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Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university located in Marshall, Minnesota. We offer a high-quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare you for a life that is successful both personally and professionally.

Students and faculty alike come here to engage in the rich “Southwest Experience,” which starts with strong academics, fulfilling social opportunities and support from fellow Mustangs.

We invite you to visit SMSU and to experience for yourself all that it has to offer. SMSU truly is where you belong!

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Background - Bruce Saugstad
Bruce Saugstad

Bruce Saugstad

'89 Alum

Computer Science

"My professors prepared me for my career. I met my wife and other life-long friends. As a captain of the football team, I learned leadership qualities, time management, and the value of hard work and persistence."


Marshall, MN


Senior Vice President & General Manager Ice Cream Division, Schwan’s Company

Background - Clare Duwelius
Clare Duwelius

Clare Duwelius

'14 Alum

Master of Business Administration: Leadership

"I feel that the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in Business Administration from SMSU allowed me to chase my dream of finding a sports management career path that has been truly satisfying. I hope to lend guidance and assist with the development of young women and men who also have a vision and belief in their abilities to make a difference in their chosen field, just as I was afforded in my years at SMSU. "


Minneapolis, MN


Assistant General Manager – Minnesota Lynx

Background - Isiah Whitlock
Isiah Whitlock

Isiah Whitlock

'76 Alum

Speech Communications: Theater Arts

"Southwest prepared me. When I went to get my master’s at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, I look back and think the professors at Southwest were just as good as those I’ve met anywhere, and I’m even talking New York. Southwest was a wonderful place for me."


New York, NY


Professional Actor

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Kirby Hettver, MARL Class VI

Kirby Hettver Building For Future Generations

Published: 05-24-2019

Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles about past Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) members leading up to the 20th a...

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Mary (Reisdorfer) Fuhrman '95 was this year's Commencement speaker

2019 Commencement Speaker: Mary Fuhrman '95

Published: 05-11-2019

The power of relationships was the message of Mary (Reisdorfer) Fuhrman, a 1995 alumna and the 2019 Southwest Minnesota State University Commenceme...

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Photo by Karin Elton. Benson Her '17 is a new Lyon County sheriff’s deputy and is the first Hmong.

Benson Her '17 Becomes First Hmong Deputy in Lyon County

Published: 05-01-2019

Armed with Diversity: Lyon County Sheriff's Department promotes Hmong from jail duty to deputy by Karin Elton, Marshall Independent Staff Writer an...

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Michele Knife Sterner

Michele Knife Sterner is Cowan Award Recipient

Published 04-16-2019

Michele Knife Sterner, whose family lineage can be traced to the early years of Southwest Minnesota State University, is the 2019 recipient of the Cowan Award. The award goes to a faculty or staff member who has made great contributions to SMSU and the region. It is named in honor of Catherine Co...

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