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Minnesota State Employees’ Combined Charities Campaign is here

Posted on October 13, 2017

From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, join us in a competition with the other Minnesota State Universities to be the most charitable institution. We are competing for the highest percentage of employee participation—even $10 helps! Employees can donate to a charity of their choice through payroll deduction. Set it up once, and your generosity keeps giving all year long! 

This process makes your donation stretch further to help Minnesotans in need. The campaign includes Charitable Federations, groups of charitable organizations that represent charities working on similar issues. This collaboration keeps administrative and fundraising expenses low, making your contribution dollars go as far as possible.

Donate to the cause that matters most to you––environment, education, women’s issues, breaking the cycle of poverty, and much more!  Read the rest of this entry →

Let us know of updated alumni information

Posted on October 11, 2017

Homecoming 2017: Forever Red was another amazing success! It was a privilege to welcome everyone home and celebrate the accomplishments of alumni and friends at the Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Service Awards Celebration. Thank you to everyone who attended and showed your support!

If you talked with any alumni or hosted an alumni event, please contact email alumni@mnstate.edu and let us know of updated alumni information, attendees and event photos. We’re here to help you keep track of Dragons for future get togethers!

Jim Sturdevant to receive MSU Moorhead’s L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award

Posted on October 06, 2017

Jim Sturdevant, a third-generation owner/CFO in the Sturdevant Auto Parts business, has been selected to receive Minnesota State University Moorhead’s 35th annual L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award. An awards reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 on the MSUM campus.

The award is named in honor of the late L.B. Hartz, the founder of Hartz Wholesale Company headquartered in Thief River Falls. It’s presented annually by MSUM’s College of Business and Innovation to an individual who has created economic opportunities for others through innovation, entrepreneurship and community service.  Read the rest of this entry →

Varying Degrees Percussion Trio to Perform at MSUM

Posted on October 06, 2017

Sunday, Oct. 8 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Weld Hall

The Varying Degrees Percussion Trio will present a performance in Weld Hall on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Consisting of MSUM percussion alumni and faculty (Dr. Lucas Bernier, Tom Christianson, and Dr. Kenyon Williams), the trio will perform a wide range of works highlighting music from jazz fusion to Caribbean calypso, works for percussion theatre, and even a composition featuring just the “music” of tables! Admission is free.  Read the rest of this entry →

Register now for Distinguished Alumni Celebration

Posted on October 05, 2017

Register today!

Minnesota State University Moorhead will honor six alumni for extraordinary achievements in their lives and professions at this year’s Homecoming, which runs Monday, Oct. 2 through the following Sunday, Oct. 8.

The Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Service Celebration will be Thursday, Oct. 5. The evening will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m. in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom on MSUM’s campus. The dinner and program will follow at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required by registering online or by calling 218-477-2143. Read the rest of this entry →

Percussion professor begins trio performances

Posted on October 01, 2017

Sunday, Oct. 8 | 7:30-9 p.m.

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Percussion at MSUM, performed Thursday evening at the Fergus Falls “Concert in the Park” series along with members of the Varying Degrees Trio: MSUM percussion alumni Tom Christianson and Lucas Bernier. The trio received a Jade Presents grant from the Arts Partnership to present a variety of performances throughout the Red River Valley area this fall. Aside from their performance in Fergus Falls, the trio will also perform in Bismarck, Jamestown, Fargo, and Detroit Lakes as in a variety of Performing Arts events, including a performance on the campus of MSUM on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series: Alumni Presentations

Posted on September 29, 2017

Friday, Sept. 29 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Hagen Hall 325

Two MSUM Physics alumni will shed light on life after graduation.  Read the rest of this entry →

Faculty, students attend South Dakota Film Festival

Posted on September 28, 2017

Film Production and Animation students and alumni show work, win awards

Professors Anthony Adah, Don Clark, and Kyja K-Nelson of the School of Media Arts and Design, along with three vans full of students, represented MSUM at the 11th annual South Dakota Film Festival. Students participated in screenings, networking events, and Q/A sessions with filmmakers from around the world. MSUM students, faculty and alumni were also well represented in the Official Selections of the festival and honored with awards.  Read the rest of this entry →

Coffee with Anne

Posted on September 27, 2017

During “Coffee with Anne” this month,  President Anne Blackhurst visited with some of our new employees and shared the rich history of MSUM as well as talked about the culture, mission and core values of our university.

President Anne is pictured with new hires Lori Schmidt – Nurse Practitioner (Hendrix Clinic & Counseling Center), Ashok Aryal – Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Mathematics), Lois Wagner – Accounting Technician (Alumni Foundation), Carol Hall – Print Coordinator (Marketing & Communications), and Melissa Dingmann – Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships (Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid).

Welcome to MSUM!  Read the rest of this entry →

Volunteer today!

Posted on September 21, 2017

MSUM to canvas Moorhead during September to support United Way Day of Caring

The United Way Day of Caring is a community-wide event, where United Way of Cass-Clay mobilizes volunteer teams of 3-6 people to assist people in need with a household project.

This is where MSUM comes in. During the month of September, MSUM will help United Way to canvas local Moorhead neighborhoods to spread the word about the Day of Caring Event and to help people in need register for help. MSUM is helping our local community while supporting the goal of United Way to ensure as many people as possible know about the event.

Canvassing Sign Up  Read the rest of this entry →

Learn more about the MSUM Alumni Ireland Tour Sept. 19

Posted on September 19, 2017

Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Hennessy’s in Fargo

In May/June 2018, MSUM alumni, family and friends will be taking a one-of-a-kind, 10-day tour of the Emerald Isle with MSUM Professor Dr. Jeremy Carney. This unique trip will combine some of the best cultural experiences that Ireland has to offer with an educational adventure into the ancient and modern sociopolitical history that has divided the island.

Join us Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Hennessy’s in Fargo to learn more about the sites and areas we’ll be visiting! Share this Facebook event with friends! Read the rest of this entry →

Moorhead Magazine is looking for service, missions, ministry ideas

Posted on September 18, 2017

The marketing team is working on the next issue of the Moorhead Magazine, which will feature the theme of service, missions and ministry representing alumni and students from all majors. Below are examples of the kinds of stories we’re looking for. Please share any and all ideas you think might broadly fit into this theme.  Read the rest of this entry →

Shanley students serve at MSUM

Posted on September 14, 2017

About 20 Shanley High School students participated in a day of service at MSUM yesterday, Sept. 13, as part of their homecoming week activities. The entire student body of 350 students and faculty volunteered at 18 community locations. This is the third year they have volunteered at MSUM.

“MSUM does a great job of keeping us busy all day long and the service they give to us is really great as well,” said Ashlee Cournia, a Shanley English teacher and a 2013 MSUM alumna. “We enjoy coming back here because of your hospitality.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Donuts with Dragons Celebrates Moorhead Public Schools

Posted on September 05, 2017

To celebrate the impressive number of Dragons working around the F-M community, the MSUM Alumni Foundation brought donuts to another area business.

In August, President Anne Blackhurst, Ok-Hee Lee, Shireen Alemadi, Gina Monson, Ashley Quinn, and Meghan Feir visited the Moorhead Public School System to bring donuts and swag to the hundreds of MPSS employees tied to MSUM.

From its inception, MSUM has been an educational leader in the community, training students to become educators. For many Dragons, teaching has become a family trade that continues to inspire younger generations to help and teach the world around them.

Janelle Frost-Geiser ’87 (history education), a social studies teacher, is a Dragon and the mother of three MSUM students. Each of her daughters has followed her in their plans to become teachers of art, history and mathematics.

“I started out as a mass comm student and worked at the radio station at the union for awhile, which was fun, but I eventually realized I loved education and went into history,” Frost-Geiser said. “I student-taught here at Moorhead High School and eventually came back here to work in 1990.”

As Dragons came up to the MSUM table to visit and get a sweet treat, one statement heard time and again was how meaningful their experiences were at MSUM.

David George ’14 (elementary inclusive education), a fourth-grade teacher, said the energy and open spirit was always palpable on campus.

“I’m proud to be a Dragon because they really made you feel at home,” George said. “You came to campus and felt the energy every day,” George said. “It was bright and positive. You felt like a family with everyone you were taking classes with, and I just really loved my experience there.”

MSUM Ireland Tour 2018 | Social and Informational Night Sept. 19

Posted on September 05, 2017

Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Hennessy’s in Fargo

In May/June 2018, MSUM alumni, family and friends will be taking a one-of-a-kind, 10-day tour of the Emerald Isle with MSUM Professor Dr. Jeremy Carney. This unique trip will combine some of the best cultural experiences that Ireland has to offer with an educational adventure into the ancient and modern sociopolitical history that has divided the island.

Join us Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Hennessy’s in Fargo to learn more about the sites and areas we’ll be visiting! Share this Facebook event with friends! Read the rest of this entry →

Coffee with Anne

Posted on August 30, 2017

During “Coffee with Anne” this month,  President Anne Blackhurst visited with some of our new employees and shared the rich history of MSUM as well as talked about the culture, mission and core values of our university.  Read the rest of this entry →

Zandbroz author event with Elise Parsley

Posted on August 24, 2017

Saturday, Aug. 26 | 1 p.m. | Zandbroz Variety

On Saturday, August 26, Zandbroz Variety will hold an author event with Elise Parsley, MSUM alumna and author of “If You Ever Want to Bring Your Alligator to School, Don’t!”, “If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!” and “If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t!”

Meet the author and get your books signed after a reading by Elise. Books are available for sale at the store now and the afternoon of the event.

SoMAD Hosts LA Film Alumni Event

Posted on August 23, 2017

On May 27, the School of Media Arts & Design hosted a meet and greet event in Los Angeles between 25 of its Film & Animation alumni and award-winning Horror writer/director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, HUSH, Absentia, Ouija II, Before I Wake, Gerald’s Game). The four hour event included a Q&A session led by Film professor Tom Brandau (Flanagan’s former film instructor at Towson University, in Baltimore), as well as a reception that followed. Flanagan, whose work has been lauded by author Stephen King as “Up there with HALLOWEEN…and even more, WAIT UNTIL DARK! White knuckle time!” was recently hand picked by Steven Spielberg to develop, produce and direct an upcoming Netflix series based on “The Haunting of Hill House.” Production is scheduled for this fall in Atlanta.  Read the rest of this entry →

Plan ahead for an MSUM adventure to Ireland

Posted on August 18, 2017

In May/June 2018, MSUM alumni, family and friends will be taking a one-of-a-kind, 11-day tour of the Emerald Isle with MSUM Professor Dr. Jeremy Carney. This unique trip will combine some of the best cultural experiences that Ireland has to offer with an educational adventure into the ancient and modern sociopolitical history that has divided the island.

Family and friends welcome. For more information contact Tod at Travel Incorporated 218.236.8383.

Art faculty, alumni and students help create North America’s largest brick sculpture to celebrate community diversity 

Posted on August 17, 2017

For two years, MSUM Art Professor Brad Bachmeier has been leading a project to install several large-scale brick sculptures at a new skate and bike park in the Golden Ridge community at Madison Park in North Fargo. The community is one of the most diverse and economically challenged in the FM metro area. The project involved collaboration with the Legacy Children’s Foundation, City of Fargo, Fargo Parks and Madison Elementary school children to help celebrate diversity through art and create ownership for community members in the park. Over 300 community members, artists, school children and volunteers have participated in the project including dozens of MSUM alumni, staff and students.  Read the rest of this entry →

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