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  • Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction #26 for affordability

    October 6, 2015

    Ranked by Top Education Degrees website  Top Education Degrees website has ranked MSUM’s Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction #26 for affordability out of 146 schools offering advanced degrees in curriculum and instruction. Top Education Degrees website provides high-quality, well-researched education and career resources for individuals in the education field. The website ranked the 50 most affordable online masters in curriculum and instruction degree programs based on information collected from National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator. The majority of the programs making the grade are designed for working teachers, or those with at least some level of classroom teaching experience, and all deliver online or distance learning programs. “MSUM’s online course delivery is a little different from other institutions; it is very interactive, relationship focused and personal,” said Michael Coquyt, program coordinator of the Curriculum and Instruction program. “Online delivery provides an opportunity for our graduate students, mostly working teachers, to collaborate across the state, region and country with other educators to learn about current trends and issues in education with the flexible scheduling needed to meet work and personal demands while attending graduate school to advance their career.” The website combined tuition rates and fees to determine affordability, and reflect the most current rate for in-state graduate tuition. MSUM’s graduate degrees are not only a smart investment, they are nationally accredited, personal and flexible. For example, the Curriculum and Instruction program professors have nearly 60 years combined experience in the classroom and educational administration. “Our other instructors are current superintendents, principals, special education directors, teachers, and service cooperative directors,” said Lisa Karch, director of graduate studies. “The required coursework relates to what educators are already doing in the classroom and relevant.” MSUM offers 12 graduate degrees and 18 graduate certificates. Read more about the most affordable Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction Online 2015. Learn more about MSUM’s ...

  • How should I prepare for my advising appointment?

    October 6, 2015

    Here are some helpful hints on how to prepare for your academic advising appointment: •    Print off your DAR. (From the MSUM homepage, click on E-services. Log on and select “Grades and Transcripts” on the left hand side. Then select “Interactive Degree Audit Report.” There is a “Printer Friendly” version that can be selected under the graphs on the left hand side of the page) •    Create a draft of a course schedule. Be sure to include some alternative courses and times. •    Be prepared to talk with your advisor about liberal studies, your major, internships, graduate school, etc. •    Write down any questions you have. •    Be sure you know your access code after leaving your appointment. •    Register when your registration window opens.

  • Former employee passed away

    October 6, 2015

    Dennis C. Mrosla, 62, died Saturday, Oct. 3. Denny was the Refrigeration Mechanic at the Physical plant from 5/30-84 to 3/21/95. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead. Denny was married to MSUM employee, Judy Mrosla, who retired from Continuing Studies in 2011.

  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Waive Application Fees to Celebrate College Knowledge Month

    October 6, 2015

    MSU Moorhead to waive fees the week of Oct. 26 APPLY TODAY! Every one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities across the state is waiving application fees for all or part of College Knowledge Month. Celebrated in October, College Knowledge Month is a statewide effort between high schools and postsecondary institutions to engage, inform and support students as they enter into the college application process. MSU Moorhead will participate in College Knowledge Month by waiving application fees the week of October 26th. “We look forward to assisting future Dragons and their families in choosing the right college for them,” said Shaun Manning, MSUM’s director of Undergraduate Admissions. “Every day, our colleges and universities deliver the highest value, most affordable higher education option in the state of Minnesota,” said Steven Rosenstone, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities chancellor. “In keeping with this commitment, we are pleased to waive application fees as part of College Knowledge Month and look forward to partnering with high schools as they encourage students to explore the many ways higher education offers a path to a brighter future.” Throughout the month and around the state, staff from all the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will be volunteering at high school events to assist students with applications and sharing information about the college experience. While most Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are waiving application fees from October 26-30, others; have chosen to waive fees for the entire month. And, there are colleges and universities that never charge a fee. Application fees for qualified low-income students are always waived at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. For more information, contact any of the MnSCU colleges and universities.

  • Adam Goyt organized session at Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society

    October 6, 2015

    Adam Goyt, Mathematics, organized a Special Session on Enumerative Combinatorics and Graph Theoretic Applications at the Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society at Loyola University in Chicago this past weekend.


    October 6, 2015

    When the streak began, Lyndon Johnson was president. Postage stamps cost $.05. The top grossing movie in the United States was The Graduate. And it was the year of the first Super Bowl. Larry Scott worked his first Minnesota State University Moorhead football game in 1967. He hasn’t missed a game since. On Saturday at Northern State, his streak of working consecutive Dragon football games will hit a big milestone – 500. “Larry Scott is an icon for the Dragons,” MSUM athletic director Doug Peters said. “When you think about 500 straight football games and begin to translate that to how many student-athletes he has impacted — it is mind-boggling.” “Scotty” as he has been known to Dragon coaches, fans and athletes for decades, was MSUM’s sports information director from 1969-2009. Prior to that, he had worked as a statistician for Dragon football games. After retiring from the SID position in 2009, Scotty became a game analyst for Dragon football broadcasts. The streak has spanned almost 50 years and nine U.S. presidents. “I never began with any kind of numbers in mind,” Scott said. “It’s always been fun following the Dragons. As the years piled up, we took notice. I never looked at that in advance.” Read more at

  • Sheila K. Marquardt and Kelsy Jenkins facilitated interactive workshop

    October 6, 2015

    Sheila K. Marquardt, School of Teaching and Learning, along with a local teacher, Kelsy Jenkins, facilitated an interactive workshop entitled, “Creating With: New Possibilities in the Future of Pre-Service Teacher Field Experiences” at the National Association of Multicultural Education.  They also conducted a symposium session entitled, “The Individual Within Community: A Teacher Ed/Alternative Student Collaboration” about the partnership projects between MSUM and the Red River Area Learning Center.

  • Meghan Duda, Assistant Professor of Photography in the School of Media Arts & Design, makes directorial debut in Århus, Denmark

    October 6, 2015

    Last spring semester Meghan Duda’s husband and creative partner Regin Schwaen was invited to participate in a 50 year anniversary celebration at his alma mater, Aarhus School of Architecture. The event, titled JUBILÆUMSUDSTILLING, features 50 films by 50 architects, including alumni and other influential architects in the school’s history. It is a great honor to be chosen to exhibit among a prestigious list of architects including Daniel Libeskind, Diller & Scofidio, Enric Miralles, MVRDV, Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid, and Snøhetta, among others. Duda’s film, titled Cloudhouse, features the residential renovation Regin and Meghan completed together over the course of five years in the Belmont Park neighborhood of Fargo. Designed by Schwaen as a research objective in sustainable, modern renovation practices, the process was photographed and documented by Duda. The resulting film is a 10 minute portrait of the house, focusing on moments of light and shadow and the importance of intimacy in architecture. The exhibit opened on Friday, October 2 and runs through November 15, 2015. Check out this link to the film, as well as this link to the event website, containing photographs of the exhibition.

  • Sign up for a day trip to Itasca State Park

    October 6, 2015

    The Dragon Entertainment Group is sponsoring a Day Trip to Itasca State Park on Saturday, October 10th. Vans will be leaving the CMU Parking lot at 9am on Friday morning and returning back to campus around 6pm that same day. Tickets are $10 for MSUM Students and $20 for Non-students. They can be purchased at

  • “Single-Molecule Nano-Circuits” this Friday

    October 6, 2015

    Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents Single-Molecule Nano-Circuits By Dr. Yongki Choi Department of Physics North Dakota State University Friday, October 9 | 3:30 pm | HA 325 The integration of nanotechnology and molecular biology has the potential to accelerate progress in cross-disciplinary fields including biophysics, bioengineering, and biomedicine. In particular, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) have been widely promoted as promising platforms for the ultrasensitive detection of biological species, drug delivery, and bio-imaging. Recently, I have developed next-generation, biomolecular nano-circuits which are composed of a single biomolecule tethered to a SWNT field effect transistor (SWNT-FET). This approach has opened up an entirely new way of watching and recording the individual molecules’ action in real time. For example, the observation of nano-circuits composed of our immune protein have allowed the monitoring of the ways our immune protein fights harmful bacteria, along with the DNA replication protein have revealed how fast and accurately our DNA is duplicated. In this talk, I will discuss the principles of the approach and the tremendous potential this research brings to bio-nanoscience and bio-medical applications.

  • Dr. Barbara Maria Stafford to speak Oct. 6

    October 6, 2015

    The School of Visual Arts invites the campus community to attend the third lecture of their colloquium series. The speaker is Dr. Barbara Maria Stafford, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor, Emerita at the University of Chicago. A pioneer in the field of neuro-aesthetics the subject of her lecture is “The Fate of Selective Attention.” The lecture will take place on Tuesday Oct. 6th at 5 p.m. in the Center for Business 111.

  • MSUM Theatre presents “Really Really”

    October 6, 2015

    Faculty and staff are invited to a free performance of the play “Really Really” to consider if the production is an opportunity for curricular and co- curricular conversations on sexual violence. The play is described as a “quick-witted and gripping comic tragedy about ‘Generation Me” and it contains adult content including sexual situations and sexual violence. Director Craig Ellingson noted that, “we are staging this play because it shows the challenges that we all face in life. It is a beginning of a conversation on very personal, difficult subjects.” In addition to personal choices and individuality, the play includes one perspective regarding sexual assault—the occurrence, those involved, others impacted, and events that may follow.  To ensure that those in attendance receive factual, supportive community information, post show panel discussions will be hosted with representation from Fargo Moorhead Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, MSUM Sexual Assault Services, and MSUM Title IX Coordinator. Speakers will answer questions from the audience and address various aspects of sexual assault. Faculty members and those who work with students and student organizations are invited to a free preview at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 or Tuesday Oct. 6 to consider if the production and panel discussions can be a part of their classes and programs. “I hope faculty and staff will use this opportunity to engage our students in challenging pervasive myths about sexual violence,” said Denise Gorsline, Interim Dean of Arts, Media, and Communication. Really Really runs Oct. 7 – 10 at 7:30 on the Gaede Stage.  The free preview for faculty and staff is Oct. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m.  The play is rated R and is suitable for mature audiences.  Tickets are available at the Box Office and at  Tickets are not needed for the free preview.

  • Swing Dance this Friday at Great Gatsby Night

    October 6, 2015

    The MSUM Tri-College Swing Dance Club is partnering with Dragons After Dark this week to have Great Gatsby Night. Beginner Swing Dance Lessons, 8-9pm Open Dancing and Activities, 9-12am Activities include a photo booth, swing dancing, poker, and bedazzling (fedoras and headbands). Cupcakes, pop, pigs in a blanket, and mock-tails will be served.  

  • Town Hall Meetings scheduled for Wednesday, October 7

    October 6, 2015

    Campus community: Town Hall Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, October 7 at the following times and locations: 6:30 am—Owens 201 10:30 am—CMU Ballroom 3:00 pm—CMU Ballroom Topics are: ·         Enrollment Update ·         Budget Update ·         Campus Climate Update Please attend the meeting that works best with your schedule.

  • TIAA-CREF COUNSELING SESSIONS – Tuesday, October 6 & Wednesday, October 7

    October 6, 2015

    Andrea Suchy-Shinn, a Financial Consultant with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus to hold individual counseling sessions.  Employees can meet with Andrea to discuss their personal financial situation on a confidential basis, including how to pursue financial goals by investing in products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.  These individual counseling sessions are at no additional cost to the employee. Meetings will take place in the Comstock Memorial Union (CMU), Room 204 ·         Tuesday, October 6  – 8:00am-3:30pm ·         Wednesday, October 7 – 8:00am-10:00am Employees can register for an individual counseling session with Andrea by going here or by calling 800-732-8353.  Space is limited, so please sign up quickly! Please see the attached flyer from TIAA-CREF for more information.

  • First weekly LGBTQ Support Group held Wednesday

    October 6, 2015

    In celebration of National Coming Out Week, the first weekly LGBTQ Support Group will be held Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. The support group is open to current MSUM students and provides a safe and confidential environment for LGBTQ students and their allies to discuss relationships, sexuality, health, wellness, identity, and many other topics. The group is supported by the Community Outreach Center, Hendrix Health, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, American Indian Research and Resource Center, Rainbow Dragon Center, and Women’s Center. Please contact the Community Outreach Center for more information by calling (218) 477-2513 or emailing For questions, please contact Dr. David Paul at (218) 477-2865 or

  • Campus Preview Days October 15, 16 and 17

    October 6, 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.

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

    October 6, 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 6, 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 ...

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

    October 6, 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

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