Going Public

Southeast Missouri State University

The campus of Southeast Missouri State University is quiet right now with students taking classes online and employees working from home. But if you listen closely, you'll hear the sound of 3D printers and a laser cutter hard at work in the Seabaugh Polytechnic Building producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the local healthcare community.

Old Town Cape

Old Town Cape is staying connected with Cape Girardeau's Downtown Businesses and finding creative ways to keep the community engaged including participating in the "Great American Takeout" and hosting a Virtual Bingo.

Tunes at Twilight and the Cape Riverfront Market have both been postponed, according to Haynes. She told us that they have set up a resource on their website for those who would like to connect with their favorite local vendor if they would like to purchase food.

We spoke with Liz Haynes, Executive Director of Old Town Cape.

To prepare for the financial effects of the Coronavirus, United Way of Southeast Missouri has a established a COVID-19 fund to help those whose incomes will be impacted.

Dan Woods spoke with Executive Director Elizabeth Shelton.

More Information:
COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Census Bureau

It's time to be counted. Beginning around March 12, residents will receive information about how they can complete the 2020 US Census. The census provides an official count of the United States' population and information about important demographic changes over a decade.

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Dr. Jennifer Bengtson, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Anthropology at Southeast and her students are working to help solve a mystery. She joined me in the studio, along with Southeast seniors Sarah Portell and Emily Reese to discuss their work.

They are working to help identify human remains that were recovered in Charleston, Missouri, in 1979. Bengtson says this case drew her attention because it was different from other archeological cases she had been working on.