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Ben Nwachukwu, Staff Assist Entire Campus

Posted 03.27.2017

Ben Nwachukwu, Staff Assist Entire Campus

“Better call Ben.”

That’s a phrase heard frequently throughout the academic year when a technology issue arises. The Ben referred to is Ben Nwachukwu, the manager of the Technology Resource Center on campus.

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Pat Carmody is Cowan Award Winner

Posted 04.19.2017

Pat Carmody is Cowan Award Winner

Southwest Minnesota State University Registrar Pat Carmody is the 2017 recipient of the Cathy Cowan Award.

The award goes to a faculty or staff member who has made great contributions to SMSU and the region. It is named in honor of Catherine Cowan, the popular SMSU psychology professor who died in an auto accident on Dec. 22, 2001. It is the most prestigious award presented by the university.

Carmody will be honored during commencement exercises May 6 with the presentation of a medal by SMSU President Dr. Connie J. Gores.

Carmody is just a few months shy of 32 years at Southwest Minnesota State. She has been the Registrar since July 2004. She started as an Admission Counselor for six years, then was Coordinator of Transfer Students for three years. She was then Registration/Assistant Director of Enrollment Services for Student Records for 10 years before she became Registrar.

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Dene Kay Thomas is Commencement Speaker

Posted 04.19.2017

Dene Kay Thomas is Commencement Speaker

The 2017 Commencement speaker, Dr. Dene Kay Thomas, is a true Southwest Minnesota State University success story.

Dr. Thomas is the president of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., where she is in her seventh year as president. Prior to that she was president at Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho, for nine years.

Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 in the R/A Facility.

Dr. Thomas began her higher education career at SMSU as a 30-year-old single mother of three. She wanted to get a degree to better her life, and thus, the lives of her children. Little could she have imagined where her talents and tenacity would take her.

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Dacey and Dangel to be Remembered at Memorial Reading

Posted 04.17.2017

Dacey and Dangel to be Remembered at Memorial Reading

Two beloved SMSU Emeritus Professors of English who died within the last year — Phil Dacey and Leo Dangel — will be remembered at a memorial reading of their poems from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the Conference Center Ballroom.

A number of family members, former colleagues and students will read selections of the poets’ work. Larry Gavin, SMSU Creative Writing alumnus, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Readers include:

Fay Dacey, Philip Dacey’s daughter
Alixa Doom, Philip’s longtime partner
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