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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Academic

  • Hawaiian Night Open House Program

     

    The month of January is full of athletic events at SMSU and rounding out the month is the epic, Hawaiian Night. To share in the tradition, the Admission Office will be hosting our third open house program of the year on January 31, 2015 starting at 1 p.m.

    The Hawaiian Night program will kick off with an Admission Presentation followed by an Academic and Student Services Fair. At the fair, students and families will be able to talk with professors and representatives from services on campus.

    The next session is a separate student and parent panel. These separate sessions allow prospective students to ask current students what life is like as a Mustang and allows family members to ask questions regarding specific services offered on campus.

    Finally, the day is wrapped up with campus tours from our University Ambassadors and question and answer from the Admission staff.

    "The tours on Hawaiian Night have always been one of my favorite. Everyone shows a lot of school spirit and it is fun for the visiting families to see."

    — Erin Nelson, Sophomore Marketing Major

    Those wishing to attend the Hawaiian Night open house event may RSVP at: www.smsu.edu/admission. Students who apply to SMSU during Hawaiian Night will have their application fee waived.

    Next Open House: Junior Visit Day- March 28, 2015 (seniors welcome)

    For further information, call Laura Johnson in the Admission Office at 507-537-6286.

    GO MUSTANGS!

    — Laura Johnson
    laura.c.johnson@smsu.edu
     

Announcement

  • IMPORTANT TAX RETURN DOCUMENT AVAILABLE; W-2 Forms Are Now Available

     

    If you consented to receive your Form W-2 electronically, it is now available on the Self Service Website.

    Accessing W-2 Forms


    To access your W-2 form, please follow these steps:


    1. Sign into Self Service, www.state.mn.us/employee, using the same user ID and password that you use to access your paystub.


    2. Select State of MN Self Service.


    3. On the State of MN Self Service page, select Other Payroll.


    4. On the Other Payroll page, select W-2 information.


    5. On the W-2 information page, select View W-2 Forms.


    NOTE: If you live or work in a state other than MN, there may be more than one W-2 listed on the Employee W-2 Forms page. In this situation, each W-2 needs to be opened and printed separately.


    6. For PDF format: on the Employee W-2 Forms page, select the PDF checkbox for Calendar Year 2014, then click the View W-2 button. Your W-2 form displays in PDF format and can be viewed or printed.


    7. For non-PDF format: On the Employee W-2 Forms page, click the View W-2 button for Calendar Year 2014. Your W-2 form displays. Click the Print This W-2 link.

    If you have any questions, please e-mail hr@smsu.edu. Thanks.

    — Barb Okrina
    barb.okrina@smsu.edu
     

Athletics

  • SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor set for Jan. 31

    The 12th induction into the Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics Hall of Honor is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31.

    The festivities, which will be held at the SMSU Conference Center, will begin at 12 p.m. with a half-hour social, followed by lunch and the induction ceremonies beginning at 12:30 p.m.

    Tickets for the lunch and ceremony are $15 per person. To reserve a ticket for the banquet please call the SMSU athletics office at 507-537-7271 or e-mail Melissa.bromen@smsu.edu.

    This year’s induction class includes football and baseball player Joe Dittrich (1977-81); men’s basketball player Jacob Fahl (1999-2003); baseball player Chad Hess (1994-97); golfer Laura (Lundbohm) Hulsebus (2000-04); football player Nate Rudolph (1996-99); football and baseball player Gary Schleper (1982-87); community member and supporter of SMSU athletics Brian Brandt; and the 2000-01 women’s basketball team.

    This year’s induction class includes football and baseball player Joe Dittrich (1977-81); men’s basketball player Jacob Fahl (1999-2003); baseball player Chad Hess (1994-97); golfer Laura (Lundbohm) Hulsebus (2000-04); football player Nate Rudolph (1996-99); football and baseball player Gary Schleper (1982-87); community member and supporter of SMSU athletics Brian Brandt; and the 2000-01 women’s basketball team.

    Joe Dittrich • Football 1977-1980, Baseball 1978-81
    Four-year letterwinner in both football and baseball … NAIA honorable mention All-America in 1980 … Two-time first team All-NIC … Led the NIC in receptions in 1979 (40) and 1980 (77) … Set the NIC record for receptions in 1980 … Led the NIC with 919 receiving yards in 1980 … Led NCAA II in receptions and ranked second in NAIA in 1980 … Finished second in NAIA in receiving yards per game (108.2) in 1980 … Set a school single-season record with 83 receptions in 1980 … Finished career holding school records in receiving yards (1,928) and receptions (166) … Played in 97 career baseball games … Finished career batting .318 with 14 doubles and four home runs.

    Jacob Fahl • Men’s Basketball 1999-2003
    Four-year letterwinner … Two-time first team All-NSIC … Two-time second team Daktronics All-Region (2002 & 2003) … Finished career holding scoring record with 1,638 points … Led team in scoring as a junior and senior … Finished career holding school records in 3-point field goals made (173), free throws made (377), free throw pct. (84.5) and games played (120) … Finished career ranking fourth in school history with 544 field goals made … Finished career ranking fifth in school history with 260 assists … Member of 2000-01 NSIC and NCAA regional championship team.

    Chad Hess • Baseball 1994-97
    Four-year letterwinner … Four-time first team All-NSIC … Member of 1994 and 1996 NSIC?championship teams … Member of 1997 NSIC?tournament championship team … Named team MVP in 1994 … Finished career ranking third in school history with 171 hits … Finished career ranking third in school history with 33 doubles … Finished career ranking fourth in school history with 23 home runs … Finished career ranking second in school history with 149 RBIs … Finished career ranking third in school history with 277 total bases.

    Laura Lundbohm • Women’s Golf 2000-04
    Four-year letterwinner … Four-time All-NSIC … Three-time NSIC Player of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003) … NGCA All-American in 2004 (first in program history) … Two-time NCAA national qualifier (first in program history in 2001) … Finished 26th in 2001 and 22nd in 2003 at NCAA Championships … Six-time career medalist … Finished career holding school record with an 82.5 stroke average.

    Nate Rudolph • Football 1996-99
    Four-year letterwinner … Two-time first team All-NSIC in 1998 & 1999 … Honorable mention All-NSIC in 1997 … Second team CoSIDA Academic All-District in 1998 … All-America Farm Team in 1999 … Finished career holding school record with 199 solo tackles … Finished career ranking third in school history with 356 total tackles … Finished career ranking third in school history with 40 tackles for loss … Led team in tackles in both 1998 (99) and 1999 (108).

    Gary Schleper • Football 1982-85, Baseball 1983-84, 1986-87
    Three-time All-NIC in baseball … Three-time NAIA All-District in baseball … Named baseball team MVP in 1984 … Finished career holding school records in home runs (27), RBIs (130), doubles (36), on-base pct. (.507) and slugging pct. (.636) … Recorded 12 victories and 15 complete games on the mound … Played in 40 career football games … Caught 152 career passes for 1,873 yards and nine touchdowns … Three-time All-NIC honorable mention at tight end.

    Brian Brandt • Community Member
    Avid supporter of SMSU and Mustang Athletics … Served as Mustang Booster Club President from 2004-14 … Helped organize the annual SMSU Smokefest, which serves as a fundraiser for Mustang Athletics … Served on several Mustang Booster Club and SMSU committees … Active member in annual Mustang Booster Club membership drive … Long-time Co-Chair of the annual SMSU Farm Outlook Seminar … Involved in numerous civic organizations around the region.

    2000-01 Women’s Basketball Team
    Head coach Kelly Kruger … Finished the season with a school record 25-5 overall record … Won the NSIC regular season championship with a 17-1 record … Won the program’s first conference championship since 1981 … Advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history … Won a school record 20 games in a row … Led the NSIC in scoring margin, scoring offense, scoring defense, field goal pct. and field goal pct. defense … Andrea Schreier named WBCA honorable mention All-America and NSIC Player of the Year … Erin Frye and Shelli Schoeneck named honorable mention All-NSIC … Kruger named NSIC Coach of the Year.

    The SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor was established in 1992 and inducts new members every two years.

    For more information on the event, log onto SMSUmustangs.com/hallofhonor.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

  • SMSU student-athletes earn NSIC award

    A total of five Southwest Minnesota State University student-athletes have earned the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award, NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind announced on Wednesday. A total of 111 student-athletes from the NSIC’s 16 institutions received the award now in its sixth year.

    SMSU student-athletes earning the award include Ryan Engels, Katie Grebinoski, Jason Minett, Alex Pantze and Christian Skillings.

    The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their eligibility and are on track to graduate. Each student-athlete will be recognized by the NSIC with a certificate of achievement and a wristwatch.

    “The Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award is one of the highest honors a student-athlete in the NSIC can achieve,” Lind said. “To earn this prestigious honor, one must show a commitment and dedication to both academics and athletics, characteristics in which Dr. Myles Brand emphasized. I am extremely proud of all these student-athletes for their devotion to their universities, the NSIC and to their personal academic and athletic goals. I have no doubt these student-athletes will continue to achieve success in life well beyond the classroom and the competition venues.”

    Engels, a native of Watertown, S.D., is a four-year letterwinner on the baseball team, majoring in exercise science and is a three-time Academic All-NSIC honoree.

    Grebinoski, a native of Holdingford, Minn., and a graphic design major, is a two-year letterwinner in track and an Academic All-NSIC honoree.

    Minett, from Ruthton, Minn., is a three-year letterwinner in baseball and is a two-time Academic All-NSIC, majoring in ag business.

    Pantz, a native of Fairbault, Minn., was a two-year letterwinner for the women’s soccer team, majoring in psychology. She earned both Academic All-NSIC and CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this past fall.

    Skillings, from Minneota, Minn., has been a member of the wrestling team for four seasons, but suffered a career ending injury during his freshman season. He is a finance major.

    Dr. Myles N. Brand, visionary leader, educator and reformer, served as the President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 2003-2009. He passed away in September 2009 at the age of 67 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His impact on Division II ran deep by implementing an identity campaign and a strategic-positioning platform tied to specific divisional attributes. He challenged Division II to continue its game-environment and community-engagement focus, and improve academic success rates.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

     

Attention

  • McLean to Read from her Translations of Martial's Epigrams

     

    Professor Susan McLean of the English Department will read a selection of her translations of the Latin epigrams of the poet Martial (who lived around 40-104 CE) on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 12:30-1:20 p.m. in the Whipple Gallery of the SMSU library (BA 291). Her reading of the short satirical poems will include some background on daily life in ancient Rome at the time of the Emperor Domitian. The translations come from her recently published book, Selected Epigrams, which was favorably reviewed in The New York Times. The reading is sponsored by the New Work Faculty Forum. All are welcome to attend and may bring their lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.

    — Susan McLean
    susan.mclean@smsu.edu
     

  • IRS Mileage Rate Update Effective January 1, 2015

     

    The standard IRS mileage rate for the business use of an employee’s personal automobile will increase on January 1, 2015 to 57.5 cents per mile.

    Please keep in mind there are two options provided for determining the mileage reimbursement rate for any given trip:
    -If the employee travels in her/his own vehicle because no SMSU vehicle is available the reimbursement rate is the current IRS rate
    *(57.5 cents per mile for miles driven in 2015 and .56 cents per mile for 2014)

    - If a SMSU vehicle is offered but the employee declines and travels in her/his own vehicle, the reimbursement rate is $.07 less than the current rate
    *(50.5 cents per mile for miles driven in 2015 and .49 cents per mile for 2014)

    — Barb Berkenpas
    barb.berkenpas@smsu.edu
     

  • Student Health 101 - January Issue

     

     

    Happy New Year, Mustang Family!

    January’s Student Health 101 is now available!

    Why should you read Student Health 101, the SMSU online health and wellness magazine at http://readsh101.com/smsu.html?

    First, students can enter the January drawing for $1,000 for simply checking out the issue. Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101 such as the following:

    - The science of happy: 8 ways to get into the habit
    - Small steps to big fitness: A little goes a long way
    - Sexual assault on campus: Survivors look to their community
    - Online courses: How to stand out in the digital classroom
    - Cease the grease: A nutritionist revamps your lunch
    - Online courses: How to stand out in the digital classroom
    - Breaking budget?: 6 steps to smart spending

    Chunky or smooth peanut butter?
    What type of peanut butter do you prefer? Please share in this week’s poll! http://readsh101.com/chunkyorsmooth/smsu.html

    And much more…

    If you missed it, be sure to check out the December issue with capture your calm, find your drive to exercise, and season’s eatings at http://readsh101.com/1214/smsu.html.

    GO MUSTANGS!

    — Brittany Krull - Asst. Director of Student Success
    Brittany.Krull@SMSU.edu

     

  • Computer Science Majors: Digi-Key Corporation on Campus Jan. 29 & 30

     

    Digi-Key Corporation of Thief River Falls, MN will be on the SMSU campus Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30.

    Informational Meeting:
    Thursday, January 29
    6:00 p.m. | Student Center 249
    Free Pizza & Pop!

    On-Campus Interviews:
    Friday, January 30
    8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Career Services-BA 159

    Available Positions include Software Engineer (Job ID 37989) and Software Engineer Coop/Intern (Job ID 37990).

    If you do not have a MustangJobs.com account:
    Please contact Lori.Engebretson@SMSU.edu with your full name and Mustang ID. You will then receive information on how to create an account.

    If you already have a MustangJobs.com account:
    Interview Schedules – View ALL Upcoming Interviews – 157 / Software Engineer, Software Engineer Coop/Intern (Digi-Key Corporation)

    For more information, please stop into Career Services – BA 156.

    — Career Services
    Careers@SMSU.edu
     

Clubs & Organizations

Entertainment

  • Daniel Oberreuter LIVE IN CONCERT

    Lead singer of THE THIRSTING, Daniel Oberreuter will be performing on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Lower Conference Center. ALL ARE INVITED. Come find what so many are THIRSTING for. You can't afford to miss this FREE event.

    Daniel Oberreuter brings the heart of faith to his listeners through intense emotion and energy. Hear his message through an unforgettable night of Catholic rock music and a testimony of faith that will make you rethink the power of God.
     

    This event is Sponsored by the Newman Club and is accepting two non-perishable items for the local food shelf upon arrival.

    — Elizabeth Senkyr
    elizabeth.senkyr@smsu.edu
     

  • We Heart Roald Dahl

     

    For our spring theatre production of James and the Giant Peach, we would like to display the MANY works of Roald Dahl. These works will be on display in the theatre lobby, and we will credit items to their owner. To see if you own any of his works, visit www.roalddahl.com/shop.

    Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was one of the world's most imaginative, successful, and loved storytellers. His stories are currently published in 49 languages worldwide. They continue to inspire the world's most creative collaborators, resulting in new movie adaptations, classical music, opera, plays, and musicals.

    To contribute to the display, contact Diana Holmes at 507-537-7103.


    Thanks!

    — Diana Holmes
    diana.holmes@smsu.edu
     

Monday, January 26, 2015

Academic

  • Hawaiian Night Open House Program

     

    The month of January is full of athletic events at SMSU and rounding out the month is the epic, Hawaiian Night. To share in the tradition, the Admission Office will be hosting our third open house program of the year on January 31, 2015 starting at 1 p.m.

    The Hawaiian Night program will kick off with an Admission Presentation followed by an Academic and Student Services Fair. At the fair, students and families will be able to talk with professors and representatives from services on campus.

    The next session is a separate student and parent panel. These separate sessions allow prospective students to ask current students what life is like as a Mustang and allows family members to ask questions regarding specific services offered on campus.

    Finally, the day is wrapped up with campus tours from our University Ambassadors and question and answer from the Admission staff.

    "The tours on Hawaiian Night have always been one of my favorite. Everyone shows a lot of school spirit and it is fun for the visiting families to see."

    — Erin Nelson, Sophomore Marketing Major

    Those wishing to attend the Hawaiian Night open house event may RSVP at: www.smsu.edu/admission. Students who apply to SMSU during Hawaiian Night will have their application fee waived.

    Next Open House: Junior Visit Day- March 28, 2015 (seniors welcome)

    For further information, call Laura Johnson in the Admission Office at 507-537-6286.

    GO MUSTANGS!

    — Laura Johnson
    laura.c.johnson@smsu.edu
     

  • Spring Semester D2L Users Group Meetings

     

    Two separate D2L Users Group meetings are currently planned for this semester. Both meetings will be held from 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. in the Technology Resource Center

    The first meeting will be Wednesday, January 21. The primary agenda item will be a review of the changes to D2L that are a result of a service pack update implemented during the Winter Break. The most significant change was a restoration of the “grid view” for the Discussion tool.

    The second meeting will be Wednesday, February 25. The primary agenda item will be an overview of the Gradebook tool.

    In order to support off-campus faculty, Adobe Connect can be used to make the meeting available via web conference. Please let me know if you would like to attend via Adobe Connect.

    Thanks,

    Dan Baun
    Chief Information Officer
    dan.baun@smsu.edu

     

Announcement

  • Minnesota Job & Internship Fair - Friday, Feb. 6

     

    The Minnesota Job & Internship Fair will be held on Friday, Feb. 6 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. The event is open to students and alumni from the seven Minnesota State Universities. Free coach transportation is available. Registration is required. Detailed event information and a list of employers who will attend may be found at http://www.mnsujobfair.org/

    SMSU Career Services will host a Resume Writing Workshop on Wednesday, January 14 in BA 314 McFarland Library from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. A Prep Party will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Student Center Lower Level. Plan to attend this event to learn more about attending a job fair.

    Stop into Career Services BA 156 to register!

    — Career Services
    Careers@SMSU.edu
     

  • IMPORTANT TAX RETURN DOCUMENT AVAILABLE; W-2 Forms Are Now Available

     

    If you consented to receive your Form W-2 electronically, it is now available on the Self Service Website.

    Accessing W-2 Forms


    To access your W-2 form, please follow these steps:


    1. Sign into Self Service, www.state.mn.us/employee, using the same user ID and password that you use to access your paystub.


    2. Select State of MN Self Service.


    3. On the State of MN Self Service page, select Other Payroll.


    4. On the Other Payroll page, select W-2 information.


    5. On the W-2 information page, select View W-2 Forms.


    NOTE: If you live or work in a state other than MN, there may be more than one W-2 listed on the Employee W-2 Forms page. In this situation, each W-2 needs to be opened and printed separately.


    6. For PDF format: on the Employee W-2 Forms page, select the PDF checkbox for Calendar Year 2014, then click the View W-2 button. Your W-2 form displays in PDF format and can be viewed or printed.


    7. For non-PDF format: On the Employee W-2 Forms page, click the View W-2 button for Calendar Year 2014. Your W-2 form displays. Click the Print This W-2 link.

    If you have any questions, please e-mail hr@smsu.edu. Thanks.

    — Barb Okrina
    barb.okrina@smsu.edu
     

Athletics

  • SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor set for Jan. 31

    The 12th induction into the Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics Hall of Honor is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31.

    The festivities, which will be held at the SMSU Conference Center, will begin at 12 p.m. with a half-hour social, followed by lunch and the induction ceremonies beginning at 12:30 p.m.

    Tickets for the lunch and ceremony are $15 per person. To reserve a ticket for the banquet please call the SMSU athletics office at 507-537-7271 or e-mail Melissa.bromen@smsu.edu.

    This year’s induction class includes football and baseball player Joe Dittrich (1977-81); men’s basketball player Jacob Fahl (1999-2003); baseball player Chad Hess (1994-97); golfer Laura (Lundbohm) Hulsebus (2000-04); football player Nate Rudolph (1996-99); football and baseball player Gary Schleper (1982-87); community member and supporter of SMSU athletics Brian Brandt; and the 2000-01 women’s basketball team.

    This year’s induction class includes football and baseball player Joe Dittrich (1977-81); men’s basketball player Jacob Fahl (1999-2003); baseball player Chad Hess (1994-97); golfer Laura (Lundbohm) Hulsebus (2000-04); football player Nate Rudolph (1996-99); football and baseball player Gary Schleper (1982-87); community member and supporter of SMSU athletics Brian Brandt; and the 2000-01 women’s basketball team.

    Joe Dittrich • Football 1977-1980, Baseball 1978-81
    Four-year letterwinner in both football and baseball … NAIA honorable mention All-America in 1980 … Two-time first team All-NIC … Led the NIC in receptions in 1979 (40) and 1980 (77) … Set the NIC record for receptions in 1980 … Led the NIC with 919 receiving yards in 1980 … Led NCAA II in receptions and ranked second in NAIA in 1980 … Finished second in NAIA in receiving yards per game (108.2) in 1980 … Set a school single-season record with 83 receptions in 1980 … Finished career holding school records in receiving yards (1,928) and receptions (166) … Played in 97 career baseball games … Finished career batting .318 with 14 doubles and four home runs.

    Jacob Fahl • Men’s Basketball 1999-2003
    Four-year letterwinner … Two-time first team All-NSIC … Two-time second team Daktronics All-Region (2002 & 2003) … Finished career holding scoring record with 1,638 points … Led team in scoring as a junior and senior … Finished career holding school records in 3-point field goals made (173), free throws made (377), free throw pct. (84.5) and games played (120) … Finished career ranking fourth in school history with 544 field goals made … Finished career ranking fifth in school history with 260 assists … Member of 2000-01 NSIC and NCAA regional championship team.

    Chad Hess • Baseball 1994-97
    Four-year letterwinner … Four-time first team All-NSIC … Member of 1994 and 1996 NSIC?championship teams … Member of 1997 NSIC?tournament championship team … Named team MVP in 1994 … Finished career ranking third in school history with 171 hits … Finished career ranking third in school history with 33 doubles … Finished career ranking fourth in school history with 23 home runs … Finished career ranking second in school history with 149 RBIs … Finished career ranking third in school history with 277 total bases.

    Laura Lundbohm • Women’s Golf 2000-04
    Four-year letterwinner … Four-time All-NSIC … Three-time NSIC Player of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003) … NGCA All-American in 2004 (first in program history) … Two-time NCAA national qualifier (first in program history in 2001) … Finished 26th in 2001 and 22nd in 2003 at NCAA Championships … Six-time career medalist … Finished career holding school record with an 82.5 stroke average.

    Nate Rudolph • Football 1996-99
    Four-year letterwinner … Two-time first team All-NSIC in 1998 & 1999 … Honorable mention All-NSIC in 1997 … Second team CoSIDA Academic All-District in 1998 … All-America Farm Team in 1999 … Finished career holding school record with 199 solo tackles … Finished career ranking third in school history with 356 total tackles … Finished career ranking third in school history with 40 tackles for loss … Led team in tackles in both 1998 (99) and 1999 (108).

    Gary Schleper • Football 1982-85, Baseball 1983-84, 1986-87
    Three-time All-NIC in baseball … Three-time NAIA All-District in baseball … Named baseball team MVP in 1984 … Finished career holding school records in home runs (27), RBIs (130), doubles (36), on-base pct. (.507) and slugging pct. (.636) … Recorded 12 victories and 15 complete games on the mound … Played in 40 career football games … Caught 152 career passes for 1,873 yards and nine touchdowns … Three-time All-NIC honorable mention at tight end.

    Brian Brandt • Community Member
    Avid supporter of SMSU and Mustang Athletics … Served as Mustang Booster Club President from 2004-14 … Helped organize the annual SMSU Smokefest, which serves as a fundraiser for Mustang Athletics … Served on several Mustang Booster Club and SMSU committees … Active member in annual Mustang Booster Club membership drive … Long-time Co-Chair of the annual SMSU Farm Outlook Seminar … Involved in numerous civic organizations around the region.

    2000-01 Women’s Basketball Team
    Head coach Kelly Kruger … Finished the season with a school record 25-5 overall record … Won the NSIC regular season championship with a 17-1 record … Won the program’s first conference championship since 1981 … Advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history … Won a school record 20 games in a row … Led the NSIC in scoring margin, scoring offense, scoring defense, field goal pct. and field goal pct. defense … Andrea Schreier named WBCA honorable mention All-America and NSIC Player of the Year … Erin Frye and Shelli Schoeneck named honorable mention All-NSIC … Kruger named NSIC Coach of the Year.

    The SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor was established in 1992 and inducts new members every two years.

    For more information on the event, log onto SMSUmustangs.com/hallofhonor.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

  • SMSU student-athletes earn NSIC award

    A total of five Southwest Minnesota State University student-athletes have earned the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award, NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind announced on Wednesday. A total of 111 student-athletes from the NSIC’s 16 institutions received the award now in its sixth year.

    SMSU student-athletes earning the award include Ryan Engels, Katie Grebinoski, Jason Minett, Alex Pantze and Christian Skillings.

    The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their eligibility and are on track to graduate. Each student-athlete will be recognized by the NSIC with a certificate of achievement and a wristwatch.

    “The Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award is one of the highest honors a student-athlete in the NSIC can achieve,” Lind said. “To earn this prestigious honor, one must show a commitment and dedication to both academics and athletics, characteristics in which Dr. Myles Brand emphasized. I am extremely proud of all these student-athletes for their devotion to their universities, the NSIC and to their personal academic and athletic goals. I have no doubt these student-athletes will continue to achieve success in life well beyond the classroom and the competition venues.”

    Engels, a native of Watertown, S.D., is a four-year letterwinner on the baseball team, majoring in exercise science and is a three-time Academic All-NSIC honoree.

    Grebinoski, a native of Holdingford, Minn., and a graphic design major, is a two-year letterwinner in track and an Academic All-NSIC honoree.

    Minett, from Ruthton, Minn., is a three-year letterwinner in baseball and is a two-time Academic All-NSIC, majoring in ag business.

    Pantz, a native of Fairbault, Minn., was a two-year letterwinner for the women’s soccer team, majoring in psychology. She earned both Academic All-NSIC and CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this past fall.

    Skillings, from Minneota, Minn., has been a member of the wrestling team for four seasons, but suffered a career ending injury during his freshman season. He is a finance major.

    Dr. Myles N. Brand, visionary leader, educator and reformer, served as the President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 2003-2009. He passed away in September 2009 at the age of 67 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His impact on Division II ran deep by implementing an identity campaign and a strategic-positioning platform tied to specific divisional attributes. He challenged Division II to continue its game-environment and community-engagement focus, and improve academic success rates.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

     

Attention

  • McLean to Read from her Translations of Martial's Epigrams

     

    Professor Susan McLean of the English Department will read a selection of her translations of the Latin epigrams of the poet Martial (who lived around 40-104 CE) on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 12:30-1:20 p.m. in the Whipple Gallery of the SMSU library (BA 291). Her reading of the short satirical poems will include some background on daily life in ancient Rome at the time of the Emperor Domitian. The translations come from her recently published book, Selected Epigrams, which was favorably reviewed in The New York Times. The reading is sponsored by the New Work Faculty Forum. All are welcome to attend and may bring their lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.

    — Susan McLean
    susan.mclean@smsu.edu
     

  • IRS Mileage Rate Update Effective January 1, 2015

     

    The standard IRS mileage rate for the business use of an employee’s personal automobile will increase on January 1, 2015 to 57.5 cents per mile.

    Please keep in mind there are two options provided for determining the mileage reimbursement rate for any given trip:
    -If the employee travels in her/his own vehicle because no SMSU vehicle is available the reimbursement rate is the current IRS rate
    *(57.5 cents per mile for miles driven in 2015 and .56 cents per mile for 2014)

    - If a SMSU vehicle is offered but the employee declines and travels in her/his own vehicle, the reimbursement rate is $.07 less than the current rate
    *(50.5 cents per mile for miles driven in 2015 and .49 cents per mile for 2014)

    — Barb Berkenpas
    barb.berkenpas@smsu.edu
     

  • Student Health 101 - January Issue

     

     

    Happy New Year, Mustang Family!

    January’s Student Health 101 is now available!

    Why should you read Student Health 101, the SMSU online health and wellness magazine at http://readsh101.com/smsu.html?

    First, students can enter the January drawing for $1,000 for simply checking out the issue. Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101 such as the following:

    - The science of happy: 8 ways to get into the habit
    - Small steps to big fitness: A little goes a long way
    - Sexual assault on campus: Survivors look to their community
    - Online courses: How to stand out in the digital classroom
    - Cease the grease: A nutritionist revamps your lunch
    - Online courses: How to stand out in the digital classroom
    - Breaking budget?: 6 steps to smart spending

    Chunky or smooth peanut butter?
    What type of peanut butter do you prefer? Please share in this week’s poll! http://readsh101.com/chunkyorsmooth/smsu.html

    And much more…

    If you missed it, be sure to check out the December issue with capture your calm, find your drive to exercise, and season’s eatings at http://readsh101.com/1214/smsu.html.

    GO MUSTANGS!

    — Brittany Krull - Asst. Director of Student Success
    Brittany.Krull@SMSU.edu

     

  • Computer Science Majors: Digi-Key Corporation on Campus Jan. 29 & 30

     

    Digi-Key Corporation of Thief River Falls, MN will be on the SMSU campus Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30.

    Informational Meeting:
    Thursday, January 29
    6:00 p.m. | Student Center 249
    Free Pizza & Pop!

    On-Campus Interviews:
    Friday, January 30
    8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Career Services-BA 159

    Available Positions include Software Engineer (Job ID 37989) and Software Engineer Coop/Intern (Job ID 37990).

    If you do not have a MustangJobs.com account:
    Please contact Lori.Engebretson@SMSU.edu with your full name and Mustang ID. You will then receive information on how to create an account.

    If you already have a MustangJobs.com account:
    Interview Schedules – View ALL Upcoming Interviews – 157 / Software Engineer, Software Engineer Coop/Intern (Digi-Key Corporation)

    For more information, please stop into Career Services – BA 156.

    — Career Services
    Careers@SMSU.edu
     

  • Seeking 2015 Alumni Award Nominations

     

    Each year at homecoming the SMSU Alumni Association recognizes alumni and friends who have made significant contributions of time, talent, or financial resources to help advance and bring positive recognition to Southwest Minnesota State University. The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for our 2015 Alumni Awards. If you know of a past graduate who has gone on to do amazing things, please nominate them for an award.

    Alumni Achievement Awards – Presented to a graduate in recognition of their remarkable professional success and the positive reflection made on the reputation of all graduates of SMSU.

    Honorary Lifetime Membership Award – This award is presented to an individual or couple who are not graduates of SMSU but give their time, talents, and enthusiasm as if they were.

    Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award – This award is to recognize recent graduates with exceptional achievement and significant contributions to the recipients profession or community/society or university. The nominees must have graduated from SMSU within the past 10 years.

    For more information please go to http://www.southwestalumni.com/awards. Nominations must be received by January 26th in order to be considered for the 2015 award ceremony.

    — Michael VanDrehle
    michael.vandrehle@smsu.edu
     

Clubs & Organizations

Entertainment

  • Daniel Oberreuter LIVE IN CONCERT

    Lead singer of THE THIRSTING, Daniel Oberreuter will be performing on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Lower Conference Center. ALL ARE INVITED. Come find what so many are THIRSTING for. You can't afford to miss this FREE event.

    Daniel Oberreuter brings the heart of faith to his listeners through intense emotion and energy. Hear his message through an unforgettable night of Catholic rock music and a testimony of faith that will make you rethink the power of God.
     

    This event is Sponsored by the Newman Club and is accepting two non-perishable items for the local food shelf upon arrival.

    — Elizabeth Senkyr
    elizabeth.senkyr@smsu.edu
     

  • We Heart Roald Dahl

     

    For our spring theatre production of James and the Giant Peach, we would like to display the MANY works of Roald Dahl. These works will be on display in the theatre lobby, and we will credit items to their owner. To see if you own any of his works, visit www.roalddahl.com/shop.

    Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was one of the world's most imaginative, successful, and loved storytellers. His stories are currently published in 49 languages worldwide. They continue to inspire the world's most creative collaborators, resulting in new movie adaptations, classical music, opera, plays, and musicals.

    To contribute to the display, contact Diana Holmes at 507-537-7103.


    Thanks!

    — Diana Holmes
    diana.holmes@smsu.edu
     

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