A call for nominations and applications is now open for the 2018 Provost’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. Information and submission materials are available on the Provost’s website at http://www.semo.edu/provost/teacher-award.html.  The submission deadline is March 2.

 What are the Provost’s Awards for Teaching Excellence?

The Provost’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional teaching and student success. Ten awards are available each year, across a range of categories. In 2018, the following awards are available:

  1. Excellence in online teaching and learning
  2. Excellence in the use of open educational resources (OER)
  3. Excellence in the assessment of student learning
  4. Excellence in supporting undergraduate research
  5. Excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)
  6. Excellence in teaching UI100
  7. Excellence in teaching University Studies
  8. Excellence in supporting Learning Communities
  9. Excellence in supporting freshmen retention
  10. Excellence in experiential or engaged learning

Who can receive an award?

Any faculty member (full-time or adjunct) is eligible to be nominated (i.e. by another colleague) OR to apply directly for these awards.

What is the award criteria?

The applications/nominations will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • The applicant’s/nominee’s fit for the chosen award/s based on the letter of support
  • The applicant’s/nominee’s fit for the chosen award/s based on their supervisor’s endorsement

What is the process for applying or nominating a colleague?

The call for applications and nominations is now open. Please use the Teaching Awards Cover Sheet to apply for an award, or to nominate a colleague. Applications must be accompanied by a letter of support by the nominator or applicant. In addition to the letter of support, the evaluation team will contact the nominee’s/applicant’s supervisor for a verbal or written endorsement.

What is the deadline?

Please send applications as an email attachment to ProvostAwards@semo.edu by March 2.

How will the award recipients be honored?

The recipients of each award will be announced during the Spring 2018 semester. The award recipients will receive:

  • A framed award certificate
  • Photo with the Provost
  • Showcase on the Provost’s website
  • News release

Do these awards replace the Provost’s PRIDE Award?

No. The Provost’s Awards for Teaching Excellence are awarded in addition to the annual Provost’s PRIDE award. 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

For an informal conversation about the Provost’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, please contact Bethany Alden-Rivers, associate provost), at baldenrivers@semo.edu.

Four upcoming information sessions are planned where changes to the University Studies program due to recent higher education legislation will be discussed. In response to Senate Bill 997, the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) established the Core Curriculum Advisory Committee (CCAC) to design a general education transfer framework called CORE 42. The information sessions will focus on what CORE 42 is, what it means for Southeast’s University Studies program, what the new University Studies program will look like and next steps for implementation. Information from the MDHE will continue to be shared as it is received and processed. The information sessions are open to anyone — faculty, staff and students — who wants to learn more. For more information on CORE 42, visit here.

Sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1-2 p.m., Indian Room, University Center
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, 3-4 p.m. Heritage Room, University Center
  • Friday, Feb. 9, 9-10 a.m. Indian Room, University Center

The 26th Annual Student Research Conference (SRC) is now accepting online submissions of research papers and posters. Submissions are due by April 1 and can be submitted at www.semo.edu/src.

Submissions are open to empirical and theoretical research projects. The project should be the primary work of undergraduate or graduate students and each project must be sponsored by a Southeast faculty member.

This year’s conference will be April 18-19 in the University Center. This is a multidisciplinary, campus-wide opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their research through a paper or poster presentation. All students are encouraged to attend even if they are not presenting.

Dr. Gary Bledsoe

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Gary Bledsoe, chair of the Department Biomedical Engineering at St. Louis University, from noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. His presentation is entitled “From Washing Dishes to Winning a Nobel Prize, Undergraduate Researchers Change the World.”

For more information about the 26th Annual Student Research Conference, visit www.semo.edu/src or contact SRC’s faculty advisors Scott Brandhorst at sbrandhorst@semo.edu or Laura Delgado at ldelgado@semo.edu, or SRC committee members Sheldondra Brown at sjbrown7s@semo.edu, Alyssa Miller at almiller13s@semo.edu, or Morgan Murphy at mamurphy3s@semo.edu.

Southeast will recognize and celebrate the University’s transfer students in the First Annual Transfer Pride Week across campus Jan. 22-26 with events for students, faculty and staff.

As part of the event, all students are encouraged to pick up special Transfer Pride Week passports from the Office of Admissions or the Office of Residence Life, and collect stamps at each event and various offices across campus. Passports will also be available at each event, and can be turned in at the end of the week for a chance to win a prize.

Events include:

Donuts in the Dome, Jan. 22, 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Free donuts and a chance to take part in a Southeast tradition of visiting the Academic Hall Dome.

Night at the Museum, Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m.: Make crafts, enjoy snacks and visit the exhibits in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast’s River Campus.

Walk in Wednesday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Office of Career Services hosts this special walk to celebrate the transferable skills students bring to Southeast in Academic Hall Room 57.

Photo Booth and T-Shirt Giveaway, Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m.: Transfer students can visit a photo booth on the first floor of Kent Library wearing a T-shirt from a previous college and get their “before” picture taken, then choose a Southeast T-shirt for their “after” photo.

Meet and Greet and Waffle Bar, Jan. 26, 5:30-7 p.m.: All students, faculty and staff are invited to mingle and visit the waffle bar in the Donald G. and Gloria King LaFerla Residence Hall Multipurpose Room. Students can turn in their Transfer Pride Week passports for a chance to win a prize.

For more information, contact Allie Wisker at (573) 651-2975 or awisker@semo.edu.

Carol Horst, a Southeast Missouri State University instructor of art and middle and secondary education, has been selected as the Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA) Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. She will be recognized with other award division winners during the MAEA Awards Ceremony April 6 in Branson, Missouri.

“I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award, especially since there are so many great people in the organization, many of whom are equally deserving,” Horst explained. “I have been very inspired by other members of MAEA.”

Horst was nominated to the MAEA Awards Program Committee by two Southeast alumnae art educators and MAEA members, Jami Heflin, ’12, and Marisa Wong,’13. The committee recommended Horst as the winner in the higher education division, and she was approved by the MAEA council.

“This award is outstanding and well deserved,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, director and associate dean of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. “She does an extraordinary job in service to our students. We are so happy to see her honored for her hard work and dedication.”

Horst serves as the area head of art education in Southeast’s Department of Art, and the coordinator of the University’s Art Academy, Art Reach and High School Art Exhibit.

Horst helps lay the foundation for Southeast students wanting to become art teachers, said Weller-Stilson. The classes and principles she teaches has had a profound and positive impact on future educators.

“Professor Horst knows exactly how to read a student and find the key to perfectly engaging and motivating them,” said Tiffany Johnkoski, a Southeast alumna and art teacher at Clippard Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. “She helped light a fire under me, and when I wanted to see how far I could go, Carol Horst and the Art Education Department jumped at the opportunity to give me the tools and resources to do it.”

The MAEA awards recognize excellence and the contributions of individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to art education in Missouri. Nominees must spend at least 51 percent of their work day in the job division for which they have been nominated.  The awards also focus professional attention on quality art education, increase public awareness of the importance of quality art education and set standards for quality art education, showing that those standards can be achieved.

MAEA promotes, preserves and perpetuates visual art education locally, regionally and nationally. The Missouri Art Education Association advocates for quality visual arts education by supporting creative teaching, providing opportunities for professional development and encouraging the study and implementation of best practices in the discipline.

In 2017, she was selected to the Missouri State Board of Education to represent grades 6-12 to work on the Fine Arts Standards as a Work Group Member for the State. In 2016, she received the Friend of the Arts Award from the Jackson (Missouri) School District’s Art Department. She was also the recipient of the Southeast Missouri State University Civic Award in 2015 for her service to the University and community. She has served as a board member of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and as the coordinator of the organization’s annual Children’s Arts Festival.

Prior to joining the University in 2008, she was an art educator in the Jackson School District and the Rockwood School District in Eureka, Missouri.

Horst earned her Master of Arts in teaching in 1980 and Bachelor of Science in education in 1976, both from Southeast Missouri State University. She regularly presents at numerous state and regional art education conferences. She is a practicing exhibiting artist, and has exhibited work at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast’s River Campus, and Southeast’s Catapult Creative House in downtown Cape Girardeau.

“I want students to be the best they can be,” Horst said. “I hope to help them become creative problem solvers and appreciate our diversity in the arts.”

Due to snow in the region, Southeast Missouri State University’s programs at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present Pauline Viardot’s opera “Cinderella” Friday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.

“‘Cinderella’ is a timeless story with beautiful music,” said Christopher Goeke, professor of music at Southeast. “There is music, drama, dance, visual art in scenery, costume, and lighting designs, and even some animation. Audiences can expect a wonderful story from our talented students in the Department of Music and The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance.”

“Cinderella” is a charming and intimate setting of Perrault’s fairy tale. First performed in 1904, the opera is filled with beautiful melodies reminiscent of Chopin and Tchaikovsky. The story of Cinderella and her prince is complete with slipper, evil step-sisters, and an effervescent fairy guiding the path to true love.

“Cinderella” will be performed in English, with super-titles and will also feature orchestral accompaniment, period sets and costumes, and an extra ballroom scene.


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 http://rivercampus.org/event/cinderella/.

John McEuen & Friends present “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” for the first time at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.

“It will be fantastic to see this international country and bluegrass legend on the Bedell stage,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

McEuen is a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which is in their 50th year. He has continually performed since 1964 with the band and as a solo artist. He instigated the classic “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” album in 1972.

McEuen has a rich history of creating, producing and preserving original and traditional folk and acoustic music and taking it to new audiences.

“He has earned Emmy nominations, Grammy Awards, Country Music Award acclaim, the western Heritage Award and countless other accolades,” Cerchio said. “I’m really looking forward to hearing him take us ‘behind the curtain’ of the music world.”


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.

Due to snow in the region, Southeast Missouri State University’s campuses in Sikeston, Kennett and Malden, Missouri,  and Southeast’s programs at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Cape College Center also will be closed on Jan. 16.

Registration is now open and the challenge begins on Jan. 29 for Recreation Services’ Wellness Warrior Challenge. To sign up, visit http://app.semo.edu/rec/rawkyourbody/.

This wellness incentive is designed to help motivate the Southeast community to be more active and live a healthier lifestyle. Simply go online and check off your points every week depending on the fitness and wellness activities in which you participatedyou took part in. This 10-week challenge can be done as a team or individual effort.

Recreation Services is using the honor system when it comes to logging your points, so please make sure you are truthful when answering the questions. Your goal is to add up points each week and strive to build a healthier you! There will also be a bonus challenge every week.

Winners will receive in-house Recreation Services prizes, such as Sweat Equity points, Group Fitness passes, T-shirts and more.