Families of Southeast Missouri State University students are invited to visit their students, enjoy the campus and experience all the City of Cape Girardeau has to offer Sept. 20-22 with a full schedule of activities on Family Weekend.


The weekend features fun-filled family-oriented events highlighted by a Redhawks football game on Saturday, Sept. 21.

“Family Weekend is the ideal time early in the academic year for students to bring their families to campus to experiences the diversity of events and programs that Southeast has to offer,” said Michele Irby, director of Campus Life and Event Services. “We encourage families to look at our schedule of events and find those that appeal to them and their students. Whether it is Breakfast with the President, tailgating and football or live music by Johnny Henry at Dogwood Social House, there should be a little something for everyone!”

Family Weekend at Southeast began in 1977 as “Parents’ Weekend” for the families of football players. It has since evolved into a weekend of activities for all students and their families.

Friday, Sept. 20

Events begin on Friday, Sept 20, at the Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse, located at 1039 Bertling Street, with walking tours of the Charles Nemanick Alternative Garden and trails from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and the greenhouse’s annual fall mum sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Chintia Kirana: Transient,” an exhibit exploring the concept of growth and change, will be on display from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum located at Southeast’s River Campus. The exhibit highlights Kirana’s work as a multidisciplinary artist and is a representation of the fragility and temporality of moments and memories. “Chintia Kirana: Transient” is a metaphor for life itself.

Southeast’s Student Recreation Center will be open to all families of Southeast students from 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The Student Aquatic Center will be available from 5:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Come cheer on the Redhawks soccer team in their match against Belmont at 6:30 p.m. at Houck Field. Student admission is free with a valid student ID.

Enjoy the flavors of Cape Girardeau’s food trucks at “Food Truck Friday” in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month from 5-8 p.m. in the Rust Center for Media’s south parking lot, located at 325 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. Visit some of the city’s local favorite eateries while celebrating Southeast’s Hispanic Heritage Month with live entertainment and local artists. This event is sponsored by Southeast’s Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the Student Organization of Latinos (SOL) and the Rust Center for Media

Closing out events on Friday will be a performance by Jaime Marvin at Tunes at Twilight from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Ivers Square in downtown Cape Girardeau. For more information on this free event, visit http://www.downtowncapegirardeau.com/tunes-at-twilight/.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturdaythe Cape Riverfront Market, located at 35 S. Spanish St. in downtown Cape Girardeau, will be open to the community and will feature musician Jefferson Fox. For more information, visit http://www.downtowncapegirardeau.com/cape-riverfront-market/.

The Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse will again be open for its fall sale from 9 a.m.-noon. Southeast’s Student Recreation Center will be an open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Student Aquatic Center from noon-6 p.m.

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Missouri Department of Conservation Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host its annual Day on the River, giving families the opportunity to experience the mighty Mississippi River. The event will be held at Riverfront Park, depending on river levels, located along the river side of the Cape Girardeau flood wall. Activities will include boat rides and will teach the importance of the Mississippi River and surrounding wetlands. The event will feature live river animals Boat rides will take place every half hour, except from noon-1 p.m., and will be led by river research experts, with the last boat leaving at 3:30 p.m. Youth and adult groups are welcome.

On-campus events begin at 9:30 a.m., and students and families are invited to join Southeast President Carlos Vargas for a continental breakfast in front of the Kent Library portico along Normal Avenue. In case of rain, the alternate location will be the University Center south dining room.

Show-Me GOLD will display a military tactical vehicle in the turnaround area along Normal Avenue in front of  Kent library and will host  games and giveaways under a tent from  10 a.m.-noon.

Southeast students and families also are invited to tour Academic Hall and its signature dome. Tours will be available from 10 a.m.-noon.

Athletics will have football tickets for sale in the University Center located at a table beginning at 10 a.m.

Southeast Bookstore will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Those interested in visiting the River Campus may catch a River Campus shuttle at no cost beginning at 10 a.m. from in front of Kent Library. Shuttles will run every 30 minutes.

Family festivities will be held in the University Center from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Walking maps of campus will be provided, and disc golf equipment will be available for play at Capaha Park. Families may treat themselves to popcorn and cotton candy, and may enjoy balloon twisting and face painting sponsored by the Student Activities Council. A photo booth will be available, and families may enjoy a visit from Southeast’s mascot Rowdy, DJ David Creech of Diamond Sound and much more. Events at Kent Library, located next door, will start at 11 a.m.

At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., bus tours of the main campus, River Campus and downtown area will be offered. The 45-minute tours require a reservation, which can be made at the information tent near the University Center.

Dining venues will be open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the University Center’s third floor.

At 11 a.m. join the Southeast football team and Southeast Missouri State University Marching Band in a spirited Redhawk Walk around Houck Stadium. Then, cheer on the Redhawks at 1 p.m. as the football team takes on West Virginia State at Houck Stadium. Visit http://gosoutheast.com/ for more information.

Stop by Dogwood Social House from 8 p.m.-midnight for an evening of family-friendly fun. Located at 80 S. Plaza Way, Dogwood is one of the city’s premier locations for entertainment complete with an arcade room, large screen TVs, shuffleboard, air hockey, bowling alleys, pool, food and refreshments. Johnny Henry, the house band for the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater VIP Room in St. Louis, Missouri, will be performing.

Sunday, Sept. 22

On Sunday, Sep. 22, Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) will celebrate with a Mass on Academic Terraces at 11 a.m.

Southeast’s Student Recreation Center will be an open from noon-midnight and the Student Aquatic Center from noon-8 p.m.

Come cheer on the Redhawks soccer team in their match against Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m. at Houck Field.

For more information about Family Weekend, contact Michele Irby at (573) 651-5120 or visit http://www.semo.edu/campuslife/familyweekend/ for a full list of events and additional links.