SMSU Featured Stories
Inauguration of President Gores April 11
The inauguration of Dr. Connie J. Gores as the ninth president of Southwest Minnesota State University will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 11 in the R/A Facility on campus. The public is invited to the event.
President Gores was named the ninth permanent president of SMSU last spring and began her duties on July 1, 2013.
She is a Cando, N.D., native and the theme of the inauguration — “The Prairie. The People. The Possibilities.” — reflects the spirit of SMSU and the region. The inspiration for the theme came from the late English Professor Bill Holm’s essay, “Horizontal Grandeur.” Holm was a beloved faculty member and an advocate of rural people and places.
University greetings to the president will be given by Bob Byrnes, Marshall mayor; David Paskach, MnSCU Board of Trustees member; Dr. Steven Rosenstone, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system chancellor; and Dorene Kronke-McCourt, SMSU Foundation board president.... Read More Inauguration of President Gores April 11
Fine Arts Celebration April 3-May 3
The eighth annual Fine Arts Celebration will run from April 3-May 3 at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Vocal and instrumental concerts, theatre productions, readings, student music videos, student writing, art displays, forensics presentations, costume making and more are on the schedule.
“The Fine Arts Celebration provides an opportunity for our students and faculty to showcase their talents” said Dr. John Ginocchio, director of bands at SMSU and the event coordinator. “We encourage people from all over the region to come and attend as many events as they’d like.”
Several ongoing events will take place, including an SMSU faculty art exhibit, a jewelry exhibit and a senior art exhibit.
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Track Complex Groundbreaking April 14
Southwest Minnesota State University and Marshall Public Schools will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, April 14, at 4:30 p.m. to kick off construction on the Marshall Regional Track & Field Complex. The public is invited to attend.
The complex will be built on the northeast corner of the SMSU campus and features a renovation and expansion of the former Mattke Field stadium, located on the corner of Highway 23 and Stadium Drive. Attendees should park on the grass lot located south of the stadium. The project is a partnership with SMSU and Marshall Public Schools.
The Marshall Regional Track and Field Complex will include a 9-lane, double bend, 400-meter track and will also include a water jump pit, hurdle for the steeplechase and high jump area. An NCAA regulation, synthetic turf, soccer/football field will also be placed within the track. Also included in the complex are track and field facilities that would be constructed north of the stadium and will consist of long/triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and the javelin.
“We feel fortunate to have a great partner in Marshall Public Schools (MPS),” said Chris Hmielewski, SMSU Director of Athletics. “The complex will serve the educational, activity and athletic needs of both organizations and ultimately all of southwestern Minnesota. We are very appreciative of our relationship with MPS and look forward to continued collaboration to increase opportunities for our students.”... Read More Track Complex Groundbreaking April 14