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Dragons in the news

Posted on June 26, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in recent weeks. Stories are presented in chronological order.

Kloos named interim St. Cloud tech college president, SC Times: “The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities announced Wednesday that Lori Kloos will be interim president of St. Cloud Technical & Community College effective Aug. 1 … Kloos has a diploma from Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute — now Riverland Community College — and a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

Vaudrin competes in javelin, sprints for Dragons, Park Rapids Enterprise: “Park Rapids’ Mady Vaudrin competed in the javelin and sprints for the Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s track and field team this spring.”

Kurdish-American author to share memoir at library June 28, West Fargo Pioneer: “Local author Newzad Brifki will present his recently published memoir “My Journey to America: A Kurdish American Story” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Fargo Public Library, 102 Third St. N. … It is the story of his successful struggles, leading to a degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2008 and a feeling of peace with his identity as a new American.”

Planned IT Maintenance

Posted on June 19, 2017

On Tuesday June 20, 2017, starting at 9 a.m., there will be planned IT Maintenance. We will be upgrading one of our database servers. The down time of each application may vary as we move the applications to the new environment. This planned maintenance will affect the following applications.

  • Accessibility Services
  • Alumni SOS form
  • Bookstore Fin Aid Changing
  • Bookstore Course Schedule
  • Budget Requests
  • Career Services and Academic Success Request System
  • Chemical Inventory Manager
  • Chemistry Exit Survey
  • CIBS – Dragon Consulting Student Application
  • Clearinghouse
  • College for Kids
  • Data Warehouse Security Requests
  • Dean’s List/Graduation List
  • DIARY/Cooperating Teacher Survey
  • Directory Manager
  • Distance Dragon Card
  • Dragon Card
  • DragonFire membership tracking
  • Driver License Verification
  • Event Attendance
  • Film equipment Checkout
  • Financial Aid Scholarship Manager
  • Hendrix Immunization Form
  • Housing forms
  • HR forms
  • IT application Inventory
  • IT forms
  • IT person Verify
  • ITS forms
  • Key/Card forms
  • KMSC song log
  • MSUM mobile app
  • Name Badge Ordering Form
  • Nursing Online Application
  • Online Course Evaluations
  • Paralegal Internship Manager
  • Parking Permit Request
  • Positive Pay
  • Retiree Directory Manager
  • Scholarship Listing
  • SCJ Camera Checkout
  • Security Photos and New Prox Cards
  • SPA – Events Form
  • Transcript Requesting
  • Wellness Center
  • Work orders (Housing and Main)

MSUM alumnus named news photographer, editor of the year

Posted on June 12, 2017

MSUM alumnus Chad Nelson ’07 (mass communications), a photojournalist with KARE 11 in the Twin Cities, won two top honors in the 2017 National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Video Best of Photojournalism awards, in what’s being called an “unprecedented sweep.”

Nelson was named both the Ernie Crisp News Photographer of the Year and Editor of the Year at a ceremony June 2.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alumnus named news photographer, editor of the year

Posted on June 12, 2017

MSUM alumnus Chad Nelson ’07 (mass communications), a photojournalist with KARE 11 in the Twin Cities, won two top honors in the 2017 National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Video Best of Photojournalism awards, in what’s being called an “unprecedented sweep.”

Nelson was named both the Ernie Crisp News Photographer of the Year and Editor of the Year at a ceremony June 2.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the news

Posted on May 30, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in the last week. Stories are presented in chronological order.

Increased athletic fundraising leads to more success for Dragons, InForum: “Early in his tenure as Minnesota State Moorhead athletic director, Doug Peters thought something as simple as a new coat of paint was significant. That was nearly decade ago, and was one of the first steps to freshen up Alex Nemzek Stadium after Peters took over the athletic department.”

Two local runners lead Dragons men into Division II national meet, InForum: “Brady Speicher and Josh Young almost always train together, so it’s fitting the Minnesota State Moorhead runners won’t be separated at the national meet either. The MSUM juniors both qualified for the Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the men’s 1,500 meters.”

Young earns All-American honors for Dragon track and field, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead junior Josh Young finished seventh in the 1,500 meters to earn All-American First Team honors on Saturday, May 27 at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at IMG Academy.”

Dragon Stories Continue: “Moorhead State gave me a life”

Posted on May 25, 2017

From generation to generation, Dragons continue spreading the pride and values held dear at MSUM, often sharing them on the field.

In Keith Barnier’s ’87 (physical education) 29-year coaching career, 13 of those were spent leading MSUM track and field, the successes reminiscent of his time as a student-athlete under the direction of retired MSUM coach, Ron Masanz.

“He wasn’t a cozy coach, but he was fair and had high standards,” Barnier said. “There were no politics. You just tried to make the team because it was so good.”

When Barnier’s father died his freshman year, Coach Masanz became much more than a coach. He became a role model during one of the most difficult times in Barnier’s life.

“He was kind of everything to me. I listened harder. All the friends I made there are still my best friends today. Then I ended up working there,” Barnier said. “Moorhead State gave me a life––a career and a life.”

Thirty years after Barnier joined the team, Laquone Robinson ’13 (exercise science) knew MSUM was the right school for him as soon as he stepped onto campus as a student.

With direction from his track and field coach, Keith Barnier, Robinson followed in the footsteps of his predecessors and learned the lessons he needed to teach the Dragons who now follow him in his role as an assistant track and field coach for Dragon Athletics.

“When I was a freshman, it was all about me, but Coach Barnier and Coach Masanz––when he visited––taught me it was more about the team and what the team can do,” Robinson said. “I have Dragon Pride because it’s in me. I don’t know how to explain it. Being on a team sport made us a family. My wife graduated from here, too. I think it’s just going to be in our blood forever, and I love coaching here.”

Your Dragon story hasn’t ended. Are you ready to start a new chapter and enable a student to begin their own?

Donate toward Academic Scholarships or support Dragon Athletics’ Red & White Scholarship Campaign today and help an MSUM student continue their transformational journey.

Share your Dragon story of life transformed. Find us on Facebook and Twitter or email alumni@mnstate.edu. Use #DragonsGive on Twitter to tell us why you give to MSUM students.

Dragon Stories Continue: “He taught me to never give up”

Posted on May 25, 2017

Every story of transformation begins with the fire of inspiration and a desire to share that radiance with others. No one ever ends up where they began.

When Ryan Sylvester ’98 and ’02 (mass communications and master’s in ed. leadership) was a senior in high school, his parents weren’t sure he was cut out for college. Sylvester was social and energetic, a self-proclaimed class clown, and focusing on his studies wasn’t one of his top concerns.

Now Sylvester, a judge advocate for the US Navy, credits the discovery of his love for the law, international affairs, and learning to his mentor and friend––MSUM professor emeritus Dr. Andrew Conteh.

“I wasn’t a political science major, but I had taken one course by Dr. Conteh and was really inspired by his passion,” Sylvester said. “I kept taking classes from him every semester that I could. He taught me to follow my passion and never give up, and he inspired me to eventually go into a career related to law and international affairs.”

Years after his time at MSUM, Sylvester and his wife, Kristen, named their child after the man who has enriched so many lives.

“Dr. Conteh is someone who has meaning in my life. He is a professor, mentor to this day, and a friend, so Andrew was an ideal name to honor him,” Sylvester said. “I want my son to follow whatever passion he has and to be committed to people and their dignity, like Dr. Conteh.”

Sylvester attributes much of his success to the power of the respect, support, and encouragement he received during and after his college years.

“There have been so many people who have supported and believed in me. I feel a tremendous obligation to support students and make sure they benefit like I did.”

Your Dragon story hasn’t ended. Are you ready to start a new chapter and enable a student to begin their own?

When you donate, you give for a reason. Someone touched your life, helped you understand your abilities, and encouraged you along the way. 

In our final push to raise $200,000 for student scholarships by June 30, we ask that you support the transformational journey of MSUM students.

Click here to give.

Share your Dragon story of life transformed. Find us on Facebook andTwitter or email alumni@mnstate.edu. Use #DragonsGive on Twitter to tell us why you give to MSUM students.

Spring Commencement today

Posted on May 12, 2017

MSUM will award degrees to about 875 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 12 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse.  

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include graduates of the College of Education and Human Services, College of Science, Health and the Environment, and Graduate Studies.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will include graduates of the College of Arts, Media and Communication, College of Business and Innovation, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Graduate Studies.  Read the rest of this entry →

Welcome Dragons into the alumni family

Posted on May 12, 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! Read the rest of this entry →

Economics program hosts Twin Cities Alumni Reunion

Posted on May 08, 2017

Alumni, current students, faculty members, and guests of the MSUM Economics program were among the fifty people gathered in the Twin Cities on April 27, 2017. Economics alumnus David Slovick hosted current students and faculty members at Allina Health in Minneapolis, a not-for-profit health care organization that operates over 90 clinics and 12 hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  Read the rest of this entry →

Commissioner Larry Shellito receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Posted on May 03, 2017

On May 1, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), announced the recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medals of Honor. Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner and retired Major General Larry Shellito — a Minnesota State University Moorhead alumnus — was among the one hundred outstanding Americans in business, government, medicine, art and education, as well as honorees from all branches of the military, who will receive the 2017 medal.

Other honorees include legendary former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, TV host and journalist Fareed Zakaria, CEO of HSN Mindy Grossman, former actress and film studio executive Sherry Lansing, and chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller.  Read the rest of this entry →

Join the Alumni Flag Corps at Commencement

Posted on May 01, 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 www.fargo2night.com 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 →

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