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SMSU briefs for Jan. 18

January 18, 2012
Marshall Independent

Stark reading Jan. 23

Writer Christine Stark will read from her debut novel, "Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation," at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, in Charter Hall 201 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Besides being a writer and visual artist, she is also a public speaker and advocate for the sexually abused. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction have been published in a variety of periodicals and anthologies, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Poetry Motel; Feminist Studies; Birthed from Scorched Hearts; The Progressive Woman's Magazine; Hawk and Handsaw; Journal of Creative Sustainability; Narratives of Modern Slavery; Woman and Earth: An Almanac in Russian and English; and many others.

She is a coauthor of the research titled "Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota." She is also a coauthor (with Rebecca Whisnant) of "Not for Sale," an international anthology about sexual violence.

Stark has won numerous awards for her writing, including a Pushcart nomination, a McKnight Award and a Loft Mentor Series in creative nonfiction. She has also won a McKnight Award for her visual art. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and teaches writing at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities.

The event is free and open to the public.

Winter Meltdown celebrated at SMSU

Southwest Minnesota State University will celebrate Winter Meltdown with a series of campus events Jan. 30-Feb. 4. This year's theme is Frosty's Luau.

Winter Meltdown is an SMSU tradition, a time for students, faculty and staff to participate in fun activities to help beat the "winter blues."

The week is culminated by the traditional Hawaiian Night basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 4, against Augustana. The Mustang women play at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.

This year's events include Minnesota West salon and massage students giving haircuts, massages and manicures; Live at the Landing musical entertainment; a comedian; movies; and a chance for students to make their own leis.

The week's events:

Monday, Jan. 30: Make Your Own Leis, Student Center lower level, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31: Comedian Nicholas Anthony, Conference Center Lower Ballroom, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Spa Day, Minnesota West Pipestone and Jackson salon and massage students, Student Center upper level, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Movie, "Twilight-Breaking Dawn Part 1," Conference Center Lower Ballroom, 7 and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Live at the Landing entertainment, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. DJ dance, Conference Center Lower Ballroom, 9 p.m.-midnight.

Friday, Feb. 3: Women's and men's basketball vs. Wayne State, 6 and 8 p.m. Movie, Twilight-Breaking Dawn Part 1, Conference Center Lower Ballroom, 7 and 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4: Hawaiian Night. Women's and men's basketball vs. Augustana, 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.



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