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Exercise Science Major Helps Change Man's Life

Posted 08.28.2015

Exercise Science Major Helps Change Man's Life

Last February, Mike Berg hadn’t even met Kristy Leopold. Today, he considers the SMSU senior a part of his family.

 Berg is an executive with the Schwan Food Company and Leopold is an exercise science major from Fox Point, Wis., near Milwaukee. The two were paired last February as part of a wellness program between the Schwan Food Company and the exercise science program at SMSU.

Each semester, approximately 60 clients work with SMSU exercise science students, said Dr. Kris Cleveland, assistant professor of exercise science. “Some Schwan employees, some are SMSU faculty and staff and there are a few community members,” said Cleveland. Exercise science is one of the fastest growing majors at SMSU, and there are 162 majors this semester.

The client and student meet and discuss wellness goals, how to reach those goals and agree to a wellness plan. Each client’s goals are different.

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SMSU Family Weekend Sept. 11-13

Posted 08.24.2015

SMSU Family Weekend Sept. 11-13

 Families of Southwest Minnesota State University students will have an opportunity to experience campus life during Family Weekend, Sept. 11-13.  Parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members of SMSU students are invited to participate.

Family Weekend will begin on Friday, Sept. 11 with two showings of “Inside Out” at the Cinema @ The Centers at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Also on the 11th will be a 7 p.m. Planetarium show in SM 108. Take 2 Improv will host a show at 8 p.m. at the Fine Arts Black Box Theatre.

On Sept. 12, families may attend a lunch buffet from 12-1 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 216.  A ventriloquist performance by James Wedgewood is at 1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre. The Chemistry Club will perform a magic show at 2 p.m. in Charter Hall 217. 

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GOLD College Kickoff Sept. 15

Posted 08.24.2015

GOLD College Kickoff Sept. 15

The fall session of GOLD College, formerly called Senior College, at Southwest Minnesota State University will kick off at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 in Charter Hall 201 on campus.

The program will feature the string quartet Artaria from the Twin Cities area. They will share the history and music from WW1. The arrangements are from composers who either during  World War I, or who were finding their voice to express that awful time in a way that only music can. The kickoff presentation begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

Registration will be held from 2-3 p.m. GOLD College participants will have the opportunity to meet their study group leaders during the event.

GOLD is an acronym for Growth, Opportunity, Learning, Development. GOLD College offers non-credit classes with a variety of topics. Each class is held one day per week for two hours. There are no tests or grades, and it is for people of all ages.

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