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Next Take the Lead is April 15

Posted on April 10, 2014

Improve your leadership skills at the next Take the Lead on Tuesday, April 15 from 7-8 p.m. in CMU 203. There will be free food.

There will be a leadership panel that will consist of:
- Deb White, the Coordinator for the Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute and an MSUM Professor
- Anthony Ocana, MSUM Assistant Professor
- Amanda Olson, Student Desk Manager
- Nancy Boyle, Volunteer and Training Coordinator at the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

Spanish major awarded Sigma Delta Pi’s Study Abroad Scholarship

Posted on April 09, 2014

Jenna Polley, a junior from Park Rapids, Minn., majoring in Spanish, was one of 11 recipients of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi’s, study abroad scholarship for the summer of 2014. Polley was chosen from dozens of applicants from the more than 600 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi at Universities throughout the United States. Polley is the 2013-2014 president of the MSUM Spanish Club. She will be using the $2,500 award to help fund her trip to the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain to study abroad for six weeks.

Brian Wisenden gave a seminar at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Posted on April 09, 2014

Brian Wisenden, Biosciences, gave an invited departmental seminar at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire on April 3. The talk, based on research conducted by undergraduate biology majors at MSUM, was entitled “Scents of Danger: Chemically mediated predator-prey interactions in aquatic ecosystems.”

Philosophy Colloquium Series continues

Posted on April 09, 2014

Dr. Phil Mouch, Philosophy, is going to give his colloquium on Wednesday, April 23, at 4:20 p.m. in MacLean Hall 165. His topic is “The Myth of Self-Defense.” The following is a synopsis of his talk:

Two things are very clear from any survey of the relevant moral literature: taking life is generally wrong, and taking a life in self-defense (when necessary) is generally permissible. These two claims are usually accepted without question, but it is easy to see that they are not unrelated. Read the rest of this entry →

Kick-Off Week Schedule now on the website

Posted on April 09, 2014

The Preliminary Fall 2014 Kick-Off Week Schedule for new and returning faculty has been posted to the Academic Affairs website at

Advancing Your Leadership Experience

Posted on April 09, 2014

Come to the “Advancing Your Leadership Experience” Take the Lead Tuesday, April 15 from 7-8 p.m. in CMU 203. There will be free food!

There will be a leadership panel that will consist of:
- Deb White, the Coordinator for the Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute and an MSUM Professor
- Anthony Ocana, MSUM Assistant Professor
- Amanda Olson, Student Desk Manager, and
- Nancy Boyle, Volunteer and Training Coordinator at the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

This is the last week to make nominations for Of-the-Year Awards

Posted on April 09, 2014

Show your Dragon Pride and nominate student leaders, student organizations and advisors at

Journalism students win multiple awards in regional contests

Posted on April 08, 2014

Three Campus News Stories Move On to National SPJ Contest

Three stories from Campus News, MSUM’s student produced newscast, were named as winners in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards. Stien Michalsen, a photographer for Campus News last spring, won in both the television news photography and the television sports photography categories. Collin Boyles, a 2013 graduate, was the winner in the television sports reporting category. The stories won in SPJ Region 6, which includes the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. They now move on to compete in the national SPJ contest, which includes twelve regions across the United States. In all, Campus News took home 10 television awards, more than any other school in the contest. Campus News also took all the awards in the television photography categories. The winners were announced at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Minneapolis. Read the rest of this entry →

Anthropology and Earth Science research group visited Meskwaki Indian Settlement during spring break

Posted on April 08, 2014

During Spring Break, Dr. Erik Gooding, Anthropology and Earth Science, led his Meskwaki Ethnohistory Research Group to the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in East Central Iowa for four days of cultural and linguistic presentations. Students met with representatives from the Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative, the Tribal Historic Preservation Director, the Tribal GIS Department, the Language Preservation Department, and the Tribal Museum. This experiential learning group undertakes archival and historic research under the guidance of Dr. Gooding during the school year and visits the Meskwaki community once a semester.

Students present research at academic conferences next week

Posted on April 08, 2014

The schedules for the Student Academic Conference on April 15 and the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference on April 14 will be held in the Comstock Memorial Union.

The presentation schedule for each is almost finalized and can be found at the following URLs.

Faculty, please consider encouraging your students to attend presentations related to your discipline on both the 14 and the 15. Read the rest of this entry →

School of Business professors present at MBAA International Conference

Posted on April 07, 2014

Professors Sheri Erickson and Mary Stone, School of Business, presented the paper “An Examination of Pfizer’s Crisis Communication Strategies in the Celebrex Case” at the MBAA International Conference, North American Accounting Society sector, March 27, in Chicago. Business student Megan Thorwick was also a co-author on this paper, which examines stock price reaction to communication strategies Pfizer used when the safety of Celebrex was questioned.

Sixteen students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Posted on April 07, 2014

On Friday, April 4 an induction ceremony was held for sixteen MSU Moorhead students joining the MSUM Chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. This honor society is only available to business programs that have achieved accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This is the most prestigious level of accreditation available to Business schools internationally. The School of Business at MSUM congratulates the students so honored this year. This is a very selective honor as only students ranking in the top 10 percent of their class are eligible for this invitation.

The following is a list of the 2013-2014 class of new Beta Gamma Sigma members: Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM DECA advances to nationals

Posted on April 04, 2014

Six students to compete in Washington D.C.

On February 25 and 26 the MSUM DECA chapter competed at the Minnesota Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference in Mankato, Minn. After two days of competitive business events, the students came back with awards for their achievements and will advance to the national conference.

All MSUM students were finalists in their events, advancing to the top eight. They presented their business knowledge to professional judges from around the state. Read the rest of this entry →

Martin Grindeland receives NBNA’s highest honor

Posted on April 04, 2014

Martin Grindeland, a professor in MSUM’s School of Communication and Journalism, was named this year’s winner of the Mitchell V. Charnley Award by the Northwest Broadcast News Association at the organization’s annual convention in the Twin Cities last weekend.

The Charnley Award was established in 1968 and is given each year to an individual working, or with roots, in the six-state NBNA region who has made outstanding contributions to the field of broadcast journalism. Previous winners include nationally known broadcasters such as Eric Sevaried and Tom Brokaw, along with regional names such as Marv Bossart and Al Aamodt.

NBNA President Matt Cullen said it was Grindeland’s many years of service to broadcast journalism that earned him the honor. “For more than four decades, Martin Grindeland has instilled the foundations of journalism along with the art of storytelling into numerous students and young professionals,” said Cullen. “His passion and his dedication to his students and to the journalism profession makes him an ideal recipient of this year’s Mitchell V. Charnley Award.”

The Northwest Broadcast News Association includes the states of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa.

School of Teaching and Learning professor publishes research

Posted on April 04, 2014

Dr. Mary Dosch’s research entitled, “The Course Fit Us: Differentiated Instruction in the College Classroom” has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the “International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.”

Economics student, Cody Brandt, to be published in Undergraduate Economic Review

Posted on April 03, 2014

Cody Brandt’s research paper, “Impact of Oil Boom on Employment and Wages in North Dakota,” has been accepted for publication in the Undergraduate Economic Review in 2014. The Undergraduate Economic Review is a peer-reviewed journal focused on high-quality, undergraduate research.

Dr. T. J. Hansen served as Brandt’s faculty research mentor. Read the rest of this entry →

Eurospring informational meetings today and Monday

Posted on April 03, 2014

Interested in joining Eurospring 2015? Come to an informational meeting on Thursday, April 3 at 9 a.m. in MA 169, or Monday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in MA 165. Meet Professor Morrow and have your questions answered.

See yourself in Europe!

Student Academic Conference poster printing guidelines

Posted on April 03, 2014

Students are asked to submit their poster three weeks prior to the Student Academic Conference to avoid the rush.
*March 24 is 3 weeks prior to April 14*

Posters can be printed at Marketing Graphics located in Weld Hall, Lower Level, Room 6 or emailed to:

Formats accepted: Powerpoint, PDF, jpg.

Downloadable template at: Read the rest of this entry →

Poetry reading and book Launch of “The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali”

Posted on April 02, 2014

Please join Yahya Frederickson for a poetry reading and the book launch of his first full-length poetry collection, “The Gold Shop of Ba-’Ali,” on Thursday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m, in the CMU 101. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

Semifinalists for MSUM President Named

Posted on March 28, 2014

Presidential Search Website

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 27, 2014 – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named three semifinalists who are under consideration to be president of Minnesota State University Moorhead. The candidates are Anne Blackhurst, Sam Minner, and Carlos Vargas‐Aburto.

The candidates were recommended by a search advisory committee comprised of students, faculty, staff and community leaders and chaired by Dick Hanson, president of Bemidji State University. The candidates are scheduled to visit the campus of MSUM between March 31 and April 2. The campus  visits present an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the community to meet and offer feedback on each of the candidates. Details of the candidates’ campus visits and the process for providing feedback are available at the presidential search websiteRead the rest of this entry →

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