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Psychology graduate receives prestigious Paterson award

Posted on May 18, 2015

KatieJohanson_9550 webcopyKatherine A. Johanson, a psychology and gerontology major, received the prestigious Donald G. Paterson Undergraduate Award in Psychology at the annual convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association. The award is given annually to an outstanding senior to recognize and encourage high achievement in psychology at the undergraduate level.

It’s the second time in 32 years that an MSUM student has received the award. John Gunstad received the award in 1997. The award citation, in part, stated: “Katherine demonstrated academic success in pursuing double majors in psychology and gerontology, among other facets of her undergraduate education, she has also consistently been the recipient of honors, awards, and scholarships.”

Johanson, who graduated summa cum laude from MSUM, was accepted into a number of doctoral programs, but will pursue a Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She received a $5,000 graduate fellowship to conduct research with Dr. Leilani Feliciano on developing cognitive profiles of older diabetics. 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 →

Paul Sando interviewed on BBC radio

Posted on May 15, 2015

Dr. Paul Sando, Anthropology & Earth Science, was interviewed live on a BBC 5 radio news program to discuss the tragic derailment in Philadelphia and the general state of Amtrak and the U.S. rail system.

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 →

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.

Scott Buchholz recognized for outstanding poster at national meeting

Posted on April 22, 2015

At the 2105 national meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Cancer Theme was entitled “Cancer: The War at 44 and Warburg at 90.” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major Scott Buchholz was honored as having one of four posters recognized as Outstanding Posters in cancer research. Scott’s project was entitled, “The Impact of Calcineurin B Homologous Protein Isoform 2 Expression on Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Cell Function under Hypoxic Conditions.” Scott’s research partner at MSUM is Biochemistry and Biotechnology major, Shelby Sieverding. The research was conducted in Dr. Mark Wallert’s laboratory.

Molly Strong inducted into ΧΩΛ honor society

Posted on April 22, 2015

At the 2015 national meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, junior Biochemistry and Biotechnology major Molly Strong was inducted into ΧΩΛ, the ASBMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honors Society. Honor Society membership requires excellence in academics, undergraduate research, and scientific outreach. Molly is the first MSUM student to receive this honor. Molly does her research in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Wallert.

Wallert and students present at national meeting

Posted on April 22, 2015

Dr. Mark Wallert, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and six MSUM Biosciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry students, presented at the 2015 American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) March 28-April 1. Wallert served as a theme organizer for the ASBMB Education and Professional Development theme for the meeting and gave an invited talk entitled, “Diversifying training options for undergraduate and graduate students to support industry careers.” The students participating in the meeting and the titles of their presentations: Read the rest of this entry →

Stephanie Reynolds to receive Sustainability Leadership Award

Posted on April 22, 2015

The Office of Campus Sustainability is proud to announce that Stephanie Reynolds, a junior Sustainability major, has been selected to receive the Spring 2015 Sustainability Leadership Award.

“Stephanie has been a tireless champion for sustainability at MSUM as well as in the community.  Among her many contributions to making MSUM greener, as acting President of the MSUM Green Dragons Steph has taken a lead role in planning this year’s Earth Day events,” said Joe Herbst, sustainability coordinator. Read the rest of this entry →

Josiah Reiswig featured in mathematics seminar

Posted on April 22, 2015

Wednesday, April 22 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Bridges 268
Featuring MSUM student Josiah Reiswig

The Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents a seminar by Josiah Reiswig on “k-Dependence on Hexagonal Boards.”

Combinatorial chessboard problems are a commonly studied topic in recreational mathematics. Rather than a standard chessboard, we examine one such problem using a rhomboidal board where each space is a hexagon. In particular, taking the standard movements of a king in hexagonal chess, we investigate the maximum number of kings that may be placed on a board so that no king is attacking more than k other kings. We develop both upper and lower bounds for this number for all appropriate values of k.

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

DOM IZZO | WDAY TV

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 →

Brian Wisenden co-edits fish ecology book

Posted on April 21, 2015

By Brittany Dunnigan

Ecologist. Teacher. Scholar.

All three of these titles can be used to describe Dr. Brian Wisenden, fish chemical ecologist and professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead. And as of late, he can also claim the title of book editor as Wisenden recently co-edited and contributed two chapters to a new book now available in bookstores and libraries worldwide.

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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 kristi.monson@mnstate.edu. 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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