Gold Medalist Billy Mills at SMSU Jan. 10, 11
Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will be featured at a Waniyetu (winter) Celebration Jan. 10-11 at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Mills, the gold medalist in the 10,000 meters at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, is a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. He is the only American ever to win an Olympic 10,000 meter race.
His life story was made into the film, "Running Brave," starring Robby Benson. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 in the Conference Center Ballroom.
Several events will take place on Jan. 11, culminating with a 7 p.m. presentation by Mills, "Unity Through Diversity," in the Conference Center Ballroom.
Other Jan. 11 events include:
A meet and greet session from 10-11 a.m. in the Conference Center Upper Ballroom.
A traditional feast, served at 5:30 p.m. on the second level of the Student Center. The menu includes wild rice, buffalo stew and wojape (berry pudding).
A drum and dance demonstration at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, followed at 7 p.m. by Mills' talk.
All events are free and open to the public.
Mills grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Orphaned at age 12, he was raised by his grandmother. He took up running while attending the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan. He later attended the University of Kansas, where he earned All-American cross country honors three times. He graduated with a physical education degree and entered the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserves when he competed in Tokyo.
Mills is a member of the United State National Track and Field, the U.S. Olympic, the National Distance Running, the Kansas, South Dakota, San Diego and National High School Halls of Fame.
Mills finished his military career in the U.S. Marine Corps as an officer assigned to the Department of the Interior. He later became a life insurance salesman, and is currently a professional speaker.
The Waniyetu Celebration is sponsored by the Oyate Club; Access, Opportunity and Success; Office of Cultural Diversity; Exercise Science; Athletics; and the Hmong Student Organization at SMSU.
For further information, call 507-537-7382.
McFarland treasurer of Accounting Club
Megan McFarland, a senior accounting major from Marshall, is the treasurer of the Accounting Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2011-2012 academic year.
The accounting club is open to all students interested in accounting. The purpose of the Accounting Club shall be to supplement the education of the accounting students at SMSU through practical experience, to promote the pursuit of accounting as a career, to develop the community's understanding of the accounting profession, and to aid SMSU students to a better understanding of the role of accountants.
Graupmann vice president of Campus Crusade for Christ
Rachel Graupmann from Marshall is the vice president of the Campus Crusade for Christ at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Campus Crusade for Christ is an interdenominational, student Christian organization seeking to provide a spiritual environment for students. It is a local chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ, International.
Brown is the vice president of the BSU
Elizabeth Brown from Marshall is the vice president of the Black Student Union Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2010-2011 academic year.
The Black Student Union facilitates the goals of a group of individuals that share similar academic, social, economic, and emotional backgrounds. One of the union's goals is to create a harmonious environment in which the members have a vested interest.
Yadav is president of BACCHUS Club
Subash Yadav, a culinology major from Marshall, is the president of the Boost Alcohol Consciousness for the Health of University Students Club (BACCHUS) at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Wokil Bam, a sophomore environmental science major from Marshall, is the secretary.
BACCHUS tries to help alleviate the problem of alcohol misuse and abuse on campus and promotes responsible decisions about drinking within the campus community. They help educate and inform students, faculty, administrators, and staff about alcohol use, misuse, and abuse and enhance communication within the academic community regarding alcohol-related matters.