Archive for the ‘Points of Pride Alumni’
Economics alumnus’ undergraduate research presented at Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop
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.
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 →
“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.
“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
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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
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.
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 →
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 →
No talk; all action.
This phrase encompasses the idea behind Fargo’s Startup Weekend, which was held March 8-9 at the Fargo Theater. Over 90 students and professionals were present at the event.
Justin Tuchek and Sri Kadimisetty, MSUM computer science students who graduated in May, participated in Startup Weekend.
“Startup Weekend is this event for developers, designers and the spirited entrepreneur,” Tuchek said. “The event is to raise the entrepreneurial spirit in town; to get things kick-started here.”
Tuchek and Kadimisetty finished the event on the winning team, Hack Fargo. The team’s idea was simple and straightforward: to create a platform to make public city data more accessible. Read the rest of this entry →
“Baldwin man who sat front and center of history: Former MSUM professor tells story of New York Times military writer”
By: Ross F. Collins, North Dakota State University, INFORUM
“Baldwin of the Times: Hanson W. Baldwin, a Military Journalist’s Life, 1903-1991″
By Robert B. Davies, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2011, 399 pages, $32.95.
Robert Davies spent 32 years at Minnesota State University Moorhead teaching history to generations of us journalism majors who most often hardly knew the difference between Lincoln Steffens and Lincoln Logs. He mentioned the New York Times fairly often. Sometimes he mentioned a writer for that newspaper named Hanson Baldwin.
Davies knew quite a bit about Baldwin. In fact, he came to know so much that he wrote this biography of the country’s top military journalist during much of the last century. Read the rest of this entry →