Meet Brianna: Speakers Coordinator

Brianna BradleyBrianna Bradley, the 2015-2016 Speakers Coordinator for Dragon Entertainment Group, is excited to plan some fun and informative events this year!

A Music Industry major from Fort Yates, North Dakota, Brianna enjoys attending as many Men’s and Women’s Dragon basketball games as possible. And, if you ask her, she makes a pretty mean Indian taco. (We’re not sure if she knows it yet, but we at the Student Union love tacos and would love to try some of hers!)

Welcome to the team, Brianna! We’re excited to have you!

Construction: Week 6

As we’re nearing the end of June, the #ExtremeMakeoverCMUEdition renovation project is showing some great progress!

Elevator pit

Elevator pit — footings poured & foundation wall constructed

Between last week and this week, the elevator pit has been dug, footings poured, and foundation wall constructed. Additionally, the footings and foundation wall for the east portion of the addition have been dug and poured. Are you confused yet? Don’t worry. All of these technical terms simply mean that construction crews are almost ready to start building from the ground up.

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East side of the new addition– footings poured & foundation wall constructed

Not only has progress been made on the outside of the building, there has also been some major changes to the inside. The wall that spanned the width of our Main Lounge (the one that students signed on Study Day) has started to come down along with the interior walls that separated Copy2Print and the Recreation and Outing Center (ROC). As shown in the photo below, standing in the ROC allows you to see straight through where Copy2Print used to be and up to the new temporary walls in the back of the Main Lounge. Eventually, that wall will be removed as well, making way for the open-concept collaboration space.

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Vantage point of the ROC, Copy2Print, and the backside of the Main Lounge as if standing at the former ROC desk

Of course, there are also little changes that are happening on the daily. Make sure to follow us on Facebook (here) and Twitter (here) to stay in the loop!

 

Meet Sarah, 2015 Homecoming Coordinator

Sarah Knight

Look out MSUM Homecoming 2015! Sarah Knight is super excited to plan amazing events and work with her peers and campus community as one of the Homecoming Coordinators.

In a recent interview with us, here’s what she had to say:

What is your major?

Advertising and Public Relations

What is your hometown?

Walker, MN

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

Well, my elbows extend and I can do a pretty good impression of a hot dog [click here to get the joke]. But actually, my elbows DO hyper-extend.

What are you most excited for with your position as Homecoming Coordinator? 

Oh gosh, I am mostly excited to make new friends and work with Becky Boyle Jones!

What is your favorite way to show your Dragon Pride?

I attend almost every home sporting event and love cheering at games and going to other events on campus! I love talking about MSUM and I love the people that I have met at MSUM.

We are excited to have Sarah join us almost as much as she is excited to join our Student Union & Activities team! Welcome, Sarah!

Construction: Week 4

As you’ve probably noticed from our Facebook and Twitter posts, construction is fully underway here at the Comstock Memorial Union. Started only four short weeks ago, the construction is making way for a more open concept student collaboration space, a new entrance and addition, ample daylight, and many other fantastic features!

Here, the temporary wall by the new Office of Diversity and International Student Programs Office, displays a sign promising it will be worth it after the walls come down

Here, the temporary wall by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and International Student Services Office, displays a sign promising it will be worth it after the walls come down

The temporary walls appeared on May 22nd, blocking students and staff from entering dangerous construction zones. To add a little humor, the general contractors posted signs excusing their mess and promising that “it will be worth it when the walls come down,” and we cannot agree more! Staff, safety-suited up in safety vests, hard hats, and protective eye wear, have been able to sneak peaks of what’s happening behind the walls. And don’t worry, they will be sharing those with you soon!

Here, construction workers are hard at work removing bricks one-by-one

Construction workers are hard at work removing bricks one-by-one

Exterior demolition began last week in preparation for the 3,500 sq. ft. addition and new southwest entrance.  First, the red brick was removed piece-by-piece from parts of the outside of the building. Next, as shown in our YouTube video from today, the bricks underneath are being removed one-by-one to create an opening in the wall. Currently, there is a large opening on the second floor of the south side of the building, where our new lounge overlooking the main level will be located!

As described, this is the opening on the 2nd floor to make way for the new lounge

As the renovation project moves on, stay updated with our Facebook and Twitter posts as there is a little bit more progress to show each day!  We are super excited for this #ExtremeMakeoverCMUEdition project and hope you are too!

 

 

Meet Louis, the 2015 Homecoming Photographer

Louis Zurn

This Homecoming season, keep your eye out for the man behind the camera lens, Louis R. Zurn! Louis is originally from Benson, MN and is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communications with an Emphasis in Digital Design and Production.

As you can probably figure out from his photo, when he’s not busy taking photographs and/or studying, Louis enjoys watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. In fact, he is a self-proclaimed “super big fan!”

Louis is most looking forward to working with his peers and the campus community to create the best events possible during the 2015 Homecoming season. He shows his Dragon Pride by wearing the awesome hoodie he found in the Homecoming Office and proclaiming his love for this school!

We are excited to welcome Louis to our team and can’t wait to see the amazing events that he and the other Homecoming Coordinators are planning!

Construction Day 1

It’s here – it’s finally here! Day One for the construction for our renovation and addition project is upon us. You might be wondering, “What’s happening today?” Let us give you the inside scoop.

  • Parking lot – the east half of the metered lot is being used for construction equipment and is roped off. You can still park in the west half.
  • Outside – you might have seen a team of folks wearing bright yellow vests who are here to help prepare the temporary sidewalk that will be in place during construction as we add 3000 square feet on the southwest corner of the CMU.
  • ROC – the snooker table and two of the pool tables have left the building. Not to worry, there are still pool tables in the ROC for you to use!
  • Second Floor – because CMU 227 will become a lounge and pre-function space overlooking the addition when the renovation is complete, we have removed the carpet and re-purposed it by carpeting CMU 216 and 212.

We are doing what we can to minimize the impact as the spring semester wraps up – the reality of construction is that there will be some disturbances and we appreciate your understanding. If you have concerns, connect with us in person or email cmu @ mnstate.edu to set up a time to visit.

As a reminder of upcoming changes:

  • May 5 – the Info Desk will close at 7:30pm and will not reopen. If you have questions or need assistance, the Student Union & Activities staff members can help – all you need to do is ask!
  • May 6 – in the ROC, all games will be free!
  • May 6 – the Student Union Administration Office will be closed to move to a temporary location in CMU 214 and 216
  • May 7 – Administration Office temporary location will be open
  • May 13 – the ROC will close at 5pm and will not reopen
  • May 18 – Summer hours begin and will be 7:30am-4:30pm. The only access point into the public spaces of the CMU will be through the NW entrance

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Congratulations Dragon Pride Award Winners

The Annual Dragon Pride Awards are an extraordinary showcase of our talented, committed Dragons who make MSUM the incredible place that it is. Each year, several nominations are submitted in each category, and the Student Organization Advisory Committee (SOAC) spends time reading through each nomination to determine the award winners. Let’s just say, it’s no easy task with the number of amazing students, organizations, and programs!

During the Annual Dragon Pride Awards Ceremony, the nominees are honored and winners announced. If you’ve never attended, we recommend putting it on your calendar for next year because it will make your heart swell with Dragon Pride! Without further ado, we present a list of this year’s winners:

  • Rookie of the Year: Austin Sweeny, Kappa Sigma.
  • Student Leader of the Year: Alayna Holkesvig, KMSC Dragon Radio.
  • Organization Advisor of the Year:Shane Kelly, advisor for Kappa Sigma.
  • Organization Officer of the Year: Brady Kauk, Kappa Sigma.
  • Student Volunteer of the Year:Jake Humphrey who volunteered regularly with AfterDark.
  • Dragon Pride Student of the Year: Andy Smith, Gamma Phi Beta.
  • Outstanding Philanthropy Program of the Year: Dragon Entertainment Group’s event “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.”
  • Outstanding Collaborative Program of the Year: AfterDark’s ” Science Night” in collaboration with several student organizations.
  • Outstanding Educational Program of the Year:  “Microsoft Tour” coordinated  by the Economic Society.
  • Outstanding Diversity/Cultural Awareness Program of the Year: America Indian Student Association event “Native American Heritage Month.”
  • The Outstanding New Organization of the Year: Kawa Tatsu Yosakoi Dance (KTYD).
  • Dragon Pride Organization of the Year: MSUM Rock Climbing Club.
  • Organization of the Year: Society of Physics Students.

Congratulations to all our winners and all those nominated!

What you need to know before construction begins

CMU SW Entrance and Addition Rendering

An artist’s rendering of the new entrance and addition on the SW corner of the Comstock Memorial Union

Have we mentioned just how excited we are for construction to begin? So excited!

As we get ready to move into the construction phase of our project, you’ll notice some changes in and around your student union. Of course, we’ll do our best to keep you informed and have signage up around the building. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in the next few weeks:

  • On April 28-29, International Student Services will move into their new space in CMU 114 and share the office suite with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • On May 6, the Student Union Administration Office will be closed as they move into temporary space in CMU 214 and 216. The office will be open in the temporary location May 7 and ready to continue serving our campus.
  • May 5 will be the last day the Info Desk is open. After May 5, we will no longer sell stamps, envelopes or discounted movie tickets. Equipment and reservation assistance will be provided by the Student Union Administration Office.
  • From May 6-13, all games in the Recreation & Outing Center (ROC) will be free! The ROC will then close on May 13 at 5pm. We will continue to have gaming and computers available in the space through May 13, though you may see some of the equipment being removed during that time. This decision was made with the input of the Comstock Union Committee (a student committee that provides governance to your student union) and will help us get construction moving by May 18.
  • For the summer, the Comstock Memorial Union meeting rooms, food services, and other services will be unavailable due to construction. Offices will remain open and operational to serve our campus community, and we will have signage to help you navigate through the building because some entrances and hallways will be blocked off.
  • Parking lot – on May 4, the construction managers will begin installing a construction fence and as such, the East half of the metered lot will be unavailable during construction. No worries, you’ll get all the parking spaces back when construction is done!
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The back wall of the Main Lounge is being taken out so that the building will feel more open. This rendering is as if you’re standing in front of Subs ‘n’ Sweets

We’re thrilled to be transforming your student union to better serve you!

Change to Vendor Tables in the CMU Main Lounge

As we prep for the renovation to begin (remember, May 4 is the big day!), we will be moving the tables that currently serve as the Vendor Tables in the Main Lounge. Not to worry, you’ll still be able to reserve a table and use it to talk with other Dragons about your events and organizations, the tables simply won’t be sitting out all the time as they have previously.

To use a table for connecting with people in the Main Lounge, you will need to make a reservation for a table. Ways to reserve:

  • Call 218-477-2261 and talk to one of our schedulers
  • Stop by the Info Desk (CMU 115) between 9am and 7:30pm and complete a request form
  • Use Virtual EMS to reserve the date and time you want to have a table

Groups with reservations will be provided with a 6-foot long table. The tables will be placed in the same location as before. If you have questions about these changes, please contact the Student Union & Activities Administration Office via email CMU @ mnstate.edu

Renovation Update – New & Temporary Locations

An artist's rendering of views of the new addition. Top picture is looking at the addition as if you were standing near the North Library Doors. The bottom pictures is looking at the addition as if you were approaching the Kise Doors.

An artist’s rendering of views of the new addition. Top picture is looking at the addition as if you were standing near the North Library Doors. The bottom pictures is looking at the addition as if you were approaching the Kise Doors.

The start of construction – May 4 – is getting closer and closer, which makes us more excited every day to begin the next phase of our renovation! We’ve been making plans to move some offices to new locations and to identify temporary locations for other offices and services in the student union. Our goal is to minimize the impact to our campus community during the academic year.

As part of the renovation, International Student Services will move permanently to CMU 116 to share a suite with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. We anticipate the move will occur late in April so that they can get settled into their new space.

Additionally, the Student Union Administration Office will move to a temporary location in CMU 214 and 216 for the summer months. We plan to make the move to our temporary location in early May. We anticipate being into our new office space, CMU 222, by the end of September so that 214 and 216 can return to meeting room space. If you need to make room reservations, our Administration Office is still the place to come!

Another aspect of the student new that is getting a temporary home will be recreation. We have plans to make some changes to the current Union City Seating Area to include pools tables, games, a shuffle board, computers, a TV Lounge, and additional lounge seating. When students arrive for the Fall 2015 semester, the seating area will look much different than it does now! We believe this recreation space will provide the components of the ROC that everyone loves a home while we’re under construction.

We’re looking forward to what the future has in store for your student union – and it all begins on May 4! Remember that this will mean the SW doors (those closest to the Library) will be closed and that part of the parking lot will be used as equipment and material staging space. Don’t worry – we’ll have signage up to remind you of the construction as well as the temporary or new locations for offices and services in  your student union.