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MSUM expects more than 360 students to graduate tomorrow

Posted on December 17, 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 →

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 →

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on October 01, 2014

Friday, Oct. 3 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Hagen 325
By Isaac Skalsky and Richard Lahti, MSUM

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series presents: “Is Science Fair Participation Related to Science MCAIII Scores for Minnesota Public School Students?”

Science Fair projects have a long history in science education, although their portrayal in popular culture leads to significant misconceptions about their nature and purpose in science education. Science Fair participation is declining, both locally (i.e. the Western Regional Science Fair, held at MSUM) and nationally, at a time when considerable attention is being focused on STEM education, and Next Generation Science Standard emphasizing NOS (nature of science) are being adopted. Read the rest of this entry →

Stay calm; go to Graduate School Week

Posted on September 30, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept 30: Life as a Graduate Student
CMU 205 ~ 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, Oct 1: Graduate & Professional School Day (Fair)
Fargodome ~ 1-3 p.m.
(Free shuttle service available through the Career Development Center) Read the rest of this entry →

StarID to replace DragonNet

Posted on September 29, 2014

StarID: GET IT. KNOW IT. USE IT.

On Sunday, October 12, 2014, your MSUM DragonNet login will change to your StarID. StarID is a username that is used across MnSCU to access information technology systems and services. This conversion has already occurred for most other MnSCU campuses and will draw us closer to being part of a MnSCU-wide standard where StarID will be used to log into our office work computers, wireless internet (Wi-Fi), computer labs, Desire2Learn (D2L), email, e-Services, and much more.

If you haven’t activated your StarID, please do so prior to October 12th by visiting http://starid.mnscu.edu/go/activate/.  Please note that you will need to know your MSUM Tech ID, State Employee Number or Library card barcode and your SSN in order to activate.

Information Technology will begin the conversion process at 9:00 AM on Sunday, October 12th.  Between 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM on October 12th, most network services and systems will be unavailable so please plan accordingly.  If you have questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at support@mnstate.edu or 218.477.2603.

More information will be coming soon.

Infinity in Culture, Science and Art talk by Adam Goyt Oct. 2

Posted on September 29, 2014

Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyear is NOT the only one who can travel “To Infinity and Beyond.”  You can too! Dr. Adam Goyt, Mathematics, will present “To Infinity and Beyond: Infinity in Culture, Science and Art” on Thursday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m. in Langseth Hall 118, and be honored as this year’s Dille Faculty Lecturer Award Recipient. Refreshments will be served.

MSUM Astronomy Night Oct. 3

Posted on September 29, 2014

An Astronomy Night will be held Friday, October 3 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Minnesota State University Moorhead Regional Science Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

Astronomy Night takes the form of what astronomers call a “star party.” Members of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club and the MSUM Department of Physics and Astronomy will have telescopes set up to offer guided tours of the night sky.

Astronomy Nights are sponsored by the Regional Science Center, the MSUM Physics and Astronomy Department and the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club.

The Regional Science Center’s Buffalo River Site is located 14 miles east of Moorhead on U.S. Highway 10.

Science, technology and math majors: Learn about paid internships with Minnesota companies on Monday

Posted on September 25, 2014

Attention science, technology and math majors: Learn about paid internships with Minnesota companies on Monday, September 29 at 2:30 in HA 325.

SciTechsperience is an internship program that connects talented college students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines to rewarding, paid, STEM internship opportunities in dynamic Minnesota companies

Today’s Academic Symposium schedule online

Posted on September 23, 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.

Exhibit on Native Nations in Minnesota and the History of Treaty Making Open at MSUM Library

Posted on September 23, 2014

September 22-October 10 |Livingston Lord Library | Second Floor
Library Hours

“Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” is a new traveling exhibition that will explore the Native nations in Minnesota and their history of treaty making with the United States. The exhibit will open Sept. 22 in the Livingston Lord Library, second floor, where it will be on view through Oct. 10. Read the rest of this entry →

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 →

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 →

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