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 →
August 08, 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 eight people have been named 2014 Distinguished Alumni and will be honored during alumni events during MSU Moorhead’s homecoming in September. Read the rest of this entry →
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
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.
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 →
May 22, 2014
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 →
May 19, 2014
MSUM Graduates won big at the Wizard World Film Festival in Minneapolis, May 1-3. Andrew Neill, Marcus Mann and Eric Carlson (2010 Graduates) and their Two Jackets Productions film company won the “Spirit of Comic Con” award for their short film “Meanwhile, at the Citadel of Superheroes…,” a comedy about a young woman whose superhero job interview is interrupted by a supervillain’s attack. “Meanwhile” previously won Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film and Best Heroine at the Z-Fest Film Festival. Two Jacket Productions’ film “You Only Die Once!” also played at the Wizard World Film Fest. Read the rest of this entry →
May 06, 2014
By: Anna G. Larson, INFORUM
FARGO – Kelsey Sargent approaches family portraits with a modern mindset.
The 28-year-old Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate uses her graphic design skills to create clean-lined cartoon-like portrait illustrations that incorporate elements of a family’s (or individual) life.
For instance, the image she created for friends Ashley and Justin Morken, owners of downtown Fargo craft boutique Unglued, includes their bulldog, Hamilton, and a globe, for their love of travel. The Morken portrait is one of the first Sargent crafted when she started illustrating in 2012. She wanted a unique gift for her friends and had seen illustrations online but noticed no one in Fargo was doing it. Read the rest of this entry →
April 14, 2014
Musgrave to appear at Fargo Theatre’s premiere party Tuesday
By Meghan Feir
Whether you enjoyed the exaggerated accents in the Coen Brothers’ 1996 movie “Fargo” or not, you can’t deny that the iconic film introduced Fargo to people around the globe. This Tuesday, April 15, the new 10-episode, TV spin-off of the same name will premiere at 9 p.m. on FX.
Tom Musgrave, a Valley City, N.D., native and 1998 MSUM Theatre Arts alum will star as Bo Munk, owner of Bo Munk’s Insurance Shop. Besides adding to the rich potpourri of the cast, which includes actors Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Joey King, Musgrave has been a source of Midwestern knowledge for the cast and crew, adding words like “uffda” to the script. Read the rest of this entry →
March 21, 2014
By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM
FARGO – Timothy Sayler left Fargo-Moorhead more than 30 years ago after graduating from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Now the Wishek, N.D., native has returned as the chief operating officer of Essentia Health’s West Region.
It’s a homecoming from another standpoint, inasmuch that Sayler started his career with Altru Health in Grand Forks, where he held a variety of positions over a span of 27 years, ending as chief operating officer. Read the rest of this entry →
March 05, 2014
If your parents knew everything about you before you born, would you still be here? This is the question posed in the play, “The twilight of the Golds” by Jonathan Tolins, the next production of the Tin Roof Theatre Company. The play is directed by Larry Schwartz, Library, and features the participation of three alumni of the MSUM Theatre Deptartment: Ryan Soukup, who plays the role of David Gold; Dani M. Collier, stage manager; and Karla Underdahl, assistant stage manager. Read the rest of this entry →
February 20, 2014
Dan Nisbet, 2007 graphic communications alum, designed the paint scheme for a car that will be driven in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Nisbet designed the paint scheme and logo placement for Car #26, driven by Cole Whitt, pictured below. Since 2005, Nisbet has been working with CM2 Concepts, a firm that does design work for the NASCAR, IndyCar, and NHRA racing series. Working with another designer, he created the paint scheme for the car, which includes sponsor logo placement and the colors and graphics that go across the cars. Computer models show the teams and sponsors the final appearance of the car before a giant decal is printed that wraps around the car. Read the rest of this entry →
January 31, 2014
Theatre Arts alums Matthew Pitner, Joe Rapp, Tyler Michaels and Lucas Vonasek, four of the members of Bearded Men Improv, are coming home to MSUM as part of a national tour. The comedy troupe got its start in Fargo-Moorhead when the four were students, and has been a staple on Friday nights for almost three years at Minneapolis’ HUGE Theater. Read the rest of this entry →
January 21, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Former Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling standout Bob Bowlsby was honored at the NCAA National Convention as part of the NCAA’s Division II 40th Anniversary on Thursday night.
A total of 48 former student-athletes were honored by the NCAA throughout the 2013 season as part of the DII 40th Anniversary.
Read more at www.msumdragons.com/news.
January 17, 2014
By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM
FARGO – Timothy P. Sayler will be the new chief operating officer at Essentia Health’s West Region, overseeing operations in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
Sayler, a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, will start here March 17. He replaces Kevin Pitzer, who left last year. Read the rest of this entry →
December 19, 2013
This article is from publishersweekly.com.
By Sally Lodge
It’s a true story that reads like fiction – and it’s one that should raise the spirits of any aspiring author. Elise Parsley, a 27-year-old piano teacher in Plymouth, Minn., leapt from being an unpublished, agentless author-illustrator to one with both an agent and a book contract in three days.
The quick-fire timeline went like this: Parsley sent Steven Malk at Writers House an e-mail query on Tuesday, November 19; he signed her on as a client on Wednesday, and on Thursday submitted her picture book, If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!, to multiple publishers. Connie Hsu at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers made a pre-empt offer on Friday, which Malk and Parsley accepted that evening. The book is scheduled for fall 2015 publication.
December 02, 2013
Heather Cegla, MSUM 2010 graduate in physics with an astronomy emphasis, received her doctorate in astrophysics from Queen’s University Belfast where she was on a full scholarship. While at MSUM, Cegla was a Goldwater Scholar and completed three summer research experiences for undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation.
November 11, 2013
Film Studies alum Brent Rockswald recently took home a Hollywood Reporter Key Art Award for editing the theatrical trailer for the film “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” The Key Arts, managed by the Clio Awards team, is the entertainment field’s most recognized competition for advertising and communications. Rockswald, who graduated in 2006, works as an editor for the AV Squad, an LA based company that specializes in creating theatrical and television trailers for major motion pictures.