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MSUM to name TV studio after longtime professor, former WDAY anchor

Posted on October 15, 2015

By Josh Francis

MOORHEAD — The legacy of longtime WDAY-TV news anchor Marv Bossart, who died in 2013, will live on at the campus he taught at for more than 40 years.

Minnesota State University Moorhead, where Bossart taught as a professor, is dedicating its completed television studio in Bossart’s name at 1:30 p.m. today

Bossart had an impact on many journalists working in the Fargo-Moorhead area and elsewhere, including current WDAY anchor Kerstin Kealy, who took two of Bossart’s classes when she attended MSUM from 1993-1997.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead runs away with Fargo Marathon College Challenge

Posted on June 16, 2015

 The MSUM Dragons scorched the competition as they become the winner of the 2015 Fargo Marathon College Challenge. 

The challenge was part of this year’s tri-college theme where runners made their way through each campus in the F-M area.

MSUM had more students, staff and faculty running in the marathon than any other university.

Steve Fox/MSUM Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations, “Part of our university is about being involved in the community, and that we don’t, students don’t just come here and come to the MSUM bubble. It’s about getting active into the community.”

As the winner, the university will receive $5,000. The money will go toward student scholarships.

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#HighFiveFriday: How #MSUM2015 Transformed Graduation into a Social Celebration

Posted on May 27, 2015

FM Autism Support Group, MSUM SLHS and CAMC worked together on “Faces of Autism” photo shoot

Posted on April 15, 2015

On Saturday, April 11, a new and wonderful collaboration was started on the MSUM campus between the FM Autism Support Group, the Speech Language Hearing Sciences (SLHS) department, and students and faculty from the College of Arts, Media & Communication (CAMC). Three MSUM campus faculty, Rachel Stotts, Meghan Duda and Don Clark, along with 7 photography students and 10 SLHS students volunteered their time and talents to help families with children with Autism have photographs taken. Read the rest of this entry →

T.J. Hansen selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program

Posted on August 07, 2014

Tonya Jo (T.J.) Hansen, an Economics faculty member, has been selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program sponsored by the Chamber. MSUM is sponsoring Hansen.

“The selection process for the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program is very competitive,” President Anne Blackhurst said. “We’re proud to have T.J. represent our university. Participation in community activities like this is an important means of increasing our university’s visibility.”

Each year, LFMWF selects 40 emerging and existing leaders from all sectors of the community to participate in the nine-month program. For more information on the LFMWF program, click here.

“Economics in Action” at the Expanding Your Horizons Conference

Posted on April 15, 2014

MSUM students, Fanuel Asrat, Aba Boadu, Kofi Boadu, Cody Brandt, Jasmin Lam, Julie Maahs, Melhik Negatu, and Mira Nkulukadiele, and Economics faculty members, T. J. Hansen and Gregory Stutes, offered a workshop in conjunction with the Expanding Your Horizons Conference on April 12. The local Expanding Your Horizons Conference invites young women from Minnesota and North Dakota who are in the seventh, eighth or ninth grades to experience careers, which use mathematics, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry. Read the rest of this entry →

Dragon Athletics to Host Leadercast Fargo-Moorhead

Posted on April 14, 2014

Dragon Athletics is hosting this year’s Leadercast event in Nemzek Fieldhouse on May 9, 2014. The theme for this year is “building leaders worth following” and features a lineup of world-renowned leaders, speaking straight to your community, team or organization.

There is a group discount of $89/person for registering together, so please contact Athletic Director Doug Peters ( if you’re interested in attending.

This year’s speakers include:

-Laura Schroff, New York Times best-selling author of “An Invisible Thread” Read the rest of this entry →

Interdisciplinary partnership brings music and poetry together

Posted on April 10, 2014

Professor Terrie Manno, Music, and Kevin Zepper, MFA English, will present their collaborative music and poetry to students in Fox Theater on the Minnesota State University Minnesota campus on Friday, April 11 at 3 p.m. This is an interdisciplinary partnership Manno and Zepper began last year. Some of the work involves the William S. Burroughs “cut-up” approach to poetry.

This convocation will focus on artists working with other artists, integrating the arts and humanities in performance.

Itasca project aims to assure work relevance in curriculum across campus

Posted on February 27, 2014

As part of an initiative by MnSCU, MSU Moorhead will be one of 20 two- and four-year schools in the state of Minnesota participating in an employer-led civic alliance called the Itasca Project, a plan aimed at meeting workforce needs. While participating in this project, MSUM will use two software programs, WANTED Analytics and EMSI, to view regional and statewide statistics on top occupations, employers and desired skill sets.

Dean of the College of Business & Innovation Marsha Weber will lead an on-campus committee through this endeavor. The group will identify external stakeholders to participate in the process and provide input on the data and how MSUM incorporates the information into its planning processes. Read the rest of this entry →

Economic Society collecting used cell phones and accessories for clients of Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

Posted on February 24, 2014

The Economic Society is partnering with the Soroptimist International of Moorhead to collect used cell phones and accessories (chargers, cases, etc.) for clients of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo-Moorhead. Any donated phones in working condition are reset to call 911 only. Phones which are not in working condition are welcomed as the parts will go toward purchasing additional phones. Read the rest of this entry →

Art education major founds Art Club for homeless children; featured in Fargo Forum

Posted on February 20, 2014

Springing from work done in Steve Grineski’s Ed. 310 class, art education major Marissa Van Vleet continued her social justice work by volunteering at Churches United for the Homeless on Saturday mornings running an art club for children. Van Vleet’s advisor Brad Bachmeier hopes to turn this into a sustainable program in the future.

Read more in The Forum article.

Physics and Astronomy works with Moorhead High School to obtain NASA grant for robotics team

Posted on December 04, 2013

Faculty from the Department of Physics and Astronomy assisted, as lead mentors for the MHS FIRST Robotics team, in applying for a sponsorship grant for the team from NASA. The team was notified yesterday that it was awarded a grant for this academic year. The grant, which is very competitive, provides sponsorship for one year of competition while the team works on securing a permanent sponsor.

More information about the team can be found at

MSUM Hosted Boy Scouts for “Merit Badge University”

Posted on November 27, 2013

Close to 200 Boy Scouts converged on the MSUM campus Saturday, Nov. 23 to work on merit badges. Named the “Merit Badge University” this is an event held annually at one of the three universities in the area to give scouts work on the badges that assist them in their trail toward the Eagle Rank. Merit badges represent skill or knowledge areas where scouts can explore an area of study in depth and complete tasks in that area. Read the rest of this entry →

Faculty and students co-create play for young children

Posted on November 18, 2013

A free children’s theatre production takes the stage for two shows Saturday, Nov. 23, in Hansen Theatre in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Swashbuckled —  A Pirate Adventure, was created and directed by Craig Ellingson, director of theatre arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and senior theatre students Matthew Englund and Ryan Soukup. The play tells the story of Pirate Grey, Quick-Silver, and Larry as they embark upon an adventure to find Blackheart, their missing pirate king. Filled with music, singing and sword fights, Swashbuckled is suitable for all ages.

Show times are 1 and 4 p.m.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Evert Karnes at 218.477.2267 or

Biosciences students and faculty volunteered for 4luvofdog rescue fundraiser

Posted on November 12, 2013

Eighteen Biosciences students and faculty volunteered for the 5th annual fundraiser for 4luvofdog rescue. Workers helped with set up for the annual silent auction from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, and also with the evening auction. Volunteers included Shireen Alemadi, Ellen Brisch, Alyssa Breitbach, Sara Elgin, Eva Engseth, Janna Gibertson, Asako Handa and friend Yuka, Molly Kraemer, Jamie Naasz, Robyn Oster, Miranda Sater, Shannon Smith, Katherine Szweduik, Erin Trisko, Kimberly Vang, Rachel Walsh and Carmen White.

MSUM, community groups collaborate to build sweat lodge on campus

Posted on November 07, 2013

An article by The Forum about the building of the sweat lodge on campus and other upcoming events celebrating American Indian Heritage Month.

Jon Tatro digs a hole where heated bricks will be placed as students in a society and environment class watch him start to build a sweat lodge at the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Moorhead. Dave Wallis / The Forum

By: Cali Owings, INFORUM
Infourm Article

MOORHEAD – To Cera Swiftwater, the experience inside a sweat lodge is like a hot shower. It’s a place to collect her thoughts and pray for family and a “cleansing for the week.”

“It’s honestly one of my favorite things,” said Swiftwater, a Minnesota State University Moorhead junior who grew up with the sweat lodge tradition at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

But opportunities for the sweat are sporadic in the Fargo-Moorhead area, said Swiftwater, who is also president of the American Indian Student Association at MSUM.

To celebrate American Indian Heritage Month at the school, several school and community groups collaborated to build a sweat lodge on campus and make the ceremony available to the public. Read the rest of this entry →

Biosciences clubs participated in trick-or-canning

Posted on November 04, 2013

Trick-or-Canning is an event that students can take part in every Halloween. Clubs in the Biosciences Department invited fellow students and friends to trick-or-treat for canned goods this Halloween at residences near the MSUM campus. Last year, 209 pounds of canned goods were donated to the Dorothy Day Food Pantry while this year students gathered 306 pounds of canned goods! Trick-or-Canning is a fun way for the Biosciences clubs to collect food for people in need in the Fargo/Moorhead area. Thank you to all of the students who collected canned goods and to all of the people who donated!

MSUM hosted URMS8 meeting

Posted on October 10, 2013

MSUM was host to the 8th Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences Meeting (URMS8) on Oct. 4 and 5. Approximately 30 undergraduates from the region presented their research to the 70+ attendees, with featured keynote talks from Dr. Robert Kane (Baylor University) and Rosa Miller (3M, retired) as well as breakout sessions on graduate school, professional school and getting a job in industry. Read the rest of this entry →

Sociology graduates publish research with Professor

Posted on September 06, 2013

Dr. Lee Garth Vigilant (SOC/CJ), Lauren Wold Trefethren, and Tyler C. Anderson have published their research on homeschooling families in Humanity and Society, Vol. 37, No. 3 (September 2013). Humanity and Society is the peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Humanist Sociology. Read the rest of this entry →

Biology Seminar today

Posted on September 06, 2013

Biology Seminar by Professor Dan McEwen presents a general seminar based on his research entitled “Arctic Birds & Insects: A Case Study of Climate Match-Mismatch” on Friday, Sept. 6 from 3 to 4 p.m. in SL 118.


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