Southeast Missouri State University has become a tradition for many families across the country. For generations, families have chosen to attend SEMO for its academic excellence, affordability, and commitment to student success. We are proud to be part of your family history.

Below are just a few family legacy stories shared with us by our alums. Check out the rest of our Southeast legacies in this blog! If your family has a legacy to share, we would love to hear it. Complete this form to tell us about your history with Southeast.

Raymond Bohannon '81 - Sikeston, MO

I am currently in my 16th year as a professor for SEMO. I graduated with a master's degree in 1981 and a Specialist degree in 1991. My wife, Sheila, graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1975. Our son, Clint, got his MBA from SEMO in 2019 and our son, Chris, graduated with bachelor's degrees in 2008 and again in 2019 from SEMO. In 2019, both sons graduated on the same day. My wife and I are first-generation college graduates! Go Redhawks!

Kara Sterling '07 - Terre Haute, IN

I have Southeast legacies on both sides of my family tree. My mother and her two sisters (who all became teachers and were first-generation college students). On my dad's side, my grandmother (also a teacher) and her brother. And my great-grandmother and great-grandaunt (sisters) came to campus via a horse and buggy to take classes. There may have been a few cousins of my grandmother that came as well.


Dennis Nail '71 - Kennett, MO

I began as a freshman in the fall of 1967. I graduated in 1971, then received my master's degree in 1978. My daughter, Leslie Quarles, began as a freshman 25 years after me (1992, graduating in 1996.)  This fall, her daughter - Presley Quarles, began her freshman year at SEMO as a music major. Needless to say, I am quite proud to be a part of a Southeast Missouri State University legacy!

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Jim Christie '73 - The Villages, FL

My brother graduated from SEMO in 1966 with an accounting degree, and I graduated from the newly established University designation in 1973, which, of course, was the 100-year anniversary as well. My daughter graduated from SEMO University in 1999 with a degree in sports medicine.

Sara (Renaud) Boyer '84 - Festus, MO

I graduated in 1984 and my daughter Ashlynn ( Boyer) Williams, graduated with her BS in teaching in 2010 and then her master's degree in 2019. My other daughter Danielle ( Boyer) Hoeckele, graduated with her BS in 2012, then went on to Logan Chiropractic for her Doctor of Chiropractic.

Janelle Gibson '91 - St. Louis, MO

Currently, my son is a freshman majoring in agricultural business. I graduated in 1991 with a major in psychology. My mother attended Southeast as well as her siblings. Two aunts received both bachelor's and master's degrees in education. One received a degree in chemistry. My uncle played football for Southeast for four years. In addition, I have a great aunt who received her nursing degree from Southeast.

Art Wallhausen - Cape Girardeau, MO

My wife Helen received a master's degree in 1987 and taught for the College of Education for one year. Sons, Tre and Matthew, both attended as undergraduates and both now work in the SEMO IT department Grandchildren Nicholas and Katherine both attended and Nick has a B.S. in computer technology. I worked there for 24 years (1984-2008) — two years as coordinator of the news bureau and 22 as assistant to six presidents—Stacy, Foster, Stroup, Atchley, Nitzschke, and Dobbins.

Alicia Lincoln '14 - Cape Girardeau, MO

My mother graduated from SEMO. My daughter is currently attending SEMO. I am also working on my master's degree at SEMO (graduating in Fall 2023). My stepfather, sister, and aunt also graduated from SEMO. My mother retired as an employee of SEMO, and I have worked here for 15 years.


Carroll Williams '59 - Cape Grardeau

I have children and grandchildren who attended or were employed at SEMO over the years. Everything from coaching at SEMO as well to being an All-American athlete there. In addition to my having been there for decades as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and student for 50 years.

Beth Quade Batista '75 - Weatherford, TX

Both of my grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Hall (who have an established scholarship at SEMO) class of 1915, my mother, Frankie Hall, class of 1944), my sister, Barbara Quade, and I all attended SEMO. Alas, my children did not continue the tradition. I have my grandparents' diploma framed and on display at my home. It's quite a conversation piece!

Todd McNab '94 - Naperville, IL

My dad graduated from SEMO and I'm a proud graduate as well. While my mom worked at Southeast Hospital, my dad was going to school and they lived on Henderson, so they each had easy walks to campus and the hospital. I treasured my four years in Cape, from the Capaha Arrow to concerts and games at the Show-Me-Center to working and playing at the Rec Center to my classes from one end of the traditional campus to the other (I was there right before the River Campus was built)!

Michael Miodunski '71 - Barnhart. MO

In February 1969 I met my future wife, Kathy Christensen (graduated 1973) at one of the weekly dances in Memorial Hall. We were married in August 1971. Our son, Michael Robert Miodunski, and his future wife Trinity Moss both graduated from SEMO in 1998 and 1999 respectively. They have a son, Michael Ira Miodunski who is currently a freshman at Jefferson College. He quite likely will transfer to SEMO in his junior year. If he does, this will make three generations of Miodunski’s to attend SEMO.

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Tracy Newberry-Henson '96 - Piedmont, MO

My mom, Sonia Newberry-Bequette, completed the ROTC program in 1981, and cousin Debra Gibson completed her RN in '85, I earned my BS in '96 and BSEd in '03. My husband, James Henson, earned his BS in '96, as well. Currently, my son, Jackson Henson, is on track to graduate with his BS in the spring of '24. My niece Cheyenne Peck will be finishing up an IT degree at SEMO, as well. My dad, David Newberry, also attended but did not graduate.

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