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Greg Toutges receives 2017 Professional Excellence in Service Award

Posted on April 20, 2017

Greg Toutges, Disability Resource Center Director, received the 2017 Professional Excellence in Service Award presented by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees yesterday, April 19, 2017.

During the luncheon, seven award nominees from Minnesota State universities, along with 31 Outstanding Educators from colleges throughout the state, were recognized by the Board of Trustees.

The Professional Excellence in Service Award acknowledges outstanding service to our universities and to the Minnesota State system. It recognizes the key role service faculty fulfill at our system’s universities in advising and counseling students; in the recruitment, retention, and placement of students; in residential life programming; in facilitation of student groups and student leadership; and other involvement in university and community activities.  Read the rest of this entry →

Students United Diversity Luncheon

Posted on April 18, 2017

Tuesday, April 18 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | CMU 205

Join Students United at their Diversity Luncheon! Free lunch will be served on Tuesday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in CMU 205 while Diversity Specialist and Black Student Union President, Lexi Byler and Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Donna Brown address the audience.

To learn more about Students United go to:

Students United hiring Campus Organizing Intern

Posted on April 13, 2017

Students United is searching for its next Campus Organizing Intern. If you’re looking for a great way to build your resume, get paid, and advocate for students, this is the perfect job for you. The application deadline is April 14, 2017.

To apply go to:

Surveys Open for Suggestions on Transfer Pathways Under Development

Posted on April 11, 2017

An online survey is in place for each of the pathways under development until April 19, 2017. The purpose of each pathway is to streamline the process of transfer for students with an associate degree from a MN State College to complete their bachelor’s degree at a MN State University. They should be able to transfer to any of the MN State universities with a parallel degree with 60 credits that apply to that major. You are encouraged to read the proposed pathway, answer survey questions, and give suggestions for the particular pathway to help in the development process. The surveys are for the pathways currently being developed:  Read the rest of this entry →

Transfer Pathways update

Posted on March 23, 2017

Another group of Transfer Pathways are soon ready for input from stakeholders in the two year Minnesota State Colleges and the four year Minnesota State Universities. The Transfer Pathways are designed so students utilizing one would enter any Minnesota State university with a parallel baccalaureate degree as a junior with the first 60 credits complete. Discipline Stakeholders Meetings will be held at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids for sessions on March 27 – 30 and at Normandale Community College for the sessions on March 31. You are welcome to attend in person or by WebEx. Please register by March 24 no matter how you will attend. See the attachment for specific times and locations and links to register.  Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota State SharePoint username change

Posted on March 22, 2017

The current Minnesota state SharePoint sites, know currently as, will be changing the username format to access the SharePoint sites.

What is the current username format? Employees currently use and students currently use

What will the new username format be? Employees format and students format

When will this username format change take place? The changes will start in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 28. Due to the large number of accounts this may take a couple days to complete. Continue using your current username format until it is no longer accepted and then make the change to the new format.

What if I need assistance? Please contact the MSUM IT Helpdesk and they will assist you with this change.

MSUM IT Helpdesk
Livingston Lord Library Room 122

Students present at Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars event

Posted on March 03, 2017

Four undergraduate students from MSUM—Peter Olson, Jenna Kalthoff, Matt Dakken, and Ashley Doll—presented research posters at the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars event at the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda on Thursday, March 1. The event showcased undergraduate researchers from across Minnesota State. The students also met with State Representatives Ben Lien (an MSUM alumnus) and Paul Marquart, who both represent Moorhead area districts.

President Blackhurst, VP for Finance & Administration Hollaar testify on behalf of Minnesota state budget request

Posted on February 23, 2017

Yesterday, President Anne Blackhurst and Vice President for Finance and Administration Jean Hollaar testified to the House Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance Committee on behalf of the Minnesota State budget request. You can watch their testimony online. Their testimony begins approximately 13 minutes into the video.

Today, President Blackhurst and VP Hollaar will testify to the Senate Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee at 1 p.m.

View the Minnesota Senate agenda and video archives here.

Gov. Dayton appoints George W. Soule to fill vacancy on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees

Posted on February 23, 2017

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of the Honorable George W. Soule to fill a vacancy on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees. Mr. Soule is replacing Margaret Anderson Kelliher, and his term will expire on June 30, 2018.

“George Soule has had a very distinguished career bringing justice and opportunity to people throughout Minnesota,” said Gov. Dayton. “I believe that Mr. Soule will bring this dedication to ensuring excellent higher education and career training opportunities for all students at Minnesota State.”

George W. Soule is a judge of the White Earth Tribal Court of Appeals and a founding partner of Soule & Stull LLC, where he is a civil trial attorney handling cases involving product liability, commercial, and negligence claims. Previously, he was a founding and managing partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP, and an associate at Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett. Judge Soule earned his B.A. from Moorhead State University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota State chancellor open forum recordings available online

Posted on February 09, 2017

If you were unable to attend or watch the Minnesota State chancellor finalist open forums on Wednesday, Feb. 8, the recordings are available online.

Minnesota State announces finalists for chancellor

Posted on February 07, 2017

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees will consider three candidates for appointment as the next Minnesota State chancellor.  Those under consideration are as follows:  Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota State chancellor search: finalist interviews

Posted on February 06, 2017

The Board of Trustees will begin the final process of selecting the next Minnesota State chancellor on Tuesday, Feb. 7 with a series of in-person interviews.  On Wednesday, Feb. 8 you invited to attend in person or connect via WebEx to a Board-led finalist forum starting at 9:15 a.m. and concluding at 1:45 p.m.

During three separate sessions, the remaining candidates will give a short presentation followed by a question and answer period. The names of the finalist will be made public on Monday, Feb. 6 and their full curricula vitae will be available at the rest of this entry →

Immigration Executive Order FAQ

Posted on February 02, 2017

Additional information has become available from Minnesota State regarding the recent Executive Order affecting international students, faculty, and staff from specified countries. Please see the attached document addressing frequently asked questions on the order.

Statement from Chancellor Rosenstone

Posted on January 31, 2017

Minnesota State’s Board of Trustees has had a long-standing and “enduring commitment to enhancing Minnesota’s quality of life by developing and fostering understanding and appreciation of a free and diverse society and providing equal opportunity for all its students and employees.” Board policy goes on to say that, “No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”

In light of the heightened national immigration debate over recent days and weeks, I want to underscore our steadfast commitment to ensuring that our campuses will remain safe and welcoming places of inclusion, hope, and opportunity for all students and employees.

The state of Minnesota—its businesses, its industries, and indeed, its economic vitality—has long benefited from the scientific, cultural, and economic contributions of international students, scholars, and immigrants from around the globe. It is critical that Minnesota remain steadfast in its commitment to recruit this talent to our state.

Minnesota State website, email updates

Posted on January 30, 2017

The Minnesota State IT department has been hard at work behind the scenes transitioning its web presence to the new Minnesota State brand and testing the new website: They’ve also been busy preparing to convert Minnesota State system office email addresses, which will be  Following are further details:  Read the rest of this entry →

TIAA webinar today

Posted on January 25, 2017

Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 12-1 p.m.

TIAA will be hosting an educational webinar for Minnesota State employees across the state on Wednesday, Jan. 25  from 12–1 p.m. Central Time.

The link to the registration site and all the instructions needed to join are contained within the flyer.

Dragons in the News

Posted on January 23, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in the last week.

Minnesota State students, faculty prioritize affordability, Inforum: “Students and faculty of Minnesota State colleges and universities agree that state lawmakers should prioritize curbing tuition costs as they consider a request for additional funding.”

Minnesota State administration requests funding to maintain ‘workforce engine’, WDAZ: “Minnesota State colleges and universities administrators say additional spending is needed to help the state keep pace with growing workforce needs. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development projects that more than 70 percent of jobs in the state will require postsecondary education by 2020.”

MSUM Men and Women feeding off each other’s success, WDAY: “This winter has been unlike any other for MSU Moorhead. Both basketball teams sit on top of the Northern Sun division standings this late in the season for the first time in school history.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Gov. Dayton introduces Bonding Bill

Posted on January 05, 2017

On Jan. 4 Gov. Mark Dayton introduced a Bonding Bill that included his recommendation for Higher Education Asset Preservation and Renovation (HEAPR) and bonding projects.

Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State, said, “The governor’s recommendation demonstrates his continued commitment to our state as well as our state colleges and universities. The projects in his recommendation will build opportunities for students, and they are critical for developing the talent employers need. They are the highest priorities for our campuses.”

Michael Vekich, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “Funding for the request from our Board of Trustees will directly benefit our students, enhance the quality of their education, and provide resources needed to maintain critical state assets. We are very grateful for the governor’s support.”

The governor’s recommendation includes $80,000,000 for HEAPR and bonding projects for the Minnesota State system. If the Bonding Bill passes, MSUM would receive $5,000,000 to maintain our campus’ infrastructure.

Minnesota State female presidents’ commentary featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted on January 04, 2017

President Anne Blackhurst, along with Joyce Ester, president of Normandale Community College; Connie Gores, president of Southwest Minnesota State University; and Barbara McDonald, president of North Hennepin Community College, wrote a commentary featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The commentary is titled, “The Benefits of Gender Balance in a System’s Presidential Offices.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Hosting Posters at St. Paul

Posted on December 12, 2016

Do you have undergraduate students working on a research project that may be ready to present to Minnesota state legislators in poster form at the capitol on March 2?  Read the rest of this entry →

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