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Application Open for Faculty Fellowship Program with the Interdisciplinary Center for Diversity and Social Justice

Posted on November 21, 2016

The Interdisciplinary Center for Diversity and Social Justice (ICDSJ) is calling for a Faculty Fellow for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

The Center’s Mission—To create a vibrant interdisciplinary space on campus for faculty, students and staff who wish to connect in order to grow diversity and social justice curriculum, research, ideas, programs, and communities.

Requirements—You must be a full-time probationary track or tenured faculty at Minnesota State University Moorhead. You will need your Dean’s approval to receive the six total credits of reassigned time funding. The Center’s Steering Committee members are not eligible.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on November 21, 2016

Veterans hold chili cook-off at MSUM to crown champion, WDAY: “The competition was heated as veterans at MSUM showcased their best chili recipes. Members of the Veteran’s Resource Center competed head to head for the title of chili champion.”

MSUM celebrates veterans with special performance, speakers, WDAY: “Veterans and their service were celebrated as part of MSUM’s Veteran’s Day Program.”

Dragons notch first seven-win season since 1999, Inforum: “After Minnesota State Moorhead closed its season with a 48-33 victory against Northern State on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Scheels Field at Nemzek Stadium, Dragons head coach Steve Laqua pumped his first, yelled and sprinted to the huddle of his players.”

Chinese master artist draws inspiration, leads co-op art class at MSUM, Inforum: “Artists Zhimin Guan and Hao Lin were practically destined to work together. Lin came across Guan’s artwork while searching for a location to use his visiting artist grant from Fujian Normal University in China. After viewing Guan’s dynamic metal paintings on Minnesota State University Moorhead’s website, he knew he wanted to work with him — enough to uproot his family and move to Moorhead to study with Guan for a year. Lin asked Guan via email to be his mentor, and that’s when their paths officially crossed.”

MSUM finishes season with best record since 1999, WDAY: “The MSUM Dragons beat Northern State 44-38 to finish the season 7-4, the program’s best record since 1999.”

MSUM’s Riewer to play in Czech Republic, reunite with ex-teammate Sevlie, WDAY: “In 2014, Jordan Riewer and Isaac Sevlie were starters and teammates on the Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball squad that qualified for the NCAA Division II Elite Eight and won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title. Two years later, the two will be re-united on the basketball court for the BK NH Ostrava professional team in the Czech Republic.”

Former Dragons wrestler and UFC heavyweight Johnson ready for ‘contract fight’, Inforum: “Tim Johnson has to go through a 6-foot-7, 240-pound Russian fighter to take the next step in his mixed martial arts career. Johnson, a former Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler, could move closer to being a top-10 heavyweight with a win Saturday, Nov. 19, at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.”

Dragons race past NMU men, 104-68, The Mining Journal: “Northern Michigan University couldn’t slow the sharpshooters from Minnesota State-Moorhead and lost a 104-68 decision in a college men’s basketball game played at the Berry Events Center on Friday night.”

Age of Abstinence: Fewer Millennials having sex, WDAY: Karen Branden, Professor of Sociology, was interviewed by Jordan Schroeer (MSUM alum now with WDAY TV) on November 10, 2016 about the new ways millennials are dating and developing intimate relationships. Contrary to stereotypes about millennials and sex, millennials tend to have fewer sexual partners and tend to not use dating apps compared to their predecessors among baby boomers.

Open Discussion: Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted on October 12, 2016

Wednesday, Oct. 12 | 5-7 p.m. | CMU Sun Garden Lounge

Everyone is welcome to join us on Wednesday, Oct. 12  from 5-7 p.m. for this open discussion about the Dakota Access Pipeline, moderated by Professor Karen Branden and Chief Diversity Officer Donna Brown.  Read the rest of this entry →

Blankets needed for building of the Sweat Lodge

Posted on November 04, 2013

We need old/new donated blankets by Nov. 6. Laidman (JR) Fox will be building a sweat lodge just Southeast of the Center for Business and directly North of the Sustainability house. He will be answering questions about the lodge while the building begins at 10 a.m. and goes throughout the day on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Please drop off your blankets to Karen Branden in Sociology (2nd floor of Lommen Hall), Olivia Melroe in Pscyhology (3rd Floor Bridges) or best of all bring them to the building of the Sweat Lodge on Wednesday and get all your questions answered. Stay tuned for the dates of the open Sweat Lodge through the month of November. Karen Branden will pick them up so just call 2045 if you need a pick up.

Green houses: Local homeowners think big in making homes energy-efficient

Posted on April 22, 2013

Minnesota State Uuniversity Moorhead professor Dennis Jacobs, above, and Karen Branden use a swimming pool inside of their rural Detroit Lakes home as one of their sources of heat. The pool provides enough heat to postpone turning on the furnace for a couple of weeks into the heating season. Dave Wallis / The Forum

By: Sam Benshoof, INFORUM

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Dennis Jacobs’ and Karen Branden’s swimming pool isn’t just good for a few laps.

The couple, who went to great lengths designing an energy-efficient home, use the pool to help heat the rest of the house.

Jacobs, a professor of multidisciplinary studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Branden, an associate professor of sociology at MSUM, built the house in the 1990s with a sustainable lifestyle in mind.

“It’s not a question of ‘Should we or not?’” Jacobs says. “I just think we have to. We have to cut down on our carbon usage in this country, and the world, because of climate change.” Read the rest of this entry →

Sociology seniors create a band at the Midwest Sociological Society conference in Chicago

Posted on April 10, 2013

Allie Edmonds, Catherine Kippley and Jenelle Swenberger presented a paper titled “Crowd Sourcing, Crisis Mapping, and Sociology: Humanitarian Responses to Crisis in the World.” They co-presented with Dr. Karen Branden, Sociology and Criminal Justice, in a session titled “Connections and Community: Preparing students through Civic Engagement.”

The three seniors discussed crowd sourcing as a way of doing humanitarian work. Read the rest of this entry →

First Year Experience Task Force hosts open forums

Posted on April 03, 2013

The First Year Experience Task Force will host open forums on Thursday, April 4, at the following times: 8:30 a.m. in CMU 227, 10:30 a.m. in CMU 203 and 3:30 p.m. in CMU 207. The purpose of the forums is to update the campus community on the progress the task force has made and to obtain input on some outstanding issues. We are looking forward to your input. Read the rest of this entry →

Sweat lodge to be built on campus

Posted on October 31, 2012

A sweat lodge is being built on campus in honor of American Indian Heritage Month. Please donate any old blankets you have. These will be used to cover the structure of the lodge. You can drop them off for Karen Branden at the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department located on the second floor of Lommen Hall. If you want the blankets to be picked up, call Karen at 5921 or email All are welcome to help build the lodge between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. All are welcome to the sweat lodge at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday.

MSUM hosts World of Change Nov. 8

Posted on November 03, 2010

The College of Social and Natural Science’s World of Change workshop for teachers of mathematics and science will be held on campus Monday, November 8. The 12:30-1:30 p.m. luncheon keynote address, presented by Dr. Dennis Jacobs and Dr. Karen Branden, is titled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: How science is used and abused when investigating energy and environment issues.” It will be held in CMU Ballroom Section C.

The address is sponsored in part by an Environmental grant from Xcel Energy and is open to the public.

Dennis Jacobs and Karen Branden are MSUM professors, where Jacobs taught a course titled “The Science of Energy Technologies,” and Branden teaches “People and the Environment.” Both have been involved in the environmental/energy movement for several decades. Read the rest of this entry →

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