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GCOM grad Shannon Luney featured on cover of High Plains Reader

Posted on December 08, 2014

Shannon Luney, one of our GCOM grads was featured on the cover of the latest High Plains Reader. MSUM instructor Alex Fogarty taught the first class in Fall 014.

Girl Develop It provides women with the tools to develop software

by Amy Borgman December 3rd, 2014

Shannon Luney and Megan Beck are the co-leaders of the Fargo chapter of Girl Develop It, a national nonprofit that focuses on empowering women to learn how to code computers and develop software. Its launch party last October was the first event of its kind in the FM area. There are 45 chapters in cities throughout the U.S. and it continues to grow. Read the rest of this entry →

Film Alumnus Scores with First Feature

Posted on December 03, 2014

Film alumnus Kate Enge ’10 has made quite a splash on the festival circuit with her first feature, Efficiency. The film, which deals with a pair of irresponsible twin brothers struggling to keep their close bond intact while dealing with an unexpected family tragedy, was directed and co-produced by Enge. The twin brothers were played by Theatre alum Steven Molony, who also wrote and co-produced the film.  Efficiency had its premiere at the prestigious Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles and also screened at the highly competitive Austin Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Narrative Feature. The film recently screened at the Accolade Film Festival where it received Awards of Excellence in the Feature Film and Leading Actor categories. 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.

Economics alumnus’ undergraduate research presented at Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop

Posted on November 11, 2014

Cody Brandt’s research, “Impact of the Bakken Oil Boom on Employment and Wages in North Dakota,” was a selected poster presentation at the Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on November 1-2, 2014. He completed this research at MSUM under the direction of Economics, Law & Politics faculty member T. J. Hansen in fall 2013. Brandt began graduate study in the Agricultural and Consumer Economics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2014.

Film Studies Alumni Win Twin Cities Competition

Posted on November 06, 2014

Circa Productions, a Twin Cities-based film production company consisting of several MSUM Film alumni recently took top honors in the Minneapolis 48 Hour Horror Film Project. The winning film, Slice and Dice with Ethan was created by Ben Efron ’09, Dustin Solmonson ’09 and Rebecca Efron ’09. Theatre alumnus, Matt Englund starred in the project. In addition to taking Best Film, the Circa team also won for Best Hero, Best Character, Best Line of Dialog and the Audience Favorite Award. Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus and U of M senior associate athletics director Marc Ryan shares his story

Posted on November 06, 2014

“Every child has a long list of dream jobs. When Marc Ryan, an MSUM mass communications graduate of 1984 was a kid, he, like so many other children, dreamt of working for his favorite sports team, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.”

Read the rest of Ryan’s story here.

Former MSUM wrestler signs with UFC

Posted on November 06, 2014

“Ex-Dragon signs with UFC”

By Eric Peterson on Nov 4, 2014 at 8:31 p.m.

FARGO – Tim Johnson was at work Monday when asked if he would like to be in the UFC.
A day later, the former Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler signed with the largest mixed martial arts promotion company.

“It hasn’t set in I guess,” Johnson said Tuesday after it became official. “Elated is the word.” Read the rest of this entry →

Alumna Michelle Sailer, art teacher at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, named Minnesota’s 2014 Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Posted on November 04, 2014

Michelle Sailer, art teacher at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, has been named Minnesota’s 2014 Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Art Educators of Minnesota. Sailer has been recognized by her professional association for her outstanding achievement and contributions to Reinertsen and Minnesota. She will be honored at an Art Educators of Minnesota awards luncheon on November 7. Sailer is a 1989 graduate of MSUM with degrees in Elementary Education and Art & Design.

Dragon Pride: Head athletic trainer Andy Scott receives national award

Posted on October 30, 2014

Long-time Minnesota State University Moorhead head athletic trainer Andrea “Andy” Scott was named the Head Athletic Trainer of the Year for Division II by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) at their annual meeting last summer. 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 →

Economics alumnus, You Wang, to be published in Undergraduate Economic Review

Posted on September 24, 2014

You Wang’s research paper, “An Economic Analysis of Housing Market Instability and Affordability in China,” has been accepted for publication in 2014-2015 by the Undergraduate Economic Review. Wang is the fourth MSUM Economics student to earn this distinction since 2005. Read the rest of this entry →

Theatre Arts alum, Tyler Michaels, wins Emerging Artist Award

Posted on September 23, 2014
Young triple-threat Tyler Michaels, a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Theatre Arts program, won the Emerging Artist Award at the Ivey Awards Monday night. For more information, click here.

The 2014 Distinguished Alumni announced

Posted on September 09, 2014

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation has announced its 2014 Distinguished Alumni. Alumni are selected based on personal and professional accomplishments in the years following graduation from MSU Moorhead.
The following have been named 2014 Distinguished Alumni and will be honored during alumni events during MSU Moorhead’s homecoming in September. Faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to the Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Service Celebration. Online registration is now available at tickets.mnstate.edu/categories/alumni Read the rest of this entry →

Scheels supports MSUM’s Laps for the Long Run with $1 million pledge

Posted on August 28, 2014

A fundraising challenge at Minnesota State University Moorhead has attracted its first major gift with a $1 million pledge from Scheels. The challenge, Laps for the Long Run, was announced Aug. 20 as an event in honor of the inauguration of MSUM Pres. Anne Blackhurst.  Blackhurst will run 12.5 miles, or 50 laps, around the Ron Masanz track at Nemzek Fieldhouse and has personally pledged $1,000 per lap, or $50,000, to start the challenge.

Yesterday, Steve Scheel, CEO of Scheels, accepted the challenge by pledging $20,000 per lap for every lap up to 50 that Blackhurst runs during the Homecoming Week event.

“SCHEELS has been a good partner with NDSU and Concordia over the years and we look forward to partnering with MSUM and President Blackhurst, to help MSUM become a stronger player in our community of Fargo-Moorhead,” said Steve Scheel. Read the rest of this entry →

Tribal chairwoman among appointees to MnSCU board of trustees

Posted on August 25, 2014
By Forum News Service on Aug 22, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.

ST. PAUL – The chairwoman of the White Earth Reservation is among six appointees to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board of trustees.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointments Thursday.

Erma Vizenor has worked her entire career in education on the White Earth Reservation in northwest Minnesota, where she was first elected chairwoman in 2004. She has a master’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a doctorate from Harvard. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alums find work at Medora

Posted on August 11, 2014

By Meghan Feir

When many people think of North Dakotan terrain, they often forget about the landscape surrounding Medora. Nestled in the heart of the badlands, the little village is the summer home of tourists and performers alike. A breathtaking view, flat, farm country is replaced with canyons and buttes painted in red and purple.

For three MSUM alums, living and working in Medora for the summer has not dulled the awe that comes from gazing at their surroundings, and every night, Carl Rottman, Carolyn Schmitz and Matthew Dietzler help put on one of North Dakota’s biggest tourist attractions – the Medora Musical. Read the rest of this entry →

Asteroid named for MSUM Alumnus Sherry Fieber-Beyer

Posted on August 05, 2014

The asteroid 14825 Fieber-Beyer was named for Dr. Sherry Fieber-Beyer by the International Astronomical Union in mid-July. Dr. Fieber-Beyer, who graduated from MSUM with a B.A. in Physics with Emphasis in Astronomy, is currently a postdoctoral research at the University of North Dakota, where she obtained her Masters and Ph.D.

While at MSUM she did research on main belt asteroids with Dr. Walter Worman. Her interested in these objects has continued throughout her professional career, leading to the honor of having an asteroid named after her. She plans to observe her namesake in 2017. Read more here: www.jamestownsun.com/content/jamestown-native-has-asteroid-her-name-it

Alumni from Cinema Arts & Digital Technology sweep the competition at Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project

Posted on July 01, 2014

Several alumni from Cinema Arts & Digital Technology swept the competition at the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project earlier this month. Andrew Neill, Eric Carlson, Marcus Mann, Sam Johnson, and Craig Larson created Keeping Up with the Cloneses, which won awards for Best Film, Best Sound Design, Best Writing, Best Actress and Audience Favorite. The 48HFP took place in June. Neill, Carlson and Mann founded Two Jackets Productions, a narrative video production company in Minneapolis, in 2007.

Dragons’ football glory days chronicled

Posted on July 01, 2014
By Eric Peterson

Moorhead – Larry Scott remembers a time when the Minnesota State Moorhead football team won games at places like South Dakota State and regularly made the playoffs.

The former MSUM sports information director wanted to make sure those glory days weren’t forgotten.

“I kind of felt this need to chronicle those years and kind of preserve them if I could,” said Scott, who still works part-time at the university. “We had a nice run and we really had a quality football program for a couple decades there.”

That’s why Scott decided to write a book about Ross Fortier – the legendary former Dragons head coach who guided the program during that run of success. The recently released book is titled “The Fortier Years: A Coach’s Story.” Read the rest of this entry →

Larry Scott publishes book on legendary MSUM football coach, Ross Fortier

Posted on June 13, 2014

Sports information director emeritus Larry Scott has published a book on the life and legacy of football coach Ross Fortier. Fortier, who signed on as head football coach at Moorhead State College in 1970, transformed the Dragons into a major player on the regional and national levels.

“As sports information director at Moorhead State, I had a front row seat to watch all 236 games of the Ross Fortier Era,” Scott said. “It was a privilege, indeed, and I felt a special calling to somehow preserve those wonderful days of yesteryear. I offer this small measure as a tribute to coach Fortier, not only for the program he built and the championships he produced, but more importantly for how he went about his business and the profound impact he had on hundreds of student-athletes.” Read the rest of this entry →

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