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Dragon Soccer ‘Play with Pride’ game

Posted on September 22, 2017

Friday, Sept. 22 | 3 p.m. | Nemzek Soccer Field

Dragon Soccer will host its “Play with Pride” game on Friday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at Nemzek Soccer Field.  The team will wear rainbow laces to show their support!  Read the rest of this entry →

Join the Dragon Fire Booster Club: 2017-18 Season Tickets

Posted on September 18, 2017

Join the Dragon Fire Booster Club Today & Support our Student-Athletes!

Benefits of becoming a Dragon Fire member include season tickets to home athletic events, invitations to Dragon Athletic special events and discounts at the MSUM Bookstore.

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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 →

Touchdown Tuesday

Posted on September 12, 2017

Tuesday, Sept. 12 | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | MSUM Bookstore

TD Tuesday at the MSUM Bookstore is back. Receive 30 percent off up to 3 clothing/imprinted gift items this Tuesday, September 12. Some exclusions may apply.

Free shipping on ShopMSUMDragons.com for orders over $25 through 9/11

Posted on September 11, 2017

Get geared up for the new season at ShopMSUMDragons.com and get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $25 through 9/11/17.  Read the rest of this entry →

Students get in free to all athletic events

Posted on September 08, 2017

Students, in case you didn’t know…you get in ABSOLUTELY FREE to all athletics events on campus! Just scan your ID at the door!

Join us for the Endzone Extravaganza at the Dragon Football Game

Posted on September 07, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 7 | 4:30 p.m. | Scheels Field

Minnesota State University Moorhead Athletics and Dragon Fire are hosting the 1st Dragon Fire Endzone Extravaganza on Sept. 7 to help jumpstart the 2017-18 MSUM football and athletic seasons.

MSUM hosts Southwest Minnesota State at 7 p.m. that evening. Doors will open at 4:30 with food trucks and beer garden will begin serving at 5 p.m. that day on the north side of Scheels Field. Food trucks at the event will be The DogFather, Jumbo Sloppy Joes and Lupe’s Tasty Tacos!

Dragon Fire is the official Booster Club of Dragon Athletics that supports athletic scholarships for the MSUM Athletic Department. More information can be found at msumdragons.com/dragonfire.

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 →

First episode of DragonsLIVE airs Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on WDAY’Z XTRA

Posted on August 30, 2017

Wednesday, Aug. 30 | 6:30 p.m. |WDAY’Z XTRA

Tune in for an all-new episode of DragonsLIVE, a monthly magazine show recapping everything in MSUM Dragon Athletics. This episode features interviews of coaches and student-athletes from Fall media day, a new segment called “Note to Self” featuring Dragons Quarterback Demetrius Carr, a re-vamped and hilarious teammate game, and more! See below for channel listings.  Read the rest of this entry →

MBA Bridge Bash & Dragon Football home opener

Posted on August 22, 2017

There are two great events are happening in Moorhead on Thursday, Sept. 7. The MSUM Dragons home opener Football game and the MBA Bridge Bash. There will be plenty of time to check out both events!

Join the MSUM Dragons at Nemzek to cheer on the Football team during the home opener. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. with tailgating before the game! During the game the GO! TEAM will have different giveaways, games and prizes.

Then, join the Moorhead Business Association in welcoming students back for another exciting school year.

On Thursday, Sept. 7 from 5-10 p.m. come to the 1st Ave North Bridge for the Moorhead Business Association’s Bridge Bash to rock out with TWO live bands (The Shuttles and Brat Pack Radio), eat fancy food truck cuisine, meet other people from the community, and have a blast!  Read the rest of this entry →

Women’s rugby Chipotle fundraiser 

Posted on August 18, 2017

Sunday, Aug. 20 | 4-8 p.m. | Chipotle (1680 45th St. S., Fargo)

The women’s rugby team is doing a Chipotle fundraiser Sunday, August 20 from 4-8 p.m. Just go to the Chipotle in Fargo and tell them you’re there for the women’s rugby team and the team get 50% of the sales.  Read the rest of this entry →

Men’s Rugby first practice

Posted on August 17, 2017

Monday, Aug. 21 | 6 p.m. | Nemzek Hall

Men’s Rugby first practice will be held Monday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. Meet in front of Nemzek Hall. No prior experience is necessary. If you have questions email Christian Larson at larsonchri@mnstate.edu. Hope to see you there.  Read the rest of this entry →

2017 Women’s Soccer Summer Camps

Posted on July 31, 2017

Register for MSUM’s 2017 Women’s Soccer Summer Camps today!

Elite Overnight Camp | Aug. 5–6
Open to high school and eligible college-age females

Premier Youth Camp | July 31 – Aug. 4
Open to all 5-12 year olds

Find more camp information, early bird discounts and registration forms in the attached document.

MSUM New Hires

Posted on July 25, 2017

Please join us in welcoming the following employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead. Make sure to stop by their department to say hello and let them know it’s a GREAT day to be a Dragon!

July 12, 2017 

  • Laquone Robinson – Assistant Track & Field CoachAthletics (Re-hire)

July 13, 2017

  • Anna (Andi) Johnson – Director of Hendrix Clinic & Counseling CenterHendrix Clinic & Counseling Center

July 24, 2017

  • Adam Brewer – Web Developer (ITS 1)Information Technology

MSUM and WDAY’Z XTRA are Fired Up to continue TV partnership

Posted on July 24, 2017

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons and WDAY’Z XTRA have renewed their television broadcast agreement for 2017-18 that will bring fans live coverage of home football and basketball conference games, as well as the monthly DragonsLIVE show.

All MSUM broadcasts on WDAY’Z XTRA are produced by GO! TEAM Productions, consisting of a totally student-run team under the supervision of Alex Nelson and Jon Wepking.

“We are fired up to continue our partnership with our friends at WDAY’Z XTRA for another season,” said assistant athletics director Jon Wepking. “They’ve been an incredible partner who believes in what MSUM students can do when given the opportunity to showcase their talents in a hands-on learning environment. Very proud of Alex and the entire GO! TEAM for constantly exceeding everyone’s expectations, and appreciative of WDAY for helping us display their talents on their platform.”  Read the rest of this entry →

GO! TEAM doubles their gold, winning four NACMA ‘Best of’ Awards

Posted on July 19, 2017
The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) has honored the MSUM Dragon Athletics GO! TEAM with four ‘Best of Awards’ for 2016-17.  

Initiated in 2003, the NACMA Best of Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 14 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness. Nearly 1,000 entries were received for the 2016-17 year. The winners were recognized during NACMA’s 26th Annual Convention at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 14 in Orlando, Florida.

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Amy Ruley and Mark Hensrud Welcomed to MSUM Alumni Foundation

Posted on July 18, 2017

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation would like to extend a warm welcome to Amy Ruley and Mark Hensrud. Both Ruley and Hensrud have been hired in development positions for the foundation. Read the rest of this entry →

Amy Ruley named to MSUM development position

Posted on July 13, 2017

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation has hired Amy Ruley to be its new Senior Director of Development for Athletics.  In this role, she will connect donors with opportunities to transform the lives of student athletes through scholarships, and to support other Athletics Department areas of priority.

“I have admired the outstanding leadership President Blackhurst has been providing and the energy and enthusiasm around MSUM,” said Ruley. “I am hopeful that I can become a positive addition to an already vibrant community. Athletics Director Doug Peters is doing a great job of steadily growing the support for Dragon Athletics.  Joining his team and working with the outstanding coaches, student athletes, alums and supporters of MSUM will be an exciting challenge.”  Read the rest of this entry →

GO! TEAM wins four NACMA ‘Best of’ Awards

Posted on July 12, 2017
Dragon AthleticsMOORHEAD, Minn. — The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) has honored the MSUM Dragon Athletics GO! TEAM with four ‘Best of Awards’ for 2016-17.  

Initiated in 2003, the NACMA Best Of Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 14 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness. Nearly 1,000 entries were received for the 2016-17 year. The winners were recognized during NACMA’s 26th Annual Convention at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 14 in Orlando, Fla.

“What’s incredible about the GO! TEAM is they started with one, then two, then three, and now four awards in consecutive years,” said athletics director Doug Peters. “That goes to show how the program is not only growing, but doing so at a very high quality.  They make MSUM Dragon Athletics better every day by obnoxiously telling our story and we are truly grateful for all the hard work they do.”

MSUM falls into Group III which represents all Division II Institutions, Division III Institutions, NAIA Institutions, Junior College Institutions, Community College Institutions and Canadian Institutions.

This year, the GO! TEAM was third for both total awards and gold awards in all of Group III. Two gold awards doubles their all-time total. MSUM began submitting entries for the ‘Best of’ awards in 2014. Below is a full list of NACMA ‘Best of Awards’ for MSUM since their first entry:

  • 2017 Gold Award – Digital Promotion (Signing Day Social Media)
  • 2017 Gold Award – Single Game Sales Campaign (Wrestling Double Dual)
  • 2017 Silver Award – Fan Engagement Video (Courtyard Kahoot)
  • 2017 Bronze Award – Static Promotional Ad (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2016 Gold Award – Sales Piece (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2016 Silver Award – Static Display Ad (Opening Day at SCHEELS Field Forum Inserts)
  • 2016 Bronze Award – Social Media Promotion (Snapchat Takeovers)
  • 2015 Silver Award – New Revenue Generating Idea (Valley Imports Slam Cam hoop stickers)
  • 2015 Silver Award – Sales Piece (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2014 Gold Award – New Revenue Generating Idea (Valley Imports Hovercam)

Special recognitions for the awards this year go out to the Partnership Playbook designers Derek Lien and Katie Faken; fans, administration, coaches, and student-athletes Moorhead High School and Fargo Davies High School for helping accomplish the double dual; Dragon football and soccer coaches for their help with our signing day campaign; the Courtyard by Marriott for their support of our crazy idea; and of course the GO! TEAM.

“I can’t say enough about the GO! TEAM,” said assistant athletics director Jon Wepking. “The past members laid a rock-solid foundation that our current team is now building into something very special. They run with the ideas, they put in the work, they do the long hours, and now they get these awards on their resume to show everyone what they’re capable of.”

See the article on msumdragons.com.

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.”

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