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Jenna Zeug

Jenna Zeug Enjoying Her Forensics Experience

Published: 03-04-2021

Jenna Zeug developed an interest in speech way back when she as a student at Holy Redeemer School in Marshall. Zeug is a sophomore History Educatio...

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From Left: Students Sarah Strandemo, Dalano, Minn.; Ana Rugama, Nicaragua; and Hannah Penske, Wood Lake, Minn., working the recent bake sale that raised $650 for Enactus

Enactus Collaborating with Tracy Area Animal Rescue on Fundraising Project

Published: 03-01-2021

The Southwest Minnesota State University Enactus group is partnering with the Tracy Area Animal Rescue (TAAR) to raise $20,000. That $20,000 will t...

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Esther Oluborode

Making Connections, Student Involvement Important to Student Body President Esther Oluborode

Published: 03-03-2021

"Make the time to connect with people." That's the  advice Southwest Minnesota State University student body president Esther Oluborode has fo...

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Alumna Deeann Griebel Happy to Support SMSU With $1.8 Million Commitment

Published 02-26-2021

Deeann Griebel still drives to work in the maroon 1975 Chevy Caprice Classic she bought in Pipestone. When purchased, the odometer read 125 miles. Today that number is 368,000. The car has been restored twice, and is on its second engine, third transmission and fourth radiator. It’s in immaculate shape. “I smile every time I look at her,” said Griebel, a 1980 alumna who recently committed $1.8 million so Southwest Minnesota State University.

New SMSU Exhibit at Local Museum; Alumna Andries is Executive Director

Published 02-26-2021

A new exhibit in the Lyon County Historical Museum features Southwest Minnesota State University as part of a number of exhibits on the newly-renovated second floor.

SMSU Receives $1.8 Million Commitment from Alumna Deeann J. Griebel

Published 02-23-2021

Southwest Minnesota State University alumna Deeann J. Griebel has made a commitment that will provide $1.8 million for the Student Success and Advising Center and scholarships. Deeann’s investment will allow for the creation of new tutoring and mentoring programs to ensure all students have the support they need to become successful graduates.

SMSU Forensics Wins Limited Entry State Championship

Published 02-23-2021

An extremely young Southwest Minnesota State University Forensics team took the Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association (MCFA) Limited Entry division state championship on Feb. 21.

‘Cultures on the Prairie’ Conference Feb. 23

Published 02-22-2021

Cultures on the Prairie, a virtual conference highlighting the many cultures in the workplace, schools and communities of southwest Minnesota, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

SMSU Third in Military Friendly® Schools Rankings

Published 02-18-2021

Southwest Minnesota State University has been ranked third in the country in the small public university class by Military Friendly® Schools.

Hailey Nierling a Leader in Many Ways at SMSU

Published 02-03-2021

Being a classroom leader is something SMSU senior Hailey Nierling aspires to be professionally. She is getting plenty of hands-on experience as she pursues that goal.

SMSU Announces 2020 Fall Semester Dean’s List

Published 01-28-2021

Southwest Minnesota State University students have been honored for achievement during the 2020 Fall semester of study.

Nadine Schmidt Has Lead in Virtual Concert Play Reading; Play Deals With Minimum Wage Issues

Published 01-27-2021

Southwest Minnesota State University Theatre Professor Nadine Schmidt will have the lead role in an upcoming virtual concert reading of a play entitled 'Nickel and Dimed,' by Joan Holden, produced by the Des Moines, Iowa-based theatre company TheatreMidwest.

Dr. Jeff Kolnick Inaugural MLK Humanitarian Award Recipient

Published 01-12-2021

Southwest Minnesota State University Professor of History Dr. Jeff Kolnick, a tireless advocate of inclusion, equity and underrepresented populations, is the first recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award.

Bell, McClure are MLK Day Speakers

Published 01-07-2021

Alumni Dr. Arnold Bell, ’96, and Sedric McClure, ’94, will be the keynote speakers on Monday, Jan. 18 during SMSU’s virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program. It runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m.


Southwest Connections Episode 10: Dr. Laurie Johansen

Southwest Connections Episode 10: Dr. Laurie Johansen

Thursday 03/04/21

Dr. Laurie Johansen, Professor of Nursing, joins us for Episode 10 to discuss SMSU’s Online RN to BSN program, its growth since beginning in the fall of 2013, the challenges the program has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the flexibility that its online format provides students. The SMSU RN to BSN Program is accredited through the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). RN to BSN Program: Timestamps: 0:00 – Intro & Welcome 0:45 – Personal Background & Career 1:20 – Career as Nurse 2:40 – History of RN to BSN Program 4:20 – Importance of Education 5:45 – Finding Success in Program & Balancing It 7:00 – Where Students Come From 7:30 – Program Team 9:35 – Recruiting New Students 10:35 – COVID Affecting Program 12:20 – Placing Students in Clinicals 13:50 – Managing Mental Health 14:55 – Student Adapting 16:10 – Recruiting (New Face, Stella) 17:15 – Interest in RN to BSN Program 17:45 – Why SMSU? Next Guest: Dr. Dan Kaiser

Hailey Nierling Receives A Scholarship Surprise

Hailey Nierling Receives A Scholarship Surprise

Tuesday 02/09/21

The first Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational Student Coordinator Lead Scholarship was awarded to senior Hailey Nierling, second from left, during a surprise presentation in the SMSU Greenhouse on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Nierling has worked tirelessly assisting with the myriad of details surrounding the ninth annual Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational, which will be held virtually Feb. 22-26. She is shown accepting the scholarship from President Kumara Jayasuriya, left; Brian Knochenmus, owner and president of Ralco, the Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational title sponsor; and Director of Athletics Chris Hmielewski. Hailey is an Agricultural Education major from Decorah, Iowa. The scholarship is for $750. Congratulations Hailey!

SMSU Virtual Tour

SMSU Virtual Tour

Friday 01/08/21

Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university located in Marshall, Minnesota. We offer a high-quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare you for a life that is successful both personally and professionally. Let your curiosity lead to discovery. Find out what you can learn and who you can be. Connect with a vibrant campus community both in and out of the classroom. Learn to lead, blending your passions with knowledge and skill, giving you the confidence to make a difference at SMSU and beyond. We invite you to visit SMSU and to discover the possibilities.



Alumna Deeann Griebel Happy to Support SMSU With $1.8 Million Commitment

Published 02-26-2021

Deeann Griebel still drives to work in the maroon 1975 Chevy Caprice Classic she bought in Pipestone. When purchased, the odometer read 125 miles. Today that number is 368,000. The car has been restored twice, and is on its second engine, third transmission and fourth radiator. It's in immaculate...

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