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SMSU briefs for April 11

April 11, 2012
Marshall Independent

SMSU band to perform with Lincoln HI

The Southwest Minnesota State University/Community Concert Band will perform its spring concert, "Beginnings and Endings," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Fine Arts Theatre at SMSU. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Lincoln HI High School band from Ivanhoe will also perform and Jan Loft, interim dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences, will be featured narrating "An Introduction to the Moon," by Libby Larsen.

The concert will feature a variety of wind literature and transcriptions associated with beginnings and endings, including one of Gustav Holst's first and best known pieces for bands, the "First Suite in E flat for Military Band" and a piece written in honor of one of the first, and currently oldest continuing community bands, Variations on the theme, "Pop! Goes the Weasel." The finale of Stravinsky's first ballet, "The Firebird," and many more pieces will be performed. The finale of the concert will be the Community Concert and Lincoln HI bands performing together on "Lassus Trombone March" by Henry Fillmore.

Spring Forensics Showcase April 24

The annual Spring Forensics Showcase will be at noon Tuesday, April 24, in Charter Hall 217 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Student members of the forensics team will perform presentations for the public. The presentations are ones students have used in intercollegiate competitions throughout the year. Events performed will range from oral interpretation of literature to public speaking.

SMSU students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited to attend. After the performances, forensics students will be available to answer questions about the activity.

The SMSU forensics team is partially funded by the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) and is coached by Mark Fokken and Hilary Rasmussen.

MTGA announces Ranelius Scholarship recipients

The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association presented six Ranelius Scholarship awards to worthy high school and college students at its annual meeting on March 14 in St. Paul.

This is a competitive award given to a current student with an interest in poultry and agriculture. The recipients include: Beau Buysse, the son of MTGA members Jeff and Rhonda Buysse of Ghent. He is majoring in agribusiness management with a minor in finance at Southwest Minnesota State University. His goal is to own his own turkey farm.

SIFE team wins regional competition, qualifies for national event

The Southwest Minnesota State University Students in Free Enterprise club claimed its ninth straight regional competition March 24 in Minneapolis.

The win qualifies the team for the May 22-24 national competition in Kansas City, Mo.

A presentation team of six SMSU students competed, led by club president Tanya Ashley, a senior political science major from Jamaica.

The rest of the presentation team included Ben Tiensvold, a junior speech communication/public relations major from Marshall; Anna Christensen, an MBA graduate student from Forest Lake; Tessa Weber, a senior marketing and speech communication/public relations major from Flandreau, S.D.; Rene Wegner, a sophomore literature/secondary education major from Germany; and Jasmine Ghorbani, a senior hospitality management/restaurant management major from Cambridge, Wis.

The SIFE team was also awarded the first All-Star Award, presented to the best team in the Midwest region. "It is given to a team that exceeds the judge's criteria for project requirements and the presentation," said John Gochenouer, SIFE adviser. "During the competition, we were judged by a panel of judges who were not SIFE employees. The All-Star Award comes from the SIFE organization. It's a broader award."

The SIFE team completed 11 projects. The judging criteria was changed several years ago and places more of an emphasis on international projects. The SMSU SIFE team has responded with a huge effort geared toward restoring a rest stop/food stop at Faith's Pen, Jamaica. That project has taken a group of SIFE students to that country three times this academic year alone.

"I can't put into words what it means to have been a part of that project," said Ashley. "I'm from Jamaica, but I had no idea about the level of poverty at Faith's Pen. We really made a difference there."

SIFE members assessed the Faith's Pen needs, painted buildings and helped with infrastructure improvements and followed up with marketing efforts to help make Faith's Pen a tourist destination.

The team presentation included an overview of the club and its projects throughout the year.

Verdoes receives SMSU Scholarship

Southwest Minnesota State University announces that Kyle Verdoes, son of Alan and Marlene Verdoes of Marshall, has been selected to receive a Parnell Family 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 agribusiness.

Tolk Scholarships awarded to five students

The recent Southwest Minnesota State University Scholarship Recognition Lunch featured the awarding of five LeAnn C. Tolk Scholarships.

The scholarships are for $5,000 each and are awarded to outstanding students that have contributed greatly through campus and community involvement.

The Tolk Scholarship is named for LeAnn C. Tolk, who was born in Hendricks and grew up on a farm near Elkton, S.D. She graduated from high school in Elkton, and would later be employed with the University of Minnesota and 3M, where she worked until her retirement. She died in March 2010.

Tolk and her husband, Rob Copeland, were involved in the upbringing and welfare of their nieces and nephews, and her family's generosity in establishing the LeAnn C. Tolk Scholarship Fund greatly benefits worthy Southwest Minnesota State University students.

Tolk Scholarship recipients are: Teresa Huber, freshman biology major, Aberdeen, S.D.; Jaclyn Underwood, junior literature/creative writing major, Redwood Falls; Russell Inches, sophomore psychology major, Bath, S.D.; Mai Lia Moua, senior medical technology major, Tracy; Joshua Watterson, junior exercise science major, Marshall.



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