SMSU Briefs for Feb. 7

Student-operated Bon Appetit to open at SMSU

The student-operated Bon Appetit Restaurant will open on six upcoming Thursdays at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Dates of operation include Feb. 8, 15 and 22; March 1 and 15; and April 5. Cost of the meal is $23, which includes tax. The hours are 5:30-8 p.m., with the last order taken at 7:30 p.m.

The restaurant is located in Individualized Learning (IL) 116 on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University. It is operated by students in Dr. Joyce Hwang’s Restaurant Operations class.

The first course is either soup or salad, and those selections will alternate.

The main course theme is “Wave of East” and includes:

• Three Cup Chicken: Taiwanese braised chicken with soy sauce, sesame oil and rice wine served over steamed rice (gluten free, garlic free)

• Ton Katsu: Japanese pork cutlet served with potato salad

• Galbijim: Korean slow braised beef short rib in a Korean barbecue sauce served with bread roll and Asian salad

• Choila: Nepal spicy pork cooked with tomato, garlic, ginger and exotic mixture of spices, served over basmati rice (gluten free)

• Bibimbap: Korean mixed rice vegetarian style (gluten free, garlic free)

There is also a dessert with the meal.

Expresso beverages are available, at an additional charge.

Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 507-537-6223. To make a reservation online go to:

All-State Audition Workshops Feb. 17 at SMSU

The SMSU Music Program will host an All-State Audition Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 17, for high school students who plan on auditioning for the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Bands and Choirs.

Students are able to schedule free 30- to 45-minute lessons with SMSU music faculty in order to receive feedback and assistance in preparing their audition materials.

The Music Program has offered this free workshop for the past six years as a service to the music education community in the region.

The program was the idea of Director of Choral Activities Dr. Stephen Kingsbury. Over the past six years music faculty have worked with students from all over southwest Minnesota during this workshop, and a large number of these students have been selected for the All-State Ensembles.

Those interested in choir should contact Kingsbury at:; 507-537-7247.

Those interested in band should contact Dr. John Ginocchio at:; 507-537-7209.

Report: 99 percent of SMSU graduates employed

Southwest Minnesota State University’s latest Employment Report shows that 99 percent of graduates are employed, and 97 percent of those work in a field related to their degree.

The report, compiled by Career Services, is based on the most recent available data, from the class of 2016.

Ninety-three percent of graduates responded to the survey.

Ninety-seven percent off those graduates are employed in their field of study, 2 percent are employed but seeking work in a field related to their major and just 1 percent are still looking.

The survey also shows that 84 percent of 2016 graduates are employed in Minnesota; 5 percent in South Dakota; 3 percent in Iowa; and 8 percent in other states.

Fourteen percent of graduates continued their education after graduating from SMSU.

Top non-teaching employers of 2016 graduates include US Bank, the accounting firm of Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing and Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.

Top teacher employers of 2016 graduates include the school districts of Marshall, Austin, Lakeview, Pipestone and Blue Earth.

The top number of undergraduate majors in the class included management, 54; elementary education, 47; early childhood education, 45; exercise science, 31; and psychology, 26.

The Annual Employment Report is available online at: