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  • Congratulations to the February Dragon Pride Awards winners

    March 4, 2015

    The February Dragon Pride Awards winners are: Student Leader of the month: Peter Thompson (SPECTRUM) Honorable mentions: Sarah Gilbertson (RHA), Katie Aarness (Blackfriars), Megan Avakian (After Dark), and Robyn Oster (Green Dragons). Organization of the month: Minnesota State Paralegal Association Moorhead (MSPAM) Honorable mention: Gamma Phi Beta Organization Advisor of the month: David Paul (Counseling and Student Affairs Organization) Honorable mention: Kari Peterson (Club Sports) Thank you for your leadership and support of student organizations at MSUM, and remember to nominate a leader, organization, or advisor for the Dragon Pride Awards, which are due the last day of each month.

  • Five Finalists for Dean of Education and Human Services to lead open forums in March; first held today

    March 4, 2015

    Dr. Ok-Hee Lee is Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She served as Co-Chair of the School of Teaching and Learning from 2006 until 2014. Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University in 2004, and her M.A. in school administration from Indiana University in 1994. She earned a B.A. in elementary education from Seoul National Teacher’s College in 1988, and was an elementary school teacher in Seoul from 1988 to 1991. She has been at MSUM since 2001. Her open forum is Wednesday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. in CMU 203. Dr. Kathleen Brock is Interim Lead Instructor of Education Research at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She was Vice President of Academics at Minnesota State Community and Technical College /M State in Moorhead from 2011 to 2014. She was Dean of Instruction at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minneosta from 2007 to 2011. Dr. Brock received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from Iowa State University in 1994. She holds an M.A. in adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota and a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Her open forum is Thursday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. in CMU 203. Dr. John Lemberger is Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Dr. Lemberger received his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He holds a M.S. in biology, as well as secondary life sciences certification and a B.A. in biology from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. His open forum is Wednesday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. in CMU 203. Dr. Paul Gore is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Director of the Office of ...

  • Two FREE showings of Big Hero 6 tonight

    March 4, 2015

    The Dragon Entertainment Group presents… two FREE showings of Big Hero 6 on Wednesday March 4th at 6 AND 9pm in Langseth 104 as a part of our monthly movie series. Can’t wait to see you there!

  • Spring Break Send-off Dance to support the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

    March 4, 2015

    Join us on Thursday, March 12th for a Spring Break Send-Off Dance to support the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center. The dance will be held at MSUM in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom. Music will be provided by K-Hook Pirate Radio. This is a Tri-College event so all NDSU, MSUM and Concordia students are welcome to attend. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door and all proceeds will be donated to the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center. So come on out and dance the night away while supporting a great cause at the Spring Break Send-Off Dance!

  • Series of events held next week celebrating Women’s History Month

    March 4, 2015

    Next week there will be a series of events celebrating Women’s History Month: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives. Events next week include: Monday, March 9th from 6pm-7:30 in CMU 205 “Strength From Broken Places: Women and Peacebuilding in Post-Genocide Rwanda” Community lecture featuring Dr. Eddah Mutua-Kombo *Refreshments Provided Tuesday, March 10th from 10am-11:45 in Maclean 269 “Their Words, Actions, and Meaning: A Researcher’s Reflection on Rwandan Women’s Experience of Genocide” Lecture by Dr. Eddah Mutua-Kombo Wednesday, March 11th from Noon-1pm in the Women’s Center “Feminist Filmmaking: Practice and Processes” A Luncheon Lecture with Dr. Kyja Kristjansson Wednesday, March 11th at 4pm-7:30pm in CMU Underground “Arming Sisters” A unique self defense workshop with Patty Stonefish *Refreshments Provided Contact Jennifer Seviour at with any questions pertaining to upcoming Women’s History Month events.

  • MSUM’s Economic Society invites all students to a Graduate and Law School Panel March 26

    March 4, 2015

    Thinking about going to Graduate or Law School? MSUM’s Economic Society invites all students to a Graduate and Law School Panel on March 26th (5 pm in CMU 101). Come learn from experiences of a variety of panelists that include practicing lawyers, paralegal and economics professors, working professionals who attended graduate school, and graduate students. This is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss! Questions? Contact Mira Nkulu (

  • Win a GoPro video camera: Create a one-of-a-kind MSUM thank-you video

    March 4, 2015

    Have a creative side? Love making videos? Show off your talent by creating a one-of-a-kind MSUM thank-you video. The winning video will receive a GoPro video camera. Second place will receive $50 Best Buy gift card and third place will receive $25 to MSUM Bookstore. We would like to see students having fun in creating a one-of-a-kind thank-you video; showing gratitude to donors and how donations have impacted our educations and university. Below are the rules, prizes, and deadline date. Prizes 1st Place winner will receive a GoPro video camera 2nd Place winner will receive $50 Best Buy gift card 3rd Place winner will receive $25 gift card to MSUM Bookstore Deadline: March 16, 2015 by 4:30pm Submitted via YouTube email link to Rules and Regulations ·     Submitted via YouTube ·     Be completed and turned in by 3-16-2015 for judging ·     No profanity ·     Appropriate attire ·     Be no longer than 5 minutes ·     Have the MSUM logo ·     Mention/thank: Alumni, Faculty, staff, Retirees, Parents, Businesses, and Friends of the university ·     Give thanks for at least one item that is funded through donors o Scholarships o Awards to students o Academic competitions o Travel to conferences o Faculty development o Student research This is an opportunity to showcase your talent as well as add to your portfolio. Winning videos will be announced during Dragon Week of Thanks at the Cupcakes and Thanks event held in the CMU Ballroom, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:30-3:00p.m.

  • Dragon Digest and Student News submission reminders

    March 4, 2015

    Please remember to submit your news stories to Dragon Digest and Student News at least one day prior to your desired publishing date. Submissions sent the morning of the day you would like your submission posted may not get published. We are not responsible for late submissions, forgotten attachments, or misinformation.

  • Copy2Print will be closed and WebServices will be unavailable after 2 p.m. today

    March 4, 2015

    Copy2Print will be closed starting at 2 p.m., March 4th for the rest of that day. We will re-open for business at 8 a.m., March 5. During this time, WebServices (Web2Print) will be unavailable for use, as we will be performing a Pageflex Test Migration Data Move. Any jobs sent to Web2Print during this migration will be lost. We will also be updating our Point of Sale Computer prior to our move over to Grier Hall. Please plan accordingly your printing projects for March 4.

  • Economic Society collecting old phones and accessories

    March 4, 2015

    The Economic Society is collecting old phones and accessories for our service project. Donations will be collected in boxes in the following locations: MacLean 380 (Department of Economics, Law & Politics), CMU (close to US Bank ATM), Library (Front Desk), Women’s Center, and Grantham and Nelson Front Desk. We are partnering with the Soroptimist International of Moorhead to collect used cell phones and accessories (chargers, cases, etc.) for clients of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo-Moorhead. Any donated phones in working condition are reset to call 911 only. Phones which are not in working condition are welcomed as the parts will go toward purchasing additional phones. Thank you to all who donated last year. We collected 74 phones and many accessories and hope to collect even more this year! This service project goes on until March! Contact Kofi Boadu ( with any questions or concerns.

  • MSUM students win awards at AAF-ND ADDY Awards

    March 3, 2015

    Three MSUM students won awards at Friday night’s American Advertising Federation’s (AAF-ND) ADDY Awards. The annual ADDY Awards program honors excellence in advertising and cultivates the highest creative standards. It is the only creative awards program administered by the advertising industry for the industry. MSUM students won the following awards: Radio, single, Gold ADDY “Big Muddy Lager Radio” Kaylee Hanowski, copy; Taylor Peterson, producer, voice Minnesota State University Moorhead Television,campaign, Silver ADDY “Big Muddy Lager Branding Campaign” Kaylee Hanowski, designer and copywriter Minnesota State University Moorhead Television, single, Silver ADDY “LARL Commercial” Jordan Maahs, writer, cinematographer, editor, narrator Minnesota State University Moorhead Television, campaign, Silver ADDY “Tools4School” John K. Wander, graphic designer Minnesota State University Moorhead For a full list of AAF-ND ADDY Award winners, click here.

  • Dr. Camille Brandt attended and presented at 67th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

    March 3, 2015

    Dr. Camille Brandt, School of Teaching and Learning, attended and presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education held in Atlanta, Georgia, February 27- March 1, 2015. Dr. Brandt presented with colleagues from the Minnesota State University Mankato, Saint Cloud State University, Bethel University, and the University of South Dakota Vermilion on the topic of teacher candidate recruitment, selection, and retention in response to K-12 district needs.

  • “What lies beneath: Painter portrays our hidden identities”

    March 3, 2015

    Art alumnus (’12) credits his approach to painting instructors at MSUM. By Kris Kerzman on Mar 2, 2015 at 6:52 a.m. The people you see in Micah Koosmann’s paintings are not people as you see them in everyday life. Instead, Koosmann’s dark, richly stylized paintings portray the personalities that lie under those everyday perceptions, laying bare their complex psychologies and sides of them that are rarely acknowledged. Take, for example, “Mr. Charms,” the artist’s contribution to the Winter Carnival exhibition, which wrapped up Saturday at the Spirit Room. A barely dressed man is slumped unceremoniously against a brick wall, his face completely obscured. In juxtaposition of this unflattering and disagreeable posture, he holds three helium balloons in his hand as if he’s just come from a carnival. “This was a personality type I was trying to portray, a riff on the role of the swindler or the player,” Koosmann says. “The more you get to know them, the more you realize that they’re (narcissistic). He puts on this face, but you never get to know the real person.” Koosmann says he’s met plenty of the personality types that he tries to capture in his work. We all have, once we learn more about what lies under someone’s outward­facing self, and it’s something we all do as part of presenting ourselves favorably to others, he adds. A few of these figures are visually based on people from the painter’s life, but he says he usually treats them strictly as models or works from stock photography. But that’s not always the case. Koosmann himself pops up more than a few times in his paintings, and some of his earlier work contained elements of his family life. Still, all of these elements continue to work toward the idea of understanding a person’s more intimate nature, he says. Koosmann’s work will also be ...

  • Viewing party tonight at Buffalo Wild Wings and CMU for MSUM men’s basketball game

    March 3, 2015

    There will be a viewing party on Tuesday night for the Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball team’s game against Augustana at 7:30 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead, Minn. Students, there will be a viewing party tonight for the MSUM men’s basketball team’s game against Augustana at 7:30 p.m. at the Comstock Memorial Union, Rec and Outing Center! The Dragons will meet the Vikings in the NSIC/Sanford Health tournament championship game at that time at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. If you can’t attend the game or the viewing party, there are several options to catch the Dragons on Tuesday night. The game will be telecast live on Midcontinent Communications cable channel 622 (high definition) or channel 26 (standard definition). Live video and live audio broadcast with Dragon broadcaster Steve d’Eustachio can be found here. Those links are also available on the Dragons’ mobile app. For more information on Tuesday’s viewing party, contact Gloria Riopelle at (218) 477-5824 or at

  • LaserFest 2015 continues

    March 3, 2015

    Haven’t been out to experience the planetarium in a completely different way? Come out today through Sunday to rock out under the dome! Tonight’s line-up: 7:00 PM Laser Pop 8:00 PM LaseRetro 9:00 PM U2 10:00 PM Laser Vinyl 11:00 PM Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of the Moon Students are only $5! Get tickets at the door or online at the box office!

  • Afro-Cuban conga drummer to shake the stage

    March 3, 2015

    GRAMMY-nominated Pedrito Martinez Group features up-beat Afro-Cuban Music The timing is terrific! Cuba and the United States are “speaking” again. Doesn’t matter whether you think that’s good or bad, because The Pedrito Martinez Group has been in New York City since 2005 anyhow, selling out every performance and attracting musicians from all over the world, including, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Ruben Blades, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name just a few. The group was nominated for best album in the Latin Jazz category of the 2015 GRAMMY awards, and Pedrito himself was just named the #1 percussionist of 2014 by Jazz Times Magazine! Martinez and his band perform in Moorhead on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. on the Hansen Theatre stage in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Martinez sings and plays conga drums. Another drummer and two others on piano and bass complete the group, for lively rhythms and melodies that include elements of jazz, African music and flamenco. The music is upbeat. Dancing is unavoidable, for the musicians and for the audience, at least in places where people are comfortable letting go a little. If you’re not familiar with Martinez and his group, here’s a little background: Martinez was a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with which he recorded two albums and toured the world. His current group has appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Apollo Theater, Newport Jazz Festival, globalFest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, TED Conference, Montreal Jazz Festival, The Red Sea Festival, Montreux Jazz Fest, Sydney Festival, Bonnaroo, SF Jazz, Yoshi’s/San Francisco, London Jazz Festival, Umbria Summer and Winter Jazz Festivals, North Sea Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival/San Francisco, Festival Internationale, Carnaval on the Mile, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Barbican/London ...

  • Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents “How we (ab)use your math” tomorrow

    March 3, 2015

    While physics makes heavy use of mathematics compared to other disciplines, most of what a physicist does is closer to advanced arithmetic than pure mathematics. We frequently abuse mathematical concepts and teach our students to do the same in the interest of developing their physical intuition. Ironically, the most useful parts of mathematics are often the ones that students perceive to be the most abstract and least applied. In this talk we will discuss the main ways that math is used in the physics curriculum, with a frank admission of the liberties we routinely take with mathematical concepts. Wednesday, Mar. 4 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Bridges 268 By Dr. Matthew Craig, MSUM

  • Third annual Ethics Day is March 5

    March 3, 2015

    Please join us for the 3rd annual ETHICS DAY on March 5 in the CMU Ballroom. Lunch will be provided to first 100 participants starting at 11:45 a.m. – panel begins at noon. Join us to hear how real life ethical dilemmas are handled in the business/healthcare world.

  • Forum editorial: Important donation for MSUM

    March 3, 2015

    February 25, 2015 | INFORUM Brick by brick, the Hebron Brick Co. built itself up from humble beginnings in Hebron, N.D., to the Fargo-based multifaceted multistate company that it is today. The company, which is more than 100 years old, does a lot more than brick, but its signature products can be found in buildings large and small throughout North Dakota and the nation, including Fargo’s Fargodome. The strong and enduring brick is an appropriate symbol for the ability of the company’s chief executive to give an extraordinarily generous gift to Minnesota State University Moorhead. The donation to MSUM from CEO Rodney Paseka and his wife, Carolyn, is a milestone for the university and a tangible expression of support to college students. The $5 million will go primarily for scholarships, but also for research, faculty, and program development at MSUM’s business school, which has been renamed the Paseka School of Business. A 1971 graduate of MSUM, Rodney Paseka emphasized that his purpose in donating to the school was not his name on the business school. “This is less about me than it is those students,” he said during a Tuesday ceremony on campus. He wants the scholarship money to address one of the knottiest problems students face: keeping out of debt. The Pasekas hope others of means will be inspired by their gift and “pay it forward” by creating scholarships. The donation is a big deal for MSUM, not only as a boost for the business school but also as a message for students. Paseka himself, as an MSUM alumnus, is an example of what can be done with an education from MSUM. His success speaks for itself. But in addition, the generosity he and his wife have extended to the school is a real-word expression of a business person’s faith in the university. ...

  • The Library seeks graduate student to act as evening supervisor

    March 3, 2015

    Position Description Position Title: MSUM Library Evening Student Supervisor Position Purpose: The Evening Student Supervisor is responsible for the student staff and services at the Circulation/Reserves Desk during evening hours. The Evening Student Supervisor provides circulation support; issues/renews library cards; assists patrons; processes electronic reserves, and checks in/out and renews library materials. Assistance is provided to library patrons in the basic use of the tools that provide access to the collections. The Evening Student Supervisor enforces library policies and resolves routine complaints; assists with opening/closing library; directs projects from library faculty/staff; services photocopiers, assists with student payroll and helps with electronic course reserves. Hours: Evenings, Sunday-Thursdays. Some day time hours required, weekly meeting with Public Services Librarian or Circulation Hours may vary during summer and holiday periods. Flexibility in scheduling is essential. The start date for this position is negotiable but the employee will need to begin work sometime between April 15th and May 1st, 2015.   Reports to: The Evening Student Supervisor will report to the Library Chair. Definite work objectives are set, but the methods of performing tasks are frequently left to the judgment of the employee with the Public Services Librarian and the Circulation Technician providing technical training, occasional supervision or advice. The Evening Student Supervisor will oversee the work of the Student Assistants in the evenings.   % if time        Examples of Typical Duties and Responsibilities   70        Performs all activities associated with daily circulation/library operations: Supervises Student Assistants Oversees and assist with operations of service counters (Circulations/Reserves). Supervises as part of regular evening duties – stack maintenance and re- shelving of library material, sorting and re-shelving returned Resolves patron problems related to Handles equipment malfunctions, as warranted (photocopiers, microfiche copier, microfilm readers, ) Backup book check-in/discharging. Assists with closing and securing library   20        Performs other duties such as: Assists with course reserves. Assists with search This may necessitate going to the stacks on a limited ...

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