Roland Dille Center for the Arts, named for a former president of the University, houses the Department of Communication Studies, Film Studies and Theatre Arts. It also contains the 900 seat Hansen Auditorium where many musical and theatrical events are staged. One of the most popular of these is the summer series by the Straw Hat Players, a student group. Their series is said to be "the preminent summer theatre program in the region".
The MSUM Regional Science Center and Planetarium works with area elementary and secondary schools in their Astronomy and Natural History programs. Frequent educational events and opportunities are also held for the general public. For a current show schedule and ticket information click on the web link below.
I had never been inside the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead until my last trip and even then I didn't have time to walk around the exhibits inside. If you are crossing into Moorhead from Fargo on 1st Street you will see the large tentlike canvass on your left side which holds the recreation of a Viking Ship.
The Hjemkomst Center has a number of Norwegian exhibits on the inside and a replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church on the outside.
You can walk the outside grounds for free and go into the gift shop inside also for free. If you want to spend more time you can visit the entire museum. Adults are $7, Seniors are $6, Youth are $5 and under 5 are free.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday until 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse, also called Nemzek Hall, is the largest building on the MSU Moorhead campus. This was the site for graduation exercises we attended on May 14. The facility is probably best known to most people as the venue for home basketball games played by the MSUM Dragons. The building contains 8 basketball courts, racquetball courts, wrestling room, aerobic fitness center, weight room, team room and sports information offices.
Named for the first president of the school, Livingston Lord Library sits in the center of the MSUM campus. It is a state-of-the-art resource center that is open every day and most evenings when school is in session. Through the interlibrary loan system virtually any book in print may be checked out here. The Library also houses offices for the Director of Instructional Resources, Instructional Media, Library Services and Information Technology. Click on the link below for more information.
MSU Moorhead's Dragon was born in the fire that devastated Old Main, the school's central building, on Feb. 9, 1930. Legend has it that Flora Frick, a physical education professor at the time, came up with the school mascot when she saw the football team running out of a temporary dressing room below the campus heating plant. It was a cold morning, and when she saw the frosty exhalations of a serpentine line of stampeding football players, she exclaimed: "They look just like dragons!" The school adopted the Dragon the following spring by a vote of the student body.