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Academic Advising Support Committee (AASC)

Charge

  • Collaborate and provide guidance on new academic advisor training topics and ongoing academic advisor professional development. 
  • Discuss best practices to promote an effective academic advising system throughout the University to enhance academic advising for all students
  • Ensure students are educated on academic advising expectations, their role in academic advising, and their responsibilities in the advisor-advisee relationship
  • Create opportunity for open dialog and feedback from students, faculty, and staff regarding academic advising
  • Present the concerns of academic advisors to administration as appropriate
  • Annually review and revise academic advising resources (e.g. the Advising Handbook, Academic Advising Guide, etc.)
  • Conduct institutional assessments of academic advising to determine effectiveness and identify potential areas of improvement
  • Develop a communication plan for academic advisors to share critical information throughout the academic year

Membership for the AASC will be open to volunteers at the end of each member's commitment.  A call for volunteers will take place at the end of spring semester to fill vacant membership positions through the various bargaining units.  If a member is unable to complete their commitment, and emergency call will go out to fill the remaining time in that member's term.  The membership will be comprised of: 

Membership

Chair (Ex-Officio: Assistant Director of Student Success
The Director of Advising, Recruitment, and Retention for the School of Education
The Director of Online Learning and Transfer Partnerships
2 IFO members from BEPS & 2 IFO members from ALS 2 should be new advisors with 1-3 years experience, 2 should be returning advisors with 4+ years of experience
1 coach or the Faculty Athletics Representative
Registration & Records Office Representative
Access Opportunity Success or Office of Diversity & Inclusion Representative
Center for International Education Representative
1 general representative from MSUAASF
1 administrative assistant for an academic department (AFSCME)
1 Administrator (either the Provost, the Dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences, or the Dean of the College of Business, Education, and Professional Studies
2 student representatives (1 first-year student and 1 upperclassmen)

Term

1 year for IFO, MSUAASF, AFSCME members, student representatives

Contact

Deans' Office

Members

  • Chair (Ex-Officio: Assistant Director of Student Success: Kaitlyn Giles
  • Director of Advising, Recruitment, and Retention for the School of Education: Stephanie DeVos
  • Director of Online Learning and Transfer Partnerships: Lori Wynia
  • SmSUFA BEPS: LeAnne Syring
  • SmSUFA BEPS: Donna Pettit
  • SmSUFA ALS: Heather Moreland
  • SmSUFA ALS: Ben Tokheim
  • Coach/Faculty Athletic Representative:
  • Registration and Records Office: Eric White
  • Access Opportunity Success, Office of Diversity & Inclusion: Michele Knife Sterner
  • Center for International Education: Michael Kurkowski
  • ASF: Melissa Scholten
  • Administrative Assistant: Dawn Bahn
  • Administrator, Dean of College of ALS: Lori Baker
  • Student Rep, 1st year student: Open
  • Student Rep, upperclassmen: Open

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2023 | Back to top


Academic Appeals Committee

Charge

This Committee shall hear appeals from students with grade appeals, students accused of violations of the Academic Honesty policy and students failing to make Satisfactory Academic Progress. The committee meets at the end of each academic semester.

Membership

Academic Deans: 2
SmSUFA: 5
Student: 2
Ex-Officio: non-voting 2

Term

1 year

Contact

Deans' Office

Members

  • Academic Dean: Lori Baker
  • Academic Dean: Raphael Onyeaghala
  • SmSUFA: John Ginocchio
  • SmSUFA: Heather Moreland
  • SmSUFA: Sami Shahin
  • SmSUFA: Heather Rickgarn
  • SmSUFA: Judy Wilson
  • SmSUFA-Alt: Chris Metz
  • Student: Cassy Herding
  • Student:
  • Ex-Officio (non-voting): Open
  • Ex-Officio (non-voting): Open

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2024 | Back to top


Administrative Hearing Committee

Charge

This committee is the first avenue of appeal for outcomes of student judicial cases rendered by the Coordinator of Student Judicial Affairs. Cases are routed to the Administrative Hearing Committee if the sanction involves an expulsion or a suspension of 9 days or more. The committee may uphold or void the decision made by the coordinator, and may change sanctions as it determines are appropriate.

Membership

SmSUFA: 5 (2 alternates)
ASF: 5
Student: 1 (J-Board Coordinator)

Term

1 year

Contact

Coordinator of Student Judicial Affairs

Members

  • SmSUFA: Heather Moreland
  • SmSUFA: Ruthe Thompson
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • SmSUFA-Alt: Open
  • SmSUFA-Alt: Open
  • ASF: Lori Wynia
  • ASF: Allison Munson
  • ASF: Ellie Ahman
  • ASF: Open
  • ASF: Open
  • Student: Open

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2023 | Back to top


Affirmative Action Committee

Charge

This is the advisory committee for Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Issues. The responsibilities of the committee consists of:

  1. Review, update and make recommendations concerning EO/AA programs, policies and procedures for the University.
  2. Provide assistance in developing and preparing the AAP and goals.
  3. Identify and report problem areas and recommend needed corrective action.
  4. Serve as a forum and channel for transmitting EO/AA concerns to University administrators.

Membership

Affirmative Action Officer
SmSUFA: 2
ASF: 2
AFSCME: 1
MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: 1
Student: 2

Term

1 year

Contact

Affirmative Action Officer

Members

  • Affirmative Action Officer: Erin Kline
  • SmSUFA: Julie Walker
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • ASF: Open
  • ASF: Open
  • AFSCME: Kristi Petersen
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: Open
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2023 | Back to top


Bias Incident Support and Advisory (BISA)

Charge

SMSU is committed to providing a safe, positive, open, and affirming environment where all can feel welcome and safe to learn and to work free from bias incidents and hate crimes.  The SMSU Bias Incident Support and Advisory (BISA) team assists in achieving this goal.  The BISA team includes representation from various campus leaders and stakeholders who work together to create a campus community that is inclusive of all its members.  The team reviews reports of bias, provides guidance regarding responses to such incidents and support for those most affected, and provides leadership for campus education and prevention.

Membership

Campus Diversity Office (Co-Chair)
Provost (Co-Chair)
Coordinator of Accessibility Services
Director of Residence Life & Dean of Students
Director of Athletics
Director of Access Opportunity Success and Mustang Pathway
Senior Director of Communication and Marketing
Director of Public Safety
Campus Human Resources Officer
LGBTQ+ Center Coordinator
ASF Representative (may be a member also serving by function)
SmSUFA Representative (may be a member also serving by function)
Student Representative

Term

2

Contact

Erin Kline (Co-Chair)

Members

  • Campus Diversity Officer (Co-Chair): Erin Kline
  • Provost (Co-Chair): Ross Wastvedt
  • Coordinator of Accessibility Services: Vickie Abel
  • Director of Residence Life & Dean of Students: Jess Bentley
  • Director of Athletics: Jennifer Flowers
  • Director of Deeann Griebel Student Success Center: Brittany Krull (ASF representative)
  • Director of Access Opportunity Success and Mustang Pathway: Jay Lee
  • Senior Director of Communication and Marketing : Marcy Olson
  • Director of Public Safety: Mike Munford
  • Campus Human Resources Officer: Laura O'Rourke
  • LGBTQ+ Center Coordinator: Julie Walker (SmSUFA representative)
  • Student Representative: Vacant

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2023 | Back to top


Calendar Committee

Charge

The committee is responsible for planning the academic year calendar for printing in SMSU catalogs and posting on the SMSU website for both undergraduate and graduate, as well as distribution to all university offices. Approval is subject to Meet and Confer’s with campus constituent groups. The President makes the final approval.

Membership

Administration: 2
Assistant to the Deans
Registrar: Ex-Officio; non-voting
SmSUFA: 4
ASF: 2
Council 5: 1
MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: 1
Students: 2
Student Affairs
Advancement
Scheduling & Events Services

Term

1 year

Contact

Deans’ Office

Members

  • Administration: Lori Baker
  • Administration: Raphael Onyeaghala
  • Assistant to the Deans: Rolly Muller
  • Registrar – Ex-Officio: Eric White
  • SmSUFA: John Ginocchio
  • SmSUFA: Laura Koenig
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • Advancement: Nathan Polfliet
  • ASF: Cori Ann Dahlager
  • ASF: Michelle Knife Sterner
  • AFSCME: Jen Swanson
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open
  • Student Affairs: Scott Ewing
  • Athletic Representative: Jennifer Flowers
  • Scheduling & Event Planning: Tim Alcorn

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2023 | Back to top


Cathy Cowan Award Committee

Charge

The Cathy Lei Cowan Award is given annually to a member of the SMSU faculty or staff who displays the spirit of service and excellence which the late Dr. Cowan exemplified during her years as a Psychology professor and Chair of Social Sciences. Nominations may come from any member of the SMSU and regional community. The work of the committee is to consider the nominations to determine each year’s award recipient, and any other tasks associated with its administration, such as funding and medal design. The committee meets 3-4 times in the spring.

Membership

SmSUFA: 3
ASF: 2
AFSCME: 1
Students: 1

Term

1 year

Contact

Deans’ Office

Members

  • SmSUFA: Mark Fokken
  • SmSUFA: Pat Brace
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • ASF: Rolly Muller
  • ASF: Michelle Knife Sterner
  • AFSCME: Jorun Ahmann
  • Student: Open

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2023 | Back to top


Commencement Committee

Charge

This committee oversees and plans the Commencement celebration activities and the Commencement program.

Membership

Administration: 1 + Exec Admin Assistant
SmSUFA: 3
ASF: 1
AFSCME: 1
MMA/MAPE/CONF: 1
Students: 2
Ex-officio’s: Scheduling
Communication and Marketing, Registrar, Student Center, Alumni, Director of Accessibility Services
Director of Facilities and Physical Plant (or designee)

Term

1 year

Contact

Provost Office

Members

  • Administration: Ross Wastvedt
  • Exec Administrative Assistant: Lori Hebig
  • SmSUFA: John Ginocchio
  • SmSUFA: Stephen Kingsbury
  • SmSUFA: LeAnne Syring
  • ASF: Cori Ann Dahlager
  • AFSCME: Jen Swanson
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF: Cory Klumper
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open
  • Ex-officio by function: Scheduling: Maureen Szerlip
  • Ex-officio by function: Student Center: John Alcorn
  • Ex-officio by function: Director of Facilities and Physical Plant (or designee: Tony Nubile
  • Ex-officio by function: Alumni Office: Angela Young
  • Ex-officio by function: Director of Accessibility Services: Vickie Abel
  • Ex-officio by function: Communications & Marketing: Marcy Olson
  • Ex-officio by function: Registrar: Eric White and Sarah Schmuhl
  • Ex-officio by function: Radio/TV: Bob Schwoch
  • Ex-officio by function: Programs/Branded Assets/Digital Signage: Maddy Groff
  • Ex-officio by function: Communication Studies faculty lead on live stream: Chris Metz

Last Updated: Jan 08, 2024 | Back to top


Committee on Institutional Assessment (CIA)

Charge

The Committee on Institutional Assessment coordinates, assists, and supports a university –wide program of evaluation and feedback to enhance institutional effectiveness. To this end, the committee is charged with

  • Fostering a university-wide culture of assessment.
  • Developing, implementing, and reviewing a comprehensive university assessment plan.
  • Articulating and disseminating assessment results to the campus community that serve to enhance the university’s ability to achieve its goals and outcomes.
  • Collaborating with the Liberal Education Committee and Strategic Planning Committee on all aspects of assessment related to campus infrastructure.
  • Supporting on-going HLC accreditation efforts.

Membership

Chair: Assessment Coordinator
SmSUFA: One member from each academic department
Library: 1
Dean of Students
Director of Institutional Research & Reporting
Academic Commons Rep: 1
ASF: 2
AFSCME: 1
MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: 1

Term

1 year

Contact

Deans' Office

Members

  • Ag/ Culinology/Hospitality: Soma Mukherjee (2023-2025)
  • Business Innovation and Strategies:
  • Education: LeAnne Syring (2023-2025)
  • English, Phil, Spanish & Humanities: Teresa Henning (2023-2025)
  • Fine Arts & Comm: Anne Wedler (2023-2025))
  • Library: Maria Kingsbury (2022-2024)
  • Math & Comp Science: Charles Bingen (2023-2025)
  • Nursing: Lindsay Rohlik (2023-2025)
  • Sciences: Tony Greenfield (2023-2025)
  • Social Science: Laura Koenig (2023-2025)
  • Provost – Ex-Officio: Ross Wastvedt
  • Dean of ALS: Lori Baker
  • Dean of BEPS: Raphael Onyeaghala
  • Dean of Students: Open
  • MAPE: Diane Stieper
  • ASF: Michele Knife Sterner
  • ASF: Open
  • AFSCME: Jennifer Stucke
  • Dir of Institutional Research: Alan Matzner
  • Assessment Coordinator: Kristin Kovar

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2023 | Back to top


The Committee on Online Learning

Charge

The Committee on Online Learning's mission is to support the development and delivery of quality and equity-minded online, hybrid, and multimodal courses at SMSU.  The Committee will also provide leadership for the broader engagement and support of SMSU.  The Committee will also provide leadership for the broader engagement and support of SMSU students who learn online.  Responsibilities include: 

  • Recommend policies, procedures, best practices, and training for online instructors;
  • Review and assist in the development of online education reports, proposals, policies, and procedures; 
  • Provide input for university-wide planning and implementation of online learning initiatives; 
  • Articulate and reinforce how online and hybrid courses are equivalent in rigor, expectations, and student participation to their on-campus counterparts; 
  • Recommend professional development activities for both online faculty and students; 
  • Support efforts from the Director of Online Learning and Transfer Partnerships, the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center, Institutional Research, IT, COLT, and other campus entities in identifying and addressing the needs specific to online courses, instructions, and students; 
  • Review and recommend working goals and objectives in an effort to continually improve online educations and the experience of online learners at SMSU.  

Membership

SmSUFA Faculty (online instruction experience preferred) representing the following:
2 ALS members
2 BEPS members
1 at-large
Deans (2)
Representative from IT/COLT
Representative from the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center
Director of Online Learning and Transfer Partnerships
ASF Representative (may be a member also serving by function)
Representative from MMA/MAPE/CONF 5/MGRL/AFSCME (may be a member also serving by function)
Students:
* 1 graduate (online preferred)
* 1 undergraduate (online preferred)
Provost (ex-officio)

Term

2 years for SmSUFA members, 2 years for Council 5 member, 1 year for student representatives

Contact

Deans' Office

Members

  • SmSUFA Faculty ALS 1): Morgan Betker
  • SmSUFA Faculty ALS 2) : James Guerrant
  • SmSUFA Faculty BEPS 1): Donna Pettit
  • SmSUFA Faculty BEPS 2): Christine Quisley
  • At-large: Maria Kingsbury
  • Dean of ALS: Lori Baker
  • Dean of BEPS: Raphael Onyeaghala
  • Representative from IT/COLT: Ben Nwachukwu
  • Deanne Griebel Student Success Center Rep: Brittany Krull
  • Director of Online Learning and Transfer Partnerships: Lori Wynia
  • ASF: Stella Nwachukwu
  • Representative from MMA/MAPE/CONF 5/MGRL/AFSCME (may be a member also serving by function): Brian Gelster
  • Student:
  • Student:
  • Provost (ex-officio) Ross Wastvedt

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2024 | Back to top


Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Charge

The Cultural Diversity Committee will work to ensure that Southwest Minnesota State University demonstrates a commitment to the centrality of diversity as an important part of the University’s educational mission. The Committee will engage the University to ensure that our students learn in an inclusive, diverse learning community that fosters intellectual engagement and discovery among peers from different backgrounds. The Cultural Diversity Committee will work with the campus community to demonstrate the importance of diversity as an intricate part of our university experience.

Membership

SmSUFA: 3
ASF: 3
AFSCME: 1
MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: 1
Students: 3
Community/Regional Rep: 1
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Ex-officio: Affirmative Action Officer
Sub-committee members may be added but do not have formal vote
Provost

Term

1 year

Contact

Campus Diversity Officer

Members

  • Director of Diversity and Inclusion: Erin Kline
  • SmSUFA: Sang Jung
  • SmSUFA: Ruth Thompson
  • SmSUFA: Julie Walker
  • ASF: Amy Nemitz
  • ASF: Michele Knife Sterner
  • ASF: Charlotte Wahle
  • AFSCME: Jen Swanson
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL:
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open
  • Community/Regional Rep: Open
  • Ex-Officio: Affirmative Action Officer: Erin Kline Open
  • Ex-Officio: Provost: Ross Wastvedt

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2023 | Back to top


HLC/Strategic Planning Committee

Charge

This committee facilitates the University’s strategic plan by reviewing, monitoring, and communicating progress toward the University’s goals. This may include updating the plan, soliciting input on the plan from the university community, and participation in University Strategic Planning events. This committee also monitors and orchestrates the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation initiatives and aligns these tasks with strategic operations.

Membership

Administration: 6
SmSUFA: 9 (SmSUFA President; Long-range Chair; Curriculum Chair; CIA Chair; Academic Affairs; Physical Plant Chair; 3 at-large)
ASF: 2
AFSCME: 1
Coalition (MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL): 1
Students: 2
Other (i.e. Area Legislator, Community/ Region/ Alumni/ Foundation representative): 2 By Function: Director of Institutional Research & Reporting)
By Function: Campus Diversity Officer
By Function: Director of the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center
By Function: Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life; Ex-officio Member (President)

Term

2 year

Contact

Ross Wastvedt, Provost

Members

  • Admin: Ross Wastvedt (Co-Chair)
  • Admin: Deb Kerkaert
  • Admin: Lori Baker
  • Admin: Raphael Onyeaghala
  • Admin: Marcy Olson
  • Admin: Dan Baun
  • SmSUFA President: Maria Kingsbury
  • SmSUFA Long-range Chair: Debbie Van Overbeke
  • SmSUFA Curriculum Chair: Sami Shahin
  • SmSUFA CIA Chair: Kristin Kovar (HLC/Assessment Coordinator - Co-Chair)
  • SmSUFA Academic Affairs: George Taylor
  • SmSUFA Physical Plant Chair: Sandy Craner
  • Student: Open
  • Other: Open
  • Other: Open
  • Other: Open
  • By Function: Dir of Inst Research & Reporting: Alan Matzner
  • By Function: Campus Diversity Officer: Erin Kline
  • SmSUFA – at large: Sonya Vierstraete (2022-2024)
  • SmSUFA – at large: Pam Gladis
  • SmSUFA – at large: Open
  • ASF: Melissa Scholten
  • ASF:
  • AFSCME: Jennifer Stucke
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: Tim Beske
  • Student: Open
  • By Function: Director of the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center: Brittany Krull
  • By Function: Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life: Jess Bentley
  • Ex-Officio - President: Kumara Jayasuriya

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2024 | Back to top


Honorary Degree Committee

Charge

  1. Consult with the members of the SMSU campus on the appropriateness of awarding honorary degrees to the nominees, and
  2. Submit its recommendations(s) to the President

Membership

SmSUFA: 3
AFSCME: 1
ASF: 1
Administrator: 1
Alumni President or Designee
Ex-Officio Student (SA President)

Term

1 year

Contact

President’s Office

Members

  • SmSUFA: Open
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • ASF: Cori Ann Dahlager
  • AFSCME: Open
  • Administration: Ross Wastvedt
  • Director of Alumni or Designee: Angela Lee
  • SA President: Sam Lund

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2023 | Back to top


Institutional Review Board

Charge

This is a committee of faculty, administration, and students who will review all university research activities involving human or animal participants to ensure that it is being conducted ethically. Committee meets in fall and then on an as needed basis.

Membership

SmSUFA: 3 and one from Science
MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: 1
AFSCME: 1
ASF: 1
Dean: 1 non-voting
Student: 1

Term

1 year

Contact

Academic Dean’s Office

Members

  • SmSUFA/Science: Mostafa Hegazy
  • SmSUFA: Debbie Van Overbeke
  • SmSUFA: Ben Anderson
  • SmSUFA: Brett Gaul
  • AFSCME: Jaimie Leonard
  • ASF: Lori Wynia
  • Dean (non-voting): Lori Baker
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: Open
  • Student: Open

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2023 | Back to top


Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee

Charge

The IAAC would serve in an advisory capacity to the President and the Athletic Director in matters relating to intercollegiate athletics. The committee would advise the President and A.D. on such matters as policies, procedures, and programs with affect to student-athletes, the athletic staff, the university, alumni and general public.

Membership

SmSUFA: 3 plus Faculty Athletic Representative
ASF: 2
MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: 1
AFSCME: 1
Student: 1
SAAC: 1
Booster Member: 1
At-large from Committee: 1
Alumni Assoc: 1

Term

1 year

Contact

Faculty Athletics Representative

Members

  • SmSUFA: Kris Cleveland
  • SmSUFA: Sheila Tabaka
  • SmSUFA: Māra Wiggins
  • ASF: Rolly Muller
  • ASF: OPEN
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MRGL: Open
  • AFSCME: Cathryn Sleiter
  • Student: Moshood Agboola
  • SAAC: Open
  • Booster Member: Rhonda Maker
  • At-large from Committee: Open
  • Alumni: Angela Lee
  • SmSUFA FAR: Sonya Vierstraete
  • Ex Officio: Open
  • Asst AD/SWA - Senior Woman Administrator /Compliance Officer/Director of Student-Athlete Academic Affairs/SAAC Liaison: Allison Monson

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2023 | Back to top


Liberal Education Committee (LEC)

Charge

This Committee is responsible for oversight of the SMSU Liberal Education Program (LEP) and associated Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The committee reviews courses and activities in order to ensure that the philosophy and structure of the LEP is maintained. The committee meets weekly.

Membership

Faculty Co-Chair: (include one faculty member with ½ reassigned time to serve 3 years. The CO-Chair should teach at least one FYS or one CIS each year)
Administrative Co-Chair at the level of Assistant Dean or above. This Co-Chair should be involved in strategic assessment of the University.
Faculty from College of ALS selected by SmSUFA Executive Committee for 2 year term.
Faculty from College of BEPS selected y SMSUFA Executive Committee for 2 year term.
Member from McFarland Library for 2 year term
Member from Educational Opportunity Program for 2 year tern. Provost/VP for Academic and Student Affairs or designee to serve as needed as a consultant and non-voting member.
ASF

Term

3 years for co-directors, 2 years for other members

Contact

Deans’ Office

Members

  • SmSUFA Co-Chair: Ben Walker (2021-2024)
  • Administrative Co-Chair: Open
  • ALS Faculty: Pam Gladis (2022-2024)
  • ALS Faculty: Sami Shahin (2022-2024)
  • ALS Faculty: Brett Gaul (2021-2023)
  • ALS Faculty: Open
  • ALS Faculty: Open
  • ALS Faculty: Open
  • Library: Open
  • Educational Opportunity Program: Open
  • Provost/VP for Academic and Student Affairs or designee: Ross Wastvedt
  • ALS Faculty: Open
  • BEPS Faculty: Frankie Albitz (2021-2023)
  • ASF: Michael Kurowski
  • Ex Officio HLC/Assessment Coordinator: Open

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2023 | Back to top


Mustang Ovations

Charge

This committee will facilitate the recognition of excellence achieved by faculty, support faculty, staff, and administration. It will compile achievements such as publications, grants, awards, and honorary positions. The Mustang Ovations Committee will create an annual celebratory event for these achievements and publicize these through SMSU or other news and web outlets. Similarly, this committee will re-implement and coordinate the awarding of monthly Mustangs Making a Difference Awards. The Committee will also review recommendations to confer honorary degrees. When nominations arise, this committee will submit to the President recommendations to confer honorary degrees after consultation with members of the SMSU campus on the appropriateness of awarding an honorary degree to the nominee. Budget: A small budget will be developed to pay for expenses including the cost of Cowan Award medals, printing of the Mustang Ovations event booklet, a small Mustang Ovations event reception, and miscellaneous costs.

Membership

SmSUFA: 3
ASF: 3
AFSCME: 1
MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: 1
Student Association President
Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach
Dean of Arts, Letters, & Sciences
Dean of Business, Education, & Professional Studies

Term

Contact

Members

  • SmSUFA: John Ginocchio
  • SmSUFA: Neil Smith
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • ASF: Lori Wynia
  • ASF: Open
  • ASF: Open
  • AFSCME: Marilee Thomas
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: Open
  • Student Association President: Sam Lund
  • Sr Dir of Alumni Relations & Outreach: Angela Lee
  • Dean of ALS: Lori Baker
  • Dean of BEPS: Raphael Onyeaghala

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2023 | Back to top


Parking Appeals Committee

Charge

Hears requests from those who wish to appeal a parking ticket

Membership

MMA: 1
ASF: 1
MAPE: 1
AFSCME: 2
Students: 1-3

Term

1 year

Contact

Public Safety

Members

  • MMA: Open
  • ASF: Tim Alcorn
  • MAPE: Diane Stieper
  • AFSCME: Brad Besse
  • AFSCME: Open
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2023 | Back to top


Policy and Procedure Steering Committee

Charge

The purpose of the Policy and Procedure Steering Committee (PPSC) is to monitor and assess the review of University Policies and Procedures, ensuring the integrity of the process, timely publication of new and amended policies and procedures, and removal of those repealed.  In addition, PPSC is responsible for a communication plan, so that all stakeholders are aware of the status of University Policies and Procedures.

Membership

Provost
Registrar
Director of Financial Aid
SmSUFA President (or designee)
ASF President (or designee)
A President (or designee) of MMA/MAPE/CONF 5/MGRL/AFSCME

Term

3 year

Contact

Eric White: Registrar

Members

  • Provost: Ross Wastvedt
  • Registrar: Eric White
  • Director of Financial Aid: Natasha Boe
  • SmSUFA: President Maria Kingsbury
  • ASF President (or designee) Natasha Boe
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF 5/MGRL/AFSCME: Marcy Olson

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2023 | Back to top


Professional Development Day

Charge

The Professional Development Day Planning Committee is responsible for planning and organizing annual Professional Development Day conferences to promote the professional goals and interests of SMSU faculty. This is not related to “Development Day” that promotes the goals and interests of SMSU staff.

Membership

Provost
Academic Deans
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Residential Life Director
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
SmSUFA: 1 ALS
SmSUFA: 1 BEPS
ASF: 1

Term

1 year

Contact

Deans’ Office

Members

  • Provost: Ross Wastvedt
  • Academic Dean ALS: Lori Baker
  • Academic Dean BEPS: Raphael Onyeaghala
  • Assoc VP for Student Affairs: Open
  • Residential Life Director: Jess Bentley
  • Director of Diversity and Inclusion: Erin Kline
  • SmSUFA ALS (1): Kris Cleveland
  • SmSUFA BEPS (1): Heather Rickgarn
  • ASF: Michael Kurowski

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2023 | Back to top


SMSU Master Plan Committee

Charge

The purpose of the Campus Master Plan is to provide Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) with a valuable tool for future decision making that supports the academic mission and sets a logical course for capital improvements over the next thirty to fifty years.

Membership

Director of Facilities and Physical Plant
Provost
VP for Finance and Administration
Dean of BEPS
VP for Advancement & Foundation Executive Director
MMA/MAPE/CONF/MRGL: 1
AFSCME: 1
ASF: 1
Student: 1
Associate VP for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Director of Athletics
Director of Accessibility Services
SmSUFA 3

Term

1 year

Contact

Director of Facilities

Members

  • Director of Facilities and Physical Plant: Tony Nubile
  • Provost: Ross Wastvedt
  • VP for Finance & Administration: Deb Kerkaert
  • Dean of BEPS: Raphael Onyeaghala
  • VP for Advancement & Foundation Exec Director: Nathan Polfliet
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL
  • AFSCME: Monica Miller
  • ASF: Alan Matzner
  • Student: Open
  • Associate VP for Student Affairs/Dean of
  • Students: Scott Crowell
  • Director of Athletics: Jennifer Flowers
  • Director of Accessibility Services: Vickie Abel
  • SmSUFA: Sandy Craner
  • SmSUFA: Open
  • SmSUFA: Open

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2023 | Back to top


Space Committee

Charge

This committee reviews all requests for space on campus and makes recommendations to the University President.

Membership

Chair: VP for Finance and Administration
SmSUFA: 1 appointed by Physical Plant Committee
SmSUFA Chair of the Physical Plant Committee: 1
Ex-Officio: Scheduling Coordinator, Director of Facilities and Physical Plant
ASF: 1
AFSCME: 1
MMA: 1
MAPE: 1
Student: 1

Term

1 year

Contact

VP Finance & Administration

Members

  • Chair: VP for Finance & Administration: Deb Kerkaert
  • SmSUFA: Amanda Sieling
  • SmSUFA/Chair Physical Plant: Sandy Craner
  • Scheduling Coordinator: Tim Alcorn
  • Director of Facilities and Physical Plant: Tony Nubile
  • ASF: Rolly Muller
  • AFSCME: Brad Besse
  • MMA: Open
  • MAPE: Tim Beske
  • Student: Open

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2023 | Back to top


Strategic Enrollment Management Committee

Charge

The purpose of the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee (SEM) is to optimize the overall enrollment of SMSU, including the recruitment of new students and the retention of current students. The committee’s role is primarily advisory and forward-thinking in nature. The Committee will take a data driven approach in its work and will include discussion, review, analysis, and evaluation of strategies, actions, and outcomes related to attracting and retaining students.

Membership

Executive Director for Enrollment Management
SmSUFA: 2
ASF: 3
Student Association: 2
AFSCME: 1
MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: 1
Financial Aid
Registrar
Advising
International Student Services
Diversity and Inclusion
Student Success
Admission
By Function: Dir of Inst Research & Reporting

Term

1 year

Contact

Executive Director for Enrollment Management and Student Success

Members

  • Exec Dir for Enroll Management: Jeremy Reed
  • SmSUFA: Kris Cleveland
  • SmSUFA: Tony Greenfield
  • SmSUFA: Laurie Jo Johanson
  • SmSUFA: Christine Olson
  • ASF: Michael Kurowski
  • ASF: Kaitlyn Giles
  • ASF: Tim Alcorn
  • By Function: Dir of Inst Research & Reporting: Alan Matzner
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open
  • AFSCME: Abbie Boelter
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: Mitch Riibe
  • Financial Aid: Natasha Boe
  • Registrar: Eric White
  • Advising: Open
  • International Student Services: May Lee Mou Vue
  • Diversity and Inclusion:
  • Student Success: Brittany Krull
  • Admission: Jeremy Reed

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2024 | Back to top


Student Technology Fee Committee

Charge

This committee shall be responsible for recommending allocation of funds gathered through the Student Technology Fee. The committee shall hear proposals for the use of monies and recommend to the President’s Cabinet allocations based on established criteria. Prior to presentation to the President’s Cabinet, the recommendation shall be presented to the Student Senate for their review and input.

Membership

SmSUFA: 3
ASF: 2
SMSUSA: 6
Chief Information Officer (ex-officio; non-voting)
SMSUSA President (ex-officio; non-voting)
Administrative Services: (ex-officio; non-voting)
Information Technology Services (ex-officio; non-voting)

Term

1 year

Contact

Chief Information Officer

Members

  • Chief Information Officer: Dan Baun
  • SmSUFA: Amanda Sieling
  • SmSUFA: Thomas Flynn
  • SmSUFA: Christopher Metz
  • ASF: Open
  • ASF: Alan Matzner
  • SMSUSA President: Ashton Ayres
  • Student: Tyler Soltau
  • Student: Trent Esping
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2023 | Back to top


Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE)

Charge

  • To serve as an advisory board for the Center for International Education (CIE) on Study Aboard and Global Engagement matters as requested.
  • To meet periodically and establish, review, and enforce education abroad procedures and deadlines that ensure fiscally sound and educationally stimulating study abroad opportunities worldwide.
  • To review, evaluate, and approve faculty and staff proposals of all university sponsored affiliated programs and education abroad opportunities including short-term programs and semester-long experiences outside of the U.S.
  • To serve as a resource to members of the SMSU community as they prepare and propose short-term faculty/staff led academic and program opportunities abroad.
  • To advocate for new and continuing study abroad opportunities within SMSU and its partners.
  • To assist the Center for International Education with study abroad related activities as requested (professional development days, study abroad campus fairs/expos, study abroad information sessions).
  • To enact best practices in the field of International Education and Study Aboard opportunities.

Membership

Permanent Co-Chair: Director of the Center for International Education
Permanent Co-Chair: Faculty Chair of Global Studies Committee
Ex Officio/non-voting Administration: (Provost or Dean)
By Function: Financial Aid Office Rep
Business Services Rep
Registration & Records Rep
SmSUFA: 2
ASF: 1
MMA/MAPE/Conf/Mgrl/Council 5: 1

Term

Contact

Members

  • Dir of Center for International Ed: May Lee Mou-Vue
  • Fac Chair of Global Studies: Alyssa Anderson
  • Ex Officio Provost or Dean: Ross Wastvedt
  • Financial Aid Rep: Natasha Boe
  • Business Services Rep: George Bass
  • Registration and Records Rep: Eric White
  • SmSUFA Rep: Sonya Vierstraete
  • SmSUFA Rep: Nadine Schmidt
  • ASF Rep: Rolly Muller
  • MMA/MAPE/Conf/Mgrl/Council 5: Open

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2023 | Back to top


University Technology Strategies Committee

Charge

Serve as a forum for the University community to: 1) provide input to the Chief Information Officer in support of ongoing strategic planning efforts focused on meeting the institution’s wide-ranging technology service needs; 2) provide input to the Chief Information Officer on policies and procedures development that involve information technology including institutional level information security measures; and 3) provide feedback for Information Technology Services regarding existing services and operations.

Membership

CIO
SmSUFA: 3
ATC Chair/Designee: 1
Library: 1
ASF: 2
MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: 2
AFSCME: 1
Distance Learning Office: 1
Students: 3
At-Large (Appointed by Committee): 1

Term

1 year

Contact

Chief Information Officer

Members

  • Chief Information Officer: Dan Baun
  • SmSUFA ATC Chair/Designee: Sandy Craner
  • SmSUFA/Library: Maria Kingsbury
  • SmSUFA: Alyssa Anderson
  • SmSUFA: Michelle Beach
  • SmSUFA: Thomas Flynn
  • ASF: Open
  • ASF: Open
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL: Cory Klumper
  • MMA/MAPE/CONF/MGRL
  • AFSCME: Caitlyn Sanow
  • Distance Learning Officer: Lori Wynia
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open
  • Student: Open
  • At-Large (appointed by Committee): Open

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2023 | Back to top

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