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Campus Iguana Has New Name

Posted on May 05, 2016

….. And the Winner is – Rosalind Franklin.

When the polls closed at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, the ballots were counted (with four witnesses) and the winner was Rosalind Franklin. Feel free to stop by between finals or before summer break to say “Hello Rosalind!” Read the rest of this entry →

Dean of Online and Extended Learning Candidate Bios

Posted on May 05, 2016

Two finalists for the Dean of Online and Extended Learning will visit campus the week of May 9.

May 9-10: Dr. Tanya Spilovoy

The open forum for Dr. Tanya Spilovoy will be held on Monday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in Center for Business 113.

Dr. Tanya Spilovoy is currently the Director of Distance Education and State Authorizations for the North Dakota University System. Some of her duties include leading the NDUS Online Director Team of 11 public institutions; working collaboratively on Academic Affairs, Central Services and Technology, and Student Affairs Initiatives, and leading the Open Educational Resources Initiative for North Dakota. She has 10 years of higher education teaching, collaborative management, and leadership experience, including overseeing academic, online, student services and academic human resources. In addition, Dr. Spilovoy has developed and managed online programs and on-site student learning centers. Dr. Spilovoy earned a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Change from Benedictine University (Lisle, IL), a Master of Arts from Hamline University (St. Paul, MN), and a Bachelor of Arts from Union College (Lincoln, NE).

May 10-11: Dr. Julie Zaloudek

The open forum for Dr. Julie Zaloudek will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at 2 p.m. in Center for Business 113.

Dr. Julie Zaloudek is currently the Program Director of the Human Development and Family Studies Online Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. From 2011-2013, she was the Graduate Curriculum Development Coordinator for Family and Social Science at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. Her accomplishments include strong leadership; program and curricular development; innovations in learning technologies; quality assurance; support to faculty, staff and students; and internal and external collaborations. She has experience in universal and Quality Matters course design and is a Quality Matters Master Reviewer. Dr. Zaloudek earned a Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling from University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a B.S. in Political Science and a B.S. in Music from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

DeSutter, LeMire Manuscript Accepted for Publication in Rural Special Education Quarterly

Posted on May 05, 2016

Keri DeSutter, School of Teaching and Learning, and Dr. Steve LeMire (Educational Foundations and Research, University of North Dakota) had a manuscript accepted for publication in Rural Special Education Quarterly. The article is titled “Exploring the Special Education versus Regular Education Decisions of Future Teachers in the Rural Midwest.” The article will be published in the fall issue of the journal.

CMU Furniture Sale Continues Today

Posted on May 05, 2016

The CMU Furniture Sale will continue on Thursday, May 5. Stop into CMU 101 to check out what is still available. Doors open at 10 a.m.

‘From the Big Bang to the Multiverse and Beyond’ Tonight

Posted on May 05, 2016

From the Big Bang to the Multiverse and Beyond

On May 5, the MSUM Planetarium is proud to present From the Big Bang to the Multiverse and Beyond presented by Michael Turner, Director of the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics.  Our planetarium will be one of several planetariums to participate in the first ever worldwide domecast. 

The University of Chicago’s Michael Turner will explore some of the biggest mysteries in modern cosmology.  Ask an Astronomer social immediately to follow.

Get your tickets online now!  Seating is limited for this special event.  For more information go to the planetarium website. Read the rest of this entry →

Job Search Jumpstart on May 12

Posted on May 05, 2016

Thursday, May 12 | 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | CMU 205 Read the rest of this entry →

TIAA Consultant Visiting Campus in May, June

Posted on May 05, 2016

Andrea Suchy-Shinn, TIAA Consultant, will be on campus to hold individual counseling sessions on the following dates:

Tuesday, May 31, Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the CMU 204.

Individual counseling sessions at no additional cost to you!

You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

If you are interested in signing up, please call TIAA to schedule an appointment (800-732-8353) or go online to register at You may view the attached flyer for additional information.

MSRS Hosting Pre-Retirement Seminar

Posted on May 05, 2016

Minnesota State Retirement Systems (MSRS) will be hosting the Pre-Retirement Seminar on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. in the CMU Ballroom. If you would like to attend, click here for information on how to register.

Retiree Recognition and Employee Excellence Awards Luncheon

Posted on May 05, 2016

Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 a.m. | CMU Ballroom  Read the rest of this entry →

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Fact

Posted on May 05, 2016

Before Josie Natori got into fashion, the world viewed lingerie as sleepwear. She took a risk and shifted the view by designing her own lingerie line from a more fashionable approach.

MSUM Alum Pat McDonough Retires

Posted on May 05, 2016

Pat McDonough, B.A. Theatre, 1964, has retired for the second (and last) time in a 52 year career. Having retired as Professor Emeritus at Cal State Long Beach in 2005, he became the founding VP for Academic Affairs at a brand new, private, single subject graduate school in Bethlehem, Pa. For 11 years he was a bi-coastal administrator, using several generations of telecommunications and several “facetime” visits each year to support and guide the faculty through PA “authorization” and Middle States’ initial accreditation and now standard, comprehensive accreditation. He still teaches theatre history for free in the senior university.

Request Your Fall 2016 Course Shells on CourseCreator

Posted on May 05, 2016

Request your Fall 2016 Course Shells on CourseCreator.

You can request your Fall 2016 courses now, they will be created starting on May 12.

Other Tips:

Questions? Call Instructional Technology Services at ext. 2603 option 3 or email

Join the Annual Alumni Flag Corps at Commencement

Posted on May 04, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016, 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 one or both ceremonies. Please show up 15 minutes prior to each 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 13, 2016! Read the rest of this entry →

Paseka School of Business Celebrates 65 Years

Posted on May 04, 2016

Wednesday, May 11 | 7:30-8:30 a.m. | Center for Business Atrium

The campus is invited to help celebrate the 65th anniversary of MSUM’s Paseka School of Business. Breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m.

Join Marsha Weber, dean of the College of Business and Innovation, alumni and faculty in the celebration and to welcome 2016 graduates into the Dragon alumni family. Read the rest of this entry →

Once Upon a Crime Minneapolis Bookstore to Host Luce Women

Posted on May 04, 2016

Liz Kisacky Severn, English professor, will read from and discuss her novel Luce Women Thursday, May 19, 7-8:30 p.m. at Once Upon a Crime (604 West 26th Street 
Minneapolis, MN 55405).

The event is free and open to the public.

Two Mathematics Faculty, Six Math Education Majors Take Part in State Math Conference

Posted on May 04, 2016

Monica Maus, Aaron Moser, Joanna Rogness, Kain Schow, and Professor Tim Harms presented a session titled: “What we did to Engage Students in Mathematics” at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference in Duluth April 28-30. Read the rest of this entry →

24 Students Inducted into Paseka School of Business Honor Society

Posted on May 04, 2016


On Friday, April 29 an induction ceremony was held for 24 students joining Beta Gamma Sigma during the 2015-2016 academic year. The Paseka School of Business congratulates these students who join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. This is a very selective honor as only students ranking in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate programs at schools accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) are eligible for this invitation. Read the rest of this entry →

Lumb Presents Research at Russian University

Posted on May 04, 2016

Dr. Ruth Lumb recently gave an invited presentation at the International Business School of Plekhanov University in Moscow, Russia. The topic of her presentation was ‘International Perception of Russian Products.’

Fuzz Therapy Offered on Study Day

Posted on May 04, 2016

Wednesday, May 4 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | CMU 111

Fuzz Therapy will be offered in the American Indian Research and Resource Center (CMU 111) and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (CMU 114) on Study Day, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Please see posters around campus for pictures of our canine guests. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at or 218.477.2652.

Faculty Development Center Study Day Brunch

Posted on May 04, 2016

Wednesday, May 4 | 8:30-11 a.m. | Faculty Development Center

Please join us for a special end of semester drop-in breakfast in the Faculty Development Center. We will have freshly made waffles, along with multitudes of toppings (fresh berries, whipped cream, real maple syrup, various nut butters, mini chocolate chips, etc) and there will be homemade vegetarian quiche as well.

This is our “party” to celebrate your collaborative work in the center this semester. We would like to honor you and celebrate with you, as well as have you provide some feedback for us as we plan our activities for the next academic year.

We hope to see you there!

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