773 to Receive Degrees at Southeast’s December Commencement


Commencement May 2015CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 7, 2015 — A total of 773 students – 611 undergraduate and 162 master’s and specialist students – will receive degrees at Southeast Missouri State University’s  commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Dec. 19 in the Show Me Center.

Dr. Warren Anderson, professor of cultural and linguistic anthropology in the Department of Global Cultures and Languages, will deliver the commencement address.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, an Honors Convocation will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Show Me Center to honor 185 undergraduates.  Dr. Steven Hoffman, coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program and professor of historic preservation, will present the Honors Convocation address. He is the 2015 recipient of the Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence (PRIDE) Award, which will be presented at commencement. The PRIDE Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher, an extraordinary level of scholarship and service and whose overall accomplishments are especially noteworthy.

Among the undergraduate students at the Honors Convocation, 41 students will graduate summa cum laude (3.9 to 4.0 cumulative grade point average); 30 will graduate magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.89 cumulative grade point average); and 102 will graduate cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 cumulative grade point average).

Also at the Honors Convocation, one student will be recognized for graduating with academic distinction, and 11 will be recognized as Honors Scholars. Graduating members of three honor societies will be recognized as well, including 48 from Phi Eta Sigma, 30 from Phi Kappa Phi and 15 from Omicron Delta Kappa.

Dr. Warren Anderson

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Dr. Warren Anderson

Anderson came to Southeast to join then Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1998.  Since 1979, he has worked, traveled, and lived with indigenous migrant workers from the highlands of Michoacán, Mexico, as they travel into the rural Midwestern United States in search of wage labor. This research has led to investigations in community development, agriculture, oral history, ethnic identity, history and language, global migration and bilingual education.  He  also has been an invited researcher with a team of anthropologists and linguists from the University of Costa Rica as they have worked with remote indigenous communities in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica.  Most recently, he has participated in research on the institutional culture of new medical schools in the United States and Canada.

He has published and presented regionally, nationally and internationally in the areas of migration, indigenous ethnic identity and language use and on medical education reform.

His most prized professional locale, however, is the classrooms, hallways and grounds of Southeast’s campus in the company of students and colleagues.

He makes his home with his wife, Carla, in the peach and apple growing country of rural Union County, Illinois.  They have two daughters and a son-in-law.