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Donate a bottle or more of your favorite wine

Posted on February 24, 2017

Donate a bottle or more of your favorite wine to the Mystery Wine Sale at this year’s Spring Scholarship Gala! The minimum value is $20 per bottle but can exceed to any amount. Wine donations will be received until March 31, 2017.  Read the rest of this entry →

Gov. Dayton appoints George W. Soule to fill vacancy on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees

Posted on February 23, 2017

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of the Honorable George W. Soule to fill a vacancy on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees. Mr. Soule is replacing Margaret Anderson Kelliher, and his term will expire on June 30, 2018.

“George Soule has had a very distinguished career bringing justice and opportunity to people throughout Minnesota,” said Gov. Dayton. “I believe that Mr. Soule will bring this dedication to ensuring excellent higher education and career training opportunities for all students at Minnesota State.”

George W. Soule is a judge of the White Earth Tribal Court of Appeals and a founding partner of Soule & Stull LLC, where he is a civil trial attorney handling cases involving product liability, commercial, and negligence claims. Previously, he was a founding and managing partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP, and an associate at Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett. Judge Soule earned his B.A. from Moorhead State University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Read the rest of this entry →

Speaker: Nick Gaines

Posted on February 23, 2017

Thursday, Feb. 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium

Dragon Entertainment Group is hosting Nick Gaines—an MSUM alum—to speak Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Glasrud Auditorium (Weld Hall). Check out The Group’s social media pages for more information.
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MSUM Alumni Foundation seeking distinguished alumni nominations

Posted on February 15, 2017

The MSUM Alumni Foundation seeks your nominations of distinguished alumni. Faculty and staff across campus play an integral role in the lives of students and are often the ones to whom our alumni attribute their success. We are proud of our alumni, and in turn, proud of the role MSUM has played in their lives.

2017 recipient nomination deadline is Feb. 15. Nominations are submitted throughout the year, with research, review and final selection occurring in early spring. For more information on the awards, past recipients and and to nominate outstanding alumni click here.

MSUM Alumni Foundation Giving Hearts Day total

Posted on February 10, 2017

Thanks to Dragons and friends everywhere, the MSUM Alumni Foundation was able to raise $20,800 for Giving Hearts Day! All of those proceeds will go toward student scholarships, and you helped make it happen. Thank you, Dragons.

We’d also like to thank the Dakota Medical Foundation and other generous donors for the match.

Volunteers needed for 10th Annual Go Pink with the Dragons Feb. 10

Posted on February 10, 2017

Mark Your Calendar for the 10th Annual Go Pink with the Dragons!  This year’s event is set for February 6-10, 2017 and celebrates 10 years of bringing awareness to breast cancer and other cancers.  Sign up to volunteer at the Go Pink volunteer online sign-up.

For more information about Go Pink with the Dragons, contact Gloria Riopelle at riopelg@mnstate.edu or 218-477-5824 or visit 10th Annual Go Pink with the Dragons.

Give toward student scholarships today

Posted on February 09, 2017

This Giving Hearts Day, give toward student scholarships and help support MSUM’s ongoing mission of transforming the world by transforming lives. Through scholarships, experiential learning, research and more, Dragons, just like you, are able to discover their passions.

During today’s one-day giving campaign, look up MSUM Alumni Foundation on giving.impactgiveback.org and make your contribution.

Donations will be matched by the Dakota Medical Foundation and other generous donors.

Thank you for paying it forward, Dragons!

Dalan and MSUM alumna publish in Remote Sensing journal

Posted on February 02, 2017

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, MSUM alumna Rebecca Wallace (Geoarchaeology 2017), and colleagues from the Midwest Archeological Center of the National Park Service and the University of Kansas, have had an article published in the online journal Remote Sensing. Their paper “Cutbank Geophysics: A New Method for Expanding Magnetic Investigations to the Subsurface Using Magnetic Susceptibility Testing at an Awatixa Hidatsa Village, North Dakota” forwards an approach for enhancing geophysical studies of archaeological sites.

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series: ‘Towards Earth-like Alien Worlds: Disentangling Stellar and Planetary Signals’

Posted on January 27, 2017

Friday, Jan. 27 | 3 p.m. | Hagen 325

Thousands of planetary systems outside our own have been discovered. Most of these exoplanets discovered to date are much larger than the Earth, but the goal is to eventually identify Earth-like planets orbiting others stars. Dr. Heather Cegla will discuss some of the complications in trying to separate information about the star and planet in such a system. Dr. Cegla graduated from MSUM in 2010, obtained her Ph.D. from Queen’s University Belfast in 2013, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Queen’s University Belfast at the University of Geneva.

Art alumnus to give artist talk, premiere film about Fergus Falls State Hospital photography project

Posted on January 24, 2017

Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 7 p.m. | Fargo Library Community Room

Ethan Smith ’14 (art) first was interested in the architecture of the Fergus Falls building that used to be the state hospital. The building was built at the end of the 19th century in the vision of Dr. Thomas Kirkbride, a psychiatrist that recommended mental hospitals with lots of sunlight, located in nature. The opportunity for Smith to further explore those interests began when he was selected to a one-month artist’s residency program that was sponsored by the Fergus Falls Springboard for the Arts. He lived on the grounds of the state hospital and using a large format film camera, documented interior and exterior spaces. During the project, while talking to local residents, the building came alive with the sense of humanity of the people who lived and worked there.  Read the rest of this entry →

It’s On Us Pledge Night tonight, Alumni Night tomorrow at Dragon Basketball

Posted on January 20, 2017

Your Dragon men’s and women’s basketball teams are both No. 1 in the NSIC and are hosting some great games this Friday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday at 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in Nemzek.

Friday is It’s On US Pledge Night sponsored by the Courtyard By Marriott. Come join us in taking the pledge to end sexual violence.

Saturday is Alumni Night sponsored by the Alumni Foundation and Locals Love Us, where coupon code Alumni on MSUMDragons.com/Tickets gets you $5 off an adult admission ticket.

Join us for the Alumni & Fan social after tonight’s game at the Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead. The social will begin immediately after the basketball games. All are welcome to join us.

Dragons in the News

Posted on January 04, 2017

The Benefits of Gender Balance in a System’s Presidential Offices, The Chronicle of Higher Education: “In the past year, national discussions about glass ceilings in politics and in the board room, and sexist news coverage of the Olympics, have brought the subject of gender equity to the forefront of the American consciousness in compelling ways. Higher-­education institutions are no strangers to the issue, as they struggle to meet their own aggressive gender-equity goals.”

F-M college campus retention efforts aim to help students succeed, Inforum: “MSUM has seen its retention increase by 3 percent per year for the past three years. The retention rate is now 76 percent. ‘We would like to see that get up to 80 percent,’ said Brenda Amenson-Hill, MSUM’s vice president of enrollment management and student affairs.”

‘You look like a bug and you’re ready to roll’: Winter biking with Sara Watson-Curry, Inforum: “Sara Watson-Curry has been a utilitarian cyclist since her parents dropped her off at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2001 with her mother’s tank-sized bike. It was another eight years before she ventured to pedal when the snowplows are in full force and most folks are busy scraping ice off their vehicles.”

Dragons women ranked in Division II top 25 for first time since 2009, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead senior Natalie Van Wyhe said it’s ‘cool’ the Dragons are nationally ranked, but the team would rather keep a low profile. ‘We liked not being ranked because we feel like the underdog,’ Van Wyhe said. ‘At the end of the day, it doesn’t mean anything until you actually prove it.'”

MSUM Women Win 11th Straight, Men Back in Win Column, KVRR: “A balanced offensive attack helped the Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s basketball team win its 11th straight game on Saturday as the Dragons topped Concordia-St. Paul, 76-63 at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn.”

Dragon men cruise past Concordia-St.Paul, WDAY: “John Doss led MSUM with 19 points as the Dragons bounced back from their loss against Mankato. MSU Moorhead cruised past Concordia St. Paul 74-60.”

Dragons End 2016 on the Right Foot, Defeat Concordia-St. Paul 74-60, Valley News Live: “Minnesota State University Moorhead headed into the new year on a high note, winnings its final game of 2016 by defeating Concordia-St. Paul by a final score of 74-60.”

Dragons women extend winning streak to 10 games, Inforum: “A nearly two-week break between games didn’t slow down the surging Minnesota State Moorhead women’s basketball team.”

Dragon women’s basketball team wins tenth game in a row, men fall to Mankato, WDAZ: “The MSUM men’s basketball team was back from their holiday break on Friday, with a game against Minnesota State Mankato.”

MSUM women shoot past Concordia-St. Paul, WDAZ: “The MSUM women’s basketball team remained hot to extend its winning streak to 11 games. The Dragons shot 61 percent from beyond the arc to beat Concordia-St.Paul 76-63.”

Doss leads Dragons men to conference win, Inforum: “Heading into the New Year, the Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball team is still trying to hone an identity. The Dragons took another step in that direction Saturday, Dec. 31, at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.”

Ham scores career high to help Dragons women extend winning streak, Inforum: “Ham made the most of her court time, scoring a career-high 17 points. Her effort helped the surging Dragons earn a 76-63 victory against Concordia-St. Paul in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball before 565 fans.”

Be a part of the annual Alumni Flag Corps at Commencement

Posted on December 15, 2016

Thursday, Dec. 15, 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!

Requirements: Must be able to smile and wave flag Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016! Read the rest of this entry →

Bald Man Brewing Social and Sustainability Talk in Eagan

Posted on December 09, 2016

Join us Dec. 9 at Bald Man Brewing in Eagan for a fun social and a discussion on sustainability with Dennis Jacobs and Karen Brandon. Check out our Facebook event and share with friends!

Join the Annual Alumni Flag Corps at Commencement

Posted on December 06, 2016

Thursday, Dec. 15, 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!

Requirements: Must be able to smile and wave flag Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016! Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Alumnae, Employee Named to United Way’s 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program

Posted on November 29, 2016

The United Way of Cass-Clay announced its 2017 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program participants, which includes seven MSUM alumnae and one employee.

MSUM alumnae include:

  • Beth Althoff, Doosan-Bobcat
  • Renee Charon, Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota
  • Jesika Jorgenson, Discovery Benefits
  • Yulia Murzaeva, Widmer Roel
  • Danna Nelson, Fargo Park District
  • Leah Trontvet, YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
  • Jamie Wepking, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Wepking also works at MSUM as the Assistant Director of Admissions Campus Preview Program and Call Center.

Congratulations to these outstanding women!  Read the rest of this entry →

Support Our Students: Donate Today

Posted on November 23, 2016

Last year, 40 percent of MSUM faculty and staff donated toward student scholarships. Can we count on your continued or first-time donations?

Every dollar you give is a dollar that will Support Our Students in one way or another. Your gift will help MSU Moorhead be a leader in student success. Not only can you support scholarships, but you can also support an educational experience that will have lifelong relevance. You can even designate exactly where you want your gift to go to make an impact and sign up for payroll deduction. Learn more about donating online at mnstate.edu/alumni/sos.

“This scholarship will follow me as a symbol for what reward can be had for hard work and determination.” – Elli Teige, Scholarship Recipient

“Elf on the Shelf—Interactive Family Fun” Nov. 26

Posted on November 23, 2016
Looking for fun ways to celebrate the holidays with your family? The FM Community Theatre and MSUM alumni, Anna Carol McCorison ’07 and Nicole Fenstad ’94, are proud to present “Elf on the Shelf—Interactive Family Fun” Nov. 26 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Call (701-235-6778) ahead and mention you’re a Dragon alum to get a $3 discount per ticket for you and your family.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on November 21, 2016

Veterans hold chili cook-off at MSUM to crown champion, WDAY: “The competition was heated as veterans at MSUM showcased their best chili recipes. Members of the Veteran’s Resource Center competed head to head for the title of chili champion.”

MSUM celebrates veterans with special performance, speakers, WDAY: “Veterans and their service were celebrated as part of MSUM’s Veteran’s Day Program.”

Dragons notch first seven-win season since 1999, Inforum: “After Minnesota State Moorhead closed its season with a 48-33 victory against Northern State on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Scheels Field at Nemzek Stadium, Dragons head coach Steve Laqua pumped his first, yelled and sprinted to the huddle of his players.”

Chinese master artist draws inspiration, leads co-op art class at MSUM, Inforum: “Artists Zhimin Guan and Hao Lin were practically destined to work together. Lin came across Guan’s artwork while searching for a location to use his visiting artist grant from Fujian Normal University in China. After viewing Guan’s dynamic metal paintings on Minnesota State University Moorhead’s website, he knew he wanted to work with him — enough to uproot his family and move to Moorhead to study with Guan for a year. Lin asked Guan via email to be his mentor, and that’s when their paths officially crossed.”

MSUM finishes season with best record since 1999, WDAY: “The MSUM Dragons beat Northern State 44-38 to finish the season 7-4, the program’s best record since 1999.”

MSUM’s Riewer to play in Czech Republic, reunite with ex-teammate Sevlie, WDAY: “In 2014, Jordan Riewer and Isaac Sevlie were starters and teammates on the Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball squad that qualified for the NCAA Division II Elite Eight and won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title. Two years later, the two will be re-united on the basketball court for the BK NH Ostrava professional team in the Czech Republic.”

Former Dragons wrestler and UFC heavyweight Johnson ready for ‘contract fight’, Inforum: “Tim Johnson has to go through a 6-foot-7, 240-pound Russian fighter to take the next step in his mixed martial arts career. Johnson, a former Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler, could move closer to being a top-10 heavyweight with a win Saturday, Nov. 19, at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.”

Dragons race past NMU men, 104-68, The Mining Journal: “Northern Michigan University couldn’t slow the sharpshooters from Minnesota State-Moorhead and lost a 104-68 decision in a college men’s basketball game played at the Berry Events Center on Friday night.”

Age of Abstinence: Fewer Millennials having sex, WDAY: Karen Branden, Professor of Sociology, was interviewed by Jordan Schroeer (MSUM alum now with WDAY TV) on November 10, 2016 about the new ways millennials are dating and developing intimate relationships. Contrary to stereotypes about millennials and sex, millennials tend to have fewer sexual partners and tend to not use dating apps compared to their predecessors among baby boomers.

It’s Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day!

Posted on November 17, 2016

Today, join thousands of fellow Minnesotans in celebrating the act of giving during this 24-hour online fundraising event. You can show your Dragon Pride by donating toward the mission and promise of MSUM—transforming the world by transforming lives.

Your gift today will allow students to devote more time and attention to their studies, take unpaid internships in their field of study, and participate in academic conferences. Thanks to your help, students can become leaders and volunteers in our community and beyond.

Please consider making an online donation today toward MSUM on givemn.org. Thank you for your generosity and investing in the future of students!

Feel like sharing your Dragon Pride on Twitter today? Use these hashtags to spread the message: #GTMD16 #DragonsGive

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