The SMSU Podcast

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Wednesday Feb 14, 2024

This week we are joined by Karalyn Closs and Cameron Peterson, students enrolled in the culinology program at SMSU. The on-campus restaurant, “The Mustang Kitchen”, is preparing to open its doors every Tuesday this semester with their first night of service being February 20. Service will run 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm with the last order going in at 7:30 pm. Full details on the restaurant and menu items can be found at: .

Thursday Feb 08, 2024

On this week’s episode, Dr. Rieppel lets us in on a “grand” update for the music department at SMSU. This past fall the department gained possession of a baby grand piano through funding from the SMSU Foundation.
On February 12, The Southwest Minnesota State University Music Program presents “Pairs and Doublings” a dedication recital for the new baby grand piano featuring Dr. Daniel Rieppel. The recital is set for Monday, February 12, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre at SMSU.

Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

SMSU will host the 12th annual Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational this week. The event is spearheaded by the SMSU Ag Club, with Hannah Myers and Madison Douvier coordinating the day's events.
On Friday over 1,300 high school FFA students will compete in a wide variety of FFA competitions, along with a chance to receive scholarships from SMSU.
The event kicks off at 7:30 am in the RA facility and will run until 1pm, taking place all over campus. If you are interested in volunteering at the event sign up here:

Friday Jan 26, 2024

With Tropical Night taking place Angela Lee, Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach, is on to talk about what is happening for the Alumni returning to campus.
Angela also goes over what’s happening at the new “Elizabeth Lockwood Alumni Center” and the changes happening.

Tuesday Jan 23, 2024

As the second half of the school year gets underway financial aid is something high school seniors should be aware of. There have been quite a few changes that have been made to the application process and Director of Financial Aid, Natasha Boe goes over what those changes are and some of the misconceptions that surround financial aid. 
If you have questions on how to get started or if you are looking to apply you can go to the SMSU website 

Wednesday Jan 10, 2024

We kick off the new year by discussing the Mustang Pathway Program with Jeet Sausen, Associate Director of the program. She talked about how the program started and the success it has generated for SMSU. 
The Mustang Pathway is the only program of its kind in the state, across both public and private higher education. The program serves historically underprivileged students and provides an alternate entry through a five-week summer program. Students who successfully complete the program are automatically admitted in the fall semester at SMSU. 
Dr. Erin Kline and Jefferson Lee IV spearheaded the program in 2019 with the full backing of President Kumara Jayasuriya. Sixty-one students have completed MPP with 63% of those students going on to enroll in spring classes. 
If students are interested in joining the Mustang Pathway program, follow the link below or reach out to Jeet at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Friday Dec 15, 2023

In today's episode, the VP for Government Relations, Communication & Marketing, Bill Mulso goes over his history at SMSU as he retires after working at the university for 35 years. Marcy talks with Bill about some of their best memories as students along with going over SMSU's most monumental changes throughout the years.

Tuesday Dec 12, 2023

On this today's episode, the Director of Choral Activities, Music Education, and Music Theory at SMSU, Stephen Kingsbury, goes over the upcoming trip to Prague and Vienna the SMSU Chorale will be taking over Christmas break.
For more information on how to get involved with the SMSU Chorale and other vocal groups at SMSU contact Dr. Kingsbury through email at or give him via phone at 507-537-7247

Thursday Nov 30, 2023

On today's episode, Associate Professor of Biology Alyssa Anderson and Associate Professor of Exercise Science Mostafa Hehazy give an update on the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference which took place on November 29th in the campus of SMSU.
Anderson and Hezahy tell us a little bit more about their role as co-organizers of the events and their duties at SMSU. Anderson also talks about the history of the event and what students can expect from the event. Hezahy tells us about the different areas of study we can expect to see in the event, the number of students, and others. 
This year's keynote speaker was a 1990 SMSU graduate, Michael Beedle, and his involvement in environmental science in the public sector. 
To access the event program please visit

Monday Nov 27, 2023

On today's episode, Communications and Marketing Office Graduate Assistants, Juliana Villa and Jennifer Aguilar give us an update on their responsibilities as content strategists for SMSU social media channels. Juliana, a native from Colombia, and Jenny a native from Minnesota, talk to us about their roles, challenges they faced, and how they come up with ideas for SMSU social media channels, specifically TikTok. 
Additionally, they tell us a bit more about what brought them to work and study at SMSU, and what they enjoy most about working in the Marketing and Communications office. 
Visit for links to our social media accounts or search SMSUToday on any platform. SMSU social media accounts include: Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, X, LinkedIn, Youtube, Snapchat, and ZeeMee. 


SMSU Podcast

The SMSU Podcast features the weekly Campus Update Radio Show hosted by our local station, Marshall Radio on KMHL-1400 with on-air radio personality, Josh Goblish, and SMSU Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, Marcy Olson. It airs live on Tuesdays at 10:08 am when classes are in session. Audio is provided courtesy of Marshall Radio. Subscribe to the Podcast, learn about campus activities, programs, events, and people. If you have an idea for a topic, we’d love to hear from you, email

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