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SMSU, Normandale Sign English Articulation Agreement

Posted 06.26.2015

SMSU, Normandale Sign English Articulation Agreement

Southwest Minnesota State University and Normandale Community College have entered into an articulation agreement whereby Normandale two-year associate degree holders in Creative Writing can seamlessly transfer those credits and earn an SMSU English degree.

 “Normandale students will be able to pursue an English degree, with an emphasis in Creative Writing," said Marianne Zarzana, Assistant Professor of English and the Creative Writing director.

Talks between the two institutions began two years ago, said Kris Bigalk, Director of Creative Writing at Normandale. “Everything came together as far as the paperwork and MnSCU approval this past year,” she said.

Zarzana said Normandale has strong Creative Writing students and she welcomes the opportunity to have them join the SMSU writing community. “They will have the chance to get involved right away with out-of-class opportunities, such as Perceptions Literary and Arts Journal, English Club, open mic readings, and writing conferences,” she said. “We will also be hosting the Marshall Festival this fall, so there will be opportunities there, as well.”

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Gold Rush Days Approaching

Posted 06.26.2015

Gold Rush Days Approaching

High school graduates are starting to think about going off to college, and the Office of Admission is busy this summer getting ready for their arrival during Gold Rush Days Aug. 20-23.

The annual Gold Rush Days is an opportunity for incoming freshmen to get acclimated to the campus, meet their classmates, learn about how to find success in college, and have fun while doing it.

Move-in Day is Aug. 20. Hundreds of volunteers will greet freshmen and held them move belongings to their residence halls. A campus cookout will be at 11:30 a.m., and a women’s volleyball scrimmage featuring last year’s national runners-up, SMSU, will be at 7:30 p.m. Comedy mentalist Sean Bott performs at 9 p.m.

Convocation is Friday, Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. and will feature a distinguished SMSU graduate as the keynote speaker. Gold Rush Waves, featuring water inflatables and water games, is at 1 p.m. Bean bags and sand volleyball are in the afternoon, leading up to a presentation by Blake Leeper entitled “Running Toward Your Dreams.”

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RN to BSN Program Receives Accreditation

Posted 06.01.2015

RN to BSN Program Receives Accreditation

The Southwest Minnesota State University RN to BSN nursing program has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The RN to BSN program just finished its second year as an academic offering at SMSU and the accreditation means the university has met the quality standards for a nursing program.

“The program has to run a year before you can request accreditation,” explained Associate Professor of Nursing and program coordinator Laurie Johansen. “We requested accreditation after our first year, and we had a site visit in the fall of 2014. An accreditation team of three individuals came to campus, looked at our program, the university and the surrounding community. We just heard we were granted accreditation (on May 22).”

Johansen said the accreditation is a big step forward for the program. “Nurses in the area are educated enough to know to look for an accredited program,” she said. “This will open the door to those who have been waiting for this accreditation, and is a huge step for the RN to BSN program at SMSU, and nurses in the area who want to earn a BSN degree,” she said.

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