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SMSU Commencement May 7 at 10 a.m.
Southwest Minnesota State University will hold its 2016 commencement exercises at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 in the Recreation/Athletic Facility on campus.
A total of 412 students will participate in commencement this year. That number does not reflect the total number of graduates, as some students choose not to participate in commencement.
Commencement represents the culmination of a dedicated academic path. Friends and family from across the nation, and globe, will watch from the R/A Facility and celebrate with their loved ones.
This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Walker, a 1998 alumnus and the Director of the Office of Black Male Student Achievement for the Minneapolis Public Schools.... Read More SMSU Commencement May 7 at 10 a.m.
Mark Fokken is Cowan Award Winner
Mark Fokken, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, is the 2016 recipient of the Cathy Cowan Award at Southwest Minnesota State University.
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.
Fokken will be honored during commencement exercises May 7 with the presentation of a medal by SMSU President Dr. Connie J. Gores.
A Canby, Minn., native, Fokken has been at SMSU 21 years. He is on sabbatical this year.... Read More Mark Fokken is Cowan Award Winner
Jefferson Lee IV is SMSU Nominee for MnSCU Professional Excellence Award
Jefferson Lee IV has been selected as the Southwest Minnesota State University nominee for the Professional Excellence Award for Administrative Service Faculty.
Lee is the Director of the Offices of Diversity and Inclusion, and Access, Opportunity Success, and is the interim Chief Diversity Officer at SMSU, where he has worked for all but one year since graduating in 1996. He is a former director of TRIO student support services, as well.
The Minneapolis native graduated from Roosevelt High School and selected SMSU when math professor Dave Simpson came to is high school to help recruit. “The university was trying to diversify and I was one of seven to come to SMSU,” he said.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology and an MBA from SMSU, and a master’s in Counseling and Resource Development with an emphasis in student affairs from South Dakota State. Except for one year when he worked in the Twin Cities, he has been at SMSU.... Read More Jefferson Lee IV is SMSU Nominee for MnSCU Professional Excellence Award
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