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SMSU briefs for April 4

April 3, 2012
Marshall Independent

Poet Gavin to read at SMSU April 10

Poet Larry Gavin will read from his poems at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Charter Hall 217 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Gavin's appearance is part of the Visiting Writers series at SMSU.

Gavin is an alumnus of the SMSU literature and creative writing program, and its secondary education program. He has had three poetry book published: "Necessities," "Least Resistance" and "Stone & Sky," all from Red Dragonfly Press at the Anderson Center in Red Wing.

In addition to poetry, Gavin worked for 15 years as a senior editor for Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine, where he wrote more than 80 articles on the environment, fly fishing and issues facing the Midwest's cold-water streams. He currently writes weekly for Minnesota Outdoor News and coordinates writing panels for The Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo in Chicago and Minneapolis.

Gavin, who lives in Faribault, also edits a haiku magazine published on 3-by-5 cards called Tumbling Crane. It is produced at irregular intervals and is devoted to the haiku in English.

Ginocchio presents at Massachusetts conference

John Ginocchio, the band director at Southwest Minnesota State University, presented a session at the March 2 Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference in Boston, Mass.

Ginocchio's session is titled, "Sound Use of Space: Ensemble Seating." The session deals with finding seating arrangements that best suit the needs of ensembles acoustically and educationally.

It is the third presentation Ginocchio has given in recent months.

Earlier, he presented a session at the 65th annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Directors Clinic in Chicago, Ill. His presentation was titled, "Unhelpful Conducting Habits Learned from 'Helping' Students," which is the topic of a magazine piece he has been asked to write for "The Instrumentalist" magazine.

Ginocchio was a guest conductor for the fourth annual Band, Orchestra and Chorus at the Holland (BOCH) Center in Omaha, Neb.

Dorman admitted to the honors program

Nicholas Dorman, a sophomore speech communication major from Marshall has recently been admitted to the honors program at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Dorman is the son of Rich and JoAnn Dorman of Marshall.

Students in the program design their own general studies curriculum, enroll in a senior seminar, participate in a senior dialogue in their senior year, and have the option of preparing an honors project. In addition, honor students are allowed to register first for classes, can receive extra credit in regular classes for doing work outside the required load, and receive special recognition at graduation. During their four years at Southwest Minnesota State University, they must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 out of a possible 4.0.

Correa receives SMSU scholarship

Southwest Minnesota State University announces that Antonio Correa, the son of Antonio and Adeline Correa of Marshall, has been selected to receive a Leadership Award 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 business.

Breczinski admitted to SMSU

Amanda Breczinski, the daughter of Duane and Jen Breczinski from Marshall, has been accepted for the 2012 fall semester at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Her planned major field of study is psychology.

'The 39 Steps' April 12-14, 20-22 at SMSU

"The 39 Steps," adapted by Patrick Barlow from John Buchan's novel and Alfred Hitchcock's film, is the April production on the SMSU Mainstage.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., April 12-14 and 20-21 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Dinner theater will be offered Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 21. All performances are in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre.

An audience-pleaser across the country, this fast-paced comic thriller is a love letter to mysteries and to the magical zaniness of the theater. It's also "where Hitchcock meets hilarity," as a cast of four, using a nearly empty stage and a few props and costume pieces, creates the 140 characters, many locations, and brisk action of Hitchcock's classic tale of espionage.

"The 39 Steps" is directed by guest director Lisa Nanni-Messegee, a professional director, actor and screenwriter from Virginia. Ray Oster, theater professor, is the scenic and lighting designer, as well as the technical director. Sheila Tabaka, theater professor, is the costume designer. Sara Marie Mills, a senior theater arts and speech communication double major from Thief River Falls, is the sound designer. The cast and crew also include:

Jason Shores, a senior art and graphic design double major from Marshall as Hannay.

Sonja Lynn Nelson from Fairfax, as Annabella/Pamela/Margaret.

Marcelline Anderson, a senior theater arts major from Slater, Iowa., as Clown 1, playing multiple roles.

Randy Briest, a freshman computer science major from Gaylord, and Andrew O. Kompelien, a junior theater arts major from Minneota, sharing the role of Clown 2, playing multiple roles.

Emma Davis, a senior theater arts major from Anoka, is the stage manager.

Heather Lorensen, a senior theater arts major from Willmar, is the assistant stage manager, properties master and assistant electrician.

Tickets are available at and at the door. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens. Dinner theater ticket prices are $34 for adults, $32 for students and senior citizen and must be booked in advance. The performance on Thursday, April 12 is free to SMSU students with a valid student ID.

A dinner theater will be on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 21, with a menu created and prepared by the Student Hospitality Organization (SHO). The menu includes spinach and romaine salad with balsamic-marinated onions, chicken supreme with rice pilaf and glazed carrots, and red velvet cookie with peanut butter ice cream sandwich. The vegetarian entre option is roasted portobello mushroom. Dinner theater tickets must be purchased by the Tuesday morning prior to the dinner. Dinner seating will be 5:45-6:15 p.m. in IL 117, the culinology restaurant space. For more information, call the theater office at 507-537-7103.

During the performance run, there will also be items on silent auction in the lobby to raise funds for the "Curtains Up!" theater renovation campaign. Auction items will include theater tickets, dinner theater tickets, and a sponsored seat (with inscription) as part of the new seating included in the renovation.

Culinology students third in national competition

A team of four Southwest Minnesota State University culinology majors finished third at the Research Chefs Association Student Culinology Competition March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas.

Six teams of finalists were selected from 18 institutions that submitted proposals. SMSU won the national competition a year ago.

This year's category was Tex-Mex appetizers. The SMSU team prepared the appetizers, froze them and had them shipped to San Antonio before the competition. They then prepared the same appetizers on-site in San Antonio. The goal was to have the frozen appetizers taste as close to the freshly-prepared appetizers as possible.

"We had a very strong team this year, and were happy to be one of the finalists invited to compete. Ultimately, our packaging and professionalism impressed the judges the most, and I believe the point differences between the top three teams were really close," said Michael Cheng, culinology director at SMSU.

The University of Guelph (Canada) won the competition, with Clemson University (South Carolina) taking second.

"Our execution in the kitchen was flawless, in my opinion. The students spent almost 600 hours each preparing for the competition since September 2011. We also received support from UniPro Foodservice, the Schwan Food Company and Cryovac," Cheng said.

The winning team, Guelph, had three of its four competitors returning from a year ago, when it finished third. SMSU's team was comprised of students competing for the first time, said Cheng.

The SMSU team is comprised of team captain Thuy-Dung Nguyen, senior, Sioux City, Iowa; Abbey Filzen, junior, New Ulm; Emiley Kight, senior, Maricopa, Ariz.; and Jordan Groeneweg, senior, Brooklyn Park.



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