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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 →
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
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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 →
StarID: GET IT. KNOW IT. USE IT.
On Sunday, October 12, 2014, your MSUM DragonNet login will change to your StarID. StarID is a username that is used across MnSCU to access information technology systems and services. This conversion has already occurred for most other MnSCU campuses and will draw us closer to being part of a MnSCU-wide standard where StarID will be used to log into our office work computers, wireless internet (Wi-Fi), computer labs, Desire2Learn (D2L), email, e-Services, and much more.
If you haven’t activated your StarID, please do so prior to October 12th by visiting http://starid.mnscu.edu/go/activate/. Please note that you will need to know your MSUM Tech ID, State Employee Number or Library card barcode and your SSN in order to activate.
Information Technology will begin the conversion process at 9:00 AM on Sunday, October 12th. Between 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM on October 12th, most network services and systems will be unavailable so please plan accordingly. If you have questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218.477.2603.
More information will be coming soon.
Which is better: Fargo in January, or the Caribbean ANYTIME? Find out about MSUM’s first-ever Trinidad Abroad program, Jan. 2nd-12th, TONIGHT (Monday, Sept. 29th) in the CMU Comstock Room (near the Pizza Hut) at 7 p.m. This is your LAST CHANCE to find out about the LASC course attached with the trip, costs, and all the things you’ll learn while spending a week and half in the Caribbean this winter. Can’t make the meeting but would like to be a part of the experience? Contact Dr. Kenyon Williams at email@example.com or 218.477.4610 to find out how. Deadline to register for the trip is October 1.
The School of Visual Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead invites the public to join artists Kaylyn Gerenz and Chelsea Lee in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery (CA 155) on Monday, September 29 at 1pm for an informal artist talk. Both artists have work on display in the current show, MSUM Alumni Exhibition: New Works. The exhibition features works by local and regional MSUM alumni: Read the rest of this entry →
An Academic Symposium featuring a series of student and faculty presentations from a variety of disciplines will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23 as part of inauguration week activities. The theme tying the presentations together will be “How Persistence, Resilience, and Grit Make a Difference.”
Concluding the daylong activities will be the TED Talk video “Grit: The Key to Success” by Angela Lee Duckworth, with post-film discussion moderated by President Janis at 2:30 p.m. in CMU 101.
Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. in various locations on campus. The Academic Symposium schedule is on the inauguration website.