The River Campus houses the Departments of Music and Art & Design and The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance along with a dining facility, residence hall, classrooms, studios, theatres, an art gallery and museum for a truly immersive living and learning arts experience.
The River Campus is Missouri’s only campus dedicated solely to the arts. Beautifully located on the banks of the Mississippi River, the River Campus is only minutes from downtown Cape Girardeau and Southeast’s central campus.
The Department of Mass Media is located on the main campus in Grauel Building with much of the student work taking place at the Rust Center for Media, a working media laboratory right in the heart of Cape Girardeau’s Media Row.
The Seminary building, original parts of which date from 1845, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Fully renovated inside and out, it houses offices, studios and classrooms for the Departments of Art, Music and The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance. The lower floor contains practice rooms as well as the shared Art Resource Center, a student work center containing music scores, art slides, video and audio recordings, and a computer lab. The building also includes a musical performance space.
The former seminary chapel has been transformed into the 205-seat Robert and Gertrude Shuck Music Recital Hall. This handsome space, which retains the historic stained glass windows, is acoustically “dressed” for mid-sized musical performances and includes its own “green room” below.
The complete works of Bach and Beethoven, Broadway musical scores, artwork on slides, CDs, dance reference books and videos are available at your fingertips in the Arts Resource Center (ARC). The ARC provides you easy access to these materials by bringing them together in an inviting atmosphere. The 1,675 square-foot space comprises two adjoining rooms with comfortable furniture, wireless internet access and computer stations. It also serves as the main computer lab for River Campus.
Adjacent to the seminary building is the new edifice that plays home to a variety of cultural spaces in addition to visual art studios for painting, drawing, fibers and design as well as panoramic views of the Emerson Bridge, the Mississippi River and Illinois.
Adjacent to the seminary building is the new edifice that plays home, in part, to Southeast's growing dance program. The Dance Studio allows dancers to rehearse for upcoming concerts and provides space for smaller productions. The lower level of the new building on the south side contains visual art studios for painting, drawing, fibers and design as well as cutting edge performance spaces.
The Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, also part of the Cultural Arts Center, accommodates 950 guests. This state-of-the-art performance space has played host to plays, large instrumental and vocal music concerts, musicals, and ballets. A professional-sized orchestra pit will accommodate instrumental groups to accompany actors and singers in the presentation of Broadway musicals and operas.
Also part of the complex is the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre a “black box” that allows for various seating configurations, depending on the production. With 180 seats, this space caters to smaller, more intimate, theatrical productions. The River Campus not only provides excellent facilities for the creation of art, but also provides spaces to exhibit and to learn about art.
While comprehensive degree programs are offered in all departments for university students, the new facility provides a venue for educational outreach in the region, including the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum situated in front of the Bedell Performance Hall. The museum features interactive exhibits which highlight the region’s history and development.
The John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center is located on the southwest corner of the property. It provides rent-able space for meetings, pre-concert lectures, pre- and post-event receptions, and special community and educational events in a well-appointed and convenient location.
This 180-bed dorm facility is located just north of the original Cultural Arts Center and Historic Seminary building forming the completion of a River Campus quad. This newer building that opened in 2014 adds academic along with residence hall space on the same property. The building combines a new, modern feel but with elements of the historic St. Vincent’s College and Seminary grounds. The first floor of the new facility features a 120-seat dining area overlooking the river. Also included is a directing/acting blackbox studio, dance studio with a sprung floor, a spacious choral rehearsal room and sectional practice rooms. An art education classroom is located on the mezzanine, and part of the second floor houses acting/directing, music, art and dance faculty offices.
Since the fall of 2016, Southeast Missouri Sate University students have been learning and working in the Rust Center for Media that encompasses more than 13,000 square feet of space on two floors in the heart of downtown Cape Girardeau.
The Main floor features 6,300 square feet with a flexible learning space as well as production studios for students enrolled in television directing and advanced video production. The lower level contains 6,700 square feet and houses The Arrow, Southeast's student newspaper; SECreative, Southeast's student advertising firm; and Riverfront PR, Southeast's student public relations firm.
Classroom spaces for Interior Design are located in Scully Building. The Edvolution Center is located on the second floor and contains student resources such as computer workstations, 3-D printing, laser cutting, large format printing, and equipment for making instructional materials. Interior Design students have access to the drafting lab, in-house materials, a specifications laboratory and manufacturer's resources. These resources include graphic tools such as matting, mounting and computer-aided design. The Experiential Learning lab is available only to design students and is equipped with an iPad lab in which students have the opportunity to check out an iPad for each semester once they reach their sophomore year.
The University places a high priority on communicating emergency information to the students, faculty and staff. The avenues of communication include various Web resources, on-campus telecommunications systems and regional television and radio outlets. Beginning with the fall 2017 semester, the University will be a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. The new policy prohibits smoking and using tobacco products by students, faculty, staff and visitors on all University properties and in all University facilities and vehicles.