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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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Amy Ruley named to MSUM development position

Posted on July 13, 2017

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation has hired Amy Ruley to be its new Senior Director of Development for Athletics.  In this role, she will connect donors with opportunities to transform the lives of student athletes through scholarships, and to support other Athletics Department areas of priority.

“I have admired the outstanding leadership President Blackhurst has been providing and the energy and enthusiasm around MSUM,” said Ruley. “I am hopeful that I can become a positive addition to an already vibrant community. Athletics Director Doug Peters is doing a great job of steadily growing the support for Dragon Athletics.  Joining his team and working with the outstanding coaches, student athletes, alums and supporters of MSUM will be an exciting challenge.”  Read the rest of this entry →

GO! TEAM wins four NACMA ‘Best of’ Awards

Posted on July 12, 2017
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MOORHEAD, 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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Who’s in my parking spot?

Posted on February 16, 2017

President Anne’s donation keeps on giving

President Anne’s workday usually begins from home before 6 a.m. and often ends well into the evening. Her days include non-stop meetings on and off campus; multiple travel trips in and out of state; and frequent evening and weekend school-sponsored events and activities. She gets a lot of use out of her parking spot next to Owens Hall.

So it was a generous offer last spring when she donated that parking spot to the annual Spring Scholarship Gala to raise money for student scholarships. Read the rest of this entry →

Dragon Twilight Meet, Community 2K and Anne vs. Doug Race Tonight

Posted on September 09, 2016

The season opener for the Minnesota State University Moorhead cross country teams is Friday when they host the Dragon Twilight Meet at the Tri-City Soccer Complex in south Moorhead. The Randy Smith Women’s 4K begins at 8:15 p.m. and the Fred Dahnke Men’s 6K begins at 8:45 p.m.  Read the rest of this entry →

Faculty Association Recognizes Enrollment Efforts

Posted on September 02, 2016

At the Thursday, Sept. 1 Meet and Confer meeting of the Minnesota State University Moorhead Faculty Association (FA) and university administration, FA President Magda Chalikia signed a resolution passed unanimously by the Senate recognizing the offices and individuals involved in recruiting this Fall’s class.  Read the rest of this entry →

Interim leadership announced for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Posted on September 15, 2015

MSUM President Anne Blackhurst has named Doug Peters, Director of Athletics, to serve as Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Chad Markuson, Associate Athletic Director, will assume additional responsibilities during Peters’ interim appointment.

“The university will benefit greatly from Doug’s leadership skills,” said Blackhurst. “He has served on the Academic Affairs Council and the enrollment management and scholarship committees. Of course, there are also the natural partnerships with admissions and financial aid because of the recruitment and retention of student-athletes. We have exceptional departmental leaders within Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. What they need most is a facilitator and advocate. Doug is that person.” Read the rest of this entry →

Laqua, Peters have been able to increase funding for football scholarships

Posted on February 03, 2015

Schnepf: Peters’ use of social media has helped him grow MSUM athletics, connect with students

Posted on February 03, 2015

When Doug Peters takes a stroll on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus these days, it’s not uncommon for a student to yell at him: “fired up.” Read the rest of this entry →

Scheels supports MSUM’s Laps for the Long Run with $1 million pledge

Posted on August 28, 2014

A fundraising challenge at Minnesota State University Moorhead has attracted its first major gift with a $1 million pledge from Scheels. The challenge, Laps for the Long Run, was announced Aug. 20 as an event in honor of the inauguration of MSUM Pres. Anne Blackhurst.  Blackhurst will run 12.5 miles, or 50 laps, around the Ron Masanz track at Nemzek Fieldhouse and has personally pledged $1,000 per lap, or $50,000, to start the challenge.

Yesterday, Steve Scheel, CEO of Scheels, accepted the challenge by pledging $20,000 per lap for every lap up to 50 that Blackhurst runs during the Homecoming Week event.

“SCHEELS has been a good partner with NDSU and Concordia over the years and we look forward to partnering with MSUM and President Blackhurst, to help MSUM become a stronger player in our community of Fargo-Moorhead,” said Steve Scheel. Read the rest of this entry →

Dragon Athletics to Host Leadercast Fargo-Moorhead

Posted on April 14, 2014

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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 (petersd@mnstate.edu) 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 →

Ed Schultz donates $100,000 to Dragon football and challenges others to increase support

Posted on August 15, 2012

National radio and television talk show host Ed Schultz will provide scholarship support for players on the college football team he once quarterbacked. Schultz has pledged $25,000 a year for the next four years for football scholarships at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Schultz was the quarterback for the Dragons in the 1976 and 1977 seasons. He was named the NCAA Division II National Passing Champion in 1977. Schultz was also the Most Valuable Player in the Northern Intercollegiate Conference in 1977. He was inducted into the Dragon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

“I see a new direction and new commitment under University President Dr. Edna Szymanski,” Schultz said. “This is the time to step up and be a part of the building process to take Dragon football to a championship level in the Division. I’m honored to help the program.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM will not add hockey

Posted on February 28, 2012

Minnesota State University Moorhead President Edna Mora Szymanski announced today that the university will not add hockey as an NCAA intercollegiate sport because a required fund raising threshold has not been met and because of ongoing conference realignments.

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Latest update on MSU-Moorhead hockey push

Posted on January 24, 2012

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – It’s nearing make or break time for Doug Peters and his quest to bring Division 1 hockey to MSU Moorhead.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

It’s nearing make or break time for Doug Peters and his quest to bring Division 1 hockey to MSU Moorhead. The Dragons AD has been the spearhead behind the project since April of 2009, but knows time is running short to make this happen. Read the rest of this entry →

Mascot Challenge on Saturday: Keep Doug Peters in Red

Posted on December 10, 2009

The MSUM Dragons, along with the North Dakota State University Bison and Concordia College Cobbers are excited to announce their partnership to compete in the 2nd annual Mascot Challenge benefiting The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign at the West Acres Mall on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 12:30-8 p.m.

msum-kettleIt will feature athletes, coaches and staff as bell ringers. Each school’s mascot will be present at the Challenge from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Athletics Directors from each institution agreed to wear the winning team’s colors for an entire day at their respective institutions. As Dragons, let’s keep Doug in Red and White; who likes to wear Green, Maroon or Gold…

The teams will be selling Mascot Challenge T-shirts at their respective institutions for $5, during the week leading up to the event (there is a limit of 100 per institution, available in Nemzek Hall Room #134).

For more information, follow the link: http://www.msumdragons.com/sports/2009/12/1/GEN_1201094711.aspx?id=112

This Weekend in Dragon Athletics

Posted on September 03, 2009

Dragons open conference play against nationally ranked Wayne State Saturday

MSUM will have little time to savor last weekend’s 16-6 season-opening victory over Valley City State University with nationally ranked Wayne State College on the immediate horizon. The Dragons and Wildcats open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Alex Nezmek Stadium. http://www.msumdragons.com/news/2009/8/31/FB_0831091445.aspx

Dragon cross country opens year at Bison Invitational

The MSUM cross country teams will open their 2009 campaign at the Bison Invitational held at the Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo, N.D. This is the only event the team will run in the Fargo-Moorhead area. http://www.msumdragons.com

Schroeder joins Dragons staff

Doug Peters, athletic director at MSUM, announced that NaDean Schroeder has joined the Dragon’s athletics staff as the assistant athletic director for Media and Public Relations. http://www.msumdragons.com/news/2009/9/1/GEN_090109.aspx?path=general

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