Campus News


 Dragon football enjoys best season in 27 years

The Dragons fell to Missouri S&T, 51-16 in the Mineral Water Bowl Dec. 1 in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Despite a disappointing finish in the bowl game, MSUM ended the year at 8-4 — its most wins in 27 years and first postseason game since 1994.

MSUM committed seven turnovers in the game — three interceptions and four fumbles — which led to 28 Missouri S&T points.

“Today wasn’t our day but the season was a special season and a big step forward for our program and our university,” MSUM Head Coach Steve Laqua said. “Our day will come. We'll keep the faith and stay the course.”

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 Foundation celebrates 50

The MSUM Foundation is celebrating its 50th year impacting the lives and educational journeys of MSUM students and supporting programs and faculty. In 2018, fundraising totaled $2.4 million, almost $1.3 million of which was earmarked for scholarships. The Foundation also set aside $1.9 million for programs and faculty.

Throughout 2019, the Foundation will be showcasing the transformational power gifts from Dragons and friends like you have made on thousands of lives. Join us at the Spring Scholarship Gala April 6 (, and keep your eyes peeled for updates about MSUM’s first annual Giving Day on April 30. Follow the MSUM Foundation on Twitter (@Alumni_MSUM) and Facebook (MSUM Alumni) for stories and news. If you would like to make a gift toward students today, visit Thank you for supporting MSUM.


 MSUM offers online Health Services Administration degree

MSUM is now offering its Health Services Administration (HSA) degree entirely online. The HSA degree is for people interested in managing hospitals, acute and long-term care organizations or public health agencies.

The HSA program is approved by and meets licensure requirements of the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators in Minnesota and North Dakota Long Term Care Administration, and is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Online delivery allows students to earn the degree from anywhere in the world, under the same rigor and quality of an on-campus experience.

In addition to bringing the HSA degree online, MSUM’s nationally ranked Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) – delivered entirely online and designed for early to mid-careerists working in the healthcare field – recently added additional faculty resources to keep up with market demand. MSUM also offers an MBA in Healthcare Management designed for high-level healthcare managers to assume leadership roles in the industry.

“One of MSUM’s strategic priorities is to promote and invest in our signature programs, which include healthcare offerings,” said Marsha Weber, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. “We strive to serve new populations by adding fully online options that align our academic offerings with market demand and workforce needs.”

To learn more about the online Health Services Administration program, visit To learn more about graduate programs for healthcare professionals, visit

MSUM Early Education Center earns NAEYC re-accreditation

Recognized among top in nation

MSUM’s Early Education Center is among the best in the nation by earning National Association for the Education of Young Children re-accreditation, a rigorous quality-improvement system that uses research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality improvement in early learning environments.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, the Center went through an extensive self-study and quality improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

In the 30 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC; less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

For more information about NAEYC accreditation, visit



#27 Nationally
MHA program ranked No. 27 in the nation

Affordable Colleges Online released its 2018-2019 list of Best Online Master’s in Health Administration and included MSU Moorhead.

MSUM’s online Master’s of Healthcare Administration was ranked No. 27 nationally based on four factors: affordability, quality, flexibility and program. For more information and to see the full list of colleges, visit


#2 Overall
Online MBA program No. 2 in Minnesota

Online MBA Today recently published its ranking of the Top Online MBA Programs in Minnesota and ranked MSUM No. 2 overall.

Rankings were based on tuition, accreditation, average base salary and prestige.


3 National Awards
Dragon Athletics and GO! TEAM earn three national sport marketing awards

The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) has honored MSUM, Dragon Athletics, and the GO! TEAM with three ‘Best of’ Awards for 2017-18.

The NACMA Best of Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 14 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness. In 2017-18 nearly 1,000 entries were submitted through the NACMA community. The winners were formally recognized during #NACMA18 at the closing ceremonies and awards presentation on June 30.

“We are extremely proud of our staff, the assistance from across the whole campus, and the students who work incredibly hard make MSUM national champions in the things we do behind the scenes,” said athletics director Doug Peters.

MSUM falls into Group III which represents all Division II Institutions, Division III Institutions, NAIA Institutions, Junior College Institutions, Community College Institutions, and Canadian Institutions. MSUM began submitting entries for the ‘Best of’ awards in 2014. Below is a full list of NACMA ‘Best of Awards’ for MSUM since their first entry.

  • 2018 Gold Award – Digital Promotion (Multiplatform Streaming Distribution System)
  • 2018 Gold Award – Single Game Sales Campaign (Endzone Extravaganza)
  • 2018 Bronze Award – Intro Video (Men’s Basketball Intro Video)
  • 2017 Gold Award – Digital Promotion (Signing Day Social Media)
  • 2017 Gold Award – Single Game Sales Campaign (Wrestling Double Dual)
  • 2017 Silver Award – Fan Engagement Video (Courtyard Kahoot)
  • 2017 Bronze Award – Static Promotional Ad (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2016 Gold Award – Sales Piece (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2016 Silver Award – Static Display Ad (Opening Day at SCHEELS Field Forum Inserts)
  • 2016 Bronze Award – Social Media Promotion (Snapchat Takeovers)
  • 2015 Silver Award – New Revenue Generating Idea (Valley Imports Slam Cam hoop stickers)
  • 2015 Silver Award – Sales Piece (Partnership Playbook)
  • 2014 Gold Award – New Revenue Generating Idea (Valley Imports Hovercam)

Special recognitions for the awards this year go out to the Dragon Fire Booster Club and Gloria Riopelle for creating the Endzone Extravaganza and making it successful; to Sam Groff, Curt Erber, Mark Sanderson, Andrew Johnson, and the IT team at MSUM for assisting with the Multiplatform Streaming Distribution System; the men’s basketball team for being easy to work with on the intro video; and of course, the GO! TEAM leadership and interns for their support in everything we do.


#17 Online GSCM
GSCM degree ranked No. 17 online program

The Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) BS degree jointly offered by the Paseka School of Business and the Professional Management Department has been ranked as No. 17 of 20 top online supply chain management degree program by MSUM offers the only B.S. degree in Global Supply Chain Management in Minnesota.

Global supply chain management, also known as the value chain or logistics network management, is a $1.3 trillion industry, with roughly 6 million people engaged in the process of moving goods and services to consumers. It consists of a network of suppliers, manufacturers, warehouses, distribution centers, wholesalers and retailers.

Average starting salaries for global supply chain managers is about $60,000; they are in demand in a variety of fields ranging from manufacturing, distribution, business, healthcare, nonprofit, and government.


#4 Rugby Nationals
MSUM women’s rugby takes 4th at nationals

The MSUM Hummerz women’s rugby team successfully finished the regular season 5-1, and took down the competition at the Final Four Tournament for Minnesota. That win advanced them to the 2018 Women’s 15s Central Region Championship, where they defeated University of California (Pennsylvania) and Oswego State University of New York for the Central Region Champion Title and moved on to nationals.

MSUM’s Tori Teske won the MVP for the tournament.

The team took 4th place at the National Championship in Marietta, Ga., falling to Eckerd College 51-12.