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18th Annual Unity Conference, April 16-17

Posted on April 16, 2014

The 18th Annual Unity Conference “Our Historia: Latina/os Making History” will take place April 16-17 at the CMU.

The conference begins Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. with a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame, titled, “Americans in the Treasure House: What the History of Travel to Mexico Can Teach Us About Our Historia.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM students attend Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference

Posted on April 16, 2014

On April 3-6, a delegation of 18 students participated in the annual Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference, held this year at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Representing Nigeria, Kenya, Greece, and the Philippines, MSUM students excelled in committee discussions on a wide array of topics ranging from the crises in Ukraine and Syria, to economic and humanitarian aid, to environmental issues such as drought and desertification. With our very own Dr. Andrew Conteh serving as General Assembly President, MSUM students passed resolutions on many such issues, educated themselves on the dilemmas of countries across the globe, and became familiar with the world of international politics. Read the rest of this entry →

“Economics in Action” at the Expanding Your Horizons Conference

Posted on April 15, 2014

MSUM students, Fanuel Asrat, Aba Boadu, Kofi Boadu, Cody Brandt, Jasmin Lam, Julie Maahs, Melhik Negatu, and Mira Nkulukadiele, and Economics faculty members, T. J. Hansen and Gregory Stutes, offered a workshop in conjunction with the Expanding Your Horizons Conference on April 12. The local Expanding Your Horizons Conference invites young women from Minnesota and North Dakota who are in the seventh, eighth or ninth grades to experience careers, which use mathematics, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry. Read the rest of this entry →

Economic Society service project a success

Posted on April 14, 2014

A message from the MSUM Economic Society:

The MSUM Economic Society would like to thank the MSUM community for participating in the collection of used cell phones and accessories for our service project.

We collected 73 phones and many accessories, improving our count from last year by over 20 phones. As advertised earlier, we are partnering with the Soroptimist International of Moorhead and donations will be given to clients of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo-Moorhead.

Thank you for all who participated and we hope to see more people participate in Economic Society events such as these in the near future.

The medical turning points of the Civil War

Posted on April 11, 2014

Jacob Clauson to present at Student Academic Conference

By Meghan Feir

The Civil War was a turning point in various ways, and, as senior Jacob Clauson will explain in his presentation for the Student Academic Conference on April 15, it was also a time of greater exploration with medical practices.

Before doctors were concerned about bacteria and sterilization, soldiers across battlefields were treated with tools that had only undergone a quick swipe with a rag, bacteria festering on their accouterments. When the death toll began increasing steadily during operations, a greater interest in prevention was sparked. Read the rest of this entry →

Interdisciplinary partnership brings music and poetry together

Posted on April 10, 2014

Professor Terrie Manno, Music, and Kevin Zepper, MFA English, will present their collaborative music and poetry to students in Fox Theater on the Minnesota State University Minnesota campus on Friday, April 11 at 3 p.m. This is an interdisciplinary partnership Manno and Zepper began last year. Some of the work involves the William S. Burroughs “cut-up” approach to poetry.

This convocation will focus on artists working with other artists, integrating the arts and humanities in performance.

Spanish major awarded Sigma Delta Pi’s Study Abroad Scholarship

Posted on April 09, 2014

Jenna Polley, a junior from Park Rapids, Minn., majoring in Spanish, was one of 11 recipients of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi’s, study abroad scholarship for the summer of 2014. Polley was chosen from dozens of applicants from the more than 600 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi at Universities throughout the United States. Polley is the 2013-2014 president of the MSUM Spanish Club. She will be using the $2,500 award to help fund her trip to the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain to study abroad for six weeks.

Philosophy Colloquium Series continues

Posted on April 09, 2014

Dr. Phil Mouch, Philosophy, is going to give his colloquium on Wednesday, April 23, at 4:20 p.m. in MacLean Hall 165. His topic is “The Myth of Self-Defense.” The following is a synopsis of his talk:

Two things are very clear from any survey of the relevant moral literature: taking life is generally wrong, and taking a life in self-defense (when necessary) is generally permissible. These two claims are usually accepted without question, but it is easy to see that they are not unrelated. Read the rest of this entry →

Horizonlines story selected for Oxford University Press publication

Posted on April 08, 2014

Oxford University Press has requested permission to use a portion of the story “Uncovering the history behind collecting” from volume 4 of, Inside Collecting, for inclusion in an Oxford University Press publication. The text will be used as part of a language-learning exercise in a workbook titled Cambridge English First Masterclass Workbook by Simon Haines and Barbara Stewart. This is a workbook with audio to help students prepare for the Cambridge English: First exam from 2015 onwards.

The author of the story is Diane Fricke, a 2007 graduate with a major in East Asian Studies. Reggie Radniecki, associate professor of mass communications, is the creator and instructor for the online journalism workshop that produces the online magazine. Read the rest of this entry →

Summer Session Benefits

Posted on April 08, 2014

Summer classes ensure students stay on track

Whether you take summer classes to get ahead, catch up or stay on track, Summer Session offers many benefits for current and new students.

“I take summer classes to keep me on track to graduate by 2016,” said Erika Keller, an English Education major who said summer classes lighten her load during the school year and allows her to focus intently on each class.

The sophomore isn’t a summer school newbie. She took summer classes during high school at her local technical college to prepare for the transition to MSUM. Read the rest of this entry →

Last day to donate used phones and accessories

Posted on April 04, 2014

This is the last day the Economic Society is collecting old phones and accessories for our service project. Donations will be collected in boxes in the following locations: MacLean 380 (Economics Department Office), CMU (close to US Bank ATM), Langseth Hall (1st Floor close to recycle boxes), Center for the Arts (Student Lounge), Residence and Housing Office (Ballard), and Center for Business (1st Floor close to recycle boxes). As advertised earlier we are partnering with the Soroptimist International of Moorhead to collect used cell phones and accessories (chargers, cases, etc.) for clients of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo-Moorhead. Read the rest of this entry →

Economics student, Cody Brandt, to be published in Undergraduate Economic Review

Posted on April 03, 2014

Cody Brandt’s research paper, “Impact of Oil Boom on Employment and Wages in North Dakota,” has been accepted for publication in the Undergraduate Economic Review in 2014. The Undergraduate Economic Review is a peer-reviewed journal focused on high-quality, undergraduate research.

Dr. T. J. Hansen served as Brandt’s faculty research mentor. Read the rest of this entry →

Poetry reading and book Launch of “The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali”

Posted on April 02, 2014

Please join Yahya Frederickson for a poetry reading and the book launch of his first full-length poetry collection, “The Gold Shop of Ba-’Ali,” on Thursday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m, in the CMU 101. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

Gerontology Student Awarded Scholarship from the MN Gerontological Society

Posted on April 01, 2014

Katherine Johanson, a junior majoring in Gerontology and Psychology, has been awarded the Gerald Bloedow Scholarship from the Minnesota Gerontological Society. In 1994, MGS established the Bloedow Scholarship fund to honor the lifelong contributions of Gerald Bloedow to the field of aging and to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students to further their education in gerontology.

Johanson will receive the scholarship at the 38th Annual MGS Conference on April 25 in Brooklyn Center.

MSUM alum to speak at 13th annual Gerontology Colloquium April 9

Posted on April 01, 2014

The 13th Annual Gerontology Colloquium will take place Wednesday, April 9, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Lommen 102. This year’s colloquium will feature MSUM graduate Lexie (Kreps) Bosh (B.A. Gerontology and B.S. Health Services Administration, 2009). Bosh is Business Office Manager at River Pointe of Moorhead, a senior living community with assisted living and memory care. Participants will gain valuable information about job opportunities available to new graduates, ways in which a major in gerontology can strengthen one’s application for professional employment, job-seeking advice, working conditions in institutional vs. community-based settings, as well as in direct-service vs. administrative roles.

For more information, contact Sue Humphers-Ginther, Gerontology Program Coordinator, at 218.477.2042 or

Students chosen to present Workshop at FEMMSS5 Conference in August

Posted on April 01, 2014

Students Kate Lucero and Whitney Oxendahl are working with faculty to develop a case study on the Hydraulic Fracturing taking place on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Lucero and Oxendahl will be presenting this work at the FEMMSS5 Conference.

Lucero is a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and Philosophy and Oxendahl is majoring in Sustainability – Environmental Science emphasis with a minor in Biosciences. The two students are working with an interdisciplinary faculty team consisting of Claudia Murphy, Women’s and Gender Studies and Philosophy, Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy, Alison Wallace, Biosciences and Sara Anderson, Biosciences. The FEMMSS (Feminist Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodologies and Science Studies) Conference will be held at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario in August 10-13, 2014.

The Gendered Economy offered as online course this summer

Posted on April 01, 2014

Economics 340: The Gendered Economy (LASC 9) offered online this summer (May 21 to June 17).

Despite the grand American narrative of expanding freedom, economic and political opportunity in the United States has never been equally available to all. Race, ethnicity, and gender have played and continue to play an important yet often invidious role in identifying who is eligible for political citizenship and who enjoys the full benefits of economic citizenship.

In this course, we will:
• investigate how gender specifically has influenced access to economic resources, opportunities, and institutions in the United States; Read the rest of this entry →

Economic Society collecting used cell phones and accessories

Posted on March 28, 2014

The Economic Society is partnering with the Soroptimist International of Moorhead to collect used cell phones and accessories (chargers, cases, etc.) for clients of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo-Moorhead. Any donated phones in working condition are reset to call 911 only. Phones, which are not in working condition, are welcome as the parts will go toward purchasing additional phones.

Donations will be collected in boxes in the following locations: MacLean 380 (Economics Department Office), CMU (close to US Bank ATM), Read the rest of this entry →

Economics student accepted to Applied Economics program at Illinois State University Urbana-Champaign, receives scholarship

Posted on March 25, 2014

Cody Brandt, Economics major, was accepted to the Master’s in Applied Economics program at Illinois State University Urbana-Champaign. Cody was offered a full scholarship and an assistantship worth well over $45,000.

This is the fourth consecutive year Economics majors from MSU Moorhead have been accepted to this very prestigious master’s program.

“The Buddhist Review” publishes Dr. Chang-Seong Hong’s book review

Posted on March 24, 2014

Dr. Chang-Seong Hong, Philosophy, had his book review published in a Korean-language journal “The Buddhist Review” in March 2014. His article is on Owen Flanagan’s “The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized” (The MIT Press, 2011).

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