Southeast Student Offers Regents Glimpse into Successful River Campus Experience

Reading for American Hero by Cody Cole in Seminary building.The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today heard a student presentation from Jose Alpizar, of Collierville, Tennessee, who shared his River Campus success story with the Board.

Alpizar’s introduction to the Board began with the playing of a video in which he starred and served as the narrator in a multimedia piece shown at the new student convocation in August.

Alpizar is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in musical theatre. Born in San Jose, Costa Rica,  when he was just a year and a half old, he and his parents emigrated to the United States. He was raised in the Memphis, Tennessee, area and learned about Southeast when he was a high school senior. A friend pursuing a dance major at Southeast convinced him to tour the main campus and River Campus.

“I was in love with the River Campus after touring it, but I was sold on the school after seeing a production of ‘Legally Blonde’ that night,” he said. “I was convinced I wanted to come here and I knew that this University was special.”

Looking back on his time at Southeast, Alpizar says, “I simply cannot imagine myself going anywhere else for college.”

As a Southeast student, he has had the opportunity to serve as a student ambassador in the Office of Admissions and perform in casts of “The Addams Family,” “On The Town, and “A Chorus Line” at the River Campus.

“In my time here at Southeast, I have grown immensely as a performer all thanks to the unstoppable faculty that want nothing more than for you to succeed in show business, as well as the opportunities we get,” he said.

Alpizar, earlier this week, joined five other Southeast students who traveled to New York City to perform an off-off Broadway staged reading of an original musical that Dr. Kenn Stilson, chair of The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, and Southeast student Cody Cole wrote.

“This was an awesome opportunity that gave me the chance to work alongside business professionals,” he said. “Not many, if any other schools can give their students this opportunity.”

Alpizar’s presentation was the second in a planned series of student presentations to the Board. At the Board’s September meeting, Southeast MBA student Sarah Stellhorn of Evansville, Illinois, kicked off the student presentations, discussing the uses for GIS software on campus and its various applications in the business place. Coming on the heels of that presentation, the University signed a license agreement last week for a campus-wide GIS system.

Board of Regents meeting - Student Regent swearing-in, Brad Jones - December 16, 2016

Bradley Jones was sworn in as the student representative to the Board of Regents.

In other action, the Regents witnessed the swearing-in of Bradley Jones as the new student representative to the Board of Regents. Also today, the Regents approved the annual audits from Rubin Brown, LLP, including the annual financial report, A-133 single Audit Report on the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards, the Systems Facilities Financial Report and the NCAA Independent Auditor’s Report on Agreed Upon Procedures.

The Board authorized application to the Missouri Energy Loan Program for FY18 capital funding to supplement state funding for renovations — HVAC replacement, window replacement, tuck pointing and other energy related projects — to Rosemary Berkel Crisp Hall of Nursing.

The Regents also approved three Faculty Senate bills that call for revisions to the Faculty Handbook to ensure it conforms to current Board policies and directives. Those bills revise the College Dean policy to clarify the qualifications of a college dean; the Examination and Grade policy, which clarifies the timing of final assessments in online courses; and the Research Involving Human Subjects Policy to establish a new Institutional Review Board and ensure the University remains in compliance with federal laws and regulations to protect the rights and well-being of human subjects used in research.

The Board also approved updated policy statements on nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity as part of the University’s Business Policy and Procedures Manual. The nondiscrimination policy now includes color as a protected category, in addition to race, ethnicity and national origin, which mirrors federal language. Contact information also has been updated to the Regional Office of the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education, instead of the main office in Washington, D.C.

The Regents appointed Southeast Provost Karl Kunkel and reappointed William Holland, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, to the River Campus Board of Managers. Kunkel’s term ends Dec. 1, 2017. He replaces Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, who previously served as interim provost.  Holland’s new term expires Dec. 1, 2019.

In addition, the Board reappointed Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, to another three-year term as a University representative on the Show Me Center Board of Managers. Her new term expires Dec. 1, 2019.

The Regents also approved realigning five preapproved biology special course fees from their current course numbers to their newly renamed and renumbered counterparts, effective with the spring 2017 semester.

The Board approved a resolution honoring Gen. Seth McKee, the oldest-living American four-star general, who was awarded the rank of Chevalier (Knight) in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the government of France. He attended Southeast Missouri State Teachers College from 1934 to 1937.

The Regents also heard reports on: fall 2016 enrollment; an Oct. 19 event titled “Building a Campus Culture to Support Student Persistence and Graduation: A Day with Vincent Tinto;” student initiatives from Student Government President Peyton Mogley; Faculty Senate business from Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Willie Redmond;  contracts and Facilities Management projects; and academic programs under development.

Top Photo Caption: Jose Alpizar