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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 →

2017 Women’s Soccer Summer Camps

Posted on July 24, 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.

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 Athletics

MOORHEAD, 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.”

MSUM new hires

Posted on June 15, 2017

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

May 31, 2017

  • Joey Blackmore – Assistant Football Coach, Athletics

 June 5, 2017 

  • Thomas Reburn – Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Admissions

June 6, 2017 

  • Alannah Dosh- Adjunct Faculty, Psychology 

June 8, 2017 

  • Anneli Ryan – Adjunct Faculty, History, Languages, Critical Race, and Women’s Studies

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.”

MSUM Finishes 6th in NSIC All-Sports Standings

Posted on May 19, 2017

Minnesota State University Moorhead finished sixth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Sports standings released on Thursday. The Dragons improved two spots from 2015-16.  Read the rest of this entry →

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

Posted on May 12, 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.

MSUM Faculty and Staff can join through payroll deduction by downloading the membership brochure here and mailing it to:  Dragon Athletics, 1104 7th Avenue South, Moorhead, MN 56563, Attn:  Dragon Fire. Read the rest of this entry →

New episode of DragonsLIVE airs Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on XTRA

Posted on April 26, 2017

Tune in for an all-new episode of DragonsLIVE, a monthly magazine show recapping everything in MSUM Dragon Athletics. This episode features head softball coach Kelsey Fehl in studio, an interview with head tennis coach Oliver Summers, Hannah Klug and Aunica Novacek take on the Teammate Game, Spring recaps, and more!  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragon SAAC Hosts Grill Out to Support Make-A-Wish Foundation on April 22

Posted on April 21, 2017

Saturday, April 22 | Nemzek Hall

During the Red & White Celebration on Saturday, April 22, the MSUM Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be hosting a Grill Out in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Full lunches (brats/hamburgers, chips, & drink) are $5 and will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. We would love to see you there in support of Dragon Athletics and Make-A-Wish!  (Shannon Galegher, SAAC President)  Read the rest of this entry →

GO!Team hiring student workers

Posted on April 19, 2017

The GO!Team is now hiring for positions next fall. The GO!Team is a student run organization who works directly with the sport’s department at MSUM. It’s main goal is to create a better experience at athletics events and give it’s employees hands-on opportunities in the real world. They are looking for energetic and motivated students with a love for sports. Work study available. Email jon.wepking@mnstate.edu for additional information.

Register for the free Dragon Youth Soccer Clinic on April 22

Posted on April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 22 | Nemzek Soccer Field

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Athletic Department’s 12th Annual Red and White Celebration is scheduled on Saturday, April 22 at Nemzek Hall. This year’s day events include a youth soccer clinic, open swim, volleyball scrimmages, football spring scrimmage. Also, the student athletes will be serving food to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

The Dragon women’s soccer team will hold a FREE soccer clinic for youths ages four through 14 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Nemzek Soccer Field. The camp is designed for players at all levels from the Fargo-Moorhead community and surrounding area. You can sign up HERERead 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.

DragonsLIVE #DragonsMarchOn show live from Moorhead BWW on Sunday at 9 p.m.

Posted on March 03, 2017

Tune in for the DragonsLIVE #DragonsMarchOn show will be live from the Moorhead Buffalo Wild Wings Sunday, March 5 at 9 p.m. Host Jon Wepking will talk to some of our Dragons representing MSUM at NCAA National Tournaments this month as well as head coaches Karla Nelson and Chad Walthall as the NCAA Selection Shows announce if they got in, where they could go, and who they could play. The show will be broadcast live on WDAY’Z XTRA and MSUMDragons.com, see MSUMDragons.com/DragonsLIVE for channel listings.

Dragon Fire Booster Club hosting viewing party

Posted on February 24, 2017

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead to watch the Dragon Women’s Basketball team take on Sioux Falls at 12 noon as part of the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament. Free appetizers and door prizes! Everyone is welcome! Learn more at msumdragons.com

MSUM new hires

Posted on February 24, 2017

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

February 8, 2017

  • Meagan Viken – Dragon Swim School Coordinator, Athletics

$100,000 shot, 300 stocking hats, PLUS an iPad Pro + $1,000 in gift cards will be given out at Dragon Basketball tomorrow

Posted on February 21, 2017

Wednesday, Feb. 22 | Sanford Health/NSIC Playoffs First Round

WBB @ 6 p.m. vs SMSU

MBB @ 8 p.m. vs CSP Read the rest of this entry →

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