Catapult Invites Southeast Moms, Dads to Explore Creative Side on Family Weekend


Catapult letterpressCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 31, 2015 – Catapult Creative House, Southeast Missouri State University’s groundbreaking creative arts and industries incubator at 612 S. Broadway, will host a series of events for students and their families throughout Southeast’s Family Weekend Sept. 11-13.

Catapult’s one-of-a-kind program is designed to bring together students and faculty from a variety of disciplines (art, business, fashion, construction management, interior design and hospitality management) to immerse them in the entrepreneurial experience.  Catapult launches students’ innovative product and service concepts in creative laboratories and tests their business models in a modern commercial marketplace.

Launched in May of this year, Catapult is located in a 13,320-square-foot renovated building in Cape Girardeau’s downtown business district.  In addition to student studio and collaboration spaces, the facility provides a retail shop, coffee bar, gallery, letterpress area, 3-D printing area, photo and paint shops, all operated by students with faculty oversight.

Activities planned to showcase the facility on Family Weekend are as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 10, 4-6 p.m.

catapult artFree Student Workshop for Letterpress

Catapult is hosting a free workshop for Southeast students to learn how to print on a letterpress. Adrienne Miller and Brad Vetter will be visiting Catapult Creative House during Family Weekend. Students can take the workshop and earn a certification that allows them to work Catapult’s presses in the future after the workshop is completed. Seats are limited, so spots can be reserved by calling (573) 290-5370 or emailing to confirm registration availability. Students that gain certification from the Workshop for Letterpress will be able to use their new skills at Catapult.

Friday, Sept. 11, 5-9 p.m.

Letterpress Demo and Sale

Miller and Vetter put Catapult’s presses to work and will have artwork available at the Print Show and Sale.

Wood Block Photography

Students and their families can come in to take a photo and transfer it to a wood block to take home. Photography students will be taking photos and transferring them, so families are left with a lasting memory with a vintage look.

Catapult beverage barBeverage Bar Savory Menu Sampling

Catapult will offer a free sampling of various menu items and drinks, as well as smoothies made by Southeast hospitality management students.

3D Painting

Catapult will be using their 3D printer and showing people how to design items for the MakerBot Replicator. MakerBot is able to create things such as a phone case or action figure right in front of you.


A Pictionary event is planned in which smart phones will be linked up to a SMART board. While an artist is drawing on the board, other players can have an application that allows them to just look at the drawing on their phone instead of watching the artist.


Whether it’s a monogram, a Redhawk logo or even Catapult’s logo, students will be doing embroideries. People can come see how the designs are made and put them on an item of their choosing.


Throughout the evening, students and their families can enjoy music played by a Southeast student. Families can partake in everything Catapult is offering, or just come listen to music and dance.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Beginner’s Letterpress Workshop, Ages 18 and over, 9-11 a.m.

For $45, participants can learn how to print on a letterpress. The workshop will show the ins and outs of printing, and those who participate can get a certification that allows them to come back to use Catapult’s presses in the future. Miller and Vetter will be visiting Catapult for Family Weekend and will be offering this workshop. Seats are limited, so spots can be reserved by calling (573) 290-5370 or emailing to confirm registration availability.

Coffee Cupping with Kaldi’s Coffee, 2-4 p.m.

This two-hour session covers the basics of cupping coffee and exploring coffees from all over the world. Join Frank McGinty of Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company to learn about the various flavors available in coffee, why they taste different depending on where they come from and how artisan roasting plays an important part. There will be tasting and discussion over the different types of coffee, and those attending will get to learn how to use the flavor wheel. Sign up today at