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Silent auction, benefit concert for former MSUM employee family

Posted on October 01, 2014

A silent auction and benefit concert for Michael and Joyce Gallo will be held Sunday, October 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the CMU Ballroom. Joyce was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2006; she is now 64. Michael taught at the MSUM Preschool for about 20 years and then taught in the Education department for about 6 years. He touched many lives–young children and their families, and college students, which earned him an advising award. Please join us in supporting Michael and Joyce and check out the great silent auction items: a bed and breakfast stay in Vail, Colorado; golf clubs; clothing from Strauss; gift certificates from local restaurants; and many more usable items. Folk singer Pat Surface will provide the music. Refreshments and a free will offering provided. Questions? Contact Steve Grineski, or x2017.



In memoriam

Posted on October 01, 2014

A memorial service for Cedric O’Driscoll Worman will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead. Cedric, age 41, passed away on July 21, 2014 at Duke Medical Center following a brief illness. Cedric is the son of Walter Worman (retired MSUM physics faculty) and stepson of Barb Worman (advisor in School of Teaching & Learning). Read the rest of this entry →

Music Industry student nominated for European music tour

Posted on September 30, 2014

Freshman Music Industry student Michael Eback Gant was nominated for the Northern Ambassador European Music Tour for the summer of 2015. Gant, a bass vocalist, will tour England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, and Germany, a tour that normally costs participants $7,000. Gant’s costs will be completely covered by the program.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities waive application fees for College Knowledge Month

Posted on September 30, 2014

St. Paul, Minn., September 26, 2014 – For a limited time, college and university application fees will be waived throughout Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in recognition of “College Knowledge Month,” a statewide effort to provide every graduating high school senior, especially underrepresented students, with the opportunity to apply to college.

“Our colleges and universities are committed to making sure every Minnesotan has access to an extraordinary education,” said Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor. “College Knowledge Month is a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage more high school seniors to apply for college. It gives our colleges and universities an opportunity to show students who might otherwise think college is beyond their reach that resources are available to help them pay for higher education and complete their degree.” Read the rest of this entry →

Library welcomes Candace Fleming

Posted on September 30, 2014

To celebrate the MSUM Livingston Lord Library’s grand reopening and the 10th anniversary of the Read Aloud Book Awards, the MSUM Library welcomes Candace Fleming, well-known children’s author.

Fleming will be presenting a public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m. in Library 103. The presentation, titled, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bookshelf,” is open to the public. This fun-filled and informational session traces Fleming’s journey, chronicling both the pitfalls and the joys of writing for children. A book signing is to follow the public lecture. Read the rest of this entry →

Library 100 now open

Posted on September 30, 2014

Library 100, a 24-hour lounge, study area, and event space for students, has been completed, and if we do say so ourselves—it’s spectacular! Stop by and check it out. It is the room that adjoins the library lobby on the west side, facing the campus mall.

It features comfortable seating and a fireplace. It is a great place to bring a cup of coffee and have a conversation, to collaborate on a project, or to study in a relaxed environment. And it is right next door to the 24-hour computing lab, library resources, and human resources of the Research Help Desk and the IT Help Desk.

See you soon in your renovated MSUM Library!

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 →

Nancy Paul’s article featured in online article collection

Posted on September 30, 2014

Nancy Paul, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, will have a previously published article “Strategies Used by Communication Partners of Aphasic Speakers” featured in an online article collection focusing on Aphasia and Language Disorders through the Routledge, Taylor and Francis publishing group. The article collection will be freely available for the remainder of 2014, via the collection homepage.

Swenson and Clapp’s paper selected “Best Paper” at marketing conference

Posted on September 30, 2014

Jim Swenson and Ben Clapp’s paper, entitled “Darwin Meets the Entrepreneur,” was presented at the 2014 Atlantic Marketing Association annual conference in Asheville, N.C. The paper was selected as “Best Paper” in its category. Both are faculty members in the School of Business.

VP Biden announces recipients of $450M of job-driven training grants

Posted on September 30, 2014

$450M in grants to nearly 270 community colleges partnering with more than 400 employers nationally

WASHINGTON — Training America’s workers with the skills they need for a good job can help middle class families and help American businesses grow our economy. While America’s businesses have created 10 million jobs over the past 54 months, the longest streak of uninterrupted job growth in our country’s history, we need to do more to train Americans with the skills they need, and connect them with businesses that are looking for skilled workers.

While America’s businesses have created 10 million jobs over the past 54 months, the longest streak of uninterrupted job growth in our country’s history, we need to do more to train Americans with the skills they need, and connect them with businesses that are looking for skilled workers.

Today, as part of this effort, Vice President Biden, Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary Arne Duncan are announcing the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants going to nearly 270 community colleges across the country. The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

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2014 TAACCCT Grants by State

Note: Project descriptions are taken from language provided by grantees as part of their abstracts.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Total Award Amount: $2,473,227
Industry focus: Construction and Utilities
Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s CU Succeed program will serve 450 TAA-eligible and similar adults over three years in the West Central Minnesota Workforce Service Area. The program will provide training and certifications to individuals to obtain in-demand careers in the construction and utilities industries through the use of new mobile training units that travel to multiple sites, online workplace readiness and soft skills instruction and work-based training. Articulation agreements with Minnesota State University Moorhead will provide participants with Bachelor of Science degree options. Read the rest of this entry →

VCSU, NDSU and MSUM team up to help alleviate teacher shortage

Posted on September 30, 2014

Prairie Public News

North Dakota continues to experience teacher shortages.

Many school districts have had to go outside North Dakota to recruit teachers. And the state’s Education Standards and Practices Board says for this year, it has licensed more teachers from outside the state than it has in-state college graduates.
Valley City State University officials say they’re working to meet the needs.

“We have 290 elementary education majors, and 250 secondary majors (at Valley City State),” said Gary Thompson, the dean of the school of education at Valley City State. “But I guess we’re still not meeting the needs of what the state needs right now.”
Thompson says the rapid growth out west and the number of baby-boomer retirements is outstripping the number of people enrolled in teacher education programs.

Valley City is working with NDSU and Minnesota State University Moorhead to recruit teachers. The schools call it the “Valley Partnership.” Read the rest of this entry →

Do you know alumni who couldn’t make it back for Homecoming?

Posted on September 30, 2014

Encourage them to attend MSUM Monday in Minneapolis. MSUM President Anne Blackhurst and faculty will be in Minneapolis to meet alumni and hear about their MSUM experiences. Please encourage alumni and friends to join Anne and MSUM faculty for updates and connecting.

Monday, October 6, 2014 ~  5:30-7:30 p.m.
Kip’s Authentic Irish Pub ~ 9970 Wayzata Boulevard ~ St. Louis Park, Minn.

For more information, call 218.477.2143 or

President Anne and faculty will be in Minneapolis for the National College Fair on Tuesday. If you have family members, neighbors or friends looking for a great university, encourage them to stop by the National College Fair: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis.

Congratulations video to Pres. Anne on YouTube

Posted on September 29, 2014

In honor of President Anne Blackhurst’s inauguration ceremony on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, we asked Anne’s coworkers, students, friends and family to wish her well through video! You can watch it here.

StarID to replace DragonNet

Posted on September 29, 2014


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  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 or 218.477.2603.

More information will be coming soon.

International Dress Day Oct. 1

Posted on September 29, 2014

International Dress Day | Wednesday, October 1

Wear clothing, head-wear and accessories from your favorite cultural destination in the world. Take pictures and tweet or facebook the photos for others to see. Please use #MSUMInternationalDressDay and @MSUMintnational for tweeting and IntlDragon when tagging on Facebook

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.

Art historian James Elkins presents a lecture on using your eyes Oct. 6

Posted on September 29, 2014

Artist, critic and art historian James Elkins presents a lecture titled, “How to Use Your Eyes and How Some Animals Use Them” Monday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in King Hall Auditorium on the MSUM campus. Elkins’ lecture is part of The School of Visual Arts colloquium lecture series.

Elkins teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After obtaining his graduate degree in painting, Elkins completed his PhD in Art History in 1989 at the University of Chicago. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Some of his books are exclusively on fine art (What Painting Is, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?). Read the rest of this entry →

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.

Upcoming Eurospring financial aid information meetings

Posted on September 29, 2014

Eurospring financial aid information meetings: Tuesday, September 30 at noon in MacLean 166, and Wednesday, October 1 at 4 p.m. in MacLean 165. Come for information and answers to your questions about the budget and financial aid options for Eurospring. Email Janet with any questions,


Author Heather A. Slomski to read at MSUM Oct. 7

Posted on September 29, 2014

Short Fiction Award Winner for “The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons”

Heather A. Slomski, the winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her debut story collection The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, will read from her work at 4:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 7 in Comstock Memorial Union 205 on the MSUM campus. The reading is part of the McGrath Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.

Slomski, the winner of a Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant and a Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, received her M.F.A. from Western Michigan University and held the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville. Read the rest of this entry →

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