Southeast Poised for Opening Week Activities


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Southeast Missouri State University will welcome its new students to campus with a full plate of activities beginning Aug. 16 that will culminate with the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 20.


July 31, 2007 – Southeast Missouri State University will welcome its new students to campus with a full plate of activities beginning Aug. 16 that will culminate with the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 20.

“Southeast is gearing up to welcome our new students, as well as our returning students, back to campus,” said Theresa Haug Belvin, assistant director of New Student Programs. “We have several exciting and beneficial activities planned, and we are pleased to be welcoming a new group of students to the Southeast community.”

On Aug. 16, first year students wanting to get a head-start on settling in to their new campus abode can do so at the early-bird move-in from 6 to 8 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center. Parents’ fraternity and sorority informational meetings will be held at 3 p.m. at Towers Café and at 5 p.m. in the University Center Riverboat Room. Refreshments will be served.

Later that evening, a commuter student meeting is planned for 6 p.m. at the University Center Ballroom. At 7:30 p.m., professional speaker David Hellstrom will give a presentation in Academic Auditorium titled, “If Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Why Are They Charging Me $20,000 a Year to Go to School Here?”

On Aug. 17, faculty and staff will officially welcome the newest members of the University community with a Welcome Convocation at the Show Me Center. The convocation, which provides students with a general University orientation and information about Opening Week activities, begins at 10 a.m.

Those welcoming new students to Southeast at the convocation are Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Jay Knutdson, mayor of Cape Girardeau; Dr. Larry Baker, dean of students; George Gasser, Student Government president; and Leni Fluegge, student Regent.

New students will have a chance to get connected with members of the Southeast faculty, staff and experienced student leaders through Southeast 101 sessions. Southeast 101 gives students a glimpse of what Southeast life is like through discussions focusing on academic expectations in the college classroom, basic tips for succeeding and how to access resources at the University. This year’s Southeast 101, titled “Southeast Mythbusters,” will allow new students to ask questions of faculty and current students about academics and campus life. Lunch will be served during the meeting.

College meetings and workshops are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., giving students the opportunity to hear from the dean of their college and interact with faculty from their departments.

The annual “Great Ice Cream Pig Out” is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. This all-you-can-eat Southeast tradition features ice cream served by Southeast students and administrators. Entertainment will be provided at 8 p.m. by award-winning sleight-of-hand masters Spike and Hammer.

On Aug. 18, activities begin with a First STEP enrollment program for first-year students who have not yet attended the orientation. The program is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Center.

Also on Aug. 18, a variety of recreational activities are scheduled throughout the day to alleviate the stress of moving. Recreation Services will have Playstation 2 games on the big screen, washers and baggo tournaments, and a hotshot competition. Students also are welcome to test their skills on the 30-foot climbing wall.

Later that evening, a Minority Student Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Program Lounge. An outdoor movie, “Billy Madison,” will be shown on Academic Terraces at 9 p.m.

The annual Chamber of Commerce Welcome Back Picnic will be held Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce University Relations Committee in partnership with Chartwells Educational Dining Services, the annual picnic offers food, fun and lots of activities for students, faculty and staff.

Classes for the fall 2007 semester will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 20. Welcome Back Tents will be located at various spots around campus to help both new and old students find their way around. Each tent will have water available.

Later that day, students are welcome to “walk the red carpet” and take a look around the new and improved University Center from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be “swag bags,” door prizes and a showing of “Drumline” during dinner.

After dinner, students will have the opportunity to learn how online social networks may affect their future. C.L. Lindsay III, a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of student rights and academic freedom, will present “Campus Computing: From Free Speech to Facebook” at 7:30 p.m. in Academic Auditorium.

For more information on Opening Week activities, contact New Student Programs at (573) 651-5166 or visit