SMSU Briefs for Oct. 31

SMSU School of Graduate Studies open house events planned

The Southwest Minnesota State University School of Graduate Studies will host a number of open house information sessions in the upcoming weeks.

The purpose of the sessions is to answer questions about graduate programs offered on campus and online. The open house dates are Wednesdays, Nov. 7, 14 and 29; Wednesday, Dec. 5; and Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

They will run from 5-5:30 p.m., and will be in the Student Center, room 249.

SMSU offers graduate programs in business administration (MBA), education, special education, and physical education: coaching of sport.

Regional Workforce Development Roundtable Thursday at SMSU

Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, along with Southwest Minnesota State University President Connie J. Gores and Marshall Schools Superintendent Scott Monson, will lead a regional workforce development roundtable discussion on Thursday from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Marshall High School Media Center.

Joining them will be local legislators and local business leaders and economic development partners.

The roundtable is part of a statewide tour by Chancellor Malhotra. The conversation will concentrate on workforce development in the region, including current and potential future needs. The focus will be on two themes: 1. SMSU partnership programs that already exist and help meet employment needs; and 2. Ways SMSU can increase existing partnerships or forge new partnerships with the region’s businesses and industries to build a more robust workforce pipeline that will meet current or future needs.

The program will highlight current partnerships between SMSU and Marshall Public Schools as well as SMSU and Ralco. Marshall Economic Development Director Tara Onken will facilitate the discussion.

Businesses and industries in the southwest region are facing a workforce shortage that increasingly threatens not only individual companies, but the regional economy as a whole. SMSU is one of the most critical resources available to meeting workforce needs within the region.

SMSU works closely with area employers in a wide range of fields, including the education and agriculture sectors. A collaborative approach between higher education, local and regional employers, economic development entities and K-12 will go a long way toward alleviating workforce needs.

Regional businesses are encouraged to attend the event, which is open to the public.

Visiting Writer Series: Adam Vines, Nov. 7

Southwest Minnesota State University will host poet Adam Vines on Nov. 7 from noon-1 p.m. at the Marshall-Lyon County Library, and again from 7-8 p.m. in Charter Hall 201.

He will read poetry from his book, “Out of Speech.”

Vines is an English professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review and director of the English honors program.

He has published poems in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, The Literary Review, The Hopkins Review, Barrow Street and Green Mountains Review, among others.

His reading is free and open to the public