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SMSU Briefs for May 8

SMSU employees celebrate anniversaries

A number of Southwest Minnesota State University employees are celebrating anniversaries at the institution.

Normally, an employee recognition event is held to honor those celebrating 10-, 15-, 20-, 25-, 30-, 35- and 40-year anniversaries. There are also a number of employees who are retiring. That recognition event has been canceled, however, due to COVID-19.

Employees celebrating anniversaries include:

10 years: Mu-wan Huang, Lori Engebretson, Monica Miller, Sonya Vierstraete, Tory Schreurs, Alan Matzner, Pam Gladis, Allison Monson, Kandy Noles Stevens.

15 years: Brittany Krull, Matthew Walker, David Vikander, Nadine Schmidt.

20 years: Mike Munford, Kristi Petersen, Jim Tate, Wije Wijesiri, Shushuang Man, Thomas Dilley, Vaughn Gehle, Christine Olson, Jackie Tauer, Sara Fier, Lynn Okrina, Conni Stensrud, Jane Larsen.

25 years: Jill Schlemmer, Faye Johnson, Donald Bethune.

30 years: Pat Daniels, Brent Jeffers, Stewart Day, John Alcorn, Gerald Toland.

35 years: Mary Mortland.

40 years: Joan Tutt, Wayne Mitzner, Lori Caron.

Retirees: Emily Deaver, 17 years; Eugene DeVos, 35 years, Lee French, 8 years; PooBear Gagnon, 32 years; Denise Jesse, 20 years; Sharon Kabes, 17 years; Jan Louwagie, 38 years; Wayne Mitzner, 40 years; Linda Nelson, 28 years; Barbara Okrina, 20 years; Timothy Pedersen, 31 years; Jill Schlemmer, 25 years; Matthew Walker, 15 years; Marianne Zarzana, 20 years.

SMSU named Safest College in Minnesota

Southwest Minnesota State University has been named the 2020 “Safest College Campus in Minnesota” by YourLocalSecurity.com.

YourLocalSecurity.com bases its rankings on data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security list and the FBI’s 2018 Uniform Crime Report for campuses with a minimum of 5,000 students offering a two- or four-year degree that is a public, private or non-profit university. The safety of SMSU was evaluated based on a combination of factors: violent crimes, property crimes, hate crimes and number of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) offenses per 10,000 people.

“Incoming freshmen and their parents can feel better entering college when they know their campus has crime prevention measures and crisis management systems in place to ensure lower crime rates,” reads the YourLocalSecurity.com website.

“Recognizing SMSU as the safest campus in Minnesota affirms that we have a harmonious environment, one in which our Mustang Family is able to thrive,” said Public Safety Director Mike Munford. “This honor is not for Public Safety, it’s for the entire university community, who work shard to encourage a safe environment, year-round, for all of our students, faculty and staff.”

To learn more about Public Safety, go to: tps://bit.ly/3bEbZNz. To learn more about the ranking, go to: https://bit.ly/3aspCOi.

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