A Spark

If you’ve never met Rai, you’re missing out.

The SparkHe’s not only an incredible building manager in the student union – he was voted Student Leader of the Year by his co-workers last spring – he’s also an amazing designer and artist! You might have seen some of his work on the bulletin boards around campus last year promoting ODI events and programs.

Or maybe you’ve been in Layne’s office and seen his original painting, “The Spark.”

Or perhaps you’ve seen his art around Fargo-Moorhead, like the collection he had up at the Spirit Room.

Just when we thought Rai couldn’t get any more awesome, he created this video.

Go be a spark of kindness!

Thanks, Rai, for being a spark of kindness and creativity in the Student Union & Activities.

Whitney & Antoniea – Help with a Smile!

Whitney and Antoniea-

These girls have helped me out with several of my Friday shifts this semester that I have needed off for various reasons. They are ALWAYS so helpful and willing to help me out while doing it with a smile on their face! I couldn’t thank them enough for it! :)





Moorhead Mall Madness!

SaveDateBe excited.

The Dragons have teamed up with the Moorhead Center Mall to bring you an outrageous night of fun, games, activities, prizes, food and shopping. You could even win free pizza for a year! (Yep, you heard that right!) Plus, we have tons of other prizes you can win!

What’s happening during Moorhead Mall Madness:

  • Activities
    • Bingo
    • Scooter races
    • Giant Jenga
    • Bean Bags
    • Hoops
  • DIY Projects
  • Food Specials – first 150 students get a $5 Food Voucher to spend
    • Vic’s – $3.49 Burger Baskets & half price apps
    • Thai Orchid – free samples & special menu for Dragons with items under $10
  • Shopping
    • Herberger’s – Free mini makeovers from Clinique Cosmetics; Free Goodwill Coupon; Free gift if you open a Herberger’s Credit Card
    • Merle Norman – 50% off ear piercing
    • MISS Boutique – 20% off any red item (Go Dragons!)
    • The Classic – 25% one full price item
    • Mane Impressions – $5 chair massages and 50% off haircuts
    • Centre for Hair & Wellness – 50% off any cut/color or 50% off a Mani/Pedi

Plus we’ll have MSUM students there to provide live music, caricatures, and an art display.

Need a ride to the Moorhead Center Mall? Shuttles will start at 6:15 and run continuously throughout the event. On-campus pick up will be in the loop outside Grantham.

You won’t want to miss Moorhead Mall Madness!



Ashley – Ready to Help with Any Project

AshleyTo Ashley –

Thanks for always being willing to help with projects in the office! You ask great questions and make sure that you understand even my craziest ideas (like making giant sprinkles for the Sweet Social!) so that you can execute the task well. I appreciate your positive attitude, which is something I know our guests appreciate too! Keep up the outstanding work at the Info Desk :)

From Annie

Jordan – No Challenge is too Big!

jordanTo Jordan H.

Jordan has been a shining example of adaptability this semester. Since having joined our Info Desk/Accounting Assistant team in January, she has quickly grown leaps and bounds. Jordan accepts and handles new challenges gracefully- and she is much appreciated!

Thanks Jordan!

From Sandy

Dillon – He’s a Problem Solver!

dillonTo Dillon

Dillon is always willing to help out his coworkers when they have questions! Sometimes, he even comes in unscheduled to help solve a problem. A huge thank you to him for being so flexible and helpful!

From Trista

Jake – He’s Basically a Champion Cleaner

JakeTo Jake,

Jake always approaches tasks with a positive attitude. For example on Saturday, not only did he get to clean up a bodily fluid mess, he was blessed with two! Thanks, Jake for always keeping a smile…even in the grossest of times!

From Trista

On Saturday, Jake and I had the wonderful adventure of discovering how to clean up vomit in the ROC for the first time. Although he had to try a few different methods, eventually it was figured out. I want to thank him, and all the other building managers and GMWs, who do all the tough and gross work to keep the CMU clean and able to be used by students. It’s very much appreciated!

From Briana

Welcome, Lindsay!

Lindsay MarosiWe’re pretty excited – Lindsay Marosi has accepted the Student Activities Graduate Assistant position for the 2015-16 academic year. Lindsay was part of a pool of excellent candidates.

Lindsay is currently a Graduate Area Director with Housing & Residential life and is the Greek Life Graduate Assistant. She also has experience as the Director of Operations for Dragon Football, Executive Director for Dragon Entertainment Group and MSUM Homecoming Co-coordinator.

Lindsay is earning her Masters in College Counseling and Student Affairs and brings a depth and breadth of knowledge about campus, student development and student activities. After some time spent learning about other areas of student affairs, Lindsay says she is excited to get back into large scale programming.


Renovation Update – Bidding Process Complete!

We continue to take steps toward the transformational renovation of the student union – and with each step we get more and more excited. The bidding process for the project is complete and we are feeling really good about the result, because with the total of the bids, our project came in under budget! Knowing this, we will be able to accomplish all of the priorities identified by students and stakeholders throughout our design planning process.

With the bidding complete, we are ready to move into the final stages of contracting to make the renovation and addition a reality. We will proceed with contracts following the bond sale, which will take place in late February/early March.

We will continue conversations about temporary/transitional locations for offices and services with students and staff as the spring continues. As we arrive at a plan for transitional locations and access to spaces, we will do our best to make sure the campus community is informed. Your student union will continue to serve you during the construction phase of the project.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the complexities of such a major project and hope that you are as excited as we are about the future of the student union.

CMU SW Entrance and Addition Rendering

An artist’s rendering of the new entrance and addition on the SW corner of the Comstock Memorial Union


Steve – Helping Students Lead

Steve FoxSteve F.

Thank you for all of the hard work you put into making the 2015 Leadership Summit: Reaching New Heights happen! It was a fantastic event that had inspiring speakers, along with a valuable refresher on how to grow and invest as being a leader. Again, thank you!

-A grateful Dragon