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Kinesiology, Nutrition & Recreation

Our philosophy has always been that students will only be excellent professionals if we teach them both the scientific principles and practical skills required. The faculty applies their knowledge and skills to improve the world around them. We expect the same from our students. The faculty involves students in a number of initiatives, so that they may gain experience planning, implementing, and evaluating activities. Whether they be health screenings, athletic contests, or exercise programs the students are involved in every phase of the event. The graduates of our programs have hundreds of hours of practical experience in the field through which they have applied the lessons from the classroom. We pride ourselves on affording students with high quality real world experiences upon completion of the degree.


The Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation integrates experiential learning, professional service, and applied research to prepare practitioners who promote health, physical activity, and quality of life.

Core Values

Experiential Learning

The department values experiential learning throughout the curriculum. The curricula within the department are designed to provide students hands-on practical experience to enhance learning and ensure success.

Intellectual Curiosity

The department values expansion of the knowledge base within the fields of study by the faculty. Life-long Learning - The department values faculty who strive to be examples of life-long learners who maintain a level of exploration within their field.

Leadership in Professional Service

The department values service to the community and the professions/disciplines within the department. Furthermore, the department places a premium on leadership by the faculty both on and off campus.

Promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle and Enhanced Quality of Life

The department values the promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors through the curriculum, research, and service.

Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation News

    Southeast Welcomes New Department Chairs

    Four academic departments at Southeast Missouri State have new chairs this fall. The new leadership and the departments they chair are: Dr. Connie Drury, Department of Nursing Dr. R.D. Nordgren, Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education Dr. Shonta Smith, Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education Dr. Jason Wagganer, Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and [...]

    Loenneke to Receive Southeast’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award

    The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association will present Jeremy Loenneke of Oxford, Mississippi, with a Distinguished Young Alumni Award on Oct. 29 at the Copper Dome Celebration virtual event during the University’s Spirit Week festivities. Registration is required here. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the option to log in as early [...]

    Southeast Sport Management Grad Aims to Bring Sports Fans Together

    In 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th World Series Championship – rallying fans through all seven games, and inspiring a young Blake Schaffer to not only be a lifelong fan, but also to pursue a career in sports. “It was the run that started my fan-interest in sports – I became a huge [...]


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Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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