Southeast Gears Up for Opening Week Activities

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 13, 2004 – Southeast Missouri State University will welcome its new students to campus with a full slate of activities beginning Aug. 19 that will culminate with the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 23.

“The campus is gearing up for all of the wonderful activities planned for students during Opening Week 2004,” said Theresa Haug Belvin, coordinator of Orientation and First-Year Programs. “Our students have a lot to look forward to this year. Many of our residence halls are receiving a ‘facelift’ and the campus looks better than ever. The University is excited to have our new students join us so they can know how great Southeast Missouri State University really is.”

On Aug. 19, 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. Regular residence hall check-in for first-year students will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.

A parents’ fraternity and sorority informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at Towers Café, and refreshments will be served.

Later that evening, a commuter student social is planned for 6:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center meeting rooms, and residence hall meetings are scheduled from 8-11 p.m.

On Aug. 20, 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 9:30 a.m. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Dane Huxel, student government president; India Jeffery, student regent; and Dr. Irene Ferguson, dean of students, will welcome new students to Southeast.

A meeting for nontraditional students is planned for 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center Missouriana Room. Any student who is a veteran, a GED recipient, married or divorced, has dependents, or is over the age of 24 should attend this very informative meeting, which also will include lunch.

Traditional students will break into Southeast 101 groups from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at various campus locations. The theme for this year’s Southeast 101 session is “Live Responsibly . . . Experience Success.” Southeast 101 allows new students to ask questions of faculty and current students about academics and campus life. Southeast 101 gives students a glimpse of what Southeast life is like through discussions that focus on academic expectations in the college classroom, basic tips for succeeding and how to access resources at the University. Lunch will be served during the meeting.

Students will take the California Critical Thinking Skills Test from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in their Southeast 101 location. Following the test, students may attend college meetings and workshops from 2 to 4 p.m. in buildings across campus.

Towers Café will be serving an “Italiano Night” dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

After dinner, 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, and entertainment provided by The Evasons. The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association.

On Aug. 21, 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. 21, a variety of recreational activities are scheduled throughout the day. The Student Recreation Center will have the climbing wall open, and will hold sand volleyball and dodgeball games, as well as club sports demonstrations. Playstation games will be available in Towers Lobby for students interested in video games.

A sorority informational meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in Towers Café. A fraternity informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m., also in Towers Café. Later that evening, a Minority Student Forum is planned at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Program Lounge. An outdoor move, “Kill Bill,” will be shown

Campus Ministries will hold services throughout the morning of Aug. 22 at various locations.

The annual Chamber of Commerce Welcome Back Picnic will be held Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. in Capaha Park. 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.

Classes for the fall 2004 semester will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 23. That evening, from 6-9 p.m., the University Center will host “The Magic of Vegas,” an evening of food, fun, entertainment and prizes for students, faculty and staff.

For more information on Opening Week activities, contact New Student Programs at (573) 651-5166 or go to http://ustudies.semo.edu/nsp/.