Hoffman named MARL Executive Director
The Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program announced the selection of Dan Hoffman of Rochester as executive director. Hoffman, who previously served as a Farm Business Management instructor at Riverland Community College in Austin, will begin his new role in January 2012. MARL is an 18-month leadership development program for adults who are already active in ag and rural communities and organizations.
Hoffman will be responsible for leading MARL in its mission to develop the skills of Minnesota agricultural and rural leaders so they may maximize their impact and effectiveness in local, state, national and international arenas.
Hoffman received his master of education degree from the University of Minnesota. He has been an educator for 30 years, the first seven as an agriculture instructor at Montgomery-Lonsdale High School, where he received the Outstanding Young Ag Teacher Award in 1986. He also was elected to and served on the Montgomery City Council. For the past 23 years, he has worked as a farm business management instructor at Southland High School in Adams and later at Riverland Community College.
Farm Business Management Programs are designed to provide education to farm owners and operators with the goal to assist students in meeting their business and personal goals. This position has allowed him to work closely not only with ag producers, but ag businesses, lenders, media representatives and other partners to advocate for agriculture in Minnesota. Hoffman is a MARL Class IV graduate.
Master's meetings in Marshall
Southwest Minnesota State University will have an informational meeting about its trio of master's degrees on two consecutive Wednesdays, today and Dec. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Student Center 249.
SMSU offers master's degrees in education, special education and business (MBA). The meeting will give information about each to prospective students.
A variety of concentration areas are available in the master's in education and special education programs.
Those considering a master's in one of those areas can begin courses in the upcoming spring semester, in the summer, or next fall. Courses will be offered on campus. Classes are offered weekday evenings, and online.
Those wishing to attend the meeting are asked to RSVP to the graduate office at SMSU: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iverson admitted to SMSU
Kelsi Iverson, daughter of Byron and Carol Iverson of Marshall, has been accepted for the spring 2012 semester at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Her planned major field of study is undeclared.
Planetarium Christmas shows at SMSU
The Southwest Minnesota State University Planetarium Christmas and laser light shows will take place on five upcoming dates.
This year's show is titled "Star of Wonder" and will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 23 and 24, at 7 p.m.
The SMSU Planetarium is located in SM 108 on campus. It seats 70. Planetarium Director Ken Murphy said that if a show sells out, he will add another immediately following.
Star of Wonder was created by Murphy using digital software tools. He customized the show for the SMSU Planetarium.
"Star of Wonder" revolves around the Star of Bethlehem. Was it a planet, or maybe a supernova? Is there a scientific explanation for the star? In Murphy's show, the steps of the Magi are retraced in their 600-mile search for the Star of Bethlehem.
The show uses scientific data, religious history, imagery and traditional music to explore the mystery that has puzzled astronomers and theologians for centuries.
Cost of the show is $5 for adults, and $4 for those under 12. Tickets will be sold at the door.
For further information, call 507-537-6173, or visit the website: www.smsu.edu/planetarium.