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Presidential inauguration during #DragonPride Homecoming

Posted on August 19, 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.

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 →

Chalikia presented at conference in Paris

Posted on July 17, 2014

Magdalene Chalikia, Psychology, presented an e-poster at the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Paris, France, July 8-13. The title of the presentation was “Relationships and rates of errors within and between numerical and knowledge problem categories.” Verlin B. Hinsz, and Jared L. Ladbury of the Psychology Department at NDSU were co-authors.

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.

Goyt gave talk at Permutation Patterns Conference

Posted on July 15, 2014

Adam Goyt, mathematics, gave the talk “Packing Set Partitions: A New Hope” at the 12th International Permutation Patterns Conference at East Tennessee State University. The talk provided the solution of a conjecture about packing non-layered set partitions. The abstract is below.

Abstract-Lippay

MSUM garners 11th Goldwater award in 13 years

Posted on July 14, 2014

Biology Student Among 283 in Nation Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

MSUM senior Evangeline Holley was among 283 students from across the nation selected to receive a $7,500 award from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Holley is a biology major with an emphasis in ecology and evolutionary biology. She is the daughter of Rinita Dalan and George Holley, both faculty members in MSUM’s Anthropology and Earth Science Department.

She was selected from a field of 1,166 mathematics, science and engineering scholars who were nominated by faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the country.

Holley is the tenth MSUM student in the past 13 years to receive a Goldwater Scholarship. (Rachel Sang received the award for two years.)

“I love biology and I love animal behavior,” Holley said. “I get really excited about it and want to get other people excited about it. I like sharing biology with people.”

Holley is currently conducting research under MSUM biology professor Brian Wisenden. The research is centered around the effects diet has on the exploratory boldness of zebra fish. She and her research group will be published in the Journal of Fish Biology this fall. Read the rest of this entry →

Interim Dean of College of Science, Health & the Environment: Call for Applications

Posted on June 18, 2014

The Interim Dean of the College of Science, Health & the Environment is a full-time, twelve-month position.  This interim appointment has a desired start date of July 1, 2014 and will extend through June 30, 2015.

The Interim Dean will provide academic leadership and coordination, and is responsible for the financial and personnel affairs of the college, including the Regional Science Center and the Planetarium.  The Interim Dean will serve on the Academic Affairs Council (AAC) and other university committees as needed, and will integrate the plans of the college with those of the university.

This is an internal search, limited to current faculty at Minnesota State University Moorhead. 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.

MSUM commencement May 16

Posted on May 15, 2014

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 930 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 16 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Graduates of the College of Arts, Media & Communication, College of Business & Innovation, and College of Humanities & Social Sciences will participate in the 9 a.m. ceremony. Graduates of the College of Education & Human Services, and College of Science, Health & the Environment will participate in the 2 p.m. program. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Anne Blackhurst Named President of Minnesota State University Moorhead

Posted on April 24, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 23, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today appointed Dr. Anne Blackhurst as president of Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2014.

In recommending her appointment, Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor, said, “Dr. Anne Blackhurst has been an outstanding provost for Minnesota State University Moorhead, with a deep appreciation of the university’s unique strengths and the quality of its academic programs. As MSU Moorhead’s president, Dr. Blackhurst will continue to partner with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders to address the critical needs of the university and the Fargo-Moorhead region.”

Dr. Blackhurst has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 2011. Previously, she served at Minnesota State University, Mankato as acting vice president for academic and student affairs from 2010 to 2011, as interim dean and dean of graduate studies and research from 2006 to 2010, as chair of the department of counseling and student personnel from 2000 to 2001 and 2005 to 2006, and as professor in the department of counseling and student personnel from 2004 to 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boise State University, a master’s degree in counseling from the College of Idaho, and a doctorate in college student personnel from Ohio University.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named president of this outstanding university,” said Dr. Blackhurst. “It has been a unique privilege to work with the outstanding faculty, staff and students at MSU Moorhead, and I look forward to continuing in this new role as we deliver on our promise to provide students with the opportunity to discover their passions, the rigor to develop intellectually, and the versatility to shape a changing world.” Read the rest of this entry →

Math students present research at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s

Posted on April 15, 2014

Students Josiah Reiswig and Samuel Erickson presented their research on Aphid Sequences at the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society Conference at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s. Erickson’s and Reiswig’s research involves using the somewhat unusual reproduction behavior of aphids to determine Fibonacci like sequences and their growth rates.

The conference was also attended by students Katie Byer, Brittney Lind, and Holly Sullivan, and math faculty, Adam Goyt.

www.csbsju.edu/mathematics/pi-conference

Students present research at Red River Psychology Conference

Posted on April 14, 2014

Psychology students presented research at the 28th Annual Red River Psychology Conference, hosted by Concordia College.

The following presentations were made:

Madhuri Tiwari and Katie Johnson (with Dr. C. Malone) “Competing Sound and Spelling Information Produce Memory Blocks in Word Fragment Completion”

Samantha Kallberg (with Dr. R. Bergstrom)”Appearance-related Social Norms: How the Thin-Ideal Impacts Opposite Sex Perceptions of Attractiveness” Read the rest of this entry →

Personality and genetics

Posted on April 14, 2014

Students research the effects of cortisol

By Meghan Feir

Hermella Alemneh and Mikaela Hanson are using zebra fish in a research project that could have a direct correlation in the way we understand how hormones play a vital role in human personality outcomes.

Alemneh and Hanson’s presentation title, “Does A Stressed Mothers’ Hormones Contribute to the Personality of Their Offspring?” encapsulates the main topic they are researching, which they will be presenting at this year’s Student Academic Conference on April 15, complete with a fish tank. Read the rest of this entry →

Psychology student accepted to Carlson School of Management and offered fellowship

Posted on April 10, 2014

Courtney Messinger, a senior Psychology major, has been accepted into the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, and has been offered a fellowship. She will be attending the Human Resources and Industrial Relations program. Congratulations, Courtney!

Rinita Dalan is keynote speaker for Student Research Conference at Southeast Missouri State University

Posted on April 10, 2014

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, will present the keynote address at the 22nd Annual Student Research Conference at Southeast Missouri State University on April 16. Her talk is entitled “Creating Opportunities through Collaborative Research.”

Community Health major to present at Sanford clinics

Posted on April 10, 2014

Pamela DeTienne, a Community Health major, will make two presentations titled “Alternative to Nicotine” at the Sanford clinic on Broadway and South Pointe respectively as part of her internship. The dates for the presentation are April 10 at 7 a.m. and April 18 at noon. She is doing her presentations as part of Millions Hearts Grant project from Chronic Disease Program of North Dakota Department of Health.

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.”

http://web.mnstate.edu/wisenden

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 →

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.

Sigma Pi Sigma inducts three new members

Posted on April 07, 2014

The MSUM chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honors Society, inducted three new members during a ceremony on April 5. The inductees were chosen based on academic excellence, research and service to the community. MSUM students Iwnetim Abate and Andrew Larson were inducted as way MSUM Physics alumnus John Harris, currently a graduate student at NDSU.

http://physics.mnstate.edu/sps

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