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Mustang Days Oct. 15 and 16

Posted 09.30.2015

Mustang Days Oct. 15 and 16

The first major visit day of the academic year — Mustang Days — will be held on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15 and 16 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Mustang Days are held during MEA week and offer students an opportunity to tour the university, talk to professors in their academic areas of interest and discover what student services are available at the University.

“It’s a broad look at all we offer,” said Matt Suby, Assistant Director of Admission. “Professors in our various academic programs will be available for one-on-one talks, and students can learn more about our clubs and organizations,” he said. “Parents often have different questions, perhaps about financial aid and housing.”

Sub said that many Mustang Days visitors have been on campus before, “but many don’t know there’s so much more to our university. Many have come for a camp or an athletic event. Mustang Days gives them an opportunity to see more in depth the campus, and meet the people that make SMSU such a special place.”

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Artaria String Quartet Plans Concerts

Posted 09.29.2015

Artaria String Quartet Plans Concerts

The Artaria String Quartet, a group of four talented musicians from the Twin Cities, plans several upcoming concerts in Marshall.

The quartet has begun a Marshall residency that includes a 7:30 p.m. concert on Monday, Oct. 5 in the Campus Religious Center at Southwest Minnesota State University. The concert is part of an on-going series of music in small spaces called “Prairiemusic.”

Joining the quartet will be Dr. Daniel Rieppel, the director of the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, on piano.

A special “Flash Concert” is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6 at a time and place to be determined. For this concert, the quartet will show up somewhere in Marshall, unexpectedly, and play.

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Theatre Season Opens with The Crucible

Posted 09.28.2015

Theatre Season Opens with The Crucible

SMSU Theatre’s 2015-2016 season opens with Arthur Miller’s classic Salem witch trial drama, The Crucible. Performances are October 10, and October 15-17 at 7:30 p.m., and October 18 at 2 p.m. Dinner theatre will be offered on Saturday, October 10 and Saturday, October 17. All performances are in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre. 

Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, The Crucible is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of contemporary society. The story focuses on a farmer, his wife, and a young servant girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie, and the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit terrifyingly unfolds in this exciting and enduring American drama.

The Crucible is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre and SMSU Theatre Arts alumnus Mike Lenz of Cottonwood, Minn., who is also the scenic and lighting designer and technical director. Professor of Theatre Sheila Tabaka of Marshall, Minn., is the costume designer. Thomas Knudson, a junior Theatre Arts major from Walnut Grove, Minn., is the sound designer. Kyle Havlicek, a senior Theatre Arts major, Creative Writing minor from Redwood Falls, Minn., is the Stage Manager.  Associate Professor of Theatre Nadine Purvis Schmidt of Estelline, S.D., is the producer. The cast and major crew include:

Emilie Baartman, a junior Theatre Arts and Broadcast & Digital Media double major from Brandon, S.D., as Rebecca Nurse.
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