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MSUM’s first EdD cohort visits campus for orientation Friday

Posted on August 24, 2017

On Friday, Aug. 25, MSUM’s first EdD cohort will be on-campus for an orientation with administration and faculty. President Anne Blackhurst and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Marsha Weber will be at the meeting to greet the new EdD students.

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 →

Economics program hosts Twin Cities Alumni Reunion

Posted on May 08, 2017

Alumni, current students, faculty members, and guests of the MSUM Economics program were among the fifty people gathered in the Twin Cities on April 27, 2017. Economics alumnus David Slovick hosted current students and faculty members at Allina Health in Minneapolis, a not-for-profit health care organization that operates over 90 clinics and 12 hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  Read the rest of this entry →

Greg Toutges receives 2017 Professional Excellence in Service Award

Posted on April 20, 2017

Greg Toutges, Disability Resource Center Director, received the 2017 Professional Excellence in Service Award presented by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees yesterday, April 19, 2017.

During the luncheon, seven award nominees from Minnesota State universities, along with 31 Outstanding Educators from colleges throughout the state, were recognized by the Board of Trustees.

The Professional Excellence in Service Award acknowledges outstanding service to our universities and to the Minnesota State system. It recognizes the key role service faculty fulfill at our system’s universities in advising and counseling students; in the recruitment, retention, and placement of students; in residential life programming; in facilitation of student groups and student leadership; and other involvement in university and community activities.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Awards First Presidential Merit Scholarship

Posted on April 12, 2017

Minnesota State University Moorhead has awarded its first Presidential Merit Scholarship to Morgan Stoffel, a senior at Andover High School. The scholarship, valued at $40,000 over a four-year period, is the most prestigious scholarly award for new students at MSUM.

The competitive award requires admission to MSUM with a minimum ACT score of 30 and a minimum high school GPA of 3.8. As part of the scholarship, Stoffel will also have opportunities for leadership experiences, and interactions with a senior administrator mentor.

President Anne Blackhurst initiated the Presidential Merit Scholarship during her inauguration in September 2014. Laps for the Long Run, a unique and unprecedented fundraiser, jump started the challenge with Blackhurst personally pledging $1,000 per lap for a total of $50,000 toward the Presidential Merit Scholarship Endowment.  Read the rest of this entry →

President Blackhurst awards all 10 Fargo Marathon reimbursements

Posted on February 24, 2017

President Blackhurst has awarded all 10 Fargo Marathon registration reimbursements.

Please note that no additional MSUM student Fargo Marathon reimbursements are available.

President Blackhurst, VP for Finance & Administration Hollaar testify on behalf of Minnesota state budget request

Posted on February 23, 2017

Yesterday, President Anne Blackhurst and Vice President for Finance and Administration Jean Hollaar testified to the House Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance Committee on behalf of the Minnesota State budget request. You can watch their testimony online. Their testimony begins approximately 13 minutes into the video.

Today, President Blackhurst and VP Hollaar will testify to the Senate Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee at 1 p.m.

View the Minnesota Senate agenda and video archives here.

Wenger, Kruse celebrate 45 years of service to MSUM

Posted on February 21, 2017

Yesterday, President Anne Blackhurst had lunch with Karla Wenger and Nancy Kruse, both who are celebrating 45 years of service to MSUM.

Karla and Nancy will be recognized for their service on Friday at the Service Recognition and Memorial Observance Brunch. Read the rest of this entry →

Plans for Downtown Moorhead organization underway

Posted on February 17, 2017


The Downtown Moorhead project is a collective, collaborative effort to envision and realize a new, 21st century downtown neighborhood for Moorhead.

The Downtown Moorhead project is led by a steering group made up of the presidents of Moorhead’s three colleges/university (Concordia College, M State, and Minnesota State University Moorhead) and several business and civic leaders in the community. The steering group has led the efforts to secure pledges from the Moorhead business community to support an initial three-year startup of a downtown-focused organization in Moorhead. There are currently 28 investors with combined commitments nearing half a million dollars over the next three years.  Read the rest of this entry →

President Blackhurst to sponsor MSUM student marathon runners

Posted on February 13, 2017

The Fargo Marathon is Saturday, May 20, 2017 and we are excited that the course includes the MSUM campus.

President Anne Blackhurst, a veteran marathon runner, will again reimburse up to 10 marathon registrations for MSUM students.

Sponsorships are for the full marathon, 2-person relay, and 4-person relay only.

For reimbursement, send your marathon registration confirmation, showing full payment, to Kathy Abraham,, by Feb. 28, 2017.

President Blackhurst to hold office hours Feb. 13

Posted on February 09, 2017

President Anne Blackhurst will hold open office hours for faculty and staff on Monday, Feb. 13 from 1-3 p.m. in the President’s Office, Owens Hall 203.

President Blackhurst to hold office hours Feb. 8

Posted on February 07, 2017

President Anne Blackhurst will hold Student Office Hours this week on Feb. 8 from 2-4 p.m.

The location is Owens Hall 203. No appointment is necessary.

Statement from President Blackhurst

Posted on January 31, 2017

In light of the recent Executive Order affecting international students, faculty, and staff from specified countries, I am writing to reaffirm MSUM’s commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all.

Minnesota State University Moorhead values the many contributions of our international community members and scholars. We welcome and support students without regard to nationality or religion and will continue to admit students in accordance with our nondiscrimination policy. Once students are admitted, MSUM is committed to fostering an environment in which all students can succeed.

As a reminder, MSUM safeguards individual privacy and does not release private information, including information about national origin or immigration status.

Any member of the campus community who has questions or concerns about the Executive Order and its implications can contact Janet Hohenstein, Director of International Student Services, at or 218.477.2956. University administrators are monitoring the status of the Executive Order and its interpretation and will provide updates to the campus community as appropriate.

Minnesota State female presidents’ commentary featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted on January 04, 2017

President Anne Blackhurst, along with Joyce Ester, president of Normandale Community College; Connie Gores, president of Southwest Minnesota State University; and Barbara McDonald, president of North Hennepin Community College, wrote a commentary featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The commentary is titled, “The Benefits of Gender Balance in a System’s Presidential Offices.”  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM student-produced holiday video receives recognition

Posted on December 20, 2016

Higher education website includes in top 2016 holiday cards list

A holiday video card sent by Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) and filmed and produced by MSUM students Sara Erickson, Derek Fletcher and Murtaza Azmi has been named one of the best higher education holiday cards of 2016 by  Read the rest of this entry →

Coffee with Anne

Posted on December 09, 2016

During “Coffee with Anne” this month,  President Anne Blackhurst visited with one of our new employees and shared the rich history of MSUM as well as talked about the culture, mission and core values of our university.  Read the rest of this entry →

Coffee with Anne

Posted on October 11, 2016

During “Coffee with Anne” this month,  President Anne Blackhurst visited with our newest employees and shared the rich history of MSUM as well as talked about the culture, mission and core values of our university.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on October 10, 2016

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in the last week.

MSUM campus hosts community block party to kick of their homecoming, WDAY: “Moorhead is bursting with Dragon pride this week. Monday night, students, faculty and families rallied at a community block party for MSUM’s Homecoming.”

Roers/Keller William put on annual Chili Feed to raise money for United Way, WDAY: “It was the perfect day for a bowl of steamin’ hot chili. More than 900 people bellied up for the annual Chili Feed for United Way put on by Roers/Keller Williams. Along with a free-will donation, people could try 50 different types of chili made by everyone from the Killbourne Group to MSUM President Blackhurst.”

MSUM celebrates Professor Conteh and his retirement, WDAY: “An MSUM icon is being honored tonight for his contributions to higher education. Andrew Conteh has been teaching international relations and law at the university for more than 30 years.”

‘Printober’ at Plains celebrates art of printmaking, InForum: “The Plains Art Museum has stamped this month as Printober, with events and workshops dedicated to the art and education of printmaking.”

Gibson ties school record, leads Dragons to homecoming victory, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead wide receiver Damon Gibson was the model of scoring efficiency Saturday night, Oct. 8, at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Gibson caught four passes and all went for touchdowns. His performance vaulted the Dragons to a 41-12 homecoming victory against Minnesota-Crookston in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football at Scheels Field.”

Dragons induct 11 individuals, one team into sports hall of fame, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead is inducting 11 individuals and one team into its sports hall of fame.”

Small in stature, Dragons receiver Ambrose makes big impact, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead quarterback Jake Hodge was in the head coach’s office earlier this week when he tossed a playful verbal jab at wide receiver Cory Ambrose.”

Impact of immigration topic of MSUM lecture, InForum: :”Oscar Flores, a professor of economics at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will discuss the “Economic Impact of Immigration on the American Economy” during a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 at King Hall, Room 110, on the MSUM campus.”

MSUM Wraps Up Homecoming Week With a Parade, KVRR: “MSUM is ending their eventful Homecoming Week with a parade. Students, faculty and staff came out to show their Dragon Pride as they joined the Homecoming Parade.”

Serving up Homecoming Spirit at MSUM’s “Ice Cream Palooza”, KVRR: “They served up free ice cream to students and a few professors got a pie in the face this afternoon at MSUM. The “Ice Cream Palooza” was all a part of homecoming week and put on by all the homecoming court nominees.”

How does Immigration Impact the U.S. Economy?, Valley News Live Point of View: “One of Donald Trump’s main platforms this election is that immigration has a negative impact on American native born jobs and wages. Is that true? Does research back up that claim?”

MSUM Enrollment Up Based on 10th Day Numbers

Posted on September 09, 2016

Significant Gains in Graduate, International and New Freshmen 

Preliminary 10th day figures released this week show Minnesota State University Moorhead’s enrollment for new entering graduate students is up 31.7%, new entering domestic freshmen is up 21.8%, and new entering international students is up 10.9%. Overall total headcount for undergraduate and graduate students is up 1.5% while new entering transfer students is down 1.6%.  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 →

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