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Many Concerts Planned in Upcoming Weeks
The musical talents of SMSU students will be on display in the coming weeks as the Music Program hosts a number of concerts.
• The Mustang Pep Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 in the Fine Arts Theatre. The 32-member pep band entertains at many Mustang sporting events and will play its favorite tunes. Director John Ginocchio said, tongue in cheek, “The group is looking forward to being able to finish its songs,” referring to the fact that the band rarely gets to finish songs during athletic events.
• The Men’s Glee Club and Bella Voce Women’s Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. Their performance is entitled “The Fairest Isle: Music of Great Britain.”
• The Men’s Glee Club will perform with the Southwest Minnesota Men’s Chorus at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Marshall.... Read More Many Concerts Planned in Upcoming Weeks
Desy Presents at National Conference
SMSU Biology Professor Dr. Betsy Desy was a recent presenter at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) meeting in San Diego, Calif.
Desy, along with David Marcey of California Lutheran, Thousand Oaks, Calif., were co-presenters during a workshop at the AAC&U event.
Both Desy and Marcey were named in August to be Vision and Change Leadership Fellows by the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE). Just 40 fellows from across the nation were selected. The fellows’ mission is to identify and consider how to eliminate barriers to the changes needed to improve undergraduate life sciences education.
“The specific focus of the meeting was transforming science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and that’s why we were invited, since the focus of PULSE is to transform undergraduate science education,” said Desy.... Read More Desy Presents at National Conference
Master's in Education Alumna Earns S.D.'s Highest Teaching Honor
Teresa Berndt, an English teacher at Mitchell High School who earned her Master’s in Education from SMSU in 2009, has been named the 2014 South Dakota Language Arts Teacher of the Year.
“It was the best experience in education I’ve had in my life,” she said of the two-year master’s cohort group, based in Mitchell.
“We met once a month, on a Saturday and Sunday, and I met great people I still have in my world because of the fact we bonded. It put me in a position to really analyze, and make thoughtful and focused decisions.”
Teresa likes to get to know her students on a personal basis, and figure out how each best learns. “Giving a student a ‘0’ doesn’t teach them. I give them extensions, and push them to be accountable. That doesn’t always fit into others’ philosophies.”... Read More Master's in Education Alumna Earns S.D.'s Highest Teaching Honor