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SMSU notes for Nov. 17

November 17, 2010
Marshall Independent

Yang member of Hmong Student Organization

Chia Yang, an accounting major from Marshall, is the vice president and treasurer of the Hmong Student Organization at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The Hmong Student Organization advocates a fair voice in education and promotes recruitment of Hmong students and equal standards of education. The organization works to preserve the Hmong culture and is open to all students.

A Day at SMSU Saturday

Prospective students at Southwest Minnesota State University will be welcomed to campus during A Day at SMSU Saturday.

Check-in begins at 1 p.m. in the upper level of the Student Center. The event runs until 3 p.m.

"It's a time for students looking at colleges to come on campus and talk to people in their academic areas of interest, plus those in Student Services," said Andrew Hlubek, admissions director at SMSU.

Tables will be set up in the Student Center, with representatives from the various academic areas on hand to discuss their respective programs.

"Primarily the students that will be visiting are high school juniors or seniors," said Hlubek. "The fall is a good time for students to visit colleges they are interested in," he said. "We'll have academic areas represented so students and their parents can ask questions. There will also be Student Services represented. It's a good way to get a feel for the university, and talk to professors about areas of study they might want to pursue in college."

Students who do apply for admission during A Day at SMSU will have their application fee waived.

Tours of the campus will be given, and presentations available. A resource fair will be held so that students and parents can become familiar with the support services offered at SMSU.

Representatives from Financial Aid will also be on hand.

Registration can be done online at: or call 507-537-6286.

SMSU students do well at 'Battle of Brains'

Three teams of SMSU students competed in the Association for Computing Machinery International Programming Contest regional competition Nov. 4 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The region consists of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and two Canadian provinces. The competition was billed as the "Battle of the Brains."

At the contest, teams of three students had five hours to solve nine problems and implement their solutions with a computer program. The team implementing the most solutions was the winner.

SMSU was represented by three teams at the competition. Team 1 consisted of senior Jordan Louwagie from Marshall.; senior Ritesh Shahi from Kathmandu, Nepal; and freshman Jake Harrington from Andover. Team 2 included Bipin Budhathoki, a sophomore from Kathmandu, Nepal; Sinil Singh, a senior from Manhottari, Nepal; and Pratik Gurung, a senior from Gorka, Nepal. Team 3 was made up of junior Noah Boyd of Burnsville; freshman Andrew Hemp from Walnut Grove; and freshman Brandon Jenniges from Revere.

Team 1 correctly solved three problems and finished 101st out of 236 teams in the region. Team 2 finished 114th while Team 3 placed 185th.

The competition was the first for six of the nine student participants from SMSU.

"Our students really did well," said Kaiser. "We were going up against some very large institutions, like the University of Nebraska, and I was very proud of the way our students did, and how they represented the university."

Oyate Circle to Monday at SMSU

The Southwest Minnesota State Oyate Club will host an Oyate Circle from 6-8 p.m. Monday in Charter Hall 217.

Activities include a talking circle and a drum and dance demonstration. Traditional Native American food will be served.

The circle is a celebration in honor of Native American Month and will take place in Bellows Commons. It is an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the Native American culture. The drum demonstration will be in Charter Hall 217.

For more information contact Michele Sterner at 507-537-6027.

The event is free and open to the public.



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