News @ Minnesota State University Moorhead

DragonCentral update

Posted on July 10, 2017

DragonCentral has been updated and now has a new look that is more mobile device friendly. Check it out at!

Our service provider will continue to push out updates as they work to refine this new user experience. All information and functions should have remained, but will be located in a different spot. Some items to note:

  1. The primary web address to promote DragonCentral is This will automatically redirect you to the actual website homepage, which has now changed. Please update your bookmarks and website references to the new website address structure,
  2. The site now has an “Explore” section, geared for those looking to explore how to get involved, and a “Manage” section, geared for those who manage a page/events/etc. For those that manage a page, to make updates, add events, update roster information, create forms, etc., you will now do this through the “Manage” or “Action Center” portion of the site. To switch to the “Manage” section, click on the ::: icon in the top right and select “Manage.” You can then click on or search for your organization and you’ll find a left menu bar (swipe right on a mobile device) with the different areas for you to manage, including adding events, news, documents, roster updates, etc. See attached document for a visual.
  3. If you click on your picture or the round circle with your initial on the top right (or swipe left on a mobile device), you’ll see the menu bar that used to be under the “My Involvement” section. This section includes a listing of organization involvement, the ability to log service hours, the ability to add experiences, and the ability to print off one’s Involvement Report. This is also where you will find the Sign-Out button.
  4. To completely sign-out of the site, please make sure you close your browser after clicking the sign-out button.

Our service provider is working to fix glitches in the site following the update. If you have questions please contact Steve Fox ( in the Office of Student Activities, CMU 113.

Honors Apprentice faculty mentors needed

Posted on July 10, 2017

Faculty mentors are needed for incoming freshmen who have been awarded the prestigious Honors Apprentice (HA) Scholarship.

The goal of the apprenticeship is to have the student work with a faculty mentor who can provide valuable, collaborative experiences in their field of study. HA positions can include a variety of activities, from research assistance and lab work to independent study, tutoring, and project or program development. Students can apprentice in either academic or administrative departments.

Please visit the HA website to see the sample position descriptions and a list of FAQs about the HA:

If you would like to serve as a mentor, or have an HA position description in your department, please contact Elizabeth Nawrot:

Unique item added to RED

Posted on July 10, 2017

RED, MSUM’s digital repository, has just added an item so unique that even the Minnesota Historical Society doesn’t have a copy: Minutes of meetings of the Presidents of the Minnesota State Teachers Colleges, 1927-1942.

These were the years of the Great Depression, leading up to the Second World War. State Teachers Colleges in Minnesota were exploring the professionalization of their degrees. The relationship of the several Teachers Colleges to the state board of education was discussed, revised, and discussed again.

These minutes will be of interest to those exploring the history of the education of teachers in rural areas and to students of higher education policy. Find them at

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.

For more information, visit,, or join the MSUM Undergraduate Research email list serve.

Jenny Jensen retirement celebration

Posted on July 06, 2017

Friday, July 7 | 2-4 p.m. | Library Porch

The Livingston Lord Library reminds everyone that this Friday, July 7, we will be celebrating Jenny Jensen’s last day at MSUM, after more than 28 years of dedication to helping students, in different university departments. Join us for refreshments and good memories in the Library Porch, from 2-4 p.m.
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Death of MSUM student Fanuel Shewarega Asrat

Posted on July 05, 2017

We are saddened to report that the death of MSUM student Fanuel Shewarega Asrat was recently confirmed. Fanuel died Thursday, June 29 after swimming with friends in the Red River. Fanuel, a native of Ethiopia, was a senior majoring in Economics. He will be missed by many friends and family members. 

MSUM is following established protocols for the death of a student that includes communications with family, coordination between campuses office, supporting our students, and informing faculty teaching the student’s classes. Faculty, staff and students with questions may direct them to the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, 218-477-2171. They may also contact Hendrix Clinic & Counseling Center at 218-477-2630 if they wish to speak with a counselor.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Fanuel Shewarega Asrat.

Summer Cinema Series

Posted on July 05, 2017

Four summer Mondays feature silent films and music

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Summer Cinema Series enters its 41st season with four evenings of silent films preceded by live organ music. The Summer Cinema Series is a collaborative project of MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design and the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.

The Series opens Monday, July 10, with three short films featuring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. The films are Chaplin’s The Pawnshop, Keaton’s The Blacksmith, and Lloyd’s Never WeakenRead the rest of this entry →

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.

Ken Smemo passes away

Posted on July 05, 2017

Kenneth Smemo, a long-serving faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead, passed away June 29 at age 86.

Please keep Ken’s family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.

A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead.

To read Ken’s full obituary, visit

Eclipse: The Sun Revealed

Posted on July 04, 2017

July 16 – Aug. 20 | Sundays at 2 p.m. | Planetarium (Bridges 167)

The Sun Revealed takes you on a journey through the historical and cultural view of eclipses, the geometry that gives us eclipses, how to safely view an eclipse, and even gives a first-hand account of one eclipse chaser’s experience during a total solar eclipse. You can even purchase your own Solar Viewing Glasses at the show!

The show leads up to The Great American Total Solar Eclipse, which will occur on Aug. 21, 2017, the first day of fall semester. MSUM will be hosting a viewing party at Nemzek Field, and more information will become available closer to the event.

MSUM student reported missing

Posted on June 30, 2017

An MSUM student is missing after swimming Thursday morning with friends in the Red River. Public safety workers are continuing their search for Fanuel Shewarega Asrat, a senior majoring in Economics.

Student Affairs personnel are reaching out to Asrat’s family. MSUM faculty, staff or students may contact the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at 218-477-2171 with general questions, or the Hendrix Clinic & Counseling Center at 218-477-2630 if they wish to speak with a counselor.

More information can be found online from the Forum of Fargo Moorhead.

Livingston Lord Library Independence Day hours

Posted on June 30, 2017

On Monday, July 3, the Livingston Lord Library will close early, at 4:30 p.m., and will be closed all day on Tuesday, July 4. Have a safe and happy Independence Day, and we’ll see you on Wednesday at our normal hours (8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday).

Affinity Plus on campus closed July 3-7

Posted on June 30, 2017

Affinity Plus campus office will be closed next holiday week July 3-July 7. Our office at 403 S 8th Street will be open normal hours July 3 and July 5-7.

DragonCentral software update July 5

Posted on June 30, 2017

DragonCentral will be unavailable on the morning of Wednesday, July 5, 2017 due to a software update. This update includes a new design, making the website responsive when used on a mobile device and the creation of an action center, where those users that manage an organization’s page will now make updates. The same information and features will continue to exist on the site, but may be located or accessed in a different way. After the update, more information will be sent out and users will see a brief tutorial when they first log-in. Please contact Steve Fox,, in the Office of Student Activities, CMU 113, with any questions or concerns.

Did you know? You can also download Corq, DragonCentral’s event app, on your mobile device to see upcoming events listed in DragonCentral and the ability to add events to your calendar.

New cost center for Copy2Print and University Photo & Graphics

Posted on June 29, 2017

A new cost center number for transactions with Copy2Print and University Photo & Graphics should be used starting July 1. The two offices have been combined and all transactions should use 336540.

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.”

Free 10 day pass at the Gerdin Wellness Center June 21-30

Posted on June 26, 2017

Wednesday June 21 – Friday, June 30

The Gerdin Wellness Center will have a free 10 day pass starting June 21-June 30. Simply check in at the front desk during the 10-day period, sign your liability waiver, and get access to the gymnasiums, cardio and strength equipment, group fitness classes and the massage chair.

This is a great time to try out the facility for the first time, bring a workout buddy, or to get back into your fitness routine!

If you haven’t been to our gym before, this is a great way for you to check it out free of charge.

Hours are: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sundays noon – 5 p.m.

Must be 18 or over to use the facility.

Any questions, please contact

Council on Undergraduate Research e-newsletter

Posted on June 26, 2017

In this issue of the CUR e-newsletter:

  • CUR President Susan Larson Advocates for Undergraduate Research in Fargo’s The Forum
  • NAS Recommends NSF Develop Plan for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science Research
  • URPD Sponsor Invites Conference Attendees to View Tech Platform for Undergraduate Researchers
  • Summer Undergrad Researchers: Apply for Travel Grants to the October National Diversity in STEM Conference
  • Travel Grant Applications Due August 25 for Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
  • Nominations Open for Geoscience Information Society’s Best Guidebooks Awards
  • CUR Event: Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute (Nov 2017; application deadline: Sept 25, 2017)
  • CUR Event: Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs (Jan 2018; application deadline: Nov 15, 2017)
  • CUR Events and Deadlines

Sign up for the MSUM Undergraduate Research email list serve for this and more!

Council on Undergraduate Research president’s op-ed published in Forum

Posted on June 26, 2017

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) President—and Concordia College Professor—Susan Larson advocates for undergraduate research in the Fargo Forum.

In “Undergraduate Research Opportunities Foster Creative and Innovative Thinkers,” an op-ed in the June 14 issue of Fargo’s newspaper The Forum, CUR president Susan Larson (Concordia College, MN) called attention to the contributions of undergraduate research to the nation and the skills that it builds in students.

Drs. Dosch, Paul lead study abroad course in Dominican Republic

Posted on June 22, 2017

Dr. Mary Dosch, Psychology, and Dr. David Paul, Counseling and Student Affairs, recently returned from co-teaching a 12 day study abroad course to the Dominican Republic. This intercultural, interdisciplinary tour included graduate and undergraduate students from Counseling and Student Affairs, Anthropology, Social Work, Speech Language Hearing and Education.  Read the rest of this entry →

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