SMSU Featured Stories
Popular Planetarium Christmas Shows Upcoming
The Southwest Minnesota State University Planetarium Christmas and laser light shows will be held on five upcoming dates.
This year’s show is entitled” Star of Wonder” and will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m.
The SMSU Planetarium is located in SM 108 on campus. It seats 70. Planetarium Director Dr. Ken Murphy said that if a show sells out, he will add another immediately following.
“Our Christmas show is annually one of our best-attended events,” said Murphy. “We’ve had some shows cancelled over the past two years due to weather, so we’re hoping that the weather cooperates this year.”... Read More Popular Planetarium Christmas Shows Upcoming
SMSU Recognized as Marshall GreenStep Business
Southwest Minnesota State University has been recognized as a Marshall GreenStep Business after a successful application process.
The Marshall GreenStep Business Program encourages and recognizes businesses, non-profit organizations and schools for their efforts to conserve natural resources, protect the environment and provide a healthy work environment.
McLean Wins Poetry Prize
SMSU Professor of English Dr. Susan McLean has won the 2014 Donald Justice Poetry Prize for her second poetry book manuscript, The Whetstone Misses the Knife.
The prize is given annually to one American poet for an unpublished book-length manuscript of formal poetry. The award includes publication of her book by Story Line Press in June 2014, a reading from the book at the West Chester University Poetry Conference in West Chester, Penn., in June 2014, free registration at the conference, and $1,000.
“Donald Justice is a poet who was known for writing poems in form, which is the kind I write, too,” said McLean. “He taught in a number of universities, and wound up in the creative writing program at the University of Iowa.”
McLean is on sabbatical this academic year and has been traveling as she researches and translates the work of Latin poet Catullus.... Read More McLean Wins Poetry Prize