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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Announcement

  • Student Health 101 - October Issue

     

    Hello Mustangs!

    October’s issue of 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, you can enter the October drawing for $1,000 for simply checking out the issue. Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101 including the following:

    All-In-One Workouts: How to build strength, stamina, and flexibility anywhere

    The Science of Choice: Strategies for better health habits

    The Job Prob: Forecasting your future in the job market

    The Pursuit of Perfection: What is the cost of your high standards?

    Battle of The Bars: Is your nutrition bar all health or all hype?

    What Was Your Best Halloween Costume? Pirate, princess, mummy, other? Please share in this week’s poll!
    http://readsh101.com/halloween/smsu.html

    And much more…

    If you missed it, be sure to check out the September issue, with sleep study, desirable habits, and good mood food at http://readsh101.com/0914/smsu.html.

    GO MUSTANGS!


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


     

  • SMSU Aquatics 2014 Fall Schedule

     

    Monday: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m.
    Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m.
    Wednesday: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m.
    Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m.
    Friday: 11:30 a.m.-2:30p.m. & 6-9 p.m.
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: 2-6 p.m.

    SMSU Aquatics
    2014 Fall Closings
    Aug 30- Sept 1: Labor Day
    Sept 12-13 (6-9 p.m.): SMSU Private Event
    Sept 23 (2:30-10 p.m.): MHS Swim Meet
    Oct 2 (2:30-10 p.m.): MHS Swim Meet
    Oct 3-5: Fall Break
    Oct 24 (2:30-10 p.m.): MHS Swim Meet
    Nov 25 (2:30 p.m.)-Nov 30: Thanksgiving Break
    Dec 18 (4 p.m.)-Jan 11: Winter Break

     

    — Patty Myrvik
    Patricia.Myrvik@smsu.edu
     

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: It can happen to you! – Mon. Oct. 27 in CH 201

     

    College is a time for exploring your sexuality and experimenting. But you want to know how to be safe. So plan on attending an interesting and enlightening talk about sexually transmitted infections. Discover what they look like, what the symptoms are, how they are treated, and how you can protect yourself. Join us on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in CH 201 for this extremely interesting talk by Melissa Scotting, a local nurse practitioner. I guarantee this is a presentation you'll be talking about for days!

    — Sandy Craner
    sandy.craner@smsu.edu

  • Agriculture Career and Internship Fair - Wednesday, November 5 10am-12:30pm

    Attention Students From All Majors:

    Register today in Career Services (BA156) if you plan to attend the Agriculture Career and Internship Fair. Employers representing 25 businesses will be available to meet prospective employees and interns. A complete listing of participating employers can be found at http://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/careerservices/?id=8959 . Check back frequently as employer registration is ongoing. All majors are welcome and encouraged to attend as employers offer a broad range of employment opportunities.

    Career Services will be hosting a Prep Party on October 15, 2014 in the lower level Student Center 11 a.m.-1:30 .pm. in advance of the Agriculture Career and Internship Fair. Three area employers will be available at the Prep Party to offer tips on how to approach the employer and begin the conversation. What do you need to say and accomplish in that 30 to 60 second greeting? What will make you stand out and get you that interview? Have your resume scanned by a professional and see how to ‘Dress for Success’. This is a come and go event to help you feel prepared and confident.

    Resume Writing Workshop is October 22, 2014 in BA 314 (Library) from noon to 1 p.m.

    — Career Services
    Careers@SMSU.edu


     

Athletics

  • Track & Field Complex Ribbon-Cutting Oct. 25

    Southwest Minnesota State University and Marshall Public Schools will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11:45 a.m. to officially open the Marshall Regional Track & Field Complex on the campus of SMSU.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    The complex will be the home for both SMSU and Marshall Public Schools Track & Field programs, SMSU Rugby, along with other various events for the community. The project is a partnership with SMSU and Marshall Public Schools. The complex is located on the northeast corner of the SMSU campus and is a renovation and expansion of the Mattke Field stadium.

    Officials from Marshall Public Schools and SMSU President Dr. Connie J. Gores will speak at the ceremony, while members of the SMSU and Marshall Public Schools track & field teams will also be present.

    Following the ceremony, the SMSU women's soccer team will be taking on MSU Moorhead on the turf field inside the running track starting at 12 p.m.

    The Marshall Regional Track and Field Complex includes a 9-lane, double bend, 400-meter track and includes a water jump pit, hurdle for the steeplechase and high jump area. An NCAA regulation, synthetic turf, soccer/football field is placed within the track. Field events will take place on the north end of the track and field complex, including long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and javelin.

    There will be a grand opening ceremony for the Marshall Regional Track & Field Complex next spring when the track and field season begins.

    The official groundbreaking for the Marshall Regional Track & Field complex was held on April 14, 2014.

  • Annual volleyball "Red Out" match set for Friday

    The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team has teamed up with the Minnesota Army National Guard for the fourth annual "Red Out" event to benefit and promote awareness for heart disease among women. The Mustangs will hold the "Red Out" this Friday night, hosting nationally ranked Concordia-St. Paul in the PE Gym starting at 7 p.m.

    All fans in attendance are encouraged to wear red to the match. The first 400 fans through the gates will receive a free "Red Out" t-shirt, courtesy of the Minnesota National Guard.

    "Heart disease is the number one killer of women," said Terry Culhane, SMSU head volleyball coach. "Our volleyball team and staff would like to continue to bring awareness and help educate others about this serious disease. We'd like this annual event to raise money to benefit the efforts in fighting heart disease."

    Culhane, who suffered a heart attack in 2010, felt that his experience offered a unique opportunity for his volleyball program to help educate the public about this deadly disease.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

     

Attention

  • It's not too late to donate to the Combined Charities Campaign

     

    The Combined Charities Campaign is going on now.

    Did you know...
    ** 10,000 Minnesotans will be homeless tonight?
    ** 8,500 Minnesotans will visit a food shelf today?
    ** 3 out of 10 kids, 30%, of youth in the United States, are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying, or both?
    ** Over 40% of Minnesota's waters do NOT meet water quality standards for being fishable, swimmable and drinkable.
    ** Experiencing poverty, especially early in life, is associated with a host of negative academic, social, and health outcomes for children, including higher rates of chronic disease and shorter life expectancy?

    Many of the charities in the State Employees Combined Charities Campaign play an integral role in alleviating homelessness, hunger, bullying, and poverty and help improve the water quality in our state.

    No donation is too small. Please consider helping us meet our goal of raising $1 million for charities doing great work in our communities and state.

    Easy pledging is done on-line using the self-service web site www.state.mn.us/employee.

    For more information about the participating charities, please visit the Charities web site at http://mn.gov/mmb/combined-charities/charities/.

    If you need assistance with your pledging, please don't hesitate to call Barb at ext. 6208 or e-mail barb.okrina@smsu.edu.

    Our THANKS go out to everyone who has pledged!

    — Barb Okrina
    Barb.Okrina@smsu.edu

     

  • How We All Can Help with the Recruitment of New Students to SMSU

     

    Ideas for Assisting with New Student Recruitment


    The Office of Admission welcomes your involvement in the recruitment process. If you have ideas on how to recruit new students, please contact Matt Suby (matthew.suby@smsu.edu) or Allan Vogel (allan.vogel@smsu.edu). Below are some easy ways to assist us in the recruitment process.


    1) Bragging Points – Arm the Admission Counselors, Ambassadors and Tour Guides with unique and exciting information about your area! These should be points that would suggest to a student that our program is the best fit for them. Please refrain from using general points like small class sizes, professor attention. Make these unique points of pride from your area. For example:
    -What unique opportunities can we offer them?
    -What hands on, active learning opportunities take place?
    -What are your graduates doing?
    -Are there internships available?
    -What outstanding facilities or equipment do our students have access to?
    -Has your program/students received any regional or national awards?

    Please send these “Bragging Points” or request to attend an Office of Admission Staff Meeting to share these points. Meetings are Friday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and you can contact Jessica Anderson (Jessica.anderson@smsu.edu) for both options!

    2) Meet with Visitors – Please be available to meet with prospective students and their guests when they visit campus. These meetings are a critical part of their visit and their decision of where to enroll. Again, use the selling points from above to sell your program versus other programs. Visitors may not always have questions prepared, so be ready to market your program. Show them your facilities, show them their career path, and let them know SMSU is where they belong!

    3) Communicate with Admitted Students – Students hear from the Admission staff regularly through e-mail, phone calls and texts. What can make a huge impact is hearing from you! At any given time, a list of admitted students in your area can be pulled with e-mails and phone numbers. Please contact Matt Suby (matthew.suby@smsu.edu) for these lists and build a relationship with your future students!

    4) Build Connections with High School Teachers and Community College Professors – These folks are often some of the most influential people, next to parents, in regards to a student’s decision of where to enroll. Share all of the good things happening at SMSU with them as well! By building these relationships, you can create a pipeline of new students! College Now classes are a great place to start, but any opportunity we have to get in front of people helps!

    5) Admitted Student Day – February 13, 2015. Last year 72 students attended Admitted Student Day. Of those 72 students, 64 of them registered for classes this fall! That is a yield of 89%! Please make every effort to not only be available for this program, but put some time into preparing your sessions with interested students. Make their experience unforgettable and help us secure that student for fall!

    — Allan Vogel
    allan.vogel@smsu.edu
     

  • Sign-up for SMSU Alert, The New Emergency Notification System

    October 14, 2014

    To: Campus Community

    From: Mike Munford CPP, CPO
    Director of University Public Safety

    Re: Sign-Up for SMSU’s New Emergency Notification System

    SMSU is launching a new emergency notification tool to replace Star Alert. The new tool is called SMSU ALERT (powered by Blackboard Connect). SMSU ALERT will be used for providing important emergency, safety and weather announcements for the campus community. Notification messages will briefly note the nature of the emergency, what action, if any, you are to take, and where to find additional information.

    All current students and employees have already had their e-mail addresses automatically enrolled in the new system. In order to receive messages via text, voice mail or at alternative e-mail addresses, students and employees will need to create an SMSU ALERT account using the Blackboard Connect Portal at http://www.smsu.edu/go/smsualert . Through your account, you can add multiple #s to receive text messages. This will enable persons such as parents and spouses to receive notifications. In addition, throughout your status as a student or employee, you can modify the information in your account.

    A tutorial on how to create an account and to add information such as your cell phone number is available at the following website: http://www.smsu.edu/go/smsualert.

    Please note that if you are a current Star Alert subscriber for text notifications, you will need to re-enroll through the Blackboard Connect portal to continue to receive emergency notification text messages. Star Alert will no longer be used. Also, any non-SMSU students or non-SMSU employees (e.g., parents or spouses) that have previously subscribed to Star Alert will not be automatically included in the new SMSU ALERT tool. Rather, current SMSU students and employees will need to enroll the cell phone numbers for any individuals they wish to receive SMSU ALERT text messages within the allowed numbers within their accounts. Registration for this service is free and only takes a few minutes.


    Should you require any assistance with creating an account and/or adding information into your account, please visit the Technology Resource Center in BA 161 or contact them by phone at 507.537.6111 or trchelpdesk@smsu.edu.


    Let’s continue to work safely together.

     


    Michael J. Munford CPP, CPO
    Director of University Public Safety

  • New Items In Library (added Oct. 1-Oct. 15, 2014)

     

    We were very busy in the Library the first half of October! From donations and newly ordered books and videos to government resources both physical and electronic, just under 450 new titles made their way into our catalog.

    Some of these new titles include “ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” “July Crisis: The World’s Descent Into War, Summer 1914,” “Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne,” “Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology,” “The Book Thief” (book and DVD), lots of new poetry books, more books on World War I, and several books on airplanes and aviation.

    Stop in any time to check out our ever-changing display of new titles, or find all items that have recently been added by looking under the Library Collections link on the library home page: www.smsu.edu/library/

    — Kristi Petersen
    kristi.petersen@smsu.edu

     

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Announcement

  • Student Health 101 - October Issue

     

    Hello Mustangs!

    October’s issue of 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, you can enter the October drawing for $1,000 for simply checking out the issue. Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101 including the following:

    All-In-One Workouts: How to build strength, stamina, and flexibility anywhere

    The Science of Choice: Strategies for better health habits

    The Job Prob: Forecasting your future in the job market

    The Pursuit of Perfection: What is the cost of your high standards?

    Battle of The Bars: Is your nutrition bar all health or all hype?

    What Was Your Best Halloween Costume? Pirate, princess, mummy, other? Please share in this week’s poll!
    http://readsh101.com/halloween/smsu.html

    And much more…

    If you missed it, be sure to check out the September issue, with sleep study, desirable habits, and good mood food at http://readsh101.com/0914/smsu.html.

    GO MUSTANGS!


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


     

  • SMSU Aquatics 2014 Fall Schedule

     

    Monday: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m.
    Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m.
    Wednesday: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m.
    Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m.
    Friday: 11:30 a.m.-2:30p.m. & 6-9 p.m.
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: 2-6 p.m.

    SMSU Aquatics
    2014 Fall Closings
    Aug 30- Sept 1: Labor Day
    Sept 12-13 (6-9 p.m.): SMSU Private Event
    Sept 23 (2:30-10 p.m.): MHS Swim Meet
    Oct 2 (2:30-10 p.m.): MHS Swim Meet
    Oct 3-5: Fall Break
    Oct 24 (2:30-10 p.m.): MHS Swim Meet
    Nov 25 (2:30 p.m.)-Nov 30: Thanksgiving Break
    Dec 18 (4 p.m.)-Jan 11: Winter Break

     

    — Patty Myrvik
    Patricia.Myrvik@smsu.edu
     

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: It can happen to you! – Mon. Oct. 27 in CH 201

     

    College is a time for exploring your sexuality and experimenting. But you want to know how to be safe. So plan on attending an interesting and enlightening talk about sexually transmitted infections. Discover what they look like, what the symptoms are, how they are treated, and how you can protect yourself. Join us on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in CH 201 for this extremely interesting talk by Melissa Scotting, a local nurse practitioner. I guarantee this is a presentation you'll be talking about for days!

    — Sandy Craner
    sandy.craner@smsu.edu

  • Agriculture Career and Internship Fair - Wednesday, November 5 10am-12:30pm

    Attention Students From All Majors:

    Register today in Career Services (BA156) if you plan to attend the Agriculture Career and Internship Fair. Employers representing 25 businesses will be available to meet prospective employees and interns. A complete listing of participating employers can be found at http://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/careerservices/?id=8959 . Check back frequently as employer registration is ongoing. All majors are welcome and encouraged to attend as employers offer a broad range of employment opportunities.

    Career Services will be hosting a Prep Party on October 15, 2014 in the lower level Student Center 11 a.m.-1:30 .pm. in advance of the Agriculture Career and Internship Fair. Three area employers will be available at the Prep Party to offer tips on how to approach the employer and begin the conversation. What do you need to say and accomplish in that 30 to 60 second greeting? What will make you stand out and get you that interview? Have your resume scanned by a professional and see how to ‘Dress for Success’. This is a come and go event to help you feel prepared and confident.

    Resume Writing Workshop is October 22, 2014 in BA 314 (Library) from noon to 1 p.m.

    — Career Services
    Careers@SMSU.edu


     

Athletics

  • Track & Field Complex Ribbon-Cutting Oct. 25

    Southwest Minnesota State University and Marshall Public Schools will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11:45 a.m. to officially open the Marshall Regional Track & Field Complex on the campus of SMSU.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    The complex will be the home for both SMSU and Marshall Public Schools Track & Field programs, SMSU Rugby, along with other various events for the community. The project is a partnership with SMSU and Marshall Public Schools. The complex is located on the northeast corner of the SMSU campus and is a renovation and expansion of the Mattke Field stadium.

    Officials from Marshall Public Schools and SMSU President Dr. Connie J. Gores will speak at the ceremony, while members of the SMSU and Marshall Public Schools track & field teams will also be present.

    Following the ceremony, the SMSU women's soccer team will be taking on MSU Moorhead on the turf field inside the running track starting at 12 p.m.

    The Marshall Regional Track and Field Complex includes a 9-lane, double bend, 400-meter track and includes a water jump pit, hurdle for the steeplechase and high jump area. An NCAA regulation, synthetic turf, soccer/football field is placed within the track. Field events will take place on the north end of the track and field complex, including long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and javelin.

    There will be a grand opening ceremony for the Marshall Regional Track & Field Complex next spring when the track and field season begins.

    The official groundbreaking for the Marshall Regional Track & Field complex was held on April 14, 2014.

  • Annual volleyball "Red Out" match set for Friday

    The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team has teamed up with the Minnesota Army National Guard for the fourth annual "Red Out" event to benefit and promote awareness for heart disease among women. The Mustangs will hold the "Red Out" this Friday night, hosting nationally ranked Concordia-St. Paul in the PE Gym starting at 7 p.m.

    All fans in attendance are encouraged to wear red to the match. The first 400 fans through the gates will receive a free "Red Out" t-shirt, courtesy of the Minnesota National Guard.

    "Heart disease is the number one killer of women," said Terry Culhane, SMSU head volleyball coach. "Our volleyball team and staff would like to continue to bring awareness and help educate others about this serious disease. We'd like this annual event to raise money to benefit the efforts in fighting heart disease."

    Culhane, who suffered a heart attack in 2010, felt that his experience offered a unique opportunity for his volleyball program to help educate the public about this deadly disease.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

     

  • SMSU Athletics honors Mustang student-athletes at Celebration of Excellence

    Southwest Minnesota State student-athletes from the 2013-14 academic year were honored at the SMSU Athletic Department ninth annual Celebration of Excellence program held on Sunday, Oct. 12, on the campus of SMSU.

    The SMSU volleyball and soccer teams, which both qualified for the NCAA tournament last season, along with the SMSU football team, which played in the 2013 Mineral Water Bowl were recognized, as were all-conference, academic all-conference, 2013-14 student-athlete seniors, team MVPs and Mustang Medalists.

    Senior golfer Rachel Patnoe from Milbank, S.D., was named the 2013-14 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while senior men’s basketball player Nick Smith from Johnston, Iowa, was named Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight year. Patnoe also served as this year's keynote speaker.

    Football player Tyler Tonderum from Armstrong, Iowa, received the 2013-14 Male Athlete of the Year honor, while volleyball player Rachel Westby from Marshall, Minn., was named Female Athlete of the Year.

    Tonderum had one of the best seasons in program history in 2013. He was named a Harlon Hill national finalist (finished eighth) for national player of the year and was named named first team All-America by Daktronics, Beyond Sports Network and Don Hansen Football Gazette. He was also named second team AP Little America and second team All-American by D2football.com.

    Tonderum rushed for a school record 2,145 yards and 19 touchdowns on 341 attempts and also set a school record with 19 rushing touchdowns. He became just the 25th player in Division II history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season. He set the NSIC single-season rushing record with 1,979 yards and also led the NSIC in all-purpose yards and scoring. He rushed for 200 yards or more four times and rushed for 100 yards or more 10 times. He finished the season ranked 14th in Division II in scoring and 11th in rushing touchdowns.

    Westby concluded a tremendous four-year career in 2013, earning All-NSIC first team -- of just two liberos named first team all-conference. Westby played in all 116 sets last season and recorded a team-high 569 digs, while ranking third on the team with 31 service aces. She closed the season ranking 54th in Division II in digs per set and ranked third in the NSIC in digs per set.

    In her career, Westby ranks first in school history in service attempts (1,823), third in digs (1,842) and fourth in digs per set, 12th in service aces (118) She was named second team All-NSIC in 2012 and was an All-NSIC honorable selection in 2011. She was a member of four NCAA tournament teams and one NSIC championship squad.

    Aaron Ziemer, sports director at Marshall Radio, served as master of ceremonies.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

     

Attention

  • It's not too late to donate to the Combined Charities Campaign

     

    The Combined Charities Campaign is going on now.

    Did you know...
    ** 10,000 Minnesotans will be homeless tonight?
    ** 8,500 Minnesotans will visit a food shelf today?
    ** 3 out of 10 kids, 30%, of youth in the United States, are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying, or both?
    ** Over 40% of Minnesota's waters do NOT meet water quality standards for being fishable, swimmable and drinkable.
    ** Experiencing poverty, especially early in life, is associated with a host of negative academic, social, and health outcomes for children, including higher rates of chronic disease and shorter life expectancy?

    Many of the charities in the State Employees Combined Charities Campaign play an integral role in alleviating homelessness, hunger, bullying, and poverty and help improve the water quality in our state.

    No donation is too small. Please consider helping us meet our goal of raising $1 million for charities doing great work in our communities and state.

    Easy pledging is done on-line using the self-service web site www.state.mn.us/employee.

    For more information about the participating charities, please visit the Charities web site at http://mn.gov/mmb/combined-charities/charities/.

    If you need assistance with your pledging, please don't hesitate to call Barb at ext. 6208 or e-mail barb.okrina@smsu.edu.

    Our THANKS go out to everyone who has pledged!

    — Barb Okrina
    Barb.Okrina@smsu.edu

     

  • October is Physical Therapy Month!

    October is Physical Therapy month! In the Exercise Science Lab, we provide a number of programs including Physical Therapy! Physical Therapy is provided on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays in PE 211, the Exercise Science Lab. It is a free service, directed by Kris Cleveland, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Many students help in the clinic, gaining valuable experience for their resumes and applications to professional school, or to complete their professional practicum.

    Not sure if Physical Therapy is for you? Check out this info graphic, Debunking 7 Myths about Physical Therapy: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Myths/Infographic/Default.aspx#.VDWqAhaPsSY

    If you’d like more information about the physical therapy services or the rehabilitative service professions, contact Kris Cleveland, PT, DPT at kris.cleveland@smsu.edu or stop by PE 211.

  • Open Sessions with HLC Reviewers for SMSU Employees

     

    All SMSU employees are invited to meet with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reviewers at an open session. HLC reviewers will be asking questions at these sessions relevant to different types of responsibilities and roles. Two sessions will be held; some employees may wish to attend both.

    Employees whose primary responsibilities include student support, office or facilities support, or other non-classroom roles should attend the staff session at 10:00 on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 10:00 - 10:45.

    Employees whose primary responsibilities involve teaching should attend the faculty session from noon to 1:15 on Oct. 21 in Upper Conference Center.

    SMSU is accredited by the HLC and is seeking renewal of its accreditation, a process that happens every 7-10 years. The reviewers offer these open sessions in order to provide everyone on campus who might not otherwise be a part of some of their focused meetings an opportunity to share their knowledge of important issues related to this reaffirmation of accreditation. The reviewers will have developed questions based on reading our self-study and their meetings on campus leading up to the open sessions, and they will appreciate any additional feedback.

    More information on accreditation can be found at http://www.smsu.edu/administration/hlc/, or contact Dr. Lori Baker, HLC Self-Study Coordinator (lori.baker@smsu.edu) with any questions.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    — Lori Baker
    lori.baker@smsu.edu
     

  • Sign-up for SMSU Alert, The New Emergency Notification System

    October 14, 2014

    To: Campus Community

    From: Mike Munford CPP, CPO
    Director of University Public Safety

    Re: Sign-Up for SMSU’s New Emergency Notification System

    SMSU is launching a new emergency notification tool to replace Star Alert. The new tool is called SMSU ALERT (powered by Blackboard Connect). SMSU ALERT will be used for providing important emergency, safety and weather announcements for the campus community. Notification messages will briefly note the nature of the emergency, what action, if any, you are to take, and where to find additional information.

    All current students and employees have already had their e-mail addresses automatically enrolled in the new system. In order to receive messages via text, voice mail or at alternative e-mail addresses, students and employees will need to create an SMSU ALERT account using the Blackboard Connect Portal at http://www.smsu.edu/go/smsualert . Through your account, you can add multiple #s to receive text messages. This will enable persons such as parents and spouses to receive notifications. In addition, throughout your status as a student or employee, you can modify the information in your account.

    A tutorial on how to create an account and to add information such as your cell phone number is available at the following website: http://www.smsu.edu/go/smsualert.

    Please note that if you are a current Star Alert subscriber for text notifications, you will need to re-enroll through the Blackboard Connect portal to continue to receive emergency notification text messages. Star Alert will no longer be used. Also, any non-SMSU students or non-SMSU employees (e.g., parents or spouses) that have previously subscribed to Star Alert will not be automatically included in the new SMSU ALERT tool. Rather, current SMSU students and employees will need to enroll the cell phone numbers for any individuals they wish to receive SMSU ALERT text messages within the allowed numbers within their accounts. Registration for this service is free and only takes a few minutes.


    Should you require any assistance with creating an account and/or adding information into your account, please visit the Technology Resource Center in BA 161 or contact them by phone at 507.537.6111 or trchelpdesk@smsu.edu.


    Let’s continue to work safely together.

     


    Michael J. Munford CPP, CPO
    Director of University Public Safety

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  • Comedian: Brandon Vestal

     

    The Student Activities Committee invites the campus community to comedian, Brandon Vestal, tonight in CC 117. Show time is 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

    Vestal has made is mark in the world of Comedy Competitions and Festivals, duking it out on the competitive comedy scene. He was the winner of the Hollywood Comedy Festival, crowned “Best of the West” at the Detroit Comedy Festival, a finalist at the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, and featured at the Asheville Comedy Festival two years running. And after his years in the trenches, this insightful storyteller’s work has really begun to pay off. Brandon has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Man Up Stand Up, and Comedy Time TV. He can also be heard on XM/ Sirius’s “Blue Collar” and “Raw Dog” channels as well as The Bob & Tom Show. And soon to come is his new CD on the prestigious Uproar Entertainment label.

    Sponsored by SAC - Funded by SAFAC

    — Scott Ewing
    Scott.Ewing@SMSU.edu
     

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MnSCU Charting the Future

Charting the Future Gallery Walk Oct. 30

 SMSU will host a Charting the Future Gallery Walk on Oct. 30

Ag Career and Internship Fair Nov. 5

Ag Career and Internship Fair Nov. 5

 An Agriculture Career and Internship Fair will be held Nov. 5 at SMSU.

College Fair Oct. 27 at SMSU

College Fair Oct. 27 at SMSU

 The Office of Admission is hosting Mustang Days Oct. 16-17, and a college fair on Oct. 27.

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