Choose Your Adventure This Family Weekend


by News Bureau on Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 15, 2011 – An assortment of activities for all ages is planned for Family Weekend Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Southeast Missouri State University.

“Family Weekend will be an opportunity for the campus community to welcome the families and friends of our students,” said Michele Irby, Family Weekend coordinator and director of Campus Life and Event Services. “There will be a variety of events planned to allow families to participate in the Southeast experience.”

Family Weekend is a long-standing event that began in 1977. Originally “Parents’ Weekend” for the families of football players, the event grew over the years into a weekend of activities for everyone related to students and the University.

The weekend is traditionally held in the fall semester and helps Southeast students to make the adjustment into the new environment. Irby says Family Weekend allows families to visit their students, meet roommates, friends and instructors, tour facilities and attend University-wide events.

Kicking off Family Weekend will be the “The Floating World: Ukiyo-e Prints” exhibit open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 and 1-4 p.m. Oct. 1in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at the River Campus. This exhibit from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (LRMA) proudly shares 50 examples of wood panel prints from Japan’s Edo Period. With the help of internationally known Ukiyo-e print expert Frederick Gookin, LRMA founder Wallace Rogers created a superb collection rich in the works of Hiroshige and expansive enough to include Hokusai, Utagawa and other important printmakers. The exhibit is free.

The Tony Award-winning musical, “Into the Woods,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus. The musical blends various familiar fairy tales and characters with an original story of what happens after “happily ever after.”

Families have the opportunity to meet the president from 9-10 a.m. Oct. 1 in the Beanery Café. During Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins’ tenure at Southeast, academic programs have been enhanced and enrollment has increased significantly. Dobbins and his wife, Jeanine Larson Dobbins, founding coordinator for the Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program based at Southeast, have a son, Paul, and a daughter-in-law, Stacey, who are both Southeast graduates, and a grandson, Lincoln Kenneth.

A Fall Festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon at the Charles L. Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse. Pansies, pumpkins and mums will be for sale, and bluegrass music will be played.

Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 1 in the University Center. The cost is $5, and students can use their Redhawks IDs to pay with funds on their meal plans.

The Student Activities Council (SAC) will welcome families with a variety of weekend events, including a SAC Movie on the Terraces, balloon art and face painting, and The Norman Magic Experience.

The SAC Movie on the Terraces is a free movie event with free popcorn at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 on the Academic Terraces. Families and friends are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs and enjoy the classic movie, “Grease.” In the case of rain, the movie will be shown in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre.

Mike the Balloon Guy, a balloon artist, will makes creations limited only by the imagination, while his wife Margaret will provides face painting as part of her Margaret’s Art on You. With her freehand style, each piece she creates is an original work of art. The husband and wife novelty team will be entertaining from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1 in the University Center.

Also during this time, local artists and students will present live music, and SoutheastHealth Dietician Raina Childers will perform cooking demonstrations featuring low calorie quick meals that can be made in the microwave.

The Norman Magic Experience is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 1 in the University Center Ballroom. During the fusion of magic, comedy and audience participation, audience members win cash prizes and get to experience magic in their own hands from their own seats.

Bus tours of the main campus and the River Campus will be provided by guides Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center for Regional History, and Julie Grueneberg, assistant registrar, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Buses will leave from the University Center for the 90-minute tour. Those interested in participating should sign up at the Information Desk on the third floor of the University Center.

Off-campus activities Oct. 1 begin with a Day on the River at the Red Star Access from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Cape Girardeau. This opportunity will expose the river’s mysteries and transformation through time. Hands-on activities will teach participants the importance of wetlands. This event is for all ages and will feature crafts, live animals and rides on the Mississippi. Boat rides will take place every half hour except noon to 1 p.m. Tickets may be picked up at the registration table on the day of the event. The Day on the River at the Red Star Access is sponsored by Cape Girardeau’s Conservation Nature Center.

The history of North American archery will be explored, including raw material harvest and bow design and performance during the Longbow Workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Local citizens will craft their own hickory longbows using only hand tools.

A Family Weekend photography class, Meet the Artist, is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Becky Joseph of Restore My Soul Photos will cover basics for improving nature photography skills, including depth of field, exposure and how to choose the best camera. Her “Everyday Wonders” photography exhibit will be available to view, too. This event is for all ages, and youth and adult groups are welcome. No registration is required.

Families can join the Redhawks Rally Against Hunger canned food drive during the two soccer matches and football game on Family Weekend. The drive will benefit the Southeast Missouri Food Bank and the food bank for Joplin (Mo.) tornado relief. Student Government, the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and the President’s Office are sponsoring the effort.

Food will be collected at the Southeast vs. Eastern Illinois soccer game at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30; at the Southeast vs. Eastern Illinois football game at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1; and at the Southeast vs. SIU-Edwardsville soccer game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2. All games will be held at Houck Stadium.

“We have a history at Southeast of students serving the community,” said Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for enrollment management and student success. “This is an extension of our community service commitment. In our current economic situation, we have a very large unmet need for food in our community and in Joplin because of the tornado. So as a way of underscoring our commitment to community service and in recognition of our fellow Missourians in Joplin, we are conducting this canned food drive.”

Items may be placed in collection bins at entrances on both the north and south sides of Houck Stadium. Those making a donation will receive a ticket for free popcorn.

The Golden Snitch will be found during the Quidditch Tournament at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Student Recreation Center. Families can travel to the world of “Harry Potter” and watch as teams compete in this wizard’s game. The event is sponsored by Campus Life and Event Services.

Family Weekend would not be complete without a football game. The Redhawk football pre-game tailgate party will be from 4-6 p.m. in front of Houck Stadium on Bellevue Street. Tailgaters can enjoy free food and beverages as well as live music and appearances by the Golden Eagles Marching Band, the Southeast cheerleaders, the Sundancers and the Rowdy Rundown. A tailgate tent will be set up for the party, and seating will be available.

After the tailgate party, the Redhawks will take on Eastern Illinois in a Missouri National Guard-sponsored “Salute to America” game that will feature a special pre-game military salute. Ticket information can be found at Student admission is free with a valid Redhawk ID.

For a Southeast family discount at Drury Suites in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Drury Lodge, and Pear Tree Inn, provide the promotional code 317573. For information about a Southeast family discount at Holiday Inn Express and Victorian Inn and Suites, call (800) 331-0445. Reservations without a discount are available at Candlewood Suites, (888) 226-3539.

Stop by the Information Desk on the third floor of the University Center for maps, brochures and more information about Family Weekend. For a complete list of events, visit If you have any questions, please contact the Campus Life office at or (573) 651-5120.