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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.

Undergraduate Economic Review recognizes research accomplishments of two more MSUM students

Posted on February 01, 2016

May 2015 MSUM graduates, Iwnetim Abate and Kofi Boadu, are the latest to publish their undergraduate research papers in Undergraduate Economic Review. These publications mark the sixth time since 2005 that MSUM students have published research in this journal. Read the rest of this entry →

Student Athletic Training Club successfully hosted annual “Student Symposium”

Posted on February 01, 2016

This past weekend, January 29th & 30th, the MSUM Student Athletic Training Club successfully hosted the Minnesota Athletic Trainer’s Association annual “Student Symposium” education event. One hundred and thirteen students from seven different universities and colleges across the State of MN attended the symposium — an educational event that consisted of a social gathering on Friday evening, along with two keynote speakers and a host of educational “break-out sessions” on Saturday morning. Culminating the symposium event was the annual “Quiz Bowl Competition” held on Saturday afternoon — a competition between all attending schools that would eventually crown the 2016 MN State Championship AT student team from Duluth, MN — The College of St. Scholastica.

SLHS students and faculty involved in American Sign Language Santa service work

Posted on December 17, 2015

MSUM student organization National Student Speech Language Hearing Association/Collegiate Sertoma and MSUM faculty member Bruce Hanson assisted at the Fargo Moorhead Sertoma and the Fargo Quota Club ‘Signing Santa’ event on Sat. Dec. 12 at Blue Stem event center.

The event served over 150 children and their families across the region from the Deaf community. Santa communicated with the children through American Sign Language and handed out gift bags prepared by the MSUM student club. The event also featured sleigh rides, games, and a meal for families. This annual event is looked forward to with excitement by children from the Deaf community in the area.

Overcoming Obstacles

Posted on December 15, 2015

How one MSUM student defied all odds to graduate

By Nate Gilbraith, MSUM Marketing Intern

The alarmingly high dropout rate of American Indian students is not a new reality. According to the National Indian Education Association, the national dropout rate for American Indian students is 15 percent. However, Minnesota State University of Moorhead criminal justice major Cera Swiftwater refused to be a statistic.

Cera_5561 webcopySwiftwater grew up on the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation, where she was raised by her 17-year-old single mother. When Swiftwater was 15, she and her four brothers and sisters were placed in foster care. During her time in the foster care system, Swiftwater moved from school to school and even switched schools three different times over the course of four months.

Swiftwater stayed focused and remained on track to graduate high school. She says she was motivated by hoping to set an example for her younger family members. Read the rest of this entry →


Posted on December 15, 2015

Weather keeping you from getting to campus to attend commencement?

Watch the ceremony live on WDAY’Z Extra. Or, watch it on your computer.

MSU Moorhead will award degrees to more than 425 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse.

The ceremony will be broadcast on WDAY’Z Extra and will include an hour-long pre-commencement program with interviews, student videos and other content that will be anchored by MSUM alumna Lane Zyvoloski, a 2013 mass communication/media studies graduate and WDAY’s First News anchor and producer.

In addition, anyone can download the #MSUM2015 free mobile app to get real-time notifications, share photos, access the commencement program, and follow the action on Twitter!

Guest speakers include alumni Vincent Williams (social studies & MS curriculum and instruction) and Erma Vizenor (elementary education, MS guidance and counseling, & Specialist education administration).  Read the rest of this entry →

Women in Demand

Posted on December 08, 2015

Constructing their futures

Like a lot of women who choose a professional career in construction management, Minnesota State University Moorhead student Elly Lehn grew up around the business.

Elly3-2 webcopy“My dad started as a diesel mechanic at Veit and is now the executive of fleet operations,” said Lehn, a junior in MSUM’s construction management program. “I couldn’t tell you how many times I sat on my dad’s lap in a bulldozer or an excavator and loved it.” Many women are introduced to the industry this way.

In the male-dominated construction field, just 8.9 percent of women work in the industry nationwide, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.  Most often, they are doing clerical or support work.

That’s why Kiewit, one of North America’s largest construction and engineering organizations, sponsors the Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar.

Lehn was one of 50 women from 47 universities across the United States and Canada selected to participate in this year’s seminar to develop leadership skills, network with successful female leaders within the industry, and learn about the challenging opportunities in the construction and/or engineering industries. Nearly 150 women applied for the program. Read the rest of this entry →

Women’s Club Rugby Team WINS National Championship!

Posted on December 08, 2015

MSUM’s women’s club rugby team traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend to play in the rugby national championship series.  After finishing their regular season undefeated, winning both the Minnesota Final Four, and the Regional Tourney in Wayne, NE, the team advanced to nationals as the #1 seed.
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MSUM’s Chamber Singers visit senior living communities

Posted on December 03, 2015

MSUM’s Chamber Singers will have give multiple performances this week. This volunteer ensemble, led by Dr. Erynn Millard, focuses primarily on bringing the gift of music to senior living communities. This 20-member ensemble began preparing a program of Christmas carols back in October and has spent multiple hours each week in preparation for the holiday season.

This week, they will perform at Bethany Retirement Living (Fargo), Evergreens of Moorhead, Eventide Senior Living Community (Moorhead), and Golden Living Center (Moorhead). They will give one performance open to the general public on Thursday, December 3rd at West Acres Mall at 8:30 P.M. near JC Penney’s department store.

Sash Ceremony is Dec. 16

Posted on November 30, 2015

We are honored to announce our graduating international students during our Sash Ceremony. Please join International Student Services in congratulating our graduates by attending the Sash Ceremony. The fall semester Sash Ceremony will be on Wednesday December 16th in the CMU Ballroom from 4-6pm. The Sash Ceremony is a presentation of Sashes from the student’s country of citizenship. Pease attend the Sash Ceremony to witness the presentation of Sashes.

Speech Language Pathology Graduate Students and Professors Present Research at National Conference

Posted on November 25, 2015

The following faculty and student research was presented at the annual Speech Language Hearing Association conference in Denver, CO Nov. 12-14, 2015.
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Alyssa McDonough, graduate student, presented at Synergy in Science conference

Posted on November 24, 2015

Alyssa McDonough, graduate student in School Psychology, presented at Synergy in Science conference. Alyssa McDonough presented a talk titled “Using an inquiry-based, constructivist learning approach for an introductory Entomology class” at the Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions ASA, CSSA, SSSA, ESA 2015 Meeting in Minneapolis, MN last week. Ms. McDonough’s talk was based on a project in collaboration with James Kopco and Deirdre Prischmann-Voldseth from North Dakota State University. Read the rest of this entry →

Honors Program students presented at National Collegiate Honors Conference in Chicago November 14

Posted on November 18, 2015

Sam Szczesny (Graphic Com) and Stefan Nelson (Math), along with Director Lisa Nawrot, also attended sessions on a variety of topics including assessment, retention, community building, pedagogy, peer tutoring, undergraduate research, FYE, and fundraising.

The students particularly enjoyed the conference plenary speaker Emerson Spartz, the CEO of Chicago-based Spartz Media and the founder of MuggleNet, a Harry Potter fansite. Read the rest of this entry →

Women’s rugby team advances to nationals

Posted on November 16, 2015

Rugby copyCongratulations to MSUM’s Women’s Rugby team! After being awarded the first seed following an undefeated regular season, the women faced off against fourth seeded University of Wisconsin-Platteville. With a win of 89-5, they advanced to the Regional Championship game against Wayne State College, also undefeated. Wayne defeated the third seed, Gustavus Adolphus College 66-10. MSUM and Wayne’s bitter rivalry goes back years, with Wayne eliminating MSUM in 2013 and MSUM eliminating them last year in 2014.

The championship game kicked off on Wayne’s home field on, November 15. At the end of the first half, MSUM kept Wayne from scoring with a score of 10-0. Unfortunately for Wayne, MSUM’s first half didn’t end up being their best as they finished the game with a score of 36-12. The women ended Wayne’s season and advanced to the National Championship, which will be held in Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 5-6. Best of luck to our women’s rugby team, and congratulations on making it back to the National Championship!

MSUM’s “Fuego Tropical” performs in Ulen, MN

Posted on November 10, 2015

MSUM’s “Fuego Tropical” World Music and Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, hit the road this past weekend to perform at the Top Hat Theatre in Ulen, MN as a part of Ulen’s Community Performing Arts Series. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Percussionists Attend International Conference

Posted on November 10, 2015

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at MSUM, will take a group of four MSUM percussion students to San Antonio, TX this week to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) Nov. 11th-14th. This annual convention attracts over 7,000+ percussionists from around the world for four days of clinics, masterclasses, and world-class performances. Their trip is partially supported through funds from the MSUM School of Performing Arts.

Construction Management: Seven inducted into Honor Society

Posted on November 09, 2015

Seven Construction Management (CM) students were inducted into Sigma Lambda Chi on Wednesday, Nov. 4.  Sigma Lambda Chi is the International Honor Society for Construction Management.  Requirements to be a member of Sigma Lambda Chi are: Read the rest of this entry →

Follow MSUM PRSSA on Twitter as they represent MSUM in Georgia

Posted on November 06, 2015

Nate Gilbraith, Sarah Knight, Corin Puhalla, Morgan Wall, Cassidy Hied and Megan McInroy are off to Atlanta, Georgia representing MSUM PRSSA. Stay updated with their trip by following @msum_prssa on Twitter.

Club Rugby teams advance

Posted on November 04, 2015

Women’s rugby traveled to Rochester, MN this past weekend to the Minnesota Final Four Rugby tournament. Beating Wisconsin River Falls 72-7 and handing the loss to a previously undefeated Gustavus squad 63-5 for the Minnesota championship for the 3rd year in a row and advance to the Midwest regional playoffs in Nebraska. Read the rest of this entry →

Model of UN team participated in Model Arab League Upper Midwest Conference

Posted on October 27, 2015

Model of UN team participated in the Model Arab League Upper Midwest Conference at University of North Dakota this weekend. Palestine and United Arab Emirates were the countries that 6 students from MSUM: Kelsey Slattery, Daniela Kossowski, Jamaal Abegaz, Taysir Bader, Brett Rice, David Kujawa, Michael Stilwell, and Zaxhari Anderson represented during their time in Grand Forks. The Dragons came home with four awards. Daniela Kossowski, Taysir Bader, David Kujawa got Outstanding Delegate awards and Jamaal Abegaz Honorable Delegate. Read the rest of this entry →

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