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  • Life Transformed at MSUM
    Life is more than a journey. It's a chance to transform.

Life Transformed

  • Transforming the world by transforming lives
    Our purpose is to transform the world by transforming lives. Transformation's simplest, smallest moments, when exploration turns into discovery, are a key activity at MSUM. Real transformation occurs the moment students discover who they are, what they want to do, how they are going to do it, and why - their reason for being.
  • Alumni Leading Our Community
    MSU Moorhead alumni leaders excel in countless professions – from art and journalism to business and teaching and many others. Many are quiet leaders encouraging others; some are visible leaders advocating change in their respective industries. We proudly recognize their contributions and meaningful impact in their careers and communities.
    “Change management in innovation, technology, and managing people will continue to challenge leaders.”
    "Open communication is the most effective way to keep a team functioning well."
    "The best way to learn from someone is to analyze what you have observed and choose how you want to model and/or modify that particular behavior."
    "The best leaders expect the best from people, embrace their strengths, and leverage them to continuously improve the system rather than focus on their weaknesses."
    "As a leader, the most important thing I do every day is continuously build and foster meaningful relationships."
    "Do everything in your power to become the most trustworthy person in the company. That will take many forms throughout your journey; however, if you want to rise from the bottom and one day sit at the top, the shortest distance between those two points is in a vehicle called ‘trust.’"
    "We need to build a culture of engagement where all individuals thrive. We need to lead differently and find ways to engage and inspire employees, to treat them as valuable people with skills vs. people with valuable skills."
    "The greatest leadership challenge is making sure you are meeting the needs of everyone you work with, listening to their needs, and giving all you can to them without exhausting yourself."
    "The biggest challenge for today’s work force is to find what inspires, engages, motivates and fulfills employees. Leaders need to know their employees to get the most out of them and to retain them."
    "My professors believed in me, celebrated my successes and challenged me in my failures. They believed I could do more than I thought I could, so I did."
    "Communities don’t prosper by accident; they recognize that leaders come in all shapes, sizes and occupations. Communities that are thriving give citizens a chance to develop their leadership skills."
    "Put things in front of you that make you ask yourself hard questions every day. Are you living up to this position? If not, what do you need to do to get back on track? Then, do it."
    "Leadership opportunities and roles are all around us and come in many different shapes and forms and at all times of the day or year."
    "My accounting degree and management minor provided an excellent foundation for my career in public accounting and set the stage for lifelong learning. Continuing education is essential to stay current in any profession."
    "MSUM helped me realize sometimes I am the painter and sometimes I am the painting. As the painter we influence and impact others. As the painting, we take in ideas to become a better leader."
    "It is important to understand the best way you learn from situations that arise in everyday life and to look at all experiences as a way to help grow yourself."
    "Being in an environment where deep critical thinking was valued, was very transformational in discovering who I am."
    "Getting a theatre degree was invaluable. I learned how to be part of an ensemble and to take the lead; to listen and to ask questions; to take risks and to fail."  
    "Humility is a leadership trait that can influence a corporate culture. Humble leaders seek out feedback and focus on the needs of their team."
    "Leaders must support the people they’ve charged with making important decisions."
    "Take chances to try something uncomfortable and unfamiliar because those are the things that will transform you as a leader."
    "If you don’t develop good relationships with the people you are leading then your leadership will collapse."
    "Failure is a state of mind. My failures have shaped my abilities and progress as an entrepreneur. The faster you fail, the faster you succeed."
    "The best leadership advice I’ve received is to do your best. When someone tells you that, they are telling you they have confidence in you to meet their expectations."
    "If you want to be successful in life and accomplish the goals you set for yourself, be prepared."
    "A good leader is someone who can inspire his or her team to do more then what was ever thought possible. Always give people more than they expect."
    "Leaders must be willing to love, care, encourage, nurture, and give people the opportunity to grow. Being a gardener is what leadership is about."
    "If we don’t try new things and experience failures from time to time, we are not going to learn, grow and develop."
    "One of the most important roles for a leader is creating a positive culture where people are motivated, feel valued, are driven by passion, and feel that what they contribute matters."
    "Leadership is about making sure that once you’re in that role, you’re always taking care of people that are helping you."
  • Points of Pride
    • Help us celebrate Kise Jean’s birthday
      Throughout MSUM’s history, there have been an impressive number of professors, staff members, presidents and others who have impacted students’ […]
    • Celebrating Kise Jean: The Face of Kise Commons
      Throughout MSUM’s history, there have been an impressive number of professors, staff members, presidents and others who have impacted students’ […]
    • ASU clothing drive a success for YWCA shelter
      Hello Dragon Community,The African Student Union (ASU) concluded her clothing drive for the YWCA shelter that took off from Nov […]
    • Rinita Dalan received SPARC Fieldwork award
      Rinita Dalan recently received a Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations (SPARC) Fieldwork award that provided high resolution RTK GPS equipment (receiver […]
    • Pieces by Karen Joan Kohoutek published in book and journal
      An essay by Karen Joan Kohoutek, entitled “A Fit Symbol for His Meaning: Arthur Machen and the Inexpressible,” has been […]
    • 2020 Goldwater Scholarship Nominees
      Congratulations to 2020 Goldwater Scholarship nominees, Abigail Bormann (Chemistry), Elizabeth Erber (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Health & Medical Sciences), […]
    • Judith Strong Summer Research Scholars Symposium
      Wednesday, Dec. 11 | 10-11 a.m. | Hagen 104 The 2019 Judith Strong Summer Research Scholars will be recognized at […]
    • Angie Bowen awarded Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
      Angie Bowen, a Political Science major at MSUM, was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for the Spring 2020 semester. […]
    • MSUM team wins second place at Innovation Challenge
      Our MSUM team (Rahil Pereira, Mike Mach, and Shawn Kontrec) has won the second place of the Innovation Challenge at […]
    • Dr. Marci Glessner and Madison Radel present at Nashville conference
      Dr. Marci Glessner and Madison Radel, an Honors Apprentice Student, presented a poster entitled “Emergent Writing Progression in 3-and 4- […]
    • Dr. Boyd Bradbury, Jeremy Kovash named honorees of MN Rural Education Association Distinguished Service Award
      Dr. Boyd Bradbury and Jeremy Kovash were named the 2019 honorees of the Minnesota Rural Education Association Distinguished Service Award […]
    • MSUM Percussion Ensemble performs at International Percussion Convention in Indiana
      The MSUM Percussion Ensemble, under the direct of Dr. Kenyon Williams, will perform this evening at the Percussive Arts Society […]
    • MSUM Musical Theatre students participated in MN-NATS competition
      Six MSUM Musical Theatre students participated in the 2019 Minnesota National Association of Teachers of Singing (MN-NATS) competition at St. […]
    • MSUM ranked 11th in having the most affordable and best gerontology degree programs
      Minnesota State University Moorhead has been identified by Affordable Schools as having one of the most affordable bachelor’s in gerontology […]
    • MSUM hosted 14th annual URMS; students presented
      MSUM hosted the 14th annual Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences (URMS) on October 25- 26, 2019. Students from 9 […]
    • Dr. Kramar, students attend ND Geospatial Summit
      Dr. David Kramar from the Department of Anthropology and Earth Sciences and six MSUM students attended the 2019 ND Geospatial […]
    • Student places in ND Geospatial Summit paper competition
      MSUM student Asami Minei won second place in the undergraduate student paper competition at the 2019 North Dakota Geospatial Summit. […]
    • MSUM alumna awarded $1.5 million fellowship
      Dr. Heather Cegla (MSUM alumna Physics/Astronomy Spring 2010) was awarded a UKRI Future Leader Fellowship at the University of Warwick […]
    • MSUM Economics program participates in National Association for Business Economics Conference
      MSUM students (Zain Afsheen, Heriberto Diaz, Sarocha Promsombat, McKenna Togstad, and Rebecca Weir) joined Economics faculty members T. J. Hansen […]
    • Students to present research at Society for Neuroscience conference
      Six MSUM undergraduates (Bioscience majors Devante Delbrune, Asma Mohammed, Ritu Pandey, and Caitlyn Schaffer; BCBT major Tommy Ajayi; and Computer […]
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