Southeast Gears Up for Opening Week Activities

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 11, 2008 – Southeast Missouri State University will welcome its new students to campus with a full plate of activities beginning Aug. 21 that will culminate with the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 25.

“Southeast is gearing up to welcome our new students, as well as our returning students, back to campus,” said Theresa Haug Belvin, assistant director of New Student Programs. “We have several exciting and beneficial activities planned, and we are pleased to be welcoming a new group of students to the Southeast community.”

On Aug. 21, first year students wanting to get a head-start on settling in to their new campus abode can do so at the early-bird move-in from 6 to 8 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center-North. In addition, two separate parents’ fraternity and sorority informational meetings will be held at noon and at 4 p.m., both of which are in Room 205 of the University Center. 

Later that afternoon, two commuter student meetings are planned for 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the University Center Ballroom. Attendees will learn some helpful hints about life on campus as a commuter student, have the opportunity to meet other commuter students and pick up a free Southeast T-shirt.

On Aug. 22, faculty and staff will officially welcome the newest members of the University community with a Welcome Convocation at the Show Me Center. The convocation, which provides students with a general University orientation and information about Opening Week Activities, begins at 10 a.m.

Those welcoming new students to Southeast at the convocation will be Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Dr. Tamara Baldwin, professor of communications; Sarah Snyder, Student Government president; Leni Fluegge, student regent; and Dane Huxel, former student.

New students will have a chance to get connected with members of the Southeast faculty, staff and experienced student leaders through Southeast 101 sessions. Southeast 101 gives students a glimpse of what Southeast life is like through discussions focusing on academic expectations in the college classroom, basic tips for succeeding and how to access resources at the University. This year’s Southeast 101 will allow new students to ask questions of faculty and current students about academics and campus life. Lunch will be served during the meeting.

College meetings and workshops are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., giving students the opportunity to hear from the dean of their college and interact with faculty from their departments.

The annual “Great Ice Cream Pig Out” is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. This all-you-can-eat Southeast tradition features ice cream served by Southeast students and administrators. After enjoying the ice cream, stick around for the comedic hypnotist, Sailesh.

On Aug. 23, activities begin with a First STEP enrollment program for first-year students who have not yet attended the orientation. The program is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Center.

Also on Aug. 23, Recreation Services invites students to take a dip in the Student Aquatic Center. From 1 to 5 p.m., students and families are welcome to ride the zip line, scale the 40-foot bouldering rock wall, soak in the 15-person spa or lounge on the underwater couch.

Later that evening, there will be an academic and student support session to provide information for Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) students, students of color and first-generation college students. An outdoor movie, “Stomp the Yard,” will be shown on Academic Terraces at 9 p.m.

The annual Chamber of Commerce Welcome Back Picnic will be held Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce University Relations Committee in partnership with Chartwells Educational Dining Services, the annual picnic offers food, fun and lots of activities for students, faculty and staff. There also will be a performance by The Chinua Hawk & Chris Cauley Project.

Classes for the fall 2008 semester will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 25. Welcome Back Tents will be located at various spots around campus to help both new and returning students find their way around. Each tent will be staffed and will have water, cookies and maps available.

For more information on Opening Week activities, contact New Student Programs at (573)651-5166 or visit http://www.semo.edu/openingweek/.