An extension department is formed allowing students to earn credit through correspondence or by attending monthly meetings at an extension center.

Sadie Kent accepts position as full-time librarian.

Students are required to pass a gym class during their first two years to continue their studies.

"The first name is chalked-in on the Academic Hall dome."


First name is marked on the interior of Academic Halls dome

February 1
The first edition of the student newspaper, the Capaha Arrow, is printed.

The first intercollegiate debate occurred in 1911 with a Southeast team debating teams from Southwest Missouri State College and Marvin College. Rush Limbaugh and Edward Roberts were members of the Southeast team.  Early successful debaters included Earl Abernathy, Clyde Harbison, Rush Limbaugh, Alison Reppy, Robert Howard, Harvey Cox, Joe Mathews, Roy Thornburgh, and Walter Schlueter. In 1915, Robert Howard was the winner of the state contest, going on to represent Missouri at the Inter-State Oratorical Contest in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Southeast’s success led to an expansion that later included a freshman team and a girls’ or women’s team.


Southeast helps found the 14-team Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association.


The Third District Normal School purchases Albert and Leming residence halls on the south side of Normal Avenue. The school previously leased them from the Normal Dormitory Association.

The Missouri state flag was first created in Cape Girardeau, very near the University campus. The flag was designed and created by Mrs. Marie Elizabeth Watkins Oliver, wife of former State Senator R.B. Oliver. It was adopted as the official state flag by the state legislature in 1913. 

"The first edition of the Sagamore yearbook is published."


First Sagamore

Entering students were required to have a high school diploma.


Textbook Rental system is piloted during the 1915-1916 academic year.

Col. Thomas Beckwith of Charleston, Missouri, donates his collection of Mound Builder artifacts to the Third District Normal School. The pieces – ceramic vessels and lithics -- were excavated at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries from mounds on his property in southeast Missouri and provide insights into the culture and lives of prehistoric Native peoples of this region. Today, the collection is housed in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at the River Campus.


Textbook Rental system continues on a permanent basis.


October 1
Formal military training for men begins at the school, and the first members of the Student Army Training Corps take oath of allegiance.

October 15
The Normal School closes for almost a month due to the influenza epidemic. Classes are suspended by order of the city health board.

November 25
The Normal School reopens following its closure to stem the influenza epidemic.


Southeast Missouri Normal School becomes Southeast Missouri State Teachers College by legislative enactment and is authorized to grant degrees.

World Events

Boy Scouts of America is founded.

Chevrolet Motor Co. is founded in Detroit, Michigan.

Sinking of the Titanic.

Creation of the Federal Reserve System.

World War I begins.

Panama Canal opens.

The National Hockey League is formed.

The first Pulitzer Prizes are announced.

Armistice of November 11 ends World War I. (Becomes known as Armistice Day.)

The proton is discovered.