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Finish Strong Week 2023

Join us for Finish Strong Week: April 24-28

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

Coloring Contest

Stop by the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center starting Monday to pick up a 2023 Finish Strong Week coloring page.* Once you have finished coloring, snap a picture and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #SMSUFinishStrong23 for your chance to win a finals week gift basket. The winner will be notified on Monday, May 1st. Extra coloring supplies are available to borrow in the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center, located in IL 224.

*Are you an online learner? No problem. Download and print the coloring page here.

Hosted by the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center

Chill, Play, and Win

From 2:00 - 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 

Monday, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Grab & Go Breakfast

Swing by our table and grab some breakfast to help you get through the last week of classes! We will have a large variety of drinks, juice, muffins, PopTarts, granola bars, and more. Located in the BA/CH link (first floor).

Hosted by Student Activities Committee

Monday, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Stress, Inflammation & the Gut Brain Connection

***Due to low enrollment, this class has been canceled.***

Join us to learn more about how to take a functional approach to your health & well-being using functional medicine and nutrition. Register here: 

Hosted by Fuel for Life

Monday, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM: SMSU/Community Concert Band & Symphonic Chamber Winds "At the Movies!"

Located in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre. 

Hosted by SMSU/Community Concert Band & Symphone Chamber Winds

Tuesday, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Thank a Mustang

In honor of National Teach Appreciation Day on May 2, 2023, stop by to write a thank you note to a faculty, staff, or administrator who has contributed to your success this year at SMSU. Thank you cards and delivery provided. Located in lower Student Center

Hosted By Deeann Griebel Student Success Center

Tuesday, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Breathwork and Meditation for a Good Nights Sleep

Discover how the power of your breath can quickly reduce stress, relieve your anxiety, and drop negative emotions. Join us for a free introduction to the SKY Breath Meditation Workshop. Each session is free, live and interactive.

Register here:  

Hosted By SKY Schools 

Wednesday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Chalk Art

Students are invited to write or draw their favorite memories from this year and share positive affirmations heading into finals week. Located outside of the Patio Lounge (SC 137)

Hosted by Student Activities Committee

Wednesday, 7:30 PM: Live Guided Meditation

Live, online guided meditations to help reduce stress, anxiety, and increase overall happiness.

Register here: 

Hosted By Meditation Breaks

Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Finish Strong BINGO

Grab some friends and press your luck at one of America’s favorite board games – BINGO! A variety of BINGO games will be played including: regular, four corners, blackout, and more! The winner of each round will also receive a prize. Located in upper Student Center

Hosted by Deeann Griebel Student Success Center 

Thursday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Finals Week Survival Kits

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Come pick up your Finals Week Survival Kit and find it filled with all the necessities to get you through the stress of finals. You will find things such as Post-It notes, highlighters, snacks, energy boosters, and more! Located in Upper Student Center 

Hosted By Student Activities Committee 

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

Join the Mustang Family on April 27th 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 - 5:00 PM, there will be a celebration event with free appetizers, prize giveaways, a brief program and social. Located in the upper Student Center.  

Hosted By Student Alumni Association 

Thursday, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM: International Student Award Ceremony

Join the International Student Organization for their annual international student award ceremony! They will be taking time to recognize the international students that have gone above and beyond this year for their respective contributions and accomplishments at SMSU. A variety of international foods will be served. This event is open to SMSU students, awardees, and invited guests.This is a formal/business casual event. Attendees are required to contact the Center for International Education (CIE) to RSVP. Located in the upper Conference Center

Hosted by the International Student Organization 

Sponsored by the ISO, Resident Life, Club LatinX, Diversity Soccer Club 

Supported by the Center for International Education and Deeann Griebel Student Success Center 


Thursday, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Planetarium Show "Our Place in Space"

This planetarium show will take you on a journey that begins on Earth looking at the night sky and launches you into space for a brief visit to the Moon as well as some other planets.  From there, you will leave the solar system and explore the galaxy. There will also be a short laser light show at the end. Located in the SMSU Planetarium (SM 108).

Hosted by Deeann Griebel Student Success Center 

Friday, 9:00 AM: Reading Comprehension Strategies

Do you struggle to read and interpret information for school? Are you looking for a better way to digest the information? Come learn about strategies on how to improve your reading comprehension.

Hosted By Iris Reading 

Friday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Paint and Sip

Destress with us while you paint anything you'd like and sip on some juice or tea! Located in Upper Student Center 

Hosted By Student Activities Committee 

Friday, 12:00 PM: 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 

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