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Downtown Sound

Posted on March 28, 2016

School of Performing Arts supports student bands

By Brittany Kelley, Freelance Writer

To many, music is more than a few notes on a scale. Music is a form of expression, an outlet of creativity. Dylan Boehmer and Andrew Nelson, both Music Industry juniors, met in choir their freshman year and began playing music together. They both appreciate music and wanted to showcase their talents in an entertaining way, which lead to the start of their cover band, Downtown Sound.

With Dylan on the mic and Andrew balancing singing, guitar and piano, they recruited Dominic Paczkowski for the drums and Joel Kingsley for the bass. Downtown Sound began marketing themselves to local venues and events on campus. When asked how they make it all work, they credit MSUM’s School of Performing Arts. Read the rest of this entry →

A Guide to Academic Advising and Class Registration

Posted on March 22, 2016

What’s a DAR? How do I read it? When does my registration window open? When should I meet with my advisor? How do I register for my classes next semester? These questions and more plague students every semester. Don’t fall behind by going with these questions unanswered, follow this guide so you can register like a pro when fall and summer registration begins on Tuesday, March 29. Read the rest of this entry →

Academic Master Plan roundtables at next Town Hall meetings

Posted on March 22, 2016

The March Town Hall meetings will be devoted to roundtable discussions of the Academic Master Plan that is currently under development. We will be asking for input on some specific issues within the Academic Master Plan; the input from all employees is needed and valued.

The three meetings will be:

  • 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 23 in Owens 201;
  • 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 23 in the CMU Ballroom; and
  • 2 p.m., Thursday, March 24 in the CMU Ballroom.

The draft Academic Master Plan can be accessed at the following address: Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM students rock CPA exam

Posted on March 21, 2016

Achieve higher pass rates than other Minnesota, North Dakota schools

MSUM students who took the 2015 Uniform CPA Examination within one year of graduating achieved a pass rate of 73.5 percent, higher than all colleges and universities in both North Dakota and Minnesota.

The pass rate measure refers to “…sections taken within 1 year (365 days) of graduation from a given program. This tighter filter allows the (NASBA-National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) book to more closely associate a candidate’s performance with his/her most recent educational institution.” Read the rest of this entry →

Request your Summer 2016 course shells on CourseCreator

Posted on March 16, 2016

Request your Summer 2016 course shells on CourseCreator

Other Tips:
·     Complete your start of semester tasks.
·     Adding a teaching assistant to your course? See D2L Brightspace Enrollments.
·     Read Online Courses: Starting Well for great tips on teaching a successful online course.

Questions? Call Instructional Technology Services at ext. 2603 option 3 or email

Fall and Summer Registration Refresher

Posted on March 09, 2016

Have some humility, ask for help!

Attend a Registration Refresher to remember all things eServices for Fall/Summer advising and registration!

Topics to be covered:

  • How to Search for a Course
  • How to view your Registration Window
  • How to view/read your DAR
  • And more!

Session Days and Times (all sessions located in Library 113):

  • Tuesday, March 22nd– 10:30am-11:20am & 3:00pm-3:50pm
  • Wednesday, March 23rd– 10:00am-10:50am & 1:30pm-2:20pm
  • Thursday, March 24th– 9:30am-10:20am & 1:00pm-1:50pm

Academic Advising Has Begun

Posted on March 07, 2016

Academic advising for summer and fall semester begins today. Contact your academic advisor to schedule a time to meet and discuss your next semester and to obtain your access code to register for classes.

Unsure who your academic advisor is? Follow the instructions below to find out:

  • Log in to eServices and with your Star ID and password
  • From the left menu, select “Grades and Transcripts”
  • Select “Interactive Degree Audit Report”
  • Your advisor assignment will be listed at the top of your audit

Workshop on Advising for Study Abroad

Posted on March 04, 2016

At 12:00pm on Friday, March 4th in the Faculty Development Center (LI 124), Janet Haak, the Director of Study Abroad Programs will lead an advising focused workshop: “Advisor Toolkit: Encouraging Study Abroad with your Advisees”. Lunch will be provided.

How do I view the course schedules for fall and summer semesters?

Posted on March 04, 2016

There are two ways to view the course schedule for spring semester. Follow the instructions below:

Fall 2016 Registration Windows

Posted on March 03, 2016

Registration for the fall 2016 semester is scheduled to begin March 29th through April 11th.  During this time, currently enrolled or returning students have an opportunity to register before new students.  Registration proceeds according to the number of semester hours individual students have completed.  Students with more earned semester hours are allowed to register earlier than students with less semester hours. Be sure to clear up any holds on your account as most holds will prevent you from registering for courses. Read the rest of this entry →

Travel Abroad next winter in Trinidad

Posted on March 03, 2016

Thinking about your course load for this coming year? Make plans to knock-out a LASC Goal 8 “Global Studies” course (“World Music Survey”) in TRINIDAD from Dec. 30th-Jan. 9th. Miss only ONE day of classes and experience the culture and music of the Caribbean! For more information, watch “MSUM Trinidad Abroad” on Youtube or go to:

How do I change my major?

Posted on March 03, 2016

Planning to change your major? Complete the Major, Minor, Certificate, or Advisor Change Form to obtain the necessary signatures and return to the Registrar’s Office.

How to prepare for your advising appointment

Posted on March 02, 2016

Here are some helpful hints on how to prepare for your academic advising appointment:

  • Print off your DAR. (From the MSUM homepage, click on E-services. Log on and select “Grades and Transcripts” on the left hand side. Then select “Interactive Degree Audit Report.” There is a “Printer Friendly” version that can be selected under the graphs on the left hand side of the page)
  • Create a draft of a course schedule. Be sure to include some alternative courses and times.
  • Be prepared to talk with your advisor about liberal studies, your major, internships, graduate school, etc.
  • Write down any questions you have.
  • Be sure you know your access code after leaving your appointment.
  • Register when your registration window opens.

Academic Advising Begins March 7

Posted on March 01, 2016

Academic advising begins on Monday, March 7, which means it’s time to schedule a time to meet with your academic advisor to plan for summer and fall semester classes and to obtain your access code. Unsure who your advisor is? Your advisor is listed on your Degree Audit Report (DAR).

Below are instructions on how to view your DAR:

  • Log in to eServices and with your Star ID and password
  • From the left menu, select “Grades and Transcripts”
  • Select “Interactive Degree Audit Report”
  • Your advisor assignment will be listed at the top of your audit

How to find your registration window and reading your DARS

Posted on March 01, 2016

When does my registration window open?

Registration for spring semester classes begins Tuesday, March 29. To check when your registration window opens, follow the instructions below:

  • Log in to eServices and with your Star ID and password
  • Click on “Registration Window”
    • Change the semester if needed (Click on “Registration Window” again if you need to change the semester)
  • The date given will be the earliest date you are allowed to add or drop a course from your schedule

How do I read my Degree Audit Report?

It is important to review your DAR carefully once a semester to ensure it represents what you are expecting in terms of graduation planning and degree completion.

Questions concerning your DARS report can be addressed by your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office.

Two spots available for Scotland trip

Posted on February 18, 2016

Two spots are available for the MSUM bi-annual tour to Scotland for three weeks, with the last week spent in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • May 31-July 1, 2016
  • $5400 + 4-credit course
  • Fees cover transportation, lodging and most all of the meals
  • Agenda: Glasgow, Outer Hebrides islands of Harris/Lewis, Arbroath and Hospitalfield, Aberdeen, St. Andrews, Dundee, the Strathmore Highland Games at Glamis Castle, Amsterdam and much more

Please contact Professors Al Sheets ( or Don Clark ( for more information. See the attached poster.


Application Deadline for the Student Academic Conference is this Sunday

Posted on February 17, 2016

Applications for the Student Academic Conference are now open. The deadline to apply to MSU Moorhead’s 18th SAC is February 28. You can apply by visiting,

ProFusion Speakers Bureau (Powered by the Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC)

Posted on February 09, 2016

As an educator in higher education, we want to let you know about a program that connects industry professionals to classrooms: Pro Fusion Speaker’s Bureau.  The Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC recently started managing ProFusion (originally piloted by Emerging Prairie).

The format of a Pro Fusion presentation is 20 minutes sharing plus 20 minutes of Q&A. The GFMEDC  facilitates matches to make sure that the speakers are relevant, timely, and experts in their field.

We believe that your students will benefit from having a Pro Fusion speaker share with your class. Visit this link to learn more and request a speaker for your classroom. Seeking a specific industry? Let us know! We’ll help you find just the right person.

Real Experience, Real Benefits

Posted on February 08, 2016

Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism

By Trent Zbichorski

Scholarships and internships are a great way to reduce college debt and gain real-world experience. The William C. Marcil, Sr. and Jane B. Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism (Marcil Center) offers both job opportunities and paid apprenticeships to prepare students for the ever-changing world of media. Read the rest of this entry →

The second annual Three Minute Thesis competition

Posted on February 04, 2016

North Dakota State University invites you to attend our second annual Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday, February 10, hosted by the College of Graduate & Interdisciplinary Studies. An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present. These students get 180 seconds.

Watch graduate students compete for up to $1,000 by presenting their research projects in just three minutes in terms everyone can understand. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 grand prize. The top competitor in each competition in round one will receive $250. Faculty, community members and graduate student representatives will judge competitors. Read the rest of this entry →

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