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Heads or Tails Raffle at the Spring Scholarship Gala

Posted on March 27, 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 →

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 →

SCEC hosting alumni voice presentation

Posted on March 23, 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 →

Donate a bottle or more of your favorite wine

Posted on March 23, 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 →

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.

Read more on MSUMDragons.com.

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 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.”

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