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Academic Symposium schedule online

Posted on September 19, 2014

An Academic Symposium featuring a series of student and faculty presentations from a variety of disciplines will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23 as part of inauguration week activities. The theme tying the presentations together will be “How Persistence, Resilience, and Grit Make a Difference.”

Concluding the daylong activities will be the TED Talk video “Grit: The Key to Success” by Angela Lee Duckworth, with post-film discussion moderated by President Janis at 2:30 p.m. in CMU 101.

Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. in various locations on campus. The Academic Symposium schedule is on the inauguration website.

Presidential inauguration during #DragonPride Homecoming

Posted on September 16, 2014

Alumni and friends are cordially invited to celebrate the installation of Anne Blackhurst as MSUM’s 11th president Friday, September 26 at 2 p.m. in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Hansen Theatre. A celebratory reception in the Center for the Arts gallery will follow. For details on inauguration activities taking place during homecoming week, visit mnstate.edu/inauguration. For more information on homecoming activities, visit mnstate.edu/homecoming.

Anne Blackhurst became the 11th president on July 1, 2014. Prior to her appointment, she served as MSUM’s provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs since 2011.

Scheels supports MSUM’s Laps for the Long Run with $1 million pledge

Posted on August 28, 2014

A fundraising challenge at Minnesota State University Moorhead has attracted its first major gift with a $1 million pledge from Scheels. The challenge, Laps for the Long Run, was announced Aug. 20 as an event in honor of the inauguration of MSUM Pres. Anne Blackhurst.  Blackhurst will run 12.5 miles, or 50 laps, around the Ron Masanz track at Nemzek Fieldhouse and has personally pledged $1,000 per lap, or $50,000, to start the challenge.

Yesterday, Steve Scheel, CEO of Scheels, accepted the challenge by pledging $20,000 per lap for every lap up to 50 that Blackhurst runs during the Homecoming Week event.

“SCHEELS has been a good partner with NDSU and Concordia over the years and we look forward to partnering with MSUM and President Blackhurst, to help MSUM become a stronger player in our community of Fargo-Moorhead,” said Steve Scheel. Read the rest of this entry →

Buddhism for thinkers to meet beginning mid-September

Posted on July 18, 2014

Dr. Chang-Seong Hong, Philosophy, invites you to join him and discuss together the 10 articles he has been writing on Buddhist philosophy. The topics of these articles are as follows:

BUDDHISM FOR THINKERS

1. Non-self : an analytic approach
2. Dependent arising = emptiness
3. Anti-essentialism: the exclusion of the other
4. The concept of enlightenment
5. Enlightenment: gradual or sudden?
6. Enlightenment and compassion Read the rest of this entry →

Please use updated Major/Minor/Certificate/Advisor change form

Posted on July 15, 2014

The Records Office has revamped the Major/Minor/Certificate/Advisor Change Form. The form is available on the Records website under “Forms.”

Please use the new form effective immediately and discard any old forms you have in your departments. Students will need to be directed to the website to print out the form. After it is completed and the necessary signatures are obtained, it must be submitted to the Records Office to be processed.

If you have any questions, please contact the Records Office at 477.2565 or records@mnstate.edu.

Dr. Randy Cagle to serve as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted on May 29, 2014

Official announcement sent by Dr. Anne Blackhurst:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Randy Cagle has agreed to serve as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. Cagle earned his Ph.D. from the University of Memphis.  He joined the faculty in the MSUM Philosophy Department in 2003 after teaching for two years at Humboldt State University and one year at Northern Illinois University.  He was promoted to professor in 2012 and served as Chair of the Philosophy Department during the 2012-2013 academic year.  He is currently interim dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Read the rest of this entry →

33 retirees honored at luncheon

Posted on May 16, 2014

Thirty-three employees were recognized at the 2014 Retiree Recognition and Employee Excellence Awards Luncheon May 15. This year’s retirees include: Jeanne Alm, Ginny Bair, Jody Bendel, Jane Bergland, Henry Chan, Wayne Chen, A Derick Dalhouse, John Early, Virginia Gregg, Wayne Gudmundson,  Henry Gwiazda, William Hall, James Hansen, Dennis Jacobs, Gwen Johanson, Aziz Kian, Zachary Machunda, Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Karen Mehnert-Meland, Darel Paulson, Timothy Peil, Regene Radniecki, Michael Ruth, Terry Shoptaugh, Carol Sibley, Walter Sizer, C Mark Strand, John Tesch, Rebecca Theisen, Richard Walker, David Weinrich, David Wheeler, Ronald Williams.

Creel Falcón named Women’s and Gender Studies Director

Posted on May 16, 2014

Dr. Kandace Creel Falcón is the new Women’s and Gender Studies Director. Her term will begin in the Fall 2014 semester and will last for three years.

Dr. Creel Falcón is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at MSUM. She teaches courses on feminist theory from a woman of color intersectional approach, digital media production for social justice, and popular culture. She values a practical application of feminist thought into direct action in her pedagogical approach and her scholarship. Read the rest of this entry →

Open Forum Schedule for Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Candidates

Posted on May 02, 2014

Three finalists for the position of Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will be holding open forums next week for the MSUM community. The forums are an opportunity to learn more about each finalist and to provide your feedback to the search committee.  All members of the MSUM community are invited to attend. The dean will provide academic leadership and coordination for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and will serve on the President’s Cabinet, the Academic Affairs Council, and other University committees as needed. Read the rest of this entry →

18th Annual Unity Conference, April 16-17

Posted on April 16, 2014

The 18th Annual Unity Conference “Our Historia: Latina/os Making History” will take place April 16-17 at the CMU.

The conference begins Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. with a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame, titled, “Americans in the Treasure House: What the History of Travel to Mexico Can Teach Us About Our Historia.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM students attend Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference

Posted on April 16, 2014

On April 3-6, a delegation of 18 students participated in the annual Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference, held this year at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Representing Nigeria, Kenya, Greece, and the Philippines, MSUM students excelled in committee discussions on a wide array of topics ranging from the crises in Ukraine and Syria, to economic and humanitarian aid, to environmental issues such as drought and desertification. With our very own Dr. Andrew Conteh serving as General Assembly President, MSUM students passed resolutions on many such issues, educated themselves on the dilemmas of countries across the globe, and became familiar with the world of international politics. Read the rest of this entry →

“Economics in Action” at the Expanding Your Horizons Conference

Posted on April 15, 2014

MSUM students, Fanuel Asrat, Aba Boadu, Kofi Boadu, Cody Brandt, Jasmin Lam, Julie Maahs, Melhik Negatu, and Mira Nkulukadiele, and Economics faculty members, T. J. Hansen and Gregory Stutes, offered a workshop in conjunction with the Expanding Your Horizons Conference on April 12. The local Expanding Your Horizons Conference invites young women from Minnesota and North Dakota who are in the seventh, eighth or ninth grades to experience careers, which use mathematics, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry. Read the rest of this entry →

Economic Society service project a success

Posted on April 14, 2014

A message from the MSUM Economic Society:

The MSUM Economic Society would like to thank the MSUM community for participating in the collection of used cell phones and accessories for our service project.

We collected 73 phones and many accessories, improving our count from last year by over 20 phones. As advertised earlier, we are partnering with the Soroptimist International of Moorhead and donations will be given to clients of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo-Moorhead.

Thank you for all who participated and we hope to see more people participate in Economic Society events such as these in the near future.

The medical turning points of the Civil War

Posted on April 11, 2014

Jacob Clauson to present at Student Academic Conference

By Meghan Feir

The Civil War was a turning point in various ways, and, as senior Jacob Clauson will explain in his presentation for the Student Academic Conference on April 15, it was also a time of greater exploration with medical practices.

Before doctors were concerned about bacteria and sterilization, soldiers across battlefields were treated with tools that had only undergone a quick swipe with a rag, bacteria festering on their accouterments. When the death toll began increasing steadily during operations, a greater interest in prevention was sparked. Read the rest of this entry →

Interdisciplinary partnership brings music and poetry together

Posted on April 10, 2014

Professor Terrie Manno, Music, and Kevin Zepper, MFA English, will present their collaborative music and poetry to students in Fox Theater on the Minnesota State University Minnesota campus on Friday, April 11 at 3 p.m. This is an interdisciplinary partnership Manno and Zepper began last year. Some of the work involves the William S. Burroughs “cut-up” approach to poetry.

This convocation will focus on artists working with other artists, integrating the arts and humanities in performance.

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.

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 →

Horizonlines story selected for Oxford University Press publication

Posted on April 08, 2014

Oxford University Press has requested permission to use a portion of the story “Uncovering the history behind collecting” from volume 4 of Horizonline.org, Inside Collecting, for inclusion in an Oxford University Press publication. The text will be used as part of a language-learning exercise in a workbook titled Cambridge English First Masterclass Workbook by Simon Haines and Barbara Stewart. This is a workbook with audio to help students prepare for the Cambridge English: First exam from 2015 onwards.

The author of the story is Diane Fricke, a 2007 graduate with a major in East Asian Studies. Reggie Radniecki, associate professor of mass communications, is the creator and instructor for the online journalism workshop that produces the online magazine. Read the rest of this entry →

Summer Session Benefits

Posted on April 08, 2014

Summer classes ensure students stay on track

Whether you take summer classes to get ahead, catch up or stay on track, Summer Session offers many benefits for current and new students.

“I take summer classes to keep me on track to graduate by 2016,” said Erika Keller, an English Education major who said summer classes lighten her load during the school year and allows her to focus intently on each class.

The sophomore isn’t a summer school newbie. She took summer classes during high school at her local technical college to prepare for the transition to MSUM. Read the rest of this entry →

Last day to donate used phones and accessories

Posted on April 04, 2014

This is the last day the Economic Society is collecting old phones and accessories for our service project. Donations will be collected in boxes in the following locations: MacLean 380 (Economics Department Office), CMU (close to US Bank ATM), Langseth Hall (1st Floor close to recycle boxes), Center for the Arts (Student Lounge), Residence and Housing Office (Ballard), and Center for Business (1st Floor close to recycle boxes). As advertised earlier we are partnering with the Soroptimist International of Moorhead to collect used cell phones and accessories (chargers, cases, etc.) for clients of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo-Moorhead. Read the rest of this entry →

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