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SMSU briefs for April 13

April 13, 2011
Marshall Independent

SIFE team qualifies for Nationals

The Student in Free Enterprise group at Southwest Minnesota State University won the regional tournament in Minneapolis March 30 to qualify for the upcoming national event May 10-12.

It was SMSU's ninth consecutive regional victory.

The SMSU continent in Minneapolis consisted of 31 students. Five of those students made up the presentation team at SMSU. They included:

Tessa Weber, a junior marketing and public relations major from Flandreau, S.D.

Jasmine Ghorbani, a junior hospitality management and marketing major from Cambridge, Wis.

Ben Tiensvold, a junior TV/radio major from Sioux Falls, S.D.

Casey Johnson, a senior graphic design major from Minneota.

Stacy Bottolfson, a senior management and finance major from Vermillion, S.D.

Twenty colleges and universities competed at regionals, said Weber, the SIFE president this year.

SIFE brings together a diverse network of university students, academic professionals and industry leaders around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. By contributing their talents to projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, SIFE participants are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.

The group gave a 24-minute presentation about five of its projects this year. A question-and-answer session followed.

The SIFE team was involved with about 25 projects this year. Featured projects in its competition included a collaboration with the Marshall East Campus Learning Alternatives school which resulted in a new library of books and a store where books can be purchased; a Cards Across Cultures greeting card business which raised funds for communities in Nepal and Senegal; a Pump 'Em Up project to raise awareness of how proper tire inflation can help save gas and extend tire life; taking part with the Marshall Middle School and International Student Office to create an interactive marketplace during the middle school's Integration Day; and meeting with Project Turnabout patients to discuss finances and personal success skills.

SIFE members donated 4,000 volunteer hours this past academic year. There are a total of 47 active SIFE members, said Weber.

Business Administration Professor John Gochenouer is the SIFE adviser.

The SIFE team will give its presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the lower level of the Conference Center on campus. The public is invited to attend.

Slagel admitted to SMSU

Heather Slagel, the daughter of Rick and Patti Slagel of Marshall, has been accepted for the fall 2011 semester at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Her planned major field of study is undeclared.

Schmidt member of jazz ensemble

Rebecca Schmidt, a senior from Marshall, is a member of the jazz ensemble at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2010-11 academic year.

The jazz ensemble plays a variety of standard and new jazz works of all difficulty levels and styles. Throughout the semester the jazz ensemble hosts and plays with guest jazz performers from around the country. The ensemble is open to all students, including non-music majors.

Pfannschmidt member of jazz ensemble

Joseph Pfannschmidt, a freshman from Lynd, is a member of the jazz ensemble at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2010-11 academic year.

Berkenpas member of Community Concert Band

Michael Berkenpas, a sophomore from Marshall, is a member of the Community Concert Band at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2010-11 academic year.

It plays a variety of music of all difficulty levels and styles and performs throughout the semester with SMSU's other musical ensembles.

'Success Stories' panel discussion April 20

A panel discussion, "Success Stories," will be from 8:30-9:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the lower level of the Conference Center at Southwest Minnesota State University.

The panel will consist of Bert Van Hoof, director and professor of the School of Hospitality Management at Penn State University; Roger Toomey, CEO and president of UniPro Foodservice; John Sterbis, senior district manager of ARAMARK Higher Education; and Mitch Peterson, president of Torgerson Properties.

The panel is part of the SMSU Culinology/Hospitality Management Distinguished Speaker Series.

Seating is limited to the first 100 attendees. It is free and open to all students in the region. The panel is an opportunity for students to meet and network with industry leaders who represent global food service, hotels and contract management companies.

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