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SMSU notes for Sept. 1

September 1, 2010
Marshall Independent

Mural project returns to SMSU

A unique series of nine murals depicting new cultures in Southwest Minnesota has returned to the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University and is on display in the Student Center.

The murals are part of a Western Community Action project welcoming and embracing new cultures in southwest Minnesota.

The title of the project is "Mi Casa Es Su Casa," or "My House is Your House."

The display consists of nine six-foot by eight-foot pieces of canvas that show new cultures in the region.

The murals have individual cultures that are featured - Hispanic, American Indian, Latino, Hmong, African, Indian, Scandinavian - while the rest have a more generalized welcoming theme. The murals were created by individuals from the various cultures found in southwestern Minnesota.

The collection of murals is kept in Windom. The murals made their first traveling showing last February at SMSU, and will be on display through September.

The display will be on the west end of the second floor of the Student Center.

SMSU Family Day Sept. 18

Families of Southwest Minnesota State University students will have an opportunity to experience college life as they do during Family Day activities Sept. 18 on campus.

Besides family day activities planned, it will also be an opportunity to participate in Smokefest festivities and the Pursuit of Excellence marching band competition.

Brunches for students and their family members will be served at 11 a.m. in the individual residence halls. Off-campus students will have brunch in the Student Center.

A number of presentations are planned for Family Day, including how to communicate with your college student, a career counseling session and an overview of the student privacy act.

Those coming to campus Friday, Sept. 17 can attend the Mustang Trail Street Dance, which includes food from vendors and Smokefest participants, along with music by the Hicktown Mafia.

The Mustang Stampede 5k walk/run to benefit women's athletics begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. The barbecue gates open at 10 a.m.

The Mustang soccer team entertains Concordia-St. Paul at noon, and the nationally ranked women's volleyball team takes on Minnesota State, Mankato, at 3 p.m. The Mustang football team entertains Bemidji State at 6 p.m.

The Pursuit of Excellence marching band competition begins at 6 p.m. at the old Mattke Field.



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