News @ Minnesota State University Moorhead

Staff Development Day March 7

Posted on February 24, 2017

Tuesday, March 7 | 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | CMU Ballroom

Please join us for a fun day of professional development on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CMU Ballroom. Our theme this year is “Explore…Learn…Grow.” Attached is an overview of the sessions offered for the day. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Read the rest of this entry →

President Blackhurst awards all 10 Fargo Marathon reimbursements

Posted on February 24, 2017

President Blackhurst has awarded all 10 Fargo Marathon registration reimbursements.

Please note that no additional MSUM student Fargo Marathon reimbursements are available.

MSUM Percussion Ensemble to perform Steve Reich masterwork

Posted on February 24, 2017

As a part of the MSUM Freshman/Transfer Scholarship Audition Day this Friday, the MSUM Percussion Ensemble will present an open rehearsal/performance of Steve Reich’s epic masterwork “Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ” in the Center for the Arts Art Gallery from 1:30-2:20 p.m. Come listen to this gentle, flowing work which begs the listener to practice “deep listening” to a variety of slowly shifting musical tambres. Admission is free.  Read the rest of this entry →

Game night Feb. 24

Posted on February 24, 2017

Friday, Feb. 24 | 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. | CMU Ballroom

Come out to the CMU Ballroom on Friday, Feb. 24, from 9 p.m. to midnight. Challenge your friends to classic board games and win prizes! Free for students.

Campus News story on FM Autism Support Group airing Feb. 25

Posted on February 24, 2017

Campus News will be doing a story on the FM Autism Support Group that is run by Rachel Stotts from the SLHS department the collaboration with the MSUM students from the Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences program. The story will run on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 a.m. on Prairie Public television.

Dragon Fire Booster Club hosting viewing party

Posted on February 24, 2017

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead to watch the Dragon Women’s Basketball team take on Sioux Falls at 12 noon as part of the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament. Free appetizers and door prizes! Everyone is welcome! Learn more at

Scott Westby hired as Admissions Representative

Posted on February 24, 2017

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is pleased to announce that Scott Westby has been appointed as our new Admissions Representative, effective Feb. 27, 2017.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree at Valley City State University. Scott is coming to us from the University of Minnesota – Crookston where he has served as an Admissions Counselor since June of 2016, working with prospective first-year students from North Dakota and northern Minnesota. Prior to that experience, Scott held the position of Enrollment Services Specialist at Valley City State University. Additionally, during his time as an undergraduate at VCSU, he worked with prospective students as a Viking Ambassador where he discovered his passion for admissions and enrollment services.

Scott will work with prospective first-year students from North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

Please join us in welcoming Scott to MSUM!

MSUM new hires

Posted on February 24, 2017

Please join us in welcoming the following new employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead. Make sure to stop by their departments to say hello and let them know it’s a GREAT day to be a Dragon!

February 8, 2017

  • Meagan Viken – Dragon Swim School Coordinator, Athletics

Students doing service over spring break

Posted on February 24, 2017

College students spend time serving in communities across the country

Are you looking for something to do over spring break? Do you want to travel and make new friends while making a difference in the communities? Well if you answer yes to any of these questions join us on the STLF Pay Forward TourRead the rest of this entry →

Donate a bottle or more of your favorite wine

Posted on February 24, 2017

Donate a bottle or more of your favorite wine to the Mystery Wine Sale at this year’s Spring Scholarship Gala! The minimum value is $20 per bottle but can exceed to any amount. Wine donations will be received until March 31, 2017.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Club Tennis team

Posted on February 24, 2017

I am beginning to start the process of recruiting new people to join the MSUM club tennis team for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a club team that will travel to different tournaments around both North Dakota and Minnesota. We do require that you have had previous junior varsity/varsity experience or have previously played. If you are interested in joining please contact me through email:

Dragon Mentor applications accepted through Feb. 24

Posted on February 24, 2017

Applications are being accepted for the Dragon Mentor Student Leadership position now through Friday, Feb. 24.

To view the job description and to apply, please go to DragonJobs at the rest of this entry →

President Blackhurst, VP for Finance & Administration Hollaar testify on behalf of Minnesota state budget request

Posted on February 23, 2017

Yesterday, President Anne Blackhurst and Vice President for Finance and Administration Jean Hollaar testified to the House Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance Committee on behalf of the Minnesota State budget request. You can watch their testimony online. Their testimony begins approximately 13 minutes into the video.

Today, President Blackhurst and VP Hollaar will testify to the Senate Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee at 1 p.m.

View the Minnesota Senate agenda and video archives here.

Gov. Dayton appoints George W. Soule to fill vacancy on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees

Posted on February 23, 2017

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of the Honorable George W. Soule to fill a vacancy on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees. Mr. Soule is replacing Margaret Anderson Kelliher, and his term will expire on June 30, 2018.

“George Soule has had a very distinguished career bringing justice and opportunity to people throughout Minnesota,” said Gov. Dayton. “I believe that Mr. Soule will bring this dedication to ensuring excellent higher education and career training opportunities for all students at Minnesota State.”

George W. Soule is a judge of the White Earth Tribal Court of Appeals and a founding partner of Soule & Stull LLC, where he is a civil trial attorney handling cases involving product liability, commercial, and negligence claims. Previously, he was a founding and managing partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP, and an associate at Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett. Judge Soule earned his B.A. from Moorhead State University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Bodwin new Dean of the College of Science, Health and the Environment

Posted on February 23, 2017

Dr. Jeffrey Bodwin has accepted an offer to become the new Dean of the College of Science, Health, and the Environment. 

Jeff earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2001 and joined MSUM in 2003. In 2011, he was elected Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. During the 2014-15 academic year, Jeff served as Acting Dean of the College, and has served as Interim Dean since Summer 2016.  Read the rest of this entry →

Security Updates for Macs and PCs

Posted on February 23, 2017

The MSUM Information Technology Department will be performing additional security updates on university issued computers across the entire campus and will begin 02/27/2017, lasting through 03/20/2017. During this time, your computer will request a scheduled reboot and will then incorporate a software agent name change from Lumension to HEAT EMSS Agent Control Panel.

The IT Department continuously strives to keep university computers working efficiently, and to keep them safe from viruses and other security vulnerabilities.

If you experience issues or have questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at 218 477-2603 or email to

Important Advising Information

Posted on February 23, 2017

Advising is right around the corner. Below are important dates to mark on your calendar:

March 1 – Summer and fall courses are posted on eServices
March 13 – Advising begins
March 27 – Summer/fall registration begins

How do I change my major?

Planning to change your major?

Complete the Major, Minor, Certificate, or Advisor Change Form to obtain the necessary signatures and return to the Registrar’s Office.

Student Academic Conference application deadline Feb. 26

Posted on February 23, 2017

The application deadline for the Student Academic Conference is Sunday, Feb. 26. Please encourage your students to present their research or creative activities at the Andrew B. Conteh 19th Student Academic Conference on April 11.

Forum editorial: Restoring downtown Moorhead’s former glory

Posted on February 23, 2017

Fargo’s downtown began a transformation two decades ago. It’s easy to forget that what’s now a bustling entertainment and retail destination in the heart of the city once had deteriorated into an uninviting eyesore. Moorhead’s downtown has suffered from similar problems, common to many downtowns that were hollowed out during the misguided “urban renewal” period of the 1960s and ’70s.

Moorhead has been trying for years to enliven its downtown, with steps including recent redevelopments that nicely blend with the remaining old buildings. Now civic, business and higher education leaders are launching a new effort to bring vitality back to Moorhead’s downtown. It’s off to a promising start, with $500,000 in pledges to help start the initiative, which will be led by local campus presidents, underscoring Moorhead’s strong and distinctive higher education presence.

Read the rest of the Forum editorial here.

Speaker: Nick Gaines

Posted on February 23, 2017

Thursday, Feb. 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium

Dragon Entertainment Group is hosting Nick Gaines—an MSUM alum—to speak Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Glasrud Auditorium (Weld Hall). Check out The Group’s social media pages for more information.
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