MSU President's Column for Traill County Tribune

March 28, 2020 

At Mayville State, it’s all for one and one for all

The Mayville State response to the coronavirus situation continues. Monday, March 23 marked a big day for all of us. This was our first day of offering all classes online. Because of previous innovation and work done by our faculty and staff, I believe that Mayville State was well-equipped to make this transition to remote course instruction. I appreciate the patience and understanding of our faculty, staff, and students as we continue to work out the kinks and make this the best possible solution for earning a college education while being safe and healthy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. I am confident that our dedication to personal service will make us shine during these times of uncertainty.

As you are well-aware, plans can change quickly. When we made the decision to ask many staff to work remotely last week, we anticipated having face-to-face classes again on April 6. That was also the tentative date when all staff and faculty would be back and working on campus. All of that changed Friday afternoon, March 20, as we made the decision to extend online instruction through the end of the spring semester. We have asked staff and faculty who are working remotely to plan to do so until further notice. This will potentially change when social distancing guidelines change and/or are relaxed.

Amid the uncertainty, great things are happening!

Mayville State’s Student Senate president, Michael Moen, has been awarded the North Dakota Student Association (NDSA) Legacy Award. This prestigious award is given to a student graduating from the North Dakota University System and who will not be able to vote in future NDSA meetings. The NDSA general assembly must believe that this delegate has made a powerful, positive, and reoccurring contribution to the students of North Dakota and higher education throughout their time with the NDSA. Congratulations, Michael!

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has recognized two Mayville State student athletes. Senior center Max Cooper was named Honorable Mention for the 2020 Division II Men’s Basketball All-America team. Max is from Minnetonka, Minn. Junior forward Kylee Heurung was named to the 2020 Division II Women’s Basketball All America 2nd Team. Kylee is from Brainerd, Minn. We’re Comet Proud of Max and Kylee!

Student recruitment continues! Even in these times of working and studying remotely, the football coaches have made eight new offers to students for next fall. Our admissions staff are on deck and ready to help anyone interested in enrolling at Mayville State. Go to to see the possibilities. You may reach admissions staff by calling 701-788-4842 or by emailing

We learned on Friday that the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission has approved Mayville State’s request to offer the Master of Science in Nursing including the Nurse Educator and Nursing Leadership and Management tracks. We are moving forward with offering this graduate-level program and already have two students ready to begin immediately and another group on deck to begin in the fall.

Team Mayville State is coming together to facilitate the best possible outcomes in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Even in this time of social distancing, people are communicating, helping one another, and being creative for the good of the whole. It’s all for one and one for all, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the commitment of our faculty, staff, and students to the Mayville State family. These challenges will make us stronger.