Southeast 2021 Spring Commencement Speaker Biographies


Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate the graduation of spring and summer graduates in five ceremonies on May 14 and 15, 2021. Following are biographies for the speakers at each ceremony.

May 14, 2021

2 p.m. Ceremony

Dr. Jeremy Barnes

Jeremy Barnes, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation

Dr. Jeremy Barnes is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation (KNR) at Southeast Missouri State University. He received a doctorate in health education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and started teaching at Southeast in 1996. He serves as the health unit coordinator for KNR and the graduate coordinator for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Science Program.

Since 2012, Barnes has served as director of the grant-funded Southeast Regional Prevention Center (RPC), whose mission is to promote and facilitate the development of community prevention initiatives concerning the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

He has served on and chaired numerous University committees including the Eating Disorders Awareness Week Planning Committee, which he has chaired since 2008. Since 1996 he has also served as the faculty advisor to the Southeast Missouri State University Health and Wellness Association.

Barnes is passionate about improving the health of others. His research interests include health behavior change, body composition assessment and weight loss programs, substance abuse prevention and worksite health promotion. He has co-authored 30 articles and 60 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, three book chapters, and has raised more than $3,000,000 to fund substance misuse prevention programs in Southeast Missouri. He has given more than 40 national presentations, 36 regional presentations, 10 state presentations and numerous presentations at the local level.

He and his wife Pamela have three children, a daughter Taylor and twins Matthew and Emma. His hobbies include working out, reading, fishing, cooking, playing guitar in the band “Old School,” going to concerts and listening to music.

6 p.m. Ceremony

Dr. Christopher Goeke

Christopher Goeke, Professor, Department of Music

Dr. Christopher Goeke is a professor in the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts in vocal performance and pedagogy, both from the University of Iowa. Goeke has 31 years of collegiate teaching experience. At Southeast, he is coordinator of the Voice Area and has twice received recognition for Outstanding Teaching in the University’s former College of Liberal Arts.

In addition to other classes, Goeke teaches applied voice and is active in directing and coordinating technical elements for opera at Southeast. He has worked to expand audiences for opera through innovative production concepts, new singing translations, supertitle translations, and adaptations including “The Marriage of Figaro,” “La Périchole (the Street Singer)” and “The Magic Flute.”  In January of 2020, Goeke presented a paper at the National Opera Association annual convention titled “Politics and Opera: ‘Poperatics’ – Reimagining Offenbach’s La Périchole in the 21st Century.”

Goeke, a tenor, has performed with the Central City Opera in Colorado, the State Repertory Opera of New Jersey, Westchester Opera in New York, the Light Opera of Manhattan, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Bach Society of St. Louis and, most recently, with the Southern Illinois Music Festival. He is member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has served as NATS’s Missouri Governor and Central Region Treasurer.

Goeke makes his home in Cape Girardeau with his wife, Lori Shaffer, also a professional voice teacher and performer. When not singing, teaching or directing, Goeke loves to go RV camping, bicycling and practice the accordion.

May 15, 2021

10 a.m. Ceremony

Dr. Judy Wiles

Judy Wiles, Professor and Chair, Department of Marketing

Dr. Judy Wiles is professor and chair of the Department of Marketing at Southeast Missouri State University. She received a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Memphis with a concentration in marketing.  She earned a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in marketing, both from Southeast Missouri State University.

Wiles has served as president and on the board of directors for international academic organizations, including MBAA International and the Marketing Management Association. She co-founded and served as president and on the board for the area chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Her leadership roles for the University have included serving as a department chair for fifteen years, serving as interim dean of the former Harrison College of Business for a year, and serving as director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Catapult Creative House for three years.

She has served as internship coordinator for both the Department of Marketing and Department of Management for 15 years. Wiles was integrally involved in establishing experiential learning labs in Catapult and Dempster Hall.

She received the MMA Fellow Award for long-time contributions to the Marketing Management Association in 2009. She received the Silver Medal Award in 2008 by the area chapter of the American Advertising Federation. She has published and presented articles in the areas of business ethics, advertising, and marketing communications.

Wiles has been teaching for Southeast for 36 years and will retire at the end of July 2021.

2 p.m. Ceremony

Dr. James Champine

James E. Champine, Professor, Department of Biology

Dr. James Champine is a professor in the Department of Biology at Southeast Missouri State University. Champine was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University on an Evans Scholarship for golf caddies and resided at the “Caddyshack” while in college. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry he worked as a research technician, studying an anaerobic bacterium that grows with carbon monoxide as sole source of carbon and energy.

He began his graduate studies in biology at Wayne State University before attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he earned a doctorate in microbiology. His thesis was on the “Physiology of the Iron-reducing Bacterium Geobacter metallireducens GS-15.” After a post-doctoral appointment at the National Science Foundation Center for Microbial Ecology, where he studied reductive dichlorination of pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls, he came to Southeast in 1995.

Champine recently served as chair of the Department of Biology for eight years. His other leadership roles at Southeast include Faculty Senate Chair, Faculty Chairperson of the Academic Advising Council and Faculty Athletic Representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Champine has served on committees for accreditation of the Athletics Department and the hiring of Dr. Carlos Vargas as president of the University. He is now focusing on the favorite parts of his job – teaching and mentoring students in the laboratory.

Jim Champine is married to Kimberly Dean Champine. They care for two dogs, Axel and Daphne, and a cat named Rose.

6 p.m. Ceremony

Dr. Eric Clements

Eric Clements, Professor, Department of History and Anthropology

Dr. Eric Clements is a professor of history in the Department of History and Anthropology at Southeast Missouri State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Colorado State University, a Master of Arts in history with museum certification from the University of Delaware, and a doctorate in the history of modern America and the American West from Arizona State University.

He became a faculty member at Southeast in 1999 and teaches general courses in American history, as well as specialty courses on museums and material culture, the Progressive Era, the American West and American foreign relations. From 1999 to 2007 he served as the assistant director of what is now known as the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, where he helped plan for the museum’s move to the newly constructed River Campus. He currently serves as senator on Faculty Senate and has been involved with the senate for the last 11 years.

Clements has written three books, 20 articles and 43 book reviews on western and maritime topics. His research interests include the mining history of the American West and for 20 years he has edited the “Mining History Journal,” the academic annual of the Mining History Association. In 2013, the Mining History Association recognized him with its Distinguished Service Award for his extraordinary contributions to the association.

He resides in Cape Girardeau with his wife Barbara and enjoys traveling, cycling and following Redhawks baseball.