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Sunday, December 21, 2014

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  • SMSU Athletics named finalist for the 2015 Division II Award of Excellence

    The Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics Department—for the sixth time in eight years—is one of 25 institutions to be named a finalist for the 2015 Division II Award of Excellence. The award, selected by the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), recognizes events and activities that exemplify the type of campus and community engagement that the division emphasizes.

    SMSU was named the 2014-15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference winner for its “Mustang Mail” program. The program partners every SMSU student-athlete with an elementary student in Marshall. The student-athletes and elementary school students write letters to each other throughout the year prior to a face-to-face meeting in the classroom.

    Each finalist is awarded $500 for the event or activity for which they are recognized. Examples of events the award seeks to recognize include activities associated with Division II partner Make-A-Wish®, Team IMPACT, military appreciation, community engagement, game environment, student-athlete leadership development and educational programming.

    “We are honored to receive the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence for Mustang Mail as the top civic engagement event of the year in the NSIC,” said Chris Hmielewski, SMSU Director of Athletics. “Mustang Mail is a program that has connected our student-athletes with elementary school students in the Marshall community. This program has brought together students who are at very different stages of their education to share in the learning process. We are very proud of this program, and it is a credit to our staff, coaches and student-athletes for dedicating their time to the young people of our community.”

    In addition, two runner-up recipients and the overall 2015 Division II Award of Excellence winner will emerge from the list of 25 finalists.
    The national winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a nationally televised football or basketball game during the 2015-16 season. The first runner-up will receive a $1,250 cash prize and the second-runner-up will receive $1,000, which should be used toward future community engagement initiatives.


    The two runner-up recipients and the overall winner will be announced during the Division II Business Session at the 2015 NCAA Convention on Jan. 17 in Washington, D.C.

    “This year's award recognizing Mustang Mail is a direct result of the hard work, vision and commitment to civic engagement by the entire SMSU Department of Athletics,” Hmielewski said. “The success of this program would not have been possible without the support of many hard working student-athletes, coaches, teachers, administrators and staff members. Our sincere appreciation goes out to the elementary schools in Marshall, who allow our student-athletes to participate in the learning process and make a difference in the lives of our elementary school students. This award is to be shared by both SMSU and the Marshall community. Mustang Mail is just one example of many collaborative efforts that show how we are working together as a community to develop regionally and nationally recognized programs.”

    SMSU has also been honored with the NCAA Division II award three times for the annual “Ag Bowl” (2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13) and twice for the annual “Smokefest” (2010-11, 2011-12).

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu
     

Attention

  • Mileage Rates to Change Jan. 1

     

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

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

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

    — Barb Berkenpas

  • IRS Mileage Rate Update Effective January 1, 2015

     

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

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

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

    — Barb Berkenpas
    barb.berkenpas@smsu.edu
     

  • Student Health 101 - December Issue

     

    Hello Mustang Family!

    December’s Student Health 101 issue is now available!

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

    First, you can enter the December drawing for $1,000 for checking out the December issue. Second, there are some great articles to read this month including the following:

    Capture your calm: 8 small steps to stress less

    Calling all night owls: Making your sleep habits work for you

    Find your drive to exercise: Take the quiz

    Season's eatings: Healthy twists on holiday dishes

    Aftermath & recovery: A student's guide to getting help after an assault

    Does your spending need a reality check? How to budget better!

    Cheese and _________? What pairs best with the cheese of your choice? Please share in this week’s poll!
    http://readsh101.com/cheese/smsu.html

    And much more…

    If you missed it, be sure to check out the November issue with does your spending need a reality check, why working out in groups works, understanding depression and more at http://readsh101.com/1114/smsu.html.

    GO MUSTANGS!

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

  • SMSU Winter Recess Bulletin

     

    SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
    WINTER RECESS BULLETIN

    Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

    Southwest Minnesota State University will have limited services available starting Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. Facilities will be secured after 5 p.m. each day.

    SMSU WILL BE CLOSED ON DEC. 25 AND JAN. 1. Dec. 24 is a holiday for only MSUAASF employees.

    Some offices may be closed during this time, other offices may have limited services available, and still others may be available only by special arrangement. If a particular service is needed that is listed as not available, please contact that office/department directly.

    Contact Numbers
    Campus Switchboard: 537-7678
    Physical Plant: 537-7106
    Emergency-Campus Security: 537-7252

    ELECTRICITY AND HEAT will be maintained at normal levels. Heating of our facilities is impacted by the lighting in use and the number of people in the facilities. Please be aware that the facilities may be cooler than when the campus is in full use.

    SNOW REMOVAL will be maintained on a limited basis as follows:
    -Appropriate sidewalks and walkways for access to food service, R/A, etc.
    -Clearance of all fire lanes including Stadium Drive, Mustang Trail, Wefald Drive, State Street and Birch Street.
    -Access to Science and Math, Science and Tech, PE, Residence Halls, Founders Hall and IL building entrances.
    -A-1 and a section of B-1 parking lots.

    PARKING: Parking permits are not required in regular paid permit parking areas when classes are not in session. Specific and General Reserve spaces are enforced at all times, along with all other parking regulations.

    ADMISSION OFFICE will be closed Dec. 26.

    BUSINESS SERVICES will be closed Dec. 24, 26, 31 and January 2. The cashier’s window will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2, but cashier services may be obtained through the office of Business Services.

    CAREER SERVICES, COUNSELING & TESTING SERVICES will be closed Dec. 24, 26 and Jan. 2.

    DEANS’ OFFICE & DISTANCE LEARNING will be open by appointment only, due to reduced staffing.

    DUPLICATING/RECEIVING SERVICES will be open 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Operation will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 26.

    FACILITIES & PHYSICAL PLANT: MT building office is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The office will close at noon on Dec. 24 and will be closed on Dec. 26. Facilities & Physical Plant staff will be available 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. during the break. If you have a building emergency outside of these hours, please contact University Public Safety at 7252.

    FINANCIAL AID will be closed Dec. 24, 26, 31 and Jan. 2. On Dec. 22, 23, 29 and 30 we will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    HUMAN RESOURCES will be open by appointment only, due to reduced staffing.
    E-Timesheets for pay period ending Dec.30 should be submitted and approved by supervisors by Tuesday, Dec. 23 at noon.

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES The Technology Resource Center will have limited staff from Dec. 19-Jan. 9. From Dec. 19-Jan. 9, we will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will not be open on Saturdays or Sundays. The labs will be closing at 11 p.m. on Dec. 18 and re-opening on Jan. 12 at 7:30 a.m. If something does come up or any changes need to be made, a notice will be posted.

    POST OFFICE window hours during the recess will be 9 am to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Post Office will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 26. There will be no mail or package delivery to offices during the break. Notification of package arrival will be by e-mail. Please have all outgoing mail to the Post Office window by 1 p.m. each day. Full services will resume on Jan. 12.

    PRESIDENT’S OFFICE will be closed on Dec. 24 only.

    REGISTRATION & ADVISING OFFICE will be closed Dec. 24, 26 and Jan. 2. Office hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 22, 23, 29, 30 and 31. Normal office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. resume on Monday, Jan. 5.

    RESIDENCE LIFE OFFICE
    will be closed Dec. 24 and 31. Dec. 23-Jan. 2 the office will be closed from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Regular hours resume on Jan. 5.

    SCHEDULING AND EVENT SERVICES will be closed. E-mails to Scheduling@smsu.edu and phone messages will be checked periodically throughout the break.

    STUDENT CENTER
    Semester Break (Dec. 20, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015)
    Monday-Friday Building Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open late for basketball games in the
    R/A Facility)

    Weekends Building Closed (open for basketball games in the R/A Facility)

    Wednesday, Dec. 24 Building: Closed
    Thursday, Dec. 25 Building: Closed
    Thursday, Jan. 1 Building: Closed
    Monday-Thursday Jan. 6-8 Building Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Friday, Jan. 9 Building Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Saturday, Jan. 10 Building Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Sunday, Jan. 11 Building Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    SWITCHBOARD SERVICES at the Information Desk of Founders Hall will serve as the main information source for employees or vendors during this time. The switchboard will be operational every day 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Dec. 26, when it will not be staffed.


    — Barb Okrina
    barb.okrina@smsu.edu
     

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Academic

Athletics

  • SMSU Athletics named finalist for the 2015 Division II Award of Excellence

    The Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics Department—for the sixth time in eight years—is one of 25 institutions to be named a finalist for the 2015 Division II Award of Excellence. The award, selected by the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), recognizes events and activities that exemplify the type of campus and community engagement that the division emphasizes.

    SMSU was named the 2014-15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference winner for its “Mustang Mail” program. The program partners every SMSU student-athlete with an elementary student in Marshall. The student-athletes and elementary school students write letters to each other throughout the year prior to a face-to-face meeting in the classroom.

    Each finalist is awarded $500 for the event or activity for which they are recognized. Examples of events the award seeks to recognize include activities associated with Division II partner Make-A-Wish®, Team IMPACT, military appreciation, community engagement, game environment, student-athlete leadership development and educational programming.

    “We are honored to receive the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence for Mustang Mail as the top civic engagement event of the year in the NSIC,” said Chris Hmielewski, SMSU Director of Athletics. “Mustang Mail is a program that has connected our student-athletes with elementary school students in the Marshall community. This program has brought together students who are at very different stages of their education to share in the learning process. We are very proud of this program, and it is a credit to our staff, coaches and student-athletes for dedicating their time to the young people of our community.”

    In addition, two runner-up recipients and the overall 2015 Division II Award of Excellence winner will emerge from the list of 25 finalists.
    The national winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a nationally televised football or basketball game during the 2015-16 season. The first runner-up will receive a $1,250 cash prize and the second-runner-up will receive $1,000, which should be used toward future community engagement initiatives.


    The two runner-up recipients and the overall winner will be announced during the Division II Business Session at the 2015 NCAA Convention on Jan. 17 in Washington, D.C.

    “This year's award recognizing Mustang Mail is a direct result of the hard work, vision and commitment to civic engagement by the entire SMSU Department of Athletics,” Hmielewski said. “The success of this program would not have been possible without the support of many hard working student-athletes, coaches, teachers, administrators and staff members. Our sincere appreciation goes out to the elementary schools in Marshall, who allow our student-athletes to participate in the learning process and make a difference in the lives of our elementary school students. This award is to be shared by both SMSU and the Marshall community. Mustang Mail is just one example of many collaborative efforts that show how we are working together as a community to develop regionally and nationally recognized programs.”

    SMSU has also been honored with the NCAA Division II award three times for the annual “Ag Bowl” (2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13) and twice for the annual “Smokefest” (2010-11, 2011-12).

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu
     

Attention

  • Mileage Rates to Change Jan. 1

     

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

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

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

    — Barb Berkenpas

  • IRS Mileage Rate Update Effective January 1, 2015

     

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

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

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

    — Barb Berkenpas
    barb.berkenpas@smsu.edu
     

  • Student Health 101 - December Issue

     

    Hello Mustang Family!

    December’s Student Health 101 issue is now available!

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

    First, you can enter the December drawing for $1,000 for checking out the December issue. Second, there are some great articles to read this month including the following:

    Capture your calm: 8 small steps to stress less

    Calling all night owls: Making your sleep habits work for you

    Find your drive to exercise: Take the quiz

    Season's eatings: Healthy twists on holiday dishes

    Aftermath & recovery: A student's guide to getting help after an assault

    Does your spending need a reality check? How to budget better!

    Cheese and _________? What pairs best with the cheese of your choice? Please share in this week’s poll!
    http://readsh101.com/cheese/smsu.html

    And much more…

    If you missed it, be sure to check out the November issue with does your spending need a reality check, why working out in groups works, understanding depression and more at http://readsh101.com/1114/smsu.html.

    GO MUSTANGS!

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

  • SMSU Winter Recess Bulletin

     

    SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
    WINTER RECESS BULLETIN

    Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

    Southwest Minnesota State University will have limited services available starting Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. Facilities will be secured after 5 p.m. each day.

    SMSU WILL BE CLOSED ON DEC. 25 AND JAN. 1. Dec. 24 is a holiday for only MSUAASF employees.

    Some offices may be closed during this time, other offices may have limited services available, and still others may be available only by special arrangement. If a particular service is needed that is listed as not available, please contact that office/department directly.

    Contact Numbers
    Campus Switchboard: 537-7678
    Physical Plant: 537-7106
    Emergency-Campus Security: 537-7252

    ELECTRICITY AND HEAT will be maintained at normal levels. Heating of our facilities is impacted by the lighting in use and the number of people in the facilities. Please be aware that the facilities may be cooler than when the campus is in full use.

    SNOW REMOVAL will be maintained on a limited basis as follows:
    -Appropriate sidewalks and walkways for access to food service, R/A, etc.
    -Clearance of all fire lanes including Stadium Drive, Mustang Trail, Wefald Drive, State Street and Birch Street.
    -Access to Science and Math, Science and Tech, PE, Residence Halls, Founders Hall and IL building entrances.
    -A-1 and a section of B-1 parking lots.

    PARKING: Parking permits are not required in regular paid permit parking areas when classes are not in session. Specific and General Reserve spaces are enforced at all times, along with all other parking regulations.

    ADMISSION OFFICE will be closed Dec. 26.

    BUSINESS SERVICES will be closed Dec. 24, 26, 31 and January 2. The cashier’s window will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2, but cashier services may be obtained through the office of Business Services.

    CAREER SERVICES, COUNSELING & TESTING SERVICES will be closed Dec. 24, 26 and Jan. 2.

    DEANS’ OFFICE & DISTANCE LEARNING will be open by appointment only, due to reduced staffing.

    DUPLICATING/RECEIVING SERVICES will be open 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Operation will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 26.

    FACILITIES & PHYSICAL PLANT: MT building office is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The office will close at noon on Dec. 24 and will be closed on Dec. 26. Facilities & Physical Plant staff will be available 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. during the break. If you have a building emergency outside of these hours, please contact University Public Safety at 7252.

    FINANCIAL AID will be closed Dec. 24, 26, 31 and Jan. 2. On Dec. 22, 23, 29 and 30 we will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    HUMAN RESOURCES will be open by appointment only, due to reduced staffing.
    E-Timesheets for pay period ending Dec.30 should be submitted and approved by supervisors by Tuesday, Dec. 23 at noon.

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES The Technology Resource Center will have limited staff from Dec. 19-Jan. 9. From Dec. 19-Jan. 9, we will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will not be open on Saturdays or Sundays. The labs will be closing at 11 p.m. on Dec. 18 and re-opening on Jan. 12 at 7:30 a.m. If something does come up or any changes need to be made, a notice will be posted.

    POST OFFICE window hours during the recess will be 9 am to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Post Office will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 26. There will be no mail or package delivery to offices during the break. Notification of package arrival will be by e-mail. Please have all outgoing mail to the Post Office window by 1 p.m. each day. Full services will resume on Jan. 12.

    PRESIDENT’S OFFICE will be closed on Dec. 24 only.

    REGISTRATION & ADVISING OFFICE will be closed Dec. 24, 26 and Jan. 2. Office hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 22, 23, 29, 30 and 31. Normal office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. resume on Monday, Jan. 5.

    RESIDENCE LIFE OFFICE
    will be closed Dec. 24 and 31. Dec. 23-Jan. 2 the office will be closed from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Regular hours resume on Jan. 5.

    SCHEDULING AND EVENT SERVICES will be closed. E-mails to Scheduling@smsu.edu and phone messages will be checked periodically throughout the break.

    STUDENT CENTER
    Semester Break (Dec. 20, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015)
    Monday-Friday Building Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open late for basketball games in the
    R/A Facility)

    Weekends Building Closed (open for basketball games in the R/A Facility)

    Wednesday, Dec. 24 Building: Closed
    Thursday, Dec. 25 Building: Closed
    Thursday, Jan. 1 Building: Closed
    Monday-Thursday Jan. 6-8 Building Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Friday, Jan. 9 Building Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Saturday, Jan. 10 Building Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Sunday, Jan. 11 Building Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    SWITCHBOARD SERVICES at the Information Desk of Founders Hall will serve as the main information source for employees or vendors during this time. The switchboard will be operational every day 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Dec. 26, when it will not be staffed.


    — Barb Okrina
    barb.okrina@smsu.edu
     

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