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SMSU notes for Nov. 24

November 24, 2010
Marshall Independent

Sovell is president of Spanish Club

Emily Sovell of Marshall, is the president of the Spanish Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2010-10 academic year.

The Spanish Club at SMSU works to expand the knowledge and appreciation of the language, customs, history and cultures of Spanish-speaking people through conferences, speakers, fiestas and other events. This organization is open to all SMSU students, faculty, alumni and high school students who are interested in Latin American culture.

Stangeland is captain of dance team

Tina Stangeland, a freshman from Marshall, is the captain of the dance team at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2010-11 academic year.

The dance team at SMSU is a social organization for students as well as a performing group. The main purpose is to provide entertainment during college events, to assist and support the university and to assist the cheerleaders in promoting school spirit.

Graduation exhibition reception Dec. 4

An opening reception for Amanda Ericsson's and Bramwel Nguti's graduation exhibition will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the William Whipple Gallery at Southwest Minnesota State University. Hors d'oevres will be provided.

Fifth Undergraduate Research Conference Dec. 1

The fifth annual Undergraduate Research Conference will be from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Research projects from SMSU students representing 12 academic areas will be featured, said event organizer Emily Deaver, environmental science professor.

Barry Gillespie, the vice president and senior principal of Cardno ENTRIX, a major environmental consulting firm based in Houston, Texas, will be the keynote speaker. His talk will be, "Environmental Consulting - Dealing With the Problems We Create."

SMSU President David Danahar will give the opening remarks at 8:30 a.m.

Approximately 162 students representing 12 academic areas will participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference. Their research work will include either oral presentations or poster presentations.

The conference will take place at several locations across campus. Oral presentations will be given in the Conference Center Ballroom and Charter Hall 201 beginning at 9:45 a.m. Poster presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be in the first floor of the Conference Center and in the Bellows Commons area. Art displays will be in the upper level of the Student Center. Oral presentations consist of PowerPoints about the students' research topic followed by a short Q&A session.

Poster presentations are created using a template "that's essentially a huge PowerPoint slide. The students enter their information into that, e-mail it to Charlie Kost in the GIS Center and he has a large format printer that prints them out. It's the same type of poster that is used at professional conferences. The conference gives students an opportunity to highlight their work in a professional setting in which they can communicate their information to the public," said Deaver.

Academic areas represented include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Accounting, Theatre, English, Psychology, Sociology, Culinology, Counseling and Testing Services, Education and Art.

Students will explain their project to the public, and others within the university community, during the day. Two SMSU Library research awards of $50 each will be given to the best oral poster presentations, based on judges' evaluations.

Those wanting to find a particular student presentation should check at the table on the upper level of the Conference Center for a program listing the full schedule for the day. The schedule is also available online at:

For more, call 507-537-6171, or e-mail:



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