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MSUM graduate heads into career in film

Posted on May 18, 2015

INFORUM, By Grace Lyden

MOORHEAD—Caleb Stumpfl was in middle school when he realized he wanted to be a filmmaker.

X185_0CDD_9“I picked up my dad’s camera—he had an old Sony that still used tapes—and I would make videos with my friends at a pretty young age,” said the 22-year-old from Hanover, Minn. “I knew it was something I wanted to pursue in college and afterward.”

Today, Stumpfl is one of about 940 students graduating from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He majored in film with an emphasis in production and is leaving as a finalist for an internship in Los Angeles with the Television Academy Foundation, “which is a huge honor, so we’ll see how that works out,” he said.

MSUM was the logical choice for Stumpfl. The school was not too far from home and was one of a few with a film program.

“The moment I got there, I just knew it was the right fit for me,” he said. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM archaeologist retires after 40 years in the trenches

Posted on May 18, 2015

INFORUM, By Tu-Uyen Tran

MOORHEAD—When Mike Michlovic arrived at Minnesota State University Moorhead to start a field anthropology program, he said he was told to not bother digging in the Red River Valley because there’s nothing here.

MikeMForty years and a dozen archaeological sites later, he and his students have discovered much about the life of the ancient American Indians who lived here thousands of years ago.

As Michlovic tells it, that was all by necessity. Read the rest of this entry →

Commencement to be broadcast live on WDAY’Z Extra

Posted on May 14, 2015

Also streamed live online

MSU Moorhead commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live for the first in the school’s history Friday, May 15 on WDAY’Z Extra.

“Commencement is one of our most meaningful ceremonies so we thought we should share it with the greater community,” said Denise Gorsline, dean of the university college. “Not only will we broadcast both the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies in their entireties, but we will also have hour-long pre-commencement programs with interviews, student videos and other content that will be anchored by MSUM alumna Lane Zyvoloski.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM expects more than 940 students to graduate

Posted on May 14, 2015

MSU Moorhead will award degrees to 940 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 15 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse and will be broadcast live for the first time in the school’s history Friday, May 15 on WDAY’Z Xtra.

It will also be streamed live online 

The College of Education & Human Services, College of Science, Health & the Environment, and Graduate Studies will participate in the 10 a.m. ceremony. The College of Arts, Media & Communication, College of Business & Innovation, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, and Graduate Studies will participate in the 2 p.m. ceremony.

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MSU Moorhead Names New Provost, Senior VP Academic Affairs

Posted on May 11, 2015

JoeBesPicMSUM President Anne Blackhurst has named Joseph D. Bessie to be Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Bessie is currently a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Stout, where he also served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Read the rest of this entry →

Cheer on Fargo (and Dragon) Marathon Runners tomorrow

Posted on May 08, 2015

MarathonGraphic_175x100Saturday, May 9 | About 8:30 a.m. | Campus Mall

Wear your Dragon Pride and roar your Dragon Support as Dragon and Marathon runners race through campus! Read the rest of this entry →

View Senior Capstone Films tonight

Posted on May 01, 2015

Senior Capstone Films: The School of Media Arts & Design invites the MSUM and Fargo-Moorhead communities to the screening of Capstone films and animations . See details below:

Friday, May 1
Weld Hall, Glasrud Auditorium, 7 p.m. Read the rest of this entry →

Students presented research projects at the University of St. Thomas Undergraduate Communication Research Conference

Posted on April 30, 2015

Students from the Communication, Technology, and Culture class (School of Communication and Journalism) presented their research projects at the University of St. Thomas Undergraduate Communication Research Conference on Friday, April 24th, in St. Paul. Read the rest of this entry →

Seeking campus input on Facilities Master Plan

Posted on April 28, 2015

April 27 | 5-7pm | CMU Main Lounge OR April 28 | 12-2pm | Flora Frick Corridor

Cuningham Group Architects will be on campus April 27 and 28 seeking faculty, staff and student input on MSUM’s Facilities Master Plan to help set the direction for future buildings and grounds. Stop by any time and share your thoughts on issues and needs related to campus facilities. Read the rest of this entry →

Diversity Mapping Project presentation is today

Posted on April 27, 2015

Monday, April 27 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. OR 3 to 4:30 p.m. | CMU 101  

Rona Halualani, a representative of Halualani & Associates, will be on campus Monday, April 27 to present the findings of a recent Diversity Mapping Project undertaken to identify MSUM’s level of diversity/inclusion achievement. Read the rest of this entry →

Open forum for provost candidate Ralph Townsend today

Posted on April 23, 2015

Join us for the open forum for provost candidate Ralph Townsend Thursday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Business 109. Read the rest of this entry →

Enroll for Summer Session NOW!

Posted on April 22, 2015

Low enrollment classes will be cancelled April 24.

Summer Session 2015 offers a wide variety of courses in flexible three-, four-, five-, six- and eight-week sessions from May 20–August 6. This year’s course schedule includes over 400 courses, including more than 250 online courses and many LASC and writing-intensive courses.

Earn credits toward Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) requirements or degree requirements! But register quickly as low enrollment classes will be cancelled April 24.

Grace Clark awarded summer internship at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film

Posted on April 22, 2015

Photography student Grace Clark was selected to participate this summer in an undergraduate internship at the renowned George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y.

For the past year, Clark, a BFA student in studio art and photography with a minor in art history, has worked to establish an archive management role working with the MSUM art collection. Clark has organized, cataloged, and established provenance for over 100 pieces of artwork acquired by the university over that last 50 years. Read the rest of this entry →

An Evening of Dance

Posted on April 22, 2015

MSUM’s School of Performing Arts presents An Evening of Dance Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. on the Hansen Theatre stage. The event is a dance concert featuring the work of student dancers and choreographers, including ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap. For tickets, go to, or call the MSUM Box Office at 218.477.2178 M-F from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or buy at the door.

Wind Ensemble in concert April 24

Posted on April 22, 2015

The MSUM Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Monte Grise, performs Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall Glasrud Auditorium. For tickets, go to or call the MSUM Box Office at 218.477.2271 Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

President Anne finishes 2015 Boston Marathon

Posted on April 21, 2015

President Anne completed the Boson Marathon yesterday in a time of 4:38:30 seconds. In the WDAY news story  (transcribed below), she told Dom Izzo it was a grueling race but it was well worth it.

After running the 26-mile course, Blackhurst hosted a reception last night with Boston area alumni.

Despite poor weather, MSUM President Anne Blackurst says 2015 Boston Marathon was a memorable one


Boston, MA (WDAY TV) – MSU Moorhead president Anne Blackhurst told me last week s she didn’t know what to expect when she lined up for the start of Monday’s Boston Marathon.

I’m sure she wasn’t expecting 40 degrees, rain and 30 mile-per-hour winds, which greeted the runners during the entire race. Read the rest of this entry →

FM Autism Support Group, MSUM SLHS and CAMC worked together on “Faces of Autism” photo shoot

Posted on April 15, 2015

On Saturday, April 11, a new and wonderful collaboration was started on the MSUM campus between the FM Autism Support Group, the Speech Language Hearing Sciences (SLHS) department, and students and faculty from the College of Arts, Media & Communication (CAMC). Three MSUM campus faculty, Rachel Stotts, Meghan Duda and Don Clark, along with 7 photography students and 10 SLHS students volunteered their time and talents to help families with children with Autism have photographs taken. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM students won awards at AAF-ND event in February

Posted on April 09, 2015

Several MSUM students received recognition from the North Dakota chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-ND) at an awards ceremony in Fargo in February. Read the rest of this entry →

Moorhead Magazine in your mailbox and online

Posted on April 07, 2015

Magazine-Spr2015-Cover-140x100The Spring issue of Moorhead Magazine was delivered to campus mailboxes last week and is also available to view online. This issue features stories from the Bakken—but not the same stories you read elsewhere. Read about how alumni artists are responding to North Dakota’s oil boom, and view the extended art gallery online; journalists report how the Bakken has impacted their work and communities; alumni teachers share their struggles of working with a transient population; and guest writer Karl Leonard, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science, writes about the Bakken and the MSUM connection.

We value your feedback. Tell us what you think by emailing Kristi at Have an idea for a future issue? Please let us know.

MSUM’s ‘rock star’ president making strong impression

Posted on April 01, 2015

By Grace Lyden | Inforum

Tweet by tweet, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s new president is trying to tear down the ivory tower. Read the rest of this entry →

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