SMSU briefs for March 26

Fator vice president of vocal ensemble

Alyssa Fator, a sophomore music education major from Marshall, is the vice president of the vocal ensemble at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The vocal ensemble consists of two performing groups: the Men’s Glee Club and Bella Voce (a women’s choir).

Each ensemble functions differently with varied purposes of nurturing educational, cultural and artistic needs of the students, in addition to preserving historically and culturally unique music.

Condelli treasurer of vocal ensemble

Justin Condelli, a senior music education major from Marshall, is the treasurer of the vocal ensemble at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Sik vice president of Veterans Club

Steven Sik, a freshman exercise science major from Marshall, is the vice president of the Veterans Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The SMSU Veterans Club offers a place for veterans, their family and friends to gather for camaraderie and friendship. The club helps make veterans’ issues better known to the campus community and the community at large.

The Veterans Club works to promote relationships with veterans in providing leadership, supporting diverse projects and fundraisers. The club has focused on supporting currently deployed troops and our older veterans in nursing home care.

Garman president of the University Sportsmen’s Association Club

Kacee Garman, a freshman environmental science major from Marshall, is the president of the University Sportsmen’s Association club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The purpose of this organization is to heighten the awareness of the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms) and the benefits of organized competition and recreational applications of firearms, as well as instructions for their safe and proper usage. University Sportsmen Association is open to all students currently enrolled at SMSU as well as faculty and staff.

Culture Shock ‘Freedom Rider’ went April 3

The fifth annual Culture Shock, with a theme of “Freedom Rider,” will be from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Student Center upper level at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Four acts will highlight the various acts presented during the day. They are:

Guante, a hip-hop artist and two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activist, educator and writer. He will be the master of ceremonies and will perform at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Bettie Mae Fikes, “The Voice of Selma,” a celebrated icon of the 1960s civil rights movement who performs as a core member of the SNCC Freedom Singers. She will perform at 2:30 p.m.

Tou Ger Xiong, a one-man show that combines humor, folklore, movement and rap music that educates about cultural diversity. He performs at 3:30 p.m.

Asian Media Access, a dance group with a goal of assisting the under-served communities in Minnesota, especially Asian and Pacific Island immigrants and refugees, through multimedia arts, media and tech-based programs and services. They will perform at 7 p.m. in the R/A Facility. All other acts perform in the Student Center upper level.

In addition, there will be a student fashion show highlighting native dress of international students at SMSU starting at 5:45 p.m. That will be followed by a dance performance by international students.

All performances are free and open to the public.

The event is hosted by the United Global Leaders Yearning for Success (UGLYS) and sponsored by the Hmong Student Organization, Black Student Union, African Student Association, Club Latino, Oyate Club, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the UGLYS.