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Arts & Culture

Who says you have to go to New York to see a Broadway play, Picasso’s art or listen to a symphony?

Tragedy, comedy, dance, music and drama - at the River Campus, you can attend a number of professional Broadway-style productions each year in the state-of-the-art Bedell Performance Hall. Also, Southeast’s Holland College of Arts and Media stages six shows per year starring students and local actors.

The newly constructed River Campus, on the banks of the Mississippi River, is the Midwest’s first public institution with a campus dedicated to the disciplines of art, dance, music and theatre. The River Campus provides state-of- the-art facilities, which include a 950-seat professional theatre.

In addition to theatre, you can listen to symphonies, operas and jazz bands. If you prefer to participate instead of sit in the audience, you can audition for the theatre group’s next performance, participate in the nationally recognized Golden Eagles Marching Band, sing in the choir or play the violin in the University’s symphony.

At Southeast, we want you to experience the arts and culture from today and through the ages. We’ve made this easier with the introduction of the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum at the River Campus where you can see contemporary and traditional artwork and exhibits. We have prehistoric Native American artifacts that date back to 900 A.D. and contemporary art from famous artists such as Picasso.  Also, at the end of each year, Southeast’s Art Department holds the annual juried senior art exhibition focusing on the works of our graduating artists.

As if theatre and art aren’t enough, you can see a professional musical performance at the Show Me Center. The Show Me Center hosts big-name musicians every year right here on campus. Check out their schedule to see who is playing this year.

The community of Cape Girardeau has a myriad of arts and entertainment, including first-Friday art gallery openings, arts and craft fairs, community theatre events at Port Cape and music in the park. Local arts and community events can be found on the Southeast Missourian newspaper calendar.

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Around Town

Cape Girardeau is one of the oldest modern communities west of the Mississippi.

Founded by French fur traders in 1733, Cape Girardeau has been continuously inhabited for almost 300 years. Located on the western bank of the Mississippi River, Cape Girardeau has a rich heritage associated with legendary Missouri author Mark Twain, the Trail of Tears, the Civil War and the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. Currently, Cape Girardeau has more than 120 restaurants to satisfy any appetite; more than 85 retailers, including those in Westpark Mall, to fulfill any shopper’s desires; and, two major movie theatres to accommodate any movie critic. In addition, Cape Girardeau hosts the annual City of Roses Music Festival, arts and crafts festivals, jazz festivals and much more!

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Southeast has an athletic history in which students not only win, but also bring home conference championships or go on to compete in the Olympics. For more than a decade, Southeast has made its mark as an outstanding NCAA Division I University.

As a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) since 1991, Southeast has been remarkably successful in Division I competition claiming 23 OVC regular season titles and 11 post-season titles as well as having eight teams advance to the NCAA Division I tournament competition. In addition, Southeast has won the OVC Women’s All Sports Trophy more times than any other university in the last ten years.

As a Southeast athlete, you will be treated as a student first and an athlete second while compiling an impressive record both on and off the field.


NCAA Division I Athletics - Ohio Valley Conference

Men’s Sports Women’s Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Track (indoor/outdoor)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Track (indoor/outdoor)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

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Campus Ministries

At Southeast, we feel it is important to accommodate your spiritual needs. We offer opportunities for students through denominational and interdenominational campus ministries regardless of religious belief. In addition, the Association of Campus Ministries will work with other faith perspectives in developing opportunities for spiritual development.

Association of Campus Ministries Members

New religious student groups can be formed and recognized by Student Government.  For assistance, contact the University liaison to the Association of Campus Ministries, (573) 651-2273.

Family Weekend

Bring the family; it’s a family affair!

During Family Weekend, you have a chance to invite your family members to visit you, your roommate, friends and instructors, tour facilities and attend a variety of events scheduled throughout the weekend. The weekend traditionally is held in the fall semester to give you enough time to make the adjustment to your new environment.

Activities for the weekend traditionally include open houses in various academic departments, family games in the Student Recreation Center, the football game and the annual President’s Brunch.

Check out the latest info on the Family Weekend Web site.

Greek Life

Greek Recruitment

Sounds Greek to you?

Joining a fraternity or sorority is an exciting experience. At Southeast, there are a number of national sororities and fraternities to choose from if you decide to “go Greek.” You will find that all Greek letter organizations are active in community service, intramural sports, scholarship activities and fundraising events.

You’ll make lifelong friendships, have leadership opportunities and enjoy friendly rivalries during Homecoming and Greek Week. Annual Greek Week activities include tug-of-war competitions, food drives, Greek Sing, academic recognition receptions and Special Olympics.

As a member of a fraternity or sorority, you also are eligible to live in renovated Group Housing, an area of campus in which many Greek members live.

When can you “go Greek”?

At Southeast, you can choose to "go Greek" (join a social sorority or fraternity) as early as your first semester on campus. While most Southeast students become "Greek" in the first half of their freshman year after participating in fall recruitment, many others wait until later in their careers to join. Criteria for membership in individual sororities and fraternities varies based on their national guidelines; however, the University and local governing councils have created a minimum set of criteria for our campus. The minimum criteria are as follows:

  1. Must be a fully matriculated (enrolled, degree-seeking) student of Southeast Missouri State University's main campus.
  2. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from high school or college. 
  3. Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University. 
  4. Eligibility to join/affiliate/intake must be verified by the University Center.

If you have any questions regarding your ability to join a fraternity or sorority at Southeast, please contact us at (573) 986-7301 or via e-mail at

To register for fraternity or sorority recruitment, go to

Are there different types of organizations?

Yes! At, Southeast, there are three types of Greek councils, which are referred to as the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The IFC and the Panhellenic Association serve as the governing body for the fraternities and sororities, respectively. The NPHC is a national coordinating body for the historically African American fraternities and sororities at Southeast.  Each group has different eligibility requirements and is unique in its membership, tradition, scholarship and social activities.

IFC Fraternities

  • Delta Chi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Theta Xi

Panhellenic Council Sororities

  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma

NPHC Fraternities and Sororities

  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma

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Go ahead. Cheer for your favorite team!

During homecoming weekend, you can participate in a parade or tailgate with other students before the homecoming game and, of course, attend the game itself! Floats are custom-designed and built by students, primarily Greek fraternities and sororities, and several community organizations.

Homecoming weekend at Southeast traditionally involves a competition among many of the student organizations on campus.  The competition involves several games at the Student Rec Center, the painting of business windows along Broadway Street, float competition and the traditional crowning of the Man and Woman of the Year at half-time of the football game. Along the way, you’ll also find class reunions, parties, dinners, football and so much more!

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  • Learn more about this year's Homecoming at iAmSoutheast, the online home of Southeast's Alumni Association.

Recreation & Sports

With two outstanding recreation facilities and a student aquatic center available, it is easy to be active at Southeast. The Student Recreation Center-North and Student Recreation Center-South are available to you at all times of the day for individual and group sport and fitness needs. Join an intramural team and play organized sports to compete with other Southeast students or officiate at one of the games. Join a club sport like volleyball or roller hockey and develop new interests. Take a kickboxing class, invest in the help of a personal trainer or challenge yourself on the climbing wall. Try out these and a variety of other recreational opportunities all while having fun and meeting new people!

The Student Aquatic Center is an $8.5 million, 31,922-square-foot facility with the following features:

  • The 2,915-square-foot leisure pool is seven feet at its deepest point
  • The leisure pool features a 40-foot high boulder wall with four waterfalls allowing patrons the thrill of climbing and falling into the seven-foot-deep leisure pool
  • Indoor zip line running 20 to 25 yards across the leisure pool allowing patrons to grab the bar and push themselves out over the water
  • Six-lane, 25-yard, 3,868-square-foot lap pool for competitive swimming
  • A 12-person hot tub
  • Artificial palm trees and vegetation giving the facility a tropical feel
  • Men's and women's locker rooms
  • Three family changing rooms
  • Aquatic multi-purpose room
  • Chemical and control systems with 21st-century aquatic technology

New and improved programs added to the Recreation Services line-up for the Student Aquatic Center include:

  • Late night alternative programming for Southeast students
  • Swimming lesson programs for youth and adults
  • Intramural swimming meets
  • New sport club opportunities
  • Water aerobic and fitness classes
  • "Dive-In&" movies

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What is the ROTC?

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a supplemental academic and leadership program designed to prepare you to become an Air Force officer.

What are the benefits?

By joining Air Force ROTC at Southeast, you can get the money you need to finance your education, earn a college degree while working toward a commission in the United States Air Force and experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. As an ROTC student, you will be eligible for Air Force ROTC scholarships which cover tuition, a textbook allowance, most lab fees and $300-$500 spending cash per academic month.

In addition, Air Force ROTC provides you with a program to sharpen your time management, physical fitness and analytical skills – and helps you to push yourself to achieve your goals.

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Show Me Gold

The SHOW-ME GOLD officer training program begins at Southeast Missouri State University in fall 2013.

The Missouri Army National Guard Officer Leadership Development Program ("SHOW-ME" GOLD) will offer the opportunity for professional development and leadership training to become an officer in the Missouri Army National Guard.

Students will enroll in the various Southeast academic majors, and the officer training program will consist of credit-bearing classroom instruction, leadership laboratories, field training exercises, physical training and other military schools and training events.

Participants in the program must satisfy admissions standards of both Southeast Missouri State University and the Missouri Army National Guard. Those who qualify for any of Southeast’s academic scholarships will be eligible to apply those benefits to books, fees and room/board expenses.

Link to Show Me Gold page

Student Organizations

There’s never a dull moment at Southeast! With more than 150 student organizations on campus, you are bound to find something that interests you and will also find friends you enjoy.

Would you like to serve on important University committees, help set the University budget or decide how to spend more than $200,000 each year? If you find this idea appealing, Student Government is for you! Student Government is an integral part of this campus.  What better way to learn about politics than to learn about how your own constituency group works?

Maybe you wish to join the Marketing Club or the Fencing Club or Habitat for Humanity.  If you're interest is in politics and even anime, there's a group for that too!  And, if there's not an organization that fits your interests, you can form your own student organization!

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Various Regional Activities

Many Southeast students visit various sites in the Cape Girardeau community and the Southeast Missouri region for fun and activities.  Here are just a few of their favorites.

Hiking Trails

Rock Climbing

Bike Ride


Car Races

Canoeing (in Missouri)


Picnic Site

Date Locations

Inexpensive Dates

  • Tunes at Twilight, Various Artists, FREE, Friday Nights, Summers Only
  • Take a picnic out to the Bollinger Mill or Trail of Tears and enjoy the drive, the scenery, the food, and the company
  • Bowling
  • Visit local art openings in downtown Cape Girardeau on the first Friday of every month
  • Putt-Putt Golf
  • Feed the ducks at Capaha Park


  • West Park Lanes
  • Jackson Bowling Lanes


  • Southeast Missouri State University’s Homecoming Parade
  • SEMO District Fair Parade, September
  • Parade of Lights, December




  • Student Rec Center


  • Southeast Tennis Courts
  • Arena Park Tennis Courts


Live Theatre

Sand Volleyball

  • Sand Volleyball Courts at Southeast (behind Towers and in front of Parker)
  • Arena Park Sand Volleyball Courts

Carnival Rides

  • SEMO District Fair
  • Jackson Homecomers


  • Capaha Park
  • North and South Cape County Park

Horseback Riding


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