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  • Power of Prose

    March 27, 2015

    Professor’s passion documented in writing BY DANIELLE REBEL Merrie Sue Holtan is more than a professor in the School of Communication and Journalism. She’s a freelance writer, experienced baton-twirler and avid volunteer. Her vibrant personality is central in all she does, especially when it comes to the art of storytelling. “I call myself a story catcher,” Holtan said. “It’s from a book I love about the ability of listening and finding people’s stories, then I get the privilege of telling those stories. As a result I have hundreds of stories wrapped up in who I am because of all these people.” Finding the elusive story Always looking for an untold story, Holtan found inspiration in Nancy Burgraff, a Roseau, Minn., woman who greatly impacted the world of hockey. “Power and Stride: The Nancy Burggraf Story,” follows Burgraff’s life as she made a name for herself in the male-dominated sport. “She worked with the Sioux, the Winnipeg Jets, the Blackhawks and vast amounts of hockey players as a power-skating coach,” Holtan said. “And people didn’t know about her. Something called to me and didn’t let me go, so I had to do it. The entire process of making the documentary and getting the book published in 2009 took 10 years.” Burgraff lost her battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1999—just as Holtan began documenting her life. Holtan’s passion for Burgraff’s story has not faded. She is in the process of pitching “Power and Stride” to be produced as a made-for-TV movie. Though she has had limited success so far, doing so is the ultimate goal. The ever-supportive coach It is not mere chance that many of Holtan’s writings focus on the power of coaching. She considers her teaching style to be such, and her students agree they benefit all the more because of it. “My only goal has always been ...

  • Humphers-Ginther presented at Intro to Arts & Aging Workshop

    March 27, 2015

    Dr. Sue Humphers-Ginther, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Gerontology Program Coordinator, presented a session on “Myths and Realities, Demographics, and the Aging Brain” at the Intro to Arts & Aging Workshop on March 25 at the Plains Art Museum. Similar workshops in Minnesota communities are designed for artists, arts and cultural organizations, health providers, caregivers, and senior-serving organizations and include interactive demonstrations of the ArtSage interdisciplinary, multi-modal approach taught by master teaching artists. Participants learn about the latest research supporting the multitude of benefits of arts participation for older adults, network with others in their communities interested in the field of arts and aging, and connect with resources to support efforts to integrate the arts into programming.

  • Carl Oltvedt exhibiting “A Delicate Balance” at the Groveland Annex

    March 27, 2015

    Carl Oltvedt, faculty in the School of Visual Arts, is currently exhibiting “A Delicate Balance” at the Groveland Annex in Minneapolis. His work was recently covered in the Star-Tribune.  This exhibition reflects his continued interest in working directly from life. His intimate relationship with his subjects – whether they be the forest and streams near the North Shore or the landscapes of his favorite Minneapolis parks – are revealed through extraordinary draftsmanship and small, painterly brush strokes. His careful observations are depicted with thoughtful details: dappled sunlight on a park bench; a young woman bent over pooled water, the rosey sunset reflected beneath her; spongy moss growing on a fallen tree. The show is on display until April 18, 2015. The Groveland Annex is located at 25 Groveland Terrace in Minneapolis. More information about the show is available at the links below:

  • Denis DiBlasio takes the stage with MSUM Jazz Ensemble tonight

    March 27, 2015

    Baritone saxophone and flute artist Denis DiBlasio takes the Glasrud Auditorium stage in Weld Hall Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m., backed by the MSUM Jazz Ensemble. DiBlasio directs the jazz program at Rowan University in New Jersey. He is also the Executive Director of The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz at Rowan. With nine recordings of his own, along with published texts, arrangements, and compositions, DiBlasio is known throughout the world as a performer and educator. For five years, he worked with Maynard Ferguson, also touring on his own during that time. He continues to travel around the world performing and teaching. DiBlasio will also lead a clinic on jazz improvisation the same day at noon in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. The clinic is free and open to the public. On Saturday, March 28, at 8 p.m. DiBlasio performs with MSUM jazz faculty members at Studio 222, located at 222 Broadway in downtown Fargo. Tickets for that event at $10 and are available at the door. For tickets to the Friday concert, go to, or call the MSUM Box Office at (218) 477-2271 Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or buy at the door before the performance. Tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students. For more information, contact Tom Strait at (218) 477-4096, or

  • Tech Talk – O365 & OneDrive: today at 12:05 p.m. via WebEx

    March 27, 2015

    FREE Microsoft Office on all of your devices & 1 terabyte of cloud storage allow you to create documents, spreadsheets & presentations from anywhere. Watch the 45second video! Video Link: The WebEx link and all supporting information for the session is in the Tech Talk course within D2L. Additionally: The March 13th Tech Talk titled “Quizzes” was recorded and is available for viewing. If you think you are a master of the quiz tool I encourage you to take the 10 question quiz on the quiz tool to prove your understanding. The recording and quiz are both in the D2L Tech Talk course under Materials | Content. If you need access to the Tech Talk course email

  • Religious Studies Speaker Series continues with “Early Modern Superstitions on Stage”

    March 27, 2015

    2014-2015 Religious Studies Speaker Series 1 April 7 PM Langseth Hall 118 Dr. Verena Theile, NDSU, English, to present “Early Modern Superstitions on Stage.”

  • Information meeting for the Spring 2016 Hiroshima Peace Studies Tour

    March 27, 2015

    The Hiroshima Peace Studies Tour is a LASC 8 (Global Studies) 3 credit course that will be offered Spring 2016. Come find out more about the tour on either of these dates: Tuesday, March 31, 4:30 pm Hagen Hall 325. Thursday, April 2, 4:30 pm Hagen Hall 325. A brief presentation regarding the trip will be given, followed by a question/answer session. Course description: The only nuclear weapons ever used in war were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. After pre-trip preparatory meetings to lay scientific, historical, and cultural foundations, the class will travel to Hiroshima, Japan during Spring Break 2016. The class will visit the Peace Park and Peace Museum. Talks by scholars from Hiroshima University on peace studies topics, and others, will be presented. The rich culture of Japan will also be discussed through visits to historical and cultural sites, such as Hiroshima Castle, and the island of Miyajima.

  • MSUM Rock Climbing Club heads to UND

    March 27, 2015

    The MSUM Rock Climbing Club is heading to Grand Forks Saturday, March 28 to compete in the “Dirty 30″ climbing competition on the UND campus. This is the first time MSUM will be particpating in the competition at UND but the club is ready! Competition starts at 10:00am with finals starting around 2 p.m. The club hopes to place in this event to help showcase their talent and #DragonPride.

  • Percussion Ensemble Gets Dramatic

    March 27, 2015

    The MSUM Percussion Ensemble, inspired by  Broadway groups like “Stomp!” and “The Blue Man Group,”  presents a show called “Lights, Camera, Drum!” on Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. on the Hansen Theatre stage on then MSUM campus. The concert features drumming, drama, lighting effects, music, and motion.  Percussionists will use everything from snare drums and marimbas to cigarette lighters, balloons, cardboard boxes, and even hand-made “tubulum” percussion instruments custom built by local instrument designer Chris Dew. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door or online via For more information, contact Kenyon Williams at (218) 477-4610 or

  • Participate in open forums for Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations candidates

    March 27, 2015

    Please participate in the upcoming open forums for Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations candidates. Monday, March 30: Amanda Parpart (currently at Dakota State University) 3:30-4:30 Open Forum (CMU 227) Thursday, April 2: Steve Fox (currently at MSUM) 3:30-4:30 Open Forum (CMU 227)

  • “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” April 1

    March 27, 2015

    The Dragon Entertainment Group’s Monthly Movie series features The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Two showings on Wednesday, April 1st at 6 & 9pm in Langseth 104.

  • Volunteers still needed for Woodlands and High Plains Powwow on Saturday

    March 27, 2015

    The Powwow will be held this Saturday, March 28, in the Memorial Auditorium on the Concordia College campus. The powwow is a collaborative event held annually, sponsored by MSUM, Concordia, M-State, and NDSU. Volunteers are still needed in the following areas: Admissions/Greeters: assist elders as needed, greet guests, direct volunteers to info table, sell tickets and stamp hands of guests as needed, greet guests, direct volunteers to info table, s Parking Attendants: help elders, those with disabilities, vendors, etc. into auditorium, direct traffic to parking spots Hospitality room: keep hospitality rooms stocked and orderly, assist volunteers as needed Security: Answer questions, maintain safety and security Floaters: assist powwow committee as needed, keep areas clean, run errands for vendors, fill-in volunteer roles as needed Information table: hand out programs, check in volunteers, direct volunteers to where they are needed, answer general questions Feast: bring meals to elders, vendors, and drum groups (elders first) Tear down/clean up: clean up and tear down after event If you would like to be a volunteer at the powwow, please go to the volunteer website to register:

  • Nominate someone for a Dragon Pride Award

    March 27, 2015

    The Annual Dragon Pride Awards are open for nominations! This is your chance to recognize incredible students, programs, student organizations and organization advisors because we’ll be giving away 14 different awards! Six awards will be given to individuals. Five programs will receive awards. Three awards will honor organizations. The nominations don’t take long to complete – in fact, you could even do so during one of your organization’s meetings! So nominate yourself, your organization, another Dragon, another organization or a fabulous event/program for an Annual Dragon Pride Award! Nominations are online at Nominations are due April 7 and awards will be presented on April 22 at 7pm in CMU 101.

  • No. 4 MSUM Men’s Historic Season Ended by No. 3 Bellarmine in Elite Eight, 92-75

    March 26, 2015

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball team’s historic season came to an end on Wednesday night as the No. 4-ranked Dragons fell to No. 3-ranked Bellarmine, 92-75 in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight quarterfinals at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. MSUM, which a school record for most wins in a season on its way to the Elite 8, ended the year at 35-4, while Bellarmine improved to 31-3 with the win. Read more about the game at Congratulations on an exceptional season, Dragons! Urbane Bingham (35) goes up for two of his 12 points during Wednesday’s game. (Photo by David Arthur)

  • CDC and Housing and Residential Life hosting Career Carnival Program

    March 26, 2015

    The Career Development Center in conjunction with the Housing and Residential Life Department will be hosting a Career Carnival Program on Thursday March 26, 2015 from 4-6PM in the West Snarr Main Lounge. Come out for a night of games, food and fun all with a career twist.

  • Spanish Club and The Film Loop showing “Pan’s Labyrinth” tonight

    March 26, 2015

    The Spanish Club and The Film Loop will present a captivating film that have won important awards around the world. Pan’s Labyrinth, is based in the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. When: March 27th @ 6pm Where: CMU 203 FREE POPCORN

  • Free food and comedy tonight

    March 26, 2015

    Tonight at 7 p.m. in the CMU Underground is the Women’s History Month event “Comedy Night with Jessica Sele.” Free to the community and free food will be served prior to the show at 6:30. Facebook event

  • Graduate and Law School Panel today at 5 p.m.

    March 26, 2015

    Thinking about going to Graduate or Law School? TODAY at 5 pm in CMU 101 there will be a Graduate and Law School Panel hosted by the Economic Society (FREE FOOD!). Come learn from the experiences of a variety of panelists that include practicing lawyers, paralegal and economics professors, working professionals who attended graduate school, and graduate students. Come and invite your friends!!

  • Chat with peer advisors on advising and registration questions

    March 26, 2015

    Do you have questions about advising or registration for the Summer or Fall semesters? Chat with MSUM Peer Advisors this week at information tables in Flora Frick, Langseth, CMU and Kise common area. Peer Advisors can answer questions on preparing to meet with your advisor, checking your registration window, reviewing your Degree Audit Report and more. See you there!

  • Focus on Faculty Luncheon on Friday

    March 26, 2015

    This week’s luncheon from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Faculty Development Center will be a roundtable discussion among faculty about Charting the Future. As always, a delicious soup will be provided. Stop by by when you can!

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