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Lin Enger’s book announced as finalist in the Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards

Posted on June 04, 2015

Over the past month, booksellers from across our nine-state region have been nominating their favorite titles for the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association’s awards program. They’ve tallied the nominations, and Lin Enger’s book, “The High Divide,” has been announced as a finalist in the adult fiction category for the 2015 Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards.

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Moorhead named best small city by website

Posted on June 02, 2015

MOORHEAD – Fargo gets on its fair share of best-of lists, but now it’s Moorhead’s turn to bask in the limelight.

Narrowing its search to cities with less than 75,000 residents, Nerdwallet looked at a handful of livability factors including economic health and affordability. Moorhead came out on top.

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Interview schedule for Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted on June 02, 2015

Two finalists for the position of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs are scheduled to hold open forums for the MSUM community. The forums are scheduled as follows and all members of the MSUM community are invited to attend.

Candidate Current Position Date Time Location
Dr. Lane Azure Former Vice President of Academic Affairs, Cankdeska Cikana Community College Wednesday, June 3 10:15-11:15 LI 103
Dr. John Healy Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of the Incarnate Word Tuesday, June 9 10:00-11:00 LI 103 Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM featured pre-commencement shows for the first time this spring

Posted on June 01, 2015

The commencement ceremonies that took place May 15 in Nemzek Fieldhouse took a new twist on celebrating students’ collegiate accomplishments. This spring’s event featured pre-commencement shows with live and taped video, which aired on WDAYZ Xtra and the MSUM website.

“The idea of the pre-game shows came as we were talking about how we could extend our story beyond the commencement ceremony and beyond tweeting,” MSUM’s Associate Vice President for Academic Planning Denise Gorsline said. “Tweeting is still a key social media strategy, but we felt we could do more.” Read the rest of this entry →

University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Names Two CLAS Faculty as Distinguished Professors

Posted on May 29, 2015

MSUM alumnus Blair T. Johnson named UConn distinguished professor

On March 25, the UConn Board of Trustees confirmed two faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as UConn distinguished professors: Professor of Philosophy Jc Beall and Professor of Psychology Blair T. Johnson.

The designation is the University’s highest academic honor, and is given in recognition of exceptional distinction in scholarship, teaching, and service at UConn. Read the rest of this entry →

Math titan earns accolades for teaching, caring at Tech

Posted on May 27, 2015

MSC alumnus, Robert Boatz, makes a difference in St. Cloud school district 

Glimpse at Robert Boatz during a Technical High School sports timeout, and you might see the math teacher reading a book in the stands.

It’s an example of “Mick,” as students and colleagues call him, sending a positive message to kids, according to a St. Cloud school board member.

“He’s really the consummate educator, in my book,” said Bruce Hentges, former Tech coach and instructor.

A prestigious university recently agreed.

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology honored Boatz with its outstanding teacher award earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry →

College students’ projects influence area businesses

Posted on May 27, 2015

MOORHEAD – Gone are the days when a student’s work was confined to the classroom.

This past semester at Minnesota State University Moorhead, seven business students served as consultants for two local companies. At North Dakota State University, two landscape architecture students designed an outdoor classroom for the Red River Zoo.

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#HighFiveFriday: How #MSUM2015 Transformed Graduation into a Social Celebration

Posted on May 27, 2015

Fall 2015 Welcome Week Schedule

Posted on May 27, 2015

View the 2015 Welcome Week Schedule below.

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Nawrot presents research at vision conference

Posted on May 26, 2015

Lisa Nawrot, Psychology, recently attended the Vision Science Society conference in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. Nawrot presented a poster titled “Oculomotor responses to radial optic flow in infancy”. This research was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and included data from more than 125 infants tested here at the MSUM Child Development Lab. Eight undergraduate student researchers assisted with this project over the past two years.

Reminder: Desire2Learn (D2L) name change to D2L Brightspace

Posted on May 19, 2015

Starting May 30, 2015, our campus will transition from using the name “Desire2Learn” or “D2L” for our learning management system to a new name — “D2L Brightspace.” Please be aware that this change may affect your published content (including instructional materials). Read the rest of this entry →

Desire2Learn (D2L) name change to D2L Brightspace

Posted on May 19, 2015

Starting May 30, 2015, our campus will transition from using the name “Desire2Learn” or “D2L” for our learning management system to a new name — “D2L Brightspace.”

Why? In 2014 D2L Corporation announced naming changes to their corporate identity and the learning environment we use for many of our courses.

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Livingston Lord Library summer session hours posted

Posted on May 19, 2015

These are the hours of operation for the library during the summer sessions:

Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

July 2 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
July 3-5 Closed

With loss came lessons: After arms ripped off as a 3-year-old, Parker Sebens set to graduate

Posted on May 18, 2015

MILNOR, N.D.—The little boy who once pulled at the heartstrings of people in our region after his arms were severed in a grain auger on the family farm is all grown up and ready for college.

In one week, and nearly 15 years after the horrific accident that almost took his life, 18-year-old Parker Sebens of Milnor will graduate from high school. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM graduate heads into career in film

Posted on May 18, 2015

INFORUM, By Grace Lyden

MOORHEAD—Caleb Stumpfl was in middle school when he realized he wanted to be a filmmaker.

X185_0CDD_9“I picked up my dad’s camera—he had an old Sony that still used tapes—and I would make videos with my friends at a pretty young age,” said the 22-year-old from Hanover, Minn. “I knew it was something I wanted to pursue in college and afterward.”

Today, Stumpfl is one of about 940 students graduating from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He majored in film with an emphasis in production and is leaving as a finalist for an internship in Los Angeles with the Television Academy Foundation, “which is a huge honor, so we’ll see how that works out,” he said.

MSUM was the logical choice for Stumpfl. The school was not too far from home and was one of a few with a film program.

“The moment I got there, I just knew it was the right fit for me,” he said. Read the rest of this entry →

Psychology graduate receives prestigious Paterson award

Posted on May 18, 2015

KatieJohanson_9550 webcopyKatherine A. Johanson, a psychology and gerontology major, received the prestigious Donald G. Paterson Undergraduate Award in Psychology at the annual convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association. The award is given annually to an outstanding senior to recognize and encourage high achievement in psychology at the undergraduate level.

It’s the second time in 32 years that an MSUM student has received the award. John Gunstad received the award in 1997. The award citation, in part, stated: “Katherine demonstrated academic success in pursuing double majors in psychology and gerontology, among other facets of her undergraduate education, she has also consistently been the recipient of honors, awards, and scholarships.”

Johanson, who graduated summa cum laude from MSUM, was accepted into a number of doctoral programs, but will pursue a Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She received a $5,000 graduate fellowship to conduct research with Dr. Leilani Feliciano on developing cognitive profiles of older diabetics. Read the rest of this entry →

Start tweeting your Dragon pride for graduates with #MSUM2015

Posted on May 14, 2015

Faculty and staff, start tweeting your Dragon pride for graduates today by using #MSUM2015 on Twitter! We will be live-tweeting during Friday’s commencement ceremonies and encourage everyone to participate. Remember to follow @MSUMoorhead for daily news updates!

Commencement to be broadcast live on WDAY’Z Extra

Posted on May 14, 2015

Also streamed live online

MSU Moorhead commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live for the first in the school’s history Friday, May 15 on WDAY’Z Extra.

“Commencement is one of our most meaningful ceremonies so we thought we should share it with the greater community,” said Denise Gorsline, dean of the university college. “Not only will we broadcast both the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies in their entireties, but we will also have hour-long pre-commencement programs with interviews, student videos and other content that will be anchored by MSUM alumna Lane Zyvoloski.” Read the rest of this entry →

Four students from the School of Visual Arts received fellowships for graduate study in prestigious art programs

Posted on May 14, 2015

Congrats to the following School of Visual Arts students for receiving fellowships for graduate study in prestigious art programs. Read the rest of this entry →

Celebrate spring semester 2015 MFA graduates tonight

Posted on May 14, 2015

Upon successful completion of the oral defense of their thesis, MFA candidates are required to present a public recital of their work. Please join us in celebrating spring semester 2015 MFA graduates Marcus Bjornson (South Dakota), Angela Jones (Iowa), Samantha Jones (Minnesota), and Nayt Rundquist (Indiana), when they read from their work on Thursday, May 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Library Porch. All four graduates also earned a Certificate in Publishing while completing their degrees. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Read the rest of this entry →

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