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Kolnick to be Honored for Co-founding Fannie Lou Hamer Institute

Posted 01.31.2017

Kolnick to be Honored for Co-founding Fannie Lou Hamer Institute

You never know what good things can occur when the paths of two individuals cross.

Such is the case of Southwest Minnesota State University History Professor Dr. Jeff Kolnick and longtime civil rights leader Dr. Leslie McLemore.

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SMSU Alumnus Ajeet Yadav is 2016-17 Policy Fellow

Posted 02.23.2017

SMSU Alumnus Ajeet Yadav is 2016-17 Policy Fellow

SMSU alumnus Ajeet Yadav (’04, MBA ’07) was recently accepted as a 2016-2017 Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Yadav is currently the Environmental Health and Safety Director at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn.

A committee of prominent Minnesota Republican and DFL leaders, a nonprofit director, and business leaders recommended Yadav’s admission to this year’s cohort. The program is designed to develop leaders in self-awareness, coalition building, and understanding of how to make things happen in and around the policy process.

As part of the program, Yadav traveled to Washington D.C. for a weeklong study trip in November 2016. He had the opportunity to meet various representatives and visit the Department of State, Council on Foreign Affairs, Bloomberg News, and the White House.

“All the leaders that I met during my D.C. educational trip had great energy and were very passionate about the work they do to improve the quality of human life.” Yadav said. “They are the role models I aspire to be one day — a leader like them.”

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Jakob Hicks Finishes in Top 16 at Farm Bureau National Competition

Posted 02.23.2017

Jakob Hicks Finishes in Top 16 at Farm Bureau National Competition

Jakob Hicks, a junior agronomy major at SMSU, recently finished in the top 16 at the National Collegiate Discussion Meet at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s FUSION Conference in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Jakob is the son of Brian and Michelle Hicks. He grew up on a farm near Milroy, Minn., where his family raises corn, soybeans and hay. Hicks was involved with the farm from a young age and continues to help with farm work on weekends.

Hicks placed second at the district meet held at SMSU last fall, which got him to the state level, the Minnesota Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet, where he took first place last November. That finish earned him an expense-paid trip to Pittsburgh for the national meet, held Feb. 10-13, 2017.

Farm Bureau Federation Collegiate Discussion Meets have groups of four students simulating a committee meeting where they discuss pre-arranged topics. The participants are judged on basic knowledge of critical farm issues as well as a cooperative attitude, courteousness, and respect for others during the discussion.

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SMSU First Runner-Up for 2016 Outstanding Fresh Check Day Award

Posted 02.07.2017

SMSU First Runner-Up for 2016 Outstanding Fresh Check Day Award

 

Southwest Minnesota State University has been named the first runner-up for the 2016 Outstanding Fresh Check Day Campus Award, a nationwide award presented by the Jordan Porco Foundation.

SMSU hosted its first ever Fresh Check Day, a mental health and wellness-like fair, on Nov. 2, 2016 in the Student Center. SMSU will be honored at the Jordan's Journey 6th Annual Gala on March 25, 2017 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.

The award recognizes outstanding planning, promotion and implementation of Fresh Check Day, outstanding engagement and messaging at booths, and high student attendance as a result of outreach. The University of Connecticut will receive the 2016 award, with SMSU recognized as first runner-up.

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