Dr. Sven Svenson, associate professor of agriculture, will give tours of the Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden. Denise Pingel, greenhouse manager, and Department of Agriculture students will present and discuss chrysanthemum trials, which will be available for viewing. The greenhouse is located at 1039 Bertling Street, on the corner of Bertling and Old Sprigg streets. This event is hosted by the Department of Agriculture and is free and open to the public.

Two exhibits will be on display all weekend at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at the River Campus. Photographer Sparky Campanella’s “Horizon” show offers a series of color photographs focusing on the point where nature and urban worlds collide. The images are equally divided between nature and man, a graphical partnership that represents a desire for balance between these two fundamentals. Robert McDonald will also be displaying his work, “Native Grounds,” as a part of the Transition Spaces Series. This exhibition space is devoted to the work of artists within 150 miles of Cape Girardeau. For more information, please visit www.semo.edu/museum.

Closing events on Sept. 19 will be a Tunes at Twilight concert featuring Allie Farris at 6:30 p.m. at the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo at Lorimier and Themis in downtown Cape Girardeau. Tunes at Twilight is an award-winning outdoor concert series organized by Old Town Cape and held on Friday nights for six weeks in the spring and six weeks in the fall. Gather your family and friends and bring a lawn chair or blanket and snacks for this free concert. Singer/songwriter/pianist Farris writes and performs music that reflects her classic rock influences. Lush melodies coupled with a powerful focal sound shape her songs of love and longing. This young Nashville-based artist is currently on tour in support of her debut EP “You Make Me Smile.”  This event is free and open to the public.

Events on Saturday, Sept. 20, will get under way with a complimentary continental breakfast with Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins from 9 to 10 a.m. in the University Center. This event is sponsored by the Family Weekend Committee.

Bus tours of the campus and Cape Girardeau will be offered throughout the day, departing from the University Center at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Participants will learn the rich history of the University and the Cape Girardeau community. The tours will include the main campus, River Campus and downtown area.

Tours of the Academic Hall dome also will take place throughout the day. Meet in front of Academic Auditorium on the main floor of Academic Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to tour the newly restored dome. The dome was restored with a new copper surface during two years of building renovations in 2012-2013. A mezzanine, built between the building’s second floor and the dome, has a glass skylight offering a complete view of the dome’s interior and historic chalked signatures added to the dome’s wooden structure. A spiral staircase is built upward from the mezzanine to a ringed walkway encircling the perimeter of the dome, offering views through the dome’s porthole-type windows.

Families may dine at the University Center Redhawks Market from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a special all-you-can-eat $5 price. Students with a meal plan may use their plan to eat.

An open house is scheduled at the new River Campus Center from 1-3 p.m. Students, families and community members are welcome. Residence hall rooms as well as academic studio spaces will be open with tour guides available. The seminary and Cultural Arts Center at the River Campus will be open as well. Demonstrations will take place in the directing studio, dance studios and Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre.

In addition, the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at the River Campus will be open with two exhibits on display all weekend. Photographer Sparky Campanella’s “Horizon” show offers a series of color photographs focusing on the point where nature and urban worlds collide. The images are equally divided between nature and man, a graphical partnership that represents a desire for balance between these two fundamentals. Robert McDonald will also be displaying his work, “Native Grounds,” as a part of the Transition Spaces Series. This exhibition space is devoted to the work of artists within 150 miles of Cape Girardeau. For more information, please visit www.semo.edu/museum.  Light refreshments will be served.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., family festivities for all ages will take place in the University Center. A variety of activities will be available, including demonstrations, music, cultural performances, an exotic animal petting zoo, entertainment by John Rush, lucky bamboo and more. No pre-registration is required.

Zipline rides will available at the University’s ropes course from 1-3 p.m. on the north end of the campus.

Sixty-second caricatures will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Towers Complex. Pick up a free caricature by Adam Pate, the number one caricature artist on the college market. This event is sponsored by the Student Activities Council.

EVT-FamilyWeekendFootball pre-game tailgating will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in front of Houck Stadium along Bellevue Street. Kick off each home football game with two hours of live music and appearances by the Southeast Marching Band, Sundancers, Cheerleaders and Rowdy. Free food, drinks, live music, games, inflatables and more will be available, and personal tailgating will be offered in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center parking lots, all leading up to the battle between Southeast and Southeastern Louisiana.

The football game will take place at 6 p.m. at Houck Stadium. Wear red and black to support the Redhawks. Fans may purchase their tickets online at GoSoutheast.com or by calling (573) 651-2113. Student admission is free with a valid Redhawks ID, and students are encouraged to cheer on the Redhawks in the Redhawks Nest student section. General admission tickets are $10. Reserved bleacher seats are $12. Youth ages 2-14 are $5.

The New Student Showcase will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at the River Campus. Come see new theatre and dance freshmen and transfer students showcase their talents for the first time at Southeast. A variety of scenes, monologues, songs, dances and sketches will be performed.

Other events will be going on all day on Sept. 20. Families may stop by the University Center to check out discs to play disc golf at Capaha Park. Walking tours of the campus will be available with maps available at the University Center.

Events on Sunday, Sept. 21, will begin with the Symphony Sampler at both 2 and 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is a light-hearted introduction to the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra with brief selections from their upcoming 2014-2015 season.

Also at 2 p.m., fans can help Southeast break the volleyball single-game home attendance record when the Redhawk women’s volleyball team takes on Southern Illinois University. The game will take place in Houck Field House. General admission is $5, and Southeast student admission is free. Youth ages 2-14 are $3.

At 3 p.m. in the Show Me Center, award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper will present “A 360° Look at World Events.”  Cooper is the anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°,” a nightly newscast that goes beyond the headlines, keeping politicians and policy-makers honest with in-depth reporting and investigations. Since the start of his career in 1992, Cooper has covered nearly all major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene. Most recently, he has extensively covered the conflicts in Syria and Egypt, the NSA surveillance programs, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Sandy Hook shootings. Cooper has also played a pivotal role in CNN’s political and election coverage and has anchored from conventions and moderated several presidential debates. In addition to his shows on CNN, Cooper is also a regular correspondent for CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC news correspondent and host of the network’s reality program “The Mole.” Cooper anchored ABC’s off-beat overnight newscast “World News Now,” and was a correspondent for “World News Tonight” as well as “20/20.” Cooper joined ABC from Channel One News, where he served as chief international correspondent. During that time, he reported and produced stories, often on his own, from conflicts in Bosnia, Cambodia, Haiti, Israel, Myanmar, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia and South Africa. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawks ID to pick up a free ticket in the University Center Room 204 or the Show Me Center Box Office. General public tickets are $10 and are available at www.showmecenter.biz and the Show Me Center Box Office.

In addition, the community is sponsoring a number of events throughout the weekend, including a Day on the River coordinated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. For information on community events, visit www.visitcape.com.

Southeast family lodging discounts are available at Drury Suites – Cape Girardeau and Jackson, and Drury Lodge and Pear Tree Inn in Cape Girardeau. Guests must provide promotional code 317573 online or by phone (1-800-DruryInn). For reservations at Candlewood Suites, call 1(888) 226-3539 or visit CandlewoodSuites.com. Candlewood Suites will provide a 15 percent discount off their regular rate for anyone attending a Southeast event.

For more information on Family Weekend, call (573) 651-5120.