Southeast Celebrating Family Weekend Sept. 11-13

Family Weekend 2014

Breakfast with the President is a Southeast Family Weekend tradition.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 28, 2015 – Families of Southeast Missouri State University students are invited to spend time with their student and enjoy the campus experience during a variety of activities on Family Weekend Sept. 11-13 at Southeast.

While families are welcome to enjoy the weekend at their own pace, a complete schedule of weekend events is online at Maps and schedules of events also will be available during the weekend at the University Center. To book hotel reservations, visit

Family Weekend at Southeast began in 1977 as “Parents’ Weekend” for the families of football players. It has since evolved into a weekend of activities for all students and their families.

Key Family Weekend events include a Breakfast with the President, family activities, tailgating, the first home football game as the Southeast Redhawks take on Southern Illinois University on Saturday, Sept. 12, and a Southeast Speakers Series presentation Sept. 13 by Jeff Bauman, survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon attack.

Family Weekend 2015 will kick off with a complimentary continental breakfast Sept. 12 hosted by Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University, and other members of the executive staff, from 9-10 a.m. in the University Center South Dining Room.

Family Weekend 2013 music

A number of family activities will take place throughout the day Saturday in the University Center.

Family festivities will be available throughout the day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the University Center. Events will include face painting, a speed sketcher and custom photo mini basketball hoops from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dueling pianos will provide entertainment from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A photo booth will be available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and bingo from 1-3 p.m. on the fourth floor.

Meanwhile, families can also opt to play disc golf or explore the campus Saturday on a walking tour. Discs for disc golf and campus tour maps will be available at a tent in the University Center. Families completing the walking tour will be eligible for a prize.

Several additional recreation opportunities will be available throughout the weekend. Recreation Services is offering family hours in which the track and athletic equipment will be open for use at the Student Recreation Center-North from 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon to midnight on Sunday. New this year, the facility’s rock climbing wall will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Families may also cool off with a dip in the pools in the Student Aquatic Center, adjacent to the Student Recreation Center-North, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Also open throughout the weekend will be “A Song from the Field,” a fine art exhibit displayed in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum located at the River Campus at 518 S. Fountain St. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

With fall just around the corner, families may shop for flowers and experience Southeast’s greenhouse during its Fall Mum Sale and Open House from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse, 1039 Bertling Street.


The Redhawks will face SIU-Carbondale in its home opener.

Leading up to kickoff for the Southeast home football opener, students and families are invited to enjoy live music, refreshments and appearances by the Southeast Marching Band, Sundancers, Cheerleaders, Rowdy and the Southeast football team as they make their way to Houck Stadium as part of the Redhawk Walk. This spirited tradition will begin two hours prior to kickoff. Personal tailgating space is available in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center parking lots. Family Weekend football tailgating will feature the Mike Renick Band from 4-6 p.m. in front of Houck Stadium located on Bellevue Street. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Houck Stadium when the Redhawks will take on Southern Illinois University. Student admission to the game is free with a Redhawk ID. For more information, visit

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Jeff Bauman

 Rounding out the weekend will be a presentation by Jeff Bauman in celebration of Patriot Day at 2 p.m. Sept. 13 in Academic Hall Auditorium. Bauman will launch the 2015-2016 University Speakers Series with “Beyond the Finish Line: A Conversation with Jeff Bauman.” This event is free and open to the public. On April 15, 2013, Bauman stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon eagerly awaiting his girlfriend Erin, who was running in support of a local charity. As he waited, an ominous looking man, who seemed so out of place on such a festive day, dropped a black backpack only feet away from Bauman and moments later, the first of two explosions rocked Boylston Street. Bauman’s grave injuries included the loss of both legs. When the smoke cleared and Bauman realized what just happened, his first thought was that he was going to die. Days later, the reign of terror ended and Bauman went from being a normal 27-year-old Costco employee, musician and Boston sports fan to being a national hero. Since that tragic day, Bauman has remained a beacon of hope, strength and resilience. He is sharing his story with audiences across the country in a presentation that is sure to uplift and inspire.

Other Family Weekend events are as follows:

Friday, Sept. 11

Attendees can enjoy Tunes at Twilight at the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo located at Lorimier and Themis Streets in downtown Cape Girardeau from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This is free outdoor concert series will feature Chad Elliott. Rain location is Rose Theatre on Southeast’s campus.


Catapult Creative House will offer activities on Friday and Saturday.

A number of opportunities also will be available throughout the evening from 5-9 p.m. at Catapult Creative House, Southeast’s groundbreaking creative arts and industries incubator at 612 S. Broadway. Events will include a letterpress demonstration, along with a print show and sale; the chance to take a family photo and transfer it to wood; sampling of savory menu items at its beverage bar; demonstration of the latest technology with its 3D printer; a game of Pictionary – Catapult Edition; and an opportunity to get your monogram sewn on whatever you wish, all while being serenaded to beautiful music performed by a Southeast student.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Shop downtown at the Cape Riverfront Market, a downtown Farmer’s Market, located at 35 S. Spanish St., from 8 a.m. to noon.

A “Day on the River,” a program hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation, is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Riverfront Park in downtown Cape Girardeau. For more information, visit

Line the streets for the SEMO District Fair Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Capaha Park and ending at Arena Park. For more information, visit

Throughout the day, the Southeast Bookstore will be open for clothing, gifts, snacks, beverages and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

academic Hall dome interior

Tours of the Academic Hall dome will be available on Saturday.

Tours of Academic Hall Dome, located on the main floor of Academic Hall, will be open throughout the day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ninety-minute bus tours will be available to explore the area, the main campus, River Campus and downtown Cape Girardeau area beginning at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Reservations are required. Sign up at the tent located on the third floor of the University Center.

Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Redhawks Market on the University Center third floor. Lunch is $5 per person, and students may use their meal plans.

Returning this year, zip line rides, will be available from 2-4 p.m. on a first come-first serve basis, along with a challenge course, off Sprigg Street.

Also from 2-4 p.m., Catapult Creative House will offer a two-hour session covering the basics of cupping coffee and exploring coffees from all over the world. Visitors will see what it takes to get coffee from bean to cup.

Experience the supernatural with a haunted walking tour of downtown Cape Girardeau starting at 6:30 p.m. Register at the University Center tent area on the third floor of the University Center.

Watch the Demolition Derby at the SEMO District Fair, located at the fairgrounds at Arena Park, beginning at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 13

A “Reaching the Candy Castle” morning service from 9-11 a.m. will be held at Cape First Church, 254 S. Silver Springs Road. This event is sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

Mass on Terraces 2014

Catholic Campus Ministry will celebrate Mass on the Terraces on Sunday.

Celebrate Family Weekend with Catholic Mass on the Terraces followed by free lunch at the Marquette Student Center located at 520 N. Pacific Street. Mass on the Terraces will begin at 11:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministry.

Families are welcome to attend “Songs of Travel,” a performance in the Faculty and Guest Recital Series hosted by the Department of Music at Southeast. The event, featuring Timothy Schmidt (bass-baritone) and Tim DePriest (piano) is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus. Southeast student tickets are $3 with a valid Redhawk ID. Others are $10 at the River Campus Box Office. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at

For more information about Family Weekend, contact Michelle Irby at (573) 651-5120 or visit