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The Mustang Mask Makers

Mustang Mask Makers Go Above and Beyond to Welcome New Students

Published: 07-28-2020

A group of Southwest Minnesota State University current and past employees have banded together in an ambitious project to sew masks for new studen...

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Austin Domeier and his winning poster

Recent Alumnus Austin Domeier ’20 Wins Research Award

Published: 07-21-2020

SMSU 2020 alumnus Austin Domeier recently won the ninth annual Minnesota State Conference of Undergraduate Scholarly and Creative Activity Conferen...

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Dean's List Announced for Spring Semester 2020

Spring Semester 2020 Dean's List

Published: 07-09-2020

  SMSU Announces 2020 Spring Semester Dean's Lists. Southwest Minnesota State University students have been honored for achievement during the...

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Race Chaser Tom Berg ’99 Has a Growing Blog Following

Published 07-23-2020

SMSU alumnus Tom Berg is, literally, a race chaser. That’s the reason for the growing success of his blog, which chronicles anything racing at seven tracks he frequents during the season from his home base in Fargo, N.D.

SMSU Welcomes First Mustang Pathway Group

Published 07-15-2020

Bridging the education gap and providing access to more students is what SMSU is offering 18 first-year students who have enrolled in the Mustang Pathway Program (MPP), which began on Monday, July 13.

Fine Arts Entrance Garden Planned; Fundraising Underway

Published 07-07-2020

The creation of a new garden on the SMSU campus will better utilize a current empty space and add an exciting new element to the east entrances to the Fine Arts Building.

Undergraduate Research Journal 'Discovery' Started at SMSU

Published 07-01-2020

An online undergraduate research journal, “Discovery,” has been launched at Southwest Minnesota State University, which will allow undergraduate students an opportunity to go through the process of having their research published, much in the same way as any other professional academic journals.

Clarence Hightower ’77 Sees Shift in Attitudes Toward Policing, Racial Unity

Published 06-16-2020

SMSU alumnus Clarence Hightower felt “outrage” when he first viewed the George Floyd video. “I did not understand how one officer could participate in that climate, and have three additional officers stand by and watch,” he said about the video that showed Floyd laying on the ground, handcuffed, with a Minneapolis policeman’s knee on this neck. Floyd died as a result, and the event has triggered anti-police protests in Minnesota, across the country, and around the world.

Alumnus Larsen ’14 was on Front Lines of Minneapolis Unrest

Published 06-11-2020

The protests and civil unrest in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd were like nothing SMSU alumnus Andrew Larsen had ever seen.


Congratulations Class of 2020! You Did It!

Congratulations Class of 2020! You Did It!

Tuesday 05/26/20

Our 2018 and 2019 Commencement speakers, Steve Binder ’79 and Mary Fuhrmann ’95, gave visionary advice to graduates in their respective addresses. President Kumara Jayasuriya reflects on their words, how they ring true today, and commends the Class of 2020 on their resiliency. Based on feedback provided by the Class of 2020, a special Commencement ceremony to honor graduates will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020. President Jayasuriya invites graduates, faculty, staff, family and friends to attend the celebration. Congratulations Class of 2020! You did it!

2020 Outstanding Senior Award Announcement

2020 Outstanding Senior Award Announcement

Thursday 05/07/20

President Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya announces the 2020 Outstanding Senior Award recipient presented by the Southwest Minnesota State University Alumni Association.

2020 Campus Compact Presidents' Award Recipients

2020 Campus Compact Presidents' Award Recipients

Thursday 04/16/20 Student Leadership Award: Mae Wrase Mae created and serves as President of the Exercise is Medicine (a worldwide American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) health initiative) Club on her campus. Mae serves on the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) for the regional Northland Chapter of ACSM (NACSM), and as NACSM’s sole student representative for ACSM (national). Civic Engagement Leadership Award: Crystal Watts Crystal’s ability to form relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships with the community is a gift, which has been a primary strength of SMSU’s new resource, Mustang Market. Her work as an AmeriCorps Health VISTA has advanced the civic mission of SMSU in a short period of time. Community Partner Award: United Community Action Partnership – The Kitchen Table Margaret and Lori from United Community Action Partnership’s The Kitchen Table have been instrumental campus partners with the implementation of Mustang Market at SMSU. There have been many involved with the organization of this resource, but their support, input, and guidance has been invaluable.



Nubile, Physical Plant Employees Help Keep SMSU Running Smoothly

Published 05-29-2020

Facilities Director Tony Nubile had been on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University once before, in 2002, as a member of the Trinity Bible College (Ellendale, N.D.) basketball team. And while it's true he'd like to forget the results of that 98-44 thumping at the hands of the Mustangs ...

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