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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 →

MSU Moorhead announces 2014 Distinguished Alumni

Posted on 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 →

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:

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 →

MSUM graduates start ‘Hack Fargo’

Posted on June 03, 2014
Justin Tuchek and Sri Kadimisetty on winning team at Startup Weekend 

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”

Posted on 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 →

Film Grads win big at Minneapolis Film Festival

Posted on 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 →

Making A Scene: Fargo woman illustrates modern family portraits

Posted on 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 →

MSUM grad stars in new FX miniseries, “Fargo”

Posted on 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 →

New Essentia administrator, an MSUM graduate, arrives in middle of $60 million expansion project

Posted on 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 →

Tin Roof Theatre Company presents “The twilight of the Golds”

Posted on 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 →

Graphic communications alum designs paint scheme for Daytona 500 racecar

Posted on 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 →

Beards back in Fargo-Moorhead

Posted on 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 →

MSUM graduate Bob Bowlsby recognized at NCAA National Convention

Posted on 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.


MSUM grad tapped to be chief operating officer at Essentia Health

Posted on 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 →

2011 illustration grad signs major book deal

Posted on December 19, 2013

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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.

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Physics and astronomy alum receives doctorate in astrophysics

Posted on 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.

Film Studies alum wins editing award for “Star Trek: Into Darkness”

Posted on 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.

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