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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 mnstate.edu/tickets 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 →

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 →

‘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 →

SoMAD’s Film Program has big weekend at SD Film Fest

Posted on October 06, 2014

The School of Media Arts & Design played a major role at this year’s South Dakota Film Festival. Last weekend SoMAD faculty including Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, Don Clark and Tom Brandau accompanied 30 students to Aberdeen, SD for three days of film screenings, workshops and discussions. The highlight of the weekend was watching Film Studies alumnus, Conor Holt, receive the Best Student Film award for his film A Better Life.

Other student and film alumni screenings included: Read the rest of this entry →

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 →

The Musical of Musicals Musicals (The Musical!) runs through Oct. 4

Posted on October 01, 2014

A musical that parodies five famous creators of musicals opens the MSUM University Theatre Series. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) satirizes Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander and Ebb by creating five stories in the style of each hit musical team. The show runs Oct. 1 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead. For tickets, go to mnstate.edu/tickets, or call the MSUM Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (218) 477-2271. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 90 minutes before curtain.

 

Sheets receives design award

Posted on October 01, 2014

Allen Sheets, Graphic Design, received an American Graphic Design Award for The Spirit Room catalog titled: In the Spirit of Crow: A Gathering of Art Poetry from the Great Winter Crow Shots, 2004-2012. Certificates of Excellence were awarded to 15% of 8,000 entries. The competition was sponsored by Graphic Design USA. The catalog was edited by Thom Tammaro, English.

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.

 

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 →

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