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MSUM’s 2015 Prairie and Woodland Native Nations Fieldschool was held earlier this month

Posted on June 25, 2015

MSUM’s 2015 Prairie and Woodland Native Nations Fieldschool was held from June 13-21. During the nine day trip students, under the direction of Anthropology Professor Erik Gooding, visited and undertook research at historical landmarks and tribal and regional museums as well as interacted with tribal administrators, tribal members, and elders from the Sauk Nation of Kansas and Nebraska, the Iowa Nation of Kansas and Nebraska, and the Meskwaki Nation of Iowa. Students work focused on geospatial studies, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

Psychology department has added two new courses

Posted on June 25, 2015

The Psychology department has added two new courses to the Fall 2015 schedule. These courses are open to psychology majors and non-majors and will appeal to students across many disciplines. Read the rest of this entry →

Get Involved with Dragon Welcome Week!

Posted on June 24, 2015

Registration is now open to get involved with Dragon Welcome Week including Sidewalk Cafe on Saturday, August 22nd. It is a great way to advertise your organization or department and get students involved.

Other ways to get involved and reach out to new students are Welcome Week Swag Bags, helping on the move-in crew and having a skit during campus capers. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Lisa Stewart, School Psychology, presents at statewide RTI conference

Posted on June 19, 2015

Dr. Stewart presented a session on “Increasing English Language Arts, Math and Academic Language Skills through a Focus on Vocabulary” at the 5th Annual ND RTI/MTSS conference June 8-10, 2015. Dr. Stewart also led the Action Planning session at the end of the conference. Over 330 educators attended the conference, held at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, ND.

Anna Arnar, School of Visual Art, published an essay in a book titled “+ Que 20 Ans Après”

Posted on June 19, 2015

Anna Arnar, School of Visual Art, published an essay in a book titled “+ Que 20 Ans Après” published by the Sternberg Press in Berlin. Edited by Sabine Folie, former director of the Generali Foundation in Vienna, the book explores the legacy of Mallarmé in conceptual art of the 20th and 21st centuries. For more information see http://www.sternberg-press.com/index.php?pageId=1598&bookId=492&l=en

School Psychology faculty and Graduate Students part of statewide RTI conference

Posted on June 19, 2015

The 5th Annual ND Response to Intervention/MTSS conference was held in Fargo June 8-10th with over 330 educators from all over North Dakota and the FM area attending. Dr. Lisa Stewart and 8 graduate students in the MSUM School Psychology program volunteered at the event. Dr. Stewart was on the conference planning committee. Dr. Margaret Potter, School Psychology, also attended the conference. Speakers included Dr. Kim Gibbons, Wayne Callendar, and Dr. Don Kincaid as well as several breakout sessions. CHAMPS training by Safe and Civil Schools was also provided at the conference.

Dr. Terrie Manno and the Manno-Dean Piano Duo perform to standing-room-only crowd in Budapest, Hungary

Posted on June 18, 2015

Dr. Terrie Manno, SPA pianist, and her partner Michael Dean gave a solo and duet recital at the historic Franz Liszt Academy Museum in Budapest, Hungary, on June 6, 2015. They performed works by Franz Schubert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ottorino Respighi, and Vincent d’Indy. The audience requested two encores and the piano duo complied with works by Scott Joplin and Johannes Brahms.

Dr. Sean Taylor presented at 15th Annual Reacting to the Past Conference at Barnard College

Posted on June 18, 2015

Dr. Sean Taylor presented at the 15th Annual Reacting to the Past Conference at Barnard College in New York City on June 12, 2015. Dr. Taylor, along with Jan Erik Mustad, co-presenter from the University at Agder, in Kristiansand, Norway, presented their findings on using the role-playing pedagogy “Reacting to the Past” as a tool for English language learning.

Pocket calendar for Fall 2015 available now

Posted on June 18, 2015

The Records Office Schedule Card/Pocket Calendar for Fall 2015 is now available. Feel free to stop by the Records Office in Owens Hall 104 to pick some up.

Minnesota State University Moorhead runs away with Fargo Marathon College Challenge

Posted on June 16, 2015

 The MSUM Dragons scorched the competition as they become the winner of the 2015 Fargo Marathon College Challenge. 

The challenge was part of this year’s tri-college theme where runners made their way through each campus in the F-M area.

MSUM had more students, staff and faculty running in the marathon than any other university.

Steve Fox/MSUM Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations, “Part of our university is about being involved in the community, and that we don’t, students don’t just come here and come to the MSUM bubble. It’s about getting active into the community.”

As the winner, the university will receive $5,000. The money will go toward student scholarships.

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MSUM’s Poco Fuego Steel Drum Quintet to Perform at Regional Libraries

Posted on June 11, 2015

MSUM’s “Poco Fuego” Steel Drum Quintet, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, has been invited by the Lake Agassiz Regional LIbrary Association to perform this coming week in communities throughout Northern Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM archaeology students conducted testing at Regional Science Center

Posted on June 08, 2015

A team of MSUM archaeology students, led by Dr. George Holley, Department of Anthropology and Earth Science, conducted testing at a newly defined archaeological site located at the MSUM Regional Science Center. The archaeological site is buried in alluvial deposits of the Buffalo River and dates back to approximately 8,000 years ago. Read the rest of this entry →

Open Forum for Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. John Healy, Tuesday

Posted on June 08, 2015

Open Forum for AVP candidate, Dr. John Healy, will be Tuesday, June 9, at 10 a.m. in the Library room 103.

Dr. John Healy is currently the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX. Read the rest of this entry →

Lin Enger’s book announced as finalist in the Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards

Posted on June 04, 2015

Over the past month, booksellers from across our nine-state region have been nominating their favorite titles for the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association’s awards program. They’ve tallied the nominations, and Lin Enger’s book, “The High Divide,” has been announced as a finalist in the adult fiction category for the 2015 Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards.

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Moorhead named best small city by website

Posted on June 02, 2015

MOORHEAD – Fargo gets on its fair share of best-of lists, but now it’s Moorhead’s turn to bask in the limelight.

Narrowing its search to cities with less than 75,000 residents, Nerdwallet looked at a handful of livability factors including economic health and affordability. Moorhead came out on top.

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Interview schedule for Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted on June 02, 2015

Two finalists for the position of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs are scheduled to hold open forums for the MSUM community. The forums are scheduled as follows and all members of the MSUM community are invited to attend.

Candidate Current Position Date Time Location
Dr. Lane Azure Former Vice President of Academic Affairs, Cankdeska Cikana Community College Wednesday, June 3 10:15-11:15 LI 103
Dr. John Healy Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of the Incarnate Word Tuesday, June 9 10:00-11:00 LI 103 Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM featured pre-commencement shows for the first time this spring

Posted on June 01, 2015

The commencement ceremonies that took place May 15 in Nemzek Fieldhouse took a new twist on celebrating students’ collegiate accomplishments. This spring’s event featured pre-commencement shows with live and taped video, which aired on WDAYZ Xtra and the MSUM website.

“The idea of the pre-game shows came as we were talking about how we could extend our story beyond the commencement ceremony and beyond tweeting,” MSUM’s Associate Vice President for Academic Planning Denise Gorsline said. “Tweeting is still a key social media strategy, but we felt we could do more.” Read the rest of this entry →

University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Names Two CLAS Faculty as Distinguished Professors

Posted on May 29, 2015

MSUM alumnus Blair T. Johnson named UConn distinguished professor

On March 25, the UConn Board of Trustees confirmed two faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as UConn distinguished professors: Professor of Philosophy Jc Beall and Professor of Psychology Blair T. Johnson.

The designation is the University’s highest academic honor, and is given in recognition of exceptional distinction in scholarship, teaching, and service at UConn. Read the rest of this entry →

Math titan earns accolades for teaching, caring at Tech

Posted on May 27, 2015

MSC alumnus, Robert Boatz, makes a difference in St. Cloud school district 

Glimpse at Robert Boatz during a Technical High School sports timeout, and you might see the math teacher reading a book in the stands.

It’s an example of “Mick,” as students and colleagues call him, sending a positive message to kids, according to a St. Cloud school board member.

“He’s really the consummate educator, in my book,” said Bruce Hentges, former Tech coach and instructor.

A prestigious university recently agreed.

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology honored Boatz with its outstanding teacher award earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry →

College students’ projects influence area businesses

Posted on May 27, 2015

MOORHEAD – Gone are the days when a student’s work was confined to the classroom.

This past semester at Minnesota State University Moorhead, seven business students served as consultants for two local companies. At North Dakota State University, two landscape architecture students designed an outdoor classroom for the Red River Zoo.

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