News @ Minnesota State University Moorhead

MSUM new hire

Posted on May 15, 2017

Please join us in welcoming the following new employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead! Make sure to stop by their departments to say hello and let them know it’s a GREAT day to be a Dragon! 

May 3, 2017

  • Alison Fraase – OAS Senior, Business Services

Spring Commencement today

Posted on May 12, 2017

MSUM will award degrees to about 875 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 12 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse.  

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include graduates of the College of Education and Human Services, College of Science, Health and the Environment, and Graduate Studies.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will include graduates of the College of Arts, Media and Communication, College of Business and Innovation, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Graduate Studies.  Read the rest of this entry →

Spring Commencement transportation information

Posted on May 12, 2017

A reminder that Minnesota State University Moorhead will hold its Spring Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 12 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Nemzek Fieldhouse. The morning ceremony will include graduates from the College of Education & Human Services; the College of Science, Health & the Environment; and Graduate Studies. The afternoon ceremony will include graduates from the College of Arts, Media & Communication; the College of Business; the College of Humanities & Social Sciences; and Graduate Studies.  Read the rest of this entry →

Welcome Dragons into the alumni family

Posted on May 12, 2017

Friday, May 12, be a part of the Annual Alumni Flag Corps. Please join us as we smile and wave flags, welcoming Dragons into the alumni family for the ceremony. Please show up 15 minutes prior to the ceremony so we can be prepared for the graduates as they walk by. This is a great way for you to see the new grads and for them to see you celebrating their success and graduation. Commencement brings to light the importance of why we are here. Feel free to invite others who might enjoy being a part of the flag welcome for the new grads as they enter the ceremony. Thanks to all who help make graduation a special day for these new alumni! Read the rest of this entry →

Campus Post Office summer hours

Posted on May 12, 2017

MSUM Campus Post Office will begin summer hours on Monday, May 15, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017. Hours are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Join the Dragon Fire Booster Club: 2017-18 Season Tickets

Posted on May 12, 2017

Join the Dragon Fire Booster Club Today & Support our Student-Athletes!

Benefits of becoming a Dragon Fire member include season tickets to home athletic events, invitations to Dragon Athletic special events and discounts at the MSUM Bookstore.

MSUM Faculty and Staff can join through payroll deduction by downloading the membership brochure here and mailing it to:  Dragon Athletics, 1104 7th Avenue South, Moorhead, MN 56563, Attn:  Dragon Fire. Read the rest of this entry →

Winners of the 2017 Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Books Awards announced

Posted on May 12, 2017

For the thirteenth year, children have chosen the best read aloud picture books in the Minnesota State University Moorhead’s (MSUM) Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards program.

The 2017 winner of the Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award for the preschool to eight year old category is “It Came in the Mail” written and illustrated by Ben Clanton and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Read the rest of this entry →

2017 Retiree Recognition and Employee Excellence Awards Luncheon

Posted on May 12, 2017

On Thursday, Minnesota State University Moorhead recognized retirees and employees during the annual Retiree Recognition and Employee Excellence Awards Luncheon.

2017 Employee Excellence Awards winners are:

  • Excellence in Service to Students: Karla Wenger
  • Culture Champion Award: Layne Anderson
  • Excellence in Service to the Community: The 18 Online Team, comprised of Catherine Artac, Dr. Boyd Bradbury, Dr. Ok-Hee Lee, Dr. Lisa Karch, Karla Wenger and Dr. Julie Zaloudek
  • Excellence in Service to the University, focus on Diversity: Dr. Justin James
  • Excellence in Creative Activity & Collaboration: Derek Lien
  • Excellence in Teaching & Research: Dr. Sheila Marquardt 

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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.

Print materials updated to reflect Minnesota State rebrand

Posted on May 11, 2017

Minnesota State recently released its updated brand identity manual to reflect changes made during the rebrand from MnSCU to Minnesota State late last year.

Minnesota State University Moorhead is updating its print materials to reflect the change. The new branding will be implemented when supplies are reordered, after the current supply of business cards, stationary, brochures and other print materials are exhausted.

For more information, view the initial news release, or contact David Wahlberg at

Schumann presents at IACLEA Mid America Regional Conference

Posted on May 11, 2017

Jim Schumann, MSUM Director of Public Safety, presented two different sessions at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Mid America Regional Conference in Kansas City April 2-3.  Read the rest of this entry →

International Student Sash Ceremony

Posted on May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11 | 4-6 p.m. | CMU Ballroom

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 spring semester Sash Ceremony will be on Thursday, May 11 in the CMU Ballroom from 4-6 p.m. The Sash Ceremony is a presentation of Sashes from the students’ country of citizenship. Please attend the Sash Ceremony to witness the presentation of Sashes.  Read the rest of this entry →

Meet with an Affinity Plus estate planning advisor

Posted on May 11, 2017

On Friday, May 12, Ray McCoy-Estate Planning Advisor with Affinity Plus will be taking appointments for members of Affinity Plus.

Please email Roz Johnson at to get on his calendar right here at one of our Moorhead offices.  Read the rest of this entry →

Traveling memorial wall on display in Bismarck May 19-21

Posted on May 11, 2017

The traveling memorial wall on the Global War on Terror will be on display in Bismarck, ND, May 19-21, 2017.

It will be at the Event Center. Contact Gary Himmerich at 218-443-5316 or for more information.

Candidates for the position of AVP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs have been selected

Posted on May 10, 2017

Four candidates for the position of Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs have been selected. Candidate interviews will start Friday, May 5.

Jonathan Eichten’s public forum will be from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Friday, May 5 in CMU 205.

Jonathan Eichten has served as the Vice President of Student Affairs at St. Cloud Technical & Community College since 2014. Previously he served the Minnesota State system office as interim Senior System Director for Academic and Student Service Technology and Students First Director;  North Hennepin Community College as Dean of Student Affairs; and the Minneapolis Community and Technical College as Associate Dean of Students. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Michael (Mike) Heitkamp’s public forum will be from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Monday, May 8 in CMU 205

Mike Heitkamp has extensive experience in the higher education industry serving as the chief enrollment officer. He is currently the Vice President of Enrollment at the University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D. Previous positions include the Associate Vice President of Admissions and Enrollment at Bemidji State University; Director of Admissions at the University of Mary and Rasmussen College, both Bismarck, N.D. Heitkamp completed his undergraduate degree and MBA at the University of Mary.

Jane Birkholz’s public forum will be from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 in CMU 205

Jane Birkholz has devoted her career to enhancing access to higher education for all students who want to invest in themselves, as well as building bridges to support student persistence and success. Most recently, serving as Dean of Student Success, she has served in increasingly responsible administrative positions in student services, enrollment management as well as in continuing and adult education. She has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Nebraska, a master of science in college student development from the former Mankato State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Thalia Wilson’s public forum will be from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 in CMU 205

Thalia Wilson has more than 20 years of higher education experience, with 15 in a leadership role. Wilson’s positions and responsibilities have progressed over time, which is a result of her strong ethic for teamwork and commitment to supporting student success. She has also made contributions to Tennessee’s aggressive completion agenda, and served on statewide committees to help implement nationally recognized programs, such as the Tennessee Promise, the Seamless Alignment of Integrated Learning Support, and the launch of the statewide reverse transfer program. She earned her bachelor and master’s degrees from Tennessee State University and is currently enrolled in the Ed.D. program at Northcentral University.

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Last week to view Night Walk, We the Creatures and Sen5es exhibitions

Posted on May 10, 2017

This is the last week to view exhibitions Night Walk, We the Creatures and Sen5es in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery (CA 155).

Night Walk by Spencer Johannes showcases ceramic pieces that were created as a part of his professional portfolio development certificate. We the Creatures features the artwork of Drawing II students created in classes taught by Corinne Teed and Jim Park. This exhibit featured larger-than-life animal fragments combined with human figures drawn in chalk on a black wall. Sen5ses is a community juried exhibition, curated and organized by students in ART 498: Exhibitions, taught by Kelli Sinner. The artwork in this exhibition is designed to engage the viewer’s five senses.  Read the rest of this entry →

Issues of The Normal Red-Letter available on RED

Posted on May 10, 2017

Issues of The Normal Red-Letter, a student publication of the Moorhead Normal School, are available on RED, the institutional repository of MSUM.

Issues uploaded so far date from March 1900 to June 1901. More will be added soon.

The NR-L is full of school news and student writing, together with local advertisements of the era. To view it, go to

D2L Brightspace 10.7.0 sneak peek

Posted on May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Faculty Development Center

Join us in the Faculty Development Center on Wednesday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to preview the changes to D2L Brightspace coming on June 6, 2017. If you have been following the updates on the ITS Blog you know that this upgrade is significant. Please join us to walk through the responsive interface and new features.

Please contact the Office of Online & Extended Learning at or call 218-477-2603, option 3 if you have questions about the session or upgrade to D2L Brightspace.

Retirement Party for Jerry & Bonnie Nygard

Posted on May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Owens Hall Atrium

Please join us in celebrating the retirements of Jerry and Bonnie Nygard on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Atrium of Owens Hall. They have been loyal and dedicated employees for over 30 years each. Please stop by and wish them all the best in retirement!

Candidates selected for SLHS assistant/associate professor

Posted on May 09, 2017

Two candidates for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor in the Speech-Language Hearing Sciences department have been selected. Interviews will begin on May 11, 2017.

Rachel Stotts’s guest lecture, which is open to all interested faculty, staff and students, will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, in Murray 208.  Read the rest of this entry →

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