CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 1, 2005 – Southeast Missouri State University will welcome its new students with a full slate of activities beginning Aug. 18 that will culminate with the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 22.
“The campus is gearing up for all of the wonderful activities planned for students during Opening Week 2005,” said Theresa Haug Belvin, assistant director of New Student Programs. “Our students have a lot to look forward to this year, and the University is very excited to have our new students join us.”
On Aug. 18, 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. 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. in the Show Me Center meeting rooms, and residence hall meetings are scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m.
On Aug. 19, 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, John Mehner, president and chief executive officer of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, Adam Hanna, Student Government president, India Jeffery, student regent, and Dr. Irene Ferguson, dean of students, will welcome new students to Southeast. Belvin will serve as master of ceremonies.
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 “Experience a New Tradition.” 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 is sponsored by the Student Government Association. Entertainment will be provided at 8:15 p.m. by comedy hypnotist Dale K. The performance is sponsored by Student Activities Council. On Aug. 20, 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. 20, 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 at noon in Towers lobby for students interested in video games.
Later that evening, a Minority Student Forum is planned at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Program Lounge. An outdoor movie, “Hitch,” will be shown on Academic Terraces at 9 p.m.
Campus Ministries will hold services throughout the morning of Aug. 21 at various locations.
The annual Chamber of Commerce Welcome Back Picnic will be held Aug. 21 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.
A fraternity informational meeting will be held at 8 p.m. in the Towers Café, with a sorority informational meeting following at 9 p.m.
Classes for the fall 2005 semester will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 22. That evening, the University Center will be hosting an open house from 6 to 9 p.m.
For more information on Opening Week activities, contact New Student Programs at (573) 651-5166 or visit http://ustudies.semo.edu/nsp/.