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SMSU briefs for March 21

March 21, 2012
Marshall Independent

African Night Friday

The third annual African Night will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the upper level of the Student Center at SMSU.

The event will feature poetry by Ibe Kaba from Minneapolis; the Titambe West African Cultural Dance Group from Minneapolis; Vusu Zulu and Nothando Zulu, black storytellers; along with speaker Sarah Drake.

Food will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

It is sponsored by the SMSU Lions Club, MSUSA and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

'Some Girl(s)' Thursday-Sunday in Black Box

"Some Girl(s)," a new romantic comedy by Neil LaBute, is the first Black Box production of 2012 for the Southwest Minnesota State University Drama Club. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances are held in the SMSU Black Box Theatre.

A young engaged writer is ready to rush off and get married, but first he ventures across the country to reunite with five ex-girlfriends, to "right some wrongs" and find the perfect woman who he has already broken up with. "Some Girl(s) cast a truthful light on a typical American male as he wanders through the heart of darkness that is himself."

"Some Girl(s)" is co-directed by Emma Davis (senior, theater major, Anoka) and Heather Lorensen (senior, theater major, Willmar). Lorensen is also the scenic designer and co-technical director. Eric Harp (senior, theater arts major, New London) is the lighting designer and the co-technical director. The cast and crew are as follows:

Joshua R. Johnson as Guy, a senior theater arts major from Grove City.

Jessa Roberts as Sam, a junior theater arts major from Minneota. She is also the co-publicity manager.

Sonja Lynn Nelson as Tyler, from Fairfax.

Madelyn Hentges as Reggie, a sophomore culinology major from Bloomington. She is also the sound designer.

Callie Frank as Bobby, a freshman from Sartell.

Theresa Ehnert, stage manager, a biology major from New York Mills.

Lynn Lafky, assistant stage manager, a junior computer science major with a minor in theater from Medford.

Randy Briest, co-publicity manager, a freshman computer science major from Gaylord.

Tickets are available at the door. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $4 for students with a valid student ID.

Student Philosophers conference March 30

The third annual Student Philosophers conference will be from 1:15-4 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the Conference Center lower ballroom at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Three SMSU students will present papers prior to the 3 p.m. keynote address by Emily Esch, a philosophy professor at St. Benedict and St. John's University.

Students from all academic areas at SMSU were invited to submit papers for the conference. The papers were judged, and the top three will be presented, according to event organizer Brett Gaul, philosophy professor.

The three student papers selected are:

Joshua Straub, senior, Plymouth: "Wheelchair Warriors," a paper about how the disabled community can benefit from multiplayer online video games.

Tanner Barrington, sophomore Rochelle, Ill.: "Machiavellian Love and Fear," a paper that challenges Machiavelli's contention that rulers should rule with fear rather than love.

Theresa Klingbile, junior, Ivanhoe: "The Unsung Heroes: Proletariats and the Occupiers," a paper that compares the Communist Manifesto and the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Esch's talk is "Knowing Thyself" and will explore the relationship between a person's concept of self and the accuracy of their beliefs about self.

The conference is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 507-537-7141.

Health Careers Day at SMSU March 28

Southwest Minnesota State University will host a Health Careers Day for students in the region on Wednesday, March 28 in Charter Hall 201.

Speakers from a variety of health professions will present talks about their professions from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Individual students may attend; they do not need to come in a group.

Each presentation will last approximately 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute question and answer session. Students may move to a reception room to informally talk with the presenter, if they wish.

Students will have time to eat their own bag lunch, or they may buy lunch at the Student Center.

Those interested may call 1-800-642-0684, extension 6175, by Friday to register; or, e-mail Sandy Cramer at:

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The presentation schedule:

9:30-10 a.m.: Session 1 - chiropractor; Session 2 - physician

10-10:30 a.m.: Session 1 - physician; Session 2 -pharmacist

10:30-11 a.m.: Session 1- nurse

11-11:30 a.m.: Session 1 - occupational therapist; Session 2 - veterinarian

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch

12:30-1 p.m.: Session 1 - medical/imaging tech; Session 2 - nurse practitioner

1-1:30 p.m.: Session 1 - physical therapist; Session 2 -dental hygiene

1:30-2 p.m.: Session 1 - EMT/paramedic; Session 2 - speech pathologist

2-2:30 p.m.: Session 1 -physician assistant

Cinco de Mayo celebration April 3 at SMSU

Southwest Minnesota State University will be the site of an early Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the upper level of the Student Center.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is normally celebrated on May 5, which is commencement day at SMSU this year.

Featured events include Mexico Lindo, a folklore and Aztec dance group, along with a piata-making workshop, free food and even a surprise performance.

The event, sponsored by the Access Opportunity Success and Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is free and open to the public. The SMSU Club Latino and the Spanish Club will host the event.

For further information, call 507-537-7285.

Yang receives SMSU scholarship

Southwest Minnesota State University announces that Larry Yang, son of Blong Yang and Chong Thao of Marshall, has been selected to receive a Upward Bound Scholarship and a Mentor 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 undeclared.



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