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MSUM student commercial/video competition seeks submissions

Posted on December 08, 2014

College for Kids is looking for MSUM students who can create a commercial and short video to promote the its summer programming on campus. Visit our website for more information about the competition. It is open to any MSUM student, and there will be prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!! Contact: Shireen Alemadi – CFK Director with any questions ( or 218.477.2579). CFK-competition-info

2014-15 Go Pink Scholarship Applications Due Today – December 5th

Posted on December 05, 2014

Applications for the MSUM Go Pink Scholarship are due on Dec. 5, 2014.  The scholarship is awarded to a student-athlete and a non-student-athlete who have been directly affected by cancer. Award amounts are between $200 – $1,000 and will be awarded for the spring 2015 semester. Scholarship applications are available here and in the Athletic Department office, NZ 106.  The Go Pink with the Dragons Scholarship was founded in 2012 by the Minnesota State University Moorhead Athletic department from funds raised by the annual Go Pink initiative. Read the rest of this entry →

Ever wonder what archaeologists uncover during their excavations? Come see what we’ve dug up!

Posted on December 05, 2014

MSUM Archaeology Lab Open House
Saturday, December 6th
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
MSUM King Hall 120
Open to the Public – All ages welcome

Join us as we begin cleaning artifacts uncovered during November excavations at the Historic Comstock House in Moorhead. Archaeology students will be available to discuss past and ongoing work at the Comstock House, as well as how artifacts are processed and studied, local archaeology, and the early history of the Fargo-Moorhead area. Stop by for hot cocoa or cider and the chance to help clean artifacts and learn about local archaeology!

Two Theatre Arts events feature all-student work

Posted on December 04, 2014
An original student production titled “Ben and Trish” takes the Gaede Stage Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The play was written by Michael Johnson and directed by Nora Flaherty. Elliott Heerman and Emily Carlson play the roles of Ben and Trish. Original music was composed by Heerman. All are Theatre Arts majors. The play follows a brother and sister examining their childhood memories together, seeking to rebuild their estranged relationship. Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors. Go to or buy at the door. Tickets are also available at the MSUM Box Office Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (218) 477-2271. 

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre, the Theatre Arts Department presents a winter showcase of dance featuring work of student dancers and choreographers. These “works in progress” will be a sampling of dance pieces in various stages of completion, and will feature work from Dance I, Ballet I, and Dance Production. The performance is free.

Biosciences students presented research at monthly Biosciences Research Wednesday Seminars meeting

Posted on December 04, 2014

Biosciences research students presented their research at the monthly BReWS (Biosciences REsearch Wednesday Seminars) meeting in HA 104 on Dec 4. About 50 students and 9 faculty were in attendance. This month’s faculty host was Chris Chastain and food for all was provided by Bee Wisenden. There were three presentations: Read the rest of this entry →

Kevin Zepper and Terrie Manno performing music and poetry tonight at 7 p.m.

Posted on December 03, 2014

Kevin Zepper and Terrie Manno will be performing tonight at 7 p.m. inside Stoker’s in the Hotel Donaldson. This event is free.

Lines&Notes is a collaborative exhibition with pianist Terrie Manno and poet Kevin Zepper. In some selections, poems become movements based on a theme. Other works are the realization of random words and musical phrases based on author William S. Burroughs cut-up method. Some of their work is specific to each audience: newspaper clippings from local and school papers and “lines” from the audience arranged into poetry. Each piece is the result of an interdisciplinary exploration. Read the rest of this entry →

National Student Exchange office accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year

Posted on December 03, 2014

Are you interested in an opportunity to study at another school next year? The National Student Exchange (NSE) office is accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year through February 6, 2015. Participating in NSE gives you the opportunity to study at one of 175 universities for up to one year. Tuition and fees are assessed at the in-state (resident) rate of your host campus or at the rate you normally pay at MSUM. All courses you complete on exchange will count toward your program at MSUM and will be recorded on your transcript. Read the rest of this entry →

Cinethusiasts Win Best Horror Film

Posted on December 02, 2014

The School of Media Arts & Design’s Cinethusiasts club recently took the award for Best Horror Film at this year’s Four Points Film Competition. The Four Points Project (formerly National Film Challenge) is a national competition where filmmaking teams are given 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a finished film. Read the rest of this entry →

Vijay Antharam to present at a disease therapeutics conference

Posted on December 02, 2014

Vijay Antharam from the MSUM Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will give a presentation at the Disease Therapeutics Symposium-2014 on Neuron to Synapse/Optogentics & Microbiome-2014 on Dec. 3-4, 2014 in Cambridge, MA, USA. His talk will be: “Can the gut microbiota reduce cholesterol? An integrative approach in determining cholesterol reducing gut microbiota.”

Graduate student in Teaching English as a Second Language presents at annual conference.

Posted on December 02, 2014

Kathrina O’Connell, a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language student, presented at the annual Minnesota English Learner Education (MELEd) Conference in Bloomington, MN on November 15. O’Connell’s talk, titled “Language Analysis of Leveled Readers” had an attendance of 80 people, many of whom had to stand for the whole presentation, reports O’Connell’s advisor, Dr. Linda Houts-Smith, who attended the conference as well.

Social Work students participate in forensic interview training

Posted on December 02, 2014

Child Welfare Scholars in the MSUM School of Social Work participated in forensic interview training on November 13th, 2014 at Cornerhouse in Minneapolis, MN. Founded in 1989, CornerHouse is an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) that coordinates multi-disciplinary teams to assist each child and family and offers services that are designed to minimize trauma to child victims of abuse, to provide support and assistance to the entire family, and to hold offenders accountable. Read the rest of this entry →

SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish I Added to Spring 2015 Schedule

Posted on December 02, 2014

A section of SPAN 101 will be offered Spring semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am – 11:45am. Instructor will be Katia Sherman.

Help conserve energy on campus

Posted on December 02, 2014

Lights are being left on in dorm rooms, using unnecessary amounts of energy. Does the use of light covers reduce the energy bill within the halls? The goal of the project is to lower the cost of energy in halls. The expected outcome is the cost of energy will be reduced in residence halls and on campus by providing students with light switch covers. The top 3 dorms; Ballard, East and South Snarr are at full occupancy with about 300 dorm rooms full and of those dorms an average of $3,500 per month, per dorm which ends up being roughly $45,000 a year spent just for one dorm. We are looking to have students place paper light switch covers on light switches in dorms in hope that the covers will remind them to shut their lights off when leaving their room. Read the rest of this entry →

2014-2015 Religious Studies Speaker Series continues this Wednesday

Posted on December 01, 2014

2014-2015 Religious Studies Speaker Series
Wednesday December 3 7pm @ Langseth Hall 118
Dr. Margaret Sankey, Political Science
God’s Flag is Flying And We Are Wanted’: Religious Propaganda and World War I

Counseling & Student Affairs Career Showcase a Success

Posted on November 26, 2014

Over thirty counseling and student affairs professionals represented numerous counseling centers, schools, and colleges at the Counseling and Student Affairs Career Showcase last Wednesday. The Counseling and Student Affairs Career Showcase was a venue for current graduate students to network with professionals in the Fargo-Moorhead area as well as for undergrad students to consider a graduate degree in Counseling & Student Affairs here at MSUM to become a student affairs professional, clinical mental health counselor, or school counselor. Read the rest of this entry →

Ruth Lumb and Yi Chu publish paper in the Innovative Marketing Journal

Posted on November 25, 2014

Ruth Lumb, School of Business and Yi Chu, former student have published a paper in the Innovative Marketing Journal (Issue #3 2014). The title of the paper is “Application of Experiential Analogy in Event Exhibition’ The published paper is an expansion of a paper for which Yi Chu won the 2013-2014 School of Business Research Prize.

Think Before You Print

Posted on November 25, 2014

Professor Shannon Terry’s Society and the Environment class invite you to save printing money and the environment!  Open the attached document to learn how to print on both sides of the paper, and how to put multiple slides per page, when printing a PowerPoint.

This saves money for you, for MSUM, and saves trees for the world  –  talk about making an impact!


Two physics students win awards for presentations at Sigma Xi

Posted on November 24, 2014

Physics major Iwnetim Abatate and chem major/physics minor Loza Tadesse each presented a poster on work research they did over the summer. The posters were presented at the annual Sigma Xi International Research Conference, held Nov 7-8, 2014 in GLendale, AZ. Read the rest of this entry →

Department of Psychology publishes first issue of The Red River Psychology Journal

Posted on November 24, 2014

The Department of Psychology publishes the first issue of The Red River Psychology Journal. This online journal showcases our undergraduate student research and provides student editors with experience as peer reviewers. The journal is serialized with an ISSN number so the contents are electronically archived and searchable. And the journal will be used as a department newsletter and alumni outreach. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM University Theatre Series presents The Jungle Book

Posted on November 21, 2014

Event includes live animal demonstration

A free children’s theatre production takes the stage for two shows Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1 and 4 p.m. in Hansen Theatre in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts.
The Jungle Book, based on the famous tale of the same name by Rudyard Kipling, tells the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, Mowgli learns all about “Jungle Law” and how to survive. The Jungle Book is a student production of the MSUM Theatre Department, and is suitable for all ages. Read the rest of this entry →

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