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Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff, English, and four MSUM alumni presented at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English annual conference

Posted on May 05, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff, English, and four MSUM alumni (now Language Arts teachers), Andrew Tichy, Moorhead High School; Abby Swegarden, Lake Park Audubon High School; Ashlee Bernhardt Cournia, Shanley High School; and Katie Hansen, Waubun High School, presented at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English annual conference, held April 30-May 1 in St. Cloud, MN. Read the rest of this entry →

Jazz Studies alumnus Andy Stermer awarded $10,000 graduate award

Posted on May 04, 2015

Andy Stermer, a graduate of MSUM in the Jazz Studies program, has been awarded a $10,000.00 Presser graduate award in the Master of Music in Jazz Writing program at the University of Miami. He plans to use the award to bring in guest artists he knows from Uruguay to perform music he’s writing that will comprise an entire concert by the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band; an opportunity not commonly given to students even at the graduate level.

Psychology Department hosted the annual Red River Undergraduate Psychology Conference; MSUM alumnus was keynote speaker

Posted on April 29, 2015

The Psychology Department hosted the annual Red River Undergraduate Psychology Conference last Friday. Twenty seven poster presentations, and four papers were presented by students from MSUM, NDSU, Concordia, UND, and the University of Jamestown. Ten of these presentations involved 14 students from our Department. Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus Linnea Fitterer promoted to public art manager for Cincinnati-based organization, Artworks

Posted on April 27, 2015

Linnea Fitterer, who earned a BA from the School of Visual Arts with an emphasis in Art History in 2014, has just been promoted to the position of Public Art Manager for the Cincinnati based organization called ArtWorks. In this role, Fitterer will oversee a variety of new and existing public art projects from conception to completion. Read the rest of this entry →

West Fargo residents offer TV, film acting and production classes for kids

Posted on April 06, 2015

Fargo – Lynette Burgan and Jessica Wayne offer a little bit of the Hollywood experience in Fargo.

Burgan started offering film acting classes about two years ago and last year brought on Wayne, a Minnesota State University Moorhead film studies graduate, to bolster the film production classes she offers.

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Alumna Angela Harvala won the Milken Educator Award

Posted on March 25, 2015

Angela Harvala, an alumna of Minnesota State University Moorhead, won the Milken Educator Award and $25,000 to spend however she wishes. She received a B.S. in elementary education in 2006.

The Milken Educator Awards was conceived by the Milken Family Foundation to attract, retain and motivate outstanding talent to the teaching profession. Read the rest of this entry →

Denise Gorsline and MSUM alumni named nominees for YWCA Women of the Year

Posted on March 11, 2015

Denise Gorsline, associate vice president for academic planning at MSUM and MSUM alumni have been named nominees for the YWCA Women of the Year awards.

By Forum staff

FARGO – The YWCA has nominated 34 women and businesses for their outstanding achievements in 2015.
The awards event will be held April 20 at the Holiday Inn here. The social hour, including a wine raffle and a variety of prizes, begins at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and program starting at 6:30. All nominees will be honored and the evening will culminate with the announcement of this year’s recipients in 12 award categories. This year’s nominees are: Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alumnus and Twin Cities’ rising theater star: Tyler Michaels

Posted on March 09, 2015

Sara Pelissero, KARE 6:34 p.m. EST March 6, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – If you don’t know his name by now, you will soon.

Tyler Michaels’ star is rising fast and it doesn’t take long to figure out why.

The 26-year-old Bloomington, Minn. native has the ability to captivate an audience from the moment he steps on stage – or more likely of late, propels onto it. Read the rest of this entry →

“What lies beneath: Painter portrays our hidden identities”

Posted on March 03, 2015

Art alumnus (’12) credits his approach to painting instructors at MSUM.

The people you see in Micah Koosmann’s paintings are not people as you see them in everyday life.

Instead, Koosmann’s dark, richly stylized paintings portray the personalities that lie under those everyday perceptions, laying bare their complex psychologies and sides of them that are rarely acknowledged.

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Forum editorial: Important donation for MSUM

Posted on March 03, 2015

February 25, 2015 | INFORUM

Brick by brick, the Hebron Brick Co. built itself up from humble beginnings in Hebron, N.D., to the Fargo-based multifaceted multistate company that it is today. The company, which is more than 100 years old, does a lot more than brick, but its signature products can be found in buildings large and small throughout North Dakota and the nation, including Fargo’s Fargodome. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alumna and WDAY anchor Kerstin Kealy to interview President Obama in sit-down at White House

Posted on February 26, 2015

MSUM adjunct professor, alumna and WDAY news anchor, Kerstin Kealy, went live from the White House lawn this morning on First News. Click to hear about her historic meeting with President Obama later today http://ow.ly/JG1rn. Read the rest of this entry →

School Psychology Students Attend and Present at National Conference

Posted on February 25, 2015

Seven School Psychology graduate students and faculty member, Peg Potter, recently attended the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in Orlando, Florida. Read the rest of this entry →

Author, MSUM Alumnus & English Professor Lin Enger to Read Here Feb. 19

Posted on February 19, 2015

The High Divide published last September

Minnesota State University Moorhead English Professor and novelist Lin Enger will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 in the university’s Livingston Library Porch. The free reading is part of the Tom McGrath Visiting Writers Series. Read the rest of this entry →

Music alum’s life a mix of glamour and grit

Posted on January 29, 2015

Imagine an event where make-up artists wait in the restrooms to refresh your “look,” where champagne flows like water, where the entrances and exits of A-list celebrities are choreographed to the second by dead-serious backstage workers with “walkies,” and where Oprah Winfrey personally compliments you on your necklace.

Rachel Goers copyFor MSUM alum Rachael Goers, that was a night at work, albeit an extraordinary one. Goers, a 2013 graduate of the Music Industry program with an emphasis in business, works full-time for The Teahouse Company in Los Angeles. Teahouse represents and manages six different bands, hired out for special events. The event described above was the Golden Globes. The band hired to perform as guests arrived and entered the ballroom was one of Teahouse’s — the Black Canary String Band.

“It’s a surreal event,” says Goers of the Golden Globes. “Definitely glamorous.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Economics alumnus publishes biofuels research

Posted on January 23, 2015

MSUM Economics alumnus Tanner McCarty ’12 continues to excel as a graduate student in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Read the rest of this entry →

Econ grad developing mobile app for MSUM

Posted on January 14, 2015

Jeremy Johnson, MSUM graduate in economics and national sales director of Myriad Mobile, was featured in the Fargo Forum. Myriad Mobile is developing a cellphone app for MSUM to allow students to view an events calendar, campus directory, and individual information. Read the rest of this entry →

Ken Jaeger Transforms Communities in Need

Posted on January 12, 2015

By Danielle Rebel

Every child dreams of what they want to be when they grow up.

For some, it’s a firefighter; for others, a ballerina. Still others dream of being doctors, lawyers, or basketball stars.

Ken Jaeger dreamed of helping the poor.

Jaeger, a ’83 community health graduate and 2014 distinguished alumnus, was inspired to help the poor at a young age. His mother, who grew up in El Paso, Texas, took Jaeger over the border to Juarez, Mexico, where poverty was rampant.

Read more on our online Moorhead Magazine.

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. 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.
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