Southeast Misouri State University / U.S. Army National Guard, Fort Bliss

Members of the Missouri National Guard 1138th Engineering Company are at Southeast Missouri State University this week to hone their job searching skills. The 1138th just returned from  an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan on Sunday, where they cleared improvised explosive devices near Kandahar for other units.

This week’s workshop gives soldiers job seeking and  interviewing skills, and assists their transition to the civilian workforce.

Southeast To Increase Student Fees

May 11, 2013
Southeast Missouri State University's Academic Hall
Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University students will have to pay a little bit more for classes next year.

The university’s Board of Regents approved a fee increase at Saturday’s meeting of $3.75 per credit hour for in-state undergraduate students. That’s a 1.7% increase, which amount to about $56 per semester for a typical full time student.

Under state law, the maximum amount a university can increase tuition is the change in the Consumer Price Index. Vice President Kathy Mangels said this increase was just below CPI.

Southeast Gears Up For Graduation

May 10, 2013
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With over 1,300 students graduating on Saturday, Southeast Missouri State University commencement ceremony organizers will have their hands full.

About 8,000 people are expected to attend the event, but the Show Me Center’s capacity is only 7,500.

Julie Grueneberg is Southeast’s assistant registrar for graduation, and she organizes the ceremony. She says students are limited to four guests who can watch in the arena, and there are overflow rooms for everyone else with large screen TV’s. It’s also screened online.

Franklin Elementary

A fourth grade teacher at Franklin Elementary in Cape Girardeau has been named Missouri Outstanding Beginning Teacher for the spring semester.

Elizabeth Speicher says she has always wanted to be a teacher, specifically with grade school children. Speicher says the most rewarding part of her first year on the job is watching her students’ academic growth.

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More than one hundred people expressed their concerns about new Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics at a lively forum on Thursday night in Cape Girardeau.

The Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education hosted the forum. The guidelines are intended to facilitate greater critical thinking and unify standards state and nation wide to better prepare students for college and careers.