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Paralegal student selected for national essay scholarship

Posted on May 12, 2017

Candace Gould, Paralegal, submitted a winning essay for the Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Scholarship. The LEX Scholarship is awarded by the American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE), the national organization for paralegal programs. Winners are awarded a $500 scholarship and are invited to speak at the national AAfPE convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October. Candace’s winning essay covered the topic of paralegal regulation.

Aidan Shafer ranks in top third of Putnam Mathematical Competition

Posted on May 09, 2017

Congratulations to Aidan Shafer, double major in Mathematics and Physics, who ranked in the top third of the Putnam Mathematical Competition, held on December 3, 2016. The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in all the United States and Canada. On the last edition there were 4,164 contestants from 568 institutions.

Criminal Justice, Gerontology and Sociology students receive academic awards

Posted on May 08, 2017

On Thursday, May 4, the faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice inducted nine students into one of three national honor societies. The faculty also announced the winners of the department’s annual awards.  Read the rest of this entry →

Commissioner Larry Shellito receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Posted on May 03, 2017

On May 1, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), announced the recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medals of Honor. Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner and retired Major General Larry Shellito — a Minnesota State University Moorhead alumnus — was among the one hundred outstanding Americans in business, government, medicine, art and education, as well as honorees from all branches of the military, who will receive the 2017 medal.

Other honorees include legendary former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, TV host and journalist Fareed Zakaria, CEO of HSN Mindy Grossman, former actress and film studio executive Sherry Lansing, and chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller.  Read the rest of this entry →

Twenty-two students inducted into Paseka School of Business Honor Society

Posted on May 01, 2017

On Friday, April 28 an induction ceremony was held for 22 students joining Beta Gamma Sigma during the 2016-2017 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 →

Construction Management students excel on the National Associate Constructor Exam

Posted on April 28, 2017

For the first time ever, 100 percent of the students in MSUM’s Construction Management program passed the Associate Constructor Exam. Congratulations to the Construction Management class of 2017!

More than 1,000 students across the nation sat for the spring 2017 Exam, which is given in the fall and spring and is developed and monitored by the American Institute of Constructors Certification Commission. Read the rest of this entry →

The Advocate wins nearly 40 journalism awards

Posted on April 28, 2017

The MSUM Advocate brought home 36 North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC) Awards recently.

The student-run Advocate took home first place for best publication, plus dozens of MSUM student journalists — mostly multimedia journalism majors — won individual awards.

The NDPC is the state affiliate of National Federation of Press Women, a national organization of communication professionals. The NDPC is made up of western Minnesota and North Dakota communication and journalism professionals.

The contest recognizes the best of student journalism work each year. The region includes universities in North Dakota and Minnesota.

The awards were presented to Advocate editor Kayleigh Omang at a banquet. Dr. Deneen Gilmour is The Advocate’s faculty adviser.  Read the rest of this entry →

The Advocate, Doing It Downtown win numerous SPJ awards

Posted on April 21, 2017

The MSUM Advocate brought home more than a dozen Society of Professional Journalist (SPJ) awards recently. The student run newspaper was named a finalist for Best All Around Student Newspaper, while many individuals took home awards.

The awards were presented to Editor Kayleigh Omang at Region 6 SPJ conference in Bloomington, Minn.

The region includes colleges from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa.  Read the rest of this entry →

Graphic Communications student work wins regional Addy Award

Posted on April 13, 2017

Recent GCOM graduate Jonathan Calix recently received a Silver American Advertising Award (ADDY) for Best Website for the District 8 region, which includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Back in February, Jonathan’s fictional brand www.fargo2night.com received awards including Best Catalog, Best Website and Best In Show for student work at the local Addy awards. This month the website will be submitted for award consideration at the National level. He created the company website and branded materials for his GCOM Senior Final project in May 2016.  Read the rest of this entry →

Campus News named best college newscast by Society of Professional Journalists for third straight year

Posted on April 07, 2017

For the third year in a row, the Society of Professional Journalists has named MSUM’s Campus News the winner in the student newscast category in its annual Mark of Excellence Region 6 Awards. In addition, Campus News students earned twelve individual awards in six different television categories, more than any other school in the region.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 6 includes colleges and universities in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. First place winners in each category advance to the national round of judging.

The Program Director for Campus News, Aaron Quanbeck, said that having SPJ name Campus News as the best college newscast for the third straight year says a lot about the dedication of the students. “This award is hard enough to win once, much less three times in a row,” said Quanbeck, “and it takes students who are willing to put in the hard work and long hours to make that possible.”  Read 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.

MSUM Marketing & Communications wins ADDY Awards

Posted on February 27, 2017

The MSUM Marketing Team earned several awards at Friday night’s American Advertising Federation’s (AAF-ND) ADDY Awards. The annual ADDY Awards program honors excellence in advertising and cultivates the highest creative standards. It is the only creative awards program administered by the advertising industry for the industry. Each year, AdFed members from around the country enter more than 60,000 samples of their best work, making the ADDYs the world’s largest advertising competition.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Accounting students rock CPA exam second year in a row

Posted on February 17, 2017

Achieve higher pass rates than other Minnesota, North Dakota schools

MSUM students who took the 2016 Uniform CPA Examination within one year of graduating achieved a pass rate of 76.9 percent, higher than other colleges and universities in the region. Only the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities achieved a higher pass rate surpassing MSUM by just .4 percent. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM named to ‘Top 50 Best Value Online Undergraduate Business Schools’ list

Posted on February 10, 2017

MSUM has been named a Top 50 Best Value Online Undergraduate Business School for 2017 by ValueColleges.

The Paseka School of Business ranked No. 29 on the list, based on the following metrics:  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM named to ‘Top 50 Online MBA Programs in Healthcare Management’ list

Posted on February 10, 2017

MSUM’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Healthcare Management has been named a Top 50 Online MBA Program in Healthcare Management 2017 by Online MBA Today.

The program was ranked No. 42 on the list, based on the following metrics:  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Music Education student wins third place in international vocal competition

Posted on February 03, 2017

Senior Erik Hagfors took third place in the Great Composers Competition on Jan. 31, 2017. The award was for the Best Schubert Performance in honor of the 220th anniversary of the birth of Franz Schubert. Congratulations goes out to this talented senior.

He will be giving a recital April 29 at 7:30 in Fox Recital Hall if you wish to hear him in person.

MSUM graduate, bachelor’s programs included in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Posted on January 10, 2017

Several Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) graduate programs were named in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings announced Jan. 10. MSUM’s online bachelor’s programs also made the list.

MSUM’s online graduate education programs were ranked No. 158 based on the following criteria: student engagement (35%), student services and technology (20%), admissions selectivity (15%), faculty credentials and training (15%) and peer reputation (15%).  Read the rest of this entry →

Dille Fund for Excellence Grants

Posted on December 09, 2016

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Dille Fund for Excellence Grant recipients:  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on November 28, 2016

Michigan Tech men lose shootout to Minnesota State Moorhead, The Daily Mining Gazette: “The loss to the Dragons dropped the Huskies to 1-3 on the season. Moorhead, which blasted Northern Michigan University the night before, moved to 2-1.”

MSUM picks up win over Michigan Tech in men’s basketball, Inforum: “Minnesota State-Moorhead men’s basketball won their second straight game defeating Michigan Tech 90-82 on Saturday, Nov. 19.”

MSUM tops Quincy in women’s basketball, Inforum: “Cassidy Thorson poured in 16 points as Minnesota State-Moorhead topped Quincy 73-44 in the opening round of the Quincy Tip-Off Classic on Friday, Nov. 18, at Pepsi Arena.”

MSUM men’s basketball wins at Northern Michigan, Inforum: “Ayob Ayob scored 24 points and added six rebounds as Minnesota State-Moorhead men’s basketball defeated Northern Michigan 104-68 on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Berry Events Center.”

Dragons receiver Gibson a nominee for Division II’s Harlon Hill Trophy, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead junior wide receiver Damon Gibson is one of 42 nominees for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is awarded to the top player in NCAA Division II football.”

MSUM’s Gibson nominated for Harlon Hill award, WDAY: “Minnesota State University Moorhead junior wide receiver Damon Gibson is one of 42 nominees for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which goes to the Division II College Football Player of the Year.”

MSUM’s Gibson Named Nominee for Harlon Hill Award, KVRR: “Damon Gibson is now done with a historic year for MSUM football. The wide receiver from Beardsley, Minn., led all of Division II in receiving yards and receiving yards per game.”

Dragons eclipse century mark to knock off rival Concordia, Inforum: “Minnesota State-Moorhead senior Aaron Lien needed only seven shots to net 19 points Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Memorial Auditorium. That offensive efficiency proved contagious for the Dragons against rival Concordia.”

Conversation with MSUM Dragons head basketball coach Chad Walthall, WDAY: “It’s a holiday tradition in Moorhead older than the Holiday Lights Parade, the Cobbers and Dragons meeting on the basketball court.”

MSUM wide receiver a Harlon Hill nominee, KFGO: “Minnesota State University Moorhead junior wide receiver Damon Gibson is one of 42 nominees for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which goes to the Division II College Football Player of the Year.”

Dragons Beat Cobbers in Crosstown Showdown, KVRR: “Dragons run away with the win over Concordia, 107-74.”

MSUM shoots past Concordia, WDAY: “Five players scored in double figures for MSU Moorhead as the Dragons shot past Concordia 107-74. MSUM was 17 of 26 from the beyond the arc in the victory.”

Kretchman hits game-winner as Dragons edge Northern State, Inforum: “Tanner Kretchman drilled a game-winning three just inside the half-court line as Minnesota State-Moorhead edged Northern State 93-92 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball matchup on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Wachs Arena.”

MSUM MBB Wins on Half-Court Buzzer Beater, KVRR: “Coming out of the timeout all the Dragons can really do is throw up a prayer. Tanner Kretchman just past half court. You have got to be kidding me. What a shot! Dragons win on the buzzer beater, 93-92.”

WATCH: Wild last few seconds, long buzzer-beater decides crazy small college game, CBS Sports: “Some of you may have missed this finish from Division II on Saturday, but it’s one you will want to check out as Minnesota State University Moorhead topped Northern State 93-92 … A pretty incredible shot at the buzzer in one of the most unlikeliest and entertaining finishes you might see in any level of of college basketball this season.”

School of Social Work Honor Society Inducts 18

Posted on November 23, 2016

The School of Social Work Honor Society, the Chi Omega chapter of Phi Alpha inducted 18 students into the national honor society on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Phi Alpha seeks to provide closer bonds among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha also fosters high standards of education for social work students. Phi Alpha advisor, Professor Janelle Miedema and Dragon SOS Treasurer, Taylor Merrill presented the awards. Congratulations to: Krista Aasness, Alexandria Arcoria, Emily Benesh, Elexias Eubanks, Chirstopher W. Ferris, Jacob Iten, Nicole Mayers, Taylor Merrill, Lauryn McLaughlin, Emily Meester, Paige O’Hara, Leah Oien, Brenda Pepple, Kelly Rentfrow, Peggy Roemmich, Calvin Samek, Hillary Theurer, Kyliegh Van Den Eykel.

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