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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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President Gores a Presenter at German Conference

Posted 06.23.2017

President Gores a Presenter at German Conference

Southwest Minnesota State University President Dr. Connie J. Gores will be a presenter at the upcoming Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) Conference in Bonn, Germany, June 28 and 29.

The conference is jointly conducted by DIES, the German Academic Exchange Service and the German Rectors’ Conference. Its purpose is to encourage an international exchange of experience on questions of innovative higher education policy. Given its high relevance for development policy, the question of how to strengthen gender balanced management of higher education institutions will become a focus of DIES activities in the coming years.

The conference will analyze the potential and prepare recommendations for program development on the topic. Approximately 120 participants from Europe and developing countries will participate. To her knowledge, President Gores is the lone representative from the United States asked to participate.

President Gores is a Minnesota and national leader in gender equality in higher education leadership and her presentation is entitled “Advancing Women Leaders in Higher Education.”

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Wheelchair Basketball Alumnus Ryan Martin Returns for Camp

Posted 06.19.2017

Wheelchair Basketball Alumnus Ryan Martin Returns for Camp

Ryan Martin returned to campus June 13-16 to help with SMSU wheelchair basketball camps for the third consecutive year. A 2002 alumnus, Martin played professionally in Europe for 10 years. He has now returned to Connecticut and founded the Ryan Martin Foundation, where he works with students in the U.S. and Spain to help equip them for a successful future through wheelchair basketball.

Martin was born with spina bifida, and both of his legs were amputated at the age of two. He began playing basketball while growing up in Connecticut. Martin’s parents adopted children with special needs, and basketball was a popular pastime for Martin and his 11 siblings. He played with the Connecticut Spokebenders before coming to SMSU to attend college and play wheelchair basketball.

While at SMSU, Martin and his team advanced to the NWBA National Title Game in 2001. After graduating with a degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Sociology, Martin joined the Phoenix Wheelchair Suns and played in the 2005 NWBA All-Star games. He then played internationally for eight years in Spain and two in France.

The non-profit Ryan Martin Foundation is his latest project, which creates sports opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the U.S. and parts of Europe. “All of our programs through the foundation are provided free of charge to athletes and their families,” Martin said, “So far we haven’t had to turn anybody away.”

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SMSU, Minnesota West to Collaborate on Innovative 'Blue to Brown' Program

Posted 06.05.2017

SMSU, Minnesota West to Collaborate on Innovative 'Blue to Brown' Program

Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota West Community & Technical College announce a unique collaboration called the “Blue to Brown” connection program for students.

The two institutions have partnered to create a program designed to allow students the opportunity to start their college careers with Minnesota West courses, and complete their bachelor’s degree with SMSU while living on the SMSU campus.

Students can directly enroll at Minnesota West to earn an eventual bachelor’s degree awarded by SMSU. Students will transfer from Minnesota West to SMSU after successful completion of 24 credits in two-to-three semesters. The students will take Minnesota West coursework at SMSU, and live on the SMSU campus.

The program begins in the fall semester 2017 and is an opportunity for students who do not initially qualify for admission to SMSU to enroll at Minnesota West to gain sufficient academic standing to qualify for acceptance at SMSU.

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