Minnesota State University Moorhead
|Motto||Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty|
|Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System|
|Endowment||$15.6 million |
|President||Anne E. Blackhurst|
|Location||Moorhead, Minnesota, U.S.|
140 acres (57 ha)
|Colors||Red, White, and Grey
|NCAA Division II – NSIC|
Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) is a four-year, public university located in Moorhead, Minnesota. The school has an enrollment of 6,624 students and 266 full-time faculty members. MSUM is a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MSUM is located on the western border of Minnesota on the Red River of the North in Moorhead; across the river lies Fargo, North Dakota.
The plans for what would become MSUM were laid down in 1885, when the Minnesota State Legislature passed a bill declaring the need for a new state normal school in the Red River Valley, with an eye on Moorhead. The State Senator who proposed the bill, State Senator Solomon Comstock, donated 6 acres (2.4 ha) and appropriated the funds that would go to form Moorhead Normal School, which opened in 1888. In 1921, the State authorized the school to offer the four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Education in order to satisfy the need for high school teachers in northwest Minnesota, and the school became Moorhead State Teachers College.
With the entrance of World War II, the college entered into a contract with the Army Air Corps to train aviation students. After World War II, enrollment swelled to more than 700 students and the school diversified and broadened into both a liberal arts and professional curriculum. The school began offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1946 and graduate programs by 1953. As a result of the broadened offerings, by 1957 the name was changed to Moorhead State College. In 1969, the school joined a cooperative cross-registration exchange with neighboring Concordia College and North Dakota State University, creating the Tri-College University. The school continued to increase its number of programs and by 1975, the State Legislature that year granted the school university status under the name Moorhead State University. In 1995, Moorhead State became part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. On July 1, 2000, the school officially became Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Minnesota State University Moorhead was rated the 18th top liberal arts college in the midwest by TIME magazine in 2008.
- Moorhead Normal School (1887)
- Moorhead State Teachers College (1921)
- Moorhead State College (1957)
- Moorhead State University (1975)
- Minnesota State University Moorhead (2000)
Presidents of MSUM
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|Master's University class|
MSUM offers 76 undergraduate majors with 99 emphases and 14 graduate degree programs. MSUM's colleges: the College of Arts, Media and Communication; the College of Business and Innovation; the College of Education and Human Services; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and the College of Science, Health and the Environment.
MSUM is accredited by 14 national accrediting and certification agencies, including the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The MSUM School of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
The Nursing program is accredited at both the baccalaureate (BSN) and master’s (MS in nursing) levels by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additional areas of accreditation include: Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; Athletic Training; and Teacher Education.
MSUM also collaborates with Concordia College and North Dakota State University on a Tri-College University program that offers students the chance to take courses between the three campuses that can be credited toward their degree.
Minnesota State University Moorhead teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's NCAA Division II. The Dragons are a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The MSUM athletic teams are called the Dragons.
MSUM has a wide variety of intramural sports including flag football, softball, and soccer. Club teams are also available for men's and women's rugby, men's and women's lacrosse, and baseball which compete nationally.
Study abroad programs
MSUM maintains a large number of study abroad programs throughout the world. Programs organic to MSUM include the following:
- Nankai University in Tianjin China
- Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba Japan
- Kanto Gakuin in Yokohama Japan
- Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu Japan
- Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea
- Ming Chuan University in Taiwan
- University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia
- University of Portsmouth on England's southern coast
- Keele University located between Liverpool and Birmingham, in England
- Lincoln University located in central England
- Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England
- Hedmark University College in southeast Norway
MSUM operates the New Rivers Press, a nonprofit literary press founded in 1968.
The campus newspaper is The Advocate, formerlyThe MiSTiC. The MiSTiC was closed by university administration in 1970.
The school also publishes a literary magazine, Red Weather, with the support of the English Department. The yearly publication is a journal of prose, poetry, interviews, photography and art by current undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Students produce a weekly open-submission literary journal entitled The Yellow Bicycle, a collection of poetry, prose, essays, and reviews.
The school's college radio station is KMSC, which airs on AM 1500. KMSC is a student organization that has been set up to run as a Non-profit Educational radio station and serves as an in-house learning facility.
MSUM sponsors a Student Academic Conference annually. The Student Academic Conference provides student researchers from each of its colleges with the opportunity to present their work to faculty, administration, peers, and the general public in a formal academic setting. The conference was first offered in 1998.
The conference provides a formal setting for upper class students to present their research from classes required under their major. There is a possibility of the student's research being published or presented at a state, regional, or national conference. The Student Academic Conference is a great opportunity for students and MSUM to gain recognition on a larger scale.
Any major or discipline can present at the conference as long as it abides by conference rules based on which forum the student chooses to present the research. There is an option to orally present using visual aids, Powerpoint, etc..., or the student can construct a poster board displaying key points and results to be presented in a more informal manner taking questions and inquiries from onlookers.
The conference is kicked off by a luncheon for all the participants. For some majors, presenting at the conference is mandatory in which the student presents their discipline's research from their senior seminar or thesis class.
- Barkhad Abdi, Actor, film director and producer
- Dane Boedigheimer, The Annoying Orange creator
- Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Commissioner
- Todd Brandt, Co-host of The Todd and Tyler Radio Empire
- Leif Enger, American author
- David Joerger, Head Coach of the Sacramento Kings
- Nikita Koloff (Nelson Scott Simpson), Professional wrestler
- Gary Love, Chief Risk Officer, United Nations
- Jan Maxwell, American actress
- Larry Munson, Radio announcer for the University of Georgia Bulldogs football for forty-two years
- Collin Peterson, Congressman of Minnesota's 7th district
- Tim Purdon, 18th U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota
- Ed Schultz, American television and radio personality
- Kevin Sorbo, American actor
- Marc Trestman, Head Coach of the Chicago Bears
- Chris Tuchscherer – Wrestler; current mixed martial artist, formerly competing in the UFC
- Jonathan Twingley, American artist, illustrator, and author
- Jerry verDorn, American actor
- Patrick Volkerding, Founder of Slackware Linux distribution
- Roland Dille (1924–2014), Professor of English, Dean of Academic Affairs, then President for 26 years
- David Mason (b. 1954), Poet & writer
- Thomas McGrath (1916–1990), Poet, Rhodes scholar, and Professor of English
- James Wright (1927–1980), Poet
- Mark Mostert (1992–2000) Program Coordinator for Programs and Licensure in Learning Disabilities. Professor, of Special Education at Regent University author and lecturer on Eugenics, Facilitated Communication and "useless eaters.
- CASE Carnegie Foundation Award winners
Minnesota State University Moorhead professors have been recognized with more CASE Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Professors of the Year designations than any college or university, public or private, in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, or Wisconsin. One professor has earned CASE Carnegie United States Professor of the Year designation and eleven professors have earned designation as CASE Carnegie Minnesota Professor of the Year.
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