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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Academic

  • Pat Brace World War I Presentation Sept. 27, 28

    SMSU Art Professor Pat Brace will give a presentation, “The Art of Persuasion: WWI Propaganda Posters” on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. She will speak again on the same topic on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at noon in Charter Hall 201 on campus.

    The SMSU History Club and the Marshall-Lyon County Library are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.

  • 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference


    Applications are now being accepted for the 11th Annual SMSU Undergraduate Research Conference which will be held on Wednesday Nov. 30, 2016. Application forms are due to Dr. Emily Deaver (Emily.deaver@smsu.edu) no later than Oct. 13, 2016 at 5 pm. Application forms and information can be found on the SMSU website at http://www.smsu.edu/academics/departments/science/?id=11840 . It is already shaping up to be another great year showcasing student work!
    — Emily Deaver

     

  • Williford World War I Presentations Oct. 17, 19

    SMSU History Professor Dr. Tom Williford will give a presentation, “The Mexican Revolution and the Great War” on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall-Lyon County Library.

    He will speak again at noon on Wednesday, October 19 in Charter Hall 201 at SMSU.

    Williford’s presentation is part of an ongoing series of events marking the 100th anniversary of World War I.

    The SMSU History Club and the Marshall-Lyon County Library are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.

     

Athletics

  • SMSU Football to Host "Tackle Cancer" on Saturday

    The Southwest Minnesota State University football program along with the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund have teamed up again this year to host "Tackle Cancer" night during SMSU's homecoming game this Saturday versus Upper Iowa University. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at the Schwan Regional Event Center.
     
    The Mustang football program will have a table set up near the front gate to receive donations in the fight against cancer. The first 200 individuals donating $10 or more will receive a t-shirt.
     
    The Minnesota Football Coaches Association and the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund are in year four of the "Tackle Cancer" program. Last season, Minnesota high school and college football programs raised more than $233,000 to help find a cure for cancer. More than 300 high schools, colleges, and universities have already joined the initiative again this year.
     
    The Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund have challenged every high school and collegiate football team to sponsor at least one "Tackle Cancer" game during the months of September and October.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

     

  • Former Mustang Earns Gold at Paralympics

    MARSHALL, Minn. – Former Southwest Minnesota State University wheelchair basketball standout Josh Turek, a three-time Paralympian, helped the U.S. men's wheelchair basketball team return to the top of the podium at the Rio Paralympics on Saturday.
     
    Team USA captured its eighth gold medal and first since 1988, by defeating Spain, 68-52 on Saturday.
     
    Turek, who attended SMSU from 1997 to 2002 and left the wheelchair basketball program as the most prolific scorer in history, scored six points in the gold medal game victory.
     
    The 2002 SMSU male student-athlete of the year, Turek finished his career at SMSU scoring 4,024 points and grabbing 1,213 rebounds. He was a four-time team MVP, four-time All-American and three-year team captain. He holds school single-season records in field goals made and points, along with holding single-game records for points scored, 3-point field goals made and free throws made.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

Attention

  • Mustang Days Open House Visit Program


    Southwest Minnesota State University’s Office of Admission will host its first open house program of the year, Mustang Days, on Oct. 20-21.

    Two sessions — at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. — will be held each day. Mustang Days are for anyone interested in attending SMSU!

    Throughout the day, there will be a variety of activities to show prospective students what SMSU has to offer in terms of academics, student life/services and academic support.

    Morning Session 9:00 a.m.: Welcome 9:15 a.m.: Admission Presentation 9:30 a.m.: Student Services Fair 10:15 a.m.: Student Panel Sessions 11:00 a.m.: Tour of Campus and Res Halls 12:00 p.m.: Q & A with Admission Staff

    Afternoon Session 1:00 p.m.: Welcome 1:15 p.m.: Admission Presentation 1:30 p.m.: Student Services Fair 2:15 p.m.: Student Panel Sessions 3:00 p.m.: Tour of Campus & Res Halls 4:00 p.m.: Q & A with Admission Staff

    For more information about Mustang Days or to RSVP, visit the web site: www.smsu.edu/mustangdays, or contact the Office of Admission at (507) 537-6286.
    — Liz Fladhammer

     

  • Fall 2016 Pool Hours


    FALL 2016 POOL HOURS Monday-Thursday 6:30a-3p & 7:30p-10p Friday 11a-3p & 6-8p Sunday 3:30-5:30p CLOSINGS Sept 1 7:30-10p (SMSU FB) Sept 4-5 (Labor Day) Sept 27 3-10p (MHS Swim) Oct 4 3-10p (MHS Swim) Oct 9-11 (Fall Break) Oct 18 3-10p (MHS Swim) Nov 4 (HS FB) Nov 11 (Veteran’s Day) Nov 13 (SCUBA Class) Nov 22 (7p)-27 (Thanksgiving) Dec 15 (2p) Winter Break
    — Patricia Myrvik

     

  • Homecoming Office and Door Decorating Contest


    For the 10th consecutive year, the SMSU Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the “Homecoming Office and Door Decorating Contest”. Show your Mustang Pride and share in the excitement of Homecoming by participating in one of the following contest categories: 1) Door Decorating or 2) Office Decorating.

    The following guidelines apply: Door Decorating – Decorations must be limited to a single door, window, or a wall less than 6’ wide.

    Office Decorating – Any combination of a door, window, walls, 2-D, 3-D displays and props.

    A traveling trophy, currently held by last year’s winner - the Deans Office - will be awarded to the best decorated office. Judging will take place on Thursday, September 29th. To register, contact the Alumni Office at 537-6266 by Monday, September 26th.
    — Michael VanDrehle

  • Homecoming 2016 Royalty Selection Process


    SMSU Homecoming Court Requirements 2016

    Application Requirements In order to have your nominee taken into consideration, they must meet the following requirements and agree to the rules listed below.

    1. Recognized student clubs & organizations only, may nominate one candidate for each position: king, queen, male sophomore representative, female sophomore representative, male freshman representative, and female freshman representative.

    a. Each king/queen applicant much be at least a junior with a minimum of 60 completed credits at Southwest Minnesota State University.

    b. Each sophomore representative applicant must have between 30 and 60 completed credits.

    c. Each freshman representative applicant must have between 0 and 30 credits.

    d. Clubs/Organizations must be registered and recognized for at least one fiscal year in order to be eligible for nominations.

    2. Each nominee must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at SMSU.

    3. Each nominee must have at least 12 completed credits from SMSU (except freshmen).

    4. Each nominee must have at least an overall 2.5 GPA (except freshman)

    5. Each nominee must be in good academic and judicial standing with SMSU.

    6. Each nominee must sign the release information form in order for SMSU to verify eligibility.

    7. Students that have previously served as Homecoming King or Queen are no longer eligible for the 2016 Homecoming Court.

    8. Each nominee must be an active member. [Active: registered on SA Link (all) for at least 1 semester (except freshman reps)

    9. Each club can make one nomination per category. No nominations may be made from the general public, or non-roster member in SA Link club/organization’s page.

    10. Each nominee will be required to sign the court member requirements agreement form.

    11. Each nomination is due by 11:45pm, September 14, 2016.

    Court Member Requirements Mandatory Court Candidate Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11:30am in SC 217. Information will be presented about Homecoming Week and requirements. Photos will be taken and biographies will be filled out.

    1. Candidate’s Night on Tuesday, September 27th at 9:00pm in the PE Gym (Hypnotist).

    2. Coronation, Thursday, September 29th. Reception 6:30pm. Coronation starts 7:00pm.

    3. Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM. The Royalty Float leaves CC Loop at 10:00AM.

    4. Homecoming Pre-Game Introductions on Saturday, October 1st at 5:45pm. (Exceptions will be made for students in varsity sports, away games, etc.)

     

    The nomination form can be found here:

    https://southwestmsu.collegiatelink.net/


    — Scott Ewing
    Scott.Ewing@SMSU.edu
     

  • Comprehensive Facilites Plan - Open Sessions


    LHB - SMSU's master planners, will be on campus Wednesday, October 12, 2016 to review the 95% Comprehensive Facilities Plan with the SMSU community. Two open sessions will be held on the 12th: 10:00 - 11:00, and 11:30 - 12:30. Both sessions will be held in SC 249. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.


    — Cyndi Holm, Director of Facilties & Physical Plant

  • Success Night Thank You


    The Office of Student Success would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who made our 4th annual Mustang Success Night a wonderful event on September 8th!

    Close to 300 new, first-year students attended the program and had the opportunity to learn about success-related topics, as well as connect with support services from SMSU and the Marshall community.

    A special thank you goes out to President Gores for the warm welcome, Katelyn Tamm for our keynote address, the individuals/offices that volunteered their time at the support services fair, faculty who encouraged their students to attend the program, as well as the generous individuals/offices that donated prizes for the event.

    No matter your role, please know we couldn't have done it without you and greatly appreciate your support! GO MUSTANGS!
    — Brittany Krull - Asst. Director of Student Success

     

  • Mental Health Panel Oct. 3


    Interested in Learning more about Mental Health Issues? Join the SMSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for a mental health panel on Monday, October 3rd in BA 102 from 6-7pm. This 3-person panel consists of 2 professionals in the mental health profession and one former student-athlete who will share her story. Become informed, ask questions, win door prizes and joins us for a great event.
    — Allison Kruger

     

  • Homecoming 2016 Royalty Court

    Homecoming 2016 Royalty Court

    Release Date:

    Today through Sept 28th

    Information:

    The Homecoming 2016 Royal Court are:

    Female Freshman Representative Lexi Grathwohl

    Male Freshman Representative Jesse Puckett

    Female Sophomore Representative Rebekah Danielson

    Male Sophomore Representative Aaron Bible

    King Candidates Samson Chen, Jacob Fager, Steven Yang, Garrett Wee, Aaron Madson, Alex Weis

    Queen Candidates Jenna Grunewald, Michaela Fassler, Katarina Kuhlman, Mariah Weir, Britany Reierson, Tegen Thon, Morgan Jensen, Jennifer Keohen

    Congratulations to you all. Online voting for King and Queen will begin Monday, September 26th at 12:15 am through Wednesday, September 28th, at 11;45 pm. https://southwestmsu.collegiatelink.net/

    Candidates Night is Tuesday, September 27th, featuring hypnotist Chris Jones at 9:00 pm in the PE Gym. Coronation and the crowing of King and Queen will be Thursday, September 29th with a reception and light refreshments at 6:30 pm and crowning ceremony at 7:00 pm in CC 117.
    — Scott Ewing

     

  • Flu Shot Clinic for Employees on Oct. 3

    Don't let the flu put your life on hold.  Protect yourself.  Protect others.  Get vaccinated at our workplace clinic.  
     
    Clinic details:
    * When:  Monday, October 3, 2016
    * Where:  SMSU-Conference Center Lower Ballroom
    * Time:  10:00AM – 3:00PM
    * Cost:  No cost with Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card.  Employees without a valid card or who don’t have health insurance through the State of Minnesota can receive the flu shot for $33.00.
    * "Walk-in" basis; no appointment necessary.
     
    Find more information at http://www.mn.gov/mmb/segip/health-solutions/employees/vaccination/
     
    Flu vaccinations are also available at your primary care clinic and in-network convenience clinics.
     
    Protect yourself.  Protect others.  Get vaccinated at work.

    — Barb.Okrina
    barb.okrina@smsu.edu

  • Islamic New Year Celebration Oct. 3

    A celebration of Muharram, the Islamic New Year, is planned for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016 in the Student Center Upper Level on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

    Traditional sweets will be served, and guest speaker Imam Sa’eed Purcell will speak on the significance of the Islamic New Year.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Sponsors include the Office of Access Opportunity and Success, the Muslim Student Association, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UGLYs and the Department of English, Philosophy, Spanish and Humanities.

     

Clubs & Organizations

Entertainment

  • Cinema: Ghostbusters!

    Ghostbusters will be playing at the Cinema in the SC TV Lounge at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wed. Sept. 28, Friday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 2.

    Rating: PG-13
    Runtime: 116 min
    Release Year: 2016
    Director: Paul Feig

    Two paranormal researchers (Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy) join forces with a nuclear engineer (Kate McKinnon) and a subway attendant (Leslie Jones) to fight off a slew of ghosts that have invaded New York City. Eventually, they come face-to-face with an evil entity who can control human beings. Chris Hemsworth co-stars as the ladies' hunky receptionist.

    Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) directed this reboot of the 1980s franchise; Ivan Reitman, director of both the original film and Ghostbusters II, produced.

    Author: Daniel Gelb

    Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Charles Dance

    — Sarah Palmeter
    sarah.palmeter@my.smsu.edu

  • Alumni Awards Luncheon

    The campus community is invited to help us celebrate the recipients of this year's Alumni Awards at our annual luncheon.

    Friday, September 30, 2016
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    SMSU Conference Center Ballroom
    Cost: $12

    Alumni Achievement Award:

    Bill Fenske '84 is the Chief Financial Officer at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minn.

    Jerry '71 and Ricke '73 Bly:  Jerry recently retired as a Senior Business Representative for BASF.  Ricke has retired from her career as an elementary teacher at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school district.  Jerry and Ricke live in Marshall, Minn.

    Ann Roemen '84 is the Executive Director at Independent Healthcare Associates & CEO of AccoCare.  She lives in Sioux Falls, S.D.

    Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD):

    Sara (Graf) Jones '10 is a Financial Analyst for UniPro Foodservice in Atlanta, Ga.

    Honorary Lifetime Member:

    Marilyn Strate is an associate professor of Physical Education at SMSU.  She lives in Garvin, Minn.

    Lunch will be followed by a short program highlighting the 2016 Alumni Achievement, Honorary Lifetime Membership, and GOLD Award Recipients.

    Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, September 27 by calling 507-537-6266.

    — Michael VanDrehle
    michael.vandrehle@smsu.edu

     

  • Be a Part of Gala 2016!


    Help SMSU students. And have a great time doing it!

    The 27th University Gala will be Friday, September 30, 6pm-midnight, in the RA Facility. Your registration to the Gala helps fund scholarships for SMSU students. Proceeds from the Gala have funded over $700,000 in scholarships.

    Your Gala experience includes: Complimentary valet parking; social hour with savory hors d'oeuvres prepared by SMSU Culinology & Hospitality Management students; live performances from the SMSU Jazz Band, Chorale, theatre students and Drama Club; silent auction of 100-plus items, including many hand-made items from SMSU employees; served full-course gourmet meal; incredible live auction items and packages, including trips, interactive dinners, artwork, sports events and more; dancing to PowerPlay, one of the region's top cover bands.

    We encourage all SMSU employees to join President Connie J. Gores, the SMSU Foundation, alumni and Marshall community members for this incredible event to benefit our students.

    Learn more about the Gala at: www.smsufoundation.org and www.facebook.com/smsugala. Online registration is available at www.smsufoundation.org/gala2016.
    — Erik Vogel, Director of Annual Giving

     

  • ‘Mustangs Take New York’ Concerts Oct. 1,2

    Contact: Jim Tate 1-800-642-0684 The Southwest Minnesota State University Music Program will perform two concerts entitled “Mustangs Take New York,” a musical review of songs about New York, on Oct. 1 and 2.

    The first concert will be Saturday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. at the Lake Benton Opera House in Lake Benton, Minn., and the second on Sunday, October 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre.

    The concerts are fundraisers for the SMSU Chorale Carnegie Hall trip to New York City in the spring of 2017.

    The shows are an opportunity for voice students to gain stage experience. Almost all of the students are singing a solo and performing as part of a small ensemble and the two large group numbers that open and close the show.

    Adjunct music faculty members Lindsay Stillwell and Dr. Anna DeGraff are will direct and accompany the shows.

    Freewill donations will be accepted at the door, and funds raised will go directly to the upcoming New York trip.

    For more information, contact the SMSU Music Program at 507-537-7103.

     

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Academic

  • Pat Brace World War I Presentation Sept. 27, 28

    SMSU Art Professor Pat Brace will give a presentation, “The Art of Persuasion: WWI Propaganda Posters” on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. She will speak again on the same topic on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at noon in Charter Hall 201 on campus.

    The SMSU History Club and the Marshall-Lyon County Library are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.

  • 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference


    Applications are now being accepted for the 11th Annual SMSU Undergraduate Research Conference which will be held on Wednesday Nov. 30, 2016. Application forms are due to Dr. Emily Deaver (Emily.deaver@smsu.edu) no later than Oct. 13, 2016 at 5 pm. Application forms and information can be found on the SMSU website at http://www.smsu.edu/academics/departments/science/?id=11840 . It is already shaping up to be another great year showcasing student work!
    — Emily Deaver

     

Athletics

  • Former Mustang Earns Gold at Paralympics

    MARSHALL, Minn. – Former Southwest Minnesota State University wheelchair basketball standout Josh Turek, a three-time Paralympian, helped the U.S. men's wheelchair basketball team return to the top of the podium at the Rio Paralympics on Saturday.
     
    Team USA captured its eighth gold medal and first since 1988, by defeating Spain, 68-52 on Saturday.
     
    Turek, who attended SMSU from 1997 to 2002 and left the wheelchair basketball program as the most prolific scorer in history, scored six points in the gold medal game victory.
     
    The 2002 SMSU male student-athlete of the year, Turek finished his career at SMSU scoring 4,024 points and grabbing 1,213 rebounds. He was a four-time team MVP, four-time All-American and three-year team captain. He holds school single-season records in field goals made and points, along with holding single-game records for points scored, 3-point field goals made and free throws made.

    — Kelly Loft
    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

Attention

  • Homecoming 2016 Royalty Court

    Homecoming 2016 Royalty Court

    Release Date:

    Today through Sept 28th

    Information:

    The Homecoming 2016 Royal Court are:

    Female Freshman Representative Lexi Grathwohl

    Male Freshman Representative Jesse Puckett

    Female Sophomore Representative Rebekah Danielson

    Male Sophomore Representative Aaron Bible

    King Candidates Samson Chen, Jacob Fager, Steven Yang, Garrett Wee, Aaron Madson, Alex Weis

    Queen Candidates Jenna Grunewald, Michaela Fassler, Katarina Kuhlman, Mariah Weir, Britany Reierson, Tegen Thon, Morgan Jensen, Jennifer Keohen

    Congratulations to you all. Online voting for King and Queen will begin Monday, September 26th at 12:15 am through Wednesday, September 28th, at 11;45 pm. https://southwestmsu.collegiatelink.net/

    Candidates Night is Tuesday, September 27th, featuring hypnotist Chris Jones at 9:00 pm in the PE Gym. Coronation and the crowing of King and Queen will be Thursday, September 29th with a reception and light refreshments at 6:30 pm and crowning ceremony at 7:00 pm in CC 117.
    — Scott Ewing

     

  • Islamic New Year Celebration Oct. 3

    A celebration of Muharram, the Islamic New Year, is planned for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016 in the Student Center Upper Level on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

    Traditional sweets will be served, and guest speaker Imam Sa’eed Purcell will speak on the significance of the Islamic New Year.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Sponsors include the Office of Access Opportunity and Success, the Muslim Student Association, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UGLYs and the Department of English, Philosophy, Spanish and Humanities.

     

  • Flu Shot Clinic for Employees on Oct. 3

    Don't let the flu put your life on hold.  Protect yourself.  Protect others.  Get vaccinated at our workplace clinic.  
     
    Clinic details:
    * When:  Monday, October 3, 2016
    * Where:  SMSU-Conference Center Lower Ballroom
    * Time:  10:00AM – 3:00PM
    * Cost:  No cost with Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card.  Employees without a valid card or who don’t have health insurance through the State of Minnesota can receive the flu shot for $33.00.
    * "Walk-in" basis; no appointment necessary.
     
    Find more information at http://www.mn.gov/mmb/segip/health-solutions/employees/vaccination/
     
    Flu vaccinations are also available at your primary care clinic and in-network convenience clinics.
     
    Protect yourself.  Protect others.  Get vaccinated at work.

    — Barb.Okrina
    barb.okrina@smsu.edu

  • Paws a Moment with Lexi - Thursdays 3-4 pm


    Lexi is a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International and an AKC Canine Good Citizen. Lexi would like to assist students in managing anxiety, stress, depression and homesickeness - bringing joy to student life and adding to their SMSU experience! Paws a moment with Lexi is held on Thursdays from 3:00pm-4:00pm in Counseling & Testing Services-BA 156.
    — Diane Stieper

     

  • Mustang Days Open House Visit Program


    Southwest Minnesota State University’s Office of Admission will host its first open house program of the year, Mustang Days, on Oct. 20-21.

    Two sessions — at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. — will be held each day. Mustang Days are for anyone interested in attending SMSU!

    Throughout the day, there will be a variety of activities to show prospective students what SMSU has to offer in terms of academics, student life/services and academic support.

    Morning Session 9:00 a.m.: Welcome 9:15 a.m.: Admission Presentation 9:30 a.m.: Student Services Fair 10:15 a.m.: Student Panel Sessions 11:00 a.m.: Tour of Campus and Res Halls 12:00 p.m.: Q & A with Admission Staff

    Afternoon Session 1:00 p.m.: Welcome 1:15 p.m.: Admission Presentation 1:30 p.m.: Student Services Fair 2:15 p.m.: Student Panel Sessions 3:00 p.m.: Tour of Campus & Res Halls 4:00 p.m.: Q & A with Admission Staff

    For more information about Mustang Days or to RSVP, visit the web site: www.smsu.edu/mustangdays, or contact the Office of Admission at (507) 537-6286.
    — Liz Fladhammer

     

  • Fall 2016 Pool Hours


    FALL 2016 POOL HOURS Monday-Thursday 6:30a-3p & 7:30p-10p Friday 11a-3p & 6-8p Sunday 3:30-5:30p CLOSINGS Sept 1 7:30-10p (SMSU FB) Sept 4-5 (Labor Day) Sept 27 3-10p (MHS Swim) Oct 4 3-10p (MHS Swim) Oct 9-11 (Fall Break) Oct 18 3-10p (MHS Swim) Nov 4 (HS FB) Nov 11 (Veteran’s Day) Nov 13 (SCUBA Class) Nov 22 (7p)-27 (Thanksgiving) Dec 15 (2p) Winter Break
    — Patricia Myrvik

     

  • Homecoming Office and Door Decorating Contest


    For the 10th consecutive year, the SMSU Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the “Homecoming Office and Door Decorating Contest”. Show your Mustang Pride and share in the excitement of Homecoming by participating in one of the following contest categories: 1) Door Decorating or 2) Office Decorating.

    The following guidelines apply: Door Decorating – Decorations must be limited to a single door, window, or a wall less than 6’ wide.

    Office Decorating – Any combination of a door, window, walls, 2-D, 3-D displays and props.

    A traveling trophy, currently held by last year’s winner - the Deans Office - will be awarded to the best decorated office. Judging will take place on Thursday, September 29th. To register, contact the Alumni Office at 537-6266 by Monday, September 26th.
    — Michael VanDrehle

  • Homecoming 2016 Royalty Selection Process


    SMSU Homecoming Court Requirements 2016

    Application Requirements In order to have your nominee taken into consideration, they must meet the following requirements and agree to the rules listed below.

    1. Recognized student clubs & organizations only, may nominate one candidate for each position: king, queen, male sophomore representative, female sophomore representative, male freshman representative, and female freshman representative.

    a. Each king/queen applicant much be at least a junior with a minimum of 60 completed credits at Southwest Minnesota State University.

    b. Each sophomore representative applicant must have between 30 and 60 completed credits.

    c. Each freshman representative applicant must have between 0 and 30 credits.

    d. Clubs/Organizations must be registered and recognized for at least one fiscal year in order to be eligible for nominations.

    2. Each nominee must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at SMSU.

    3. Each nominee must have at least 12 completed credits from SMSU (except freshmen).

    4. Each nominee must have at least an overall 2.5 GPA (except freshman)

    5. Each nominee must be in good academic and judicial standing with SMSU.

    6. Each nominee must sign the release information form in order for SMSU to verify eligibility.

    7. Students that have previously served as Homecoming King or Queen are no longer eligible for the 2016 Homecoming Court.

    8. Each nominee must be an active member. [Active: registered on SA Link (all) for at least 1 semester (except freshman reps)

    9. Each club can make one nomination per category. No nominations may be made from the general public, or non-roster member in SA Link club/organization’s page.

    10. Each nominee will be required to sign the court member requirements agreement form.

    11. Each nomination is due by 11:45pm, September 14, 2016.

    Court Member Requirements Mandatory Court Candidate Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11:30am in SC 217. Information will be presented about Homecoming Week and requirements. Photos will be taken and biographies will be filled out.

    1. Candidate’s Night on Tuesday, September 27th at 9:00pm in the PE Gym (Hypnotist).

    2. Coronation, Thursday, September 29th. Reception 6:30pm. Coronation starts 7:00pm.

    3. Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM. The Royalty Float leaves CC Loop at 10:00AM.

    4. Homecoming Pre-Game Introductions on Saturday, October 1st at 5:45pm. (Exceptions will be made for students in varsity sports, away games, etc.)

     

    The nomination form can be found here:

    https://southwestmsu.collegiatelink.net/


    — Scott Ewing
    Scott.Ewing@SMSU.edu
     

  • Comprehensive Facilites Plan - Open Sessions


    LHB - SMSU's master planners, will be on campus Wednesday, October 12, 2016 to review the 95% Comprehensive Facilities Plan with the SMSU community. Two open sessions will be held on the 12th: 10:00 - 11:00, and 11:30 - 12:30. Both sessions will be held in SC 249. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.


    — Cyndi Holm, Director of Facilties & Physical Plant

  • Success Night Thank You


    The Office of Student Success would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who made our 4th annual Mustang Success Night a wonderful event on September 8th!

    Close to 300 new, first-year students attended the program and had the opportunity to learn about success-related topics, as well as connect with support services from SMSU and the Marshall community.

    A special thank you goes out to President Gores for the warm welcome, Katelyn Tamm for our keynote address, the individuals/offices that volunteered their time at the support services fair, faculty who encouraged their students to attend the program, as well as the generous individuals/offices that donated prizes for the event.

    No matter your role, please know we couldn't have done it without you and greatly appreciate your support! GO MUSTANGS!
    — Brittany Krull - Asst. Director of Student Success

     

Clubs & Organizations

  • National Society of Leadership and Success Makes History at SMSU

    The SMSU chapter of National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) has been making strides the last few years, and its accomplishments have attracted the attention of the national office. 

    During the 2014-15 school year, the SMSU chapter was recognized by the national office and received the Founder’s List Award. To receive this award a chapter must fulfill eight out of a total of 10 pillars (goals) set by the national office each year. After their success in 2015, the National Society of Leadership and Success decided to try to make history at SMSU. 

    During the 2015-16 year the NSLS chapter worked the hardest they have ever worked to reach their new goal of completing all 10 pillars. After a long stressful wait over the summer, the chapter was notified it had reached all 10 pillars for the first time in SMSU history. With the taste of success so fresh, they have come to the conclusion that this is just the first of many years they will not miss one pillar again. They are working on making the largest club on campus more noticeable to students, and encouraging them to join. 

    Fulfilling all 10 pillars for the 2015-16 school year was just one of the exciting changes to the SMSU chapter. Alyssa Prior, a co-president this year, was offered and accepted a position on a national board to represent not only NSLS leaders, but SMSU and the state of Minnesota. 

    For more information on joining or to learn more about NSLS, contact advisor Scott Ewing, co-advisor Sara Fier, or one of the Chapter presidents: Alyssa Prior or Angela Prokosch.

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  • Alumni Awards Luncheon

    The campus community is invited to help us celebrate the recipients of this year's Alumni Awards at our annual luncheon.

    Friday, September 30, 2016
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    SMSU Conference Center Ballroom
    Cost: $12

    Alumni Achievement Award:

    Bill Fenske '84 is the Chief Financial Officer at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minn.

    Jerry '71 and Ricke '73 Bly:  Jerry recently retired as a Senior Business Representative for BASF.  Ricke has retired from her career as an elementary teacher at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school district.  Jerry and Ricke live in Marshall, Minn.

    Ann Roemen '84 is the Executive Director at Independent Healthcare Associates & CEO of AccoCare.  She lives in Sioux Falls, S.D.

    Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD):

    Sara (Graf) Jones '10 is a Financial Analyst for UniPro Foodservice in Atlanta, Ga.

    Honorary Lifetime Member:

    Marilyn Strate is an associate professor of Physical Education at SMSU.  She lives in Garvin, Minn.

    Lunch will be followed by a short program highlighting the 2016 Alumni Achievement, Honorary Lifetime Membership, and GOLD Award Recipients.

    Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, September 27 by calling 507-537-6266.

    — Michael VanDrehle
    michael.vandrehle@smsu.edu

     

  • Be a Part of Gala 2016!


    Help SMSU students. And have a great time doing it!

    The 27th University Gala will be Friday, September 30, 6pm-midnight, in the RA Facility. Your registration to the Gala helps fund scholarships for SMSU students. Proceeds from the Gala have funded over $700,000 in scholarships.

    Your Gala experience includes: Complimentary valet parking; social hour with savory hors d'oeuvres prepared by SMSU Culinology & Hospitality Management students; live performances from the SMSU Jazz Band, Chorale, theatre students and Drama Club; silent auction of 100-plus items, including many hand-made items from SMSU employees; served full-course gourmet meal; incredible live auction items and packages, including trips, interactive dinners, artwork, sports events and more; dancing to PowerPlay, one of the region's top cover bands.

    We encourage all SMSU employees to join President Connie J. Gores, the SMSU Foundation, alumni and Marshall community members for this incredible event to benefit our students.

    Learn more about the Gala at: www.smsufoundation.org and www.facebook.com/smsugala. Online registration is available at www.smsufoundation.org/gala2016.
    — Erik Vogel, Director of Annual Giving

     

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