May 2004 Issue: 21 Page 1 of 6
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Changes to Serve Students Better Summer Schedule
University specific service teams formed You still have choices
This past year, we added a third student advisor at USDSU The USDSU summer session has begun and we have
to help us serve the growing student population. Three tried to schedule summer sessions to meet your needs as
advisors and three partner universities – hmmm that got you balance your academic progress with busy summer
us thinking. Now we have developed a new protocol to schedules. The first session began on May 24th and
better serve students. concludes on July 2nd. The schedule for the second
summer session is listed below:
Beginning immediately, we have created teams of pro-
fessionals by institution. The teams are comprised as July 6 - Second Summer Session Starts
follows: August 13 - Second Summer Session Ends
August 31 - Fall Semester Begins
USD – Mary Jones, Director; Elizabeth Cox, Advisor;
and Jill Toland Senior Secretary. We have more class choices available this summer than
DSU – Peg O’Brien, Director; Deanna Kost, Advisor; ever before. There is a wide array of classes being of-
and Jay Bethke, Senior Secretary. fered the second session that are still available. Check
SDSU – Sharon Sopko, Director; Denise Heidebrink, them out on Web Advisor.
Advisor; and Chris Assmus, Senior Secretary.
Online Advising Model
This will give USDSU the ability to improve the depth A new approach to serve students
of knowledge and understanding of campus programs
and personnel since each team can focus on one school. Work has begun on a new model to serve students. In a
When students call USDSU for service, they will be recent USDSU homepage pole, almost 80% of the re-
routed to the appropriate team member based on home spondents said they would find it helpful to get aca-
institution. This team will also be responsible for advis- demic advising through an interactive online system.
ing and communications services. That shows real need and support for a project that is
underway right now.
This does NOT mean that if an institutional advisor (for
example) is not available when a student calls or stops Our goal for the online model is NOT to discourage
in, that the student will be turned away. We will serve face-to-face interaction, but rather to give students vi-
the student based on student needs not just institutional able options to get the information they need from the
designation. people who can best provide the information in the most
convenient and student-friendly manner.
These teams will use available and developing informa-
tion technologies to supplement face-to-face meetings. While the project is just beginning, it holds great promise.
Our goal – to provide an outstanding student service en-
vironment at USDSU.
Page Two May 2004 Issue: 21
Construction Update Student Survey Summary
Health Science Building Underway Your voice is heard
Students, faculty and staff have undoubtedly noticed 315 students took the time to respond to the student sur-
some activity across the street from USDSU (to the vey we conducted online this past spring. The quantita-
east). Construction has begun on the addition to the tive results to that survey are included with this newslet-
Health Sciences Center and USDSU is going to benefit. ter. In addition, most respondents included comments
that we are also reviewing and studying as a way to im-
When this building project is complete in July 2005, the prove student service at USDSU.
nursing programs from both USD and SDSU will move
to this new facility. The major features of the new We use these results to guide us as we develop academic
building include; three new classrooms, a new expanded and student service plans. Here is your assignment.
nursing lab, faculty and staff offices, a conference room,
reception area, work room and additional parking. Review the results as included and provide
comments using the suggestion box on any-
The USDSU portion of this project is two stories at thing that is important to you.
7,500 square feet per story for a total addition of 15,000
square feet. This amounts to a 35% increase over the Thank you.
50,000 square feet we currently manage. In addition,
this will give us our first opportunity in some time to
creatively consider how to use our existing space even Food!!!!!
more effectively. Give me something to eat
A common theme from students is they need food!
Since so many USDSU students come directly here
from work and then spend quite a few hours here at
Online Suggestion Box time, nourishment is an important issue. Here is what
Let us know how we are doing we have done and are working on.
Under the “Current Students” section of the website, 1. Installed a refrigerated food vending machine
you will find a button for an online suggestion box. with sandwiches and items other than candy and
Students have been using this to provide communica- chips.
tions directly to Executive Dean Mark Lee. Students 2. The Bookstore carries a few more prepackaged
can submit anonymous suggestions or can include their food items (and Pepsi products).
email address if they seek a response. So far sugges- 3. Arranged for Quiznos to be here on Tuesdays at
tions have been about split rather evenly between these noon and in the evening.
options. Those who give an email address always re- 4. Arranged for Bagel Boy to be here on a semi-
ceive a response. regular basis.
5. The staff provided some soup and other food
Please keep the communications coming so we can im- sales.
prove USDSU, we take your comments seriously.
Okay, so we’re still not quite there. Our goal is to have
outsourced food vendors here as often as we can next
semester during the noon and evening hours (three to
four hours per day). We hope we can continue to make
May 2004 Issue: 21 Page Three
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP FORUM
USD/USDSU Poetry Readings
The Community Leadership Forum was held on Tues-
day, April 27, 2004. Governor Michael Rounds was the The USDSU poetry readings are a great success! Our
presenter. Governor Rounds emphasized his support for first reading was held March 31 in the commons, draw-
education (including higher education) and his support ing a small but enthusiastic audience. Word must have
of our efforts here at USDSU. He was genuinely inter- spread, because our second reading April 28 drew
ested in the comments and questions from those in at- around 35 people. Brave folks reading their original po-
tendance. ems included USDSU students Reba Decker, Susan
Nieuwsma, Mary Martin-Cobos, Danielle Lyons,
Larissa Miller, Emily Clarke, and Phil Block; faculty
members Marcella Remund and Patti DiMond; and
guest readers from the Siouxland Arts Council. Watch
for poetry readings beginning again next fall!
Governor Michael Rounds and USDSU
Executive Dean, Mark Lee Mary Martin
We invite you to share your creative genius in this
newsletter! Submit original poems, short-short stories,
or small format black & white drawings, along with
your name, title of work, and a brief bio to any English
faculty member at: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Governor Michael Rounds, Mary Martin
email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cobos and DSU President Douglas
SDSU WORKSTUDY POSITION
SDSU has a workstudy position available for summer
and fall in Sioux Falls. Brief Description of Duties:
Data entry, data verification, word processing, filing,
ENGLISH is AWESOME!
photocopying, organizing and distributing materials, as-
English Faculty Tidbits sist with bulk mailings, and handle specific projects as
assigned. General office work in assisting the SDSU
Patti DiMond’s poem, “December 30, 1890,” has been Sioux Falls Director, Dr. Sharon Sopko. Skills/
published in the 2004 Vermillion Literary Project maga- Coursework Required: CSC 105, Knowledge of Mi-
zine, hot off the press April 29. Patti also has three arti- crosoft Office. Skills/ Coursework Preferred: Ability
cles coming out in The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Ameri- to work independently and attention to detail a plus.
can Literature. The articles are on James Welch, Wendy Expected Working Hours: Flexible
Rose, and Janet Campbell Hale.
Contact Person(s): Dr. Sharon Sopko
Phone #: 605-367-5642
May 2004 Issue: 21
SPRING 2004 GRADUATE RECEPTION
Study habits are really a
A reception honoring the Spring 2004 graduates from matter of routine.
USD, SDSU and DSU who earned their degree while Try some of these tips
attending USDSU was held on Thursday, May 6th. this semester!
Congratulations to the Graduates!
1) Sleep routine -- Do you have one?
In order for your body and brain to work properly, you
must establish good sleeping habits. Some people need
more sleep than others, but if you can get anywhere
from 7-8 hours of sleep in a night, you're doing great!
2) Exercise regularly.
Your body LOVES routine. Keep it in shape by exer-
cising at least 2-3 times a week. Here's some ideas for
spring: Take a walk. Go for a bike ride. Run around a
track. Play softball. Work in the garden. Mow a lawn.
Michele Carroll, Yulia Zimniakova, Rich Granberg, Cordell
King, Peg O’Brien, DSU Director
3) Eat healthy and choose healthy snacks.
Six small meals a day are better than three large meals.
Keep portions on your plate reasonable. If you're full,
stop eating. Fruits, nuts and raw vegetables, rather than
pop and a candy bar, make awesome snacks!
4) Set aside time to study.
Try to pick a quiet corner for homework. Ample work-
space is a bonus! Meet with a study partner or discuss
ideas with him or her. If you can study at the same
times each day for the same amount of time, you're
ahead of the game!
5) Do you see a pattern? Study habits are really a mat-
ter of routine!
6) Plan to take time for yourself after a job well done.
Some fun ideas to try are: Hang out with friends, see a
movie, paint your toenails, call a distant friend or rela-
tive, color your hair or write a letter home to your mom
May 2004 Issue: 21 Page Five
TIPS FOR WRITING A GREAT RESUME Additional Pointers
(This article was taken directly from the SDSU Career
Center website. For additional tips, please visit www. Remember: One resume format does not fit for every-
sdstate.edu.) one. Review several and choose the style that fits
your experience best.
♦ Include your email address only if you check it on a
daily basis. Whenever possible, tailor your resume to a specific
position or employer.
♦ List degrees in reverse order with the most recent
listed first. Include doctoral, master’s and bache- Limit your resume to one page unless you have
lor’s levels degrees. Depending on space and rele- enough relevant information to fill two full pages.
vance, you may or may not include an associate’s
degree and time spent at a university where you did Do not list high school information of experience
not earn a degree. beyond five years, unless it is high relevant.
♦ Chronological format is arranged with the most re- Include volunteer work. It can demonstrate related
cent experiences listed first. experience, initiative and community concern.
Label it volunteer.
♦ Use action verbs. Avoid empty phrases like
“responsible for.” Do not use personal pronouns or complete sen-
♦ Including an objective is optional because it will be
addressed in your cover letter. Your objective Leave out personal information such as age, height,
should fit well with the positions you are seeking. weight, gender, and marital status.
♦ List computer software and/or programming knowl- Produce a perfect product with no typos or mis-
edge. spelled words. Have your resume reviewed by
someone else before final printing.
♦ If the position is dated to present, use present tense
verbs. Use past tense for previous positions. If you A cover letter, individualized to each employer,
are listing previous one-time responsibilities in your should accompany your resume.
current position, use past tense verbs.
Print your resume on high quality bond paper, using
♦ Stress accomplishments and results. Include any a quality printer or a professional printing service.
communication, supervisory and teamwork skills Use matching paper and envelopes for all letters and
gained. your reference list.
♦ Emphasize leadership responsibilities. Include awards, Sample resumes, letter writing information, and assis-
scholarships, honors and professional memberships. tance from staff are all available at the CAP Center.
♦ Some word processors come with resume wizard.
While these programs provide a quick way to for-
mat your information, resumes produced using wiz-
ards all have a very similar appearance. To vary
your layout and to avoid this “mass produced” look,
use word processing to write your resume.
♦ Create a separate reference sheet with name, title,
place of employment, business address, phone num-
bers and email addresses of at least three references.
Submit with your resume or take to the interview.
DATES TO REMEMBER
May 24—1st Summer Session Begins
May 31—Memorial Day—No Classes/Offices Closed
July 2—1st Summer Session Ends
July 6—2nd Summer Session Begins
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August 31—Fall Semester Begins
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October 11—Native American Day—No Classes/ • ADDING OR DROPPING CLASSES
Offices Closed • CHECKING YOUR GRADE POINT AVERAGE
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