Commencement Tip Sheet


December commencement at Southeast Missouri State University is planned for 2 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Show Me Center. An Honors Convocation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18, also in the Show Me Center. Some candidates for graduation have reported interesting feature stories about themselves that could be developed in connection with commencement. These story tips with contact names and phone numbers are listed below. Students will begin assembling for commencement at 1:15 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. The Southeast News Bureau is happy to make arrangements for you to meet and interview any of the graduates listed below between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Student Recreation Center. Please do not hesitate to call the News Bureau at (573) 651-2552 with any questions about these or other commencement stories.

 Dr. Mark Langenfeld of Cape Girardeau, will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of arts degree in French. Langenfeld is a professor of health, human performance and recreation, and biology at Southeast Missouri State, where he has taught since 1987. He is earning his second bachelor’s degree and in a field different from that which he teaches. Langenfeld holds a bachelor of arts degree in zoology from Miami University and master’s and doctoral degrees in exercise physiology, both from The Ohio State University. Langenfeld said he took French as a high school student. In recent years, he said he became interested in improving his French speaking skills as he reconnected with relatives in France. Last June, Langenfeld became a fully immersed college student, taking “Intensive French” in Angers, France. “I’ve always believed a well educated person has some breadth as well as some specialty,” Langenfeld said. Langenfeld can be reached at (573) 651-2461.

 Peggy Cross of Portageville, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in elementary education. During the course of her education at Southeast, she has attended class with all three of her children – Cory, Josh and Caitlyn Cross. Peggy took “National and State Government: with her son, Cory, at the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center (CBEC) in Malden, Mo. Peggy and her son, Josh, took “English Composition II,” together at the CBEC and drove back and forth from Portageville to Cape Girardeau for classes at Southeast. Peggy and her daughter, Caitlyn, who is currently a freshman, are taking “Physical Science” together at the CBEC. The two are lab partners in the class. Peggy Cross can be reached at (573) 379-2907.

 Judy Bruyette of Poplar Bluff, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in management information systems. Bruyette began her college career in 1971 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. After attending Lincoln for two and half semesters, she joined the Army and completed a 20-year military career. In fall 2002, she enrolled at Southeast. Bruyette said her dream was to finish college by the time she was 50. She turned 50 last summer. “Nothing comes quickly or easily that is worthwhile,” she said. She eventually hopes to open a small business teaching home computer literacy. Bruyette can be reached at (573) 776-6065.