Since we can pretty safely assume you don’t have x-ray vision to see behind the construction walls in the student union, let us give you a peek at what’s happening! The major progress made this week has been getting the sheet rock in place.
We’re making progress on the new C-Store! Yes, indeed, there has been a lot happening behind the walls in the student union with the funny half pink door. In the last two weeks, the contractors have finished off the electrical, put in the major duct work, and nearly finished framing up the new walls!
The east wall will be home to several coolers, which is why there needs to be so many outlets. The duct work in place above the coolers is designed to help the coolers keep, well, cool. When all is said and done, this wall could be your one-stop-shop for any beverage!
Another interesting feature of the new C-store will be the glass storefront. Here you can see the framing for the soffit that will house the glass wall. Using glass on the store front is intended to give the interior of the student union a more open feel with the use of transparent materials.
Plus, with glass walls you’ll be able to see all the tasty treats the C-Store has to offer you! And remember, you’ll be able to use your Dragon Dollars to make purchases at the C-Store.
As the construction crew continues to make progress on the new space, we’ll post updates here! Soon the space will really start to take shape as they begin sheet-rocking during the first part of December.
You may have noticed that there are some extra walls up in the CMU these days–that’s because construction on the C-Store has begun! We’re excited to have Diversified Contractors, Inc. at the helm of the project.
The first step in the construction project, according to Interim Director Layne Anderson, is demolition. The contractor has completed about 95% of the necessary demolition, which included general demolition (such as walls, counters, shelving), mechanical, and electrical.
Anderson warned that there will be some noise associated with the project, especially when the contractor needs to grind down part of the cement floor to prep for the new tiling. Maybe we’ll have to hand out ear plug for students to study!
We are excited to see how progress on the C-Store comes along in the next weeks as they begin framing up the new space.
It’s the best part of the fall – Visit Days! On October 17,18 and 19 MSUM will be welcoming hundred of potential new Dragons to campus. Our Dragon Ambassadors and Admissions Office will show them around campus and let them know just how awesome it is to be a Dragon!
Visit Days means that the CMU sees many, many visitors–and we love it! It’s a fun opportunity to show off our facility and make the potential new Dragons feel at home. Big shout out to our event services staff who make it possible to host so many Visit Day activities in the CMU!
When you see our visitors on campus, be sure to welcome them as part of the Dragon Family and let them know just how much you love being a Dragon!
The best week of the year is almost here! Of course we’re talking about Dragon Homecoming. The Homecoming Co-coordinators Neo Thurston and Darla Hedstrom have been planning a full week of festivities for Dragons of all ages, along with the help of many other staff and students across campus, because as we all know, “Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon.”
There is additional excitement this year surrounding Homecoming–MSUM is celebrating its 125th Anniversary (technically, it’s called a quasquicentennial, for any vocabulary buffs out there!) and we have plans to make this year’s Homecoming celebration one for the books!
A full list of events can be found on the Dragon Homecoming website, and we’ve got a couple we’d like to highlight for you as “You Don’t Wanna Miss This” events.
Monday – 8pm – Nemzek – Don’t miss the Pep Rally and Casino Night. It’s going to be epic.
Tuesday – 7:30pm – Hansen Theater – Comedy Hypnotist Frederick Winters. You could be hypnotized!
Wednesday – 7:30pm – Hansen Theater – Coach Herman Boone. Yep, you heard it right–the coach from “Remember the Titans” is coming to MSUM!
Thursday – 8pm – CMU Ballroom – Johnny Holm Band. Come on out to rock out.
Friday – 9pm – Nemzek Field – Burning of the M. This is one of MSUM’s coolest (or hottest?) traditions!
Saturday -Everything! Color Me Rad at 9am, Parade at 11am, Soccer at 12pm and Football at 2pm.
Need a little something to get you even more excited about all the Homecoming Festivities? Here, just watch these highlights from Homecoming 2012.
Did you know there are more than 120 student organizations at MSUM? Perhaps you saw many of them at DragonFest today, along with many other campus and community partners. (And maybe you even played the CMU carnival-style pool game during DragonFest!)
Student organizations at MSUM are widely varied. Everything from Anime Club to Chemistry Club to Glee Club to Nepali Student Association to Students Today Leaders Forever and so many more! The student organizations range from academic to “just-for-fun” to skills based to cultural to service-based and more. We love that so many student groups use the student union day in and day out for meetings, hang out time, and events. Really, without our students, what would the CMU be?!
If you’re looking for a place to get involved and get connected–the student union is the place to come. Head on up to the Office of Student Activities (OSA) in room 222 to get the low down on all the organizations. Or check out the online listing on the OSA website. If you’re not sure which organization is exactly right for you, Student Organization Specialists Joe and Loveth will be happy to help!
Finally, if you need a little more convincing about why getting involved on campus at MSUM is going to be more than worth your time, don’t take it from us. Let these students tell you.
Ahhhh the academic year has started and it’s so good to have the student union full of students again after the summer! One place in the CMU we’ve been seeing oodles of students is in our Rec & Outing Center, A.K.A. the ROC.
Our pool tables and snooker table are always popular–and there are some real billiards afficionados at MSUM! Feel free to swing by the ROC and try your hand at a game! Or perhaps you are looking for a little more competition–if that’s the case, then we suggest you sign up for the ROC’s Fall Semester Pool League! Only $15 for a semester’s worth of fun. (Schedule for league play will be set after sign up ends Sept. 16.)
Another popular pastime in the ROC is a friendly (or sometimes fierce!) game of ping pong. Check out a couple paddles and challenge your friends to a match. And we should mention that we’ve got a ROC Fall Semester Ping Pong League too–only $10 for the semester!
If pool and ping pong aren’t really your thing, then stop by to play free air hockey, foos ball, chess, checkers and a whole host of board games! Plus we’ve got a computer lab and a TV lounge. Can’t wait to see you in the ROC!
If you’ve ever been in the student union at MSUM, you’ve probably seen or met Karen Mehnert-Meland. She’s full of life, wisdom and compassion, which makes her a perfect fit for a long career in student life!
Today marks exactly 35 years that Karen has been serving the students, staff and faculty at MSUM as a professional, though she’s been a Dragon longer than that. As a student, Karen was involved on-campus and employed in a variety of areas across campus. In 1978 Karen became a Hall Director in Dahl Hall. In 1986 Karen started working part-time as the Assistant Director of the student union when Kathy Allen went on sabbatical. Then in 1991, Karen became the Director of the student union. She has remained in the student union ever since, though she has played interim roles over the years, including the Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs for the last year.
As Karen says, “It’s the people that make coming to work every day that makes me love my job and makes everything worth it.”
Over the last 35 years, Karen has seen many changes at MSUM, many student come and go, and has made many memories here. We can’t thank Karen enough for the 35 years she has given all of us at MSUM and look forward to continuing to serve alongside her, learning from her, and watching her invest in the lives of students and staff. Take a moment to comment below and let Karen know you care!
We may have mentioned this before, but we love students–really, we do! Students are what make the student union fun and a place we all want to be. Our student leaders are an integral part of how the student union and student activities function–we’d probably fall apart without them! So this week we’ve brought all our student leaders together to do some training and start the year off right. Our theme for the week is “The Intersection of Leading and Learning,” which we think is a great representation of the student employment program where students are learning real-life skills to take with them when they graduate.
Do you know any of our student leaders?
First, there are the building managers. These six awesome students help maintain the building, do event set-ups and tear-downs, keep the building safe and secure, and are responsible for closing down the building at night. This year our building managers are Kyle Huewe, Kyle Schulte, Bikash Rai (he goes by Rai), Thaer Alomran, Jake Saurdiff, and Ben Nurmi.
Next, our service area managers help make sure the Info Desk and the Rec & Outing Center (ROC) run smoothly to serve students at MSUM. The Info Desk manager, Mike Sullivan, has taken on the role of making sure all the Info Desk attendants know all the info they need to know. Amanda Hunt is the ROC manager, so she not only keeps the equipment in working order but she also makes sure the ROC staff are trained to serve their customers.
Third is the student union’s Creative Communications Assistant Omar Reyes. Pretty much all things graphic (and awesome!) are Omar’s work. He is instrumental in advertising our services and programs to the campus. We’ve kept him busy throughout the summer and can’t wait to see his designs in the coming school year!
Then comes the Student Senate president and vice president. Kevin Struxness and Austen Farren have dived into student leader training this week with gusto! They’re ready and raring to serve the campus and apply what they’re learning to make MSUM a great place for everyone.
Next up, the Dragon Entertainment Group. Now this eight-member group is responsible for most of the programming and events that happen on campus–as they say, “We are entertainment.” Each student plays a different role in The Group.
- Executive Director Briana Schepper
- Marketing Coordinator Katherine Beneby
- Showcase Coordinator Holly Hoeschen
- Speakers Coordinator Mike Lauer
- Music Coordinator Wes Kramer
- Outreach Coordinator Kelsey Metz
- Public Relations Coordinator Logan Schrader
- Coffeehouse Coordinator Lindsay Eide
The sixth group of our student leaders fall into the Office of Student Activities–they play various roles to help the OSA move forward. Joe Jacobson and Loveth Adizue are the student organization specialist who help student organizations get started, get funding and continue to function according to MSUM’s guidelines. Mike Ratgen is the Volunteer and Community Service coordinator who helps connect MSUM students and organizations to the FM community. (P.S. if you’re looking for places to volunteer, call Mike!) Plus, we have Darla who is one of MSUM’s student homecoming coordinators–watch for all the awesome homecoming things the week of Sept. 23rd!
We’re having a blast this week, learning with our student leaders and getting ready for the year ahead!
We’re so excited for students to come back to campus we can hardly stand it! We’ve been busy over the summer with plenty of changes in the student union that we can’t wait to show off.
First, we are making way for the new MSUM Dining Services owned C-Store. Be excited, you can now use your Dragon Dollars to purchase items! They’ll be opening temporarily in the lower level of the student union in time for Orientation while construction proceeds on their new space next to Subs & Sweets.
Third, we revamped the Admin Office front area to create the new Info Desk. The Info Desk will serve students, staff, faculty and guest of our building by providing help and information (you’d never have guessed that from the name, we’re sure.) In addition to being friendly faces, the staff can send faxes, sell stamps and envelopes, sell discount movie tickets, and provide equipment checkout. We are excited to have transformed the space into a service area that will better serve everyone who uses our building!
Finally, the Rainbow Dragon Center is relocating to room 218. Our maintenance workers Roger, Kevin and Missy are hard at work moving furniture so it will be ready for decorating by the RDC students. The RDC will be ready to welcome students back and show off thier new space by participating in the Dragons AfterDark event on August 23rd. (P.S. you should really come to the event, it’s going to be awesome– 9pm in the CMU for food, fun, games, and prizes!)
As much as we love Minnesota in the summer, all the staff in the student union are ready to welcome back our students and greet all the incoming students in the next few weeks!