Southeast Kicks Off Fall 2017 Semester with Greatest Show on Earth


Kickoff of the fall 2017 semester at Southeast Missouri State University comes with added fanfare Aug. 21 as the campus gets a front row seat for astronomy at its finest and sky gazers set their sights on viewing the Great American Solar Eclipse.

Totality (darkness as the moon passes in front of the sun) is expected in this area for one minute and 45 seconds starting at 1:20:21 p.m. (CDT). Eclipse viewing locations will be available at Houck Field, the River Campus, the University School for Young Children and Cape College Center in Cape Girardeau, along with Southeast affiliated viewing locations at the regional campuses in Sikeston, Kennett and Malden, Missouri, and Southeast’s Poplar Bluff Delivery Site. Visit for detailed information.

Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University and a physicist, said he hopes the learning opportunities associated with the eclipse “energize and spark enthusiasm among Southeast students and area youth to explore innovations in science and consider pathways into the sciences. At Southeast, we are so pleased to be able to provide opportunities for our students and people throughout this region to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students at Southeast, who has chaired a committee planning eclipse events for the past year, said, “The Great American Solar Eclipse provides an extraordinary opportunity for the University to connect with the communities we serve. We are capitalizing on this event to provide a memorable first day of classes experience for our students and to reconnect with alumni and friends planning to return to campus for the day.”