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Are you thinking about grad school? Kaplan Test Prep will be on campus next week!

Posted on October 22, 2014

Be sure to stop by the Kaplan table next Wednesday, October 29th from 12pm to 4pm in Langseth Hall atrium. Mike Gentilli, our Kaplan Rep here at MSUM, will be in the atrium of the science building answering any and all questions you have about graduate school admissions. There will be a PRIZE WHEEL for you to spin and win various prizes, as well as FREE STUDY MATERIALS for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, and OAT exams. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Ted Gracyk, Philosophy, to present colloquium on “What Is Popular Music?” Nov. 12

Posted on October 22, 2014

Dr. Ted Gracyk, Philosophy, is going to present his colloquium with the topic “What Is Popular Music?” in MacLean Hall 273, Wednesday November 12 at 4:30 pm. His talk will make the third meeting of this year’s Colloquium Series of the MSUM Philosophy Department. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
The following is a brief description of his colloquium: “When we characterize some music as popular music, what are we contrasting it with? Unpopular music? “Good” music? This talk is an exploration of why we characterize some music as popular music, followed by an analysis of the core concept.” Read the rest of this entry →

College for Kids is seeking proposals for new course ideas for Summer 2015

Posted on October 22, 2014

College for Kids is looking to expand class selections for participants, and get more MSUM students involved as Instructors or Assistants. This past summer CFK offered a record 50 courses, with full sets of morning and afternoon courses which were integral in helping hit a record enrollment of 623 students!! College for Kids wants to offer a larger variety of courses in Summer 2015 and is looking to you for help. Read the rest of this entry →

New hands-on art class available for non-art majors

Posted on October 22, 2014

Students and advisors,
There is a new hands-on art class for non-art majors spring semester 2015!
Art 311 Pottery fulfills humanities LASC goal #6.
This course will cover hand building techniques and using the potters wheel.

Over 130 students signed up for Learning Communities’ day of service last Friday

Posted on October 21, 2014

The Learning Communities had a day of service on Friday, October 17th. We had a great showing of Dragon pride as our students volunteered at organizations in the community. Over 130 students signed-up to get involved and we would love to share their efforts with the rest of the school.

The Office of Campus Sustainability is looking for your help in assessing the commuting habits for MSUM students and staff

Posted on October 21, 2014

The Office of Campus Sustainability is looking for your help in assessing the commuting habits for MSUM students and staff. We have a short survey of 11 questions for you, and we encourage you to give us feedback. It is voluntary and confidential, and it will provide better insight into sustainable transportation options for the future! Survey link Read the rest of this entry →

Course in Tourism Marketing will be offered spring semester, 2015

Posted on October 21, 2014
A course in Tourism Marketing will be offered Spring semester, 2015.  MKTG 390, a 3 credit course, is being offered Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm.  The instructor is Lixin YU, a visiting professor from Xi’an University of Science and Technology at Xi’an, China.  Professor YU is an expert in tourism marketing and has written a textbook in the area.

Eat lunch and practice Spanish during lunch every Friday

Posted on October 21, 2014

EAT LUNCH and PRACTICE SPANISH at MSUM’s ¡MESA ESPAÑOLA! Spanish Table! Whether you are already a learner or would like to become one, don’t miss this weekly opportunity to share your love of Spanish. Join us at Dragon Café, every Friday at noon, beginning October 24.

Philosophy Faculty Present at the Annual Minnesota Philosophical Society Conference

Posted on October 20, 2014

Marilea Bramer presented her paper: “Yes, You Can Be a Kantian and a Good Spouse/Parent: The Importance of Family and Friends for Moral Agents in Kantian Theory.” Chang-Seong Hong presented his paper: “Concepts of Enlightenment”, and Phil Mouch presented his paper: “The Myth of Self-Defense”. The conference was held on October 4 at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Religious Studies Speaker Series

Posted on October 20, 2014

Dr. Annette Morrow, History, will present “Baptism as Transformation: the Curious Case of Christianity and Isis” as part of the Religious Studies Speaker Series on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Langseth Hall 118.

Provost Potluck today

Posted on October 17, 2014

This week’s potluck features Vijay Antharam from the Chemistry Department. Vijay will share about his research on gut microbiota while we enjoy a lunch of vegetarian chili and gf cornbread! Bring a question, an idea, a food item, or a colleague. Friday, October 17th at 1:00 pm in the Faculty Development Center.

From floating CDs to acoustics: Student presentations in seminar

Posted on October 16, 2014

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series presents:

Friday, October 17
3:00pm
325 Hagen Hall

Speakers: Tyle Meehleib, Adam Hanson, Zachary Deschene, Jared Saunders

Summary: Students will present short talks this week on topics that include summer internships, CDs that glide frictionlessly across a table, medical applications of 3D printing and acoustical testing.

Sarah Panzau – Inspirational Speaker Presents October 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Nemzek Fieldhouse

Posted on October 16, 2014

Sarah Panzau Evans, a two-time member of the National Junior College Athletic Association women’s volleyball All-America team, knew what it was like to be on top of her game – and on top of the world.  But, somewhere between life as a competitively driven high school athlete and the early years of college, Panzau Evans began heading down a destructive path.  Panzau Evans is now committed to speaking with students about how her life was forever changed because of the decisions she made.  Sarah’s presents on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Nemzek Fieldhouse.  The event is FREE and open to the campus and community. Read the rest of this entry →

Counseling and Student Affairs graduate students attend NACADA convention

Posted on October 15, 2014

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) held their national convention October 8th – 11th in Minneapolis, MN. Over 3,000 academic advisors from across the country and globe visited the Minneapolis Convention Center to discuss recent research, program models, advisor hot topics, and techniques in academic advising. Counseling and Student Affairs graduate students who attended included: Garrett Anderson, Kayla Armstrong, Heidi Fiechtner, Alizabeth Gaddie, Megan Hoyer, and Catherine Kippley. This year’s conference was chaired by MSUM’s very own Amy Sannes, Director of Academic Support Services.

2014-15 Go Pink Scholarship Applications Available!

Posted on October 14, 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.  Please contact Gloria Riopelle at 218-477-5824 or riopelg@mnstate.edu for more information.

Growing opportunity: New Fargo classes to teach women skills for high-paying development jobs

Posted on October 13, 2014

Alexandra Fogarty, Graphic Communications and Interactive Media instructor, is teaching at a new local chapter of Girl Develop It, an organization whose mission is to empower and mentor women looking to learn programming. A 2007 graduate of the Graphic Communications program, Shannon Luney, helped start the chapter.

“Growing opportunity: New Fargo classes to teach women skills for high-paying development jobs” Read the rest of this entry →

The StarID transition is set for Sunday, October 12

Posted on October 10, 2014

Dragons, StarID replaces DragonNet on October 12. If you haven’t activated yours yet, do so today! StarID will be the only way to log onto computers, D2L, eServices, and many more applications. Don’t get locked out!

StarID: Get it. Know it. Use it. www.mnstate.edu/StarID/

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, contributed an article to the 2014 Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

Posted on October 10, 2014

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, contributed an article on the “Magnetic Susceptibility of Soils and Sediments in Environmental Archaeology” to the 2014 Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. This comprehensive (11-volume) encyclopedia, edited by Claire Smith, and published by Springer Science+Business Media, New York, has an international and interdisciplinary focus and is available as both a print and online reference.

Internships and Impressions

Posted on October 09, 2014

Student involvement leads to jobs post-graduation
By Danielle Rebel | Marketing Intern

Many graduates and students agree classroom learning can only take you so far. In order to get the job of your dreams after graduation, it takes more than dedication to your studies. It takes the motivation to seek real-world experience through internships and campus involvement.

“There’s only so much you can learn in the classroom, and the skills employers really want you to have you learn in jobs and real-world opportunities,” said Theresa Boyle,  a 2014 graphic design and music industry graduate. “The sooner you get involved and start doing these things, the sooner you know what you are interested in.”

Boyle knows firsthand the importance of getting involved early. She recently accepted a position as director of creative and marketing with Bass/Schuler Entertainment, a college-booking agency in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry →

Discussion takes go-slow approach to expanding Tri-College University system

Posted on October 09, 2014
By: Josh Francis , Prairie Business Magazine

FARGO, N.D. – The Tri-College University system and its three members will begin discussions Wednesday with two area community colleges to possibly bring them into their collaborative partnership.

The TCU, founded in 1970, is a collaboration of North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College. It allows students at each college to take classes at the other two member colleges.

Representatives of the three member schools, the TCU board of directors and representatives from North Dakota State College of Science and Minnesota State Community and Technical College plan to discuss the possible addition of those two-year schools to the partnership.

“That was something that was brought up at a June board meeting, about looking to explore that and look at where there may be appropriate collaboration,” Tri-College University Provost Tim Flakoll said.

Leaders from all colleges stressed the talks are in the preliminary stages. Read the rest of this entry →

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