781 to Receive Degrees at Southeast’s Winter Commencement


EVT-CommencementSoutheast Missouri State University will hold its winter commencement ceremony Dec. 17 during which 781 students – 632 undergraduates and 149 master’s degree and specialist candidates – will receive their degrees.

The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Show Me Center.

Dr. Willie Redmond, Southeast professor of economics, faculty associate in the Office of the Provost and lead instructor of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) course, will deliver the address.

The ceremony also will honor seven students for graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, an Honors Convocation will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Show Me Center to honor 180 undergraduates. Dr. Dana Schwieger, professor of management information systems (MIS) in the Department of Accounting and recipient of the 2016 PRIDE Award, will present the Honors Convocation address.

Among the undergraduate students at the Honors Convocation, 32 will graduate summa cum laude (3.9 to 4.0 cumulative grade point average); 52 will graduate magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.89 cumulative grade point average); and 82 will graduate cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 cumulative grade point average).

Also at the Honors Convocation, 13 students will be recognized for completing the Jane Stephens Honors Program and one for graduating with honors in associate degrees. Graduating members of three honor societies – Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa — will be recognized as well.

Dr. Willie Redmond


Dr. Willie Redmond

Dr. Willie Redmond’s primary teaching responsibilities at Southeast include graduate and undergraduate capstone business administration courses in strategic management.  He also is active with Southeast’s International Business Programs, having mentored students on numerous international study tours and international business case competitions.

He has received several teaching awards while at Southeast, including the 2014 Faculty Merit Award, the 2013 Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce’s University Educator of the Year Award, the 2013 Dr. R. Ferrell Ervin Award for Excellence in Teaching; the 2006 and 2009 Harrison College of Business – Student’s Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching; and the 2008 Graduate Students’ Outstanding MBA Teaching Award.   

Since August 2010, Redmond has served as a Faculty Associate in the Office of the Provost.  A primary duty is coordinating the activities of the Missouri Alliance for Collaborative Education (MACE).  This initiative is designed to foster collaborative teaching agreements to increase the breadth and depth of undergraduate instruction in Missouri’s higher education institutions.  He also is a member of a leadership team from Southeast participating over the next two years in the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory.

Redmond is also designated as one of eleven “Global Engagement Scholars” throughout the nation, through his work with the American Democracy Project, which is an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.  He earned a doctoral degree in economics and an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of South Carolina.  He joined Southeast’s faculty in 1999 and has since earned the rank of full professor.

Dr. Dana Schwieger

Dana Schwieger

Dr. Dana Schwieger

 A member of the Department of Accounting faculty, Schwieger played an instrumental role in the development of the Management Information Systems (MIS) program at Southeast, where she has an outstanding record of teaching effectiveness, high quality scholarship work and impactful service to the University and community.

She is dedicated to her students’ success both in and out of the classroom. Schwieger serves as an advisor to Southeast’s Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda and was the founding advisor for the Southeast chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. She has chaperoned a study abroad program to Paris and London, and has supervised MIS internships and numerous graduate papers.

She has been honored with the Outstanding MBA Teaching Award, SoTL Award, Harrison College of Business Copper Dome Research Award, Harrison College of Business Copper Dome Teaching Award, Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Award nominee, Missouri State Phi Beta Lambda Advisor of the Year and has won best paper and best overall paper awards at six national conferences. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and is a recipient of the Success in Scholarship, Sports, and Service Award.

Outside of Southeast, Schwieger has served as a paper reviewer for scholarly journals and as a Higher Learning Commission AQIP Project Reviewer since 2013. She also has shared her knowledge with the worldwide community with service work in Haiti. There, she has assisted with a medical mission trip and provided information technology assistance to Real Hope for Haiti, a nonprofit orphanage/medical clinic/Cholera house. Schwieger also has worked extensively with Respire Haiti – a school, medical clinic, clean water program and feeding program — assisting with their website design and development, and serving as their website administrator. She has advised and helped bring online schooling and textbooks to the school. She also has participated in the Wenzao Taiwan School of Language summer program and the Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship Program.

In her local community, Schwieger has served Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau as an EPIC trainer; has assisted more than 20 organizations; provided technical support for the Persecuted Church Prayer Ministry at La Croix Church; and helped to organize the local Missionfest event.

Schwieger holds a doctoral degree in Management Information Systems, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in marketing and finance, all from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and Bachelor of Science in computer science and a Bachelor of Science in accounting, both from Southeast Missouri State University.

Before coming to Southeast in 1996, Schwieger served as an information technology computer lab manager at Southern Illinois University. She started at Southeast as a computer services lab manager and became an instructor in the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems in 2000.

An Olive Branch, Illinois native, Schwieger is the daughter of Carolyn Schwieger and the late Cecil Schwieger. She is currently a resident of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.