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New Staff in Housing and Residential Life

Posted on July 25, 2014

Joe Hazelton will be joining Housing and Residential Life on August 6 as the Associate Director. Joe Hazelton is currently a Property Management Associate with Cedar Management, Inc. in Fridley, Minn. Previously, he was an Assistant Director of Residence Life for Student Conduct and Operations at the University of Delaware, an Area Coordinator at St. Cloud State University, a Residence Director at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Interim Coordinator for Residential Life Judicial Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a Residence Hall Director at North Dakota State University. Hazelton holds a master’s degree from North Dakota State University in Educational Leadership and a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in History.

Jeff Fabus is a the new Dahl/Ballard Area Director. Prior to joining the Housing and Residential Life staff, he was an Assistant Hall Director at Indiana State University. Jeff holds a Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Actuarial Science from Otterbein University.

Mitch Primus is the new Graduate Area Director in Snarr Hall. Prior to this role, Mitch served as a Resident Director at Dickinson State University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Statistics from the University of Minnesota-Morris.

A reminder about recycling

Posted on July 25, 2014

MSUM offers recycling services in every building on campus, and the Office of Campus Sustainability appreciates everyone’s efforts to divert waste from landfill.  Frankly, we’re doing a great job!  But here are a couple reminders to help things run smoothly.

The “Recycling at Work” office paper recycling boxes at your desk: We ask that each person who has one of these empties it into the larger bins located in the hallway or, in some cases, in your outer office. If you need one of these boxes, please contact

Secure Document Destruction: when these are full please call the telephone number on the container and Minnkota Recycling will come pick them up.  Tip: you may use these to securely dispose of those annoying credit card offers you get in the mail at home.

Cardboard Recycling: we appreciate your efforts to recycle cardboard, but please flatten the boxes, as well as remove any packing material.  Un-flattened boxes fill up the dumpsters very quickly, requiring extra trips from the compactor truck (which doesn’t get the same mileage as a Prius), and causing a mess at the dumpster sites.  If you’re depositing the boxes at the recycling stations in the hallway, please flatten and tuck them behind the bins.

Small step equals big news for the future of recycling in Clay County: Earlier this week the Clay County Board unanimously passed a resolution to invest up to $40,000 to put together a plan for an advanced Material Recovery Facility (MRF).  A MRF allows all recycling to be deposited in the same bin (single-stream recycling), and is then separated at the facility.  This makes recycling much easier, and would also allow for curbside collection at the numerous apartment buildings in the city.  Tip: due to recent developments in the market for recycled glass, we no longer need to separate our glass by color. Read the rest of this entry →

Welcome Week 2014 Schedule for Returning Faculty

Posted on July 25, 2014

PDF: Welcome Week 2014 Schedule for Returning Faculty

New members added to senior executive team

Posted on July 24, 2014

Administrators representing diversity and IT have been added to President Anne Blackhurst’s senior executive team. Daniel Heckaman, chief information officer, and Donna Brown, in her new capacity as chief diversity officer, now serve on the Senior Executive Council. In addition, Andrea Kubat, recently appointed to succeed Brown as interim chief human resources officer serves on the team.

“As the executive leadership team for the university, Senior Executive Council sets the direction and strategy for MSUM,” said President Blackhurst. “Collectively, we are responsible for ensuring the achievement of MSUM’s goals and objectives, so it’s critical that all of the key divisions in the university are represented.” Read the rest of this entry →

Academic Support Center welcomes new team members

Posted on July 24, 2014

The Academic Support Center welcomes the following individuals:
Clint Bueling has accepted the Academic Counselor/Peer Advisor Coordinator position. Clint was previously in this position on an interim appointment.
Frank (Francis) Oakgrove has accepted the position of Academic Counselor/Student Relations Coordinator for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Frank comes to us from NDSU where he served as their Program Coordinator for Multicultural Programs. Frank will begin at MSUM on July 31.

Renew your Reserved Permits soon!

Posted on July 24, 2014

Have a Reserved Permit last year? Want it again? Renew your permit with the Parking Office as soon as possible!

Register to be a part of the On Campus Job Fair

Posted on July 24, 2014

Are you hiring student employees for the Fall or Spring Semesters? Would you like the opportunity to talk with students directly about your available positions? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then the On Campus Job Fair is for you! Sponsored by the Career Development Center and held on Friday, August 29 from 11-1 PM, this event will bring in students looking for Work Study and non Work Study on campus positions to talk with departments about current and future job openings. Register on DragonJobs. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Bobbie Delaney at or 477-2553.

Dr. Kandace Creel Falcón presented paper at inaugural Latina/o Studies conference in Chicago

Posted on July 22, 2014

Dr. Kandace Creel Falcón (Women’s and Gender Studies) presented a paper, “Railway Origins: Uncovering the Tracks of Mexicana Lives in Kansas via Chicana Feminist Methodologies” at the inaugural Latina/o Studies conference in Chicago July 17-19. Two Organización Latina Americana (OLA) student officers also attended the conference – Melissa Gonzalez (WGS and Spanish majors), and Miguel Zarco (Finance) to help shape OLA’s student organization goals next academic year.

CMU C-Store daily specials for July 22-25

Posted on July 22, 2014

Comstock Memorial Union C-Store daily specials for July 22nd – 25th available from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22nd
Hot Beef & Cheddar Sandwich w/ Homemade Potato Chips – $4.59

Wednesday, July 23rd
Meat Lasagna w/ Garden Salad & Garlic Breadstick – $4.99 Read the rest of this entry →

Paul Harris, History, has two recent publications

Posted on July 21, 2014

Paul Harris, History, has two recent publications. He reviewed Domestic Frontiers: Gender, Reform, and American Intervention in the Ottoman Balkans and the Near East by Barbara Reeves-Ellington for the Journal of American History, and he contributed a “Preface” to Past & Presently, a collection of poems by Dan DeVries, an old friend. He also attended the annual meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity, where he chaired a session and presented a paper entitled “Gendered Delusions: The Borderlands Mission of Melinda Rankin.”

Red Weather seeking poetry, prose, and/or visual art

Posted on July 21, 2014

Red Weather, the now-biannual literary journal edited and designed by students at MSUM, is seeking poetry, prose, and/or visual art (photos, drawings, illustrations, paintings, prints, and any creative work that can be presented in an image file) for inclusion in the first issue of its thirty-fourth volume.

This year, we are releasing two issues instead of the traditional one. For the fall issue, we are seeking speculative fiction, poetry, and visual arts. Speculative fiction traditionally includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird, post-apocalyptic, paranormal, dystopian, alternate history, steampunk, and other similar genres. We are also accepting submissions from writers, poets, and artists outside of the MSUM community for this issue. Submissions are open to anyone and everyone who cares to submit. Please, submit your work (in any genre) to Red Weather for consideration.

The deadline for submission is September 15. For complete details, visit MSUM Red Weather on Facebook or go to

Nonprofit management and leadership workshops on campus

Posted on July 21, 2014

MSUM, United Way and the Otto Bremer Foundation are once again offering Nonprofit Management and Leadership workshops (formerly Essentials of Nonprofit Administration) held on the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead. They are offered the second Wednesday of every month, September 2014 through May 2015. This comprehensive training program is designed to address today’s critical issues that nonprofit organizations face. More information on the topics and presenters can be found on our website.

Register for your 2014-15 parking permit

Posted on July 21, 2014

Parking on campus next year? Don’t forget to register for your 2014-2015 Permit!

Dragon Café summer daily specials for July 21 – 25

Posted on July 21, 2014

Dragon Café summer daily specials for July 21st – 25th available from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

Monday, July 21st
Sicilian Grilled Cheese – $5

Tuesday, July 22nd
Chicken Bacon Ranch Flatbread – $6 Read the rest of this entry →

Fraudulent tax returns scam at universities

Posted on July 18, 2014

The FBI’s Cyber Division has been alerted to a scam victimizing college and university employees. After the employees file their tax returns, they later learn tax returns were already filed using their social security numbers. The IRS sent their tax returns to the original fraudulent filers.  There are numerous victims at each university. At this time, the reporting has come in from 4 different states nationwide.  Please alert your campus public safety partners to this scam. Victims can report cyber crime to the FBI at IC3.

If you become aware of a scam of this nature, please report info to Aaron Churness,Task Force Officer, FBI JTTF Minneapolis, 763-569-8431, and to IC3. When reporting to ic3, please include text in the complaint that states, “University Payroll Scam” so they can gather all of these scams into one group. 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:


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.

Parking closures Aug. 17

Posted on July 17, 2014

Please do not park in G-9 lot (West strip of Nemzek) and F-1 lot (North of Nemzek) on Thursday, July 17 while Maintenance stripes the spaces. Please direct questions to the Parking Office at 218.477.2675.

TEDxYouth@Fargo – On Purpose

Posted on July 16, 2014

TEDxYouth is a great opportunity for young adults to experience a day of TEDx talks and adventures in Fargo for a very affordable ticket price! The morning is filled with Fargo-Moorhead-based adventures, included in the ticket price, and the afternoon has nine fantastic speakers, along with plenty of opportunities to visit and share with other young people from around the region. Get tickets here.


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

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