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Scheels supports MSUM’s Laps for the Long Run with $1 million pledge

Posted on August 28, 2014

A fundraising challenge at Minnesota State University Moorhead has attracted its first major gift with a $1 million pledge from Scheels. The challenge, Laps for the Long Run, was announced Aug. 20 as an event in honor of the inauguration of MSUM Pres. Anne Blackhurst.  Blackhurst will run 12.5 miles, or 50 laps, around the Ron Masanz track at Nemzek Fieldhouse and has personally pledged $1,000 per lap, or $50,000, to start the challenge.

Yesterday, Steve Scheel, CEO of Scheels, accepted the challenge by pledging $20,000 per lap for every lap up to 50 that Blackhurst runs during the Homecoming Week event.

“SCHEELS has been a good partner with NDSU and Concordia over the years and we look forward to partnering with MSUM and President Blackhurst, to help MSUM become a stronger player in our community of Fargo-Moorhead,” said Steve Scheel. Read the rest of this entry →

Dille Faculty Lecturer Award presentation and reception for Dr. Adam Goyt Oct. 2

Posted on August 28, 2014

Mark your calendars for this year’s Dille Faculty Lecturer Award presentation and reception for Dr. Adam Goyt on Thursday, October 2nd at 4 p.m. in Langseth Hall 118. As part of the event, Dr. Goyt will present “To Infinity and Beyond: Infinity in Culture, Science and Art.”

Congratulations to newly tenured and promoted faculty members

Posted on August 28, 2014

“Please join me in congratulating our newly tenured and promoted faculty members, and wishing them continued success in their careers.” — Michelle Malott, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Read the rest of this entry →

Pam McGee selected to attend Project Management Institute’s meeting in Paris

Posted on August 27, 2014

Pam McGee was one of 12 educator’s across the Globe selected to attend the PMI (Project Management Institute) Global Undergraduate Curriculum Development meeting in Paris on August 13, 2014. The group’s charter is to develop a universal, global road map for anyone teaching an introduction to project management course.

Student Conor Lee, jazz studies, receives Career Development Grant

Posted on August 25, 2014

Jazz Studies student Conor Lee received a Career Development Grant from the Lake Region Arts Council. Lee will use the grant to learn two music composition and editing software programs. Lee works with various styles of rock/pop, jazz, and folk music. He’s written arrangements for various ensembles and has also written and recorded original music for film and 3D animation projects. Read the rest of this entry →

Take Advantage of Library Instruction

Posted on August 25, 2014

As you finalize your fall schedule, please consider including a paper/project or an assignment related library instruction session. Bring your students into our newly renovated space and get them excited about research!!

To schedule a session, e-mail Stacy Voeller, Associate Professor & Instruction Librarian at or visit the instruction website.

Get assistance with distance education classes

Posted on August 25, 2014

With Fall Semester underway, Travis Dolence is offering assistance with your distance education classes. As the Distance Learning Librarian, Dolence can assist you and your students in locating 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

Fall 2014 Religious Studies Speaker Series

Posted on August 25, 2014

22 October: Dr. Annette Morrow, “Baptism as Transformation: the Curious Case of Christianity and Isis”

12 November: Dr. Jeremy Carney, “Aliens at the Altar – American Popular Culture and Religious Freedom”

3 December: Dr. Margaret Sankey “‘God’s Flag is Flying And We Are Wanted’: Religious Propaganda and WWI”

All Events Begin at 7 p.m. in Langseth Hall 118

For further information, please contact

Fall 2014 Start of Semester Reminders from the Records Office

Posted on August 22, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Fall Semester! Before classes begin on August 25, 2014, we encourage you to take a look at the following reminders: Read the rest of this entry →

View the “Why We Have Dragon Pride” video

Posted on August 21, 2014

This morning at convocation, administration, faculty and staff had the pleasure of welcoming incoming freshmen and transfer students into the new school year. During the ceremony, we included this lighthearted video that highlights advice for new students and many of the reasons why we love MSUM and have Dragon Pride!

View the video here.

Share your own reasons for having Dragon Pride with us on Twitter by using #DragonPride and following us @MSUMoorhead.

Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins are on website

Posted on August 08, 2014

The 2014-15 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins are now LIVE on the website. To access the bulletin, go to and click on the right hand link “Explore the Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog.”

As always, if you have questions, please contact the Records Office at 218-477-2565 or
Thank you!

Academic Support Center welcomes new team members

Posted on July 24, 2014

The Academic Support Center welcomes the following individuals:
Clint Bueling has accepted the Academic Counselor/Peer Advisor Coordinator position. Clint was previously in this position on an interim appointment.
Frank (Francis) Oakgrove has accepted the position of Academic Counselor/Student Relations Coordinator for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Frank comes to us from NDSU where he served as their Program Coordinator for Multicultural Programs. Frank will begin at MSUM on July 31.

2014-2015 Academic Department Chairs announced

Posted on July 01, 2014

Michelle Malott, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, announces the 2014-2015 Academic Department Chairs.

2014-2015 Department Chairs

Twitter contest for current students – win a pair of Dragon Pride mittens!

Posted on May 09, 2014

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is happy to announce their new Twitter contest for current students. The contest was developed after current student, Kyle Sarpong, wrote an opinions piece in The Advocate about MSUM’s newest tradition- the Dragon Pride mittens. Kyle was invited to the Admissions Office to discuss the contest and he was very excited about it stating, “It’s a great idea.” Admissions gave him a pair of mittens to show their appreciation. Read the rest of this entry →

Notice of Vacancy: Interim Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Posted on May 08, 2014

Applications and nominations are being accepted for Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This interim appointment will begin July 1, 2014 and extend through June 30, 2015.

The Interim Provost will be the chief academic affairs officer and the second-ranking executive officer of the University, reporting directly to the President and acting on her behalf in her absence. The Interim Provost will provide collaborative leadership and direction for all academic programs while advancing the strategic goals of Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Provost will support, initiate, and promote the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service, which includes strong partnerships in community and economic development. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Anne Blackhurst Named President of Minnesota State University Moorhead

Posted on April 24, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 23, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today appointed Dr. Anne Blackhurst as president of Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2014.

In recommending her appointment, Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor, said, “Dr. Anne Blackhurst has been an outstanding provost for Minnesota State University Moorhead, with a deep appreciation of the university’s unique strengths and the quality of its academic programs. As MSU Moorhead’s president, Dr. Blackhurst will continue to partner with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders to address the critical needs of the university and the Fargo-Moorhead region.”

Dr. Blackhurst has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 2011. Previously, she served at Minnesota State University, Mankato as acting vice president for academic and student affairs from 2010 to 2011, as interim dean and dean of graduate studies and research from 2006 to 2010, as chair of the department of counseling and student personnel from 2000 to 2001 and 2005 to 2006, and as professor in the department of counseling and student personnel from 2004 to 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boise State University, a master’s degree in counseling from the College of Idaho, and a doctorate in college student personnel from Ohio University.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named president of this outstanding university,” said Dr. Blackhurst. “It has been a unique privilege to work with the outstanding faculty, staff and students at MSU Moorhead, and I look forward to continuing in this new role as we deliver on our promise to provide students with the opportunity to discover their passions, the rigor to develop intellectually, and the versatility to shape a changing world.” Read the rest of this entry →

18th Annual Unity Conference, April 16-17

Posted on April 16, 2014

The 18th Annual Unity Conference “Our Historia: Latina/os Making History” will take place April 16-17 at the CMU.

The conference begins Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. with a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame, titled, “Americans in the Treasure House: What the History of Travel to Mexico Can Teach Us About Our Historia.” Read the rest of this entry →

Math students present research at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s

Posted on April 15, 2014

Students Josiah Reiswig and Samuel Erickson presented their research on Aphid Sequences at the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society Conference at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s. Erickson’s and Reiswig’s research involves using the somewhat unusual reproduction behavior of aphids to determine Fibonacci like sequences and their growth rates.

The conference was also attended by students Katie Byer, Brittney Lind, and Holly Sullivan, and math faculty, Adam Goyt.

Students present research at Red River Psychology Conference

Posted on April 14, 2014

Psychology students presented research at the 28th Annual Red River Psychology Conference, hosted by Concordia College.

The following presentations were made:

Madhuri Tiwari and Katie Johnson (with Dr. C. Malone) “Competing Sound and Spelling Information Produce Memory Blocks in Word Fragment Completion”

Samantha Kallberg (with Dr. R. Bergstrom)”Appearance-related Social Norms: How the Thin-Ideal Impacts Opposite Sex Perceptions of Attractiveness” Read the rest of this entry →

Library offers database trials for April

Posted on April 14, 2014

Your opinion is needed. Three educational databases are open to the MSUM community during April on a trial basis. Check them out and tell us what you think–

* Ambrose Digital which streams educational videos
* Credo Reference – a package of online encyclopedias and research material
* Very Short Introductions…” series of book length overviews from Oxford University Press Read the rest of this entry →

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