Recent Events

Congratulations to Brooke Clubbs!

Instructor Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs had an essay published in the February 22nd edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. In it, she describes the challenges of maintaining civil discourse when discussing controversial issues in the classroom...especially when influenced by Facebook memes and YouTube videos, some students have difficulty recognizing that all "facts" are not created equal.

Congratulations Dr. Summary!

Dr. Jennifer Summary's latest publication is a review of Multilingualism: Understanding Linguistic Diversity in theJournal of Language and Social Psychology. Dr. Summary has been quite active this academic year, having published eight entries in scholarly encyclopedias. She also has just received news that an article growing out of her dissertation has been accepted for publication. Congratulations Dr. Summary!

SEMO Debate Team

The Debate team is open to any student regardless of previous experience. The team meets every Tuesday from 4-6:30 pm in Pacific Hall 201. Students may receive academic credit for participation by enrolling in SC 360. Faculty advisor: Dr. Larry Underberg may be contacted

University of Dayton tournament, Spring '13:
Cody Baker and Megan Moore placed 4th in the Varsity Corssfire. Megan Moore placed 5th overall in the whole of the Varsity League.

Debate Wins Big at Redhawk Rumble!

Students and faculty from as far away as New Jersey participated in the first Redhawk Rumble debate tournament held last Saturday on the SEMO campus. Southeast Debators Rebecca Baylor and Dylan Splean defeated Ball State University in the championship round to win the varsity division of crossfire debate. Teammates Cody Baker and Megan Moor joined Baylor and Splean to win four of the five top speaker honors in their divisions. Institutions participating in the tournament included Clemson University (South Carolina), Capital University (Ohio), University of Dayton (Ohio), Ball State University (Indiana), Anderson University (Indiana), Saint Peters University (New Jersey), and Southeast. All schools are members of the National Educational Debate Association. The event was a success, according to the director of debate, Dr. Larry Underberg, who noted that "over 30 people from the campus and community volunteered to serve as guest judges at the event." The next outing for the debate team will be the national tournament at Clemson University, March 7-9.

Bob Clubbs Promoting Civic Engagement

Bob Clubbs, a Communication Studies dual-credit teacher at Jackson High School held a debate watch party and encouraged his students to "tweet it up". The story was featured of KFVS 12. Read the full news article and watch the video at

Reader's Theater Presentation by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow

"William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, and Mark Twain: Storytellers," a readers' theater presentation scripted and directed by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow-Greenwood, instructor of Communications Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, will be presented on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The three authors will be portrayed, respectively, by Patrick Abbott, Dr. Robert Hamblin, and Lester Goodin.

17th Annual Low Lecture

Dr. Lauren Weiner, from the University of Illinois, will present this year's lecture at 6 PM on Thursday, November 1st in the Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. Her presentation will focus on how families create a "new normal" when coping with illness. The event is free and open to the public. Contact for more information

Instructor Brooke Clubbs to speak at Women's Reflecting Forward

Ms. Brooke Clubbs will address the needs and challenges, as well as the importance of empowering today's students at a luncheon held by Women Reflecting Forward. This event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kem Statuary Hall located in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center at 926 Broadway on April 27. 2012. Tickets for the luncheon are $10 per person or $50 for a table of six. Reservations must be made by April 20 by registering online at For more information, call (573) 651-2259.

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Communication Studies
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701