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SMSU briefs for Nov. 28

November 28, 2012
Marshall Independent

'More than Violence in the Home' presentation

WRAP (Women's Rural Advocacy Programs) program coordinator Becci Leonard will give a presentation titled "More than Violence in the Home: How to Identify and Respond to Domestic Abuse," from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in Charter Hall 217 at SMSU.

The presentation will include a video followed by a discussion of how to spot signs of domestic abuse and how to appropriately respond in such situations.

WRAP is comprised of four Community Action Programs in Lyon, Lincoln, Redwood, and Yellow Medicine counties. The program's mission is to provide supportive services including crisis intervention, advocacy and safe-housing for women and their children victimized by domestic violence.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the SMSU Women's Studies Committee.

Planetarium Christmas shows announced

The Southwest Minnesota State University Planetarium Christmas and laser light shows will take place on five upcoming dates.

This year's show is titled "Star of Wonder" and will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22; and at 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Dec. 23 and 24.

The SMSU Planetarium is located in SM 108. It seats 70. Planetarium Director Dr. Ken Murphy said that if a show sells out, he will add another immediately following.

Star of Wonder was created by Murphy using digital software tools. He customized the show for the SMSU Planetarium.

Star of Wonder revolves around the Star of Bethlehem. Was it a planet, or maybe a supernova? Is there a scientific explanation for the star? In Murphy's show, the steps of the Magi are retraced in their 600-mile search for the Star of Bethlehem.

The show uses scientific data, religious history, imagery and traditional music to explore the mystery that has puzzled astronomers and theologians for centuries.

The show also explores how astronomers use historical records and scientific calculations to determine the time of Christ's birth and shows how planets move and meet with stars and how calendars have changed through the ages.

There are two other parts to the show, said Murphy. Also included will be a trip around the universe using a program called Uniview. The third part of the show will be a laser show set to holiday music.

Cost of the show is $5, and tickets will be sold at the door.

SMSU student places second in restaurant competition

Tina Sturgeon placed second in an international ProSim Restaurant Management Simulation competition. She received $500 in prize money. The ICHRIE Restaurant Management Challenge is for college level students at schools that are ICHRIE institutional members.

Bekaert admitted

Stephanie Bekaert, the daughter of Gene and Romelle Bekaert from Marshall, has been accepted for the 2013 fall semester at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Her planned major field of study is culinology.



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