Student Orgs. Galore!


IMG_4764DragonFest has come and gone and it was a whirlwind of food, music, prizes, activities, community businesses, and of course several STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS!

DragonFest is like the sequel to our annual Sidewalk Cafe, Student Organizations are still trying to get the word about what they do and when they meet and DragonFest is geared to do just that! Walking around you can get information from just about any organization you can imagine. This post will feature just a few that I personally found interesting but please hear me when I say this is just a fraction of the opportunities!

Feeling like you wanna get ACTIVE? Two groups to put on the top of your list should be Intramurals and the Dragon Rock Climbing Club

Intr+RockMaybe you feel like you need to practice public speaking skills, these are the people to get involved with! Collegiate DECA and Communicators in Action

DECA+CIAIf that’s not up your alley but you still wanna meet people, MSUM fortunately has a very diverse crowd! Check out Japan Club or Spanish Club in order to learn about a new culture or practice language skills!!


And maybe you’re a student already dedicated to you specific program, well you’re in luck, there’s usually a club for your major!! Like Psyc. Club, Bio-sciences Club, and Student Council for Exceptional Children.  All are great and would add to a resume!

Clubs4MajorNow I know I just through a ton of options at you and that didn’t even include our Greek life or faith based organizations or leadership experience opportunities!! To get a full list of organizations and information on how to get involved you can check out the OSA website! And remember, whatever you choose is WONDERFUL as long as you’re getting active, connected, and involved!

The day Dragons went YELLOW

IMG_4726September 10th was World Suicide Awareness Day and to show support students were asked to wear the color yellow.

The results were personally moving, as I walked around campus pops of yellow stuck out like a sign of hope for those who can relate to this issue in an all too real way.


3 ladies who shared with me their personal stories about suicide

This was the 3rd year MSUM has shown their support on this day, campus wide. The Wellness Educators organize the day by putting out signs to remind students to wear yellow and if you happen to forget they set up tables with yellow wristbands so you can still show your support! IMG_4733

The tables also featured suicide statistics and some takeaway information if you knew someone in need of help. The overall goal was to simply shed some light on a typically dark issue!

All things said and done, you did a good job going yellow Dragons, but don’t forget, this isn’t just a one day issue! Don’t be afraid to talk to someone, this is a Dragon FAMILY after all :)

Leadership; JUST DO IT!

d-it-2“MSUM will continue to foster an environment that encourages students to become versatile, thoughtful, innovative, and engaged leaders who contribute to their professions and their communities.”

This is a section of the vision statement of  MSUM, basically Dragons = Leaders

Now you might be thinking to yourself; nope, not me, I’m not a leader. Well before you close out this window I want to remind you that we here at MSUM we believe that leadership as a journey that everyone is on, and it looks differently for every individual, but you have the potential to be a great leader!

So I bet you’re asking yourself– “Ok, how do I become this “great leader”, where do I get started?” GREAT QUESTION!

Emerging Leaders is a free leadership development program available to all students. Each group meets once a week for one hour for eight weeks. It aims to help MSUM students develop the leadership skills they will need to become active and engaged members of MSUM and the community. The program is based on the Social Change Model which is a widely used leadership theory that emphasizes how individual, group, and societal values work together to create change. emerginleaders

Get more info and registrar here:


If you have already started your leadership journey but you want to continue to grow, The DLP might be your next step!

The Dragon Leadership Program (DLP) provides practical and relevant opportunities for you to develop leadership skills both in and out of the classroom. The DLP will showcase all the ways you can participate in skill development to complement your academic coursework. The opportunities highlighted in the DLP show deliberate and meaningful collaborations among campus departments working together to actively engage you as a leader. This powerful skill set will increase your marketability and professional readiness so that when you graduate, you are an attractive candidate to employers.

Look more in to DLP here:

The registration deadline (Sept. 18th) is coming up quickly for both these amazing opportunities, don’t waste another second to advance your leadership skills! Sign up now Dragons, JUST DO IT!!

Check out Yewande!

The Group has some pretty cool people working for them, one of those people is Yewande Opeoluwa-Adenike Osunsanya, But you can call her Yewande! Originally from Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria in West Africa, Yewande is a Biology major here at MSUM, with an emphasis in Health and Medical Services.

If you’re getting to know Yewande be sure to ask her about her travels, traveling is something this girl loves, especially when she can meet new people along the way!Yewande Osunsanya

Yewande will be the Outreach Coordinator for the Dragon Entertainment Group this year and she’s most excited to start planning some awesome events and working together with all the other Group members!

We’re pumped to have you Yewande, hope your year is full of #DragonPride

Workin’ for the Weekend

Weekend. One of the sweetest words to the college students ears.

Week one of class is complete, and that fact alone deserves celebration;

hopefully you don’t have too much homework yet so you’ll be able to make it to some of the awesome things happening on campus and in the community the next few days!

Now if you’re like any other MSUM student, you are BUSY, and I want to help you prioritize and plan your weekend, so here’s my breakdown….. take it or leave it :)



As soon as you get out of that one class maybe take a nap because your night will be jam packed! From 6-8pm grab some friends and head over to Moorhead Center Mall for Moorhead Mall Mania! There will be so many deals and great giveaways, you won’t want to miss a minute of it!!MoorheadCenterMall_logo

PLUS: Bingo, live music, and yours truly will be in a fashion show!



The fun doesn’t stop there, after the mall you can head back to campus for AfterDark from 9-11pm out on the Campus Mall. The night should be pretty laid back with live music, bonfires, and….. wait for it, S’MORES!



Everyone loves breakfast and dinner right, how about putting them together for brinner? REVOLUTIONARY! Come and get it from 9-11pm in Kise at the Dragon Breakfast Blast!! On the menu is scrambled eggs, french toast sticks, sticky rolls and more!! Don’t miss out, Dragons gotta eat!CNgazqhU8AUiKPm


And finally… Sunday:

If you’ve never been to StreetsAlive! you’re in for a treat, Downtown Fargo streets get blocked off and it becomes a place for bikes and roller blades! You better not miss your chance because this is the last time till next summer! Be sure to stop by, noon-5pm on Sunday!

Click here for more information on StreetsAlive!

There you have it Dragons, have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!


Welcome Week Success!!

Think back to your first week at MSUM, or even the first day of a new semester? What are some of the words or thoughts that come to mind?






Well don’t worry, you’re not alone! This past Wednesday the incoming class of new Dragons moved in to begin the school year and a new chapter of their lives: College at MSUM! And we wanted to make them feel as welcomed as possible, so the whole rest of the week was planned out just for them!IMG_20150821_084536_187

The week involved:

  • time with your SOC group
  • a social at Scheels Field
  • a Convocation Ceremony,
  • the first AfterDark of the year
  • the annual Sidewalk Cafe
  • the Campus Capers show
  • and much MUCH more

A random dance party broke out at AfterDark


Tug-of-War at the Scheels Field Social


New Dragons: Akira, Emily, Marisa, and Carson

I had the privilege of meeting several members of the incoming class and to sum it up, the new students are looking at MSUM as a new opportunity to be an involved student, a fresh start, and overall, many expressed feelings of excitement about meeting new people and starting classes…. maybe some nervousness too :)


The week ended with the lighting of the Dragon, an amazing sight to see and the perfect way to mark the beginning of a new academic year!DragonFlame

That’s a wrap on Welcome Week, the semester has officially begun!! There will be a lot of opportunities coming up to get active, get connected, and get involved so be on the look out Dragons! Lets make this semester one to remember!


Out with the old, in with the NEW!

In case you didn’t know, we’re in the midst of a major renovation project here in the CMU, this is like HGTV major, and incoming freshmen and transfers- you’re entering right in to the thick of it!

To be able to provide you with the latest reno information I dawned a shiny red hard-hat and neon vest.

I discovered the following…IMG_4141

The Tech Lounge features 8 computers, large tables, and plenty of outlets so you can stay fully charged!

IMG_4139Located on the 2nd floor between room 222 and the stairs! This spot is fully ready for student use- come check it out!


4 Macs, and 4 PCs to suit every students needs.


A great place to study!










I’ll keep you posted on all the latest renovation updates, can you guess where this is?

The answer next week!!


Sneak peak of another new spot!


Showcasing Lindsey!

Lindsey O'DriscollToday we are showcasing (and introducing) Lindsey O’Driscoll! Lindsey, a Lakeville, Minnesota native, is currently double-majoring in Mass Communications and Public Relations here at MSUM.

This upcoming school year, Lindsey will also be working as the Showcase Coordinator for the Dragon Entertainment Group on campus. Through this position, Lindsey is most excited for the overall experience and the ability to bring even more exciting events to our campus.

You might spot Lindsey in the Student Union & Activities hard at work. In addition, you may also see her around campus or in the community coloring once in a while; she LOVES to color. But of course, you’ll always see Lindsey showcasing her Dragon Pride and telling people it’s “always a great day to be a dragon!”

Welcome to the group, Lindsey! We’re excited to have you!

Meet The Red Bandana Guy

You may have seen Ryan Bennek around campus before. You know, that one guy that wears the red bandana all the time?

Well, in case you still don’t know who I’m talking about, Ryan does wear a red bandana a lot around campus to showcase his Dragon Pride. Additionally, he will also be showing his Dragon Pride this year by serving as the Music Coordinator for Dragon Entertainment Group. Through this position, he is most excited to bring new and exciting music to our campus!

Originally from Champlin, Minnesota, Ryan is currently majoring in Advertising. Although, we wonder why it’s not music; he shared with us that he musically peaked in the first grade, when he had a solo in his elementary school’s choir concert. Not everyone can say that about their childhood!

We look forward to having Ryan and his fantastic personality on our team!

Welcome, Ryan!


Have you met Connie?

Connie Von Ohlen (2)Haaave you met Connie? Connie Von Ohlen is the 2015-2016 Coffeehouse Coordinator for Dragon Entertainment Group. Majoring in animation, Connie is originally from Cokato, MN.

Oddly enough, although she is not a fan of heights, she LOVES ferris wheels! We’re excited to welcome her to our team and look forward to seeing her show her Dragon Pride by cheering at athletic events.

Welcome, Connie!