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Monday Morning Message, August 7

August 7, 2017

This week the South Dakota Board of Regents will meet Tuesday through Thursday in Pierre. A full agenda includes the beginning of the FY19 budget development process.

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Above and Beyond recognizes individuals and groups of SDSU employees, faculty and students for individual and team efforts that go Above and Beyond to make the SDSU campus community a better place.

BX Civil and Construction

This week’s Above and Beyond recognizes BX Civil and Construction of Dell Rapids and its employees that have been working on the 6th Street construction project this summer. The group worked many hours to get the intersection at 6th Street and 22nd Avenue open ahead of schedule and well in advance of move-in day on Aug. 18.

The project includes SDSU graduates and a handful of SDSU students. The total cost of the project is $17 million, contracted through the Department of Transportation and the City of Brookings. More than 70,000 square yards of new concrete paving will occur during the project with an additional 23,000 cubic yards of concrete used in other areas like curb and gutters.

BX Civil and Construction serves as the primary contractor with approximately 15 different subcontractors on site during the construction process. Nearly 95 percent of the $17 million dollars being invested in the contract will be spent on companies located within 60 miles of Brookings. The project includes between 30 to 50 employees on any given day.

Construction on the bridge and ramps at Exit 132 will continue through the first week of November. Visitors to campus are still encouraged to use Exit 133 at the Highway 14 Bypass during that time.

Thank you to everyone at BX Civil and Construction for their efforts this summer to help make getting to campus possible and for going Above and Beyond.

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Plant Science Grand Opening - A grand opening for the Plant Science Research Support Facility will be held Aug. 31, beginning at 2 p.m. The building is located west of the Motor Pool near Stadium Road. A reception with SDSU Ice Cream will follow the program, beginning at 3 p.m.

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ADRDL Groundbreaking - A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Aug. 31 for the South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory expansion. The event will take place on the south lawn of the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building beginning at 4:30 p.m., prior to the SDSU Dairy Drive football game when the Jackrabbits host Duquesne at 7 p.m.

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Common Read - A professional development opportunity focused on the 2017 SDSU Common Read -  “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?” - is being offered Thursday, Aug. 10 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in McFadden Biostress 067.

The session will focus on how to incorporate the Common Read into courses and university programming. Ideas and strategies for implementing the Common Read and it’s themes will be provided and attendees will participate in the creation and sharing process. The session will be facilitated by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and Common Read committee members.

Registration is required at the following link.

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IDS Fall Training Schedule - The Instructional Design Services (IDS) training schedule for 2017 is available on Inside State. The courses cover all SDSU supported technologies, including D2L, Bb Ultra, Skype for Business, OneDrive Pro, myMedia, virtual lab and others.

All faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants are encouraged to attend these trainings. Please direct individual questions to IDS.

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Outdoor Recreation Survey - South Dakota State University and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks have teamed together to gather information to plan for outdoor recreation opportunities across the state. The survey is designed to allow participants to share experiences and perspectives on outdoor recreation in South Dakota. Everyone, regardless of recreational interests, is encouraged to participate.

The link to the survey can be found at here.

Questions and additional details about the survey can be directed to Hung-Ling (Stella) Liu, assistant professor in recreation management, at 605-688-6163.

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ConnectState - South Dakota State University will continue its use of an early alert program to facilitate communication between faculty, staff and students in an effort to promote student success and retention.

The use of ConnectState’s early alert function is required in all courses found on the Early Alert Course list. The course list includes pre-general education (remedial) courses, 100- and 200-level courses that are part of the dual credit program, 100- and 200-level courses identified as ConnectState success marker courses by department leadership and all 100- and 200-level courses with DFW rates of 30 percent or higher. 

Training is required for all faculty teaching an early alert course and is open to any faculty member who plans to use early alert in their course.  The training sessions will emphasize effective early alert strategies and a demonstration of ConnectState’s early alert.  Details about available training sessions are included below.

Please RSVP for an early alert training session using the Question Pro poll by 5 p.m., Aug. 14.

ConnectState early alert training schedule for returning faculty

Date

Time

Location

Tuesday, August 15

9 – 10 a.m.

Avera 041

Tuesday, August 15

9 – 10 a.m.

Wagner 208

Tuesday, August 15

11 a.m. – noon

Avera 041

Tuesday, August 15

11 a.m. – noon

Wagner 208

Tuesday, August 15

2 – 3 p.m.

Wagner 159

Tuesday, August 15

2 – 3 p.m.

Wagner 167

Tuesday, August 15

2 – 3 p.m.

Wagner 208

Tuesday, August 15

3 – 4 p.m.

Wagner 159

Tuesday, August 15

3 – 4 p.m.

Wagner 167

Tuesday, August 15

3 – 4 p.m.

Wagner 208

Please RSVP for a platform training session using the Question Pro poll by 5p.m., Aug. 28.                     

ConnectState platform training schedule for faculty and faculty advisors

Date

Time

Location

Tuesday, August 29

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Wagner 138

Thursday, August 31

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Wagner 138

Wednesday, Sept. 6

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Wagner 138

Friday, Sept. 8

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Wagner 138

Individuals teaching an SDSU course online or at one of the centers, please contact Steph Bebensee or Jody Owen about alternative training options

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Title IX Employee Training - The Office of Title IX and Equal Opportunity is offering one more training session for all SDSU employees. The harassment and discrimination session will be held Aug. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall 104.

The session is designed to introduce employees to maintaining a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, recognizing illegal and inappropriate behavior, and managing, reporting and responding to problems.

Session participants will explore employees’ legal responsibilities, procedural duties, protected characteristics, harassment and discrimination criteria and the employee’s role in the complaint process.

Please contact Jani Kovach at 605-688-4128 to register.

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Hobo Tech Offer - The University Bookstore and Apple are offering free wireless Beats headphones for students, faculty and staff who purchase a Mac or iPad Pro through Sept. 25.

The University Bookstore offers student pricing on all Apple computers and iPads and can offer payroll deduction for SDSU faculty and staff. You can purchase Apple products directly at the bookstore or online.

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Information to be considered for the Monday Morning Message can be sent to University Marketing and Communications.