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SMSU briefs for Oct. 10

October 10, 2012
Marshall Independent

Rayme Waters to read Oct. 29 at SMSU

Rayme Waters will read from her debut novel, "The Angel's Share," at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Charter Hall 201 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Waters released "The Angel's Share" in August 2012. It combines elements of both a love story and a mystery as it tells the tale of a recovering methamphetamine addict who rebuilds her life while working at a small Sonoma County winery.

"I guess the main character is a composite of friends I have known who were addicts, who recovered and then suffered a relapse," she said.

The book took her about six years to write, and then another two years to find its way into print.

"I found an agent, and then it took another year to find a publisher. While that was happening I was revising the book," she said.

Waters grew up in northern California and the city of Linkping, Sweden. She lives with her husband Kurt Adzema, and daughter, Eva, in Palo Alto, Calif.

She has been writing since a young age, and, last fall, her story "The Watertower" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Dzanc Best of the Web Award. She is currently writing a second novel.

"It's close to being sent out," she said.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Creative Writing program at SMSU and is part of the Visiting Writers Series at the university.

For further information, call 507-537-7155.

Carmody banquet chair of Agribusiness/Agronomy Club

Maureen Carmody, a senior from Marshall, is the banquet chair of the Agribusiness/Agronomy Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The purpose of the SMSU Ag Business/Agronomy Club is to supplement the education of Ag Business and Agronomy students at SMSU through practical experience, to promote the pursuit of ag business and agronomy as a career, to develop the community's understanding of the ag business and/or the agronomy profession and to familiarize the club with the role of agricultural companies. The Ag Business/Agronomy Club sponsors activities and lectures; it also tours area and national businesses.

Rodriguez president of Art Club

Jesus Rodriguez, a junior art major from Marshall, is the president of the Art Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The art club gets together Thursdays at noon for meetings to discuss trips to museums, community service events, T-shirt sales and other art-related projects along with bowling nights.

Evans treasurer of Art Club

Joseph Evans, a junior undeclared major from Marshall, is the Treasurer of the Art Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Brown president of the Black Student Union Club

Elizabeth Brown from Marshall is the president of the Black Student Union Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The purpose of this organization is to facilitate the goals of a group of individuals that share similar academic, social, economic and emotional backgrounds with similar aspirations. The articles of this constitution are to create a harmonious environment in which the afore-mentioned individuals have a vested interest and to aid and eliminate those problems that are relative to Black-African descent and other concerns. This organization is under jurisdiction of this constitution.

Brown, a junior justice administration major, is the daughter of Ethel Cox of Marshall.

SIFE organization announces name change: Enactus

The Southwest Minnesota State University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is now being called Enactus. As part of a global name change, SIFE Worldwide is now Enactus. Enactus is a combination of three words describing the organization, en-act-us; entrepreneurs, action, us.

Members of the SMSU team had been notified of a name change last March, and the new name for the worldwide organization was announced at the World Cup Competition in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 30, 2012. Three SMSU Enactus members were able to attend the competition and represent the team from SMSU. Members present in Washington, D.C. included: Laura Johnson, senior public relations major from Buffalo; Ben Tiensvold, senior public relations major from Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Samantha Trebesch, senior agribusiness management major from Gaylord.

The new name and logo was revealed to an international crowd of about 2,000, with an additional 18,000 individuals viewing the announcement online. The new name is part of a rebranding strategy aimed at making the organization more universally understood.

Enactus currently has a presence in 39 countries with 57,000 students at 1,600 universities. The SMSU Enactus (formerly SIFE) team has been a club at Southwest since 2001. The SMSU Enactus team is advised by faculty advisers Dr. John Gochenouer and adjunct faculty member Sunshine Sinarath. The student president is Tiensvold, and Johnson is the vice president.

More information regarding the name change of SIFE can be found at



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