University Relations changes name
The name of the University Relations office at Southwest Minnesota State University has changed to the Office of Communications and Marketing.
"The name change more accurately reflects the mission of the office," said Bill Mulso, associate vice president for advancement.
"The office communicates with many constituents, both internal and external, and with the explosion of social media, we are now communicating with those constituents in different ways. Likewise, our marketing efforts are evolving as we better try to spread the word about SMSU to potential students in the region, across the country, and the globe. The name reflects those changes."
The Office of Communications and Marketing is comprised of Director of Communications and Marketing Jim Tate; Publications Editor Marcy Olson; Webmaster Jacob Speer; Information Officer Stacie Mulso; and Customer Service Specialist Bonnie Engesmoe. The office is part of the bigger Advancement umbrella of the University.
The office phone number will remain 507-537-6255.
Yang receives SMSU scholarship
Southwest Minnesota State University announces that Ouna Yang of Marshall has been selected to receive a Mustang Transfer Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Recipients of these scholarships are recognized for their academic accomplishments and outstanding leadership abilities.
Her planned major field of study is accounting.
Hanson admitted to SMSU
Shawn Hanson, the son of Steve and Dawn Hanson of Walnut Grove, has been accepted for the fall 2012 semester at Southwest Minnesota State University. His planned major fields of study are accounting and finance.
Iron Chef competition at SMSU
Southwest Minnesota State Culinology students will compete in the Clapper Iron Chef Competition Feb. 2, 3 and 10.
This marks the third year for the event and the number of competing teams has increased to the point that semifinals must be held this year, said Michael Cheng, culinology director at SMSU.
Three teams will compete both on Feb. 2 and 3, with the winning teams each day advancing to the Feb. 10 finals.
The teams will compete using a secret ingredient in the finals, but not the semifinals, said Cheng. "The elimination round will be for the teams to demonstrate their culinary expertise."
For the finals, the secret ingredient will be made known to the two teams 24 hours prior to the event.
The event is called the Clapper Iron Chef Competition because competitors live in the Clapper residence hall on campus.
The competition will take place from 6:45-7:45 p.m. in the culinology kitchen in the IL building.
Culinology students to compete in national competition
A team of four Southwest Minnesota State University culinology majors will compete in the Research Chefs Association Student Culinology Competition March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas.
Six finalists were selected from 18 institutions that submitted proposals. Also competing will be two teams from Clemson University, along with Penn State, the University of Nebraska and the University of Guelph, Canada. SMSU won the national competition last year.
This year's category is Tex-Mex appetizers. The SMSU team will prepare the appetizers, freeze them and have them shipped to San Antonio before the competition. They will then prepare the same appetizers on-site in San Antonio. The goal is to have the frozen appetizers taste as close to the freshly-prepared appetizers as possible.
The SMSU team is comprised of team captain Thuy-Dung Nguyen, senior, Sioux City, Iowa; Abbey Filzen, junior, New Ulm; Emiley Kight, senior, Maricopa, Ariz.; and Jordan Groeneweg, senior, Brooklyn Park.
Seivert receives scholarship
Southwest Minnesota State University announces that Justin Seivert, the son of Peggy Seivert and the late David Seivert of Tracy, has been selected to receive a Deans' Award Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Recipients of these scholarships are recognized for their academic accomplishments and outstanding leadership abilities.
His planned major field of study is computer science.