Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is shifting to a new name to reflect its expanding presence among professional training programs in theatre and dance. Beginning Aug. 1, the department will become The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance. The department has been operating as a conservatory for a number of years, achieving accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre in March 2014. The department offers a professional training program with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in acting, dance, design/technology and musical theatre with a primary focus on performance, production and career preparation. The opening of the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center in fall 2014, with all of its additional amenities, was the final impetus to move forward with the proposal to change the name.