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Jan Loft Named Dean, College of Arts, Letters and Sciences
Dr. Jan Loft has been named the permanent Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Loft has been the interim Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences since 2011.
Prior to that she was a Speech Communication professor, chairperson of the Department of Speech and Theatre on two occasions, and twice president of the SMSU Faculty Association.
She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from South Dakota State University, and a master’s in Speech Communication and a bachelor’s in Mass Communication from MSU Mankato.... Read More Jan Loft Named Dean, College of Arts, Letters and Sciences
4 SMSU Students Present Research at Capitol
Four Southwest Minnesota State University students presented their undergraduate research at the state Capitol rotunda on Feb. 26.
A total of 35 students presented research posters during the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars event, which highlights the research of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) students.
The Capitol presentations allow students to share the results of the work with legislators and other leaders in state government and draws attention to the work being done on the MnSCU campuses around the state.
The four SMSU students and their research topics include:... Read More 4 SMSU Students Present Research at Capitol
Emergency Preparedness for Unique Populations Forum March 20
A conference about emergency preparedness as it relates to unique populations will be held at Southwest Minnesota State University from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, March 20, in the Conference Center Upper Ballroom.
“This topic has become relevant because of larger disasters that have occurred across the country in recent years,” explained Tammy VanOverbeke, Lyon County Emergency Manager. “After Hurricane Katrina, for instance, there were horror stories about people who drowned in a nursing home, or after Hurricane Sandy of people in wheelchairs who were stuck on top floors of buildings. That’s why we want to have this dialogue in this part of the state, to be prepared.”
Emergency managers have trouble, she said, “identifying these people, so that in case of an emergency, they can be notified and helped. Who are they, where are they, and what needs do they have?”
She said emergencies in this part of the state would mostly likely be weather-related or pertain to transportation of hazardous materials.... Read More Emergency Preparedness for Unique Populations Forum March 20