SMSU Development Day

SMSU Development Day

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

8:30AM           Coffee, Donuts, Muffins, Ice Water………………………………………..………..BA/CH Link, 2nd floor

8:50AM           Welcome, Kim Guenther, Director of Concurrent Enrollment……………………………........…CH 217

9:00-9:30AM   Keynote Speaker, President Connie J. Gores……………………………………………....……...CH 217

9:45-10:45AM Concurrent Session I (room numbers in Charter Hall will be assigned later)


A.         Sexual Assault:  What’s My Role?                                                  

This presentation will be an informational session about sexual assault and what you should do if a victim/survivor discloses a sexual assault to you.

Presenters:  Brittany Verhelst, SMSU & Lyon/Lincoln County Advocate, New Horizons Crisis Center and Holly Johnson, previous SMSU & Lyon/Lincoln County Advocate, New Horizons Crisis Center


B.         Dispelling Myths About Dementia

What is normal aging and what is not?  Am I or a loved one at risk?  Dementia is a slow decline in memory and thinking skills--Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form.  Jaen will review Ten Warning Signs and explain why early detection matters.  Resources from the Marshall ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Team and Alzheimer’s Association will be included.

Presenter:  Jaen Weilage, Lyon County Coordinator, A.C.E. (Advocate-Connect-Educate) of SW MN


C.         Heard of TED Talks?  Learn More!

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).  TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages.  During this session, participants will learn more about TED Talks, how to access them, and watch a few popular ones.  Come learn something new.

Presenter:  Kim Guenther, Director of Concurrent Enrollment


D.         Unusual Facts about Garden Plants

Is Mother Nature playing tricks on us?  Learn about:  Where tulips really come from (hint: it is not Denmark).  What happens when trees are not planted correctly?  Are Sunflowers one flower?  Why did my flower change color from last year?  One (or two) pictures really tell a story about what happens in our gardens.

Presenter:  Stephanie Bethke-DeJaeghere, U of M Extension Master Gardener.  Stephanie has been a Master Gardener since 1993.  She has logged nearly 10,000 volunteer hours during this time, learning about gardening and plants of all kinds.


11:00-12:00  Concurrent Session II

Same presenters and room numbers as Concurrent Session I.


12:15PM          Lunch…..Conference Center Lower Ballroom


12:30PM          Marshall Area Regional Sports Hub (MARSH) Update

Update on the building and finishing of the Schwan Regional Amateur Sports Center, which includes the Red Baron Arena & Expo and new ballfields.  Mr. Weilage will share information about the services and amenities that will be available, as well as, the anticipated opening date of this new facility. A question/answer period will follow.

Presenter:  Harry Weilage, Director of Marshall Community Services


Please turn in your evaluations at the end of the day to help us plan for future events!


Register online at

Please register on or before May 13 for lunch count and space needs.

Room temperatures may vary, please dress accordingly.


Employee Development Philosophy Statement

We are committed to developing the talents of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ employees.  We value our employees and understand that continuous learning benefits the entire system by developing and maintaining employee skills that link directly to achieving organizational goals and objectives.  Supporting successful leaders at all levels also builds institutional capacity to better serve our students and our communities.  This commitment is realized as a shared responsibility between each employee and each college, university, or the Office of the Chancellor.


For more information, contact SMSU Human Resources, BA 269, ext. 6208.

Download the agenda here: SMSU Development Day Agenda - 2016

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