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Finish Strong Week 2021

Join us for Finish Strong Week: April 26-30

Finish Strong Week is a new tradition at SMSU that was developed by the Office of Student Success, part of the newly established Student Success & Advising Center, with the help and support of many offices/departments on campus. It's held every spring semester during the last week of classes. The mission of the program is to help students finish the semester strong by preparing them for finals, assisting students with stress relief, and to celebrate the end of the academic year. Again this year, the majority of our programming has moved to VIRTUAL formats but some are in-person. Peruse the schedule, RSVP in advance where required, and prepare to FINISH STRONG.

Events are FREE to SMSU Students. RSVP links are listed with the descriptions below.

We hope you find this information useful. If you still have questions, please contact the Student Success & Advising Center at 507-537-6484 or email


Coffee, Cram & Coloring Contest

Stop by the SMSU Coffeehouse starting Monday-Thursday for your favorite beverage and pick up a 2021 Finals Week themed coloring page.* Once you have finished coloring, snap a picture and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #SMSUFinishStrong21 for your chance to win a finals week gift basket! The winner will be notified Friday, April 30 at 10:00am. Extra coloring supplies are available to borrow in the SMSU Student Success & Advising Center, located in upper IL.

*(Not on campus? No problem! Download the coloring page here.)

Hosted by SMSU Student Success & Advising Center


9:00am-10:00am Yoga with Calm Creek Studio

Come relax and unwind with guided yoga from Amy Schmiesing from Calm Creek Studio. Amy teaches yoga that promotes movement with coordinated breathing in a flow of sequence, known as Vinyasa. Her class sequences center around various themes including happiness, stress reduction, self-love, etc. This yoga session will take place on-campus in Central Field (SMSU Dance Studio is the rain location). Please bring a yoga mat or blanket with you. Facemasks required at this event. To reserve your spot at this event, email with “Yoga Monday” in the subject line. This event is limited to 75 participants.

Hosted by SMSU Student Success & Advising Center

11:00am-12:00pm Online Cooking Session

Join us for a free online cooking session led by Tracey, the Head of Catering at Green Corridor. This session will be held over Zoom and attendees will be provided the recipes and instructions to follow along.
Register here:

Hosted by Green Corridor


5:00pm-7:00pm Create a Creature Monday

Take a study break and come grab a DIY stuffed animal kit from the Upper Student Center. Grab and go kits are available for students on a first-come, first-serve basis as supplies are limited.

Hosted by SMSU Student Activities Committee

9:00pm OUT Radio Live

Join us for a live virtual listening experience with OUT Radio Live. OUT Radio will highlight the LGBTQ voice that often is overlooked. They feature LGBTQ advocacy groups, personal stories from folks, and music from LGBTQ musicians. Tune in live at starting at 9:00pm.

Hosted by Peter Criswell, Radio Kingston

11:00am-12:00pm Expressive Writing Workshop

Studies show that putting your thoughts and feelings on paper can improve your wellbeing. Together, we will listen to a poem and then write whatever comes to mind. This workshop is an opportunity to listen to yourself and discover what may be upsetting you or what delights you. This online workshop last approximately 45-60 minutes.
Register here:

Hosted by the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program

1:00pm-3:00pm Professional Dress Clothing Closet Pop-Up

Come see a sampling of looks from SMSU’s Professional Dress Clothing Closet! Learn about what to wear for interviewing and other professional settings. Located in BA 161- Center for Civic & Community Engagement

Hosted by SMSU Career Services & SMSU Theatre

2:00pm-3:00pm Resume Review

Have your resume reviewed in a 15-minute one-on-one meeting with a Business & Career Librarian from SJPL Works. In your personal session, you’ll learn what needs to be improved on your resume and gain help in organizing your resume information. Students will need to have a resume ready to share over Zoom for this event. Zoom links will be sent once pre-registration is complete.
Register here:

Hosted by SJPL Works

4:00pm-4:30pm Music Therapy

Join us for a virtual music therapy experience! Guided Imagery and Music is a music-centered psychotherapy, which connects you with the deepest parts of your subconscious through a music-evoked imagery journey. This approach can assist you in accessing the heart of your concerns more quickly than other therapeutic approaches alone. This is a virtual event. RSVP via email to with “Music Therapy” in the subject line to receive the Zoom link.

Hosted by SMSU Student Success & Advising Center & SMSU Residence Life, Sybaris

5:00pm-5:45pm Fitness Fun: Zumba

Join Fun & Fitness with Shelly, as seen on the Dr. Mehmet Oz Show! Shelly will be jamming out in her free Zumba class via Zoom. To register for this class, email to receive Zoom information to join.

Hosted by Fitness Fun: Zumba Dance and Stretching

5:00pm-7:00pm Drive-Thru Job Fair

SMSU R/A Lot. Job seekers mark your calendars and come find out about great work opportunities available! No registration needed.

Hosted by SMSU and the Marshall Community

7:00pm-8:00pm Time Management for Student Success

Do you feel overwhelmed with all of your schoolwork? Do you struggle to keep up with deadlines? Do you find yourself rushing minutes before a due date? Together, we will learn time management and how to overcome procrastination for success, resilience, and innovation. This is an online workshop, participants need to register for in advance.
Register here:

Hosted by SKY Meditation Club

7:00pm-8:00pm BollyX Workout with Trupti

BollyX, featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. It is a 50-minute cardio workout cycle between lower and higher intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and smiling. This is an online event.
Register here:

Hosted by BollyX with Trupti

11:00am-11:30am Virtual Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an internal martial art known for its slow, fluid movements. Qi gong is a system of techniques emphasizing posture, breathing, and meditation. This class will combine aspects of both from the physical therapist’s perspective in an effort to improve attention and awareness, mental clarity and emotional calm, and physical well-being. This class is held over Zoom with instructor, Jacob Jansen, the Supervisor of Rehabilitation Services and Center Coordinator of Clinical Education at Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma. Students will need to register for this online event in advance.
Register here:

Hosted by Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital


12:00pm SMSU Nature Walk

Get outside and take in the beauty of nature and campus by exploring the trails at SMSU on a walking tour with Professor Sheila Tabaka. Don’t forget to wear your walking shoes and dress for the weather. Students interested in joining this event can meet at the entrance of the ADM Nature Reserve (by the Physical Plant).  Campus Map:

Hosted by Professor Sheila Tabaka, SMSU Theatre

11:30am-12:30pm Building Confidence through Public Speaking

Join us in this online workshop to become a more confident speaker. We provide a supportive learning environment for folks to practice their public speaking skills virtually. This workshop is held every Wednesday via Zoom.
Register here:

Hosted by Lexington and Vanderbuilt Toastmasters

1:00pm-3:00pm I Want What SHE Has- Live Listening Session

I want what SHE has is a weekly live radio show about all things female. Interviewing women with something we want- to flip the narrative on envy and celebrate one another’s accomplishments.  Each week we will learn about how women have struggled, persevered, and succeeded so that we can cultivate our own best selves. We will bring those stories to you, along with a lively discussion on issues relevant to women, the female perspective, and how we take care of ourselves while we are busy getting things done.

Tune in live at

Hosted by Theresa Widmann, Radio Kingston

5:30pm-7:00pm From ‘Permit Patty’ to ‘Karen’: Black Rearticulations of Racial Humor

Dr. Raven Maragh-Lloyd is a digital media studies scholar whose research examines the intersections of race, gender, and digital media culture. She examines how Black publics use online social and cultural tools in order to challenge media institutions and narratives. During this event, Dr. Raven Maragh-Lloyd will discuss how Black publics have shifted racial humor as a resistance strategy to respond to white femininity and its deployment of the police state. Students must pre-register for this online event. Only registered users will receive the Zoom link for the event, 24 hours in advance.
Register here:

Hosted by Dr. Raven Maragh-Lloyd

7:00pm Game Show

Join SAC for a fun-filled night of game shows! This event is entirely virtual, so Mustangs can join from wherever they are. The link to join in on the fun will be posted to the SMSU SAC Facebook page, or scan the QR code on posters around campus to join. SAC Facebook page:

Hosted by SMSU Student Activities Committee

11:00am-2:00pm Finals Week Survival Kits

Come pick up a finals week survival kit to help you finish strong! Kits will have some study supplies and yummy treats for Mustangs to munch on while they are prepping for the end of the semester. Kits are available for pickup outside of the Food Hall while supplies last.

Hosted by SMSU Student Activities Committee

2:30pm-3:30pm Yoga with Kate Berg

Join us for an end-of-the-week yoga session in Central Field to help re-center your energy for final exams. Kate Berg, a certified yoga instructor, will be leading this session. Facemasks required at this event. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat or blanket. To reserve your spot at this event, email  with “Yoga Thursday” in the subject line. This event is limited to 75 participants.

Hosted by SMSU Residence Life, Sybaris

5:30pm-6:30pm Natural Solutions- Essential Oils Made Easy

In this virtual class, learn the ways you can use essential oils to improve your sleep, mood, alertness, immunity and for your pets. The class runs for 45 minutes with a 15-minute Q&A period.
Register here:

Hosted by Road to ReNew You

6:00pm-8:00pm Gardening Basics

Gardening is one of the most exciting and rewarding lifestyle changes one can implement. However, where do you start? In this workshop, we will start with the basics; learn about the most common types of gardens, soil types, etc. This is a virtual event.
Register here:

Hosted by Eco Centro

6:00pm-9:00pm Figure Drawing Livestream: Illustration in Isolation

Illustration Isolation is a live virtual figure-drawing event hosted every Thursday by the Visual Arts Passage, featuring some of the biggest names in the illustration and visual arts industry. Using reference photography by world famous photographers, our talented guests drawing and paint in real time, answering questions from the audience, share stories, and converse with other guest artists on the panel. This is an online event. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to attend and participate by drawing along with us.
Register at:   

Hosted by Visual Arts Passage

8:00pm-10:00pm International Student Award Ceremony

Join the International Student Organization (ISO) for their first annual International Student Award Ceremony! We are taking time during this evening to recognize the international students that have gone above and beyond this year, for their contributions and accomplishments to SMSU. This event is limited to 55 people including the awardees and invited presenters, and will be held in the SMSU Conference Center. All international students are encouraged to RSVP (with limited seats available). A variety of international foods from Nepal, Ethiopia, and Nigeria will be served in prepacked individual packages. This is a formal/business casual event. Attendees are required to contact the center for International Education to RSVP, in addition to a paper sign in by the entrance the night of the event. Facemasks are required at the ceremony.

Hosted by International Student Organization, Center for International Education, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

8:30pm-11:30pm STAT Bonfire

Stop by Central Field to enjoy some (individually packaged) s’mores and warm up by the famous STAT bonfire pit! This event is weather-dependent. Facemasks are required at this event. All Mustangs are welcome!

Hosted by SMSU Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT)

12:00am to 11:59pm: Knives Out – Available all day

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*As long as you start the movie before midnight and do not pause or exit, the movie will finish even after the cutoff at 11:59pm*

SMSU Students Only

Sponsored by RHA

12:00pm SMSU Nature Walk

Get outside and take in the beauty of nature and campus by exploring the trails at SMSU on a walking tour with Professor Sheila Tabaka. Don’t forget to wear your walking shoes and dress for the weather. Students interested in joining this event can meet at the entrance of the ADM Nature Reserve (by the Physical Plant).  Campus Map:

Hosted by Professor Sheila Tabaka, SMSU Theatre

12:45pm-2:00pm Managing Anxiety and Stress

Join Alane Freund, LMFT, an International Consultant on High Sensitivity, and Daniel Martin, LAc, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, in a virtual conversation about anxiety and stress. This event includes a short presentation followed by an open Q&A for participants.
Register here:

Hosted by Alane Freund and Daniel Martin

2:00pm-3:00pm Virtual Mock Interview

Practice makes perfect! Meet one-on-one for a virtual mock interview to practice your interview skills. During the mock interview, participants will be asked to answer behavioral/situational interview questions and receive feedback from a SJPL Works Business & Career Librarian. Registration is required for this event. Participants will be sent a Zoom link and password once registration is complete.
Register here:

Hosted by SJPL Works

3:00pm-4:30pm Virtual Financial Literacy Workshop

Financial education is not an option- it is a necessity! This workshop helps to bridge financial education and financial independence. Topics to be discussed are debt management, building a strong financial foundation, proper protection, and so much more! This is a virtual event that participants must register for.
Register here:

Hosted by Shannel Camacho

12:00am to 11:59pm Just Mercy – Available all day

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*As long as you start the movie before midnight and do not pause or exit, the movie will finish even after the cutoff at 11:59pm*

SMSU Students Only

Sponsored by RHA

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