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MSUM offers archaeology tour of the Regional Science Center

Posted on September 18, 2015

September 20 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Regional Science Center 

MSU Moorhead’s Department of Anthropology and Earth Science is offering a tour of archaeology of the Regional Science Center on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour is being hosted in association with Minnesota Archaeology Week, an annual event to celebrate the archaeological understanding of Minnesota’s past.

Open to the public, the tour will explore the archeological history and significance of the Regional Science Center, including the discovery this summer of bison bones and dart tips left behind by native people that hunted there 500 to 8,000 years ago. Professor George Holley and three MSUM undergraduate students uncovered these artifacts in early August.

“These discoveries represent a major breakthrough in our understanding of the Red River valley past,” Holley said. “The Science Center contains a unique setting of timber, water, stone and environmental habitats, where the Buffalo River met the expansive prairie of the Red River Valley, that was a focal point for native peoples of the region. We expect to find evidence for the entirety of the past, a perspective that is not available in any other area in the region.”

During the tour, archaeologists and students will be placed throughout the center to explain the archaeological significance of the site and to answer any questions.

Read more about this summer’s dig.


Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on September 03, 2015

Summer Experience: Internship, Research and Conferences
Friday, September 4 | 3:30 p.m. | HA 325

Aschalew Chamiso — AFM analysis of Biological Samples: an ongoing research project
Jared Saunders and Isaac Skalsky — Educational adventures attending the American Association of Physics Teachers conference
Tyler Meehleib — Work as a STEM education intern
Dillon Hylton — An update on TRON (an electric truck) What does a solar panel installation intern do

Dr. Lisa Stewart helps ready new Minnesota Reading Corps members

Posted on August 20, 2015

Dr. Lisa Stewart, School Psychology, helps new batch of Minnesota Reading Corps members get ready to serve. Dr. Stewart attended and trained at the Minnesota Reading and Math Corps Summer Institute on August 18 in Minneapolis, Minn. Read the rest of this entry →

Star Party on the Prairie August 14

Posted on August 13, 2015

Friday, August 14 | 8:30-10:30 p.m. | Regional Science Center

Come see the stars at the MSUM Regional Science Center Friday, Aug. 14 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. The FM Astronomy Club will have several small telescopes set up for viewing the moon, stars, planets, and select faint objects. The research-grade telescope will be taking images also, with MSUM students on hand to talk a bit about their research.

The event is a joint effort of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, MSUM Regional Science Center, Department of Physics and Astronomy and MSUM Planetarium.

School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership RN to BSN Nursing Program

Posted on August 13, 2015

As stakeholders in the Minnesota State University Moorhead RN to BSN nursing program, we are writing to inform you that the RN to BSN program is scheduled for programmatic re-accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) this year. The on-site review team will be at MSUM on October 14-16, 2015.

In this process, you are invited to provide feedback about our RN to BSN program through confidential written and signed comments. As desired, please submit related comments to: Read the rest of this entry →

Latest MSUM dig finds ‘mind boggling’ large area of material from early bison hunters

Posted on August 04, 2015

MOORHEAD – A three-week archaeological survey on land that once was part of the Ponderosa Golf Course in Glyndon has discovered large “surface scatter” areas — up to a quarter mile long — filled with bison bones and dart tips left behind by native people that hunted there 800 to 2,000 years ago. Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus Goes on NASA Mission

Posted on June 10, 2015

Craig Kutz is enrolled in the MD/PhD program at the Medical University of South Carolina


Ever since he was a kid growing up in a farming family on the outskirts of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Craig Kutz dreamed of being an astronaut. “I’m kind of obsessed with NASA,” he said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is America’s space agency. Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund providing support to projects around the state for 25th year

Posted on May 28, 2015

$46.3 million secured for 65 environmental projects from state lottery-generated fund, including MSUM’s Prairie and Riparian Restoration and Monitoring project

(St. Paul, MN, May 27, 2015) – $46.3 million from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”) has been appropriated to 65 individual projects around the state. The bill containing the appropriations, which passed the Minnesota Legislature with strong bi-partisan support on May 18, was based on project recommendations from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). Governor Dayton signed the bill into law on May 22, thereby approving funds for all of the projects contained in the bill. Read the rest of this entry →

Nawrot presents research at vision conference

Posted on May 26, 2015

Lisa Nawrot, Psychology, recently attended the Vision Science Society conference in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. Nawrot presented a poster titled “Oculomotor responses to radial optic flow in infancy”. This research was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and included data from more than 125 infants tested here at the MSUM Child Development Lab. Eight undergraduate student researchers assisted with this project over the past two years.

Psychology graduate receives prestigious Paterson award

Posted on May 18, 2015

KatieJohanson_9550 webcopyKatherine A. Johanson, a psychology and gerontology major, received the prestigious Donald G. Paterson Undergraduate Award in Psychology at the annual convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association. The award is given annually to an outstanding senior to recognize and encourage high achievement in psychology at the undergraduate level.

It’s the second time in 32 years that an MSUM student has received the award. John Gunstad received the award in 1997. The award citation, in part, stated: “Katherine demonstrated academic success in pursuing double majors in psychology and gerontology, among other facets of her undergraduate education, she has also consistently been the recipient of honors, awards, and scholarships.”

Johanson, who graduated summa cum laude from MSUM, was accepted into a number of doctoral programs, but will pursue a Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She received a $5,000 graduate fellowship to conduct research with Dr. Leilani Feliciano on developing cognitive profiles of older diabetics. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM archaeologist retires after 40 years in the trenches

Posted on May 18, 2015

INFORUM, By Tu-Uyen Tran

MOORHEAD—When Mike Michlovic arrived at Minnesota State University Moorhead to start a field anthropology program, he said he was told to not bother digging in the Red River Valley because there’s nothing here.

MikeMForty years and a dozen archaeological sites later, he and his students have discovered much about the life of the ancient American Indians who lived here thousands of years ago.

As Michlovic tells it, that was all by necessity. Read the rest of this entry →

Paul Sando interviewed on BBC radio

Posted on May 15, 2015

Dr. Paul Sando, Anthropology & Earth Science, was interviewed live on a BBC 5 radio news program to discuss the tragic derailment in Philadelphia and the general state of Amtrak and the U.S. rail system.

Commencement to be broadcast live on WDAY’Z Extra

Posted on May 14, 2015

Also streamed live online

MSU Moorhead commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live for the first in the school’s history Friday, May 15 on WDAY’Z Extra.

“Commencement is one of our most meaningful ceremonies so we thought we should share it with the greater community,” said Denise Gorsline, dean of the university college. “Not only will we broadcast both the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies in their entireties, but we will also have hour-long pre-commencement programs with interviews, student videos and other content that will be anchored by MSUM alumna Lane Zyvoloski.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM expects more than 940 students to graduate

Posted on May 14, 2015

MSU Moorhead will award degrees to 940 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 15 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse and will be broadcast live for the first time in the school’s history Friday, May 15 on WDAY’Z Xtra.

It will also be streamed live online 

The College of Education & Human Services, College of Science, Health & the Environment, and Graduate Studies will participate in the 10 a.m. ceremony. The College of Arts, Media & Communication, College of Business & Innovation, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, and Graduate Studies will participate in the 2 p.m. ceremony.

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MSU Moorhead Names New Provost, Senior VP Academic Affairs

Posted on May 11, 2015

JoeBesPicMSUM President Anne Blackhurst has named Joseph D. Bessie to be Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Bessie is currently a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Stout, where he also served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Read the rest of this entry →

Cheer on Fargo (and Dragon) Marathon Runners tomorrow

Posted on May 08, 2015

MarathonGraphic_175x100Saturday, May 9 | About 8:30 a.m. | Campus Mall

Wear your Dragon Pride and roar your Dragon Support as Dragon and Marathon runners race through campus! Read the rest of this entry →

Seeking campus input on Facilities Master Plan

Posted on April 28, 2015

April 27 | 5-7pm | CMU Main Lounge OR April 28 | 12-2pm | Flora Frick Corridor

Cuningham Group Architects will be on campus April 27 and 28 seeking faculty, staff and student input on MSUM’s Facilities Master Plan to help set the direction for future buildings and grounds. Stop by any time and share your thoughts on issues and needs related to campus facilities. Read the rest of this entry →

Diversity Mapping Project presentation is today

Posted on April 27, 2015

Monday, April 27 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. OR 3 to 4:30 p.m. | CMU 101  

Rona Halualani, a representative of Halualani & Associates, will be on campus Monday, April 27 to present the findings of a recent Diversity Mapping Project undertaken to identify MSUM’s level of diversity/inclusion achievement. Read the rest of this entry →

Open forum for provost candidate Ralph Townsend today

Posted on April 23, 2015

Join us for the open forum for provost candidate Ralph Townsend Thursday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Business 109. Read the rest of this entry →

Enroll for Summer Session NOW!

Posted on April 22, 2015

Low enrollment classes will be cancelled April 24.

Summer Session 2015 offers a wide variety of courses in flexible three-, four-, five-, six- and eight-week sessions from May 20–August 6. This year’s course schedule includes over 400 courses, including more than 250 online courses and many LASC and writing-intensive courses.

Earn credits toward Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) requirements or degree requirements! But register quickly as low enrollment classes will be cancelled April 24.

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