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Dragon Stories Continue: “Moorhead State gave me a life”

Posted on May 25, 2017

From generation to generation, Dragons continue spreading the pride and values held dear at MSUM, often sharing them on the field.

In Keith Barnier’s ’87 (physical education) 29-year coaching career, 13 of those were spent leading MSUM track and field, the successes reminiscent of his time as a student-athlete under the direction of retired MSUM coach, Ron Masanz.

“He wasn’t a cozy coach, but he was fair and had high standards,” Barnier said. “There were no politics. You just tried to make the team because it was so good.”

When Barnier’s father died his freshman year, Coach Masanz became much more than a coach. He became a role model during one of the most difficult times in Barnier’s life.

“He was kind of everything to me. I listened harder. All the friends I made there are still my best friends today. Then I ended up working there,” Barnier said. “Moorhead State gave me a life––a career and a life.”

Thirty years after Barnier joined the team, Laquone Robinson ’13 (exercise science) knew MSUM was the right school for him as soon as he stepped onto campus as a student.

With direction from his track and field coach, Keith Barnier, Robinson followed in the footsteps of his predecessors and learned the lessons he needed to teach the Dragons who now follow him in his role as an assistant track and field coach for Dragon Athletics.

“When I was a freshman, it was all about me, but Coach Barnier and Coach Masanz––when he visited––taught me it was more about the team and what the team can do,” Robinson said. “I have Dragon Pride because it’s in me. I don’t know how to explain it. Being on a team sport made us a family. My wife graduated from here, too. I think it’s just going to be in our blood forever, and I love coaching here.”

Your Dragon story hasn’t ended. Are you ready to start a new chapter and enable a student to begin their own?

Donate toward Academic Scholarships or support Dragon Athletics’ Red & White Scholarship Campaign today and help an MSUM student continue their transformational journey.

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Dragon Stories Continue: “He taught me to never give up”

Posted on May 25, 2017

Every story of transformation begins with the fire of inspiration and a desire to share that radiance with others. No one ever ends up where they began.

When Ryan Sylvester ’98 and ’02 (mass communications and master’s in ed. leadership) was a senior in high school, his parents weren’t sure he was cut out for college. Sylvester was social and energetic, a self-proclaimed class clown, and focusing on his studies wasn’t one of his top concerns.

Now Sylvester, a judge advocate for the US Navy, credits the discovery of his love for the law, international affairs, and learning to his mentor and friend––MSUM professor emeritus Dr. Andrew Conteh.

“I wasn’t a political science major, but I had taken one course by Dr. Conteh and was really inspired by his passion,” Sylvester said. “I kept taking classes from him every semester that I could. He taught me to follow my passion and never give up, and he inspired me to eventually go into a career related to law and international affairs.”

Years after his time at MSUM, Sylvester and his wife, Kristen, named their child after the man who has enriched so many lives.

“Dr. Conteh is someone who has meaning in my life. He is a professor, mentor to this day, and a friend, so Andrew was an ideal name to honor him,” Sylvester said. “I want my son to follow whatever passion he has and to be committed to people and their dignity, like Dr. Conteh.”

Sylvester attributes much of his success to the power of the respect, support, and encouragement he received during and after his college years.

“There have been so many people who have supported and believed in me. I feel a tremendous obligation to support students and make sure they benefit like I did.”

Your Dragon story hasn’t ended. Are you ready to start a new chapter and enable a student to begin their own?

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Server updates May 30

Posted on May 25, 2017

Information Technology will be performing updates to one of our external authentication servers. This will be done on the morning of Tuesday, May 30. There could be slight disruptions in services during the updates. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact us at

University Traffic & Parking Regulation changes

Posted on May 25, 2017

The Facility, Grounds & Safety Committee (FGSC) is charged with annually reviewing the University’s Traffic & Parking Regulations. The committee has implemented the following approved changes:

Permit Price Adjustments:

  • Semester-only General permit prices will change to be the same for each semester. Fall-only permits will increase from $80 to $85 and spring-only will decrease from $90 to $85. This change will take effect in fall 2017.

Summer & Holiday Parking in General Lots:

  • All General Parking lots (lot names that begin with a G) will not be ticketed in the summer or on all University holidays and breaks (all days when there are no classes and/or offices are closed). This change took effect on May 15, 2017.
  • Reserved Lots, Meters, and Handicapped areas will continue to have ticketing enforced year round.

Overflow Parking or “Parking Down”

  • Overflow parking or “parking down” will be allowed for reserved permit holders as needed. Reserved permit holders can park in R (reserved) lots other than their home lot or in a G (general parking) lot on an as needed basis. This change took effect on May 15, 2017.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to improve service and safety in our campus parking areas.

Dragons in the news

Posted on May 24, 2017

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

Clothing boutique to take over Art Materials’ space in downtown Fargo, InForum: “A women’s clothing boutique will take over the downtown space where an art store has operated for nearly seven years … The women’s clothing, accessories, shoes and gifts boutique is owned and operated by Kelly Falk and her mother, Marceia Andreasen (both MSUM alumnae).”

St. Louis named next principal for Reinertsen Elementary, InForum: “Josh St. Louis has been named the next principal of S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School, the Moorhead School District announced … He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Minnesota. He obtained his principal licensure through Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

MSUM grad returns to Moorhead to sign copies of best-selling book, InForum: “Danielle Nadler, a MSUM graduate who released her first book in December 2016, is returning home for a book tour in May.”

MSUM grad juggled roles as mother, school principal and student, InForum: “Jennifer Sundby has a lot to juggle as a wife, mother of four—who is expecting her fifth child in August—and school principal in Maddock, N.D.”

Huber earns fourth career long jump title, InForum: “Junior Brian Huber earned his fourth long jump title for Minnesota State Moorhead track and field during the team’s first day of competing at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships in St. Paul on Friday, May 12.”

It’s a Great Day to be a Dragon: MSUM Celebrates Graduation, KVRR: “MSUM students had grins cheek to cheek as they got ready for the one of the biggest days of their college careers.”

875 students graduate at MSUM’s commencement, WDAY: “Hundreds of students turned their tassels today to become graduates in Moorhead. 875 students graduated from MSUM today in two different ceremonies.”

MSUM runners place first and second in NSIC 1,500, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead’s Josh Young and Brady Speicher finished first and second in the 1,500-meter run Saturday at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor track and field championships.”

MSUM’s Christ named NSIC track athlete of the year, InForum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead senior Cody Christ has been named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor track athlete of the year, the league announced on Wednesday.”

Gnome sweet home, InForum: “A Fargo artist wants to help you make the garden gnome that’s right for your home. Amber Parsons is hosting a three-class workshop on making the ceramic creatures … A graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead’s art program, Parsons started working in clay in 2005 and has taught a number of classes through the years.”

MSUM’s Speicher ready for another shot at nationals, WDAY: “It’s a big week for the MSU Moorhad track program, which will send four athletes to the D2 National Championships in Florida.”

MSUM student runs Fargo Marathon without training, records himself all 26.2 miles, WDAY: “A video on Facebook has gone viral after an MSUM student took up the challenge of running the Fargo Marathon without doing one training run.”

2017 Women’s Soccer Summer Camps

Posted on May 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.

Planetarium Shows

Posted on May 22, 2017


Sunday, May 28 | 2 & 3 p.m.  Read the rest of this entry →

Summer Dragon Digest

Posted on May 19, 2017

Until fall semester begins, Dragon Digest will only be distributed once or twice weekly, depending on the amount of content submitted.

Alertus Desktop Alert

Posted on May 19, 2017

Introducing Alertus Desktop. As an additional means of receiving Dragon Alert emergency notifications, a full-screen desktop warning is being made available for all work-issued PC’s and Macs.  Read the rest of this entry →

2017-2018 Preview Program Events

Posted on May 19, 2017

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions would like to announce our 2017-2018 Preview Program Events. These events will combine with our daily tours, Saturdays visits, group tours, and special request events to create a robust campus visit program.  Read the rest of this entry →

Checklist for end of semester tasks

Posted on May 19, 2017

As finals begin and faculty start entering final grades for Spring 2017, please refer to the following checklist for end of semester tasks for your courses in D2L Brightspace.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Finishes 6th in NSIC All-Sports Standings

Posted on May 19, 2017

Minnesota State University Moorhead finished sixth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Sports standings released on Thursday. The Dragons improved two spots from 2015-16.  Read the rest of this entry →

Volunteer at the MSUM Fargo Marathon Expo Booth

Posted on May 19, 2017

MSUM has been given an Expo Booth to promote MSUM to a huge audience for the Fargo Marathon. There are often long lines of people waiting to spin the MSUM prize wheel and gives us the opportunity to interact with those in line. Last year we had great interactions with Alumni, Current students,  future students and general public that loved seeing MSUM promoting.

Sign up to volunteer at  Read the rest of this entry →

Fargo Marathon Watch Party

Posted on May 19, 2017

Saturday, May 20 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Campus Mall

Cheer for your 2017 Fargo Marathon runners at MSUM. With lots of room to set up your cheering section, it’s ideal to watch the race. See your runners pass twice as they loop through campus, and give them the encouragement they need to finish the race!

  • Conveniently located
  • Ample parking
  • Comfortable
  • Live music

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MSUM Loop of the Fargo Marathon – Volunteers Needed

Posted on May 19, 2017

The 2017 Fargo Marathon will be running through the MSUM campus! The date is Saturday, May 20, 2017. Last year MSUM received a great deal of praise for our efforts, energy and excitement in cheering on runners as they ran through MSUM’s campus. Our goal is to do even better this year and we need your help!  Read the rest of this entry →

2017 Summer Session Hours for the MSUM Archives

Posted on May 17, 2017

MSUM Archives is now open Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The archives is closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and anytime the Livingston Lord Library is closed.

Due to limited staffing over the summer, please make appointments for research visits by emailing or calling 218-477-2346. Reference questions will be answered in the order received. Lastly, do not forget to check out RED, the repository of digital collections from MSUM, and follow MSUM Library (@MSUMLibrary) on Facebook to see posts from the MSUM Archives on Thursdays.

#MSUM2017 trends on Twitter

Posted on May 16, 2017

Leading up to and during Friday’s Commencement ceremonies, students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends were encouraged to share their Dragon pride, congratulations and excitement on Twitter by using #MSUM2017.

The hashtag was once again a success, trending on Twitter by mid-afternoon and throughout the evening.

#MSUM2017 was used in 1,055 tweets that garnered nearly 760,000 impressions.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Printing may be unavailable Monday and Tuesday afternoon

Posted on May 15, 2017

Monday (5/15) afternoon and Tuesday (5/16) afternoon campus printing, scanning and copying may be unavailable some or most of the time while migration and software upgrades are taking place.

This does not affect Print Services in Grier.

MSUM Bookstore summer hours

Posted on May 15, 2017

MSUM Bookstore will begin summer hours on Monday, May 15, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017. Hours are 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

2017-18 Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards Committee

Posted on May 15, 2017

The Livingston Lord Library at Minnesota State University Moorhead is looking for MSUM faculty, staff, or administrators who are interested in serving on the 2017-18 Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards Committee.  Read the rest of this entry →

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