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Forensics Team Wins State Championship

Posted 02.23.2015

Forensics Team Wins State Championship

 State champions!

The Southwest Minnesota State University forensics team captured the championship in the Limited Entry Team Sweepstakes division at this year’s Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship Tournament.

The competition was held Feb. 21-22 on the campus of SMSU.

Seven students represented SMSU in the competition. They were led by Nick Dorman, a senior from Marshall, Minn., who placed second in Informative Speaking; third in Communication Analysis; fourth in Dramatic Interpretation; fourth in Oratory; and fifth in Prose Interpretation.

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Five Receive Tolk Scholarships

Posted 02.23.2015

Five Receive Tolk Scholarships

 Five Southwest Minnesota State University students were awarded LeAnn C. Tolk Scholarships at the recent Foundation Scholarship Recognition Luncheon.

LeAnn C. Tolk Scholarships of $5,000 each were awarded to one current freshman, two sophomore and two juniors. The scholarships recognize outstanding students who combine academic achievement, participation in campus and community activities and a strong work ethic. Additional consideration is also given to those who are first generation college students and/or have overcome extraordinary personal, financial or academic challenges. Over 30 students were nominated by SMSU faculty and staff.

The scholarships are made possible by the late LeAnn C. Tolk of Lake City, Minn. She was born in Hendricks, Minn., and raised in Elkton, S.D. She worked at 3M following high school, until her retirement at age 61. She wanted to support students from rural communities and give them the opportunity to receive a college education.

This year’s recipients include:
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SMSU Theatre Presents 'James and the Giant Peach'

Posted 02.09.2015

SMSU Theatre Presents  'James and the Giant Peach'

 The SMSU Theatre Program will present Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach as its first spring semester production.


Public performances will be Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 27-28 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Dinner theatre will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, February 28. All performances are in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre.


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