Mildred “Mit” Joyner

Social work pioneer Mildred “Mit” Joyner, emerita director and professor of social work at West Chester University, will present Southeast Missouri State University’s second annual Jane Addams Lecture Wednesday, March 20.

A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center on Southeast’s River Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology in conjunction with Southeast’s Student Social Work Organization.

Joyner has been a pioneer in teaching, research, writing and community activism for more than 30 years, focusing on the areas of gerontology and multicultural issues. She established the first Master of Social Work program in the Pennsylvania state system of higher education. She has also served in multiple leadership positions in nearly every social work professional organization, including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). In 2010, Joyner was an invited presenter at a congressional briefing on the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act.

Additionally, she is the first woman and African American to serve on the board of directors of DNB First (previously known as Downingtown National Bank), to which she was appointed in 2004. She is a member of the board of Chester County Food Bank, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s SoulMates Advisory Board in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Book Committee of NASW. Joyner is currently the president and owner of MCJ Consultants in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Joyner has received numerous awards in the fields of social work, gerontology, education and leadership. The Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Inc. (BPD) created the Mit Joyner Gerontology Leadership Award in her honor in 2005 for her leadership in the field of gerontology. In March 2011, Joyner received the BPD Lifetime to Achievement Award. She was recognized for her leadership and stewardship in 2011 by Living Beyond Breast Cancer and received the Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay Award in 2012. In 2013, Joyner was named a Social Work Pioneer by NASW. In October of 2014, Joyner was named the first William Culp Lecturer by Abilene Christian University, School of Social Work in Abilene, Texas.

Recently, Joyner accepted the nomination to run for NASW National President.

Joyner received her Master of Social Work from Howard University in 1974 and her Bachelor of Social Work from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, in 1971.

Southeast Day at Busch 2019 will be Sunday, July 28, as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Houston Astros in a 1:15 p.m. game. Theme tickets for this game are available throughout the stadium. They may be purchased at and include a Cardinals/Redhawks co-branded theme hat. Attendees can pick up their theme item and will also be able to join Southeast alumni, staff and friends in the Rita Cabana Pavilion Patio area of Busch Stadium for a pre-game gathering from 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., hosted by the Alumni Association.

Join fellow SEMO alums and friends to cheer on the River City Rascals as they take on the Gateway Grizzlies on Saturday, May 18. Tickets can be purchased at for $25. At the login page, enter the User ID “SEMOAlumni” and the password “Rascals”. The cost of the ticket includes a buffet, soft drinks and beer on the party patio at the ballpark. Gates open at 5:35 p.m. to access the party patio. The game begins at 6:35 p.m. Maximum attendance is 250, so get your tickets now!

Reviewing Student Records (Banner Student Course) training will be offered in the traditional face-to-face format from 8:30-10 a.m. on Thursday, March 28. The training will be held in Kent Training Lab Room 110.

Reviewing Student Records (Banner Student Course) is aimed at both academic and non-academic units requiring access to student records via INB. Participants will review the various student-related information forms in INB, including address, general student, test scores, grades, GPA information and comment information. Security access to student records will not be provided without this training. The prerequisite for the student session is Banner Overview and Navigation training, which is available in online format only.

To complete Banner Overview and Navigation Online Training, visit
 Access to the face-to-face course will not be given until Overview and Navigation training is complete.

To register for the Student face-to-face course, visit Click on Skillport portal Login. Click on “Instructor Led Training Sessions” on the left side of the screen. Select “Banner Student Course” from the list. Select “Actions” and “Enroll in This Session.”

Any issues logging in should be directed to

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. for the College of Education, Health and Human Studies and the Donald L. Harrison College of Business and Computing; and 2 p.m. for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Earl and Margie Holland College of Arts and Media, and College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

All faculty and professional staff are invited to participate in commencement. Faculty and staff who need rented regalia must order by March 29.

Faculty and staff may order rented regalia online, a process that started in the fall 2018 semester. To order regalia, visit and follow the directions provided.

Faculty and staff may have their regalia shipped directly to their home with an additional $15.95 shipping charge, or regalia may be shipped to the University with no shipping charge and picked up during commencement week.

All orders for regalia must be submitted no later than March 29. Late orders will not be accepted. All regalia must be returned by 4:30 p.m. on commencement day. Regalia return will be located in the Student Recreation Center at the south end of the track.

Order information will be available at the vendor’s website for faculty and staff who ordered rental regalia online last semester. Faculty and staff who ordered rental regalia prior to the fall 2018 semester and don’t remember their ordering information may review their previous order by logging onto the portal, selecting the “Faculty SS” tab, clicking the “Faculty Services” button and selecting “Order Commencement Regalia.” After reviewing the most recent order, click the “Order Regalia Now” button located at the top of the page to be directed to the vendor’s website.

For questions regarding regalia, visit the vendor’s frequently asked questions page, or contact the vendor at (800) 433-0296.

For more information about commencement, contact the Registrar’s Office at or (573) 651-2250.

Southeast Missouri State University’s Greek Week 2019 Blood Drive aims to break new records and save more lives.

This year’s blood drive is scheduled from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 24-27 in the Student Recreation Center’s east gym, located at 750 New Madrid St. in Cape Girardeau.

Southeast’s Greek Week Blood drive is the second largest university blood drive in Missouri – a ranking achieved through the dedication and support of the University and local community, said Zack Koeller, Southeast senior and director of the Greek Week Committee.


“In the past five years, the growth and support we’ve seen has been tremendous, and it’s amazing how Southeast can rival institutions three times our size,” Koeller said. “We’ve developed a really great relationship with the Red Cross, which brings some of their best assets to support us each year.”

The 2018 blood drive netted 1,194 units that were donated to the American Red Cross, exceeding all previous Greek Week blood drive totals by 248 units. This year’s goal is to net 1,400 units.

“This is really a University and community goal,” Koeller said. “Giving blood is an easy way to give back and change so many lives because each unit collected can save up to three lives. When we come together, we can do great things.”

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and search for “semogreekweek.”

Koeller also recommends signing up through the Red Cross’ Blood Donor App. The app is free and available for download on iPhone® and Android™ devices.

“The Blood Donor App is really neat because it makes your gift even more personal by allowing you to track where your donated blood goes,” he said. “The app allows you to learn how you’re making a positive impact.”


Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, when it holds its Southern Division docket beginning at 9:30 a.m. March 19 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The oral arguments, which are open to the public, will be heard in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. The docket begins at 9:30 a.m. with two cases. Students may ask questions from 10:30-11 a.m. A third case is set for 11 a.m. and a fourth for 11:30 a.m. Each case is expected to run about 30 minutes.

Four judges will be in attendance, including Chief Judge Lisa Page, who is a 1988 magna cum laude graduate of Southeast with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She was elected by the judges in the district to serve as chief judge. Page was appointed to the Court in December 2015 after serving as a Circuit Judge, a Family Court Commissioner and a municipal judge.

“I am proud to be a graduate of SEMO, and I am honored and look forward to bringing the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, to my alma mater to allow the students and public to see firsthand the important work of our Court,” Page said.

Along with Page, the other judges participating in the court session are Judge Mary Kathryn Hoff, Judge Philip Hess and Judge Roy Richter.

Judge Hoff was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1995.  She previously served as a Circuit Judge for the City of St. Louis Circuit Court.  Judge Richter was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2006 and previously served as an Associate Circuit Judge in Montgomery County from 1979 to 2006. Judge Hess was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2013.  Previously, he practiced law in St. Louis in private practice.

The judges will sit in panels of three to hear oral arguments from attorneys involved in four cases appealed from circuit courts in Cape Girardeau, Madison and Ste. Genevieve counties. The Court has held dockets at Southeast on seven prior occasions.

Oral arguments to be heard are as follows:

From Ste. Genevieve County (9:30 a.m.):

  • State of Missouri vs. Doyle D. Edwards

From Cape Girardeau County (9:30 a.m.):

  • Russell B. Welty, Sharon A. Stanley and Linda K. Fulton vs. Terry Givens, as trustee of the Terry N. Givens Revocable Restated Trust Dated November 6, 2013 and Terry N. Givens.

From Cape Girardeau County (11 a.m.):

  • Gill Family Properties, LLC vs. Keith Smith Mechanical, LLC F/K/A Bootheel Mechanical

From Madison County (11:30 a.m.):

  • Stephens Cemetery, est. 1864, Inc., William Maurice Stephens, Ernest Jerry Stephens, Melvin Eugene Stephens, Steven Eugene Stephens, Jana Marie Cook and Marcia Diane Braswell, on their behalf and on behalf of other unnamed descendants of Gabriel Jones Stephens vs. Wilma Elizabeth Tyler.

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District is the state’s largest appellate court with offices in the historic Old Post Office in downtown St. Louis.  There are 14 judges on the court, which handles approximately 50 percent of the intermediate appellate caseload in Missouri.  Oral arguments are regularly conducted in St. Louis, Hannibal, Cape Girardeau and other locations in the Eastern District.

For a copy of the Southern Division-Cape Girardeau March docket, visit the Court’s web site at, select Missouri Court of Appeals from the “About Your Courts” drop down menu, then further select “Eastern District” and “Eastern District Cases Docketed.”

The Chateau Girardeau “Sundays at Three” series will host a performance by the newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble March 31 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall.

In this concert, entitled “Spiritual Perspectives,” newEar will present music by composers Asha Srinivasan, Marcos Balter and Mohammed Fairouz.

“This season, newEar is on a quest to explore the human experience. In this concert, utilizing string quartet and clarinet, we will delve into the many spiritual traditions from diverse composers and regions around the world in an attempt to answer or further the question of why we are here,” said Dr. Sharra Wagner, artistic director of newEar.

Kansas City’s acclaimed professional chamber music ensemble for more than 25 years, newEar features the music of living composers in eclectic and engaging programs. newEar’s performances often blend the sounds of classical art music, rock, jazz, world music and the avant-garde. The ensemble presents a wide range of composers, instrumentations and styles – from a traditional piano trio or string quartet to works for solo instrument and electronics, guzheng and woodwinds, or electric guitar and percussion.


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

The eighth annual Power of Women luncheon and expo will be held Wednesday, April 10, in the Show Me Center at Southeast Missouri State University.

Sponsored in a collaborative effort by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, Southeast’s Department of Athletics, Southeast Student Government and SoutheastHEALTH, the Power of Women luncheon connects female students with opportunities, women mentors and resources in the community.

“This event brings together extraordinary women to share their experiences and support one another,” said Amanda Lincoln, Power of Women committee member and director of development for the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. “This is great opportunity for the community to celebrate and empower one another, and enhance the future of their next generation of colleagues. Since its inception, 44 students have been awarded the Power of Women Scholarship and more than 2,500 have attended and been empowered by our speakers.”

An expo, featuring local businesses, community groups and various campus organizations, will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Community members and Southeast faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Kimberlee (Joos) Shaneyfelt, a 1991 Southeast graduate and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, will serve as the keynote speaker with an empowering message entitled “Colors of Strength.”

Shaneyfelt graduated from Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. In 2002, she earned a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and earned diplomas from the Air Force University in 2006 and National Defense University in 2011.

Kimberlee (Joos) Shaneyfelt

She received her officer commission in 1991 through the Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC) at Southeast and entered active duty service in 1992. She served as an intelligence officer from 1992 to 2015, retiring at the rank of colonel. During her 23 years of military service, she was selected to command on three separate occasions and served in numerous overseas locations, including Korea, Japan, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Shaneyfelt was recently appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to a six-year term on the Texas Veterans Commission, which serves as the state-appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in the nation’s armed forces.

Shaneyfelt will share how to find the mental, emotional and physical strength to lead a fulfilled life. These strengths can come from personal goals and will power; from pursuing an education; from the relationships we forge; and from serving others. Throughout her military career, community involvement, family relationships and day-to-day life, Shaneyfelt has fostered her personal strengths and successes and encouraged others to do the same. The power, confidence and strength we build ourselves can lead to amazing achievements and can make a positive difference in our own lives and the lives of others.

During the luncheon, Abbie Crites-Leoni, president of the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association, will present Power of Women Scholarship awards to Southeast students Lauren Cooper of O’Fallon, Illinois; Alexis Dilg of Yorkville, Illinois; Ellen Gieselman of St. Louis, Missouri; Grace Grzywa of Fenton, Missouri; McKayla Hunt of Bell City, Missouri; Johanna Oster of Fenton, Missouri; Naima Peuly of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Emily Prince of Caruthersville, Missouri; Emilia Schempp of Normal, Illinois; and Logan Wascher of Gibson City, Illinois.

The Power of Women Scholarship is awarded each year to women attending Southeast who are full-time students and demonstrate a passion for a life of service.

The Power of Women program for Southeast students began in 2012 and is designed to encourage women – Southeast alumni, businesswomen and community members throughout the region – to support Southeast Missouri State University through service and philanthropy. Through this program, the University Foundation hopes to connect female students at Southeast with financial resources to fund their education as well as opportunities to learn through mentorships, internships and service projects in the region. The Power of Women Scholarship was first awarded in the fall of 2013 and endowed in the spring of 2014.

Tickets for the luncheon are $35 per person or $200 for a table of six (table includes sponsoring two student hosts to attend the luncheon). The luncheon is free for Southeast students who may pick up a ticket in the Campus Life and Event Services Office in the University Center Room 414. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for female students at Southeast.

This year’s event is also sponsored by community businesses including Bold Marketing, Southern Bank, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Fox 23 My 49, River Radio, Chartwells and many others.

Reservations must be made by Thursday, April 4, by calling (573) 651-2259 or registering online at

Dr. Kumiko Kobayashi

Dr. Kumiko Kobayashi, associate professor of English at Kyoto University, will visit Southeast Missouri State University March 18-21 as the BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar.

Kobayashi will be conducting research on William Faulkner using the L.D. Brodsky Collection located in Special Collections and Archives in Kent Library.

BioKyowa, Inc., an international business with facilities in Japan and Cape Girardeau, sponsors this program that brings one Japanese scholar each year to the Southeast campus to conduct research in the Brodsky Collection and to participate in various types of cultural exchanges. The Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast works with the William Faulkner Society of Japan to select the scholar.

Kobayashi received her doctoral degree in English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her dissertation, “Wondrous Detritus: Thingness and Alternative Spirituality in American Modernist Fiction,” considers the interconnectedness between the robust materiality of objects and a certain kind of felt spirituality through the works of Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Theodore Dreiser and Nathanael West. Her essay, “‘Only the Flat Iron’: Counter Monuments in ‘The Sound and the Fury’” won the Young Scholar Award of the American Literature Society of Japan in 2013. Her current research project on Faulkner mainly focuses on “Go Down, Moses,” Faulkner’s 1942 novel exploring race relations and the lasting effects of slavery in 20th-century America.

The BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar Program is designed to honor the special relationship that Faulkner developed with citizens of Japan during an official visit to the country on behalf of the U.S. Department of State in 1955. Since then, almost all of Faulkner’s works have been published in Japanese translations, and today there is a thriving interest in Faulkner’s works among Japanese readers and scholars.

BioKyowa, Inc., a subsidiary of Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., LTD., opened its Cape Girardeau plant in 1984 as the first major investment by a Japanese manufacturing company in the state of Missouri. In addition to the Visiting Japanese Scholar Program, BioKyowa funds a scholarship program at Southeast Missouri State University and supports numerous other civic and charitable organizations. BioKyowa has been twice honored with the “Industry of the Year” award by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce.