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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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Forget is VP for Enrollment Management and Student Success

Posted 07.21.2016

Forget is VP for Enrollment Management and Student Success

Robert Forget brings to his position as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success a broad background in college admission work.

Forget comes to SMSU from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., where he was the Dean of Admission for five years.  Prior to that he was the Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent a number of years at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., prior to that, where he was Director of Undergraduate Recruitment, Associate Director for Recruitment, Assistant Director of Admissions and an admissions representative.

He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Northern Michigan University, Marquette Mich., and his master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He is originally from Tamarack City, Mich., and was initially interested in SMSU “because of the size of the school, and the fact it’s a liberal arts public institution. What sealed it for me was the community and the people.”

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Residence Life Staff Busy During Summer

Posted 07.21.2016

Residence Life Staff Busy During Summer

In the past few weeks, six different groups have spent at least one night in the residence halls at SMSU. By the end of the summer, a total of 18 groups will have passed through the halls. Jessica Bentley, SMSU Residence Life Coordinator, says communication and staying on top of the schedule are key to keeping everything running smoothly.

 

Coordinating general summer repairs and maintenance with the various camps takes some flexibility. The maintenance staff cleans the halls before and after each group’s visit. If possible, the general maintenance work for specific halls is scheduled between camps, but occasionally a room will be left empty during a camp for repairs.

 

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Phil Dacey's Final Reading was at SMSU

Posted 07.15.2016

Phil Dacey's Final Reading was at SMSU

Former English Professor Phil Dacey, who taught at SMSU from 1970-2012, recently passed away at his home in Minneapolis July 7 at the age of 77 following a two-year battle with leukemia.

He authored 13 books of poetry and numerous chapbooks, and published hundreds of poems in journals and magazines. A St. Louis native, he came to SMSU in 1970, and directed the creative writing program and founded the first of the Marshall Festivals in 1986. After retiring, he lived eight years on Manhattan’s Upper West Side before returning to Minnesota to live on Lake Calhoun with his longtime partner Alixa Doom.

He was a prolific writer of poetry, his most recent book being Church of the Adagio (Rain Mountain Press 2014).  He won a trio of Pushcart Prizes, and teamed with David Jauss to edit Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms, an influential anthology associated with the New Formalism movement. He was named one of the “outstanding poets” of the late 20th century by The Oxford Companion to United States History (2001).

In one of his final interviews before his death, he shared that he didn’t even begin writing poetry until his 20s, after he dropped out of grad school at Stanford. “It was as if an angel came to me, tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘Philip, you need some help. Sit down and write.’”

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