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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Academic

  • Accuplacer Testing for Math Placement

    Students wishing to enroll in MATH 110 College Algebra at Southwest Minnesota State University must meet one of the prerequisite requirements. If a student does not meet the requirements, he/she may take the Accuplacer Math placement test, offered on the SMSU campus on designated testing dates. The first test is free, but preregistration is required. A student may retest twice, in any section, in a 12-month period. There is a $10 fee for retesting in each section.

    Current testing dates:

    Thursday, March 23 3:00-4:30

    Friday, March 24 10:30-12

    Friday, March 31 1:30-3:00

    Testing will take place in the Counseling and Testing Center, BA 156. To reserve a seat, please email Linda Nelson at Linda.Nelson@SMSU.edu and specify your preference for one of the testing dates listed above. All students will need to present their Mustang ID card at the time of the test.

    Before testing, please see http://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/collegeplacementassessment/ under the Test Preparation Tools link for review materials and sample test questions.

  • Planetarium shows, talk give information about upcoming eclipse

    A total solar eclipse of the sun is coming up this year on August 21, 2017. Marshall viewers will see a 90 percent coverage of the sun.

    In preparation for the eclipse, a number of Southwest Minnesota State University Planetarium shows are planned to cover many details of the eclipse, including eye safety. Special eclipse viewing glasses will be available for $3 apiece at the planetarium shows.

    Planetarium show dates include:

    • Friday, April 7, 7 p.m.

    • Saturday, April 8, 7 p.m.

    • Monday, June 19, 7 p.m.

    • Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m.

    • August 16, 17, 18, & 19, 7 p.m.

    Admission is $5. Tickets are sold at the door only.

    In addition, a lecture by Planetarium Director Dr. Ken Murphy will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10 at the Lyon County Library.

    Topics to be discussed include: when to start watching the eclipse, how to watch safely, various methods for safe viewing, other environmental effects to pay attention to, why eclipses are so rare, what causes them, and where to go to see totality.

    Further information is available at www.smsu.edu/planetarium.

     

Announcement

  • Philip Dacey and Leo Dangel Memorial Reading Planned

    Philip Dacey and Leo Dangel ReadingThe SMSU English Program is hosting a memorial reading for Philip Dacey and Leo Dangel, SMSU English professors on Saturday, April 29, 7-8:30 p.m. in the SMSU Conference Center Upper Level. Light refreshments will be provided.

    If you would like to present a poem by Philip or Leo, please email the title, author and text of your first, second and third choice poems by Friday, March 31, 2017 to: English@smsu.edu

  • 'Mustangs Making a Difference' Awards Program Announced

    A new award, “Mustangs Making a Difference,” is being initiated through the Human Resources office at SMSU.

    Four of the “Mustangs Making a Difference” awards will go out monthly, said Nancy Olson, Chief Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer at SMSU.

    “The award is for an employee who goes above and beyond,” said Olson. “Deserving staff, faculty and administrators can be nominated by completing a nomination form, which only takes a few minutes to fill out,” said Olson.

    Here is a link to the form: https://www.smsu.edu/administration/humanresources/?id=12138.

    “We have wonderful employees who put forth outstanding efforts, day-in and day-out, and we want to recognize their dedication to the University and our students,” she said.

    This new initiative is made possible by an anonymous donation to the SMSU Foundation specifically for this purpose.

    Each winner will receive $10 on their Mustang Card, she said.

     

     

  • Spring 2017 Pool Hours

    Spring Semester Pool Hours 2017

    Monday: 6:30am-8am; 11am-4:30pm & 7:30pm-10pm
    Tuesday: 6:30am-10:15am; 11:30am-4:30mp & 7:30am-10pm
    Wednesday: 6:30am-4:30pm & 7:30pm-10pm
    Thursday: 6:30am-8am; 12pm-4:30pm & 7:30pm-10pm
    Friday: 11am-5pm
    Sunday: 4:30pm-7:30pm
     

     

    Spring 2017 Pool Closings

    Tuesday/Thursday Jan 10-Mar 2 10:30-11:45am WHP Class
    Jan 16 — Opening 7:30-10pm (MLK)
    Jan 22 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Jan 29 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Feb 2 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Feb 3 — Closing at 5pm (Assessment Day)
    Feb 12 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Feb 16 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Feb 20 — Opening 7:30-10p (President’s Day)
    Mar 2 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Mar 3 — Closing at 4p-Mar 12 (Spring Break)
    Mar 16 — 3:30-4:30 (Special Olympics)
    Mar 24 — Closing at 5p on March 24-Mar 26 (Lifeguard Training)
    Mar 31 — Closing at 5p on March 31 through Apr 2 (WSI Training)
    April 16 — Closed(Easter)

    — Patricia Myrvik
    patricia.myrvik@smsu.edu

Athletics

  • Annual Celebration of Excellence program set for Monday, April 17

     The Southwest Minnesota State Athletic Department will host the 12th annual "Celebration of Excellence" on Monday, April 17, beginning at 6 p.m. in the upper level of the SMSU Conference Center.

    The program will honor student-athletes and teams from the 2016-17 academic year, along with special award winners for student-athletes from spring 2016. Student-athletes that earned All-NSIC accolades,

    Academic All-NSIC honors, national qualifiers, all-region honorees, seniors, Myles Brand Award honorees and team MVPs will be honored. The 2016-17 Female and Male Athletes of the Year will be announced, as well the 2016-17 Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

    The 2016 SMSU volleyball team and the 2016-17 SMSU men's basketball team will also be recognized for qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

    All student-athletes in attendance are encouraged to invite an SMSU faculty or staff member to the program. An SMSU senior student-athlete will conclude the program with the annual Mustang student-athlete senior speech.

    The event, which is free and open to the public, includes snacks and beverages. The social begins at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremony starting at 6:30 a.m. To reserve a spot for the event please call 507-537-7271.
    — Kelly Loft

     

  • Scholar-Athlete Nominations

    Nominations are open for the following Student-Athlete Awards:

    Scholar-Athlete Academic Excellence Recognition Award   
    The purpose of this award is to recognize student-athletes for academic excellence.
    Student-athletes may be nominated by SMSU teaching faculty or administration.

    Student-Athlete Leadership & Civic Engagement Recognition Award
    The purpose of this award is to recognize student-athletes for leadership and civic engagement. Student-athletes may be nominated by SMSU faculty, staff, students, and administration.

    Nominations may be made at: the SMSU Faculty Athletics Representative webpage:
    http://smsumustangs.com/sports/2014/3/24/GEN_0324140229.aspx?id=702
    Nominations are open annually until April 1.

    — Dr. Sonya Vierstraete, Faculty Athletics Representative
    sonya.vierstraete@smsu.edu

     

Attention

  • Dr. Aimee Shouse Named Dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences

    SMSU is very pleased to announce that Dr. Aimee Shouse has accepted the position of Dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. Dr. Shouse will start her appointment as of July 3, 2017. Dr. Shouse is currently the Director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at Western Illinois University. Dr. Shouse was chosen due to her student success commitment, leadership experiences, and academic expertise in the liberal arts disciplines. We would like to also thank the search committee led by Dean Onyeaghala and Dr. Kolnick for conducting a comprehensive process which brought four outstanding candidates to our campus.

    Please join us in welcoming Dr. Shouse to the SMSU Family.

  • Birch Street Watermain Project


    If you've noticed an awful lot of utility line flags along Birch Street (south of the Residence Halls) that's because the water main replacement project along Birch Street will be starting next week!

    Work to better locate utilities will begin next Monday, March 27. More intense work will start the following week - April 3. Facilities & Physical Plant staff are glad to see this project starting. The project is to be completed by mid-May, 2017.

    The project involves boring underground to install a new water main on the north side of Birch Street. There shouldn't be any interruptions to water service to the academic buildings during the project. There will, however, be some interruptions to water service to the residence halls, Child Care Center, and Campus Religious Center. The interruptions should be minimal.

    Any questions about this project, please give me a call.


    — Cyndi Holm, Director of Facilities & Physical Plant

     

  • Power Outage on Campus May 12-14


    A planned power outage is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 12 through May 14, 2017.

    These dates have been scheduled for electrical work at SMSU's electric substation as well as for preventive maintenance work to SMSU's electrical switches and transformers.

    We anticipate that the power will be taken down in select buildings on Friday, May 12, 2017 (buildings to be identified at a later date, but the buildings taken down should not interfere with work schedules) at 6 a.m. or so and brought back on-line that evening.

    The entire campus will be off-line Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14. Back-up dates for this work are May 19 through May 21, 2017.

    It is expected that this power outage will affect the buildings the same as the scheduled outages did in 2015 and 2016.

    If you have any questions concerning this outage, please contact me. Thank you!


    — Cyndi Holm, Director of Facilities & Physical Plant

     

  • Adopt-A-River Redwood River Cleanup, April 4

    Sign up now for the joint SMSU-ADM “Adopt-A-River project”.  We will clean up trash from the banks of the Redwood River on Tuesday April 4, 2017.  Anyone 14 years or older is encouraged to come and help. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the ADM Training Center on North 7th Street at 4:00 pm.

    Bags and gloves will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes. After the cleanup, volunteers will enjoy hot dogs, chips and sodas provided by ADM.   Please sign up with Dr. Emily Deaver (emily.deaver@smsu.edu) by March 29th, if you would like to help so I can set up the work groups. The cleanup usually only takes about 1.5 hours.  Come help clean up the river and celebrate Earth Day!

    — Dr. Emily Deaver
     

  • Love Knot: A Reading of Love Poems (and Not) by Women

    On Wednesday, Mar. 29, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Whipple Gallery (BA 291) a group of SMSU faculty, students, and a dean will read love poems (and poems about love gone wrong) by women, in celebration of Women's History Month. The readers include Kristen Barnhardt, Talitha Black, Pat Brace, Maria Kingsbury, Jan Loft, Susan McLean, Maureen Sander-Staudt, Caitlyn Sanow, McKenzie Swanson, Ruthe Thompson, and Marianne Zarzana.

    The reading, sponsored by the SMSU Women's Studies Committee, is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

    The poets, both serious and comic, range from the ancient Greek poet Sappho right up to current American poets.

    — Susan McLean

Entertainment

  • National Library Week Events

    The SMSU McFarland Library invites you to join us in celebrating National Library Week 2017!

    All events are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Whipple Gallery between noon-1:15 on the day indicated.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Tuesday, April 11: “Putting it All Together: Viewing the Arts through the Theatrical Lens”, presented by Theatre Program faculty and students

    Thursday, April 13: “Breathing Meaning: Oral Interpretations of the Written Word”, featuring Forensics members Crystal Enga, Wyatt Albers, Kristen Barnhardt, and Professor Ben Walker

    Friday, April 14: “Sundown at Sunrise: An In-Depth Discussion”, with author Marty Seifert (no parking permits required for visitors on April 14th)

    — Maria Kingsbury

    maria.kingsbury@smsu.edu

  • International Food Festival is April 8

    The 27th annual International Food Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 in the SMSU Student Center, upper level.

    The event features foods from the home countries of SMSU international students.

    Tickets are $7 for adults, age 12 and up; $5 for ages 6-11; and free for those 5 and under. Only 250 tickets will be sold, and they can be purchased at the International Student Services Office, Student Center 237, or by calling 507-537-6445.

    The event is sponsored by US Bank.

     

  • 'Red Bull' Military Band to perform with Community/Concert Band April 22

    The SMSU Community/Concert Band will present a concert, “A Military Salute,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre.

    The concert will feature the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band, with Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Stordalen as conductor.

    The concert is free and open to the public.

    “Their appearance is part of our Visiting Artist series,” explained Director of Bands Dr. John Giinocchio. “It’s the first time we’ve had a full group of guests like this.”

    The 34th Infantry Division Band was organized on April 30, 1900. It maintains an active performance schedule, including many free public performances throughout Minnesota, like the one on April 22.

     “We’re really happy we were able to get them here,” said Ginocchio. “They’re really in demand.”

    He said the SMSU Community/Concert Band will perform four numbers, as well as the “Red Bull” Band. “Then we’ll do a couple together,” he said.

     

  • Jazz Ensemble Concerts March 27, 28

    The SMSU Jazz Ensemble will perform a pair of concerts on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28.

    The concerts will feature a guest artist, saxophonist Rob Dixon. An Atlanta, Ga., native, he went to Indiana University. A full-time musician, he is one of the principle organizers of the Indy Jazz Fest each year. He also works for the Owl Studios record label.

    The March 27 concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Canby High School, where the Jazz Ensemble will perform along with the Canby High School Jazz Band.

    The March 28 concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on campus. Also appearing will be the Marshall High School Jazz Bands.

    Both concerts are free and open to the public. Clinics will be given at both Canby and Marshall High Schools at 3:30 p.m. prior to the concerts. The clinics are free and open to the public, also.

    For further information, call the SMSU Music Program at 507-537-7103.

     

     

Monday, March 27, 2017

Academic

  • Accuplacer Testing for Math Placement

    Students wishing to enroll in MATH 110 College Algebra at Southwest Minnesota State University must meet one of the prerequisite requirements. If a student does not meet the requirements, he/she may take the Accuplacer Math placement test, offered on the SMSU campus on designated testing dates. The first test is free, but preregistration is required. A student may retest twice, in any section, in a 12-month period. There is a $10 fee for retesting in each section.

    Current testing dates:

    Thursday, March 23 3:00-4:30

    Friday, March 24 10:30-12

    Friday, March 31 1:30-3:00

    Testing will take place in the Counseling and Testing Center, BA 156. To reserve a seat, please email Linda Nelson at Linda.Nelson@SMSU.edu and specify your preference for one of the testing dates listed above. All students will need to present their Mustang ID card at the time of the test.

    Before testing, please see http://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/collegeplacementassessment/ under the Test Preparation Tools link for review materials and sample test questions.

  • Planetarium shows, talk give information about upcoming eclipse

    A total solar eclipse of the sun is coming up this year on August 21, 2017. Marshall viewers will see a 90 percent coverage of the sun.

    In preparation for the eclipse, a number of Southwest Minnesota State University Planetarium shows are planned to cover many details of the eclipse, including eye safety. Special eclipse viewing glasses will be available for $3 apiece at the planetarium shows.

    Planetarium show dates include:

    • Friday, April 7, 7 p.m.

    • Saturday, April 8, 7 p.m.

    • Monday, June 19, 7 p.m.

    • Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m.

    • August 16, 17, 18, & 19, 7 p.m.

    Admission is $5. Tickets are sold at the door only.

    In addition, a lecture by Planetarium Director Dr. Ken Murphy will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10 at the Lyon County Library.

    Topics to be discussed include: when to start watching the eclipse, how to watch safely, various methods for safe viewing, other environmental effects to pay attention to, why eclipses are so rare, what causes them, and where to go to see totality.

    Further information is available at www.smsu.edu/planetarium.

     

Announcement

  • Philip Dacey and Leo Dangel Memorial Reading Planned

    Philip Dacey and Leo Dangel ReadingThe SMSU English Program is hosting a memorial reading for Philip Dacey and Leo Dangel, SMSU English professors on Saturday, April 29, 7-8:30 p.m. in the SMSU Conference Center Upper Level. Light refreshments will be provided.

    If you would like to present a poem by Philip or Leo, please email the title, author and text of your first, second and third choice poems by Friday, March 31, 2017 to: English@smsu.edu

  • 'Mustangs Making a Difference' Awards Program Announced

    A new award, “Mustangs Making a Difference,” is being initiated through the Human Resources office at SMSU.

    Four of the “Mustangs Making a Difference” awards will go out monthly, said Nancy Olson, Chief Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer at SMSU.

    “The award is for an employee who goes above and beyond,” said Olson. “Deserving staff, faculty and administrators can be nominated by completing a nomination form, which only takes a few minutes to fill out,” said Olson.

    Here is a link to the form: https://www.smsu.edu/administration/humanresources/?id=12138.

    “We have wonderful employees who put forth outstanding efforts, day-in and day-out, and we want to recognize their dedication to the University and our students,” she said.

    This new initiative is made possible by an anonymous donation to the SMSU Foundation specifically for this purpose.

    Each winner will receive $10 on their Mustang Card, she said.

     

     

  • Spring 2017 Pool Hours

    Spring Semester Pool Hours 2017

    Monday: 6:30am-8am; 11am-4:30pm & 7:30pm-10pm
    Tuesday: 6:30am-10:15am; 11:30am-4:30mp & 7:30am-10pm
    Wednesday: 6:30am-4:30pm & 7:30pm-10pm
    Thursday: 6:30am-8am; 12pm-4:30pm & 7:30pm-10pm
    Friday: 11am-5pm
    Sunday: 4:30pm-7:30pm
     

     

    Spring 2017 Pool Closings

    Tuesday/Thursday Jan 10-Mar 2 10:30-11:45am WHP Class
    Jan 16 — Opening 7:30-10pm (MLK)
    Jan 22 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Jan 29 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Feb 2 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Feb 3 — Closing at 5pm (Assessment Day)
    Feb 12 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Feb 16 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Feb 20 — Opening 7:30-10p (President’s Day)
    Mar 2 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Mar 3 — Closing at 4p-Mar 12 (Spring Break)
    Mar 16 — 3:30-4:30 (Special Olympics)
    Mar 24 — Closing at 5p on March 24-Mar 26 (Lifeguard Training)
    Mar 31 — Closing at 5p on March 31 through Apr 2 (WSI Training)
    April 16 — Closed(Easter)

    — Patricia Myrvik
    patricia.myrvik@smsu.edu

Athletics

  • Annual Celebration of Excellence program set for Monday, April 17

     The Southwest Minnesota State Athletic Department will host the 12th annual "Celebration of Excellence" on Monday, April 17, beginning at 6 p.m. in the upper level of the SMSU Conference Center.

    The program will honor student-athletes and teams from the 2016-17 academic year, along with special award winners for student-athletes from spring 2016. Student-athletes that earned All-NSIC accolades,

    Academic All-NSIC honors, national qualifiers, all-region honorees, seniors, Myles Brand Award honorees and team MVPs will be honored. The 2016-17 Female and Male Athletes of the Year will be announced, as well the 2016-17 Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

    The 2016 SMSU volleyball team and the 2016-17 SMSU men's basketball team will also be recognized for qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

    All student-athletes in attendance are encouraged to invite an SMSU faculty or staff member to the program. An SMSU senior student-athlete will conclude the program with the annual Mustang student-athlete senior speech.

    The event, which is free and open to the public, includes snacks and beverages. The social begins at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremony starting at 6:30 a.m. To reserve a spot for the event please call 507-537-7271.
    — Kelly Loft

     

  • Scholar-Athlete Nominations

    Nominations are open for the following Student-Athlete Awards:

    Scholar-Athlete Academic Excellence Recognition Award   
    The purpose of this award is to recognize student-athletes for academic excellence.
    Student-athletes may be nominated by SMSU teaching faculty or administration.

    Student-Athlete Leadership & Civic Engagement Recognition Award
    The purpose of this award is to recognize student-athletes for leadership and civic engagement. Student-athletes may be nominated by SMSU faculty, staff, students, and administration.

    Nominations may be made at: the SMSU Faculty Athletics Representative webpage:
    http://smsumustangs.com/sports/2014/3/24/GEN_0324140229.aspx?id=702
    Nominations are open annually until April 1.

    — Dr. Sonya Vierstraete, Faculty Athletics Representative
    sonya.vierstraete@smsu.edu

     

Attention

  • Dr. Aimee Shouse Named Dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences

    SMSU is very pleased to announce that Dr. Aimee Shouse has accepted the position of Dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. Dr. Shouse will start her appointment as of July 3, 2017. Dr. Shouse is currently the Director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at Western Illinois University. Dr. Shouse was chosen due to her student success commitment, leadership experiences, and academic expertise in the liberal arts disciplines. We would like to also thank the search committee led by Dean Onyeaghala and Dr. Kolnick for conducting a comprehensive process which brought four outstanding candidates to our campus.

    Please join us in welcoming Dr. Shouse to the SMSU Family.

  • Birch Street Watermain Project


    If you've noticed an awful lot of utility line flags along Birch Street (south of the Residence Halls) that's because the water main replacement project along Birch Street will be starting next week!

    Work to better locate utilities will begin next Monday, March 27. More intense work will start the following week - April 3. Facilities & Physical Plant staff are glad to see this project starting. The project is to be completed by mid-May, 2017.

    The project involves boring underground to install a new water main on the north side of Birch Street. There shouldn't be any interruptions to water service to the academic buildings during the project. There will, however, be some interruptions to water service to the residence halls, Child Care Center, and Campus Religious Center. The interruptions should be minimal.

    Any questions about this project, please give me a call.


    — Cyndi Holm, Director of Facilities & Physical Plant

     

  • Power Outage on Campus May 12-14


    A planned power outage is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 12 through May 14, 2017.

    These dates have been scheduled for electrical work at SMSU's electric substation as well as for preventive maintenance work to SMSU's electrical switches and transformers.

    We anticipate that the power will be taken down in select buildings on Friday, May 12, 2017 (buildings to be identified at a later date, but the buildings taken down should not interfere with work schedules) at 6 a.m. or so and brought back on-line that evening.

    The entire campus will be off-line Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14. Back-up dates for this work are May 19 through May 21, 2017.

    It is expected that this power outage will affect the buildings the same as the scheduled outages did in 2015 and 2016.

    If you have any questions concerning this outage, please contact me. Thank you!


    — Cyndi Holm, Director of Facilities & Physical Plant

     

  • Adopt-A-River Redwood River Cleanup, April 4

    Sign up now for the joint SMSU-ADM “Adopt-A-River project”.  We will clean up trash from the banks of the Redwood River on Tuesday April 4, 2017.  Anyone 14 years or older is encouraged to come and help. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the ADM Training Center on North 7th Street at 4:00 pm.

    Bags and gloves will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes. After the cleanup, volunteers will enjoy hot dogs, chips and sodas provided by ADM.   Please sign up with Dr. Emily Deaver (emily.deaver@smsu.edu) by March 29th, if you would like to help so I can set up the work groups. The cleanup usually only takes about 1.5 hours.  Come help clean up the river and celebrate Earth Day!

    — Dr. Emily Deaver
     

  • Love Knot: A Reading of Love Poems (and Not) by Women

    On Wednesday, Mar. 29, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Whipple Gallery (BA 291) a group of SMSU faculty, students, and a dean will read love poems (and poems about love gone wrong) by women, in celebration of Women's History Month. The readers include Kristen Barnhardt, Talitha Black, Pat Brace, Maria Kingsbury, Jan Loft, Susan McLean, Maureen Sander-Staudt, Caitlyn Sanow, McKenzie Swanson, Ruthe Thompson, and Marianne Zarzana.

    The reading, sponsored by the SMSU Women's Studies Committee, is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

    The poets, both serious and comic, range from the ancient Greek poet Sappho right up to current American poets.

    — Susan McLean

Entertainment

  • National Library Week Events

    The SMSU McFarland Library invites you to join us in celebrating National Library Week 2017!

    All events are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Whipple Gallery between noon-1:15 on the day indicated.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Tuesday, April 11: “Putting it All Together: Viewing the Arts through the Theatrical Lens”, presented by Theatre Program faculty and students

    Thursday, April 13: “Breathing Meaning: Oral Interpretations of the Written Word”, featuring Forensics members Crystal Enga, Wyatt Albers, Kristen Barnhardt, and Professor Ben Walker

    Friday, April 14: “Sundown at Sunrise: An In-Depth Discussion”, with author Marty Seifert (no parking permits required for visitors on April 14th)

    — Maria Kingsbury

    maria.kingsbury@smsu.edu

  • International Food Festival is April 8

    The 27th annual International Food Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 in the SMSU Student Center, upper level.

    The event features foods from the home countries of SMSU international students.

    Tickets are $7 for adults, age 12 and up; $5 for ages 6-11; and free for those 5 and under. Only 250 tickets will be sold, and they can be purchased at the International Student Services Office, Student Center 237, or by calling 507-537-6445.

    The event is sponsored by US Bank.

     

  • 'Red Bull' Military Band to perform with Community/Concert Band April 22

    The SMSU Community/Concert Band will present a concert, “A Military Salute,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre.

    The concert will feature the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band, with Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Stordalen as conductor.

    The concert is free and open to the public.

    “Their appearance is part of our Visiting Artist series,” explained Director of Bands Dr. John Giinocchio. “It’s the first time we’ve had a full group of guests like this.”

    The 34th Infantry Division Band was organized on April 30, 1900. It maintains an active performance schedule, including many free public performances throughout Minnesota, like the one on April 22.

     “We’re really happy we were able to get them here,” said Ginocchio. “They’re really in demand.”

    He said the SMSU Community/Concert Band will perform four numbers, as well as the “Red Bull” Band. “Then we’ll do a couple together,” he said.

     

  • Jazz Ensemble Concerts March 27, 28

    The SMSU Jazz Ensemble will perform a pair of concerts on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28.

    The concerts will feature a guest artist, saxophonist Rob Dixon. An Atlanta, Ga., native, he went to Indiana University. A full-time musician, he is one of the principle organizers of the Indy Jazz Fest each year. He also works for the Owl Studios record label.

    The March 27 concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Canby High School, where the Jazz Ensemble will perform along with the Canby High School Jazz Band.

    The March 28 concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on campus. Also appearing will be the Marshall High School Jazz Bands.

    Both concerts are free and open to the public. Clinics will be given at both Canby and Marshall High Schools at 3:30 p.m. prior to the concerts. The clinics are free and open to the public, also.

    For further information, call the SMSU Music Program at 507-537-7103.

     

     

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Kristen Barnhardt, sophomore Disability Advocacy in New Media major, is this year’s winner in SMSU’s “Telling Women’s Stories” creative writing contest.

Fine Arts Celebration Features the Talents of SMSU Community

Fine Arts Celebration Features the Talents of SMSU...

The Fine Arts Celebration at SMSU showcases the many talents of students, faculty and staff.

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