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  • Forum editorial: Important donation for MSUM

    March 3, 2015

    February 25, 2015 | INFORUM Brick by brick, the Hebron Brick Co. built itself up from humble beginnings in Hebron, N.D., to the Fargo-based multifaceted multistate company that it is today. The company, which is more than 100 years old, does a lot more than brick, but its signature products can be found in buildings large and small throughout North Dakota and the nation, including Fargo’s Fargodome. The strong and enduring brick is an appropriate symbol for the ability of the company’s chief executive to give an extraordinarily generous gift to Minnesota State University Moorhead. The donation to MSUM from CEO Rodney Paseka and his wife, Carolyn, is a milestone for the university and a tangible expression of support to college students. The $5 million will go primarily for scholarships, but also for research, faculty, and program development at MSUM’s business school, which has been renamed the Paseka School of Business. A 1971 graduate of MSUM, Rodney Paseka emphasized that his purpose in donating to the school was not his name on the business school. “This is less about me than it is those students,” he said during a Tuesday ceremony on campus. He wants the scholarship money to address one of the knottiest problems students face: keeping out of debt. The Pasekas hope others of means will be inspired by their gift and “pay it forward” by creating scholarships. The donation is a big deal for MSUM, not only as a boost for the business school but also as a message for students. Paseka himself, as an MSUM alumnus, is an example of what can be done with an education from MSUM. His success speaks for itself. But in addition, the generosity he and his wife have extended to the school is a real-word expression of a business person’s faith in the university. ...

  • Marketing Team Earns Awards for Magazine

    March 2, 2015

    The MSUM Marketing Team earned several awards at Friday night’s American Advertising Federation’s (AAF-ND) ADDY Awards. The annual ADDY Awards program honors excellence in advertising and cultivates the highest creative standards. It is the only creative awards program administered by the advertising industry for the industry. Each year, AdFed members from around the country enter more than 60,000 samples of their best work, making the ADDYs the world’s largest advertising competition. MSUM took home the following awards: Moorhead Magazine Fall 2014 Silver ADDY, Magazine Design (Entire Magazine) David Wahlberg, Executive Editor Kristi Monson, Editor Derek Lien, Art Director Ande Sailer, Photographer Meghan Feir, Editorial Team Katie Faken, Editorial Team Katie Berning, Editorial Team Danielle Rebel, Intern Larry Scott, Editorial Team   Underdogs of Sports Entertainment Gold ADDY, Magazine – Editorial Spread or Feature Derek Lien, Designer Ande Sailer, Photographer Meghan Feir, Writer   Holiday Greeting Video Silver ADDY, Cards, Invitations or Announcements (Special Event Material) MSUM Marketing Team   Fence-off Photo Gold ADDY, Photography Digitally Enhanced Ande Sailer, Photographer   Tools4School: On-Campus Web Tools Campaign Silver ADDY, Student  Television Campaign Minnesota State University Moorhead John K. Wander, Graphic Designer, Marketing Team Intern   View the online version of the Moorhead Magazine. AAF-ND is one of 210 local affiliates of the American Advertising Federation, a nonprofit industry association, and a member of the 8th District (clubs from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin). AAF-ND Gold ADDY winners proceed to the 8th District competition, and Gold winners there go on to the national finals.  

  • Brad Bachmeier’s Work Chosen for National Exhibit

    March 2, 2015

    Brad Bachmeier’s ceramic work “Ceramic Genealogy” was chosen for exhibition at the 2015 Potter’s Council National Juried Exhibit in Providence RI, March 25th-April 25th in conjunction with the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts annual conference.

  • Donna Bruns Stockrahm and students attended and presented at the Joint Meeting of The Wildlife Society of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Chapters

    March 2, 2015

    Donna Bruns Stockrahm (Biosciences) attended the Joint Meeting of The Wildlife Society of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Chapters in Duluth, MN, on 17-19 February. Eleven students from the Biosciences Department also attended, six of which presented the following posters on their research mentored by Dr. Bruns Stockrahm: “Variation in Turtle Capture Rates over Summer Months in Clay County, Minnesota” (Scott T. Buchholz and Blair L. Posusta) “Population Structure of Painted Turtles Captured at Different Traps within and between Three Sloughs in Clay County, Minnesota” (Joshua L. Miller and Dana S. Reiner) “Urban Turkeys: Use of a Random, Stratified Survey of Homeowners in the Fargo (ND)-Moorhead (MN) Area to Estimate Turkey Distributions and Numbers, Human-Turkey Interactions, and Public Opinion on Turkeys” (Elisabeth C. Teige and Angela M. Kooren) “Effects of Mown Paths on Small Mammal Movements in Clay County, Minnesota” (Ashley M. Eder and Nikholai W. O’hara) Other students attending the meeting (but not presenting posters) were Robyn Oster, Ryan Rothstein, Jordan Johnson, and Jessica Lindstrom.

  • Meet Our Newest Admissions Recruiters

    March 2, 2015

    The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is excited to introduce the MSUM community to our newest Admissions Recruiters. Audrey Cole earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communication Disorders and from the University of Oregon.  Currently she serves as a Graduate Assistant at MSUM in the Learning Communities Program and Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Prior to joining MSUM she served as the Customer Service Agent at Sykes Enterprises in Eugene, OR.  She also served in many roles at the University of Oregon that included: Conference Assistant, Senior Resident Assistant, Research Assistant, and Peer Advisor. Trent Podskalan earned his Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Journalism from Northern Michigan University. Prior to joining MSUM he served in many roles at the Northern Michigan University that included: Campus Visitor Program Staff Assistant, Social Media Coordinator, Resident Advisor and Producer/Director for Public Eye News. Audrey and Trent are exceptional professionals, who are very passionate about student access to higher education.  Both are enthusiastic and highly motivated to develop and sustain relationships with statewide and national high school guidance counselors and community college transfer coordinators to attract and recruit prospective freshman and transfer students to MSUM.  I am confident that their fresh ideas, sociable personalities, and zealous eagerness will significantly contribute to the success of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. So please join me in a hearty congratulations and warm welcome aboard to our newest Admissions Recruiters! Also, join me in thanking the members of the search committee, chaired by Jim Anderson, for their excellent work and to Sherry Estrem and Deborah Rosenfeldt for their superb administrative support. ________________________________ Yvette Underdue Murph Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Minnesota State University Moorhead


    March 2, 2015

    In honor of Women’s History Month, HLCRWS will be screening “Antonia’s Line” tonight, 2 March 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in LH 118. Winner of the 1995 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, “Antonia’s Line” takes place in the post WWII period and traces a Dutch family through five generations.

  • There is still time to register for the March 6 Campus Climate Survey Results Roundtable Presentation and Discussion

    March 2, 2015

    Friday, March 6 from 8:30-10 a.m. Three additional times have been scheduled, as the goal is for every employee to attend a roundtable discussion and provide input into the process of making MSUM a great place to work. Wednesday, March 11, 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2-3:30 p.m. The location of all sessions is Comstock Memorial Union Room 101. Employees need only attend one session. Because space will be limited at each session, we will use the STARS online registration system to manage attendance. Instructions: 1. Log into STARS at 2. Choose ‘Search for a Class’ and enter ‘Campus Climate Survey Results’ 3. Choose the date and time that works best for your schedule and click ‘Register’. 4. Click ‘Register’ again.

  • BFA Student Exhibition No. 2 reception this Thursday

    March 2, 2015

    The School of Visual Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead invites the public to the reception for the Spring Bachelor of Fine Arts Student Exhibition No. 2 on Thursday, March 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery (CA 155). Artwork created by senior BFA candidates Chris Alveshere, Kassy Arntson, Sasha Bitzer, Alisha Hagen, Angelee Hale, Kyla Heidinger, Caroline Juel, Allison Krieger, John Wander, and Lacie Weisz will be on display from Monday, March 2 to Thursday, March 12. Students are working towards fulfillment of requirements for the BFA in Art, Design, and Art Education. Opening reception: Thursday, March 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Center for the Arts 155

  • FM Opera Young Artist Program brings four vocalists to MSUM stage

    March 2, 2015

    Four singers embarking on vocal performance careers perform on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. The one-hour performance is free and open to the public, but does require a ticket. The artists are soprano Holly Flack, Chicago Ill.; tenor Stephen Steffens, Manhattan, N.Y.; mezzo-soprano Julia Snowden and baritone Colin Levin, both New York City. They are accompanied by Eric McEnany, Minneapolis. McEnany is the associate director and principal coach of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s Gate City Bank Young Artist Program, now in its second year. The FMO chose the singers at national auditions that took place in New York. The program provides additional training and performance experience to young artists, guided by FMO’s guest artists, stage directors and the FM Opera General Director, David Hamilton. The singers are in Fargo from February through April, and perform at schools, community events and participate in various FM Opera productions, including this spring’s production of The Daughter of the Regiment. For more information about the Young Artist Program, contact David Hamilton at Free tickets to the concert are available at, or by calling the MSUM Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (218) 477-2177.  

  • MSUM is traveling to Arizona March 7-8, 2015

    March 2, 2015

    Gatherings for Arizona Dragons, snowbirds, and anyone looking for a weekend of Dragon Pride with fellow MSUM Alumni & Friends are planned for March 7-8! Each year dragons of all ages enjoy camaraderie, campus updates, networking and making local connections. Special guests include MSUM President Anne Blackhurst  and MSUM’s 2014 award-winning CASE Professor of the year Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson. All are welcome! RSVP required. For more information, call 218.477.2143 or email

  • Charting the Future Spring Gallery Walk March 25

    March 2, 2015

    Charting the Future Spring Gallery Walk- March 25 11:00 am-1:00 pm Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom Minnesota State University Moorhead The four implementation teams that began their work in the Fall of 2014 will present their information posters and solicit feedback and input in these areas: Academic Planning & Collaboration Competency Certification & Credit for Prior Learning Education Technology Information Technology Systems Design The Charting the Future Spring Gallery Walk is for all students, faculty, staff, administration and the broader community to participate in. More information can be found at

  • Win a GoPro video camera: Create a one-of-a-kind MSUM thank-you video

    March 2, 2015

    Have a creative side? Love making videos? Show off your talent by creating a one-of-a-kind MSUM thank-you video. The winning video will receive a GoPro video camera. Second place will receive $50 Best Buy gift card and third place will receive $25 to MSUM Bookstore. We would like to see students having fun in creating a one-of-a-kind thank-you video; showing gratitude to donors and how donations have impacted our educations and university. Below are the rules, prizes, and deadline date. Prizes 1st Place winner will receive a GoPro video camera 2nd Place winner will receive $50 Best Buy gift card 3rd Place winner will receive $25 gift card to MSUM Bookstore Deadline: March 16, 2015 by 4:30pm Submitted via YouTube email link to Rules and Regulations ·     Submitted via YouTube ·     Be completed and turned in by 3-16-2015 for judging ·     No profanity ·     Appropriate attire ·     Be no longer than 5 minutes ·     Have the MSUM logo ·     Mention/thank: Alumni, Faculty, staff, Retirees, Parents, Businesses, and Friends of the university ·     Give thanks for at least one item that is funded through donors o Scholarships o Awards to students o Academic competitions o Travel to conferences o Faculty development o Student research This is an opportunity to showcase your talent as well as add to your portfolio. Winning videos will be announced during Dragon Week of Thanks at the Cupcakes and Thanks event held in the CMU Ballroom, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:30-3:00p.m.

  • Positions posted this week

    March 2, 2015

    The following positions have been posted this week and are accepting applications from the general public. Interested individuals may apply or receive more information about the positions online through the following link on the Human Resource website: Assistant Professor in Health Services Administration Assistant/Associate Professor in Nursing Instructor/Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • Take the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop Online

    March 2, 2015

    Now is a great time to register for the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop. This workshop will help familiarize you with the QM process and how you can apply the rubric to your own course design. This two-week online session begins March 17, 2015. Registration fee is $50.00. Prior to registration request a purchase order number by emailing Catherine Artac (, QM Campus Coordinator. Registration closes March 10, so don’t delay! Face-to-face sessions will also be available in April. For further details or to register visit: All sessions are open to individuals from all MnSCU affiliate institutions.

  • Free Health Care Directives

    March 2, 2015

    Do your loved ones really know what you would want in a medical emergency? Do you have a health care directive (f/k/a Living Will)? Here’s your chance to get this legal document done! The Elder Law class (Para 416), as part of an academic service learning project, is offering to draft health care directives. This service is offered FREE to MSUM faculty and staff but is limited 22 individuals (and spouse/partner). You must be: -a Minnesota resident -available to meet with a student on April 16, April 28 and May 5 at 9 a.m. Location is MSUM Library porch (LI 100). The meetings will be one hour long. All of the work will be done by students and will be supervised by a licensed attorney. You will take away a professionally done health care directive that you can sign on May 5th. Enrollment is limited. To register for a health care directive contact Deborah Kukowski at or 477-5806.

  • Web pages that have been using Savvy will be deleted March 16

    March 2, 2015

    We have been contacting individuals, departments and programs that have been utilizing Savvy for editing websites letting them know that Savvy will not be available anymore and transitioning them into Ektron. If you believe you still have any content or information on a Savvy website, we invite you to contact us, the MSUM Web Team ( and/or save the content from that site. Web pages that have been using Savvy will be deleted starting March 16, 2015. If you have any questions please let us know.

  • Copy2Print will be closed and WebServices will be unavailable after 2 p.m. on March 4

    March 2, 2015

    Copy2Print will be closed starting at 2 p.m., March 4th for the rest of that day. We will re-open for business at 8 a.m., March 5. During this time, WebServices (Web2Print) will be unavailable for use, as we will be performing a Pageflex Test Migration Data Move. Any jobs sent to Web2Print during this migration will be lost. We will also be updating our Point of Sale Computer prior to our move over to Grier Hall. Please plan accordingly your printing projects for March 4.

  • Economic Society collecting old phones and accessories

    March 2, 2015

    The Economic Society is collecting old phones and accessories for our service project. Donations will be collected in boxes in the following locations: MacLean 380 (Department of Economics, Law & Politics), CMU (close to US Bank ATM), Library (Front Desk), Women’s Center, and Grantham and Nelson Front Desk. We are partnering with the Soroptimist International of Moorhead to collect used cell phones and accessories (chargers, cases, etc.) for clients of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo-Moorhead. Any donated phones in working condition are reset to call 911 only. Phones which are not in working condition are welcomed as the parts will go toward purchasing additional phones. Thank you to all who donated last year. We collected 74 phones and many accessories and hope to collect even more this year! Contact Kofi Boadu ( with any questions or concerns.

  • (FY14) SHV Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness – News: Training Notice

    February 27, 2015

    On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA).  The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act was added within the reauthorization and provides new regulations for colleges and universities.  Last Spring, MSUM updated the university Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures as the Minnesota State Universities and Colleges (MnSCU) Board of Trustees Sexual Violence Policy and System Procedure were amended and approved with appropriate changes. Under the requirements of VAWA, the university must provide sexual violence awareness training to all students, focusing on promoting awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  MnSCU started their work in developing this training early in Summer 2014 and continued into the Fall semester.  With the training finalized and released to campuses, the University has loaded the training into D2L. The Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness training has been developed to provide all students with education and awareness concerning sexual violence.  It has been loaded into every enrolled student’s D2L.  All students of the campus community are directed to complete the Awareness training. For more information about the university’s polices, procedures, and resources, please visit the following links: MSUM Gender Equity web page: MSUM Sexual Violence Policy & Procedure:    

  • Chad Walthall Coach of the Year

    February 27, 2015

    Three Dragons earn honors The 2014-15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season awards included four honors for the men’s basketball team. Head Coach Chad Walthall took home the Coach of the Year honor while his senior leader point guard Jordan Riewer was named Co-Player of the Year. Junior forward Isaac Sevlie joined Riewer on the All-Conference First Team, while sophomore guard Aaron Lien was named to the Second Team. Walthall has taken the MSUM program to new heights in his fifth season at the helm of the Dragons. He is 106-43 at MSUM, with a conference record of 73-37 and a winning percentage of 71.1 percent. This year, the Dragons rank first in the NSIC in eight different statistical categories and are top-10 in the nation in 12 statistical categories. Read more.

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