‘Let’s Soar’: Southeast Celebrating Homecoming 2018

Southeast Missouri State University invites alumni and students to “soar” at Homecoming 2018 with a full week of events Oct. 8-13 as the campus marks this fall Southeast tradition.


“We truly enjoy welcoming our alumni back home to our beautiful campus to reminisce about their days at Southeast and to share with them the current excitement of where we are now and where we are going,” said Trudy Lee, interim vice president  for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. “This year’s Homecoming theme, ‘Let’s Soar,’ reminds us that, as our alumni reconnect with their past, we prepare to soar into our future together.”

Highlights during the week include presentation of the University’s Man and Woman of the Year; the Copper Dome Society and Merit Award Dinner featuring the presentation of the 2018 Alumni and Faculty Merit Awards, the Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Young Alumni Service Award; the Homecoming parade; and football game.

Southeast students have chosen the theme, “Now That’s What I Call Southeast,” celebrating the music of the 1990s, which will be reflected in this year’s Homecoming parade.

“Alumni of all decades join in the Homecoming festivities to celebrate the memories of their college days. Music has always been a big part of the college experience, and the music of the ’90s lends itself to a celebration,” Lee said.

Man and Woman of the Year Presentation

Events get under way on Oct. 8 with campus-wide online voting through Oct. 9 to select the 2018 Man and Woman of the Year. Students can place their vote via the Southeast portal, For more information, contact Joseph Foster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Homecoming Talent Show is slated for 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in Academic Hall Auditorium. Southeast students are encouraged to cheer on their friends as they vie for cash prizes in the annual show. For more information, contact Tushar Saini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A number of other events and celebrations are planned during Homecoming week.

Students and alumni will have the opportunity to engage with employers who are actively recruiting candidates for full-time and part-time employment opportunities as well as internships at the fall 2018 Career Expo Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the 2018 Healthcare Career Expo Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.-noon, both in the Student Recreation Center. Participating students will learn more about future opportunities with specific companies, identifying personal career goals and building a professional network. For more information about the Career Expo, visit or call the Office of Career Services at (573) 651-2583.

Field Day and Spirit Rally

Field Day is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Houck Field House. Students compete in various events, including tug-of-war, a relay race and an eating contest.

A Spirit Rally, featuring the marching band, Sundancers and cheerleaders, will immediately follow the Field Day activities. Students are encouraged to participate in a costume contest and dance competition. For more information on Field Day or the Spirit Rally, visit the Southeast Homecoming Facebook page,

A Homecoming Bash is also scheduled for 8-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, on the Academic Terraces, and all students are invited for an evening of fun, music, games and activities.

Throughout Homecoming week, the University will celebrate the generosity of Southeast alumni, parents, faculty and staff who have made so many opportunities possible for students with a Thank A Giver (TAG) initiative.

Festivities to welcome alumni to campus begin on Friday, Oct. 12, with an endowed scholarship reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Show Me Center. This “invitation-only” event is an opportunity for endowed scholarship donors to meet the students who benefit from their generosity. For more information, contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2332.

“Southeast students benefit greatly from our alumni and friends who support the University through their generous contributions,” Lee said. “Homecoming is a wonderful time to celebrate their generosity and to connect our scholarship donors and recipients.”

The Alumni Association’s 2018 Alumni and Faculty Merit Awards

Following the reception, the Copper Dome Society Dinner and Merit Award presentations will take place in the Show Me Center. A social begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Members of the University’s Copper Dome Society are invited to this annual dinner during which the Alumni Association’s 2018 Alumni Merit Awards will be presented. These awards have been presented annually since 1958 to Southeast alumni who have brought distinction to themselves and the University. The 2018 Faculty Merit Award, 2018 Distinguished Service Award and the 2018 Distinguished Young Alumni Service Award also will be presented.

This year’s Alumni Merit Award recipients are: Dr. James Henry, ’87, of St. Louis, Missouri, associate professor and director of choral studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis; Col. Kimberlee Joos, ’91, of Argyle, Texas, retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer; the Honorable Tim Patterson, 63’, of Hillsboro, Missouri, retired Circuit Judge, 23rd Judicial Circuit, Division 1, Jefferson County, Missouri; and Dr. Ron Wagner, ’98, of St. Louis, associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania.

Receiving the Faculty Merit Award will be Dr. Peggy Hill, Southeast professor of physics. The Faculty Merit Award is presented for excellence in teaching.

This year’s Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Jerry Ford, a 1964 Southeast graduate from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, two-term Missouri state representative of the 156th District and director of the Jerry Ford Orchestra. Distinguished Service Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have made lasting contributions to their communities and to the University.

Receiving the Distinguished Young Alumni Service Award will be Adam and Shvetha Gohn of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Adam, a 2010 Southeast graduate, and Shvetha, a 2009 Southeast graduate, work side by side in a local law firm, Glaus and Gohn, LC, serving the southeast Missouri area. The award was established in 2017 to honor recent graduates for their outstanding service to and support of the University.

Reservations for the dinner are required. Admission is complimentary for Copper Dome Society members and $25 for others. For more information, contact Alumni Relations at (573) 651-2259.

Homecoming Parade

Saturday, Oct. 13, is jam-packed with events throughout the day. Start Homecoming morning with “Alumni Coffee & Donuts” at 8-9:30 a.m. in Barbara Hope Kem Statuary Hall in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. This informal setting allows alumni and friends to grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a donut and go outside to enjoy the parade.

The Homecoming parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Capaha Park and travels east on Broadway to Main Street and then south on Main Street. The parade will feature student-created floats, marching bands, student organizations and alumni and student dignitaries.

After the parade, alumni can visit the Academic Hall Dome from 10 a.m.-noon to learn about the history of the University’s landmark administration building and sign their name alongside those of hundreds of other alumni who left their signatures inside the dome over the past century. Visitors may enter through the main entrance of Academic Hall.

The campus and alumni communities are invited to the dedication of the National Pan-Hellenic (NPHC) Plaza at 11 a.m. on the north end of Parker Field. The NPHC Plaza will provide a greenspace for student recreation and events and recognize Southeast’s eight historically African-American fraternities and sororities, including Alpha Phi Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Zeta Phi Beta sororities.

The campus and alumni communities also are invited to the Computer Science Open House and Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Dempster Hall atrium. Visitors can mingle with faculty and students from Southeast’s Department of Computer Science and enjoy a complimentary lunch before the game starts. As the computer science program enters its 53rd anniversary at the University, learn about the exciting programs students and faculty are pursuing in the 21st century.

Football tailgating will begin at 11 a.m. in front of Houck Field and on various parking areas near the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center and Houck Field House. The tailgate will feature live music, refreshments and appearances by the Southeast Marching Band, Sundancers, cheerleaders and Rowdy as they lead the football team in the Redhawk Walk down Bellevue and into the stadium. Personal tailgating space is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center parking lots.

The Cape Girardeau County Alumni Association along with University Advancement staff members will give away free hot dogs and chili dogs, while supplies last, at the Alumni Hospitality Tent on the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center lawn. Support for the Alumni Hospitality Tent is provided, in part, by Nationwide Insurance, the official property and casualty insurance partner of the Southeast Alumni Association.

In addition, the Vets’ Corps will host a Pig Roast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center parking lot. The Vets Corps at Southeast Missouri State was established in 1967. Southeast alumni who are veterans and their guests are invited to this annual tailgate event, sponsored by the Southeast Vets Corps Alumni and Southeast’s Student Veterans Organization. For more information, contact Tom Meyer, (573) 334-2875.

The Homecoming football game kicks off at 1 p.m. when the Southeast Redhawks take on the Austin Peay Governors at Houck Field. Tickets start at $11 for adults and $6 for fans age 14 and under and can be purchased through the Southeast Athletics office, 1221 Broadway St. in Cape Girardeau. Tickets will also be available, while supplies last, at the ticket booths in front of Houck Stadium on game day. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 866-SEMO-TIK or (573) 651-2113. Student admission is free with a valid Redhawks ID, and students are encouraged to cheer on the team in the Redhawks Nest student section. The University’s 2018 Man and Woman of the Year will be announced during halftime.

The NPHC will present the NPHC Step Show at 4 p.m. in Academic Hall Auditorium. The event will feature performances from Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho sororities and Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Psi Phi fraternities.

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