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Cleveland Helping Make the Region Healthier

Posted 04.15.2016

Cleveland Helping Make the Region Healthier

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Kris Cleveland is helping make Marshall and the region a healthier place.

Cleveland is part of a grassroots initiative called Healthy56258. The group’s aim is to establish and sustain a culture of health and wellness. Its vision is to improve healthy eating and physical activity through strategically selected projects and programs.

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Mark Fokken is Cowan Award Winner

Posted 04.20.2016

Mark Fokken is Cowan Award Winner

Mark Fokken, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, is the 2016 recipient of the Cathy Cowan Award at Southwest Minnesota State University.

The award goes to a faculty or staff member who has made great contributions to SMSU and the region. It is named in honor of Catherine Cowan, the popular SMSU psychology professor who died in an auto accident on Dec. 22, 2001.

Fokken will be honored during commencement exercises May 7 with the presentation of a medal by SMSU President Dr. Connie J. Gores.

A Canby, Minn., native, Fokken has been at SMSU 21 years. He is on sabbatical this year.

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Jefferson Lee IV is SMSU Nominee for MnSCU Professional Excellence Award

Posted 04.15.2016

Jefferson Lee IV is SMSU Nominee for MnSCU Professional Excellence Award

Jefferson Lee IV has been selected as the Southwest Minnesota State University nominee for the Professional Excellence Award for Administrative Service Faculty.

Lee is the Director of the Offices of Diversity and Inclusion, and Access, Opportunity Success, and is the interim Chief Diversity Officer at SMSU, where he has worked for all but one year since graduating in 1996. He is a former director of TRIO student support services, as well.

The Minneapolis native graduated from Roosevelt High School and selected SMSU when math professor Dave Simpson came to is high school to help recruit. “The university was trying to diversify and I was one of seven to come to SMSU,” he said.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology and an MBA from SMSU, and a master’s in Counseling and Resource Development with an emphasis in student affairs from South Dakota State. Except for one year when he worked in the Twin Cities, he has been at SMSU.

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SMSU, North Hennepin Sign Exercise Science Collaborative Agreement

Posted 04.13.2016

SMSU, North Hennepin Sign Exercise Science Collaborative Agreement

Liz Farist plans on taking advantage of the collaborative agreement signed by SMSU and North Hennepin Community College.

The second-year Exercise Science student will receive her two-year AS degree from North Hennepin in May. A married ex-Marine who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, she plans on transferring those credits in pursuit of of her four-year Exercise Science degree from SMSU.

The two institutions signed a collaborative agreement on Wednesday, April 13, which will allow her to earn that four-year SMSU degree at North Hennepin Community College.

“As a veteran, it can be intimidating and scary to be away from your support system,” said Farist. North Hennepin just opened a Veterans Center, and she has become comfortable at the Brooklyn Park community college. “I’m not afraid of doing things on my own,” she said, “but it’s important to have your support system close. I am confident I can finish my (four-year SMSU) degree here. It gives me an opportunity to continue working with current faculty, as well as a new group of faculty from Southwest Minnesota State.”

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