• Spotlight_Abbott_2011

    From the Land Down Under to the Missouri Bootheel

    College of Health and Human Services: Sports Management
    The muddy banks of the Mississippi River don't exactly compare to the sunny coasts of Australia, but Southeast Missouri State University student-athlete Hayley Abbott doesn't mind calling Cape Girardeau home'for now.
  • Spotlight_Montiel_2010

    Former Southeast Baseball Player Manages Education for Native American Tribe

    Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation
    Former Southeast Missouri State University baseball player Francisco Montiel firmly believes in remembering your roots and giving back to your hometown community.
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    Nursing Major has Standing Reservation Overseas

    College of Health and Human Services
    Courtney Townsend is a Cape Girardeau-grown nursing major with unique plans for the summer.
  • Spotlight_Harris_2010

    Nursing Student Seeks Bilingual Dream Job

    College of Health and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts
    For William Harris, deciding what he wanted to do was sin esfuerzo (effortless). As a double major in nursing and Spanish, he took every opportunity to study abroad and gain all the practical experience he could.
  • Spotlight_Borowiak1_2010

    Borowiak Hits Home Run With Southeast

    College of Health & Human Services
    For Allie Borowiak, playing softball throughout her college career with the Redhawks softball team was a way of life. This chapter came to a halt, though, after this Southeast senior had career ending shoulder surgery.
  • Spotlight_Hermann_2009

    Dietetics Graduate Interns with Southeast Hospital

    College of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
    Uncertain of a major, Jill Hermann from Bloomsdale, Mo., considered possibilities from interior design to accounting before deciding dietetics was right for her. 'It wasn't until I took a basic nutrition class that I found a deeper interest."
  • Spotlight_Vaivao_2009

    Hannibal Vaivao

    College of Health and Human Services
    From the shores of California to Capitol Hill'via Cape Girardeau; that's the path senior Hannibal Vaivao has traveled. Vaivao came to Southeast as a transfer student, but he quickly made it his home.
  • Spotlight_Haertling_2009

    Lanie Haertling

    College of Health and Human Services
    Lanie Haertling, of Nashville, Ill., dedicates each day to better herself as a Christian and influence others to do the same. As a member of Campus Outreach and Campus Crusade, two Christian organizations at Southeast Missouri State University, Lanie does not have to look far for support and encouragement in her faith.
  • Spotlight_McElfresh_2009

    Student Capitalizes on Leadership Opportunities at Southeast

    College of Health and Human Services
    Wade McElfresh, of Pleasant Plains, Ill., believes that a person's college experience can only be as good as he or she wants it to be, and in that case, Wade is having the time of his life.
  • Spotlight_Wesley-Scott_2009

    Championship Basketball Alumna Continues to Succeed

    College of Health and Human Services
    Southeast Missouri State University graduate Sarita Wesley-Scott has experienced a kind of excitement many other college students only dream about. She was a member of Southeast's 1990-1991 women's basketball NCAA Division II national finalist team.
  • Spotlight_Veneziano_2009

    Southeast Student Completes Psychology Internship

    College of Liberal Arts
    Southeast student Paul Veneziano of Cape Girardeau recently completed an internship at the Woodward Resource Center, in Woodward, Iowa. Paul, a senior psychology major, served as a psychologist's assistant.
  • Spotlight_McDonald_2009

    Alum Establishes Career with Under Armour

    College of Health and Human Services
    According to Dana McDonald, the secret to success in the business world and life in general is 'working hard, keeping perspective, managing priorities and understanding who your 'customer' is."
  • Spotlight_ProCheerleaders_2009

    Southeast Cheerleader Alumnae Go Pro

    Three Southeast Missouri State University alumnae have achieved what many young girls dream of becoming. Erin Bauer, Brandi Kilby and Megan LaTempt each cheer at the professional level.
  • Spotlight_Waddle1_2009

    Southeast Student Interns at NASA's Athletic Training Department

    College of Health and Human Services
    Rachael Waddle of Mount Carmel, Ill., a senior at Southeast Missouri State University recently interned over the summer at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Spotlight_Vorwerk_2009

    Alum Coaches His Way to Tennis Prominence

    College of Health and Human Services
    When it comes to the sport of tennis, Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Leo Vorwerk knows what he's talking about.
  • Spotlight_Waddle_2009

    Southeast Student Interns at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral

    Dept. of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
    Rachael Waddle of Mount Carmel, Ill. interns at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Spotlight_Wells_2009

    Southeast Alumna Enjoys Athletics All Over the World

    College of Health and Human Services
    When it comes to the sport of softball, it seems that Linda Wells has, at some point, seen and done it all. Literally.
  • Spotlight_Koebbe_2009

    Teresa Koebbe

    College of Health and Human Services / College of Liberal Arts
    Teresa Koebbe, a senior at Southeast Missouri State University, is interning this summer with the Secret Service at the federal courthouse in St. Louis.
  • Spotlight_Robinson_2009

    Vivian Robinson

    Department of Social Work
    As far as Vivian Robinson is concerned, you can never quite do enough to help a child in need. She has built a life around helping children, and she doesn't plan to stop anytime soon.
  • Spotlight_Belote_2009

    Tom Belote

    College of Health and Human Services
    Tom Belote knows there is much more to life than money. The advice he offers to future college students is quite refreshing to hear in a world dominated by the dollar.
  • Spotlight_Bufe_2009

    Gina Bufe

    Gina Bufe '87, who majored in nursing, is the director of nursing education, quality and research at New York - Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital in New York City.
  • Spotlight_Mares_2009

    Nursing Major Hopes To Make A Lasting Impact

    Nursing Major
    Southeast junior Spencer Mares of St. Peters, Mo. was diagnosed with leukemia on June 17, 1991, at the very young age of three. He says that his experiences from his childhood have made nursing school slightly easier.
  • Spotlight_Hueter_2009

    Nursing Student with Big Heart and Big Plans

    Dept. of Health and Human Services
    Those in the health care industry must be compassionate and love what they do. Lindsey Hueter, a senior at Southeast, learned this through her clinical work.
  • Spotlight_Langenfeld_2008

    Dr. Mark Langenfeld

    Most who know Dr. Mark Langenfeld, professor of health, human performance, and recreation and biology, know him as 'that guy who rides his bike to campus everyday, rain or shine." Mark hopped into a different set of wheels this summer though, as he and his 16- year-old daughter, Julie, embarked on a journey that would take them across all 48 continental United State in 27 days in a 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE. Of course, Mark did take his bicycle along as well.
  • Spotlight_Knickman_2008

    Southeast Alumnus Continues to "Go Greek"

    Matt Knickman
    For most students, graduation marks the beginning of period in which they begin to phase out of their college organizations and activities, whether it is student government, athletics, student organizations, or professional, service and Greek fraternities and sororities. This is certainly not the case, however, for Sikeston, Mo. native, Matt Knickman.
  • Spotlight_Shipp_2008

    Southeast Cheerleader Alumnus Envisions a Bright Future

    Ryan Shipp, a May 2008 graduate, has an eventful past and has an even more eventful future ahead of him. Shipp, from Sikeston, Mo., majored in criminal justice and minored in psychology. He says he has a love for Southeast and that classroom professors are very professional and are willing to help you anytime you need it. And, he says, they are very flexible.
  • HeatherWest_2008

    Southeast Graduate Joins U.S. Marshals

    When Southeast student Heather West of Jackson, Mo., graduated in May of 2007, she realized her new life had just begun. West, who was a criminal justice major, attended and graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in October of 2007 and is now a Deputy U.S. Marshal in St. Louis.
  • JamesConway_2007.

    A Confirmed Leader

    Southeast Alum Leads Marine Corps
    Lt. General James T. Conway, a 1969 Southeast graduate, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2006, to become the 34th commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Conway was nominated for the post by President George W. Bush, received promotion to the rank of general and he received his fourth star.
  • JanetWeber_2007

    Dr. Janet Weber

    Many of us would be happy if we wrote something that just one person found beneficial. Dr. Janet Weber, professor of nursing, co-authored a textbook that has been used worldwide!
  • TiffanneRyan_2007

    Sports Management Student Interns with US Olympic Committee

    If you work hard, you might work with inspiring individuals. But if you work hard enough, you will be an inspiring individual. For Tiffanne Ryan of Oklahoma City, Okla., her discipline and fervor for life have resulted in an internship with the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympic division.
  • JoshuaBohnert_2007

    Southeast AFROTC Student Chosen for Cyber-Security Training

    Cadet one of only 37 nation-wide chosen for training at Air Force Research Laboratory
    Southeast senior Joshua Bohnert, a computer science major and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) cadet, has been chosen to attend the Advanced Course in Engineering on Cyber Security (ACE-CS), a prestigious training program at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome Labs, N.Y., this summer.
  • AdamHannah_2007

    Student Goverment President Loves a Full Plate

    University life can be hectic enough with class schedules, organization meetings and homework, but take on the responsibility of Student Government president and you've got yourself quite a busy day. And that's just the way Southeast Missouri State University's Student Government President Adam Hanna likes it.
  • AmandaSinclair_2006

    Amanda Sinclair

    If you're being charged by a bucking bronco, sometimes it's a matter of diving in the right direction. For Amanda Sinclair, assistant professor of Health, Human Performance and Recreation and a certified athletic trainer at Southeast Missouri State University, being on guard is a big part of her volunteer work at the rodeo.
  • JulieSuedmeyer_2006

    Julie Suedmeyer

    For many high school students, choosing a college can be a difficult decision. But for Southeast alumni Julie Suedmeyer, the decision to attend Southeast was an obvious one. As a Cape Girardeau native, Julie was very familiar with the area, and also with the university. It didn't take long for Julie to realize Southeast was where she wanted to spend her college years.
  • Sally_Smith_2006

    P.E. Major is Student Teaching in Ireland

    Sports are a major part of Sally Smith's life. As a senior physical education major at Southeast, Sally will be traveling to Belfast, Northern Ireland, this fall to do part of her student teaching. She hopes this will help her to fulfill her dream of contract teaching around the world. Sally explains contract teaching as 'teaching in different countries for one to two years at a time."
  • NickAkers_2006_250

    Alaskan Internship Nets Hands-on Experience

    Nick Akers, a Southeast Missouri State University senior, wants to clear up a few misconceptions about Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Paul_Leoni_2005_250

    Paul Leoni

    Just two days after returning home from advanced individual training for the Army National Guard, Southeast alumnus Paul Leoni got a call asking him to help the 1140th Engineering Battalion with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans. Since then, he has had many experiences he won't soon forget.
  • Jeannine_Cinco_2005_250

    Jeannine Cinco

    Southeast Missouri State University alumna Jeannine Cinco began life after college half-way across the world. Jeannine, a native of St. Charles, Mo., graduated in December 2003 with a bachelor's degree in German and recreation. After graduation, she became the athletic director for the U.S. Naval Base in Juffair, Bahrain.
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    Nathan Mendenhal

    Nathan Mendenhall of Fort Smith, Ark., who is pursuing a master of science degree in criminal justice, will begin the internship Jan. 9 with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda's Witnesses and Victims Support Section. He will join about 50 other interns from around the world.
  • Amanda_Starman_2005

    Amanda Starman

    Staying fit and active are two words Southeast alumna Amanda Starman uses in her daily vocabulary. After graduating in May 2004 with a major in recreation and a minor in health promotion, Amanda moved to St. Louis to be the fitness specialist for the Lodge Des Peres.
  • Takuro_Yamada_2005

    Japanese Student Overcomes Language Barriers

    When high school seniors imagine going off to college, many think about moving to another city or even another state. But for Southeast student, Takuro Yamada, his vision was to travel across continents. Takuro is originally from Saitama, Japan, and will graduate in December with a degree in health management and athletic training.
  • Brent_Lewis_2005

    Brent Lewis

    Baseball fans anxiously file into Philip B. Elfstrom Stadium to cheer on the Kane County Cougars to another victory. Fans line up at the concession stands amidst the smell of freshly cooked hot dogs and nachos. Cheers come from the stadium as the Cougars take the field for their warm up. For Southeast alumnus Brent Lewis, these are the sights and sounds of a typical work day.
  • Georganne_Syler_2005

    Dr. Georganne Syler

    In her observations of various people she's encountered, both in her classes and in other countries, Dr. Georganne Syler is acutely aware of a shared behavioral characteristic. 'Everybody eats," Syler said. 'It's the common denominator."
  • Katie_Matt_Buhr_2005

    St. Louis Siblings Pursue Nursing Career Path

    You could say that siblings Matt and Katie Buhr have nursing 'in their blood." The St. Louis natives, both of whom are currently in the nursing program at Southeast Missouri State University, were exposed to the profession early on, growing up in a home where both parents were nurses.
  • Grant_Sneed_2005

    Student Shuttle Driver Races on the Side

    Creeping along the express paths at 20 miles an hour, Southeast shuttle bus riders might be surprised to learn their driver is Grant Sneed ' hard core, pedal to the metal, steel-nerved street racer. During the school year, Sneed spends his time driving a shuttle or doing class work for his criminal justice degree. His summer pastimes are tweaking his cars and cramming dust down the throats of other drivers at the Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis.
  • H_Meyer_2004

    Heather Meyer

    Southeast alumnus Heather Meyer began her studies with no particular career in mind. After changing her major several times, she developed a strong interest in communication disorders. Heather now enjoys a successful career as an audiologist. She works at a hospital on the east coast of New Zealand.
  • Andi_Malick_2004

    Wide World of Sports Added to Malick's Résumé

    Not every student can add an internship with Disney's Wide World of Sports to their resume. In fact, Southeast senior Andi Malick was one of only seven students from around the country chosen for a three-month summer internship program with the sports complex in Orlando.
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    Dr. Edward Leoni

    Wearing one of his more than 150 Hawaiian shirts and propping his feet on his desk, Dr. Edward Leoni is, as his colleagues in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation claim, an original, irreproducible piece of work.
  • Mary_Alice_Ryan-alumni_2004

    Mary Alice Ryan

    Nationally known for her expertise and innovation in senior housing and services, Southeast alumna Mary Alice Ryan serves as the President/CEO of St. Andrew's Resources for Seniors. Her days are spent strategically positioning the company's entities for the future, fund raising, coordinating public relations and building a successful team of people who love what they do.


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