Opening Week Activities to Welcome New Students to Campus


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 5, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University’s 2010-2011 academic year will kick off with a weekend of activities to welcome new students.

“I am so excited about the events we have planned for all of our students during Opening Week 2010,” said Theresa Haug-Belvin, director of Student Transitions at Southeast. “I am confident they will assist our new students with their transition to our campus community.”


Aug. 19, first-year students interested in getting an early start unpacking can do so before their scheduled time during the “Early-Bird Move-In.” Early-Bird check-in is scheduled for 6–8 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. Regularly scheduled first-year check-in is scheduled for 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also in the Student Recreation Center-North.

Parents with questions about Southeast’s fraternities and sororities can get their questions answered at two separate informal meetings. These meetings will take place later that afternoon, first convening at 11 a.m. in Towers 207 and then at 1 p.m. in the Redhawks Room of the University Center.

A Commute & Connect! event will be held for all commuter students between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The meeting offers the opportunity to meet other commuter students and learn how to become involved on campus.

At 6:30 p.m., all residence halls will have a short floor meeting to introduce floor mates, resident advisors and learn about campus life.

Events on Aug. 20 begin at 9 a.m. for commuter students with an exclusive Coffee Convocation event with current commuter students. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided at the Center for Student Involvement, Room 204 in the University Center. Commuter students will then proceed to the Welcome Convocation in the Show Me Center.

The Welcome Convention is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Show Me Center for new students. Students will be welcomed by University President Kenneth W. Dobbins, Student Government President Katie Herring and Student Regent Brian Kelly. Students will also receive information about other Opening Week activities.

New students will have a chance to get connected with members of the Southeast faculty, staff and experienced student leaders through Southeast 101 sessions. Students will engage in an interactive activity that will provide further information about the Southeast campus. Lunch will be served during the meeting.

College meetings and workshops are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., giving students the opportunity to hear from the dean of their college and interact with faculty from their departments.

Snacks and refreshments will be available to honor students or those interested in learning more about the Jane Stephens Honors Program from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Honors House at 603 N. Henderson.

The annual “Great Ice Cream Pig Out” is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. This all-you-can-eat Southeast tradition features ice cream served by Southeast students and administrators. After enjoying the ice cream, students may stay for the 8 p.m. show by comedy magician, Derek Hughes.

On Aug. 21, activities begin with a First STEP enrollment program for first-year students who have not yet attended an orientation session. The program is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center.

Students who wish to learn where their classes will be held can participate in a tour of campus at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Tours will start at the fountain in front of Kent Library.

At 3:30 p.m., the Academic Support Center will host a session in the University Center Ballroom providing information to Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) students, students of color and first-generation college students.

A free movie and popcorn will welcome students back to campus at 9 p.m. on the Terraces. Students are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a movie with their friends. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown in the University Center Ballroom.

Aug. 22 is all about relaxation, but students are encouraged to take part in the annual Welcome Back Picnic. Held from 4–6 p.m. at the Show Me Center, there will be food, activities, lots of freebies and live music by the Carter Twins. The picnic is sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Chartwells Educational Dining Services. Entertainment will be provided by Student Activities Council.

Classes for the fall 2010 semester will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 23. Welcome Back tents will be located at various spots around campus on Aug. 23-24 to help students find their way around Southeast. Each tent will be staffed and will have water, cookies and maps available.

On Aug. 23, students may have lunch and listen to ’80s music played live in the Lounge at the University Center.

For more information on Opening Week activities, contact New Student Programs at (573) 651-5166 or visit