Southeast Celebrates Homecoming 2015 with ‘It’s Your Move’ Theme

Southeast cheerleaders and the Golden Eagles Marching Band get the crowd excited at the 2014 Homecoming Parade.

Southeast cheerleaders and the Southeast Marching Band get the crowd excited at the 2014 Homecoming Parade.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 13, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Homecoming 2015 Oct. 12-17 with a full slate of activities as alumni, students and friends are invited to show their will to “make their move.”

“Homecoming for Southeast alumni is so exciting and means so much to our graduates who fondly remember their time on campus,” said Jay Wolz, director of Alumni Relations at Southeast.

Southeast graduates look forward to each fall and coming back from all over southeast Missouri to hundreds of miles away to enjoy the activities, said Wolz.

“It touches at the core of each of us,” said Wolz. “Every alumni left a piece of their heart here and Homecoming gives them the opportunity to relive that part of their lives and to reconnect with friends, classmates, staff and faculty. “

Highlights during the week include the annual crowning of the Man and Woman of the Year, the Copper Dome Society and Merit Award Dinner, All Alumni Breakfast featuring the presentation of Distinguished Service Awards, the Homecoming parade and football game. Visit for a complete schedule of events.

Campus-wide online elections will be held Oct.12-13 to determine the 2015 Man and Woman of the Year Award. Students can place their vote via the Southeast portal, accessible at For more information, contact Michele Irby, Campus Life and Event Services, at (573) 651-5120.

Field Day is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Houck Field House. Students compete in various events inspired by this year’s theme, including tug-of-war, musical chairs and the “Redhawk Game of Life.” For more information, contact Joanna Shaver, coordinator for campus programming, at (573) 651-2280.

Immediately following the Field Day activities, at 7:30 p.m. a Spirit Rally is planned in Houck Field House. The rally will feature the Southeast cheerleaders, Sundancers, Southeast Marching Band, athletic teams, Rowdy, and announcing of the 2015 Man and Woman of the Year candidates. The event is free, and students and alumni are encouraged to wear their best outfit that encompasses their favorite board game.

Students who’ve got game and want to showcase their talent may do so at a Talent Show at 7 p.m. in the Show Me Center on Tuesday, Oct. 13. This year’s show will be emceed by the comedic duo Frangela – Frances & Angela whose talents have been featured on Fox’s “The Cleveland Show,” NBC’s “My Name is Earl,” and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” For more information, contact Shaver at (573) 651-2280.

Throughout the week, artwork created by student organizations will be located across various campus locations for all to admire.

Alumni are also welcome to visit Catapult Creative House throughout the week. Located at 612 Broadway, Catapult is a unique student experience where creativity and entrepreneurship converge. Opened in May 2015, Catapult, a creative arts and industries incubator, brings products and services with a sustainable twist and local connection to fruition. Catapult will be officially dedicated at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16. For more information, contact Leah Powers, operations manager, at (573) 290-5372.

Alumni events begin with an Endowed Scholarship Donor Reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the Show Me Center. Students receiving an endowed scholarship can meet with their scholarship donors at this event. For more information, contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2332.

Southeast alumni, students and donors meet and mingle at the 2014 Copper Dome Society Dinner.

Southeast alumni, students and donors meet and mingle at the 2014 Endowed Scholarship Donor Reception.

Following the reception, Copper Dome Society members, alumni and friends are invited to attend the annual Copper Dome Society Dinner honoring this year’s Merit Award recipients. Since 1958, Alumni Merit Awards have been presented to Southeast graduates who have brought distinction to themselves and the University.

This year’s honorees are Dr. Gina Buff, ’87, of Chesterfield, Missouri, advanced practice registered nurse at St. Louis Mercy Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic in St. Louis, Missouri; Nanci Burchell, ’80, of Kansas City, Missouri, radiation safety officer for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri; Thomas Hendrick, ’68, of Plano, Texas, a hotel developer who serves as chief investment officer with FelCor Lodging and president of TCH Partners, Inc.; Dr. Tarrell Portman, ’81 and ’88, of Winona Minnesota, dean of the College of Education at Winona State University; Michael Price, ’68, of Leawood, Kansas, an attorney, mediator and owner of Price Dispute Resolutions Services and former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice; Gary Smith, ’67, of St. Louis, Missouri, president of Smith & Associates, LLC; and Michael Sullivan, ’79, of House Springs, Missouri, assistant professor and chair of the Theatre Department at Fontbonne College in St. Louis.

Receiving the Faculty Merit Award will be Dr. John Kraemer, professor/director of environmental science and chief executive officer for Environmental Health Assessment and Patient Centered Outcomes at Southeast.

Attendees can socialize at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. The ceremony will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. and will include the showing of a Merit Award recipients’ video. Reservations are required. Tickets are $25 per person, and members of the Copper Dome Society will receive up to two complimentary tickets. For tickets and more information, call the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2332.

Southeast fans can cheer on the women’s Redhawk’s soccer team as they take on the Belmont Bruins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16, at Houck Stadium. Tickets prices can be purchased at (573) 651-2113 or at

Saturday’s events begin at 7:30 a.m. with the All Alumni Breakfast and Distinguished Service Award presentations in Kem Statuary Hall in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. Alumni, friends and their families are invited to attend this breakfast, where this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipients will be honored. Awards are presented to individuals who have made lasting contributions to their communities and to the University.

This year’s Distinguished Service Award recipients are George Hartsfied of Jefferson City, Missouri; Walter Smallwood of Kirksville, Missouri; and Rick Hetzel and Cheryl Mothes of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Cost of the breakfast is $10 per person, payable in advance. Space is limited, and reservations must be made by Friday, Oct. 2 by calling the Alumni Association at (573) 651-2259 or emailing

The annual Homecoming parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Capaha Park. Serving as parade marshals will be Southeast President Carlos and Pam Vargas. The parade travels east on Broadway to Main Street and then south on Main Street to Independence.

This year’s Homecoming parade will feature decorated floats, marching bands, the Man and Woman of the Year candidates and a variety of other entries and participants from the Southeast and local community. Floats will depict students’ favorite board and card games. For more information, contact Shaver at (573) 651-2280.

After the parade, numerous Greek and student organizations will hold pregame tailgates at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, in front of Houck Stadium on Bellevue and in the parking lots surrounding the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. Kick-off the football game with live music, free refreshments and appearances by the Southeast Marching Band, Sundancers, Cheerleaders and Rowdy. Southeast students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends are invited. For more information, contact Nate Saverino at (573) 651-2962 or

Free tours of the Academic Hall dome will be available from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anyone interested in learning the history of the University’s landmark administration building and signing their name inside the dome should enter though the building’s main entrance, which faces Normal Avenue.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., alumni from the Southeast College of Education are invited to a Homecoming Open House. Reminisce with fellow alumni, faculty and staff at the Scully Building Room 210. For more information or to make reservations, contact the College of Education at (573) 651-2123 or

Alumni who are veterans and their guests are invited to the annual Vets Corps Pig Roast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Southeast Vets Corps alumni, this tailgate will be in the parking lot west of the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center.

The Alumni Association invites members of the Class of 1965 to celebrate their 50-year reunion with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 17 in Kem Statuary Hall in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. The cost is $15 per person. Reservations must be made by Friday, Oct. 2 by contacting Alumni Relations at (573) 651-2259. To register online, visit

Southeast Fans cheer on the Redhawks at the 2014 Homecoming football game.

Southeast Fans cheer on the Redhawks at the 2014 Homecoming football game.

The Redhawks will battle their Ohio Valley Conference rivals, the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Houck Stadium during the annual Homecoming football game. At halftime, the Man and Woman of the Year will be crowned. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (866) SEMO-TIK or visit

Festivities will continue after the game for alumni who are at least 70 years old at the Diamond Club Reception from 3-6 p.m. in the Atrium of the Robert A. Dempster Hall. Special recognitions will take place for the graduating classes of 1965, 1960, 1955, 1950, etc. Entertainment will be provided by the Jerry Ford Combo. Cost of the event is $15 per person. Appetizers and a cash bar will also be available. Reservations must be made by Friday, Oct. 2. For more information or reservations, contact Alumni Relations at (573) 651-259.

A variety of Greek and other alumni events will take place throughout Homecoming Week. For more information about these events, visit or Southeast’s Homecoming Facebook page