Dr. Shinya Matsuoka, associate professor of literature at Ryukoku University and the 2017 BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar at Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies, will deliver a lecture on campus on Tuesday, May 2, discussing the works of William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway.

Matsuoka’s lecture is entitled “Sublimating a ‘Little Postage Stamp of Native Soil’ into the Apocryphal: The Representations of Native Americans in Hemingway’s and Faulkner’s Short Stories.” The public is invited to the lecture at 4 p.m. in Kent Library’s third floor lounge reading room 336. Admission is free.

Matsuoka teaches American literature on both William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway at the graduate and undergraduate level. His dissertation concerned the relationship between Faulkner’s short stories and novels in the 1930s, focusing on Faulkner’s narrative techniques. He has published numerous articles on American authors, including Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Robert Penn Warren and Zora Neale Hurston.

BioKyowa, Inc., an international business with facilities in Japan and Cape Girardeau, sponsors a Visiting Japanese Scholar Program that brings one Japanese scholar each year to the Southeast campus to conduct research in the Brodsky Collection and to participate in various types of cultural exchanges. The BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar Program is designed to honor the special relationship that Faulkner developed with citizens of Japan during an official visit to the country on behalf of the U.S. Department of State in 1955. Since then, almost all of Faulkner’s works have been published in Japanese translations, and today there is a thriving interest in Faulkner’s works among Japanese readers and scholars.

BioKyowa, Inc., a subsidiary of Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., LTD., opened its Cape Girardeau plant in 1984 as the first major investment by a Japanese manufacturing company in Missouri. In addition to the Visiting Japanese Scholar Program, BioKyowa funds a scholarship program at Southeast Missouri State University and supports numerous other civic and charitable organizations. BioKyowa has been twice honored with the “Industry of the Year” award by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce.


College Choice Best Online-Masters-in-Elementary-Education2017College Choice has ranked Southeast Missouri State University’s Master of Arts in Elementary Education among the nation’s top 25 best online master’s in elementary education degree programs for 2017.

Southeast’s program is ranked sixth among the programs.

“We are pleased to be recognized for both our quality and affordability. Our program has a lot to offer current educators as they enhance their professional skills,” said Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education at Southeast.

College Choice developed the rankings by factoring in both program quality and return on investment.  The composite score weighs standard academic reputation rankings, program tuition rates, early career earnings of graduates and school acceptance rates.

Southeast’s online Master of Arts in Elementary Education is a 30-credit hour program for busy classroom teachers, offering three emphasis areas: reading, math/science and early childhood education. The program, for teachers who already hold their initial teaching licensure, helps classroom teachers deepen their teaching skills and knowledge in their field of expertise or expand their background into a new teaching area or certification. Advanced teaching certificates are offered as a Reading Specialist (K-12) or Math Specialist (1-6). The math/science and early childhood emphasis areas include electives that offer flexibility in tailoring a program to meet graduate students’ interests.

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The company publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

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Premise EightCatapult Creative House will display an exhibition titled “What do we do with all this . . . ?” opening May 5 on the first Friday of the month.

The show will feature artists from across the nation and from a wide array of disciplines ranging from traditional printmaking to video/sound installations.

A one-of-a-kind creative arts and industries incubator, Catapult Creative House continues to promote artists working across disciplines to promote the interaction between diverse areas of study.

Ashley Sexton, a senior Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Southeast Missouri State University, curated this exhibition. It will feature artists from Generation Y from across the nation, working in a wide array of media to discuss nostalgia from the millennial perspective. In conjunction with the visual exhibition, a small publication was created with the collaborative help of the Department of English at Southeast. The publication will be free to all First Friday attendees, and available for purchase at the Catapult Creative Shoppe throughout the duration of the exhibition.Pekovitch

A reception is scheduled for 5-9 pm. Friday, May, in the Catapult Creative House Gallery. Visitors are welcome to tour the entire Catapult facilities, including the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Art students’ studios upstairs, as well as the Catapult Creative Shoppe which features student work and local business products.

Catapult Creative House is located at 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Catapult Creative House hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, or to register for the workshop, contact Leah Powers at or (573) 290-5372.

LOC-CatapultThe Catapult Creative House Student Studios will hold their annual Artist of the Month exhibition titled “The Work of Cherie Markham” by Southeast Missouri State University student Cherie Markham opening May 5, the First Friday in May.

The exhibition reception is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. May 5, and is located on the second floor of Catapult Creative House, 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau.

Living and working on a farm, Markham’s relationship to metal is one of necessity, reclamation and appreciation. Her sculptures play on these connections while also exploring the multifaceted nature of the function and façade of the material. By exploiting this duality, she creates representations of the physical relationships between the past and present.

Each month and as a part of a program to promote community-based and integrated art making, a student artist is chosen to exhibit their work at Catapult Creative House’s student studio gallery. These exhibitions showcase a range of work from individual artists that highlights their personal and professional artistic explorations as a part of the Southeast art community. These artists explore the physicality of the human condition, its relationship to nature and the role of art in contemporary society. Attendees are also welcome to tour the studio spaces, view ongoing projects and engage with the artists at the exhibition.

In connection with the exhibition reception, the Catapult Creative House Student Studio artists and Catapult jewelry artists are proud to present their Studio Pop-Up Shop. This May, the Pop-Up retail space will present the opportunity for visitors to purchase one-of-a-kind prints, handcrafted jewelry, wearables, as well as ceramics, and additional unique works of art created by the participating artists.

CTC-Cape College CenterThe Cape Career and Technology Center (CTC) will hold a ribbon cutting for its $3.8 million, 25,000-square-foot expansion project at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 5.

The new CTC building, located at 1080 S. Silver Springs Road in Cape Girardeau, will be the location for the Cape College Center, a partnership between Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College. The Cape College Center, which will lease space in the building, is an open enrollment higher education center and provides community college-type services to the citizens of Cape Girardeau County and the CTC service region.

The addition to the CTC campus includes a newly constructed building featuring eight classrooms, three computer labs, one healthcare lab and one science lab. The new building also will house the CTC’s physical-therapy assistant program, which currently operates out of a facility in Doctors Park.

Classes will be held in the new building beginning in summer 2017.

web_athn_iconDr. Sven Svenson, associate professor of agriculture, will explore the native pollinator and butterfly perennials of southeast Missouri at noon on Wednesday, April 26, in Sadie’s Place in Kent Library.

Maintaining about one-third of the food supply for people requires a thriving population of pollinators, which include butterflies. Natural pollinators and butterflies require a thriving population of native perennials and other native plants to complete their life cycle.

Completed and ongoing research studies at Southeast’s Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden are helping to identify native perennial plants that are relatively easy to establish and maintain. The selection of plants provides a continuous supply of nectar for pollinators and butterflies during the months when they are active. Enjoy photos of flowers, butterflies and bees, and learn about how these plants are critical to our food supply.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

coltenpeterson_wtdwed300x300With the spring semester nearly over, many of our students are poised to begin summer internships and experiences next month. The Southeast News Bureau is seeking tips on interesting feature stories about fascinating, competitive, unusual or high-tech internships or experiences Southeast students will be engaged in over the summer.

Their stories will be featured on the University website, in social media and in regional media outlets throughout the summer months.

Last summer’s stories included students interning at NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program, Walt Disney World Resort’s Epcot Center, Maritz sales and marketing company, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Michael Howard Student Studios’ Summer Conservatory, Wells Fargo Advisors Student wtdwed_briannavoelker300x300Leadership Institute, Migrant Summer School Program, New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s (NYLOT) Summer Music Program, a maritime museum and in the office of a U.S. Senator.

Do you know of students who are interning abroad this summer? Do you know students who are interning in Washington, D.C.? Do you know of students engaged in scientific or agricultural research? Are you aware of any students interning for major corporations in cybersecurity, finance, marketing, accounting, management, etc.? Do we have students exploring entrepreneurial ventures? Do we have students completing dietetic internships or students interning in health care settings or in sporting venues? Are there any Southeast students interning for theatre companies, in manufacturing related areas or in historic preservation settings? Are there student teachers who have recently completed their semester’s work in area schools who we might highlight?

These are the types of stories in which the News Bureau is interested, although we are open to any other ideas you might be able to offer. If you are aware of any students in your college or department who you would like to see featured, please email their names, contact information (email address and cell number) and background about their upcoming experience to Ann Hayes at

denimdayIn recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) and Counseling and Disability Services invite the Southeast community to participate in Denim Day on April 26.

Help take a stand against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault by considering wearing jeans and joining CVPP at noon in front of Academic Hall for a group photo. Please consult with your supervisor regarding permission to participate.

Denim Day was established in response to an Italian Supreme Court Ruling. In 1997 in Rome, an 18-year-old woman was raped on the side of the road by her 45-year-old driving instructor, who was later convicted and sent to prison. The perpetrator appealed the sentence and his case was heard before the Italian Supreme Court and overturned. The head judge stated that because the victim wore tight jeans he assumed she must have helped remove them, implying consent. Enraged by the decision, the women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans on the steps to the Parliament building.

Victim blaming contributes to the large number of sexual assaults that go unreported. Survivors often fear being blamed and judged, and therefore do not seek the support they need, suffering silently and alone. Send a message to survivors that Southeast is a safe place to seek help by participating in Denim Day.

Denim Day is supported by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Office on Women’s Health. For more information, contact the Campus Violence Prevention Program at (573) 986-6899.

Museum-BiennialFacultyExhibition2017The “Biennial Faculty Exhibition” will open May 5 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception from 4-8 p.m. May 5. The exhibit will remain on display through June 25.

The “Biennial Faculty Exhibition” features a sampling of media encompassing ceramics, paintings, prints, drawings, processes of printmaking, sculpture and digital technology created by Southeast’s Department of Art faculty members.

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The Crisp Museum is located on Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in the Cultural Arts Center, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email

Big River, School of Visual and Performing ArtsThe Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will hold its annual “Senior Showcase,” a cabaret for graduating seniors, at 7:30 p.m. May 5-6 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at the River Campus.

A reception will immediately follow both performances in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.

The showcase promotes graduating seniors completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts with a performance emphasis. The Senior Showcase is an opportunity for graduating seniors to perform in front of a variety of agents and casting directors based in New York City and, for the first time, in Los Angeles. Select seniors will perform songs, monologues and dance pieces they have perfected through on-campus workshops presented by invited professionals.

“This is their gateway, a bridge of sorts, to help them transition from college to the post-graduate world,” said Dr. Kenneth Stilson, chair of The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance. “Through these contacts, they can find representation and learn about upcoming professional auditions. It’s a great way for them to network as they launch their careers in the business.”

Those performing in the musical theatre/acting numbers will be: Vince Bartola of St. Louis, Missouri, Hannah Brake of Willow Spring, Missouri, Karl Hawkins of Florissant, Missouri, Emily Hooks of Nashville, Illinois, Kelli Jaycox of Ballwin, Missouri, Matthew Kauzlarich of Imperial, Missouri, Daniel Kellett of O’Fallon, Missouri, Sean McCumber of Boonville, Missouri, Kyle Metze of Troy, Illinois, John Pletka of Yorkville, Illinois, and Mirco Tscharner of Schiers, Switzerland.

Those performing dance numbers will be: Macy Holstlaw of Taylorville, Illinois, Jordan McDaniel of St. Louis, and Lauren Tustanowsky of Pevely, Missouri.

Those participating in the design/technology area will be: Nicholas Hart of St. Louis.

Stilson says, “They represent our very best of what we do. It’s very competitive.”

The Senior Showcase is designed to present Southeast Theatre and Dance graduates to New York and Los Angeles agents, casting directors and working professional actors to give them a jump-start to their professional careers as actors, dancers and designers.

“The Senior Showcase is the pinnacle event for all the students in this program. It’s something we speak to them about in recruitment, and they start working toward the showcase beginning their first semester freshman year,” Stilson said. “Every audition, every class, every rehearsal and every performance helps prepare them for this experience, which will help them transition into the professional world post-graduation.”

Sponsors for the Senior Showcase are Commerce Bank, Isle Casino, Saxony Village and SoutheastHealth.

A select group of theatre students, based on their performance throughout this academic year, will advance to perform with Actors Connection, the premier producers of showcases in New York and Los Angeles in May and July respectively, where their work will be seen by agents, casting directors, and top industry professionals. Those participating in the NYC Showcase are Karl Hawkins, Kyle Metze, and John Pletka. Vince Bartola, Emily Hooks, Daniel Kellett, Sean McCumber, and Mirco Tscharner will be partaking in the Los Angeles Showcase. Dancers participate in outside professional master classes on campus throughout the year, and design/tech students attend job fairs at various conventions.

The Cape Girardeau Senior Showcase is open to the public. Reservations may be made with a donation to The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance by calling (573) 651-2149.