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Blackhurst presidency off and running

Posted on August 20, 2014

Homecoming Week at Minnesota State University Moorhead Sept. 22 – 27 will feature the typical celebratory events. There will be a neighborhood block party on Sept. 22, academic deans will compete for best chili on Thursday and on Saturday, Sept. 27 there will be a parade, tailgating and the big football game.

Homecoming Week activities will also include the inauguration of President Anne Blackhurst as MSUM’s 11th president. Blackhurst, an avid long distance runner, began her presidency July 1 and Laps for the Long Run will recognize her term while raising money for scholarships. But rather than just asking for donations, Blackhurst will earn the money. She has pledged to run 50 laps around the Ron Masanz Track at Nemzek Field for a distance of 12.5 miles and she has invited others to make pledges for every lap she runs. The money will be used for a new series of Presidential Merit Scholarships that will be awarded to high achieving high school students. Read the rest of this entry →

SMART Start for MSUM Students

Posted on August 20, 2014

by Aries Serrano, Reporter
August 18, 2014

College can be a scary experience for many incoming freshmen,but MSUM is easing the transition for some students.
With thousands of students coming into campus this fall, it can be intimidating for incoming freshmen to meet new people.
MSUM uses the SMART Start program to help. Read the rest of this entry →

Women’s and Gender Studies, Philosophy and Sustainability Students Contribute to the Success of FEMMSS5, an international conference

Posted on August 20, 2014

Women’s and Gender Studies, Philosophy and Sustainability students contribute to the success of the conference Science, Technology and Gender:  Challenges and Opportunities, held by the Association for FEMMSS (Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies) hosted at The University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario Canada, August 10-13, 2014. Kate Lucero and Whitney Oxendahl,  along with faculty members Claudia Murphy, Women’s and Gender Studies and Philosophy, Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy, Alison Wallace, Biosciences and Sara Anderson, Biosciences, presented a workshop titled “Fracking the Reservation: Interdisciplinary Development of an Undergraduate Case Study.” Read the rest of this entry →

Reminder: Request your Course Shells for Fall 2014

Posted on August 20, 2014

Instructors: Please request your course shells for Fall 2014 courses by using the CourseCreator request form.

It usually takes 24-48 hours for your course to appear on Desire2Learn. Requests submitted outside of normal office hours may take longer. Your name must appear as the instructor of record on the Course Schedule in order to request the course. Read the rest of this entry →

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.

President Blackhurst opens 2014-15 year with campus presentation tomorrow

Posted on August 19, 2014

Pres. Anne Blackhurst invites faculty and staff to opening remarks for the 2014-15 academic year at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20 in Hansen Theater.

“I think it is vitally important to communicate clearly, often, and in multiple ways so there’s no need to speculate about what is going on,” said Blackhurst.  “In July I sent my first monthly email update, I’ll continue to use social media and, of course, we will continue to use town hall meetings and the formal meet and confer process to share information and answer questions.  This campus presentation is not only a means of information sharing.  It’s also an important way to create community and clarity as we begin a new year together.”

Among the topics to be discussed are Blackhurst’s plans and priorities for the upcoming year, including plans for a new institutional image campaign to increase MSUM’s visibility within the Fargo-Moorhead community.

President Blackhurst’s speech will be available live via webcast at www.mnstate.edu/president.

Faculty and staff invited to participate in Thursday’s student convocation

Posted on August 19, 2014

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in this Thursday’s new student convocation. Lineup for the processional begins at 8:45 a.m. in Nemzek Hall. Speakers will include Pres. Blackhurst and Student Body President Cody Meyer. Offices may be closed so employees can attend at the discretion of department heads. Academic regalia may be worn but is not required.

Watch Valley News Live tomorrow morning for MSUM segments

Posted on August 19, 2014

The Valley News Live morning show Valley Today will feature live segments from MSUM tomorrow between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.  Reporter Kristi Larson will discuss back-to-school matters including freshman move-in day activities. David Wahlberg, executive director of Marketing & Communications, Heather Philips director of Housing and Residential Life, and Julia Roland, director of First Year Experience will be the guests during live cut-ins at 5:05, 5:35, 6:05, 6:30 and 6:55 a.m.

Lisa Stewart, School Psychology, publishes chapter in Best Practices in School Psychology

Posted on August 19, 2014

Dr. Lisa Stewart published the chapter, “Best Practices in Developing Academic Local Norms” in the most recent edition of the National Association of School Psychology Best Practices in School Psychology. The Best Practices resource is a staple in graduate programs across the country and the new edition was released August 2014.

This week’s MSUM Dining retail hours listed

Posted on August 19, 2014

Click here to view this weeks MSUM Dining retail hours.

Another Bohl emerges as defensive leader for Dragons

Posted on August 18, 2014
By Eric Peterson on Aug 14, 2014 at 11:44 p.m.

MOORHEAD – When Aaron Bohl decided to play football at Minnesota State Moorhead a few years ago, he viewed having his dad nearby as a bonus.

That’s why Aaron took it in stride when his father, Craig Bohl, left North Dakota State after last season to take the head football job at the University of Wyoming.

“I always knew there would be an opportunity where he might leave,” Aaron Bohl said Thursday after MSUM had completed its first practice of fall camp. “I made sure that was more of a bonus than a requirement to come up here.”

In his third year in the Dragons’ program, Bohl has established himself as the starter at middle linebacker. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder started all 11 games last fall as a redshirt freshman, ranking fifth on the team with 66 tackles. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. David Tack presented research on school-community relationships at 14th annual Community Collaborative Brain Conference

Posted on August 18, 2014

Dr. David Tack, Teaching and Learning, presented his research on school-community relationships on the Red Lake reservation at the 14th annual Community Collaborative Brain Conference in Mahnomen, MN. “The Importance of Schools in Building Stronger Community Relationships” was presented to a group of international teachers, social workers, early child care providers, and a member of the Minnesota Department of Education.

Faculty and staff, welcome and meet the class of 2018 on Thursday, Aug. 21

Posted on August 18, 2014

Campus Colleagues,

It is back-to-school time – which means faculty are working on syllabi, staff members are planning activities, rooms are being cleaned, and new signs and schedules are being posted.  Our incoming freshmen and their parents are busy determining what they really should be bringing with them when they come to school.

In a few more days (Wednesday, August 20th), our new students arrive.  The entire campus has an opportunity to welcome and meet the class of 2018 on Thursday, August 21st.  Details about the day’s activities are listed below. Read the rest of this entry →

Student Organization Officers, take note of these important dates

Posted on August 18, 2014

Attention Student Organization Officers! As the academic year approaches, here are some important dates to mark in your calendars! Read the rest of this entry →

New Check Printing Schedule

Posted on August 18, 2014

Beginning Monday, August 25th, Business Services will be printing checks two times a week. Check requests submitted by 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays will be available from Business Services on TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS. Direct deposits will continue to be processed daily.

Dragon Café daily specials for August 18 – 22

Posted on August 18, 2014

Dragon Café daily specials for August 18th – 22nd available from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

Monday, August 18th
BLT Flatbread Sandwich – $6

Tuesday, August 19th
Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich w/ Chips – $6 Read the rest of this entry →

Please Request your Course Shells for Fall 2014

Posted on August 18, 2014

Instructors: Please request your course shells for Fall 2014 courses by using the CourseCreator request form.

It usually takes 24-48 hours for your course to appear on Desire2Learn. Requests submitted outside of normal office hours may take longer. Your name must appear as the instructor of record on the Course Schedule in order to request the course.

For a list of start of semester tasks and helpful tips on preparing for the new term, please refer to the D2L Course Administration page on the Instructional Technology page.

If you have questions, please contact Instructional Technology Services by emailing support@mnstate.edu or by phone at 218.477.2603 (option 3).

MSUM’s fall semester kicks off with Welcome Week Aug. 20 – 24

Posted on August 18, 2014

Fall classes for Minnesota State University Moorhead’s 2014-15 academic year begin Monday, August 25.

Welcome Week for incoming freshmen and transfer students is Aug. 20 – 24. MSUM puts on one of the most extensive orientation week programs.

“Dragon Welcome Week really gives students an all-around experience that encompasses various activities and events,” Mitch Johnson, the assistant director of First Year Programs said. “We have everything from a comedian, to a dance, to a Saturday-Night-Live-type show put on by our Student Orientation Counselors – SOCs as we call them – with much more in between. We make sure to pack our days full of activities to keep our students busy, help them get involved, and really feel at home in the Dragon community.”

For a list of all Welcome Week events, visit www.mnstate.edu/welcome-week/schedule.aspx.

Campus Sustainability seeks volunteers for 3rd annual Kung-Fu Box-O-Rama move-in day event

Posted on August 15, 2014
Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 4-6 p.m. to help decorate and setup, and Wednesday, Aug. 21 for two-hour shifts between 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to click this link to sign up! 

Kung-Fu Box-O-Rama is the name given to the move-in day cardboard recycling effort sponsored by the Office of Campus Sustainability.  The purpose of the event is to educate and assist our new freshmen and their families about cardboard recycling on campus.  Last year, with help from the Green Dragons, the MSUM Housing Department, as well as student, faculty, and alumni volunteers, the event recycled nearly 3 tons of cardboard! That’s enough cardboard to save 50 trees. Read the rest of this entry →

Enter for a chance to win 2014 Renaissance Festival tickets/ Discounted tickets for MSUM faculty and staff

Posted on August 15, 2014

The HR Office has 4 “Complimentary” 2014 Renaissance Festival tickets to give away. There will be 2 winners (2 tickets for each winner). If you would like the chance to “win” these tickets, please call the Office of Human Resources- at 477-2157 before 12 noon on Friday, August 29th, 2014- to have your name and phone number placed in to a drawing which will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 29th. Read the rest of this entry →

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