Celebrate Family Weekend at Southeast Sept. 29-Oct. 1



Families of Southeast Missouri State University students are invited to experience the campus and the City of Cape Girardeau Sept. 29-Oct. 1 with a full slate of activities for Family Weekend.

The jam-packed weekend offers something for everyone with fun-filled family-oriented events highlighted by a Redhawks football game on Saturday, Sept. 30.

“Family Weekend is an opportunity for students as well as faculty and staff to capture the spirit of what is happening at Southeast.  We like to design the weekend’s events as an ‘a la carte’ offering, so campus members and their families can choose activities that appeal to them,” said Michele Irby, director of Campus Life and Event Services.

Family Weekend at Southeast began in 1977 as “Parents’ Weekend” for the families of football players.  It has since evolved into a weekend of activities for all students and their families.

Friday, Sept. 29 

Events begin on Friday, Sept 29, at the Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse, 1039 Bertling Street, with walking tours of the Charles Nemanick Alternative Garden and trails from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and the greenhouse’s annual fall mum sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Replicas of Columbus’ ships, the Nina and Pinta, will be docked at the Riverfront Park in downtown Cape Girardeau. Tours are available from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 2. For more information, visit http://www.visitcape.com/CalendarDetail.aspx?CalendarID=7318.

Arts lovers are invited to visit the River Campus, which will host Transition Spaces 17.2: Michael Faris and the “Reconstructed/Reconceptualized” exhibits in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum. A third exhibit, “Road Trip,” can be viewed in the River Campus Art Gallery.  The exhibits will be open throughout the weekend. In addition, The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance will present “An American Hero,” a world premiere musical, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. For information and tickets, visit http://rivercampus.org/event/an-american-hero/ or call (573) 651-2265.

Families are also invited to cheer on the Southeast volleyball team as it takes on Austin Peay at 6:30 p.m. at Houck Field House. For tickets, call (573) 651-2113, email tickets@semo.edu or visit GoSoutheast.com.

Closing out events on Friday will be a showing of the movie, “Dirty Dancing” at 9 p.m. on Academic Terraces. In case of rain, the movie, sponsored by the Student Activities Council, will be shown in Academic Auditorium.

Saturday, Sept. 30 

President Carlos Vargas and his wife Pam, right, greet families at the annual Breakfast with the President.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, families are encouraged to visit the tent on Normal near Academic Hall where Family Weekend information will be available.  All Family Weekend events are free unless otherwise specified.

The Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse will again be open for its fall sale from 9 a.m.-noon.

At 9:30 a.m., join Southeast President Carlos Vargas for breakfast in front of the Kent Library portico. In case of rain, the alternate location is the University Center south dining room.

“Many families enjoy the breakfast. It is an informal opportunity to meet and mingle with President Vargas,” Irby said.

On Saturday, at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., bus tours of the main campus, River Campus and downtown area will be offered. The 90-minute tours require a reservation, which can be made at the information tent.

“Our tours are hosted by guides who are well-versed in information and history about Southeast and Cape Girardeau,” Irby said.

Families are encouraged to tour Academic Hall and its signature dome.  Tours will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The weekend is a great time for families to spend time together and explore the campus.

The Southeast Bookstore, the Student Recreation Center and the Student Aquatic Center will be open throughout the day. Several family festivities – including displays, music, entertainment and a photo booth — will take place in the University Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Events at Kent Library, located next door, will start at 11 a.m.

Dining venues will be open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the University Center third floor, and ice cream will be served from 2-4 p.m. in the Dearmont Kitchen.

Many community activities will be offered in downtown Cape Girardeau on Saturday, Sept. 30.  From 8 a.m.-noon, the Cape Riverfront Market, offering locally produced food, crafts and music, will be open in the parking lot at 35 S. Spanish Street.

The Missouri Department of Conservation Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center’s annual Day on the River is held in conjunction with Family Weekend.

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Missouri Department of Conservation Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host its annual Day on the River, giving families the opportunity to experience the mighty Mississippi River at Riverfront Park. Activities include boat rides, live aquatic animal displays, Asian carp filleting demonstrations, and kids’ crafts and informational booths from many supporting agencies.  Boat rides will take place every half hour (except from noon-1 p.m.) and will be led by fisheries biologists. Boat rides will be on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday is also a celebration of Cape Girardeau Heritage Days.  From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free tours, demonstrations and presentations about the city’s history will be available at various locations in the downtown area.  For more information, visit http://www.visitcape.com/CalendarDetail.aspx?CalendarID=7180.

Join in a Southeast tradition, the Redhawk Walk, at 4 p.m. along Bellevue Street, as the Southeast Marching Band and the football team make their way to Houck Field. A variety of other tailgates and pre-game events are planned outside the stadium from 4-6 p.m. The Family Weekend football game will get underway at 6 p.m. Saturday at Houck Field when the Redhawks will take on Eastern Kentucky.   For more information or to buy tickets, visit http://gosoutheast.com/, email tickets@semo.edu or call (573) 651-2113.

In the evening, haunted waking tours will start downtown at 6:30 p.m. at Hutson’s Fine Furniture, 43 S. Main. The cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple.  For more information and to register, visit https://semo.wufoo.com/forms/pkgsz6w04nta55/.

The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance will again present “An American Hero,” a world premiere musical, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.

Sunday, Oct. 1 

Catholic Campus Ministries celebrates Mass on the Academic Terraces.

On Sunday, Oct. 1, Catholic Campus Ministries (CCM) will celebrate with a Mass on Academic Terraces at 11 a.m. followed by a free family picnic luncheon on the lawn at the Marquette Student Center at CCM, 520 N. Pacific Street. Meat will be provided. Families are encouraged to bring a side dish.

Closing out the weekend, The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance will present a matinee performance of “An American Hero,” a world premiere musical, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at 2 p.m. at the River Campus. For information and tickets, visit http://rivercampus.org/event/an-american-hero/ or call (573) 651-2265. While at the River Campus, visitors can again check out the Transition Spaces 17.2 art exhibit by Michael Faris and “Reconstructed-Reconceptualized” by Najjar Abdul-Mussawwir at the Crisp Museum from 1-4 p.m.

For more information about Family Weekend, contact Michele Irby at (573) 651-5120 or visit http://semo.edu/familyweekend for a full list of events and additional links.