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The Right Person at the Right Time: Alumna Honored with Outstanding Service Award

Mary Jo Richard believes in finding places to volunteer where one can contribute both expertise and time. She has done just that as treasurer of the foundation board. Her professional background in auditing and accounting has improved processes for the quickly growing foundation.

Welcome to the #DragonFamily Jannette Wenshau

Meet Jannette Wenshau, MSUM’s new office manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Global Engagement. She is working hard to provide support to students and make sure campus is a welcoming place for students that come from diverse backgrounds.

A Family Tradition Amidst 50 Years of Early Education Excellence

When she was a preschool student at MSUM Early Education Center, Jill Mayer once drew a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her response: a teacher. She graduated from MSUM in December 2020 and worked as a substitute teacher at the EEC until she was offered a fulltime position in August 2021, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the MSUM Early Education Center. 

Alumna on Pulitzer Prize-winning team for George Floyd and related story coverage

Visual Journalist Shari Gross is on staff at the Star Tribune, which won a Pulitzer Prize this year. Their coverage of the George Floyd murder and the reverberations that followed will make a difference in that community and beyond.

Welcome to the #DragonFamily: Michael Johnson

Meet MSUM’s new director of choral activities and vocal music education, Dr. Michael Johnson. He is going to be working with various vocal ensembles and overseeing the vocal music education program.

Weld Hall Renovation is Top Priority

Last week, MSUM hosted Minnesota’s Senate Capital Investment Committee, whose members were on campus to learn more about our planned renovation of Weld Hall.

50 Million Reasons to Feel Optimistic

Every new academic year is cause for optimism. This year, President Anne Blackhurst has 59 million reasons to feel hopeful.

Teaching Abroad and Experiencing the World

Student teaching is one of the most valuable components of the coursework required for education majors. Jake Hermanson, a 2017 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, completed part of his student teaching abroad in Vienna, Austria.

Foundation Feature: Jenni Huotari

Meet Jenni Huotari, a 2002 Accounting graduate who has fond memories of her time as a student at MSUM

Welcome to the #DragonFamily: Dr. Benjamin Druffel

Meet MSUM’s new director of bands and instrumental music education, Dr. Benjamin Druffel. He is ready to conduct the MSUM wind ensemble and teach courses in music education.

The NCCWSL Conference: Empowering Student Leaders

Thanks to a collaboration between the Women’s Center and the College of Business, Analytics and Communication, five MSUM students had the opportunity to attend their National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) virtually earlier this spring.

Welcome to the Dragon Family Robert Nava

Meet MSUM’s new associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, Dr. Robert Nava.