Southeast Welcomes New Associate Director of Admissions for Operations



Oct. 17, 2003 – Danielle Alspaugh, admissions counselor at Southeast Missouri State University since January 2002, was recently promoted to Associate Director of Admissions for Operations.

In this new position, Alspaugh takes on a more administrative role than in her previous admissions position.  She will work closely with current students and the admissions staff to conduct a variety of programs, which help counselors meet with prospective students and provide them with all the information needed to make the important decision of what to do after high school.  She also will continue to be available to answer any questions prospective students may have.

Alspaugh brings experience and enthusiasm to her new position.

“Since I have already had the opportunity to see things firsthand as an admissions counselor, I feel confident in my new role.  Our team is high energy and excited about bringing new students to Southeast, and that is going to make my job easier and more enjoyable,” she said.

Alspaugh is the coordinator of the student ambassador and the telecounseling programs.  The student ambassador program uses current students at Southeast as hosts and guides who lead tours of the campus, host open house events and participate in other interactions with prospective students and their families.  Under the telecounseling program, current students call prospective students about upcoming events and deadlines, and admissions counselors share admissions criteria and information on the school and answer any questions potential students may have.

Overseeing Southeast’s admission application review process, mail and e-mail response systems, and research and data analysis are other areas for which Alspaugh is responsible.  She regularly helps with special event planning, including coordinating a Department of Theatre and Dance workshop for those interested in majoring in that area.  She also works with special admission issues, GED students and home-schooled students.

Alspaugh serves on the Professional Development Committee of the Missouri Association for College Admissions Counseling (MOACAC).  She assists in organizing four annual events: the Support Staff Drive-In Conference; Tools of the Trade, a conference for new admissions counselors; the Cube Conference, which updates high school counselors on the University, ACT requirements and other important information; and the annual conference held for the entire MOACAC.

According to Alspaugh, the admissions team at Southeast is outstanding.

“What sets Southeast’s admissions office apart is our commitment to the students.  Our admissions office is here to help them make one of the most important decisions of their lives.  The high priority that we place on personal interaction with the students pays off as we build relationships and show them what Southeast is all about,” she said.

Currently pursuing a master of arts degree in human environmental studies from Southeast, Alspaugh expects to graduate in December.   She currently is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, an invitation-only national honor society.

In 2001, Alspaugh received a bachelor of science degree at Southeast in human environmental studies with an emphasis in family life, graduating summa cum laude.  While an undergraduate, she worked in the Office of Admissions as a student worker and an ambassador.  She was a member of the 2000-2001 nationally ranked (9th) Southeast Sundancers, the University’s dance team that performs at football and basketball games.

Originally from Chaffee, Mo., Alspaugh graduated salutatorian from Chaffee High School in 1998.  She was on the dance team and cheerleading squad, and played flute and piccolo in band for six years.

As an active member of the Cape Girardeau community, Alspaugh participates in the Walk for Diabetes each year.  She also remains involved in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, in which she completed her undergraduate practicum work.

In her spare time, Alspaugh enjoys shopping, reading and spending time with her husband Brock, a financial advisor for 1st National Bank, and her two Yorkshire terriers, Dudley and Chelsea.

For more information on Southeast Missouri State University and the admissions process, contact Alspaugh at (573) 651-2590.