The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider several additions to the University’s business policy statements when it meets at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall.

Additions to be considered include sections on information security risk management, workstation security, data security and an Information Technology Emergency Operations Plan.

The Board will hear reports from Southeast student Adam Schween, a musical theatre major from Memphis, Tennessee; Matt Rolwing, Student Government president; and Dr. David Powell, Faculty Senate chair. Other reports will address contracts and Facilities Management projects from Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration; Student Financial Services (SFS) from Matthew Kearney, director of SFS; fall 2018 enrollment from Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success; and an update on Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation from Dr. Bethany Alden-Rivers, associate provost for Academic Effectiveness and Student Success, and Dr. Barbara Glackin, dean of Kent Library.

The Regents will consider a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations related to litigation; hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of employees; and contract negotiations.

When the open session reconvenes, the Regents will announce actions taken during the closed session and will hear a legislative report from Jewell Patek, owner of Patek and Associates.

The final item of business will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.

Board of Regents meeting, June 12, 2018.

The Board agenda in its entirety can be reviewed at

The Holland College of Arts and Media at Southeast Missouri State University announces the Sixth River Campus Summer Arts Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2019.

The summer celebration of the arts will continue the tradition of offering a free day of programming with live performances, hands-on activities and art exhibitions. Last year’s festival brought more than 4,000 people to the Southeast campus.

The summer productions of the River Campus Summer Arts Festival are also set.  Disney’s “Newsies,” the Broadway musical, will open on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre.  Other evening performances will be June 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22.  This show will run two matinees on June 16 and June 23 at 2 p.m.  The children’s show will be Disney’s “The Aristocats KIDS.” This show will run and require tickets on Friday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m.  During the Saturday festival on June 15, the show will run for free at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  This performance will occur on the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall stage.

“We are so pleased to offer two Disney productions this summer for our sixth season,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, dean of the Holland College of Arts and Media. “Both shows are based on Disney films and will delight families of all ages.  The ‘Aristocats KIDS’ includes the fun songs ‘Thomas O’Malley Cat’ and ‘Ev’rbody Wants to Be a Cat.’ Because they are such fun musicals, we anticipate large crowds for both of these productions. Tickets go on sale Dec. 1 so that people can purchase them for holiday presents.”

Disney’s “Newsies” music is written by Alan Menken.  Lyrics are by Jack Feldman and the book by Harvey Feierstein.

“Newsies” is based on a movie from 1992 and inspired by a true story.  The score won a Tony Award.

This show is about a newsboy named Jack Kelly.  Jack convinces fellow newsies from across New York City to strike against the rich publishers about unfair conditions against teenage newsboys. The story takes place at the turn of the century. The production is appropriate for family audiences.

Disney’s “The Aristocats KIDS” music and lyrics are by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston.

Disney’s “The Aristocats KIDS” is based on a Disney animated film about high society cats receiving an estate and then having a greedy butler who tries to get the money from them. An alley cat steps in to save the day.

During the spring semester, auditions will be held for high school students, college students and community members to perform in Disney’s “Newsies”.  Students aged 15 and up will be able to audition for acting, singing and dancing roles.  High school and college students will have the opportunity to sign up for two hours of college credit.

Children ages 9 to 14 can sign up now for Disney’s “The Aristocats KIDS.”  This workshop will begin in May after area schools close. Students will participate in all-day acting workshops and rehearsals until the opening on June 13.  The cost of this workshop is $375.  The workshop allows students the opportunity to experience both the backstage and onstage elements of putting on a show.  The actors will experience costume fittings, music rehearsals, dance rehearsals, acting lessons, working with properties, working with microphones and more. This show will have a full stage management team and will follow standard University production processes.

Ticket prices are $20 for Disney’s “Newsies” and $13 for Disney’s “The Aristocats KIDS.”

For more information, call the Holland College of Arts and Media at (573) 651-2210.


Prospective students and their parents are invited to attend Show Me Day on Saturday, Oct. 6, on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

“Show Me Day is an opportunity for individuals interested in Southeast to visit our campus and see the wide variety of academic programs and services we offer,” said Lenell Hahn, director of Admissions.

“Students can learn about Southeast’s admission process, meet with faculty from our academic departments, and interact with current Southeast students,” Hahn said. “We are thrilled to have students and parents here to explore and experience our vibrant and growing campus community.  We want them to get as much information as possible during the day so they feel confident when they choose Southeast.”

The day will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. in the Show Me Center. Students are then invited to browse through a Student Life Fair after they register from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The fair will allow prospective students to meet Southeast students and staff from areas such as Campus Ministries, Career Services, Dining Services, Greek Life, Academic Support Centers, Residence Life and the Jane Stephens Honors Program.

The day will officially begin at 10 a.m. with a presentation by the director of Admissions, followed by an introduction of Southeast Admissions staff and student leaders. Prospective students will also have an opportunity to meet Southeast’s Redhawks mascot, Rowdy.  Following the presentation, an Academic Fair will take place in the Student Recreation Center East Gym and will feature informational displays of the University’s various academic departments.

After participating in the Academic Fair, prospective students may attend presentations on financing their education, living on campus, diversity and inclusion, and transferring to Southeast. Show Me Day will conclude with a tour of campus and the opportunity to dine during lunch in Towers Café.

“Southeast is fortunate to have award-winning dining facilities, and we want our guests to experience the quality and value offered to our students,” Hahn said.

Students interested in learning more about Southeast can visit a number of special events from 1–3 p.m. These will include open house events for the Holland College of Arts and Media, Harrison College of Business and Computing, Department of History and Anthropology, Sport Management, Jane Stephens Honors Program, Rust Center for Media, and the Catapult Creative House. Tours of River Campus and Greek Hill also will follow lunch.

To register for the event, visit For more information, please contact Madison Muschinske, special events ambassador, in the Office of Admissions at (573) 651-5945 or

Human Resources’ Training and Development is hosting a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification workshop for certification in Microsoft Access. The workshop is open to any Clerical-Technical-Service (CTS) members.

Two-hour workshop sessions for Microsoft Access will be held from 8-10 a.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 27-Oct. 18, in the Robert A. Dempster Hall Room 003, with the exam proctored on the last session in Testing Services in Kent Library Room 108.

To register for the MOS Certification workshop, log in to with your SE Key and password. Select the Microsoft Office MOS Certification course at the bottom of the home page, or click “Instructor Led Training Sessions” under Upcoming Events on the left side of the home page.

Shortly after registering, enrolled participants will receive an email containing the departmental voucher form and other information.

A total of $60 will be billed to the participant’s department or directly to the individual. Upon enrollment, participants will be billed $20 for the workshop that is only refundable up to seven calendar days before the workshop begins. The exam may be postponed if the enrollee needs a more convenient time. The $40 for the exam will not be charged until completion of the exam, regardless of pass or fail.

For more information, visit and click “Fall.”

For more information, contact Training and Development at or (573) 651-2206.


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.

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is hosting “Cuba: A Panel Discussion and Film Screening” to celebrate Cuban art and artists at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28.

The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.

The evening will include a presentation of Cuban art and history by Dr. Debbie Lee-DiStefano, professor of Spanish language and culture, and Dr. Kimberly Louie, assistant professor of Spanish.

Discussion will also focus on the life and works of Afro-Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam followed by a screening of the documentary film “Buena Vista Social Club,” directed by Wim Wenders. The film follows the journey of Ry Cooder through Cuba on a quest to rediscover a group of musicians to tell their story, film their performances together and capture the music of the island.

The event is in conjunction with the “Arte Cubano” exhibition currently on display through Oct. 28. “Arte Cubano” highlights the diversity of Cuban art and artists, which occupies a unique aesthetic place in the contemporary art world.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email

Photo Caption: From left to right are Dr. Debbie Lee-DiStefano, professor of Spanish language and culture, and Dr. Kimberly Louie, assistant professor of Spanish.

The Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University has welcomed two international scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Zhao Jing from the University of Jinan of the People’s Republic of China and Rogerio Lobo Saber from the Federal University of Minas Gerais of Brazil will continue their studies of William Faulkner and American literature at the Center for one year.

Faulkner research is a new area of interest for Jing, who is excited to live in Cape Girardeau.

“I found out about the Center from other Chinese scholars who have been here before,” she said. “The people here have been very helpful, and I’m learning a lot about Faulkner and American literature.”

Lobo Saber became interested in Faulkner while pursuing his master’s degree and is working to complete his doctoral dissertation while at Southeast.

“My study compares William Faulkner’s novels to the works of two other 20th century novelists, namely Lúcio Cardoso and Julien Green,” Lobo Saber said.

Lobo Saber is the first visiting scholar from Brazil to visit the Center, which has hosted more than 50 international scholars since 2000.

Faulkner’s work remains popular around the world, making the Center’s resources and information a valuable and unique experience for scholars and admirers alike, said Dr. Christopher Rieger, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies.

“We hope that having scholars come here for their research projects will continue to stimulate interest in Faulkner among new generations of students,” he said.

The Center will host the Faulkner and Garcia Marquez Conference Oct. 11-13 on the Southeast campus. This year’s conference is the sixth in a biennial series and is expected to draw around 40 scholars from across the country and around the world.

“We hope this conference in October on Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez will introduce our Center and University to a whole new audience,” Rieger said.

Photo Caption: From left to right are Zhao Jing and Rogerio Lobo Saber at a mural dedicated to William Faulkner as part of Southeast’s Center for Faulkner Studies.

The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University announces the third annual Southeast Innovation Challenge to coincide with this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 12-18.

The competition gives current students the opportunity to be heard and win prizes for providing an innovative solution to a student campus experience. This year’s students are challenged with providing new and innovative ways to enhance and use Southeast’s Catapult Creative House, located at 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Interested students are required to attend one of the informational sessions being held at Catapult Creative House at noon on Sept. 19, Sept. 27, Oct. 3 or Oct. 17. More information, including judging criteria and submission deadlines, is available at

The Southeast Innovation Challenge is open to teams of two to three undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and graduate students enrolled in at least six credit hours. After the teams have researched and developed their solutions, they will submit a two- to three-page executive summary online by Oct. 31 for the panel of judges to review and score based on how impactful, innovative and feasible the idea is. Diversity among majors on the team is strongly encouraged and will be rewarded by additional points added in the judging process.

The top three teams will be notified by Nov. 9 and will present their ideas at a Common Hour program scheduled on Nov. 14 in Academic Hall. The judges will then award first, second and third place with prizes, and the audience will vote to select a People’s Choice winner to receive an additional prize. The prizes consist of $750, $500 and $250 for first, second and third place respectively to be split amongst team members, less applicable taxes. The People’s Choice winner will receive a gift bag of Redhawks memorabilia.

The 2017 winners were:

First place and People’s Choice Award:

Mental Health Proposal – Isaac Nash, a business administration major from Jackson, Missouri; and Jackie Wiles, a management major, entrepreneurship option, from Farmington, Missouri

Second place:

Mural Project – Micah Cocco, an art major from Normal, Illinois; and Emalea Rieckhoff, a corporate communication major from Windsor, Missouri

Third place:

Redhawk Research Perch – Ian Cameron, a history major from Cape Girardeau; Sonali Chilupuri, a computer science major from India; Shubroto Shuvo, a computer science major from Dhaka, Bangladesh; and James Waltz, a psychology major from Cape Girardeau

The Mental Health Proposal was a proposal for the University to have the opportunity to become a voice for compassion and a source of support to help improve the lives of future students who suffer from mental illnesses. The Mural Project was a proposal to expand on the traditions which continue to bring students to Southeast by starting a new tradition to create a mural on the main campus. Redhawk Research Perch was a proposal to create an online forum where Southeast faculty and students would be able to post the research projects they are working on, allowing for assistance and collaboration between projects.

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will host Dr. Pam Parry, chair of Southeast’s Department of Mass Media, as part of its “Historic Tuesday Talk” series at 7 p.m. Sept. 18.

Parry will present “Eisenhower: The Public Relations President.” This presentation is free and open to the public.

Parry will discuss how President Dwight D. Eisenhower was this nation’s most transformative public relations president. He created a free-standing federal agency for communications, hired the first woman associate press secretary, and empowered his press secretary, who is the most influential press secretary in American history. He also placed the presidential press conference on the record, changing forever how presidents meet the press. Parry will also address how the 34th president of the United States might have handled Twitter, if it were around in the 1950s.

Parry is the author of “Eisenhower: The Public Relations President.” She is currently writing a second book on Eisenhower, titled “Eisenhower and Gender: Changing the Face of Politics,” set to be published in June 2019. She is the lead co-editor of the book series “Women in American Political History,” which has produced five titles focused on influential women throughout the history of American politics. She currently serves on the Historians Review Board for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, as one of five academic scholars nationwide providing advice about displays, exhibits, films and corresponding interpretative language as the museum undergoes a complete redesign and expansion.

Parry holds a doctoral degree in mass communication with an emphasis in media history from The University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in communication from the American University. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism in magazine editing and writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has interests in history and politics. In 2009, she was named Teacher of the Year by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Small Programs Interest Group. In 2016, she received the Applegate Award for Excellence in Research from the Kentucky Communication Association.

The Crisp Museum’s “Historic Tuesday Talk” series consist of short, informational presentations and discussion sessions, and topics can include movements, Civil War, World War I, riverboats, railroads, socio-cultural issues, space exploration, regional history, natural resources, fossils, geology and more. For more information,

Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus at 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more information, email or call (573) 651-2260.

Redhawks senior tight end and scholar athlete Bud Hilburn is taking advantage of all the opportunities – both academic and athletic – Southeast Missouri State University has to offer.

With football season in full swing, his schedule is jam-packed with games, practices, conditioning and other team responsibilities. But off the gridiron, he’s making the most of his experience as a student-athlete, tackling academic agricultural research at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center.

He’s part of a student research team working to determine how cover crops can help manage soil health. Keeping and replenishing nutrients in the soil is vital for farmers across the nation. One way to address this challenge is to make good use of cover crops.

The Kennett, Missouri, native majoring in agribusiness, plant and soil science option, is participating in cover crop research as part of a USDA grant-funded four-year project in collaboration with Southeast’s Department of Agriculture, Arkansas State University and the University of Tennessee-Martin.

The student research team helps to establish experimental plots, collect plant and soil samples, and record data.  In order to provide quality control, samples are sent to an approved third-party lab for analysis. Hilburn spent the summer in Cape Girardeau engaged in the research, which he is continuing this fall.

“To me, Bud represents what this initiative is all about. He is a local student that came to Southeast Missouri State University to be a part of the agribusiness and football programs,” said Southeast football Coach Tom Matukewicz. “He loves this institution and will be super successful with this special opportunity. Bud is a great representative of our University and football program, and I’m thankful for the opportunities Southeast affords our student-athletes to be students first and athletes second.”

Hilburn is working under the guidance of Dr. Indi Braden, Southeast professor of agriculture. The samples Hilburn collects are important in determining which species of cover crops are best adapted to the region for use in enhancing sustainability in crop production systems.

“Having cover crops in between your primary, cash crops can help build organic matter and nutrients in the soil,” Hilburn said. “The research looks at different cover crops and how they’re affecting and promoting soil health in this region.”

The overall goal is to help provide producers with recommendations of the cover crop species that are best adapted to this area, Braden said.

“Cover crops can improve soil quality by reducing soil erosion, reducing nutrient losses into water ways, providing natural weed barriers through allelopathy, improving organic matter for soil moisture, and more,” she said. “Many people in the region use winter wheat as a cover crop or a crop rotation to hold soil in place. Wheat is only one option. This research allows for comparisons of single species or multiple species mixes in cover crop applications following corn or soybeans.”

One of the highlights of Hilburn’s work, is getting to help process the plant and soil samples he collects with experts in the lab.

“It was really interesting to see how they test my samples in the lab,” said Hilburn, who got to assist in the testing process a couple of times with Dr. David Dunn of the University of Missouri Soil Testing Laboratory. “It’s a lot more in-depth process than I realized. There’s actually lot of chemistry involved to break down what is going on in each sample. You have to mix different chemicals and use specific equipment for different tests. It was really great to learn about what goes on in the lab.”

This fall, along with continuing to collect plant and soil samples, Hilburn will help plant cover crop plots of cereal rye, wheat, oats, crimson clover, hairy vetch, and various brassicas before the winter season. Testing from this plant season will help continue to find specific results and data for this region.

“The main cover crop in the region is winter wheat, which is readily available and is synonymous with cover crops,” Braden said. “However, there are dozens of cover crop species that can be grown for very specific functions. Yet, the majority of the research on cover crops comes from areas to the north where the climate and soils are quite different.”

Being a part of this research and having an active role on the Barton Farm has been a rewarding experience, said Hilburn.

“I’m definitely a hands-on learner, and working in the field has been a good experience,” he said. “It’s been really great to be a part of something outside the classroom.”

Having undergraduate students involved in research opportunities allows them to learn how to apply course material to research and to real-world applications, and take that knowledge with them after they graduate, said Braden.

“Often, students get an idea of what should happen in agriculture from the classroom or from personal farm experiences, and this sometimes leaves out the science of why we do what we do,” she said. “The undergraduate research applications help to support the science of on-farm methods. My long-term goal is that all of my students see the importance of protecting the soil for our future generations.”

The results of this research will be a great asset to area conservationists, consultants and producers as they work as a team to enhance the sustainability of the agricultural enterprise in the local area.

“The return farmers can get from good soil health and using the right cover crops can pay dividends in the long term,” Hilburn said.

Balancing the demands of the classroom, this project and football have been a challenge, but Hilburn says his hard work and dedication are paying dividends for him.

“You just got to do it,” he said. “Dr. Braden has been willing to work with my schedule and give me this opportunity. My classes come first, and then it’s just about managing my life and doing whatever it takes to get things done.”

Being a part of the research team has also positively affected his academic goals, Hilburn said.

“It’s brought a lot more structure and discipline to my academic life,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot that I can use beyond the football field and in the real world.”

In this final year of the project, Braden, Hilburn and other students will continue to research plots and compile and evaluate the data for all three states collaborating as part of this project. In October, Braden and several Southeast students will participate in a regional student research conference. Braden also will present their final results at future field days and agronomy meetings.

Hilburn, who expects to graduate from Southeast in December 2019, hopes to take what he’s learned in the research field and on the football field back to share with his hometown and local farmers.