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Board of Teaching Approves Agricultural Education Program
The Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) Department of Agriculture, Culinology and Hospitality Management has received approval from the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer an Agricultural Education teacher licensure program.
The program begins this fall semester 2016 and will help meet the growing demand for agricultural education graduates in the state. According to Department of Education statistics, there are approximately three job openings for each agricultural education graduate.
The multidisciplinary degree focuses on a strong liberal education program that emphasizes critical thinking, effective communication and a well-rounded knowledge base. Through active learning, the Agricultural Education Teacher Licensure Program prepares students to become agricultural teachers and FFA advisors in Minnesota secondary schools.
The core of the major is a balanced program of study that includes core courses in science, agriculture, educational methodology and leadership development.... Read More Board of Teaching Approves Agricultural Education Program
Streich Helps Make SMSU Campus a Beautiful Place
SMSU junior Emily Streich has quietly gone above and beyond in her contributions to making the Southwest Minnesota State University campus a beautiful place.
Streich, a native of Wood Lake, Minn., recently completed her second summer as part of the Physical Plant crew. She is the daughter of Larry and Brenda Streich. Majoring in special education with a coaching minor keeps her occupied, but not too busy to join the other eight physical plant employees in their summer groundskeeping activities around campus.
Working with the physical plant crew meant early mornings for Streich. On a typical Monday, Wednesday and Friday, she left home by 6:20 a.m. to reach SMSU in time to begin the workday. “I’m not a morning person,” she admitted, laughing, “but I got into the groove.” A typical day lasted from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. “If it was downpouring, we would do maintenance work inside,” she said, but as a rule, the crew continued its outdoor work no matter the weather.
One of the first projects she worked on early in the summer was adding landscaping around the new SMSU welcome sign at the intersection of Highways 23 and 19. Streich said the process of putting down the fabric, adding the rock and painting the base of the “Our Horse” sculpture took some time. Once that was complete, she helped dig holes for the plants and lay them out correctly before planting. “We had to make sure the plants were symmetrical on both sides of the sign,” she said. Visitors to campus as well as students often stop by the entrance sign to take photos, and they can now enjoy a pleasantly landscaped backdrop as well.... Read More Streich Helps Make SMSU Campus a Beautiful Place
GOLD College kickoff Sept. 14
GOLD College continues to be a popular offering for all ages and is preparing for its fall session of courses at SMSU.
The fall session will kick off at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 in Charter Hall 201.
This year’s program features a presentation by Michael Lansing, titled “Insurgent Democracy: New Visions of the Nonpartisan League.” Lansing is the Associate Professor of History at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. A historian of the modern United States, his research focuses on the North American West and Midwest, political history, environmental history, and gender history. Lansing is the author of Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics.
GOLD is an acronym for Growth, Opportunity, Learning, Development. GOLD College offers non-credit classes with a variety of topics. Typical recurring themes include computer skills, exercise, art, hobbies, and a variety of historical and current events.... Read More GOLD College kickoff Sept. 14
- GOLD College kickoff Sept. 14Posted August 26
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- Streich Helps Make SMSU Campus a Beautiful PlacePosted August 26
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