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  • Music alum’s life a mix of glamour and grit

    January 29, 2015

    Imagine an event where make-up artists wait in the restrooms to refresh your “look,” where champagne flows like water, where the entrances and exits of A-list celebrities are choreographed to the second by dead-serious backstage workers with “walkies,” and where Oprah Winfrey personally compliments you on your necklace. For MSUM alum Rachael Goers, that was a night at work, albeit an extraordinary one. Goers, a 2013 graduate of the Music Industry program with an emphasis in business, works full-time for The Teahouse Company in Los Angeles. Teahouse represents and manages six different bands, hired out for special events. The event described above was the Golden Globes. The band hired to perform as guests arrived and entered the ballroom was one of Teahouse’s — the Black Canary String Band. “It’s a surreal event,” says Goers of the Golden Globes. “Definitely glamorous.” Goers coordinated timing of sound checks, worked with the production crew and made sure the musicians had everything they needed. “I took on the role of roadie as well, and assisted Black Canary in set-up and unloading. When their set ended, we had to quickly tear down, within five minutes, so we weren’t on the stage as the cameras started rolling.” After the set, Goers and the band then attended the awards show as guests. A few celebrities approached them and complimented the band on their performance, she said. Others ignored them. “Hollywood is definitely a different beast. When you get a large group of well-known actors and musicians together, you are bound to have some big attitudes.” A more typical day at Teahouse is varied, if not so glamorous. Goers oversees and runs the company’s day-to-day operations, responds to inquiries, cultivates business, runs events and manages all the company’s social media outlets. “In a sense, I do a bit of everything,” she says. Teahouse hired ...

  • Check out the organizations at the Volunteer & Service Fair

    January 29, 2015

    Wondering what organizations will be at the Volunteer & Service Fair on Feb. 3? Here’s a list! Join us between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the CMU Ballroom to learn about volunteer, internship and job opportunities in the Moorhead-Fargo area. •Alzheimer’s Association MN ND •American Red Cross •Arc West Central •CassClayAlive! •CHARISM Neighborhood Center •Churches United for the Homeless •Directors of Volunteer (DOVS) •Essentia Health •Family HealthCare •Fargo Moorhead Community Bicycle Workshop •Fargo Park District •Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons •Fargo-Moorhead Dorothy Day House of Hospitality •FirstChoice Clinic •FirstLink •Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons •Great Plains Food Bank •Heartland Industries & Adult Life Programs •Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County •Hockey Ministries International •Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity •Lakes & Prairies Community Action •Lutheran Social Services New Americans •Minnesota Reading Corps •MSUM Academic Service Learning •MSUM OSA/DLP •New Life Center •North Dakota Autism Center, Inc. •Project English •Rape and Abuse Crisis Center •REACH (Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters) •Rebuilding Together Fargo – Moorhead Area •Red River Youth for Christ •Red River Zoo •River Keepers •Ronald McDonald House Charities Of The Red River Valley •RSVP+ •SENDCAA HEAD START BIRTH TO FIVE •Special Olympics North Dakota •STLF •The Salvation Army •The Stage at Island Park/Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre •Trollwood Performing Arts School •Villa Maria •World Endeavors •Youthworks

  • February Fitness Challenge begins February 2

    January 29, 2015

    February Fitness Challenge begins February 2nd. Your MSUM Wellness Educators challenge you to participate in February Fitness month. Workout or participate in group exercises at least four days a week for 30 minutes and be eligible to win weekly prizes. If you complete the challenge every week you will be eligible to win a grand prize. Pick up your fitness card packets at the Wellness Center, have a Wellness Center employee or fitness instructor sign your card after your workout, turn in your fitness card to Hendrix Health Center by the following Monday by 4 p.m. and be eligible for great prizes! Good luck and have fun! feb-fitness-challenge-pdf

  • Missed DragonsLIVE Last Night?

    January 29, 2015

    Watch the Full Episode Here DragonsLIVE is a monthly 30-minute coaches show covering everything Dragon Athletics. Find previous episodes and the most recent one, which aired last night, by clicking the link provided.

  • Win A Volkswagen CC at Dragon Basketball Friday

    January 29, 2015

    You could win a new Volkswagen CC just by coming to Dragon Basketball and signing up at the door. One lucky fan will have a chance to win during halftime of the men’s game. Games begin at 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Visit for tickets and information.

  • Someone will win a 50” Smart TV at Dragon Basketball Saturday

    January 29, 2015

    Do you need a new TV? Then sign up at the door of Dragon Basketball this Saturday and you could win one! Games are at 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.; contest will happen during the men’s game halftime. Good luck and GO DRAGONS!

  • #DragonPrideNight Saturday at Dragon Basketball

    January 29, 2015

    #DragonPrideNight means wear your red and white this Saturday to Dragon Basketball at 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. Those showing the most Dragon Pride will win prizes!

  • First 250 fans to Dragon Basketball on Saturday get a T-shirt

    January 29, 2015

    The first 250 fans through the doors (open at 3 p.m.) will get a Dragons T-shirt! It’s #DragonPrideNight so wear your red & white! Get there early and cheer on your Dragons as they take on MSU-Mankato at 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.

  • Sodexo spring dining offers are back

    January 29, 2015

    Our special dining offers are back for Spring 2015 and are available for off-campus students, faculty and staff. Save up to $175 on our Kise plans or $149 on our Dragon Dollar plans. Kise Plans Casual Diner – 5 meals in Kise for $35 (a $48 value) Social Diner – 25 meals in Kise for $175 (a $240 value) Regular Diner – 45 meals in Kise for $313 (a $432 value) Frequent Diner – 65 meals in Kise for $449 (a $624 value) Dragon Dollar Plans $103 – Receive $100 in Dragon Dollars and 3 free meals in Kise (a $129 value) $155– Receive$150 in Dragon Dollars and 6 free meals in Kise (a $208 value) $206 – Receive $200 in Dragon Dollars and 8 free meals in Kise (a $277 value) $309 – Receive $300 in Dragon Dollars and 11 free meals in Kise (a $406 value) $515 – Receive $500 in Dragon Dollars and 17 free meals in Kise (a $664 value) Click here to purchase one of these plans. (You will need to login with your StarID credentials)  Questions? Call MSUM Dining Services at 218-477-2836. You will need your Dragon ID to use these plans. This limited time offer expires February 28, 2015.

  • Bradbury presents workshop to Bemidji teachers

    January 29, 2015

    Dr. Boyd Bradbury, Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction, conducted a professional development workshop with the teachers of TrekNorth Charter School in Bemidji this week. His presentation was entitled, “Academic Success Factors and Strategies for American Indian and Other Student Demographic Populations.”

  • Spotlight on Service-Learning: Dr. Nandita Bezbaruah

    January 29, 2015

    Q & A with Dr. Nandita Bezbaruah Dr. Nandita Bezbaruah has taught 4 years in the Social Work Department. Courses taught with SL component: SW 250: Social Welfare and Social Work course, COMH 315: Health Agencies and Services, COMH 301: Women and Children Health What is your background in service-learning? I started incorporating service-learning component in several of my courses in 2010. Currently, students have to complete 15 hours of service-learning in Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work course (SW 250). This is one of the prerequisite courses to apply for the Social Work program. I feel service-learning gives students an experience and exposure to various human service agencies, which is so vital in social work and related fields. I never had the opportunity to experience service-learning as a student. But I had read literature and research that supports service-learning. I am interested to know the students perception about service-learning and I plan to do pre and post survey about the experience. Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) supports service-learning as a means to prepare students to practice with individuals, families, groups, organization and communities. Scholarships and stipends are awarded to encourage students to participate in service-learning. One such scholarship is the Ashley Brooks-Danso Memorial Fund’s Student Travel Scholarship where students receive $500 for travel expenses and complimentary registration to attend CSWE Annual Program Meeting. Why do you continue to incorporate service-learning into some (or all) of your courses? There are several reasons and benefits for incorporating service-learning component in the courses. Firstly, can create a connection between classroom learning and the real world. It takes learning outside the four walls of the classroom. The students have to write a paper where the students have to discuss how their service-learning experience benefitted them and the organization as well as how it is related to ...

  • Ride the Dragon Fan Bus to Support Dragon Basketball!

    January 29, 2015

    Register Here for Fan Bus (general public only) There are two fan buses – one for general Dragon fans and one for students — set for the Minnesota State University Moorhead basketball teams’ doubleheader at Augustana on Saturday, Feb. 7. The women’s game is at 4 p.m. that day with the men’s game set for 6 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, S.D. The fan bus for the general public is set to leave at the north end of Nemzek Hall at 11 a.m. on Feb. 7. The cost is $55 and includes a suite ticket for the games, a charter bus ride, a light lunch, drinks and snacks on the bus and light appetizers and drinks at the game. This bus is not for students but is open to all other Dragon basketball fans. The bus will stop for a pit stop in Watertown, S.D. on the way and will depart 15 minutes after the completion of the men’s game. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew VanHavermaet at A student fan bus is also scheduled for the basketball games on Feb. 7 at Augustana. The bus will leave at 11 a.m. on Feb. 7 from the CMU metered parking lot and will return after the games. Cost to attend is only $5 and that includes transportation and a game ticket. Students are asked to bring a lunch for Saturday and any snacks or drinks for the bus ride and money to buy food at the games. All university policies will be in effect. The bus is available for currently enrolled MSUM students only. To secure a spot on the bus, students are asked to bring $5 cash to the CMU Info Desk starting on Wednesday, Jan. 28 or to the Dragon home basketball games in Nemzek on ...

  • Dragon Basketball Ranked 7th in the Nation ~ Find out More at the Feb 4th Dragon Fan Luncheon!

    January 29, 2015

    Sign Up for the Dragon Fan Luncheon Minnesota State University Moorhead athletics will host a Dragon Fan luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 4 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Comstock Memorial Union Room 101 on the MSUM campus.Fans can purchase tickets for the event at the link above. The event will feature MSUM football coach Steve Laqua and MSUM women’s soccer coach Rollie Bulock talking about their 2015 signing classes. In addition, Dragon basketball coaches Karla Nelson and Chad Walthall will be speaking about their teams’ 2014-15 seasons.The event is open to all Dragon fans within the campus and community. Cost is $7 per person for the lunch. We encourage everyone to Sign Up for the Dragon Fan Luncheon by Feb. 1, 2015.For more information, contact Gloria Riopelle at 218-477-5824 or by email at The Dragon Fan luncheon is sponsored by the Dragon Fire Booster Club.  

  • MnSCU faculty and administration pledge cooperation on Charting the Future strategic plan

    January 28, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn., January 27, 2015 – The leaders of the administration and faculty of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities issued a joint statement Tuesday in response to Gov. Mark Dayton’s decision to include no additional funding at this time in his proposed budget for the state’s largest system of higher education. Dayton has cited the disagreements regarding the Charting the Future strategic plan as a reason for his decision. MnSCU administrators and the leaders of the Inter Faculty Organization and the Minnesota State College Faculty organizations will have no comment Tuesday beyond the following statement. “We take the governor’s decision not to recommend new funding for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) at this time very seriously and we appreciate the governor’s commitment to supporting MnSCU and its vital mission of ensuring access to an affordable, high value education for all Minnesotans and meeting the workforce needs of Minnesota. We understand and share the governor’s concerns and are taking positive steps and having substantive dialogue to resolve our disagreements regarding Charting the Future. We are all committed to continuing our progress and are confident of a positive outcome. All MnSCU faculty and staff have a passionate commitment to improving the lives of our students through education and look forward to working with the governor on a budget that ultimately meets the needs of our students and the state of Minnesota.”

  • MSUM Profs Pair Music and Poetry

    January 28, 2015

    MSUM professors Terrie Manno and Kevin Zepper present a performance that combines Manno’s music and Zepper’s poetry on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. The two faculty members call themselves “Lines&Notes,”and recently performed at the International Conference on the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education in Honolulu. The MSUM event is free and open to the public. The duo also uses music by other composers, such as Satie, Bach and Beethoven, to suit some of Zepper’s work. “Each musical composition enhances the poetry with programmatic elements, creating a mood, evoking emotions, and building tension and release that supports the content of the poetry,” says Manno. “It’s really a very effective collaboration that enlivens the spoken word.” Manno and Zepper will also soon record for a future episode on Prairie Public Television. Manno teaches music in MSUM’s School of Performing Arts, and has toured as a piano soloist in the United States and throughout Europe. Zepper teaches in MSUM’s English Department. His work has appeared on “The Beat” on, Northern Community Radio. He also works with Poets Across Minnesota, an initiative sponsored by the Northern Lights Library Network.

  • Former MSUM employee, David. A. Nelson, passed away

    January 28, 2015

    David. A. Nelson, former associate registrar at MSU Moorhead, died peacefully from pneumonia, a complication of Frontotemporal Dementia, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Elders Home in New York Mills, Minn. He retired from MSUM in 2004. Read more.

  • Mapworks survey- Launches Today

    January 28, 2015

    The spring Mapworks survey for freshmen and sophomores launches today. Student will receive an email with the survey link. Students will log-in using their StarID and password. The first 500 students to complete the survey will win a coupon for $5 off towards any purchase at Dragon Cafe and Subs and Sweets. Winners will be notified on 1/29. Other prizes include Dragon Dollars, pizza parties and dessert parties.

  • Complete your FAFSA by February 15

    January 28, 2015

    The average time it takes to complete a FAFSA is 23 minutes. Complete yours today to be considered for work study, Perkins loans or SEOG. For priority consideration, submit by February 15. Visit to complete yours today.

  • Submit your application to present at the 2015 Student Academic Conference

    January 28, 2015

    Applications to present at MSUM’s 2015 Student Academic Conference are now being accepted here. The purpose of the Student Academic Conference is to showcase the work and talent of MSUM students through presentations, posters and creative works at a one day conference held at MSUM each April. This year’s conference is on April 14, 2015. In addition, MSUM will be participating in the state-wide Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference at Winona State University on April 13, 2015. All students are encouraged to talk to their academic advisor, instructors, or any faculty/staff members to determine a presentation topic and to submit an application to present. For more information, visit To present at MSUM’s SAC on April 14, applications are due by March 2, 2015. If you also wish to present at the state conference, your application is due January 30, 2015.

  • Join us for the 7th Annual Founders Scholarship Gala

    January 28, 2015

    For more than 125 years, Minnesota State University Moorhead has impacted the lives of students, helping make our community, region and world a better place. The founders of MSU Moorhead believed in success, service and citizenship. Today these same values are embodied in the recipients of the Founders Scholarship, named in recognition of the founders of MSUM. Since 2009, fifty scholarships totaling nearly $120,000 have been funded by the annual Founders Scholarship Gala. Please join us for the 7th Annual Founders Scholarship Gala, as we celebrate these scholarship students and raise funds to continue providing scholarship support to students who are passionately pursuing their dreams. You can help transform the world by transforming their lives. Founders Scholarship Gala Friday, February 20, 2015 Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom, MSUM Campus 5:30 PM                Social Hour with Complimentary Champagne and Hors d’Oeuvres 7:00 PM                Dinner, Dessert & Brief Program 8:45 PM                Dance to Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome 9:00 PM                Mystery Wine Sale 9:30 PM                Silent Auction Closes Cash bar and complimentary photos available Valet parking at southwest door of CMU (sponsored by MSUM Football) Complimentary coat check (sponsored by MSUM Softball) RSVP Required • Proceeds Benefit Founders Scholarships For more event details, visit our website at

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