Southeast Missouri State University freshman, Emily Merz of Smithton, Ill., will present “Studying Art: Where It’ll Get You” as part of the 15th annual COMMrades’ Spring 2017 Speakers Showcase at noon Jan. 25 in the University Center Ballroom.
The 30-minute event is designed to show what comprises a good speech, focusing on content, structure, delivery and visual communication. The event is free and open to the public.
Merz, a freshman majoring in English education and the daughter of Cindy and Dave Merz, will examine how taking art classes helps one prepare for the challenges of today’s professional world, as well as enhances physiological and psychological health.
“The speech is nicely structured and developed,” said Dr. Glen Williams, chair of the Department of Communication Studies. “Ms. Merz cites researchers’ findings that link the study of art to enhanced abilities for creative and analytical thinking, as well as reduced stress levels.”
“Ms. Merz utilizes a nice blend of high-quality sources to support her argument. Her PowerPoint illustrations are engaging and help advance her case,” Williams said.
Smith originally completed the speech for SC105 “Fundamentals of Oral Communication” in fall 2016. She was selected from students taking the course last fall to deliver her speech during the spring showcase to demonstrate effective speechmaking for students currently enrolled in SC105 and just beginning the course.
The Speakers Showcase, held every semester since spring 2002, is now in its 15th year. The speech, and the discussion that follows, provides a good model for newly enrolled students.
There will be prizes from Buffalo Wild Wings, Cape West 14 Cine and Horizon Screen Printing and Promotional Products and BG’s Olde Tyme Deli.
Dale Stuckey, education specialist from the State of Missouri Deferred Compensation Plan, will be conducting a seminar regarding 457 Plan Roth Contributions for Deferred Compensation on Tuesday, March 7, from 1-2 p.m. in the University Center Indian Room.
To register for the seminar, visit the State of Missouri’s Deferred Compensation Plan’s website at www.modeferredcomp.org and click on Event Registration.
Stuckey will also be available for individual appointments before and after the seminar until 4 p.m. To schedule an individual appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or questions, contact Alissa Vandeven at (573) 651-2206.
Join Recreation Services and sign up for one-on-one personal training and nutrition counseling. Recreation Services’ senior exercise science and dietetics students will help you get back into good health in 2017. This is a great experience for students and clients.
The program includes:
- Three personal training sessions a week for 12 weeks with senior level exercise science/health promotion students taking the exercise leadership class
- Four nutrition counseling sessions with senior dietetics students taking the nutrition counseling class
- Pre/post assessment and body composition measurements
Cost is $15 payable to the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.
To sign up, visit http://www.semo.edu/recservices/fitness-wellness/bbu.html. For more information or questions, contact Sara Wagganer at email@example.com.
Electronic W-2 forms for 2016 are now available to view and print online through Employee Self Service.
Also, employers are required to furnish employees Form 1095-C Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage document. The 1095-C form is part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires employers to provide full-time employees (averaging 30 hours or more per week) documentation of whether health insurance coverage was provided for the calendar year. The deadline for distribution of Form 1095-C is March 2, 2017. You do not need to wait until you receive Form 1095-C to file your taxes.
Employees are required to provide consent in order to view or print a W-2 form or 1095-C form online (current year or a prior year). If you already gave your consent to receive your W-2 or 1095-C online, you do not need to give consent again. Once consent is given, it carries forward each year and does not need to be repeated.
To provide consent to receive/view any W-2 or 1095-C electronically:
- Log on to My Southeast on the University portal
- Select the Employee SS tab
- Under Tax Forms, select the Electronic W-2 Consent option
- Check the Consent to Receive W-2 Electronically box and/or
- Check the Consent to Receive 1095-C Electronically box
- Click on the Submit button
The process to view and print the electronic W-2 or 1095-C is as follows:
- Log on to Banner Web for Employee Self-Service
- Select the Employee SS tab
- Select Tax Forms
- Select W-2 Year End Earnings Statement and/or
- Select 1095 Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Statement
- Select the appropriate year you would like to view
- Click on the Display button.
To print a copy of the form to be submitted to the government, click on the Printable W-2 or Printable 1095-C button on the bottom left side of the form. This will display a copy of your official tax form that you may attach to your returns. Print this form using your usual print process.
An employee who consents to receiving the Form W-2 or Form 1095-C online will not receive a paper copy. Printed paper W-2s will be distributed to the employee address on record no later than Jan. 31. Printed paper 1095-Cs will be distributed by March 2.
For additional information, contact the Human Resources office at (573) 651-2206.
Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride” Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.
“For our production, we have decided to return to Smetana’s original concept of using spoken dialogue instead of the traditional (at the time) recitative, which is a form of sung dialogue,” said Christopher Goeke, professor of music at Southeast. “We feel this represents the kind of story telling that was intended for this show. As a result, it moves along quickly and is easy to follow.”
“The Bartered Bride,” by Bedrick Smetana, is a tuneful and amusing show following the trials of a young couple as they navigate parental interference. It takes place in a picturesque country village in Bohemia as the joyous annual spring festival is beginning. The plot involves a pushy marriage broker, an unwilling bride, a timid and petrified groom, another mysterious groom, meddling parents, some really fun circus characters, and lots of festive townspeople and dancing.
“Will love triumph over greed? Come and see for yourself!” Goeke said.
“The Bartered Bride” will be performed in English, with super-titles and will also feature orchestral accompaniment, and period sets and costumes.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampus.org/the-bartered-bride.
Dr. John Elfrink of St. Louis, Missouri, recently made a $1,200 gift to begin funding the award.
The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in elementary education who has been admitted into the teacher education program. Applicants must have financial need. The College of Education Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.
Paula Elfrink was a 1977 graduate of Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in Education, elementary education. She spent a very rewarding career in elementary education, and particularly enjoyed working with students with difficult issues.
Dr. Bethany Alden-Rivers, assistant vice president of teaching and learning at Utah Valley University (UVU), has been named associate provost for academic effectiveness and student success at Southeast Missouri State University effective June 1.
In her new role, she will be responsible for leading and coordinating campus-wide program-level assessment, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation process and the academic program review process. She also will coordinate retention initiatives with the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Success and oversee the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning/Office of Instructional Technology, the Center for Advising and Career Services, the Center for Writing Excellence and Testing Services. In addition, she will serve as liaison with the Provost’s Office for the University’s general education program, University Studies; the UI100 Experience, Southeast’s freshman orientation seminar; and the Jane Stephens Honors Program.
“There is so much we can do to support student success through the way we design, facilitate and assess learning, as well as through the way we help students navigate their higher education experience,” Alden-Rivers said. “I was attracted to this role because it brings together several key areas within the institution to help students achieve their educational goals.”
“I am deeply honored to be invited to serve Southeast Missouri State University as Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness and Student Success. I am impressed by the University’s commitment to its students and to its community,” she added. “President Vargas and Provost Kunkel have a clear, progressive, and student-centered agenda for the University, and I am thrilled to contribute toward this vision. Missouri is my home. I was raised in Rolla, and I lived in Springfield while I completed my studies at Missouri State University. What an opportunity this is to serve the faculty, staff and students of Southeast, and to return to my home state.”
She said her new role presents an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively across the institution, to build on existing strengths and to influence positive change. She says she is looking forward to developing relationships with colleagues and serving as a resource for them and the institution.
“I want to express my thanks to Dean Allen Gathman and the search committee for their excellent work assembling and narrowing the candidate pool for this important new position in Academic Affairs at Southeast,” said Dr. Karl Kunkel, Southeast provost. “The committee provided the campus with an extremely strong pool of finalists, each bringing significant experiences and skills. Dr. Alden-Rivers rose to the top of a very competitive list of candidates.”
Kunkel continued, “Dr. Alden-Rivers brings to Southeast very broad experience, from a number of higher education institutions both in the United States and abroad, with student success and faculty development initiatives, along with accreditation, student learning assessment and academic program review.”
“I am excited to welcome Dr. Alden-Rivers as a member of the Academic Affairs team and look forward to her leadership in these areas, collaborating with her and faculty as we collectively pursue excellence in our academic programs and the success of Southeast students,” he said.
In her current role at Utah Valley University, she and her team work to increase online, blended and competency-based courses and programs, and to support faculty who teach across these flexible modes. She and her team have also designed and implemented a robust, certified faculty development program at UVU, in partnership with the Higher Education Academy
She previously worked as head of learning and teaching development for the University of Northampton, UK, and as a faculty member, faculty developer and project manager for the UK Open University. She comes to Southeast with 15 years of teaching experience in higher education, supporting diverse groups of traditional and non-traditional learners across the world.
Alden-Rivers also spent a year as an instructor for accounting, management communications and statistics at Missouri State University’s China Campus in Dalian, China.
“For most of my career, I have worked in the UK higher education sector, but I have also experienced higher education within a European, Chinese, and North American context. I feel fortunate to have a global perspective on higher education, as well as an international network of colleagues who constantly amaze and inspire me through the work they do,” she said. “Regardless of where you are in the world, many of the themes, challenges and opportunities in higher education are the same. I believe it is important to form positive, mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues at other institutions, globally and locally, so that we can learn from and support each other.”
She is a practicing management coach, has been recognized as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching, and has a record of published scholarly work and funded research activity.
She holds a Doctorate in Educational Technology and a Master of Research in Educational Technology, both from the UK Open University. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Finance, both from Missouri State University.
She and her husband, David, are the parents of a daughter, Josephine. They also have two dogs, Zeke and Max.
On a Friday night at Catapult Creative House in downtown Cape Girardeau, members of the Southeast Missouri State University Graduate Business Students’ Association (GSBA) gather in an upstairs conference room. The heavenly scent of home-made chicken tikka greets all who enter the room, and anticipation builds over the promise of crepes– also made by a graduate student– for dessert. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, the camaraderie evident as the students eat and catch up on the events of the week.
The room is packed, and more chairs are rolled in. Dr. Foster Roberts, the faculty advisor of the GSBA arrived early; Dr. Kenneth Heischmidt, former director of Graduate Business Programs who has been teaching in the Harrison College of Business for more than 20 years, is greeted warmly as he and his wife join the crowd. The chatter dims as the visiting speakers, Curt Buchheit and Casey Crowell– both Southeast graduates and Bank of Missouri executives — begin their remarks. The students smile as they listen. The guidance and mentoring they receive from experienced business professionals like these is one of the many reasons why they chose Southeast’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program.
In the fall of 1996, professors in the Harrison College of Business at Southeast decided to bring an MBA back to Southeast; a prior program had lost traction nearly a decade earlier. The effort was led by Heischmidt, who realized an MBA program could be successful in southeast Missouri provided its mission included two key components: first, to give students the education they wanted, and second, to give businesses the educated professionals they needed. The two objectives married happily and the revamped MBA program has enjoyed unparalleled success over the last two decades.
This year Southeast’s MBA Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
When the MBA was launched in 1996, not everyone was convinced the people of southeast Missouri would be interested.
“There was concern that the MBA market was in St. Louis, not Cape Girardeau,” Heischmidt said.
The faculty launching the degree decided to move forward with a small program providing two options: a traditional MBA management program; and a second MBA option with an emphasis in accounting. Both programs generally take two years to complete.
“We expected that the program would grow to 70 or 80 students, and then enrollment would level out” recalls Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Harrison College of Business. “Clearly, that did not happen – we exceeded our expectations.”
Enrollment for the inaugural semester, fall 1996, was 32. Ten years later, enrollment was up to 104. Now, 20 years later, total enrollment in all focus areas, including both the traditional and online graduate programs, is more than 200 students.
The MBA program received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in the fall 2000 semester. Receiving AACSB accreditation was an important step in bringing high-caliber students to Southeast.
“When we were first reviewed, I was asked how many students we admitted that did not satisfy our published admission requirements” Heischmidt said. “I told the reviewer that all of our students had met those requirements, every single one of them. We had set a standard and we didn’t deviate from it.”
The accreditation was awarded shortly thereafter, and has been maintained by the Harrison College of Business ever since. Only 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation.
The MBA program revised its admission requirements in 2010 and 2013; both updates ultimately increased enrollment.
“We compete with schools that are much larger, that have higher name recognition,” said Heischmidt, “but the students—intelligent, driven students from all walks of life—choose to come here because of the quality of the education we offer.”
The Graduate Studies faculty in the College of Business pride themselves on their close relationships with their students, developing courses that satisfy student goals and interests.
“We started with programs in management and accounting,” said Dr. James Caldwell, director of Graduate Business Programs, “but we now offer a full portfolio of award-winning educational opportunities, including a total of nine MBA concentrations, many of which are interdisciplinary, offered in cooperation with other Southeast departments.”
The various tracks include opportunities in international business, health administration, environmental management and sports management The Harrison College of Business also offers two additional graduate degrees: a top-ranked Master of Science in management, and a Master of Science in healthcare management. Moreover, the traditional MBA program can now be fully completed online.
“The nationally ranked online MBA, like our other programs, caters to the specific needs and desires of the students” said Heischmidt. “Our online component serves the immediate region and expands the reach of the program, while allowing business professionals to continue working while in school.” According to Heischmidt, “some of our best students are those coming back to school utilizing the online format.”
Online students are welcome to all face-to-face events, and many pursue a “hybrid” degree, taking advantage of both online and classroom courses.
“We will continue to develop programs as student demand for those programs increases, or the market for a particular knowledge base increases,” said Caldwell. “Usually there’s a correlation between the two. Students want the skills that allow them to excel in their chosen field. We work with both students and business leaders to develop those skills.”
Key to the program’s success has been the commitment of the faculty to ensure each student gets the maximum benefit from their time spent at Southeast.
“Our faculty is experienced, educated, and, most importantly, service oriented, offering multiple opportunities for face-to-face interaction with professors and peers, including the Graduate Students’ Business Association,” said Caldwell.
Bobbie Dampier from Springfield, Missouri, found this to be the case.
“I came to Southeast because it looked like a great program, and because it was less expensive than some other programs I considered, but I was also impressed that the placement rate after graduation was really good,” she said.
Dampier, a second year student in the MBA accounting track, already has a job lined up when she graduates next year.
“I interned last summer at a big accounting firm in St. Louis,” she said, “and I will be going back there to work full-time after I graduate. I am happy with the education I am receiving as it relates to my future career in accounting.”
Jue “Violet” Zhang is one of the hundreds of international students who have chosen to study business at Southeast. International students currently make up 35 percent of the graduate student body within the Harrison College of Business.
Zhang graduated from Southeast with an MBA in 2008, honed her professional skills working for Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce company, and continues a successful career in e-commerce in Beijing, China. She insists the faculty was crucial to the success she now enjoys.
“I believe that I learned much more than what was in my books,” Zhang explained. “The professors made sure of that. I spent hours talking to them about classes, about books, and about life. I spent every Sunday at Dr. Young’s house eating Sunday dinner, learning about the demands placed upon women in the business world, and talking about the opera.”
According to Zhang, the Southeast experience was far more than what could be discerned by brochures or a list of program requirements.
“I had looked at another program, but after visiting Southeast, I knew that there were no better professors. They were very sweet, nice, professional and patient. They treated the students as their kids. They inspired me, even though they said that they were inspired by us.”
Ever-improving modern technology means that anyone can have access to goods, services, information and people anywhere in the world, at any time, instantly.
“The internet means all business is international business,” said McDougall. “International students are a vital part of our MBA program. They add interesting diverse viewpoints to the curriculum as a whole, not merely to topics dealing with international trade.”
Students in the MBA program also have opportunities to learn by studying abroad; the College of Business has cooperative agreements with two universities in Germany.
A consistent theme among MBA students and professors is the emphasis on graduating well-prepared professionals. According to McDougall, the College of Business has been successful in this endeavor because of closely developed relationships with business leaders in the southeast Missouri region.
“When our students wanted a program in healthcare administration, we consulted with executives at our two largest healthcare providers, Southeast Health and Saint Francis Medical Center. When a program needs to be modified, we talk to the experts in that field. Professional development is of key importance,” he explained.
Caldwell also emphasized the importance of offering courses that were developed in cooperation with working business leaders.
“When we graduate professionals ready for the demands of an ever changing global business community, it adds value to our students’ portfolio of skills,” said Caldwell.
Off- campus events are also a regular part of the Southeast MBA experience. The GBSA gatherings are held at Catapult on the first Friday of every month, and speakers include many prominent business leaders from the region.
“We want to give students opportunities to enhance their classroom experiences,” said Caldwell.
Students also come together to bowl, tailgate and network. As for life in Cape Girardeau? On that Friday night at the Catapult Creative House, Sia Sharma, a second year graduate student from New Dehli, India, was all smiles.
“The people here, both at Southeast and in Cape Girardeau, are so nice, so welcoming. It’s exactly what I wanted it to be,” she said.
Sharma, who plans to work in human resources, said the experience at Southeast is more than what it might appear to be on paper.
“The program makes good financial sense. The cost of living here is low, and the school’s placement rate is high. Those are reasons to come here, but that’s not why I decided to stay,” she said. “The business school at Southeast is like a big family. That’s what I wanted. That’s why I am here.”
Sharma smiled as she glanced around the room watching students and faculty enjoying the chicken tikka she had made.
“In the big city, and at big schools, you are just one of many. At Southeast, every person has something to contribute,” she said. “Every person is important.”
Her passion comes from an advising experience she recalls as a transfer student in college in which she felt she could have received better direction.
“I’ve made it my mission to be a good advisor,” said the associate professor of mass media. “If we’re not informed, how can our students be informed?” she said.
Buck says she plans to use the information and advice learned during the day-long Master Advisor Program Workshop she attended in December to help her students make the best informed decisions they can as they progress toward their degree.
She was one of about 35 faculty members who took part in the first all-day Master Advisor Program Workshop Dec. 20 at Southeast. The workshop, which was repeated Jan. 10, offered faculty and professional staff academic advisors a new set of tools to better advise students on their academic path.
About 70 participated in the first two workshops to boost their knowledge and introduce them to valuable resources to share with their student advisees. Those completing the intensive workshop now hold “Master Advisor” designation and are better equipped to help students plot their course and navigate Southeast’s academic degree programs.
“Academic advisors play a key role in supporting students to ensure they have a successful college experience,” according to Amanda Eller, coordinator of the Center for Academic Advising–North. “Training and professional development prepare advisors to provide the highest level of expertise, and is the primary reason that the Master Advisor Program was developed.”
Carol Heisserer, assistant director of Academic Advising, said “We know many of our faculty advisors have great advising skills, but they may have never received formal training on conceptual, relational and informational competencies at Southeast.”
Heisserer said the strong response from faculty after the first two workshops “just shows our faculty are committed to student success across all colleges and departments.”
Dr. Gloria Green, chair of Southeast’s Department of Nursing, who attended the December workshop and helped in the creation of the training, said “It’s really valuable. The more faculty who do this, the better our advising will be.”
Dr. Jim Champine, chair of the Department of Biology, agreed.
“There’s information for a very beginning faculty member through a long-term chair,” he said of the training.
Another participant, Dr. Kenn Stilson, chair of The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, said, “It’s vital for faculty members to really understand the University’s policies and procedures with regard to advising.”
But the training even extends beyond that, he said, into various styles of advising, ethics, financial aid, and other areas not typically explored in Degree Works and other advising training.
“It’s geared more toward curriculum or academic advising versus career or professional advising,” he said. “I found the discussion regarding FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) to be extremely interesting and beneficial in understanding students’ rights with regard to confidentiality,” he said. “I have no doubt the overall retention rate of Southeast students will rise proportionally with the number of faculty members who go through this training.”
Dr. Debbie Lee-DiStefano, professor of foreign languages, emphasized the workshop is a good opportunity for any faculty member who may have been a recent doctoral student or who previously may have focused on research at another institution where advising was not part of their responsibilities.
“For some faculty, this is a new step,” she said.
The workshops explored basic and advanced advising strategies and techniques; ethical issues related to advising; technologies and resources used in advising; academic policies and procedures; and changes to curriculum that impact advisors. All participants left with an advising handbook to serve as a resource to them during future advising sessions.
The seed for the program took hold last summer after initially being proposed by the Office of the Provost. A faculty advisory board of 25 faculty members made recommendations for the program’s creation, with the initial workshops developed by the Centers for Academic Advising. Eller says the Master Advisor Program is a model employed by other university campuses where academic advising is emphasized, including at Missouri State University.
The program is a step towards the University’s goal to retain at least 80 percent of all first-time, full-time students to the second year and graduate at least 60 percent of this group in six years. The workshops also follow a visit to the Southeast campus in October by Dr. Vincent Tinto, distinguished professor emeritus at Syracuse University and the former chair of the Higher Education Program. During an all-campus event, Tinto explored the range of issues influencing student success and helped identify actionable strategies to help Southeast meet established retention and graduation rate goals.
“Effective retention programs have come to understand that academic advising is at the very core of successful institutional efforts to educate and retain students,” according to Tinto.
Master advisors will continue to increase their knowledge and skills by attending at least two hours of additional training on a variety of academic advising-related topics over the next two years. Eventually, those trained as Master Advisors will be involved in the delivery of future workshops and will be eligible for future rewards and recognition, including being named professional counselor of the year.
Those still interested in attending a Master Advisor Program Workshop will have the chance to participate later this spring. Additional sessions are planned for Monday, March 13, during Spring Break, and on Tuesday, May 16, the first day of summer classes. To register, visit http://semo.edu/advising/masteradvisor.
As part of the Catapult Edition Program, Nicole Hand-Bryant of Murray State University will present a free lecture entitled “The Job We Wanted, and the Job We Actually Do” from 6-7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Hand-Bryant will also present a pop-up exhibition and print sale during First Friday Openings from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. All events will be held at the Catapult Press in Southeast Missouri State University’s Catapult Creative House at 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. The events are free and open to the public.
Hand-Bryant is currently interim assistant dean and professor of art at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She teaches printmaking, bookbinding and drawing. Her work has been showcased nationally and internationally in over 300 solo, invitational and juried exhibitions.
She has given lectures and workshops in more than 30 venues, including Atlanta Printmakers Studio, University of North Carolina, University of Arizona, University of North Texas, and Ohio University. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Dakota and Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Miami.
The Catapult Editions Program is a collaborative endeavor between visiting artists and Southeast students and faculty at Catapult Press. Visiting artists create a print with Catapult Press during their visit to the University, and these prints are sold to help raise funds for future visiting artists.
Catapult Creative House hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All gallery exhibitions, events, and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Leah Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 290-5372.