SMSU forensics members place at tournament
The Southwest Minnesota State University forensics team fared well at the Jan. 31 Twin Cities Forensics League tournament at Normandale Community College.
A total of 13 SMSU forensic team members participated. Nine colleges and universities attended.
The duo interpretation team of Haley Jacobsen, Hutchinson and Derick Schultz, Tulare, S.D., led SMSU competitors with a second-place finish.
Toni Harms, Remsen, Iowa, and Brynn Berens, Shakopee, finished fifth in duo interpretation.
Ben Tiensvold, Sioux Falls, S.D., placed third in after dinner speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking.
Other SMSU team members and their competition categories were:
Dramatic interpretation: David Legnani, Berlin, Conn.; Leah Hester, Redwood Falls; Maureen Muhia, Marshall.
Impromptu speaking: Ross Polla, Garvin; Ginny Almquist, St. Paul; Spencer Mills, Lakeville; Amanda Kline, Marshall; Liz Nix, Plato.
Poetry interpretation: Almquist; Hester.
Program oral interpretation: Schultz.
Adam vice president of Muslim Student Association
Fatiya Adam, a junior pre early childhood education major from Marshall, is the vice president of the Muslim Student Association at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The purpose of Muslim Student Association is to serve the best interest of Muslim students of SMSU, with the framework of Islam in delivering guidance and values from Quran and Sunnah.
The MSA will promote dialogue and interactions between Muslims and non-Muslim individuals.
Ortmann vice president of Mustang Martial Arts
Ryan Ortmann, a junior marketing major from Marshall, is the vice president of the Mustang Martial Arts at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Mustang Martial Arts helps train individuals in body as well as mind. It encompasses the philosophy of Guro Dan Inosanto to be the "forever student," to always grow and always learn throughout your life.
Sanders secretary of the Newman Club at SMSU
Kelly Sanders, a senior undeclared major from Marshall, is the secretary of the Newman Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The Newman Club is an integral part of the Roman Catholic campus ministry at SMSU. The club serves as a vehicle for students to enjoy fellowship with their peers and to engage in a variety of activities, including worship services, retreats, and spiritual development programs, community service work, and social/recreational events. The club works closely with the Catholic Campus Ministry.
Chitrakar vice president of the Nepalese Student Association
Krisha Chitrakar, a junior marketing major from Marshall, is the vice president of the Nepalese Student Association at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.
This organization is a non-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization formed to carry out its purposes.
These purposes include: to bring together individuals who share common interests in various aspects of Nepalese life, culture and diversity at the university and to promote Nepalese culture at SMSU and in the local community of Marshall.
Civil War panel presentation March 13
A panel presentation: "Remembering the Civil War, 1861-1865," will be take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in Charter Hall 217 at Southwest Minnesota State University.
The presentation is part of a sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War and will include one program each semester until the fall of 2015.
Panelists and their topics include:
Emeritus Education Professor Lloyd Petersen, "No Choice but Secession: A Southern Point of View."
History Professor Joan Gittens, "Mary Chestnut's Diary: A Southern Woman Views the War."
Business Administration Professor Gerry Toland, "Forever Free in 1862: How Did Lincoln's Principle of Indispensable Necessity Emerge from the Chaos of Arrogant Generals and Military Misfortune?"
History Professor Tom Williford, "The First Cinco de Mayo: The French Intervention in Mexico and the U.S. Civil War."
The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the SMSU History Club. It is a part of Women's History Month activities at SMSU.
For more information, call 507-537-6224 or e-mail: Jeff.Kolnick@smsu.edu.