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New members added to senior executive team

Posted on July 23, 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 →

Register to be a part of the On Campus Job Fair

Posted on July 23, 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

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.


Early Education Center family featured in the Forum

Posted on July 15, 2014

A story in the Forum’s Sunday paper featured a family from MSUM’s Early Education Center. You can read the story here. A benefit will be held for the Sylstad family on Friday, July 18.

If you go

  • What: Sylstad Family Benefit, including silent auction, baked-potato bar, BYOB, 21+ event.
  • When: Friday, July 18, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Where: Hartl Ag Building, Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo.
  • Info:

Parts of M5 and G7 parking lots closed

Posted on July 15, 2014

Please do not park in the barricaded halves of the M5 (CMU) and G7 (Holmquist) lots on Tuesday, July 15. Please direct questions to the Parking Office at 218.477.2675. Thanks.

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 →

MSUM’s experimental planting of native prairie in full bloom this summer

Posted on July 14, 2014

MSUM’s experimental planting of native prairie is in full bloom this summer.  The area was planted two years ago along 11th Street across from Owens Hall and boasts several varieties of native grasses and wildflowers.  An interpretive sign helps people identify the range of flora that can be seen there. The planting demonstrates what the Minnesota prairie looked like before European settlement at the turn of the century. Also, it has recently become very popular bee habitat.  Bees pollinate over 25 percent of our food crops, and have been experiencing massive die-offs in recent years due to Colony Collapse Disorder. Native prairies require little maintenance, and use no chemicals or fertilizers.

Please take a minute to stroll around the planting site, and see how many different varieties of wildflowers can be identified.  The native prairie planting is a visible, enjoyable, and ecologically friendly project as part of MSUM’s Sustainability Initiative, and was undertaken in partnership between the Physical Plant, Grounds Maintenance, Administration, and the Office of Campus Sustainability.

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