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SMSU briefs for April 18

April 18, 2012
Marshall Independent

Eichten new admission officer

Erin Eichten, a 2010 alumna of Southwest Minnesota State University, has accepted a position as admission officer at SMSU.

She has worked in the Office of Admission on a fixed-term basis for nearly two years.

Eichten is a Baltic, S.D., native. Her recruiting territory will be the 19-county area of southwestern Minnesota. Formerly, her territory was primarily South Dakota and northern Minnesota.

She graduated from SMSU with a marketing degree, with a speech communication minor. She was active as an Ambassador, orientation leader, cheer team and dance team member, and worked in the Southwest Marketing Advisory Center.

Thomas Jackson named SMSU's commencement speaker

The first keynote address heard by this year's senior class was by Dr. Thomas Jackson, back in 2008. The final keynote address they'll hear - during commencement on May 5 - will be from the same man.

Jackson gave the convocation address to the Class of 2012 when they were incoming freshmen, back on Aug. 22, 2008. He'll address them again during commencement May 5, which begins at 10 a.m. in the R/A Facility on campus.

Jackson is the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Louisville. He is a 1985 SMSU alumnus, former Student Association president and a big supporter of the university.

"I remember the majesty of the cornfields, and that relationships matter," he said. "I came to Minnesota from Seattle, Wash., and I was moved by how interconnected people were - how families were interconnected, how people found ways to not only work collectively, but also how they relied on each other for their own success or livelihoods, in distinct ways."

Jackson transferred to SMSU from a two-year community college. He had earlier visited the campus when he was attending a conference in Minneapolis.

He would run track briefly. "There were too many other things to do," he said. Jackson was active in student government, and worked at the Student Center. In fact, a trio of Student Center employees was instrumental in his career path.

"Joe Poell, director of the Student Center; Tim Moore, assistant director of Student Activities; and Gary Carlson, director of Residential Life, they influenced me. They took me under their wings and shared the importance of getting a master's, a graduate assistantship and keeping track of my experiences, things like that," he said.

Ironically, Jackson hired Moore as the student union director at Louisville five years ago.

His talk to the graduating seniors will be about the "Birds and the Bees - a first flight, and the work they will be doing as graduates."

Dorman receives scholarship

Southwest Minnesota State University announces that Nicholas Dorman, son of Rich and JoAnn Dorman of Marshall, has been selected to receive a SMSU

Forensics and a University Gala Fine Arts Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Recipients of these scholarships are recognized for their academic accomplishments and outstanding leadership abilities.

His planned major fields of study are speech communications and chemistry.



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