News @ Minnesota State University Moorhead

MSUM student research project explores possible role for henna in cancer treatment

Posted on July 24, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A collaborative research project between Minnesota State University Moorhead sophomore Mark Lueders and Samford University professor emeritus Mike Howell adds to compelling evidence that a chemical produced by the henna plant might be useful in treating cancer and offers insight into appropriate dosage.

Lueders is one of twelve students from undergraduate institutions across the U.S. at Samford this summer taking part in a prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and hosted by the university’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. The students are investigating questions in local ecology, microbiology, genetics, enzymology, cell culture, organic molecule synthesis and thin film macromolecules. Each student is developing specialized and marketable skills while learning to communicate about science research. 

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MSUM and WDAY’Z XTRA are Fired Up to continue TV partnership

Posted on July 24, 2017

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons and WDAY’Z XTRA have renewed their television broadcast agreement for 2017-18 that will bring fans live coverage of home football and basketball conference games, as well as the monthly DragonsLIVE show.

All MSUM broadcasts on WDAY’Z XTRA are produced by GO! TEAM Productions, consisting of a totally student-run team under the supervision of Alex Nelson and Jon Wepking.

“We are fired up to continue our partnership with our friends at WDAY’Z XTRA for another season,” said assistant athletics director Jon Wepking. “They’ve been an incredible partner who believes in what MSUM students can do when given the opportunity to showcase their talents in a hands-on learning environment. Very proud of Alex and the entire GO! TEAM for constantly exceeding everyone’s expectations, and appreciative of WDAY for helping us display their talents on their platform.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Summer Cinema Series opens with comedy shorts

Posted on July 24, 2017

Four summer Mondays feature silent films and music

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Summer Cinema Series enters its 41st season with four evenings of silent films preceded by live organ music. The Summer Cinema Series is a collaborative project of MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design and the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.

The Series opens Monday, July 10, with three short films featuring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. The films are Chaplin’s The Pawnshop, Keaton’s The Blacksmith, and Lloyd’s Never WeakenRead the rest of this entry →

2017 Women’s Soccer Summer Camps

Posted on July 24, 2017

Register for MSUM’s 2017 Women’s Soccer Summer Camps today!

Elite Overnight Camp | Aug. 5–6
Open to high school and eligible college-age females

Premier Youth Camp | July 31 – Aug. 4
Open to all 5-12 year olds

Find more camp information, early bird discounts and registration forms in the attached document.

New CUR e-news issue available

Posted on July 24, 2017

The latest issue of the CUR e-news is available. Check out these stories:

  • Register for CUR’s August 16 Webinar, “Creating a Meaningful and Measurable Assessment Plan”
  • Now Available: CUR Code of Ethics for Undergraduate Research
  • REU Site PIs: Nominate Students for CUR’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium
  • Call for UG Research Highlights, Winter 2017 Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research
  • CFP, Summer 2018 Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research: Diversity and Equity
  • National Kickoff of “Beyond Doom and Gloom: Engage in Climate Solutions”
  • CUR Event: Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute (Nov 2017; application deadline: Sept 25, 2017)
  • CUR Event: Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs (Jan 2018; application deadline: Nov 15, 2017)
  • CUR Events and Deadlines

For more information, go to www.cur.org or www.mnstate.edu/undergraduateresearch to sign up for the MSUM undergraduate email list serve!

Free coupon book with purchase of specified meal plan, parking permit

Posted on July 24, 2017

Don’t miss out! Limited time offer: Free coupon book

Limited time offer: Purchase one of the specified below meal plans and a parking permit, and receive a coupon book valued over $50 of free products at our campus retail locations!

  • Kise Commons Plans
    • 45 Kise Meals ($313)
    • 65 Kise Meals ($449)
  • Dragon Dollar Plans
    • $200 Dragon Dollars + 8 Kise Meals ($206)
    • $300 Dragon Dollars + 11 Kise Meals ($309)
    • $500 Dragon Dollars + 17 Kise Meals ($515)

Once purchased, you can pick up your coupon book at the MSUM Dining office (Kise Commons 101) at the beginning of 2017 Fall Semester. Offer expires September 8, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Dining Services at 218-477-2836.  Read the rest of this entry →

Find student workers for fall semester

Posted on July 24, 2017

Need student workers for the Fall? It’s easy and convenient with DragonJobs!

If your office does not have an account, you have forgotten your password or have questions, please give the Career Development Center a call at 218.477.2131 and we can assist you.

Software Center upgrade for campus Windows computers

Posted on July 19, 2017

Starting this week, all campus Windows computers that have the Software Center will get an upgrade to that application. The same applications will still be available through Software Center but it will have a new look. Please contact the Helpdesk if you have any questions about the Software Center.

GO! TEAM doubles their gold, winning four NACMA ‘Best of’ Awards

Posted on July 19, 2017
The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) has honored the MSUM Dragon Athletics GO! TEAM with four ‘Best of Awards’ for 2016-17.  

Initiated in 2003, the NACMA Best of Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 14 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness. Nearly 1,000 entries were received for the 2016-17 year. The winners were recognized during NACMA’s 26th Annual Convention at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 14 in Orlando, Florida.

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Retirement open house for Carolyn Zehren

Posted on July 19, 2017

Thursday, Aug. 3 | 2-4 p.m. | Owens 107

Please join us for a retirement open house honoring Carolyn Zehren on Thursday, August 3 from 2-4 p.m. in Owens 107.

Carolyn has dedicated 27 years to working in the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid. Come celebrate her well-deserved retirement!  Read the rest of this entry →

Amy Ruley and Mark Hensrud Welcomed to MSUM Alumni Foundation

Posted on July 18, 2017

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation would like to extend a warm welcome to Amy Ruley and Mark Hensrud. Both Ruley and Hensrud have been hired in development positions for the foundation. Read the rest of this entry →

Melissa Dingmann Selected as Director of Scholarship and Financial Aid

Posted on July 18, 2017

After a national search, Melissa Dingmann has been named the Director of Scholarship and Financial Aid at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Throughout the process Melissa shared stories and examples that demonstrated her belief in MSUM’s core values of humility, grit and heart. Her calm demeanor and clear passion for supporting students aligns with the culture and environment on our campus.

Coupled with progressive experience in financial aid and having spent the last 12 years as the Director of Financial Aid at the University of Minnesota Crookston, Melissa brings MSUM a high level of competency and expertise.

Dingmann’s first day on campus will be July 31.

Parking permit registration open

Posted on July 18, 2017

Parking permit registration is now open for the 2017-2018 academic year. Visit mnstate.edu/parking to purchase your permit.

For assistance, view the steps to pre-register for your permit online or contact Parking.

Dragons in the news

Posted on July 17, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in recent weeks. Stories are presented in chronological order.

Sounds of Spirit Lake series opens with Park Rapids Community Band, Park Rapids Enterprise: “Menahga’s outdoor concert series, The Sounds of Spirit Lake, opens for its 2017 season on Friday, June 30 … Trumpet soloist Dr. Tom Strait will join the Park Rapids Area Community Band in two feature pieces. Strait is currently in his eighth year on the faculty at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM).”

Kings head coach Dave Joerger swings by Minn. basketball team’s workout, USA Today High School Sports: “Besides sleepy eyes, you never know what you will see at an early-morning summer workout. Or who you will see. For one high school basketball team in Minnesota, it could be an NBA head coach who walks into the gym. Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger grew up in Staples, Minn., and stayed in-state to play basketball at Concordia College and then Minnesota State Moorhead. This week, he is visiting his father, who lives in Henning, Minn.”

NSIC set to adjust league scholarship limits to match Division II standards, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead recently reached the summit for Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football scholarships. Now, there will be a higher peak. The NSIC board of directors recently voted to adhere to NCAA Division II parameters for scholarships. That means the football maximum will be increased to 36 for the 2018-19 school year. The current league maximum is 28.”

Wieck elevated to associate head coach for Dragons men’s basketball, InForum: “Justin Wieck has been elevated to associate head coach for the Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball team, athletic director Doug Peters announced Thursday, July 6.”

Former Dragons basketball scoring whiz Beeson joins NSIC Hall of Fame, InForum: “Former Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball standout Brett Beeson was inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame on Tuesday, July 11.”

Former Bison women’s basketball coach Ruley hired as an athletic fundraiser for MSUM, InForum: “After nearly four decades at North Dakota State, former Bison head women’s basketball coach Amy Ruley is headed across the Red River. Ruley has been hired by the Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation to be its new Senior Director of Development for Athletics.”

Chamber announces 2017-18 leadership class, InForum: “The local Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2017-18 Leadership Fargo Moorhead class,” including Holly Hoeschen of MSUM. Congratulations!

Former wrestler turned UFC fighter gears up for biggest fight yet, WDAY: “Tim Johnson is a name familiar to many in the area. Johnson rose to prominence in the Red River Valley as a wrestler at MSUM. Now, he’s a UFC fighter getting ready for his biggest bout yet.”

Local Kurdish leader pens memoir: ‘My Journey to America’, WDAY: “When Newzad Brifki was 4 years old, he and his family were forced to flee Iraqi Kurdistan after it was attacked with chemical weapons while under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Brifki spent the next four years of his life in a refugee camp in Turkey, before coming to the U.S. in 1992 … Brifki graduated from Moorhead High School in 2003 and went on to earn a degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2008.”

Peace by piece: Public art at Fargo park brings cultures together, WDAY: “Brick sculptures and mosaics are two different types of art, but they have one major thing in common: they’re made up of pieces in all shapes and sizes that contribute to the whole … (MSUM professor Brad) Bachmeier, who is one of 19 brick sculptors in the United States, led the design of the lizard-shaped brick sculpture and archway — but not before doing his homework.”

Public Service Loan Forgiveness webinars

Posted on July 17, 2017

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: What All Student Loan Borrowers Need To Know offered by American Student Assistance (ASA)

Wednesday, July 26 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. EST

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program forgives the balance of eligible federal student loans for borrowers who complete 10 years of eligible public service. This includes employees of many non-profit and government employers. Eligibility for this program is not based on what you do, but who your employer is.

Register Now

 

We also are offering another session that includes not only PSLF but the Teacher Loan Forgiveness program — which is another federal student loan benefit for teachers who work for a Title 1 school.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: What Teachers Need To Know

Wednesday, July 19 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST

Recent comments from the federal Department of Education, along with our direct student loan borrower experience lead us to believe that many Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and Teacher Loan Forgiveness eligible borrowers do not have a clear understanding of how these programs work or may not know of its existence at all.

Register Now

If you can’t make either of those webinar times, you can view a recorded version at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKzEmafuUR2Lcs0JIa5SiLw

Amy Ruley named to MSUM development position

Posted on July 13, 2017

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation has hired Amy Ruley to be its new Senior Director of Development for Athletics.  In this role, she will connect donors with opportunities to transform the lives of student athletes through scholarships, and to support other Athletics Department areas of priority.

“I have admired the outstanding leadership President Blackhurst has been providing and the energy and enthusiasm around MSUM,” said Ruley. “I am hopeful that I can become a positive addition to an already vibrant community. Athletics Director Doug Peters is doing a great job of steadily growing the support for Dragon Athletics.  Joining his team and working with the outstanding coaches, student athletes, alums and supporters of MSUM will be an exciting challenge.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Thank you from the Little Dragons lemonade stand

Posted on July 13, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to the Early Education Center Lemonade Stand. We appreciate your business! After much thought the kids decided to buy a new set of Magngatiles with their earnings. We are pretty excited and love to play with them! Thanks again.

Financial Management Association wins three prestigious awards

Posted on July 13, 2017

Qualifies as nationwide superior chapter

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Financial Management Association (FMA) chapter recently received three prestigious awards from Financial Management Association International.

The MSUM FMA chapter qualified as a superior chapter for its programming and activities last year. The award goes to less than 10 percent of chapters in the country.

Joe Tjosvold, FMA president for 2016-2017, was named one of six nationwide FMA Collegiate Fellows for exemplary leadership and service.

MSUM FMA advisor Tom Hanson was named a Superior Faculty Advisor, an award that goes to only five honorees nationwide.

MSUM was the only chapter in the country to win all three awards this year, and perhaps one of the only to do so in the past 20 years.

Congratulations to all!

 

GO! TEAM wins four NACMA ‘Best of’ Awards

Posted on July 12, 2017
Dragon Athletics

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) has honored the MSUM Dragon Athletics GO! TEAM with four ‘Best of Awards’ for 2016-17.  

Initiated in 2003, the NACMA Best Of Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 14 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness. Nearly 1,000 entries were received for the 2016-17 year. The winners were recognized during NACMA’s 26th Annual Convention at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 14 in Orlando, Fla.

“What’s incredible about the GO! TEAM is they started with one, then two, then three, and now four awards in consecutive years,” said athletics director Doug Peters. “That goes to show how the program is not only growing, but doing so at a very high quality.  They make MSUM Dragon Athletics better every day by obnoxiously telling our story and we are truly grateful for all the hard work they do.”

MSUM falls into Group III which represents all Division II Institutions, Division III Institutions, NAIA Institutions, Junior College Institutions, Community College Institutions and Canadian Institutions.

This year, the GO! TEAM was third for both total awards and gold awards in all of Group III. Two gold awards doubles their all-time total. MSUM began submitting entries for the ‘Best of’ awards in 2014. Below is a full list of NACMA ‘Best of Awards’ for MSUM since their first entry:

  • 2017 Gold Award – Digital Promotion (Signing Day Social Media)
  • 2017 Gold Award – Single Game Sales Campaign (Wrestling Double Dual)
  • 2017 Silver Award – Fan Engagement Video (Courtyard Kahoot)
  • 2017 Bronze Award – Static Promotional Ad (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2016 Gold Award – Sales Piece (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2016 Silver Award – Static Display Ad (Opening Day at SCHEELS Field Forum Inserts)
  • 2016 Bronze Award – Social Media Promotion (Snapchat Takeovers)
  • 2015 Silver Award – New Revenue Generating Idea (Valley Imports Slam Cam hoop stickers)
  • 2015 Silver Award – Sales Piece (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2014 Gold Award – New Revenue Generating Idea (Valley Imports Hovercam)

Special recognitions for the awards this year go out to the Partnership Playbook designers Derek Lien and Katie Faken; fans, administration, coaches, and student-athletes Moorhead High School and Fargo Davies High School for helping accomplish the double dual; Dragon football and soccer coaches for their help with our signing day campaign; the Courtyard by Marriott for their support of our crazy idea; and of course the GO! TEAM.

“I can’t say enough about the GO! TEAM,” said assistant athletics director Jon Wepking. “The past members laid a rock-solid foundation that our current team is now building into something very special. They run with the ideas, they put in the work, they do the long hours, and now they get these awards on their resume to show everyone what they’re capable of.”

See the article on msumdragons.com.

MSUM English Language Tutor Program mentioned in U.S. News & World Report article

Posted on July 12, 2017

Minnesota State University Moorhead was mentioned in the U.S. News & World Report article, “U.S. College Tutoring Centers Help International Students,” published July 11.

MSUM’s English Language Tutor Program is referenced as a support service for international students to look for in a college or university.

“Some universities offer conversation partners who assist with English verbal communication skills. For example, Minnesota State University—Moorhead‘s English Language Tutor Program pairs international students with conversation partners. They meet together three to four hours per week to practice and improve their English-speaking skills, such as pronunciation, through conversation, according to the school’s website.”

To read the article in full, visit usnews.com.

Learn more about MSUM’s English Language Tutor Program by emailing international@mnstate.edu.

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