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Friday, May 22, 2015

Academic

  • A FREE workshop opportunity on June 9-10

    A FREE workshop opportunity is available to all faculty members from SMSU, MnWest, and Ridgewater Community Colleges through a grant from the Minnesota Tele-Media Advisory Board. The workshop is on Technology Integration in Teaching, and will be held at SMSU on June 9-10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The workshop is available for 25 participants, and will include the following topics:


    • Effective use of the SmartBoard and Smart Notebook software in your teaching


    • Incorporating Web 2.0 tools such as Blogs, Wikis, and more


    • What is a ‘flipped’ classroom, and how to teachers do this?


    • How can Twitter be used in teaching?


    • How can the iPad and other devices be used in the classroom?


    Following the 2-day workshop, participants will be included in D2L in ongoing year-long support as they design technology tools for their upcoming Fall 2015/Spring 2016 classes.


    The Technology Integration in Teaching will provide 2 graduate level professional development credits, which can be used for relicensure purposes but cannot be applied to a graduate degree. All course materials are covered by the grant, along with meals and refreshments during the two-day workshop.


    The workshop will be taught by Dr. Rhonda Bonnstetter of SMSU along with several guest speakers. Dr. Bonnstetter holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.S. in Technology for Education and Training. She currently teaches the Technology: Classroom Applications course required for all teacher education candidates at SMSU.


    Applications for the workshop will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until filled. Please e-mail Dr. Bonnstetter with your name and contact info at: Rhonda.Bonnstetter@smsu.edu . All participants will receive a confirmation e-mail along with further information on the workshop.
     

    — Dr. Rhonda Bonnstetter
    Professor, Education Department
    Assessment & Accreditation Coordinator
    rhonda.bonnstetter@smsu.edu
     

     

  • Spanish to be Offered as Minor

     Southwest Minnesota State University will offer a minor in Spanish starting in the fall semester 2015.


    The minor, last offered in 2013, was reinstated following the work of a Spanish Work Group on campus, which made the recommendation to President Connie J. Gores.


    “The Faculty Association felt strongly that the Spanish program continue with a minor,” said Dr. Thomas Williford, Professor of History and a member of the Spanish Work Group.


    “(Faculty Association President) Dr. Vicki Brockman worked with President Gores to come up with a solution,” he continued. “Our group generated a lot of ideas. We have been asked in the coming year to make those ideas more concrete, and truly act upon them,” said Williford. “We are talking about measurable outcomes, and true action steps.”


    One of those ideas, said Williford, would be to engage regional businesses and schools and discuss with them how a Spanish minor can benefit them in the years to come.


    Williford said the Spanish minor will benefit SMSU students, academic programs, and the region as a whole, and looks forward to working in the coming academic year promoting the program and helping make it an attractive academic option for students seeking their degrees in any number of academic areas.


    New students interested in declaring a minor in Spanish should contact the Office of Admission, 507-537-6286, for more information. Returning students can contact Department Chair Dr. Stewart Day: Stewart.Day@smsu.edu.

  • Theatre adds section of INTRO TO THEATRE

     

    The SMSU Theatre program has added another section of Intro to Theatre. This Goal #6 requirement is fun and fast-paced. You'll learn about the onstage and backstage antics and feel a part of a creative team. We are SMSU Theatre!
    AND
    There are still seats available for Human Diversity in Theatre. This Goal #7 course is interesting and online. Check it out in the Fall catalog of courses.

    — Sheila Tabaka
    sheila.tabaka@smsu.edu
     

Announcement

  • Summer Hours for Post Office/Duplicating Services

     Wednesday, May 6 will be the last day of office mail delivery and pick up. There will be no mail route service or package deliveries throughout the summer.

    Mail will be available to be picked up each morning by 10:15 a.m. at the window.
    All mail to be posted out should be brought to the Post Office window by 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Mail will leave campus each day at 1:30 p.m..

    E-mails will be sent when a package has arrived with your name/or department. Packages can be picked up during summer office hours.

    Summer Post Office Hours are: Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-noon.
    Reopen at 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Duplicating will open at
    8 a.m. - noon and reopen 1-4:30 p.m. We will close both services on FRIDAYS AT 3:30 p.m. throughout the summer.

    All duplicating jobs should be sent to: duplicatingservices@smsu.edu for you to receive prompt service.

    Have a safe and enjoyable summer!


    — Eileen Hanson

    eileen.hanson@smsu.edu
     

Athletics

  • SMSU's Sames earns NSIC scholarship

    The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced on Friday that Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball player Claire Sames was selected as one of 16 NSIC student-athletes to earn the annual Butch Raymond Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship—awarded for the second straight year—is sponsored by Sanford Health and is given to one student-athlete at each of the NSIC member institutions.

    The scholarship is in recognition of Butch Raymond, the NSIC Commissioner from 2004-14. For over a decade, Raymond led the NSIC from an eight-team league to a 16-team super conference. During his tenure, the league won 13 team national championships while achieving a high level of academic success.

    “Sanford Health has a long history of investing in education, and our involvement in this scholarship for the second year seemed to be the perfect way to invest in our outstanding student athletes who represent the schools of the NSIC,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health. “It seems right and appropriate that Butch Raymond's name be attached to a scholarship for each school, recognizing his efforts in making the NSIC one of the best Division II conferences in the country. Congratulations, Butch, and thank you for your exceptional contributions and service to education, athletics and the NSIC.”

    Sames, a native of Shakopee, Minn., is a three-year letterwinner for the Mustang volleyball program majoring in biology and chemistry. Last December she was awarded the NCAA Elite 89 award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships. Sames has played in 65 career matches, recording 466 kills, 133 blocks and hitting .251. She has helped SMSU to three NCAA tournaments, including a national runner-up finish in 2014.

    To be eligible for the scholarship the recipient must be a senior academically in 2015-16, have a GPA of 3.20 or higher, be participating in intercollegiate athletics and plan to work in a health related field or attend graduate school in a health related field. The student-athletes will be publicly recognized at a home athletic event during the 2015-16 academic year.

    Soccer player Autumn Hayes received the scholarship for SMSU last year.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

     

  • SUMMER POOL HOURS

     

    Summer hours starting May 11- Aug 13 Open Monday-Thursday
    May 11 11a-1p
    May 12 8:30a-10:30a
    May 13 11a-1p
    May 14 8:30a-10:30a

    May 18-21 7:30a-1:30p
    CLOSED May 25-Memorial Day
    May 26-28 7:30a-1:30p

    June 1-4 7:30a-1:30p
    June 8-11 7:30a-1:30p
    June 15-18 7:30a-1:30p
    June 22-25 7:30a-1:30p
    June 29-July 1 7:30a-1:30p
    CLOSED July 2-6 for Independence Day

    July 7-9 7:30a-1:30p
    July 13-16 7:30a-1:30p
    July 20-23 7:30a-1:30p
    July 27-30 7:30a-1:30p

    Aug 3-6 7:30a-1:30p
    Aug 10-13 7:30a-1:30p
    Aug 17-20 TBD

    — Patty Myrvik
    Patricia.Myrvik@smsu.edu
     

Attention

  • Successful Project

     

    The power outage that was scheduled for May 15, 16 and 17 allowed for the replacement of two switches at SMSU's electrical substation. The project was completed! Given the questionable weather that was rolling through the area, we are very fortunate to only have had some slight delays during the project.

    Long story short: NO power outages needed the weekend of May 23/24!

    This is a good infrastructure project to have completed. HEAPR funding was used to fund the project.

     

    — Cyndi Holm, Director of Facilities & Physical Plant
    cyndi.holm@smsu.edu

     

  • Tuition Waiver Applications 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 (June 1), and avoid 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
     

  • 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

Fundraiser

  • Class of 2015's Graduate Gift Project

     

    This summer, the SMSU Campus Entrance project is set to be finished. This project will feature a new SMSU sign and bronze Mustang sculpture on the peninsula in the new pond by the intersection of Highways 23 and 19.

    This project has been selected to be the recipient of the Class of 2015’s Graduate Gift Donations. We are very excited to announce this gift, as it is the first time that the graduating seniors of SMSU will have a chance to donate to a senior class gift project.

    There are two easy ways to donate:
    Drop checks or cash gifts in the Foundation Office, located on the second floor of Founders Hall (FH223) or click the link to make an easy online donation: www.smsufoundation.org/classof2015gift

    — Rachael Posusta
    RACHAEL.POSUSTA@SMSU.EDU
     

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Academic

  • A FREE workshop opportunity on June 9-10

    A FREE workshop opportunity is available to all faculty members from SMSU, MnWest, and Ridgewater Community Colleges through a grant from the Minnesota Tele-Media Advisory Board. The workshop is on Technology Integration in Teaching, and will be held at SMSU on June 9-10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The workshop is available for 25 participants, and will include the following topics:


    • Effective use of the SmartBoard and Smart Notebook software in your teaching


    • Incorporating Web 2.0 tools such as Blogs, Wikis, and more


    • What is a ‘flipped’ classroom, and how to teachers do this?


    • How can Twitter be used in teaching?


    • How can the iPad and other devices be used in the classroom?


    Following the 2-day workshop, participants will be included in D2L in ongoing year-long support as they design technology tools for their upcoming Fall 2015/Spring 2016 classes.


    The Technology Integration in Teaching will provide 2 graduate level professional development credits, which can be used for relicensure purposes but cannot be applied to a graduate degree. All course materials are covered by the grant, along with meals and refreshments during the two-day workshop.


    The workshop will be taught by Dr. Rhonda Bonnstetter of SMSU along with several guest speakers. Dr. Bonnstetter holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.S. in Technology for Education and Training. She currently teaches the Technology: Classroom Applications course required for all teacher education candidates at SMSU.


    Applications for the workshop will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until filled. Please e-mail Dr. Bonnstetter with your name and contact info at: Rhonda.Bonnstetter@smsu.edu . All participants will receive a confirmation e-mail along with further information on the workshop.
     

    — Dr. Rhonda Bonnstetter
    Professor, Education Department
    Assessment & Accreditation Coordinator
    rhonda.bonnstetter@smsu.edu
     

     

  • Spanish to be Offered as Minor

     Southwest Minnesota State University will offer a minor in Spanish starting in the fall semester 2015.


    The minor, last offered in 2013, was reinstated following the work of a Spanish Work Group on campus, which made the recommendation to President Connie J. Gores.


    “The Faculty Association felt strongly that the Spanish program continue with a minor,” said Dr. Thomas Williford, Professor of History and a member of the Spanish Work Group.


    “(Faculty Association President) Dr. Vicki Brockman worked with President Gores to come up with a solution,” he continued. “Our group generated a lot of ideas. We have been asked in the coming year to make those ideas more concrete, and truly act upon them,” said Williford. “We are talking about measurable outcomes, and true action steps.”


    One of those ideas, said Williford, would be to engage regional businesses and schools and discuss with them how a Spanish minor can benefit them in the years to come.


    Williford said the Spanish minor will benefit SMSU students, academic programs, and the region as a whole, and looks forward to working in the coming academic year promoting the program and helping make it an attractive academic option for students seeking their degrees in any number of academic areas.


    New students interested in declaring a minor in Spanish should contact the Office of Admission, 507-537-6286, for more information. Returning students can contact Department Chair Dr. Stewart Day: Stewart.Day@smsu.edu.

  • Theatre adds section of INTRO TO THEATRE

     

    The SMSU Theatre program has added another section of Intro to Theatre. This Goal #6 requirement is fun and fast-paced. You'll learn about the onstage and backstage antics and feel a part of a creative team. We are SMSU Theatre!
    AND
    There are still seats available for Human Diversity in Theatre. This Goal #7 course is interesting and online. Check it out in the Fall catalog of courses.

    — Sheila Tabaka
    sheila.tabaka@smsu.edu
     

Announcement

  • Summer Hours for Post Office/Duplicating Services

     Wednesday, May 6 will be the last day of office mail delivery and pick up. There will be no mail route service or package deliveries throughout the summer.

    Mail will be available to be picked up each morning by 10:15 a.m. at the window.
    All mail to be posted out should be brought to the Post Office window by 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Mail will leave campus each day at 1:30 p.m..

    E-mails will be sent when a package has arrived with your name/or department. Packages can be picked up during summer office hours.

    Summer Post Office Hours are: Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-noon.
    Reopen at 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Duplicating will open at
    8 a.m. - noon and reopen 1-4:30 p.m. We will close both services on FRIDAYS AT 3:30 p.m. throughout the summer.

    All duplicating jobs should be sent to: duplicatingservices@smsu.edu for you to receive prompt service.

    Have a safe and enjoyable summer!


    — Eileen Hanson

    eileen.hanson@smsu.edu
     

Athletics

  • SMSU's Sames earns NSIC scholarship

    The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced on Friday that Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball player Claire Sames was selected as one of 16 NSIC student-athletes to earn the annual Butch Raymond Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship—awarded for the second straight year—is sponsored by Sanford Health and is given to one student-athlete at each of the NSIC member institutions.

    The scholarship is in recognition of Butch Raymond, the NSIC Commissioner from 2004-14. For over a decade, Raymond led the NSIC from an eight-team league to a 16-team super conference. During his tenure, the league won 13 team national championships while achieving a high level of academic success.

    “Sanford Health has a long history of investing in education, and our involvement in this scholarship for the second year seemed to be the perfect way to invest in our outstanding student athletes who represent the schools of the NSIC,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health. “It seems right and appropriate that Butch Raymond's name be attached to a scholarship for each school, recognizing his efforts in making the NSIC one of the best Division II conferences in the country. Congratulations, Butch, and thank you for your exceptional contributions and service to education, athletics and the NSIC.”

    Sames, a native of Shakopee, Minn., is a three-year letterwinner for the Mustang volleyball program majoring in biology and chemistry. Last December she was awarded the NCAA Elite 89 award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships. Sames has played in 65 career matches, recording 466 kills, 133 blocks and hitting .251. She has helped SMSU to three NCAA tournaments, including a national runner-up finish in 2014.

    To be eligible for the scholarship the recipient must be a senior academically in 2015-16, have a GPA of 3.20 or higher, be participating in intercollegiate athletics and plan to work in a health related field or attend graduate school in a health related field. The student-athletes will be publicly recognized at a home athletic event during the 2015-16 academic year.

    Soccer player Autumn Hayes received the scholarship for SMSU last year.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

     

  • SUMMER POOL HOURS

     

    Summer hours starting May 11- Aug 13 Open Monday-Thursday
    May 11 11a-1p
    May 12 8:30a-10:30a
    May 13 11a-1p
    May 14 8:30a-10:30a

    May 18-21 7:30a-1:30p
    CLOSED May 25-Memorial Day
    May 26-28 7:30a-1:30p

    June 1-4 7:30a-1:30p
    June 8-11 7:30a-1:30p
    June 15-18 7:30a-1:30p
    June 22-25 7:30a-1:30p
    June 29-July 1 7:30a-1:30p
    CLOSED July 2-6 for Independence Day

    July 7-9 7:30a-1:30p
    July 13-16 7:30a-1:30p
    July 20-23 7:30a-1:30p
    July 27-30 7:30a-1:30p

    Aug 3-6 7:30a-1:30p
    Aug 10-13 7:30a-1:30p
    Aug 17-20 TBD

    — Patty Myrvik
    Patricia.Myrvik@smsu.edu
     

Attention

  • Successful Project

     

    The power outage that was scheduled for May 15, 16 and 17 allowed for the replacement of two switches at SMSU's electrical substation. The project was completed! Given the questionable weather that was rolling through the area, we are very fortunate to only have had some slight delays during the project.

    Long story short: NO power outages needed the weekend of May 23/24!

    This is a good infrastructure project to have completed. HEAPR funding was used to fund the project.

     

    — Cyndi Holm, Director of Facilities & Physical Plant
    cyndi.holm@smsu.edu

     

  • Tuition Waiver Applications 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 (June 1), and avoid 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
     

  • 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

Fundraiser

  • Class of 2015's Graduate Gift Project

     

    This summer, the SMSU Campus Entrance project is set to be finished. This project will feature a new SMSU sign and bronze Mustang sculpture on the peninsula in the new pond by the intersection of Highways 23 and 19.

    This project has been selected to be the recipient of the Class of 2015’s Graduate Gift Donations. We are very excited to announce this gift, as it is the first time that the graduating seniors of SMSU will have a chance to donate to a senior class gift project.

    There are two easy ways to donate:
    Drop checks or cash gifts in the Foundation Office, located on the second floor of Founders Hall (FH223) or click the link to make an easy online donation: www.smsufoundation.org/classof2015gift

    — Rachael Posusta
    RACHAEL.POSUSTA@SMSU.EDU
     

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