Southeast Missouri State University

Lindsey Grojean, KRCU

Due to budget reductions for higher education across the state, Southeast Missouri State University has announced the future closing of their Child Development Center in Sikeston. The center operates as a full-time child care program open to families of students, faculty, and staff of the Sikeston regional campus, as well as community members.


Southeast provost Karl Kunkel says after an analysis on their academic affairs, decisions were made in pursuit of reducing costs, and prioritizing the base of Southeast.


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In order to balance their Fiscal Year 2018 budget and cover known budget needs for FY 2019, Southeast Missouri State University will soon be cutting staff positions across campus.


Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas announced yesterday that 35-40 vacant and filled full-time staff positions, which make up 4% of the university’s workforce, will be eliminated. The first round of staff members being impacted will be notified Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 with a second round of notification meetings happening at the beginning of May.

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Southeast Missouri State University has canceled all classes today after a campus-wide power outage early this morning. Facility management is currently working to restore power. The Campus Health Clinic, Kent Library and the Southeast Bookstore will remain closed today. All shuttles will run as planned. University officials say this will not affect off-campus or river campus events scheduled this evening and over the weekend.

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We all remember reading the classic Mark Twain novel: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Nearly a decade ago, the musical production of the book, Big River, set the standard for the musical theater department at Southeast's River Campus. This week, it's being revived for the Campus's ten year anniversary with a whole new cast, and one exception. I sat in on one of their dress rehearsals for an audio postcard, and Dr. Kenn Stilson, professor of theater and director of the show at Southeast, tells me a bit about the show and their returning alumni, Broderick Twiggs.

Southeast Works With Students Affected By Immigration Ban

Jan 31, 2017
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President Donald Trump issued a controversial executive order over the weekend triggering widespread opposition. The order temporarily bans refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries like Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days.