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MSUM & WDAY Partner to Televise Dragon Games

Posted on August 22, 2014

Minnesota State University Moorhead and WDAY announced last night that they will partner together to carry all 2013-14 home football and basketball conference games as well as 11 DragonsLIVE coaches shows on the newly branded WDAY’Z EXTRA channel.

View the whole release and the video. Read the rest of this entry →

Governor Dayton Makes Appointments to MnSCU Board of Trustees

Posted on August 22, 2014

Governor Dayton just announced his appointments to the MnSCU Board of Trustees. The 15-member Board is responsible for governing MnSCU’s system planning, academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, admissions requirements, tuition and fees, and rules and regulations

“I am delighted by these new board appointments,” Chancellor Rosenstone said. “Each brings considerable experience, passion, and perspective, and I am grateful for the care the governor took in his selection. Higher education in Minnesota—and the nation—is at an inflection point, and we are facing great challenges and great opportunities. I look forward to working together with our new trustees on behalf of our students and the citizens of Minnesota.”

Read the news release here.

Disability Resource Center making strides on campus

Posted on August 22, 2014

Greetings MSUM Community,

The Disability Resource Center, formally known as Disability Services, is making strides to ensure that students with disabilities receive full access to MSUM classrooms, programs, and events. While our commitment to students and the overarching accommodations we provided to students are unchanged, the Disability Resource Center is not only a name change, but a philosophical change as well. Some of the changes to our office philosophy include: Read the rest of this entry →

Break out your red Dragon gear for the FM RedHawks game this Sunday

Posted on August 22, 2014

The week is upon us! We want you, MSUM faculty and staff, to break out your red Dragon Gear and join our students at the FM RedHawks game, on August 24th at 1:00PM!

Watch our very own President, Anne Blackhurst, as she throws the first pitch, take a picture with Scorch, and show your Dragon Pride as we cheer on the RedHawks!

Visit and use the promo code ‘Dragons’ for discounted tickets and we hope to see you there! Read the rest of this entry →

Fall 2014 Start of Semester Reminders from the Records Office

Posted on August 22, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Fall Semester! Before classes begin on August 25, 2014, we encourage you to take a look at the following reminders: Read the rest of this entry →

View the “Why We Have Dragon Pride” video

Posted on August 21, 2014

This morning at convocation, administration, faculty and staff had the pleasure of welcoming incoming freshmen and transfer students into the new school year. During the ceremony, we included this lighthearted video that highlights advice for new students and many of the reasons why we love MSUM and have Dragon Pride!

View the video here.

Share your own reasons for having Dragon Pride with us on Twitter by using #DragonPride and following us @MSUMoorhead.

Watch WDAY tonight for an announcement on Dragon Athletics

Posted on August 21, 2014

Tonight, watch WDAY News at 6 p.m. for an announcement about Dragon Athletics.

Finalists for Director of Public Safety on campus week of Aug. 25

Posted on August 21, 2014

Finalists for the Director of Public Safety will be on campus the week of August 25, 2014.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragon Pride PowerPoint templates available on marketing site

Posted on August 21, 2014

The Dragon Pride PowerPoint template used by Pres. Blackhurst in her campus presentation Wednesday is available on the Marketing and Communications webpage. Templates downloads are available here [Resources -> Template Downloads -> Template 5 (Dragon Pride).] Additional templates available: letterhead, fax cover, memorandum and email business card signature.

Official logos are also located on the marketing webpage.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact


Practice your English with the English Language Tutor Program

Posted on August 21, 2014

International Student Services wants to let you know about our English Language Tutor Program. This is a program that helps connect incoming international students who are wanting to practice their English Language skills with MSUM students who are willing to help.

This is purely a talking tutor program that helps international students with phrase, dialectic and American slang. We ask for the tutors to meet for 2-3 hours a week with their student. All MSUM students are eligible to volunteer. Read the rest of this entry →

Basic Drawing Now Open to Non-Majors

Posted on August 21, 2014

Interested in learning how to draw? Good news! Non-majors are now able to sign up for basic drawing. The course that is available for non-art majors is:

Course: ART 101 (000049) – Basic Drawing 1
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Times: 11:00AM-1:50PM
Instructor: Sherry Short

If you have any question about the course or registration, please contact Sherry Short at, or 218-477-2310.

Take a tour of the newly renovated Livingston Lord Library and Technology Center

Posted on August 21, 2014

Do you have 20 minutes to spare? Have you seen the newly renovated MSUM Library yet? Stop in and take a tour on the newly renovated Livingston Lord Library and Technology Center and learn about services and resources.

Tours will meet at the Circulation Desk and will be as follows:
Monday, August 25 – Thursday August 28: 9:05 am, 12:05 pm, 3:05 pm
Tuesday, September 2 – Thursday, September 4 – 9:05 am, 12:05 pm, 3:05 pm

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 For more information on homecoming activities, visit

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

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.

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