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Friday, October 31, 2014

Academic

  • Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies Minor

     

    The advisory committee to Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies (INDS) is pleased to announce that you can now declare and complete a minor in INDS. This Minor focuses on promoting awareness of native cultures and peoples in the U.S., while also studying native cultures in general and focusing on the Dakota people of Minnesota specifically. The 14 credit minor is a great fit for many majors and for people simply interested in our regional heritage. Coursework includes Intro to Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies, Indigenous Peoples of Minnesota, an INDS Practicum, and 6 credits of electives such as Native Americans, Africans, & Europeans, Native American Literature, and Racial & Ethnic Relations in America. Contact the Social Science Department in SS 103 for more information or to be connected with an INDS Advisory Committee member.

    — Michael Hofstetter
    mike.hofstetter@smsu.edu

     

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
     

Attention

  • 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

  • Parking Alert

     

    Good afternoon Mustangs. Southwest Minnesota State University is hosting events on Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 that will affect traffic and parking at SMSU. Please observe the barricades that will be blocking off Mustang Trail around the Schwan’s Regional Event Center and closing off the BA/PE parking lot. These areas will be closed off to traffic and parking from midnight on Thursday night through the end of the Mustang football game on Saturday. Feel free to contact University Public Safety at 507-537-7252 if you have any questions.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation and GO MUSTANGS!!

    — Dave Hemp
    Dave.Hemp@smsu.edu
     

  • 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

     

  • Open Enrollment Begins Friday, October 31

     

    Open Enrollment begins Friday, Oct. 31,  and ends Thursday, Nov. 13,. Employees should have received or will be receiving the SEGIP Report announcing Open Enrollment 2015 in their home mailboxes this week. The State Employee Group Insurance Program had indicated in the SEGIP Report that they provided employees with their Self-Service employee IDs on the address label of the newsletter. Unfortunately, the employee IDs were inadvertently omitted.

    You will need your employee ID and password to login in to Employee Self-Service to enter your Open Enrollment elections for 2015. Your employee ID is the number you use to access your bi-weekly time entry on Employee Self-Service or to view your paycheck. If you are still not sure what your employee ID is please contact your Human Resource Office (6209) or the State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) at 651-355-0100. Please remember to enroll or make changes to your benefits October 31 - November 13, 2014.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience this omission may have caused.

    You can access the 2014 Open Enrollment information, including the SEGIP Report on the Minnesota Management and Budget-SEGIP website at <http://www.mn.gov/mmb/segip>
    www.mn.gov/mmb/segip<http://www.mn.gov/mmb/segip>.

    Thank you!
    SEGIP


    — Joan Tutt
    joan.tutt@smsu.edu
     

Entertainment

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Academic

  • Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies Minor

     

    The advisory committee to Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies (INDS) is pleased to announce that you can now declare and complete a minor in INDS. This Minor focuses on promoting awareness of native cultures and peoples in the U.S., while also studying native cultures in general and focusing on the Dakota people of Minnesota specifically. The 14 credit minor is a great fit for many majors and for people simply interested in our regional heritage. Coursework includes Intro to Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies, Indigenous Peoples of Minnesota, an INDS Practicum, and 6 credits of electives such as Native Americans, Africans, & Europeans, Native American Literature, and Racial & Ethnic Relations in America. Contact the Social Science Department in SS 103 for more information or to be connected with an INDS Advisory Committee member.

    — Michael Hofstetter
    mike.hofstetter@smsu.edu

     

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
     

Attention

  • 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

  • Parking Alert

     

    Good afternoon Mustangs. Southwest Minnesota State University is hosting events on Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 that will affect traffic and parking at SMSU. Please observe the barricades that will be blocking off Mustang Trail around the Schwan’s Regional Event Center and closing off the BA/PE parking lot. These areas will be closed off to traffic and parking from midnight on Thursday night through the end of the Mustang football game on Saturday. Feel free to contact University Public Safety at 507-537-7252 if you have any questions.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation and GO MUSTANGS!!

    — Dave Hemp
    Dave.Hemp@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.

  • 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

     

  • Open Enrollment Begins Friday, October 31

     

    Open Enrollment begins Friday, Oct. 31,  and ends Thursday, Nov. 13,. Employees should have received or will be receiving the SEGIP Report announcing Open Enrollment 2015 in their home mailboxes this week. The State Employee Group Insurance Program had indicated in the SEGIP Report that they provided employees with their Self-Service employee IDs on the address label of the newsletter. Unfortunately, the employee IDs were inadvertently omitted.

    You will need your employee ID and password to login in to Employee Self-Service to enter your Open Enrollment elections for 2015. Your employee ID is the number you use to access your bi-weekly time entry on Employee Self-Service or to view your paycheck. If you are still not sure what your employee ID is please contact your Human Resource Office (6209) or the State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) at 651-355-0100. Please remember to enroll or make changes to your benefits October 31 - November 13, 2014.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience this omission may have caused.

    You can access the 2014 Open Enrollment information, including the SEGIP Report on the Minnesota Management and Budget-SEGIP website at <http://www.mn.gov/mmb/segip>
    www.mn.gov/mmb/segip<http://www.mn.gov/mmb/segip>.

    Thank you!
    SEGIP


    — Joan Tutt
    joan.tutt@smsu.edu
     

Entertainment

  • Don't Forget Al!

     

    Speakers and a student variety show are on the schedule for this Alzheimer's awareness event! Don't Forget Al will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Conference Center. Speakers will share the facts of Alzheimer's and a personal story of the disease, then students will perform! The audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite act to win a $50, $30, or $20 Visa gift card by donating to the Memory Care facility in Marshall. Everyone is invited!

    Hosted by the Newman Club

    — Tom Powers
    Thomas.Powers@smsu.edu
     

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