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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
    • MSUM Department of Leadership & Learning publishes open access journal featuring educational research
      Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Department of Leadership & Learning has published The Interactive Journal of Global Leadership and Learning (IJGLL), a […]
    • Schultz earns doctoral degree, presents at virtual conferences this summer
      Planetarium Director, Sara Schultz, completed her doctoral degree this summer from the University of Wyoming. Her degree is in Curriculum […]
    • Dr. Gillett contributes to InForum article
      Dr. Erin Gillett, Professor of Early Childhood Education in the School of Teaching and Learning, contributed to a recent article […]
    • Holley co-authors article to be published in ‘Plains Anthropologist’
      George Holley, Department of Anthropology and Earth Science, has co-authored an article — “Caddo or Cahokian? Stylistic and Compositional Analysis […]
    • MSUM professor publishes paper in Journal for STEM Education Research
      Jared Ladbury, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Anna Semanko, a graduate student at NDSU, have a paper “Using the Reasoned […]
    • Paseka School of Business professors published in American Journal of Management
      Ruth Lumb, Professor (Retired) of Marketing Paseka School of Business; Vinod Lall, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management Paseka […]
    • Alumna publishes book titled ‘How to Discuss Politics Online’
      MSUM alumna Katherine Young recently released her book How to Discuss Politics Online. The author has been working on the […]
    • Department of Leadership and Learning launches Interactive Journal of Global Leadership and Learning
      The Department of Leadership and Learning is pleased to announce the official launch of the Interactive Journal of Global Leadership […]
    • Kohoutek publishes essay in literary journal
      MSUM staff member Karen Joan Kohoutek has published an essay in the peer-reviewed literary journal “The Dark Man: Journal of […]
    • New Rivers Press’ ‘throughsmoke’ wins CLMP Firecracker award
      Jehanne Dubrow’s throughsmoke won the CLMP Firecracker award in Creative Nonfiction. The CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature are […]
    • 2020 Economics graduate awarded assistantship to complete M.S. in Applied Economics
      Rebecca Weir, a 2020 MSUM Economics graduate, has accepted a Graduate Assistantship at the University of Minnesota beginning in fall […]
    • Bachmeier’s ceramic work chosen for SAGE National Juried Show
      Brad Bachmeier’s ceramic work “Oppo Sonno” (basket-rim in Southern Paiute) was one of 31 artworks selected for the 10th Annual […]
    • Drs. LaLonde, Sadikovic, Coquyt present at OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual Conference
      Dr. Courtney LaLonde, Dr. Belma Sadikovic, and Dr. Mike Coquyt (Department of Leadership and Learning) gave their presentation, Inquiring Minds […]
    • MSUM graduate programs recognized in national ‘best online programs’ lists
      Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Healthcare Management programs were […]
    • 2019 Economics graduate awarded Graduate Assistantship to complete Ph.D.
      Adam Schutt, 2019 Economics graduate, has accepted a Graduate Assistantship at the University of New Mexico beginning in fall 2020. […]
    • Online Project Management degree named No. 7 in nation
      MSU Moorhead’s Project Management degree was listed as No. 7 on a nationwide list of “The 20 Best Online Bachelor’s in Project […]
    • MSUM Foundation welcomes new board members
      The MSUM Foundation is proud to welcome four new members to the MSUM Foundation Board. Their terms will begin July […]
    • Jan Mahoney’s Dragon pride runs deep
      By Kristin Johnson Although she was never a student at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Jan Mahoney quickly became a member […]
    • MSUM faculty paper accepted for presentation at research conference
      The paper, “Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Searching Combinatorial Potential through Knowledge Networks,” by Dr. Siwei Zhu, Dr. Gokce […]
    • Moorhead Police Department hires MSUM professor as in-house mental health counselor
      Dr. Aaron Soumala Folkerds is a new hire to the Moorhead Police Department (MPD), in an attempt to recognize and […]
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