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Friday, January 20, 2017

Academic

  • SMSU Writing Center Open for Spring Semester


    The SMSU Writing Center is open for spring semester.

    The Writing Center has appointments available daily Monday thru Friday. Students can choose from three types of sessions:

    • Face-to-face (on campus in BA 527) .

    • Online chat (upload a paper before or use the online whiteboard to brainstorm while chatting with a tutor) .

    • eTutoring (upload your paper by the appointment time and receive comments back)

    All appointments are made using the SMSU Writing Center’s Online Scheduler, found on our web page: http://www.smsu.edu/CampusLife/WritingCenter/

    Use the Waiting List feature if your preferred day/time for an appointment is already booked (find instructions here: http://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/writingcenter/?id=12091)

    We look forward to working with you in the Writing Center this semester! If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Lori Baker, Writing Center Director.


    — Dr. Lori Baker, Writing Center Director

     

Announcement

  • Spring 2017 Pool Hours

    Spring Semester Pool Hours 2017

    Monday: 6:30a-5p & 7:30-10p
    Tuesday: 6:30a-5p & 7:30-10p
    Wednesday: 6:30a-5p & 7:30-10
    Thursday: 6:30a-5p & 7:30-10p
    Friday: 11a-6p
    Sunday: 4:30-7:30p

    NOTE: POOL is closed January 17-23 for repairs. Reopening is expected on January 24.

    Spring 2017 Pool Closings

    Tuesday/Thursday Jan 10-Mar 2 10:30-11:45am WHP Class
    Jan 16 — Opening 7:30-10pm (MLK)
    Jan 22 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Jan 29 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Feb 2 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Feb 3 — Closing at 5pm (Assessment Day)
    Feb 12 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Feb 16 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Feb 20 — Opening 7:30-10p (President’s Day)
    Mar 2 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Mar 3 — Closing at 4p-Mar 12 (Spring Break)
    Mar 16 — 3:30-4:30 (Special Olympics)
    Mar 24 — Closing at 5p-Mar 26 (Lifeguard Training)
    Mar 31 — Closing at 5p-Apr 2 (WSI Training)
    April 16 — Closed(Easter)

    — Patricia Myrvik
    patricia.myrvik@smsu.edu

Athletics

  • SMSU Athletics announces 2017 Hall of Honor induction class


    Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics has announced that six individuals have been selected for induction into the SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

    The Athletics Hall of Honor is the highest athletic distinction awarded by the University. The newest Athletics Hall of Honor members are former women's basketball player Michelle Bruns (2001-05); football player Greg Delaine (1988-91); tennis player Martha Garzon (1989-92); swimmer Tom Moehn (1972-76); swimming & diving coach Con Eckstrom (1970-80); and community member and supporter of SMSU athletics Tim Moberg. Complete bios and photos of the inductees will be released next month.

    The Athletics Hall of Honor banquet, which will be held at the SMSU Upper Level Conference Center, will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a half-hour social, followed by lunch and the induction ceremonies beginning at 12 p.m. Tickets for the ceremony are $15 and include lunch prior to the ceremony. To reserve tickets for the ceremony, please contact Melissa at melissa.bromen@smsu.edu or 507-537-7271. A 12-member committee chose the inductees from a group of nominations. The new inductees bring the membership in SMSU's Athletic Hall of Honor to 91 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

     

Attention

  • Tax Return Document Available



    W-2 Forms Are Now Available In Self Service

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

    • If you are not an active employee but had earnings in calendar year 2016 you can also access your W-2 form on this site.

    • Retirees who received an additional ID to access insurance information must use their original employee ID to access their W-2.

    • Individuals employed by the state and an independent billing unit (IBU) during 2016 must use their state employee ID to access their state W-2. Note: An IBU is an organization not paid through the state’s payroll system (SEMA4) that is authorized by Minnesota Statute to participate in the State Employee Group Insurance Program.

    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 Minnesota, 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 2016, 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 2016.

    • Your W-2 form displays. NOTE: You may have a W-2 that includes two pages. If so, there will be a link at the top of the page that indicates Page 1 of 2. Clicking this link displays the second page, Page 2 of 2, which will have additional entries for Box 12.

    • Click the Print This W-2 link to print as many copies of your W-2 form as needed. Try another printing method if this does not provide desired results. The W-2 should be printed on white paper and in black ink. If your W-2 form includes two pages, each page needs to be printed separately. If you have not consented to receive your W-2 form electronically, you can do so at any time. On the Self Service website, select Other Payroll and View W-2 Forms. A pop-up box will display allowing you to consent to receive the W-2 form electronically. Once you consent, you will be able to access your W-2 form immediately. If you consent prior to the time W-2s are printed by the state, a W-2 will not be mailed.

    Paper W-2 forms will be mailed no later than January 31, per IRS guidelines, to:

    • Employees who have not consented to receive the W-2 form electronically.

    • Employees who have never accessed Self Service.

    • Deceased employees, at the employee’s last home address. If the post office has a forwarding address, the W-2 will be forwarded.

    • Employees not in active status and with job records where the last effective date is less than 01/01/2016. (Example: An employee retired December 24, 2015, but is receiving a W-2 because the last earnings were paid in 2016.)

    • Employees who had no earnings for 2016, but received before-tax deduction refunds.

    W-2 Information

    For assistance in answering your W-2 questions, select W-2 Information (below the View W-2 Forms link) on the W-2 Information page. Most amounts used to compute your W-2 form are found on your last pay stub for 2016.

    Corrected W-2

    If you believe that your W-2 is incorrect, submit a written request to your agency payroll office. Include: your name, Social Security number, current address, former address (if you have moved recently), agency, phone number (where you can be reached at work), an explanation of the error and your signature. You may provide this information on the Request for Duplicate or Corrected Wage and Tax Statement (W-2) form located on the Self Service website. Select Other Payroll, Payroll Forms, and W-2 Duplicate/Corrected.

    Form 1095-C SEGIP will provide an IRS Form 1095-C Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage to any employee who was a full-time or was offered health coverage during 2016. It will be available in late January in Self Service if you consented to receive it electronically. Otherwise, SEGIP will mail it to your home address by March 2, 2017. For more information, see http://www.mn.gov/mmb/segip/humanresources/information-1095-c.jsp.

    Form 1099-MISC

    As designated by the IRS, some employees had income in 2016 that must be reported on Form 1099-MISC, rather than Form W-2. All 1099s will be mailed by January 31. Payments made following the date of death are reported on Form 1099-MISC to deceased employees’ survivors or estates. (Payments prior to the date of death are reported on Form W-2.) NOTE: Form 1099s are NOT available on the Self Service website.

    Questions

    If you have questions, please contact your Human Resources office at 6208.
    — Barb Okrina

     

  • Hawaiian Night Open House Program Jan. 28

    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 28, 2017 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 student panel. This session allows prospective students and their parents to ask current students what life is like as a Mustang.
     
    Finally, the day is wrapped up with campus tours from our University Ambassadors and Q & A from the Admission staff and other faculty.
     
    Those wishing to attend the Hawaiian Night open house event may RSVP at www.smsu.edu/admission/visit.cfm
    Seniors who apply to SMSU during Hawaiian Night will have their application fee waived.
     
    Next Open House: Junior Visit Day - March 18, 2017 (seniors welcome)
     
    For further information, call Emily Bruflat in the Admission Office at 507-537-6286.
     
    GO MUSTANGS!

    — Emily Bruflat

    emily.bruflat@smsu.edu

  • The Ghostlight Project Thurs. 1/19 #BeALight #AllAreWelcome

    Join SMSU Theatre for The Ghostlight Project launch on Thursday 1/19! If you're free at 5:30 pm please stop by the FA Theatre lobby and shine your light (cell phone, flashlight, whatever you have) in support of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone -- regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

    If you can't make it at 5:30, stop by the lobby anytime Thursday afternoon or during the day on Friday to make your own "I am.../I fight for.." or "Be a Light" poster and add it to the banners! Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theatre, this project is designed as a collective action to create "light" for challenging times ahead. For more information visit  https://theghostlightproject.com/

    — Nadine P. Schmidt
    nadine.schmidt@smsu.edu

  • Federal Public Sector Employee Student Loan Forgiveness Program

    Are you an employee of SMSU and have outstanding student loan debt on federal Direct Loans?  If so, you may be eligible to participate in the federal Public Sector Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).  The Public Sector Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) was established by Congress in 2007 to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the remaining student loan balance of their federal Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer.  Southwest Minnesota State University is a qualifying employer.
     
    To participate you must make 120 qualifying monthly payments:
    • On a federal Direct Loan (Contact your student loan servicer(s) to determine if you have qualifying loans)
    •  While employed in full-time paid work for Southwest Minnesota State University or another qualifying employer (or in multiple part-time positions equal to full-time for qualifying employer(s))
    • Through one of the following repayment plans:
            o   Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan (PAYE)
            o   Revised Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan (REPAYE)
            o   Income-Based Repayment Plan (IBR)
            o   Income-Contingent Repayment Plan (ICR)
            o   10-year Standard Repayment Plan
    •  Apply for forgiveness after meeting the above requirements.
     
    Employees participating in the program must complete an Employment Certification for PSLF Form with Southwest Minnesota State University Human Resources and submit the completed forms to FedLoan Servicing, the U.S. Department of Education’s federal loan servicer for the PSLF Program.
     
    Additional information can be found on the U.S. Department of Education website Federal Student Aid and in the Fact Sheet and FAQs.

    — Nancy Olson
    Nancy.olson@smsu.edu

     

Clubs & Organizations

Entertainment

  • Winter Meltdown Celebrated at SMSU Jan. 23-28

    Southwest Minnesota State University will celebrate Winter Meltdown with a series of events Jan. 23-28, 2017. This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Beached.”

    Winter Meltdown is an SMSU tradition, a time for students, faculty and staff to participate in fun activities to help beat the ‘winter blues.’

    The week is culminated by the traditional Hawaiian Night basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 28 against Northern State University. The Mustang women play at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m.

    Mike Super will present his magic and illusion show Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the Conference Center Upper Ballroom beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for SMSU students, $8 for the general public, and $10 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at SMSUTickets.com.

    Other events this year include Minnesota West salon and massage students giving haircuts, massages and manicures; Live at the Landing musical entertainment; movies; and a chance for students to make their own leis and t-shirts.

    The week’s events:

    Tuesday, Jan. 24: Magician and Illusionist Mike Super, Conference Center Upper Ballroom, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, Jan. 25: 14th Spa Day, Minnesota West Pipestone Salon Crew, Student Center upper level, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Relax Crew, 2 aqua massage beds, Oxygen Bar and Calf Massagers, Student Center lower level - West Entrance, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Movie, “Moana,” Student Center lower level TV lounge, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

    Thursday, Jan. 26: Spin Magic – Make Your Own T-Shirts, Make Your Own Leis, Student Center lower level – West Entrance, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Live at the Landing entertainment, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

    Friday, Jan. 27: Women’s and men’s basketball vs. Moorhead, 6 and 8 p.m. Movie, “Moana,” Student Center lower level TV lounge, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

    Saturday, Jan. 28: Hawaiian Night. Wheelchair basketball vs. Minnesota Rolling Timberwolves, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Women’s and men’s basketball vs. Northern State, 5 and 7 p.m.

    Prospective students are also invited to campus for an open house program from 1-4:15 p.m. on Jan. 28. The program includes an admission presentation, Student Services Fair, student/parent panel sessions, a campus tour and an Aloha Social. Call the Office of Admission at 800-642-0684 if you plan to attend or need further information. You may also email Matt Suby at: Matthew.Suby@smsu.edu.

  • Mike Super Magic and Illusion at SMSU


    Mike Super’s Magic and Illusion College Show comes to SMSU, Tuesday, January 24 at 8:00 pm in the SMSU Conference Center Upper Level Ballroom.

    Tickets are available January 6th at www.SMSUtickets.com (print your own E-tickets), on a first-come basis. Limited ballroom general admission seating for 400. Advanced General Public $8, Student ID’s $5 and everyone day of show $10. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Don’t miss the Winner of NBC’s Phenomenon, live!

    Mike Super’s life has been characterized by an obsession and passion for magic. He has astonished millions of people with his craft, including the Hollywood elite. Mike has performed for Jeffery Katzenberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Kenny Chesney, Criss Angel, Regis Philbin, Craig Ferguson, Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra, Disney’s Raven Simone, Joan Rivers, Gary Shanling, and Robin Leach to name but a few! Mike’s ever-growing popularity has garnered him many prestigious awards and honors, including being the only magician in history to win a LIVE magic competition on primetime US network television.

    In addition, his other accomplishments include being named Entertainer of the Year, Best Performing Artist of the Year, Best Novelty Performer of the Year AND he was voted America’s Favorite Mystifier on NBC’s hit TV Show PHENOMENON. Despite all of this, Mike humbly insists, it is the loyalty of his fan base that has been most rewarding. His legions of fans call themselves “THE SUPERFREAKS” and they number in the millions.

    The secret to Mike’s success is his natural ability to entertain and fascinate people. He has pioneered a new form of magic with his own inimitable, down-to-earth style and personality. Mike has brought the art of magic back to the people. He transcends the “trick” and connects personally with his audience on a level they can relate to. Whether it’s through television, stage or simply one-on-one, Mike Super’s personality and humor reaches out and enchants the public. His appeal to both young and old has made him one of the most sought after mystifiers in the world!

    For more information contact (507) 537-6394. Sponsored by SAC – Funded by SAFAC
    — Scott Ewing

     

  • Cinema: 'Hacksaw Ridge'


    The Cinema will be hosting "Hacksaw Ridge" this week at the SC TV Lounge! You can come by and watch it on Wednesday the 18th, Friday the 20th and Sunday the 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.! Movies shown at the Cinema are FREE for Students!

    Synopsis: Rating: R Runtime: 138 min Release Year: 2016 Director: Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson directed this biopic about World War II Army medic Desmond Doss (played here by Andrew Garfield). A conscientious objector who refused to take a life or even carry a weapon, Doss was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 soldiers on the battlefields of Okinawa.

    Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, and Sam Worthington co-star in Gibson's return to the director's seat. Author: Daniel Gelb Cast: Andrew Garfield,Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Luke Bracey, Sam Worthington, and Vince Vaughn
    — Sarah Palmeter

     

Fundraiser

  • Annual Gold Rush Raffle set for Feb. 3

    Tickets are now on sale for the 14th annual Mustang Gold Rush Raffle, sponsored by the SMSU Mustang Booster Club, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at the SMSU Conference Center.

    All proceeds from the exciting event go towards student-athlete scholarships at SMSU. Individuals also have a chance to win up to $5,000 along with other great prizes, all while supporting SMSU student-athletes!

    Make sure and purchase your tickets as soon as possible before all 600 are sold! To purchase or sell tickets, contact the SMSU athletics office at 507-537-7271 or contact a Mustang Booster Club member. The event starts with the social hour at 6 p.m., followed by the program and raffle at 7 p.m.

    The Mustang Gold Rush Raffle is a unique and fun event to help support a great cause. A ticket costs just $75 and includes a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. The price of a ticket also includes free beverages and appetizers during the social hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    The reverse raffle will then begin at 7 p.m., and that's when the fun begins. Once the raffle starts, all the tickets that have been sold will be displayed on the board and will be called out with the lucky individuals winning great prizes. The first and 100th number drawn each win $100, while the 300th number drawn wins $500. Other great prizes will also be given away for every 20th number drawn throughout the night.

    The raffle gets real interesting when five lucky individuals are left. These individuals, who are in attendance or have selected to split on their ticket, can walk away with $1,000 each or hold out for the grand prize of $5,000!

    There are other great events going on throughout the evening for everyone's entertainment as well as a great silent and live auction along with a chance to win the mystery prize.

    Help support Mustang student-athletes by purchasing a ticket from anywhere in the world! Your presence is requested but not required at the event.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Academic

  • SMSU Writing Center Open for Spring Semester


    The SMSU Writing Center is open for spring semester.

    The Writing Center has appointments available daily Monday thru Friday. Students can choose from three types of sessions:

    • Face-to-face (on campus in BA 527) .

    • Online chat (upload a paper before or use the online whiteboard to brainstorm while chatting with a tutor) .

    • eTutoring (upload your paper by the appointment time and receive comments back)

    All appointments are made using the SMSU Writing Center’s Online Scheduler, found on our web page: http://www.smsu.edu/CampusLife/WritingCenter/

    Use the Waiting List feature if your preferred day/time for an appointment is already booked (find instructions here: http://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/writingcenter/?id=12091)

    We look forward to working with you in the Writing Center this semester! If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Lori Baker, Writing Center Director.


    — Dr. Lori Baker, Writing Center Director

     

Announcement

  • Spring 2017 Pool Hours

    Spring Semester Pool Hours 2017

    Monday: 6:30a-5p & 7:30-10p
    Tuesday: 6:30a-5p & 7:30-10p
    Wednesday: 6:30a-5p & 7:30-10
    Thursday: 6:30a-5p & 7:30-10p
    Friday: 11a-6p
    Sunday: 4:30-7:30p

    NOTE: POOL is closed January 17-23 for repairs. Reopening is expected on January 24.

    Spring 2017 Pool Closings

    Tuesday/Thursday Jan 10-Mar 2 10:30-11:45am WHP Class
    Jan 16 — Opening 7:30-10pm (MLK)
    Jan 22 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Jan 29 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Feb 2 — 3:30-4:30pm (Special Olympics)
    Feb 3 — Closing at 5pm (Assessment Day)
    Feb 12 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Feb 16 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Feb 20 — Opening 7:30-10p (President’s Day)
    Mar 2 — 3:30-4:30p (Special Olympics)
    Mar 3 — Closing at 4p-Mar 12 (Spring Break)
    Mar 16 — 3:30-4:30 (Special Olympics)
    Mar 24 — Closing at 5p-Mar 26 (Lifeguard Training)
    Mar 31 — Closing at 5p-Apr 2 (WSI Training)
    April 16 — Closed(Easter)

    — Patricia Myrvik
    patricia.myrvik@smsu.edu

Athletics

  • SMSU Athletics announces 2017 Hall of Honor induction class


    Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics has announced that six individuals have been selected for induction into the SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

    The Athletics Hall of Honor is the highest athletic distinction awarded by the University. The newest Athletics Hall of Honor members are former women's basketball player Michelle Bruns (2001-05); football player Greg Delaine (1988-91); tennis player Martha Garzon (1989-92); swimmer Tom Moehn (1972-76); swimming & diving coach Con Eckstrom (1970-80); and community member and supporter of SMSU athletics Tim Moberg. Complete bios and photos of the inductees will be released next month.

    The Athletics Hall of Honor banquet, which will be held at the SMSU Upper Level Conference Center, will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a half-hour social, followed by lunch and the induction ceremonies beginning at 12 p.m. Tickets for the ceremony are $15 and include lunch prior to the ceremony. To reserve tickets for the ceremony, please contact Melissa at melissa.bromen@smsu.edu or 507-537-7271. A 12-member committee chose the inductees from a group of nominations. The new inductees bring the membership in SMSU's Athletic Hall of Honor to 91 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

     

Attention

  • Hawaiian Night Open House Program Jan. 28

    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 28, 2017 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 student panel. This session allows prospective students and their parents to ask current students what life is like as a Mustang.
     
    Finally, the day is wrapped up with campus tours from our University Ambassadors and Q & A from the Admission staff and other faculty.
     
    Those wishing to attend the Hawaiian Night open house event may RSVP at www.smsu.edu/admission/visit.cfm
    Seniors who apply to SMSU during Hawaiian Night will have their application fee waived.
     
    Next Open House: Junior Visit Day - March 18, 2017 (seniors welcome)
     
    For further information, call Emily Bruflat in the Admission Office at 507-537-6286.
     
    GO MUSTANGS!

    — Emily Bruflat

    emily.bruflat@smsu.edu

  • The Ghostlight Project Thurs. 1/19 #BeALight #AllAreWelcome

    Join SMSU Theatre for The Ghostlight Project launch on Thursday 1/19! If you're free at 5:30 pm please stop by the FA Theatre lobby and shine your light (cell phone, flashlight, whatever you have) in support of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone -- regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

    If you can't make it at 5:30, stop by the lobby anytime Thursday afternoon or during the day on Friday to make your own "I am.../I fight for.." or "Be a Light" poster and add it to the banners! Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theatre, this project is designed as a collective action to create "light" for challenging times ahead. For more information visit  https://theghostlightproject.com/

    — Nadine P. Schmidt
    nadine.schmidt@smsu.edu

  • Tax Return Document Available



    W-2 Forms Are Now Available In Self Service

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

    • If you are not an active employee but had earnings in calendar year 2016 you can also access your W-2 form on this site.

    • Retirees who received an additional ID to access insurance information must use their original employee ID to access their W-2.

    • Individuals employed by the state and an independent billing unit (IBU) during 2016 must use their state employee ID to access their state W-2. Note: An IBU is an organization not paid through the state’s payroll system (SEMA4) that is authorized by Minnesota Statute to participate in the State Employee Group Insurance Program.

    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 Minnesota, 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 2016, 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 2016.

    • Your W-2 form displays. NOTE: You may have a W-2 that includes two pages. If so, there will be a link at the top of the page that indicates Page 1 of 2. Clicking this link displays the second page, Page 2 of 2, which will have additional entries for Box 12.

    • Click the Print This W-2 link to print as many copies of your W-2 form as needed. Try another printing method if this does not provide desired results. The W-2 should be printed on white paper and in black ink. If your W-2 form includes two pages, each page needs to be printed separately. If you have not consented to receive your W-2 form electronically, you can do so at any time. On the Self Service website, select Other Payroll and View W-2 Forms. A pop-up box will display allowing you to consent to receive the W-2 form electronically. Once you consent, you will be able to access your W-2 form immediately. If you consent prior to the time W-2s are printed by the state, a W-2 will not be mailed.

    Paper W-2 forms will be mailed no later than January 31, per IRS guidelines, to:

    • Employees who have not consented to receive the W-2 form electronically.

    • Employees who have never accessed Self Service.

    • Deceased employees, at the employee’s last home address. If the post office has a forwarding address, the W-2 will be forwarded.

    • Employees not in active status and with job records where the last effective date is less than 01/01/2016. (Example: An employee retired December 24, 2015, but is receiving a W-2 because the last earnings were paid in 2016.)

    • Employees who had no earnings for 2016, but received before-tax deduction refunds.

    W-2 Information

    For assistance in answering your W-2 questions, select W-2 Information (below the View W-2 Forms link) on the W-2 Information page. Most amounts used to compute your W-2 form are found on your last pay stub for 2016.

    Corrected W-2

    If you believe that your W-2 is incorrect, submit a written request to your agency payroll office. Include: your name, Social Security number, current address, former address (if you have moved recently), agency, phone number (where you can be reached at work), an explanation of the error and your signature. You may provide this information on the Request for Duplicate or Corrected Wage and Tax Statement (W-2) form located on the Self Service website. Select Other Payroll, Payroll Forms, and W-2 Duplicate/Corrected.

    Form 1095-C SEGIP will provide an IRS Form 1095-C Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage to any employee who was a full-time or was offered health coverage during 2016. It will be available in late January in Self Service if you consented to receive it electronically. Otherwise, SEGIP will mail it to your home address by March 2, 2017. For more information, see http://www.mn.gov/mmb/segip/humanresources/information-1095-c.jsp.

    Form 1099-MISC

    As designated by the IRS, some employees had income in 2016 that must be reported on Form 1099-MISC, rather than Form W-2. All 1099s will be mailed by January 31. Payments made following the date of death are reported on Form 1099-MISC to deceased employees’ survivors or estates. (Payments prior to the date of death are reported on Form W-2.) NOTE: Form 1099s are NOT available on the Self Service website.

    Questions

    If you have questions, please contact your Human Resources office at 6208.
    — Barb Okrina

     

  • Federal Public Sector Employee Student Loan Forgiveness Program

    Are you an employee of SMSU and have outstanding student loan debt on federal Direct Loans?  If so, you may be eligible to participate in the federal Public Sector Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).  The Public Sector Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) was established by Congress in 2007 to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the remaining student loan balance of their federal Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer.  Southwest Minnesota State University is a qualifying employer.
     
    To participate you must make 120 qualifying monthly payments:
    • On a federal Direct Loan (Contact your student loan servicer(s) to determine if you have qualifying loans)
    •  While employed in full-time paid work for Southwest Minnesota State University or another qualifying employer (or in multiple part-time positions equal to full-time for qualifying employer(s))
    • Through one of the following repayment plans:
            o   Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan (PAYE)
            o   Revised Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan (REPAYE)
            o   Income-Based Repayment Plan (IBR)
            o   Income-Contingent Repayment Plan (ICR)
            o   10-year Standard Repayment Plan
    •  Apply for forgiveness after meeting the above requirements.
     
    Employees participating in the program must complete an Employment Certification for PSLF Form with Southwest Minnesota State University Human Resources and submit the completed forms to FedLoan Servicing, the U.S. Department of Education’s federal loan servicer for the PSLF Program.
     
    Additional information can be found on the U.S. Department of Education website Federal Student Aid and in the Fact Sheet and FAQs.

    — Nancy Olson
    Nancy.olson@smsu.edu

     

Clubs & Organizations

Entertainment

  • Cinema: 'Hacksaw Ridge'


    The Cinema will be hosting "Hacksaw Ridge" this week at the SC TV Lounge! You can come by and watch it on Wednesday the 18th, Friday the 20th and Sunday the 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.! Movies shown at the Cinema are FREE for Students!

    Synopsis: Rating: R Runtime: 138 min Release Year: 2016 Director: Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson directed this biopic about World War II Army medic Desmond Doss (played here by Andrew Garfield). A conscientious objector who refused to take a life or even carry a weapon, Doss was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 soldiers on the battlefields of Okinawa.

    Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, and Sam Worthington co-star in Gibson's return to the director's seat. Author: Daniel Gelb Cast: Andrew Garfield,Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Luke Bracey, Sam Worthington, and Vince Vaughn
    — Sarah Palmeter

     

  • Mike Super Magic and Illusion at SMSU


    Mike Super’s Magic and Illusion College Show comes to SMSU, Tuesday, January 24 at 8:00 pm in the SMSU Conference Center Upper Level Ballroom.

    Tickets are available January 6th at www.SMSUtickets.com (print your own E-tickets), on a first-come basis. Limited ballroom general admission seating for 400. Advanced General Public $8, Student ID’s $5 and everyone day of show $10. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Don’t miss the Winner of NBC’s Phenomenon, live!

    Mike Super’s life has been characterized by an obsession and passion for magic. He has astonished millions of people with his craft, including the Hollywood elite. Mike has performed for Jeffery Katzenberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Kenny Chesney, Criss Angel, Regis Philbin, Craig Ferguson, Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra, Disney’s Raven Simone, Joan Rivers, Gary Shanling, and Robin Leach to name but a few! Mike’s ever-growing popularity has garnered him many prestigious awards and honors, including being the only magician in history to win a LIVE magic competition on primetime US network television.

    In addition, his other accomplishments include being named Entertainer of the Year, Best Performing Artist of the Year, Best Novelty Performer of the Year AND he was voted America’s Favorite Mystifier on NBC’s hit TV Show PHENOMENON. Despite all of this, Mike humbly insists, it is the loyalty of his fan base that has been most rewarding. His legions of fans call themselves “THE SUPERFREAKS” and they number in the millions.

    The secret to Mike’s success is his natural ability to entertain and fascinate people. He has pioneered a new form of magic with his own inimitable, down-to-earth style and personality. Mike has brought the art of magic back to the people. He transcends the “trick” and connects personally with his audience on a level they can relate to. Whether it’s through television, stage or simply one-on-one, Mike Super’s personality and humor reaches out and enchants the public. His appeal to both young and old has made him one of the most sought after mystifiers in the world!

    For more information contact (507) 537-6394. Sponsored by SAC – Funded by SAFAC
    — Scott Ewing

     

  • Winter Meltdown Celebrated at SMSU Jan. 23-28

    Southwest Minnesota State University will celebrate Winter Meltdown with a series of events Jan. 23-28, 2017. This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Beached.”

    Winter Meltdown is an SMSU tradition, a time for students, faculty and staff to participate in fun activities to help beat the ‘winter blues.’

    The week is culminated by the traditional Hawaiian Night basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 28 against Northern State University. The Mustang women play at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m.

    Mike Super will present his magic and illusion show Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the Conference Center Upper Ballroom beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for SMSU students, $8 for the general public, and $10 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at SMSUTickets.com.

    Other events this year include Minnesota West salon and massage students giving haircuts, massages and manicures; Live at the Landing musical entertainment; movies; and a chance for students to make their own leis and t-shirts.

    The week’s events:

    Tuesday, Jan. 24: Magician and Illusionist Mike Super, Conference Center Upper Ballroom, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, Jan. 25: 14th Spa Day, Minnesota West Pipestone Salon Crew, Student Center upper level, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Relax Crew, 2 aqua massage beds, Oxygen Bar and Calf Massagers, Student Center lower level - West Entrance, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Movie, “Moana,” Student Center lower level TV lounge, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

    Thursday, Jan. 26: Spin Magic – Make Your Own T-Shirts, Make Your Own Leis, Student Center lower level – West Entrance, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Live at the Landing entertainment, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

    Friday, Jan. 27: Women’s and men’s basketball vs. Moorhead, 6 and 8 p.m. Movie, “Moana,” Student Center lower level TV lounge, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

    Saturday, Jan. 28: Hawaiian Night. Wheelchair basketball vs. Minnesota Rolling Timberwolves, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Women’s and men’s basketball vs. Northern State, 5 and 7 p.m.

    Prospective students are also invited to campus for an open house program from 1-4:15 p.m. on Jan. 28. The program includes an admission presentation, Student Services Fair, student/parent panel sessions, a campus tour and an Aloha Social. Call the Office of Admission at 800-642-0684 if you plan to attend or need further information. You may also email Matt Suby at: Matthew.Suby@smsu.edu.

Fundraiser

  • Annual Gold Rush Raffle set for Feb. 3

    Tickets are now on sale for the 14th annual Mustang Gold Rush Raffle, sponsored by the SMSU Mustang Booster Club, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at the SMSU Conference Center.

    All proceeds from the exciting event go towards student-athlete scholarships at SMSU. Individuals also have a chance to win up to $5,000 along with other great prizes, all while supporting SMSU student-athletes!

    Make sure and purchase your tickets as soon as possible before all 600 are sold! To purchase or sell tickets, contact the SMSU athletics office at 507-537-7271 or contact a Mustang Booster Club member. The event starts with the social hour at 6 p.m., followed by the program and raffle at 7 p.m.

    The Mustang Gold Rush Raffle is a unique and fun event to help support a great cause. A ticket costs just $75 and includes a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. The price of a ticket also includes free beverages and appetizers during the social hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    The reverse raffle will then begin at 7 p.m., and that's when the fun begins. Once the raffle starts, all the tickets that have been sold will be displayed on the board and will be called out with the lucky individuals winning great prizes. The first and 100th number drawn each win $100, while the 300th number drawn wins $500. Other great prizes will also be given away for every 20th number drawn throughout the night.

    The raffle gets real interesting when five lucky individuals are left. These individuals, who are in attendance or have selected to split on their ticket, can walk away with $1,000 each or hold out for the grand prize of $5,000!

    There are other great events going on throughout the evening for everyone's entertainment as well as a great silent and live auction along with a chance to win the mystery prize.

    Help support Mustang student-athletes by purchasing a ticket from anywhere in the world! Your presence is requested but not required at the event.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

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