Southeast Celebrating Integrity Week Sept. 24-28


Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Integrity Week across campus Sept. 24-28 with events for students, faculty and staff to promote ethical, honest practices in their academic, work and personal lives.

Jessica Johnston, a cast member from season 35 of “Survivor” and Cape Girardeau native, will be the keynote speaker Sept. 24. Johnston will present “Don’t Just Survive—Thrive!” at 6.30 p.m. in Academic Hall Auditorium. Tickets are free and available at the doors which open at 6 p.m.

“Integrity Week is a new initiative at Southeast dedicated to raising awareness of how important integrity is in our academic, personal and professional lives,” said Dr. Bethany Alden-Rivers, associate provost for academic effectiveness and student success at Southeast. “We hope the University and local community get involved and enjoy these unique and inspiring sessions.”

Integrity Week events include:

Sept. 24:

10-11 a.m.: Dr. Pam Parry, chair of Southeast’s Department of Mass Media, will present “Fake News and Other Myths” in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre in Grauel Building.

6:30-7.30 p.m.: Keynote address by Jessica Johnston, cast member of season 35 of “Survivor.” Johnston will present “Don’t Just Survive – Thrive!” in Academic Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Sept. 25:

9 a.m.: Southeast’s Academic Advising hosts “Donuts and Advice­: Dos and Do-Nots” in front of the University Center.

2-3 p.m.: Sonia Rucker, assistant to the president for equity and diversity and dean of students, and the Center for Writing Excellence present “How to Avoid Plagiarism: The Unknown” in the University Center Program Lounge.

7 p.m.: Student Activities Council (SAC) hosts a film screening in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre in Grauel Building of “Bad Genius,” about a genius level high school student who makes money after developing elaborate methods to help other students cheat. Afterwards, Dr. Monica Bixby Radu, assistant professor of sociology, will lead a discussion about the movie.

Sept. 26:

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Southeast’s National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) hosts a Paint Party in the University Center Lobby. Participants can paint their own canvas as a reminder of their integrity.

Sept. 27:

2-3 p.m.: Kent Library staff hosts a seminar entitled “Citing Sources using Zotero” in Kent Library Room 215. Participants will learn about Zotero, a free reference management software.

4-5:30 p.m.: Jennifer Woolf, coordinator of career counseling in Southeast’s Career Services, hosts a workshop on “When Faking It Until You Make It Won’t Work: Maintaining Honesty in your Job Search” in the University Center Redhawks Room.

6:30 p.m.: The Department of Athletics and the Redhawks women’s soccer team hosts an integrity themed activity in Houck Field House during their match against Eastern Kentucky University.

7-8 p.m.: The SEMO Secular Alliance hosts a roundtable discussion on “Is being an ethically upright person contingent upon religious beliefs?” in the University Center Indian Room.

Sept. 28:

Noon-1 p.m.: The “Take Away Friday” series of faculty development workshops hosted by the Center for Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning presents “Academic Integrity is About More Than Cheating” in the Jean Ann Whitaker Model Classroom in the EDvolution Center in the Mark F. Scully Building Room 209.

Photo Caption: Jessica Johnston, a cast member from season 35 of “Survivor” and Cape Girardeau native, will be the keynote speaker Sept. 24 during Southeast’s Integrity Week.