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StarID to replace DragonNet

Posted on September 29, 2014


On Sunday, October 12, 2014, your MSUM DragonNet login will change to your StarID. StarID is a username that is used across MnSCU to access information technology systems and services. This conversion has already occurred for most other MnSCU campuses and will draw us closer to being part of a MnSCU-wide standard where StarID will be used to log into our office work computers, wireless internet (Wi-Fi), computer labs, Desire2Learn (D2L), email, e-Services, and much more.

If you haven’t activated your StarID, please do so prior to October 12th by visiting  Please note that you will need to know your MSUM Tech ID, State Employee Number or Library card barcode and your SSN in order to activate.

Information Technology will begin the conversion process at 9:00 AM on Sunday, October 12th.  Between 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM on October 12th, most network services and systems will be unavailable so please plan accordingly.  If you have questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at or 218.477.2603.

More information will be coming soon.

Final Trinidad abroad interest meeting tonight

Posted on September 29, 2014

Which is better: Fargo in January, or the Caribbean ANYTIME? Find out about MSUM’s first-ever Trinidad Abroad program, Jan. 2nd-12th, TONIGHT (Monday, Sept. 29th) in the CMU Comstock Room (near the Pizza Hut) at 7 p.m. This is your LAST CHANCE to find out about the LASC course attached with the trip, costs, and all the things you’ll learn while spending a week and half in the Caribbean this winter. Can’t make the meeting but would like to be a part of the experience? Contact Dr. Kenyon Williams at or 218.477.4610 to find out how. Deadline to register for the trip is October 1.

Infinity in Culture, Science and Art talk by Adam Goyt Oct. 2

Posted on September 29, 2014

Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyear is NOT the only one who can travel “To Infinity and Beyond.”  You can too! Dr. Adam Goyt, Mathematics, will present “To Infinity and Beyond: Infinity in Culture, Science and Art” on Thursday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m. in Langseth Hall 118, and be honored as this year’s Dille Faculty Lecturer Award Recipient. Refreshments will be served.

Art historian James Elkins presents a lecture on using your eyes Oct. 6

Posted on September 29, 2014

Artist, critic and art historian James Elkins presents a lecture titled, “How to Use Your Eyes and How Some Animals Use Them” Monday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in King Hall Auditorium on the MSUM campus. Elkins’ lecture is part of The School of Visual Arts colloquium lecture series.

Elkins teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After obtaining his graduate degree in painting, Elkins completed his PhD in Art History in 1989 at the University of Chicago. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Some of his books are exclusively on fine art (What Painting Is, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?). Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Astronomy Night Oct. 3

Posted on September 29, 2014

An Astronomy Night will be held Friday, October 3 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Minnesota State University Moorhead Regional Science Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

Astronomy Night takes the form of what astronomers call a “star party.” Members of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club and the MSUM Department of Physics and Astronomy will have telescopes set up to offer guided tours of the night sky.

Astronomy Nights are sponsored by the Regional Science Center, the MSUM Physics and Astronomy Department and the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club.

The Regional Science Center’s Buffalo River Site is located 14 miles east of Moorhead on U.S. Highway 10.

Upcoming Eurospring financial aid information meetings

Posted on September 29, 2014

Eurospring financial aid information meetings: Tuesday, September 30 at noon in MacLean 166, and Wednesday, October 1 at 4 p.m. in MacLean 165. Come for information and answers to your questions about the budget and financial aid options for Eurospring. Email Janet with any questions,


Author Heather A. Slomski to read at MSUM Oct. 7

Posted on September 29, 2014

Short Fiction Award Winner for “The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons”

Heather A. Slomski, the winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her debut story collection The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, will read from her work at 4:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 7 in Comstock Memorial Union 205 on the MSUM campus. The reading is part of the McGrath Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.

Slomski, the winner of a Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant and a Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, received her M.F.A. from Western Michigan University and held the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville. Read the rest of this entry →

Arnar organized panel and delivered paper at SHARP conference in Belgium

Posted on September 29, 2014

Anna Sigrídur Arnar, School of Visual Art, organized a conference panel and delivered a paper for SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) held in Antwerp, Belgium, September 17-21. The title of the panel was “A Modern Secular Cult: Artists’ Books and Explorations of the Self, Nationhood, and Civic Rites.” Arnar delivered a paper titled “The Public and Private Dimensions of the Secular Book: The Library as Work of Art in the Work of Christine Hill and Shooshie Sulaiman,” based on her summer research for a new book project called Social Spaces of the Book, “Reading” Books at Documenta and the Venice Biennale.

President Anne Blackhurst’s Inauguration Ceremony Today

Posted on September 26, 2014

Minnesota State University Moorhead is proud to install Dr. Anne Blackhurst today as president during the inauguration ceremony at 2 p.m.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., students will be lining the sidewalk between Lommen Hall and the Center for the Arts. Faculty in academic regalia will march to the inauguration. A viewing party will be held on the campus mall for students and community members. Among the dignitaries speaking will be MnSCU Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone.

Immediately following the ceremony will be a reception held on the campus mall.

If you can’t make it to the ceremony, view it live through video here:

For a full list of all the events planned for the week, visit and

This weekend’s Homecoming and Inauguration events

Posted on September 26, 2014
Friday, Sept. 26 – The Inauguration Viewing party begins at 1:30 p.m. More than 350 prizes, #AnneFan t-shirts and free food will be given away. One of the prizes is lunch at Anne’s home. The Inauguration ceremony is at 2 p.m. with reception to follow. Friday night brings student organization, Athletic and Athletic reunions at various locations throughout campus and the community. Dragon Volleyball once again competes at 7 p.m. in Nemzek. Royalty Coronation, Burning of the M and fireworks follow the volleyball game on the football practice field. The evening ends with free s’mores at Holmquist.

Saturday, Sept. 27 – The annual Homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. on 11th St. The parade route curves through campus ending at the Dragon Zone tailgate party at Nemzek. Campus & Library tours, a book signing and silent auction lead into Dragon Soccer at noon, Dragon Football at 2 p.m. and Dragon Volleyball at 5 p.m. at all Nemzek. The evening ends with Scratch & Bang at the Homecoming Dance.

Sunday, Sept. 28 – Sunday brings the final Homecoming event, Dragon Soccer at 1 p.m. at Nemzek.

More information about all events can be found at
Any questions can be directed to Becky Boyle Jones, Assistant Director, Activities at

Tri-College New Leadership Development Institute Receives Bush Foundation Leadership Network Grant

Posted on September 26, 2014

Tri-College National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Development Institute has been awarded a 2-year, $40,000 Bush Foundation Leadership Network grant. NEW Leadership is a non-partisan intensive 5-day residential program designed to provide leadership training, inspiration, and support for women. The Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute is sponsored by Tri-College University, a nonprofit consortium of Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), Concordia College, and North Dakota State University (NDSU). Read the rest of this entry →

Last day to donate to Laps for the Long Run at Affinity Plus

Posted on September 26, 2014

This is the LAST LAST Day 9/26 for your donations to Laps for the Long Run Scholarships. Affinity Plus is matching donations, so stop by the CMU Rm 104, across from Pizza Hut.
Go DRAGONS! Read the rest of this entry →

WGS Colloquium today for “A D.C. Experience”

Posted on September 26, 2014

Join us for the WGS Colloquium 11:30-1:00pm in the Women’s Center (Bridges 154) Friday September 26th for a presentation by Alexis Grabinger, WGS Major, entitled, “A D.C. Experience.” Grabinger will discuss her six-month internship with Senator Heidi Heitkamp and relate her personal growth in knowledge of the political process to her future career goals. Read the rest of this entry →

LAST CHANCE meeting to find out about Trinidad Abroad!

Posted on September 26, 2014

The final meeting to find out about MSUM’s “Trinidad Abroad” course this Jan. 2nd-12th will take place on Monday, Sept. 29th, at 7pm in the CMU Ballroom Comstock Room (near the Pizza Hut). Come find out about the LASC level 8 Global Perspectives “World Music” course you’ll satisfy, planned activities while in Trinidad, costs, and of course: discuss how great it will be to be in the Caribbean rather than Moorhead in January! Curious and/or committed students are welcome to attend! Read the rest of this entry →

English majors/minors invited to Mu Gamma Chapter of SIGMA TAU DELTA International English Honor Society’s informational meeting

Posted on September 26, 2014

The Mu Gamma Chapter of SIGMA TAU DELTA International English Honor Society invites English majors and minors to an informational meeting.

October 7th
3:30 PM
Weld Library

Come learn about the thousands of dollars available in scholarships and internships, the annual convention (with BIG-name authors), publishing opportunities, local chapter events, and other benefits of membership. Sigma-Tau-Delta

STAY CALM & Go to Graduate School Week

Posted on September 26, 2014

STAY CALM & Go to Graduate School Week

MONDAY Sept 29th
Getting Your Ducks in a Row: How to Apply to Graduate School
CMU 227 4:00PM

TUESDAY Sept 30th
Life as a Graduate Student
CMU 205 4:00PM Read the rest of this entry →

President Anne and Anne fans run for students, event raises more than $1.2 million

Posted on September 25, 2014

Last night’s unique and far-reaching Laps for the Long Run fundraiser raised $1,202,257 with more donations expected in the coming weeks. The fundraiser was part of homecoming and presidential inauguration week activities.

President Anne and 250 Anne fans, including faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni and friends, ran laps with the president to raise money for student scholarships. More than 1,000 students cheered the runners on.

During the WDAY TV interview, Pres. Anne said, “I’m just excited. I’m so motivated and inspired by all the students who are here. I’ve heard there are a thousand students who have signed up. They’re excited, I’m excited. I’m ready to go.”

The event sparked a lot of social media buzz. Tweets and photos can be found using the hashtags #msumlaps, #dragonpride, #annefan.

There’s still time to donate at

WDAY TV coverage

Fox TV coverage

Valley News TV coverage (beginning at minute 7:15)

Inforum coverage


Today’s Homecoming and Inauguration events

Posted on September 25, 2014
Thursday, Sept. 25th – Things are heating up with the annual Dean’s Chili Feed competition at 11 a.m. on the Campus Mall. Taste chili from the Deans and Athletic Director, and vote for your favorite.
Celebrate the grand re-opening of the Library at 1 p.m. where snacks, beverage and tours will all be available.
Dragons of the Past: Lessons Learned at 5 p.m. offers you the opportunity to hear the wisdom of Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni, followed by a networking reception.
Flag Football takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Nemzek and is sponsored by Intramurals.
The night caps off with Johnny Holm band at 8 p.m. in the CMU Ballroom.

Dragons from the Past: Lessons Learned today on Gaede Stage

Posted on September 25, 2014

MSUM produces outstanding alumni thanks to the work of many faculty and staff across campus.  Take advantage of this special opportunity to hear from MSUM’s Distinguished Alumni and Athletics Hall of Fame as they share their experiences with current students.  Please join us and encourage students to attend Dragons from the Past: Lessons Learned on Thursday, September 25th at 5-6:30pm in Gaede Stage, Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Read the rest of this entry →

It’s Homecoming 2014 #DragonPride and Presidential Inauguration week, Dragons!

Posted on September 25, 2014

Minnesota State University Moorhead will celebrate Dragon pride during its annual homecoming celebration Sept. 22-28 with a wide variety of student, alumni and community events to coincide with the presidential inauguration of Anne Blackhurst.

Kicking off the week is a community block party 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22 on the campus mall. There will be food, games, art and music by Heart & Soul.

Pres. Anne will put on her running shoes for Laps for the Long Run at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Nemzek stadium. To date, $1.12 million has been pledged for this fundraiser to benefit student scholarships. Alumni, faculty and staff, students, community members, and others can register to run alongside Anne or attend the event to cheer all on the runners. Details can be found at

Distinguished alumni being honored this week will talk about “Lessons Learned” to students and community members at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Center for the Arts Gaede Stage.

The presidential inauguration of Anne Blackhurst is at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 followed by a reception. Both events will be in the Center for the Arts. A viewing party will be held on the campus mall.

The homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 and is followed by tailgating and the 2 p.m. football game against Sioux Falls. Read the rest of this entry →

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