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  • MSUM honors Charles Magel

    April 24, 2015

    A man who has left a lasting impact on Minnesota State University Moorhead was honored on Thursday. The university unveiled a plaque in honor of Charles Magel. He founded the school’s philosophy department in 1963. Magel is also credited with playing a major role in building the library on campus and improving the library system throughout the state college and university system. Magel died last year and left the school with $800,000 for scholarships. View Valley News’ video here.

  • Student Sierra Fosness won award at the Annual International Design Awards

    April 24, 2015

    Graphic design student Sierra Fosness won a prestigious international design award at the Annual International Design Awards (IDA) earlier this week. Fosness was awarded the First Prize Gold Award in the poster subcategory of the student print competition for her entry, titled “Human Rights Project.” The poster advocated for Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Fosness, a senior, chose the subject matter when she discovered an online poll that said 60 percent of Americans would not vote for an atheist presidential candidate. According to its website, the IDA exists “to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in architecture, interior, product, graphic, and fashion design. IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide, conceptualizing and producing great work.”

  • Yolanda Lara Arauza presented at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting

    April 24, 2015

    Yolanda Lara Arauza, Department of History, Languages, Critical Race, and Women’s Studies, presented a paper at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, April 16-20, in St. Louis, Missouri. Arauza’s paper, based on oral history interviews, outlined the experiences of Mexican Americans living in the shadow of the Enemy Alien Internment Camps during World War II. She also attended two workshops: Reacting to the Past (RTTP) and Making Your Classroom the Ultimate Participatory Experience. Both workshops introduced pedagogical strategies to engage students in critical thinking and active participation in the classroom, such as role-playing.

  • Tech Talk – Manage Files & Dates in D2L: Friday at 12:05 p.m. via WebEx

    April 24, 2015

    Many times courses are copied from semester to semester. Often files are copied that are no longer needed and dates never seem to line up. Attend this session to learn how to organize files and easily update due dates. Watch the 45 second video! This session will walk through the following items: ·     Copying courses to new D2L shells ·     Learn how Manage Files works ·     Identify the most efficient way to update assignment due dates The WebEx connection information is available/posted in the Tech Talk course within D2L. If you need access to the Tech Talk course email Additionally: The April 17th Tech Talk on Role Switch: Student View was recorded and is available for viewing in the D2L Tech Talk course under Materials > Content.

  • Scorch wants you to sign up for the FREE Youth Soccer Clinic & Scorch’s Youth Fun Run – Saturday, April 25

    April 24, 2015

    Sign up the kids & the grandkids for the Dragon Youth Soccer Clinic and Scorch’s Youth Fun Run scheduled on Saturday, April 25th at Nemzek Hall!   The events are FREE and registration is required. These events are part of the Dragon Athletics Red & White Celebration. The Dragon Youth Soccer Clinic is for ages 4-14 years of age and begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Nemzek Soccer Field- again the clinic is FREE & participants receive a t-shirt and lunch ticket for the Dragon Grill.  Space is limited to the first 75 registered – there are a few spots left so don’t miss out!  This clinic is sponsored by the Dragon Women’s Soccer Team. Scorch’s Youth Fun Run is for ages 2-14 years of age and begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Nemzek Track and is FREE!  Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Participants will receive a medal and have the opportunity to take their picture with Scorch!  This fun run is sponsored by the Dragons 4 Wellness Student Organization. Register for both events at:  Dragon Athletics Red & White Celebration Other events planned for that day include Dragon Train Rides, Open Swim, Dragon Grill, Dragon Men and Women’s Basketball Alumni games, Dragon Student-Athlete Soccer and Football Scrimmages. The Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the New Scheels Field will be held after the football scrimmage. The Red & White Dragon Pride Celebration & Fundraiser begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Learn more about the Dragon Athletics Red & White Celebration and Fundraiser at or contact Gloria at 218-477-5824 or  

  • Skateland event is April 25

    April 24, 2015

    The Dragon Entertainment Group is sponsoring a trip to Skateland in Fargo on Saturday, April 25th. There will be a shuttle bus going back and forth from the CMU to Skateland from 12-5 p.m. You must sign in at the tables in the CMU main lounge for free admission on April 25th. Skates will be provided but you can also bring your own.

  • There’s still time to register for the Red & White Celebration – Saturday, April 25

    April 24, 2015

    There’s still time to register for the Red & White Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott!   We have great raffle prizes and an awesome silent auction!   Look for the other post on Dragon Digest for the raffle and silent auction prizes.   Dress attire is casual and it will be a fun night out! The schedule & registration information is available at Cost is $25 per person/$30 at the door Food Stations, Cash Bar, Silent Auction, Raffles, Photo Booth & Caricatures! Great Music by “The Collaborations” – MSUM Commercial Ensemble, Performing popular music from the 60’s to current hits Unveiling of the new Scheels Field Proceeds benefit Dragon Athletic scholarships Questions about the event?  Contact Gloria at 477-5824 or

  • Win a Fishing Trip, VIP WE Fest Tickets, a Vegas Get-away, an Apple Sport Watch, plus more prizes at the Dragon Athletics Red & White Celebration and Fundraiser – April 25, 2015

    April 24, 2015

    You could win one of these great prizes at the Red & White Celebration and Fundraiser sponsored by Dragon Athletics!  There is still time to register for the event which is the 10th annual spring celebration on Saturday, April 25th at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead.   Register at Raffles plus silent auction items include a Dragon Lego Table, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Canterbury Downs Race Track Package, Golf Package, Boston Concert Tickets, plus many more items will be at the event! The Red & White Celebration is a 21 and older event that begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 25. Cost is $25 per person or $30 at the door. The night will feature a program at 6:45 p.m. and will include food stations, a cash bar, photo booth, caricatures, silent auction and raffles. In addition, The Collaborations, which is an MSUM Commercial Ensemble, will perform popular music from the 1960s to today’s current hits. The unveiling of Scheel’s Field and the commemorative Dragon Football Field Print will take place that evening as well. Dragon Athletics Dragon Pride Award Recipients will also be recognized that night. Questions? Contact Gloria Riopelle at 218-477-5824 or

  • Open Forum for Susan Zurn April 27

    April 24, 2015

    The campus community is invited to attend the Open Forum for Susan Zurn, candidate for the Director of the Career Development Center, on April 27 at 1:15 p.m. in CMU 227. Susan Zurn has served as the Assistant Director of the Career Center in Concordia College from 2008-2014. She has coached many students and alumni in developing job seeking materials and skills and has advised students in learning about career pathways. Susan has a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education and a Master’s degree in Education from NDSU.

  • Diversity Mapping Project presentation April 27

    April 24, 2015

    Monday, April 27 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. OR 3 to 4:30 p.m. | CMU 101   Rona Halualani, a representative of Halualani & Associates, will be on campus Monday, April 27 to present the findings of a recent Diversity Mapping Project undertaken to identify MSUM’s level of diversity/inclusion achievement. All employees and students are invited to one of two listening sessions – 1 to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 4:30 pm. – in CMU 101. The presenter will share findings with key highlights in two categories: diversity efforts and diversity curricula, and also provide recommendations and action steps. Learn more about presenter Rona Halualani. Learn more about Diversity Mapping.

  • Music Fest is May 5

    April 24, 2015

    Do you know that AJR’s hit single, “I’m Ready,” was featured in the trailer for the upcoming movie, “Trainwreck,” featuring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. You can hear this song and many others at 1711 Music Fest on May 5th from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Nemzek football field.

  • MSUM employees/alumni, please join group photo May 6

    April 24, 2015

    On Study Day, May 6, 2015, at 9 a.m., join fellow MSUM alumni who are also MSUM employees as they gather near the front gates to take a picture for the upcoming issue of the Moorhead Magazine. If you are an employee of MSUM and also graduated from here, wear Dragon gear and join us for the group photo!

  • Last monthly movie showing for the year is May 6

    April 24, 2015

    Last monthly movie for the year! St. Vincent will be showing on study day, May 6th, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Langseth 104. Sponsored by the Dragon Entertainment Group.

  • Alumni – boards, awards & volunteers

    April 24, 2015

    Departments across campus are important to students’ connection to MSUM long after graduation.  If you recognize alumni with awards or utilize alumni on advisory boards, mentors, speakers or as volunteers, we want to know! Before the school year ends, please share alumni names, capacity engaged, dates and contact information (especially email addresses) with Gina at Your updates are valuable in showcasing MSUM relationships, assessing alumni interests and maximizing engagement.

  • Rinita Dalan presented at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting

    April 23, 2015

    Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, presented a paper at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, April 15-19, in San Francisco, California. Her paper was part of an invited symposium, “A Twenty-year Retrospective of Sponsored Research for Archaeological Innovation” sponsored by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). Dalan discussed the impact of 3 NCPTT grants and 2 NSF grants directed toward developing magnetic susceptibility instrumentation and applications. She was also a co-author on a paper (with Diana Greenlee and Thurman Allen) on the discovery and study of a previously unknown mound at Poverty Point, a monumental earthworks site built ca. 3700-3100 BP by hunter-fisher-gatherers that was recently inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • Annual Dragon Pride Awards Ceremony was held last night

    April 23, 2015

    On Wednesday, April 22, the Student Organization Advisory Committee (SOAC) held their Annual Dragon Pride Awards Ceremony where 13 different awards were given to students, student organizations, and an organization advisor. The following awards were presented: -Rookie of the Year: Austin Sweeny from Kappa Sigma. -Student Leader of the Year: Alayna Holkesvig from KMSC Dragon Radio. -Organization Advisor of the Year: Shane Kelly, advisor for Kappa Sigma. -Organization Officer of the Year: Brady Kauk from Kappa Sigma. Honorable mentions include Ben Lemay with Sustainable Students Association and Taryn Espinosa with Gamma Phi Beta. -Student Volunteer of the Year: Jake Humphrey who volunteered with AfterDark. -Dragon Pride Student of the Year: Andy Smith from Gamma Phi Beta. An honorable mention is Sarah Knight with the student Homecoming Committee. -Outstanding Philanthropy Program of the Year: Dragon Entertainment Group’s event “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.” -Outstanding Collaborative Program of the Year: AfterDark’s “Science Night.” An honorable mention is the College of Education & Human Services event “Global Education: Cross Department Study Tour.” -Outstanding Educational Program of the Year: “Microsoft Tour” which was put on by the Economic Society. An honorable mention is Dragon Entertainment Group’s event “Hope for the Homeless.” -Outstanding Diversity/Cultural Awareness Program of the Year: American Indian Student Association’s events for “Native American Heritage Month.” An honorable mention is Dragon Entertainment Group’s event “Step Africa.” -Outstanding New Organization of the Year: Kawa Tatsu Yosakoi Dance (KTYD). -Dragon Pride Organization of the Year: MSUM Rock Climbing Club. An honorable mention is the Education Minnesota Student Program. -Organization of the Year: Society of Physics Students. Please help to congratulate our award winners!

  • Peter Geib presented at the Midwest Business Administration Association Conference

    April 23, 2015

    Peter Geib, Paseka School of Business, co-authored and presented a paper at the Midwest Business Administration Association Conference.  The title of the paper is “Trade Issues in the Pacific.”

  • Steve Fox named Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations

    April 23, 2015

    The Student Union & Activities is excited to announce the result of the search for an Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations. Steve Fox, who has been serving as an interim in the role, accepted the position. We are excited to have Steve continue his excellent service to the MSUM Campus Community. Please join us in congratulating Steve and supporting him in the many ways he contributes to MSUM. Steve will continue to provide the highest level of leadership in guiding our student organizations, providing leadership programming for MSUM students and supporting MSUM Student Senate in an advisory capacity. He also plays vital roles in the Student Union & Activities in the areas of assessment and training, in addition to serving on multiple committees across campus. Thank you to the members of the search committee, especially the search chair Joe Hazelton, and campus community who participated in the interview process.

  • Open forum for provost candidate Ralph Townsend today

    April 23, 2015

    Join us for the open forum for provost candidate Ralph Townsend Thursday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Business 109. Townsend is currently the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Winona State University. Prior to his position in Winona, he was the chief economist for the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries from 2007-2010 Townsend was a professor of economics and department chair at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne from 2006-2007 and was on the economics faculty and a cooperating professor of marine sciences at the University of Maine from 1984-2006. He has completed several research fellowships, including CSIRO in Australia, the University of the Philippines, the University of Iceland, and the National Marine Fisheries Service in Juneau, Alaska. Dr. Townsend earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Woodlawn Park Clean-up and Barbecue today at 3 p.m.

    April 23, 2015

    Thursday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in Woodlawn Park (5th Ave and 4th Street Moorhead), start the clean up and then end with grub! Please join the Office of Campus Sustainability, Green Dragons, and Sustainable Students Association in litter pick up at Woodlawn Park and a barbecue to follow!

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