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January 22, 2009
By Chris Hmielewski

On Tuesday, I was asked by Bob and Chet Lockwood to talk with the Lockwood Motors staff during their annual retreat and staff appreciation day. It was a wonderful night filled with laughter and great camaraderie. I was asked to share my experiences in developing a team environment and the various types of leadership styles that I have found most effective in my professional career. I want to say thank you to the entire staff for welcoming me into your family and allowing me to share my thoughts and experiences with you.

Also, congratulations to Bob Lockwood on being nominated by Time Magazine for "Quality Dealer of the Year", one of fifty in the United States. This is a great honor in the auto industry and the entire staff at Lockwood Motors should feel proud to have achieved such a prestigious honor.

This is a great weekend to be a Mustang. We have home Mustang Wrestling today at 7 p.m. against Concordia of Moorhead.

SMSU men's and women's basketball will be home this weekend. The Mustangs will take on Augustana College on Friday and Wayne State on Saturday with the women starting at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m.

And yes, Saturday is Hawaiian Night, so come dressed in your best Hawaiian outfit and join in all the tradition on the campus of SMSU this weekend.

SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor Banquet Tickets on Sale

Tickets are still available for the ninth induction into the SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24 by calling the SMSU athletics office. The luncheon ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and will be held on the second floor of the SMSU Conference Center.

This year's induction class includes former football player Bruce Saugstad; former baseball player Chris Pack; former volleyball player Paige Karno; former tennis player Carolina Gomez; former wrestling/baseball athlete Link Steffen; and community members and long-time supporters of SMSU athletics, Sheldon and Marge Haaland. The SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor was established in 1992 and inducts new members every two years.

Pancake Breakfast for Scholarships at Applebee's Jan. 24

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast supporting Regional Scholarships at Southwest Minnesota State University will be held from 7:30-10 a.m. this Saturday at Applebee's in Marshall.

The Saturday morning Mustang radio show will be broadcast live from there from 9-10 a.m. on KMHL, 1400 AM. It will feature sports director Aaron Ziemer, along with SMSU Director of Athletics Chris Hmielewski, Athletics Communications Director Kelly Loft and Mustang coaches.

Tickets for the breakfast are $6 for adults and $4 for those 12-and-under. Money raised will go toward Regional Scholarships at SMSU. The event will kick off Hawaiian Night activities on Jan. 24. For more information, call 507-537-6266.

Gold Rush Raffle Tickets Now Available

The 6th Annual Gold Rush Raffle will be held on Friday, Feb. 20. Tickets are just $50 each for your chance to win the grand prize of $5,000.

Buy a raffle ticket and join us for a night of fun, friendship and laughter. Every year the raffle gets great reviews from the people who attend. It is a mid-winter social event that you won't want to miss with cash prizes, give-aways, games and a silent and live raffle. The Gold Rush is sponsored by the Mustang Booster Club and has sold out all six years.

Go Mustangs!

Congratulations to James Collins who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: Who was last year's opponent on Hawaiian Night? And what were the results of both the women's and men's game? James was correct with his answer of Bemidji State where the Mustang Women won 75 to 70 and the Men won 69 to 61.



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