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Friday, March 6, 2015

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  • John Zwach Scholarship Applications Available

     

    Applications for the 2015-2016 John Zwach scholarships are now available at the Business and Public Affairs Department office in Charter Hall 129. The scholarships are funded by the family and friends of the late John Zwach in honor of his lifetime of public service to Southwest Minnesota.

    A native of Redwood County, Mr. Zwach was a teacher, school superintendent, farmer and civic leader. He was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1935-1946) and Senate (1947-1966), and served as Senate Majority Leader for eight years.


    In 1963 he was chief author of the bill which created Southwest Minnesota State University. From 1967 to 1975 Mr. Zwach represented Southwest Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives.

    Eligibility
    Any continuing S.M.S.U. student is eligible for consideration. Previous awards may be renewed, but the recipient must reapply each year.

    Criteria
    • Demonstrated leadership or participation in regional, community or campus issues
    • Quality of scholarship and reflection on the subject of public service in Southwest Minnesota, as expressed in an original essay
    • Distinguished academic performance

    Completed applications are due by Friday, March 27. For further information, contact Professor David Sturrock at 537-6078 or David.Sturrock@SMSU.edu.

    — Prof. David Sturrock
    David.Sturrock@smsu.edu
     

Attention

  • North Star Mutual Insurance Company On Campus

     

    North Star Mutual Insurance Company will be on campus Thursday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower level Student Center. Stop by their table to learn more about the opportunities their company has to offer. They will be conducting on-campus interviews on Wednesday, April 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Bellows Academic 156. For more information, stop by Career Services - BA 156.

    — Career Services
    Careers@SMSU.edu
     

  • Cowan Award: For Service to the University & Community

     

    Nominations are now being accepted for the Cowan Award. This is an award designed to recognize service accomplished by current faculty and staff, above and beyond the regular duties of his or her job. Nominations for this honor may come from students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the regional community who feel that they know a current SMSU employee, with at least 5 years of service, who deserves recognition for service to the university and community.

    Nomination forms and details about the award can be found on the SMSU Academic Deans web page: http://www.smsu.edu/administration/academicdeans/?id=4328

    Nominations and supporting materials must be returned to the Office of the Academic Deans, BA 268, by March 23, 2015.

    If you have any questions, please contact Monica Miller (Monica.Miller@smsu.edu).

    — Emily Deaver
    emily.deaver@smsu.edu

     

  • Orientation Leaders Wanted!

     

    Are you an outgoing, enthusiastic leader? Do you want to get more involved with welcoming incoming students to the Mustang Family? Are you interested in being part of the Orientation Leader team for Gold Rush Days 2015? We want to talk to you!

    Orientation Leaders (OLs) are paid positions for students who are willing to commit August 17-23 to preparation and carrying out new freshman orientation. It's a very rewarding experience, and OLs gain much more than the financial incentive!

    Pick up an application from the Office of Admission (Founders Hall 1st floor) and return it by March 23. Interviews will be conducted March 30 - April 2.

    — Elise Kazmerzak
    elise.kazmerzak@smsu.edu


     

  • Special Olympics

     

    Thank you to all the SMSU education majors and all volunteers who contributed to the success of the Special Olympic Swimming & Powerlifting competition hosted at SMSU on Sunday, March 1.Your time and efforts as a volunteer were greatly appreciated and made the event a huge success! The smiles and cheers of the Special Olympic athletes are testament to their enjoyment and pride in their accomplishments. We couldn’t have done this without you!

    THANK YOU !!


    Marshall Area Special Olympics

    — Marilyn Strate
    marilyn.strate@smsu.edu
     

  • Spring Break Mail Services

     

    Starting Friday afternoon, March 6, there will be no mail delivery or pick up to individual offices.


    You may pick up your daily mail at the SMSU Post Office window after 10:15 a.m. and check for packages also. Please have all outgoing mail at the window by 1:15 p.m.


    The Post Office window will be closed noon to 1 p.m. each day.


    We will resume complete mail route services beginning on Monday, March 16.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    — Eileen Hanson
    eileen.hanson@smsu.edu

     

  • SMSU Annual Recognition Dinner

     

    Southwest Minnesota State University will host the University Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, April 8, in the upper level Conference Center at SMSU, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is held to recognize the contributions and work of those employees who have ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty, and thirty-five years of service with the University. In addition, those who have retired since the last recognition dinner or are planning to retire this year are special guests for the evening.

    Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $15 per person at the Human Resource Office (BA 269) until Wednesday, April 1. (You may pay by check or have the exact amount of cash.) I urge you to join with us in taking a moment to thank these employees for their contributions and service to Southwest Minnesota State University.

    10 Years of Service
    Angela Fahl, Brittany Krull, Donna Reaves, Nadine Schmidt, Paulette Stefanick, David Vikander, Matthew Walker, John Ward

    15 Years of Service
    Verna Cornish, Thomas Dilley, Sara Fier, Vaughn Gehle, Charles Kost, Jane Larsen, Shushuang Man, Michael Munford, Ken Murphy, Lynn Okrina, Christine Olson, Kristi Petersen, Conni Stensrud, Jim Tate, Jackie Tauer, Undupitiya Wijesiri

    20 Years of Service
    Don Bethune, Jill Schlemmer

    25 Years of Service
    John Alcorn, Pat Daniels, Stewart Day, Brent Jeffers, Gerald Toland, James Zarzana

    30 Years of Service
    Bonnie Engesmoe, Mary Mortland, George Seldat

    35 Years of Service
    Lori Caron, Cyndi Holm, Wayne Mitzner, Joan Tutt, Merv Windey

    Retired/Retiring Employees
    Verna Cornish, Elma Dassbach, Christopher French, Joe Gawarecki, John Gochenouer, Carrie Hansen, Daniel Hoffman, Glenn Horky, Jeff Kuiper, Diane Leslie, Richard Lyons, Mike McHugh, David Patterson, George Seldat, Jan Van Moorlehem, Gene Verschelde, Beth Weatherby, James Zarzana

    NOTE: The above listing is based on fiscal years. For example, if an employee began employment any time during the fiscal year of 2005, that employee would be listed as having 10 years of service (FY15-FY05=10). Should an employee have previous service at SMSU, these years would be added to the 10 year figure.

    — Barb Okrina
    barb.okrina@smsu.edu

     

  • Seeking applicants for the 2015 Agvocate (Advocates for Agriculture) program

    The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is currently seeking applicants for the 2015 Agvocate (Advocates for Agriculture) program set to begin June 1, 2015.

    The program is designed to create a learning environment to encourage the development of young leaders in Minnesota agriculture. Currently in its sixth year, the program also strives to create awareness of issues facing corn farmers and develop young leaders into skilled advocates for these issues.

    Through hands-on experiences, networking with agricultural professionals and social media avenues, Agvocates will be given opportunities to become actively involved with corn and agriculture, and develop communication, leadership and advocacy skills. Among other benefits of the program, Agvocates will receive a $3,000 scholarship.

    Eligible candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 23 and currently enrolled in a 2-year of 4-year post-secondary education or training program. Among other duties, participants will be required to attend MCGA-related events, advocate through social media platforms and write an article for one of MCGA’s publications.

    Applications and program information can be found online at www.mncorn.org or by calling the MCGA office at 952-460-3603. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2015. Agvocates will be selected by May 15, 2015.

    Please forward this information to anyone you know who might be interested.

    Thank you for your support!

    — Cara Soper
    Field Coordinator
    738 First Avenue East
    Shakopee, MN 55379
    Direct: 952-460-3603
    Office: 952-233-0333
    Fax: 952-233-0420
    csoper@mncorn.org

  • Space Requests

     

    Please submit any space allocation requests for the next fiscal year to the Vice President of Finance and Administration (Deb Kerkaert) by April 1, 2015. Forms must be completed with all required signatures.

    The space request form can be found on the Vice President for Finance and Administration webpage at http://www.smsu.edu/Administration/VPFinanceAdmin/Index.cfm or on the policy and procedure page http://www.smsu.edu/nca/policies/g-018%20space%20allocation.pdf.

    Please note the following part of the policy. "Allocation of space to the following activities is temporary (one academic year or less), provided on a space-available basis, and subject to annual review.


    a. Recognized student clubs and organizations.
    b. Department lounges, reading rooms, or study areas.
    c. Non-university agencies.
    d. Assigned storage spaces."

    If this applies to your spaces, please submit requests if you wish to maintain those spaces.

    Thank you.

    — Deb Kerkaert
    deb.kerkaert@smsu.edu
     

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Academic

  • John Zwach Scholarship Applications Available

     

    Applications for the 2015-2016 John Zwach scholarships are now available at the Business and Public Affairs Department office in Charter Hall 129. The scholarships are funded by the family and friends of the late John Zwach in honor of his lifetime of public service to Southwest Minnesota.

    A native of Redwood County, Mr. Zwach was a teacher, school superintendent, farmer and civic leader. He was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1935-1946) and Senate (1947-1966), and served as Senate Majority Leader for eight years.


    In 1963 he was chief author of the bill which created Southwest Minnesota State University. From 1967 to 1975 Mr. Zwach represented Southwest Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives.

    Eligibility
    Any continuing S.M.S.U. student is eligible for consideration. Previous awards may be renewed, but the recipient must reapply each year.

    Criteria
    • Demonstrated leadership or participation in regional, community or campus issues
    • Quality of scholarship and reflection on the subject of public service in Southwest Minnesota, as expressed in an original essay
    • Distinguished academic performance

    Completed applications are due by Friday, March 27. For further information, contact Professor David Sturrock at 537-6078 or David.Sturrock@SMSU.edu.

    — Prof. David Sturrock
    David.Sturrock@smsu.edu
     

Attention

  • North Star Mutual Insurance Company On Campus

     

    North Star Mutual Insurance Company will be on campus Thursday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower level Student Center. Stop by their table to learn more about the opportunities their company has to offer. They will be conducting on-campus interviews on Wednesday, April 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Bellows Academic 156. For more information, stop by Career Services - BA 156.

    — Career Services
    Careers@SMSU.edu
     

  • SMSU Annual Recognition Dinner

    Southwest Minnesota State University will host the University Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the upper level Conference Center at SMSU, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is held to recognize the contributions and work of those employees who have ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty, and thirty-five years of service with the University. In addition, those who have retired since the last recognition dinner or are planning to retire this year are special guests for the evening.

    Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $15 per person at the Human Resource Office (BA 269) until Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (You may pay by check or have the exact amount of cash.) I urge you to join with us in taking a moment to thank these employees for their contributions and service to Southwest Minnesota State University.

    10 Years of Service
    Angela Fahl, Brittany Krull, Donna Reaves, Nadine Schmidt, Paulette Stefanick, David Vikander, Matthew Walker, John Ward

    15 Years of Service
    Verna Cornish, Thomas Dilley, Sara Fier, Vaughn Gehle, Charles Kost, Jane Larsen, Shushuang Man, Michael Munford, Ken Murphy, Lynn Okrina, Christine Olson, Kristi Petersen, Conni Stensrud, Jim Tate, Jackie Tauer, Undupitiya Wijesiri

    20 Years of Service
    Don Bethune, Jill Schlemmer

    25 Years of Service
    John Alcorn, Pat Daniels, Stewart Day, Brent Jeffers, Gerald Toland, James Zarzana

    30 Years of Service
    Bonnie Engesmoe, Mary Mortland, George Seldat

    35 Years of Service
    Lori Caron, Cyndi Holm, Wayne Mitzner, Joan Tutt, Merv Windey

    Retired/Retiring Employees
    Verna Cornish, Elma Dassbach, Christopher French, Joe Gawarecki, John Gochenouer, Carrie Hansen, Daniel Hoffman, Glenn Horky, Jeff Kuiper, Diane Leslie, Richard Lyons, Mike McHugh, David Patterson, George Seldat, Jan Van Moorlehem, Gene Verschelde, Beth Weatherby, James Zarzana

    NOTE: The above listing is based on fiscal years. For example, if an employee began employment any time during the fiscal year of 2005, that employee would be listed as having 10 years of service (FY15-FY05=10). Should an employee have previous service at SMSU, these years would be added to the 10 year figure.

    — Barb Okrina
    barb.okrina@smsu.edu
     

  • Cowan Award: For Service to the University & Community

     

    Nominations are now being accepted for the Cowan Award. This is an award designed to recognize service accomplished by current faculty and staff, above and beyond the regular duties of his or her job. Nominations for this honor may come from students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the regional community who feel that they know a current SMSU employee, with at least 5 years of service, who deserves recognition for service to the university and community.

    Nomination forms and details about the award can be found on the SMSU Academic Deans web page: http://www.smsu.edu/administration/academicdeans/?id=4328

    Nominations and supporting materials must be returned to the Office of the Academic Deans, BA 268, by March 23, 2015.

    If you have any questions, please contact Monica Miller (Monica.Miller@smsu.edu).

    — Emily Deaver
    emily.deaver@smsu.edu

     

  • Orientation Leaders Wanted!

     

    Are you an outgoing, enthusiastic leader? Do you want to get more involved with welcoming incoming students to the Mustang Family? Are you interested in being part of the Orientation Leader team for Gold Rush Days 2015? We want to talk to you!

    Orientation Leaders (OLs) are paid positions for students who are willing to commit August 17-23 to preparation and carrying out new freshman orientation. It's a very rewarding experience, and OLs gain much more than the financial incentive!

    Pick up an application from the Office of Admission (Founders Hall 1st floor) and return it by March 23. Interviews will be conducted March 30 - April 2.

    — Elise Kazmerzak
    elise.kazmerzak@smsu.edu


     

  • Retirement Seminars offered for State Employees

     

    Please find below information on two upcoming seminars offered by the State of Minnesota.

    Information can also be found on link below: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNMMB/bulletins/f25fd3

    Get the Tools to Prepare for Retirement
    ELD (Einterprise Learning & Development) offers two (2) insightful seminars on retirement. Our Pre-Planning for Retirement Seminar and our State Retirement Seminar are specifically for Minnesota state employees. Planning for your retirement includes many factors and we can provide the tools for you to create a successful retirement whether you're at the beginning, middle or end of your career at the state.

    STATE RETIREMENT SEMINAR:
    This seminar is designed for state employees within five years of retirement and for those who advise potential retirees. Many factors can help insure a successful retirement. At this seminar we will provide you with information on how your pension and social security benefits are calculated. Information is also provided regarding the health care savings plan, state insurance benefits, state and federal tax changes, estate planning, deferred compensation benefits, financial matters and also life planning.


    TOPICS INCLUDE: Minnesota Retired State Employees Association, State Taxes in Retirement, Continuing Your Insurance after Retirement, MSRS Pension, Health Care Savings Plan, Financial Matters, Deferred Compensation, Life Planning, Social Security Benefits & Long-term Care Insurance.


    Date: Apr. 21-22, 2015 | Registration Deadline: Apr. 13, 2015 | Cost: $130 (2 Days)
    ________________________________________

    PRE-PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT SEMINAR:


    Pre-planning is essential. Whether you are five years or thirty years away from retirement, this seminar will provide valuable insight for planning your retirement and provide you the tools to protect your future. Determine if you are planning well enough for your retirement or if you will need to work longer than you expected. Analyze your unique retirement situation to successfully navigate your future with the proper preparation now.


    TOPICS INCLUDE:
    Estate Planning, Social Security Benefits, MSRS Pension, Health Care Savings Plan, Deferred Compensation, Life and Disability Benefits & Long-term Care Insurance.
    Date: May 20-21, 2015 | Registration Deadline: May 12, 2015
    Cost: $125 (1 1/2 Days)

    Enterprise Learning & Development (EDL)
    A State government resource of Minnesota Management & Budget
    WEB: mn.gov/mmb/eld
    PHONE: 651-259-3646
    EMAIL: eld.training@state.mn.us

     

    — Joan Tutt
    joan.tutt@smsu.edu


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    Category: Attention

    Author's Email: joan.tutt@smsu.edu
     

  • Special Olympics

     

    Thank you to all the SMSU education majors and all volunteers who contributed to the success of the Special Olympic Swimming & Powerlifting competition hosted at SMSU on Sunday, March 1.Your time and efforts as a volunteer were greatly appreciated and made the event a huge success! The smiles and cheers of the Special Olympic athletes are testament to their enjoyment and pride in their accomplishments. We couldn’t have done this without you!

    THANK YOU !!


    Marshall Area Special Olympics

    — Marilyn Strate
    marilyn.strate@smsu.edu
     

  • Spring Break Mail Services

     

    Starting Friday afternoon, March 6, there will be no mail delivery or pick up to individual offices.


    You may pick up your daily mail at the SMSU Post Office window after 10:15 a.m. and check for packages also. Please have all outgoing mail at the window by 1:15 p.m.


    The Post Office window will be closed noon to 1 p.m. each day.


    We will resume complete mail route services beginning on Monday, March 16.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    — Eileen Hanson
    eileen.hanson@smsu.edu

     

  • SMSU Annual Recognition Dinner

     

    Southwest Minnesota State University will host the University Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, April 8, in the upper level Conference Center at SMSU, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is held to recognize the contributions and work of those employees who have ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty, and thirty-five years of service with the University. In addition, those who have retired since the last recognition dinner or are planning to retire this year are special guests for the evening.

    Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $15 per person at the Human Resource Office (BA 269) until Wednesday, April 1. (You may pay by check or have the exact amount of cash.) I urge you to join with us in taking a moment to thank these employees for their contributions and service to Southwest Minnesota State University.

    10 Years of Service
    Angela Fahl, Brittany Krull, Donna Reaves, Nadine Schmidt, Paulette Stefanick, David Vikander, Matthew Walker, John Ward

    15 Years of Service
    Verna Cornish, Thomas Dilley, Sara Fier, Vaughn Gehle, Charles Kost, Jane Larsen, Shushuang Man, Michael Munford, Ken Murphy, Lynn Okrina, Christine Olson, Kristi Petersen, Conni Stensrud, Jim Tate, Jackie Tauer, Undupitiya Wijesiri

    20 Years of Service
    Don Bethune, Jill Schlemmer

    25 Years of Service
    John Alcorn, Pat Daniels, Stewart Day, Brent Jeffers, Gerald Toland, James Zarzana

    30 Years of Service
    Bonnie Engesmoe, Mary Mortland, George Seldat

    35 Years of Service
    Lori Caron, Cyndi Holm, Wayne Mitzner, Joan Tutt, Merv Windey

    Retired/Retiring Employees
    Verna Cornish, Elma Dassbach, Christopher French, Joe Gawarecki, John Gochenouer, Carrie Hansen, Daniel Hoffman, Glenn Horky, Jeff Kuiper, Diane Leslie, Richard Lyons, Mike McHugh, David Patterson, George Seldat, Jan Van Moorlehem, Gene Verschelde, Beth Weatherby, James Zarzana

    NOTE: The above listing is based on fiscal years. For example, if an employee began employment any time during the fiscal year of 2005, that employee would be listed as having 10 years of service (FY15-FY05=10). Should an employee have previous service at SMSU, these years would be added to the 10 year figure.

    — Barb Okrina
    barb.okrina@smsu.edu

     

  • Seeking applicants for the 2015 Agvocate (Advocates for Agriculture) program

    The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is currently seeking applicants for the 2015 Agvocate (Advocates for Agriculture) program set to begin June 1, 2015.

    The program is designed to create a learning environment to encourage the development of young leaders in Minnesota agriculture. Currently in its sixth year, the program also strives to create awareness of issues facing corn farmers and develop young leaders into skilled advocates for these issues.

    Through hands-on experiences, networking with agricultural professionals and social media avenues, Agvocates will be given opportunities to become actively involved with corn and agriculture, and develop communication, leadership and advocacy skills. Among other benefits of the program, Agvocates will receive a $3,000 scholarship.

    Eligible candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 23 and currently enrolled in a 2-year of 4-year post-secondary education or training program. Among other duties, participants will be required to attend MCGA-related events, advocate through social media platforms and write an article for one of MCGA’s publications.

    Applications and program information can be found online at www.mncorn.org or by calling the MCGA office at 952-460-3603. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2015. Agvocates will be selected by May 15, 2015.

    Please forward this information to anyone you know who might be interested.

    Thank you for your support!

    — Cara Soper
    Field Coordinator
    738 First Avenue East
    Shakopee, MN 55379
    Direct: 952-460-3603
    Office: 952-233-0333
    Fax: 952-233-0420
    csoper@mncorn.org

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