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Exercise Science Major Helps Change Man's Life

Posted 08.28.2015

Exercise Science Major Helps Change Man's Life

Last February, Mike Berg hadn’t even met Kristy Leopold. Today, he considers the SMSU senior a part of his family.

 Berg is an executive with the Schwan Food Company and Leopold is an exercise science major from Fox Point, Wis., near Milwaukee. The two were paired last February as part of a wellness program between the Schwan Food Company and the exercise science program at SMSU.

Each semester, approximately 60 clients work with SMSU exercise science students, said Dr. Kris Cleveland, assistant professor of exercise science. “Some Schwan employees, some are SMSU faculty and staff and there are a few community members,” said Cleveland. Exercise science is one of the fastest growing majors at SMSU, and there are 162 majors this semester.

The client and student meet and discuss wellness goals, how to reach those goals and agree to a wellness plan. Each client’s goals are different.

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Ninth Annual Ag Bowl set for Saturday, Sept. 12

Posted 09.02.2015

Ninth Annual Ag Bowl set for Saturday, Sept. 12

The ninth annual Ag Bowl—presented by Ralco Inc.—is set for Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Schwan Regional Event Center and SREC parking lot on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

The day is a celebration of agriculture in Minnesota and features numerous events for both kids and adults. Participating sponsors of Ag Bowl include Ralco, Titan Machinery, ADM, Channel Seed, HyVee, CHS, Minnesota Corn & Soybean Growers Association, Pepsi, Doll Distributing, Lockwood Motors, Action Sports and Brau Brothers.

Starting at 3:30 p.m., activities for all ages begin, including a petting zoo, pony rides, tractor displays, hay rides, calf roping, egg toss, face painting, bull riding, a root beer float stand and inflatable games. The popular Kids Pedal Pull will also take place with registration starting at 4:30 p.m. for kids ages 4-11.

The HyVee Food Zone is back serving great food and beverages starting at 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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First Campus Safety Week Sept. 14-17

Posted 09.02.2015

First Campus Safety Week Sept. 14-17

     Southwest Minnesota State University will host its first Campus Safety Week Sept. 14-17.

     FBI Special Agent Joseph Malhoit will kick off the week with 10 a.m. presentation on Monday, Sept. 14 in the Conference Center Ballroom.

     Malhoit has been an FBi agent for 18 year and has served the agency in a number of capacities, including white-collar crime, domestic terrorist, violent crime and child prostitution. He will give an active shooter presentation.

     The purpose behind the active shooter presentation is to summarize possible shooter situations, said SMSU Director of Public Safety Mike Munford. During this presentation, Malhoit, will cover both what to do in an active shooter situation to increase the probability of survival and how to identify potential pre-event indicators of a person preparing to embark on a mass violence event.

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