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2016 STAR Symposium Virtual Conference

Posted on February 05, 2016

On February 19, 2016, join your teaching colleagues throughout MnSCU at the 2016 STAR Symposium! This one-day, all-virtual conference celebrates excellence in teaching and learning by sharing best practices, ideas, and resources with colleagues on teaching topics for delivery via face-to-face, blended, flipped and online classrooms. The keynote speaker is Dr. L. Dee Fink, who will speak about the ways that instructors can promote “good learning” in the classroom.

To preview the schedule, and to register, check out this STAR Sneak Peek here Read the rest of this entry →

“Passing” Race Panel Discussion February 16

Posted on February 05, 2016

Student panelists will share their “passing” stories and experiences on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00, Comstock Memorial Union Room 101. “Passing” occurs when a person classified as a member of one ethnic group is also accepted as a member of a different ethnic group. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. For more information or questions, please email or call (218) 477-2652.

Alumna to be recognized at Saturday’s basketball game

Posted on February 04, 2016

President Anne will honor alumna Tammy Miller at Saturday’s basketball game for being for being recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business as one of its first 100 Influential Leaders. The inaugural honor recognizes Tammy for making an impact in the world through her business insight, leadership ability and entrepreneurial success. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Football Signs 37 Recruits in 2016 Class

Posted on February 04, 2016

Minnesota State University Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua has announced the Dragons’ 2016 recruiting class. A total of 37 student-athletes have signed to continue their academic and athletic careers at MSUM starting this fall.

This year’s class features 31 individuals who signed national letters of intent and six who signed institutional letters of intent as preferred walk-ons. More than 2/3 of the class is from Minnesota (15) and North Dakota (11). Wisconsin (six) and Illinois (four) are also represented in the class, in addition to the country of Sweden. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Students Working as Paid Interns at the International Water Institute

Posted on February 04, 2016

Gary George and Tyler Solberg have completed most of their coursework for MSUM’s GIS Certificate and are already applying their newly acquired skills as paid interns at the International Water Institute in Fargo, North Dakota. The institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that is primarily concerned with mitigating flood damage and protecting and/or enhancing water resources throughout the Red River Valley. Research and training involving geographic information systems (GIS) are critical components of many activities at the institute. Gary and Tyler started working at the institute in January of 2016 and are directly involved with GIS-related activities. This excellent opportunity for students to practice their existing skills and learn new technical skills in a practical work environment is a result of a partnership between MSUM’s Center for Geospatial Research and the International Water Institute.

The Professional Teacher Principal Panel

Posted on February 04, 2016

Join the Education Minnesota Student Program (EMSP) on Thursday, February 4th at 7:00pm in CMU 101 as local principals share their experiences to help us gain a better insight on various education topics including the hiring process, working with families, classroom expectations and more. Bring your questions, a friend, and your appetite!

No. 8 Dragons Return Home to Face Wayne State and No. 1 Augustana

Posted on February 04, 2016

The No. 8-ranked Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball team returns home this weekend to face Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rivals in Wayne State and Augustana.

Both games will be televised live on WDAY’Z Xtra with Steve d’Eustachio and Jared Bledsoe on the call. The games will also be broadcast live online at Read the rest of this entry →

The second annual Three Minute Thesis competition

Posted on February 04, 2016

North Dakota State University invites you to attend our second annual Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday, February 10, hosted by the College of Graduate & Interdisciplinary Studies. An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present. These students get 180 seconds.

Watch graduate students compete for up to $1,000 by presenting their research projects in just three minutes in terms everyone can understand. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 grand prize. The top competitor in each competition in round one will receive $250. Faculty, community members and graduate student representatives will judge competitors. Read the rest of this entry →

A TIAA-CREF Financial Essentials Workshop

Posted on February 04, 2016

Everyone talks about a budget, but how many of us actually make one? Most people have some debt, but how many understand its effects on their lives and their futures? Let us show you the real impact of budgeting and debt – and how to help make your money work. Read the rest of this entry →

Music & Theater Students Collaborate with Composer David Sisco

Posted on February 04, 2016

Composer, singer, actor, and music educator David Sisco joins MSUM students in a premiere performance of his latest composition Friday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus.

Variations on a Theme of You: the Songs of David Sisco is partially based on text provided by MSUM music students. Sisco calls the composition a “theatrical song cycle” which explores relationships in their various stages.

“Together with the MSUM students, we crafted a collection of personal reflections that have universal resonance,” says Sisco. “The piece highlights a wide range of musical styles, from art song to jazz and contemporary musical theatre, while telling a unique, yet collective story.” Read the rest of this entry →

History Day March 2nd 2016

Posted on February 04, 2016

The West Central Minnesota Regional History Day is coming up on Wednesday March 2nd 2016 at the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom. We are in need of 35 judges this year for this event from 3 – 8pm. If you are interested in being a judge please click the following link to the Minnesota Historical Society History Day Judge signup form.

For the most part, the Minnesota Historical Society puts on the event, in collaboration with us here at MSUM. The History Program helps recruit Mentors and Judges for this regional event. Judges can be faculty, staff, students and community members. Mentors and judges do not need to be involved with the MSUM History Program, they just need to have an interest in history! We ask your help in promoting this event. Read the rest of this entry →

RAD for Women Course

Posted on February 04, 2016

Interested in signing up for MSUM’s free RAD class? Our Instructors, who are certified to teach the RAD for Women Course, are offering a free class this semester. To get more information, or to register for the class, please email

Win a new car for a year at Dragon Basketball this weekend

Posted on February 04, 2016

Your last chance to win a car for a year is this weekend at Dragon basketball. Come on Friday and if you win one of the two halftime games that night, you’ll have a shot at winning the car on Saturday.

You can still come on Saturday and still have a chance to win the free car for a year. You have to come to the women’s game in order to qualify, and if you name is drawn, you’ll be entered to win the car that night. Someone WILL win a car for a year from Valley Imports, so why not come to the game? Please purchase your tickets online and skip the line at

Interested in a campus bike share program?

Posted on February 04, 2016

Are you interested in a campus bike share program or do you have something that you want to share with the planning committee? Take this short survey and let MSUM know your thoughts!

Learning Spaces & Instructional Technologies is hosting FREE webinars

Posted on February 04, 2016

The MnSCU special interest group (SIG), Learning Spaces & Instructional Technologies, is hosting FREE webinars in February & March. Session size is limited, so register today.

Dragons Pregame Party on Saturday, February 6th at BWW Moorhead

Posted on February 04, 2016

Join us for the Dragon Fire Pregame Party at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6th at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead.

Steve Laqua, Head Dragon Football Coach, will join us at 1:00 p.m. to answer questions about our new 2016-2017 Dragon Football student-athletes who recently signed NLIs.

Dragon fans will then move to Nemzek Fieldhouse to cheer on the Dragon’s Basketball teams with games at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.   vs Augustana.    Learn more at

Dragon Digest survey

Posted on February 03, 2016

Tell us what you think

As part of the university’s effort to improve internal communication to the campus community, the Marketing & Communications Office would like your feedback about the employee daily e-newsletter, Dragon Digest. The online survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete, so please help us improve this important communication tool. Take the survey.

Paul Harris published in America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History

Posted on February 03, 2016

Paul Harris, Department of History, Languages, Critical Race, and Women’s Studies, has two recent publications. An entry he wrote on the “American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions” was published in America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History, a reference work from Charles Scribner’s Sons. He also reviewed Island Queens and Mission Wives: How Gender and Empire Remade Hawaii’s Pacific World, by Jennifer Thigpen, for the Hawaiian Journal of History.

New Rivers Press publishes books selected as finalists for the Minnesota Book Awards

Posted on February 03, 2016

Two books published in 2015 by New Rivers Press,the on-campus literary press, have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Minnesota Book Awards, sponsored by The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Finalists are selected from authors and presses from across Minnesota. Minneapolis native Rachel Coyne’s novel Patron Saint of Lost Comfort Lake, which New Rivers published last spring, is a finalist in the Novel/Short Story Collection category. Julie Gard, from Duluth, is nominated in the Poetry category for her collection Home Studies, which came out in October. Winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony in April.

Kevin Zepper, English, featured on WDAY

Posted on February 03, 2016

Kevin Zepper, English, is featured in four live interviews during WDAY’s morning television show, First News. Zepper talks about musician Buddy Holly’s career and the day he was killed in a plane crash. Zepper’s father was a police officer who was working the dance that Holly and his band members were supposed to play at. The interviews are titled “The Day the Music Died” and they air February 3 between 5 and 7 a.m. on WDAY/WDAZ Channel six.

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