McGowan-Pi-DayThe Southeast Math Club is seeking volunteer faculty members willing to be pied with whipped cream for its annual charity fundraiser, “Pi a Professor,” in celebration of Pi Day. During the first two weeks of March, the Southeast community can vote by making a monetary donation towards their favorite volunteer faculty member at a table outside the Department of Mathematics office in Johnson Hall Room 201. The volunteers who collect the most money will be pied at noon on March 22 in the Magill courtyard (covering to protect clothing will be provided).

To become a volunteer “Pi a Professor,” provide your name, contact and department information to Andrew Crutcher, student president of Southeast’s Math Club, at or Dr. Andrew Schwartz, faculty advisor for Southeast’s Math Club, at Faculty members with allergy concerns but who would like to volunteer, are asked to include  their restrictions for the Math Club to make the appropriate accommodations.

Emily BoothEmily Booth of Southeast’s Department of Art has been facilitating international travel for its students since 2011. With interdisciplinary topics and team-teaching, Emily has crafted a dynamic and energized Athenaeum program of arts exploration that, while focusing on the arts as a jumping-off place of academic and creative investigation, is open to all Southeast students, regardless of major.

In 2016, Booth enlisted the talents of colleague and friend Professor Louise Bodenheimer to team teach a course entitled, “Scotland Through Symbol and Emblem: Examining Scottish Culture Through Visual Imagery.” The professors and students who participated in the Scotland trip will give listeners a description of the breadth of topics covered in this experiential course and their adventures.

This event will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Sadie’s Place in Kent Library.

propagation2“Escalation” will be on display in Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Art Gallery March 6-29 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. March 3.

A Juror’s Lecture is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. March 29 in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.

The exhibition will feature abstract, highly layered organic prints from Marilee Salvator, assistant professor of printmaking at Western Kentucky State University in Bowling Green.

“This exhibition slot is reserved each year for the juror of the Department of Art’s Annual Juried Student Exhibition,” said Justin Henry Miller, assistant professor and exhibitions coordinator. “This is an excellent opportunity for both students and the public to view a professional artist’s/educator’s artwork. While Salvator’s background is in printmaking, her artwork can take on a variety of mediums and incarnations.”

compa-13Salvator received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois State University in 2000 and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 2004. She has taught printmaking and design at University of New Mexico, University of Manitoba, Bloomsburg University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has recently moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she is an assistant professor teaching printmaking and design at Western Kentucky University. Salvator’s work has been exhibited in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions throughout North America, South Korea, China, Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, New Zealand, Italy and Romania. She has served as a visiting artist at Atelier Silex, Trois- Rivieres, Quebec, University of New Mexico, University of Nevada at Reno, California State University at Long Beach and Manitoba Printmakers Association. Her work is included in more than 25 public collections, including JCI University in Jiangxi, China, and Sakimi Art Museum in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

The River Campus Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Seminary Building in Room 106. River Campus Art Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-7 p.m. on First Fridays. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Justin Miller at or (573) 651-2865.

CL-GeneralThe Justin and Lenell Hahn Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation.

Justin and Lenell Hahn of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, made a $5,000 gift to the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation to establish the award.  Their gift was matched with an additional $5,000 through a University matching gift program. The matching gift program was part of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. This program allowed donors to make a minimum commitment of $5,000 to a maximum commitment of $10,000 through donation or pledge by March 1, 2014, that qualified for a $1-for-$1 match.

The renewable scholarship will be awarded to full-time student enrolled at Southeast with a minimum 2.5 grade point average.  Students raised by a single parent and financial need will be considered for the scholarship.  Applicants must submit a FAFSA form with Student Financial Services.  The University Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

Lenell Hahn, director of admissions at Southeast Missouri State University, started her college career at Three Rivers Community College, the forerunner to Three Rivers College, where she graduated with an associate of arts degree.  She transferred to Southeast Missouri State University and graduated in August 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing.  She completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2004.

She began her career at Southeast as an admission counselor in the Office of Admissions in 2003.  Hahn served as the admissions Web counselor, assistant director for communications, associate director for operations and communications, and associate director for recruitment.  She became director of admissions in January 2013.

Her husband, Justin Hahn, earned his Bachelor of Science in industrial technology in May 2004.  He has worked as a steel laborer with Eftink Construction in Sikeston, Missouri, since 1997.

The Hahns value education and understand the hardships of working their way through college.  Lenell was raised by her single mom, Diane O’Connell, who worked several jobs, made many sacrifices and was a first generation and non-traditional college student. Lenell said she set a good example for her to work hard and never give up on her dreams.

For more information, please contact the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or



tobacco-web-17The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today revised a policy, making the University a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

The new policy prohibits smoking and using tobacco products by students, faculty, staff and visitors on all University properties and in all University facilities and vehicles. Prohibited products include lit cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes and smoking products, products or devices used to smoke or mimic smoking – such as hookahs and vaporizer — and the use of smokeless tobacco products – dip, chew or snuff in any form.

According to the revised policy, smoking and the use of tobacco products will be allowed only at designated outdoor smoking areas outside of the Show Me Center and the River Campus Cultural Arts Center during public events or performances.

The revised policy also prohibits the sale, distribution or free sampling of tobacco products on campus and littering the campus with remains of tobacco products or any other disposable product.

The smoke-free, tobacco-free status will take effect Aug. 21, the first day of the fall 2017 semester. This will allow time to educate the campus community on the new policy and offer smoking cessation programs for students, faculty and staff, said Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration.

The Office of Student Conduct and Southeast Human Resources will handle noncompliance by students and faculty and staff members, respectively, and could result in disciplinary action.

Southeast’s policy on smoking and the use of tobacco products has evolved over the years. On Aug. 1, 2008, a policy was implemented prohibiting smoking both indoors and outdoors on University property, except in designated areas. That measure also prohibited smoking in University vehicles and using smokeless tobacco inside University buildings other than student residential housing units. An ad hoc committee studied the issue after members of the University community expressed concerns and national trends at that time indicated tobacco products on college campuses were being restricted.

In September 2013, the policy was updated to include other products that produce nicotine, such as electronic cigarettes. At that time, Mangels said, members of the campus community suggested Southeast become a completely tobacco free campus. The University reconvened a task force to consider that recommendation, but no consensus was reached at the time.

Over the last four years, student perceptions of smoking and tobacco use have changed, according to data from the Missouri College Health Behavior Survey administered annually by the Missouri Partners in Prevention program, she said. Since 2013, the number of students in Missouri using tobacco products and cigarettes has steadily decreased. Over 70 percent of Southeast students completing the survey each year since 2014 have indicated they support having a completely tobacco free campus.

ED-SecondaryScholarsThe Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a Residence Life budget and set room and board rates for fiscal 2018.

The approved $26.3 million budget includes an average combined room and board rate increase of 2.51 percent for 2017-2018, according to Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students.

The average room rate increase will be 1.97 percent for fiscal 2018, which takes into account costs to continue for staff, student labor, operations, maintenance and repairs. Below said the new housing rates reflect an average projected occupancy rate of 92.3 percent based on a projected beginning freshmen class near the University’s fall 2016 beginning freshmen enrollment of 1,858 students.

“The rate schedule,” she said, “reflects an effort to hold room rate increases to a minimum to help students contain costs.”

In addition, the Board approved a 3.5 percent increase in board rates for fiscal 2018. This rate is consistent with the terms of the University’s new dining contract with Chartwells. Under that contract, Chartwells committed capital investment funds to enhance programs and renovate facilities, including expansion of Subway and a new coffee concept in Scully Building in summer 2015; the addition of Panda Express last February in the University Center; and a $3.3 million renovation of the dining room and kitchen in Towers Café, including an allergen friendly station and more made-to-order items, in summer 2016.

The full rate schedule is available at

In her presentation to the Board, Below noted several Residence Life highlights for fiscal 2018.

  • Rates for rooms in Dearmont Hall – which is a popular option for students, offering single rooms throughout the building – will increase by 2.17 percent to $5,650 annually. Both B and C wings in Dearmont have received electrical system upgrades over the past few months after a power outage in August displaced 51 students.
  • The additional $30 room rate charge approved for fiscal 2017 allowing students access to their residence hall rooms during academic year breaks has resulted in significantly more students remaining during the Thanksgiving and winter breaks. Figures show 342 students in fall 2016 compared to 148 in fall 2015 stayed in their rooms over the Thanksgiving break, and 462 in fall 2016 compared to 257 in fall 2015 stayed during the winter break.
  • The opening of four new chapter houses in the Greek Village will add 107 new beds to the residence hall system. This move will then open up beds currently being used by three of those chapters in the Group Housing area, also known as Greek Hill. Residence Life anticipates two additional chapters will be then moved into the vacated Group Housing space on campus in fall 2017.
  • Cheney Hall, closed in summer 2015, will remain offline in fiscal 2018 for structural repairs and renovation. The temporary closure of Cheney Hall and ongoing space utilization efforts have prompted Residence Life and Facilities Management to discuss several long-term facility use opportunities. Foundation repairs were made to Cheney Hall in Fall 2016.


2011_CommerceFDICStacked_KThe Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today awarded a contract for University banking services to Commerce Bank beginning July 1, 2017, and continuing through June 30, 2021.

Commerce Bank will replace U.S. Bank, which was awarded the contract July 1, 2013. That contract ends June 30, 2017.

The new contract with Commerce Bank covers daily banking, treasury management and depository services, and credit card processing, and is independent of the University’s contract for on-campus branch banking services. The contract approved by the Board today does not impact the University’s contract with U.S. Bank for branch banking services located in the Southeast Bookstore.

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, said state statutes require daily banking services be bid every four years. On Dec.1, 2016, the University issued a request for proposal for University banking services. Mangels said proposals were received from Commerce Bank, Montgomery Bank and U.S. Bank.

A formal evaluation of the bids received from the three banks was completed. The evaluation was based on several factors, including the cost of routine banking services, the MasterCard/VISA discount rate charge, interest revenue on daily balances, experience, reliability and services provided.

Mangels indicated all three banks are well established, submitted current financial information and have branch banks located in the Cape Girardeau city limits. All were comparable in experience and reliability and proposed methods of performance. Based on cost and evaluation, it was determined Commerce Bank provided the best proposal, she said.


Catapult letterpress2The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in entrepreneurship and a new Master of Science in applied computer science, both in efforts to meet workforce demands and local economic development interests.

Both new programs will begin with the fall 2017 semester, pending approval from the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education.

BSBA in Entrepreneurship

The new BSBA in entrepreneurship will be located in the Department of Management and Marketing in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. The new degree replaces a previous option in entrepreneurship under the management major, which the Regents deleted today and now becomes a free-standing major under the BSBA degree program.

“We expect enrollments in entrepreneurship to grow due to the increased stature of this program of study,” said Dr. Karl Kunkel, Southeast provost.

He says student enrollments in the current option and minor in entrepreneurship indicate strong student demand. Kunkel says the new program reflects “societal trends.”

The new program dovetails nicely with Southeast’s focus on entrepreneurship academic programming across the University over the years as well as co-curricular and extra-curricular entrepreneurial activities for students, such as those occurring at Catapult Creative House.

Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

STA-NetworkSecurityThe new Master of Science in applied computer science will be located in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture. The program primarily targets students in southeast Missouri as well as St. Louis and the surrounding areas. Southeast officials believe the program will be attractive to international students and appeal to information technology, healthcare and other professionals in southeast Missouri. The program offers an accelerated option for high-achieving undergraduate students.

Option Title Change

 In another action, the Regents changed the title of an option in the Bachelor of Science in Technology Management from telecommunications and computer networking to computer network systems administration reflecting contemporary changes in this discipline.

Megan Parks, a student at Southeast Missouri State University from Bonne Terre, Mo., gave a presentation today to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, highlighting her experiences as both a student and as an athlete.

Parks said she initially became interested in Southeast when her older sister attended the school, prompting her to schedule a campus tour.

“When I visited Southeast,” Parks told the Board, “I realized this was the perfect-sized university for me, and also was close enough to home that I could still see my family on the weekends if I wanted. I loved Southeast from the minute I set foot on campus.”

Parks, a runner, also met with Southeast cross-country coach Ryan Lane.

“Coach was able to see enough potential in me to give me a small track and field scholarship.  I also received a Regent’s Scholarship based on my academics. Combined, the two scholarships made Southeast the most affordable and prestigious option on my list of colleges where I could also be a Division 1 athlete,” she said.

Parks is the team captain of the cross country team, president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, vice president of the Health and Wellness Association, and a member of Club Red, which works with the American Red Cross to help with disaster prevention and relief efforts.  She also tutors other athletes at the Holcomb Success Center.

Parks has an outstanding academic record, and plans to graduate with a 3.9 grade point average.  She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and has been named to the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioners’ Honor Roll three times.  She has been a member of the Southeast Dean’s List four times and is a recipient of the Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor.

“I learned to balance academics and athletics here at Southeast” she said.

Parks also serves as the student athlete representative for Southeast to the Ohio Valley Conference, and represented the Conference at the NCAA Leadership Forum.

As Parks explained, “Coach Lane nominated me to be the track and field representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee on campus. I found that SAAC was a way for me to express myself, exhibit leadership and improve the student-athlete voice on campus. Through SAAC, I was able to attend the NCAA Leadership Forum, become the OVC Division 1 National SAAC representative, participate on the Athletic Director Search Committee and help to improve the experiences of student-athletes here at Southeast.”

Parks expects to graduate from Southeast in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science with a major in health science, pre-physical/occupational therapy option, and has been admitted to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.  She begins classes in June and plans to specialize in pediatric physical therapy for special needs children.

“The experiences I have had and the lessons I have learned through SAAC are so valuable and these experiences would not have been possible without the help of my Southeast support system,” she said.  “I will always be a Redhawk.”


STA-AgricultureRegional and national leaders representing the grain, transportation, domestic and international fertilizer markets will speak at the Strategic Ag Outlook 2017 Conference Feb. 20-21 at Southeast Missouri State University.

This year’s conference is a collaborative educational gathering open to the community, area agribusiness leaders and Southeast students, and is sponsored by Southeast’s Department of Agriculture, Midwest Grain & Barge Company and Midwest Agri-Chemico, Inc.

“The conference is a great opportunity for Southeast students to strengthen and develop their networking and situational skills by connecting with real world agribusiness professionals,” said Dr. Michael Aide, chair of Southeast’s Department of Agriculture. “The goal is to expose and engage our students to the top industry experts in the many agribusiness disciplines.”

The conference begins with a round table discussion and question and answer session from 5:30-7 p.m. in the atrium of Dempster Hall. Attendees can talk to company representatives, discuss career options and network. Admission is free.

Speakers will include Nathan Bengtson of DuPont Pioneer, Lisa Boone of Heartland Barge, Keith Brotherton of The Bank of Missouri, Meagan DeLisle of Tyson Foods, Doron Fadlon of ICL/Americas, Chad Henderson of Prime Agriculture Consultants, Hank and Jackie Johnson of Chaumette Winery, Stephanie Lynch of The Climate Corporation, Russ Mothershead of Midwest Grain & Barge Company, and Julia Thompson of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation.

On Feb. 21, a casual lunch will take place at noon followed by industry presentations at 1 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The conference will be simulcast live at Southeast’s regional campuses in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Missouri. Admission is free.

This year’s speakers include:

Doron Fadlon

Doron Fadlon

Doron Fadlon

Don Fadlon is the marketing director for ICL Fertilizer in North America. He was born and raised in Beer-Sheva, Israel, where ICL Fertilizer’s headquarters is located. He earned his Master of Arts in economics from Ben Gurion University and began working for ICL Fertilizer in 1994. After working in various positions in the company’s shipping division, Fadlon served in sales positions in North America, South America and India. In July 2014, he and his family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri.

Chad Henderson

Chad Henderson

Chad Henderson

Chad Henderson is a founding partner and market analyst at Prime Agricultural Consultants. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture economics. Henderson spent his first 10 years as a licensed broker with Stewart-Peterson group before starting Prime Ag in 2004. He has authored several different nationally recognized advisory newsletters and is frequently quoted in Bloomberg, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. Henderson’s interest in the commodity market stems from his farm background. He was raised on a cash crop grain and seed farm in southeast Wisconsin. He continues his agriculture pursuits on his own farm with his wife, Rebecca. Together with their three children, the Hendersons enjoy exhibiting cattle from their small purebred Angus herd.

Russ Mothershead

Russ Mothershead

Russ Mothershead

Russ Mothershead is the president and chief executive officer of Midwest Agri-Chemico, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Agri-Trans and Midwest Grain & Barge Company (MGB). Based in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Midwest Agri-Chemico, Inc., specializes in the regional distribution and transportation of agricultural fertilizers and commodities to retailers in the Midwest. Agri-Trans provides truck transportation for bulk liquid and dry commodities; MGB is a grain merchandising and river terminal barge loading operation on the Mississippi River, just south of Cape Girardeau. Raised on the family farm near Benton, Missouri, Mothershead grew up in the agriculture community of southeast Missouri. He is a 1979 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University’s agri-business program.


Rick Myroup

Rick Myroup

Rick Myroup is the senior director of marketing at The Climate Corporation. He graduated from from Illinois State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in business information systems and marketing, and earned his Master of Business Administration from Saint Louis University. Prior to joining The Climate Corporation in 2014, Myroup worked for seven years with Monsanto as marketing information manager, marketing strategy manager, U.S. licensing marketing manager, and DEKALB brand manager.