SMSU forensics team takes third in Nov. 9 tournament in South Dakota
The SMSU forensics team captured third place in team sweepstakes at the Valley Forensics League tournament Nov. 9 at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. A total of 13 schools representing four states competed at the competition. Five SMSU team members competed at the contest. Leading the team in finishes was junior speech communication and chemistry major Nick Dorman from Marshall. Dorman finished first in persuasive speaking and second in poetry interpretation. Freshman biology major from Maple Lake Megan Bruns placed third in informative speaking. Other students participating in the meet included senior communication arts and literature major Shelly Finzen (prose interpretation), sophomore public relations major Crystal Joos (prose interpretation and impromptu speaking), and senior public relations major Mariah Paden (prose interpretation and impromptu speaking).
For Dorman, the first-place finish in persuasion completes his at-large qualification for the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) which will take place at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. In order to qualify at-large for the contest, a student must place at three qualifying tournaments and the total of all their finishes added together cannot exceed eight. Dorman qualified with three first-place finishes. The SMSU forensics team is coached by Mark Fokken and Ben Walker.
Dorman president of Forensics Club at SMSU
Nicholas Dorman, a chemistry and speech communication major from Marshall, is the president of the Forensics Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013- 2014 academic year.
The SMSU forensics team is a student supported co-curricular activity that is open to all students who are enrolled at SMSU. Students from all majors are welcome to be members of the team. No previous experience with speech activities is required. Students who make up the team are highly motivated individuals with a desire to improve their communication abilities and generally come from all majors on campus. The budget of the program is funded jointly through the administration and student activity fees. Cost of involvement to the individual student is minimal. The team sponsors on-campus events such as showcase performances and a high school tournament. The mission of SMSU Forensics is primarily an educational one. Academic credit can also be earned for participation in the activity.
Woodrow vice president of Le Club Francais
Emily Woodrow, a junior art: graphic design major from Halifax, Va., is the vice president of Le Club Francais at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Le Club Francais is open to anyone with an interest in the French culture. Its purpose is to introduce students to life in France by exploring the films, theater, cuisine, music and current events of France. The group takes trips to experience activities relating to the French culture and it often has informal soirees. French films and music are available to members. Speaking French is not necessary to be a member.
Shrestha president of ISO
Nischal Shrestha, a junior psychology major from Marshall, is the president of the International Students Organization at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.
SMSU is the melting point of many cultures and origins, represented by various countries around the globe. The International Students Organization, better known as the ISO, helps the international students get acclimated to the new environment when they first step into the United States.
Yonzon treasurer of ISO
Paras Yonzon, a senior accounting major from Marshall, is the treasurer of the International Students Organization at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.