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Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson Named MN Professor of the Year

Posted on November 20, 2014

Film Professor, Filmmaker is MSUM’s 11th CASE Professor of the Year

View an interview with Kyja here.

The art of filmmaking balances the big picture against the small picture details, said Minnesota State University Moorhead film studies Professor Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson. That harmony is also central to the teaching and learning process, a balance Kristjansson-Nelson manages with sharp perspective and fluid athleticism, which is why she was named the 2014 Minnesota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching during a November 20 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Kristjansson-Nelson is the 11th professor at MSU Moorhead to be recognized by the Carnegie Foundation.

The U.S. Professors of the Year awards program celebrates outstanding instructors across the country. Sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education.

Kristjansson-Nelson joined MSUM’s emerging film studies department in 2006. However, the Fargo South graduate started as an undergraduate at MSUM (astronomy and physics major) before transferring to pursue a film production degree. At the time, MSUM’s program did not include film production, which was added to the curriculum in 2004.

“Film combined all of the things I love—sound, design, music, science, math, light and creative writing,” said Kristjansson-Nelson. “I’m so happy to be a part of MSUM’s film program because this is the exact program I wanted when I was a student.” Read the rest of this entry →

“MSUM’s Kristjansson-Nelson named Minnesota’s Professor of the Year” InForum article

Posted on November 20, 2014
By Grace Lyden on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.

MOORHEAD, Minn. – A film professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead became the school’s 11th Minnesota Professor of the Year on Thursday.

Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, 35, has been on MSUM’s faculty since 2006 and will receive the award today in Washington, D.C.

The Professors of the Year program recognizes excellence in undergraduate education, and MSUM has had more professors win the award than any other higher education institution in the state, according to a release from the university. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM University Theatre Series presents The Jungle Book

Posted on November 20, 2014

Event includes live animal demonstration

A free children’s theatre production takes the stage for two shows Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1 and 4 p.m. in Hansen Theatre in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts.
The Jungle Book, based on the famous tale of the same name by Rudyard Kipling, tells the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, Mowgli learns all about “Jungle Law” and how to survive. The Jungle Book is a student production of the MSUM Theatre Department, and is suitable for all ages. Read the rest of this entry →

Kandace Creel Falcón presented research at National Women’s Studies Association meeting

Posted on November 20, 2014

Kandace Creel Falcón, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies presented her research at the National Women’s Studies Association meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico November 13-16. She presented a paper titled, “Railway Visions and Chicana Lives: Realizing the Chicana Feminist Interdisciplinary Archive.” Her work was one of over 500 presentations at the largest attended NWSA conference with over 1500 attendees.

Season of Light
 opens Dec. 4

Posted on November 20, 2014

Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem.”

December 4-22: 
Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Mondays at 7 p.m.
 MSUM Planetarium-Bridges 167

“A few things great and small” this Friday

Posted on November 20, 2014

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Series Presents:
A few things great and small
Speakers: Aschalew Chamiso and Brandon Crowe
Time/location: Fri, Nov 21, 3PM in HA325
Abstract: Join us this week in seminar for two student presentations. The first will present a planned experiment to use the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s atomic force microscope (AFM) to image human blood cells. The second all provide an overview of black holes.

October Dragon Pride winners

Posted on November 19, 2014
The October Dragon Pride winners are:
Student Leader of the Month: Moses Weefur, Diversity Dance Crew. The Honorable Mentions for this award include: Laura Herzog, Brady Kauk, Elizabeth Overbo, David Houghton, Netsai Ngongoni, Nick Walters, and Audrey Cloe.
Student Organization of the Month: Society of Physics Students. The Honorable Mentions for this award include: Minnesota State Paralegal Association Moorhead, Nepali Students Association, Kappa Sigma, and Dragon Entertainment Group.
Student Organization Advisor of the Month: Deborah Kukowski, Minnesota State Paralegal Association Moorhead. The Honorable Mentions for this award include: Elaine Pyle, Mary Drake, and Ludmi Herath.
Remember to nominate a leader, organization, or advisor for the Dragon Pride Awards, which are due the last day of each month.


Keri DeSutter and Shirley Johnson presented at Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division Conference

Posted on November 19, 2014

Keri DeSutter and Shirley Johnson, School of Teaching and Learning, presented at Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division Conference.  The title of their presentation was Building Partnerships  through a Regular and Special Education Teacher Preparation Program.  Keri DeSutter had an additional presentation under the research and inquiry strand titled Exploring Teacher Candidate Perceptions of an Elementary Inclusive Education Teacher Preparation Program.

Paralegal student group (MSPAM) holding event tomorrow to write holiday greetings to troops

Posted on November 19, 2014

The Paralegal student group (MSPAM) is holding an event on Thursday, Nov. 20th to write holiday greetings to troops serving overseas. All those stopping in the Center for Business will have an opportunity to write a greeting. The paralegal students will supply all the necessary materials (pens, cards, stationary, etc.).  The paralegal student group will send the greetings on to the soldiers.

Office of Campus Sustainability Accepting Nominations for Sustainability Leadership Award

Posted on November 19, 2014

Do you know a student who reflects a dedication to uphold sustainability and make a difference here at MSUM? The new Sustainability Leadership Award has been developed to encourage and recognize students who stand out in the realm of environmental sustainability.  In addition to being highlighted for their environmental commitments, recipients of the award will receive a $500 cash stipend, made possible through a generous alumni donation.  To nominate students for the award, please complete the form available at and email it to  Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, December 3, 2014.  For questions, please call Sustainability Coordinator,  Joe Herbst, at ext #2280.

Women’s Health: What College Women Need to Know – tonight in the CA

Posted on November 19, 2014

An event with experts focused on Women’s Health & Wellness specifically for college students is scheduled on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Dille Center for the Arts, Gaede Stage.  The event will include short presentations on topics chosen by MSUM students and a panel discussion where the experts will answer anonymous questions from the audience. Read the rest of this entry →

Norway Night tonight in Bridges

Posted on November 19, 2014

Are you interested in studying abroad  in Norway?  Come to Norway Night!  Visit Bridges 267 on Wednesday, November 19 from 4 – 5 PM to hear about programs and get your questions answered.  Meet students here from Norway, and faculty who have been there.  Coffee and cookies will be served.

Think Before You Print

Posted on November 19, 2014

Professor Shannon Terry’s Society and the Environment class invite you to save printing money and the environment!  Open the attached document to learn how to print on both sides of the paper, and how to put multiple slides per page, when printing a PowerPoint.

This saves money for you, for MSUM, and saves trees for the world  -  talk about making an impact!


Afternoon Abroad opportunity today

Posted on November 19, 2014

Are you curious about study abroad opportunities? Come to the CMU main lounge between 1:30 and 4 PM on Wednesday, November 19 to learn about programs all over the world, and meet students who have studied abroad.


MSUM Photography student Austin Marts featured in the Arts and Entertainment section of this week’s High Plains Reader

Posted on November 18, 2014

This week’s Art and Entertainment section of the High Plains Reader features photography student Austin Marts and his current exhibition at the Moorhead Atomic coffee in south Moorhead. The article, titled Shedding Light: The Art of Austin Marts, discusses Marts’ theories on photography, details of select pieces from his exhibition, as well as a description of the range of photographic techniques Marts utilizes for the body of images. Read the rest of this entry →

Steve Grineski publishes paper in “At the Crossroads of Policy and Poverty: A Critical Look at Homelessness, Youth, and Education”

Posted on November 18, 2014

Steve Grineski, STL, recently had a paper published in the Critical Questions in Education Special Issue, At the Crossroads of Policy and Poverty: A Critical Look at Homelessness, Youth, and Education. The paper is titled, “The multi-dimensional lives of children who are homeless”

Fargo Public Library to host presentation by Professor Steve Hoffbeck of the MSUM History Department tonight

Posted on November 18, 2014

On Tuesday, November 18th, the Fargo Public Library will host a presentation by Professor Steve Hoffbeck of the MSU Moorhead History Department titled “The Dust Bowl in the Northern Great Plains.” Scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, the presentation is an illustrated talk about the drought, dust storms, and heat waves in the Upper Midwest during the 1930s. Hoffbeck has taught and written about the suffering of Midwesterners during the Great Depression and the lost tales of the era. Hoffbeck is the author of The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families, winner of a Minnesota Book Award; and writes regularly for the “Dakota Datebook” program on Prairie Public Radio.

MSUM Child Welfare Scholars Attend Forensic Interview Training

Posted on November 18, 2014

Students from the School of Social Work attended forensic interview training at Cornerhouse in Minneapolis, MN on November 13th.  Founded in 1989, CornerHouse is an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) that coordinates multi-disciplinary teams to assist each child and family and offers services that are designed to minimize trauma to child victims of abuse, to provide support and assistance to the entire family, and to hold offenders accountable. Read the rest of this entry →

Spotlight on Service-Learning – Keri DeSutter

Posted on November 18, 2014

This is the second of what have become monthly segments entitled Spotlight on Service-Learning.  Each monthly Spotlight highlights the endeavors of one of the many MSUM service-learning practitioners.  This Month’s Spotlight on Service-Learning recognizes Keri DeSutter.  Read the rest of this entry →

It’s time to start planning for the Spring Semester

Posted on November 18, 2014
The Student Union and Activities has begun taking reservations for the Spring Semester, both weekly room reservations and event reservations. Advance room reservation forms for Spring Semester 2015 may be picked up at the Info Desk, CMU 115.  Read the rest of this entry →
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