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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.

Welcome to the #DragonFamily: Peter Sherman

Meet Peter Sherman, MSUM’s new dean of the College of Business, Analytics & Communication. He is here to create a strong future for both the faculty and students of the CBAC. 

Welcome to the #DragonFamily: Mackenzie Hron

Meet Mackenzie Hron, MSUM’s new student relations coordinator for the College of Science, Health and the Environment. She moved over from our Admissions team and is ready to help students achieve their goals.  

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.


Welcome to the Dragon Family: Tiffany Bockelmann and Andrew Burklund

Meet Tiffany Bockelmann and Andrew Burklund. They are both assistant professors in the department of leadership and learning. 

Alumna Appointed CEO of Alerus Financial

Katie Lorenson, a 2002 graduate, has been named president and CEO of Alerus Financial Corporation.

Helping Kids Feel Like They Belong

Xavier Reed secured a corporate job before he graduated from MSUM. A year later, he quit and pursued his second career and first passion: education.