News @ Minnesota State University Moorhead

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

Posted on June 26, 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 →

Dragons in the news

Posted on June 26, 2017

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

Kloos named interim St. Cloud tech college president, SC Times: “The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities announced Wednesday that Lori Kloos will be interim president of St. Cloud Technical & Community College effective Aug. 1 … Kloos has a diploma from Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute — now Riverland Community College — and a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

Vaudrin competes in javelin, sprints for Dragons, Park Rapids Enterprise: “Park Rapids’ Mady Vaudrin competed in the javelin and sprints for the Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s track and field team this spring.”

Kurdish-American author to share memoir at library June 28, West Fargo Pioneer: “Local author Newzad Brifki will present his recently published memoir “My Journey to America: A Kurdish American Story” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Fargo Public Library, 102 Third St. N. … It is the story of his successful struggles, leading to a degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2008 and a feeling of peace with his identity as a new American.”

Free 10 day pass at the Gerdin Wellness Center June 21-30

Posted on June 26, 2017

Wednesday June 21 – Friday, June 30

The Gerdin Wellness Center will have a free 10 day pass starting June 21-June 30. Simply check in at the front desk during the 10-day period, sign your liability waiver, and get access to the gymnasiums, cardio and strength equipment, group fitness classes and the massage chair.

This is a great time to try out the facility for the first time, bring a workout buddy, or to get back into your fitness routine!

If you haven’t been to our gym before, this is a great way for you to check it out free of charge.

Hours are: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sundays noon – 5 p.m.

Must be 18 or over to use the facility.

Any questions, please contact

Summer Cinema Series opens with comedy shorts

Posted on June 26, 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 June 26, 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.

Council on Undergraduate Research e-newsletter

Posted on June 26, 2017

In this issue of the CUR e-newsletter:

  • CUR President Susan Larson Advocates for Undergraduate Research in Fargo’s The Forum
  • NAS Recommends NSF Develop Plan for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science Research
  • URPD Sponsor Invites Conference Attendees to View Tech Platform for Undergraduate Researchers
  • Summer Undergrad Researchers: Apply for Travel Grants to the October National Diversity in STEM Conference
  • Travel Grant Applications Due August 25 for Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
  • Nominations Open for Geoscience Information Society’s Best Guidebooks Awards
  • 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

Sign up for the MSUM Undergraduate Research email list serve for this and more!

Council on Undergraduate Research president’s op-ed published in Forum

Posted on June 26, 2017

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) President—and Concordia College Professor—Susan Larson advocates for undergraduate research in the Fargo Forum.

In “Undergraduate Research Opportunities Foster Creative and Innovative Thinkers,” an op-ed in the June 14 issue of Fargo’s newspaper The Forum, CUR president Susan Larson (Concordia College, MN) called attention to the contributions of undergraduate research to the nation and the skills that it builds in students.

Drs. Dosch, Paul lead study abroad course in Dominican Republic

Posted on June 22, 2017

Dr. Mary Dosch, Psychology, and Dr. David Paul, Counseling and Student Affairs, recently returned from co-teaching a 12 day study abroad course to the Dominican Republic. This intercultural, interdisciplinary tour included graduate and undergraduate students from Counseling and Student Affairs, Anthropology, Social Work, Speech Language Hearing and Education.  Read the rest of this entry →

Community Outreach Receives $7,500 Grant from FM Area Foundation

Posted on June 22, 2017

For K-12 Summer Camp Scholarships  

MSUM  has received a $7,500 grant from the FM Area Foundation to support student scholarships for the MSUM Community Outreach K-12 Summer Camps.

The grant will fund partial and full need-based scholarships for students in K-12 attending any of the summer camps offered by MSUM Community Outreach. Camps offered this summer include: College for Kids & Teens (ages 6-18), Multimedia Journalism Camp (ages 13-18), Coding Camp (ages 13-18) and SCRUBS, a residential camp for students entering grades 9 through 12. Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat Players summer season

Posted on June 22, 2017

Gooseberry Park Players follow Straw Hat with youth production

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre opened its 54th season with Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits. The show is a musical revue, but there’s a twist. In this production, some of Broadway’s most legendary hits (Annie, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Miserables and others) are poked fun at, but with plenty of affection. The musical ran May 30 to June 2 on the Gaede Stage.

The season continues with a sequel to last year’s Church Basement Ladies. The sequel features high school students at the Luther League Banquet, a church-sponsored Missionary Night and the rise and fall of a Vikings Super Bowl Sunday. Just like the original show, Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping, focuses on the church women who find strength in each other as they deal with the joys and upheavals of life. The musical runs June 6 to 9 in Hansen Theatre.  Read the rest of this entry →

Jenny Jensen retirement celebration

Posted on June 22, 2017

Friday, July 7 | 2-4 p.m. | Library Porch

After more than 28 years at MSUM, Jenny Jensen is retiring from the Livingston Lord Library! Please join us in appreciation on her last day, July 7, 2017. The celebration will be held in the Library Porch (Library 100), from 2 – 4 p.m., so stop by then and send her off in style.  Read the rest of this entry →

City of Moorhead Consumer Confidence Report

Posted on June 22, 2017

Each year the City of Moorhead sends out their Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), which details the drinking water quality in Moorhead. They are required by the EPA to send the CCR to all of their customers by July 1 of each year.

Following is the link to the 2016 Consumer Confidence Report.

Following unauthorized access, StarID passwords need to be reset

Posted on June 20, 2017

Faculty, staff and student StarID passwords are set to expire at 11 p.m., Friday, June 23, 2017 as a precautionary measure following the unauthorized access and release of data from a MSUM computer server in early June. An unauthorized party accessed non-sensitive but private data on students, as well as public information on faculty and staff. No financial information, passwords, social security numbers or academic records of faculty, staff or students were stored on the server or were accessed.

The first and last names, preferred first and last names, and StarID and Dragon ID numbers of approximately 800 faculty and staff were accessed without authorization. By law, these are public records on employees. The same information on approximately 8,000 students was also accessed. Student StarID and Dragon IDs are defined as limited directory information and are therefore private data on students. A fraction of the data accessed has been posted on various third party’s website.

The affected server has been taken off-line and MSUM and Minnesota State IT security staff are continuing their investigation.

Affected faculty, staff and students will be sent an email with directions on how to reset their StarID passwords. After a password has expired, individuals will need to set a new password before accessing services that require a StarID. Students will also be notified of this event by mail, as required by law.

Minnesota State University Moorhead regrets this incident and any inconvenience it may cause. We make every effort to protect private data and to being transparent in our actions. If you have further questions related to this incident, please contact Dan Heckaman at or 218 477-2300.

Planned IT Maintenance

Posted on June 19, 2017

On Tuesday June 20, 2017, starting at 9 a.m., there will be planned IT Maintenance. We will be upgrading one of our database servers. The down time of each application may vary as we move the applications to the new environment. This planned maintenance will affect the following applications.

  • Accessibility Services
  • Alumni SOS form
  • Bookstore Fin Aid Changing
  • Bookstore Course Schedule
  • Budget Requests
  • Career Services and Academic Success Request System
  • Chemical Inventory Manager
  • Chemistry Exit Survey
  • CIBS – Dragon Consulting Student Application
  • Clearinghouse
  • College for Kids
  • Data Warehouse Security Requests
  • Dean’s List/Graduation List
  • DIARY/Cooperating Teacher Survey
  • Directory Manager
  • Distance Dragon Card
  • Dragon Card
  • DragonFire membership tracking
  • Driver License Verification
  • Event Attendance
  • Film equipment Checkout
  • Financial Aid Scholarship Manager
  • Hendrix Immunization Form
  • Housing forms
  • HR forms
  • IT application Inventory
  • IT forms
  • IT person Verify
  • ITS forms
  • Key/Card forms
  • KMSC song log
  • MSUM mobile app
  • Name Badge Ordering Form
  • Nursing Online Application
  • Online Course Evaluations
  • Paralegal Internship Manager
  • Parking Permit Request
  • Positive Pay
  • Retiree Directory Manager
  • Scholarship Listing
  • SCJ Camera Checkout
  • Security Photos and New Prox Cards
  • SPA – Events Form
  • Transcript Requesting
  • Wellness Center
  • Work orders (Housing and Main)

Heating Plant maintenance June 20

Posted on June 19, 2017

The Heating Plant will have the steam off to the entire campus on Tuesday, June 20 to facilitate maintenance to the electrical switchgear. Normal Heating Plant operations will resume on Wednesday, June 21.


Posted on June 19, 2017

Please join us in welcoming the following employee to a permanent position at Minnesota State University Moorhead! Make sure to stop by her department to say hello and let her know it’s a GREAT day to be a Dragon!

July 1, 2017

  • Shireen Alemadi – Assistant Director for Community Outreach & Engagement, Community Outreach

Dragons in the news

Posted on June 19, 2017

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

Nellermoe named Park Christian School president, InForum: “Park Christian School announced Wednesday, May 31, that it’s hired Chris Nellermoe as its new president … Nellermoe received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership, and his K-12 principal and superintendent certifications through Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

Former Dragon Beeson to be inducted into NSIC Hall of Fame, InForum: “Former Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball standout Brett Beeson will be inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame on Tuesday, July 11, at the Best Western Premier in Burnsville.”

Area educators gather for learning celebration, Fergus Falls Daily Journal: “Northern Lights Library Network and Lakes Country Service Cooperative, along with Campbell-Tintah Public Schools, Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Ottertail County Historical Society, and Roseau Public Schools are sponsoring a workshop in Fergus Falls to celebrate learning altogether … Carol Sibley, professor emerita, Minnesota State University Moorhead is giving away over 282 books from her work with the International Books for Young People (IBBY) and the Ottertail County Historical Society is featuring local treasures they have to offer area students.”

Tennessee-Martin guard joining Dragon men’s basketball, InForum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball coach Chad Walthall has announced the addition of Travaun Coad of West Lawn, Pa., for the 2017-18 season.”

MSUM hosts college for kids, teens, WDAY: “The Minnesota State University Moorhead College for Kids and Teens is holding sessions June 19 through 22, July 10 through 13 and July 17 through 20.”

MSUM students work with local artist on space mural for planetarium, WDAY: “An intergalactic makeover is happening at the MSUM Planetarium. Thanks to a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council, local Mural Artist Karen Bakkee is working with five art and four physics students and Youth Educational Service Students for an out-of-this world collaboration.”

Milner named head track coach at MSUM, InForum: “Ryan Milner has been named the head track and field and cross country coach at Minnesota State Moorhead.”

MSUM to induct 11 individuals and two teams to Hall of Fame, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead is adding 11 individuals and two cross country teams to its Dragon Sports Hall of Fame class that will be honored at an Oct. 6 banquet.”

Campus News named national SPJ finalist

Posted on June 15, 2017

Campus News was named a Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2016 Mark of Excellence national finalist in the Best All-Around Television Newscast category.

Watch the winning newscast: Campus News 4-30-16.

Campus News is a collaborative learning project where faculty and industry professionals mentor students to produce a weekly television program that airs on Prairie Public Television. MSUM’s Campus News is broadcast into the homes of more than a million people via Prairie Public Television. The 30-minute newscast includes local, regional and national stories, and is written, reported, photographed, edited, anchored and produced by students.

Coffee with Anne

Posted on June 15, 2017

During “Coffee with Anne” this month,  President Anne Blackhurst visited with some of our new employees and shared the rich history of MSUM as well as talked about the culture, mission and core values of our university.    

President Anne is pictured with new hires Alison Fraase (OAS Sr. – Business Services), Austin Jordahl (General Maintenance Worker – Residence Halls) and Tom Reburn (Director of Undergraduate Admissions).

Welcome to MSUM!  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM new hires

Posted on June 15, 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!

May 31, 2017

  • Joey Blackmore – Assistant Football Coach, Athletics

 June 5, 2017 

  • Thomas Reburn – Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Admissions

June 6, 2017 

  • Alannah Dosh- Adjunct Faculty, Psychology 

June 8, 2017 

  • Anneli Ryan – Adjunct Faculty, History, Languages, Critical Race, and Women’s Studies
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