SMSU briefs for Feb. 26

Sanders receives SMSU scholarship

Southwest Minnesota State University announced that Christian Sanders, son of Mike and Cindy Sanders of Marshall, has been selected to receive a Leadership Award and College Now Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Recipients of this scholarship are recognized for their academic accomplishments and outstanding leadership abilities.

His planned major field of study is agribusiness.

‘Ain’t I a Woman!’ performance March 4 at SMSU

The chamber music theater work “Ain’t I a Woman!” will be performed by the Core Ensemble (cello, piano and percussion) at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre.

“Ain’t I a Woman!” celebrates the life and times of four powerful African-American women. The performance features Christy Hall as Zora Neale Hurston, a renowned novelist and anthropologist; Clementine Hunter, an exuberant folk artist; Sojourner Truth, an ex-slave and fiery abolitionist; and Fannie Lou Hamer, a fervent civil rights worker.

Hall will tell the stories of these four African-American women through a combination of historical narrative and first-person monologues. The Core Ensemble accompanies Hall’s performance with an array of spirituals, jazz and blues, and original music.

This event is sponsored by the History Club, the Women’s Studies Committee, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Creative Writing Program, Access Opportunity Success and the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences at Southwest Minnesota State University. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the SMSU Dean’s Office at 507-537-6251.

SMSU students attend Minnesota Music Educators Conference

Eleven Southwest Minnesota State University students attended the annual Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter In-Service Conference Feb. 13-15, in Minneapolis.

The students attended concerts and workshops on issues related to the teaching of music. They also assisted in the SMSU Music Program’s recruitment efforts by spending time in the SMSU booth on the exhibit hall floor, networking with alumni and high school students, their parents and alumni.

Melanie Lee and Maximillan Louwagie, both from Marshall, were selected to participate in the Intercollegiate Honors Band. Lee plays the flute, and Louwagie plays the trombone.

SMSU students attending the conference were: Danae Aslesen, senior, music performance, Boyd; Justin Condelli, junior, music education, Marshall; Tianna Cselovszki, freshman, music, Sleepy Eye; Alyssa Fator, junior, music education, Marshall; Angie Kukacka, sophomore, music education, Norwood; Melanie Lee, junior, music performance, Marshall; Maximillan Louwagie, sophomore, music education, Marshall; Robyn Lubitz, freshman, music education, Olivia; Luke Nelson, senior, music education, Westbrook; Aaron Schuler, junior, music education, Granite Falls; Sara Walski, sophomore, music education, Fountain City, Wis.

Students were accompanied by SMSU Choral Activities Director Stephen Kingsbury; SMSU Band Director John Ginocchio, who served as one of three conductors of the Intercollegiate Band and SMSU Library Professor Maria Kingsbury.

Evans vice president of Society of Leadership and Success Club

Joseph Evans, a junior undeclared major from Marshall, is the vice president of the Society for Leadership and Success Club (Sigma Alpha Pi) at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Society for Leadership and Success is committed to helping members achieve their desired outcomes, through identifying challenges, facilitating goal setting, and encouraging the commitments by members to follow-through.

There are six video conference speakers annually, many of which are New York Times Best Selling authors and well known speakers in the area of Leadership and Success. The speakers are free and open to the public. Success Networking Teams are assigned to all new pending members to guide them in the process, toward their completion and induction as life time members.