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The university was founded in 1887. Its first class consisted of 29 students… taught by a faculty of five. Today, Minnesota State University Moorhead is home to nearly eight thousand students and more than 700 faculty and staff. We offer small class sizes-an average of just 23-as well as 76 majors and 172 areas of study. Our campus is located near a beautiful, tree-lined neighborhood in Moorhead, Minnesota, just across the Red River from Fargo, North Dakota. The Fargo-Moorhead area is a great college town-with three universities, a vibrant social scene, and a strong economy.

We're just outside the entrance to the university. Let's go inside and take a look!

Hagen [Hay-ghen] Hall

The first stop on our tour is the Science Lab and Hagen Hall, home to the Technology, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology departments. The Science Lab is the newest building on campus, and is notable for the eye-catching replica of the solar system etched into the stone floor. The floor also features a giant drawing that represents the many plants and animals that are native to Minnesota.

The buildings feature a fully stocked Science and Technology Library, a greenhouse, and an array of biology, physics, chemistry, computer, and technology labs. Here, students work side-by-side with their professors on a variety of research projects. In fact, undergraduate research is a hallmark of your education at MSU Moorhead. Students in virtually every academic major have the opportunity to engage in research with faculty members and present their work at national conferences.

Weld Hall

Our next stop is Weld Hall, which is the oldest building on campus. It's home to the English department and the Glasrud [Glass-rude] Auditorium, which is a popular site for events and concerts. Weld Hall also houses the New Rivers Press, a collaborative effort among Mass Communications, English, and Art students. New Rivers Press publishes and promotes contemporary literature from emerging and established writers.

As you'll hear frequently during our tour, many campus buildings and residence halls have been renovated recently-or will be renovated soon. Weld Hall is scheduled to undergo extensive remodeling over the next few years. Oh, and one last thing about Weld Hall… According to campus legend, it may be haunted.

Lommen [Loh-men] Hall

We're now at Lommen Hall, which is home to several academic departments, including Criminal Justice, Healthcare, Sociology, Social Work, and Education. Because MSU Moorhead was originally established as a teacher's college, it's no surprise that Education remains one of the most popular majors on campus.

Lommen Hall recently underwent a massive, 13 million dollar renovation that included a new energy-efficient exterior as well as state-of-the-art classrooms, offices, lecture halls, and computer labs. Lommen is also home to the Early Education Center-our on-campus daycare-which provides an outstanding learning environment and practical experience for the teachers of tomorrow. Also located in Lommen Hall is the Write Site, which provides tutoring to help students improve their writing skills.

Comstock Memorial Union

Comstock Memorial Union is the center of campus life and the heart of MSU Moorhead. Treat yourself to a hot cup of Starbuck's coffee at Subs and Sweets, grab lunch to-go at the Union City Café, or enjoy a hot meal at Kise [Kee-zee] Commons, our dining hall. Stop by the Compass for discounted movie tickets-or work on your tan at Hot Heads Hair and Tanning Salon.

The union is a great place to study, socialize, or take in the latest entertainment. With more than 120 student organizations and clubs on campus, there's always something fun going on-and it's usually happening at the union! Don't miss our legendary Dragons After Dark entertainment events, held here every month. The union is also home to the Student Affairs and Activity offices, as well as our student radio station-KMSC Dragon Radio-and our student newspaper, the Advocate.

Grantham [Gran-tham] Hall

Welcome to what may be your future home-Grantham Hall. Our eight residence halls and upperclass apartment building are centrally located, and just a few minutes' walk to any academic building. Along with nearby Dahl Hall, Grantham Hall was recently renovated. All other residence halls are scheduled for renovation over the next few years as well.

Residence halls feature spacious main lounges where you can relax and socialize with friends. They also include on-site laundry facilities and quiet study rooms. In the mood for a home-cooked meal? You're in luck. All halls feature kitchenettes that are perfect for whipping up the culinary creation of your choice.

Rooms are spacious and come furnished with beds, desks and closets-as well as cable, telephone and wireless internet. And the décor? Well, that's up to you and your roommate!

Nemzek [Nehm-zick] Hall

Athletics are an important part of campus life, and we're at Nemzek Hall, MSU Moorhead's sports complex. Nemzek Hall is home to the Athletic, Health and Physical Education, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science departments.

Nemzek features eight basketball courts, a swimming pool, and indoor and outdoor tracks-all of which are available for student use. It also includes a state-of-the art weight room, aerobic fitness center, and facilities for our five men's and nine women's varsity athletic teams. They compete at the NCAA Division Two level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Students can attend all home athletic events free of charge.

Nemzek Hall also features a modern training room with rehabilitative and training equipment. In fact, MSU Moorhead boasts one of the few accredited athletic training programs in the region. Adjacent to Nemzek Hall is Alex Nemzek Stadium-the 5,000-seat home of the football Dragons.

Russell and Ann Gerdin [Jur-deen] Wellness Center

Are you ready for an invigorating workout? Or maybe a relaxing massage? The new Russell and Ann Gerdin Wellness Center is THE place to work out, shape up, or join in for all of your favorite recreation, fitness, and intramural activities. Here you'll find everything you need to relieve the stress of a busy academic schedule: A fully equipped cardio and weight room, group fitness room, techno gym, two full-size basketball courts, and an elevated jogging track. There's even an on-site nutritionist to keep the "Freshman 15" at bay. If you're really adventurous, dare to scale the three-story rock-climbing wall.

And if you've pushed yourself too hard-or just aren't feeling well-don't worry. The on-campus student health clinic-Hendrix [Hendricks] Health Center-is located nearby. Staffed by a full-time doctor and two nurses, it offers a wide range of care, services, and programs to get you well… and keep you that way.

Livingston Lord Library

When you hear the word "library," you may think of a stuffy place packed with rows and rows of books, right? Well, think again. Livingston Lord Library is your one-stop for assistance in locating and using the many reference resources you'll find online and-of course-here on the bookshelves. It's also the best place on campus to study. Stake out a secluded space to study alone or work in pairs or groups. Or get research assistance from the friendly Reference Desk librarians.

Upstairs you'll find not one… not two… but THREE computer labs that are open 24 hours a day for all your research and study needs. Can't find what you're looking for here? The Inter-Library Exchange provides access to thousands of additional resources through the 31 schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Roland Dille [Dill] Center for the Arts

Welcome to the Roland Dille Center for the Arts-home to the Art, Music, Communications Studies, Film Studies, and Theatre departments. If you're an aspiring student of the arts-or just someone who appreciates them-this is the place for you. The center features a state-of-the-art recording studio, music rehearsal rooms, art studios, practice rooms, and theaters.

The center is also home to the Gaede [Gay-dee] Stage and the 900-seat Hansen Theatre, both of which host an array of musical and theatrical events. One of the most popular is the summer series by the Straw Hat Players, our acclaimed student theatre company. The Roland Dille Center for the Arts is also home to an impressive art gallery, which features works by national and regional artists as well as university faculty and students.

MacLean [Mick-layne] Hall

Our next stop is MacLean Hall, which is home to several academic departments, including Math, History, Political Science, Economics, Multicultural Studies, Mass Communications, Languages, and Women's Studies. You'll also find the University Honors Program here.

MacLean is also home to the University Bookstore, where you'll find both new and used textbooks, office and school supplies-as well as all the latest Dragon apparel and accessories. The Math Learning Center-also located here-offers drop-in tutoring from both professors and student volunteers. Speaking of professors, here's an important fact: All courses at MSU Moorhead are taught by real-life professors-not teaching assistants.

MacLean Hall is connected to another building-Bridges Hall-which is home to the Psychology, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Information Systems departments. Here you'll find state-of-the-art computer labs and an advanced technologies research facility, which allow you to learn in a real-world environment.

Bridges Hall also houses the Planetarium, a popular destination for students and members of the community alike. The planetarium creates a life-like simulation of the night sky, providing visitors with breathtaking, "out-of-this-world" views of the solar system.

Flora [Flore-uh] Frick Hall

Welcome to Flora Frick Hall. It's home to the many resources and programs we offer to help students succeed in both their academic and professional careers. The Academic Support Center helps undeclared students choose a major and provides tutoring for most academic disciplines. It also offers workshops on important topics, like time- and stress management, memory and concentration, and test-taking strategies.

The Career Development Center provides resources to help students choose a career, and workshops to help them succeed after graduation. Workshops include resume writing, interviewing, job-search strategies, and preparing for graduate school.

Flora Frick is also the place if you need a quick "pick-me-up" between classes. It's home to the Dragon Café, which serves Caribou Coffee as well as fresh, made-to-order deli sandwiches, wraps, and salads.

King Hall

If you understand the nuances of plate tectonics… or know when the Paleolithic [Pay-lee-oh-lith-ick] Age occurred, King Hall may be the place for you. It's home to the Anthropology and Earth Sciences department, which includes Archaeology, Geosciences, and Geology. The hall features state-of-the art classrooms, lecture halls, and science labs. But don't be surprised if many of them are empty on any given day. That's because the department stresses hands-on, practical learning. Some of the places where students have recently conducted field coursework include North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, the Bahamas, and East Africa.

And King Hall isn't just about science. It also features newly renovated spaces for the Photography Program, including a lighting studio and both digital and traditional processing labs. King also houses classrooms for the Art Education and Foundation Design programs.

Owens Hall

The next stop on our tour is Owens Hall, where you'll find the Admissions, Records, Business, Student Affairs, and Financial Aid offices. Even though you can handle most of your student business online, it's always nice to know you can stop by the office if you have a question or need personal assistance. Owens is also home to the office of the university president.

Center for Business

The new Center for Business is the final stop on our tour today. Business is one of the most popular majors on campus-and the School of Business has earned the prestigious A.A.C.S.B. International accreditation for excellence in business education. That's a distinction held by only about five percent of business schools worldwide.

The Center for Business features state-of-the-art classrooms and lecture halls, computer labs, and faculty offices. One of its distinguishing features is its expansive glass atrium, which serves as a great place for students to study, collaborate, work with faculty mentors, or just relax between classes.

Closing

I hope you've enjoyed your virtual tour of the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. Now I'd like to invite you to experience MSU Moorhead in person. Just click on the "Schedule Visit" button on the left of your screen to set up your personalized visit. You'll have an opportunity to tour our beautiful campus, talk with an academic counselor-and even meet with students and faculty members. Schedule your visit today!

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