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SMSU briefs for March 28

March 28, 2012
Marshall Independent

SMSU to host TRiO Day Saturday

More than 300 TRiO students from across the southern half of Minnesota will attend the Saturday Southern Tier Minnesota TRiO Day at Southwest Minnesota State University.

The theme for the day is "Choose Success!"

The keynote speaker is John Crudele from Savage, who will give a talk on motivation and leadership. Through humor and real-life stories, Crudele empowers listeners to trust and grow their own abilities.

The goal of federal TRiO programs is to assist low-income and first generation youth and adults to enroll in and complete a post-secondary program.

The schedule:

9:30-10:45 a.m.: Registration, R/A Facility hallway

10:45-11 a.m.: Welcome and announcements

11-a.m.-noon: Keynote speaker John Crudele

Noon-1:15: Lunch, R/A Facility

1:20-2 p.m.: Workshop Session I (more than 15 breakout sessions to choose from)

2:05-2:45 p.m.: Workshop Session II (more than 15 breakout sessions to choose from)

2:50-3:30 p.m.: Scholarship presentation, raffle, wrap-up, R/A Facility

A full day of informational breakout sessions will take place. Most feature SMSU faculty, staff or students. They are:

Michael Cheng/Zack Tan: Malaysia food and culture

BC Franson and SMSU students: Do You Believe What You See?

Shelly Grace: College Library Resources

St. Olaf Students (three presentations): Freshman 101; Walking the Academic Tightrope: You Decide (choosing a major)

Carrie Hansen (two presentations): Survive and Thrive the First Semester of College; Preparing for College - Students Speak Out

Emily Deaver/Thomas Dilley: Undergraduate Research in the Environmental Science Program at SMSU

David Vikander: Financial Aid and the FAFSA

Sandy Craner: Careers in Health Care Fields, A Recipe for Success

SMSU Student Elise Kazmerzak: Global Studies

Students in Free Enterprise presentation

Ken Murphy: Astronomy, The Night Sky

Eriann Faris, Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council: Apply Yourself

Linda Nelson: Bag of Bones (study skills)

SMSU Drama Club presentation

Office of Civic Engagement presentation

North Star STEM Alliance, Minnesota State University, Mankato: Ask a Student Advice.

Gaul to present paper at conference

Southwest Minnesota State University Philosophy Professor Brett Gaul will present a paper at a May conference at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.

The conference, "A Mirror to Our Culture: Sport and Society in America," is hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers.

Gaul's paper is titled "That's Not How You Play the Game! Three Well-known (and One Not so Well Known) Unwritten Ethical Rules of Sport."

Gaul analyzes four unwritten ethical rules of sport: not bunting to break up a no-hitter; not playing too aggressively in an exhibition or a blowout game; not taking advantage of an opponent's bad luck, bathroom breaks or injuries; and not crossing the pitcher's mound.

Gaul argues that the concept of respect seems central to unwritten ethical rules of sport.

Keynote speakers at the conference will be Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer.

SMSU student's poem to be read on NPR

Southwest Minnesota State University junior Nick White will have one of his poems read on National Public Radio.

White, a Minneapolis native, recently won a Poetry Slam competition at the annual Writers and Writing Programs National Conference in Chicago, Ill. The following night he was at another Poetry Slam event as a judge, and was asked to perform one of his poems from the previous night.

In the audience was a representative from National Public Radio, who later taped White reading a poem about his mother's battle with alcoholism.

"She said they're booked through June for features, but they're going to try and do it this summer, after June. They said they'd let me know," said White, who has a creative writing major and a philosophy minor.

White has been writing poetry on and off since the eighth grade and attended his first Poetry Slam event as a college freshman. He describes it as "in some ways, hip-hop without the music." He hosts Poetry Slam events every five or six weeks at the Daily Grind coffeehouse in Marshall.



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