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Fall 2017 reminders from the Registrar’s Office

Posted on August 22, 2017

Attention students: Welcome to the 2017 Fall Semester! Before classes begin on August 21, 2017 please take a look at the following reminders:

As you return to classes for the fall 2017 semester, please check your schedule on eServices frequently. It is possible that changes have been made to your classes, so be aware of the time and where your classes are meeting. Changes to the location of your classes can occur after classes have started, so you should continue to check your schedule during the first week of classes. Students are responsible for all deadlines and registration activity.  Read the rest of this entry →

Reserve course materials from the Library

Posted on August 21, 2017

Faculty, do you have materials you would like us to place in the Library’s Course Reserves collection? Complete the following form, provide your signature, and drop it off with your items at the Library’s Circulation Desk:

Plan ahead for an MSUM adventure to Ireland

Posted on August 18, 2017

In May/June 2018, MSUM alumni, family and friends will be taking a one-of-a-kind, 11-day tour of the Emerald Isle with MSUM Professor Dr. Jeremy Carney. This unique trip will combine some of the best cultural experiences that Ireland has to offer with an educational adventure into the ancient and modern sociopolitical history that has divided the island.

Family and friends welcome. For more information contact Tod at Travel Incorporated 218.236.8383.

Schedule a library instruction session

Posted on August 18, 2017

As you prepare for the start of a new academic year, don’t forget to schedule a library session for your courses. Most students begin their research using Google, and while that works sometimes, they often cannot connect or locate the full-text of their results or even make appropriate resource choices. Library instruction sessions utilize best practices in effective and engaged teaching, and relate content directly to student learning outcomes and assignments in order to strengthen students’ information literacy skills. Librarians can also be an invaluable resource as you prepare course assignments! We can also create web-based guides, Libguides, for specific courses or assignments. Librarians can come into your classroom or we can tailor research sessions around your assignment and course goals and host these in one of our two computer classrooms in the Library.  Read the rest of this entry →

Arnar presents paper at conference in Switzerland

Posted on August 17, 2017

Anna Sigrídur Arnar, School of Art, delivered a paper at a conference sponsored by the International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS) held in Lausanne, Switzerland in July 2017. Arnar’s paper was based on research she conducted over the course of her sabbatical year for a book prospectus submitted to a University Press. Titled “Grids, Matrices and Digits in Stéphane Mallarmé’s Designs for Le ‘Livre’” the paper was delivered in a bi-lingual panel devoted to the question of digital and photographic artists’ books.  Read the rest of this entry →

Faculty Development Center Open House

Posted on August 17, 2017

Thursday, Aug. 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Development Center

The Faculty Development Center will host an Open House starting at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17. Snacks will be provided.

There will also be “Drop-In” Sessions in the Faculty Development Center (LI 124) between 1-4 p.m. on the following topics.

  • Get advice on creating syllabi and first day handouts – view some examples, discuss ideas with faculty development committee members.
  • Sign up for (or suggest a topic) for a book study or “Community of Practice” group – we will be organizing groups of faculty who wish to participate in one (or more) of these faculty learning communities. Expect to hear more about these during the first few weeks of the semester.
  • Donate items to the Faculty Development Center Pantry – coffee, tea, and cocoa are always appreciated, as are non-perishable food items. If you have extra glass or plastic bowls, silverware, a toaster, water pitchers, and medium or large serving bowls, these items are also on our wish list.

2017 Fall Semester Hours for the MSUM Archives

Posted on August 14, 2017

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

Due to limited staffing, please make appointments for research in advance 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.

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 or to sign up for the MSUM undergraduate email list serve!

Unique item added to RED

Posted on July 10, 2017

RED, MSUM’s digital repository, has just added an item so unique that even the Minnesota Historical Society doesn’t have a copy: Minutes of meetings of the Presidents of the Minnesota State Teachers Colleges, 1927-1942.

These were the years of the Great Depression, leading up to the Second World War. State Teachers Colleges in Minnesota were exploring the professionalization of their degrees. The relationship of the several Teachers Colleges to the state board of education was discussed, revised, and discussed again.

These minutes will be of interest to those exploring the history of the education of teachers in rural areas and to students of higher education policy. Find them at

Nawrot attends CUR annual business meeting

Posted on July 10, 2017

Lisa Nawrot (Psychology) attended the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) annual business meeting in Flagstaff, AZ, June 29-July 2. Nawrot serves as a Councilor in the Psychology Division.

CUR divisions include arts and humanities, biology, chemistry, education, engineering, geosciences, health sciences, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, psychology, social sciences, an at-large division that serves administrators and other disciplines, and a division for directors of undergraduate research programs.

MSUM has enhanced institutional membership in CUR so any faculty or staff member may join and receive CUR benefits, including resources and discounted meeting costs.

For more information, visit,, or join the MSUM Undergraduate Research email list serve.

School of Teaching and Learning faculty attend, present at NAEYC Professional Learning Institute

Posted on July 05, 2017

Layna Cole, Marilyn Labrensz, and Erin Gillett attended the NAEYC Professional Learning Institute in San Francisco, June 11-14. While there, they presented a paper and a poster at the meeting of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Their paper, Community-Based Professional Development: Crossing Boundaries to New Territories, described our three-year process of establishing an ongoing community of practice with area preschool teachers and directors. The poster described MSUM’s role in creating Minnesota’s Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway.

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 →

Operations Management degree ranked No. 4 in nation

Posted on June 12, 2017

MSUM’s online Operations Management degree was ranked No. 4 nationwide in a ranking by Best Degree Programs. The organization reviewed 56 accredited colleges and universities listed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES College Navigator) that offered online bachelor’s in operations management, project management, or closely related degree programs. Also reviewed were rankings received from major publications like U.S. News and World Report and cost of attendance.

See the full “20 Best Online Bachelor’s in Operations or Project Management 2017” article.

Learn more about MSUM’s online Operations Management and Project Management degrees.

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 →

Spring Commencement today

Posted on May 12, 2017

MSUM will award degrees to about 875 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 12 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse.  

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include graduates of the College of Education and Human Services, College of Science, Health and the Environment, and Graduate Studies.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will include graduates of the College of Arts, Media and Communication, College of Business and Innovation, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Graduate Studies.  Read the rest of this entry →

Welcome Dragons into the alumni family

Posted on May 12, 2017

Friday, May 12, be a part of the Annual Alumni Flag Corps. Please join us as we smile and wave flags, welcoming Dragons into the alumni family for the ceremony. Please show up 15 minutes prior to the ceremony so we can be prepared for the graduates as they walk by. This is a great way for you to see the new grads and for them to see you celebrating their success and graduation. Commencement brings to light the importance of why we are here. Feel free to invite others who might enjoy being a part of the flag welcome for the new grads as they enter the ceremony. Thanks to all who help make graduation a special day for these new alumni! Read the rest of this entry →

Candidates for the position of AVP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs have been selected

Posted on May 10, 2017

Four candidates for the position of Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs have been selected. Candidate interviews will start Friday, May 5.

Jonathan Eichten’s public forum will be from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Friday, May 5 in CMU 205.

Jonathan Eichten has served as the Vice President of Student Affairs at St. Cloud Technical & Community College since 2014. Previously he served the Minnesota State system office as interim Senior System Director for Academic and Student Service Technology and Students First Director;  North Hennepin Community College as Dean of Student Affairs; and the Minneapolis Community and Technical College as Associate Dean of Students. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Michael (Mike) Heitkamp’s public forum will be from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Monday, May 8 in CMU 205

Mike Heitkamp has extensive experience in the higher education industry serving as the chief enrollment officer. He is currently the Vice President of Enrollment at the University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D. Previous positions include the Associate Vice President of Admissions and Enrollment at Bemidji State University; Director of Admissions at the University of Mary and Rasmussen College, both Bismarck, N.D. Heitkamp completed his undergraduate degree and MBA at the University of Mary.

Jane Birkholz’s public forum will be from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 in CMU 205

Jane Birkholz has devoted her career to enhancing access to higher education for all students who want to invest in themselves, as well as building bridges to support student persistence and success. Most recently, serving as Dean of Student Success, she has served in increasingly responsible administrative positions in student services, enrollment management as well as in continuing and adult education. She has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Nebraska, a master of science in college student development from the former Mankato State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Thalia Wilson’s public forum will be from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 in CMU 205

Thalia Wilson has more than 20 years of higher education experience, with 15 in a leadership role. Wilson’s positions and responsibilities have progressed over time, which is a result of her strong ethic for teamwork and commitment to supporting student success. She has also made contributions to Tennessee’s aggressive completion agenda, and served on statewide committees to help implement nationally recognized programs, such as the Tennessee Promise, the Seamless Alignment of Integrated Learning Support, and the launch of the statewide reverse transfer program. She earned her bachelor and master’s degrees from Tennessee State University and is currently enrolled in the Ed.D. program at Northcentral University.

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Finals Week fun at the Livingston Lord Library

Posted on May 04, 2017

You’re already at the Livingston Lord Library to study, and now you can take a break while you’re there! You’ll find coloring books and supplies are on the first floor near the main desk (Zombies, My Little Pony, and more!). On the second floor’s big open study table, there are puzzles to work on, and temporary tattoos to take.  Read the rest of this entry →

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