As we prepare for the start of a new academic year and I reflect on the events in Charlottesville from this past weekend, I want to assure all of those in our Southeast Missouri State University community – faculty, staff, students, alumni and many others – that everyone, regardless of race, color, creed or religion is a valued member of our community.  The hatred displayed in Charlottesville by white supremacists and others has no place in our society, let alone on a college campus.   The acts of violence and destruction that occurred on the campus of the University of Virginia are beyond tragic.  I would ask that everyone keep the entire UVA community and greater Charlottesville area in their thoughts and prayers as they work through the aftermath of these horrific events.  At Southeast Missouri State University, we remain committed to making sure that everyone feels respected, welcomed and appreciated.

Open auditions for Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music production of Pauline Viardot’s opera “Cinderella” will be held Aug. 22.

Auditions are open to all Southeast students and will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

Those auditioning must prepare one classical song, aria or golden age music theatre selection, in any language and provide sheet music.

Callbacks will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, and will include assigned music and cold readings. Students selected for the cast must register for Opera Workshop.

“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, complete with slipper, evil step-sisters, and an effervescent fairy guiding the path to true love is presented in English and French with orchestra, subtitles, choreography, sets and costumes, and an extra ballroom scene.

For more information, contact Christopher Goeke, Southeast professor of music, at

This is the last regular summer edition of the Southeast Newswire. The Newswire will resume twice weekly publication on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22. Items to be considered for the Aug. 22 edition should be submitted to by noon on Monday, Aug. 21. Items to be considered for Tuesday Newswires are due by noon on Mondays. Items to be considered for Friday Newswires are due by noon on Thursdays.

Welcome back to all our students, faculty and staff! Recreation Services has plenty of Fitness and Wellness offerings this coming semester. Please stop by and see us, or e-mail Sara Wagganer at with any questions.

Sweat Equity Employee Wellness Program: All summer sweat equity points have been calculated, and it is time to renew your membership with the Recreation Center. If you are not yet signed up for Sweat Equity or need to know your points, contact Sara Wagganer. You can also always stop by at the front desk and ask. To sign up for Sweat Equity, visit

Fall Into Wellness: Southeast’s Recreation Services in collaboration with the Human Resource Department will be hosting the Employee Wellness Screening and Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and Wednesday, Oct. 11. The Fair and Screening will be held from 6-11 a.m. on both days. Both of these events will be held in the Student Recreation Center (SRC) East Gym. Services such as basic blood analysis, PSA, bone density scan, blood pressure, body composition and a hearing screening will be available to all employees. A free breakfast will be provided to all participants as well. Registration for this event will begin two weeks prior to the event.

Fall 2017 Group Fitness Schedule is Out! Preview all of our classes for free the first two weeks of school. Try our all new Biker Barre class, or try our regular favorites such as TRX Suspension Training, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Boot Camp, Body Barre, SUP Yoga, Aerial classes and much more. We have many classes to choose from. Find out what your favorites are those first two weeks, and then purchase a $40 pass. A one-time pass is $3, and don’t forget we do offer several classes for free all semester. Sign up for classes using the IMLEAGUES App or through The current schedule is available at

We are doing the 20-40-60 Challenge again! Sign up with your instructor and get a punch card.

What Fall Incentive Program Works for You? We have several wellness incentive programs, including Wellness Warrior, Build A Better You, The Complete 180 and many more. Select the one that works best for you. To see the list of Incentive Programs offered this semester, visit

To sign up for Build A Better You, visit

Hire a Personal Trainer: Need a little extra motivation? Come and meet our Personal Trainers! Recreation Services offers a variety of personal training services tailored to your individual needs. Whether you want to learn a proper way to exercise, workout with your friends or get a little bit of extra motivation from a certified professional, Recreation Services has something for you. Each session is one hour, but 30-minute sessions are available. All of our trainers are certified through the American College Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE) or currently preparing to take one of those certifications. To register, fill out a Schedule an Appointment form at For more information, contact Sara Wagganer at

Several academic departments at Southeast Missouri State University have new interim or new full-time chairs this fall. They are as follows:

  • Dr. Kevin Dickson, interim chair of the Department of Management and Marketing
  • Dr. Toni Alexander, interim chair of the Department of History, in addition to her duties as chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Anthropology and Geography
  • Dr. Pamela Parry, chair of the Department of Mass Media
  • Dr. Melissa Odegard-Koester, interim chair of the Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Julie Weathers, chair of the Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. Sumanth Yenduri, chair of the Department of Computer Science


Applications for Fall 2017 (Academic Year 2018) dependent tuition reimbursements and employee fee waivers must be submitted online through the Southeast Portal no later than the first day of classes for the fall semester, Aug. 21. Dependent Tuition Reimbursement applications for the 2018 academic year that are submitted by the deadline are valid through the end of the summer 2018 semester.

Fee Waivers for employees should be submitted online no later than the first day of classes for each semester.

To submit an online application, log on to the Southeast portal, click on the Employee SS tab, and then click on the appropriate application link under the Human Resources heading.

For more information or questions concerning these programs, contact Human Resources at (573) 651-2855.

Michael Faris: Transition Spaces 17.2 opens Friday, Aug. 25, in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to the opening reception scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 22. Admission is free.

Faris chronicles actual events or fictional allegories that involve contemporary or historical people doing terrible things. His interests include combating violence, enforcing civil rights for everyone and working against concepts that create oppression or discrimination including racism, sexism and ageism.

“As long as there are bad people in the world, I will have plenty of subject matter for artwork for the next several hundred years,” Faris said.

Faris mainly creates oil paintings, drawings, sculptures and monoprints.

“Before I begin a work, I plan, sketch and rehearse the composition over and over in my mind for weeks, months and sometimes years,” he said. “I take photographs, print images from the Internet and arrange the subject matter in my mind before I begin. By the time I actually start the piece, the hard part is over.”

Faris earned a Bachelor of Science in art education and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in art from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He earned a doctorate in art education at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Faris has exhibited his work in locations throughout the Midwest including St. Louis, Missouri, Centralia, Illinois, Ullin, Illinois, Marion, Illinois, Harrisburg, Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, and Herrin, Illinois.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email

Come to the corner of Normal and Henderson anytime between 6 a.m. 11 a.m. Aug. 21 to outrun the sun! This is a 2.39 mile fun run/walk that is self-timed. The first 150 finishers (must be a student, faculty or staff member; please bring your Southeast ID) will receive a special “Outrun the Sun” T-shirt. This event is sponsored by Rec Services and  Redhawk Health Educators. The course map is available at

The faculty lunch program known as Faculty Friday will return for its ninth year beginning Friday, Aug. 25. The program, sponsored by the Office of Residence Life and the Office of the Provost, allows all full-time faculty members to eat lunch at no cost at the Towers Cafe dining center, located on the second floor of the Towers Complex. Faculty participating in the program must present their Redhawks ID card and sign in (signatures required) to enjoy the offerings at Towers Cafe each Friday that dining service is available. Lunch hours are from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and menus can be viewed at Faculty Friday is not sponsored during break/holiday periods and/or at times when the University is closed due to inclement weather.

University shuttles, including the River Campus shuttle, will continue to operate on their normal routes and schedules Aug. 21, with the addition of two special shuttles for the main campus eclipse events. Those eclipse shuttles will transport riders between the Show Me Center parking lot, Normal Avenue and Houck Field. Stops will be on both sides of Normal Avenue and along Bellevue near Houck Field. Shuttle service will be provided after eclipse events for return to the Show Me Center.

Faculty, staff and students on the main campus wishing to go to the River Campus eclipse festival should take a River Campus shuttle. River Campus shuttle stops on the main campus are at Towers Circle, the Multimodal Transfer Facility, behind Academic Hall, Pacific and Normal, and Houck Field.

A map indicating the shuttle routes is available at