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Minnesota State Employees’ Combined Charities Campaign is here

Posted on October 13, 2017

From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, join us in a competition with the other Minnesota State Universities to be the most charitable institution. We are competing for the highest percentage of employee participation—even $10 helps! Employees can donate to a charity of their choice through payroll deduction. Set it up once, and your generosity keeps giving all year long! 

This process makes your donation stretch further to help Minnesotans in need. The campaign includes Charitable Federations, groups of charitable organizations that represent charities working on similar issues. This collaboration keeps administrative and fundraising expenses low, making your contribution dollars go as far as possible.

Donate to the cause that matters most to you––environment, education, women’s issues, breaking the cycle of poverty, and much more!  Read the rest of this entry →

SLHS department conducts hearing screenings at Big Iron

Posted on September 20, 2017

Students and supervisors from the SLHS department conducted hearing screenings at the Big Iron event at the West Fargo Fairgrounds on September 12-14. They screened a total of 276 people and (in conjunction with Sertoma) gave away hundreds of pairs of earplugs as well as information about hearing loss.

Shanley students serve at MSUM

Posted on September 14, 2017

About 20 Shanley High School students participated in a day of service at MSUM yesterday, Sept. 13, as part of their homecoming week activities. The entire student body of 350 students and faculty volunteered at 18 community locations. This is the third year they have volunteered at MSUM.

“MSUM does a great job of keeping us busy all day long and the service they give to us is really great as well,” said Ashlee Cournia, a Shanley English teacher and a 2013 MSUM alumna. “We enjoy coming back here because of your hospitality.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Shanley students serve at MSUM

Posted on September 14, 2017

About 20 Shanley High School students participated in a day of service at MSUM yesterday, Sept. 13, as part of their homecoming week activities. The entire student body of 350 students and faculty volunteered at 18 community locations. This is the third year they have volunteered at MSUM.

“MSUM does a great job of keeping us busy all day long and the service they give to us is really great as well,” said Ashlee Cournia, a Shanley English teacher and a 2013 MSUM alumna. “We enjoy coming back here because of your hospitality.”  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM invited to apply as Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Host Community

Posted on August 21, 2017

After submitting a letter of interest, Minnesota State University Moorhead received notification it has been invited to apply to become a Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Host Community.

“We are honored that our letter of interest was selected and that we are now able to submit a full proposal,” said Shireen Alemadi, assistant director for Community Outreach and Engagement. “We look forward to working with our partners around the FM community to complete this proposal in the next four weeks.”

According to the Minnesota Humanities Center website, “Minnesota Remembers Vietnam is an initiative led by Twin Cities PBS (TPT) and aimed at inspiring Minnesotans to remember and share stories recognize bravery, express their reasons for dissent, and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war.”

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MSUM students help prepare income tax returns

Posted on April 21, 2017

MSUM students gave back to their communities in a big way this semester, by serving as volunteers in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Nineteen MSUM students volunteered a combined total of 415 hours during the tax filing season that ended April 18. They helped low-to-moderate income families who needed assistance preparing their 2016 tax returns by serving at local VITA sites (the Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership in Moorhead, and the Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency in Fargo). 

As committed VITA volunteers, our students first received training and passed certification tests, then began providing free tax help. What a great way to serve their communities, while at the same time getting relevant, real-world experience on their resumes.  Read the rest of this entry →

Paseka School of Business Faculty Participate in Midwest Academy of Management Conference

Posted on October 14, 2016

Paseka School of Business faculty were recently involved in organizing, presenting and participating in the recent Midwest Academy of Management (MAM) conference held in Fargo. The conference had just over 200 participants, a record attendance for a MAM conference and a huge shout out to our community for attracting them all here.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on October 10, 2016

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

MSUM campus hosts community block party to kick of their homecoming, WDAY: “Moorhead is bursting with Dragon pride this week. Monday night, students, faculty and families rallied at a community block party for MSUM’s Homecoming.”

Roers/Keller William put on annual Chili Feed to raise money for United Way, WDAY: “It was the perfect day for a bowl of steamin’ hot chili. More than 900 people bellied up for the annual Chili Feed for United Way put on by Roers/Keller Williams. Along with a free-will donation, people could try 50 different types of chili made by everyone from the Killbourne Group to MSUM President Blackhurst.”

MSUM celebrates Professor Conteh and his retirement, WDAY: “An MSUM icon is being honored tonight for his contributions to higher education. Andrew Conteh has been teaching international relations and law at the university for more than 30 years.”

‘Printober’ at Plains celebrates art of printmaking, InForum: “The Plains Art Museum has stamped this month as Printober, with events and workshops dedicated to the art and education of printmaking.”

Gibson ties school record, leads Dragons to homecoming victory, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead wide receiver Damon Gibson was the model of scoring efficiency Saturday night, Oct. 8, at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Gibson caught four passes and all went for touchdowns. His performance vaulted the Dragons to a 41-12 homecoming victory against Minnesota-Crookston in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football at Scheels Field.”

Dragons induct 11 individuals, one team into sports hall of fame, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead is inducting 11 individuals and one team into its sports hall of fame.”

Small in stature, Dragons receiver Ambrose makes big impact, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead quarterback Jake Hodge was in the head coach’s office earlier this week when he tossed a playful verbal jab at wide receiver Cory Ambrose.”

Impact of immigration topic of MSUM lecture, InForum: :”Oscar Flores, a professor of economics at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will discuss the “Economic Impact of Immigration on the American Economy” during a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 at King Hall, Room 110, on the MSUM campus.”

MSUM Wraps Up Homecoming Week With a Parade, KVRR: “MSUM is ending their eventful Homecoming Week with a parade. Students, faculty and staff came out to show their Dragon Pride as they joined the Homecoming Parade.”

Serving up Homecoming Spirit at MSUM’s “Ice Cream Palooza”, KVRR: “They served up free ice cream to students and a few professors got a pie in the face this afternoon at MSUM. The “Ice Cream Palooza” was all a part of homecoming week and put on by all the homecoming court nominees.”

How does Immigration Impact the U.S. Economy?, Valley News Live Point of View: “One of Donald Trump’s main platforms this election is that immigration has a negative impact on American native born jobs and wages. Is that true? Does research back up that claim?”

MSUM Collaborative Student Exhibition at Plains Art Museum Oct. 13

Posted on October 05, 2016

In tandem with a series of month long events called “Printober” focused on printmaking at the Plains Art Museum, Corinne Teed’s intermediate printmaking class created a collaborative screenprint installation titled “Fragile Preservation: A Tallgrass Community” that will be installed in the museum’s sky bridge. The students developed a collaborative public work focused on ecology and threatened species in the tallgrass prairie after a guided tour at the MSUM Science Center by Biology Professor Dr. Alison Wallace.

The exhibition opens on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6–8 p.m. Also opening that night is a Tri-College print exchange titled “The Matrix” featuring prints of students, faculty and alumni of MSUM, NDSU and Concordia.

Planetarium Hosts First Ever Wedding Under the Stars

Posted on September 19, 2016

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the MSUM Planetarium hosted the first ever wedding under the stars. While the Planetarium is no stranger to special events, this was the first of its kind. The dome was resplendent with a night sky full of stars. Also featured were two particular constellations favored by the bride and groom. The recent technology upgrades made this event especially magical. Congratulations to the bride and groom!

SCRUBS Camp Introduces Students to Medical Field

Posted on August 04, 2016

High school students are able to explore careers in the health sciences this week as part of SCRUBS Camp, a residential camp held at MSU Moorhead. MSUM is introducing students to areas such as microbiology, nursing, speech language hearing sciences, counseling, athletic training, radiology and more.  Read the rest of this entry →

Fargo Native Says F-M Not ‘Normal’ Community

Posted on August 02, 2016

Fargo native Jennifer Jones shares her love of the Fargo-Moorhead community in a recent letter to the editor of the INFORUM. Though she now lives in Anderson, S.C., Jones says she will never think of anywhere but Fargo-Moorhead as her home—a true testament to the kind, caring community we are lucky to be a part of.  Read the rest of this entry →

High School Students Learn Coding at MSUM Camp

Posted on July 29, 2016

We’re living in a digital world, where everything is becoming high tech. A group of high school students is embracing it, by learning how to make websites and applications at Coding Camp, through MSUM’s Graphic Communication department.  Read the rest of this entry →

College for Kids & Teens Awarded Lake Region Arts Council Grant

Posted on April 29, 2016

MSUM College for Kids & Teens has been awarded $15,000 in grant support from Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) for Summer 2016. This is the fifth year in a row that the program has applied for and been awarded money from LRAC to support their K-12 courses in the arts. Read the rest of this entry →

Wellness Center Hosts Kindred 6th Graders

Posted on March 03, 2016

More than fifty 6th graders from Kindred School District visited the wellness center this week for a field trip of exercise related activities. This is the second consecutive year they have visited. Students participated in 45 minute sessions of Rock Climbing, Yoga, an Obstacle Course designed and lead by our student personal trainers as well as had some free time to shoot hoops and play volleyball on the courts. Students concluded their visit with bagged lunches at the Underground. Read the rest of this entry →

Community Outreach launches three new high school summer camps

Posted on February 19, 2016

After months of planning, registration is now open for three brand new summer camps. The NEW camps are specifically for High School students. Visit: for more information on each camp. Students have the opportunity to come to campus and engage in camps that will help them explore career and college major interests. Spread the word with family and friends about this great new option for High School students to engage with MSUM!  Space is limited, register today!

If you have any questions contact Shireen Alemadi at

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 made its mark at the First Annual Fargo-Moorhead Frostival

Posted on February 02, 2016

Frostival started with an Opening Kickoff on January 29th and ended with a bike race on January 31st. Throughout the weekend MSUM helped to make this a memorable and great community event. If you visited the s’mores stations during the Opening Kickoff Friday night you likely roasted those marshmallows on a skewer and over a fire pit shared by MSUM.

Saturday was filled with multiple MSUM sponsored activities – starting with the Almost 3K Fun Run/Walk at the Red River Zoo. The Zoo and MSUM worked together with the support of Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND and BOB 95 FM to make it a one of a kind event that included free carousel rides, a selfie station, free breakfast pastries (donated by Sodexo) and much more. There were 80 participants that filled the zoo with energy and excitement early Saturday morning. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Planetarium hosts 500+ people at PBS event

Posted on February 01, 2016

Saturday, January 30th, MSUM Planetarium partnered with Prairie Public to present Stars of PBS, the second event of its kind. Prairie Public was on hand with Clifford the Big Red Dog, activities and resources for the 500+ parents and children. Planetarium shows were offered every half hour from 1 pm – 5pm, with all shows seeing a sold out crowd. The Society of Physics Students provided hours of entertainment with their science demos including the “Vortex Canon” and “BoomWhackers”. Scorch  was even on hand to meet our youngest future Dragons. Thank you to ALL who helped make this day a huge success.

Fargo City Commission votes to approve $10,000 for Brad Bachmeier’s brick sculpture proposal

Posted on November 30, 2015

Fargo City Commission votes to approve $10,000 for Brad Bachmeier’s brick sculpture proposal as its first Public Art Project.  Bachmeier’s proposal is to create a whimsical interactive playground feature with seating elements as a centerpiece for the new Madison Skate/Bike Park in North Fargo.  This Brick Sculpture will be designed by ceramic artist Brad Bachmeier and a leadership team of 6th-12th grade youth from the Legacy Children’s Foundation with input from the community as a whole.  Read the rest of this entry →

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