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Open forums scheduled in Sept. for assessing U-WSLO #3

Posted on August 28, 2015

MSUM’s HLC Assessment Academy Team, a sub-committee of the University Assessment Committee, has been working the past two years preparing for the HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation visit scheduled for April 2017. Choosing the Open Pathways Project is one of the requirements for fulfilling our Reaffirmation. As part of that preparation, our MSUM community reached a consensus on these University-Wide Student Learning Outcomes: These areas are being targeted for intensive collection in Fall2015 (critical thinking) and Spring 2016 (written and oral communication). Read the rest of this entry →

Night at the CA offers fun, hands-on activities and free food

Posted on August 28, 2015

Come Play at the CA!

Night at the CA
Tuesday, September 1
6-9 pm
Center for the Arts

An evening of fun hands-on arts activities including steel drums, recording studio, filmmaking, backstage tours, papermaking, caricatures, comedy improv, and more! Concert and play ticket give-aways, 3D printed M logos, Dragon gear, and FREE FOOD!

Technology tools for school: Things to know

Posted on August 28, 2015

The MSUM Information Technology Helpdesk is cheering you on for a successful year! We want you to know that the IT Helpdesk can assist with most of your technology related questions. Today’s topic; ToolsForSchool

What is Tools4School?
MSUM offers a number of technology tools that you can use while a student or employee. Whether it is utilizing the 24-hour computer labs on campus, educational discounts on hardware or taking advantage of the free software; make sure to check out your opportunities. Read the rest of this entry →

Peter Geib and Jim Swenson published paper

Posted on August 27, 2015

Peter Geib and Jim Swenson, Paseka School of Business, have published a paper in Advanced Management.  The title is “China: Bubble-Up Innovation.”

Submit story ideas on sustainability

Posted on August 27, 2015

Dragons, do you know of alumni who are tied to organic/sustainable farming, repurposed and recycled clothing, furniture and the like, alumni who actively approach research in an environmentally conscious way, or who have an eco-friendly business? The Marketing & Communications team is actively looking for alumni who work in fields relating to sustainability. Let us know by emailing

Women’s and Gender Studies Colloquium Series begins Sept. 4

Posted on August 26, 2015

Please add to your calendar this academic year a list of enriching talks related to intersectional feminism taking place in the Women’s Center (154 Bridges) the following Fridays from 11:45am-1:00pm. The talks are a great way to think about new issues in feminist research by members of our MSUM community and scholars from other campuses and communities. Please also encourage students to attend.

September 4 “Dangerous Possibilities : Femme of Color Histories and the Erotics of Home” – Natassja Gunasena, M.A. (MSUM WGS Alum, Doctoral Student in African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas Austin) Read the rest of this entry →

University Writing Support Center Needs Tutors

Posted on August 26, 2015

Do you enjoy writing? Do you plan to enter a teaching profession or are you thinking about going to graduate school? Are you a good writer who enjoys helping others with their writing? If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” please consider tutoring in the University Writing Support Center. The Center will open for clients around midterm; this will give new writing consultants the opportunity to learn about conference and one-on-one tutoring strategies before they begin working with clients. Writing consultants will also both observe and conduct tutoring sessions. New consultants will be paid during their training period. Your schedule can be fairly flexible. Read the rest of this entry →

Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness (PETSA)

Posted on August 25, 2015

PETSA is a training course, developed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system office. The course focuses on promoting the intellectual awareness of all students, offering accessible resources and services from the university regarding sexual violence.  At the university, we believe that students need to be actively engaged in their education and engaged in contributing to keeping the campus safe.

All new and incoming students are required to complete the course, located on D2L Brightspace.  Students must complete the course by the fourth Friday of the Fall semester: September 18, 2015. Students who fail to complete the course by the deadline will have a hold placed on their student account. Read the rest of this entry →

Bring your Dragon I.D. to the library

Posted on August 24, 2015

You already have a library card!

If you are currently enrolled at MSUM, or are MSUM Faculty or Staff, your Dragon ID is automatically an active library card. Just bring it with you to the Livingston Lord Library, and you should be able to check out materials and use the library’s databases. Read the rest of this entry →

Reserve your books online

Posted on August 21, 2015

Reserve your books online at now!  Orders will be accepted through midnight, Friday 8/21/15.  No charge for this service, easy and convenient pickup.  Call 218-477-2285 with questions.

Book buyback starting Monday 8/24/15  through Wednesday 8/26/15.  Outside the bookstore near the elevator.

The Mindset List

Posted on August 20, 2015

Inside the world if this year’s entering college class of 2019

Members of the entering college class of 2019 were mostly born in 1997 and have never licked a postage stamp, have assumed that Wi-Fi is an entitlement, and have no first-hand experience of Princess Diana’s charismatic celebrity.

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. Read the rest of this entry →

Communicators and social media managers invited to join Communicators Council

Posted on August 20, 2015

Faculty and staff who manage social media or who are involved in marketing and promotion of campus programs are invited to join the Communicators Council, which meets monthly.

What is Communicators Council?

A group of individuals who, to some extent, engage in communications activities on behalf of MSUM or an MSUM unit/department, particularly though not exclusively social media content providers. The group serves in an advisory capacity to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications and will have no authority of its own. Membership is voluntary. Read the rest of this entry →

Missed President Blackhurst’s welcome back message? View it online

Posted on August 19, 2015

If you missed President Anne Blackhurst’s welcome back message yesterday, you can view her presentation online here:

School of Visual Arts students participated in archeological project in Tuscany

Posted on August 18, 2015

Kenny (Arthur) Bowling and Jordan Falkum, students from the School of Visual Arts, participated in a five week program at The Villa del Vergigno Archaeological Project in Montelupo Fiorentino, a small Tuscan town on the Arno River, just ten miles west of Florence. Read the rest of this entry →

Library instruction sessions utilize best practices in effective and engaged teaching

Posted on August 17, 2015

As you prepare for fall semester, don’t forget to schedule a library session for your courses. Most students begin their research using Google, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, 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.

Read the rest of this entry →

Lok Pokhrel presented his current research at the AEJMC national convention in San Francisco

Posted on August 13, 2015

Journalism & Mass Communication Assistant Professor Lok Pokhrel presented his current research titled “News-media Framing of Obesity, Responsibility Attribution, and Moral Discourses” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) national convention on Aug 6, 2015 in San Francisco. Read the rest of this entry →

Doris Walker-Dalhouse and A. Derick Dalhouse presented paper at Annual International Conference on Education

Posted on August 11, 2015

Doris Walker-Dalhouse, Professor Emerita, STL, and A. Derick Dalhouse, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, presented a paper at the 17th Annual International Conference on Education, May 18-21 in Athens, Greece.  The title of the paper was Preservice Teachers’ Cross-Cultural Competence in Teaching about Immigrants and Refugees.

Annette Kleinkauf Morrow and MSUM students return from Macedonia

Posted on August 11, 2015

Annette Kleinkauf Morrow and MSUM students Justine Peterson and Meagan Wensted recently returned from Stobi, Macedonia where they participated in the Balkan Heritage Archeological Site Workshop on Advanced Digital Photographic Documentation of Artifacts and Architecture. While at the archeological dig, they learned various state of the art techniques for documenting artifacts including RTI, Photogrammetry, 3-D imaging, and surveying. They also visited many Hellenistic and Roman sites in the area.

Register for this year’s FargoConnect with promo code

Posted on August 11, 2015
FargoConnect is offering MSUM employees a registration discount of 20 percent. To register, visit and use the promo code MNSTATE20.

FargoConnect takes place Sept. 15, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

President Blackhurst will be speaking at the event, so let’s have a strong presence!


Kandace Creel Falcón presented paper at Pacific Coast Branch of the American History Association meeting

Posted on August 10, 2015

Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Kandace Creel Falcón presented a conference paper on her work funded by a 19A faculty grant at the Pacific Coast Branch of the American History Association meeting in Sacramento, California on August 7, 2015. Read the rest of this entry →

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