Monday, August 29, 2011

Southeast Missouri State University announces 2011-2012 Speakers Series

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Southeast Missouri State University’s Speakers Series will kick off on September 20 with Lisa Ling.

Other speakers on this year’s schedule include Michael J. Fox, Kurt Warner, Douglas Wilder and Bill Ney the Science Guy.

The University’s Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success is Dennis Holt. He says students draw up a list of speakers and work with university officials to arrange the final lineup.

"We look for a diversity of topics that relate to the educational mission of the university," Holt says. "We look for a diversity of speakers. And we look at political topics, personal development, science education and a range of goals and objectives."

The Speakers Series is now in its third year.

Holt says students help compile a list of speaker they would like to see.

"The average cost for speakers at this level is between 50 thousand and 80 thousand dollars for one appearance," Holt says. "The cost of these speakers is significant and the funds are there to cover it and we attempt to be very judicious in how we spend those funds."

Funding for the Speakers Series comes from student fees.

In addition to their presentations, speakers must participate in outreach programs to students and the community.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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