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  • Math titan earns accolades for teaching, caring at Tech

    May 27, 2015

    MSC alumnus, Robert Boatz, makes a difference in St. Cloud school district  Glimpse at Robert Boatz during a Technical High School sports timeout, and you might see the math teacher reading a book in the stands. It’s an example of “Mick,” as students and colleagues call him, sending a positive message to kids, according to a St. Cloud school board member. “He’s really the consummate educator, in my book,” said Bruce Hentges, former Tech coach and instructor. A prestigious university recently agreed. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology honored Boatz with its outstanding teacher award earlier this month. It gave three high school honors to instructors for improving science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education and encouraging students toward careers in those areas. “It might not be possible to overstate the positive influence Robert Boatz has had on mathematics education in the (St. Cloud) school district or even in his entire state,” read the presentation at the Indiana university. Former students have attested to Boatz’s effects. In 1998, 2002 and 2008 student profiles in the Times, Tech seniors cited the teacher as a favorite. They said: “I really look up to him,” “He really cares about his (students’) lives,” and, “I think he is the greatest math teacher ever.” A current student echoed those thoughts. Sophomore Abby Knight took Advanced Placement calculus this year, a class typically comprised of upperclassmen. It was more challenging than others, she said, but Boatz “is a very good teacher.” He began teaching AP courses in 1994 and uses a unique method of instruction to instill knowledge and prepare kids for tests that potentially determine if they have earned college credit through the classes. “The worksheets are very specific to what we’re doing,” Knight said. Those handwritten assignments have become a sort of signature for the native of Humboldt, a small town in far northwestern Minnesota. The graduate of Moorhead State ...

  • College students’ projects influence area businesses

    May 27, 2015

    By Grace Lyden on May 24, 2015 at 11:28 a.m. MOORHEAD – Gone are the days when a student’s work was confined to the classroom. This past semester at Minnesota State University Moorhead, seven business students served as consultants for two local companies. At North Dakota State University, two landscape architecture students designed an outdoor classroom for the Red River Zoo. “People used to think of college as separate from the real world,” said Julie Sandland, an NDSU senior lecturer who taught the spring Writing in the Design Professions course. Today, that’s no longer the case. More majors require internships, and more classes, such as Sandland’s, resemble internships. “Getting them out into industry, out of the classroom, working with clients, I think is good for them in a lot of ways,” Sandland said. “I was telling students, ‘This can go on your resume, this can be in your portfolio.’ It’s not just a school project. It was a real client.” Landscaping at the zoo For Sandland’s course, students partnered with local nonprofits to design or redesign a space. Ellie Nyquist and Matt Ellingson, both landscape architecture majors, knew they wanted to partner with the Red River Zoo. When they approached Executive Director Lisa Tate, she suggested an outdoor classroom. Nyquist, 22, had never designed an outdoor classroom before, but she and Ellingson both loved animals, so they took it on. They interviewed Tate and other zoo leaders, conducted a site analysis and researched plants that would be nontoxic to animals and children. In the end, their design incorporated a stage for educational presentations, a private entrance for staff, planting to hide the nearby vet clinic and a curved pergola to dapple the hot sun. “I couldn’t have been more impressed,” Tate said. “Every single thing that we asked for, they just knocked it out of the park.” “I was really surprised they ...

  • #HighFiveFriday: How #MSUM2015 Transformed Graduation into a Social Celebration

    May 27, 2015

    Posted On May 22, 2015 By Whitney Nelson In TeamOnsharp At Onsharp, we get excited when others use social media to tell their organization’s story. We love seeing little moments being shared that give people a clear and meaningful understanding of what an organization or business is all about – whether that moment is focused on culture, mission, expertise or more. This week’s #HighFiveFriday shout out goes to my Alma Mater, Minnesota State University Moorhead, for promoting the hashtag #MSUM2015 during Spring commencement. Tweets from graduates, faculty, parents, and friends were featured during the ceremony – giving it a truly personal and interactive feel. This event social media strategy worked because: The hashtag was well-promoted – Prior to graduation, MSUM-related Twitter accounts promoted the use of the hashtag. The University also used signage to encourage social engagement. It created and demonstrated community and culture – Stories of #DragonPride and memories from students’ time at MSUM were common themes throughout content shared using the hashtag. It also gave attendees and graduates the ability to share their accomplishments, photos and congratulations in a fun and authentic way. Tweets were displayed live – There was a live social media feed at the ceremony featuring tweets in real-time. This helped maximize engagement and use of the hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and other social channels. The hashtag was even trending regionally the day of the event. Social media engagement helps attendees feel more connected to what’s happening, while also creating buzz and feedback. View the article

  • Register Today ~ College for Kids & Teens expands offerings to June and July!

    May 26, 2015

    You can still register for fun and engaging courses offered during the summer. For the first time ever College for Kids & Teens is offering classes in June and July for K-12 students. Visit College for Kids and Teens  to check out the schedule and descriptions for this summer. There are new classes: Basics of Rugby, How to give a Sheet a Sunburn (taught be Meghan Duda), 3D Printing and Programming and many more! Many favorites are back as well — Kids and Clay, Grossology, and Paint Like Picasso – just to name a few. A discount is also available this year – Register for 3 and the 4th is FREE. This discount applies to all courses registered for by one family. Finally, there is need-based scholarship money for courses in the Arts. If you have any questions contact Shireen Alemadi, Director of College for Kids & Teens at or 218-477-2579.

  • Nawrot presents research at vision conference

    May 26, 2015

    Lisa Nawrot, Psychology, recently attended the Vision Science Society conference in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. Nawrot presented a poster titled “Oculomotor responses to radial optic flow in infancy”. This research was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and included data from more than 125 infants tested here at the MSUM Child Development Lab. Eight undergraduate student researchers assisted with this project over the past two years.

  • Three students volunteer for Formula E race in Long Beach, Ca.

    May 22, 2015

    MSUM students Kate Sullivan, Waylon Macek and Ben LeMay made the journey to Long Beach, Ca., for the Formula ePrix race. They volunteered to help with the event and were interviewed for the Formula E website. INSIGHT: Volunteering for Formula E Long Beach|30 Apr 15 Motorsport inhabits a glamorous world. Fast cars, cutting-edge technology, high-end hospitality. But for all the star-studded parties and exotic travel, the races themselves require an army of staff, working long and hard hours, to make the magic happen. At Formula E, the events wouldn’t be possible without the amazing help of the vast array of volunteers, who generously give their time in exchange to be part of the show. As the world’s first all-electric single-seater championship, Formula E offers a unique attraction to those seeking a glimpse behind the curtain. For students in particular, the opportunity to get hands-on experience of working on a live event of the scope and scale of a Formula E race, creates the potential to add a whole new dimension of extra-curricular activities. There might be more than 1500 miles separating Minnesota from Long Beach, but that didn’t deter three students from one of the most northern parts of the USA heading to California to be a part of the Long Beach ePrix. Kate Sullivan, Waylon Macek and Ben LeMay made that journey. Through their studies of electric vehicles, they had been made aware of Formula E and its ambition to inspire electric car development and increased ownership. Determined to be a part of it, they set about securing the funding necessary to underscore their dream. “Once we got the planning process down and we got funding from our first student budgeting committee – that was half the amount – then it was like we are going to do this thing no matter what!” exclaims Macek. “Because we’re a sustainability-oriented organization, we’re ...

  • The Buffalo River Trail Run is June 6

    May 22, 2015

    What is the Buffalo River Trail Run? As you choose the events you will run this season, below are a few things that set the Buffalo River Trail Run apart from many running events in the area. Our run is on a grass trail…….not asphalt. Our route is non-looping…… laps during this race. The scenery showcases the prairie, the woods and the Buffalo River…….not residential neighborhoods. Our event is a pleasant, low-key trail run…… mud pits, no charging hard, no warriors chasing you. So if you are looking for a change of pace or a change of place, the Buffalo River Trail Run on June 6 may be just what you are looking for. Registration is now open.

  • Register today for the June 7 and 8 Dragon Golf Tournaments

    May 22, 2015

    The 2015 Dragon Athletics Golf Tournaments are scheduled on Monday, June 8th for the 36th Annual Dragon Open Co-Ed Tournament and Tuesday, July 7th for the Dragon Women’s Scramble.  Both tournaments are held at the Moorhead Country Club and will feature a shot-gun start, a hole-in-one contest and will provide a fun filled day for all golfers! All proceeds from both events will go towards Dragon Athletics student-athlete scholarship funds.  Contact Gloria Riopelle for sponsorship opportunities at 218-477-5824 or   You can also register your team online at 2015 Dragon Golf Tournaments!

  • QM and Online Course Design professional development deadline today

    May 22, 2015

    There is still time to sign up for QM training and online course design professional development this summer. Four options are available from which you may choose: PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline for the IYOC and APPQMR workshops has been changed to Friday, May 22 at 1pm. Direct any questions to Denise Gorsline ( or Catherine Artac (

  • Parking and Key and Card Access Office closed Monday

    May 22, 2015

    The Parking Office and Key and Card Access Office will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. For immediate assistance from the Department of Public Safety please call 218.477.2449

  • Assistance available for your distance education classes

    May 22, 2015

    With summer semester just beginning, Travis Dolence is offering assistance with your distance education classes. As the Distance Learning Librarian, Dolence is dedicated to helping you and your students locate quality research materials and assistance. Creating online course-specific “pathfinders” or help sheets for Library resources. These online help sheets can be tailored for any class and can included web resources, library databases,books, etc. (see examples at Acting as library liaison for distance learning students. Many students appreciate having a “point-person” to help them with questions and direct them to assistance. Collaborating in course management software (e.g. D2L). Providing library/information literacy instruction. These sessions can be conducted online or in person and may be one-on-one or with an entire class. Travis Dolence

  • Congratulate the 2015 Excellence Award winners

    May 21, 2015

    The following is a list of this year’s Excellence Award winners. 2015 EXCELLENCE AWARD “Excellence in Service to Students” is awarded to Kari Peterson Director of Intramural and Club Sports from her colleagues at Minnesota State University Moorhead 2015 EXCELLENCE AWARD “Excellence in Service to Students” is awarded to Dr. Oscar Flores-Ibarra Professor of Economics from his colleagues at Minnesota State University Moorhead 2015 EXCELLENCE AWARD “Excellence in Service to the University” is awarded to Jonathan Wepking Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Production from his colleagues at Minnesota State University Moorhead 2015 EXCELLENCE AWARD “Excellence in Service to the University” is awarded to Trisha Giddings Dispatch Supervisor from her colleagues at Minnesota State University Moorhead   2015 EXCELLENCE AWARD “Excellence in Service to the Community” is awarded to Anthony Bormann Regional Science Center Outreach Coordinator from his colleagues at Minnesota State University Moorhead 2015 EXCELLENCE AWARD “Excellence in Teaching” is awarded to Kelli Sinner Associate Professor of Visual Arts from her colleagues at Minnesota State University Moorhead 2015 EXCELLENCE AWARD “Excellence in Research and Creative Activity” is awarded to Dr. Han Li Associate Professor School of Business from her colleagues at Minnesota State University Moorhead

  • Chelsea Klemetson holds record high jump

    May 21, 2015

    (WDAY TV) – Chelsea Klemetson is ready for her best jump yet. The former Spud started her collegiate career at Concordia before transferring to MSU Moorhead. She now holds the high jump record at both schools, just setting the Dragons mark at the Masanz a couple weeks ago and heads to her third national meet tomorrow. Chelsea Klemetson- MSU Moorhead High Jump Record Holder: “I just kinda try to focus on the things that I know I can work on like being consistent, making my jumps on the first attempt. I feel a lot more consistent and I feel more in control, I think is the biggest thing. Coming into it now I feel a lot more confident and I know I can focus on what I can do, and I can do well.” WDAY article

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day – May 21, 2015

    May 21, 2015

    Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! The purpose of GAAD is to grow awareness regarding digital accessibility and the people impacted by it. Find out how can you take part.

  • Read Aloud Award Committee Application Deadline May 22

    May 21, 2015

    A reminder that the Livingston Lord Library is looking for faculty/staff who are interested in serving on our children’s 2015-16 book award committee. Committee work includes evaluating new picture books, attending two committee meetings, and in April 2016, ultimately selecting the best read aloud picture books published in 2015. If desired, committee members may also read aloud to children. To receive an application form for committee membership, contact Korella Selzler . Application deadline: Friday, May 22, 2015. Additional information about the Read Aloud Program is available at

  • D2L Brightspace upgrade May 29-30, 2015

    May 21, 2015

    D2L Brightspace will be unavailable to all users (including faculty and students) during the following time period in late May due to a scheduled upgrade to version 10.4.10. Scheduled Downtime (Unavailable to All Users): Downtime Begins: Friday, May 29 – 10:00 p.m. Downtime Ends: Saturday, May 30 – 10:00 p.m. If the upgrade and testing are completed early, the system will be brought up sooner. Status will be posted on the MnSCU System Status page. Please keep this scheduled downtime window in mind as you plan your course work during summer session. Questions? Please contact Instructional Technology at or 218-477-2603 (option 3).

  • Alison Kavanaugh to Join the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    May 19, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that Alison Kavanaugh has been appointed as the new Admissions Processor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, effective June 1, 2015. Ali will bring a wealth of experience to the admissions team that includes admissions processing, campus tour coordination, and office management in a higher education. She also has proficient knowledge of ImageNow, National Clearinghouse, ISRS, Hobsons Connect, and Parchment. She currently serves as an Admissions Officer at North Dakota State University and has served in that role since June 2012. Prior to her role at NDSU she served as an Office Manager at St. Cloud State University. Ali expressed genuine enthusiasm for working in admissions and higher education and excitement about the prospect of joining the MSUM community during her interview. We have no doubt that Ali will be a fantastic addition to our undergraduate admissions team. Please join us in welcoming Alison to MSUM!

  • Reaching Out to Assist the Struggling Student today

    May 19, 2015

    Faculty and staff who work with students who may lack skills and struggle academically are invited to an exchange of information on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00 – 12:55 pm in LI 103. Lunch is provided. In addition to MSUM services, Moorhead’s Adult Basic Education staff and the TRIO program will discuss what they do. A couple of students will also share their struggles and resources they used. Please contact Jolene Richardson at to RSVP by May 14 so we can get a count for lunch.

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day is May 21

    May 19, 2015

    On May 21, we invite you to participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get people thinking about digital accessibility and the people impacted by it. Find out how can you take part.

  • Reminder: Desire2Learn (D2L) name change to D2L Brightspace

    May 19, 2015

    Starting May 30, 2015, our campus will transition from using the name “Desire2Learn” or “D2L” for our learning management system to a new name — “D2L Brightspace.” Please be aware that this change may affect your published content (including instructional materials). Why? In 2014 D2L Corporation announced naming changes to their corporate identity and the learning environment we use for our online and hybrid/blended courses. How will this change affect you? Beginning May 30th, the new name should be used in all campus web sites, communication, and documents wherever Desire2Learn or D2L is mentioned in text. The new Brightspace logo must be used if you added the D2L logo to your materials. If you are a faculty member, please replace “D2L” or “Desire2Learn” with “D2L Brightspace” wherever you used the name in your course materials. Changes should be made for all courses taught beginning Summer 2015 and thereafter. You do not need to make changes to courses taught in previous semesters. If you are not teaching summer courses, you may want to plan ahead and begin making the appropriate changes to your ‘devel’ or Fall courses. The MnSCU System Office released details for faculty regarding this naming change. Please refer to the Faculty Guidance for D2L Brightspace Name Change document for more information. You will receive reminders of this change as we get closer to the transition date. Please contact Instructional Technology at if you have any questions regarding this update.

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