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Finish Strong Week 2024

Join us for Finish Strong Week: April 22-26

Finish Strong Week is a tradition at SMSU that was developed by the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center with the support of many offices/departments and organizations on campus. The event is held every spring semester during the last week of classes. The mission of the program is to help students to finish the semester strong by preparing them for finals, assisting students with stress relief, and to celebrate the end of the academic year. Peruse the schedule, RSVP in advance where required, and prepare to FINISH STRONG.

Events are FREE to SMSU students. RSVP links (if required) are listed with the descriptions below. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center at 507-537-6484 or email

Chill, Play, and Win

From 10:00am - 4:00pm each day, your Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore will be hosting an event for those on campus who need a little fun, games, refreshments, and/or prizes to help them sail through the last week of classes.

Hosted by Barnes and Nobles 

Fuel Up For Finals

Stop by the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center in IL 224 to fuel up for finals. Come anytime Monday-Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm to grab FREE snacks and treats!

Hosted by the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center & Accessibility Services

Monday, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Yoga

Come reduce some stress and take a FREE yoga class with the head athletic trainer at SMSU, Amy Schmeising. Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one. If you do not have one, one may be provided to you. Located in the SMSU Dance Studio (PE 235).

Hosted by Amy Schmiesing

Monday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Southwest Nutrition

We are teaming up with Southwest Nutrition to get you ready for finals! The first 20 students will get a free tea of their choice. In order to get your free tea, you must 1) Follow the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center on Instagram @smsusuccess and 2) Follow Southwest Nutrition on Instagram and 3) Tag 2 friends in the comments section on both of their latest Instagram posts. Location in the BA/CH Link (first floor). 

Hosted by Southwest Nutrition

Monday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Axe Throwing at Wings Axe

This event is free for all students, and the entire place will be designated for SMSU students only! Plus, the restaurant and bar will be open all night as well. *Must show SMSU ID at the door. Located at Wings Axe (Downtown Marshall).

Hosted by Student Activities Committee

Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Puzzle Contest

Are you competitive and good at puzzles? Want to challenge your mind before finals week? Come to the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center with your team! You and your team (up to 4 people total) will have 3 hours to complete a 500 piece puzzle. Each team will draw for which puzzle they will get. The first place team will win a prize! If you are interested in this event, please RSVP here.

Hosted By Deeann Griebel Student Success Center

Tuesday, 5:00 PM: Zumba on Zoom

Zumba combines Latin and international music with a fun and effective workout system. This event is free and open to everyone.

Register here: 

Hosted by Yonker Public Library (via Eventbrite)

Tuesday, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Swing Dancing

First time swing dancing? No worries! The experienced instructor will teach you what you need to know. Located in the PE Gym.

Hosted by Student Activities Committee

Wednesday, 10:30 AM: Guided Meditation Series

Take a pause in your busy week for 30 minutes of relaxation and self-care. Learn how to relax and reinvigorate.

Register here: 

Hosted by Leadership Coaching (via Eventbrite)

Wednesday, 1:00 PM: SMSU Student Music Recital

Do you enjoy listening to music? Come support and listen to your peers at SMSU. Located in the FA Theatre. 

Hosted by the SMSU Music Department

Thursday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Coast into Summer

Get ready to coast into summer and make your very own drink coasters! Come show off your creativity with us. All supplies will be provided for you. To RSVP for this event, click here. Location will be in the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center (IL 224). 

Hosted by Deeann Griebel Student Success Center 

Thursday, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: M4L Day Celebration

Join the Mustang Family on April 25th for our annual M4L (Mustangs 4 Life) Day of Giving! This day is a 24-hour online fundraising event full of opportunities to impact areas that mean the most to YOU! Over $10,000 in challenge bonuses awarded throughout the day. Learn more at From 3:00-5:00pm, there will be a celebration event with free appetizers, prize giveaways, a brief program and social. Located in the upper Student Center.

Hosted by the SMSU Alumni Association

Thursday, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Planetarium Show

This planetarium show will give you a glimpse at the stars, followed by a laser light show. Laser songs will include Taylor Swift, Prince, Queen, and Elton John, among others. Located in the SMSU Planetarium (SM 108).

Hosted by the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center

Thursday, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Headphone Disco Party (Neon Themed)

This neon themed disco party is going to be an experience like none other! Let's make it a party and end the year with a bang. Location is the lower Conference Center. 

Hosted by Student Activities Committee

Friday, 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM: Empowerment Feast! Ignite your 2024 with motivation and momentum.

Fuel your motivation and ignite your momentum at the Empowerment Feast! Don't miss this incredible opportunity to connect with a vibrant community, exchange ideas, and ignite your passion for success.

To register: 

Hosted by Spire Dream Motivates (via Eventbrite)

Friday, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Paint and Sip

With finals week approaching, it's time to destress! We will have records, canvases, and SMSU coloring books! Location is upper level Student Center. 

Hosted by Student Activities Committee 

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