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Tennis Shoes and Carpet… Little Things Matter!

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Just finished a two day gig at the National College Fair in Minneapolis, MN recruiting possible future SMSU Mustangs. Kids from all walks of life and of all ages come to this event. Yes, even sixth graders from AVID schools come to the college fair. They are so cute!

Hanging out with the Admissions folks from SMSU is always pleasurable…even though we stand for hours and hours and hours and more hours. Thank you very much for including that lovely black, thick carpet found in our booth underneath our feet! 😉 It’s those little things like that carpet that make a HUGE difference for those of us standing there that long.

Below are a few of those little things that made a huge difference for us recruiting, and really…for all of us in life:

Smiles: Cole, Nya, Sam, and Aileen…your smiles enticed those future Mustangs over to our booth. There wasn’t a moment during all our hours at that College Fair that you four current Mustangs weren’t smiling. We ‘older’ people talked about it a lot and kept saying how cheerful you four were! We are proud of you for that! Even Matt told of how his heart melts every time his 4-month old sweet baby girl smiles at him. Keep smiling everyone!!! It is the one thing we all do in the same language! 🙂

Water Bottles: Water wets the whistle. And after talking that much with all those prospective students, we needed to keep our whistles wet! Thanks, Sam, for carrying the case of water bottles over to the convention center. Luckily for you, Allan was right behind you to pick up your name tag. Inside joke!! 🙂

Tennis Shoes: There is NO shame in wearing tennis shoes with a dressy outfit. Especially when it is no secret that you will be standing that long. Ladies…your flats were cute, but your blisters after those long hours on your feet weren’t so attractive. 😉 Comfort trumps fashion every time. Those black and orange tennis shoes that were making their mark on our cushy black carpet were stylin’ though. And speaking of carpet…

Cushy Carpet: The cushy black carpet was SO worth it! Our feet and legs and backs hurt enough WITH the carpet being there. Can’t imagine what it would have been like without the carpet beneath our soles. Thank you, Admissions, for investing that little extra (or a lot extra$$) to put that cushion below us.

Sincerity: Passion is in the hearts of those of us who recruit. Sharing with those prospective students that they WILL love SMSU if they just come visit us is expressed with sincerity. We all honestly believe that SMSU is where future college students belong. Come join our family. And we say that sincerely!!

Thanks for the recruiting opportunity, Admissions Office. We in the School of Education extend our abundant gratitude to YOU for all the hard work you do for our university! And for all those little things you do that make a HUGE difference! MUCH appreciated! 🙂

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Stay Calm & Lead On!
Profs Dr. C. & Dr. V.

Coming Home: SMSU ~ Where You Belong!

SMSU Homecoming ED Alumni EMSP 2014

Homecoming…the great American tradition. According to several hits on Google, the tradition of homecoming started in Missouri when Mizzou’s Athletic Director invited all alumni to ‘come back home’ for the football game in 1911. Some say that homecoming dates back to the late 1800s with the Harvard/Yale football game. Whatever the case may be, homecoming still dominates high schools and universities across the nation today. The main focus for all homecomings—to reconnect with people and places.

We certainly did just that! We reconnected with places and people and what a great weekend it was! Time flies by when you are having fun – and we did! Homecoming is always a blast. As one alumnus tweeted today: What a fun weekend in Marshall for @SMSUStangs homecoming ’14. Great seeing the friends again. Makes me miss Marshall a lot! What a blast.

Between the two of us, we hit just about every event. Wish you could have been here with us at all these great activities:

University Gala Ball: Our first major discussion between the two of us was how to pronounce gala. GA-la long a or gah-la short a? It doesn’t matter…from our pre-gala gathering to the silent auction, exquisite dinner, live auction, and finale of dancing the night away, this event raises dollars for our SMSU students. What a fun way of contributing to SMSU scholarship funds and being able to hang out with friends.

SMSU Gala group 2014      SMSU Gala friends 2014

First Annual SMSU School of Education Alumni Event: Calling all Education Alumni: Donuts, coffee, and apple cider were served along with a sign-up for the $50 dollar door prize to our book store. Congrats to Mrs. Howie who was our first ever door prize winner this year. Who will it be next year?

SMSU Homecoming ED Alumni event 2014

Parade: The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a parade. Our students participated in the parade to support the Education Minnesota Student Program (EMSP) Organization. The theme of this year’s homecoming was “Rise of the Mustangs” so as future teachers, we tweaked the saying to “Rise of the Future Mustangs” and many little ones rode on the float with us.

 SMSU Homecoming parade 2014

 SMSU Tailgating Festivities & Football Game: Inflatables, food, and fun! Great chance to see friends and a great American football game. This is how it all started after all! By the way – the Mustangs beat the Upper Iowa Peacocks 28-25. (A little birdie told us they were undefeated before this game.) Way to go, Mustangs!

SMSU Homecoming 2014 alumni

Dueling Pianos: Just in case we didn’t have enough celebration and fun – the SMSU Alumni Association hosted 176 Key Dueling Pianos at the Mercantile located at Bello Cucina. All who came to join the fun received a glass mug with the homecoming logo – Rise of the Mustangs. Great keepsake and reminder of a memorable time had by all!

Rise of the Mustangs

Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony: There were many student-athletes recognized at the annual awards ceremony. These student-athletes have earned great athletic and academic achievements this past year, and represented SMSU well. Important to note there were 72 scholar-athletes recognized for their academic scholarship. This was the largest group of student-athletes in a year to ever to be recognized at SMSU for their accomplished studies with the highest average GPA.  We are proud of them!

 SMSU Celebration of Excellence 2014

 Soccer Match: With the sun shining, why not catch a soccer match?! It was a bit windy, but the Mustangs won 2-0 against U of M – Crookston. We did not grow up soccer players, but those ladies seem to sure know what they are doing. Wow – can they run!? We were wiped just watching them. 

SMSU Homecoming soccer 2014

Vacuuming: The last event for the weekend was not grading or school work. It was… vacuuming. It was the grand finale to “coming home” for the weekend after being out and about for most of it. We disputed this event because only one of us did this. 🙂  “Vacuuming can wait ‘til later…much later! –Wendy’s words of wisdom (Don’t worry, Mom, I was the one who vacuumed! –SV)

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There were so many wonderful homecoming events to attend; this list identified just a few as we could not physically make it to all of them. We are pleasantly exhausted. We do need to leave you with a final homecoming remark, however.

Happy Homecoming everyone!  🙂 Enjoy your time –wherever you are. Remember it is the people and places who make all the difference in life. Now – it is time for a nap! 🙂 

Stay Calm & Lead On!
Profs ~ Dr. C. & Dr. V.