Southeast Celebrates Annual Family Weekend Sept. 19-21


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 5, 2003 — Southeast Missouri State University hosts its annual Family Weekend Sept. 19-21 on the University campus with a variety of entertaining activities for students and their families.

 “Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for the families of students at Southeast to experience a little bit of university life,” says Diane Sides, Family Weekend coordinator and director of University Relations.

Cultural exhibits, informational programs and forums, athletic events, and fun and games are all highlighted during the weekend’s festivities.

The Harrison College of Business is sponsoring sessions about Study Abroad programs on Friday, Sept. 19, from 3-5 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9-10 a.m. in Dempster Hall.  Information will be available about short overseas programs and semester-long exchange programs that are open to all majors.  There also will be information on the international business major.  Refreshments will be served at both sessions.

The University Museum will be displaying the paintings of Kenneth A. Holder, professor emeritus of Illinois State University, throughout the weekend.  The exhibit is entitled “Discovery: Paintings of the Lewis and Clark Trail” and includes acrylic paintings, watercolors and sketchbooks.  Holder spent several summers retracing the steps of Lewis and Clark, making drawings, watercolors and photographs along the way.  These preliminary works aided Holder in creating monumental paintings of places like LaBarge Rock, the area around Fort Benton and the Columbia River.  An opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19.  The artist will be present during this time to meet people and answer questions, as well as give a gallery talk at 5 p.m. about his work. The exhibit also will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.  Holder again will be available to discuss his work and travels along the Lewis and Clark Trail and to answer any questions.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, a variety of activities will be available from morning till night.  Visitors are invited to an open forum and reception held in the University Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There will be an open discussion, and students, faculty, staff and alumni will be on hand to answer all of your questions.  This will be a great time to interact with people from all areas of the campus.

Lunch will be available at both the Towers Cafeteria and the University Center Skylight Terrace.  Family members may join their students and enjoy an authentic University dining experience.  Afterward, families may head to the Student Recreation Center, which features 90,000 square feet of recreational space, for family fun.  Games, contests, and sports-related activities will provide competition for the entire family.  The climbing wall also will be available for anyone wishing to scale to the top.

A highlight of the weekend will be the Southeast vs. Southwest Missouri State University football game scheduled for 6 p.m. at Houck Stadium.  A pre-game tailgate gathering is scheduled for 4:30 to 6 p.m. and is sponsored by Health Facilities Rehab Service of Sikeston, Mo.  Free hotdogs and sodas will be available to Southeast students accompanied by their families, and “Manitou,” one of the Heartland’s finest good-time bands, will entertain with oldies, country, and today’s top 10 hits.  The football game also will feature a pre-game warm-up by the Golden Eagles Marching Band, the Southeast cheerleaders and Sundancers.

Reserved football game seats are $8, general admission seats are $7, youth ages 7-18 are $3 and children 6 and under are free.  University students are admitted free with their student ID.  Tickets may be ordered by calling (573) 651-2113 or toll-free (866) SEMO-TIK.  Visit for team stats and to hear what the coaches have to say about this exciting match-up.

After the football game, comedy hypnotist Dale K. will perform in the University Center.  This performance is free to all students and their families, and snacks will be served.

Family Weekend will come to a close with the annual Family Weekend Brunch hosted by Kenneth W. Dobbins, Southeast president, on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the University Center.  This scrumptious brunch buffet will include eggs, sausage, waffles and other breakfast treats, as well as a full lunch menu.  The cost is only $6.65 for adults and $5.10 for children 6-12.  Children 6 and under are free.

Sunday services are provided by campus ministries.  An open-air Mass, sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministries, will be held on the Academic Terraces at 11 a.m.  The Lutheran Student Fellowship is providing a worship service at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Hope, followed by a free meal in the Student Activities Center. 

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