Week of January 22, 2001




Preliminary unofficial figures indicate total undergraduate enrollment is up for the spring semester at Southeast Missouri State University.

Total undergraduate student headcount on opening day this spring was 6,829, up from 6,722 on opening day last spring. Total combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount stands at 7,605, similar to last year's 7,677 at this time. Spring 2001 semester classes began at Southeast Jan. 16.

Today's report shows: beginning freshmen headcount at 119, down from 124 at this time last year. Returning freshmen headcount stands at 1,567, down from 1,623 from spring 2000. Sophomore headcount stands at 1,465, up from 1,316 at this time last year. Junior headcount stands at 1,374, roughly the same as last year's 1,384 figure. The University has fewer seniors than last year, 1,819, reflecting the smaller freshman class four years ago.

Total graduate student headcount stands at 871, down from the 955 reported on opening day in spring 2000. This figure is expected to rise, however, before the official census is taken at the conclusion of the fourth week of spring semester classes, said Dr. Pauline Fox, vice president for administration and enrollment management.

"Last spring, we experienced a 40 percent increase in graduate student enrollment from the first day of classes to the census taken after the fourth week of the semester," she said.

The number of degree seeking master's students stands at 604, down from 660 on opening day last year. Total headcount for graduate students in the specialist program stands at 79, down from 101 at this time last year. Today's report also shows doctoral headcount at 11, roughly the same as last year's 13 on opening day.

The official spring census report will be available after Feb. 13.

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Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Black History Month in February with a number of events designed to commemorate the heritage of African-Americans.

Events will get underway with a Cultural Fair, which will be held on Feb. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the University Center. This event is open to the University and surrounding communities. There will be vendors, exhibits and speakers. No admission fee is required. For more information contact Dr. Deanna Corbett at (573) 332-3774 or Lynne Chambers at (573) 290-5106.

Treat yourself to refreshments and listen to the University Jazz Ensemble during a reception for emerging African-American artists. Among the participants will be George DeMyers Sr. of Charleston, Mo.; Artist, colorist and expressionist Melverue Abraham of Little Rock, Ark.; Naajar Abdul-Musawwir, a lecturer in the Master of Fine Arts program in the School of Art & Design at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; Rena Blisset, a Southeast art students, specializing in pottery and ceramics; and Bwonna Jackson, a graphic artist from Detroit, Mich. This event will be held in the University Center on Feb. 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Corbett at (573) 332-3774 or Chambers at (573) 290-5106.

On Feb. 11, the Annual Michael Davis Lecture will be presented at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. This event recognizes the contributions of African-Americans in the media. The event also honors the late Michael Davis, a mass communication student at Southeast who died as a result of a hazing incident. The speaker is Alvin Styles, vice president of Burrell and Associates, the world's largest minority-owned advertising agency. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Ferrell Ervin, chair of the Department of Mass Communication, at (573) 651-2241.

On Feb. 15, minority students will have the opportunity to attend the Minority Student Career Exploration Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Atrium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. The keynote speaker will be Logan Hampton, director of Donaghey Student Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The purpose of this event is to proactively involve Southeast minority students in mentoring and networking activities that enhance their understanding of the value of education in obtaining career goals and success. For more information contact Jerry Lee Westbrook, director of career services, at (573) 651-2583.

On Feb 16, alumnus Joseph Dunlap will speak to a series of classes relating to education and professional development at noon in the University Center. A reception will follow. This event is open to all students. For more information contact Trent Ball at the Office of Minority Student Programs at (573) 986-6135.

An event titled, "Puttin' on the Hits: A Blast from the Past," will be held on Feb 16, from 8 to 10 p.m. in Academic Auditorium. The Association of Black Collegians will present a lip sync/talent show in the tradition of the famous Apollo Theater. Audience participation and applause will be used along with judges to choose the winner. General admission is $3. Admission for Southeast students is $2 with an I.D. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Wendy Tillman at the Office of Minority Student Programs, (573) 986-6135.

An open forum for minority students and their families to meet and discuss their concerns or issues with other families of the Southeast Community will be held at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17 in the University Room of the University Center. This event is open to everyone. For more information, contact Ball in the Office of Minority Student Programs, (573) 986-6135.

Black movie weekend Feb. 23-24 will showcase decades of African-American cinema beginning with "Malcolm X." Films will be shown from 6 to 11 p.m. both nights in the Johnson Faculty Centre. This event is open to all students. For more information, contact Ball at (573) 986-6135.

Black History Month events will conclude with a Showcase of Phenomenal Women from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in the University Center Program Lounge. This program will include poetry, music and dramatic readings featuring phenomenal women. The showcase is being sponsored by the Center for Health and Counseling. For more information, contact Linda Vogelsang at (573) 651-2270.

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Prospective students and their parents are invited to "Show Me Day," Feb. 3, on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Show Me Day," scheduled for noon at the Show Me Center, is an opportunity for all individuals interested in attending college to take a closer look at Southeast and check out the numerous options Southeast provides," said Southeast Admissions Counselor Christy Marshon.

The day's events will begin with a "College Fair" in which students may browse through informational displays of the University's various academic departments. Professors from each department will be there to answer questions. Students also will be able to get information about the Southeast experience, information ranging from academic and career choice options to financial aid, residential life and student activities.

Following the "College Fair" portion of the day, students and parents will hear brief presentations from Southeast Director of Admissions Jay Goff, as well as a presentation by Luke Dalton, Southeast Student Government president.

Students and their parents then will break up into small groups to tour the campus. Marshon said that both bus and walking tours will be offered as well as students having the opportunity to view a Southeast residence facility. Following the campus tours, a financial aid and Residence Life presentation will be given. The "Show Me Day" will conclude in the evening with a light reception.

If you are interested in registering for Show Me Day, call the Admissions Office at (573) 651-2590.

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