I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying some fun and sun, wherever these months may have taken you!
The campus has been busy here this summer since the spring semester ended.
We were delighted to host many high school students and their families for “Summer Scholars” on June 1 as they explored Southeast and all we have to offer them. On June 2, we had a fantastic time at Southeast Day at Busch Stadium when the St. Louis Cardinals took on the Pittsburgh Pirates! I enjoyed seeing so many Southeast alumni and friends, and the game ended on a terrific note with Kolten Wong’s dramatic walk-off homer in the ninth!
We honored more than 70 high school valedictorians June 9 as part of KFVS12’s 33rd Annual Heartland’s Best. They are certainly an impressive group, all with bright futures! You can check out the day’s events here: .
It’s also been wonderful seeing our incoming freshmen on campus at First STEP this summer and in our first three sessions of Camp Redhawk! We have one more Camp Redhawk session this month, and I look forward to seeing all of these familiar faces when they return for opening week in August!
Meanwhile, it was wonderful to have Missouri Gov. Mike Parson at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center on June 13. He discussed the importance of infrastructure, broadband access and workforce development. I was happy to join in the discussion with area agriculture leaders, legislators and our Department of Agriculture chair as we collaborated to address emerging agriculture trends.
On June 16, we had about 4,000 people on hand for the River Campus Summer Arts Festival. While it was a very hot day, it was great to see so many community members enjoying the talents of artists, dancers, musicians, actors and actresses – all on hand in celebration of the arts!
On July 6, the River Campus hosted “An American Hero: USO Show” as a sendoff to support 30 of our students and faculty headed to perform “An American Hero” – a Southeast original production -- at the prestigious New York Musical Festival (NYMF) later in July. The show featured the sounds of the Big Band era with Jerry Ford and his 12-piece orchestra performing ’40s music in addition to selections from “An American Hero.”
For those of you interested in a summer road trip, why not consider joining us in New York City July 23-29 for Southeast’s performances of “An American Hero”? I’m really looking forward to seeing our Southeast cast and crew perform at the Acorn Theatre on 42 Street, just off Times Square and the Broadway district. And if you can’t make it to the Big Apple, two free sneak peeks of “An American Hero” will be presented in non-ticket dress rehearsals next week, July 17-18, in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at the River Campus. It should be a great production!
Finally, I would be remiss not to mention how much I’ve enjoyed the World Cup! I hope you’ve had a chance to catch some of the action! It was thrilling to see my native Mexico advance to the Round of 16! We are now down to three teams. We’ll see how the tournament ends up in the final on Sunday!
And that brings us to August when you’ll soon be back on campus again! I love the energy and excitement you bring and, as always, am anxious for your return! Until then, enjoy the lazy days of summer!
President Carlos Vargas