Southeast Missouri State University middle school education student Kara Miller recently served with AmeriCorps in her hometown of Malden, Mo., where she attends Southeast Missouri State University-Malden.
Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology
Southeast student John Dillard of Rolla, Mo., started and serves as vice president of Southeast's Electric Vehicle Club. The club gives students the opportunity to learn about the field of electric vehicles while gaining an understanding of the true significance of sustainability.
Southeast Missouri State University graduate student Christopher Kinder was invited by the president of the U.S. Army’s 5th Infantry Division to attend their national reunion this fall in St. Louis and interview surviving World War II veterans.
Southeast Missouri State University accounting student Allyson Litteken of Breese, Ill., is interning with Anders CPAs and Advisors in St. Louis, which serves privately held companies and high-net-worth individuals.
Southeast Missouri State University historic preservation student Brittany Contratto of South Lebanon, Ohio, recently took part in a Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln (England) heritage program throughout the United Kingdom, which included travel to a variety of museums and historic houses.
Southeast Missouri State University student Samantha Hennenfent of O’Fallon, Mo., recently interned through Bishop Grosseteste University College, a private college located in Lincoln, United Kingdom, an old Roman town famous for its Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle, built by William the Conqueror.
Department of Theatre and Dance; Department of Human Environmental Studies
Southeast Missouri State University student Danielle Albertina of Collinsville, Ill., recently auditioned with Ashleyliane Dance Company, a full service dance organization based in the Greater St. Louis area, and was accepted as one of their company members. She had previously attended master classes and other training with the company and will begin dancing professionally with them after graduation.
Southeast Missouri State University dance student Laura Goeing of Plainfield, Ill., recently participated in an intensive with Thodos Dance Chicago in which she took ballet, modern, composition and company repertoire classes.
Southeast Missouri State University dance student Kelcey Matheny of Bradford, Tenn., recently participated in the American Dance Festival, a six-week summer intensive in Durham, N.C., where she took three two-hour dance classes each day with amazing teachers from around the world and participated in choreography projects with students from Taiwan.
Southeast Missouri State University dance student Laura Roth of Jacksonville, Ill., recently participated in a five-day intensive with Hedwig Dances, a professional modern dance company based in Chicago. There, Roth spent five and a half hours each day taking modern, floor work, repertory/improvisation and Afro-Cuban dance classes.
Southeast Missouri State University dance student Samantha Fink of St. Louis during the summer of 2012 performed with Atrek Dance Collective at the St. Louis Fringe Festival, took a jazz class at the EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, attended the week-long Big Muddy Dance Company Summer Intensive, and took master classes with Koresh Dance Company in St. Louis.
Rachel Weatherford of Breckenridge Hills, Mo., who is double-majoring in mass communication, journalism and English options, was chosen to be a member of the Working Press at the national Radio Television Digital News Association and Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism convention in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this year. She is one of 12 from across the United States selected for this internship.
Southeast Missouri State University student Amanda Petty of Cape Girardeau, Mo., who is majoring in mass communication with an emphasis in radio, is currently interning with KGON in Portland, Ore. There, she hosts on-site contests and giveaways, performs data entry, and is responsible for website maintenance. She also assists the five other radio stations that share KGON’s building.
Southeast Missouri State University student Stephen Bauman of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., who is majoring in engineering physics with an electrical application focus and a double-minor in mathematics and Spanish, is currently interning with Argonne National Laboratory, operated for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science in Chicago.
Southeast Missouri State University engineering physics major Michael Rhodes of Bloomsdale, Mo., is part of a research team designing a satellite at the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas.
Southeast Missouri State University advertising and public relations double-major Lauren Coombs of Imperial, Mo., is currently interning with Osborn Barr, an advertising agency that works with rural and agricultural advertising, in St. Louis.
Donald Gibson of St. Louis is a Southeast Missouri State University athletic training major who is gaining real-world, hands-on experience during his internship with MedSport, a sports medicine facility in the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.
Southeast Missouri State University student Kristin Thomas of Lilbourn, Mo., graduated from New Madrid County High School in 2006. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public administration at Southeast and will graduate in December of 2013. She also earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University.
Most students know that college is the time to experience new things and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves, but few students actually follow that advice. Hannah Groom of Overland Park, Kan., however, took that advice and ran with it, literally.
School of Polytechnic Studies; Department of Agriculture
Southeast Missouri State University agribusiness/animal science major Morgan Reid recently completed an internship at Empire Calf Ranch in Sublette, Kan., an experience she describes as “once-in-a-lifetime.”
A Southeast Missouri State University student, Ryan Marx of St. Louis, gained international public relations insight with 18 students from other institutions while attending the International Public Relations Seminar this summer in London.
College of Health and Human Services (Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation)
Southeast Missouri State University athletic training student Danielle Schmidt is gaining professional experience while completing a six-week internship with The Methodist Hospital System in Houston, Texas.
College of Science and Mathematics (Department of Environmental Science)
Brandon Sauceda, a Southeast Missouri State University environmental science major, recently worked with world-renowned scientists during his internship with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga.
College of Liberal Arts (Department of Global Cultures and Languages)
Southeast Missouri State University anthropology student Jennifer Rickard discovered a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea with six other participants in an underwater archaeological school program offered by the Cape of Cavalleria Ecomuseum on the island of Menora, Spain.
Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts (Department of Theatre and Dance)
Saint Robert, Mo., native and dance major Chance Hill, who had never danced prior to attending Southeast Missouri State University, was awarded a scholarship to attend Duke University’s American Dance Festival, a prestigious summer program that has trained some of the best dancers in the country.
Southeast Missouri State University historic preservation student Megan Atzert is gaining professional experience through an internship with the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Department in Franklin County, Missouri.
Southeast Missouri State University student Brad Rolen has performed professionally every summer since his freshman year in college and stays involved with the theatre at Southeast during the school year, all while maintaining Dean’s List status.
“Language is the key to the world,” is a motto Davina Watson, a German and literature major at Southeast Missouri State University, lives by. This motto has spurred her to study several languages, including Spanish, Arabic and German, with vigor.
College of Business – Finance and International Business
“The most important thing that Southeast has given to me is the opportunity to lead,” Southeast Missouri State University senior Bryan Kujawa said of his time as a student at the University. Since his first semester at Southeast in fall 2007, Bryan has done just that.
Besides forgetting which side of the road cars drive on, Southeast Missouri State University student and tennis player Elizabeth Nyenwe has made a smooth transition to Southeast's campus in Cape Girardeau from her life in London, England.
Southeast Missouri State University bio-medical science major Vandana Grewal says the biggest difference between the United States and her home country of India is the wealth of opportunities available.
College of Liberal Arts: English - Creative Writing
Students who live in Myers Hall at Southeast Missouri State University have Emily Seagraves, Southeast student and resident assistant (RA), to help them make the transition into college as smooth as possible.
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.
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.
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.
Some say “the sky’s the limit,” while others live that philosophy. Southeast 2009 Woman of the Year, Emily Brown of O’Fallon, Mo., became involved at Southeast Missouri State University as soon as she stepped foot on campus
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.”
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.
Volunteering is something that not all people enjoy. Southeast Missouri State University freshman Kelsey Magee, of Columbia, Ill., thrives on it. Kelsey, an elementary education major, volunteered in many organizations in high school, and she said she looks forward to becoming involved in more volunteer projects at Southeast.
Southeast Missouri State University freshman Hunter Hempen, of Breese, Ill., has been directing and producing short films since he was a freshman in high school and is now a film and television major at Southeast.
Southeast senior Rita Jo Dirnberger of Cape Girardeau, Mo., says her education at Southeast has prepared her for her future beyond school. Rita Jo, an accounting major, got a taste of the “real world” environment through two different internships.
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.
Aimee Cocran, global studies major and native of Sikeston, Mo., is taking full advantage of opportunities to study abroad. She attended the University of Monterrey for the past two semesters and plans to participate in the student EuroTrip.
Mahala Harpster of St. Peter, Ill., is a sophomore at Southeast Missouri State University working toward a double major in agribusiness and animal science and interning at Southeast's David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center.
For most Southeast students, traveling abroad means participating as a student in a foreign country. Not for Southeast art education major, Brenna Schlader of Columbia, Mo. For Brenna, the role was actually reversed because she was the teacher.
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.
Southeast senior Mallory Simmons of Salem, Ill., recently completed an internship in Washington, D.C., at the Department of State. This was a different experience for this elementary education major who has a concentration in science and would like to earn a master’s degree in school administration someday.
For one international student from Beijing, China, choosing to attend Southeast was a decision that she is proud of. As a public relations major, Chen Chen understands the importance of getting involved on campus.
Southeast senior historic preservation major Hallie Fieser completed an internship at the National Park Service Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, Neb., this past summer that could, quite possibly, point her future career path in a new direction.
Andrew Valleroy is a biomedical sciences major who plans to attend graduate school at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Originally from Hillsboro, Mo., Valleroy loves the atmosphere of Cape Girardeau. His favorite memories include hiking and fishing at local conservation areas and Trail of Tears State Park. The memory that tops all others is the one in which he and Joe Gholson accepted the charter placard for establishing the Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national pre-health professional honor society, at Southeast Missouri State University.
Southeast sophomore and St. Louis, Mo., native, Ryan Hollingsworth, says he is grateful to have the opportunity to receive a higher education, after winning a battle with cancer in 2007. A business management major, Ryan already has begun to use the knowledge he acquired from his major to begin his own clothing line, “Living Sacrifice.”
For Scott City native, John Casebolt, a trip to Washington, D.C., last spring break to participate in the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank program, altered the route to graduation a bit for this engineering/physics and applied mathematics major and political science minor. John was offered an internship with the CSIS, which he is currently serving in this spring.
A Jackson, Mo., native has done anything but stay close to home for college. Matthew Huber traveled over 8,000 miles to attend International Summer School in Schmalkalden, Germany. “My favorite moment at Southeast was my summer in Germany. I was able to meet so many people from across the world.”
Amon Seabaugh, of Leopold, Mo., had a busy last semester on Capitol Hill. He is interning with U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who was recently re-elected to her seventh term as the Missouri Eighth District representative to the U.S. Congress.
Matt Taylor, a telecommunications and computer networking major at Southeast Missouri State University, had an excellent opportunity this past summer to complete a prestigious internship with Abbott Laboratories. A native of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Matt traveled to Abbott Park, Ill., about 40 miles north of Chicago, to intern for this pharmaceutical company.
Caleb Daughhetee took the scenic route on his way from Charleston, Mo., to Southeast Missouri State University. After graduating from Kelly High School, he went to Colorado Springs, Colo., to visit the prestigious Air Force Academy.
Anna Powell, a literature major and historic preservation minor from Risco, Mo., has a passion for travel. As a missionary child, she spent a number of years in the Philippines and Honduras. This summer, however, that passion led her to Europe.
For Meghan Seher, perhaps the biggest factor in choosing Southeast was her visit to the Department of Communication. “I wanted to major in Public Relations. I looked at other colleges but I really like the communication programs at Southeast.”
Two Southeast theatre majors are working hard to perfect their art this summer. Cody Heuer, a native of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Charles Davis, a native of St. Charles, Mo., are both working at the Orris Theatre in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., as it presents two major productions: “Cabaret” began June 19 and ran through July 6, and “Fiddler on the Roof” will begin July 17 and run through Aug. 3.
Scott Crean is a Belleville, Ill., native who attended Althoff Catholic High School, and will graduate from Southeast in December 2008. He is majoring in corporate communication and public relations and minoring in integrated marketing communications.
When you ask Billy Garrett what he’s involved in on campus, you will need to pull up a chair because he has a long list. Billy is from Florissant, Mo. but he says enjoys the simple pleasures of Cape Girardeau and says, “My favorite thing to do in Cape Girardeau is go on a late-night trip out to Don’s to pick up a slinger or some bucks and cheese. Also a trip down to the river and mural downtown is always a good journey. I like doing things that are special to the region.”
Corset, bonnet, scarf, apron and clogs. This was the summer wardrobe for Katherine Warfield during her internship. The smile that topped the outfit, however, was entirely hers. “My favorite part of the internship was getting dressed in 18th century clothes and going out with the public. I like to talk to people about what I do and how much I love it. Getting to play with the kids is great.”
Last year a bulletin in Dempster Hall caught Nelson Elliott’s eye. As a direct result months later, he would find himself walking a foot bridge suspended 130 feet in the air surrounded by the treetops and wildlife of a rainforest and traveling to slave castles -- the “point of no return” for slaves sold to Europeans by their captors.
Senior graphic design major Zachary Penrod of St. Charles, Mo., spent a summer as an intern with the Touchwood Creative firm in downtown St. Louis. The firm handles large presentation projections for companies' employee conferences. They use multiple media forms such as animation and video to achieve this end.
Chances are if you have been to a basketball or football game at Southeast in the last year, you have seen Cara Bigler on the sideline keeping school spirit high. Like so many other Sundancers have done throughout the years, Cara takes pleasure in pumping up crowds by putting her cheer and dance moves on display.