Wagner treasurer of Philosophy Club at SMSU
Jesse Wagner, a senior philosophy major from Marshall, is the treasurer of the Philosophy club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The purpose of the Philosophy Club is to provide an opportunity for students interested in philosophy to engage in dialogue with other students and faculty. The goals of the Philosophy Club are: discussion of philosophical issues,
holding study sessions, presenting papers at conferences (at SMSU or elsewhere), and informing students of other opportunities that enhance a liberal arts education.
SIFE team receives grant
Southwest Minnesota State University's Students in Free Enterprise team was one of 10 college undergraduate organizations from campuses across the country to receive a grant from the Responsible Scholars Alternative Spring Break Grants program.
SMSU SIFE received $1,000 to travel to Faith's Pen, Jamaica to renovate the tourist stop and increase traffic. The Responsible Scholars Alternative Spring Break Grants program annually awards grants to 10 student organizations that engage in community work over their spring break vacation.
During the trip, SMSU SIFE members will follow up on their two previous trips to Faith's Pen. So far, the group has repainted the cook shops, created parking and seating, provided customer service training and connected with local tourist agencies. A group will return during spring break in March to work with promoting Faith's Pen as a tourist destination.
Through advanced planning, SMSU SIFE has submitted their proposal to, and received approval from, a member of Jamaica's Parliament, the local social development commission, the local parish councilor and Jamaica's National Roads Operations and Construction Company.
Kerkaert named vice president for finance and administration
Deb Kerkaert has been named vice president for finance and administration at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Kerkaert, a Russell native, had been interim vice president since August 2010.
The vice president for finance and administration oversees the business office, financial aid, human resources, public safety, physical plant and facilities and works with other areas of the university in that capacity.
Kerkaert began her employment at SMSU in 1990, as an accounting technician in the business office. Other positions she has had include accounting officer, interim business manager, business manager and interim vice president for finance and administration.
She earned business administration and MBA degrees from Southwest Minnesota State University.
Kerkaert and her husband, Jim, are the parents of two grown children, Matthew and Stephanie.
Sanders president of the Student Social Work Association
Kelly Sanders, a senior undeclared major from Marshall, is the president of the Student Social Work Association at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The organization encourages social work majors to network with each other and gain further information in their career choices. The Association's primary aim is to enlighten members and become a responsive, socially-aware group.
Any student is encouraged to join.