SMSU Briefs for Feb. 14

Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational Friday at SMSU

Southwest Minnesota State University will host the Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational on Friday.

The event is an extension of the annual Ag Bowl, a celebration of agriculture in southwest Minnesota.

FFA teams from the region will compete in 17 FFA-certified Career Development Events (CDEs). The top FFA chapter will receive $1,000, and individual CDE winners will receive scholarship dollars to SMSU.

In addition to the competition, adviser and student workshops will be available, as well as information tables about SMSU’s ag-related academic majors and campus tours.

Four of the CDEs have been chosen as regional qualifiers for the state FFA competition: Small Animal; Fish & Wildlife; Creed; and Best Informed Greenhand.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the Scholarship Invitational, and it’s increased with the addition of the regional qualifier events,” said Jennifer Graven, athletics director of marketing and promotions and the event coordinator. “We’re expecting over 700 participants this year, our highest number to date.”

This year marks the sixth Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational. Proceeds generated by the Ag Bowl will fund scholarships and programming for student-athletes and young people who will dedicate their careers to business success in agriculture, environmental science and the food industries.

Event sponsors include Ralco, Golden Harvest, CHS, Titan Machinery, Midwest Ag Enterprises, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Marshall Animal Clinic, ADM, Channel, Lockwood Motors, AgQuest Financial Services, Harvest Land Cooperative, Action Sports, and Lyon County Corn & Soybean Growers.

Registration (no fee) is from 7:30-8:15 a.m., with a welcome at 8:15 a.m. Competition will be from 8:45 a.m.-noon, with campus tours at 11 a.m.

Master’s degree informational meetings scheduled at SMSU Feb. 26, March 15, April 18

Interested individuals are invited to explore master’s degree options at a Southwest Minnesota State University Graduate Program information meeting, scheduled for three upcoming dates. Informational meetings will be from 5-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, Thursday, March 15, and Wednesday, April 18, in Student Center room 249.

Faculty will be available to answer questions about SMSU master’s programs including master of business administration, master of science in education, master of science in physical education, master of science in special education, and the educational administration and leadership program.

For further information, Cori Ann Dahlager, director of the School of Graduate Studies, at