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Alex Weis a Leader in Many Ways

Posted 09.06.2016

Alex Weis a Leader in Many Ways

SMSU track and field athlete Alex Weis will represent the United States at the Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, July 18-30, 2017.

Weis, a Luverne, Minn., native, is a senior at SMSU. He has been an advocate for the hearing impaired for quite some time, and last semester started the Sign Language Club on campus.

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'Voices of Exile: The Jewish Experience' at SMSU

Posted 10.25.2016

'Voices of Exile: The Jewish Experience' at SMSU

The music of composer Julius Burger will be featured during the “Voices of Exile: The Jewish Experience” festival which runs through Sunday, Oct. 30 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

This week-long festival celebrates the musical works of Burger, an Austrian/American Jewish composer who studied with Franz Schreker in Berlin in the 1920s. He established a successful career as conductor and accompanist before the rise of Adolph Hitler sent him into U.S. exile in 1938. He died in New York in 1995.

Dr. Daniel Rieppel is the festival’s artistic director, and SMSU alumnus Ryan Hugh Ross is a special guest and curator. After graduating from SMSU with degrees in Vocal Music Education and Vocal Performance, Ross accepted a full scholarship to pursue a Master’s of Music in Opera Performance at the Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach. While there, he won the conservatory’s Vocal Concerto Competition.

Ross also launched a five-part concert/lecture series entitled “Rediscovered Beauty: Suppressed Composers,” dedicated to the generation of musicians, artists and composers who were suppressed and silenced by the Third Reich. This festival is part of that series.

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'You Can't Take it With You' Is Mainstage Play

Posted 10.25.2016

'You Can't Take it With You' Is Mainstage Play

The second show of SMSU Theatre’s season is the classic American comedy, You Can’t Take It With You. Performances are Oct. 25-29 at 7:30 p.m. and October 30 at 2:00 p.m. Dinner theatre is available Saturday, Oct. 29. All performances are in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre. Tickets are $10 and are available at and at the door. The performance on Tuesday, Oct. 25 is free to SMSU students with a valid student ID.

The dinner theatre available on Oct. 29 is an add-on option for $22 (for a total price of $32 for dinner and the show), and must be booked by Oct. 24. The dinner features a menu created and prepared by the SMSU Student Hospitality Opportunities (SHO) Club. The menu will have an autumn harvest theme. A vegetarian entrée option will be available. Dinner seating will be 5:45-6:15 p.m. in Individualized Learning 117, the Culinology Restaurant.

You Can’t Take It With You is a Pulitzer Prize winning play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart that has delighted audiences for 80 years and centers around the eccentric characters of the Sycamore family. The Sycamores’ more conventional daughter Alice falls in love with Tony, son of the straitlaced Kirbys. When the Kirbys come to dinner at the Sycamore house, all kinds of mayhem breaks loose, throwing Alice and Tony’s romance into doubt. Toss in a few government agents, an exiled Russian Grand Duchess, and a drunken actress, and it’s anybody’s guess how it will all work out!

You Can’t Take It With You is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre and SMSU Theatre Arts alumnus Mike Lenz of Cottonwood, Minn., who is also the scenic, lighting, and sound designer, and technical director. Professor of Theatre Sheila Tabaka of Marshall, Minn., is the costume designer. Jaylee Schanus, a sophomore Theatre Arts major from Willmar, Minn., is the Stage Manager. Professor of Theatre Nadine Purvis Schmidt of Estelline, S.D., is the producer.  The cast and major crew include:

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Wilson Ebner Advocates for Teachers On Campus, and at National Level

Posted 10.18.2016

Wilson Ebner Advocates for Teachers On Campus, and at National Level

SMSU senior Wilson Ebner is an advocate for future teachers on the SMSU campus, and on a national level, as well.

The Rosemount, Minn., native is majoring in Elementary Education, Special Education and English as a Second Language, with a reading minor. She’s obviously a master at time management, because she’s also the president of the SMSU chapter of the Education Minnesota Student Program, which is under the umbrella of the National Education Association (NEA). Additionally, last summer Ebner became a student representative on the national NEA board.

She ran in an election this past summer against five other students for her spot on the board. “The election was held in Washington, D.C., at the Student Leadership Conference. You have a speech and had to answer a random question. My election process lasted five rounds,” she said.

The NEA is the largest teacher union in the country and serves all 50 states. It supports and protects the teachers in the country, and provides professional development opportunities, as well.

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