Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner

Date:  January 20, 2016
Location:  Show Me Center Arena
Time:  6:00 p.m.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner - each year the University honors the legacy of the historic humanitarian with a night of reflection, dinner and entertainment.Our guest speaker for the evening is author, philanthropist, Rhodes Scholar and decorated Army combat veteran, Mr. Wes Moore.

Dinner tickets are $20 and can be purchased by submitting a reservation through the Registration Form.

Tickets are $20 per person. To find out more information on how to get the tickets and where to get them, visit semo.edu/mlk/dinner.

This event was sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University.

For more information, please contact Sia Sharma by calling at (573) 651-2626 or mlkcommittee@semo.edu.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read-A-Thon

Date: February 2016
Location: Local Schools

Volunteers go out into the local schools and share multicultural literature with children.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Marcia Brown-Haims at (573) 651-2188 or mjbrown@semo.edu.

How Racist Are You?

Date:  February 1, 2016
Location:  UC Ballroom B
Time:  7:00 p.m.

This is a thought provoking experience. It makes every participant uncomfortable and empowers them to be the change they want to see. A transformational healing takes place as participants acknowledge their role in the systemic institution of racism, and work to develop a philosophical and practical mindset that supports diversity, equity and multicultural education. We will discuss micro aggressions, unconscious bias, unintentional racism and why being culturally competent is key.

This event was sponsored by Academic Support Centers.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Dr. Shonta Smith at (573) 651-5175 or smsmith@semo.edu.

The Hard Facts About Soft Skills

Date:  February 3, 2016
Location:  UC Indian Room
Time:  5:30 p.m.

Soft Skills/Business Skills training have become critical to students and new professionals in the 21st Century world of work. Many employers list this as the primary area of training needed by incoming employees to be successful beyond the knowledge necessary to perform their positions. Join us for this seminar to discuss why soft skills such as: Communication, Teamwork, Networking, Professionalism etc. are as important to your career as your coursework and connections.

This event was sponsored by Academic Support Centers and The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Valdis Zalite at (573) 651-5175 or vzalite@semo.edu.

All Politics Are Personal: From The Fiscal Cliff to Your Front Yard

Date:  February 11, 2016
Location:  UC Indian Room
Time:  5:30 p.m.

Political awareness and understanding are critical to Americans, the shifting politcal base impacts us all from the local to the national level. This guided discussion will center on the idea that the "future belongs to those of us that remain aware and vigilant" and will be aimed at addressing current beliefs, the differences and commonalities between the two major political parties, the changing demographics of where we are today and how we must all be involved moving forward.

This event was sponsored by the Academic Support Centers.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Valdis Zalite at (573) 651-5175 or vzalite@semo.edu.

Becoming an Expert - Excelling in your Environment (Panel Discussion)

Date:  February 13, 2016
Location:  UC Redhawks Room
Time:  12:30 p.m.

This facilitated panel discussion will provide an opportunity for emerging professionals and students to discuss the importance of being "value-added" in their field. We will address topics related to professionalism, assessing and understanding your work environment and how we define success.

*Admission is by invitation only

This event was sponsored by the Academic Support Centers.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sean Spinks at (573) 986-6135 or sspinks@semo.edu.

Sisters Doing It For Themselves!

Date:  February 17, 2016
Location:  UC Program Lounge
Time:  12:00 p.m.

This is a celebration of African American Women (faculty and staff) and the opportunity to encourage and support the next generation of African American Women (students). The discussion will be adapted from the book "Black Woman Redefined" that addressed African American women in the workplace. Our speaker Kaye Monk-Morgan, Leadership Consultant and Facilitator, will address breaking the proverbial glass ceiling and challenging the traditional stereotypes that impact African American professional women. This is a time to remember how to be “Our Sister’s Keeper”.

*Admission is by invitation only

This event was sponsored by Academic Support Centers.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kei-Shae McCrary at (573) 986-6135 or kmccrary@semo.edu.

What Plagues Our Youth (Forum)

Date:  February 17, 2016
Location:  UC Redhawks Room
Time:  12:00 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff can participate in facilitated discussion regarding the challenges and issues impacting African American youth. Work together the group can generate approaches and suggestions that may address the common concerns and obstacles.

This event was sponsored by the Black Male Initiative Program.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Robert Turner at (573) 651-2823 or rdturner3s@semo.edu.

The Etiquette Advantage

Date:  February 17, 2016
Location:  UC Program Lounge
Time:  5:30 p.m.

Manners Matter! Learn how to present a professional image when dining with future employers and colleagues. Join us for an interactive dining experience covering professional dress, etiquette and social skills.

*Admission is by invitation only

This event was sponsored by Academic Support Centers.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kei-Shae McCrary at (573) 986-6135 or kmccrary@semo.edu.

An Evening with Dr. CP Gause ; Black Masculinity in America (Book Celebration for Dr. Gause's latest book)

Date:  February 18, 2016
Location:  UC Redhawks Room
Time:  5:30 p.m.

Dr. Gause will provide an overview of his latest book and discuss his experiences and research that led developing the topic and writing the book. Following the discussion will be a question and answer session.

*Admission is by invitation only

This event was sponsored by the The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Robert Turner at (573) 651-2823 or rdturner3s@semo.edu.

UNCF Scholars Luncheon

Date:  February 23, 2016
Location:  UC Program Lounge
Time:  11:30 a.m.

Beginning in 2009, Southeast Missouri State University began a partnership with UNCF that has resulted in over 60 UNCF Scholars attending Southeast, with the first two cohorts graduating 15 students. Moving into the next phase with the new UNCF Area Director McFarlane Duncan, we are hosting a luncheon for the current scholars to meet and share their experiences with Mr. Duncan and the staff of the Academic Support Centers.

*Admission is by invitation only

This event was sponsored by Academic Support Centers.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Trent Ball at (573) 986-6135 or tball@semo.edu.

University Speakers Series presents Common

Date: February 23, 2016
Location: Show Me Center Arena
Time:  7:30 p.m.

The "King of Conscious Hip Hop," Common is one of music's most poetic and respected lyricists. Over the course of nine albums, his introspective rhymes have pushed boundaries with their incisive social commentary. From “Can I Borrow a Dollar?” to “BE” and “Finding Forever” along with his Grammy-nominated collaborations with Kanye West, Common has spent 16 years in the notoriously fickle world of hip hop by taking risks and staying one step ahead of the game.

Common has also branched out into acting, portraying freed slave Elam Ferguson in AMC's historical drama series “Hell on Wheels.” He also appears in several movies, including “Smokin' Aces,” “Wanted,” “Terminator Salvation,” “Date Night” and “Just Wright.”

In 2007, he launched the Common Ground Foundation, an organization dedicated to the empowerment and development of America's urban youth. Offering the younger generations a better understanding of self-respect and love, he has combined hip hop with literature, releasing three children's books: “The MIRROR and ME”, “I like You but I Love Me” and “M.E. (Mixed Emotions).” His first book for adults is the provocative and touching memoir, “One Day It'll All Make Sense.” In 2015, Common received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song with John Legend for their powerful collaboration, "Glory," featured in the civil rights film, “Selma.”

Whether inspiring audiences through his music, his books or his foundation, Common continues to break new ground, and remains one of hip hop's most innovative, positive voices.

University tickets are available in the University Center-Center for Student Involvement (UC 204) and the Show Me Center Box Office. General public tickets are available at www.showmecenter.biz and the Show Me Center Box Office. Tickets are free with a valid Redhawks ID and $10 for community members.

This event was sponsored by the University Speakers Series.

For more information, please contact Joanna Shaver at (573) 651-2280 or jshaver@semo.edu.

National TRIO Day Celebration

Date: February 25, 2016
Location: Show Me Center MEeting Rooms
Time:  6:00 p.m.

National TRIO Day celebrates the sustained impact and success of the Federal TRIO programs in communities and recognizes the importance of educational opportunity programs in creating a fairer society for all Americans. As a critical component of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, TRIO programs work to protect and further access to higher education for low income, first generation students, students with disabilities and veterans and are committed to the principles of social justice. Accomplishments of current and former participants in the SEMO TRIO programs will be highlighted.

*Admission is by invitation only

This event was sponsored by TRIO/McNair Scholars, TRIO/Student Support Services, and Academic Support Centers.

For more information, please contact Joanna Shaver at (573) 986-6135 or mbarnes@semo.edu.

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