SMSU Briefs for Oct. 5

SMSU theater alumnus Larson performs original one-man show this weekend

SMSU alumnus Joshua Larson, Class of 2000, will present the one-man show, “John’s Divine Comedy,” on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre on campus.

The play, written by Larson, is based on the Greek tragedy “Medea” by Euripedes. Greek hero Jason rises to fame and fortune with sorceress Medea by killing and plundering. They capture the golden fleece and the throne of Lolcus, but, haunted by their bad deeds, eventually lose the throne. The show reimagines Jason’s fate through 14 songs, when Larson testifies as to how he escaped his fate as Jason and was spiritually reborn as the Christian John.

A question-and-answer session will follow each performance. Both are free and open to the public.

For more information contact the SMSU theater program at 507-537-7103.

SMSU to host MAA conference

Southwest Minnesota State University will host the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) North Central Section (NCS) Fall 2018 Conference on Oct. 12 and 13. SMSU last hosted a MAA conference in 1975.

The NCS is made up of Minnesota, North Dakota, most of South Dakota and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

SMSU mathematics professor Matthew Zabka said the meeting is primarily intended for professors to share their research or innovations in teaching methods. Students also have a chance to present their latest project, and Zabka expects several students to participate.

SMSU senior Brook Stang, double majoring in applied computational mathematics and computer science, will present her latest work, “Continuous Nowhere Differentiable Functions.”

The conference will consist of three plenary talks, each of which will last an hour, as well as several shorter contributed lectures. Two of the plenary speakers will talk about topological data analysis. The talks will be expository, meaning that any mathematician should be able to follow them.

There is a reception in the Lower Conference Center at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. On Oct. 13, lunch will be provided by SMSU’s culinology program. RSVPs for the meal should be sent to by today at 5 p.m. The cost of the meal is $15.

Registration is $15 for everyone except students and invited speakers. There are three ways to register: Pay by cash or check at the registration table when you arrive at the conference; register and pay via credit card using the EventBrite site (nominal service charges apply); or register online through the EventBrite site and pay when you arrive using cash or check (no service charge).

Remembering the Great War: World War I Commemoration’ to be presented Oct. 23, Oct. 24

A presentation, “Remembering the Great War: World War I Commemoration,” will be Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 24, at separate sites.

The Oct. 23 presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall-Lyon County Library, 201 C. Street in Marshall, at 6:30 p.m. On Oct. 24, it will be in Charter Hall 201 at Southwest Minnesota State University starting at noon.

Executive Director of the Lyon County Museum and SMSU alumna Jennifer Andries will focus on how the war affected southwest Minnesota. Her presentation is titled, “Over Here, Over There: World War I and Lyon County.”

The presentations are sponsored by the SMSU History Club and the Marshall-Lyon County Library. Both are free and open to the public.