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Former Sierra Leone diplomat and professor emeritus Andrew Conteh honored for lifetime dedication to students

Emeritus political science professor Andrew Conteh has received MSUM's 2023 Outstanding Service Award for his lasting impact on campus.

Tim Downs carries early lessons to MSUM president’s office

Dr. Tim Downs shares his experiences leading up to his role as MSUM's 12th president.

Coffee with Mary Downs: A conversation with MSUM’s First Lady

Mary Down's shares her experiences leading up to her husband's presidency at MSUM.

Leaving a Legacy of Transformation

Blackhurst has served as president of Minnesota State University Moorhead since 2014, when she was named its 11th president. She is now passing the torch onto the new president as she steps into retirement.

Lend a Hand

Kara Gravley-Stack and her team at Minnesota State University Moorhead provide mental health essential services to the campus community.

Pursuing film composition with perfect pitch and plenty of instruments 

Sierra is an MSUM senior majoring in commercial music and entertainment industries and technology. She can play the euphonium, bassoon, tenor sax, violin, guitar, trumpet, French horn, clarinet, keyboard, string bass and more. On her way to becoming a film composer, Sierra is a multi-talented performer who continually embraces new challenges in the realm of music.

Higher Education Needs Communities' Support, Legislative Funding

President Anne advocates for communities' support of higher education through means of legislative funding. 

TAG partnership offers new opportunities for children in the area

MSUM—in collaboration with the North Dakota Association of Gifted Children (NDAGC)—created the MSUM x TAG program, a project-based learning experience created for exceptional learners.

Serving the Best & Brightest

Dennis Dahlen earned his MBA at MSUM in 1986. Now he is CFO at one of the most recognized health care institutions in the world.

Steve Scheel honored with L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award

Steve D. Scheel received the L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award because he has created economic opportunities for others through innovation, entrepreneurship and community service.

West Fargo High School Teacher Inspires Construction Management Major

Laine White, a construction trades teacher at West Fargo High School, encourages his students to explore the construction field, specifically the program MSUM offers.


Foundation Board Member Feature: Dayna Del Val

Meet Dayna Del Val, a proud Dragon with strong ties to MSUM and a passion for the arts in our community. The 1995 theatre graduate is the President & CEO of The Arts Partnership and has served on the MSUM Foundation board of directors since June 2020.