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MSUM archaeologist retires after 40 years in the trenches

Posted on May 18, 2015

INFORUM, By Tu-Uyen Tran

MOORHEAD—When Mike Michlovic arrived at Minnesota State University Moorhead to start a field anthropology program, he said he was told to not bother digging in the Red River Valley because there’s nothing here.

MikeMForty years and a dozen archaeological sites later, he and his students have discovered much about the life of the ancient American Indians who lived here thousands of years ago.

As Michlovic tells it, that was all by necessity. Read the rest of this entry →

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 →

MSUM expects more than 940 students to graduate

Posted on May 14, 2015

MSU Moorhead will award degrees to 940 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 15 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse and will be broadcast live for the first time in the school’s history Friday, May 15 on WDAY’Z Xtra.

It will also be streamed live online 

The College of Education & Human Services, College of Science, Health & the Environment, and Graduate Studies will participate in the 10 a.m. ceremony. The College of Arts, Media & Communication, College of Business & Innovation, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, and Graduate Studies will participate in the 2 p.m. ceremony.

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MSU Moorhead Names New Provost, Senior VP Academic Affairs

Posted on May 11, 2015

JoeBesPicMSUM President Anne Blackhurst has named Joseph D. Bessie to be Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Bessie is currently a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Stout, where he also served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Read the rest of this entry →

Cheer on Fargo (and Dragon) Marathon Runners tomorrow

Posted on May 08, 2015

MarathonGraphic_175x100Saturday, May 9 | About 8:30 a.m. | Campus Mall

Wear your Dragon Pride and roar your Dragon Support as Dragon and Marathon runners race through campus! Read the rest of this entry →

Political Science Honors Graduates, Pi Sigma Alpha Members and 2015 Outstanding Political Science Student

Posted on May 07, 2015

2015-gradsOn the evening of May 5, Political Science held a banquet honoring Spring 2015 graduates and current and new members of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science national honor society. Held at Usher’s House in Moorhead, the event celebrated the Political Science and International Studies programs 18 seniors who are graduating. MSUM Political Science also inducted 8 new members to the Alpha Eta Mu Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. Read the rest of this entry →

Seeking campus input on Facilities Master Plan

Posted on April 28, 2015

April 27 | 5-7pm | CMU Main Lounge OR April 28 | 12-2pm | Flora Frick Corridor

Cuningham Group Architects will be on campus April 27 and 28 seeking faculty, staff and student input on MSUM’s Facilities Master Plan to help set the direction for future buildings and grounds. Stop by any time and share your thoughts on issues and needs related to campus facilities. Read the rest of this entry →

Diversity Mapping Project presentation is today

Posted on April 27, 2015

Monday, April 27 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. OR 3 to 4:30 p.m. | CMU 101  

Rona Halualani, a representative of Halualani & Associates, will be on campus Monday, April 27 to present the findings of a recent Diversity Mapping Project undertaken to identify MSUM’s level of diversity/inclusion achievement. Read the rest of this entry →

James Lenfestey to read at MSUM April 30

Posted on April 22, 2015

Thursday, April 30 | 4:30 p.m. | Livingston Lord Library Porch

lenfestey-image copyJames P. Lenfestey, a former editorial writer for the StarTribune who won several Page One Awards for excellence, will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in the university’s Livingston Lord Library Porch. The free reading is part of the Tom McGrath Visiting Writers Series.

Lenfestey has published a collection of personal essays, five collections of poems, a poetry anthology, and co-edited Robert Bly in This World, published by University of Minnesota Press. A memoir with prose and poems, Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain, published in 2014 by Milkweed Editions, is a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Read the rest of this entry →

President Anne finishes 2015 Boston Marathon

Posted on April 21, 2015

President Anne completed the Boson Marathon yesterday in a time of 4:38:30 seconds. In the WDAY news story  (transcribed below), she told Dom Izzo it was a grueling race but it was well worth it.

After running the 26-mile course, Blackhurst hosted a reception last night with Boston area alumni.

Despite poor weather, MSUM President Anne Blackurst says 2015 Boston Marathon was a memorable one

DOM IZZO | WDAY TV

Boston, MA (WDAY TV) – MSU Moorhead president Anne Blackhurst told me last week s she didn’t know what to expect when she lined up for the start of Monday’s Boston Marathon.

I’m sure she wasn’t expecting 40 degrees, rain and 30 mile-per-hour winds, which greeted the runners during the entire race. Read the rest of this entry →

Students and professor received awards at 2015 Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference

Posted on April 17, 2015

Twenty-one students represented MSUM at the 2015 Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse April 9th through 12th, 2015. They were advised by Dr. Andrew Conteh and led by Model UN President Uchenna Onyeama. The team received several awards: Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM’s ‘rock star’ president making strong impression

Posted on April 01, 2015

By Grace Lyden | Inforum

Tweet by tweet, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s new president is trying to tear down the ivory tower. Read the rest of this entry →

Five Finalists for Dean of Education and Human Services to lead open forums in March; another held today

Posted on March 04, 2015

Dr. Kathleen Brock is Interim Lead Instructor of Education Research at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She was Vice President of Academics at Minnesota State Community and Technical College /M State in Moorhead from 2011 to 2014. She was Dean of Instruction at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minneosta from 2007 to 2011. Dr. Brock received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from Iowa State University in 1994. She holds an M.A. in adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota and a B.A. in Secondary Educationfrom the University of Northern Iowa. Her open forum is Thursday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. in CMU 203. Read the rest of this entry →

Spotlight on Service-Learning: Dr. Nandita Bezbaruah

Posted on January 29, 2015

Q & A with Dr. Nandita Bezbaruah

Dr. Nandita Bezbaruah has taught 4 years in the Social Work Department. Courses taught with SL component: SW 250: Social Welfare and Social Work course, COMH 315: Health Agencies and Services, COMH 301: Women and Children Health

What is your background in service-learning?

I started incorporating service-learning component in several of my courses in 2010. Currently, students have to complete 15 hours of service-learning in Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work course (SW 250). This is one of the prerequisite courses to apply for the Social Work program. I feel service-learning gives students an experience and exposure to various human service agencies, which is so vital in social work and related fields. Read the rest of this entry →

Webinar: Using Tablets in the Classroom to Enhance Student Learning

Posted on January 21, 2015

The webinar, “Webinar: Using Tablets in the Classroom to Enhance Student Learning, will be held today, Wednesday, January 21 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Development Center, LI 124.

Campus Holiday Hours

Posted on December 23, 2014

The university’s official holiday closings are Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1. However, some offices will have limited coverage and some will be closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2. Below are the offices that will be closed over part of the two-week holiday. If an office isn’t listed, expect that it will be staffed throughout the holidays. Read the rest of this entry →

Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

Posted on December 18, 2014

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Read the rest of this entry →

“MSUM’s Kristjansson-Nelson named Minnesota’s Professor of the Year” InForum article

Posted on November 20, 2014
By Grace Lyden on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.

MOORHEAD, Minn. – A film professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead became the school’s 11th Minnesota Professor of the Year on Thursday.

Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, 35, has been on MSUM’s faculty since 2006 and will receive the award today in Washington, D.C.

The Professors of the Year program recognizes excellence in undergraduate education, and MSUM has had more professors win the award than any other higher education institution in the state, according to a release from the university. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Child Welfare Scholars Attend Forensic Interview Training

Posted on November 18, 2014

Students from the School of Social Work attended forensic interview training at Cornerhouse in Minneapolis, MN on November 13th.  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 →

Scholarship luncheon honors student achievements

Posted on October 30, 2014

The Alumni Foundation and Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship host the third annual Scholarship Luncheon Friday, Nov. 7 in the CMU Ballroom. The scholarship luncheon celebrates the achievements of MSUM students and provides scholarship recipients an opportunity to meet donors who have greatly impacted their lives through their generosity and dedication to student success.

“This scholarship has allowed me to really immerse myself in the college experience without having to worry so much about money,” said freshman music industry major Rebecca Garvey. Read the rest of this entry →

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