Southeast has been able to bring together the Departments of Art & Design, Music, Theatre & Dance and Mass Media through the generosity of Earl and Margie Holland. Their donation has been the largest cash gift in the University’s history and helped make the College a reality. We offer students a unique facility, where programs cut across disciplines, that are offered in settings promoting the study of all the arts.
Our Mission Statement
The Holland College prepares students to launch careers in the arts, design, entertainment, and media industries. inspiring excellence and a passion for training, knowledge, critical thinking, creativity, and global engagement.
The state-of-the-art performance hall, named for Donald C. Bedell, seats 940 and is the site of ballets, concerts, musicals, and instrumental performances, as well as vocal recitals. Because of its outstanding acoustics, this space is one in which performances are appreciated to their fullest and is the only such professional venue in the out-state region between St. Louis and Memphis.
Donald C. Bedell, a Sikeston, MO, area businessman, was named a "Friend of the University" by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation in 2003 and is an emeritus member of the Foundation Board of Directors.
The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum is a 14,000-square-foot unique structure with more than 5,900 square feet of exhibition space. It attracts people from throughout the region with its focus on the archeology, history and fine arts of the Southeast Missouri region. It is named for Rosemary Berkel Crisp and Harry L. Crisp II, a couple whose remarkable generosity also helped to expand and renovate the University’s nursing building. The Crisps have devoted themselves to providing access to higher education throughout the Southeast Missouri region through memberships on numerous community college, foundation, university and statewide boards.
The flexible theatre facility is adaptable in nature. All 200 seats and the stage have the flexibility to be configured in many ways to allow for various viewing arrangements. A control room at the rear provides for stage management, lighting control and sound control. Sound can also relocate temporarily into the auditorium as needed for rehearsal or performances by plugging the control console into built-in faceplates located at floor level. To maximize efficient use of resources, the flexible theatre shares its front-of-house public spaces and back-of-house support spaces with other performance spaces in the building.
It was made possible by the generous financial support of Gary W. Rust, Jon K. Rust, Rex Rust and the Rust Family, and was named for Wendy Kurka Rust, a long-time supporter of the arts and of theatre education at the University.
The Convocation Center, located on the west side of the Performance Building at the River Campus, provides a venue for pre-and post-concert receptions, as well as dinners, meetings and conferences. It shares an inside corridor with the adjacent Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. This 2,400-plus-square-foot facility is fully equipped with a catering kitchen and two dining rooms that can be configured for separate events. The north dining room seats 144, while the more intimate south dining area will seat 24 at round tables. A technology package and a screen are available for presentations.
The Center was named for John and Betty Glenn, both alumni of Southeast Missouri State University and long-time generous contributors to the University.
This 205-seat music recital hall is a handsome space, which retains the historic stained glass windows, is acoustically "dressed" for mid-sized musical performances and includes it's own "green room", an area set aside to accommodate performers or musicians when they are not required on stage.
This facility was made possible through the generosity of Robert "Bob" Shuck. The Music Recital Hall was named for Bob's parents, Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck.
The Main floor features 6,300 square feet with a flexible learning space as well as production studios for students enrolled in television directing and advanced video production. The lower level contains 6,700 square feet and houses The Arrow, Southeast's student newspaper; SECreative, Southeast's student advertising firm; and Riverfront PR, Southeast's student public relations firm.
The Rust Center for Media is named in honor of Gary W. Rust, an American entrepreneur who bought a weekly newspaper in Cape Girardeau County 49 years ago and built that into a company that includes 44 newspapers, 12 printing plants and minority ownership in 17 radio stations. The Rust family owns and publishes the Southeast Missourian.