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Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, contributed an article to the 2014 Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

Posted on October 10, 2014

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, contributed an article on the “Magnetic Susceptibility of Soils and Sediments in Environmental Archaeology” to the 2014 Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. This comprehensive (11-volume) encyclopedia, edited by Claire Smith, and published by Springer Science+Business Media, New York, has an international and interdisciplinary focus and is available as both a print and online reference.

Internships and Impressions

Posted on October 09, 2014

Student involvement leads to jobs post-graduation
By Danielle Rebel | Marketing Intern

Many graduates and students agree classroom learning can only take you so far. In order to get the job of your dreams after graduation, it takes more than dedication to your studies. It takes the motivation to seek real-world experience through internships and campus involvement.

“There’s only so much you can learn in the classroom, and the skills employers really want you to have you learn in jobs and real-world opportunities,” said Theresa Boyle,  a 2014 graphic design and music industry graduate. “The sooner you get involved and start doing these things, the sooner you know what you are interested in.”

Boyle knows firsthand the importance of getting involved early. She recently accepted a position as director of creative and marketing with Bass/Schuler Entertainment, a college-booking agency in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry →

Discussion takes go-slow approach to expanding Tri-College University system

Posted on October 09, 2014
By: Josh Francis , Prairie Business Magazine

FARGO, N.D. – The Tri-College University system and its three members will begin discussions Wednesday with two area community colleges to possibly bring them into their collaborative partnership.

The TCU, founded in 1970, is a collaboration of North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College. It allows students at each college to take classes at the other two member colleges.

Representatives of the three member schools, the TCU board of directors and representatives from North Dakota State College of Science and Minnesota State Community and Technical College plan to discuss the possible addition of those two-year schools to the partnership.

“That was something that was brought up at a June board meeting, about looking to explore that and look at where there may be appropriate collaboration,” Tri-College University Provost Tim Flakoll said.

Leaders from all colleges stressed the talks are in the preliminary stages. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUSA: Apply for Scholarship and Fellowship by November 1

Posted on October 09, 2014

Minnesota State University Student Association’s (MSUSA) Penny Scholarship and Fellowship Program offers $1500, $2500, and $5000 awards for commitment to community service, for public service internships at the state/local and federal level respectively. MSUSA Campus Committee in Moorhead would like to encourage everybody dedicated to community service or looking to do an internship within next year in the public sector to apply for this wonderful opportunity. Read the rest of this entry →

Freshman Music Industry major to tour Europe next summer for the Northern Ambassador European Music Tour

Posted on October 07, 2014

Freshman Music Industry student Michael Eback Gant was nominated for the Northern Ambassador European Music Tour for the summer of 2015. Gant, a bass vocalist, will tour England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, and Germany, a tour that normally costs participants $7,000. Gant’s costs will be completely covered by the program. Read the rest of this entry →

Author Heather A. Slomski to read at MSUM Oct. 7

Posted on October 07, 2014

Short Fiction Award Winner for “The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons”

Heather A. Slomski, the winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her debut story collection The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, will read from her work at 4:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 7 in Comstock Memorial Union 205 on the MSUM campus. The reading is part of the McGrath Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.

Slomski, the winner of a Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant and a Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, received her M.F.A. from Western Michigan University and held the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville. Read the rest of this entry →

‘Brave’ singer comes to MSUM’s Hansen Theatre

Posted on October 07, 2014

Julie Fowlis and her Scottish band perform Gaelic music

Julie Fowlis sang the hit song “Touch the Sky” for the blockbuster 3-D Disney hit Brave a few years ago. It’s an inspiring, beautiful song, but when Fowlis performs at MSUM Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., she’ll focus on music that inspired Scotland’s Parliament to name her the nation’s Gaelic Ambassador.

Fowlis, raised on North Uist in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, has been a standard bearer for Gaelic music and culture over the course of a solo career which has spanned three award-winning studio albums and numerous highly acclaimed projects and collaborations. She won Gaelic Singer of the Year and Album of the Year (on two occasions) at the Scots Trad Music Awards, plus several other major accolades, including Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Laura Odom, Philosophy, to present colloquium Oct. 15

Posted on October 07, 2014

Dr. Laura Odom, Philosophy, is going to present her colloquium “The Multiple-Realizability Question for So-called Psychogenic Disorders” in MacLean Hall 273, Wednesday, October 15 at 4:30 pm. Her colloquium will make the second meeting of this year’s Philosophy Colloquium Series of the MSUM Philosophy Department. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Read the rest of this entry →

NEW Leadership Institute receives Bush grant

Posted on October 03, 2014

Tri-College National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Development Institute, coordinated by Dr. Deborah White, MSUM Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, has been awarded a two-year, $40,000 Bush Foundation Leadership Network grant. NEW Leadership is a non-partisan intensive 5-day residential program designed to provide leadership training, inspiration, and support for women.

“Our goal is to increase the number of women, particularly those from underrepresented groups, with the skills, knowledge, and support needed to serve as leaders in their communities.” said Deborah White, PhD, Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute Coordinator Read the rest of this entry →

Steve Hoffbeck delivers program on WWII experiences

Posted on October 03, 2014

Steve Hoffbeck, History Department, delivered a public program on “The Home Front In Minnesota During World War II” at the Fergus Falls Public Library September 30th. Professor Hoffbeck examined Minnesota’s experiences in W.W. II, including the Norwegian Battalion and combat; making ammunition at Twin Cities ordnance plants; rationing gasoline, silk, and sugar; of blackouts; and the pathos of war, featuring the personal stories of Minnesotans. An audience of 78 people came to enjoy the program, with questions and answers at its conclusion.

Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show opens Oct. 9 at Plains Art Museum

Posted on October 03, 2014

Plains Art Museum spotlights the 24 full-time studio art instructors at Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and North Dakota State University in Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show. Each artist is displaying a group of works, and the show covers an array of styles and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, mixed-media, photography, and installation art.

Art Boom recognizes the contributions of these higher ed institutions in establishing the foundation for the visual arts in Fargo-Moorhead and acknowledges the current faculty’s continued influence on the arts community,” said Becky Dunham, the Museum’s curator. Read the rest of this entry →

Pres. Anne featured on Minnesota Public Radio

Posted on October 02, 2014

Check out the coverage Pres. Anne received for the Laps for the Long Run fundraiser, featured on MPR News.

Minnesota State Moorhead president runs, raises $1.2 M
Alex Friedrich | October 1, 2014

Watch here.

 

 

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on October 01, 2014

Friday, Oct. 3 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Hagen 325
By Isaac Skalsky and Richard Lahti, MSUM

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series presents: “Is Science Fair Participation Related to Science MCAIII Scores for Minnesota Public School Students?”

Science Fair projects have a long history in science education, although their portrayal in popular culture leads to significant misconceptions about their nature and purpose in science education. Science Fair participation is declining, both locally (i.e. the Western Regional Science Fair, held at MSUM) and nationally, at a time when considerable attention is being focused on STEM education, and Next Generation Science Standard emphasizing NOS (nature of science) are being adopted. Read the rest of this entry →

Music Industry student nominated for European music tour

Posted on September 30, 2014

Freshman Music Industry student Michael Eback Gant was nominated for the Northern Ambassador European Music Tour for the summer of 2015. Gant, a bass vocalist, will tour England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, and Germany, a tour that normally costs participants $7,000. Gant’s costs will be completely covered by the program.

 

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities waive application fees for College Knowledge Month

Posted on September 30, 2014

St. Paul, Minn., September 26, 2014 – For a limited time, college and university application fees will be waived throughout Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in recognition of “College Knowledge Month,” a statewide effort to provide every graduating high school senior, especially underrepresented students, with the opportunity to apply to college.

“Our colleges and universities are committed to making sure every Minnesotan has access to an extraordinary education,” said Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor. “College Knowledge Month is a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage more high school seniors to apply for college. It gives our colleges and universities an opportunity to show students who might otherwise think college is beyond their reach that resources are available to help them pay for higher education and complete their degree.” Read the rest of this entry →

Stay calm; go to Graduate School Week

Posted on September 30, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept 30: Life as a Graduate Student
CMU 205 ~ 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, Oct 1: Graduate & Professional School Day (Fair)
Fargodome ~ 1-3 p.m.
(Free shuttle service available through the Career Development Center) Read the rest of this entry →

Nancy Paul’s article featured in online article collection

Posted on September 30, 2014

Nancy Paul, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, will have a previously published article “Strategies Used by Communication Partners of Aphasic Speakers” featured in an online article collection focusing on Aphasia and Language Disorders through the Routledge, Taylor and Francis publishing group. The article collection will be freely available for the remainder of 2014, via the collection homepage.

Swenson and Clapp’s paper selected “Best Paper” at marketing conference

Posted on September 30, 2014

Jim Swenson and Ben Clapp’s paper, entitled “Darwin Meets the Entrepreneur,” was presented at the 2014 Atlantic Marketing Association annual conference in Asheville, N.C. The paper was selected as “Best Paper” in its category. Both are faculty members in the School of Business.

VP Biden announces recipients of $450M of job-driven training grants

Posted on September 30, 2014

$450M in grants to nearly 270 community colleges partnering with more than 400 employers nationally

WASHINGTON — Training America’s workers with the skills they need for a good job can help middle class families and help American businesses grow our economy. While America’s businesses have created 10 million jobs over the past 54 months, the longest streak of uninterrupted job growth in our country’s history, we need to do more to train Americans with the skills they need, and connect them with businesses that are looking for skilled workers.

While America’s businesses have created 10 million jobs over the past 54 months, the longest streak of uninterrupted job growth in our country’s history, we need to do more to train Americans with the skills they need, and connect them with businesses that are looking for skilled workers.

Today, as part of this effort, Vice President Biden, Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary Arne Duncan are announcing the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants going to nearly 270 community colleges across the country. The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

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2014 TAACCCT Grants by State

Note: Project descriptions are taken from language provided by grantees as part of their abstracts.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Total Award Amount: $2,473,227
Industry focus: Construction and Utilities
Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s CU Succeed program will serve 450 TAA-eligible and similar adults over three years in the West Central Minnesota Workforce Service Area. The program will provide training and certifications to individuals to obtain in-demand careers in the construction and utilities industries through the use of new mobile training units that travel to multiple sites, online workplace readiness and soft skills instruction and work-based training. Articulation agreements with Minnesota State University Moorhead will provide participants with Bachelor of Science degree options. Read the rest of this entry →

VCSU, NDSU and MSUM team up to help alleviate teacher shortage

Posted on September 30, 2014

Prairie Public News

North Dakota continues to experience teacher shortages.

Many school districts have had to go outside North Dakota to recruit teachers. And the state’s Education Standards and Practices Board says for this year, it has licensed more teachers from outside the state than it has in-state college graduates.
Valley City State University officials say they’re working to meet the needs.

“We have 290 elementary education majors, and 250 secondary majors (at Valley City State),” said Gary Thompson, the dean of the school of education at Valley City State. “But I guess we’re still not meeting the needs of what the state needs right now.”
Thompson says the rapid growth out west and the number of baby-boomer retirements is outstripping the number of people enrolled in teacher education programs.

Valley City is working with NDSU and Minnesota State University Moorhead to recruit teachers. The schools call it the “Valley Partnership.” Read the rest of this entry →

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