Southeast Student Organizations Offer Students Alternative Spring Break Trips


by News Bureau on Monday, Mar. 05, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 5, 2012 – While many students choose to spend their spring break at home or on a beach, a few Southeast Missouri State University organizations are offering excursions for students seeking plans a little outside the box.

Catholic Campus Ministry, Recreation Services, the Baptist Student Center and the Student Recreation Club have planned alternative spring break trips for Southeast students that range from a retreat in Rogersville, Mo., to an outdoor adventure in the West. Spring Break at Southeast Missouri State University is March 12-16.

Recreation Services is giving students the opportunity to partake in one week of outdoor adventures at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City, Fla., and Fort Pickens State Park in Pensacola, Fla. Camping on the beach, kayaking down a river, hiking to a waterfall, exploring a cave, taking a lighthouse tour, and many other activities fill the itinerary.

Cost of the trip is $350, and students can register by stopping by the main office in the Student Recreation Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The trip begins Saturday, March 10, and students return to Cape Girardeau on Friday, March 16.

For more information about the Student Recreation Center spring break trip, please email Chad Sierman, assistant director of aquatics, at, or call the Student Recreation Center at (573) 651-2290.

Catholic Campus Ministry will take students to Trinity Hills, a retreat center in Rogersville, Mo., and a ministry project of Bishop James Johnston of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

While on the trip, students will be developing the property with hands-on work such as painting, putting up a fence, log hauling for river diversion and other indoor and outdoor tasks. Students will also be spending time in prayer including daily Mass as well as learning what the Catholic Church teaches on social issues.

Students will spend March 10 through March 15 at Trinity Hills. The cost of the trip is $50 per student. Students wanting to participate should sign up by calling Kristen Rainey at (573) 335-3899 or emailing

For students looking for an economical, short getaway, the Baptist Student Center is providing a one-day trip to St. Louis on Monday, March 12. Students will visit the St. Louis Arch, museums, and more.

Bruce Gentry, Director of the Baptist Student Center, said, “We call this a friendship day trip for those students who are too busy to take off for a whole week from studying.”

Students interested in the trip to St. Louis should sign up in the Baptist Student Center office. This trip is planned for international students, but anyone is welcome. Cost of the trip is $10 plus admission to the attractions. For more information, email Gentry at

Students in the Recreation Enhancement Club have the option to visit many cities in the western United States this spring. The trip includes hiking in the Garden of The Gods in Denver, Colo.; skiing in Park City, Utah; and taking a horse drawn sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyo. Students on the trip also have the option to extend the trip one day to visit Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Students going on the trip will be driving to all locations and will leave at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9.

Registration is $230, not including dinner or skiing, for students in the Recreation Club. Students should bring $150 for skiing. Although registration is closed, students wishing to go on the trip can register for $360 and need to supply their own vehicle.

Only students in the Recreation Club may participate in the trip. To join the Recreation Club, students must pay a $20 annual fee. For more information about the Recreation Club or the spring break trip, email Zackarie Buck, president of the Recreation Club, at