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Join the Alumni Flag Corps at Commencement

Posted on April 27, 2017

Friday, May 12, 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 Friday, May 12, 2017! Read the rest of this entry →

Graphic Communications student work wins regional Addy Award

Posted on April 13, 2017

Recent GCOM graduate Jonathan Calix recently received a Silver American Advertising Award (ADDY) for Best Website for the District 8 region, which includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Back in February, Jonathan’s fictional brand received awards including Best Catalog, Best Website and Best In Show for student work at the local Addy awards. This month the website will be submitted for award consideration at the National level. He created the company website and branded materials for his GCOM Senior Final project in May 2016.  Read the rest of this entry →

Let alumni know their opinions matter

Posted on April 06, 2017

Faculty and staff, please pass this information on to MSUM alumni you know. On Wednesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 6, the MSUM Alumni Foundation will be hosting four one-hour focus group sessions for alumni. We will be asking participants about their opinions and interests. This will help us as we plan for future alumni-related events and services. 

Please encourage Dragons you know to sign up for a one-hour focus group session on either date. Whether you ask them via social media, word of mouth, email, or a combination of those mediums of communication, we appreciate any effort made in helping us spread the word.
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Heads or Tails Raffle at the Spring Scholarship Gala

Posted on April 06, 2017

Saturday, April 8 | CMU Ballroom

Participate in the Heads or Tails Raffle at the Spring Scholarship Gala April 8! For $25, you will receive a Scorch raffle paddle that will allow you to participate in three separate raffles during the event. Each raffle will consist of multiple rounds where each participant will use their paddle to select heads or tails. The emcee will flip a coin and announce the coin flip. Those with the correct choice will remain in the game and continue to play the next round until only one remains––the winner! Read the rest of this entry →

First Thursday: I’m from the government and am here to help

Posted on April 06, 2017

Thursday, April 6 | 3:30 p.m. | CB 111

CES presents, “I’m from the Government and am here to Help,” as the final installment of this year’s First Thursday series.

MSUM alumni John Machacek, Senior V.P. for the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp., and Deputy Director of the regional Small Business Administration, Alan Haut, will share programs intended to assist local businesses and startups.  Read the rest of this entry →

Donate a bottle or more of your favorite wine

Posted on March 31, 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 →

Check Out Gala Live and Silent Auction Items

Posted on March 30, 2017

Check out the auction items that will be available to bid on at this year’s Spring Scholarship Gala on April 8!

Whether it’s a trip to Orcas Island or a grill, tickets to a Vikings game or to a performance at the Guthrie Theater, there’s something interesting for everyone to bid on! Check out today’s featured auction items below, and take a peek at the list of the live auction items and a sampling of the silent auction items online. Read the rest of this entry →

3 MSUM alumnae named Fargo Public Schools District elementary school principals

Posted on March 28, 2017

Three MSUM alumnae were named elementary school principals in the Fargo Public Schools District for the upcoming school year. Congratulations to Cathy Selberg, Karrie Rage and Leandra Ostrom!  Read the rest of this entry →

SCEC hosting alumni voice presentation

Posted on March 28, 2017

Tuesday, March 28 | 7-8 p.m. | Lommen 203

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) is hosting an alumni voice presentation on Tuesday, March 28 from 7-8 p.m. in Lommen 203. Kaitlyn Ludwig is a graduate of MSUM and is now in her second year in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at the University of South Dakota. She will be talking about the profession of occupational therapy (OT) including the scope of OT practice and what an occupational therapist does in the school environment. We invite everyone to attend this event and bring any questions they have on this topic.  Read the rest of this entry →

Last Chance to Register for the Gala

Posted on March 24, 2017

The Spring Scholarship Gala is approaching quickly, and so is the registration deadline.

Register by the end of today, March 24, so we know you’re attending and the delicious meal choice you’d prefer. If you’ve already registered, thank you! We look forward to seeing you!

Support students and enjoy an elegant evening out with Dragons and friends of the university. Register online today.

For more information on the evening’s festivities, click here.

My Journey to America: A Kurdish American Story

Posted on March 23, 2017

Thursday, March 23 | 7 p.m. | Moorhead Public Library

Newzad Brifki, founder and director of the Kurdish Community of America and an MSUM alumnus, will read from his newly published memoir, My Journey to America: A Kurdish American Story, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S.  Read the rest of this entry →

You are Cordially Invited to the Spring Scholarship Gala

Posted on March 22, 2017

As faculty and staff members, you work closely with students every day. You cultivate confidence and help them in innumerable ways as they grow from freshmen to seniors. Your influence in their lives has made an impact.

To make an even bigger difference in the lives of students, enjoy champagne, appetizers, entertainment and delicious food. Yes, you read that correctly. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Hall of Famer Beeson Named to NSIC Top 25 Team

Posted on March 17, 2017

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has announced that Brett Beeson, who starred for the Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball program in the 1990s, has been selected for a spot on the NSIC’s Top 25 team. The team is part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the conference.


Happy Mongolian Lunar New Year from Mongolian alumni

Posted on March 06, 2017

Year of the Fire Rooster

In Mongolia, the first celebration of the year is the lunar new year, Tsagaan Sar, meaning ”white moon.”

The date of the celebrations is determined according to lunar calendar. It comes on the first new moon after the winter solstice and is a symbol of the warmer days of spring just ahead. It is one of the most important events for all Mongols across the country. The holiday lasts fifteen days.  Read the rest of this entry →

Alumna working to reduce violence globally

Posted on March 02, 2017


Mindy Grantham ’92 (mass communications) was recently at Flag Is Up Farms, home to the real-life horse whisperer, Monty Roberts and his wife, Pat Roberts, renowned sculptress, for the international launch of Lead-Up International. Lead-Up workshops are conducted with vulnerable youth with the goal of breaking the cycle of violence and creating the next generation of peaceful and powerful leaders through workshops with horses. Ten Monty Roberts instructors were certified to impart Lead-Up workshops in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.  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 or 218-477-5824 or visit 10th Annual Go Pink with the Dragons.

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