Various professionals in the field meet with us for a brown bag luncheon to discuss their work and entertain our questions. Faculty and students, alike, attend. We'll post these opportunities online, in the classroom and on hallway bulletin boards.

The Department of Communication Studies hosts an annual student awards ceremony/luncheon near the end of each spring semester. Awards are typically presented in the following categories:

Communication Studies:

  • Horizon Award in Communication Studies
  • Outstanding Graduate Award in Communication Studies
  • Outstanding Debater Award

Corporate Communication:

  • Horizon Award in Corporate Communication
  • Outstanding Graduate Award in Corporate Communication

The M.G. Lorberg Medal:

  • In honor of M.G. Lorberg, Department Chair from 1967-1987. This award goes to a student for excellence in academic performance as well as service to the department. In other words, we recognize a student's good work and good citizenship.

Commrades Presents: SC 105 Speakers Showcase

Wednesday, September 4
University Center Ballroom
Door Prizes!


Welcome/Intro: Roseanna Whitlow-Greenwood

Speech to Influence: No More Mondays
by Ms. Amy Shell

Discussion: Glen Williams

Door Prizes Distributed!


Horizon Screen Printing, West 14 Cine, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bagger Dave's, Missouri Running Company, Concepts Styling Salon, and individuals like K. Kight, S. Hildebrand, J. Summary, & the Comm. Studies faculty

The Department of Communication's speech area proudly hosts two endowed lecture series, each presented on an annual basis. Each lecture allows us to bring in top scholars from the field of communication to discuss their research and its benefits. Each presenter adapts her/his remarks to the general public.

The Emil C. Weis Lecture is presented every fall.

The Joseph H. Low Lecture is presented in the spring.

The Weis Lecture: In Honor of Emil C. Weis, Professor & Reverend

Emil C. Weis, a professor of speech and English, earned his bachelor of science degree from the Cape Girardeau Normal School (now Southeast Missouri State University) in 1918. He completed his graduate work at the University of Missouri.

As a young man, Emil Weis declined overtures from the New York Yankees for what he deemed to be other, more important work. Instead of a career in baseball, he chose to teach so he might nurture the speaking and writing abilities of students and clergy. He believed in the power of the word and he appreciated, full well, Aristotle's observation that we need to study public communication for four essential reasons. (1) Skilled speakers are needed to promote the natural tendency of true and just causes to prevail over their opposites. (2) Skill in speaking is needed to convey knowledge. (3) Skilled, open debate allows us to more clearly see what the facts are. (4) It is important that we be able to defend ourselves with speech and reason because "the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than combat"*

Professor Weis spent most of his academic career at St. Paul's College inConcordia, Mo. He required his students write and speak often and well. His son, Earl, recalls how Professor Weis would comb through each student's work.

"He sat up till the wee hours and read every paper and corrected every mistake."

His careful nurturing yielded good results. Students he coached in debate, for example, won contests throughout Missouri. In addition, his students won state and national championships in American Legion Oratorical Contests.

Professor Weis touched the lives of many and his influence continues. At Concordia College, the Weis Memorial Gymnasium bears testimony to his dedication as a professor as well as one who coached various athletic programs and even served as athletic director. At Southeast, he endowed this lectureship to provide an opportunity for students, faculty and "all interested individuals throughout the region," to interact with a guest speaker who could further an understanding and appreciation of rhetoric and public address.

*See Book I, Chapter I, of Aristotle's Rhetoric

The Weis Series

The Weis Series, to date:

1995: "Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator"
-Kurt Ritter, Texas A&M University

1996: "Union of Words: A History of Presidential Eloquence"
-Wayne Fields, Washington University

1997: "American Leadership in the 90's: Lost in a Communication Maze"
-Edwin Yohnka, Special Presidential Assistant, ABA

1998: "Why Isocrates Would Have Liked Ike: Moral Character & Political Appeal in the Eisenhower Era"
-Martin J. Medhurst, Texas A&M University

1999: "Selling Conspiracy Theories"
-Charles Stewart, Purdue University

2000: "Looking for Justice in All the Wrong Places: An Applied Communication Approach to Social Issues"
-Lawrence R. Frey, The University of Memphis

2001: "Civic Engagement and the Rhetorical Tradition"
-J. Michael Hogan, The Pennsylvania State University

2002: "The Contested Rhetorics of Women's History: Public Memory & Political Lessons at Seneca Falls"
-Mary L. Kahl, State University of New York, New Paltz

2003: "A World We Make: Rhetoric and Reality in America"
-James R. Andrews, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

2004: "Leadership in the 21st Century:
- Chief David W. Popp, Command Chief Master Sergeant Pacific Air Forces, Hickman Air Force Base,Hawaii

2005: "Theory and Practice in Health Communication: Unique Opportunities and Future Directions"
__ Dr. Rajiv Rimal, Professor of Communication at John Hopkins University

For more information, contact Glen Williams at

The Department of Communication's Speech area proudly hosts two endowed-lecture series, each presented on an annual basis. Each lecture allows us to bring in top scholars from the field of communication to discuss their research and its benefits to us. Each presenter adapts his/her remarks to the general public.

The Emil C. Weis Lecture is presented every fall.

The Joseph H. Low Lecture is presented in the spring.

For more information, contact Glen Williams at

Dr. Joe Low spent his entire academic career in the Department of Speech Communication at Southeast.  He received his B.A. from Baker University.  He received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver.  As a professor at Southeast, he served as assistant director of forensics, graduate studies advisor, interdisciplinary studies advisor, professor of Mass Communication and debate coach.  He developed and taught classes in public speaking, interpersonal communication, managerial communication and group discussion. 

Dr. Low was one of the most admired teachers at Southeast.  He was heavily involved in homecoming and athletics.  As a booster, he was an ardent fan of the athletic teams at the University.  He also was actively involved in the community.  He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club and a major supporter and fundraiser for St. Francis Hospital.  In 1998, Dr. Low retired and moved to Arizona.

This lecture series has been made possible by a generous endowment from Mrs. Mildred Low in honor of her son, Joe, who was a professor at Southeast Missouri State University from 1962 to 1998.  The lecture annually brings distinguished leaders and scholars in communication to our campus.

Our 5th annual run, walk, & concert was, again, an enjoyable event! Nearly 50 runners ran the 5K. Old Glory accompanied the walkers. Others showed up for the concert, featuring Dale Haskell. Professor Hamner Hill presented thoughtful remarks regarding our First Amendment rights. Afterwords we enjoyed watching the race, walk, etc., on the big screens at Buffalo Wild Wing's V.I.P. Room, and lunch at special, reduced prices. (For more info, click on "sponsors.")

We'd hoped for a bigger, better 6th year, but scheduling conflicts and skyrocketing costs have forced us to place the event on hiatus.

For now, though, you can read the short speeches we've posted about freedom of speech, and you can enjoy the other links/resources.

The first amendment was first for good reason. It is the liberty that safeguards our other liberties.

Hispanic Heritage Month is very important because it highlights the contributions that latinos have had on US history and culture.

Academic Hall 213

Communication Studies
One University Plaza, MS 3225
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701