SEMO Sesquicentennial Moments Dr. Joel Rhodes shares highlights and historical moments from Southeast Missouri State University's history during its sequicentennial year.
SEMO Sesquicentennial Moments

SEMO Sesquicentennial Moments

From KRCU Public Radio

Dr. Joel Rhodes shares highlights and historical moments from Southeast Missouri State University's history during its sequicentennial year.

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Sesquicentennial Moments: KRCU

On the eve of the bicentennial, KRCU crackled to life on March 5, 1976, an alternative music college station powered by student on-air personalities and 10 watts. Which meant that the station's limited daily broadcast schedule carried from its tower on Academic Hall all the way to Capaha Park.

Sesquicentennial Moments: Ronald Staten & Curtis Williams

Just as two African American women – Roberta Slayton and Helen Carter – integrated Southeast Missouri's student body in 1954, two black men broke the sports color barrier. These pioneering student athletes – Ronald Staten and Curtis Williams - became the first African Americans to play intercollegiate sports for our university.

Sesquicentennial Moments: Abe Stuber

Abe Stuber coached football, track, and basketball at Southeast between 1932 and 1946. During those years roaming the sidelines, courtsides, and meets, Stuber's teams – usually known as the "College Indians" or "Teachers College Indians – won 17 MIAA titles in three sports.

Sesquicentennial Moments: College High School

Consistent with its professional teacher-training mission, in 1896 the Third District Normal School opened its first "practice" or "laboratory" school to give prospective educators hands-on classroom experience. What we today at Southeast showcase as experiential learning.

Sesquicentennial Moments: Golden Eagles Marching Band

Formed in 1907, just two years after the completion of Academic Hall, the Southeast Marching Band is one of the oldest traditions on campus. Officially named the "Golden Eagles" in 1957 after a steamboat that traveled the Mississippi River, the band has marched to its own drumming across football fields, parade routes, and castle esplanades.

Sesquicentennial Moments: Roberta Slayton and Helen Carter

Following the May 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education – which ruled that racial segregation in education was inherently unequal – many America schools began integrating that fall while others stubbornly resisted for years. Southeast fell into the former category, enrolling Roberta Slayton and Helen Carter, our university's first African American students.

Sesquicentennial Moments: Wildwood

Nestled on bucolic, tree-lined hills in between the Show Me Center and Dempster Hall, Wildwood serves as the official residence of Southeast Missouri State University presidents.

Sesquicentennial Moments: The Show Me Center

From "Pig Clubs" to presidential speeches, southeast Missourians have gathered together at the corner of Sprigg Street and New Madrid as a community; first it was for agricultural contests at the university's demonstration farm and today to see live entertainment and sports at The Show Me Center.

Sesquicentennial Moments: The Gum Tree

Perched majestically upon Cardiac Hill, the rare Gum Tree – indigenous to the Southeast campus – is a one of our timeless traditions. And while the tree itself has evolved through at least five incarnations – most significantly from wood to metal – one constant endures: a hard exterior of repurposed chewing gum.

Sesquicentennial Moments: Black Mask Honorary Dramatic Society

Formed on October 22, 1913, when we were still the Third District Normal School, the Black Mask Honorary Dramatic Society is thought to be the oldest student group at Southeast Missouri State University.