SMSU briefs for Feb. 19

Onyeaghala named permanent dean

Raphael Onyeaghala has been named the permanent dean of the College of Business, Education and Professional Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University.

He was the interim dean of BEPS since June 2011. He has been at SMSU since 2002, and, prior to his administrative duties, served as the chairman of the Department of Business and Public Affairs and professor of agribusiness management.

Onyeaghala worked two years at the University of Nebraska-Kearney as assistant professor of economics prior to coming to SMSU.

He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria; master’s degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and the University of London, Wye College; and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois.

Dorman headed to national speech competition

Nicholas Dorman, a junior chemistry and speech communication major from Marshall, has been named the Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Champion in oratory. He earned the title at the annual tournament of the Association Feb. 15 and 16 at Gustavus Adolphus College. Dorman competed for the title with other speakers from 13 other colleges and universities across the state. His winning oration advocates for federal regulation of a dangerous anti-bacterial compound called Triclosan that is found in many common consumer products.

As the Minnesota State Champion in oratory, Dorman will be one of two students to represent the state at the Interstate Oratorical Association National Tournament. At this annual contest a national champion will be determined. This year the competition will take place April 25-26 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. In addition, Dorman’s winning oration will be published in the association’s annual publication, “Winning Orations,” along with the other state winners.

Dorman is just the second SMSU student to achieve this honor. The first was Tanya Sponhoz, who graduated in 2002.

The SMSU Forensics team is coached by Mark Fokken and Benjamin Walker. Contact Mark Fokken at 537-7370 for more information about forensic activities. The SMSU Forensics team is funded, in part, by the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee.

SMSU Students to present research at Capitol

Four Southwest Minnesota State University students will present their undergraduate research at the state Capitol rotunda on Feb. 26.

A total of 35 students will present research posters during the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars event, which highlights the research of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students.

The Capitol presentations allow students to share the results of the work with legislators and other leaders in state government and draws attention to the work being done on the MnSCU campuses around the state.

The four SMSU students and their research topics are:

Erin Reps, a junior sociology major from Belgrade, “Exploring African-American Spirituals Through the Lenses of Three Sociological Perspectives.” Adviser: Kerry Livingston.

Jessa Roberts, a senior theater major from Brandon, S.D., “Defining Faces for All Spaces.” Adviser: Sheila Tabaka.

Josh Hughes, a senior psychology major from Sartell, “Health Halo Effects from Diet and Zero Calorie Sodas.” Adviser: Scott Peterson.

Jared Wagner, a senior environmental science major from Osakis, “Comparison of Macroinvertebrate and Planktonic Populations in a Newly Constructed Storm Water Holding Pond and an Existing Storm Water Holding Pond.” Advisers: Emily Deaver and Thomas Dilley.

Students to present undergraduate research

on Feb. 28 at library

Three Southwest Minnesota State University environmental science majors will give presentations on their undergraduate research from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Marshall-Lyon County Library.

The three students and their research topics are:

Hannah Beeler, a senior from Indianola, Iowa, “Evaluation of Land Snail Populations in Deciduous and Coniferous Forests in the SMSU Wildlife Area.”

Greg Pavek: a senior from Hendricks, “Seasonal Habitat Preference of Fish in Lake Cochrane, S.D.”

Jared Wagner, a senior from Osakis, “Comparison of Macroinvertebrate and Planktonic Populations in a Newly Constructed Storm Water Holding Pond and an Existing Storm Water Holding Pond.”

Hansen is the president of the Rugby Football Club at SMSU

Daniel Hansen, a junior physical education teaching major from Marshall, is the president of the Rugby Football Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

SSURFC is established for the purpose of developing leadership skills and awareness of the rules and regulations in which the sport of rugby is played. The club will provide its members with an opportunity for social interaction, fun and leadership growth. It will bring to the college and the community a chance to learn more about a tradition rich and fast growing.

Stahl is the vice president of the Rugby Football Club at SMSU

Tyler Stahl, a junior physical education teaching major from Marshall, is the vice president of the Rugby Football Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Kim is the assistant general manager of the Radio/TV Club at SMSU

Yujin Kim, a junior speech communication radio and TV major from Marshall, is the assistant general manager of the Radio/TV club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Southwest Minnesota State University Radio/TV Club offers the students practical experience in radio and television program production and performance. Any student wishing to belong to this club does not have to be a speech communication: radio/TV major. As a club, the members produce a daily news show, live radio, and they also produce athletic events live to the community. Social activities, such as major market station tours and Appreciation Nights are also planned. Students may either work on KSSU-FM radio or KSSU-TV channel 8.