Thursday, June 19, 2014

Camp Redhawk

Last day of Camp

What a great couple days the first two groups of Camp Redhawk had. The first students have left campus not that long ago and we are getting ready for the next group. Some important lessons were learned and we look forward to making some very minor tweaks to the program, but the most important lesson we learned is, how great some of the students arriving on campus in August are going to be. A special thanks to the Camp Redhawk Leadership Team of Jen, Katie, Kari, and Mark.

To the Camp Redhawk team I want you to know I am proud of your work over those days and while I could say more about how well things have gone, but I think I will defer to one of our Camp Redhawk alumni Peyton Mogley who posted on FB, “I just had one of the best camp experiences of my life and I am absolutely ecstatic to begin my first semester of college in the fall at SEMO! All of the apprehension is gone and is completely replaced with excitement! I'm ready to take on a new campus, a new school, a new start and a new way of life with an even more confident attitude! I've learned so much about myself and others over the past few days! Camp Redhawk is where it's at! To all of you attending future sessions- have a blast and don't hesitate to lend a hand and extend yourself. whoooot!”

I also cannot let pass that the results of the Camp Redhwak satisfaction surveys are back and 97% of the responses gave their experience either a 4 or 5, out of 5. With 5 being “very satisfied” with their Camp Redhawk Experience. Additionally, 93% of student reported they were “more confident” in their decision to attend Southeast after being part of the program. 

 If you have not signed up for Camp Redhawk there are still some spaces in the two July sessions. If you are interested please let us know and become part of a new Southeast tradition. Also, you just might get to see some things and do some stuff that other students spend their entire academic career at Southeast and never get to experience.Check out #campredhawk on twitter to see what the other new Redhawks had to say! 

Inside Academic Dome. Everyone gets a chance to leave their mark!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Recyclemania Residence Hall Results

With the end of the semester there is one more thing to celebrate. Near the end of each spring semester the Office of Residence Life and our residence hall students participate in a competition of sorts, called Recyclemania, to see if we can increase the recycling efforts of our residence hall students.   

This year Recyclemania lasted from the end of January though the end of April. A special thanks to the RAs for their efforts to consistently encourage our residents to recycle. Through these efforts the residence hall students diverted 10,259 lbs, or close to 5 tons that would have otherwise been disposed of by going to a landfill.  Here is the breakdown, by building, of the total weight of recycling collected from the floors and the weight recycled per student.

T. lbs. Collected from Student Floors
lbs. per student recycled
Henderson Hall
Towers South
Towers East
Towers West
Towers North

2 Notes:

  • The “T. lbs. Collected from Student Floors” was divided by your building occupancy to give the weight recycled per student. 
  • Yes, the “T. lbs. Collected from Student Floors” does not equal 10,259 lbs. The 10,259 lbs. includes the Towers Complex, Dearmont Complex, LaFerla Main Lobby, etc, areas that are not tied to a specific community.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The International On Campus Living Experience

The opening of the residence halls in January is an exciting time for staff and students. While most of our students arrive back at campus a few days before classes, there is one group of students who often arrive a few weeks before most students, specifically our international students. Working with students other nations can present some challenges; however, after more than ten years working with international students, I am confident any challenges are far outweighed by the opportunity having a strong and diverse population of international students brings to our residence halls.

The nations in red on the world map reflect all the nations of the world
World map by res hall students
where a student currently living in our residence hall identifies as their home country. As you can see the diversity of students covers all, but one of the continents (does anyone really call Antarctica their home?). In total each year we have approximately 150 students from other nations living in our residence halls. It is impossible to list all the interactions that occur between students in a residential community and I am thankful we have students from across the globe that enriches the residential experience at Southeast Missouri State University.

I am a strong supporter of the central role the classroom experience for all college or university students. While I believe the classroom and role of faculty are the center of the educational experience, I also am a strong believer that the outside the classroom experience has significant educational benefits for students. As our world grows increasingly smaller, the ability to remain apart from it grows more difficult. The first-hand experience of socializing, working, and living with people different from you can be uncomfortable, but it is also critical to be fully able to interact in our global community. 

The approximately 3,000 students who live on campus are (IMHO) among the most engaged students at Southeast. I believe the on campus experience is only enriched by the diverse and strong presence of students from other communities, both domestic and international. These types of interactions with others are one of the things that makes college different from high school. Their experiences are also part of what helps move you from a college student to a professional with a college degree.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thank You for Keeping us Fed

The past few days have been a somewhat unique time on the Southeast campus. For most students it is the first time they have seen the University close for a “snow day.” The last time the campus saw this kind of winter weather impact the campus was in 2009. In fact, “Thursday and Friday's winter storm event was the fourth largest in Cape Girardeau on record since the blizzard of 1979 in terms of snowfall, according to Southeast Missourian archives.” During that time the campus ended up housing and helping feed recovery workers who were trying to clear roads, restore power, and check on people in the region south of Cape Girardeau. Of course with the snow day has come the major task of digging out all the sidewalks, parking lots, and steps that make up the Southeast campus. 

I want to use this opportunity to send a special thank you to the staff of Chartwells at Southeast for their work during the time the University was closed the weekend that followed. Chartwells provides a critical service for our campus and with nearly 3,000 people on campus during this time, Chartwells was able to do more than just keep a few food service venues up and running, they were able to keep all the main campus venues open and even were able to have the various retail venues including Subway, Olives, and Rowdy’s open to provide students and staff with dining options.  

There is one story that, while the Chartwells staff member would not want to have shared, I think showcases this commitment to our students better than anything I’ve heard in many years. Very early on Friday morning, the Director for Chartwells was contacted by a local utility provider asking if Chartwells could provide breakfast for the utility crews as they headed out into the ongoing winter weather that Friday. Mary, the Sous Chef for Chartwells, walked to campus early that morning (and by early I mean before 3:00am) to begin prepping for breakfast for both the utility crews and for our students and staff living on campus. Other Chartwells team members arranged for carpools with other Chartwells team members to help those who did not have a vehicle that could make it to campus on Friday.

Trying to provide nearly 10,000 meals on a typical day is no easy task, but trying to do this on a day when most of the City of Cape Girardeau was covered in a mix of snow and ice was a monumental task. I am very thankful for the work of the Chartwells team and their ability to work through one of the worst winter storms our area has seen in about 35 years.  At a time when everyone was being advised to avoid travel except when absolutely needed, the Chartwells team made their way to campus and honored their commitment to providing a quality dining program for our students.