Let There Be (natural) Light!

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Before…..

As we move further along in the renovation process of the union it’s fun to have things revealed to us little by little. The latest project completed was the sky lights in the main lounge, located above Subs & Sweets. If you look up you’ll notice 4 square windows that let in lots of natural light! Daylight was an important priority mentioned by students that was considered when the renovation project was first started.

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AFTER!!

This isn’t the only spot where there will be large windows letting in light. The addition next to the Kise entrance will be almost all windows; just imagine all that sunshine during the spring and fall!!

So come and stop by the main lounge and soak in some sun and check out the great graphics on display so you can learn more about the #ExtremeMakoverCMUEdition12546170_10208919599052970_394366950_o

New Space, Same Friendly Faces!

IMG_4969The CMU Administration office is your go to place for the nuts and bolts of our building. From reserving a room for an organization meeting, to reclaiming your wallet at the lost and found, the Admin Office can do it all. They are the behind the scenes of the whole building and recently got a new home!


 

IMG_4978Everything is getting reshuffled for the renovation and this was no different for the Unions Administrative office, this past semester they were located in temporary offices that took up conference rooms. But a new semester calls for a new space. Office 222 (formally the Osa/Fyp) is now the permanent home of the Administration Office and they are happier than ever to be in a more suited space that will help them, help YOU better! Stop in and say hi but until then check out some pictures of this great new office!! IMG_4973

NSSLHA, helping Santa and making an impact!

The allusive Murray Hall… what goes on there?

Are there classes in there? Who even spends time there?

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NSSLHA at the Homecoming Parade

Well its the Speech Language and Hearing Sciences program of course! SLHS is a large program on our campus and the national student organization for this program, NSSLHA, is very active at MSUM!!

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Highway Cleanup!

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Two NSSLHA members work the Holiday Lights booth

There’s about 50 active members and NSSLHA president, Eliza Aul, filled me in on all the different contributions these students make in the community.

 

 

The Dorthy Day House and Adopt A Highway are consistent ways NSSLHA volunteers around town. But this holiday season NSSLHA helped at Lindenwood Park by working the ticket booth for the holiday lights display that gets put up annually!

They also got to play Santas’ helpers by participating in Signing Santa at Trollwood; a program for the deaf community in Fargo Moorhead, children get to speak to Santa in their own way, using ASL!! NSSLHA helped by putting together hand decorated goodie bags for the children that would come to see Santa.

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The !Signing Santa” volunteers!

Not only does NSSLHA help out locally but this year they raised $1,400 from a braided bread fundraiser that the group will donate to Operation Smile, a charity for children with cleft pallets. WOW!

Aul continued to explained to me that doing all of these things not only makes a difference in the community but really builds up the community within the major too! NSSLHA is easy to get involved in and encourages students to get active right away as a freshmen in the SLHS program! “We’re like a family” Aul stated with a smile!

NSSLHA will continue their tradition of volunteering but they also want to educate others of speech and hearing health and let their fellow Dragons know that the SLHS program is more than meets the eye! You definitely showed me that NSSLHA, thanks! And stay involved!!

Kudos to AISA!!

December is in full swing and November almost seems like a distant memory! But lets not forget November was a very important month for one group on this campus: AISA, MSUMs’ American Indian Student Association celebrated and raised awareness all November long for American Indian Heritage Month!

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AISA is a student organization that provides a platform for  American Indian students to put on events and build community. At MSUM there is about 70 American Indian students on campus and about 10 of them are actively involved in putting on events to bring the community together as a whole.

Brianna Bradley, president of MSUMs’ American Indian Student Association, stressed the importance of this group on campus because it helps student feel more connected to their heritage even when they are away from family that might live on a reservation.BriBradley

Bradley also headed up the majority of the events throughout the month of November. American Indian Heritage Month always starts off with an opening pipe ceremony! Bradley expressed excitement about a larger than usual attendance!! The rest of the month included events like a panel discussing offensive Halloween costumes, showings of documentaries, and of course the annual sweat lodge ceremonies that bring in several community members!

This isn’t the last you’ll hear from AISA, there is a  Tri-college Pow Wow set for April next semester! So put that in the back of your mind and I’ll be sure to remind you when the festivities are closer because you won’t want to miss out on this great cultural experience!

In case you haven’t heard…

The CMU is undergoing an EXTREME MAKEOVER! There has been lots of progress made in the last month and it’s only going to get better! Take a look at some of the latest updates and tweet at us @MSUM_CMU what you’re most excited to see happen to the building! #ExtremeMakeoverCMUEdition

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New silver and gray panels on the outside of the new CMU entrance

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Large windows will line the whole side of the addition

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Natural light looks beautiful coming in through these new windows

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There will also be sunlight coming into the current main lounge with the help of this feature: skylights!

African Student Union: Ridding Stereotypes and Sharing Culture

When you go to a school like MSUM you just have to take a short walk through our student union to realize the diversity of our students, and how passionate they are about sharing their culture with the whole student body. A great example of this pride is in the students of the African Student Union. As I sat down with members of ASU I learned that this is an organization that represents way more than it seems on the surface.

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Jambara- Current President of ASU

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Jamaal- Current Head of Public Relations for ASU

Jambara Adelaide-Sayea, the current president of ASU, described African Student Union as a social service organization, focused on serving the African population at MSUM.

“We want to make students feel at home and like they’re part of a community.”

Other goals of the group include; Giving back to the community, addressing issues that the African population face, ridding stereotypes, and sharing their culture with peers at MSUM. I also spoke to Jamaal Abegaz, a transfer student who found it very easy to get involved as a Dragon, in addition to several other extra-curricular activities Jamaal is in charge of public relations for ASU! Jamaal told me that MSUM can look forward to many events put on by ASU. Things like a book drive with United Way, and a collaborative event during Black History Month.IMG_20151107_185126_014

 

And of course we chatted about African Night, ASUs largest annual event! It was a blast to see the group in action, the students put on a beautiful evening filled with speakers, song, dance, and CELEBRATION! The night was a great success and the pictures below don’t even do it justice!

Diversity Dance Crew takes the stage

Spoken word poetry was performed

 

Guest speaker- Vanessa Young

A fashion show to end the night!!

Say Hello to Payton!

Today we want you to meet Payton, Payton R. Nelson to be exact! This year Payton will be a part of the Homecoming Committee as the Outreach Coordinator. Originally from Kindred, North Dakota, Payton came to MSUM to study Communications and she picked up a minor in Leadership Studies as well.

Payton loves being a Dragon, her favorite way to show off her Dragon Pride is simply by telling people about all the great things happening here! She loves to talk to anyone who Payton Nelsonwants to join in with her in generating an exciting Dragon Pride atmosphere! We’ll plan on seeing a lot more from Payton in her position; she’s most excited for the chance to collaborate with different people and making the environment of Homecoming Committee fun and creative.

Be sure to say hello to Payton next time you see her, and maybe ask her to touch her tongue to her nose! Rumor has it, this is a secret talent!

Can’t wait to see what you’ll do this year Payton! Welcome to the CMU family!!!

They Bring the Diversity

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The ODI is located in CMU 114

Located in the lower level of the CMU is a special group of students who work everyday to spotlight the diversity of our campus. This is their passion, and I think its about time to give some kudos to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for all they do.

I had the pleasure of getting to sit down with two of the ODIs student programmers; Alondra Sarai and Preston Prince. Both are brand new to the ODI but are at very different places in their college career.

Alondra is a freshmen and decided she wanted to get even more involved with the ODI after her experience with the smart start program. Originally for the small town of Oslo, Minnesota, Alondra says that when you come for a small town you’re not exposed to much diversity and that she really appreciates the diversity that MSUM has to offer. Alondra is really just eager learn and grow from this position.

Opposite of his young co-worker, Preston is a senior, graduating in May, who says he wishes he wouldn’t have waited this long to get involved. As a member of the football team Preston always thought he was too busy for other commitments or activities but this year he decided he wouldn’t let that hold him back! In fact he’s hoping that his position with the ODI can help “bridge the gap” that he feels is sometimes between athletics and the rest of student life.

Fall 2015 Calendar of Events

Click here for a detailed events list!

Both of the student programmers informed me of several events coming up! Things like “Minnecanos” a production put on by Mixed Blood Theathre and a StrenghtsQuest Workshop in October. Then in November there will be an open mic night and a large Thanksgiving dinner! There’s even talk of a monthly newsletter being put together so keep an eye out for that!

“The Office of Diversity strives to be a supportive umbrella to all cultural movements and growths, and help each student of any background to be comfortable with their identity in order to become and give the best of themselves.”

 This is the mission of the ODI, to make you feel comfortable so if you wanna get involved both Alondra and Preston say, “Don’t be afraid to stop by!” and “Go for it!” sound like an open invitation to me! So next time you pass by CMU 114 walk on in and say HI! You’ll be glad you did :)

 

 

Student Orgs. Galore!

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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!!

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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.

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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 :)