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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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Dr. Kim has maintained the position as the member of advisory committee of PSM program, awarded the appreciation plaque from KMAC

Posted on August 18, 2017
Dr. Wooyang Kim, Assistant Professor of Marketing, has maintained the appointment as a member of advisory committee of PSM program in KMAC, collaboratively working with Korean government – Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (until Dec. 2018).  Also, he received the plaque of appreciation from KMAC for honoring the significant contribution of the successful transition of PSM program into Korean universities.

Arnar presents paper at conference in Switzerland

Posted on August 17, 2017

Anna Sigrídur Arnar, School of Art, delivered a paper at a conference sponsored by the International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS) held in Lausanne, Switzerland in July 2017. Arnar’s paper was based on research she conducted over the course of her sabbatical year for a book prospectus submitted to a University Press. Titled “Grids, Matrices and Digits in Stéphane Mallarmé’s Designs for Le ‘Livre’” the paper was delivered in a bi-lingual panel devoted to the question of digital and photographic artists’ books.  Read the rest of this entry →

Manno participates in Alexander Technique Summer Intensive Course

Posted on August 17, 2017

Terrie Manno (SPA) participated in the 2017 Alexander Technique Summer Intensive Course in Boulder, CO this past July. Sessions were taught by master teachers James Brody, Amy Likar, and Ed Bilanchone.

Art faculty, alumni and students help create North America’s largest brick sculpture to celebrate community diversity 

Posted on August 17, 2017

For two years, MSUM Art Professor Brad Bachmeier has been leading a project to install several large-scale brick sculptures at a new skate and bike park in the Golden Ridge community at Madison Park in North Fargo. The community is one of the most diverse and economically challenged in the FM metro area. The project involved collaboration with the Legacy Children’s Foundation, City of Fargo, Fargo Parks and Madison Elementary school children to help celebrate diversity through art and create ownership for community members in the park. Over 300 community members, artists, school children and volunteers have participated in the project including dozens of MSUM alumni, staff and students.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the news

Posted on August 14, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in the past week. Stories are presented in chronological order.

West Fargo’s Thorson plays in Brazil all-star game, West Fargo Pioneer: “Everything felt different for Cassidy Thorson playing international basketball. The 3-point lines were so far out she stepped out of bounds in the corner, the referees didn’t understand her, the shot clocks were faster, the style of play is rougher and she’s not even sure what the basketballs are made out of. She never thought she would’ve been playing basketball in Brazil, so she wanted to soak up every bit of it. Thorson, a West Fargo graduate and an upcoming Minnesota State Moorhead senior, was selected for and played on the USA NCAA Division DII Basketball Team Tour in Brazil from July 31 to Aug. 9.”

Dragons head coach Laqua: ‘Good isn’t good enough’ is the new team standard, InForum: ” Minnesota State Moorhead was good last fall, winning seven football games in a season for the first time since 1999. That record also gave the Dragons back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1995 and 1996. MSUM started fall practice Thursday morning at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium with the mindset to continue that ascension. ‘Now the standard has to be that good isn’t good enough. We have to push it to great,’ said Dragons head coach Steve Laqua, who is starting his seventh season as head coach.”

Dragons next step “from good to great”, WDAY: “The opening day of MSU Moorhead fall camp had a different feel than in recent years. It was one of confidence, knowing that expectations are growing. The Dragons are coming off a second straight winning season, something that hasn’t happened in 21 years. Now the next challenge is making the postseason.”

‘It teaches you gratitude’, Marshall Independent: “She went to India to teach others, but ended up learning more than she can say. ‘It was a really good experience,’ said Linnea Bader, who spent a month teaching underprivileged children in Delhi, India. ‘It’s easy to fall in love with India. I’m grateful for the opportunity.’ … Bader, a Marshall High School class of 2015 grad, attends Minnesota State University Moorhead and majors in teaching English as a second language and has a secondary major in communication arts and literature education.”

MSUM Football Opens up Practice, KVRR: “Coach Steve Laqua and the MSUM football team began their 2017 campaign Thursday morning with the season’s first practice.”

Bouncing and bonding: Sky Zone employee’s act of kindness attracts attention, Jamestown Sun: “When George MacConnell and his family drove from their home in Veblen, S.D., to Fargo’s Sky Zone Trampoline Park, he figured he’d have some fun hanging out during his nephew Wayde’s birthday. He didn’t figure on witnessing an act of kindness that would help another nephew break out of his shell long after the party was over. … He happened to mention to Sky Zone employee Nic Bordwell that Sage was playing the video games because he doesn’t like crowds. That’s when Bordwell offered to open up a closed off area of Sky Zone for Sage to jump alone. Sage agreed that he’d like to try it, with Bordwell paving the way.”

Drew Sannes, Dr. Wooyang Kim’s paper accepted in conference

Posted on August 07, 2017
Drew Sannes (MBA student) and Dr. Wooyang Kim’s (assistant professor of marketing) co-authored paper has been accepted in the Atlantic Marketing Association 42nd Annual Conference 2017.
The paper, entitled “Sports Team’s Well-being: An Integrative Perspective of the Role of Conflict and Emotional Intelligence on Trust and Happiness,” aims to develop a conceptual model to understand team dynamics in college athletes in terms of how to positively maintain the college athletes’ emotional well-being.  The Atlantic Marketing Association 42nd Annual Conference will be held in Williamsburg, VA on September 27-30, 2017.

Arnar publishes article in special issue of OnCurating

Posted on August 02, 2017

Anna S. Arnar, School of Art, published an article called “Books at documenta: Medium, Art Object, Cultural Symbol,” in a special issue of OnCurating. The issue was released at the opening of the international exhibition documenta in Kassel, Germany.

The article is based on work Arnar did during her sabbatical and is part of her larger project called “Social Spaces of the Book. ‘Reading’ Books at Perennial Exhibitions of Contemporary Art.” For the last two years MSUM Honors Apprentice, Dalton Norman has participated in the research for this project.

For a link to the article, see

Alumna to enter Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus as postulant

Posted on August 02, 2017

Melissa Haas ’15 (communication studies) is entering the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus as a postulant on Aug. 27.

Haas is the third MSUM student to enter a religious vocation under the direction of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead, which offers room and board to students attending area higher education institutions.

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Athletic Training students place fourth in 2017 NATA Quiz Bowl Competition

Posted on August 01, 2017

On June 29, 2017, the MSUM Athletic Training student quiz bowl team placed fourth among a field of ten United States teams in the 2017 National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Student Quiz Bowl competition in Houston, Texas. To qualify for the national quiz bowl competition, the team first won the Minnesota Athletic Trainer’s Association (MATA) student competition and then the won the NATA District 4 competition. This team was the first MSUM team to win the quiz bowl at the state level, and then the first Minnesota champion team to win at the district level.

Members representing the 2017 MSUM quiz bowl team were Shae Brown, Jesse Differding, Shawn Sherman, and Alexis Berscheit. Congratulations to the MSUM student quiz bowl team for representing MSUM so well this past spring and summer locally, regionally and nationally!

Four MSUM students present at national planetarium conference

Posted on July 31, 2017

July 18-20 four MSUM Physics and Astronomy students attended and presented at the Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  Melissa Foley, Boston Heaford, Jane Glanzer and Elizabeth Dougherty, along with Planetarium Director Sara Schultz,  presented their work on developing science content and programming for the planetarium. The conference was focused on engaging and educating planetarium audiences in a wide variety of ways including presentation skills and interpreting complex data sets for general audiences.  The development work was funded in part by the Strong Summer Research Internship.

Dragons in the news

Posted on July 31, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in recent weeks. Stories are presented in chronological order.

Sweet staches becoming trademark for local UFC fighter Johnson, InForum: “Tim Johnson has gained some fame for his facial hair. Johnson grows his facial hair out during each training camp, and then fine tunes his look right before a mixed martial arts fight. ‘Every fight gets a new mustache or new facial hair,’ said Johnson, the former Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler who trains out of Fargo. ‘I don’t keep the same one. … I keep it a secret until the week of the fight.'”

Former MSUM wrestler Johnson falls in UFC bout, InForum: “Former MSUM wrestler Tim Johnson has been competing in mixed martial arts for the last seven years. Saturday, the Minneapolis native was competing in the prelims for UFC on Fox as the number 12 ranked heavyweight in the UFC.”

MSUM extends TV deal with WDAY’Z XTRA, WDAY: “In athletics, TV is huge and MSUM and their Dragons plan on continuing a good deal with WDAY-Z and their broadcasts of home football and basketball games on the Xtra.”

Sports Sunday July 30th: Dragons head to Brazil with Team USA, InForum: “Summer is a time for college athletes to take a break from school and enjoy their vacation. For two Dragon student athletes, their vacation ins’t a road trip, or going camping.”

MSUM student research project explores possible role for henna in cancer treatment

Posted on July 24, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A collaborative research project between Minnesota State University Moorhead sophomore Mark Lueders and Samford University professor emeritus Mike Howell adds to compelling evidence that a chemical produced by the henna plant might be useful in treating cancer and offers insight into appropriate dosage.

Lueders is one of twelve students from undergraduate institutions across the U.S. at Samford this summer taking part in a prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and hosted by the university’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. The students are investigating questions in local ecology, microbiology, genetics, enzymology, cell culture, organic molecule synthesis and thin film macromolecules. Each student is developing specialized and marketable skills while learning to communicate about science research. 

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GO! TEAM doubles their gold, winning four NACMA ‘Best of’ Awards

Posted on July 19, 2017
The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) has honored the MSUM Dragon Athletics GO! TEAM with four ‘Best of Awards’ for 2016-17.  

Initiated in 2003, the NACMA Best of Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 14 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness. Nearly 1,000 entries were received for the 2016-17 year. The winners were recognized during NACMA’s 26th Annual Convention at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 14 in Orlando, Florida.

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Financial Management Association wins three prestigious awards

Posted on July 13, 2017

Qualifies as nationwide superior chapter

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Financial Management Association (FMA) chapter recently received three prestigious awards from Financial Management Association International.

The MSUM FMA chapter qualified as a superior chapter for its programming and activities last year. The award goes to less than 10 percent of chapters in the country.

Joe Tjosvold, FMA president for 2016-2017, was named one of six nationwide FMA Collegiate Fellows for exemplary leadership and service.

MSUM FMA advisor Tom Hanson was named a Superior Faculty Advisor, an award that goes to only five honorees nationwide.

MSUM was the only chapter in the country to win all three awards this year, and perhaps one of the only to do so in the past 20 years.

Congratulations to all!


GO! TEAM wins four NACMA ‘Best of’ Awards

Posted on July 12, 2017
Dragon AthleticsMOORHEAD, Minn. — The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) has honored the MSUM Dragon Athletics GO! TEAM with four ‘Best of Awards’ for 2016-17.  

Initiated in 2003, the NACMA Best Of Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 14 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness. Nearly 1,000 entries were received for the 2016-17 year. The winners were recognized during NACMA’s 26th Annual Convention at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 14 in Orlando, Fla.

“What’s incredible about the GO! TEAM is they started with one, then two, then three, and now four awards in consecutive years,” said athletics director Doug Peters. “That goes to show how the program is not only growing, but doing so at a very high quality.  They make MSUM Dragon Athletics better every day by obnoxiously telling our story and we are truly grateful for all the hard work they do.”

MSUM falls into Group III which represents all Division II Institutions, Division III Institutions, NAIA Institutions, Junior College Institutions, Community College Institutions and Canadian Institutions.

This year, the GO! TEAM was third for both total awards and gold awards in all of Group III. Two gold awards doubles their all-time total. MSUM began submitting entries for the ‘Best of’ awards in 2014. Below is a full list of NACMA ‘Best of Awards’ for MSUM since their first entry:

  • 2017 Gold Award – Digital Promotion (Signing Day Social Media)
  • 2017 Gold Award – Single Game Sales Campaign (Wrestling Double Dual)
  • 2017 Silver Award – Fan Engagement Video (Courtyard Kahoot)
  • 2017 Bronze Award – Static Promotional Ad (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2016 Gold Award – Sales Piece (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2016 Silver Award – Static Display Ad (Opening Day at SCHEELS Field Forum Inserts)
  • 2016 Bronze Award – Social Media Promotion (Snapchat Takeovers)
  • 2015 Silver Award – New Revenue Generating Idea (Valley Imports Slam Cam hoop stickers)
  • 2015 Silver Award – Sales Piece (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2014 Gold Award – New Revenue Generating Idea (Valley Imports Hovercam)

Special recognitions for the awards this year go out to the Partnership Playbook designers Derek Lien and Katie Faken; fans, administration, coaches, and student-athletes Moorhead High School and Fargo Davies High School for helping accomplish the double dual; Dragon football and soccer coaches for their help with our signing day campaign; the Courtyard by Marriott for their support of our crazy idea; and of course the GO! TEAM.

“I can’t say enough about the GO! TEAM,” said assistant athletics director Jon Wepking. “The past members laid a rock-solid foundation that our current team is now building into something very special. They run with the ideas, they put in the work, they do the long hours, and now they get these awards on their resume to show everyone what they’re capable of.”

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MSUM English Language Tutor Program mentioned in U.S. News & World Report article

Posted on July 12, 2017

Minnesota State University Moorhead was mentioned in the U.S. News & World Report article, “U.S. College Tutoring Centers Help International Students,” published July 11.

MSUM’s English Language Tutor Program is referenced as a support service for international students to look for in a college or university.

“Some universities offer conversation partners who assist with English verbal communication skills. For example, Minnesota State University—Moorhead‘s English Language Tutor Program pairs international students with conversation partners. They meet together three to four hours per week to practice and improve their English-speaking skills, such as pronunciation, through conversation, according to the school’s website.”

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Learn more about MSUM’s English Language Tutor Program by emailing

Nawrot attends CUR annual business meeting

Posted on July 10, 2017

Lisa Nawrot (Psychology) attended the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) annual business meeting in Flagstaff, AZ, June 29-July 2. Nawrot serves as a Councilor in the Psychology Division.

CUR divisions include arts and humanities, biology, chemistry, education, engineering, geosciences, health sciences, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, psychology, social sciences, an at-large division that serves administrators and other disciplines, and a division for directors of undergraduate research programs.

MSUM has enhanced institutional membership in CUR so any faculty or staff member may join and receive CUR benefits, including resources and discounted meeting costs.

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School of Teaching and Learning faculty attend, present at NAEYC Professional Learning Institute

Posted on July 05, 2017

Layna Cole, Marilyn Labrensz, and Erin Gillett attended the NAEYC Professional Learning Institute in San Francisco, June 11-14. While there, they presented a paper and a poster at the meeting of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Their paper, Community-Based Professional Development: Crossing Boundaries to New Territories, described our three-year process of establishing an ongoing community of practice with area preschool teachers and directors. The poster described MSUM’s role in creating Minnesota’s Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway.

Dragons in the news

Posted on June 26, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in recent weeks. Stories are presented in chronological order.

Kloos named interim St. Cloud tech college president, SC Times: “The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities announced Wednesday that Lori Kloos will be interim president of St. Cloud Technical & Community College effective Aug. 1 … Kloos has a diploma from Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute — now Riverland Community College — and a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

Vaudrin competes in javelin, sprints for Dragons, Park Rapids Enterprise: “Park Rapids’ Mady Vaudrin competed in the javelin and sprints for the Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s track and field team this spring.”

Kurdish-American author to share memoir at library June 28, West Fargo Pioneer: “Local author Newzad Brifki will present his recently published memoir “My Journey to America: A Kurdish American Story” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Fargo Public Library, 102 Third St. N. … It is the story of his successful struggles, leading to a degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2008 and a feeling of peace with his identity as a new American.”

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