Southeast Partners with Missouri National Guard to Launch Officer Training Program

SMG_logo_13CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 14, 2012 — Officials with Southeast Missouri State University and the Missouri Army National Guard today entered into an agreement to launch a SHOW ME GOLD officer training program to begin at Southeast in fall 2013.

Signing a memorandum of agreement today were Major Gen. Stephen Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri Army National Guard; and Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. The event was held in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center at Southeast.

The Missouri Army National Guard Officer Leadership Program (SHOW ME GOLD) will offer citizens of Missouri the opportunity for professional development to become commissioned officers in the Missouri Army National Guard. The officer training program will consist of credit-bearing classroom instruction, leadership laboratories and physical conditioning training.

A Missouri Army National Guard officer will be based at Southeast in the near future to begin recruiting students, developing the academic program, and providing instruction for cadets. The SHOW ME GOLD program is expected to enroll approximately 20 students for fall 2013, and each subsequent year.

According to Major General Danner, “Southeast Missouri State and the Missouri National Guard share a rich tradition of being and providing leaders for our state and nation. This new program will muster the full resources of both institutions to mold a new generation of leaders.”

The Adjutant General of Missouri will nominate candidates for the faculty position to Southeast Provost Ron Rosati and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Francisco Barrios.

Dobbins says the SHOW ME GOLD program will be similar to other Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) such as the Air Force ROTC program at Southeast. Student participants in the program must satisfy admissions standards of both Southeast Missouri State and the Missouri Army National Guard. Those who qualify for any of Southeast’s merit–based scholarships will be eligible to receive 75 percent of their value to be used toward Residence Life room and board costs.

Students will enroll in Southeast’s regular academic programs, but also will take credit-bearing leadership courses offered through the Missouri Army National Guard and fulfill other additional requirements. Dedicated offices and classrooms are planned for the program.

Dobbins said some four-credit hour SHOW ME GOLD leadership courses will be open to all Southeast students, regardless of whether they participate in the officer training program.

“These courses will do a great job for developing student leadership,” the president said.

He praised the Missouri Army National Guard for partnering with Southeast on this new initiative.

“Our University is very supportive of our military branches,” Dobbins said. “The SHOW ME GOLD Program also shows the faith the Missouri Army National Guard has in both the leadership and the academic programs of Southeast Missouri State. We appreciate Major General Danner and the Missouri Army National Guard for bringing this program to our campus, and we look forward to working with them to develop this program for the citizens of Missouri,” Dobbins added.

“Working with our partners at Southeast Missouri State, the Show Me State is setting a new standard for producing trained, educated, and outstanding Citizen-Soldiers that we are certain other states will emulate,” said Major General Danner. “Once again, Missouri is leading the way.”