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There’s still time to register your kids for July College for Kids & Teens courses

Posted on July 02, 2015

Registration is still open for the July College for Kids & Teens courses. Visit to check out the schedule and descriptions for open July courses. 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. Read the rest of this entry →

Scholarship fund established in tribute to Kvalvog boys

Posted on July 02, 2015

MSUM and the Moorhead community are deeply saddened by the tragic accident claiming the lives of two Moorhead boys. Brothers Zachary and Connor Kvalvog were the only children of alumni Ray (’84 Business Administration) and Kathie (’98 Political Science) Kvalvog. Zachary, a senior at Park Christian high school was interested in attending MSUM and continuing in his parents footsteps as Dragons.
Staff and friends have established a scholarship fund in tribute to the Kvalvog boys. Memorial gifts may be directed to the Alumni Foundation.

Administrative realignment of three offices occurs today

Posted on July 01, 2015
To enhance student services and success, and better coordinate departmental goals and objectives, the following administrative alignments will be effective July 1, 2015.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Jennifer Aranda, director, will report to Chief Diversity Officer Donna Brown.
The MSUM Bookstore, Kim Samson, supervisor, will report to the Division of Finance and Administration, Jean Hollaar, vice president.
The Office of Campus Sustainability (vacant) will report to the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Yvette Underdue Murph, vice president.


Summer Cinema Series Opens with Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid”

Posted on July 01, 2015

Mondays in July feature silent films

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Summer Cinema Series enters its 39th season with a silent comedy-drama, a silent sci-fi drama, a silent drama-romance and an evening of silent comedy short films. Read the rest of this entry →

President Blackhurst to speak at TEDxFargo

Posted on July 01, 2015
TEDxFargo – it’s more than a conference.On top of taking in big ideas worth spreading from our 20+ speakers, your TEDxFargo ticket gets you lots of other perks. We’ll keep your body and mind nourished all day long, providing you endless caffeine and hydration, light breakfast, full lunch, delicious snacks and more. This year’s TEDx theme is WONDER … a place where probability is suspended and possibility is born.
TEDxFargo is proud to introduce to you three (of many!) speakers that focus on education.Are you an #AnneFan? We are! Meet Dr. Anne Blackhurst:
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Lines&Notes performers Kevin Zepper and Terrie Manno are featured at Teacher Training Institute

Posted on June 30, 2015

Poet and spoken-word artist Kevin Zepper and pianist Terrie Manno were guest performers at Prairie Public Television’s Regional Arts, History Culture and STEM Teacher Training Institute that took place at Concordia College on June 23 – 24, 2015. Their hour-long performance included many of their signature collaborative works, plus two pieces that they developed and created on-the-spot with help from the sixty K-12 teachers in attendance. Read the rest of this entry →

Get tickets to Cats – playing June 23-27

Posted on June 25, 2015

Cats ~ June 23-27

The final show of the season is the hit musical Cats. The show runs June 23 to 27 on the Hansen Theatre stage. Cats is one of the longest-running musicals ever. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, it tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles. Cat’s introduced the song standard “Memory.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alumnus, Troy White, presenting at “How to Survive: A Conversation” this weekend

Posted on June 25, 2015

Troy White, an MSUM mass communications graduate of 1996, is a featured presenter for this weekend’s “How to Survive: A Conversation” event surrounding the release of the book “Authentic Voices: How We Survive” and 10-minute film screening by the same name.

White will be speaking Friday night. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Richard Barry Hall (811 2nd Ave. N. Fargo, ND) June 26, 2015. “Authentic Voices: How We Survive” features hope-filled messages from survivors of childhood abuse, and audience members will be encouraged to join the conversation about how we survive the challenges in our lives. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM’s 2015 Prairie and Woodland Native Nations Fieldschool was held earlier this month

Posted on June 25, 2015

MSUM’s 2015 Prairie and Woodland Native Nations Fieldschool was held from June 13-21. During the nine day trip students, under the direction of Anthropology Professor Erik Gooding, visited and undertook research at historical landmarks and tribal and regional museums as well as interacted with tribal administrators, tribal members, and elders from the Sauk Nation of Kansas and Nebraska, the Iowa Nation of Kansas and Nebraska, and the Meskwaki Nation of Iowa. Students work focused on geospatial studies, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

Psychology department has added two new courses

Posted on June 25, 2015

The Psychology department has added two new courses to the Fall 2015 schedule. These courses are open to psychology majors and non-majors and will appeal to students across many disciplines. Read the rest of this entry →

Get Involved with Dragon Welcome Week!

Posted on June 24, 2015

Registration is now open to get involved with Dragon Welcome Week including Sidewalk Cafe on Saturday, August 22nd. It is a great way to advertise your organization or department and get students involved.

Other ways to get involved and reach out to new students are Welcome Week Swag Bags, helping on the move-in crew and having a skit during campus capers. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Lisa Stewart, School Psychology, presents at statewide RTI conference

Posted on June 19, 2015

Dr. Stewart presented a session on “Increasing English Language Arts, Math and Academic Language Skills through a Focus on Vocabulary” at the 5th Annual ND RTI/MTSS conference June 8-10, 2015. Dr. Stewart also led the Action Planning session at the end of the conference. Over 330 educators attended the conference, held at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, ND.

Anna Arnar, School of Visual Art, published an essay in a book titled “+ Que 20 Ans Après”

Posted on June 19, 2015

Anna Arnar, School of Visual Art, published an essay in a book titled “+ Que 20 Ans Après” published by the Sternberg Press in Berlin. Edited by Sabine Folie, former director of the Generali Foundation in Vienna, the book explores the legacy of Mallarmé in conceptual art of the 20th and 21st centuries. For more information see

School Psychology faculty and Graduate Students part of statewide RTI conference

Posted on June 19, 2015

The 5th Annual ND Response to Intervention/MTSS conference was held in Fargo June 8-10th with over 330 educators from all over North Dakota and the FM area attending. Dr. Lisa Stewart and 8 graduate students in the MSUM School Psychology program volunteered at the event. Dr. Stewart was on the conference planning committee. Dr. Margaret Potter, School Psychology, also attended the conference. Speakers included Dr. Kim Gibbons, Wayne Callendar, and Dr. Don Kincaid as well as several breakout sessions. CHAMPS training by Safe and Civil Schools was also provided at the conference.

Dr. Terrie Manno and the Manno-Dean Piano Duo perform to standing-room-only crowd in Budapest, Hungary

Posted on June 18, 2015

Dr. Terrie Manno, SPA pianist, and her partner Michael Dean gave a solo and duet recital at the historic Franz Liszt Academy Museum in Budapest, Hungary, on June 6, 2015. They performed works by Franz Schubert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ottorino Respighi, and Vincent d’Indy. The audience requested two encores and the piano duo complied with works by Scott Joplin and Johannes Brahms.

Dr. Sean Taylor presented at 15th Annual Reacting to the Past Conference at Barnard College

Posted on June 18, 2015

Dr. Sean Taylor presented at the 15th Annual Reacting to the Past Conference at Barnard College in New York City on June 12, 2015. Dr. Taylor, along with Jan Erik Mustad, co-presenter from the University at Agder, in Kristiansand, Norway, presented their findings on using the role-playing pedagogy “Reacting to the Past” as a tool for English language learning.

Pocket calendar for Fall 2015 available now

Posted on June 18, 2015

The Records Office Schedule Card/Pocket Calendar for Fall 2015 is now available. Feel free to stop by the Records Office in Owens Hall 104 to pick some up.

Minnesota State University Moorhead runs away with Fargo Marathon College Challenge

Posted on June 16, 2015

 The MSUM Dragons scorched the competition as they become the winner of the 2015 Fargo Marathon College Challenge. 

The challenge was part of this year’s tri-college theme where runners made their way through each campus in the F-M area.

MSUM had more students, staff and faculty running in the marathon than any other university.

Steve Fox/MSUM Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations, “Part of our university is about being involved in the community, and that we don’t, students don’t just come here and come to the MSUM bubble. It’s about getting active into the community.”

As the winner, the university will receive $5,000. The money will go toward student scholarships.

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MSUM’s Poco Fuego Steel Drum Quintet to Perform at Regional Libraries

Posted on June 11, 2015

MSUM’s “Poco Fuego” Steel Drum Quintet, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, has been invited by the Lake Agassiz Regional LIbrary Association to perform this coming week in communities throughout Northern Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM archaeology students conducted testing at Regional Science Center

Posted on June 08, 2015

A team of MSUM archaeology students, led by Dr. George Holley, Department of Anthropology and Earth Science, conducted testing at a newly defined archaeological site located at the MSUM Regional Science Center. The archaeological site is buried in alluvial deposits of the Buffalo River and dates back to approximately 8,000 years ago. Read the rest of this entry →

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