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Thirty-seven Taiwanese Students Pursuing MBA Degree at SMSU

Posted 08.26.2014

Thirty-seven Taiwanese Students Pursuing MBA Degree at SMSU

 Thirty-seven graduate students from Taiwan are on campus this year pursuing their MBA degrees. It is the second year that SMSU has hosted a contingent from Taiwan. The first group consisted of 21 students, and returned to Taiwan in August 2014.

The current group of Taiwanese students represents five colleges in Taiwan. “They had contacted us,” said CoriAnn Dahlager, Graduate Office Director. “They had a similar agreement with another Minnesota college but it wasn’t quite the fit they were looking for. They wanted a smaller university that wasn’t a commuter school, or wasn’t located in a metro area.”

The five Taiwanese institutions included in the partnership are Minghsin University, Chien Hsin University, Shih Chien University,Dayeh University and Chaoyang University.

After that initial contact with SMSU two years ago, Dahlager and Raphael Onyeaghala, Dean of the College of Business, Education & Professional Studies, traveled to Taiwan to discuss the possibility of a partnership with SMSU. They returned last March to coordinate the second group of students’ visit.

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Seventy-five Earn College Now Scholarships

Posted 08.25.2014

Seventy-five Earn College Now Scholarships

Seventy-five SMSU freshmen have earned scholarships for having participated in the College Now program and enrolling at Southwest Minnesota State University.

College Now is the University’s concurrent enrollment program with participating high schools in Minnesota. “We have about 100 high schools and we have about 4,800 students participating,” said College Now Director Kim Guenther.

College Now students have the benefit of earning credit toward their high school diploma, as well as college credits at SMSU. “Qualifying high school students may participate in College Now,” said Guenther. “In order to receive a scholarship, they must carry a “C” average in the class, and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point-average.

Those enrolling at SMSU receive a $1,000 scholarship per year, for a potential of $4,000 over four years.

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GOLD College Kickoff Sept. 10

Posted 08.29.2014

GOLD College Kickoff Sept. 10

 The fall session of GOLD College, formerly called Senior College, at Southwest Minnesota State University will kick off at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 in Charter Hall 201 on campus.
The program will feature a “Take 2 Improv” presentation. The Take 2 Improv group is an SMSU student comedy group. No script is used. Instead the actors create the dialog and actions themselves as they perform their unique brand of interactive comedy.
Registration will be held from 2:15-3 p.m. GOLD College participants will have the opportunity to meet their study group leaders during the kickoff event.
GOLD is an acronym for Growth, Opportunity, Learning, Development. GOLD College offers non-credit classes with a variety of topics. Each class is held one day per week for two hours. There are no tests or grades, and it is for people of all educational levels, and all ages.
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