Some MSUM students will get free entry to Fargo Marathon

A number of MSUM students will have their Fargo Marathon entry fee paid by others.  President Anne Blackhurst, a veteran marathon runner, is offering to pay the entry fees for up to 10 student teams of four runners each in the marathon relay and Professor Deb White, another Fargo Marathon veteran, is offering to sponsor three MSUM students for the full or half marathon.

To qualify for this offer, MSUM students should register by Feb. 28 and agree to wear Dragon gear during the race. The Fargo Marathon is Saturday, May 9, 2015.

“This year, in particular, the marathon is a celebration of the Fargo-Moorhead community, including our higher education institutions,” Blackhurst said. “For the first time, the course will include NDSU, Concordia College and MSUM campuses. Encouraging our students to participate is one way to engage our students in the Fargo-Moorhead community while promoting MSUM and the sense of achievement that accompanies accomplishing a really big goal.”

Plans are being made to cheer runners on as they travel through the MSUM portion of the course. Community members, MSUM faculty, staff, alumni and students are all encouraged to show their support for the runners during the course of the race.

“I would love to see our school have an even stronger presence than last year,” said White.

Students interested in Prof. White’s offer for the full or half marathon should contact her at whitede@mnstate.edu.  Students interested in running on a relay team should contact Kathleen McNabb in the President’s Office at 218-477-4321 or mcnabb@mnstate.edu.

President Blackhust will run with a marathon relay team in the Fargo Marathon because she is running in the Boston Marathon on April 20.

Founders Scholarship recipient shows the power of perseverance

By Brittany Dunnigan

Rebecca Garvey may be a freshman at Minnesota State University Moorhead, but life experiences have made her wise beyond her years.

Originally from Balsam Lake, Wis., Garvey participated in a variety of sports and school activities throughout middle and high school. During pre-season training for volleyball as an 8th grader, Garvey noticed she was not playing at her typical pace. She went to the doctor and had a CT scan, which revealed tumors constricting her airway.

Garvey was diagnosed with cancer at age 13, but never let this keep her from being a normal and busy teenage girl

“I did a lot of chemotherapy and radiation during the school year, but I never took a break from my classes. I did as much as I could and never missed a beat,” Garvey said. “Forcing myself to think I was normal and healthy like the other students helped me get through it. I didn’t act any differently, so no one treated me any differently, which helped me stay positive.”

Garvey refused to let the disease take her freshman volleyball season. After the diagnosis, her coach called the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and granted Rebecca permission to wear a bandana during games. Although the cancer slowed her pace at times, she worked just as hard as the other girls to earn her spot on the team, attend every practice and play in every game.

“You don’t even think about giving up – it’s just not an option at that point when you are going through something like that. You keep living your life in the best way you can,” Garvey said.

An active member of 4-H since the second grade, Garvey also worked as a 4-H camp counselor the summer she was going through treatment. She would occasionally have to work around her treatments, but did her best to be a teacher and leader.

Garvey’s radiation ended in August 2010, and she is now a happy, healthy, and incredibly busy college student. She is pursuing a degree in music industry while also considering a minor in design and stays busy with various musical ensembles and performances. She dreams of moving to Nashville and building her music career there. In the meantime, Garvey spends her days completing schoolwork and her evenings in rehearsal rooms, giving her all to achieve her dream.

“Through my battle with cancer, I discovered how powerful the mind is and how strong a person can be,” she said. “I have worked hard to get to where I am, and I am so proud and honored to be here now. I couldn’t have made it without the support of my family and community.”

About the Founders Scholarship

Garvey is one of 12 MSUM students chosen to receive the Founders Scholarship. This scholarship is named in recognition of the founders of MSUM and is funded exclusively by the Founders Scholarship Gala. This competitive $2,500 need-based scholarship is given to students like Garvey, who came from modest means, work hard, and will leave MSUM with a brighter future. Students must express their dedication to success, service and citizenship through an essay, and the winners are chosen based on their submissions and financial need.

The Founders Scholarship Gala, an annual fundraising event, will take place Feb. 20, 2015. All proceeds from the evening support the Founders Scholarship.

This elegant evening includes a social hour with free champagne and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, mystery wine sale, a delectable formal dinner and dessert, cash bar, and live music, as well as presentations from several of the scholarship students.

To attend the gala, register at mnstate.edu/foundersgala. If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to the scholarship fund. There are various levels of donation opportunities available through the event’s webpage.

 

Public Invited to GIS Day Nov. 19

The public is invited to celebrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day Wednesday,Nov. 19 on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. GIS Day is a worldwide celebration of geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Library Porch (LI 100)

GIS and career information, GIS coursework at MSUM, an interactive GIS computer kiosk, Esri items (while supplies last), and GIS Day cake with edible campus map. Discover, explore and celebrate the benefits of GIS.

12 to 11 p.m., Library Auditorium (LI 103)

Speaker panel of community experts and former students talk about the importance of GIS in their careers and provide advice for students on how to prepare for careers in GIS.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Geospatial Studies and the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science.

About GIS Day

The first GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day as a grassroots effort, open to everyone, to learn about the uses of GIS. Learn more at http://www.gisday.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Free Eclipse Viewing at MSUM

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Department of Physics and Astronomy, in cooperation with the F-M Astronomy Club, will be providing an opportunity for the public to safely view a solar eclipse on the afternoon of October 23.

A view of the May 20, 2012 partial solar eclipse as seen from MSUM.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and Sun. On October 23, the moon will start passing in front of the Sun (as seen from Moorhead) around 4:15 p.m., blocking a maximum of about half of the Sun at 5:30 p.m., with the eclipse continuing through sunset at 6:26 p.m. Safely viewing a solar eclipse requires the use of special eclipse glasses, a telescope with solar filters, or a pinhole projector. For instructions on how to view an eclipse visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how.html.

MSUM will be hosting an eclipse viewing party in the parking lot on 6th Avenue South between 10th and 11th Street South starting at 4 p.m. on October 23. Assuming the Sun is not blocked by clouds, we will be providing eclipse glasses and an opportunity to safely view the eclipse through a telescope. MSUM will also be offering free planetarium shows about the Moon at the MSUM planetarium during the same time.

Learn more about the eclipse at mnstate.edu/eclipse.

NEW Leadership Institute receives Bush grant

The Tri-College University  (NEW) Leadership Development Institute, coordinated by Dr. Deborah White, MSUM Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, has been awarded a two-year, $40,000 Bush Foundation Leadership Network grant. NEW Leadership is a non-partisan intensive five-day residential program designed to provide leadership training, inspiration, and support for women.

“Our goal is to increase the number of women, particularly those from underrepresented groups, with the skills, knowledge, and support needed to serve as leaders in their communities.” said Deborah White, PhD, Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute Coordinator.

The Bush Foundation will award nearly $1.7 million to 12 organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, through its Leadership Network Grant program. The full list of Leadership Network Grant recipients can be found on the BushFoundation website.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities waive application fees for College Knowledge Month

St. Paul, Minn., September 26, 2014 – For a limited time, college and university application fees will be waived throughout Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in recognition of “College Knowledge Month,” a statewide effort to provide every graduating high school senior, especially underrepresented students, with the opportunity to apply to college.

“Our colleges and universities are committed to making sure every Minnesotan has access to an extraordinary education,” said Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor. “College Knowledge Month is a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage more high school seniors to apply for college. It gives our colleges and universities an opportunity to show students who might otherwise think college is beyond their reach that resources are available to help them pay for higher education and complete their degree.”

During College Knowledge Month, high schools and postsecondary institutions work together to engage, inform and support students as they enter into the college application process. For example, staff from MnSCU colleges and universities attend events at high schools, assist students with completing applications, and share information about the college experience.

The culmination of College Knowledge Month is a period in which colleges and universities across the state waive application fees. This year, many colleges and universities are waiving their application fees for the week of October 27-31. In addition, some colleges and universities have waived their application fees for the entire month of October, and some do not charge an application fee at all. Application fees for qualified low-income students are always waived at all MnSCU colleges and universities.

STATE UNIVERSITIES:
Bemidji State University
Metropolitan State University*
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Southwest Minnesota State University
St. Cloud State University**
Winona State University
* Does not charge an application fee.
** Waiving application fee entire month of October.

STATE COLLEGES:
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Anoka-Ramsey Community College*
Anoka Technical College*
Central Lakes College
Century College
Dakota County Technical College
Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College**
Hennepin Technical College*
Hibbing Community College
Inver Hills Community College*
Itasca Community College*
Lake Superior College
Mesabi Range College
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical
Minnesota West Community & Technical College
Normandale Community College
North Hennepin Community College
Northland Community & Technical College
Northwest Technical College
Pine Technical & Community College*
Rainy River Community College*
Riverland Community College
Rochester Community and Technical College*
St. Cloud Technical & Community College
Saint Paul College*
South Central College
Vermilion Community College

For more information, contact any of these MnSCU colleges and universities.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 24 two-year community, technical, and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.

President Anne Blackhurst’s Inauguration Ceremony Today

Minnesota State University Moorhead is proud to install Dr. Anne Blackhurst today as president during the inauguration ceremony at 2 p.m.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., students will be lining the sidewalk between Lommen Hall and the Center for the Arts. Faculty in academic regalia will march to the inauguration. A viewing party will be held on the campus mall for students and community members. Among the dignitaries speaking will be MnSCU Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone.

Immediately following the ceremony will be a reception held on the campus mall.

If you can’t make it to the ceremony, view it live through video here: www.mnstate.edu/inauguration/

For a full list of all the events planned for the week, visit www.mnstate.edu/inauguration and www.mnstate.edu/homecoming.

MSU Moorhead Celebrates Dragon Pride at Homecoming & Presidential Inauguration

Minnesota State University Moorhead will celebrate dragon pride during its annual homecoming celebration Sept. 22-28 with a wide variety of student, alumni and community events to coincide with the presidential inauguration of Anne Blackhurst.

Kicking off the week is a community block party 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22 on the campus mall. There will be food, games, art and music by Heart & Soul.

Pres. Anne will put on her running shoes for Laps for the Long Run at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Nemzek stadium. To date, $1.12 million has been pledged for this fundraiser to benefit student scholarships. Alumni, faculty and staff, students, community members, and others can register to run alongside Anne or attend the event to cheer all on the runners. Details can be found at mnstate.edu/laps.

Distinguished alumni being honored this week will talk about “Lessons Learned” to students and community members at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Center for the Arts Gaede Stage.

The presidential inauguration of Anne Blackhurst is at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 followed by a reception. Both events will be in the Center for the Arts. A viewing party will be held on the campus mall.

The homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 and is followed by tailgating and the 2 p.m. football game against Sioux Falls.

An academic symposium, a chili feed competition, ribbon-cutting of the remodeled library, and home soccer and volleyball games, plus many more activities cap off the week-long festivities.

For details on homecoming events visit mnstate.edu/homecoming. For details on inauguration events visit mnstate.edu/inauguration.

Scheels supports MSUM’s Laps for the Long Run with $1 million pledge

A fundraising challenge at Minnesota State University Moorhead has attracted its first major gift with a $1 million pledge from Scheels. The challenge, Laps for the Long Run, was announced Aug. 20 as an event in honor of the inauguration of MSUM Pres. Anne Blackhurst.  Blackhurst will run 12.5 miles, or 50 laps, around the Ron Masanz track at Nemzek Fieldhouse and has personally pledged $1,000 per lap, or $50,000, to start the challenge.

Today, Steve Scheel, CEO of Scheels, accepted the challenge by pledging $20,000 per lap for every lap up to 50 that Blackhurst runs during the Homecoming Week event.

“SCHEELS has been a good partner with NDSU and Concordia over the years and we look forward to partnering with MSUM and President Blackhurst, to help MSUM become a stronger player in our community of Fargo-Moorhead,” said Steve Scheel.

Steve Scheel, CEO of Scheels, pledged $20,000 per lap for every lap up to 50 that MSUM Pres. Anne Blackhurst runs during the Homecoming week event, Laps for the Long Run.

Blackhurst, an avid long distance runner in training for her ninth marathon, began her presidency July 1 and Laps for the Long Run will recognize the beginning of her term by raising money for donor-selected university projects.

“It was just one week ago that we issued a public challenge for Laps for the Long Run and now we have this tremendous support from one of the region’s most respected businesses. I am honored,” Blackhurst said. “Building partnerships with regional businesses is one of my most important priorities. The businesses in this area look to MSUM for well-prepared graduates and, in turn, this pledge from Scheels shows how the private sector continues to support the university and its students.”

Pledges to Laps for the Long Run can be designated by donors for specific purposes. Blackhurst designated her pledge to support new scholarships for high achieving high school students, the President’s Merit Endowed Scholarships. Scheels has designated their gift to support improvements at Nemzek Field.

“SCHEELS and athletics seem to go hand in hand, and we are pleased to be able to help build Dragon athletics by providing an all-weather turf field for the MSUM football field,” Scheel said.

“We absolutely believe that MSUM and Dragon Athletics are an important part of our regional community,” said Doug Peters, MSUM’s Athletic Director. “This investment and partnership with Scheels let’s us know they stand beside us as we continue to serve our region.”

Laps for the Long Run will start at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24. Pledges can be made at www.mnstate.edu/laps.

SCHEELS will have stores in 11 states including North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Illinois, Utah; with new stores in Overland Park, Kansas and Rochester, Minnesota to open in 2015. The store, which opened in 2008 in the Reno/Sparks, Nevada market, is the World’s Largest All Sports Store to date.