School of Polytechnic Studies Hosting Open House March 26


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 23, 2011 — The School of Polytechnic Studies at Southeast Missouri State University will host an open house from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building on the Southeast campus.

The event follows Show Me Day at Southeast, a showcase of the entire University for prospective students.  At the open house, prospective students are invited to meet current faculty and staff in both the Department of Agriculture and Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology to learn about the programs available. 

Faculty and staff will be giving tours to students interested in these fields.  Students with an interest in industrial and engineering technology will have the opportunity to view the computer graphics labs, manufacturing lab, robotics lab, computer networking lab, material testing lab and much more. 

Those students interested in agriculture will be able to visit the new Charles L. Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse, located at the corner of Old Sprigg and Bertling streets, and learn about the University’s Rice Research Station and Southeast’s new 252-acre David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center.

The open house will offer prospective students interested in a high-tech education in either agriculture or industrial and engineering technology the opportunity to learn about the department’s outstanding programs focused on applied sciences/plant and animal sciences, applied engineering and technical management. Participants also will learn about placement rates, quality careers and excellent starting salaries for graduates in these fields; state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for students to gain hands-on experience; internship and experiential learning programs established for students with business and industries; the School’s nationally accredited programs; and scholarship opportunities.

“The open house gives students a first-hand look at what both the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology have to offer,” said Amanda Eller, coordinator of special programs and services in the School of Polytechnic Studies.  “We hope that those who are interested in the program will come away from the open house with a better understanding of the field they are entering.”

Southeast’s Department of Agriculture offers a bachelor of science degree in agribusiness, with options in agriculture industry, animal science, horticulture, and plant and soil science, and pre-professional degrees in both pre-veterinary medicine and pre-vocational agriculture education.

The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology offers a master of science degree in technology management, along with bachelor of science degrees in engineering technology, technology management and industrial education, with several options from which to choose in each discipline.  An associate of applied science degree is also offered in computer technology, as well as a pre-professional degree in pre-architecture.

For more information on the open house or on the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, visit or contact Eller at (573) 986-6746 or e-mail Those interested in attending Show Me Day are asked to call (573) 651-2590 or register online at