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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
    • Art Education community outreach featured in Area Woman Magazine
      The April/May issue of AW Magazine’s “Art That Moves” article features an interactive hallway mural project recently completed at Deer […]
    • MSUM student Kelsey Leach selected as Goldwater Scholar
    • Wisenden publishes review paper in Diversity
      Brian Wisenden, Biosciences Department, published a review paper in a special issue of the journal Diversity. The special issue is […]
    • Wisenden publishes paper in international peer-reviewed journal
      Brian Wisenden, Biosciences Department, published a paper in the international peer-reviewed Wilson Journal of Ornithology on signal evolution in red-winged […]
    • MSUM DECA team excels at state competition
      MSUM’s DECA team did an amazing job at the state competition. They placed in 28 of 33 competitions: 14 first-place […]
    • MSUM professors’ paper accepted for presentation at international conference
      A co-authored paper, “Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Searching Combinatorial Potential through Knowledge Networks”, by Dr. Siwei Zhu, Dr. […]
    • New Rivers Press publication selected as nonfiction book award finalist
      New Rivers Press publication ‘throughsmoke: an essay in notes’ by Jehanne Dubrow has been selected as a finalist for the […]
    • MSUM team places second in Mayo Clinic’s annual IMPACT competition
    • MSUM proposal moves up the Shark Tank Open ladder
      The MSUM Shark Tank proposal entitled, “Finding Refuge: Using GIS technology to unite natural, historical, cultural, and creative experiences in […]
    • Bioscience research students present posters at MN The Wildlife Society meeting
      Dr. Donna Bruns Stockrahm and Dr. Christopher Merkord, Biosciences Department, took 13 Bioscience research students (and members of the MSUM […]
    • MSUM Biosciences research students win best undergraduate poster award
      MSUM Biosciences Research Students won the “Best Undergraduate Poster Award” at the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of The […]
    • Walla receives 2020 Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant
      Professor Chris Walla of the School of Art received a fully funded 2020 Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant to fund […]
    • Dr. Pandey presents seminar on repeated inhalation of environmental mold
      Dr. Sumali Pandey visited with the students and faculty in the Biology department at North Dakota State University, and presented […]
    • Drs. Hong, Yu publish Korean-language book
      Dr. Chang-Seong Hong (Philosophy Department, MSUM) and Dr. Sun Kyeong Yu (Philosophy Department, MSU Mankato) co-authored a Korean-language book How […]
    • First-ever Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership Successfully Defends Dissertation
      The Department of Leadership & Learning is pleased to announce that Andrew Burklund successfully defended his dissertation, SYNCING UP ON […]
    • MSUM School of Art Snow Sculpture Team wins Community Category at 2020 Frostival
      Congratulations to MSUM Art students and alumni: Katherine Aslesen, Spencer Johannes, Hannah Edwards, Hannah Moeller, Megan Kucera, Ashley Lopez and […]
    • Legacy Flame Award winner announced
      The School of Teaching and Learning and the School of Art awarded its inaugural Legacy Flame Award to Sharon Eide, […]
    • School Psychology Faculty and Students Attend State Conference
      School Psychology Program faculty, Peg Potter, Lisa Stewart and Mary Dosch, and Professor Emerita Oliva Melroe, along with 18 current […]
    • Artac, Beckermann and Qualey present to Minnesota Learning Commons Coordinating Committee
      Instructional Designers Catherine Artac and Stephen Beckermann will present along with Karen Qualey, Director of Online Learning, to the Minnesota […]
    • MSUM Earns Non-Profit Viewer’s Choice for Sertoma’s Holiday Lights
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