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Seventy-five Earn College Now Scholarships

Posted 08.25.2014

Seventy-five Earn College Now Scholarships

Seventy-five SMSU freshmen have earned scholarships for having participated in the College Now program and enrolling at Southwest Minnesota State University.

College Now is the University’s concurrent enrollment program with participating high schools in Minnesota. “We have about 100 high schools and we have about 4,800 students participating,” said College Now Director Kim Guenther.

College Now students have the benefit of earning credit toward their high school diploma, as well as college credits at SMSU. “Qualifying high school students may participate in College Now,” said Guenther. “In order to receive a scholarship, they must carry a “C” average in the class, and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point-average.

Those enrolling at SMSU receive a $1,000 scholarship per year, for a potential of $4,000 over four years.

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Thirty-seven Taiwanese Students Pursuing MBA Degree at SMSU

Posted 08.26.2014

Thirty-seven Taiwanese Students Pursuing MBA Degree at SMSU

 Thirty-seven graduate students from Taiwan are on campus this year pursuing their MBA degrees. It is the second year that SMSU has hosted a contingent from Taiwan. The first group consisted of 21 students, and returned to Taiwan in August 2014.

The current group of Taiwanese students represents five colleges in Taiwan. “They had contacted us,” said CoriAnn Dahlager, Graduate Office Director. “They had a similar agreement with another Minnesota college but it wasn’t quite the fit they were looking for. They wanted a smaller university that wasn’t a commuter school, or wasn’t located in a metro area.”

The five Taiwanese institutions included in the partnership are Minghsin University, Chien Hsin University, Shih Chien University,Dayeh University and Chaoyang University.

After that initial contact with SMSU two years ago, Dahlager and Raphael Onyeaghala, Dean of the College of Business, Education & Professional Studies, traveled to Taiwan to discuss the possibility of a partnership with SMSU. They returned last March to coordinate the second group of students’ visit.

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Justice Administration Receives PPOE Certification

Posted 08.08.2014

Justice Administration Receives PPOE Certification

 The Justice Administration program at Southwest Minnesota State University has been certified as a Professional Peace Officer Education Program by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.


The designation “carries quite a bit of weight,” said Associate Professor of Justice Administration BC Franson. “You can’t be a law enforcement officer in Minnesota unless you graduate from an approved program,” she said. “Our students will still need to complete a 10-week skills course, and we are contracting with Alexandria Technical and Community College for that,” she said. “Being certified is validation that what we teach is what the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training is looking for.”


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