See the latest updates and information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including a list of University contact information at semo.edu/covid19.
We canceled a lot of events this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, while that was necessary for health and safety, we truly miss visiting with our alumni from coast to coast. We’ve emailed and chatted with some of you on the phone, but wanted to check in with our alumni on how things are going? How has life changed? Are you working remotely? Are you now educator and professional during your days? Have you even had a chance to follow along with what’s been happening on campus? We’d love to hear how you are doing.
When you prepare 70,000 alumni for extraordinary careers, you know they are making a difference in our world right now. Thank you to all our healthcare professionals, transportation and civic leaders, first responders, police, and firefighters, and to all our SEMO alumni working so hard to answer the call, save lives, and keep life running for all of us. We salute you.
Like many universities, Southeast made the decision to cancel events through the end of the semester, and students moved out of residence halls. More than 2,100 face to face courses were moved online March 30, so students could safely finish their studies this semester.
It’s a surreal experience for campus to be vacant as the trees bloom in front of Dempster Hall. To think of the end of the year banquets that won’t take place. To know Greek Week won’t see chariot races this year. While our hearts break for the students, it’s a small price to pay for the well-being of our Southeast community.
Knowing our students have unexpectedly had to face major upheavals this semester, including moving out of the residence halls and transitioning to remote learning, several alumni have asked how they can help. An emergency fund was created focused on providing COVID-19 relief to students, so financial hardship doesn’t cause disruption in a student’s ability to pursue their education.
Just because our students aren’t on campus, Southeast is still supporting them mind, body, and spirit! Rec Center staff have been sharing online workouts for students...or others (we’re looking at you, alumni) to enjoy.
Our Counseling and Disability Services staff are doing remote sessions with students at this time to keep everyone safe, but they also shared some great resources for all of us to keep our stress levels in check and our mental health healthy.
Many Americans have transitioned to working from home which has brought forth lots of new experiences ranging from seeing all your coworkers’ homes via Zoom team meetings to juggling working with parenting with educating your kids as schools closed to slow the spread of the virus. With so many new responsibilities, we’ve curated resources from across campus and the internet to help you do all the above while maintaining a work life balance.
As we learn to social distance, social media and technology have never been more important in keeping us connected. Below are a few campus social media accounts you may want to like or follow so you stay connected, stay in the know, or stay entertained.
KRCU and NPR are providing vital information on how to keep your family and community safe and healthy amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. From a local calendar of virtual events to NPR’s Weekly Coronavirus Roundup airing each Sunday at 3 p.m., we have the news and information you need.
This academic year more than 1,500 students will graduate. That’s 1,500 students looking for their first job. And, Southeast’s Career Services is still assisting even in COVID-19 world. Career counselors are still doing sessions with students albeit remotely. They’re still giving resume critiques. And, they’re still introducing students to contacts and potential opportunities all online and on the phone. Want to know something really cool? These services are open to alumni, too.
No matter where we’re located, Southeast’s Advancement team is still working to make sure students have what they need--whether that’s a scholarship, professional development, an alumni mentor, or any other host of things to keep students focused on their education. It’s a job we love. Seriously, like love, love. Because we work with all the best people--our alumni, university friends, and students. The only thing better than knowing a really fabulous person is connecting them to another really fabulous person you know. We succeed because of you. You bring us ideas. You want to help students. You cherish giving back. If you need anything or we can be of service, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Because another thing we love about our jobs is visiting with you.