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Summer Enrollment Increases from 2014, 2015

Posted on May 13, 2016

More students are registered for summer classes than in the previous two summers, according to data from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.  Read the rest of this entry →

LASC/WI Assessment

Posted on May 11, 2016

As the semester comes to a close, please remember to submit your LASC/WI assessment form for all LASC and/or writing intensive classes taught this year (Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016). Department/Program Chairs received a list of these on Monday.

A single form can be submitted for multiple sections of the same class (this is actually preferred) if similar assessments are used.

The form can be found here, and writing intensive classes should use LASC 1B, Written communication:

Paseka School of Business Celebrates 65 Years

Posted on May 04, 2016

Wednesday, May 11 | 7:30-8:30 a.m. | Center for Business Atrium

The campus is invited to help celebrate the 65th anniversary of MSUM’s Paseka School of Business. Breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m.

Join Marsha Weber, dean of the College of Business and Innovation, alumni and faculty in the celebration and to welcome 2016 graduates into the Dragon alumni family. Read the rest of this entry →

Schmidt Elected Region 6 NACADA Chair

Posted on April 29, 2016

Congratulations to Troy Schmidt, Coordinator of Academic Intervention, who has been elected the Region 6 Chair within NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. Being elected to this leadership position is a tribute by Troy’s peers and a recognition of his significant professional contributions to and excellence in the field of academic advising.

Spring Scholarship Gala surpasses years prior in attendance and money raised

Posted on April 28, 2016

Last Saturday, April 23, 2016, the university’s largest, annual fundraising event for need-based, merit, academic and athletic scholarships was held and saw a record-breaking 343 in attendance. The event raised over $167,000. Read the rest of this entry →

Students Win Big

Posted on April 26, 2016

Seven students receive awards at the 2016 AAF-ND ceremony

Brittany Kelley, Freelance Writer

Seven students received Addy awards at the Feb. 26 American Advertising Federation of North Dakota (AAF-ND) Awards Ceremony. AAF-ND not only provides members with professional development and networking opportunities, but has recognizes creativity and excellence among the advertising and marketing fields.

MSUM student Addy Award Winners: Read the rest of this entry →

Last Chance to Register for Tanzania Study Tour

Posted on April 22, 2016

Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime! This is your last chance to register for Culture, Environment, & Human Services in Tanzania, ANTH390/STL390, from May 18-June 14. Read the rest of this entry →

Holtan Presents at Ryumonji Zen Monastery

Posted on April 21, 2016

Merrie Sue Holtan, communication and journalism, presented five personal journey writing workshops at the Ryumonji Zen Monastery, rural Dorchester, IA. Other presenters included Luther College faculty, Decorah, IA, and Abbot Shoken Winecoff. Ryumonji means “Dragon Gate Temple” and exists to help people face the tribulations of everyday life.

Spring Scholarship Gala | Students Directly Impacted by Event Proceeds

Posted on April 14, 2016

By Meghan Feir

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, MSUM will once again be hosting an event targeted toward raising money for need-based, merit, academic and athletic student scholarships. Previously known as the Founders Scholarship Gala, the Spring Scholarship Gala is the university’s biggest fundraising event and directly impacts the lives of students across departments.

On a seemingly regular school day, Tomi Thompson got a call from her cousin, MSUM Mass Communications Department Secretary Wendy Olsgard. Deadlines were approaching for scholarship applications and the encouraging cousin knew Thompson was more than qualified.

Fast forward to 2016. With tears in her eyes, the senior, double-majoring in broadcast journalism and integrated advertising and public relations, explained how receiving scholarships made it possible for her to accept an internship with the Minnesota Vikings last summer. Read the rest of this entry →

Listening to Jazz: Understanding the Standards

Posted on April 11, 2016

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By Nate Gilbraith, Marketing Intern

Jazz is often hailed as one of America’s original art forms. Having originated in New Orleans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this music genre, which makes heavy use of improvisation, syncopation and the swing note, quickly became America’s favorite.

Throughout the 1900s, many different forms of jazz developed and rapidly started to influence emerging music genres. However, in the recent years jazz has seen a decline in listeners, especially among young adult listeners. Senior Hannah Hoeschen (music) hopes to change that through the education of standard jazz music elements. Read the rest of this entry →

When Will I Graduate?

Posted on April 06, 2016

Would you like to plan what you have yet to take before graduation? Have you seen your advisor or registered for fall and summer classes yet?

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.

‘What Happened to Heaven?’ topic of religious studies speaker series

Posted on April 05, 2016

Tuesday, April 5 | 7 p.m. | Langseth Hall 118 (*please note the room change)

Dr. Tim Decker, English and University Writing Support Center Director presents
“What Happened to Heaven?: The Function of Hell in Contemporary Horror Fiction.”

Advising 101

Posted on April 04, 2016

Registration is well underway! Have you registered for fall and summer classes yet?

Did you know there’s an excellent resource developed by the Academic Support Center to assist you in registering for classes? Check out Advising 101 to learn about basic information for advising and registration.

Tri-College summer program in Greece

Posted on April 01, 2016

100_4457bDiscover the archaeology of Neolithic Greece while working at the ancient acropolis of Halai as part of the Cornell Halai and East Lokris Project (CHELP). Located on the Bay of Atalanti, Halai flourished from 6000-5300 B.C. and has been excavated since the early 1900s. Work directly with artifacts excavated from the site, visit nearby archaeological sites, and interact daily with local Greek people. Highlights will be visiting the Parthenon and archaeological sites of Athens, experiencing authentic Greek cuisine, and living a short walk from our very own beach, Vivos Paralia.

The six-week program is led by NDSU Lecturer and MSUM Adjunct Instructor Jayme Joos (Anthropology), who has worked at the site since 2009. This affordable program is worth six upper-level anthropology credits. For more information, consult the program webpage or email Jayme Joos at The deadline to apply is April 15.

Trinidad trip for your global studies course

Posted on April 01, 2016

IMG_1705Thinking 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. 30-Jan. 9. 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 the Trinidad Abroad webpage.


Fall and Summer Registration Has Begun

Posted on April 01, 2016

Course registration for summer and fall semester began Tuesday, March 29th. 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

Summer and Fall 2016 registration begins March 29

Posted on March 29, 2016

Registration for the summer and fall 2016 semester is scheduled to begin March 29th, 2016.  Fall registration proceeds according to the number of semester hours individual students have completed with grades.  Students with more earned semester hours are allowed to register earlier than students with less semester hours. Read the rest of this entry →

Art Alumnae Earn Fellowships to Rigorous Graduate Programs

Posted on March 28, 2016

Faculty nurture artists and learners

By Trent Zbichorski, Freelance Writer

At one time, MSUM alumnae Stephanie Seguin, Kaylyn Gerenz and Jescia Hopper entered Roland Dille Center for the Arts for the first time to begin their art journey. MSUM not only nurtured each of them to excel artistically, but also prepared them for rigorous graduate-level work. Each artist has received fellowships for highly reputable graduate art programs across the country. Read the rest of this entry →

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 →

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