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Monday, August 3, 2015

Academic

  • Dr. Jay Brown Publishes Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) Simulator

     

    Chemistry Professor Dr. Jay Brown published a Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) simulator in the Journal of Chemical Education (DOI 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00225). “While CV simulators are available commercially and in the public domain, my undergraduate research group needed an easy-to-use program that showed all the calculations, was easily modified as needed, and could be freely distributed to undergraduate research students.”

    The simulator is written in Microsoft Excel and allows the determination of electrochemical properties such as the rate of reactions at the electrode surface. The article outlines the theory and the CV spreadsheet was given to the journal for distribution nationwide. “This opens up a whole new avenue for undergraduate research in the field of electrochemistry at SMSU.," said Brown.

    Projects start at the beginning of every fall semester. Interested students should contact Dr. Brown (Jay.Brown@SMSU.edu) for details.

     

Announcement

  • Faculty Opening Week Activities

    MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015
    New Faculty Orientation

    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.:  Conversation with Academic Deans, Raphael Onyeaghala and Jan Loft, BA 524
    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: New Employee Orientation, Human Resource Specialist Joan Tutt, BA 524
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m: New Faculty Welcome Lunch with President Connie J. Gores, Provost Dwight C. Watson, Dean Raphael Onyeaghala and Dean Jan Loft, Student Center 207
    All-Chairs Meeting
    1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Student Center 249

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015
    Faculty Professional Development Day (Upper Level Conference Center)
    8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Light refreshments and conversation, Brief welcome back Dean Onyeaghala and Dean Loft
    INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS
    8:45 – 9:15 Purchasing Card Information, Business Services
    9:15 – 9:45 Video Captioning, Information Technology Services and Disability Services
    9:45 – 10:15 Library Services, McFarland Library
    10:15 – 10:30 BREAK
    WELCOME – SMSU MOVING FORWARD
    10:30 – 10:45 President Connie J. Gores
    10:45 – 11:00 Provost Dwight C. Watson
    11:00 – 11:15 Strategic Planning Update - Stacy Frost and Vicky Brockman
    11:15 – Noon Guest Speaker Dr. Sue Pieper, Assessment Coordinator, Northern Arizona University, “Assessment FOR Student Learning”
    Noon – 1:15 Luncheon provided, (Semi-working lunch for any Q & A people may have for Dr. Pieper)
    1:15 p.m. Program/Department Retreats (Location determined by Department) Dr. Pieper will visit Retreats, if requested.

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2015
    8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Department Meetings, (Locations to be determined by Department)
    2:30 – 3:00 p.m. BA 231, Updates and Information for Advisors, BA 231
    3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Advising and Registration, BA 229, BA 230, BA 314
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m. SMSU FAMILY PICNIC, Upper Level Student Center

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015
    Gold Rush Days begin – New Student Orientation
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Administration, Faculty and Staff, Volunteers please meet on the Residence Halls green space for your T-shirt; be a Mustang Mover and help the students move into their rooms.
    12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Faculty Assemby, CH 217
    1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ,New faculty meet with IFO Representatives, CH 217
    3:30 – 4:30 p.m. All-University President’s Address, President Connie J. Gores, Upper Level Conference Center

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Convocation, RA Facility
    10:34 – 12:00 p.m. “Meet Your Advisor” Various Locations
    1:15 – 2:00 p.m. College Now Faculty Meeting, PE 214
     

    –SMSU Academic Deans

  • 9th Annual Smokefest Aug. 21-22

    The ninth annual Southwest Minnesota State University Smokefest BBQ Contest will take place on Aug. 21-22, on the campus of SMSU at the Schwan Regional Event Center.

    The event will once again be in conjunction with the city of Marshall's “Sounds of Summer” celebration. Enjoy a great time with friends with excellent food, games and much more! The Smokefest Carnival will be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with inflatables, face painting, balloon shapers and more. The vending area will be open from 5:30-8 p.m. serving great food, including authentic BBQ provided by HyVee.

    Again this year, SMSU Athletics will be showing a movie on the video board at the Schwan Regional Event Center. The hit movie "McFarland USA" will be played starting at 7:30 p.m. Following the movie, the popular “Johnny Holm Band” will take the stage and perform from 9 p.m. to midnight.

    The Mustang Booster Club will also hold its annual “Kickoff Picnic” from 6:30-7:30 on Friday night. Individuals will have the opportunity to sign up for the Mustang Booster Club or purchase season tickets for SMSU football, volleyball, basketball and wrestling. Current or potential Booster Club members are invited.

    All events for the night are free and open to the public.

    The SMSU Smokefest has twice been honored with the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence, which is awarded to schools that emphasizes not only the relationship of the athletics program with the community but also the interaction of the overall institution with the community in which it is located.


    — Kelly Loft

    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

     

Athletics

  • Volleyball Team Honored for Academics
    The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team on Wednesday received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 season.
    
    The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
    
    The 2014-15 SMSU volleyball team finished with a GPA of 3.67 and was one of 113 NCAA Division II program to earn the award. The Mustangs were NCAA national runners-up last season and finished with a 26-10 overall record.
     
    “A hearty congratulations to all the volleyball coaches whose teams won the AVCA Team Academic Award,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “Teams do not succeed in the classroom by accident any more so than they do on the court. The same coach who taught them volleyball skills cared enough about their academic achievement to gather their grades, calculate their GPA, and submit a nomination on their behalf. In doing so, these coaches sent a clear message that classroom success is just as important as volleyball success. All involved should celebrate this award!”
    
    The AVCA Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-01 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but one, while amassing a 476 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 752.
    
    
    


    — Kelly Loft

     
  • Erin Kasmarik named head women's soccer coach

    Southwest Minnesota State University Director of Athletics Chris Hmielewski announced on Thursday that Erin Kasmarik has been named the new head women’s soccer coach at SMSU.

    Kasmarik, who becomes the fifth head coach in program history, takes over for TJ Buchholz, whose resigned in May to become the head women’s soccer coach at the University of Toledo.

    “Erin will bring a great energy and passion to the Mustang women’s soccer program,” Hmielewski said on Thursday. “Her coaching philosophy stresses the importance of student-athlete academic and athletic success, community engagement and growing our student-athletes passion and knowledge for the game of soccer.”

    Kasmarik comes to SMSU after serving as the head boys’ soccer coach at Brookings (S.D.) High School for two seasons (2013-14) and has also served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at South Dakota State University. She has also coached several club teams in the state of South Dakota since 2010.

    “I would very much like to thank all those throughout the interview process for listening to my story; with a special thanks to Athletic Director Chris Hmielewski and President Dr. Connie J. Gores for believing in me and providing me with this fantastic opportunity to join the SMSU family,” Kasmarik said. “I would also like to recognize and thank all those who have helped me reach this point in my career, whose help, support, and encouragement has been invaluable to me.”

    Kasmarik began her coaching career in 2010 spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at SDSU. During her first two seasons she helped lead the squad to 23 victories, including one conference championship.

    Originally from Coon Rapids, Minn., Kasmarik was a standout player for the SDSU women’s soccer team from 2005-08. She was a first team All-Summit League honoree during her senior season, leading the league with six game-winning goals, tied for the league lead in goals and ranked second in points. She helped lead the Jackrabbits to their first ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2008, scoring a team-high 24 points with 10 goals. She closed her career recording 39 points with 15 goals and nine assists in 75 games.

    “I want to build upon the great progress this program has made in the last four years,” Kasmarik said. “I envision developing a soccer culture that creates success on and off the field. I want to create a program that consistently produces high academic achievements as well as challenges for NSIC Championships and NCAA Tournaments appearances year in and year out.”  

    A standout in the classroom, Kasmarik was a second team CoSIDA Academic All-America in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and athletic training from SDSU in 2010 and received her master’s degree from SDSU in sport science in 2012.

    “The use of the word ‘family’ at SMSU has come up in all my conversations with current staff members, previous staff members, and those who interact with this University,” Kasmarik said. “It is that culture and I most look forward to as well as the opportunity to impact the lives of those players I have been entrusted to guide and nurture.”

    “It was evident in the interview process that one of Erin’s many strengths was her belief in developing our student-athletes through the life skills they learn in their student-athlete experience,” Hmielewski said. “Erin’s recruiting plan in combination with her student-athlete based philosophy will continue our ability to attract talented student-athletes to SMSU. We welcome Erin and her family to the Mustang family and look forward to watching her grow the success of our women’s soccer program.”

    Southwest Minnesota State University is located in Marshall, and is a member of NCAA Division II. SMSU, which advanced to the NCAA region championship in 2013, finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 10-8-1.

    — 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

  • Minnesota State Fair Giveaways

    The Minnesota State Fair is right around the corner.  MnSCU will again have a booth in the education building.  Fairgoers can complete an awareness survey regarding the MnSCU colleges and Universities on an iPad for a MnSCU bandana.  MnSCU is encouraging individual colleges and Universities to donate giveaways with their name/logo on them.  Larger donations such as sweatshirts will be reserved for alumni when they stop in.  Please drop off giveaways to the Counseling and Testing office by August 26.  Thank you for your consideration!  I hope to see you at the fair!

    — Diane Stieper
    diane.stieper@smsu.edu

     

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Academic

  • Dr. Jay Brown Publishes Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) Simulator

     

    Chemistry Professor Dr. Jay Brown published a Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) simulator in the Journal of Chemical Education (DOI 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00225). “While CV simulators are available commercially and in the public domain, my undergraduate research group needed an easy-to-use program that showed all the calculations, was easily modified as needed, and could be freely distributed to undergraduate research students.”

    The simulator is written in Microsoft Excel and allows the determination of electrochemical properties such as the rate of reactions at the electrode surface. The article outlines the theory and the CV spreadsheet was given to the journal for distribution nationwide. “This opens up a whole new avenue for undergraduate research in the field of electrochemistry at SMSU.," said Brown.

    Projects start at the beginning of every fall semester. Interested students should contact Dr. Brown (Jay.Brown@SMSU.edu) for details.

     

Announcement

  • 9th Annual Smokefest Aug. 21-22

    The ninth annual Southwest Minnesota State University Smokefest BBQ Contest will take place on Aug. 21-22, on the campus of SMSU at the Schwan Regional Event Center.

    The event will once again be in conjunction with the city of Marshall's “Sounds of Summer” celebration. Enjoy a great time with friends with excellent food, games and much more! The Smokefest Carnival will be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with inflatables, face painting, balloon shapers and more. The vending area will be open from 5:30-8 p.m. serving great food, including authentic BBQ provided by HyVee.

    Again this year, SMSU Athletics will be showing a movie on the video board at the Schwan Regional Event Center. The hit movie "McFarland USA" will be played starting at 7:30 p.m. Following the movie, the popular “Johnny Holm Band” will take the stage and perform from 9 p.m. to midnight.

    The Mustang Booster Club will also hold its annual “Kickoff Picnic” from 6:30-7:30 on Friday night. Individuals will have the opportunity to sign up for the Mustang Booster Club or purchase season tickets for SMSU football, volleyball, basketball and wrestling. Current or potential Booster Club members are invited.

    All events for the night are free and open to the public.

    The SMSU Smokefest has twice been honored with the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence, which is awarded to schools that emphasizes not only the relationship of the athletics program with the community but also the interaction of the overall institution with the community in which it is located.


    — Kelly Loft

    kelly.loft@smsu.edu

     

Athletics

  • Volleyball Team Honored for Academics
    The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team on Wednesday received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 season.
    
    The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
    
    The 2014-15 SMSU volleyball team finished with a GPA of 3.67 and was one of 113 NCAA Division II program to earn the award. The Mustangs were NCAA national runners-up last season and finished with a 26-10 overall record.
     
    “A hearty congratulations to all the volleyball coaches whose teams won the AVCA Team Academic Award,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “Teams do not succeed in the classroom by accident any more so than they do on the court. The same coach who taught them volleyball skills cared enough about their academic achievement to gather their grades, calculate their GPA, and submit a nomination on their behalf. In doing so, these coaches sent a clear message that classroom success is just as important as volleyball success. All involved should celebrate this award!”
    
    The AVCA Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-01 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but one, while amassing a 476 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 752.
    
    
    


    — Kelly Loft

     
  • Erin Kasmarik named head women's soccer coach

    Southwest Minnesota State University Director of Athletics Chris Hmielewski announced on Thursday that Erin Kasmarik has been named the new head women’s soccer coach at SMSU.

    Kasmarik, who becomes the fifth head coach in program history, takes over for TJ Buchholz, whose resigned in May to become the head women’s soccer coach at the University of Toledo.

    “Erin will bring a great energy and passion to the Mustang women’s soccer program,” Hmielewski said on Thursday. “Her coaching philosophy stresses the importance of student-athlete academic and athletic success, community engagement and growing our student-athletes passion and knowledge for the game of soccer.”

    Kasmarik comes to SMSU after serving as the head boys’ soccer coach at Brookings (S.D.) High School for two seasons (2013-14) and has also served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at South Dakota State University. She has also coached several club teams in the state of South Dakota since 2010.

    “I would very much like to thank all those throughout the interview process for listening to my story; with a special thanks to Athletic Director Chris Hmielewski and President Dr. Connie J. Gores for believing in me and providing me with this fantastic opportunity to join the SMSU family,” Kasmarik said. “I would also like to recognize and thank all those who have helped me reach this point in my career, whose help, support, and encouragement has been invaluable to me.”

    Kasmarik began her coaching career in 2010 spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at SDSU. During her first two seasons she helped lead the squad to 23 victories, including one conference championship.

    Originally from Coon Rapids, Minn., Kasmarik was a standout player for the SDSU women’s soccer team from 2005-08. She was a first team All-Summit League honoree during her senior season, leading the league with six game-winning goals, tied for the league lead in goals and ranked second in points. She helped lead the Jackrabbits to their first ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2008, scoring a team-high 24 points with 10 goals. She closed her career recording 39 points with 15 goals and nine assists in 75 games.

    “I want to build upon the great progress this program has made in the last four years,” Kasmarik said. “I envision developing a soccer culture that creates success on and off the field. I want to create a program that consistently produces high academic achievements as well as challenges for NSIC Championships and NCAA Tournaments appearances year in and year out.”  

    A standout in the classroom, Kasmarik was a second team CoSIDA Academic All-America in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and athletic training from SDSU in 2010 and received her master’s degree from SDSU in sport science in 2012.

    “The use of the word ‘family’ at SMSU has come up in all my conversations with current staff members, previous staff members, and those who interact with this University,” Kasmarik said. “It is that culture and I most look forward to as well as the opportunity to impact the lives of those players I have been entrusted to guide and nurture.”

    “It was evident in the interview process that one of Erin’s many strengths was her belief in developing our student-athletes through the life skills they learn in their student-athlete experience,” Hmielewski said. “Erin’s recruiting plan in combination with her student-athlete based philosophy will continue our ability to attract talented student-athletes to SMSU. We welcome Erin and her family to the Mustang family and look forward to watching her grow the success of our women’s soccer program.”

    Southwest Minnesota State University is located in Marshall, and is a member of NCAA Division II. SMSU, which advanced to the NCAA region championship in 2013, finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 10-8-1.

    — 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
     

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