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Music alum’s life a mix of glamour and grit

Posted on January 29, 2015

Imagine an event where make-up artists wait in the restrooms to refresh your “look,” where champagne flows like water, where the entrances and exits of A-list celebrities are choreographed to the second by dead-serious backstage workers with “walkies,” and where Oprah Winfrey personally compliments you on your necklace.

Rachel Goers copyFor MSUM alum Rachael Goers, that was a night at work, albeit an extraordinary one. Goers, a 2013 graduate of the Music Industry program with an emphasis in business, works full-time for The Teahouse Company in Los Angeles. Teahouse represents and manages six different bands, hired out for special events. The event described above was the Golden Globes. The band hired to perform as guests arrived and entered the ballroom was one of Teahouse’s — the Black Canary String Band.

“It’s a surreal event,” says Goers of the Golden Globes. “Definitely glamorous.” Read the rest of this entry →

Spotlight on Service-Learning: Dr. Nandita Bezbaruah

Posted on January 29, 2015

Q & A with Dr. Nandita Bezbaruah

Dr. Nandita Bezbaruah has taught 4 years in the Social Work Department. Courses taught with SL component: SW 250: Social Welfare and Social Work course, COMH 315: Health Agencies and Services, COMH 301: Women and Children Health

What is your background in service-learning?

I started incorporating service-learning component in several of my courses in 2010. Currently, students have to complete 15 hours of service-learning in Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work course (SW 250). This is one of the prerequisite courses to apply for the Social Work program. I feel service-learning gives students an experience and exposure to various human service agencies, which is so vital in social work and related fields. Read the rest of this entry →

Webinar: Using Tablets in the Classroom to Enhance Student Learning

Posted on January 21, 2015

The webinar, “Webinar: Using Tablets in the Classroom to Enhance Student Learning, will be held today, Wednesday, January 21 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Development Center, LI 124.

Brandau film plays festival circuit

Posted on January 20, 2015

School of Media Arts & Design professor Tom Brandau’s latest film, Home Delivery, is having some success on the festival circuit. Read the rest of this entry →

TU Dance brings playful, soulful choreography to MSUM stage this weekend

Posted on January 20, 2015

Company comes to Moorhead for performance and three-day residency

Founded in 2004 by former Alvin Ailey dancers Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance performs in MSUM’s Hansen Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM School of Performing Arts just completed its first international Study Abroad course – “World Music in Trinidad”

Posted on January 15, 2015

The MSUM School of Performing Arts just completed its first international Study Abroad course – “World Music in Trinidad.”  From Jan. 2 to 12, MSUM students traveled across the island with students from the University of Delaware.
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College for Kids is looking for MSUM students to create a commercial or promotional short video

Posted on January 13, 2015

College for Kids is looking for MSUM students who can create a commercial and short video to promote the summer programming on campus. Visit our website, or see attached document for more information about the competition. Read the rest of this entry →

North Dakota capitol shows work of MSUM art alum

Posted on January 08, 2015

The artwork of North Dakota artist Michael Dunn will be exhibited in the governor’s and first lady’s offices as well as in other locations in the Capitol Building in Bismarck, N.D., through March of this year. Read the rest of this entry →

Jazz Combos perform tonight

Posted on December 09, 2014

MSUM School of Performing Arts presents a concert by the Jazz Combos on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Two combos directed by Max Jonk as well as the Guitar Ensemble directed by Dr. Michael J. Krajewski perform in Fox Recital Hall. Tickets available at and at the door. Read the rest of this entry →

#curatedlife: exhibition by MSUM Photography students at ecce gallery now through December 17, 2014

Posted on December 09, 2014

Head down to ecce art gallery in downtown Fargo December 9-17, 2014 and see if you made the wall. MSUM Photography students share their views of social media in the exhibition #curatedlife. A semester collecting and curating images from various social media platforms including instagram, facebook, snapchat, and twitter is laid out for your viewing pleasure in the gallery’s long hall. Read the rest of this entry →

Senior Music Industry student acquires full-time job at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Posted on December 08, 2014

Senior Music Industry student Adam Lien landed a full-time job at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the MGM Park in Orlando, Fla., as an audio/entertainment technician. He graduates from MSUM this semester, and starts at Disney in late January. He expects to work on the “Fantasmic Show,” which features pyrotechnics, laser lights and a cast of 50 costumed performers singing Disney tunes along with classic animation projected onto walls of water. The show takes place in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater, designed after the famous Hollywood Bowl.

Give the gift of original art this holiday season

Posted on December 08, 2014

Be an original! Give the gift of original art this holiday season, and support MSU Moorhead art students at the same time! Come to the MSU Moorhead Art Sale at Moorhead Center Mall (Herberger’s wing) on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You’ll find beautiful, interesting, affordable art in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, prints and handmade gifts, all created by MSUM students. Read the rest of this entry →

Alumna Barbara La Valleur exhibiting five decades of photographs from photojournalism career

Posted on November 21, 2014
Barbara La Valleur, a 1972 Mass Communications graduate, will be exhibiting five decades of photographs from her photojournalism career. The exhibit runs from Dec. 5, 2014 to Feb. 28, 2015 at the Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN. The opening reception is Friday, Dec. 5 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
La Valleur won a 1937 Chevy as a 15-year-old high school freshman which she promptly sold to buy a typewriter and went on to become an international award winning photojournalist. She has worked in MN, ND, TN, the US Virgin Islands and Germany where she freelanced for seven German newspapers. Now retired and living with her husband, Arnie Bigbee, in Edina, she serves as Public Art Chair and is on the Edina Arts and Culture Commission. This exhibit covers five decades of her photojournalism career; includes black and white, color, digital, canvas and iPhone photos. Many of her photos are for sale.

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 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 →

SoMAD Sponsors Twin Cities Film Fest

Posted on November 17, 2014

In an effort to raise its profile in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market, the School of Media Arts & Design recently sponsored the 2014 Twin Cities Film Festival. As part of the marketing package, SoMAD had the privilege of officially sponsoring and introducing the screening of the Minnesota made feature film Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter. Film Studies alumnus Melissa Kraemer ’09 served as SoMAD’s representative and introduced the film to a packed audience. Other Film alumni who attended the screening as guests of the department were Andrew Neill ’10, Eric Carlson ’10, Chelsey Green ’11, Dustin Solmonson ’08 and Conor Holt ’13. Read the rest of this entry →

Scholarship luncheon honors student achievements

Posted on October 30, 2014

The Alumni Foundation and Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship host the third annual Scholarship Luncheon Friday, Nov. 7 in the CMU Ballroom. The scholarship luncheon celebrates the achievements of MSUM students and provides scholarship recipients an opportunity to meet donors who have greatly impacted their lives through their generosity and dedication to student success.

“This scholarship has allowed me to really immerse myself in the college experience without having to worry so much about money,” said freshman music industry major Rebecca Garvey. Read the rest of this entry →

School of Communication and Journalism: Registration for old departments now held under COMM

Posted on October 28, 2014

Recently, the Mass Communications and Communication Studies department have come together under one department named ‘The School of Communication and Journalism’. Registration for old departments will now be held under COMM. Courses that shared common course numbers will now be slightly shifted. For instance, Speech Communication CMST100 and Introduction to Mass Media MC100 has been adapted to COMM 100 and COMM 101 respectively. Courses that shared a similar number have had their number shifted, but course title has remained the same. Students have been recognizing the new department as COJO as well as COMM.

Author, Alumnus KC Hanson to Read Here Oct. 21

Posted on October 20, 2014

Rachel Baker Award winner for Creative Writing.

K.C. Hanson, winner of the Rachel Baker Award for Creative Writing, will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the library porch on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. The reading is part of the McGrath Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.

Hanson received his MFA from MSU Moorhead.  His work has been featured in The Blue Bear Review, Ginosko, Red Weather, and other magazines, and has been anthologized in Blink Again: Sudden Fiction from the Upper Midwest. The Lazarus Project, his first book, is available from North Star Press, St. Cloud. Read the rest of this entry →

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