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Winter Festival at SMSU Jan. 26-31

Posted 01.15.2015

Winter Festival at SMSU Jan. 26-31

 Southwest Minnesota State University will celebrate Winter Festival with a series of events Jan. 26-31, 2015. This year’s theme is “Channel Your Inner Flannel.”


Winter Festival, formerly known as Winter Meltdown, is an SMSU tradition, a time for students, faculty and staff to participate in fun activities to help beat the ‘winter blues.’


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Essay Winner Takes Interesting Path

Posted 01.23.2015

Essay Winner Takes Interesting Path

 It hasn’t been an easy academic road for Gabrielle Cohrs in pursuit of her double major in creative writing and graphic design.


The Sanborn, Minn., native and Springfield High School graduate will complete her SMSU academic career this coming May. But hers is something of an unusual success story.


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Tabaka Featured in Public Television's 'Postcards'

Posted 01.15.2015

Tabaka Featured in Public Television's 'Postcards'

 SMSU Theatre Professor Sheila Tabaka will be featured on the Pioneer Public Television show “Postcards” on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

The show will include three segments. Tabaka’s is the final one, and will be about her costuming abilities, and about a pair of dresses that she designed a year ago for the play The Heiress that were later loaned to a theatre company in London, England.

Social media is the reason the dresses were able to make the journey from Marshall to London. “When I was making the dresses, some students and (Theatre Professor) Nadine (Schmidt) were taking some pictures and put them on Twitter,” said Tabaka. “Pat (Driver, the director of The Heiress production in London) saw them, and that’s where things got rolling.”

The two dresses were personally carried to London by Jim and Marianne Zarzana from the English Department at SMSU, who happened to be going to London prior to the July 18, 2014 opening of the show there.

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