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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Academic

Announcement

  • Faculty & Staff Fitness Classes

     

    Wellness and Human Performance Center offers Faculty and Staff Wellness Class

    The Exercise Science Program will again offer Faculty and Staff Fitness class this Fall!

    The class, titled “Core Stability/Cardio” – offered Mon and Wed 12:15-12:45 from Sept 8-Dec 11. This class is a 30 minute class aimed at strengthening the abdominals, gluteals, hamstrings and quads with emphasis on proper posture and technique to effectively engage your core muscles. Interval training is incorporated to make this a cardiovascular class as well. Wear comfortable exercise clothing, good workout shoes and be prepared to perspire a bit!

    This class will be held in SS 145- the Dance studio, right next to the Exercise Science Wellness and Human Performance Center.

    Cost is $50 for a 12 week session – register on REGI or click on this link http://www.smsu.edu/academic/programs/exercisescience/facultystaffwellness/facultystaffwellnessopportunities . You can also visit the Exercise Science webpage and click on Faculty and Staff Fitness Opportunities to register and view the complete list of fitness opportunities available for faculty and staff this fall.

    Registration is now open!

     
    — Monica Miller
    monica.miller@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
     

Athletics

  • Mustang Booster Club weekly luncheons begin Sept. 3

    The Mustang Booster Club will hold its first weekly luncheon of the 2014-15 academic year on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at The Pizza Ranch in Marshall.

    The weekly meetings, which begin at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday, are open to all Booster Club members and prospective members. Wednesday's first meeting will be a fall sports preview with all five Mustang head coaches speaking about their upcoming season.

    For more information on the Mustang Booster Club, go to SMSUmustangs.com/MustangBoosterClu or contact Tim Steinbach at 507-537-7204 tim.steinbach@smsu.edu.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu
     

  • SMSU Athletics announces 2015 Hall of Honor inductees

    Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics has announced that seven individuals and one team have been selected for induction into the SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The Athletics Hall of Honor is the highest athletic distinction awarded by the University.


    The newest Athletics Hall of Honor members are former 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.

    Complete bios and photos of the inductees will be released later this fall. The start time for the Hall of Honor banquet, along with ticket prices will also be announced this fall.

    A 10-member committee chose the inductees from a group of nominations. The new inductees bring the membership in SMSU's Athletic Hall of Honor to 85 individuals/couples and 12 teams. The Athletics Hall of Honor is displayed in the lobby of the R/A Facility. To view the Athletics Hall of Honor, go to SMSUmustangs.com/hallofhonor.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

Attention

  • 2014 Mustang Success Night

     

    Attention New Mustangs!

    Do you want to learn more about SMSU's support services, as well as success related topics?

    If so, make plans to attend our 2nd annual Mustang Success Night on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 6-9 p.m. in the upper level Conference Center. There will be popcorn, prizes (over $1,000 worth - SCORE!), and lots of fun.

    For more information and program specifics, visit: www.SMSU.edu/Go/StudentSuccess

    To RSVP: Call 507-537-7290, stop by SC 231, or e-mail Brittany.Krull@SMSU.edu

    See you then!

     

     


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

     

  • Student Health 101 - September Issue

     

    SMSU Students,

    September’s Student Health 101 issue is now available!

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

    First, you can enter a $1,000 drawing for simply checking out the September issue and providing feedback.

    Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101 such as the following:

    Sleep Study - Top 10 tips for better nights

    Good Mood Food - The new twist on emotional eating

    Desirable Habits - Systems for your self-transformation

    Look Up - Is your smartphone replacing your social life?

    Start Smart - Transition tips for the school year from a student and a counselor

    What’s Your Favorite Selfie Style? - How do you take yours?

    And much more…

    Don't forget, if you'd like to receive SH 101 via text message, text SMSU to 40691. Standard text messaging rates will apply.

    Enjoy & GO MUSTANGS!

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

  • Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation Special Grants Program

     

    The SMSU Foundation Special Grant Application Deadline is September 15, 2014.

    Dollars awarded via the Fundraising Committee of the SMSU Foundation, Inc., are unrestricted gifts and earnings that come from a variety of sources--alumni, businesses/corporations, matching gift companies, and other friends of SMSU. The purpose of the program is broad and designed to serve the curricular, professional and program development needs/priorities of the institution.

    FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
    Comprised of a minimum of three voting members of the Foundation board of directors, this group is charged with the task of reviewing grant requests based on the dollars available and the priorities as established by the Board in consultation with the university administration.

    GRANTS CRITERIA
    Special Projects - Awarded to encourage a wide variety of projects which enhance the academic quality and reputation of the university and for which there is limited or no appropriated money available.

    The proposal must present a clear plan describing the purpose of the project and the activities it will accomplish.

    Priorities - Funds will be awarded according to the following priorities which encourage the development of quality initiatives. (Note: Priorities are listed in order, and will be considered in this order, with number 1 being the highest priority and number 4 being the lowest priority.)
    1. Unique one-time projects that lead to activities which attract students or other persons to the university so as to enhance the image of SMSU.


    2. Innovative research and/or curriculum development proposals that lead to new program development and which will have continued financial support from sources other than the Foundation.


    3. Applied regional research that leads to scholarly publication and a greater awareness of university service to the region.


    4. Travel to a conference or workshop to enhance expertise in a particular discipline or for the presentation of a paper. Travel is not prohibited, but the budget may not permit funding.

    GRANTS PROCEDURE
    Eligibility - Any faculty or staff member of the university community may apply.

    Application Forms - Available in the University Advancement Office (FH 225) or download the application from this link. All forms must be typed and signed by the department chair and college dean or, if more appropriate, the vice president, to insure that both timing and optional funding sources were considered. All completed forms must be submitted electronically. Please allow adequate time for the appropriate Chair, Dean, or Vice President to review your proposal. Application deadlines are posted and are firm. The committee is unable to consider applications turned in past the due date.

    Proposal Deadlines:
    September 15, 2014 (Presentation date to the Committee: October 10, 2014)
    November 21, 2014 (Presentation date to the Committee: December 1, 2014)
    March 23, 2015 (Presentation date to the Committee: April 13, 2015)

    Funding announcements will be made four to six weeks following each deadline for submission.

    Review Process - The Fundraising Committee will read and evaluate each proposal on its own merits and its significance to the mission and case statement of the institution. The amount of funding may vary from year to year. Applicants may be asked to make an oral presentation at a Foundation meeting.

    Considerations may include:
    - Present institutional priorities
    - Departmental priorities
    - Value to the university/region relationship

    Award Procedure - Once the committee has made its recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors, letters of award or denial will promptly be sent to each applicant. Grantees will be notified of procedure for disbursement of grant monies.

    Final Reports - All grantees must file an accomplishment report with the SMSU Foundation within 60 days after the project ending date. Financial and project accomplishments are requested.

    FURTHER GUIDELINES
    The proposed project should clearly be of benefit to the university and its students.

    The proposed project normally is expected to be completed within a year. In some cases, a logical continuation could follow the report.

    Normally an individual cannot receive more than one award in a year. Everything else being equal, preference will be given to applicants who didn't receive a grant the previous year.

    The SMSU Foundation requests that any publication, display, or presentation of any project funded should include appropriate recognition to the SMSU Foundation.

    All property funded by the SMSU Foundation must be recorded as part of SMSU's inventory and have a fixed asset sticker applied.

    In case of any patentable product as a result of a grant-funded research project:
    1. Any inventions or intellectual properties developed must be disclosed to the Foundation.


    2. The Foundation will be given an opportunity to participate in the patent process.


    3. The Foundation retains the right to claim a fair and proportional benefit from the innovation.

    Funds granted must be spent solely for the purposes stated in the application. If funds are not used by the end of the project ending date, then the grantee must request an extension from the Committee. Changes made to the original grant request require resubmission of the proposal.

    The Foundation prefers not to fund supplies.

    The Foundation will not fund academic course work toward graduate degrees or for post-graduate work.

    The Foundation prefers not to pay salaries for student assistants. If an exception is made and student salaries are approved, arrangements must be made to pay for the salaries via student help funding. (The Foundation will reimburse the University for any such Expenses.).

    The Foundation prefers not to pay honoraria for SMSU faculty and/or staff. If an exception is made, payments must be processed through the university's payroll system.

    Download the application from this link.

    Applications and questions should be directed to:


    The SMSU Foundation
    University Advancement Office
    Founders Hall 225
    507-537-6266
    foundation@smsu.edu


    — Stacy Frost
    Director of Development
    Southwest Minnesota State University
    507.537.6483
    foundation@smsu.edu

  • White House Internship Program Spring 2015

     

    Attention SMSU Students:

    The White House Internship Program Spring 2015 application is open and the application deadline is September 7, 2014. The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President, and engage them in public service opportunities. We hope that you can share this information with student leaders across your organization.

    We encourage you to visit www.whitehouse.gov/internships for detailed information about eligibility, the program, the application process, and the departments that participate in the program. A complete application includes:

    • series of short answers
    • one-page resume
    • responses to two essay questions
    • two letters of recommendation

    — Career Services
    Careers@SMSU.edu
     

  • TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions

     

    SMSU and TIAA-CREF announce Individual Counseling sessions at no additional cost to you. You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals by investing in financial products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

    Tues., Sept. 23 - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. - Student Center 207
    Wed., Sept. 24 - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. - Student Center 207
    Thurs., Sept. 25 - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. - Student Center 207

    SIGN UP TODAY!
    Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can. Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET). Appointments can also be scheduled on-line using https://publictools.tiaa-cref.org/public/tools/events?eventId=1-1XFL0G5

    For more info call Barb in Human Resources at 6208.


    — Barb Okrina
    hr@smsu.edu
     

  • Duplicating Services' New Email Address

     
    Duplicating Services now has an email address that should be used when sending printing requests for copy services. The new email address is: duplicatingservices@smsu.edu.

    Staff in Duplicating Services will receive your printing requests and complete it as they are received. And remember – you can always drop off a paper copy or stop in to discuss a printing job at your convenience.

    The new email address is being put in to place to facilitate receipt of print orders during staff absences – so this is a GOOD change!

    — Eileen Hanson
    cyndi.holm@smsu.edu

  • Tuition Waiver Applications Are Due

     

    MNSCU employees and dependents that are eligible for a tuition waiver should complete the waiver application within 10 days of the beginning of classes. If the waiver is the only method of payment on your account, please complete this form as soon as possible. This will allow Human Resources sufficient time to process the waiver prior to the fifth day of classes (August 29), thus avoiding the possibility of your registrations being cancelled for nonpayment. Information about how to complete a waiver request is available at http://www.smsu.edu/administration/humanresources/?Id=7981.

    Questions about the waiver process should be directed to Business Services or Human Resources.

    — Eric Runestad, Director of Business Services
    eric.runestad@smsu.edu
     

Clubs & Organizations

  • Forensics Team Informational Meeting

     

    The SMSU Forensics Team invites you to learn more about college speech and debate! An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, September 4 at 4 p.m. in CH 206. Refreshments will be provided.

    SMSU Forensics encourages students of all backgrounds to join the team to have fun and become better speakers and performers. No experience required. Come learn more about the SMSU Forensics Team!

    — Ben Walker
    benjamin.walker@smsu.edu

Entertainment

Monday, September 1, 2014

Academic

Announcement

  • Faculty & Staff Fitness Classes

     

    Wellness and Human Performance Center offers Faculty and Staff Wellness Class

    The Exercise Science Program will again offer Faculty and Staff Fitness class this Fall!

    The class, titled “Core Stability/Cardio” – offered Mon and Wed 12:15-12:45 from Sept 8-Dec 11. This class is a 30 minute class aimed at strengthening the abdominals, gluteals, hamstrings and quads with emphasis on proper posture and technique to effectively engage your core muscles. Interval training is incorporated to make this a cardiovascular class as well. Wear comfortable exercise clothing, good workout shoes and be prepared to perspire a bit!

    This class will be held in SS 145- the Dance studio, right next to the Exercise Science Wellness and Human Performance Center.

    Cost is $50 for a 12 week session – register on REGI or click on this link http://www.smsu.edu/academic/programs/exercisescience/facultystaffwellness/facultystaffwellnessopportunities . You can also visit the Exercise Science webpage and click on Faculty and Staff Fitness Opportunities to register and view the complete list of fitness opportunities available for faculty and staff this fall.

    Registration is now open!

     
    — Monica Miller
    monica.miller@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
     

Athletics

  • Mustang Booster Club weekly luncheons begin Sept. 3

    The Mustang Booster Club will hold its first weekly luncheon of the 2014-15 academic year on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at The Pizza Ranch in Marshall.

    The weekly meetings, which begin at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday, are open to all Booster Club members and prospective members. Wednesday's first meeting will be a fall sports preview with all five Mustang head coaches speaking about their upcoming season.

    For more information on the Mustang Booster Club, go to SMSUmustangs.com/MustangBoosterClu or contact Tim Steinbach at 507-537-7204 tim.steinbach@smsu.edu.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu
     

  • SMSU Athletics announces 2015 Hall of Honor inductees

    Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics has announced that seven individuals and one team have been selected for induction into the SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The Athletics Hall of Honor is the highest athletic distinction awarded by the University.


    The newest Athletics Hall of Honor members are former 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.

    Complete bios and photos of the inductees will be released later this fall. The start time for the Hall of Honor banquet, along with ticket prices will also be announced this fall.

    A 10-member committee chose the inductees from a group of nominations. The new inductees bring the membership in SMSU's Athletic Hall of Honor to 85 individuals/couples and 12 teams. The Athletics Hall of Honor is displayed in the lobby of the R/A Facility. To view the Athletics Hall of Honor, go to SMSUmustangs.com/hallofhonor.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

Attention

  • Physical Therapy Services on Campus

     

    Physical Therapy services are available to students on campus through the Exercise Science Program and its students. Students needing Physical Therapy services or consultations are welcome to attend these sessions.

    Physical Therapy on campus will held on Tuesdays and Thursday from 1:30 - 3:30 in PE 211. Services will begin Tuesday, Sept. 2.

    Contact Kris Cleveland, PT, DPT for an appointment; returning students you may come as you wish.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact
    Kris.cleveland@smsu.edu or 507-537-7233

     

    — Monica Miller
    monica.miller@smsu.edu
     

  • Tuition Waiver Applications Are Due

     

    MNSCU employees and dependents that are eligible for a tuition waiver should complete the waiver application within 10 days of the beginning of classes. If the waiver is the only method of payment on your account, please complete this form as soon as possible. This will allow Human Resources sufficient time to process the waiver prior to the fifth day of classes (August 29), thus avoiding the possibility of your registrations being cancelled for nonpayment. Information about how to complete a waiver request is available at http://www.smsu.edu/administration/humanresources/?Id=7981.

    Questions about the waiver process should be directed to Business Services or Human Resources.

    — Eric Runestad, Director of Business Services
    eric.runestad@smsu.edu
     

  • TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions

     

    SMSU and TIAA-CREF announce Individual Counseling sessions at no additional cost to you. You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals by investing in financial products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

    Tues., Sept. 23 - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. - Student Center 207
    Wed., Sept. 24 - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. - Student Center 207
    Thurs., Sept. 25 - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. - Student Center 207

    SIGN UP TODAY!
    Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can. Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET). Appointments can also be scheduled on-line using https://publictools.tiaa-cref.org/public/tools/events?eventId=1-1XFL0G5

    For more info call Barb in Human Resources at 6208.


    — Barb Okrina
    hr@smsu.edu
     

  • Duplicating Services' New Email Address

     
    Duplicating Services now has an email address that should be used when sending printing requests for copy services. The new email address is: duplicatingservices@smsu.edu.

    Staff in Duplicating Services will receive your printing requests and complete it as they are received. And remember – you can always drop off a paper copy or stop in to discuss a printing job at your convenience.

    The new email address is being put in to place to facilitate receipt of print orders during staff absences – so this is a GOOD change!

    — Eileen Hanson
    cyndi.holm@smsu.edu

  • White House Internship Program Spring 2015

     

    Attention SMSU Students:

    The White House Internship Program Spring 2015 application is open and the application deadline is September 7, 2014. The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President, and engage them in public service opportunities. We hope that you can share this information with student leaders across your organization.

    We encourage you to visit www.whitehouse.gov/internships for detailed information about eligibility, the program, the application process, and the departments that participate in the program. A complete application includes:

    • series of short answers
    • one-page resume
    • responses to two essay questions
    • two letters of recommendation

    — Career Services
    Careers@SMSU.edu
     

Clubs & Organizations

  • Forensics Team Informational Meeting

     

    The SMSU Forensics Team invites you to learn more about college speech and debate! An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, September 4 at 4 p.m. in CH 206. Refreshments will be provided.

    SMSU Forensics encourages students of all backgrounds to join the team to have fun and become better speakers and performers. No experience required. Come learn more about the SMSU Forensics Team!

    — Ben Walker
    benjamin.walker@smsu.edu

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