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  • Performance evaluations must be completed by June 30

    October 13, 2015

    MSUM supervisors must ensure that performance evaluations on all their employees are completed by the end of FY 16, as per the review timelines in union contracts. To simplify the process, new fillable forms can be accessed on the Human Resources website under Supervisor Resources > Performance Management. Supervisors can also find a guide with helpful hints under Supervisor Resources > Performance Management > Guide to Conducting a Successful Performance Evaluation. Human Resources will provide reminders to both Supervisors and Employees during the course of the year.  

  • Professor and former student collaborate “Together”

    October 12, 2015

    Moorhead’s Rourke Art Museum until November 8 By Nate Gilbraith, Marketing Intern Associate professor of sculpture Chris Walla and MSUM alumna Naomi Schliesman ’04 (art) are displaying a joint art show entitled Together at the Moorhead Rourke Art Museum, which will be on display until November 8. The art show exhibits the artistic dynamics between two sculptors who have known each other for 12 years. Walla is excited that he and Schliesman, a former student of his, had a chance to collaborate with each other. “Over the years, we have maintained a friendship, and I am very proud of the accomplished artist and arts advocate she has become,” said Walla. “I consider her a respected peer.”         The show was made possible by a grant awarded to Walla by the Lakes Region Arts Council. Walla has been thinking about the subject matter for the show for quite some time—economics and politics—and started working on the sculptures last summer. Walla saw multiple issues with the current economic state and drew from these topics as the source for his body of work. “Right now, our society is shifting from industry-based jobs to service-based jobs. Since the economic fallout of 2009, there is a very real fear that we may be losing the middle class,” explained Walla. “I am seeking to broach the subject matter with a little humor, and I do hope the viewer ponders the issue as time goes on.” While the pieces being displayed by Walla approach a sizeable topic, Schliesman’s work is inspired by something microscopic. “Schliesman’s work draws from viruses, microbiology and fungus,” said Walla. “To determine the form, she uses a wide variety of materials to create compositions that are graphic, colorful and approachable.” Schliesman experiments with these minuscule components by enlarging them to sizes that range from two to four feet tall. Walla is eager to share ...

  • Community Block Party & Pep Rally MOVES TO NEMZEK FIELDHOUSE

    October 12, 2015

    The Community Block Party and Pep Rally has moved to Nemzek Fieldhouse due to the wind and rain. This event is from 5-8 p.m. tonight and is open to the public. Learn more about this year’s MSUM Homecoming Week by visiting For more information: Shireen Alemadi, Coordinator for Community Outreach, 218.477.2579 or  

  • We are Dragons: MSU Moorhead’s Homecoming to take place October 12 – 18

    October 12, 2015

    Get ready, Dragons! This year’s theme is We are Dragons. Homecoming begins Monday, Oct. 12 and ends Sunday, Oct.18 with events scheduled throughout the week. Notable events include the community block party, the burning of the M, the Homecoming parade and various sporting events, including the Dragon football game. To see the full lineup of events at MSUM’s Homecoming, visit

  • Lisa Stewart presented at ND conference

    October 12, 2015

    Lisa Stewart, MSUM Graduate Program in School Psychology, presents at ND conference. Dr. Stewart presented on “Utilizing Single Subject Designs in the Practice of School Psychology” at the ND Association of School Psychology conference in Minot, ND on October 8th. Several MSUM School Psychology alumni were at the conference.

  • Ryan Jackson to be interviewed on PBS’ “Mainstreet”

    October 12, 2015

    Ryan Jackson, Music, appears live today at 3 p.m. on “Main Street,” a Prairie Public Radio program. Jackson coordinates the Music Industry program, and will talk about the program and Undeclared Records, a record label operated on campus as an educational opportunity for students.  You can listen online by going to

  • Homecoming week begins today! Check out today’s events

    October 12, 2015

    Happy Homecoming Week, Dragons! This year’s theme: We are Dragons! The Community Block Party is tonight from 5-8 p.m. on the campus mall! Join us for music, inflatable games, balloon artists, airbrush artists, free food and more! Tonight at 8 p.m., stick around after the Community Block Party for the Pep Rally, also on the campus mall! Hear from Dragon Athletics coaches and athletes before the Homecoming Court is announced! Following the Pep Rally, join fellow students for Dragons Royale Casino Night in the CMU Ballroom!

  • Campus Preview Days October 15, 16 and 17

    October 12, 2015

    SIGN UP FOR A VISIT TODAY! MSU Moorhead will host Campus Preview Days October 15, 16 and 17 in the university’s Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom. Both morning and afternoon sessions will be offered. During Preview Day, prospective students and their families will meet faculty and current students, enter for a chance to win a scholarship, tour campus and the residence halls, hear about student life from current students, learn about academic programs and student services, and get admitted with official transcripts. Register for Campus Preview Day or learn about other campus visit options  or call 218.477.2161 or 1.877.678.6463.

  • Dr. Sherryse Corrow to speak Oct. 14

    October 12, 2015

    The Psychology Department is pleased to host a research talk by Dr. Sherryse Corrow—Winner of MSUM 2015 Outstanding Young Alumni Award and 2008 MSUM Psychology graduate. Dr. Corrow will present “The stranger in the mirror: Understanding the brain through neuropsychological cases of face blindness” on Wednesday, October 14th at 4:00 pm in Bridges 162. Sherryse is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in neurology/ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of British Columbia. The talk is sponsored by the Comstock fund and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

  • World’s Most Ambitious Job Seeker to Speak at MSU Moorhead

    October 12, 2015

    Daniel Seddiqui, named by USA Today as the Most Rejected Man in the World, is scheduled to speak at Minnesota State University Moorhead Tuesday, October 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Langseth Hall 118. Hear valuable lessons from a man who has impacted communities across America and created a platform for students to discover the world around them. Seddiqui is eager to share his story with the next generation of professionals. He has travelled to all 50 states where he worked in industries that directly reflect the culture and economy of each state, making him the World’s Most Ambitious Job Seeker. He’s worked as a baseball scout in Massachusetts, a coal miner in West Virginia, a meteorologist in Ohio, a music studio technician in Tennessee, an archaeologist in Arkansas, a petroleum engineer in Texas, a meatpacker in Kansas, a cartographer in North Dakota, a National Park Service ranger in Wyoming, a reverend in Nevada, a lumberjack in Oregon, a dietitian in Mississippi and much more! MSU Moorhead is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. For more information about MSU Moorhead, visit

  • Homecoming Tailgating lunch Oct. 13

    October 12, 2015

    We invite you to our Homecoming Tailgating lunch for some energy to kick-off the spirit-filled week! Kise Commons, Tuesday, October 13 from 11am – 2pm. Click here for a full list of Homecoming events.

  • “Giant Molecules to Soft Materials” presented this Friday

    October 12, 2015

    Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Present: From Giant Molecules to Soft Materials By: Dr. Alan Denton Department of Physics North Dakota State University Friday, October 16 | 3:30 pm | HA 325 Soft materials, such as clays, gels, foams, and biomaterials, typically comprise giant molecules. Weak and tunable forces between polymer coils, amphiphilic chains, and colloidal particles give soft materials their characteristic mechanical fragility and rich thermal and optical properties. Polymers are ubiquitous as rubbers, plastics, and fabrics. Lipids, which self-assemble into biomembranes, and biopolymers, such as DNA, RNA, and proteins, are the very stuff of life. Other biopolymers, such as polysaccharides, feature in many foods and consumer care products (shampoos, toothpastes, etc.), and have applications to oil recovery and drug delivery. Liquid crystals lie behind most flat panel displays, while colloids surround us, disguised as paints, inks, and pharmaceuticals. In the quest to understand and control the remarkable properties of soft matter, experiment and modeling play essential and intertwining roles. After introducing the physics of soft matter, I will focus on some of the practical applications and grand challenges for future multidisciplinary research.

  • Dragons Hall of Fame Banquet Oct. 16

    October 12, 2015

    Join us on Friday, October 16, 2015 for the Dragons Hall of Fame Banquet!  It will be held in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom on the campus of MSUM. Social hour will start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. Register online at by October 12, 2015 Learn more about the 2015 Dragon Hall of Fame members: This year’s inductees include- ·       Brad Beck-Football ·       Ken Bladow- Coach, Men’s Cross Country (Posthumous) ·       Kristin Engeldorf-Women’s Basketball ·       Chris Ericson-Men’s Track and Field, Cross Country ·       Paul Lykken-Men’s Track & Field ·       Ron Monsegue-Men’s Track & Field ·       David Schellhase- Coach, Men’s Basketball ·       Banks Swan-Wrestling ·       Lori Ulferts-Coach, Women’s Basketball ·       Special Recognition of the 1995-1996 Women’s Soccer Team (20 years of Dragon Women’s Soccer)

  • Come network with MSUM alumni Oct. 16

    October 12, 2015

    Come network with MSUM alumni at Dragons of the Past: Lessons Learned! This is your opportunity to gain leadership advice, hear stories of dragon history and ask questions to leaders with experience. Dragons of the Past: Lessons Learned will be held in the Fox Recital Hall at 1:00pm on October 16th. A reception will follow the panel discussion. The following alumni will be panelists for Dragons of the Past: Lessons Learned: Mark Knutson ’92 (Finance) is president and founder of Go Far Events, which organizes the Fargo Marathon and multiple other road races every year! Paul Lykken ’85 (Mathematics and Business Administration) is a Regional Processing Office Manager, overseeing six processing teams for the Federated Insurance Company. Lykken will be inducted in the 2015 Dragon Athletic Hall of Fame as a track and field athletic alumnus. Lykken earned All-American honors in the javelin at the 1985 NAIA National Championship, was a two-time conference champion and, is the MSUM record holder in the javelin Ann Malmberg ‘87 (Nursing) is the regional director of community health at Essentia Health in the west region where she is set with the task of collaborating with other partners to improve the health of our communities. David Plakos’75 (Mass Communications) is a freelance camera operator and director in Los Angeles, California and is the winner of nine National Primetime Emmy Awards. Larry Scott ’67 (English) was the first sports information director at MSUM and served in this position for 40 years. During that time he also worked as the NIC sports publicity director and as a broadcaster for Dragon football games. Billi Jo Zielinski’95 (Political Science) is the president and CEO of Make-A-Wish North Dakota. In the past Zielinski has worked in our nation’s capital for Congressman Jim Ramstad and Governor Tim Pawlenty, where she covered issues from health to education to military ...

  • The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Celebration is this Thursday

    October 12, 2015

    You are invited. Show your Dragon Pride and register to attend the 45th annual Distinguished Alumni Celebration, Thursday, October 15th, 2015. Faculty and staff play important roles in the success of MSUM graduates. Please join us in celebrating and recognizing the talents and service of the following MSUM 2015 Distinguished Alumni:     Distinguished Alumni: David Plakos ‘75 (mass communications) Mark Knutson ‘92 (finance) Vincent Williams ‘03 (social studies/history) Billi Jo Zielinski ’95 (political science) Tami Reller ‘87 (mathematics) Outstanding Young Alum: Sherryse Corrow ’08 (psychology) Service Award: Larry Scott ’67 (English) Eva Vraspir Excellence in Nursing Alumni Award: Ann Malmberg ’87 (nursing) Read more about the recipients and register online now at:

  • Chair Nornes on campus Oct. 13

    October 12, 2015

    Representative Bud Nornes, Chair of the House Higher Education Committee, will be on the MSUM campus to conduct listening sessions: Tuesday, October 13 Library Porch Student Session  |  11:15 am -11:45 am Faculty and Staff Session  |  11:45 am-12:15 pm Plan to attend for a conversation with Chair Nornes

  • Get your tickets now for Artemis, a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game

    October 12, 2015

    October 23-25   |   Friday & Saturday 3 pm – 11 pm,  Sunday 3 pm – 9 pm    –   Get tickets online now before they’re gone! Want to drive a spaceship through space with your friends? Blow up enemy ships? Go on rescue or reconnaissance missions? Come and play in the planetarium! Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game where several players are together in one room (“bridge”) , and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain, a person who sits in the middle, doesn’t have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do. Have a team of friends you want to play with?  Have a group who could use some team-building experiences?  Come check out Artemis!  Pay to play, but FREE to watch!

  • Quartet to perform Thursday, Oct. 22

    October 12, 2015

    Quartet to perform Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., on the Gaede Stage. Male classical quartet includes high voice of countertenor. “Their performance epitomized what truly fine singing is all about.” Richmond Times-Dispatch You’ve probably heard the voices of Prince, Adam Levine, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and the lead singer in the Four Tops. If you weren’t familiar with their music, but heard them on the radio, you may have mistaken them for female singers because they often sing in falsetto. You may have never heard a countertenor sing. The range is similar, but the technique used for getting that high is different. The sound produced by a countertenor is bigger and purer than that of a man singing in falsetto. A countertenor is one of four male singers that make up New York Polyphony. The other voices are tenor, baritone and bass. The quartet performs Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. The performance is the second event in this season’s Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series. New York Polyphony is regarded as one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world. The group applies a modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. NYP is dedicated to innovative programming, but also to rare and rediscovered Renaissance and medieval works. The ensemble’s growing discography includes two GRAMMY®-nominated releases and albums that have topped the “best of” lists of The New Yorker, Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine. Called a “spacious, radiant retreat” by The New York Times, their current release, Sing thee Nowell, scored NYP its second GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance category. With the 2013 release of Times go by Turns, the ensemble’s fourth album, NYP continued “to claim a spot as one of ...

  • Oct. 30, visit the planetarium for Muggle Magic! (FREE)

    October 12, 2015

    Friday, October 30   |  6 pm – 8 pm Come out to MSUM and have a surreal time! Family friendly events, activities and planetarium shows to delight every ghost and ghoul. The MSUM Planetarium will be presenting Hogwarts Astronomy.  Come learn about all the characters of the beloved book series who have their own place in the sky!  Join the Society of Physics Students for fun “Muggle Magic” science demos and experiments.  Best of all… it’s FREE!!

  • Welcome party to be held for new community members Oct. 20

    October 12, 2015

    There will be a Smart Connections party to welcome folks who are new to the community. They are encouraging staff and faculty to bring their families, as well. Attendees can meet other new residents and locals, learn more about Fargo-Moorhead and have a fun evening. If you’d like to attend, please join us. The Smart Connections event is October 20 from 6-9 at Ecce, 216 Broadway North. Tickets and more info is available at this link. Use the code: CANTWAIT Make sure to register if you’re attending; tickets are going to go fast!

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